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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1715   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05/5   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 28, 2007
Duane shared a bottle of this with me. Thanks! Thick black pour with a 1-finger tan head. Roasted malt and dark fruit aroma. Very roasty and bitter with some dark fruit or berry-like sweetness. Maybe some bitter chocolate swirling around as well. Overall a very tasty imperial stout.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2007
Pours deep, thick and black, with a massive tan head. Chocolate aroma, that fills the nose. Not much alcohol evident in the aroma. Wow, this beer is heavy and bitter. Heavier than I anticipated, almost like an old motor oil. The bitterness kills the sweet finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - DEC 26, 2007
Bottle pours the darkest liquid I’ve ever seen. Wow! This one is black as Satan. Tall, cocoa head retains well and leaves some extravagant lacing. Aroma of dark roasted malts dominates. Roast coffee, dark chocolate, licorice, dark fruits, and dark bread make for an inviting nose. Thick and rich in the mouth with a pervasive roast bitterness. Taste is more dark roasty bitterness, with strong notes of scalded coffee and dark chocolate. Dark fruits, vanilla, and Columbus hops add considerable depth. Very nice sipper on a cool winter evening.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ElGaucho (2388) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Bottle. Been sitting on it for 9-10 months or so. Rich, sweet, alcoholic aroma that is very typical of a good imp stout. Some lactose notes. Although a "pfft" was heard when opening the bottle, the head was quite small when pouring. Small, tan head; large bubble. Some lace. Really excellent. Rich, perfect balance, perfect strength. Good hop profile and English ale yeast contributes to the deliciousness. I’m guessing this was even better 10 months ago. A little softly carbonated which may be due to age. Outstanding.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2008 11-17-07 bottle and again 1-6-08 at tasting.
Black thick pour with a creamy tan head - pours like a chocolate fountain. Heavy imperial stout aroma - rich chocolate, roasted honey aroma. Hints of gingerbread and banana nut muffins in there too. Complex smell and very interesting to the nose. Taste is a thick sweet chocolate flavor. Nice semi-sweet finish and an ideal mouthfeel. Feels like melting chocolate on the tongue. Alcohol is present as it warms - almost overpowers the rich flavors that were present before. My rating was much higher before the presence of the alcohol became overly obvious in the smell and taste.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - DEC 20, 2007
In my humble estimation, this is not what an imperial stout should generally aspire to be, rather this transcends imperial stout, beautifully crafted. Pours as dark as a beer can, oily with a dead on imperial stout tan head, thinning to something dense and modest quickly. I didn’t notice it at first, but my girlfriend pointed out the really startling smoke in the nose of this beer. I thought it was charcoal, but now I think smoke is an even bigger player. Dark bitter chocolate. Alcohol, sweet round malt. Really just heavenly balance of bitterness from the roast and maybe some big piny hops with that ROAST! Thick full mouthfeel. Almost like oil. Really hard not to give this a five from feel, the hell with it, I’m doing it. This is almost a milkshake! A big sweet creamy beer up front with plenty of wonderful character. Big roast. Big alcohol. The two counter a big massive malt backbone. A bit of acidity, some significant bittersweet chocolate, pine, char, and a long lingering char bitterness at that! And again, that smoke, it’s there and it comes on more with the finish. A campfire in my mouth, with a dash of bacon and chocolate. That sounds unpleasant, but I can’t imagine anything more enjoyable right now. I have been moved. As it warms, more anise comes out, as well as more roast. Neither of which is a bad thing.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
nearbeer (4829) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 20, 2007
500 ml. Opaque black with a four finger head that lasts. Charred wood, cocoa and slight citrus? aroma. Big, slightly sweetened chocolate-coffee and molasses front turns to a more roasted, bitter, and mildly acidic version of the same flavors. Just the right (slight) alcohol touch on the end. Medium-heavy palate is silky smooth and sufficiently dry on the finish to make this a pricey, but excellent, 2-to-3 pint session stout.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - DEC 17, 2007
Bottle from Holiday Wine Cellar: Color is jet black with a small frothy chocolate head. Aroma is bitter dark chocolate, coffee and a wiff of alcohol. Flavor starts rich and roasty with black coffee followed by bakers chocolate, bitter sweet with a touch of licorice in the finish. Medium-full body is slick and oily with soft carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pforei (338) - USA - DEC 17, 2007
Dark black color with brown head. One of the darkest heads I’ve ever seen. Dark malt aroma mostly of chocolate, salty black olive, licorice, and a little dark fruit. Chocolate/olive/licorice dominates the taste. More roasted, bitter, woody, or hoppy notes would add to complexity. Mid to full bodied with subdued palate.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
elmatador00 (519) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 16, 2007
Courtesy of Mcbackus. Pours a dark black with a thin tan head. Has rich flavor of coffee, wood, chocolate, and cherries. Finishes heavy bodied, coffee flavor stays on the palate. Alcohol is present, with mild carbonation and warming in the belly.


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