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

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Imperial StoutImperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
Norway
nogne-o.com

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.

Added by Sigmund on 02-08-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
886
Reviews:
520
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
9.47%
 
 
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5/5  rDev +21.4%
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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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark in appearance. Medium brown head. Smooth

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look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.88/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Man this is just exceptional! Poured with a very dark almost purple head and lots of lace that lasted. Opaque. Very dark malts with roastiness and hints of dark ripe fruit, some spice, no hop. Good burps. Not too fruity like some are. This is very well balanced for such an extreme beer, almost a session beer. Maybe for freaks.

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4.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best Russian Imperial Stouts I've had...I've been craving it ever since (and am bummed that I haven't been able to find it where I live now). I originally had this gem at the Map Room in Chicago; it was the perfect winter evening drink.

And dare I say it...I think it's better than Three Floyds's Dark Lord.

It pours thick and is basically opaque in a glass. This beer is exceptionally smooth with a perfect balance of slight hoppy bitterness and smokey roasted malts, ending with a nice chocolaty/coffee finish typical of your standard RIS. You can also get hints of anise, nuts, and fruit. But the mouthfeel/drinkability is what I love about this beer. Despite its ABV of 9%, the beer is straight up velvety goodness and goes down so easily that I think its exceptionally drinkable without being watered-down.

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4.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A special find of the shelf in NC! Perefect blend of bitterness, roast, and sweetness. Dark inky black in color with mud-brown head. Taste in well-balanced, velvety. Nice coffee and chocolate flavors in abundance. Just melts in your mouth. I want more and would like to try other varieties from this brewer...but I moved away from NC!

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4.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark and heavy brown pour. Settles black as glossy coal. Huge, immensely thick roasty brown topping caps it like a crown with a creamy smooth and frothy sponge. Dwells upon the liquid for a good stretch and leaves massive chucks of lacing in cob webby stitchings.

Favorably roasted and large nose here. Lots of "Expedition"- like qualities with deep dark roasted tang, espresso, dry chocolate, burnt prune, smoked plum, and cooked cherry skins. Slightly large smokey ascents and prevalent burntness of cookie edges, cake, and really dark vanilla notes. Great spicyness of x-mas breads and ginger cookies too. Damn nice and straight up exceptional Impy nose!

Taste makes due with a spectacular array of fun roasty stuff. Dark deceptive, deep, and tangy with smoked dark fruit skins and spicey holiday breads. Smmmoooth...lasting deepness of well developed and rounded roastyness with a bit of espresso touching the burnt notes. Kinda like a silky smooth chocolate covered x-mas dark fruit bread or cake. A bit fudgey, a bit doughy, great hints to smoked/burnt stuff and loads of lasting taste and complexity. Yum, yum, yum, yum, Yum! Last third or so really turns into a silky chocolate dream.

Strong medium body, smooth, creamy, fluffy with a bit of texture to it. Chocolate toned sweetness, mild dark fruity tanged, and burnt fudgey cookie/cake all over the place. The finish is quite and chocolatey. The only real drag of the beer is that it really doesn't have a finishing quality, but damn if it doesn't make ya come back for more!

Ummm...you can label this brew as the best beer form Norway! Not that I've had a bunch from my native land, but from what I have had, this takes the silky smooth chocolate covered x-mas dark fruit cake! Too bad its so spendy...but well worth the adventure.
I could see having a bunch of these after cross country skiing or snow shoeing the big hills of anywhere. Norway representin' y'all!

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4.84/5  rDev +17.5%
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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