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

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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

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4.12
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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
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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Photo of TX-Badger
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark dark brown almost black like oil with similar viscosity and khaki colored head. Cocoa, roasted malt, and some licorice on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with some roast.

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Photo of TwoPack
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

This is really fantastic. Deep rich mouthfeel. Good lacing. Aroma and taste of molasses, coffee, cocoa, tofee. Really rich and full mouthfeel. A little too much booze on the finish, but overall an excellent stout.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from a growler in a snifter, this fine imperial stout pours a thick black with dark brown edges, a moderate dark tan head, and decent lacing. Nose of mild coffee, cocoa, vanilla, booze, and deeply roasted grains. Flavors are candied and delicious with sweet chocolate and mild coffee to the front and sides, vanilla to the back and on the aftertaste with intense warming and deeply roasted grains on the aftertaste. Slick coating mouth feel, mild carbonation, and lots of sweetness. A smooth imperial stout experience.

Cheers!

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Photo of BrewAskew
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a thick light brown head and black color. Aroma is dark cherries, vanilla and tons of mocha and a bit of bread and smoke. Flavor is smooth, creamy, roasty and damn delicious with a soft vanilla and hop finish. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Overall an outstanding imperial stout.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Feb 2016. Purchased ages ago from the York Beer & Wine shop and stored carefully. The label promises a rich, black ale with coffee, chocolate and dried fruit flavours. I've wanted to sample a brew from these guys for ages - here goes.....

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A very dark brown hue that appears ultra-black in the glass. Produces a decent head of creamy mocha foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a patchy surface layer. Slight lacing.

S: Aroma of intense roasted malt with notes of coffee, burnt grain, cocoa, molasses, prunes, dried fruit, a touch of vanilla, mild smokiness, earthy yeast and faint stewed leaves. A hint of warming booze in the background. Simply superb.

T: Tastes of supremely decadent roasted malt with a complex character and a powerful bitter finish. Notes of coffee, burnt grain, dark malt, cocoa, molasses, dried fruit, fruitcake, subtle smokiness, a twinge of vanilla, earthy yeast and stewed leaves. A whisper of alcohol in the background. Slightly sweet, followed by a strident, malt-driven bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with soft carbonation and fantastic body. Stimulates the palate, though could be a tad livelier. Somewhat astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of rich roasted malt, coffee/chocolate, fruitiness and bitter burnt notes.

O: Excellent - a monster stout with an amazing character. It looks great, while the aroma and flavour are replete with roasted malt, coffee and dried fruit. Complex and bitter. Lovely creamy body. A top-notch imperial stout; Nøgne Ø have outclassed themselves. Add this to your must-try list.

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Photo of Marius
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best russian imperial stouts out there, an excellent example of the genre. Pitch black pour with a bit of head. Smells of roasted malts and boatloads of dark cherries. The taste follows the same notes, simple components yet excellently blended. Smooth mouthfeel and a bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black pour, one finger mocha head before a nice sticky lace with nice traces on the glass.
Rich roasted malt up front, robust, rough, woody, plus very dark chocolate, caramel and toffee, faint cream and a drizzle of coffee powder. Low dark fruit, big emphasis on the "stout".
The taste doesn't entirely follow the nose, at least regarding the "dosage". Starts quite juicy with nice clear raisin, dry plum, some fig and date, mixed with some coffee acidity (even some faint citrus in the back). The dark fruit has a nice sweetness to it that stands up to the other rough elements from later on. Gets "lumpier" with dark chocolate, burnt sugar and some spices showing up, the somewhat usual licorice, cinnamon, vanilla. Roasted malts dominate the finish, right after a short flash of hops. Burnt dark bread, smoked wood, ash, charcoal, getting more intense till the aftertaste.
Thick body, low to medium carbonation, fits well with the robust nature of the beer. Should be noted that the aftertaste has some lingering hops and dark fruit, which is nice.
A big strong Imp Stout, seemed simple at first, but has nice complex flavours. Had it just 8 months old.

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Photo of BucBasil
4.69/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

A: The beer is completely opaque and black even when held directly to light. The head is also one of the darkest I've ever seen, a thick foamy much seeping up from the mud of this brew. The whole thing looks almost like some melted chocolate ice cream on top of some motor oil. Crazy.

S: Very chocolatey with some booze hidden underneath. Really reminds me of chocolate cookies right after they have come out of the oven, then smothered in chocolate pudding which was then allowed to sizzle on the still-hot baking pan. So in other words, some burnt chocolate and roasted malt with lot s of dough and molasses, topped off with a somewhat sweet character. Crazy.

T: Chocolatey with some tobacco smoke and plenty of dough and roasted coffee. Amazingly complex. I'm sure I could come up with a different note each time I took a sip of this. Not as boozy as some imperial stouts and that's a good thing. I expected this thing to give me a brutal punch at the end, but in reality is was very mellow and only revealed even more flavor as it slowly made its way into my stomach and then my bloodstream. Crazy.

One word keeps coming to mind each time I think about this beer and it's "crazy." Not in a super hoppy DIPA way that kicks you in the face with a huge amount of some flavor, but in that it's supremely hard to pin this one down. It's crazy because it's so many contradictory things at once. Not only in that such a huge beer can be subtle, but also that beneath that subtlety lies a complexity that is like a gift every time it hits your tongue. Well balanced and extremely flavorful, strong and yet dangerously drinkable, this is a beer that I will want to come back to again and again.

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Photo of doktorhops
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Time for a good old Imperial Stout from those imperious bastards at Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S; which is to say the least a hearty mouthful of a name, here's hoping the brew provides a hearty mouthful too. Recommended to me by an Archive barman who has rated 1200+ beers when I asked for something like Black Buffalo (which I sorely miss).

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A: This is one black beauty of a stout with its fantastic obsidian body and a half centimetre brown head that dissipates to a nice sticky lace.

S: It certainly has a heavy aroma similar to Black Buffalo - dark chocolate, roasted coffee, barley malt with Vegemite and Bovril thrown in for good measure. There are hints of smoked Birch wood mingling around as well. This has the nose of a formidable ale!

T: Yep - this is a damn heavy Imperial Stout! The above aromas present themselves: dark chocolate, roasted coffee, barley malt, and a hint of Bovril. However it is the aforementioned smoked Birch wood that really adds a unique dimension, along with a finish that is astringent with almost no bitterness at all. There is also a noticeable (unwanted) metallic tang in there too.

M: Heavy bodied like some sort of 'beer gravy' and a tack flat carbonation. Quite smooth and oily too - a proverbial Julio Iglesias of stouts.

D: Consumed at the right temperature (12 celsius says the bottle) this is a rich, heady and flavoursome brew. The metallic note does diminish its rating, and it is not near as full on as Black Buffalo, nor was it ever going to be at 9% ABV. However colour me impressed as there is quite a lot happening with this 9% drop, and I quite enjoyed the fact that it doesn't hold back on the boldness. Nice one Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S!

Food match: The beer gravy comment I made earlier got me thinking of actually pouring this over slices of roast beef and giving the meal a side of roasted potatoes and peas... why drink a beer when you can eat it? Food for thought.

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Photo of BlazerT
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black with big, dark brown, rather low-lasting head, lacing is moderate.

S: Moderatly strong roasted malts aroma, coffee, dark chocolate also some burnt notes. Low hop aroma. Some black dried fruit notes - plums, pruns, but not dominant. Also some alcohol is present. Unfortunately slightly metallic sensations.

T: The taste is not so complex, mainly roasted malts, burnt flavours, medium bitterness. Low to medium dark fruit esters. Evident alcohol strength.

M: Semi-dry, roastiness and warming character noticable. Low to moderate carbonation, full body, creamy.

O: In overall I’d give this beer some time to mature in the bottle, perfect roastiness balanced with dark fruit esters and alcohol. It could be more malty and barley-wine like.

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Photo of Tone
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a black color. 1/3 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of wood, slight sweet malt, yeast, hint of roasted malt, alcohol, and slight hops. Fits the style of a Russian Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, alcohol, slight liquor, hint of yeast, and slight hops. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
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 draheim
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500mL into a tulip. Pours an opaque black w/ a 1-inch mocha head, some patchy lace.

Aroma is roasty and bitter with lots of dark fruit and chocolate. What we have here is a classic RIS.

Taste is likewise roasty and bittersweet. Earthy, nutty, chocolatey. Nicely round and fruity, not overly aggressive or overpowering. Just a great balance of flavors. Reminds me a lot of another favorite, Courage.

Mouthfeel is full bodied but not sticky or syrupy. Velvety smooth and oh-so effing drinkable.

Overall a really great RIS, hits all the right notes right where you want them. I'm having trouble finding any fault with this beer.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My previous acquaintance with this brewery was limited to a bottle of Dark Hozion that I aged for several years. I bought two bottles of this. One is in my ager and the other I most finished. This is not nearly as amazing as Dark horizon, but it is a very good Russian Imperial Stout (one of my favorite styles).

As soon as you open it you know you have something special. It pour deep motor oil black with a slight creamy head. The aroma is a beautiful pungent sweetness. Very nice.

The taste is a nice balance of bite, creamy, malty and hoppy. It rolls on down the tongue. The aftertaste lingers very long and sweet, nice.

With Dark Horizon I got the feeling I was drinking an ice cream topping - a thick, wonderful boozy drink. With this, I want to go set up a shot of vodka, but that would just ruin my day - I don't have the Russian genes to handle such decadence.

Edit - 3-1-2015 - I aged a bottle for a year. I think this was unnecessary. I bought another last week to age but I will consume it instead. It's good aged. Way smoother than say an un-aged Great Lakes Blackout Stout, but still, I'll just drink it sooner rather than later.

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Photo of beergoot
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Midnight black body sporting a very thick, very creamy, light tan head. Big, boozy and dark fruit aroma; prunes; milk chocolate. Cocoa and bitter chocolate flavors; big alcohol warmth underneath; sweet and sour tones. Heavy bodied; smooth with a finely coarse feel; semi-sweet mouthfeel.

This beer follows suit like so many Danish/northern European black ales – it's deep and mysterious, velvety smooth; deep and rich in flavor and texture. Black ales, the bold and complex ones, come across much like this RIS example. It's hard to go wrong with this strong, exemplary offering.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.59/5  rDev -12.9%
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 Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer is opaque and deep, dark brown with a thick, oily, beige collar. The aroma brings loads of malt and chocolate. Distinctly European in both aroma and flavor. Prominent dark fruits and rich chocolates. Low carbonation with a medium body, lighter than I expected given the appearance and abv. Overall, this is a solid beer. I'd have it again.

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Photo of Wobbly
4.45/5  rDev +8%

Excellent rendition of a difficult style, which has become so popular in the U.S. With the exceptions of Founder's and Goose Island's Bourbon County line, this beats anything I have had from the U.S. in this style and would give the best British examples a run for their money. A bit expensive, at least where I live.

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Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap. Tasting glass enjoyed @ BierCab (Barcelona). Pitch black headed by sticky & lasting crown, tan in color. Bitter cocoa, Bamberg malt, roasted barley aromas with herbal notes. Creamy upfront yields to herbal bitterness. Full body. Moderate to soft carbonation. Oily texture & velvet palate. Tannin touch & licorice candy notes in the middle. Warming alcohol, dried sensation & plum zest-like astringency linger into a long bitter finish. Cocoa hues on the aftertaste. Big beer !

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Photo of beholder_pl
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Tried this one both from bottle (on International Stout Day 2013) and from tap recently. While both were very good, I think the bottled one was better. Had more kick and was overall more intense than the tap version. Still, it's a very, very good beer and it has a lot to offer.

Aroma was of coffee and chocolate-cherry. Some alcohol in taste, but on a low level, however it was pretty warming. Also cherry and coffee notes were present. Almost full bodied, kinda low carbonation, but it'd be a lot better if almost flat. It amplified the alcohol taste giving somewhat sharp feeling.

Enjoyed from a snifter glass (bottled) and from Nøgne Ø shaker glass (tap).

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Photo of BierJager89
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Black as the night, with a dark brown head.

S: Huge caramel and toffee in the nose, some roasted malt and maybe a touch of coffee and dark fruit as well.

T/M: Coffee, toffee and caramel hit you the hardest upfront, with some nice roasted malt all the way through. Almost no hint of the 9% abv, not the absolute most impressive on that front. Pretty good overall. Quite a bit smoother as it warms up, and the roasted malt begins to overtake the other flavors a bit. Maybe some dark chocolate.

O: Definitely worth a try, but not nearly as good as Beer Geek Brunch, which is also brewed at Nøgne Ø (by Mikkeller). An excellent imperial stout.

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Photo of dar482
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a dark black color.

The aroma has this beautiful punch of dark fruit notes. Some tart raspberries, raisins. Then that huge sweet chocolate and roasted malt.

The flavor follows with that big dark chocolate in the front, then some coffee and espresso notes. The finish hits again with that dark fruit note. A bit of tartness and then some dark fruit sweetness.

A round full mouthfeel with that interesting fruity ester. A really enjoyable large stout.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

One more day of beer and football before the start of the week – cheers.

A: A shining black body with just a half-inch of head, dark brown and creamy with a slight reverse cascade. Retention is nothing more than a ring around the glass’s interior.

S: I love a nose with a lot of depth, and with this one, it feels like you could fall right into it. This beer is brimming with rich, fudgy aromas, like fresh-baked brownies, along with notes of butterscotch and peanut brittle. Solid roast notes on the back end, as well, though they’re in no way dominant.

T: The gooey chocolate of the nose is subdued in what turns out to be an unexpectedly bitter palate: flinty tonic water, licorice root, and chalky roasts fill out the palate upon first sip. Chocolate is still evident in the palate, though, this time as a dark bittersweet flavor blended in with the malt bill. As it begins to wind down, herbal hops – juniper, fresh-cut grass – and acidic coffee come out. Mild, smoky aftertaste, with a unique clove and red grape character at times.

M: Soft, slightly watery body with barely any carbonation. There’s some heat there, though, which gives the feel a bit more character.

O: Though there’s a disconnect between the nose and the palate, this is a delectably complex beer. It’s not what I anticipated at all, but that might be because I’m accustomed to the thick, liquid-chocolate stouts of the U.S.; at any rate, this is definitely one to try if you have a chance.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into a globe.

A: Black as black gets. The brown head holds fast at a quarter inch. Lacing is small and spotty.

S: Chocolate fudge sauce. Coffee roast. Espresso. Bitter dark chocolate. Char and woody roasted malts. Hints of raspberry and currant fruitiness. Touch of smoke. Green hop scents.

T: Char, smoke, and wood at the outset. Deep coffee roast and espresso flavors set in shortly after. Acidic. Tide of bitter dark chocolate. Heavy roast. A sweet vanilla bean character is apparent up front, but fades away. Currant and berry fruits. Spicy and oily hops clamp down toward the back, but they fight a losing battle against the heavy roasted malt character. Long lingering finish of bitter dark chocolate and espresso with a kiss of smoke.

M: Thick body. Mouth coating and weighty, but not oppressively so. It glides over the tongue in a slick but smooth sort of way. Low, lightly prickling carbonation.

O: A very impressive Imperial stout. Very well put together, it really does not have a weak point. Worth seeking out.

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Imperial Stout from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
4.12 out of 5 based on 885 ratings.
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