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.

Added by Sigmund on 02-08-2006

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2.51/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Nogne- Imperial Stout

Purchased a bomber from Circle Liquors- Pennington, NJ

A- Thick dark black with a big creamy frothy head.
S- Dark roasted coffee/ espresso with a touch of alc.
T- Dark roasted/ burnt coffee and cocoa with a disgusting taste of Burnt rubber!!
M- Burnt rubber fumes permiating into my palette!

Overall- Looks and smells great, even the first initial sip is nice but Burnt rubber dominates. YUK!

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Photo of PatronWizard
2.56/5  rDev -38%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bomber to glass...

This puppy is black. Mocha tan head. Leaves thick syrup on the side of the glass.

Smells like black licorice. Burning fruit.

Tastes like cocoa powder and alcohol. I don't know right away if I like it or not but I keep wanting another sip. Purple grapes. Black cherries. Rubber, like from a tire. Or if a bus came to a screeching halt and you licked the skid marks. Each sip I'm liking this a little less. There is one just terrible flavor in there that is ruining this beer for me.

Feels full, dry, almost chalky.
Drinkability is suffering with that one nasty flavor. I'm sure it's well crafted but there's bound to be a few of us that disagree with this taste.

Overall: not for me

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3/5  rDev -27.4%

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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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3.06/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wow. Glad I didn't trade through the ass to acquire the super version of this beer. Did not like.

Pours a nice looking black with a bubbly dark tan head. Best part about this beer. Smells like roasted licorice and chocolate. Mouthfeel is too thin.

Taste has a godawful aftertaste. Yes, there's chocolate, bitter coffee (too bitter, actually), and some dark roasted fruit. Underlaying this, however, is some sort of horrible charcoal aftertaste that's actually giving me a tummy ache.

Glad I split this bottle. It will be awhile before I revisit this brewery.

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3.1/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle, pours opaque and jet black with a thin, surprisingly white head.

The aroma is spicy phenols, coffee, sweet fruity esters, and fusels (at least that's what I think they are.) Some alcohol is present in the aroma. There are a surprising number of yeast-derived aromas here for an imperial stout, but it works pretty well.

Opens up with dark malt and transitions very quickly into black patent astringency. The malt bitterness comes with a dark chocolate flavor that keeps it better contained than in, say, Old Rasputin, but I'd like to see more going on mid-palate. Some phenolic and alcoholic spiciness are present in the finish.

Mouthfeel is actually pretty light (which makes sense, looking at the ABV), bordering on porterish. It's not as thin as some of the Rogue stouts, but it's still a little too light for me-- I like my stouts nice and fat.

Reasonably drinkable, but the chalkiness takes it down a notch or two.

Decent imperial stout, but it's an overpopulated style where my standards are high; I wouldn't buy it again.

Later: Chalkiness is out of control, needs more booze, needs to be chewier. Not very good.

Even Later: I described this to a friend as "like drinking Tums." I thought it was apt.

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3.11/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: This beer is black as night with no hilights. A vigorous pour yielded a medium sized tan head that faded fairly quickly.

s: This one has a surprisingly mellow nose. Some coffe, dark chocolate, and a bit too much alcohol. edit: As it warms I began to smell charred wood. (-.5)

t: Just as the smell would have suggested, coffee and chocolate dominate. Some hop bitterness on the end with an alcohol burn that is a bit strong given the 9% abv. edit: As it warms an unpleasant charred wood taste emerges. (-.5)

m: This is a bit too thin for the style and some more carbonation would have been welcome.

d: Glad to have tried it even if it's just to say I had an RIS from Norway. Overall, a fairly solid effort.

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3.13/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours like motor oil or some kind of sludge, head, lifeless, and thick. The odd thing is the beer somehow finds a way to build a recent creamy and dense looking head. The color is rather dark and doesn’t hold for long, but still a touch surprising. This beer is black and oily, with great legs. It looks like a 15% black stout instead of 9.

This beer smells rather flat though. Coffee, chocolate, and sweet malt all take their place, but there’s a flatness and coying sweet aroma much like Mikkler’s Black Hole which isn’t extremely good.

Thankfully, this beer tastes 100x better than black hole. Coffee is the big flavor in this beer with chocolate intermingled to finish the dark flavors off. The malt gives off this coy vanilla flavor with some fruit and perhaps lactose like effects. This malt just doesn’t seem to mix well with the other flavors.

The real failure to make things mix perfectly comes from the body of this beer. It isn’t so thick that one thinks an extreme sipper, but it looks it. It is just this intensely dark heavy cream bodied beer with simply not enough carbonation after the first few sips.

I actually really like a lot of this. The flavors up front are exceptional, but the beer finishes poorly and isn’t overly enjoyable to drink. I very worth effort that seems to indicate to me drink fresh or well aged.

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3.16/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes from Early December 2008.

A - Dark to almost Black. Thick.

S - Alcohol smell. Not the best. Average at best.

T - Imperial Stout but not the best. Much better out there. Not complex. Very simple.

M - THIN!!! I want an Imperial Stout that I can chew on, not drink through a straw.

D - Yeah....I guess. Just not for me. At 9%, I will drink others before this one again. Impressed...Not at all!!

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.18/5  rDev -23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Chilled bottle into a glass. Purchased from City Beer.

A: Pours a viscous, opaque black with 2" of dense mocha-colored head. That recedes over a few minutes into a half-finger of head on the drink, which remains there indefinitely. Some nice clumps of lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: Smell is very appetizing: coffee strongest, roasted malts and barley second, and some dark chocolate coming in last.

T: Surprisingly simplistic. A lot of coffee on the initial taste, with only a smatter of dark, roasted malts at the finish which provide a slight sweetness and a lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. Never tasted the chocolate that was in the aroma. Kind of a disappointing flavor profile against the complexity of other RISes.

M: Full-bodied, with just a tad high carbonation that detracts from its creaminess. Well-masked ABV.

D: Not an impressive flavor, and at its $11 price, a poor value. I won't bother with this one again.

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3.24/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours an opaque black color. No light gets through at all. A one finger tan head gently rises, and recedes in a second. Light lace is left behind.
S: A wonderful aroma of toasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, and espresso. Baked bread and some almonds as well. Really balanced and nuanced.
T: Pretty much a complete turn about. Lots of acrid, and roasted malt. A big bakers chocolate flavor that is really bitter. Acrid coffee as well.
M/D: A big full body that is viscous, syrupy, and thick. The big chocolate bitterness and alcohol burn makes this a bit hard to sip on.

This is a really big and thick stout. I love the nose, but overall a bit one dimensional. To much bitterness from the chocolate, and a bit acrid for my tastes. Not bad, but there are many Imperial Stouts that I like better.

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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

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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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3.28/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours dark brown and viscous. Was disappointed on how quickly the head disappeared, however it left some nice lace around the glass
S - Smells like vanilla, molasses
T - Wanted to taste the vanilla and molasses that I smelled but the roasted malts really took over. I wanted more balance. Had a nice espresso aftertaste that kept me drinking it.
M -Not as thick as it pours, but not bad thing
D -Some folks like that alcohol warmness in high ABV beers, but at 9% Alc/Vol it surprisingly doesn't have an alcohol bite. That plus being on the thin side makes it dangerously drinkable. Not bad, but not best in class

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3.31/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A beer from a Brewery that Ill never be able to pronounce sent to me for my birthday from JamnesCameron. Trade with this guy, he does overboard!

Ive seen this stuff places, Im not sure if Ive seen it in Columbus, but if I have it wasnt recently. Their labels have always caught my eye but Ive never picked any up before so I was happy to receive this.

A- Really super nice. It sports a big, dark red head with unabashed lacing.

S- This already is shaping up to be a roasty beast. Lots of roasted malts and smoke. Really the smoke, charcoal and roast is mostly all that I can get.

T- It is quite a smokey beer. Its in the same vein as Beer Geek Bacon. Lots of smoke, charcoal and a spicy hoppiness.

M- Disappointingly thin, especially after how thick it looks on the pour and how it clings to the glass. Carbonation is quite low which helps create a smoothness that is very welcomed.

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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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