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

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RATINGS: 1575   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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We think the Russian tsar would have liked his stout this way. A dark, rich ale in which a generous sweetness with roasted malt bitterness. Serving temp.10°C/50°F. Great with vanilla ice cream or dark chocolate.

Ingredients: Maris Otter, Munich, roasted barley, oat, black, and chocolate malt; Columbus and Crystal hops; English ale yeast, and our local Grimstad water.

23°P,75 IBU, 9% ABV.

Imperial Stout fra Nøgne Ø er en tett og helt svart ale med stor fyldighet. Smaken domineres av kaffe, sjokolade, lær og tørket frukt. Vi synes den passer bra til mørk sjokolade og kraftige desserter.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
saxo (14385) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 19, 2007
Bottle. Huge beige head with excellent duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are powerful with lots of roast malt, bitter chocolate and some coffee. Long finish.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (4398) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 15, 2007
I guess I’m the one guy that wasn’t blown away by this beer, so it goes. Pours very very dark, close to jet black, with a beautiful dark tight brown head - simply gorgeous pour. The aroma is odd - there are sharp berries, green olives and dark malt. Medium / full body with a good amount of sharp carbonation. The taste is better than the aroma. It starts out with lightly roasted malt, green olive sourness and a healthy hop presence that’s woody and spicy. The finish has a solid woody hop presence, darker malt and some sour qualities. When the beer gets around room temp the sour olive trait almost goes away and the malt tastes more roasted. This was good, but nowhere near what I was expecting. Hopefully I’ll try another and be won overly like most others. A hearty cheers goes out to Hopscotch for sending this highly cherished beer my way.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 15, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2007 Bottle. Pours dark black, with a nice brown head that reminds me of a chocolate chip cookie. Aroma is sweet chocolate, oakiness, smoke, and hops. Flavor is rather sweet, with strong coffee notes complimenting the chocolate, and a bit of smoke before the warm, lingering bitter finish. Mouthfeel is full, but not ridiculously so. The aftertaste is lingering smoke, bitterness, and hops.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - AUG 13, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2007 Bottle, GBBF. Black. Small but pretty tan head, a bit of lace. Profound chocolate aroma, a hint of smoke and apricots. Flavor is coffee, smokey, leather. Something port-like about it, but dryer, cleaner--less old man. At one a beer that feels very fresh and perfectly aged.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - AUG 13, 2007
Pours black with a middle brown head. Aroma is heavy on the roast with some espresso and licorice. Just a classic IS aroma. Deep coffee and espresso flavor, dark chocolate and a lactose-like creaminess. Bitter and roasty finish, which is balanced by the malt, though this beer is largely un-sweet. Dry and earthy hop flavor lingers. Impeccably well done, but there’s nothing about this stout that really stands out. Thick enough for the style, but drinkable too. Somewhat high carbonated.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brix (633) - DENMARK - AUG 13, 2007
Tasted 2007-08-02. 6 months old, 50cl. Pours black like tar. Thick in appearance with a grey/brown head. Very beautiful. Aroma of grass, hops (not grasshoppers), roasted malt and coffee. There’s a very powerful taste of coffee i the aftertaste. Good!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrhammonds (29) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - AUG 11, 2007
This pours a dark cocoa, black ink with a tan creamy head. Aroma consists of a touch of oak and smoke. Overwhelming flavors of bakers chocolate pair well with the sweetness of the crystal malt. The clean Engish ale yeast cuts through mid-way with a lasting bitterness that hangs around for a few minutes.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RolandTower (26) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2007
Used-oil black. Thick brown head that’s slow to form and long-lasting. Smells of smokiness, malt, baker’s chocolate, and hops. Dry, with a lot of smokiness, bitter chocolate, and lingering hoppiness. Alcohol peeks out a bit by the end of the pint. Very thick.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
FrankJohansen (3603) - Sabro, DENMARK - AUG 9, 2007
Bottle. Black colour with a huge fully lasting brown head. Powerful complex aroma and taste of roasted malts, bitter chocolate and coffee. Lasting finish. Why cant i make a stout like this one?

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - AUG 9, 2007
Penetrable black. Thick and creamy cinnamon-tinged head displays impressive lace. Exceptionally polished aromas of metallic char, ink, black currants, chocolate-covered espresso beans, and citric hops. Lavish mouthfeel: velvety, lush, and naturally conditioned. Very oily. Complexity is apparent right from the get-go as waves upon waves of silken malts are interwoven with gritty char, which stings the palate, and supple notes of fudge cake and black currants. Fudgey malt richness is counterbalanced by tingly char and bittersweet chocolate. Supple resinous core provides impacts the palate with ample weight and is saturated with bitter oils, and beautifully contrasts with the charcoal malts. Crunchy malts are vividly showcased, yet there is an abundance of soft and multilayered maltiness reminiscent of caramel-drenched nuts and whipped honey. Pure notes of milk chocolate also exude brightly. The unfiltered state and adept extraction are solely responsible for the remarkably round, full and deep malt frame. Bitter hop oils contribute just enough acidity to lighten yet complement the enormous malt weight as well as mirroring the acidic char. Alcohol is nary a factor. Finishes bitterly oily and bittersweet with espresso, ashen malts, black chocolate and snappy char. This is some exquisite stuff and, given its dense and refined hop character, I reckon it’lll age like a gem for several years.


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