Imperial Stout
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Russian Imperial Stout
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4.14 | pDev: 9.42%
Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
Imperial StoutImperial Stout
Notes: 23°P,75 IBU.

Ingredients: Maris Otter, Munich, roasted barley, oat, black, and chocolate malt; Columbus and Crystal hops; English ale yeast, and our local Grimstad water.
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Photo of vinicole
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. Almost black. Dark tan head. Dense with strong retention. Marked lacing.
Smells of toasted wholemeal bread, cocoa rich chocolate and raisins. Deep and complex.
Taste as per aroma. Some hops make a subtle appearance. Charred bitter finish.
Full bodied. Tingling carbonation.
Great beer that would be fantastic with a softer feel.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at the Oslo airport. Poured from ,33L bottle into shaker pint glass. Bottled on 08.05.18 (May 8th), best before 08.05.22
A: Pours an extremely dark brown...thick...with a generous 2-3 inch super dark mocha head with excellent retention.
S: Chocolate, molasses, leather, wood, and a hint of smoke. Rich and dense.
T: Dark (and a bit dry) chocolate, leather, wood, smoke, and molasses. Follows aroma very closely. Luscious.
M: Moderately heavy body. Thick, velvety smooth, and creamy feel. Mildly dry and bitter with dark sweetness. Lingers nicely on the palate. Absolutely wonderful. I rarely give 5s, but this is perfection.
D: Wow!! This one blew me away. Simply fantastic for style. Well done, Nøgne!

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Photo of Vader444
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml poured into tulip glass.

A rich looking deep black stout; moderate head which is perhaps a bit lighter in colour than you'd predict. Smells of everything an imperial stout should smell of; treacle, chocolate, dark fruits and a touch of coffee. Tastes magnificent with an incredibly soft mouthfeel. Alcohol barely discernible. Dangerously chuggable; this is an excellent brew and I will be hunting for more.


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Photo of Cwrw
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured out with a huge mocha coloured head, gigantic frothy cream actually. Jet black beer. Lacing sticks around, fine small bubbles.

Smell is excellent. Huge toasty malts and raisins. Hint of chocolate, some figs and prunes and dusty coconut sugar. What I look for in a sweet imperial Stout. Lovely.

Taste delivers on the promise of the aroma. Raisins, figs, brown sugar. Slick, low carbonation and a molasses/maple syrup sweetness that sticks to the lips. No hint of alcohol for me. Just flat out sugary malt, in a good way. Hints of sweet whiskey, burnt toast, licorice, meaty roasts, and some salinity. Fantastic, right up my alley.

Great stuff. Happy to have this in my home province.

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Photo of VRH
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nose presents elderberry, rye toast, nuttiness, & loads of molasses, with hints of toasted walnuts. Flavour is remarkably different than the nose, beginning with hints of grassy celery, immediately followed by dry gingery cola, with hints of cocoa & milk chocolate, finishing with plenty of dry smokiness trailing out to hints of raisin. The palate is very dry, with somewhat moderate body. Skilfully & enjoyably crafted!

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Photo of Dentist666
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint.
Opaque with 2-finger tan head, good retention.Heavy load of sediment.
Smell - strict and solid, nutty, roasted, licorice, rye bread, dark chocoate.
Taste - utterly complex and rich, vinous, roasted, coffee, chocolate, char, some oat roundness.
Medium body, soft carbonation.

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Photo of coaxial_1985
3.86/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'll start off my saying that I have a weak nose and very understated taste buds. Years of smoking and salty foods is what I blame it on.

L: Pitch black. Couldn't get darker. Hold it up to a light and it almost becomes more black. Tanned head of a decent size when first poured but it dissipates quickly.

S: Quite strong. Almost soapy, yet pleasant. Notes of tar and mild smoke.

T: Damn fine. Powerful, slightly bitter and soapy.

F: Oh so smooth. Light carbonation. Feels as velvety as its darkness suggests.

O: It's good. It's not quite a 5* for me - I could do with the head staying for longer and a more complex smell and taste to it. It's pricey but I bought it as a treat beer and it's certainly made me feel happy. Give it a go - maybe on the first night of a long weekend or a holiday.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed on 12.16.14.
L - dark with almost no head

S - nutty mostly

T - nutty herbal, cocoa a bit of sweetness and rum cake

F - Sweet then dry which might come from the oat

O - A good ris but I prefered the first cold sip than the ones following. It's not a complex brew and I'd like to see some more background

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.64/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Black pour, red to the edge. 1/3" tan head. Aroma was a licorice, chocolate malt, bitterness.

Taste actually didn't come across much like the aroma. Wasn't overly bitter, hid the alcohol pretty well. Some dark fruit notes, some chocolate malt. Expensive stuff, good, but would not repeat given the price.

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Photo of RickyS
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Petroleum. With a rather faint head, kind of clear for this style. The aroma is magnificent: coffee, roasted malts, brown sugars, peanuts, molasses. Marzipan and honey. The taste is dominated by coffee and roasted malts. Cocoa powder. Very prolonged in the finish. Simple but effective. Tasting the beer opens sensitivity to metallic notes. Not much. Not a very thick mouthfeel. Very very good beer.

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Photo of jakecattleco
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a tulip. Brownish black with a pencil thin layer of tan head that dissipates quickly but never completely. Nose was fairly mute with notes of roast and chocolate. Taste matches the nose, nothing overly interesting. Mouthfeel was nice, maybe a bit high on carbonation. Overall a good beer, but kinda meh.

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Photo of teromous
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I don't see a bottle or import date on the bottle. I am drinking this imported to the U.S.

Appearance: Black body with a short khaki film over the top. It's enough of a cap to cover the beer for about a minute. This fades to a familiar Imperial Stout ring. It leaves some spotted lacing. No head retention.

Aroma: It has a massive caramel aroma married with a bit of what smells familiar to coffee. There is chocolate in there as well, a bit reminiscent of brownie batter. It has a very sweet smelling and lovely aroma.

Taste: At first there is this sweet caramel flavor that is immediately washed away with the carbon flavor of charcoal. I want to head off any predisposition by saying that the carbon flavor is very mellow and does nothing more than to add the perfect bitterness to counteract the sweet caramel flavor. Perfectly balanced scales. The end is a light figgy flavor.

Mouthfeel: It has a dry finish and a medium body with a bit of bitterness from roasted grain. It could use a little bit more texture but otherwise it is good.

Overall: I enjoyed drinking the beer and overall I would recommend it. There isn't much more to say about it.

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Photo of aleigator
3.57/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black color with a thin, dark brown head. Aromas of caramel, malt, coffee, figs and sugar. Earthy malts go together with coffee and hints of chocolate. Carbonation is a little higher than expected, but still adds to the warming character of the beer. Coffee is present in a non too bitter way, supporting the malts very well and gets even bigger in the end, by becoming more complex due to an upcoming bitterness, which still leaves space for the malts. Very oily, smooth mouthfeel, medium bodied - different flavors blend together very well. Aftertaste is all about coffee, with a long lasting bitterness. While the beer smells sweet and malty, taste is in great balance between coffee and malts, supported by a fitting carbonation and a decent bitterness.

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Photo of cyguyjg
4.77/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dark as a moonless night. Small, tight head remains only at the side of the glass but that was not an issue for me. Did not have this on nitro so the body was not as heavy as an Imperial might normally be but I took this to be a plus since the ABV is high. That kept the drinking sensation from seeming too filling. Both taste and texture are smooth. All the flavors are blended together: so well that the only one to stands out, slightly, for me -- that of roasted coffee.

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Photo of AlarmClock314
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

16.9oz bottle, no date. Pours black with a medium sized brown head. Straightforward smell of roasted malt and cocoa. More complex taste of roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, and some dark fruit. The taste is somewhat muted, but very balanced. The roasted malt is lighter than with other RIS's. Below average body and above average carbonation. Overall, its balanced and feels well-crafted.

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Photo of Sleepy_Cecy
4.69/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Black as night, you can feel the viscosity as it goes into the glass. Cocoa-powder colored head that dissipates rapidly. Looking at the bubbles remaining in the center of the glass recalls an oil slick.

Aroma: Dark chocolate with raspberry undertones. Bitter touch of coffee and a hint of vanilla underneath.

Taste: Flavors slid seamlessly from a complex, minerally dark chocolate to black coffee to firewood. The hint of vanilla in the nose carries through on the palate, creating a burnt marshmallow finish (complete with a bit of charred stick). And that finish lasts, lingering on the center of the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and silky, but with a bit of carbonation that prevents it from becoming treacly.

Overall: Great complexity and a beautiful brew. Silkier than a La Perla nightie. Truly satisfy and complex.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Birch in Norfolk, VA.

This one pours a steely dark black, dark as night, with a very small head, and no lacing.

Smells like roasted malt, licorice, dark fruit, chocolate, and coffee.

This tastes like a pretty typically great Scandinavian-style Imperial Stout, great balance of chocolate and coffee, with some more interesting licorice and dark fruit flavors. It almost tastes port BA without actually being that. Nice.

This is pretty thick bodied, with a very creamy mouthfeel, and lower level of carbonation.

A really solid imperial stout here, hits all the right notes for sure.

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Photo of pat61
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours nearly black with a 2” tan head that looks like a nitro pour. Leaves thick lace. S: Dark malt and yeasty fruit aromas.
T: Achieves an exquisite balance between toast and roast malt flavors, malty chocolate, traces of coffee, yeast driven fruit, and hops that begins slightly sweet and then dries out. Traces of wine. Nothing harsh or burnt.
F: Soft and very creamy smooth, rich full body.
O: A delightful, rich yet easy to drink Imperial Stout.

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Photo of FLima
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

As deep black as it can be with a thick and thin dark caramel head with short retention.
Aroma with predominant notes of high grade cocoa chocolate, lots of black currant and some licorice. Hints of charred grains, coffee beans and molasses.
Flavor with predominant notes of dark fruits (Brazilian jabuticaba, black currant, plums), cocoa, spices, vanilla, charred grains, a bit of ash, licorice, molasses, chalk yeast, mocha, tobacco leaves and earth. Dry aftertaste with a bitterness that comes mostly from its roasted malts that insists to stay put.
Full body deceivingly lighter with mild carbonation and quite viscous. Alcohol of 9% abv is incredibly hidden, or simply absent.
A complex dark fruity and roasted Imperial Stout with a bold character without hopping it in excess. Perfect execution, who did this, knew exactly what was doing. Its gifts are hidden between the lines, take your time. It gets better and better once it warms up.
It held perfectly through time, this is 4 years and 1 to go to their best before date. It may have lost its aroma strength.

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Photo of lefty713
4.84/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The smell is absolutely amazing. Easily among the best aroma's I've ever had from a beer. The mouthfeel is perfect, just the right thickness without feeling sticky. The taste is among the best I've ever had from a basic imperial stout (no coffee beans added, BBA, etc...). Nice and complex, changes a couple times in your mouth.

Need to acquire again, this is absolutely top notch.

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Photo of interzen
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass

Look: Dark brown, almost tar-like with a bubbly tan head. Decent retention and some lacing but nothing special. Not sure whether or not my eyes were deceiving me, but this seemed fairly viscous when pouring.

Smell: As soon as the top was off the bottle there was a delicious aroma of dark, roasted malts and a hint of chocolate, the latter of which intensified once in the glass. Given the ABV, there was very little alcohol noticable on the nose, which bodes well.

Taste: Absolutely delicious - I don't think there are words to do it justice. You get everything in the smell, plus a bit - slightly burnt flavours, chocolate, coffee, burnt sugar and maybe the faintest hint of liquorice spiciness. The alcohol is very well hidden, and only really becomes noticeable as a warming feeling once it hits your stomach.

Feel: Quite a full body, as you'd expect from a stout and an Imperial in particular. Has quite a 'viscous' feel to it but by no means hard going. There's a nice transition from the burnt, tarry, earthy flavours up front to a dry, alcohol-tasting finish.

Overall: As stouts go, this one is an absolute killer - fantastic smell, massive flavour profile and a well-disguised ABV. I suspect this would benefit from some aging but as it comes it's absolutely stunning. The first beer I've had from Nøgne Ø and it certainly won't be the last - this should be on the shopping list of any stout enthusiast.

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Photo of Derek
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice tan head that shows lots of leg.

Boozy aroma with some tar and licorice.

Tasty brew, blackstrap molasses, licorice, tar, bakers chocolate and dark rum.

Moderate to full body is quite acidic, a bit chalky with a drying alcohol finish.

Enticing, pleasant drinker.

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Photo of spoonhawk
3/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On the heavier side of things but manages a thick head. The mouth feel is viscous but far from sticky.

Charred grains and french roast dominate upfront. Hints of barely sweet chocolate come through midsip, providing some relief from the more forward burnt flavors. The finish introduces some earthy hops that build on the drier flavors, and the alcohol shows a bit more than I was expecting it would.

The lingering flavor mixes a touch of sweetness, a ton of charred and burnt malt, and a present but not offensive alcohol.

A solid, straight forward RIS. I think the execution was on-point, and the lack of evident flaws is commendable. But, for me, it was a little too much char and a little too one-dimensional.

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Photo of 94Sip
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Overall: Had this in Arendal, Norway at Kitchen & Table restaurant. Poured from the 500mL bottle into a large wine glass. This was a great RIS - lots of complex flavors typical of the better imperial stouts. This is the highest rating I have given a RIS. If you have a chance to find this beer, get it and try it. Don't miss the opportunity if it presents itself.

Look: Typical dark black stout - not a great amount of head, but what was there stuck around the whole time and left a great looking lace on the glass.

Smell: Lots of dark chocolates, coffees, roasted grains. Very deep aromas - you could leave your nose in the glass for a long time and really enjoy it.

Taste: early dark fruit flavors, followed by some chocolates/coffees, and then finishes with a real nice toffee/caramel/dark maple syrup sweetness. Like most other RIS, let this one warm up to the recommended temperature because it tastes so much better than when it is refrigerator cold.

Feel: Just the right amount of thickness - moreso than a smaller stout and typical of a RIS. Carbonation was just right.

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – A dark black color with a nice chocolate head. Decent lacing when first poured, but very little lacing as the head begins to subside.

Smell – Has a nice strong scent to it. Roasted malt, burnt dark chocolate, barley, and s’mores.

Taste – Malt, barley, dark chocolate, charred wood, and a little hops.

Mouthfeel – Feels a little light at 9% (I tend to like 12-18% in a stout). Lightly carbonated, slightly creamy, lingering aftertaste.

Drinkability – A good, but not exceptional stout.

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Imperial Stout from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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