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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1652   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05/5   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Quevillon (2729) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 11, 2007
Bouteille de 500 ml, acheté à Tully’s Beer & Wine (Wells, Maine), le 10 juillet 07. Brune caramel brulé, peu de collet. Arome de réglisse épicé et de café malté doux. Goût de réglisse alcoolisé, café un peu amère avec une touche de vanille, arrière goût amère passable. C’est ma première bière de cette brasserie et de la Norvège, elle n’est pas pour moi une impérial typique mais très agréable à boire et je suis très heureux de l’avoir acheté. Bu le 11 novembre 07.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drpimento (2641) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 11, 2007
Wow! Holy cow! Boom! Poured with the most amazing almost purplish dark head. Very rich earthy aroma tinged with dark ripe fruit. Flavor is the same but so full and the body is perfect! Having a bottle of this at Bodega Brew PUb downtown La Crosse, WI USA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ekstedt (6170) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 4, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2010 Bottle (50 cl) from Ølbutikken, Copenhagen, Denmark. Black with medium brown head. Roasted malts with coffee, chocolate, salmiak, and gunpowder. Medium to full bodied with smooth mouthfeel. Dry with salty bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 31, 2007
Bottled. Pours black with a huge dark brown head. Aroma is strong grassy hops, roasted notes, and chocolate. Flavor is a rich chocolate with a strong hop character mixed in. Kind of like pine trees and chocolate forming a bitter green mint. Above average body with a slightly oily mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Moz (613) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - OCT 28, 2007
Bottle. The darkest colour I’ve ever seen in a beer, pitch-black. Covered by a small brown head. Very nice aroma, tones of vanilla, chocolate & tobacco. Flavour of roasted malt & coffee. Medium to high bitterness. Excellent, sipped on this for 2 hours!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Suttree (5689) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 28, 2007
Black, with a decent sized brown head. Big, intense aroma of fig, prune, coffee and dark chocolate. Flavor is a bit woody, the fruity, then coffee, all well blended and tasty. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OldMrCrow (2215) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 27, 2007

Pours deep black, thick with a small dark-tan head. Roasty chocolate aroma, lots of smoky licorice, a bit of black cherry.

The flavor...ah, the flavor. This one doesn’t make it s living by being big; it makes its living by perfect balance. Not that it’s a small or subtle beer, just that the perfection lies in the way that roasty chocolates are balanced by dry hops, the way the fruit tones come through in the middle melding with espresso and mild anise flavors. It’s truly superb. Indeed, what a wonder!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 26, 2007
The aroma was dark chocolate and deep espresso roast melded with raisins and prunes of dark dried fruits. Caramel and a grassy hop presence were notable along with a strong presence of roasted barley. The beer poured pitch black with a dark brown head which lasted for days and laced the glass from top to bottom. The flavor was smooth chocolate and espresso coffee with caramel, raisins, and a nice grassy hop note to tie it all together. The bittering from hops and grain was well done and the malt worked well to balance the dark grains and the hops. The finish was dry with lasting impressions of dark grains, roasted and chocolate, caramel, and grassy hop flavor and bittering. The body was full, but not quite viscous, and with a moderate level of carbonation was quite creamy on the palate. Alcohol was notable in the warming which occurred post consumption. A really nice Imperial Stout, smooth and silky with restrained alcohol! 16.9 ounce bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2007
Impressive looking blackish pour with a nice, thick but fading tan head. Aroma has some well roasted, smoky dark malts, chocolate, coffee, and alcohol detectable. Flavor is smoky and well roasted (to say the least). Coffee that is thick and viscous and heavy dark chocolate are what this reminds me of. Some dark fruit and a hint of alcohol too. Nice mouthfeel - full bodied and really nice. Really good Impy Stout!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 24, 2007
From Firemoose15 via trade. Thanks again Mel! An essentially black viscous glob falls out of the bottle and creates a thick, creamy two-finger tall brown head. Some spotty lacing. The aroma was chocolate, smoked meat, cherry and plum. As it opened up more chocolate mixed with campfire and outright charred wood came into play. The flavor was chocolate, smoke, light hints of cherry and some hint at pine hops. The mouthfeel is exceptional and the finish is nice.

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