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


on tap

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RATINGS: 170   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
This Imperial Stout has spent one year in oak casks which were previously used for aging Cognac. We think that this has given it a couple of new dimensions, and hope that you will enjoy it as much as we do!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tderoeck (6212) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 3, 2014

28/II/14 - 25cl bottle from De Hopduvel (Gent) @ home - BB: 17/VII/17 (2014-227) Thanks to Klaas for sharing the bottle!

Note: tasted side by side with the regular version.<b/> Pitch black beer, small creamy beige to brown head, little stable, dissipates quickly, non adhesive. Aroma: sweet, lots of chocolate, mocha, caramel, dried fruits, cocoa powder, roasted stuff, sweet touch. MF: soft to no carbon, full body. Taste: sweet start, bit sourish, fruity, red fruits, berries, cognac, some alcohol, mocha, some coffee. Aftertaste: hoppy touch, sweet caramel, cocoa powder, dried fruits, mocha, coffee, sugary touch. I prefer the regular version.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VictorStr (1740) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - FEB 1, 2014
Drack den i December 2013, Flaska, Bishop Helsingborg. Poängen var uppskrivet men resten av texten är borta. Får dricka om den vid senare tillfälle för noggrannare analys haha ;)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fletchfighters (1252) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 20, 2014
250 ML bottle Kept the best aspects of the Imperial stout. Lots of roast and chocolate, quite dry and oily and added the dimension of oak and subtle notes of cognac. Much bigger than the 9% leads on. Full on beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sir__v (1070) - Lille, FRANCE - JAN 13, 2014
Bottle shared at home with SuBarbare. Color: deep dark beer with high viscosity no carbonation and small brown head. Smell: high malt control with cognac and barrel (wood) notes. Sugar and caramel. Taste: high viscosity on mouth with malt and brown sugar taste. Aftertaste: alcohol taste with malt and rye brown.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RickTheRick (627) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 8, 2014
Ne moussant aucunement et d’un noir d’une opacité effrayante, ce stout impérial mûri en fûts de chêne ayant contenu du cognac promet avec un bouquet fort appréciable de bois, de fruits secs et d’alcool fort. En bouche, tous les éléments qui caractérisent ce style de bière y sont : le chocolat noir, le café et l’alcool se manifestent. Capiteuse et liquoreuse, on retrouve également dans cette bière des notes boisées et légèrement fumées. Une bière parfaite pour les rudes soirées d’hiver.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
berntholer (1391) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - DEC 8, 2013
small beige head disappears quickly. coffee coloured. aroma roasted malts, boozy. taste like aroma and very bitter finish, roasted malts, coffee, bitter chocolate. thick mouthfeel, medium carbonation. bottle 25 cl

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stefannilssons (1541) - SWEDEN - NOV 30, 2013
Det här kraftigt, det här smakfullt, det här är svart, det här är riktigt bra med toner av choklad, syra och kaffe.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (8319) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2013
Had this back at Hotel Adina Apartments, Mitte, Berlin, Germany, Friday 15th November 2013 Black as the Ace of Spades with a tan head, thick oily consistency though doesn’t stick to the glass like many of this style. The barrel ageing immediately apparent on the nose, but pleasant not overpowering. In the mouth this is a big impressive Imperial Stout but it isn’t heavy, cloying, sickly or sweet indeed it is actually a really intriguing beer. Goes well with a Blacks almond chocolate btw. Roasty, rich and with a little sweet liquorice some bitterness lingering and the barrel ageing leaving its thumbprint. A little boozy spirit does show as you get further into this, mhhh.. its a complex beer but I like it. A7 A4 T8 P4 Ov15 3.8

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
probstblueribbon (3297) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 4, 2013
0.25 L bottle (how cute!), served cold (initially) in a tulip glass.

App.: Deep brown black with a modest deep mocha head. Aroma: Boozy, somewhat woody molasses and licorice with some vanilla undertones, peppery, stern spiciness, berry-like fruitiness, very sweet, deep, big, rich. Palate: Medium-full body, velvety/thick effervescence with a few prickly bubbles. Flav.: Very rich and deep molasses and licorice, some barrel/wood and vanilla, fairly boozy, dark dried fruits steeped in dark rum, a little peppery, briny, massive; sweet with big bitterness and a very long, mouth-coating, boozy, licorice, briny, inky finish.

So big. So good. Thankfully the bottle small, because I could drink this until I was blind.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (8550) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 24, 2013
My Bottom Line :
Cognac vapors roam through vanilla, roastiness, molasses and raisins, building a rich and intriguing Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout.

Further Personal Perceptions :
-A veil of foam dwindles to a ring atop the pure darkness.
-The aroma is led by the cognac barrel. I would have preferred more malt presence there as well (which the flavor profile had).
-The mouthfeel is decadent and the flavor profile delicious. Gorgeous brew, yessir!
-Malts are clearly defined, complexity is reached with the added cognac alcohol warmth and the flavor cohesion is impressive.
-I am hallucinating a touch of peat smoked malt in there. Fun stuff. ;)


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