Imperial Rye Porter
Nøgne Ø

Imperial Rye PorterImperial Rye Porter
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Style:
Porter - Imperial
Ranked #63
ABV:
9%
Score:
92
Ranked #3,204
Avg:
4.16 | pDev: 6.97%
Reviews:
54
Ratings:
232
From:
Nøgne Ø
 
Norway
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  15
Gots
  25
SCORE
92
Outstanding
Imperial Rye PorterImperial Rye Porter
Notes: Collaboration with Terrapin Beer Co.
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Reviews by muskiesman:
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muskiesman from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Mar 02, 2013
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thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

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.

Feb 20, 2017
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jrenihan from Canada (ON)

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.

Feb 12, 2017
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stanale from Illinois

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

Jan 01, 2017
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bulldogops from Canada (AB)

4.24/5  rDev +1.9%

Nov 28, 2014
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afsdan from Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Mar 21, 2014
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BeerHunter76 from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Sep 03, 2012
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mattreitz49 from Florida

4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jan 30, 2015
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olradetbalder from Sweden

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Nov 24, 2014
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kylehay2004 from Illinois

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

Jun 25, 2015
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Texasfan549 from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Sep 04, 2012
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TheBeerAlmanac from Kentucky

4/5  rDev -3.8%

Apr 09, 2013
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ThickNStout from Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500mL bottle from Charley's (Woodstock, GA). 9.99. Served in a Terrapin snifter. 

Pours deep dark brown with one and a half fingers of thick tan head. Slight lacing. 

Nose is roasty, coffee and sweet. 

Taste follows the nose witg sweet, roasty, malty, coffee abd cocoa. 

Smooth creamy medium bodied with mderate carbonation. Pleasant sweet aftertast. 

I think this is the first rye porter I've tried and it's really well done. A good blend of the sweet malts and sharp rye. It's quite tastey now but worth saving a bottle to see what a year or two will do to it. 

Aug 11, 2012
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PaulMc from Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Aug 04, 2012
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Bloodbuzz99 from Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Sep 25, 2014
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bigred89 from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Dec 01, 2013
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superdoopersauce from Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

May 26, 2015
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bylerteck from Canada (ON)

3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jan 12, 2017
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cvm4 from Mississippi

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours very black with a good amount of a tan head. Great lacing, sticks to the glass.

S - Getting a good helping of roasted malt and rye.

T - The taste really follows in line with the smell. Not picking up too many different characteristics.

M - Really coats your mouth, heavy on the palette and low carbonation.

T - It really follows in step with what the label says. But, it's a really nice and well done beer.

Aug 10, 2012
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user785335 from Florida

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Oct 21, 2015
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

4.59/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tapered Guinness pint glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 3/4 inch light brown head that retains quite well before reducing to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a big center patch of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves clots behind on the glass.

S- Chocolatey aroma with a bit of spicy rye and a hint of caramel.

T- Dark roasted malt, milk chocolate and rye all very well-balanced and on the sweeter side which is a plus for me. Alcohol is incredibly well-hidden beneath the deliciousness bringing the drinkability to dangerous levels.

M- Semi-creamy with a robust body and medium carbonation.

O- Plain and simple but incredibly effective. When the Nogne boys and Terrapin boys put their heads together, you get an awesome Norwegeorgian ale.

Apr 29, 2013
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polloenfuego from Canada (NB)

3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Imperial Rye Porter pours a dark brown almost black with about a couple of finger's worth of head. There is some lacing visible as you drink. The smell is mild, but you can pick up some vanilla, roasts and some spice. Taste is quite agreeable, with the roasts and cocoa flavors being up front, and then there is a touch of vanilla sweetness followed by a nice rye spiciness. Feel is a little thin but sticky, and the carbonation is about medium. The 9% abv is well hidden.

A nice beer, more than I was expecting in terms of flavor and it turns out this is a really nice sipper.

Jan 21, 2017
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pathman from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Jul 16, 2013
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unlikelyspiderperson from California

4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
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
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

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

an interesting and somewhat random collaboration it seems. whats the connection here? the beer is really good despite that randomness, and despite its age, definitely some time on this bottle! came out years ago, dont think it was brewed more than once. lots of dark rye malt on this, not just a dark beer with pale rye malt, but actually a midnight type rye, really interesting malt that is really underutilized out there. at least it sure seems like thats whats in here, it doesnt have the dusty black peppery character of the pale rye, more of a bitter depth to the rye in here, its really nice. some heavy dark chocolate notes too, lots of hop bitterness remaining even after all this time, and a real earthiness thats uncommon in beer this dark and strong. hints of coffee and milk chocolate too, lots of bitterness, minerals, and pencil shavings, very interesting complexion. slick almost greasy mouthfeel, still viscous but more slippery than heavy, kind of unique. a one of a kind beer for sure, interesting recipe, very much more the nogne o style here than the terrapin, from what i know about the two breweries. if you have a bottle, crack it soon, i cant see this evolving or improving much from here on out.

Oct 10, 2016
Imperial Rye Porter from Nøgne Ø
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 232 ratings