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Brewed by Nøgne Ø
Style: Imperial Stout
Grimstad, Norway
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RATINGS: 154   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
OleR (4759) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 20, 2012
0.25 L bottle@Håndverkerstuene, Oslo. Black with dark brown edges. A layer of dark choco colored bubbles on top. Strong oaky barrel aroma. Dry powdery roasted cocoa, too. Distinct barrel/oak notes in the flavor. Hard to pin-point any cognac tones. Medium to heavily roasted dark malts, dry cocoa, salty licorice and extracted dark dried fruits. Hint of meatstock.Thick and creamy in the mouth. Soft carbonation. Bold bitterness from both hops and malts. Oaky mouth-drying aftertaste. Complex and fully balanced. Nice all over.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thebeertourist (4755) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 12, 2012
Bottle at Haandverkerstuene. Completely black, no head. Roasted aroma, hints of tar and vanilla. Great vanilla flavours, some chocolate and woodiness towards the finish. A great dessert beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (4637) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 19, 2013
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a small foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light dry roasted malt notes with some light sweet notes and very subtle cognac notes. Taste is also dominated by light sweet concentrated malt notes with light arming alcohol notes with some light bitter black chocolate notes. Body is quite full with oily texture and medium carbonation with not much apparent alcohol. Cognac is harder to discerns then I would have expected but very enjoyable nonetheless.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gyllenbock (4397) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 25, 2012
Bottle at O’Connor’s, Uppsala July 2012. Black with a minimal tan head. I must say that I prefer the normal Imperial Stout from Nøgne Ø more than this one, but it was still an excellent beer. Roasted malt with notes of cognac. Also licorice, some coffee, oak and alcohol. Nice body.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beer4000 (4395) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tderoeck (4371) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Countbeer (4302) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - AUG 24, 2012
Bottle: Almost black pour, almost motoroil black in the glass, a small to medium lively brown head, which disappears pretty quick and leaves a headless black beer.  The smell does mostly remind me of their regular imperial stout with less to almost no barrel age traces in the aroma’s. There’s roasted burned sharper stingy malts, dark chocolate drenched hops, tar, espresso and some light liquor and wood notes. The taste is spicy, alcohol, pepper, liquor, espresso, malts, roasted lightly burned barley malts, spicy wood, some alcohol drenched dried dark fruits, some sticky brown roasted sugar notes while it’s not sweet at all! A full black (in any way) tasting beer. The aftertaste is dominated by dry and light nasty malts, some dried dead spices, hint of dry liquorice and some light darkened bitterness. Low carbo, the mouthfeel is thicker viscous almost silky with a light spicy edge, full spiced body and a viscous sticky warm oily texture. Nice beer, bit spiced, guess barrel aging this longer would maybe be better and maybe the biggest dissapointment (there’s maybe only 3 or 4: the head, pretty spiced and no real traces of barrel aging) is the aftertaste which is dominated mostly by the roasted malts which turns slightly to nasty in the end. Overall a decent to good beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cunningham (4292) - 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

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cuso (4206) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
reebtogi (4035) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 12, 2013
250ml bottle pours black in color with a vigorously poured finger of light brown head that leaves some spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma is slightly smoky with some roasted grains and dark fruits (prunes?). Taste is a dark fruit and dark chocolate sweetness with some roasted grain bitterness and a hint of alcohol in the finish. Medium to heavy body with moderate carbonation. A very solid brew worthy for anyone who wishes a good tasting experience.


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