Cellarman's Reserve
Nøgne Ø

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American Stout
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3.45 | pDev: 7.54%
Jul 07, 2018
Jun 18, 2016
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Reviewed by Proteus93 from Virginia

3.12/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Picked up at Craft Beer Nation in Red Deer, Alberta--this was the last bottle appearing on the shelf and it states on the side that it was brewed in November, 2015 with a best before date of November 5, 2020.

A: Pours jet black, as expected, with a brown head that was a little bit lacking and fairly short-lived. Within the first minute, it was down to a sheeting over the brew. Nonetheless, it was enough to bring out some of the aromatics.

S: The nose is a muted roasted malt, paired with some notes of cocoa. I feel like there is some wheat in there, in addition to a scent that is most like cherry fruitiness.

T + M: The beer has a lighter flavour than I had expected, with a little bitterness rounding out a modest roasted malt. There is something of a green grape flavor in there, along with a dark chocolate. Its body is on the lighter side, with a crisp carbonation often reserved for lighter styles.

O: I may have expected a little more given the brewery and the time it had to age--which, notably, appears to be done in an atmosphere that did not have negative effects insomuch as it was stored incorrectly. It's okay--just a bit underwhelming.
Jul 07, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by jonbonfondle from Minnesota

Jul 29, 2016
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Reviewed by biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.49/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
330ml bottle - a stout that was aged for an unspecified period in foeders that last contained cognac.

This beer pours a very thorough black hole, with the barest of skinny-ass basal orange-cola edges, and a similar amount of surface cap-only fizzy beige, um, 'head' which leaves nothing in the way of lace as it quickly dissipates.

It smells of zingy berry-forward brandy, bittersweet chocolate, muddled, but still heady earthy spice (mint, maybe?), battened-down roasted grainy and somewhat caramelized malt, an almost barrel-borne vanilla essence, and a suggestion of alcohol near untethered. The taste is sharply edgy dark orchard fruit (the sort already under fermentation's heady grasp), grainy and bready caramel malt, wet wheaten crackers, underwhelming vanilla and indistinct grapey fruit notes, dank barrel wood, and some rather tame earthy, leafy, and dead floral noble hoppiness.

The bubbles are damned near non-existent, with barely a palpable frothiness to be had, the body a so-so medium weight, and smooth enough, I suppose, but nothing that I'd brag about to friends, for what it's worth. It finishes off-dry, the gritty and grainy caramel malt still tangoing with the lingering Cognac and weirdly affected cocoa and vanilla essences.

Overall, this seems to be another of those Nøgne Ø offerings that shirk tradition, but come up on the other side entirely short of a justification for doing so. I assume that the allure of the big-ass Cognac barrels fueled this whole endeavour, but some things aren't always meant to be, I guess - i.e. not really worth the shelf tag expenditure, IMHO.
Jun 21, 2016
Cellarman's Reserve from Nøgne Ø
Beer rating: 3.45 out of 5 with 3 ratings