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

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Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Reviews by Avagadro:
Photo of Avagadro
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep and dark in its blackness, and topped with a mocha-colored head. Served in an over-sized wine glass, this beer looks delicious.

S: The bouquet is bold and upfront, with chocolate and creme brulee giving sweetness, and a touch of coffee to round it out.

T: Slightly sweet, but far from cloying, this beer delivers plenty of goodness. Milk chocolate and caramel mingle well with the roasty notes of this brew.

M: A bit lighter than I would have preferred, but it has a nice velvety texture to make things interesting. I assume this is from the oats used in the grist.

O: My first Nogne O offering, but certainly not my last; this impressive stout has inspired me to try a wider range of their portfolio.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of spoonhawk
3/5  rDev -27.4%
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 trpng0bily
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super dark brown, with a coffee head.

On the nose cocoa, coffee, a bit of anise, relatively light roasted barley, and a bit of astringency that actually complements the cocoa nicely - really powerful on the nose, to the point that it suggests an overzealous brewer throwing everything he can find into the brew.

Defying the nose, roasted, even burnt, barley comes through strong on the tongue, with rich coffee and anise following closely on its heels. The cocoa is present, but overwhelmed, as is oat, though it comes through more as the beer warms.

The mouthfeel is tame for the hugeness of the taste - creamy but not chewy, with light-to-moderate carbonation.

As to drinkability, the burnt barley makes this brew a bit rough, but that is in line with what the beer is trying to be, so I can't really fault it for that.

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Photo of liamt07
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the LCBO, 500ml into a snifter. Brewed August 26, 2011, best before August 26, 2016. Batch 685.

Pours almost completely black with a finger and change of brown head, with a reddish/crimson tinge to it. Very creamy and almost 'whipped' head. Dense lace and fantastic retention, looks awesome. Nose has some light coffee, milk chocolate, hints of smoke, char, and leather (the label suggested it, and I oculd actually detect this is some amounts). Taste has some bitter dark chocolate, coffee, caramelized and booze soaked dark fruits. Again, a touch of char or smoke, with a prevalent sweet (almost vanilla/almond-y character). Rich and pretty complex, with a creamy and thick feel. Good density and weight to the body. Fairly roasty and bitter finish. Good complexity and the alcohol is well hidden. Certainly dug this one, and I may stock up on this for the upcoming winter months.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.27/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pitch black with a bunch of brown gunk at the bottom of the glass. Half finger dark brown head.

Aroma: Dark malt. Touch of alcohol. Dark fruits.

Taste: Pretty mundane RIS but has all the elements of the style. Dark roasty malt flavors of chocolate with black coffee bitterness. Some good hop bitterness that brings a lightness to the palate. Can't taste the 9% ABV but gives a little heat.

Mouthfeel: Just below full in body and a bit overcarbonated. Average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: The appearance of mucky yeast globs in the beer definitely made this one a challenge to enjoy. Would I drink it again? Maybe.

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Photo of drseamus
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Standard RIS body, nice jet black body with a dark mocha head. There isn't much in the aroma though. Roasted malt but not much else. The flavor is good though. Nice roasted character with some chocolate, especially in the aftertaste which is nice milk chocolate. I can taste a bit of alcohol also. Nice thick body with a creamy feel to it. Not a bad stout except the aroma is kind of empty. More drinkable than a lot of other heavy stouts.

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Photo of twowheelssoar
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of KFBR392
3.59/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours pitch black. Dark brown head of about a finger. Highly above average active carbonation for a RIS.

Smell: Roasted malt, oats, and some smoke on the front. Potent barley body mixes well with some coffee tones. Sweeter tones poke their way through and add a lot to this aroma. The oats showcase themselves toward the back end and round this brew out well.

Taste: Creamy front of oats and toffee. Some mild chocolate bitterness begins then a massively roasted, chalky malt body takes over. Stifling the palate, any other tones are hard pressed to come through. Some chocolate bitterness picks up again toward the finish but this is a big roasted malt dominated taste.

Mouthfeel: Roasted palate punishing malt dries out the drinkers mouth. Carbonation is felt on the front end then is lost on the body.

Overall: I had very high hopes for this one after the aroma but the taste is over the top roasted, coffee tones. I wish the body of the brew was more like the front and finish.

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Photo of Gatch
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

No date from what I can see.

A: Pitch black with a tall, fluffy, thick, medium brown head that leaves behind just a bit of lace and has a nice ring of foam.

S: Heavy roasted malt, molasses, brown sugar, dark fruits, some chocolate and coffee. Everything you'd expect but with a nice sweetness and chocolaty aroma when given a good swirl.

T: Super balanced between roasty, charred malt and sweet, chocolaty, woody malt. A faint hop presence in the finish?

M: Incredibly smooth, sweet, and seriously delicious. Roasted malt flavor is spectacular.

O: Really let this beer warm up. Allows it to shine. Well-crafted and such a joy to drink.

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Photo of rarbring
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is pitch dark black, an oily small brown head, good curtains.

The smell is earthy, concrete, autumn leaves, anise and yeast.

Tasting sweet, licorice, some coffee and possibly a salty twang.

Medium carbonation, lots of small bubbles, a complex body with an oily surface.

A powerful and complex brew. Sampled at a beer tasting at De Klomp, Linköping, Sweden.

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Photo of FLima
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
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 rapidsequence
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz bottle. $9.

Appearance: Completely opaque. Brown head forms with a vigorous pour and fades quickly. Nice lacing, but it falls quickly.

Smell: Big roasted malts. Chocolate and coffee. Licorice.

Taste: Slightly sweet up front with nice chocolate. As it goes down you get more coffee and it becomes bitter-- more bitter roastiness than hops. The finish is very bitter with dark roasted malt, almost like charcoal. Overall the bitter outlasts the sweet, which would be fine, but the charcoal taste, even though its not overpowering, is a bit much.

Mouthfeel: Pretty full and a little creamy. Less full than some great RISs.

Drinkability: This is a very good beer, but not an excellent RIS. There are better beers in this style. I prefer a bigger mouthfeel, and more sweet over bitter. Its not cheap, and these 16.9 oz bottles from Norway are annoying.

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Photo of krome
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of WandaMarie
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of brendan13
3.61/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a pitch black with a few centimetres of dark tan head that slowly falls away leaving a bit of lace down the glass.
S - Dark chocolate and quite a strong dark fruit aroma. Some herbal and woody notes.
T - Much like the smell - dark chocolate and rich dark fruit with some herbal & woody notes.
M - Medium to full bodied, fairly low carbonation.
D - A nice beer but obviously not a sessioner.

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Photo of smithmd4
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of smonice
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of Kegatron
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle into a Duvel tulip at cellar temp.

Pours an inky pitch black with a huge foamy tan head. It actually takes quite a bit of work to eventually get the whole bottle in and I think that most of you know that the Duvel tulip isn't a small glass. Eventually it all settles down into a handsome looking creamy head that retained well with good lacing. Aroma has a suprising amount of citrus to it but I also pick up some chocolate, roasted malt notes, and a whiff of heat.

Once again, the taste is strong up front with a surprising amount of fresh hop citrus. While definitely surprising, I actually found this to be quite pleasing as it imparted a real freshness to the beer that I really enjoyed. The middle is thick with sweet chocolate and coffee that melds into a finish that's a combo of burnt notes and hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is almost to thin at first but seems to thicken up some as it warms up more. For 9%, I found the alcohol to be pretty well hidden, maybe just adding a little bit of warmth to each sip.

This was definitley a different was still really tasty and drinkable Imperial Stout. That citrus element threw me for a loops at first but the more I drank, the more I appreciated it. I look foward to more from these guys in the future.

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Photo of evilkalla
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Bottle into a tall tulip glass.

A: Midnight black with a quarter inch of head which dissipated fairly quickly. Good lacing on the side of the glass. Absolutely no light penetration through this one at all.

S: Chocolatey roasty malts but nothing too overpowering.

T: Deep, dark roasted malt. Like roasted coffee beans with an earthy, smoky backbone. Really good.

M: Very smooth with a slight film that clings to the mouth.

D: I can't pound back stouts but this one I will end up sipping until the glass is empty. Definitely a keeper.

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Photo of MattSharpless
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of br3wmeister
3.33/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Nice silky brown head with good retention and nice lacing. This beer is black, can not see through it even when held up to a light.

S- Lots of sweet malt character, chocolate caramel, molasses and some roasted barley. Little hop profile.

T- Bitter... Dark roasted barley, coffee and piny hops. Very little sweetness to be had with the taste. Lots of alcohol in the end.

M- Dry and bitter bite. Full bodied.

Overall- The smell does not match the taste, I found it to be a little too bitter for my liking.

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Photo of brystmar
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle is at least 1yr old. Aroma shows deeply roasted malt, black coffee, and a touch of heat. Taste is about the same: this is a very "dark" stout that focuses on the malt character. Minimal coffee, zero chocolate, nothing exotic or crazy. Nice body.

A straightforward imperial stout. Hard to justify this purchase when Founders Imperial Stout is cheaper and significantly better in all areas.

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Photo of fredmugs
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.67/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is rich and mouth-watering - "stouty" and smoky with strong tones of unsweet chocolate and fine coffee and a touch of miso. It pours an opaque sable that is just two cat whiskers above black with a very thick, dark tan head that hangs around for a bit. Rich flavor is what I expect of a stout, having strong tones of roast high-quality coffee and unsweetened chocolate, with just a whisper of molasses. Texture is very thick, sharp and fizzy. Worth seeking!

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Photo of cleverbeername
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

found old chiken scratch notes, tasted and retasted hours later, then did notes

Drank out of bordeaux glass

A 2 fingers, nice lace with corderoy tan color, pretty much inky black

S subtle, hints of coffee and malt

T coffee, toffee, heavy roasted malt, light smokeyness

M rich and coating, not too abrasive. creams out later on

D lingers on palate, subtle, complex, long and sort of perplexing.

A nice Euro example of style

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