Porter | Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
In this quite dark ale, dark malts provide flavors of coffee and dried fruit. Try with dark chocolate, cheese or red meat dishes.

30 IBU

Added by Sigmund on 11-20-2003

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Photo of Ragingbull
2.99/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My wife brought back a large bottle of this that she purchased at one of the beer stores in Amsterdam. She was lucky enough to stop in for a few days on the return trip from Uganda.

This beer pours black in color with a thick foamy head that has a brownish beige color to it. Grainy nose of wheat and raw barley. The attack reveals some grainy hints as well. It is very different for a porter and I must admit I find the grain heavy character to be a bit out of place for the style. There is a decent malt presence. Very little hops presenting itself openly. The mouthfeel is decent. Really the only part of the flavor that is speaking to me is the rawness of the grain flavor. It is not a bad thing, but I just don't really know what to think about a porter that lacks the characteristics I am accustomed to. There is a nice sweetness about the finish. It has a light body about it. I am appreciative that my wife brought this back for us to enjoy, thankfully she thinks its wonderful. . . for me its just okay.

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Photo of jdklks
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this beer pours black with transparent brown edges and a light brown head. about what you'd expect from a porter, with what looks like good carbonation and a nice thick body. the smell is of chocolate and roasted malts. coffee is also strong in the nose, with a hint of alcohol.

the flavor is bitter, sweet, then dry. a dried fruit sweetness and a hint of coffee. a bit fruity for a porter (i want to say dried apricot, which is more characteristic of, say, pale ales and ipas). the malts dont come through quite strong enough. a small hint of the chocolate suggested by the smell. the high point is a sort of sweet smokiness that levels the immediate bitterness and gives way to the dry mocha coffee flavor in the finish. interesting take on an american porter.

the beer is well carbonated and smooth with a very decent drinkability, hindered only by by its flavor.

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Photo of Jmoore50
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this brew at a local store, cool stuff.

The appearance is good, I like the dark brew. It poured dark brown with dark amber edges. Came with a good two finger head that was a lighter brown. The brew itself was a little light and watery looking for my taste.

The smell was good. Chocolate, cocoa, and an earthy malt smell.

The taste was great. Incredibly drinkable. It had a great coffee after tone that worked well with the hints of cocoa. A light malt flavor that produced the sweet chocolate taste was clearly the main flavor.

The brew was good, but mouthfeel was a bit light and watered down. Overall a repeat buy for sure, good Porter and another example of a style that I need to get more of.


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Photo of ADZA
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a jet black/brown colour that lets no light thru at all it is averagely carbonated and leaves a nice half finger cappicino laced head that dissapears as fast as it appears to leave a nice semi haze of oil slick head floating in the middle of the glass,it has nice aromas of blackcurrants,blackberries,malt liquor and coffee/chocolate,the taste is very nice with hints of blackcurrants and subtle chocolate/coffee notes at the end that leaves you with such a moreish taste you just want more and forget this is 7.0% the mouthfeel is very nice indeed i really like it just right for this style,this is probably one of the best examples of this style ive reviewed so far and will make sure this beer stays in my collection in future.

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Photo of Bitzy
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown with a red hue. Not much light penetration. Big fluffy tan to light brown head. Had to let the beer settle a bit to fill the glass.

S: Lots of roasted malt, some dark fruits like plum and dark cherries, a little hop bitterness, some coffee and bitter chocolate.

T: Just like the smell lots of roasted malt flavors like coffee and chocolate. Slight bitterness but didn't take away from the balance of the beer. A bit of fruit but not so significant. As I drank more I picked up a pleasant smokiness which complemented the roasty notes quite well.

M: At times the alcohol was more present. Quite thick but not overly stout. Good creamy texture.

D: With the heavy body/mouthful I could prob only drink one bomber of this. This it a beer that's good for drinking with a nice burger or steak and savor the roasty complexity of the beer.

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Photo of HalfFull
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 ml. bottle into a large wine glass. This beer pours rich and very dark with hardly a hint of a highlight. A half inch of tan head bubbles down nicely to a surface cap and throws off scattered lacing through the glass.

Grated dark chocolate dominates the nose. A touch of alcohol is noted initially but does diminish quickly as the beer opens up a bit. A bit of dark cherry and raspberry in the background and some woody hop notes. Very good.

Chocolate continues to the flavor yet is never too rich in maltiness. Finishes with a spicy close of grated chocolate and a touch of cinnamon, then a quick close of sweet cherry liqueur. Interestingly, this cherry liqueur/chocolate filling arrives on the nose as the head dissipates as well, sans a bit of agitation.

Smooth full mouthfeel and an easy drinkability given a nice moderate body. Surely worth a try.

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Photo of oelergud
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tall slim 1 pint .9oz dark brown glass bottle with a pry-off cap and the usual Ø on the label.
Opaque black body with a nice creamy brown head with small bubbles. Good retention and lace.
Dark roasted malty scent as is proper. Faint chocolate and even weaker coffee notes come through over a wooden hop character.
Sweet dark malts with a bit of citrus and spice. Hoppy flavors are closely accompanied by malt chaperones. The aftertaste is of a moist chocolate cake with hop cone dusting and dark exotic spices.
Creamy full body and a good coating. Nice dry finish and some sugars.
Excellent drinkability, interesting, flavorful and good.


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Photo of BeerSox
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle into nonic.

This one started out as a gusher, which was a surprise. Usually that results from infection, but this one seems pretty normal. Overcarbonation? It ends up pitch black, with a dark ruby glow at the very bottom of the glass. A tan one finger tan head settle to a thick cap.

Roasty malts along with a bit of cocoa and coffee. A bit of molasses is in there. With all the strong aromas, there is still a very smooth and creamy overtone.

Burnt malts but still velvety. Smoothed out by sweet chocolate. A touch of smokiness is in there throughout. A good amount of carbonation, not too high, but not too low, although it is on the lower side - similar to cask ale.

A very enjoyable porter. Very smooth, and slightly complex. Nice roasty flavors mixed with a bit of coffee and chocolate. Recommended.

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Photo of WesWes
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pitch black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, earthy black malt scent with hints of chocolate and coffee. The taste is good. It has a very dry, roasted character with loads of black malt flavor. There is a bit of chocolate and caramel in the finish, but it's primarily a dry coffee experience. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a full bodied beer with too much carbonation. This is a good porter, but nothing I'm too excited about.

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Photo of Jayli
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Gordon's in Waltham when Nogne, Jolly Pumpkin and Ciel du Biere brewmaster visited.

This beer pouts a deep dark bown, tan one finger head that is well retained. Sheets of thick lacing coat the side of the glass the entire way down. Nose is of roasted malts, dark chocolate, caramel and a touch of coffee. Taste is of caramel and toffee upfront, leading in to the dark chocolate and roasted malts. Finishes with burnt coffee. This is a medium bodied beer, with slightly higher carbonation - though it didn't detract from the beer. It goes down very easily, nice creamy feel to the mouth with a bit of a dry finish. This is another great beer from Nogne.

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Photo of Rayek
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pitch black, with mahogany highlights. Rocky ran cap starts big, retains well and leaves massive lace. This is a nice looking beer.

S: The aroma of this beer is amazing. Molasses, licorice, brown sugar and every other dark sugar imaginable provide most of the sweetness, along with a bit of black grapes. A moderate espresso scent adds yet more complexity. There's even a little bit of grassy hops in the background.

T: What happened? This beer pretty much tastes like espresso with an overly acidic finish. I really couldn't come up with much flavor beyond that. The complexity of the nose is nowhere to be found once the beer hits the tastebuds. What I'm not saying; however, is that this beer tastes bad. It simply tastes one dimensional.

M: Medium body is chalky and has an overly carbonated feel to it.

D: This beer looks great, smells great and tastes....average. I'm not sure what happened in the journey from aroma to taste, but a lot got lost along the way. If the flavor of this beer matched the setup, this would be an outstanding porter. Unfortunately it doesn't, so it simply rates an above average.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was happy to share a bottle of this beer with a friend at Pazzo's last night. The only place in town that carries the beer.

A strikingly clean and well attenuated Porter with low-lying sweetness and ultimate maltiness. Malts show a great malty, bready flavor and aroma with a heavy focus on the roasted malts that nearly shove the beer into Stout proportions. The opaque dark brown beer holds a fantastic head and laces very well as the beer fades. Deep French Roast coffee flavor is mixed with light campfire-like notes and really make the beer taste like Stouts, even down to the dry and ashy texture. Hop aromas give a nice fresh pine aroma, taste, while supplying a firm bitterness without the thread of any rising sweetness. Quite dry and clean throughout. This Porter definately takes an Americanized twist on things and definately does not show the milk chocolate or caramel sweetness that is usually found in English style Porters!

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Photo of drseamus
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark dark brown with nice ruby notes at the edges. From what I can tell it is super clear. There was a light mocha head upon pouring but didn't last much beyond that.

S: Chocolate and roasted malt right off the bat. Good balanced aroma. Not too sweet or too roasty.

T: Nice strong but balanced flavor. Light roasted malt, good strong chocolate, and some nice coffee. Right to style, minus the hops (but its not fresh). Nothing remarkable unfortunately but a very solid beer.

M: A bit on the thin side for a porter perhaps. I can't really aruge though.

D: This one I'm rating against the style as opposed to pure personal opinion. This is a great example of a porter but it doesn't stand out.

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Photo of nrbw23
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep brown with ruby highlights and a nice tan that leaves patches of lace behind.

S- Roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate and black coffee.

T- Similar to the nose with roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. A touch of grapefruit hops are hidden in the background.

M- Medium mouthfeel and creamy with a dry finish.

D- Well balanced and pretty good. Went down nice and easy.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of NickMunford
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aged 2007 bottle from South Bay Drugs.

A: Pours dark, opaque brown, with a fluffy three finger head. Moderate retention & lacing.

S: Smells a bit roasty, with some caramel coming out up front.

T: Light hopiness. Some dark chocolate and coffee flavors coming through. Definite smoky flavor. Very tasty.

M: Light carbonation. Some bitterness, but not too much.

D: Very drinkable. I love dark beers, and this one doesn't disappoint me.

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Photo of einar85
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Made a violent pour with lots of brown airy foam accumulated in the Vondel tulip glass. The color was dark; almost black. The liquid nice and clear, and the yeast was easily held back from the glass by keeping half an inch in the bottle.
S: The porter had a very sweet smell of brown sugar and yeast. The foam was especially aromatic.
T: Sweet, fruity and burnt. Hints of chocolate. Light carbonated and a little dry. The flavors balance well.
M: The mouth feel is smooth and the carbonation feels just right.
D: All in all a very good beer. Combining it with a piece or two of dark chocolate makes it even more delightful. Chocolate is truly a perfect companion to this one, but make sure a quality beer is accompanied by some dark quality chocolate.

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Photo of Magpie14
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: a somewhat careless and out of control pour led to a massive volcano eruption of brown sugar 'n' mocha colored foam. The head was almost a burden in regards to drinking. The body is black with bourbon and oily brown hues. The lace was unnaturally sticky, filmy, and globby. Top marks!

S: fudge brownies, dark chocolate, dark hearty malts and barley. This is topped off with oily coffee beans with a few raisins in the mix. Nose has wonderful smells all around and is reminiscent of a stout, even as I poured this guy looked like a heavy hitter

T: taste of dark roasted barley and malts with light arid smokiness. This beer also houses a well balanced lemon hop kick that keeps things a bit sharp. After the initial wave of dark roasted goodness, I pick up on chocolate covered coffee beans, and dutch black licorice candies mixed in slightly warmed bowl of blackstrap molasses. This thing is loaded with taste and flavor, am I drinking a porter or a stout? Either way sheer quality

M: one thing to note is the body is more of a porter style and has ample carbonation. This also pokes at the degree of smoothness, however it still is creamy and smooth

D: drinkability is right up their with the best. What I really love is the strong malty profile and explosive flavors that drench the tongue. Incredible showing for a porter! How do they pack so much flavor in a slim bottle?

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark brown. Slight frothy head. Incredible amount of chocolate, and a good, smooth, creamy mouthfeel. This isn't an over the top porter, but I think it's one of the best I've had. Well balanced, and easy drinking. Enjoyed every ounce of it. Definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a pint

Pours an ink black with ruby highlights and a large, rocky brown head. The rose up almost instantly and took forever to subside, however it left little to no lacing.

The aroma is primarily of dark chocolate, cherries, dried raisins, and caramel come. A decent amount of solvent alcohol is present too.

The body is a little thin and fizzy for the style. Flavor mimics the nose except for a lingering coffee roastiness. There isn't a lot of depth and really lacks the creaminess of the elite porters. Not a great example of the style, but worth a try.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a viscous deep black. Comes out thick and syrupy. Decent tan head on top. Doesn't carry the best retention, but leaves mild webbing on the glass edge. Smells of cherries, plums, roasted scents, some coffee, and a little alcohol.

This beer is fairly smooth which makes it an easy drinker. Though it came in a larger bottle, I didn't find it difficult to finish the bottle. Nice roasted characteristics come through in the flavor, but I wasn't overly impressed with the flavor on this one. There was a tangy sour-like note in the finish that was a little disappointing. Could taste some of the dark fruits in there as well, but overall, just fell a little short of my "expectations..." Whatever those are. Not that bad, but not the greatest. Still, I recommend you try it for yourself.

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Photo of farrago
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One finger head comprised of bubbles so large you think you hear them popping, cream brown in color, below there's a slight brown touch to the basically black hued liquid. Smells like a chocolate cake with chocolate icing while served with hot chocolate, lots of, say, chocolate. Toffee, ice cream scents follow that along with dates, plums, cooked oatmeal, overall more slow roasted than toasty or smoky. In the mouth it has a great deal of density yet still comes across as medium-bodied, the carbonation vibrates through the liquid to prevent full congealing. The dark bittersweet chocolate here matched more evenly by espresso bean, toffee and general maltiness. There's a nice mineral or spring water freshness below which evokes something like lemon peel or forest pine. Constructed in a subtle style which mandates a good deal of concentration to catch the nuances, nothing obvious here. OK, maybe the chocolate. Very clean finish, resets the palate for the next sip.

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Photo of sliverX
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poored a opaque dark brown with a mocha head that dissipated to a film not much with lacing going on
smell was a nice coffee and toffee mixture
taste was malty coffee, dark chocolate with a light hop bitterness
mouthfeel was medium to light bodied
drinkability that word is an understatement with the brew just an excellent porter

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Photo of LeffeHanded
4.72/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'm a huge fan of porters and Nogne O has become one of my favorites.

The full bodied porter pours nearly jet black with a deep red hue, leaving about a finger and a half of head. Commanding chocolate notes complete the aroma. This is a very drinkable rich porter, offering chocolate flavors with notes of charcoal and balanced bitterness. I don't really taste the dried fruit that others do. The 7% alchohol is warming but not too strong.

Porter fans should really enjoy this dark liquid jewel from Norway.

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Photo of stewart124
4.78/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge tan rocky head on Norway's take of this American Porter. I mean this thing is large. The color is almost black with some reddish hues along the edges.

There is a big presence of burnt/roasted malts in the nose. Chocolate and fruits come through as well.

The taste is brilliant! A smooth mouthfeel and lots of hop bitterness make this porter quite the treat. Has a crisp finish and plenty of character from the intense roasted malts. Lots of burnt flavors but still a solid sweetness and fruity note.

Lots of leftover burnt tastes in my mouth with a nice touch of citrus/piney hops. Must be the centennial.

Not too much of an alcohol kick but that 7% is hiding somewhere.

Very delicious!

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Photo of Riverwarrior
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S = Cocoa and roasted malts.

T = Chocolate upfront with hints of caramel near the end. The finish was an amazing roasted coffee flavor that just kept going.

MF = Body was medium and carbonation was low. Very smooth.

Overall, I was very impressed with this offering from Nogne. It was one of the best porters that I've tasted. I will continue to buy this one. Highly recommended.

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Porter from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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