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Brewed by Nøgne Ø
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Grimstad, Norway

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RATINGS: 193   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   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


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3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Shamelessjames (8) - California, USA - MAY 6, 2011
It’s definitely an interesting beer and not similar to other wit varieties I am familiar with. At 10% it is a very strong beer and you know it as soon as it hits your nose. Honestly, if you had told me it was 12% or 14% I would have believed it. It has some sweetness on the finish which is quite welcome as it has a sour taste when you first try it. It’s heavily herbed and other descriptions of the nose seem accurate. The carbonation is soft which I think adds to the sweetness. Overall, it had almost a barely wine feel to it and melo’d quite a bit when I let it sit for 20 minutes. In fact, I might say if you were looking for a bridge from beer to barley wine, this might work. It is a good quality beer but not what I expected. I also have no idea what kind of food you could pair it with for what it’s worth.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DruncanVeasey (6950) - NUNEATON, Top 24, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2014
500ml bottle. Cola mahogany with a thinning yellow beige head becoming a halo. Intensely aromatic Belgian aroma of fruit jellies, candied peel, perfumed coriander and Keith’s coriandered homebrew: literally a 5% kit bitter bottled with date expired ground spice out of the back of the cupboard. Dangerous Belgian flavour (bonus point); all yeast, spice, perfumed Cointreau and madness. Huge orange. Entirely likeable if completely one-dimensional and a bit demented.

3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Holmen2 (409) - NORWAY - DEC 2, 2013
Dark brown, slightly transluscent. Some liquorice in aroma. Lots of coriander and aftertaste

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
seanathan0 (5) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 4, 2013 does not count
Pours dark brown, not cloudy at all. Aroma is strong coriander and spice. getting excited to take a sip. Flavour is completely unexpected. Very mild wheat, coriander is dominating in the flavor almost spicy. At the same time, smoothness is not lost and there is no hint of booze at all. Overall a confusing yet amazing experience.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leighton (9852) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2013
Bottle shared at the Tuesday Night Horal Chugging Tasting - many thanks to Colin. Pours cloudy amber with a tight, off-white froth head. Nose of light lime and bread. Big sweet flavor, very floral, with further lime, bread and yeast. Full bodied with fine, creamy carbonation. Sweet finish with floral bitterness, light dough, more lime. Weird. Tastes nice, but it is odd.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JorgeLee (1067) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 23, 2013
Bottle, I think from Kris Wines. Seriously crazy stuff here. Dark brown beer, slightest hint of wheaty cloudiness and that weird red brown colour, white head. Amazingly strong spicy nose, ground coriander really dominating. Taste is more coriander, some yeast, solid dark maltiness. Booze well hidden. Don’t really know what to make of it all...must be really screwing up all those who try to rate to style! I certainly wouldn’t want to drink this every day, but it was a unique taste experience and I think I’d have one again. Maybe just with a bit less coriander.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (5529) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2013
Bottle, thanks to Colin at the Tuesday Horal Chugging Tasting. It pours opaque dark brown with a small-medium beige head. the nose is roasted malt, toast, soft fruit, toffee, herbs and chocolate. The taste is roasted malt, toast, earth, dark fruit, plum, chocolate, herbal notes and spice with a dry, bitter-sweet finish. Medium+ body and fine carbonation. Solid.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (7002) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2013
Craft Clerkenwell, Tuesday Horal Chugging Tasting, 17/09/13. Murky mahogony brown with a good sized tan head. Nose is toffee, spice, light nana, aniseed. Taste comprises toffee, herbal notes, hemp seed, honey, perfumed notes, light sugar, yeast esters. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Decent drop.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
allmyvinyl (2179) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 17, 2013
6 month old+ 500ml bottle shared at home. 1st time I had this, I wasn’t really rating, but I remember it being really hoppy on the aroma. This has all gone now, replaced by orange, rosehip, honey, and liquorice. Some light roasted notes, but not a lot. Pours a lovely dark near-black, good off-white head. Light carbonation. On the taste, dark sugars come through at the end, but it’s a confusion of orange and coriander seed at first. Doesn’t taste 10%. Good, but not great.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BarryKonrad (95) - NORWAY - AUG 11, 2013
Pours brown with an inch thick head, and lots of sediments if you’re not too careful. Head is all but gone after a few sips. Aroma is surprisingly smoky, with sweet malts and some dark fruits. Decent mouthfeel on this one, with a very malty sweet taste. There is a hint of smoke or roasted malts, some caramel and dark fruits like figs or plums. It has a spicy touch from the coriander as well. Not dominated by alcohol at all, despite the 10% abv. Obviously a blend of beer types from Nøgne Ø, but it works out well for me.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
ComradeK (922) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - JUL 28, 2013
500ml bottle. Pours an opaque deep chestnut, with a small light beige head, which lasts reasonably well, and leaves a little lacing. The dominant aroma is cough syrup, with some mild orange peel and molasses notes in the mix. Mild spice hops up front lead into a bizarrely medicinal mix of cough syrup, orange peel and Vegemite. Coriander leads into a hot, alcoholic finish. This is a very messy beer. Its weird melange of styles feels slapdash, the body is too syrupy, the flavour too medicinal and it hides its high ABV poorly. A poor effort from a usually good brewer.


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