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Brewed by:
Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
Norway
nogne-o.com

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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4.19
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Photo of corby112
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark chocolate brown, almost black color with a two finger mocha head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks and chunks of lacing left behind.

Roasted dark malt aroma with a spicy rye presence that's complimented by earthy hops, lactic cream and sweeter notes. Really strong rye character along with burnt toast, dark chocolate, caramel, toffee and oatmeal. Slightly boozy and on the verge of becoming acrid but the rye adds another dimension of complexity that helps the nose.

On the fuller end of medium bodied with a surprisingly hop forward flavor profile. Very dry and bitter with a dank, earthy pine needle presence that lingers over the spicy rye and roasted malts into a bone dry finish. In desperate need of some sweetness to combat the acrid, burnt malt profile and overpowering hop bitterness. As it warms and the palate adjusts, the rye character and subtle malt sweetness comes toward the forefront. Hints of burnt dark chocolate malt, oatmeal, robust coffee bean and caramel before finishing with subtle boozy heat. Not bad, but too hoppy for the style in my opinion and could use some more sweetness for balance.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours pitch black with a half finger of dense tan head. Good retention.

S: Strong roasted malts dominate the smell of this beer. I get some nuttiness similar to English yeast character mixed with some toffee. As the beer warms, I get some dark chocolate as well.

T: Equal parts strong roast and rye dominate the beer with burnt malts and above average bitterness. On the dry side, but still balanced. As the beer warms, it sweetens a bit with some dark and milk chocolate.

M: Medium mouthfeel with strong carbonation.

O: Pretty solid Imperial Porter. I remember this being thicker with much more chocolate than in the bottle (and significantly better), but this is still good.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Undated bottle at 45 degrees into snifter
Aroma weak of roasted malt
Head average (3 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, creamy, diminishing to 4 mm ring and layer
Lacing - curtains of tiny bubbles which break into an open lattice
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor of roasted malt and rye, what seems to be a hint of caraway; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium to full, creamy, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4.5, Overall 4

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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


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

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

T:
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)

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

O:
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 prototypic
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Imperial Rye Porter is a very dark, chocolate fudge color. It’s almost opaque. Holding the glass up to light shows some dark burgundy highlights at the outer edges. Very impressive color nonetheless. A tan crown sits on top and stands just over a finger tall. It’s rather slow to recede, leaving a moderate spotty lacing behind. Good looking stuff.

The nose is good. It kicks off with a nice mix of chocolate and strong coffee. It doesn’t smell all that sweet. Roasted coffee is strong in the mix and really complements the chocolate well. It even adds a slight charred or burnt aroma. Rye is noted and adds a bread-like quality to the overall mix. Secondary scents include various spicy, herbal, and grassy notes. Alcohol is there, but doesn’t come through overly strong. Smells good!

The flavor is every bit as good as the nose, perhaps a little better. The malt base is certainly chocolate. It’s dark and bittersweet. Not much sweet milk chocolate here. Coffee is very bold in flavor and complements the chocolate extremely well. As a coffee fan, I love that! Rye is easily noted. It’s not buried at all. It adds a nice spicy flavor and is a little bread-ish. It’s a little herbal and grassy. Alcohol isn’t overly strong. Finishes with a nicely balanced mix of malty, herbal, and spicy flavors. Impressive.

Imperial Rye Porter has a body that’s on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation seems light and rather soft overall. It still feels just a tad thin for its size. More body would definitely smooth it out. Pretty drinkable stuff though. It’s tasty and goes down easy.

This collaboration between Terrapin Beer Company and Nøgne Ø is definitely impressive. I was a little apprehensive about a mix of dark malts and rye, but it works even better than I’d hoped. This is definitely tasty beer! Grab a bottle while you can!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $9.99 at Charlie's Beer & Wine in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out an ebony-hued body with a small-sized, tan head. Thin veneer of lacing on the way down.

Smell: Robust mocha tones with the incorporated roast, the harsh chocolate, heavy toastiness. Slightly lesser but still hearty notes of dark fruit, rye malt, anise, and woodsy hop pellets.

Taste: Roasted malts, plenty of bitter dark chocolate with a little pinch of licorice and some of the zestful rye coming across mingled with some underlying hop bitterness from the woodsy hops and alcohol warmth. Spiced, peppery mocha on the back half with continued warmth and some roasted grain astringency until the creamyish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Fairly creamy, soft mouthfeel.

Overall: Fairly solid while not a jump for joy beer. Nøgne Ø generally handles the malty brews well.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.98/5  rDev -5%
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 Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep black color porter with a rather large brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with light spicy rye notes and some residual sugar notes. Taste is mxi between light dry roasted malt notes with spicy notes of rye also noticeable and some well-balanced residual sugar. Body has a really nice creamy texture with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Solid porter with rye notes adding further complexity.

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Photo of sommersb
4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 10-28-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Terrapin Snifter
Purchased: Single from Midtown, Nashville

Color is near black and opaque. The tan head is small and offers a fair amount of lacing. Head retention is low, just leaving some swirls of tan on top of the beer. My bottle also had some brown sediment stuck in the neck and on the inside of the cap, but it didn't seem to detract from the taste.

Aromas are very nice, starting with roasted grains as in coffee, plus spicy rye malts, bittersweet chocolate, wood/oak/earthen notes, and licorice.

The taste has a bitterness of coffee roast, then dark chocolates, and earthy hops. A bit boozy as well. Mouthfeel is creamy and full-bodied, with a dry finish that has a bit of bite from the rye grain, or maybe the hops, that I don't find enjoyable. This improves some as the beer warms up. More alcohol warmth is noted as well.

All in all, this was a pleasant porter, but could use maybe a little less rye or hops in my opinion.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, allowed to warm a little bit before being poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

Nogne O and Terrapin's collaboration imperial rye porter pours entirely black, with three fingers or so of mocha foam crown the beer, and head retention is very good. Lacing is a little bit spotty though. The aroma is a wonderful blend of sweet chocolate and roasty coffee, with the advantage probably tilted towards the former. A spicy note from the rye is left to skulk in the background. The flavor loses some of the sweetness from the nose. The chocolate is more of the bittersweet, dark variety, and is more evenly balanced. While that's nice, a ssligtly weeter flavor base would have played as a better base for the spicy rye character to contrast against. The body is very chewy, and combined with the very low carbonation, the mouthfeel is just a little over the top malty. I wish the carbonation was just a bit higher to lend a little bit of much needed levity. It's not quite world class, but this porter from Nogne O and Terrapin is definitely a great beer.

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Photo of Jadjunk
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

"Imperial Rye orter is a dark ale with lots of character, brewed by Spike and Kjetil. The best of both worlds!" Brewed in the style of an English Porter. This is a one time collaboration between Nøgne Ø and Terrapin Beer Company, released in early 2012. Still available at a few bottle shops in the area.

Poured from a 16.9 fl oz. bottle to two snifters. Served north of 52º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a creamy thick head of a moderate viscosity and a buttery mocha-cream complexion. Body color is a near black dark brown. Retention is above average. Lacing is medium thick and curtained but doesn't stick. It certainly falls in line with the appearance of porters but isn't overly pleasing. 3.75

(Smell) Aromas of rye bread, medium caramel grain, a moderate bittersweet acidity of an English Ale yeast origin, and a hint of dark fruits provide a subtle tartness. Licorice faintly peaks amongst moderate roasty cocoa nibs and a dash of earthy hop resin reveals with warming. Aroma is fair accessible like most English porters but carries an enhanced complexity and malt depth: one could certainly discern this to be a porter of the "imperial" caliber collectively based on the parts of the whole. Rye adds a touch of malt complexity but blends well with the malt bill. Potency is medium+, 3.75

(Taste) The flavor has similarities with the aroma: Toasted grain malt, with a touch of rye bread, licorice and a trace of black malt. A moderate earthy hop bitterness and a subtle yeast character add some fruity ester complexity to the medium thick finish. Rye adds to the thickness of this beer but otherwise doesn't redefine the beer much. Altogether it's a very drinkable and flavorful porter with plenty of complex flavors to enjoy. 4.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is medium-viscous with a moderate slickness and a mellow carbonation presence for a slight touch of creaminess. Balance is nearly equally bitter as well as sweet, with a touch of acidity as well. Body is medium/high for a porter and medium/high overall. Alcohol presence is low. 4.25

(Overall) This is a thoroughly enjoyable collaboration between Terrapin and Nøgne Ø. While in most regards as simple and drinkable as a porter is, the malt base and matching hop profile added a welcome complexity without shortchanging this beer's drinkability. It's a solid-built porter,and not one I regret trying. Recommended for hoppy and complex English porter lovers. 4

Nøgne Ø's
Imperial Rye Porter (Collaboration with Terrapin Beer Company)
4.08/5.00

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Photo of cvm4
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle, part of a slew of new Nøgne Ø to hit the shelves in Alberta of late.

This beer pours a very, very dark brown hue, with prominent cola highlights, and three fat fingers of puffy, foamy, and verily creamy tan head, which leaves some streaky tree trunk lace around the glass at it quite lazily recedes.

It smells of fruity caramel malt, sort of the licorice-touched, candied variety, over-sugared milky black coffee, a slightly spicy roasted rye graininess, nougaty chocolate, mild leafy, earthy hops, and a suggestion of metallic alcohol. The taste is dark cocoa powder, semi-sour milk, grainy caramel and rye malt, lightly astringent Nordic licorice, faintly spicy yeast, tart black fruit, and further earthy, leafy, and gently perfumed hops, the 18-proof ABV needling its way in thusly.

The carbonation is light and frothy, the body medium-full in weight (for the style), yet perhaps a tad thin on the ground for its smoothness, and any creaminess is of the airy variety. It finishes surprisingly dry, the rye starting to overtake the caramel for malt direction, the licorice notes going all natively tight and salty, some lactic sourness lingering, and the alcohol starting to sniff around in earnest.

A decent attempt at a - well let's count 'em: one, two, and, we'll say three markups to the base - English Porter. Broken down, this collaboration has added rye malt, ramped up booze, and, yes, Yanks and Norwegians to the mix. The result is interesting, rather flavourful, and drinkable enough, the latent dryness going the long mile in support of that.

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Photo of biegaman
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
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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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 16.9 oz bottle

Appearance - Dark black witha creamy tan 2 inch head and nice sticky lacing.

Smell - Dark roasty malts, chocolate, coffee, a very mild hop dark fruit. Im relaly not getting alot out of the aromoa.

Taste - First sip, very hoppy, much more then expected, bitter sweet fruits then the dark malts, coffee and chocolate kick. Added molassess and brown sugars along with a cocoa chocolate note really work well together. The rye is present and adds that classic burnt flavor. The finish is almost chocolate milk like in thick creaminess.

Mouthfeel - Nice bitterness of hops on the tounge, lots of malts, and chocolate next. Palate gets alot more malts, the rye and added sugars. he afteraste is creamy, malty, rye and sugary.

Overall - Really nice beer, tons of flavor, alot going on. Love the rye kick in it, along with the creamy milk chocolate flavor it has. Man what a great, balanced beer, rather expensive but glad i bought it, love nogne and the effort terrapin gave to this. Must try.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
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 Dope
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours pitch black with a huge and dense dark brown head. Fades slowly, leaving thick and fluffy lacing everywhere. Leaves a nice island of foam for a long while as well.

S: Nice ashy roasted malt with a hint of chocolate. Rye bread joins in for the fun with some spiciness.

T: Nice smooth chocolate mixed with rye up front. Fades away into a bitter coffee and ash aspect. Stays bitter and ashy and perhaps a touch earthy and smoky through the finish and lingers for quite a while.

M: Pretty heavy body, good carbonation, slick and smooth. Drying in the finish with the char.

O: A nice unique imperial porter with the rye aspect. Flavors meld nicely. Not too smoky like a lot of english-style porters. Definitely ashy, however. Not super complex but it's tasty and smooth. I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of BrownNut
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

A - 4 - Black. Thick rich tan head

S - 4 - black malt and dark chocolate and something else, almost a fruit

T - 4 - black malt, bitter chocolate, coffee, little woody, rye aftertaste

M - 5 - luxurious thick viscous velvety

O - 4.25 - They say one man's porter is another man's stout and this proves it. Its a stout. Maybe that's the imperial talking. Well done. Not too complex or unique but still a beautiful beer. Great taste and wonderful mouthfeel. A winner.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a .5lt bottle into a dfh snifter

A: nice and black with a massive two and a half finger if tanned chocolaty head that dissapates nicley and leavs some nice lacing... Great looking beer.

S: nice notes of chocolate and light notes of roasted coffee along with some nice spicy rye notes.... Nice nose.

T: yum, this brew reminds me of Firestone walker wookie jack, minus the hops, I get a nice chocolatyness along with some spicy rye notes And a slight touch of earthy hop bitterness, there are also some toasty grain coffe like notes in there, all and all this brew is very well rounded and tasty.

M: really like the mouthfeel here, very thick and creamy, a touch dry on the finish from the rye and bittering hops, nicley rounded.

O: this is a delicious beer, nice depth and rich creamyness, the rye works well here, tasty and complex, deffinatly can see myself grabbing another bottle or two of this one.

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Photo of seand
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep opaque black with a large amount of dense tan head. It dissipates to a thin but solid layer on the surface, and leaves nice spots of lacing.

S: Dense molasses sweetness with a thick roasted grain note. There's a hint of something almost vinous.

T: Thick roasted malt with a dry middle leading into a bitter toasty finish.

M: Full bodied, medium carbonation, dry, and a touch chewy.

Overall, nicely constructed with a roasted flavor that just barely doesn't cross the line into over the top. Try it if you get the chance.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown-black with a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. Fades normal.

S - Roasted chocolate and dark caramel malts, spicy rye, black licorice, molasses, coffee, hint of dark fruit, a bit of booze.

T - Roasted dark chocolate and dark caramel malts, spicy rye, molasses, roasted coffee, black licorice, bit of dark fruits, vanilla, and some booze.

M - Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth and a touch creamy with a sweet, roasted, warming finish.

D - Nice imperial porter. Good overall balance.

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Photo of barczar
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with no highlights visible in poor lighting and a quarter inch mocha head that dissipates quickly, leaving no lacing.

Aroma is somewhat subtle, with chocolate, roast malt, booze, and floral hops at the start. Rye, cocoa, and hints of dark fruit surface, along with licorice and tobacco.

Flavor is intensely chocolatey, fairly sweet, with rye hitting mid palate, along with floral hops and grapefruit pith, followed by roast malt and a touch of coffee grounds. The finish is slightly peppery and bitter. Dark fruit character is subtle.

Body is slick and fairly syrupy, with minimal carbonation and significant alcohol warmth. There's a touch of astringency.

Hits the mark...well, overshoots it on what most porters lack...the chocolate flavor that should be fairly prominent. Not overly rye, which suits my palate. Good roast character, but a touch acrid.

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Photo of MarkQ617
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this poured into a stout glass, my first offering from these Norwegians. Intersecting concept with a decent result. The smokey bitterness of the porter flavoring somewhat masked the spiciness of the rye, but there were still some hints here and there. Dark brown color, incredibly smooth going down. Really liked it.

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Photo of mscudder
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel snifter. Thanks to my friend Julian for this one!

A - A deep, opaque black with a half finger tan head. Good retention.

S - Lots of roasted malts, chocolate, a pinch of hops and a touch of rye.

T - Fair standard here with some chocolate, coffee and big roasted malts, all in good balance. ABV is hidden nicely. Good and simple however an argument may be made that it is a bit plain.

M - The shining point of this one. Carbonation is high for a porter but really lifts this one up a notch. A heavy body coats the palette nicely with a creamy and smooth composition. A bit of rye shines towards the back, adding character. For what is going on here, I cannot see what they could have improved upon.

O - While large this beer is fairly drinkable with a well masked ABV. This is perhaps my favorite brew that Terrapin has touched and I will be on the lookout for more brews from Nonge O. (forgive the lack of proper characters).

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