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

bottled
common

on tap
available

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RATINGS: 160   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!


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yngwie (14008) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 29, 2012
Bottle, 25cl. A pitch black beer topped by a small, firm and dense dark brown head. Almost oily pour. The aroma is delicious, the booze playing nicely against the Imperial Stout backdrop with its coffee, chocolate and dark, roasted malts. Some alcoholic scents in the nose. The flavor too is really pleasant, although a bit rougher than the aroma. Sweetness, mocha, dark roasted malts, lovely bitterness, both of the roasted and the hoppy kind. Dark caramel and dried fruits blends in. Full body, lightly warming and still sort of smooth. Roasted finish with bitterness, some booze and some licorice. A really pleasant one, one I can enjoy for a while. 120130

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theis (13777) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 16, 2012
Bottle at home. Pitch black - brown head. Ok burned malts, some dryness, nice tart wooden, cognac, ok light to medium boozy, sweetness, dried fruits, charcoal, dark chocolate, ok bitterness, lots of chocolate, light to medium licorice, minerals - salty notes. Very smooth and pleasant.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (13195) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 2, 2012
Bottle. Almost black, no head. Aroma of very subtle vanilla and booze. Taste is licorice, dark chocolate, some coffee. Decent.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (11824) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rlgk (11429) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2012
Sample at SBWF 2012. Pitch black beer with a small brown head. Chocolate aroma, cocoa, licorice, cognac, oak, fruity, figs, peat notes. Alcohol flavor, peat, hay, licorice, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, cognac notes, oak, some figs and dades.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thewolf (11234) - Kolding, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2012
Bottle, bought @ Nordisk Ølhandel, Cph. Completely opaque black with a small, creamy, brown head. Aroma has sweet boozy caramel, chocolate, light roasted, soft oak. Medium carbonation, fine dry and creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has fine roasted malts, chocolate, oak, fairly vinious, nutty. Very nice, but a step down from the original.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
gunnfryd (11191) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 8, 2013
Bottle. Black colour with a tan head. Aroma is wood, coffee, licorice, roasted malt, chocolate, alcohol. Flavour is licorice, coffee, cognaq, wood, chocolate, alcohol, dried fruits. Very nice pleasent beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pinball (10922) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 7, 2012
shared by ungstrup. pitch dark, small offwhite head. aroma is mild hard roasted malty. flavor is rosted malts, smoked malts, wood, complex, alc. burn but it fits,

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
FatPhil (9591) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 16, 2012
Tap (SBWF2012) (8-:5:8+:5:16+=4.2+)
Pleasant woody aroma, a great roast too. Such a good roast in the mouth, and a beautiful finish. I have a sub-par Black Albert beside me, and this stomps all over that. This is pretty much perfection in how to barrel age an imperial stout in a spirit cask. Great richness, great mellowness too. No atringency despite the burntness of the roast. More please!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benzai (8910) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 19, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2012 25cl bottle shared by Dutchdrebus. Pitch black, opaque color, small light brown head that diminishes quickly. Smell roasted and burned malts, clearly cognac and barrel aged, wood and slightly alcohol. Taste roasted malts, pretty bitter, wood, cognac, warming alcohol when I leave the beer in my mouth for a 5 to 10 seconds before swallowing. Body not oily at all which I had expected, but still medium to full, medium carbonation. Very nice!


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