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Nøgne Ø / Terrapin Imperial Rye PorterNøgne Ø / Terrapin Imperial Rye Porter

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Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BEERchitect on 07-18-2012

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Ratings: 211 |  Reviews: 47
Photo of yancot
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing opaque black in the glass, nearly still with only a tiny patch of khaki foam and a ring around the glass with slight slippery lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, molasses, cocoa, coffee, mild rye; rich. Flavor is semi-sweet dark toasted malt, rye bread crust, dark cocoa, hints of coffee and toffee. Finishes with nice cocoa, rye and dark dry malt. Medium bodied with good creaminess and fine carbonation despite the still pour. A full bodied and flavorful porter that displays robust, genuine rye bread character. I was a bit cautious about this one because I'm not a fan of sour notes in porters and rye can be tart. There is a very faint rye tartness, but most of the flavor is pumpernickel rye with great cocoa notes. The interaction of rye and the chocolate seems to be what is producing coffee flavors. I've been impressed by dark malt beers from both of these breweries and this is no exception. Very nicely done and flavorful. Glad I found a bottle of this.

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Photo of Odysseyalien
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stephenlee
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jtee
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From a 500ml bottled served slightly chilled at 19 degrees Celsius into a snifter. Brew date on the bottle reads: 09.08.2016. The beer has spent almost a full year in the bottle.

Look: The beer pours an opaque black with 1cm of dense, mocha head that dissipates into a partial film in just over a minute. It looks as expected from an aged, 9% ABV beer.

Smell: Wow, intense. Rich and robust as much as it is strong and balanced. Roasty with faint alcohol note. I'm getting rye bread, coffee, brown sugar, chocolate, and black licorice with mild dark fruit. Very enticing.

Taste: Oh my gosh. Very much like the aroma with plenty of strength and a great balance. An explosion of roasty and complex dark malts with notes of chocolate, coffee, black licorice, brown sugar, and dark fruit. You can taste hints of alcohol, but in a pleasant way. The finish is long, strong, and bitter with a considerable mineral character.

Feel: What a presence! The liquid just fills your mouth with a full body and low carbonation. Slick, mouth-coating, heavy, velvety, chewy, and slightly astringent. Restrained and smooth alcohol presence. So many words and yet they don't seem enough.

Overall: There's no question this brew is among my favourite porters. It's bold, robust, and complex with a massive presence on the palate. Excellent craftsmanship. Simply wonderful. A must-try in the world of dark, strong beers. In addition, it aged exceptionally well.

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Photo of Zach136
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

A nice, safe porter that will not knock your socks off with its taste (although it will with its alcohol content). Not a strong aftertaste, less roasting and no chocolate - this is a bit different than the norm but it's pleasant enough to be perhaps enjoyed by even those who are not porter fans.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; brewed Aug 9 2016 and served slightly chilled.

Pours a jet-black colour with reddish-brown highlights, topped with one finger of foamy, khaki-coloured head that steadily seeps off over the next 5 minutes or so. A thin layer of soapy film is one of the two primary remnants, together with a thin, creamy collar. Modest lace deposition; it's an attractive porter, for sure. I'm getting prunes/plum and dates on the nose, with notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, treacle, rye grains and spicy rye bread; just a faint hint of coffee grounds. Nice mix of dark fruits, rye and roasted malt constituents in the aroma.

A beauty of a porter - bold flavours, with good balance. Tempered molasses and caramelized sugar sweetness are a consistent background presence, with prune, plum and fig fruit flavours joining early on. Bread crusts, spicy rye grain and roasted malts figure in strongly on the back end, supplying rich fudge chocolate flavours and a hint of coffee bitterness. Herbal licorice, earthy hops and moderate ethanol heat at the finish, lingering into a roasty, bittersweet, persistent aftertaste. Full, viscous body with a thick, slick, oily texture and very subtle carbonation just past the threshold of detectability. Gives you the sticky lips. The warming qualities might implore you to pace yourself, but it's difficult to stop sipping something this delicious.

Final Grade: 4.27, a fantastic A-. Keeping my intensely pro-rye beer biases in mind, Nøgne Ø Imperial Rye Porter is one of the best collaborative efforts I've had the pleasure of trying in recent memory. Not too sweet, not too boozy, and certainly not smothered in adjuncts - this is dark beer in its purest form, with the addition of rye ensuring that it would be right up my alley from the start. I will definitely be picking up another bottle (or two) for the cellar, because this is a beer that I know I'll want to drink again.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours completely black with a rocky, long lasting tan head. Roastyness and dark chocolate mix with oily, spicy rye notes in the aroma. Black malts, cocoa and rye bread abound in the taste. Earthy, floral hop flavors in the back. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a languid carbonation. Light booze heat mixes with light bitterness and roasty, smokey malts in the finish.

A very nice strong porter with an excellent prominent rye character. Delicious and flavor packed. worth a try for sure.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A really nice strong porter. The rye provides a bit of a spicy flavour, but it is not overwhelming. Otherwise, a nice, smooth blend of chocolate, roast malt and vanilla. Really easy drinking for the ABV. Nice and rich without being heavy.

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Photo of Duffman79
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheDoctor
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Service: Bottle
Brewed: Aug-9-2016
Best before: Aug-9-2020

Pours a viscous crude-oil black with barely a skiff of pop-like khaki head. Poor retention; touch of lacing. (3.75)

Roasty malts with some spicy zip from rye (and maybe alcohol); tobacco, dark chocolate, brown sugar, ethanol. (3.75)

Roast grains, dirt and mineraly water with some spiciness and slight astringency, weak coffee with some sugar on the whole, but as it warms up it blends together in a way that is much more 'porter-like' than I initally perceived. (4)

Thinnish yet fluffy with a mediumish body and active carbonation, a touch ticky but not bad. (4)

Tasty beer. I have only ever had one other beer from these guys so I was curious to try this one.
It is not much to look at but I can forgive it. The aroma and flavor are both quite roasty, in aroma it isn't as sweet as a lot of porters, in flavor it might be a touch sweeter. The rye seems to give it a tannic flavor that kind of cuts through the malt bill you'd expect from a porter. Pretty big, but doesn't feel like drinking a stout.
Not a bad beer at all, but it didn't make me audibly gasp, either. Makes me curious to try some of their stouts as this one was pretty well-made even if it didn't really 'pop' for me.
I would have this one again, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it. (4)

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Photo of andrenaline
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle served at cellar temperature into a pint glass. Purchased from the LCBO for around $7 CDN and best before date is September 2020. Batch 1684.

Appearance - Virtually black and light destroying. Capped with a finger or so of quickly receding tan head. Minimal lacing left around the edges of the glass.

Smell - Some booze, plenty of rye and... a metallic nose. I suppose suggestions of coffee in there to and maybe chocolate but those three ingredients stand out.

Taste - Better than the nose. No metallic flavors, and predominately dark chocolate with hints of coffee and some rye spiciness mixed in to keep things interesting.

Mouthfeel - Super smooth, liquid velvet over a heavy dense body. Not syrupy or oily in any way but same slick feel. Carbonation is good really impressive feel. Near perfect for a strong porter.

Overall - While the nose may be a little off-putting for some, the rye is well integrated and feel is wonderful. No beating around the bush with this fine stout. A welcome addition to LCBO stores (temporarily) and certainly worth a try. Gets better as it warms.

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Photo of Jaisell
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kevinlater
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of RedAleMan
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Pens1967
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Bottle from the lcbo for around $6.50. Above average in all aspects.

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Photo of Grackos
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jerk_Store
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of stanale
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Glorithm
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of q33jeff
4.51/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Aroma Is grains, chocolate, coffee, toast, yeast. Appearance: dark black pour, thick, tan head with lacing long after pour. Very nice looking. Taste is bitter chocolate, toast, coffee. Very smooth and tasty. A nice lagniappe complement to my Fat Tuesday dinner."

A great collaboration.

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Photo of biegaman
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nøgne Ø / Terrapin Imperial Rye Porter has a head that's thick (and coloured) like mud while its body is black and inky enough to dip a feather pen in (assuming you're one of the three or so people in the world still using them). So dark and dense, it looks properly suited to winter drinking... good thing because tonight is the second longest night of the year!

Rye is a distinctive and sometimes intense grain. As result, many brewers use it only sparingly. I don't believe in half measures - and I love the bold qualities that rye provides. Hence I love this bouquet, which is rich not only in roasty, bittersweet malt but also a pronounced nutty, spicy, hearty graininess. The two elements go together nicely.

The palate also showcases both features fairly: there's lots of coffee and gooey, fudge-y chocolate but also more that distinctive rye grain flavour and its spicy, somewhat hemp-like earthiness. While this was not barrel-aged it certainly possesses the more intense profile and nuanced intricacies normally associated with those types of beer.

Part and parcel with that, of course, is the understanding that some of that 9% alcohol will be noticeable. It's far from obnoxious and largely disappears if treated with some light swirling. Tonight's bottle is only a few months of age but a previous tasting of a nearly 2 year old sample was even more impressive; don't be in a rush to consume this one.

Nøgne Ø and Terrapin are both great producers so it's no surprise their collaboration turned out so great itself. Imperial Rye Porter is a silky, sinfully rich offering that's perfect stuff to drink fireside for some warming comfort when the days are cold and short or serve late at night when people want something distinct, definitive and gratifying to finish on.

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