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

Imperial DunkelWitImperial DunkelWit
46 Ratings
Imperial DunkelWitImperial DunkelWit

Brewed by:
Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by GbVDave on 02-10-2010

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Ratings: 46 |  Reviews: 30
Reviews by liamt07:
Photo of liamt07
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared with Steve and Sammy, 500ml into a tulip. Thanks Steve.

Pours a very dark brown, with an opaque body. Eggshell/cream coloured head with solid retention. Nose was quite peculiar and unique, some black licorice, heavy coriander (almost overly so), orange peel (in a weird sort of way that I'm struggling to describe) and a general 'perfumey' aroma that befuddles and interests me simultaneously, all the while stinging my nostrils. I guess this is somewhat representative of what an Imperial Dunkelwit would (should?) be, I'm not sure I'm sold on it thought. Taste starts with a full and thick malt to coat the tongue initially, allowing some peppercorn/coriander and orange to follow. Again, this weird perfumy and pungent spice prevails almost overpowering the the wheat and dark malts underneath all of this. Mouthfeel is good, with a bit of weight to it. Light alcohol and lingering spices. A definite sipper, and a truly unique offering. Not confident I'd actively revisit this one though.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - This poured muddy brown with a cheap head.

Smell - The dark malts are nicely toasted and quite aromatic. There's also a bready yeast character to the nose and somehow the classic WB spicing comes through. The coriander is monstrous and of high quality.

Taste - The luscious malts sweeten up at the taste and that coriander is borderline overpowering. I lost the yeast though which was a huge disappointment.

Mouthfeel - This is too light for the flavor profile and I wouldn't even call it medium-bodied. Other reviewers commented on the good carbonation but I found it lacking. I also thought that the alcohol was a bit much for the overall profile of this beer.

Drinkability - I can see how some like this one but it really didn't do anything for me.

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Photo of warnerry
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle at a recent tasting.

The beer pours a light brown color with a white head. The aroma is very odd, smelling exactly like fruity pebbles. The aroma is similar, as if you dropped a couple of sticks of licorice into a bowl of fruity pebbles breakfast cereal. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not sure if this is what the brewers intended, but it is interesting.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a muddy light brown color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of sugar-coated lemon and orange peels with large amounts of spices - anise and coriander. Also present are mild amounts of bruised banana aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet citrus flavors up front with a mildly tart twang. Midway through the sip spices show up in force - mostly anise but hints of coriander as in the aroma. The spices carry through to a crisp ending, leaving fruit flavors lingering on the palate.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a smooth thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this was an interesting combination and I was surprised how well the wit and dunkel flavors mixed. Worth a shot.

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Photo of Sammy
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Crazy aroma, unusual taste. The aroma is licorice and chocolate and boozy and very sweet. Three-quarters of an inch of brown head on dark brown body, and lacey. The taste inclues chocolate, sugar, a little bitter, lemon in the aftertaste, black peppercorn, root beer. Above average mouthfeel. Drinkable but I would not like it again.Thanks Stephen.

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Photo of Bdel34
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a sly dark brown color with a thin finger-ed white to off white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. Lacing clung decently around the glass. The smell started off with a huge coca cola flavor rounding over some nice light spices of ginger, all spice, and coriander. Orange peel seems to be the bitter part to balance nicely. The taste was mainly sweet through the previously mentioned flavors and taking the spices to be the balance all about. Orange peel is still there, but becomes slightly sticky sweet in the aftertaste and moves slyly and sweet over the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body as there wants to be a nice sessionability about it, however, I find myself sipping this one. Carbonation runs super smooth and has a sticky coca cola feel over my tongue. Overall, I really don't think this is a witbier by style, that's just in the name that Nogne gave it.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.41/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very deep clear copper with red highlights. A feint light white head that fades quickly to nothing. There is almost no nose to this beer, despite allowing the bottle to get to room temperature and multiple swirls in the glass for greater oxygination. There is a feint delicate plum and nothing else. Mouthfeel is medium bodied but all is overshadowed by a pinetar sour coffee character and sour bitter finish. Bad bottle?

Opened a second bottle - same color; same head; same lack of nose. Flavors of menthol and pine coughdrops. Less sour but flavor profile (spices?) simply put the flavors of this in the almost offensive catagory. It's like drinking camphor; tastes like a liquid Vicks vapor rub.

I do not thing this is bad beer; I simply believe it is a beer that is not for me and not like any witbier I've ever tasted.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed form the 22 oz bottle in a snifter. This unique brew pours a clear medium mahogany color with a moderate head of off white foam that dies down to a thick ring with light lacing. Nose of bitter orange, medicinal notes of licorice, coriander, and sweet malts. Flavors follow the nose with blonde licorice and orange peel that rests on the heavy side on the front and middle, strong booze touched with candy malts hit middle and sides of the taste, and finish with a medicinal blonde licorice malt note that is warming and strong on the fresh coriander flavor that resides on the aftertaste. Decent mouth feel, medium light carbonation, and full on the taste. An interesting wit hybrid that is unique.

Not everyone's cup of ale...this is a strange brew, but it is interesting and substantial.


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Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of buschbeer
3.15/5  rDev -15.3%

0.5L bottle
Served in a weizen glass

It is a murky black tea color. It wasn't that cloudy until I dumped in the yeast. It is capped with two inches of tan head that leaves a little lacing.

I get a medicinal aroma along with orange and coriander.

The taste has orange and coriander, as well. It also has a bit of a medicinal taste.

It is undercarbonated for a witbier. Smooth almost full mouthfeel.

I think the high abv combined with the orange and coriander created the medicinal smell and taste. It reminds me of orange flavored cough syrup or sizzurp or orange drank. Whichever seems appropriate.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.49/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium brown color with a 1/2 inch dark tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and big side bump of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing slides down the glass.

S- Whoo boy. Orange peel and coriander pour out of the aroma bringing to mind the smell of a Vitamin C tablet pill bottle...not sure if I like that or not. Other non-distinct spices are there, all of which are quite powerful.

T- The first taste is pure booze, almost grain alcohol-like, and then the spices come and attempt to bring some character. They almost succeed since they, along with the malt creating a dark bread flavor, have a complexity but it all just bounces around with no real purpose. Yeah, I can't get over the overbearing sweetness and booziness. Otherwise, this might actually taste nice. Earns points for uniqueness though. Once the palate acclimates, things become manageable.

M- Syrupy with medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- Usually I like Nogne's spiced offerings but this one is just way too chaotic and hot to be very appreciable. Glad I got to try it though.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a MJ tasting glass.

A - pours a deep ruby with one finger of offwhite/light tan head that does not last. Leaves a thin whisp of foam on the surface and some lacing.

S - Coriander and orange peel, with a chocolatey roasted character. Reminds me of chocolate covered orange peels.

T - First sip of dark chocolate covered orange peels, a little coriander flavor, but mostly roast/chocolate and orange.

M - Mouthfeel is creamy and mouth-coating. No astrigency, roasted character is not overdone.

D - Highly drinkable and dangerously so at 10%. This would be great in the winter by a roaring fire. I wonder how it would taste warmed in a mug like gluhwine? Very nice beer.

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Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a Boulevard tulip.

A: Pours a deep and rich, black cherry color. Capping this is a slightly off-white head that reaches about one finger in thickness before evaporating to a swirly skim and lace leaving ring. Carbonation is active.

S: Definite aroma of Wit yeast along with hints of anise, candied orange peel, and alcohol. A touch of roasted grain, too.

T: Big time anise (black licorice) flavor with an assist from coriander, Wit yeast, alcohol, citrus peel, roasted malt, and sweet plums and/or raisins. Has quite a bit of mint in the finish.

M: Very sticky. Sweet, savory, and spicy. Alcohol content became apparent at about the 1/2 way point of the bottle.

D: Really very interesting. Nogne O kind of threw me for a loop as to what to classify this. From the label: "Imperial DunkelWit from Nogne O is an attempt to combine the best of many brewing cultures. Indeed we hope to please the Belgian Ale partizan, the dark ale enthusiast as well as those who love big ales with this one product. That is a tough ambition. At least we had fun brewing it..." More of a Belgian Wit than a German Dunkelweizen, I suppose, but really different from both. If someone thinks a different style is more apropriate, please submit a change.

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Photo of rarbring
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer is dark brown with a beige head leaving rather little lacing.

The smell is yeasty vinous, sherry, somewhat citric.

The taste is sweet, dried fruits, dates, figs, apricot, but also a wine character, somewhat spicy and bitter coffee beans.

Low carbonation, a smooth and oily feeling.

A complex intriguing brew, not a surprise - as if Nøgne Ø would brew an uninteresting beer.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light chestnut brown color, slightly murky and hazy, letting in quite a bit of light, slight cap of foamy off-white head. Scent is quite unique - bold corriander, slight citrus and some charred grains, roasted nuts - all blended well. Taste is closer to a wit than the scent lead on with the corriander, wheat and citrus notes quite present, however ther background has a nice charred grain and roasted nut quality that prevents the beer from being too spicy, fruity or sweet. Medium bodied for a wit, lower carbonation for a wit, somewhat dry. A nice, unique beer which i could drink as a replacement for your typical wit.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a one finger cream head that fades quickly to a ring leaving some lace. Medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Clear, deep amber/brown color. Nose is caramel/malty. Flavor is caramel, sweet spices. Clean caramel finish. Why is the good stuff so pricey?? $9.95 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

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Photo of dqrull
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddiish brown with a tan tight head.

Smell is very weird, nothing I have felt in a beer before... pronounced coriander and bitter orange, with a note of meat to it, and some tobacco. Dried apricots.

At first I notice a touch of roasted malts, and the corander is very up front making it very spicy (thanks to the coriander I presume), reminds me of a winter warmer in that sense. Dry white wine, with a light touch of christmas spices, with a hint of dried meat. A light sweetness all throughout, with a long and smooth aftertaste.

Silky and full mouthfeel, with a very lght carbonation.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Imperial DunkelWit pours a flat, opaque mahogany with barely any foam on top. What foam there is leaves only a couple spots of lace on the glass.

Spicy aroma of juniper, clove, orange peel, smoke and a touch of bread (yeast?).

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth, watery and lightly carbonated. The flavor is sweet and spicy. It begins with sweet malt and caramel. Quickly, orange peel, coriander, clove and a touch of cinnamon take over. It finishes dry with lingering spicy notes of cinnamon and clove.

A very tasty beer that would be great with a holiday meal. The spices are prominent, but mild. Very well balanced.

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Photo of shanekramer
5/5  rDev +34.4%

Photo of Florya
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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