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

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Imperial StoutImperial Stout

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Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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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 aforbes10
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black as tar with a sticky brown head. Gooey yeast sticks in the bottle. Laces hugely. Smells like coffee, fudge, burnt malt, and warm brandy. Taste is rummy, dark chocolate and plums with hints of coffee, charcoal and vanilla. Quite complex, without being challenging. A very tasty example of the style, that trends towards an Imperial Baltic Porter (because it's got such a fruity character). Mouthfeel thick and velvety, just as it should be. A good one overall that drinks well and doesn't disappoint.

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Photo of mortarit
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It seems like this beer is getting alot of different reviews.

I really didn't notice the alcohol but wasn't trying to detect it either.
This is what I am looking for in a beer.
Something tasty, chewy, and smooth but with a tingle of IBU's.

It states the IBU's were 75 but I didn't taste like that.

Really like this one and hoping to try other styles from the brewery.

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Photo of sfoley333
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Pizza Port real ale 04 glass from16.9 oz bottle from Ports bottle shop. Poured like spent motor oil black as night with big thick mocha head. Smell rich roasted coffee, herbal black licorous aromas with grassy anise. Taste resinous espersso, dark bitter chocolate with an astringent finish. Mouth feel has an oily feel chewy with an alcoholic warmth. Great IRS, I have drank a lot of IRS and this one is worth trying but pricey at 8.00 a bottle.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.51/5  rDev -39.1%
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 genog
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, rich black color with a creamy and bubbly chocolate milk color head. Head builds up to a massive 2inch thick, then dies down to leave lacing along the side. Every swirl of the drink produces another rich layer of this head. Smell is of licorice, smoky, and toasted malt. Taste is of black licorice, cocoa, whiskey barrel, chard smoke. Mouthfeeling is so creamy and smooth it feels like silk for your mouth.

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Photo of bruachan
3.66/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this thing is totally black and sports a thiiiick brown head with nice staying power. it's still cold, but i smell molasses, bit of mocha. it's dry, hoppy, lacking the sweet malty coo that some impys portray

it's a bitter and not overwhelmingly big-feeling beer. not massively thick (though not exactly watery). roasty, but not cloying. full of earthy hop flavor, as well. it brings a bit of blackcurrant with it. it's a bit more drinkable than many of its brethren. it's a nice-drinking impy; i'd love to try it on cask

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Photo of PlaywrightSam
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle. A: Thick as oil, opaque black with a chocolate head that goes away very quickly. S: Chocolate and roasted malts with a lot of boozey spice. T: Raisins, chocolate, alcohol is apparrent but not overwhelming; coffee and caramel as I continue the glass. M: Thick and sticky. D: Very easy to drink, a really clean and nice Imperial Stout. A solid brew.

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

Poured from the 16.9 oz brown bottle into a La fin du monde tulip cold.

A - An oily black w/ a 3 finger tan head that settles into a thin ring.

S - The smell of rich chocolate and dark malt odors present a great aroma along w/ a touch of alcohol and pine. The malted milk/vanilla scent is present in the smell also.

M - Rich luxurious, full bodied w/ roasted and fruity ale textures. The stout has a slightly bitter roasted quality.

T - Dark roasted African coffee comes to mind w/ slightly citric tastes. Wonderful chocolate notes and a brief interlude of vanilla and graham cracker w/ toasted flavor and deep tannic plum tastes. An alcoholic warmth and resinous pine hop bite are noticed as the temp becomes closer to room temperature. Smooth cream and cocoa mix with a hoppy bite to create a great blend of roasted and bitter.

D - A big Imp. Stout at 9% and a well balanced one. Quite drinkable, smooth and focused w/out much viscosity or overbearing roastiness it retains a smooth stout-like body. The hops are balanced well with the malty essence of this big dark ale.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.51/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

8/2/07- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 16.9oz bottle...forgot to look for freshness info. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Deep dark black pour. Full 3/4 inch brown chocolate dusted head. Left behind exceptional lace patchwork. This is the way an RIS should look.

Smell- Scents of cocca beans, dark chocolate candy bars and a touch of fusel alcohol.

Taste- This is one well rounded brew. First sip indicates mid range roasted malt with a coffee bean flavor. The next sip brings the dark, but not too dark chocolate taste. That is followed by a near perfect hop bite in the swallow. Went well with the mocha covered almonds I had.

Mouthfeel- Semi thick, and lightly creamy with a lower carbonation level.

Drinkability- One of the better RIS brews out there, no matter what country you are in. Just damn well balanced and easy to drink.

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Photo of mnapier
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Service Temperature, 50 degrees. Service Glass, 12 ounce German Balloon Glass.

Purchased at an Anniversary Event.

As this beer is poured into the glass a swirling dark, density fills the glass by a small amount. The head that is released upon the glass is a mild dark with a slight dance of lace across the glass.

Wafting the glass, I smell some cocoa, a slight vanilla, and a little bit of oak.

As I ease the glasses contents into my mouth I feel a slight dryness, some cocoa, a little smokiness, a touch of raisin & finishes with a hop bitterness with a lingering alcoholic burn. This beer features a nice weight to it that can be respected for this style.

Overall a nice winter beer, would go well with some ice cream or a sweet sauce on a steak.


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Photo of Franchise
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown probably black leaving a thick brown head. The body is syrupy and clings to the glass. The aroma is chocolate, coffee, vanilla, earthy hops, herbal in nature. The taste is dry, espresso, dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, dark, sweet and delicious. This finsih is on the dry side, leaving an espresso, chocolate after taste. I'm looking to try more from this brewery.

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Photo of Drew966
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nogne O Imperial Stout pours opaque, jet black with a head that's the same color as chocolate milk from a brown half liter bottle. Roasted malt, chocolate and even some hops are noticeable in the aroma. The mouthfeel is slightly thinner than I would like (though it's not actually thin), however, the flavor is excellent. Roasted malt provides nice chocolate notes, some coffee is lurking in the background. Hops get stronger as the beer warms, kind of a western U.S. type of hop. Alcohol is a bit noticeable, but not excessively for the style. Recommended.

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Photo of illidurit
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty near black beer with a chocolate milk colored head of 2 fingers. Poured into a snifter. A little lacing and decent retention.

Very chocolatey aroma. A little roastiness and smokiness.

Big mocha flavors up front and a bitter finish from all the roasted malts.

Pretty smooth, good carbonation but the finish is kind of obnoxious in its bitterness. Pretty good offering from Nøgne, cool to try a Norwegian beer.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed March 31, 2007. Bottle. Aroma fresh with roasted cocoa and spicy earth tones. Ruby-brown cornered deep dark mahogany with no head. Strong juniper fusel flavor profile, with a multitude of floral embellishments, followed by a smack of woody coffee. Some rushes of sherry and tannins. Dries nicely. At first this was too much medicine and harsh biting cologne-like floral for me, but I warmed up to its’ unique spice and earth cast.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good Imperial Stout. I'll definitely be picking another up again soon. Pours to an inky black color with a thick dark brown head. Quite opaque. Good head retention, though lacing could be better.

The smell is very good. Coffee and highly kilned malts. Dark chocolate with some light berry esters. No alcohol aromas. A bit of molasses and a hint of licorice.

The taste is mostly coffee and roasted malt. Very similar to the nose, also with dark chocolate and berries. Very drinkable for an Imperial Stout, though at 9% it is a little on the lighter side for the style. The flavor is just as full as others, on the other hand. Decent amount of hops bitterness.

The body is fairly big, though not as syrupy and oily as some of the bigger stouts. Creamy. Alcohol is very well hidden. Easy to drink for the style. Very good, and worth trying several times over. Once again, it's great to see something like this from outside of the US.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 ounce bottle. Served in the "new" Sam Adams Lager pint glass, the beer pours dark, dark brown (might as well be black) with an inch frothy brown head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. It smells like roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and dark fruit. The taste is very malty, mostly like roasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate and also some cherries, licorice and vanilla in there too. There's also a hoppy, bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium/full, it's creamy, smooth and a bit slick. All that makes this brew very easy to drink. At $6.50 a bottle it's not something I'd buy all the time, but it's a pretty good beer that I'd buy again and definitely recommend to others.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearane: Pours a rich black body with a pillowy, though thinning tan-colored head.

Smell: Deep, delicious aroma of dark chocolate, sugar-coated vanilla beans, roasted malts, with some flowery, herbal hops mingled within.

Taste: A scrumptious blend of dark chocolate, nut-filled brownies, French vanilla coffee, and some subtle hints of port and smoke with just enough of a herbal, hoppy zip to maintain some semblance of balance until the roasty finish, which is somewhat dry and lingering but leaves a sweet caramel-vanilla aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Its full-bodied without being too heavy or a chore to drink. Mild carbonation. Some alcohol warmth.

Drinkability: All the flavors are lush and well-blended, what's not to love? A delightful, tasty Imperial Stout. So far, I'm diggin' all the Nøgne stuff.

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Photo of dgallina
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint, 9 fluid ounce brown bottle without dating.

The beer is thick and black in the glass, with a thin head of brown cream and extra-sticky lacing. Aroma features big chocolate and coffee malts over very strong alcoholic raisin and rum notes. Some rough and grainy hop notes linger in the background and the alcohol vapors are nose-tingling strong. The booze is less immediate in the flavor. Piney hop notes make this almost an American-style RIS. The pine melds with rich coffee malts in the center. The finish is cocoa laced, with medium-dry hops and alcoholic dark fruit. The body is very rich and very creamy, perhaps from the included oat malt. The beer is nearly velvety and quite mouth-coating. Becomes ever-heavier as it warms; the alcohol presence mounting with each sip. An excellent RIS, though very heavy by the end.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with an okay initial head. Almost opaque and thick and viscous. No real lacing. The smell is quite roasty with some cherry overtones. Vanilla and coffee in the finish. The taste is especially nice. Very deep notes of coffee, burnt caramel, chocolate, roasted grain and cream. Absolutely delicious. The mouthfeel is creamy and substantial, but not as special as the flavor. Deliciously drinkable.Best Norwegian beer I've had.

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Photo of tpd975
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Noticed this one on the shelf of the beer store and passed it by many times. Today I was thirsty for Stout, and I knew this was exactly what I wanted to try.

A: This really is a beautiful beer. It pours black as night with a nice puffy espresso colored three finger head which settles down nicely to a nice pillow atop the beer. There is a good deal of bubbles rising too the top, and some lacing is left behind as it’s consumed.

S: Not real powerful but there is the smell of chocolate, coffee, and caramel in this malty masterpiece.

T: It starts out nice and malty with a strong taste of very dark chocolate. It finishes pretty bitter with the taste of dark roasted coffee, charcoal, and a hint of citrus showing thru. Wow this beer is hopped rather nicely for a stout (75 IBU). As it trails off down the throat there is a big puff of smokiness left behind with a sting of booze.

M: This is a thick full bodied beer. It has a nice smokiness and bitterness in the finish that seems to last which is really nice.

D: I had no problem finishing off this entire beer.

Overall: Nogne did a nice job with this one. The bottle indicates that their mission is to make ales of personality and individuality by brewing with traditional styles, while using the boldness of American brewing as an inspiration. Well it’s safe to say they have succeeded. They have developed a unique RIS that any American brewer would be proud to call their own. If you see one on the shelf does yourself a favor and take it home. There are several different brews by Nogne on the shelves at my local beer stop and it’s safe to say some of them will have a new home on my next visit.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black beer with a brownish-tan ring of bubbles at the top. It smells like dark chocolate. I was a little skeptical at first but the first taste was damned good. Lots of roasted chocolate flavors with a little coffee-like bitterness at the end. Very thick beer, like oil coating your mouth. This one hits all the right notes as far as I’m concerned. The only thing I didn’t like was the price ($7.50 for 16oz) but it did travel a long way to get to Colorado.

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Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Basically it's a solid impy stout, but it's a little expensive for what you get. It has a rich roasted grain and sweet caramel aroma with a dry, bitter taste of semi-sweet chocolate and black grain. Looks great and drinks nicely, but for my money I'd probably go with a Middle Ages Dragonslayer or Smuttynose Imperial Stout.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Based on word of mouth, I picked up a bottle of the Nøgne Ø Imperial Stout about 3 months ago. Having gone well over a month without a RIS, I decided to finally give it a try last night. Poured from A 16.9oz/500ml bottle into the La Rulles taster. Love the wonderfully simple, yet elegant look of this brewer's labels, the bold colors of the 'Ø' logo really catch the eye...this one is a light purple.

Noted that this beer lists as 9% abv on the label.

A: Poured virtually black, just a slim fringe of auburn when held to a strong light. Creamy mocha-colored head, initially about 1-finger. Dense and slow to fade, in the fact the head never reduced to less than about 1/4". Lace was in slippery sheets of cream.

S: Robust dark chocolate-covered cherries, bittersweet and fruity. Molasses, cafe au lait, vanilla, sugared dried fruit (candied orange wedges), raspberries, slight alcohol tingle. Very nice complexity overall; I thought this was one of the sweeter-smelling RIS's I've tried.

T: Thick chunks of chocolate, semi-sweetness, not the really dark bitter variety. Lactose comes through in a cream & sugared coffee essence. A notable oatmeal/grain flavor develops towards the finish. Fruit and vanilla are subtle, not as bold as the aroma led me to expect. A little citrus hoppiness. Finishes with a resonating charred malt, coffee ground bitterness. All the requisites of a good RIS are here, balanced well - though the finish could have been a little less bitter.

M: First sip, my initial reaction was "this seems thin"...then as the seconds passed, the a gentle warmth spread across the tongue as flavors develop. Mouthfeel became velvety, with a medium-fullness. Bitterness does cling for a while, an hour after I finished this beer, lingering acerbic coffee flavors remained - really too long for a flavor that's a little pungent. Minimal alcohol warmth, concealed nicely in this one.

D: A likable RIS, excellent look & smell, good flavors (though a little harsh in the finish). This is a beer I'd certainly have again, though I must admit it was a little more expensive than most similarly sized bottles (I recall this sold for around $7). Cost isn't something I factor into my "Drinkability" score, but it might affect me choosing to by this again vs. another RIS I like as well with a lower price. Anyway, a pleasure to consume and recommend. Skål!

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jpm30 for this beer.

A: Pours a deep black with good viscosity to it. Head is massive and thick, chocolate mousse color. And this head is not going anywhere, like it was poured from concrete.

S: Milk Chocolate, café au lait, butter crème and a little bit of alcohol.

T: Starts out really roasted and bitter across the front of the tongue. There is almost no sweetness in this beer, just uber bitter chocolate and intensely roasted barley. Extremely oily and rich, its almost like the aspects of chocolate were broken down and all were entered into the beer one at a time except for the sweetness. Good god this beer is dry. Underneath everything else you can actually find some hops adding a fresh characteristic. Finishes with espresso like qualities and a good amount of ethanol alcohol across the palate.

M: Full body and thick.

D: I need a drink of water after this beer. That’s an astringent brew. My world needs balance, and this beer is a bit too one sided for me. Still quite tasty though.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up in a 500 ml. Brown bottle from Green's, the Nøgne Ø Imperial Stout poured out dark brown, and sported a khaki head that was nicely proportioned. The sniff indicated that this was a roasty stout as aromas of coffee, burnt toast, and chicory crossed my nostrils. The taste confirmed the relatively dry nature of the beer, as there was little to no sweetness to counter the astringency and bitterness. The higher than typical carbonation was quite apparent in the taste as a lot of chocolate sparkled across the tongue. Hops presented themselves in a citric and spicy manner. The body felt light for the style, but I would call this a deliberately effect enhance drinkability. Although thin, this did not feel watered down, just very well attenuated. Not much evidence of the 9% ABV anywhere. One of the easiest Imperial Stout to put down.

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