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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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I don't believe this is retired, it was readily found and delivered by Papsoe. A 500 ml. with very thick body and head, dark brown. Straightforward quality RIS, some chocolate and coffee, roast, but not too much of anything. Roast and anise aroma. Bittersweet chocolate mostly. A bit acidic in mouth like having unsweetened hot cocoa. Very nice.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a really hearty stout, appropriately dense for its norwegian heritage. dark brown almost black, with a soft eggshell finish and over an inch and a half of micro bubble tan head as dense as they come. the nose shows a simple beer at heart, dark barley, cara deepness, and a lioghter almost herbal quality, but rather straightforward. the flavor starts with the dark roast of the barley, and a residual sugar that is tough to explain. maybe slightly under attenuated property, but it works with the rest of the heft here. come dry dark bakers chocolate and a hint of licorice meld into a rather smooth semisweet finish that suggests oatmeal, but i dont know if its there for real or not. bitterness abounds after the swallow though, a nice transition. body is enormous, overweight even, but in a wintery context with some nice rare red meat, its a match made in heaven. smooth as gravy. worth what they ask for it.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew was on tap at the Tap & Table, I managed to get the last of the keg right before it was kicked. The look of the beer was a murky blackish brown color. There was a ton of sediment in the glass from the bottom of the barrel. However the smell of the beer was decent, it had lots of roasted malts, a sweet boozy aroma, a little coffee in there too and some earth. The taste of the beer was pretty good, again chocolaty and roasted. Found it to be a little too earthy, probably from all the yeast and stuff in it. I'd need to have this one again to really get a good grasp of it. The mouthfeel was pretty good, overall this beer seemed to have a good amount of potential. If I see it again I'll have it again for sure.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick and black with a thick dark tan head.

Initial nose smells like chocolate syrup. Thick, creamy and bold mouthfill, extremely attractive.

Huge thick dark bitter chocolate flavors with hints of sweet coffee and espresso. This has layers of chocolate and coffee flavors, layered in different chocolate and coffee nuances. Some deep, bold rich roasted malt and some big and bold sweet black licorice flavors.

The body and balance of this stout matches the deep rich flavors. A winner.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a finger high mocha colored head that quickly died down and left some lacing in the center of the glass and a ring of bubbles around the edge.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of dark roasted malts and notes of chocolate in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and well balanced; it has flavors of dark burnt and roasted malts and chocolate.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and smooth on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness in the finish.
O: This beer is incredibly drinkable considering its alcohol content, which is well hidden.

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Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of biboergosum
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle. As spring seems tentative in its approach, I guess these heartier beers still have their place at this time. Ah, who am I kidding, I'd drink this in deepest, sweatiest August, if that's when it arrived here.

This beer pours a very solid black abyss, with only the slightest hints of basal cola 'highlights', and two fingers of thickly foamy, puff-chested light brown head, which leaves an undulating vista of mountain peak lace around the glass as it evenly recedes.

It smells of dark roasted caramel malt, somewhat sour black orchard fruit, thin treacle, grainy coffee beans, vegetal earthy hops, and a touch of zingy warming alcohol. The taste is big chocolate caramel malt, mildly tart dark fruit - the usual suspect plum, prune, and dried cherries, a piffling smokiness, earthy cafe au lait, a subtle oat-borne nut character, dead leafy hops, and a very tame booze edginess.

The carbonation is fairly understated, nothing really tickling the throat here, the body a solid medium-heavy weight, smooth without constraint, and creamy to a certain degree. It finishes on the sweet side, the chocolate, coffee, and caramel holding the fort, with some trickling hop and booze notes providing fodder for any hope of balance.

Another winner from this brewery that only seems to brew the beefiest of beer styles - not that there's anything wrong with that, given their obvious proficiency. Balanced, somewhat, i.e. not too sweet, and with an ABV that is most agreeably shy. What's not to like?

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark mocha head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, char, roasted malt, coffee, toast, raisin, fig, licorice, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with big balance, strength, and complexity of dark roasted notes and light fruitiness. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, char, roasted malt, coffee, raisin, fig, light molasses, toast, licorice, oats, and roasted earthiness. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, char, roasted malt, coffee, raisin, light molasses, toast, licorice, oats, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic balance and complexity of dark roasted flavors and fruitiness; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with nearly zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic imperial stout. Great complexity and balance of very dark roasted malt flavors; and extremely smooth and easy to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering!

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A delicious and succulent stout that down plays the harsh roast for smoothness and creaminess.

Deep aromas of char, espresso, burnt chocolate, sweet rum, and light fruitiness of cherries and licorice fill the nose in most robust fashion. Light smoke (campfire) gives a slight phenolic/roasty scent that prevents the stout from a flawlessly clean aroma.

As the beer pours a viscous and dark, opaque brown, the beer releases a froathy tight medium brown head that retains well, right down to the last sip covered with a delicate creame. Lacing is fair.

Flavors of roasted barley and cream/vanilla mix in both an acrid coffeeish and bitter cocoa way and also a flavor of heavy cream or milk sugars. The intense flavors up front fade from roast and into the cherries, anise, and currant notes that carry the bold beer into the malty-sweet, long lasting finish of brownies and rum-soaked fruitcake. Though delicious, there seems to be a cavity where the connective structures of the beer should be- it just doesn't come together as great stouts should.

Robust and full, the stout has an early impression of viscous malts and bitter/acrid roast. The beer weakens evently, allowing the toffee malt to become noticed and allows for better drinkability going into the finish. With a long, lingering malty/roasty dryness, the beer gives mild warmth and light roasty astringency on the throat.

There's no doubt that we have a fantastic stout on our hands. But it lacks the unity and seamlessness that we see from Old Rasputin and Sam Smith's Imperial Stout.

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Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Apparently never reviewed this, but i've had it at least once before. Cellared 2007 vintage, served at 55º in a tumbler, coincidentally it's about the same temperature outside.

Rich and sticky mocha foam, it crackles at first then subsides, leaving an unbroken skim that sticks to the sides. Jet black in the glass with some auburn highlights when poured against the light. Arcs of random lacing is left along the edges. Aroma is mostly char and bitter chocolate, with a hint of molasses in the background.

Flavors of bakers chocolate, a good amount of spicy licorice that lingers in the finish with a bitter edge of charred malt. Wisps of smoke in a bigger sip. Rich and creamy feel (oats) that blankets the palate and feels so nice on a cool Fall evening. Cellaring seems to have subdued any perceptible alcohol, though it's still a sipper.

I've been waiting awhile for cooler weather to break this out, glad I did!

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Photo of brentk56
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with a big beige head that displays great persistence and drapes the lace

Smell: Very roasty, with molasses, chocolate and coffee tones; hints of fruit, too

Taste: Surprisingly piney and bitter up front, with the chocolate, molasses and coffee flavors developing by mid-palate, as the bitterness becomes more pronounced; after the swallow, the bitter and smokey flavors dominate, although there is a lingering licorice sweetness that complements the other rich flavors

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A bit on the unbalanced side, but still quite tasty

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a small foamy head with minimal retention. Aroma of black chocolate with subtle coffee notes was well balance and very enticing. Taste is a perfect balance between some black chocolate malt with a very subtle hint of sweetness and some subtle coffee. Creamy texture is incredible with a thick body à la Bells Expedition. No alcohol was detectable and carbonation was low. Definitely the best beer I have tasted from this brewer up to now.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours jet black with about a half finger of light brown head. A very light amount of carbonation is visible and the head reduces slowly as the beer warms up to room temperature. Moderate lacing is present.
S: Notes of chocolate, vanilla, and coffee.
T: Very rich flavors in this beer - tastes of chocolate and coffee with a fair amount of lingering sweetness.
M: Medium bodied with light amounts of carbonation.
O: The taste of the alcohol is very well hidden in this beer which makes the beer quite enjoyable. I could drink several of these beers though I shudder to think of my level of tipsiness if I did that. I think this is a much better beer for a cold winter day than another time of year. Definitely a beer that I would buy again.

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of REVZEB
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of largadeer
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A pitch-black, viscous, chewy stout. Pours with moderate head, almost as dark as the body. Head retention is fair. The nose is very burnt and sugary - it smells like espresso with a few teaspoons of sugar in it. Molasses, dark chocolate and burnt toast are prevalent in the taste. Incredibly thick and heavy on the palate; I've tasted 12% stouts that felt lighter. This is a good brew - recommended if it can be found for a reasonable price.

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