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 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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Photo of roadhouse
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Big thanks to bu11zeye for including this as an extra in a trade!

The appearance is nearly all black in color save for some ruby red highlights. One inch tan head sinks down to a cap after a couple minutes. Retains quite well and leaves some moderate lacing.

The aroma is chocolaty, with some notes of wet wood, smoke, dark fruits, and coffee. A very light touch of alcohol on a deeper inhale.

The taste is chocolaty up front with smokiness peaking through then midway through at the start of the swallow it goes from smoke to charred wood. There is a light touch of caramel as well that lends for a hint of sweetness but not too much. Dark fruit notes are present but subtle. It dries up towards the end and coffee notes come out. Finish is a wonderful mixture of everything previously mentioned.

Mouthfeel is medium in body and perfectly creamy. Very soft on the palate and quite easy to drink.

This was an outstanding porter that I wasn't expecting to be this good at all. A perfect blending of flavors, this is my new standard. Despite the high price tag of their beers, I will pick one up if I see it around. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Bung
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour with a solid tan head arising. Roasty and earthy in scent and flavor, just a hint of mocha. Great in the mouth and smooth going down. Lingers nicely a bit, but clean. Side note, Scandanavian porters are the best, close second English, then US.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep brown with a short-lived tan head and nice lacing. Licorice, earthy yeast, roasted malt, chocolate, smoke, and toast in the nose. Taste is bittersweet chocolate, burnt coffee, leather, dates, and a mix of toffee, caramel, hops, and cream. Some of that soy taste as well. Kind of thin in the mouthfeel. A very good beer, nonetheless.

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Photo of albern
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm not a coffee drinker, yet the strong coffee flavors in this beer are a delight. This is an excellent porter very much worth seeking out. The beer pours an inky black, almost impenetrable to light, color. The head is a luscious dark brown that is nice and creamy and foamy, but not frothy. There is a prodigious head to the beer with almost a milk shake like consistency. The beer laces well and retains very well. The nose on the beer is stong roasted malts, strong coffee and mocha aromas, and strong dark fruits. This beer is making a statement right from the initial pour. There is a deep raspberry and dark chocolate cherry in the nose. This is very enticing.

The taste of the beer is very strong, but not in an ABV sense, just flavorful, with strong roasted, but not charred malts, coffee, mocha, cherry chocolate, raspberry, and maybe some other heavy fruits. The beer is extremely creamy, very smooth, and a nice after dinner accompaniment. The beer has at least five different malts that add layers of complexity to the taste, and just enough hop presence to make the beer come to life in the finish. The mouthfeel is modest, carbonation is quite low, but not flat, and the aftertaste is very good. The ABV is very well hidden underneath. This is a delightful beer worth venturing for. L'Chaim.

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Photo of avalon07
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick consistency. There was a big tan-colored, foamy, long-lasting head and good lacing.

S: Smelled mainly of coffee and malt, possibly some sugar elements.

T: A strong malt presence, along with chocolate and coffee. This was an odd beer in that the taste seemed complex, but also had a watery quality to it.

M: A decent amount of carbonation and a dry finish. Full-bodied.

D: This is a drinkable and interesting beer, despite some odd traits with the taste. Worth a look.

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Photo of champ103
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nearly black. Some ruby highlights around the edges. A large creamy beige head forms, and lace clings to the side of the glass.
S: Musky malt aroma. Some chocolate and coffee notes as well.
T: Malt, chocolate, and coffee as a good porter should be. There is a big metallic flavor though.
M/D: Medium body, but watery. Smooth and easy to drink.

A good porter. Not my favorite of the style, but would recommend and drink this again.

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Photo of dolemite77
4.85/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle from Bruisin' Ales in Asheville... $5 for a 22 oz... I wish I had bought more. That is a steal for this hard to find beer. Pours oily black (looks like a stout, this is black, not brown beer. Minimal head, with soft cascading lace... flavor is HUGE porter... great roasted quality, a bit of sour like a baltic, but not enough to even put that in the forefront. I will seek this one out again.

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Photo of Walken
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nogne Ø: Porter (No Date, Tasted 11/03/08)
16.9 oz. bottle: poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Extremely dark brown, bordering on the opaque with a rocky mocha head that puffs up quickly and fades slowly, leaving solid rings of brown foam on the edges of the glass.
Odor: Soft milk chocolate in the background takes the edge off the otherwise sharp metallic grain and dark roast coffee aromas. Hops add a nice dimension, citrus rind and spice.
Consistency: Infinitely smooth medium body, almost velvety with a bit of acidity and roast counterpoint, almost spot on for a cup of cold coffee with cream.
Taste: Fruity ester is in front, flavors of dark roast coffee with cream, mild dark chocolate and leafy citrusy hop are balanced perfectly by an underlying clean bitterness. Finish is mild, equal proportions of coffee, cream and citrusy hop linger.

One hell of a porter, surprisingly drinkable at 7.0%. Sampled while listening to Emperor, Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk, another fantastic work of art from Norway.

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

Poured from 550ml bottle into dimpled mug.
A - Opaque brown in color with 1 finger creamy head.
S - Aromas of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee.
T - Very fresh tasting! Tastes of dark malt and chocolate. Nice coffee flavor on the finish. Nice balance of malt and hops.
M - medium to full mouthfeel. Perfectly carbonated.
D - Strangely enough, the Norwegians have made a porter that should be a benchmark for others wishing to brew this style. As good as any British porter I've tried. Unfortunately, the $8.99 price tag limts my consumption of this to an occasional treat.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a blackish body with a two-finger tan head that stuck around for awhile and left a lace ring down the glass. Heavy malt smell, like coffee, roasted and some chocolate. Hints of sweetness and fruit from the hops. A medium to full body, this beer has a smooth creaminess to it. Sweet malts like chocolate and caramel prevelant, and so are some roasted and coffee malts. Finishes with a dry twinge but there is also a little fruitiness in this porter. A good, solid porter that I could have again anytime.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.69/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Impenetrable dark brown, almost black. Huge bubbly brown head with excellent retention and good lacing.

S - Dark malt aroma, primarily coffee with faint chocolate hints. A somewhat fruity aroma underneath as well, maybe plums and cherries?

T - Sweet chocolatiness up front. Hints of bitter chocolate as well, but primarily sweet. Fades to a fruity bitterness, almost citirc in taste. Light grapefruit as well as the darker fruits that came through in the nose. Very interetsing mix of flavors. Finishes with a light fruity note.

M/D - Medium to full bodied, very rich and smooth. A very intersting mix of hops and malts in this porter.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle...normally $12 at Monroe Street Bistro but 16oz+ bottles are 50% off on Tuesdays so i figured it was worth $6 to try

appearance: presented in a standard pint...dark as night body, big foamy chocolate head with strong retention...great looking porter

smell: roasty, sweet cocoa, char, dark roasted coffee beans...nice aromas

taste: Nothing here really justifies the high price tag that this beer carries but if you can find a way to ignore that (and buy it 50% off), its actually a really nice porter...there are lots of big roasty flavors, dark cocoa, bittersweet chocolate and dark roasted coffee beans...there is a touch of char and smoke to finish it out

mouthfeel: could be a little creamier but it goes down smooth and isnt too heavy

drinkability: high

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

A: It poured a deep dark brown body with a one finger tan head that lingered long into the drink and a modest spotty lacing.

S: It was dominated by roasted malts, creamy coffee and dark chocolates.

T: The roasted malts and dark chocolates were well balanced. Those flavors were complemented by hints of molasses, caramel and a bit of bitter coffee. It had nice balance and the alcohol was well hidden.

M: It was a medium bodied brew with modest carbonation and a zesty sweet and bitter feel on the tongue. It finished dry with a bit of bitter aftertaste.

D: This is a well balanced and beer that is full flavored. It is a great session beer for a porter in part due to its wonderful flavors, decent mouthfeel and great balance.

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Photo of cvstrickland
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle poured into a shaker pint glass yields an ebony body impenetrable to light capped with a finger of rocky mocha foam. The head reduces to a ring that leaves thin webs of lacing on the glass.

The smell of the drink is dark and roasty with a hint of sweetened black coffee and savory dark malt. An aromatic hint of pine languishes deep in the background.

The taste of the drink is roasty and sweet with a bit of charred grain, chocolate milk, and strong black coffee. The mild caramel backbone supports an almost smoky graininess that comes off savory with a touch of bittersweet chocolate. What bitterness there is seems mostly from dark roasted malts, but a hint of evergreen/herbal hops brings some cleansing dryness to the finish.

Nothing bad to say about this brew, for sure. Fine and roasty, Nogne's Porter is on the full and creamy side of medium-bodied with superb carbonation and drinkability.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I decanted carefully into a chalice to not disturb the yeast. Looking into the bottom of the bottle, there was a decent amount of sludge sitting there.

Opaque, dark brown color. You could call it black. Frothy, one-finger, dark brown head. Fantastic head retention throughout the duration of the beer with a little bit of lacing left on the glass in spots.

Excellent aroma. Lots of roasted malts, dark chocolate, and coffee. The dark chocolate really came through and took center stage in the taste. Perfect amount of hops in both the aroma and flavor as well.

Mouthfeel was great. A tad bitter, but very balanced despite the hops and roasted malts. Way too drinkable. I could drink this porter all night long.

I'm not the biggest fan of the style (I usually like my darker beers to be lightly-hopped) but this might be the best porter I've ever had. My first beer from Nøgne Ø and it's a winner. I will be trying more from their line of beers for sure.

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Photo of elricorico
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Three fingers of foamy tan head atop a nearly black body. Good head retention and plenty of lacing.

Strong roasted malt aroma with just a touch of chocolate sweetness. Piney hops pretty stong to the nose.

Taste mirrors the smell, but as it warms dark chocolate and licorice become more prominent. Hops are fairly strong for a porter providing a pine flavour finish. Quite nice.

Smooth and chewy body with just the right carbonation to cut through.

Getting through a bomber of this is a pleasure. I could see this as a go-to beer if it were locally available.

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Photo of botham
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pint bottle poured into a nonic pint. pours a velvety smooth black color with an almost poaque thickness, with only marginal garnet highlights showing through. two fingers of rich brown head top it off, leaving moderate lacings.

aroma is roasted, with a bit of chocolate and dark fruit present, along side notes of grain, caramel, and a rich sweetness that remains in the background. nicely proportioned, with just a hint of a subtle earthy, almost smoked character.

taste is mild and roasted up front, with a note of chocolate and a touch of coffee up front. a mild hop presence balances out the malt at the back of the palate, with a smooth finish of residual roasted malt. other notes include a mild grainy character while on the palate, and a slight oaked feel in the aftertaste, though quite subtle.

mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a smooth and creamy texture. finishes quite smooth with a tinge of warming alcohol and residual slickness.

drinkability is great. this is a very manageable 7% APV brew, with a rich profile and solid proportioning. an excellent porter. cheers!

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Photo of oakbluff
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample courtesy of piscator- very rich pouring brew with minimal tan coloured head. Nose- lots of roast and dark chocolate. Taste- dry, little smoky, good roast and medium bodied. Mouthfeel is smooth. Carbonation is on low side which improves drinkability.

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Photo of punkindrublic50
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle served at Monks. If I had to sum up this beer in 4 words it would be "porter brewed with hops". Appearance wise it looks like a standard good porter - nice deep brown with a tan head. Nice dark fruit and coffee aromas, but the taste has a fairly strong flavor of the sort of hops you'd normally only see in a decent IPA. Nice creamy smooth mouthful besides that, but it really enjoy it you would have to be a fan of hoppy beers.

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Photo of morimech
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a thick tan head that hangs around for a long time eventually settling to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass surface. I don't know how a Porter could be better looking.

Smells of coffee, chocolate, and fruit. Has a very distinct fruit aroma.

The flavor is similar but for a bitter finish from the hops. So we have coffee, chocolate, ripe dark fruit and some citrus flavors from hops. A hint of alcohol warming is also detected. I am torn if I should give this a 5 but I have not had enough American Porters to know if there is a better tasting one out there.

Has a creamy mouthfeel but may be a bit overcarbonated. It just seems a little harsh on the tongue.

I really enjoyed this beer. A lot of flavors and nicely presented. One of these bottles is enough in a night but I will be seeking this brew out in the future. The ABV is high enough to not make this sessionable for myself.

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

Pours black with an off-white head that leaves some okay lacing and sticks around as a thin ring. Nice roasty aromas- not too strong and a good bit of dark fruit here as well. Aubtle, slightly rich and fairly dry. The same thing is going on with the taste. Smooth, balanced, some dark fruity, nice roast flavors, and a good hit of dry European style licorice. Delicious. Mouthfeel is very smooth and quite dry making this easy to keep drinking. No palate fatigue here, but enough going on to keep you interested.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both very good. The aroma is chocolate, coffee, brown sugar and caramel malt. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also molasses and a smoky taste to this brew. Good mix of sweet and bitter in the taste. Mouthfeel/body is medium with low/medium carbonation. It's also rich, creamy and extremely smooth which makes this beer very easy to drink. The 7% ABV isn't noticable at all. This is easily one of the best porters I've had in a while. It's a very good all around brew, I'd definitely recommend this to others and also buy it again the next time I find it.

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

Pours a pretty opaque black with a light tan head. Aroma is pretty chocolatey, lots of cocoa powder. Taste is unreal smooth, not too thick, but very drinkable. Chocolate character leads to a roasted malt character and a bitter, slightly citrus finish that has a lot of dark bitter chocolate there too.

Damn drinkable porter, very tasty without being overpowering or impossible to take longs sips from. Awesome take on an American style from Norway.

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Photo of vikingloki
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a pint bottle for $8 from a six pack shop,thought price was steep but thought it would be fun to try a craft beer from Norway.

Poured into a tulip, nice deep brown color with a good size head, smell is crisp and clean, little chocolate aroma.Perfect carbonation.

Great balance - malt hits sweetly with a hint of chocolate malts at first,then the hops finish it out dryly. Very very drinkable, served at about 45*.

I appreciate that they list the ingredients - combined with the Nordic water, they have made an outstanding example of a Porter.

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Porter from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
4.05 out of 5 based on 407 ratings.
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