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Nøgne Ø Imperial Stout Barrel Aged 2012

Brewed by Nøgne Ø (Hansa Borg)
Style: Imperial Stout
Grimstad, Norway
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 111   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SlovakSniper (3692) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 22, 2015
Batch nr : 723/731. BB : 01/12/15. Brygget : 01/12/11. Un liquide brun très foncé aux contours comme du sang séché. Au nez, richesse vanillée et caramélisée du fût. Chocolat et alcool de fruits foncés. Pointe de sauce soya. Touche de bacon et/ou de tabac. Sur les papilles, malts noirs, fumée perçante, touche salée, prunes trempées dans l’alcool, effet tannique et vineux. Bouche liquoreuse et, à la limite, collante. Pétillement plutôt bas. Finale jouée sur des notes amères qui se réchauffent considérablement au fil du temps. Buvablité modérée. Un point de plus pour le génial format de 25 cl.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
angelkostvo (829) - CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 21, 2015
Black colour, brownish head. Aroma of whiskey, chocolate, oak, muscavado sugar. Taste is light to medium sweet, a bit tart. Medium body, oily to creamy texture, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerBaboon (1723) - FINLAND - MAY 16, 2015
Pours black with beige head. Aroma is soy sauce, roasted, salty licorice and coffee. Flavour is roasted, vanilla, dark cohocolate, medium sweet and light to medium bitter. Full body and oily.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
torleifm (18) - NORWAY - MAY 7, 2015
Kullsvart med lysebrunt skum. Litt oksidasjonspreg, vinøs, litt mint-aktig krydret aroma.Røstet malt. Kraftig maltsmak med ristet malt, kaffe, en del sødme balansert fint opp av syre og bitterhet. Lang ettersmak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Wischylini (160) - Grimstad, NORWAY - MAY 5, 2015
Pours an opaque black with a small, but dense, light brown head. Aromas are liquorice, oak, dark roast coffee, cocoa beans, and vanilla. The taste is bittersweet like dark cooking chocolate. The mouthfeel is thick and viscuous, which makes you enjoy this beer slowly.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Slaktmasken (69) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - MAY 4, 2015
A present from the barkeep at Tre små rum. Wonderful aroma, pitch black, almost no head at all. Brilliant taste of the barrelageing. Nice work by the norwegians.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cnesmark (45) - NORWAY - APR 19, 2015
Bottle, 25 cl. Thick, black and creamy. Ring of brown foam that hangs on the glass. Smells of raisins, nuts, chocolate and malt. Taste of roasted coffee. Slightly too foamy when drinking. Alcohol taste is balanced.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alengrin (2993) - BELGIUM - APR 4, 2015
Batch n° 723/731. One of the barrel aged versions of this beer, with opaque black colour and thick, creamy, thickly lacing, deep brown beige head retaining well. Powerful aroma of fondant, vanilla-like oaky tannins, fresh paint and shoe polish (solvents, fading away after a while), charcoal, cold black coffee, banana, orange zest, bacon, suggestion of coconut, bourbon, butterscotch, madera- or sherry-like oxidation setting in and only making it more interesting, wet leather, bayleaf, rhum, chocolate liqueur, cooked meat, fine cigars, plum brandy, elderberry syrup, pure chocolate. Densely concentrated taste, thick candied sweetness of candied dates, oranges and cherries, not cloying, finely tingling carbonation, refreshing sourish accent in a pleasant, fruity kind of way, opening the door to an abysmal maltiness, a great depth of chocolate, nuts and caramel, spicy hops already piercing through and bittering somewhat in the finish, where they meet with a friendly yet powerful roasted espresso bitterness, strong and noble tannin woodiness and lingering, warming, charming bourbon-like alcohol... Man, this is good. I wasn’t too impressed by the regular version - well, less impressed than I expected to be - and I do not think ageing just any imperial stout on wood necessarily leads to something better, but in this case the basic beer clearly benefits from the bourbon barrels: the balance between the deep maltiness and meatiness of the regular beer pairs beautifully with the oaky woodiness, revealing itself in all its glory in just the right place, as if you’re swallowing liquid wood. The bourbon stays nicely in place too without becoming too intrusive, and the hops dosage is perfectly balanced with the malts. Divine, and so far the best Norwegian beer I ever had - this is as good, or even better, as many American barrel aged imperials I had. This is one of those treats I will passionately enjoy from the first drop to the last. I am a bit surprised this does not score higher on this site, perhaps the few years of ageing - or maderisation - made it better than when it was young...?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (7430) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAR 17, 2015
Bouteille 25cl, #1999, batch#723/73/, BB 01/12/2015, anno 2011 vintage. Brune foncée, col moka laissant un filament huileux doré au verre. Arôme est malté chocolaté avec un fond de caramel. Boisé très modéré avec une pointe de fruits noirs et un léger caractère de soja plus ce caramel qui accentue la sensation de douceur olfactive. Palais est profond au niveau caractère malté, grillé, caramel léger chocolat avec une amertume qui perdure. Barrique reste moyenne et un boisé léger perce. Impression d’alcool, pomme caramélisée presque sur un côté Cognac. Touche de fruits noirs et d’un côté vineux vin rouge. Se termine sur une note douce - sucre brun? avec un fini dark crystal. Correcte, mais j’attendais un peu mieux d’une bière mûrie en fût et de la qualité de Nogne.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sic1314 (4779) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - MAR 15, 2015
Poured black with a very healthy beige head. Aroma of sweet, peaty malt, vanilla and fudge. Medium to full, smooth body, flavour is moderately sweet dark chocolate, vanilla, light berries.

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