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


on tap

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RATINGS: 174   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stefannilssons (1571) - 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 (9159) - 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 (3570) - 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 (8957) - 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. ;)


   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (5993) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 20, 2013
Bottle, thanks to Ben for this rarity! Pours opaque black with a large dark brown head, creamy with nice lacing. So far, so good! Aroma is very roasty, coffee, cigarettes, just a touch of cognac/brandy. Flavor is the same, medium sweet and medium bitter with a bitter finish. Cognac notes very muted, too muted really. Medium plus body, creamy mouthfeel. Not what I was hoping for.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 7/20
Cool_Bond (2187) - KUNG_AV_OL @ Instagram, SWEDEN - SEP 18, 2013
Strong alcohol odor. The taste is heavy and tastes even more alcohol. I really loved the usual Imperial Stout, but this has only made the beer worse. Thick flavor too. Long aftertaste that is not good unfortunately. Follow me @ Kung av öl @ Facebook for more pictures and ratings.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cuso (7205) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 18, 2013
Bottle from Pivoteka Beergeek, Prague. Almost black color with minimal beige head. Flat, no carbonation. Aroma of dark chocolate, plums, ash, oak, cognac. rasted taste with espresso, dark chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, salted licorice, raisins, ash, caramel, dry hoppy bitterness, oak, notes of cognac. Alcohol is evident, but in pleasant warming way. Very delicious beer for bleak autumn days.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (6860) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 13, 2013
Bouteille de 250 ml obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur de chocolat et de céréale grillée. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Saveur: Goût de chocolat et de céréale grillée avec une pointe da vanille. Longue durée de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Légère présence d’alcool en arrière goût. (Rating #5085)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Gerbeer (2809) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 9, 2013
250 ml bottle. Pours black with no head. Aromas of rich woody malts, brown sugar, and liquorice. Flavours are similar but even richer. Smooth cognac adding complexity and balance. Hot - more than one would expect for the ABV. But incredible,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VertBaconStrips (2273) - Asshat, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 23, 2013
Dead computer = lame phone review. N: candy, apple, weak molasses, grape juice, stellar succulent roast, admitting that the beer has been in my glass for 3hrs. T: bitter yummiest, sweet yet stiff roast - very malty. Rich, smooth, light pepper like burn, pungent plum, other hard roared things. Very good 3 hrs ago and very good now. Thanks to someone for this beer.

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