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Nøgne Ø Imperial Stout Belgique (Frank’s Sour Black)

Nøgne Ø Imperial Stout Belgique (Frank’s Sour Black)
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Formerly brewed at Nøgne Ø (Hansa Borg)
Style: Imperial Stout
Grimstad, Norway
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.79/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
At Mikkkeller Bar in Copenhagen only. And a few Norwegian places...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MiP (15304) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - AUG 13, 2010
Bottle. Quite roasted aroma, vinous hint and perhaps a little tart. Black colour, no head. The flavour is tart and roasted. There is a hard roasted maltiness, rough but good. The tartness is subdued, but a little vinegary with a fruity finish. A little sweet as well, actually.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 13, 2010
Handbottle. Courtesy of yngwie. Pours a pitch black with a light brown head. The nose has some hard roast malt with lots of lacto. Medium body, low in carbonation, hard roasted malts, dark fruits and again lacto. Ends tart and bitter. 130810

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KimJohansen (10423) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - AUG 13, 2010
Black with a medium beige head. Sour aroma with burned malt, lacto, coffee and hops. Flavor had burned malt, lacto, coffee and liquerice. Finished sour. Another fine example of stout and lacto blended together. Where are all the others may I ask?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beer5000 (5955) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 30, 2010
On tap at different occasions. Black body with a fine, small, dense, brown head. Aroma is refreshing fruity with some acidity and chocolate. Flavor is dark chocolate, roasted coffee, dark malt, sour fruit and balanced bitterness. All in all this is a very pleasant and balanced brew, really enjoyable. Like an imperial stout version of flamish sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sigmund (6746) - Tau, NORWAY - JUL 21, 2010
On tap at Nærbø Beer Festival and a private tasting at Cardinal. Can’t find my original notes of this beer, but I remember it as a very special combination of the roastiness of NØ Imperial Stout (of which I am a big fan) and the sourness of Flanders red (or even lambic). A fun experiment, but I’ll admit I would prefer the original Imperial Stout on a daily basis.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (40865) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 18, 2010
From tap at Mikkeller Bar. Pours pitch black with a huge, tan and creamy head. Aroma is smoked, roasted and mild acidic fruity. Roasted malt, yeasty and mild acidic/phenolic fruity. Dry, smoked and roasted malty into a dry sourish finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
abemorsten (3565) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - JUN 12, 2010
Tapped by Kjetil Jikiun himself via jars during seminar at Nærbø ølfestival 2009. We were told the story of how this beer came about. Black with a large brown head that needed at least 15 minutes to settle. Sour aroma on top of the rich roasted malts that the original Imperial stout do so well. Sour, sweet, bitter and acidic flavors with dark fruits. Full body. Smooth!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
faroeviking (10295) - FAROE ISLANDS - JUN 9, 2010
Draught. Deep dark brown colour, short head. Sour aroma, roasty malt, berries, some spice. Good mouthfeel. Pleasant flavour: roasted malt, spice, liqourice, sour, berries and a good sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (16529) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 3, 2010
On tap. It’s a pitch black beer pouring a nice dark brown head. The aroma has salty licorice, roasted malts and coffee, but also an acidic touch and some berries. A little saltyness in the flavor, with sourness, roasted malts, coffee and some licorice. Quite tart and vinegary, finishing sour and roasted. Medium to full body, rather dry. Overall, a glorius result of an experiment just for fun. 091106

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tarjei (1954) - Bryne, NORWAY - JUN 2, 2010
Tap at Nærbø ølfestival and at private tasting at Cardinal - as Nøgne Ø Imperial Stout Belguique. Black color, very big brown head. Aroma is sourness and roasted malt. Flavor is fine sourness, with roasted malt, fine sweetness and some dark dried fruit. Very interesting beer, their ordinary imperial stout with a sour touch. Nice!

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