Brewed by Nøgne Ø (Hansa Borg)
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Grimstad, Norway


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RATINGS: 208   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Imperial DunkelWit from Nøgne Ø is an attempt to combine the best of many brewing cultures. Indeed we hope to please the Belgian ale partisan, the dark ale enthusiast, as well as those who love big ales with this one product. That is a tough ambition. At least we had fun brewing it...... Ingredients: Grimstad water, wheat, malted barley, coriander, orange peel, hops and yeast. 24*P, 25 IBU

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
eaglefan538 (2937) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 7, 2010
Poured a dark chestnut brown with an off-white to tan colored head. The lacing was good all the way down. The aroma was light roast and chocolate, coriander, and another spice like ginger or lavendar, also some fruity ester elements. Flavor followed, quite sweet, bananas lightly toasted, and an annoying spicey finish: chamomile, lavendar, ginger, something just annoying in there. Mouthfeel was moderate to full and malty with some stickiness to it. Another rip off by Nogne at import prices.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 6, 2010
Bottle. Mostly clear deep copper with a wispy off white head, light lacing. Nose is mostly fruit loops then coriander, roasted malts and various spices. Quite sweet on the palate, some spice and candied citrus notes......weird stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Plovmand (6915) - Helsinge, DENMARK - APR 1, 2010
Bottle. Brown body with a small light tan head. The aroma is very spicy, coriander, caramel, light roasted malt and citrus.Very strange! The flavour is heavy citrus and lime with spicy coriander notes and loads of chocolate caramel. Spicy citrus finish. This beer is very weird!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madsberg (10684) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAR 31, 2010
Bottled. Reddish brown coloured. Murky. Beige dense head. Aroma of fruits, caramel, light herbs and spice. Flavour of figs, banana, marcipan, caramel, anise, liqourice, light yeast and some herbs. Medium to full bodied. Dry yeasty and fruity end with a touch of alcohol.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
argo0 (12038) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 23, 2010
Draft. Clear red-brown body with no head. Aroma is moderately sweet, alcohol, banana, caramel, clove, light acetone. Taste is sweet, banana, caramel, cotton candy, some alcohol. Sticky full body, no carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badgerben (4596) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 12, 2010
Dark brown, reddish color with a quickly falling medium head. Aroma like I jammed my head into a large bin of freshly ground coriander. Taste... like I opened my mouth in that bin. Oddly enough, it’s not as overpowering (at first) as many tripels that I declare to be "coriander smoothies". There is a lot of wheat, chocolate and caramel at work in this one and that seems to balance it much better than the lighter malt flavor and candi sugar of many tripels. Dry finish. Towards the bottom of the bottle, I start to OD on the coriander, but still, the best done coriander smoothie I’ve ever had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
thewolf (11436) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAR 7, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2010 Bottle, bought @ Ølbutikken, Cph.
Pours deep chestnut with a small, staying, creamy, off-white head. Aroma has light butter, vinious, nuts, caramel, coriander, figs, peach, overripe banana. Quite milky. Medium carbonation, creamy mouthfeel. Flavour is kinda soapy, lots of dried fruits, coriander, nuts, figs, some fruity hops. Quite alcoholic and really very weird.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
SSSteve (3934) - - MAR 7, 2010
bottle. clear rusty brown with almost no head. aroma is mix of a lot of different things...vanilla, licorice, coriander, grapes, chocolate, nuts, assorted red berries and floral hops. i’m enjoying this interesting aroma. flavors are chocolate, toffee, cola with tons of spices and hints of orange and flowers. a bit boozy. the body is fairly light. there are aspects of this beer that are really great(complex aroma, nice use of spices) and others that just need a little work(palate, alcohol flavor, astringent). i still like this a bit more than most.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2010
500ml bottle. The pour yields an extremely dark crimson, virtually violet-black body. A moderate, smooth head of beige foam is well retained, and it leaves thick, rocky rings and broken, jagged flares of lacing on the glass. The nose is initially sweet with notes of stewed raisins, figs, plums, and red grapes. A strong overtone of dark spice and wafts of rich booze hint at dark rum, and notes of oily orange peel work quite worthy as a pair. Flavors are also nicely integrated, as sweet caramel, dark fruits, oily citrus rind, and peppery, zesty spices all pull together. There’s a distinct breadiness to the yeast profile, which brings a rum-raisin dessert bread type of feel to the package. The palate is substantial and sweet, with moderate to soft carbonation and a good amount of warming, but not overly hot booziness. Nice brew. I’m not sure it fits into any one particular category, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
ClubGonzo (4617) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAR 1, 2010
This beer is what I would call a failed experiment from Nøgne Ø. The name itself suggests a style hybrid, but what I get is a style hydra - this beer goes head-lashing out in all directions at once, never finding home. Pouring a deep brown-black brew with a thin, off-white top, Imperial Dunkel Wit gives me a nose full of dark malts, juniper and pine. My first sip seems to be fighting with itself all the way down to my stomach, failing to ever find peace - even there. The combatant tastes resemble a rag-tag guerilla squad: maize, clove, licorice, cola beans, juniper and maple syrup. And some non-descript funkyness. All mashed together in a sweetness which goes slightly over the top. The 10% ABV is well masked, evident only in the warming effect it has on me. The low carbonation and taste gives the whole thing a cough syrup feeling, and I get the feeling I’m drinking some sort of herbal medicine or snaps rather than a beer. The cough syrup thing - coupled with a heavy sweetness - makes the whole thing rather nauseating after a while. Should have shared this one with another human guinea pig; the Imperial Dunkel Wit is simply too hard for me to swallow alone. The only thing saving this from an utter disaster is the originality of it - never tasted anything like it before - which I guess might attract a few followers, different as we beer drinkers are. :-) Still, as far as I’m concerned: better luck next time, Nøgne Ø.

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