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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#3,535
Reviews:
522
Ratings:
896
pDev:
9.44%
 
 
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Photo of Jpinoniemi
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sweffin
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jakecattleco
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a tulip. Brownish black with a pencil thin layer of tan head that dissipates quickly but never completely. Nose was fairly mute with notes of roast and chocolate. Taste matches the nose, nothing overly interesting. Mouthfeel was nice, maybe a bit high on carbonation. Overall a good beer, but kinda meh.

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Photo of teromous
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I don't see a bottle or import date on the bottle. I am drinking this imported to the U.S.

Appearance: Black body with a short khaki film over the top. It's enough of a cap to cover the beer for about a minute. This fades to a familiar Imperial Stout ring. It leaves some spotted lacing. No head retention.

Aroma: It has a massive caramel aroma married with a bit of what smells familiar to coffee. There is chocolate in there as well, a bit reminiscent of brownie batter. It has a very sweet smelling and lovely aroma.

Taste: At first there is this sweet caramel flavor that is immediately washed away with the carbon flavor of charcoal. I want to head off any predisposition by saying that the carbon flavor is very mellow and does nothing more than to add the perfect bitterness to counteract the sweet caramel flavor. Perfectly balanced scales. The end is a light figgy flavor.

Mouthfeel: It has a dry finish and a medium body with a bit of bitterness from roasted grain. It could use a little bit more texture but otherwise it is good.

Overall: I enjoyed drinking the beer and overall I would recommend it. There isn't much more to say about it.

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Photo of Catalin90
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of aleigator
3.57/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black color with a thin, dark brown head. Aromas of caramel, malt, coffee, figs and sugar. Earthy malts go together with coffee and hints of chocolate. Carbonation is a little higher than expected, but still adds to the warming character of the beer. Coffee is present in a non too bitter way, supporting the malts very well and gets even bigger in the end, by becoming more complex due to an upcoming bitterness, which still leaves space for the malts. Very oily, smooth mouthfeel, medium bodied - different flavors blend together very well. Aftertaste is all about coffee, with a long lasting bitterness. While the beer smells sweet and malty, taste is in great balance between coffee and malts, supported by a fitting carbonation and a decent bitterness.

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Photo of tbone1384
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cyguyjg
4.77/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dark as a moonless night. Small, tight head remains only at the side of the glass but that was not an issue for me. Did not have this on nitro so the body was not as heavy as an Imperial might normally be but I took this to be a plus since the ABV is high. That kept the drinking sensation from seeming too filling. Both taste and texture are smooth. All the flavors are blended together: so well that the only one to stands out, slightly, for me -- that of roasted coffee.

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Photo of PSU_Mike
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AlarmClock314
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

16.9oz bottle, no date. Pours black with a medium sized brown head. Straightforward smell of roasted malt and cocoa. More complex taste of roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, and some dark fruit. The taste is somewhat muted, but very balanced. The roasted malt is lighter than with other RIS's. Below average body and above average carbonation. Overall, its balanced and feels well-crafted.

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Photo of Sleepy_Cecy
4.69/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Black as night, you can feel the viscosity as it goes into the glass. Cocoa-powder colored head that dissipates rapidly. Looking at the bubbles remaining in the center of the glass recalls an oil slick.

Aroma: Dark chocolate with raspberry undertones. Bitter touch of coffee and a hint of vanilla underneath.

Taste: Flavors slid seamlessly from a complex, minerally dark chocolate to black coffee to firewood. The hint of vanilla in the nose carries through on the palate, creating a burnt marshmallow finish (complete with a bit of charred stick). And that finish lasts, lingering on the center of the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and silky, but with a bit of carbonation that prevents it from becoming treacly.

Overall: Great complexity and a beautiful brew. Silkier than a La Perla nightie. Truly satisfy and complex.

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Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of halo3one
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drone
3.52/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Hayley_86
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

On tap at The Birch in Norfolk, VA.

This one pours a steely dark black, dark as night, with a very small head, and no lacing.

Smells like roasted malt, licorice, dark fruit, chocolate, and coffee.

This tastes like a pretty typically great Scandinavian-style Imperial Stout, great balance of chocolate and coffee, with some more interesting licorice and dark fruit flavors. It almost tastes port BA without actually being that. Nice.

This is pretty thick bodied, with a very creamy mouthfeel, and lower level of carbonation.

A really solid imperial stout here, hits all the right notes for sure.

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Photo of Rivoire
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zekeman17
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of krl2112
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of vinivini
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of der_meister
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of pat61
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours nearly black with a 2” tan head that looks like a nitro pour. Leaves thick lace. S: Dark malt and yeasty fruit aromas.
T: Achieves an exquisite balance between toast and roast malt flavors, malty chocolate, traces of coffee, yeast driven fruit, and hops that begins slightly sweet and then dries out. Traces of wine. Nothing harsh or burnt.
F: Soft and very creamy smooth, rich full body.
O: A delightful, rich yet easy to drink Imperial Stout.

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Photo of personpitch
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Imperial Stout from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 896 ratings