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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 Bcaulin
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black in color in just about any light. Poured slightly thinner than other beers of the style. Significant deep brown coffee-like head that held most of the way through the beer. Drank slowly to see how the temperature affected the taste. Started around 50 and left it get up to about 60 by the end -- agree with other reviewers in that the 50 degree suggested temperature is too low. Tasted serious burnt notes and too strong fruit in the beginning. Mellowed out and blended much better as the beer warmed. Mouthfeel was a little thin but overall not bad. Aftertaste was a high note for me as with many of the better Imperial Stouts. Notes of dark fruit. Definitely worth trying -- good representation of the style, but a little rough around the edges.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours black!!! Dense, dark head, lots of thick cascading bubbling up to the head. Lacing this webbed and gooey. This looks promising.

S - Earthy, cocoa, light malt smell. Light but pleasant.

T - Some cocoa, just mostly kick ass malt mixed with a nice bittering balance. Oh, hold, bittersweet chocolate here!

M - Great balance. In a perfect world, this beer could have been just a bit bigger, but it's nice where it is.

D - I am pretty happy sucking on this one.

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Photo of cypressbob
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint bottle poured into a Delerium Tremens golblet

Pours with a deep auburn tinted mahogany body, thick and rich but not nearly as sticky or viscous as other yank imperial stouts i've had (Rogue + Stone being the thickest). Fat caramel tinged espresso head, thick and dense bubbles an inch thick although soon settles down to a thin whisp

Smell, not nearly as potent as I was expecting. Some rich coffee and chewy caramel and toffee notes. A slight touch of turkish delight sweetness, bread and butter pudding and some hint of spiced rum

Taste, big bold chalky coffee bitterness, not overly powerful and as brash as the stones 12th anniversary bitter chocolate stout but deep and rich in character. Spicy smokiness along with a slight alcoholic warmth and creaminess on the finish. A touch of booze but the 9% is well hidden. Big dry bold chalky and bitter espresso flavours, some rich roasted malt.

My first of the big nordic brews, a very tasty stout which is well balanced and would be a good beer to introduce someone to the world of big stouts.

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Photo of rye726
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Near black color with a creamy brown head.

Nose of sweet fruits, chocolate, oats, barley and vanilla with roasty malts as well as bitter hops, coffee and molasses.

Taste is a bit more on the roasty side but still has a good amount of sweet malts, cocoa, espresso and piney hops.

Medium body is well acrbonated, but a bit thin in the finish. A very nice, well balanced ale from Nogne.

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

500 ml bottle from Barcelona

Pours black with two finger dark brown head with good retention. Aroma is rich burnt malt, moderate fruity esters (dark fruit) with rather strong alcohol.

Taste is intense roasted malt (dark unsweetened chocolate) with some fruity esters (prunes), moderate, slightly barleywine like alcohol with hints of caramel. Moderately sweet finish. Mouthfeel is chevy full-bodied with gentle alcohol warming.

Overall, an excellent beer. Can not handle too much of it though.

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Photo of trpng0bily
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super dark brown, with a coffee head.

On the nose cocoa, coffee, a bit of anise, relatively light roasted barley, and a bit of astringency that actually complements the cocoa nicely - really powerful on the nose, to the point that it suggests an overzealous brewer throwing everything he can find into the brew.

Defying the nose, roasted, even burnt, barley comes through strong on the tongue, with rich coffee and anise following closely on its heels. The cocoa is present, but overwhelmed, as is oat, though it comes through more as the beer warms.

The mouthfeel is tame for the hugeness of the taste - creamy but not chewy, with light-to-moderate carbonation.

As to drinkability, the burnt barley makes this brew a bit rough, but that is in line with what the beer is trying to be, so I can't really fault it for that.

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Photo of tr4nc3d
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well time for another review. Went to the liqour store today(which I havent gone in a long time)and picked this up. This was a 1 PT .9 FL OZ bottle.

This pours your typical Imperial Stout color. Black with dark ruby like highlights, huge three inch tan head that stays throughout the beer. Sticky lacing left on the sides of my glass.

Smells like molasses, dark candy sugar, vanilla, plums, hint of spices, dark licorice. Smells like your typical Stout(delicious).

Smooth upfront with taste of dark chocolate, vanilla, sweet licorice, then it becomes heavy with the roasted dark malts and coffe expresso taste in the end. Really good stout, reminds me of "Lion Stout".

Full of flavor with a smooth finish.

Overall this is a good stout, the alcohol content is pretty high to have more then one though.

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Photo of BierFan
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a .5 liter bottle into a tulip. The back label lists 75 ibu's and 9% abv.

Appearance: Very small brown head sitting on top of a jet black body.

Smell: For me the smell has a lot of licorice. Lots of roasted grains.

Taste: Coffee and dark chocolate. The flavors are blended together really nicely.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.76/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured very nicely. Very dark in color, nice active, frothy head. Not much more you can ask of it. Smell is typical stout, nothing surprising or that stands out.
Taste is very good. This is a solid, well made stout. It just lacks the WOW! factor. Nothing there to seperate it from the field. A very good stout, just not a memorable one.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours pitch black. The on this one is awesome, huge, foamy, brown and has the longest retention maybe ever. Also has a nice lacing down the glass.

S- Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and a touch of hops and sweets. Overall, pretty mild.

T- Taste dark chocolate and coffee at the start. Roasted malts lend a sweet/bitter espresso note along with mild hoppiness. Getting some bourbon and wood notes on finish.

M- Full in body and low carbonation.

D- Easy to drink and would enjoy this one again.

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Photo of Douglas14
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow! Quite possibly one of the best looking beers I have even laid my eyes on. Hands down the best head I've seen and one of the better bodies. The head is dark brown, thick, and fluffy and hardly goes away, all the while leaving the thickest foam consistently down the sides of the glass. The aroma isn't very imperial to me at all. It smells more like just a nice big stout. I was hoping for more complexity in the smell. Some more chocolate, vanilla, and maybe a tad bit of alcohol. The taste is nice but also lacks some of the complexity that I believe an RIS should have. It has a nice roasty and burnt character with lots of dark chocolate and dark roasted coffee. The mouthfeel really improves as the beer warms. Great beer...it's my first Nogne, and I've really enjoyed it.

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Photo of baggio
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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A: Dark as black matter with a huge, creamy, beige head. Lacing is plentyful.

S: Grain, Espresso, Roasted malts, Salty licorice. Very intense.

T: Coffee, Cream, Dark chocolate, Roasted malts, Dark caramel.

M: Intense and full of flavor but ends surprisingly mild. Very interesting and pleasant.

First imperial stout i've tried that smelled really aggressive with plenty of coffee and roasted malts but had a really pleasant, tho full-bodied, taste with a mild chocolatey end. Very nice stuff!

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Photo of bowersdm
4.73/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle poured into a mug. (Note I have had this beer many times before, I just never reviewed it because I couldn't describe the smell.)

A - black with a 3.5cm brown, nearly dark brown head. the head seems to lighten in color as it dissipates.

S - dark chocolate, coca, coffee, roasted barley that borders on charred barley. a subtle smokiness and a slight alcohol tinge are also noticeable.

T - roasted barley, charred barley, coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, alcohol, anise with a bitter hop finish. No piney, citrusy or floral notes from the hops, just bitterness. This has a very, very dry taste. The alcohol is pretty well masked. After about half of this beer, I began to notice a tobacco like flavor in my mouth, along with some increased smoky flavor.

M - I would have though that the oats used in this would improve the body, but it's kind of thin, especially for an RIS. However, the carbonation is amazing, so I only took off 0.5.

D - one of the first Russian Imperial Stouts I've ever had and one of my favorites. I love the bitter, dry flavor of this, and even though there's a alcohol tinge going on, I would consider this more drinkable than some other lower ABV brews that don't quite mask the alcohol that well.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

A-Opaque, black beer. Very dark. Head of darkest brown bubbles rises luxuriously and retains nicely throughout.

S-Heavy roasted malt with a slight charred character. A dry earthiness plays with hints of raisin.

T-Starts with charred black malt flavors and moves into an almost sweet malt with choco-coffee flavors. Some dried fruit flirts with a slight hop character and present hop bitterness. Finishes with an acrid malt with a slight alcohol flavor.

M-Creamy medium-low carbonation and a big, silken body. The alchol provides a pleasant warming in my gut, but this is really the only blatant indication of its relatively high ABV.

D-Decent drinkability. It's got an abundance of charred character, which can detract from its smooth flavor at times, but overall was not a large detriment. The flavor of this brew was complete and tasty, very nice.

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Photo of br3wmeister
3.33/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Nice silky brown head with good retention and nice lacing. This beer is black, can not see through it even when held up to a light.

S- Lots of sweet malt character, chocolate caramel, molasses and some roasted barley. Little hop profile.

T- Bitter... Dark roasted barley, coffee and piny hops. Very little sweetness to be had with the taste. Lots of alcohol in the end.

M- Dry and bitter bite. Full bodied.

Overall- The smell does not match the taste, I found it to be a little too bitter for my liking.

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Photo of Richardberg
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a beer stein. Oily black with a thin head. Looks sticky but not viscous.

S: very roasted but not burnt malts. complex aromatics - almost perfumey. (note this was at ~65F like all of my dark beer reviews) Slight hint of alcohol.

T: balanced - some sweetness, some charcoal, some hops, moderate alky bite.

M: smooth drinking, but more in an oily way than creamy. Very little carbonation.

D: quite drinkable given abv, though alky clearly present. Would order again but not as my first choice.

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Photo of bifrostguard
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Note: I visited Norway once and it was so expensive that I couldn't even afford to buy a beer at a bar. This beer was the same price as anything I had access to there so I figured, eh gonna have to do it sometime...

A - Jet black with a tall dark tan head that left minimal lacing all the way down. Very attractive and ironically oily looking.

S - Roasted malts, coffee and toffee. Mild.

T - Roasted malts are the dominant flavor pushing the borderline of smokey, but not quite there. Coffee and bitter chocolate are also present. Mild in flavor and not overwhelmingly sweet.

M - Surprisingly thin, but moderately well carbonated.

D - An above average beer that I would drink for an evening especially if I ever get the opportunity to go back and visit the land of fjords!

An old proverb once told me:
Norway = The Most Expensive In The World

Glad I was finally able to try a Norwegian beer!

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Photo of Magpie14
4.76/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: thick, sticky, meaty viscous pour. This onyx black body was capped off with a dense whipped coffee colored head. A sight to behold! Head was chunky with swiss cheese holes and craters. Lacing was hugging the glass as the head slowly faded away

S: dark malts, oats, and grains. Sweet chocolate, roasted dark coffee beans, and maybe some creamy molasses. Sometimes the heavy dark nose profile can make things hard to identify/pick out. But still, I can not wait to sample this...

T: this stout has a very nice balance of roasted flavors and sweetness. Dark malts are husky and well represented, maybe lightly smoked. In any event malts match nicely with soft creamy oats 'n' grains. With those flavors in mind throw some bitter chocolate covered espresso beans in the mix. Sometimes reminiscent of fudge brownies and doughy chocolate breads. Faint bitterness is just the right match towards the end, very harmonious brew

M: I happen to like the huskiness of this bad boy. Roasted flavors are controllably in charge. Mouthfeel is heavy and soothingly creamy. I found myself savoring every sip!

D: I have just found (arguably) my most favorite imperial stout and it is from Norway. I love it! I am gonna have to try the other brews in the Nogne lineup, this is my first. My compliments to Nogne for a soild, wonderful brew...hot biscuits

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Photo of BrewerB
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to CrellMoset for the hookup on this beer!

A - Poured into my New Belgium Globe. Jet black, thin light tan head didn't retain itself well.

S - Complex and enticing mix of espresso, licorice, and dark chocolate sprung first. Alcohol also present. Hints of charcoal smokiness. Hops are hard to detect though I'm picking up on a spicy character. Light cherry esters appeared after the beer had time to warm.

T - Hints of strong coffee mix with a charcoal-like character. Bitterness not as prominent as would be expected, in the moderate range. Initially I'm underwhelmed at the level of roasted complexity. Letting the beer warm to the suggested temp of 50F (currently 46). After warming up, a bit of cherry-like fruit appeared. Still, underwhelmed at the overall flavor.

M - Rich and creamy. Very full bodied with a nice velvety texture. Carbonation is on the moderate low/low side but feels appropriate for such a full-bodied beer. Exceptionally smooth.

D - Missing out on complexity I expect in an RIS. As a result, drinkability suffers. Don't think I'd look for another one. Perhaps I just had high expectation. Mouthfeel is great and the aroma was pleasant but taste disappointed.

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Photo of ibbjamin
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $7.99 for a 16.9 oz bottle from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee, WI. Poured into a large snifter.

Pours quite thick, leaving a half inch dark tan (almost with a reddish hint) head that has minimal retention. Lacing is present even from the gentle pour.

Smells of roasted and slightly toasted malts. Some dark and strong coffee notes mixed with hints of both vanilla and dark chocolate. Some pleasant smoked beef jerky undertones. Another aroma I'm having a hard time putting my finger on really adds a welcomed unique quality to this complex RIS.

The smoky flavors come through more in the taste. A bit much for me personally. There is that beef jerky taste again in addition to the roasted maltiness up front. Aftertaste is quite lasting and pleasant.

The mouth is quite thick and creamy, but it finishes nice and smooth. Full bodied with minimal carbonation. Some grittiness present.

Alcohol is very well hidden in both the nose and mouth. Pleasurable to drink and rather easy as well.

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Photo of bonbini26
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with a light head that doesn't last long

Smell: Very roasty, with molasses, chocolate and coffee tones and oats

Taste: Bitterness of chocolate, molasses and coffee flavors developing by mid-palate, as the bitterness becomes more pronounced; after the swallow, the bitter and smokey flavors dominate, although there is a lingering licorice sweetness that complements the other rich flavors

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy, with moderate carbonation, very smooth

Drinkability: I can't tell if its the complexity or the unbalance of this beer, but it goes down pretty smooth, the alcohol is hidden well

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Photo of StarlightSeraph
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 550 mL (i think that was the size) bottle into a pint glass (it was the only glass available)

Appearance: Dark, dark brown out of the bottle, and appeared almost black in the glass. Looked very thick on the pour. Chocolate-brown head of maybe one finger that dissipated fairly quickly, and left little lacing. There was a nice cascading/waterfall effect with the head, not unlike that which comes from pours out of a nitro-can.

Smell: Coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt blended evenly. Very nice. Nothing too unique, but what I would expect from an Imperial Stout. Hints of the 9% APV

Taste: Coffee is very prevalent, but it is muted, so it is not as bitter in the aftertaste. Incredibly balanced, with no one flavor dominating. The alcohol is masked very well. Very, very smooth.

Mouthfeel: This is the only area I was disappointed in with this beer. Surprisingly thin for an RIS, especially considering the pour. Well carbonated, but just didn't feel 'thick' enough for me.

Drinkability: I'd definitely have this again. It was very easy to drink - almost dangerously easy. Because it was so thin, and the alcohol was masked so well, I would not necessarily consider this a sipper. I enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of schellsbeer
3.16/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes from Early December 2008.

A - Dark to almost Black. Thick.

S - Alcohol smell. Not the best. Average at best.

T - Imperial Stout but not the best. Much better out there. Not complex. Very simple.

M - THIN!!! I want an Imperial Stout that I can chew on, not drink through a straw.

D - Yeah....I guess. Just not for me. At 9%, I will drink others before this one again. Impressed...Not at all!!

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

Poured from a 16.9 ounce brown bottle into an oversized snifter.
Bottle demographics are quite forward with a good amount of info on the back lable.

Color is pitch black, with a syrupy inky quality off the pour. 2 finger fluffy and bubbly dark brown head. A wide variety of bubbles keep a good cap of retention over the beer.

Aroma is quite sweet with a carmalised maple woody syrup aroma. Molasses, dark chocolate, oats, dark roasted coffee bean aroma, and more dark sweet delicious chocolate.
A touch of tobacco, haylike grassy hop aroma and sawdust.

Rich creamy tick and chalky mouthfeel. No hints of alcahol warming to be found, the dark roasted grains overwhelm any other flavors from this brew. Wow, the grain bill on this must be huge!
Soo smooth up front with only a glance at carbonation through the swallow.
Quite dark with roasty bitter flavors throughout, almost like taking the chocolate grains from the mash and eating them. An oaky woodsy flavor and just traces of this in aroma, with the vanilla like smell.
Some mollasses flavor, alot of protein like oatieness, but overall its just a malty dark chocolate bomb!

I really like this, there is not sweetness through the taste that was present in the aroma. That is quite fine with me as this is one delicious sipper.
You may not enjoy this if you have not become accostomed to bitter roasty dark beers.
Nice job.

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

500ml (maybe bigger) bottle into wine glass with waaaay too much sediment (that's okay though). Not sure when it was bottled but it tastes pretty recent.

Obsidian black with a one finger light brown head that slowly settles to a thick rim. Rings of sticky lacing.

Rich roasty malts along with dark fruit, roasted coffee beans, and some dark bitter chocolate.

Plenty of bitter roasted malts in the foreground. Some molasses and dark coffee come in as well. A little bit of chocolate (which is sweet to contrast the bitter chocolate in the aroma) gives some creamy overtones. Full bodied. The finish is the dark malts lingering.

One solid RIS coming from one of my favorite Scandanavian breweries (why don't they ship to D.C.?). Complex with good solid flavors. Recommended.

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Imperial Stout from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 888 ratings
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