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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Ratings: 889 |  Reviews: 521
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of seand
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a solid black with a huge amount of foamy dark tan head. A reasonable blanket retains well, and leaves large clumps and bubbles of lacing.

S: Rich molasses, roasted malts, and a bit of a vegetable-ish floral note.

T: Sweet and roasted, full flavor with a lightly bitter roasted finish. The booze is pretty well hidden.

M: Full body, medium carbonation.

Overall, pretty nice. It's not as richly sweet as some Russian imperial stouts tend to be, but it has a nice complex, full, flavor, and is well crafted.

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Photo of GodOfBeer
4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a completely thick black liquid, not even light can escape it's presence. A nice thick dark brown head that doesn't seem to want to go anywhere. One of the nicest looking beers ever!

Smells of chocolate, coffee, smoke, caramel, milk, molasses, maple syrup, I could go on and on...

Tastes chocolatey and sweet up front some nice deep caramel malts, raisins, dark fruits, tobacco smoke (in a good way), hickory, coffee and a nice bitterness from the hops. Fairly complex. Covers the alcohol very well.

Nice thick mouthfeel that really lingers on the palate. Very drinkable. What a wonderful beer!

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Photo of LoveBeerNo7
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of RedAleMan
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Zimbo
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the moment you crack this open its the nose which hits you a
nd seduces you. Deep, sweet, earthy and luxurious with a rich element of truffle, this beer just makes you beg for more. On the palate it starts big and hoppy before developing a distinquished chocolaty malty quality. Looks good to with initially a deep tan milky coffee appearance of head. The body is just enough to hold the elements together and hide the final longish flourish. Well balanced and restrained yet lethal if drunk too quickly.
Nice work.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: So black that strong back lighting comes through as white. Not ruby, not brown, white. Chunky head holds a thin cover and gives some lacing.

Smell: Black coffee, hint of roof tar/asphalt, burnt grain and a solid whiff of herbal, piney hops. Mild rain water, black bread yeast earthy background.

Taste: Rich malty base is sugary and clean seasoned with just enough hops to finish fairly balanced as the alcohol finishes off the long slow fade.

Mouthfeel: Oily and slick, yet drying. Soaks the chops and each sip takes a few minutes to fade away. Carbonation is low but manages a champagne bubble grittiness that breaks up the heavy body.

Overall: Yeah, Norway wins this round. They took an English style made for the Russian court reinterpreted by Americans, added German brewing precision and made something Norwegian.

Clean, rich, balanced, roasted barley hoppy goodness.
Big Thanks to Illudium for the Xmas treat!

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

Jet black with 2 fingers of reddish brown head, lots of lace left behind. Smell is of roasted malt, big hop bill, smokey notes, bittersweet chocolate, some dark fruit, leather (once I read the label this is all I focused on), some citrus/earth from the hops underneath all the roasted malt. Taste is fairly roasted, chocolate milk flavours, very hoppy even leaving a citrusy aftertaste, coffee and burnt malts in the finish. Full body, creamy, medium carbonation abnd very silky. Good RIS, perhaps a bit too hoppy, I will give this anohter shot 10-12 months down the line to numb some of that hop bitterness.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of jmvecchio1
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of throwback
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Stocean1
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glad I grabbed this at the LCBO, a near perfect RIS. Poured a big two finger frothy coco head with huge retention and very creamy, lots of patchy lacing coating mye pint glass. It is a deep brown with red highlights.

Lots of sweet smokey malt with grassy hops and coffee coming through.

The taste is sweet smokey caramel malt with vanilla, and coffee notes - with lingering leather in the finish. Some ethanol in the finish as it warmed but not overly boozy. Really complex and well balanced.

It is full bodied with some carbonation, sweet,dry, but not at all bitter for the style. The smokiness really adds a nice layer of mouthfeel to it.

An excellent brew and really one of the best RIS' i have had. I will definitely grab a few more of these while they are around and I may have to break the bank to buy some more from this brewer.

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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 maxk
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of LordVodka
4.75/5  rDev +15%

Photo of korguy123
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 8/28/2011.
500ml into CBS snifter.

A- Thick oily black pour with a booming four finger chocolate milk colored head. Head drops to a quarter inch and remains, leaving sheets of lacing around the glass.

S- Roasted coffee, bakers chocolate. There is a light citrus hop presence that compliments the roast qualities. There is stone fruit and slight tobacco. Subtle licorice and molasses.

T- Roasted malts, leather and tobacco. Bakers chocolate and fresh roasted coffee. There is again a nice hop presence.

M- Full bodied, slightly creamy. Slightly prickly carbonation. Sticky on the lips.

O- Excellent stout, overall excellent experience

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Photo of jsnoek
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Tpsauer
5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of bobv
5/5  rDev +21.1%

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

Another one of those enticing mystery bottles I’ve seen but never had the opportunity to try. Until now.

Imperial stout-like appearance, the color of thick, thick oil with no lacing and a good bit of aromas of roasty dark chocolate and coffee. It’s an excellent beer, tasting of dark chocolate and espresso and a bit of booze to give it a smooth kick as it warms. What strikes me and makes this a unique beer is the licorice I pick up. Black licorice, without the anise or fennel overtures. This is one brew I’d love to revisit.

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3/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of kjkinsey
5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of FreshmanPour77
5/5  rDev +21.1%

Imperial Stout from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 889 ratings
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