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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Ratings: 411 |  Reviews: 241
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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Photo of swizzlenuts
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours quite black with a fair amount of carbonation. The head on the beer is nice sized and has a good retention.

The nose on the beer has a chocolate hint with slight bits of spices. The beer is quite thick, and less carbonated than I expected. The bitterness from the beer is from the coffee flavours with a small bit of hops. There is a nice subtle taste of chocolate that comes to the pallet towards the beginning of the drink.The beer also has a nice sweet taste, which I can't figure out what it is. Quite a drinkable beer as well, and I'd definitely get this again.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another brew from the blind sampling with Stopper and farrardc.
The beer is at cellar temp and poured into a snifter.
Beer pours pitch black with creamy tan head that remains as a surface layer throughout. Sweet chocolate and molasses on the nose with brown sugar mixing in, also some possibly herbal hops in the background and wisps of smoke. First sip reveals an average body with fine gentle rolling carbonation. Flavor is sweet brown sugar and some cocoa, then very smokey and ashy. A nice brew with no hint of ABV anywhere, and an easy drinker, but fairly smokey which wasnt expected.
A good scorer on the nite, but fairly different from all other brews.

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Photo of charlzm
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 04/30/08.

Medium tan foam welled up out of the bottle a few moments after opening. I poured some beer quickly into a snifter to prevent spillage. The beverage is a very deep plum/brown color with lots of active carbonation and a three finger tan head that died down to a well-laced skin in just a few minutes.

Aroma is earthy with chocolate malt and red grape notes. That sounds like it ought to be delicious, but it really didn't work quite right due to the metallic tang also present.

Mouthfeel is a little thick for a porter (which I like) with more body than normal for the style.

Flavor is moderate dark roasted chocolate maltiness with some smoke. Carbonation is a little tingly on the tongue, maybe a bit overdone at first. I felt it interfered with experiencing the full flavor until later in the bottle, when it settled down. Some bitterness on the finish, neither overwhelming nor too subtle. A hint of alcohol character to the flavor and a hint of warming as it goes down.

A solid porter, but not my favorite.

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Photo of Jettanbass9
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Ruby red highlights with a obsidian finish. Fluffy white/tan head with a finely beaded head.

S- Roasted malts of coffee and dark chocolate. The black patent is apparent in this one in the nose. Citrusy hops marry the biscuity aroma of the maris otter malts.

T- Smooth malt with hints of biscuits, bread, roasted malt, caramel and dark fruit. A slightly citrusy bite rounds the flavor out. An acidic tang is left on the tongue as the glass is pulled away.

M- Smooth smooth smooth, what a great porter, lightly carbonated to reflect the english style great balance of malts to achieve that smooth character.

D- I dont think i would ever turn this beer down again. Very impressed with this porter. A great sunday evening beer with barbeque or just a cool evening.

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

Dark Pour, decent twix color head. Smells like chocolate cake, roasted caramel, and raisinated with yeast. Dark creamy mouthfeel of chocolate balanced by a slight bitter of hops. Cocoa throughout it all, and this is a true porter. The surprise is the amount of hops on the finish, really puts a fresh touch to the dark style of a porter. I like it! Sweetness that is balanced, thats rare

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

16.9 ounce bottle

A: Deep brown/black under a big brown head. Pretty good lace and retention.

S: Roasted malt, a little bit of chocolate and smoke. A little bit of hop pops up as well.

T: Much of the same, roasted malt with a bit of chocolate and smoke thrown in. Mild bitterness in the finish.

M/D: Very nice mouthfeel, low carbonation, a little creamy, full bodied. Drinkability is fine as well. A very good porter.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours an almost opaque black color with little head and no apparent carbonation.

Smell- Smells fairly alcoholic, which is interesting as its not all that much, some candied fruits.

Taste- Incredibly smooth, alcohol is almost non-existant and dark molases and chocolate flavors predominate.

Mouthfeel- Exceptional palate coverage, really gets all over that tongue thing.

Drinkability- Id have several of these, very nice, if your rich.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first brew from this brewery.

Pours a nice dark brown/black color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy tannish head, which left some nice sticky lacing. The nose is malty, nice tones of coffee/toffee, and caramel. The taste is just awesome for a porter, malty, nice coffee/toffee notes, and some caramel. Medium body. Very drinkable, a very tasty porter, one of the best I've had, highly recommended. I have a few more from Nogne, glad to see a very good one from the get go.

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

Poured into a tulip, this was a jet black beer with a coffee-colored head. A little bit of lacing. Predominately coffee aroma, with a little bit of sweetness. Coffee taste all the way, again a bit of a sweet taste. Some late bitterness. This was a good beer, but not as robust as I thought it would be. Still, would drink it again.

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

16.9 oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass.

A - black color with a light brown foamy head that settled to a layer, leaving some spotty lacing.

S - good, roasted coffee bean aroma.

T - smooth, roasted coffee flavor, some bitterness, finishes sweet.

M - medium/full bodied with a creamy mouthfeel.

D - good brew to enjoy with a meal and than have another with dessert.

Final Note: well worth the price of admission.

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

Pours a rich, black color with a nice tan head. Smell is dry, roasty malt with some light dusty hops, and some chocolate comes through as it sits a bit. Taste is exceptional. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel and a somehow dry, cocoa flavor balanced perfectly with bittersweet dark roast. Finishes so smoothly and cleanly, leaving a hint of a pleasant aftertaste. Carbonation is spot on, and makes for a silky, creamy beer. One of the favorite beers ever.

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Photo of dgallina
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint, .9 fluid ounce narrow brown bottle without obvious dating.

Pours nearly-black opaque brown with two fingers of very rich brown head and generous lace. Smells of sweetened cocoa, caramel malts and grain. Perhaps a touch of oatmeal in there somewhere. The flavor starts with sweet chocolate malt, builds to a rounded toasty center, and finishes with lactic and faintly smoky notes. Somewhat high in alcohol for a porter, though it can't be easily discerned in the flavor. Body is medium-thick, clean, and tending towards a creamy fullness. A little unassuming, but pleasing enough.

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Photo of Beertracker
3.21/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nøgne Ø Porter pours up with some anxious uncertainty. The low-moderate carbonation creates a small, loose, tawny colored head that sits briefly atop the nearly opaque deep dark brown body. The heavily black roasted malt aroma is dominated by a huge fruitiness (blackberries, black currant, mulberry) with notes of dark chocolate, espresso, spicy hops, licorice root, and star anise. Unfortunately, it's marred by some less desireable attributes such as a phenolic (burnt rubber) sharpness and a moderate level of diacetyl (butterscotch, burnt toffee, buttered popcorn). Maybe this batch was bottled too young? The roasty flavor starts off edgy and grainy with a mildly sweet chocolate character and some nutty & toasty nuances that give way to a very marked bitterness. The off-dry bittersweet finish is slightly astringent and noticeably warm. This medium bodied Robust Porter seems to require some fine tuning, but certainly worth trying. Here's to Gunnar & Kjetil and their Naked Isle brewery.

CHEERS! Beertracker

*Taster's Note: Special thanks to beerhandy for sharing this bottle.

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Photo of Absumaster
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A dark brown, almost black beer with an off-white head.

Smell is strong roasted with coffee character and fruity notes of the yeast.

Taste is heavy roasted, but does not turn sharp or extremely maltbitter. It is just heavy on the roasted malts with the big bosy there to balance things out. There is molasses and coffee, a nice fruity yeast that appears to be somewhat English. The beer is bitter and has some maltbitter which is nicely balanced by the body. I don't know how they did it, but it has a bog body but it is not sweet or sticky, neither is the beer dry, just perfect.

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Photo of theformula
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer #38 in my 366 Days of Beer Quest, tasted on 2/7.
Thanks again GeorgiaBeer for the generous trade!

A: Mahogany body into a tulip glass. A huge tan head holds up for an eternity, nice. Sticky patches of lacing cling halfway down.

S: Great aroma of dark, roasted malts, nice 'n strong. Dark brown sugar, chocolate and that great roasted quality gives it a semi-sweetness. Not overly complex, but a good, honest and beefy porter. Subtle dried prune and apricot notes as well.

M: Med. body, low-med. carbonation. Per usual, super creamy, soft M.F. almost like a nitro keg would be.

T: This porter is bigger in every way than most and a bit more heavy, but that's a good thing here. Prominent roast flavors & a bit of mineral-esque notes meld w/ dark chocolate, dried fruits, brown sugar and burnt caramel. A good dose or resinous, grassy hops break out in the middle & really dry out the decently clean finish.

D: One of the best porters I've had in a long time. Fantastic balance and it's so flavorful. Not much to complain about here, except that it can be pretty thick at times. A must try.

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

Appearance: It's very dark brown in color. Head is creamy tan and about two fingers deep. Head disspitated rather quickly and left an average coat of lace.

Smell: Excellent blend of roasted and chocolate malts. Very slight coffee aroma, but not very pronounced at all. Dark fruit (mostly plum) mixes nicely. Hops are not apparent in smell. Hint of vanilla finishes it up.

Taste: Very sweet, dark chocolate and roasted malt flavor gives it an excellent base. Plum and perhaps raisin are apparent in taste and add a nice twist. Coffee flavor is there, but again is somewhat faint. Hops are noticeable and add a bit of balance, but they are not strong at all. Not picking up vanilla in taste.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light to medium bodied. Actually feels a little thin, but it's not a negative. It's extremely smooth and drinkable. Carbonation is somewhat low, but great for this beer. Overall, this is very, very good porter.

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

A: A light creamy two-finger tan head forms over this opaque dark brown brew. Head settles down to a full but thin layer - looks appetizing.

S: Tons of chocolate, a bit of espresso and hints of dark fruits. Very dessert-like.

T/M: Chocolate and espresso are still here in the same proportion. Very slight signs oxidation in the beginning, but fade away as the rich dessert flavors take over. Cherry comes and goes in a flash somewhere near the end. Roasted malt in the finish. Smoooth and creamy. Richness makes this one a sipper.

Perfect pairing with a chocolate cake.

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

A: Pitch black with a nice creamy tan head, good retention, decent lacing.

S: Smells really good - caramel and chocolate. Smells a bit like a cream stout.

T: Coffee, chocolate are dominant. This is a very sweet dessert beer. Hops are undetectable. Probably wouldn't go with a meal very well, but stands alone nicely.

M: Pretty thick and creamy. Carbonation is good. Fairly non-astringent.

D: Drinks well. I will probably buy again.

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

A - Pours dark brown and opaque. Head topped out at a little over half inch and was gone pretty quick. Lacing was good.

S - Roasted notes combined with dark chocolate and alcohol. There is a faint hint of cherries in the background.

T - Roasted flavor comes through first. Chocolate flavors quickly fade away and seem to be replaced by espresso. Alcohol rounds out the dominant flavors. There is a mild hop bitterness in the background.

M - This one is full bodied for a porter. It was smooth and creamy. Carbonation was a little high.

D - Very drinkable. It is a little strong but still a brew I would like to quaff through the course of an evening.

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

Almost opaque, some light is getting through the edges of this dark brown sample. A nice dark tan head that is slightly thicker than that of a rootbeer float. Settles quickly to spotty lacing patterns. The smell is a rich aggressive dark chocolate, toasted malt and coffee bean that is very similar to the flavor. You can almost taste it before it gets into your mouth. A mellow tingle of carbonation, the mouth feel is medium bodied. Full flavored, the roasted mocha taste lingers nicely and a touch of bitterness contributes a dry sense to the finish. A real nice drinker, the 7% ABV is warming but nicely integrated. Recommended.

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

Pours pitch black with a good sized tan head. Nose has noticeable cocoa powder tones and coffee notes as well. Flavor is more along the roasted edge. as it warms up there seems to be a sweet edge that borders on being berry influenced almost. Stays nice and rounded and a good aftertaste is left to linger. Feel is smooth. Carbonation is higher. Drinkable, yes. I like.

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