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

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Imperial StoutImperial Stout

Brewed by:
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 ncvbc
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big, black, with a rather healthy tan head that just sticks around, nearly through the entire glass. Smell is good. Big roast scents are present, almost in an overwhelming way. Some good sweetness of chocolate and a hint of dark fruit. Taste is just as big on the roast character, if not more. Almost smokey, burnt tasting at times, which I'm not too fond of. Aside from that being at the forefront a little too often, this is solid. Again, the extreme roasty flavors in this brew take from the mouthfeel. It's not as rich or creamy because of this. Pretty drinkable overall and if not for the smoke this beer would be killer.

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Photo of everetends
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1pt 9oz bottle purchased at Four Winds in P'cola, FL. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Man this is a good start. I pop the bottle and this beer seems to crawl out. Very thick on the pour. This beer is black with ZERO light getting through there. As the beer fills the glass there is no head. Then from the black depths, a slow, dark, mocha head builds up. Lacing is sticky and this beer leave an almost milk like film on the glass except the film is brown. This beer looks great.

S: As soon as you pour this brew, the aroma hits you hard. Alcohol saturates the air, almost bourbon like with a touch of oak coming out. Roasted malts, caramel, lactose, dark coffee, and dark chocolate are all there. This smells great.

T: Taste is of deeply roasted malt, but it is almost perfectly roasted. There is some bitterness coming through, but nothing that is too much. Chocolate and Coffee dominate in the middle. As you finish off the flavor profile, oaky alcohol comes in. This beer is good but it feels like it is missing something.

M: This feels a lot thinner than the pour let on. Almost can feel the water used. After taste is almost non-existant. As this beer warms, the alcohol actually comes across and heats your ass up. When it was cold, there was no hint of alcohol. Just a bit of a let down here as far as the total feel goes.
**edit** After slowy sipping this for a bit longer, I realize I have done this beer a disservice. It is thicker than I initially assumed. Creamy texture that comes through and slowly reaches down your throat. I think it was still just a bit too cold when I finished my review. After sitting with it for another, 20 mins, its much nicer. I must have been high or something.

D: This beer is easy to drink for 9% ABV. The feel is a bit thin, but flavors and aromas make up big time. The look is great. Like with all Impy Stouts, let this bitch warm up. The flavors come out a bit more, and round it out a bit more. The bitterness from the roasted malt settles a bit also with a little warmth. This is a nice beer and my brothers in Norway didn't let me down with a warming brew.

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
3.33/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

0.5L bottle poured into a Sam Adams glass.

A: Totally opaque body, great tight head, chocolate mousse color. Good retention and good lacing.

S: Initial hoppy bitter aroma, followed by a sweet roastyness, almost milky smelling.

T: Taste up front is good, much like the aroma. There is a long lingering bitterness, honestly it becomes unpleasant.

M: Mouthfeel is good, pretty filling. Carbonation is relatively low, I like that for this style.

D: Rough to drink today, maybe by buds are out of whack, but this bitterness is killer.

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Photo of PatronWizard
2.56/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bomber to glass...

This puppy is black. Mocha tan head. Leaves thick syrup on the side of the glass.

Smells like black licorice. Burning fruit.

Tastes like cocoa powder and alcohol. I don't know right away if I like it or not but I keep wanting another sip. Purple grapes. Black cherries. Rubber, like from a tire. Or if a bus came to a screeching halt and you licked the skid marks. Each sip I'm liking this a little less. There is one just terrible flavor in there that is ruining this beer for me.

Feels full, dry, almost chalky.
Drinkability is suffering with that one nasty flavor. I'm sure it's well crafted but there's bound to be a few of us that disagree with this taste.

Overall: not for me

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Photo of SargeC
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black brew with a tan head that includes several shades of brown mixed in.

Smell: Burnt caramel, toffee, dark chocolate. Good hop presence with a hint of vanilla.

Taste: Nice balance with sweet and bitter flavors fighting for position, but finally working together. Smoky, roast malt flavor evolves into a wave of sweetness with a good bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth throughout. Full body brew that coats the glass like oil.

Drinkablity: Very drinkable imperial stout that is complex and simple at the same time. I look forward to trying more brews from this brewery.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark black with a little raisin that creeps in around the edges. I've been sipping this one for a while, and there's no head at all. As I top off my glass I get a film of creamy pudding.

Smells of tootsie rolls, chocolate hard candy and milk chocolate with a dry, almost cardboard crispness for balance that carries a nice balance of smoke. There's a slight booziness too in the background.

Tastes of smooth smokey sweet grains, a bit of cocoa and a touch of black coffee that doesn't carry much authority which dries out to a woody, slightly ashy finish. The focus seems to be more on the dry ashy coffee elements.

Feels A bit chewy and playful with a nice creamy swarm of tiny bubbles.

Not a bad beer, but it didn't really grab my attention. Let's say that it's a very solid, slightly above average take on the style.

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Photo of RixBeer
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black with a nice finger and a half head right into my oversized snifter. The whole bottle empties into the glass leaving a good inch to the top of the glass. The mocha colored head slowly fades sticking to the edges it has touched.

The aroma start with this creamy milkiness that fill the nostrils at first whiff. Upon the second whiff the large chocolate and cocoa come pouring out like a kid filling his glass of milk with Hershey's chocolate syrup. This one is however more along the lines of a slightly bitter chocolate and a dry sweetness from the cocoa. There's some good espresso notes hidden in the hop aroma as well.

Smooth as silk with a creaminess and thickness of 1% milk. There's a nice bitterness hidden behind a huge wall of chocolate. The cocoa seem buried there as well as its' hints linger on in the after taste. The espresso notes in the aroma have become a major player in the flavor. It seems so major that it has left the hops behind. But not too far as this one still remains quiet balanced.

This beer feels velvety smooth on the palate. It is just plain old tastey and that makes it feel good. Just the right amount of carbonation for this big mother of a stout. And it is ridiculously smooth for such a big stout.

1 bottle poured into an over sized snifter or split between 2 in regular snifters. Either way this one is a sipper. Good luck, it's tough not to gulp this one.

All around an amazing beer.

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Photo of InsolublePancake
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Nice color, very dark and very thick. However, as I continue pouring, some thick chunks of some kind of sediment fall into the glass. Hmm... There's no freshness date on the bottle, and, being an Imperial Stout, I figure that it should be able to last a long time. Whatever, it's probably nothing. Aside from that, the beer looks pretty damn good, with a nice tan head that leaves a good lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Nothing wrong with the smell. The roasted malts are out in full force, imparting aromas of coffee and unsweetened cocoa. A slightly astringent twang is evident as well.

T- More roasted malt goodness, with bitter cocoa being the predominant flavor. This beer is very dry, which is surprising since most other Imperial Stouts I've had have been fairly sweet due to the high malt content. I'm detecting almost no sweetness in this one. Not that that's necessarily a bad thing; it's just a bit unexpected. The bitterness on the finish is moderate to high, probably more as a result of the roasted malts than the hops... although they both probably play a part.

M- This is probably the best part about this beer. Very thick and syrupy with just a touch of carbonation. This is what an Imperial Stout should feel like in your mouth.

D- The alcohol is not too noticeable, but this is a very thick and rich beer. It's definitely a sipper.

This is an interesting stout. I liked the fact that it wasn't very sweet, which is a nice change of pace for the style. I'm guessing this bottle must have been kind of old, judging by the sludge at the bottom. This didn't seem to hurt it any, aside from giving it an aesthetically displeasing pour. And maybe it was nothing and that's what it always looks like coming out, I don't know. Still, this is a good beer, and worth getting for any stout lover. Recommended.

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Photo of czfreeman
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a beautiful black color capped by an effervescent tan cap of of an espresso tan head of foamed deliciousness.
Smells of bittersweet chocolates, coffees, touch of vanillas, milky creamness, caramel-creme brulee cut with a bitter cocoa bite.
Flavors of bitter chocolate, coffees,vanillas, ,light hops, espresso, chocolates, bitter malted brown sugars. Remains light-medium mouthfell while retaining intensive mouthtfeel and flavors.or this style.] Nogne chose to throttle back on the ABV, so drinkability is stellar. Mouthfeel is perfeection fl Nogne-O is am intensive "super" brewery who can produce stellar examples of whatever-they-feel-like!!!

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Photo of jamesm7485
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour is a dark brown when held to light, little amount of head.

The smell is very nice with perhaps some raisins and some malt.

The taste is very nice somewhat unusual for a stout of this abv, dark fruit and some molasseses. No after taste at all which is very odd being an imperial stout.

mouthfeel is nice but very carbonated for this style

the drinkability is nice but isnt phenomenal

all in all i was impressed its a nice different take than what im used to but for 10 dollars a bottle not something id readily seek out again, definetly something you should try though

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Photo of thethrone
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours an oily jet black with a dark brown, almost purple head. Lots of lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of dark fruit and coffee, with some hoppy notes.

T - Espresso, dark chocolate, hints of sweet dark fruits. Very well balanced.

M - Very smooth and creamy, with little carbonation to speak of.

D - A great imperial stout, rich and flavorful; does not disappoint.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours out as thick and dark as a mid august midnight, just super thick, used motor oil sludgey black, roofing tar black, dammit just plain old black. The beer is topped with a generous one inch toffee colored and creamy head which slowly bubbles down into a thick cap leaving ample lacing behind.

S: Plums and rasins dipped in candi sugar and wrapped in chololate and coffee ice cream.

T/MF: Opens with a rich and bitter chocolatly coffee roasted character, feels like silk in the mouth, like if someone carbonated a melted espresso ice cream cone. Very smooth, good roasted quality with a slight nuttiness to boot, hop bitterness is really only evident in the mouthfeel and even then just barely, the roasted malts are doing all the heavy lifting in the bitterness department, maybe a little hop kick on the back end but mostly this beer is just smooth sailing all around. The aftertaste, given some time, tastes very mildly like soy sauce, does not bother me because the taste is so mild but it might be distracting to others.

D: Its been a while since I've reviewed or drank a RIS so its nice to start getting back in the style and this beer is a solid representation of that style, nothing in this beer is overstated, the smell is not overpowering the tasted is like a very robust stout, not like the ABV bombs I've had recently, so very very drinkable. But in the end this one does not blow me out of the water as some other stouts have.

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Photo of Riverwarrior
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

S = Roasted malts, dark chocolate, and a slight hint of alcohol buried in the background.

T = Dark chocolate expresso coffee beans upfront, sweet caramel in the middle, and some roasted coffee bitterness rounding out the flavors near the end. The finish is incredible. There is no harsh bitterness, just a semi-sweet expresso mocha flavor. The alcohol is hidden very well, but you begin to feel the warmth half way through the bottle.

MF = Thick, rich, creamy, smooth, full-bodied, low carbonation. Finish is very clean, semi-dry, and leaves you wanting more.

This is one outstanding Impy Stout from start to finish. Highly recommended.

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

Class act. Pours an opaque darkness with better than a finger foamy dark tan head that resists fading. Spotty patterns of lacing in its wake. The smell isn't overly aggressive, but its rich with a barrel aged character. A combination vanilla-cherry Tootsie roll chocolate with tempered roasted malt note. Not sweet but rich and creamy. The mouth feel is medium-light bodied, primarily creamy and smooth with a tingle of alcohol. Full flavored, the taste matches the nose yet has a licorice aspect also. The barrel aged character lingers nicely. The 9% ABV warms gentle on the way. A real nice drinker; this one is going in the cart again on the next pass. Really glad to find it at Knightly Spirits in Orlando, FL. Bumping the 'drinkability' to increment the taste up half a notch.

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Photo of BirdFlu
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As pretty much every other review mentions, the first thing that will grab you about this Norweigan beer is its color: none more black. The mouthfeel and taste follow suit- its very thick and chewy and it has a rich dark taste, like dark choclate or black coffee. The flavor is very nice for an imperial stout, as some may totally overwhelm with the darkness and there does seem to be a nice balance in the hops to the obviously strong malt character. The thickness does, however, take a bit away from its drinkabaility, by the last few sips you almost cant imagine having much more. ITs basically like drinking a dessert. Not much noticeable to write about for the smell. In the end, it tastes good, and should be enjoyed whilst listening to Norweigan black metal. As desolate as the barren, snowy fields.

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Photo of Antilochus
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great bottle look. 9.00% abv, 50cL. 75 IBU. Batch no. 268, brewed 25.11.2006. Poured into a stein at room temp.

Ultra-dark dark brown/black body. No head to speak of. A few bubbles are all that mar the perfectly opaque body.

Aromas of anise, coffee, floral hop notes, alcohol, dark chocolate.

Palate is surprisingly sweet, thick syrupy mouthfeel. Herbal notes. Rather warming. Anise comes back. A bit of fluff in the feel - I like! Hints of chocolate, grapefruit. Tons of grapefruit in the finish - WOW. Roasted hops, finish on citrus, alcohol, chocolate - like a brandied candy. Yum.

Great stuff!

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Photo of AltBock
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful slick looking 1 pint 0.9 fl oz. bottle. The reason it's so slick is because the "Ø" and "Imperial Stout" are in purple and sitting on top of a jet black background. Just to the right of the main picture are 2 seperate paragraphs. The top one gives the beer's specifications, proper serving temp, food pairings, and all the ingredients that went into this beer. The bottom paragraph gives a detailed description of the name of the beer, Nøgne Ø. Long story short, it means "naked island" in Norwegian. This bottle has so much information that if forgot to put down some kind of bottle code or a date. Let's hope the beer is just as good as the bottle.

Appearance: It was only fitting to pour this Imperial Stout into a "Maudite" snifter. What came of the bottle was a thick black oily sludge of a beer. I use the term "oily sludge" in a good way though. I could have used the term "oil," but that's not a good enough description of this beer's color. Sitting on top of this oily sludge was a 1/2 to 3/4 of inch head of mocha colored foam. This mocha colored head of foam had decent retention that left behind foamy mocha rings along the edge and a few spots of mocha lace around the snifter. The color of this beer is just as nice as the label itself.

Smell: The aroma was thick and roasted, but the aroma wasn't as strong as I would have liked it to be. The aroma was on the verge of becoming a strong smelling beer, but it seemed like it was being held back by something. Even when it was swirled around, it still didn't wake up. Either way, it was still heavly roasted with dark roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate, roasted espresso beans, a few black cherries, and then it finishes up with a touch of bitter roasted hops. If I had to choose which one of these roasted flavors was the strongest, it would have to be the roasted espresso beans. Maybe it was the espresso beans holding the aroma back somehow, but I'm still not sure what was holding the aroma back from becoming a strong smelling beer.

Taste: It was rich, dark, and chewy like a good Imperial Stout should be, but I believe the intention of this beer was not to assault you with a ton of dark and roasted flavors, but to equally balance all the roasted and bitter flavors. You'll find a ton of dark roasted flavors, but not and overwhelming amount of them. The taste kicks off with the roasted flavors; dark roasted malts, roasted barley, roasted espresso beans, black cherries, and a small touch of sweet caramel at the end. After the caramel is where the bitter flavors come into play; bitter dark chocolate, a tiny splash of grapefruit in the middle, and dry roasted citrus hops at the finish. See what I mean? Well balanced all the way!

Mouthfeel: Like any other Imperial Stouts, this one was full bodied. But unlike most of them, this one had an aftertaste that was at medium strength. Even though the aftertaste was at medium strength, it still had plenty of flavors. This aftertaste featured dark roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate, roasted espresso beans, a tiny hint of pine, and a slight taste of alcohol. Not too much alcohol, but it had to show up somewhere in this beer. The alcohol was controlled by the high level of roasted flavors.

Drinkability: A great beer in a great looking bottle! I originally thought I was going to find a beer that would overload my senses with dark roasted flavors, but instead I find an equally balanced Imperial Stout. It was a very good beer, but due to the price, it's a once in a while treat.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle inspection: Same as the pic. Nice info about the beer (ingredients, plato, IBU's, ABV, etc). Pretty impressive.

Aroma: Big whiff of pine and powdered chocolate. Nothing like big American hops and roasted barley on the nose. A marriage in the glass to savor. I get a little anise as the beer opens up. A complex nose of chocolate, coffee, and resiny American hops.

Appearance: Pours viscous motor-oil black. Definitely bottle conditioned. Effervescent on first pour and settles with a nice tan head.

Flavor: More dark chocolate, licorice, and roasted coffee notes. In the background is the resiny almost grapefruity hops flavors (hello, Columbus hops!). Big and bold malted roasty notes are balanced by the wonderful hop flavors and background esters. Finish is bitter and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied with medium carbonation. The hops resins cling to the palate and make for a pleasant lingering aftertaste.

Overall impression: Wow. One fantastic RIS to be savored. I might get one to age as the hops are definitely forward here. Not out of style but with bottle conditioning, I'd love to see what this looks like in 6-12 months. A great stout to be savored.

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

I'm a big fan of having at least a few details laid out before me, and as such, I think the labeling on this bottle is outstanding. Provided for the shopper are copious details about the drink's numerous ingredients, ideal serving temp, suggested food pairings (vanilla ice cream or dark chocolate), 75 IBUs, 9% ABV, etc.

Pint .9 oz bottle, poured into a shaker pint yields an ebony body,totally impervious to light so far as I can tell, capped with a gelatinously-sticky finger of mocha foam that retains at a greasy brown ring, leaving sticky rings of lacing.

Smell is chocolatey liqueur with dark roasted coffee with a sweet caramel-covered apple note.

Taste is velvety caramel with semisweet chocolate and coffee with a deep, warming alcohol note that doesn't announce itself, really, instead getting caught as it slides in a side door. Dry cocoa powder-coated dark chocolates and a winey coffee-with-cream note bring things to a toasty, savory finish.

Great drinkability for a beer this big. Plenty roasty and such, and a real mouthful at times, but the drink finishes pretty clean with a nice dryness.

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Photo of jojox
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - jet black. Thin, fleeting heatd - swirling brings up fresh, chocolate colored rocky head. Fleeting, though.

s - Some hops. Roasted Malt/Black malt. Faint raspbeery?

t - Classic. Dark roasted maltiness. Well balanced. Hop bitternets but not much aroma. Dark, slightly chalky, dry finish.

m - Thick. Well carbonated.

Notes - Super awesome. Will be even better (IMO) after 1-2-3 years aging. There are some sharp edges around some of the flavors that I think will smooth out and mellow.

After letting it warm a bit and becoming very accustomed to the strong flavor coating my mouth, it seems very slightly hop centered. To me, it would be even better if the hops were reduced VERY slightly - but I'm no hop head. After a year I think the reduction will be perfect.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: A nice jetblack... like another IS I had the other night, the head is a sparkling brown, like brown sugar. Thick and creamy - both the pour and the head topping. The bottle itself is pretty sexy, to boot.

S: Chocolate aromas - more of a white chocolate. Vanilla notes, roasted malts. Something about it reminds of of "Kinder Surprise" (which you typically won't find in the US, apparently - but a chocolate / white chocolate concoction).

T: Not as huge as some, but still very full flavoured. More subtleness to pick through, between iced coffee, a light and fine chocolate. Like the aroma, I find a little vanilla floating about in here. This is excellent.

M: Soft and creamy... very smooth. Absolutely spot on here, and an excellent example of what I like in a bigger style.

D: An excellent stout, and I'm certainly glad I picked up a couple of these on a roadtrip, as it's not available here (but certainly something to try to get carried). A gentle sipper, but each taste is exquisite enough that it seems wasteful to drink it too quickly. Recommended drinking, here.

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

I got this bottle in a trade with russpowell. Thanks Russ!

My first beer from this brewery:

A very nice pour. A really thick looking pitch black brew with a 1 finger head of tan foam. Some good sticky lacing here and the head retention is better than average for the style.

Taking a few whiffs, the smell is on the light side but I get some notes of coffee, dark fruit, and a bit of caramel malt. Sweetish overall.

First sip and man, nice complexity going on here. Rich dark chocolate flavours are the first thing I notice and then the coffee shows itself along with some plum and toffee. And wow, the mouthfeel is superbly thick and the carbonation is livlier than I thought it would be but it works really well so no complaint here.

Further sips in and I notice a slight tartness coming from the hops and it does a nice job in complimenting the other flavours. And the 9%abv? I'm trying hard to find it but I can't say I can. It's *very* well hidden. The finish is really tasty with notes of bitter chocolate and a light hoppiness. This is a damn good example of the style and the next time I visit Colorado, I'm going to pick up some. It *is* that damn good, imho!

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.76/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The Nøgne Ø brand is what I consider to be the one that started the flood of Scandnavian imports to the US, starting a little over a year ago. Well, happy beleated landing in the US, Nøgne Ø. To celebrate, let's pop open their Imperial Stout. On to the beer:

Wow, that's an impressive first look. Darker than midnight, thick, gooey, and topped with a two-finger coffee-tan head. The nose is more subtle than I was expecting. Faint esters, hint of chocolate, some figs, licorice.

The taste and mouthfeel of this beer are heavenly. Viscous, smoother than silk, medium-heavy, and a flavor than melts in your mouth. It's s smackdown of bittersweet chocolate at first. Then it's followed by mixed fruits, a hint of vanilla, and faint alcohol. Roasted flavors are light on the paalte, helping make the brew unbelievably drinkable and desirable.

Imperial Stouts were for sippin', not drinkin'. But this one sure is! Full flavored, yet balanced to perfection with deceiving alcohol which slowly kicks in. It turned out to be money well spent for the half-liter bottle ($4.99), and the best beer I've had so far this year.

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Photo of libbekat
4.78/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer. It is almost like an illicit sexual affair. First I am possessive, I don't want to share. Second I remove the price tags, so my husband doesn't know how much I am spending. Third, I was saving it for special occasions, now I just make up occasions.
I bought the first one because I liked the packaging. I am a woman after all. I liked the black bottle with the purple Ø on the label. Plus I am a fan of Imperial Stouts.
I shared the first one with a member of my beer club. We were hosting dinner and Imperial Stouts were the main theme. We tried this beer with three others. This was the best. I was very excited about the black beer in the glass with a thick, toffee colored head. It poured out velvety and smooth. For our actual beer dinner we served it at with the main course: portabella mushrooms in a red wine reduction, topped with stilton cheese, roasted rosemary potatoes and steamed broccoli. We tasted six beers that evening and this way the group favorite.
The velvety pour is consistent all the way through to the mouth. It rolls around, leisurely and silky. The first thing you taste is coffee, slight espresso hint. The roasted barley is strong without overkill. There is a slight, very slight, acidity but I personally enjoy that. Dark chocolate finishes this stout off beautifully.
I have added this beer to my top ten. It is like a orgasm in a glass.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.66/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - the ideal pour. Motor oil on the way out, a reverse cascading head. Thick mocha cap is creamy with some large bubbles. A sticky layer of solid lace adheres all the way around.

Aroma - nutty, roasted malt. Dark earthy coffee bean smell. A step off the pour but still good.

Taste - sweet malts to start, a hint of coffee in front. What comes next is a *huge* hit of dark, burnt malt. Ashy and scorched they are, blurring any distinction between hops and burnt flavor that might exist. The abv makes a warming statement on the swallow, at the back of the throat and on downward. I tried some dark chocolate (Lindt 85%) with this per the label suggestion. Bad idea, it brings out a solvent, olive/Robitusson flavor, like Orval. As a contrast, I tried a few of the Cadbury candy-coated milk chocolate eggs. Better, but I think chocolate is not a good pair if you want to avoid that Orval taste. Go with some ribs instead. More char on the finish, malt roastiness coming back but ultimately losing to the excessive burnt element. With some palate adjustment, the burnt part abates somewhat. Patience on the finish will yield some roasty, coffee flavors and dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel - silky, fairly heavy, carbonation is pretty prevalent.

Drinkability - on the whole, too burned up for my tastes. I still enjoyed the beer, but find too much emphasis on the burnt grain.

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