Nøgne Ø / Terrapin Imperial Rye Porter | Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BEERchitect on 07-18-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
208
Reviews:
46
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
6.9%
 
 
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9
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4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
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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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The collaboration ale between Nogne-O and Terrapin hits a high note with "a dark ale with lots of character", or so the bottle reads. Delicously smooth, malty-rich, robustly roasted, and earthen spice all contribute to its complexity and strength.

Like many other robust porters, this imperial version decants with a dark coffee-like bark brown color but with more visual weight from creamy malt and embedded carbonation. The beer builds a firm sandy tan foam that caps the beer with a stubborn blanket of foam. Retention and lace work to perfection and continue to decorate the glass until the very last sip.

Strong malt aromas of obvious coffee overtones are accompanied with complementing notes of chocolate, heavy toast, burnt toffee, malted milk, and slight campfire-ish smoke. Balanced with wood, grass, and grain derived spice the hops and rye keep the beer's malty profile from complete dominance of the nose.

Predictably, the flavors kick off with a heavy focus on malt- French press coffee is the main culprit with heavy notes of pungent earth, bitterness, wood, and roast. Rye grains complement the coffee with a spicy and earthy note of its own and create a smooth transition into the broad earthen bitterness of grassy, spicy hops. All this plays out on a bed of malt sweetness that span toffee, malted milk, and bittersweet chocolate. A mild figgy note resides in the backdrop and provides a glimpse into the estery effect of English yeast.

Its certain full body folds creamy carbonation into the fully malted textures for a lush and viscous feel that chases well into the finish. As the beer closes, a very late transition to a light spicy rye pang, medium alcohol warmth, and slight roast grain astringency.

It seems that rye is a very welcomed grain to use in conjunction with porter recipes because of it's broad and earthy spice that makes the beer less reliant on hops. The minds of Nogne-O and Terrapin execute this integration marvelously.

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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
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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4/5  rDev -4.8%
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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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