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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fred82 (2139) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 15, 2013
250 ml bottle from IPB.
Appearance : Pitch black with very small head that is very short lived.
Aroma : Roasted malt with some tar and ashed. Strong spirit notes with hints of dark fruits and light spirit sweetness. Light piny hops. light smoke.
Taste : Roasted malt with piny hops. Big coffee with light dark (very dark like over 90% cacao) chocolate. Finish persistent and fairly warming. Big cacao notes with coffee and hops.
Palate : Fairly soft carbonation. Warm palate with medium sweetness.
Overall : Quite interesting. Maybe a bit strong on the spirit notes. Nice malt complexity with great cacao and coffee notes. Finish is a bit warm. Great but I think it would have been improved if blended with a bit of the regular stout to bring down the spirit barrel notes to a more balanced level.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
angelkostvo (1155) - CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 5, 2013
Black color, no head. Aroma of cognac, chocolate, anise, cocoa, dark fruits, vanilla, smoke. Taste is light sweet, light bitter, cognac flavor. Medium body, oily slick texture, flat carbonation. Really complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kingi (612) - - AUG 2, 2013
aroma is roasted coffee. black beer dark brown small head. taste is light roasted, coffee, light sweetness. finish is a cognac type of alcohol slightly sweet burn. Very good but not bestest for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
k0mpsa (2464) - Tuusula, FINLAND - AUG 2, 2013
Bottle from kris wines, london. Black color, nice brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, coffee, licorice, wooden barrel, chocolate. Roasty taste, licorice, coffee, full body, hint of cognac at the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GothGargoyle (2354) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 25, 2013
Solid black with a good chocolate head that leaves some nice lacing. Aroma is cognac, wood, smoke, chocolate, Brazil nuts, soy sauce. Oily mouthfeel, sweet and salty on the palate with a lot of umami on the finish. Taste is soy sauce, unagi, salty chocolate, cognac, leather, salty liquorice, mushroom soup, chicory, hint of vanilla and roasted chestnut. Complex and unique.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HenryXXX (204) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 25, 2013
Pours a black with a brown head. The nose is anise, spice cake and booze. The pallet is very complex. It starts with a fennel and black licorice and rolls into a boozy peak and finishes with a smokey oak flavor. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (18525) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2013
Bottle at Bruce’s - London. I got this one at Kris Wines. Pours black-brown with a thick, creamy brown head. The aroma holds a bit of peat, ripe dark fruits, raisins. Medium to big sweet flavor, a bit of alcohol, subtle charred malts, more raisins and other dark, ripe fruits, bitter cocoa, torched wood, earth. Medium to full bodied with fine, creamy carbonation. Warming finish, lots of semi-sweet chocolates, plenty more ripe dark fruits, moderate dirt bitterness. Good balance, nice depth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gorm (1899) - Sandnes, NORWAY - JUL 25, 2013
Svart farve med lite beige skum.Lukt av malt, sjokolade og kaffe. Smak av malt, lakris, kaffe og cognac. Cardinal.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nilsas (3425) - Bryne, NORWAY - JUL 25, 2013
Nydelig lukt av cognac, kaffe, krydder og lakris. Sort farge, lite skum. God rund smak av lakris og cognac med en skarp ettersmak.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
patricks110 (2419) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 25, 2013
Pouring out of the 8oz bottle a gloopy viscous entirely opaque black with a thin light tan head. The glass has a few noted alcohol leggings with sizable lacing splotches. The appearance is definately that of an aged Imperial Stout. The aroma is outrageous with huge roasted and slightly smoky malts leading to earthen barrel notes and vanilla bean shavings. After a few more whiffs of the aroma an overall sublime aroma of vanilla and woody booze is left. Sweet, syrupy mid palate with vanilla nuances and a light cocoa dusting are well combined. Sweet finish with roasted robustness and a rather mild bitterness caps off the aged flavour. Earthy and woody barrel flavours persist into the finish with a noted barrel emphasis throughout. This beer is incredibly complex and well rounded for a barrel aged Imperial Stout. Although I am a bit biased because Imperial Stout and in particular barrel aged Imperial Stout are my favorite, this is one hell of brew. Expertly and exquistely crafted and aged I think I would like to try more of Nøgne Ø Imperial Stouts.

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