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Brewed by Nøgne Ø
Style: Imperial Stout
Grimstad, Norway
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 159   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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!


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (14700) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 8, 2013
bottle at home ... deep dark black ... thin tan head .... soft dark roast .. soft spirit ... dark chocolate nose ... little fizzy ... sweet sweet fruits ... little too much alcohol ... heavy body ... heavy roast ... dakr malts

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phredrik (1010) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - MAR 5, 2013
25 cl bottle. Black pour, not much head. Aroma is cognac, raisins, a medicinal note, a soap like note. Underlying notes of alcohol, chocolate, port wine, peat smoke, almonds and wheat. Taste is rather dominated by the barrel aging as well - cognac, oak, a light fruity note lile that from a cognac. The base beer shines through as well, but the cognac sticks in directions which do not suit the base beer. I think the base beer may be too dry, bitter and roasted, and lacking sweetness and residual sugar, to be complimeted by this very distinguishable barrel aging. I’d strongly prefer the regular.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Holmen1 (2568) - Stavanger, NORWAY - FEB 26, 2013
Fra flaske på Cardinaltreff feb-13: Fatlagret i ett år, og det gjør susen. Aroma av lær, spekeskinke, rosiner, svisker, solbær. Fantastisk rund, dette er mye bedre enn cognac. Lite maltsødme, men et snev av vanilje gjør denne til et stjerneøl. For en lykke å tilhøre mandagsgjengen på Cardinal!

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
humlelala (1010) - DENMARK - FEB 23, 2013
(25 cl bottle from Den Nordiske Ølhandel; BBD: July 17th 2017) Pours black with dark brown head that diminishes quickly and only regenerates weakly leaving no lace. Aroma is toffee malt and barrel notes. Oily texture, flat, full bodied with a warming finish. Moderately sweet with aroma notes. Not too bad but perhaps the cognac is too present in the taste.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
neuromatt (1169) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2013
25 cL bottle from Les Fleurs du Malt in Lyon, served in a snifter, side-by-side with the original. Pours deep black used motor oil with a small tan head that fades quickly and leaves trace lace. The nose has beautiful notes of oak, cognac, molasses, tar and roast malts, along with vanilla, espresso and spice. The flavour is moderately sweet with roasty malts, oaky notes, spice and a touch of hops. The finish is long and roasty, with oaky notes and a slight peppery spicy accent. On the palate, it is full in body with a smooth, syrupy texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is an amazing imperial stout. The cognac barrel has taken a great beer and made it even more impressive. 2012-12-14

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beer4000 (4528) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 20, 2013
250 ml bottle. Black body with a huge, foamy brown head. Aroma has dark, smooth roasted malt with coffee and vanilla in harmony with cognac booze. Flavour has sweet, dark, nice roasted malt, coffee, dry fruit, balanced bitterness and warming alcohol from cognac. Fine body and long lasting aftertaste. Pleasant sipper.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bathory (458) - Bryne, NORWAY - FEB 16, 2013
Pours a completly black colour with a brown head that disappears a bot too fast. Aroma of coffee, wood, caramel, with a hint of vanilla. The cognac is notable to a certain extend in the smell, not too dominating which I like. Flavour is licorice, leather, ginger, caramel, roasted malts and wood. Both sweet and sour, with a bitterness that balances the whole thing in a very good way. Great balance. Full bodied, supersmooth mouthfeel. Overall I think that this beer has developed in a really good way, maybe it’s better than the original actually! Awesome!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cunningham (4644) - Halden, NORWAY - FEB 16, 2013

Appearance: Black color with a small beige head that. Some lacing.
Aroma: Dark chocolate, fruity and cognac.
Palate: Thick oily body. Slightly sweet and a some bitterness. Creamy carbonation.
Taste: Slightly sweet dark chocolate. Fruity and some wood. Well hidden alcohol.
Overall impression: A real winter warmer fit for our arctic weather.
Personal stats: Bottle at Førtito Bar & Bowling in Sarpsborg, Norway

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tom10101 (2919) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 3, 2013
Bottle (250 ml). Thanks to Jean-François! Black with a medium quickly and completely disappearing beige head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, alcohol, wood and vanilla. Taste is moderately sweet with roasted malt, wood, vanilla, chocolate and slight alcohol. Fruity finish. Oily mouthfeel. Medium to heavy body. Slight warming alcohol. It’s a good barrel aged RIS, but not a great one. It’s fairly drinkable (I had no problem drinking the whole bottle by myself). Barrel aging treatment is subtle but well done.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GonZoBeeR (2933) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 2, 2013
Aroma:rosted malt,coffe, light oak cognanc... Appearance:oily dark, light head... Flavor:rosted malt,mixed with light cognanc oak flavor....


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