Imperial Rye Porter
Nøgne Ø

Imperial Rye PorterImperial Rye Porter
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Nøgne Ø
Imperial Porter
Ranked #81
Ranked #4,647
4.15 | pDev: 6.99%
May 24, 2023
Jul 18, 2012
Collaboration with Terrapin Beer Co.
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
May 2012: 500 ml bottle, batch #761, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 9%. 45 IBU. Pitch black colour, large and creamy tan head. Very nice aroma with roasty and fruity notes, notes of sour berries, oak, red wine vinegar, mild coffee and dark chocolate. The flavour is sweet and roasty, notes of coffee, dark bitter chocolate and liquorice. Bitter finish.
May 24, 2023
Rated: 3.73 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Dec 22, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by Dentist666 from Russian Federation

Aug 17, 2021
Rated: 4.09 by Dazka from Italy

Mar 23, 2021
Rated: 3.87 by dsshuck from Delaware

Mar 30, 2020
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Brown/black hue.

Dark khaki head; minimal lace.

Dark cherry, slight black licorice & a hint of booze in the nose.

Thick mouthfeel.

Slight black licorice, black cherry,baker's chocolate & a hint of cream up front; slightly boozy & bitter on the finish.

Complex & savory, but only for the coldest winter nights.
Apr 15, 2019
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Reviewed by Buck89 from Tennessee

3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured into a pint glass. A medium-dark brown color with a modest tan head. Dark chocolate, caramel, and roasted grain with a faint floral hop presence on the nose. The taste was close - the floral hops were up front sort of muddling the malt flavors. Chocolate and roasty notes were there but less well-defined. Feel was medium and ABV was well-hidden. Overall it was well-constructed but the flavors seemed to be overwhelmed by the hops.
Mar 18, 2019
Rated: 4.3 by desint from Belgium

Dec 30, 2018
Rated: 4.18 by shelby415 from Oregon

Nov 03, 2018
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Reviewed by Bruno74200 from France

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Still very classy this imperial porter pours a deep black colour.
Nice caramel and roasted notes with some spicy notes.
Silky smooth mouthfeel and warming alcohol add up for a nice treat
Oct 21, 2018
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Reviewed by unlikelyspiderperson from California

4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Pours a wonderfully deep chocolate/raisin brown. Just enough light gets through to keep it this side of black. With a thin beige head.
Smell is dates/raisins, whiskey cake, molasses. Veers toward a barleywine like smell, or an old ale. Very rich, very complex, benefits from rising toward room temperature.
Taste is surprisingly smooth compared to the smell. Roasty/spicy malt along with some mellow dark chocolate notes.
Mouthfeel is pretty spot on for a porter. In spite of a big nose and a deep dark color the body is very mild and smooth. Drinks like a proper after work beer for 3 or 5 pints.
Truly great beer here. If you're a fan of darker beers at all you will enjoy this.
Sep 07, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands

Jul 26, 2018
Rated: 3.99 by yancot from Canada (ON)

Dec 11, 2017
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Reviewed by LiquidAmber from Washington

4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
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.
Nov 04, 2017
Rated: 4.27 by Odysseyalien from New Jersey

Sep 30, 2017
Rated: 4.37 by stephenlee from England

Aug 13, 2017
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Reviewed by Jtee from Canada (ON)

4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
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.
Jul 31, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by Zach136 from Georgia

Apr 23, 2017
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Reviewed by Cramshawbar from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev -3.6%
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.
Apr 03, 2017
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Reviewed by thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
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.
Feb 20, 2017
Imperial Rye Porter from Nøgne Ø
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 234 ratings