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 John_M
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's the other day.

The beer pours the expected dark blackish brown color with OK head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty complex on this one (especially when compared side by side with a glass of 2007 Stone IRS), consisting of coffee, chocolate, licorice and nuts. Flavors on the palate generally replicate the nose, except the flavor profile is dominated by coffee and licorice. Mouthfeel is long and very smooth, with the alcohol fairly well disguised. However, the combination of licorice and alcohol is a bit much, and detracts somewhat from this beer's drinkability. Nevertheless, this is still a pretty decent beer.

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Photo of mnj21655
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 fl Oz. bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours jet black with over 2 fingers of billowing, long-lasting dark brown head. Aroma is complex with generous amounts of roasted grains, some dark fruit esters and some alcohol. The alcohol and esters become far more predominant as it warms. Taste is like the aroma where roasted grains dominate. There is some coffee, a good amount of dark chocolate and some slight burnt tones. There is a rather soft malt profile that hints at the substantial backbone it provides. The dark fruit esters are much less prevalent in the taste than in the aroma. There is a bitterness that serves as a good counterpoint to all the malt in this brew. Mouthfeel is pretty good with a full body, moderate carbonation and a velvety texture. Drinkability is quite good. Very enjoyable. I'm impressed.

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Photo of asabreed
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz. bottle split poured into a Brooklyn tulip / snifter, split with friends.

Appearance: Black black black, with a nice coffee-colored head and good retention and sticky, spotty lacing.

Smell: Bacon, barbecue sauce, leather, charcoal, charred malt, wood, mild chocolate, and mild coffee. There's an interesting brown sugar sweetness too, adding to the bacon and barbecue sauce aromas, something I expected more in red wine than a brew, but it somehow works really well, adding a lot of depth and nuance to the predicted RIS aromas.

Taste: Smooth and balanced, with more charred malt and wood, though there's a nice complimentary sweetness that remains, both in good harmony. Background hints of the bacon, barbecue sauce, and brown sugar are there, adding depth to the smoothness and balance.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth and medium-bodied, which is so nice for such a flavorful RIS, skipping the stickiness and cloying, heavy nature that can be a detriment to so many.

Drinkability: Balanced, nuanced, and highly drinkable. This is a bottle I would have no problem finishing, with so much flavor and a body that remains not too sticky or heavy. After only two Nøgne Ø beers, I'm a believer, and will be trying everything I can get my hands on. Now I just have to figure out how long I need to hold onto my #100 for...

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

Tall slim 1 pint .9oz brown glass bottle with a pry off cap.
Opaque black body topped with a huge creamy tan head that stays well andleaves good lace.
Pleasant cocoa bean scent with faint notes of alcohol, wood and vanilla.
Hoppy up front flavor with a malty backbone. Nice forest hops and vanilla malts mingle well with the bitterness in the driver's seat. The aftertaste is quite good with a long lived roasted cocoa and vanilla sweetness.
Medium body with plenty of residual sugars and a good coating.
Very drinkable very true to the style.


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Photo of bmillen22
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type- 1 pt .9 oz bottle from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee for $7.99.
This was my first try for the Nogne Brand.

I poured the Stout into a Delirium Snifter glass. There is a very small dark tan head and little or no retention. The consistency is about as thick as motor oil.

The smell is of roasted malts, dark chocolate.
Taste is of the aforementioned two, but with the hops bringing out somewhat of a coffee taste as well.
Overall this is a solid version of this style and with a 9% Alc/vol it has very easy drinkability. I would definitely drink this beer again, but at 8 bucks a bottle I can think of some imperial stouts that are just as good for a better price (stone Russian imperial stout).

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

Bought this one at Wades Wines in Westlake Village, CA.

Pours a beautiful black with a rich, dark tan head, about 1.5".

Aroma is light alcohol and chocolate and strong coffee. There's some serious roasted smells here. Except for the alcohol, it almost smells like a porter and not an Imp Stout.

Taste is coffee and chocolate, then light alcohol. I expected a stronger alcohol flavor but it was nicely balanced, good roasted flavors but not too much.

Mouthfeel is heavy, as it should be. Really coats the tongue and just explodes with flavor.

Holy moly, got to the bottom of the glass and there were small chunks of... yeast? chocolate? Tasted really good! Wow, that was a great finish. I'll have some more of that.

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Photo of nyrangerfan
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a Portsmouth balloon glass. pitch black with a tightly bubbled dark khaki head. Definite alcohol and coffee aroma. Taste is very roasted/toasted, coffee burnt imperial stout with a slight alcohol aftertaste. very smooth, mouth feel is pretty thick. slight head lasted through the entire beer. Carbonation is just perfect: it seems to come out in the head and leave the beer just right. very tasty, I would definitely drink again.

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

Bottle Pours a thick motor oil like black with a good light brown head. The head is frothy and lasting. Laces fairly well. Has a good aroma of chocolate and some coffee. Aroma has a touch of alcohol. Has a good carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel. The taste is well done. A great balance of sweetness and just enough hops to make it work well. Has a good chocolate coffee backbone to make this one work well. The alcohol is blended well with just a slight touch of burn. Has a full body. The texture is thick like syrup. Has a real good finish with a super good aftertaste. This is an awesome stout

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

The beer pours a pitch black color with a thick frothy brown head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has an outstanding black and chocolate malt scent that's sweet smelling with a hint of roasted malts. The taste is good. It has a smooth black malt flavor. It's bone dry with a stiff earthy feel. It goes down easy with a bit of oatmeal mouthfeel. It's a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an outstanding IS. I love the aroma of this beer. It screams chocolate, but the taste is all earthy patent malts.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.67/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is rich and mouth-watering - "stouty" and smoky with strong tones of unsweet chocolate and fine coffee and a touch of miso. It pours an opaque sable that is just two cat whiskers above black with a very thick, dark tan head that hangs around for a bit. Rich flavor is what I expect of a stout, having strong tones of roast high-quality coffee and unsweetened chocolate, with just a whisper of molasses. Texture is very thick, sharp and fizzy. Worth seeking!

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Photo of BeerStine
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into a wine glass.

Pours dark and thick like motor oil with a thick fluffy dark brown head. Smells of dark coffee and it smells pretty boozy. Has a prevalent coal taste. With a great hops aftertaste. Very slight dark fruit undertones. Mouthfeel is medium/light with medium carbonation. Drinkability is good - I could drink a few of these.

Overall a solid stout. It has a good taste but nothing outstanding here.

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Photo of colts9016
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle from PhylCA21, thank you.

Poured into a pint glass at 54 degrees.

Appearance: A monster 3 finger dark tan head that is foamy and creamy. The body of the beer is jet black. There is effervescence on the side of the beer. There is no clarity in the beer.

Nose: A rich dark roasted malt with a burnt character. There is espresso, chocolate, a smokiness, a rich molasses like aroma except it not a sweetness. There is some woodiness, and citrus.

Taste: A very rich up in your face roasted malt with the burnt character. There is a bittersweet dark chocolate, espresso, a slight smokiness, a molasses like flavor minus the sweetness, there is some woodiness, citrus, and some floral.

Overall: The mouth feel of the beer is creamy, rich and silky smooth. The body of the beer is thick chewy and dense. The finish is medium to medium full. This beer is wonderful. A rich full body beer with an all around flavor that meshes well. I am very happy I got to try it. The only thing I have to critic is, it doesn't have a strong bitterness from the hops.

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Photo of brendan13
3.61/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a pitch black with a few centimetres of dark tan head that slowly falls away leaving a bit of lace down the glass.
S - Dark chocolate and quite a strong dark fruit aroma. Some herbal and woody notes.
T - Much like the smell - dark chocolate and rich dark fruit with some herbal & woody notes.
M - Medium to full bodied, fairly low carbonation.
D - A nice beer but obviously not a sessioner.

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Photo of quinlin
4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Jet black opaque, nice thin dark tan head

S - dark roast coffee, bitter chocolate, barley, woody

T - smokey rich flavor, coffee, cocoa, much like the nose

M - coating, full bodied flavor that lingers for ages, light carbonation

D - its a sipper and very delicious!

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into my stella glass. pours completely opaque black with a nice lucious looking mocha colored head. very creamy looking with good retention and some lovely lacing. looks delicious.

the aroma is that of roasted malts, solvent like alcohol, dark chocolate, as well as some milk chocolate, vanilla and maybe some dark fruits- raisons, plums. a nice meld of flavors and aromas going on.

in the taste, i get an abundance of roasted malts, with some chocolate flavors, a touch of vanilla, some wood, some dark fruits as well. lots of complex flavors going on, very good.

extremely smooth drinking for a ris. heavy body, nice carb. i very much like this beer in that it is a different take on a ris, definately worth checking out. now to go brew some imperial pale ale. piece.

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Photo of avalon07
4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick consistency. There was a big, creamy, tan-colored head and excellent lacing. A great looking stout.

S: A surprisingly low key aroma of malt, coffee and chocolate.

T: Tasted of malt and chocolate up front and coffee in the finish. Very well balanced with a big taste.

M: A fairly well-carbonated beer with an almost slick finish. Very full-bodied.

D: This is a fantastic example of a RIS. Very drinkable, though I doubt I could drink more than a couple in one sitting.

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Photo of dancinwillie
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark black, topped by a head the color of high quality chocolate ice cream. One dark spot right in the middle of the head prompts further investigation. Looking into the bottle, I see a tremendous amount of yeast sediment. It's even coating the sides of the bottle neck, and slowly returning to the bottom.

The scent is strong chocolate and a mild grainy aroma. A little gingerbread, or graham cracker too, I can't decide. I also can't wait to taste it.

Vanilla is what I taste first, and some warm roasted flavor, which is really close to a burnt taste, and quite good. Dark rich chocolates, and a subtle raison accent. Almost a raison bran flavor, maybe I'll pair it up. The columbus hops are noticed, but not overpowering. Just enough to brighten it up a notch. No single flavor takes over here, it's more of a group effort. I like it. A lot. Harmonious. Some warming in my chest and belly, but the alcohol is well hidden nonetheless.

Smooth and full bodied. Enough bitterness to let it linger on my tongue for a medium to long finish.

As the glass empties, I notice some really lovely lacing. Tight at the top where the head was, and loose and flowing towards the bottom.

Overall, I'm very impressed by this beer. I've been wanting to branch out a bit from American craft beers, and this is definitely a very good example of a top notch import. I will seek out this, and any other Nogne beers. If you're reading this, I suggest you do the same. Cheers.

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Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Canada pint glass I picked up when I was up in B.C.

A - This one poures black with an one finger head that is carmel color.

S - Coffee, dark malts. Has a bit of an alcohol smell which is suprising considering this one is only 9%.

T - Tastes pretty much like it smells except there was not as much as an alcohol taste as I thought there would be from the smell. Also there was good amount chocolate tones in this one. Tasty.

M - Plenty of carbonation in this one. Medium to full-body.

D - This one was pretty good. Very drinkable, but a little expensive for my liking. Drank this one on an empty stomach, and only caught a small buzz. Had to follow it up with a Bear Republic to keep my buzz going. probably wont be buying this one again...


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

A 500 mL bottle that is at least a year and a half old. Poured into my Chimay goblet.

A: The stout is pitch black and rather thick, seemingly one long strand poured into me glass. A small head, the color of a graham cracker, has pooled in thin patches.

S: From an arm's length away, the stout has a thick aroma. Nutty, burnt malts are strong, alongside coffee, toasted bread and bittersweet chocolate. A real noseful.

T: The stout is full, a bitter bomb that isn't afraid of its hop profile. Chocolate and burnt flavors are strong, releasing a nuttiness that has coffee and licorice undertones. Chocolate is mostly cocoa powder sweet with a touch of bitter baker's chocolate. The grain complexity drives the stout. A hop bitterness arises near the end of the sip, a citrusy burst amongst the full, dark flavors.

M: A full stout that really packs a punch. I failed to pick up a faint smoke flavor that is coming through near the end of the glass, a nice treat.

D: The stout is a rich nightcap, a warming behemoth that should leave me sleeping soundly.

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

Poured this halfway up my beer tasting wine glass. Head was caramel, on the thin side and disappeared quickly. The color was an inky black. The smell is very interesting. Smoky, oakey, coffee, caramel, burnt chocolate, almost like a Rauchbier on crack! I had no idea what to expect after getting that whiff, very remarkable! The taste is much like the smell, heavy on the smoke sausage characteristic with licorice, dried fruit, and a coffee finish. The mouthfeel is silky and smooth. For a beer with this kind of flavor and complexity it is quite drinkable. I really like this beer, I suggest trying it if you want something suprising, different and tasty, give it a try.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.18/5  rDev -23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Chilled bottle into a glass. Purchased from City Beer.

A: Pours a viscous, opaque black with 2" of dense mocha-colored head. That recedes over a few minutes into a half-finger of head on the drink, which remains there indefinitely. Some nice clumps of lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: Smell is very appetizing: coffee strongest, roasted malts and barley second, and some dark chocolate coming in last.

T: Surprisingly simplistic. A lot of coffee on the initial taste, with only a smatter of dark, roasted malts at the finish which provide a slight sweetness and a lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. Never tasted the chocolate that was in the aroma. Kind of a disappointing flavor profile against the complexity of other RISes.

M: Full-bodied, with just a tad high carbonation that detracts from its creaminess. Well-masked ABV.

D: Not an impressive flavor, and at its $11 price, a poor value. I won't bother with this one again.

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Photo of SykDoc
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. It almost pours like motor oil. A 1 inch mocha colored head forms and fairly quickly reduces to mild lacing on the edges and a little over the top. It is black and opaque when held to the light.

The aroma was just a hair weak to me. The dark chocolate, vanilla, and coffee notes are definitely present. The malty sweetness and alcohol are reasonably well balanced.

The taste initially seems a bit strong on the roasted coffee. The dark chocolate malts and a mild alcohol hide in the background initially and come up front more at the finish with a bitterness.

The mouthfeel is full bodied with a thick, creamy feel to it. This is fairly well balanced with carbonation. The bitterness and alcohol come out nicely at the finish.

Overall, this is a pretty good imperial stout. It has all the characteristics that would be expected and presents nicely and reasonably balanced, but some mild areas of improvement. It is very drinkable but it will beat your palate up like most imperials.

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Photo of webmanspidey
3.81/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a large snifter. Opaque pitch black color with several inches of dark pink/purple/tan head. Smell is very powerful.. I can detect whiskey, maple syrup, coffee, and vanilla. Very smoky and alcoholic.

Taste is smoky coffee, raisin, and vanilla. Finishes bitter with roasted malt flavors. Alcohol is pretty strong, making this a slow sipper without the best drinkability. Mouthfeel is very thick and creamy.

This is my first beer from Nøgne Ø, and it is pretty good. Still, there are many other RIS that I'd prefer to this.

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

A - Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours absolute pitch black with a supercreamy dark brown head that lingers for a long time.

S - Pungent coffebean tinge, chocolate.

T - Cocoa powder, bittersweet chocolate, toasted malt. There's a nice, sweet smokiness to the finish.

M - Velvety, creamy, thick but not sludgy.

Notes - As good as any RIS I've had. Like other Nogne O stuff the pricetag is a bit high, but it's worth it for an occasional treat.

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Photo of Jayli
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours an opaque black - not a hint of light is passing through this one! A one finger rocky head coats the top, nice head retention. Nice wispy lacing is left on the glass throughout. Nose is most predominantly of smokiness and roasted coffee and malts. Taste is excellent! As this beer warms, the flavoring becomes more pronounced - smokiness is the most detectable, followed by a dominant roasted coffee presence, touch of chocolate here, and finishes with a bit of a bite. This is a medium to heavier bodied beer, goes down nicely - touch creamy. You can feel the warmth of the alcohol, though it is not detectable in the taste. If it weren't for a 9% ABV, I would be perfectly content to sit with this one all night.

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