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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1595   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 7, 2007
Depending on the light. black to very dark brown in color. Somewhat creamy dark tan to mocha colored head. Just a long isle of lace near the top of the original pour. Strong sweet roasted malt aromas. Some salt water taffy scents. Dark chocolate and a light lavender nose as well. Fairly typical, in a old world sense, aroma. Not overly anything. Everything about this one scream textbook imperial stout. Malty, roasty, light bitterness, higher alcohol. No this is not a brow beater it is a quaffable strong stout. Some mild herbal hops and a slight lingering bitterness. that mixes with a very dark chocolate bite. In the front some dates and dark fruit only touch the palate for a moment. This is one of those imperial stouts that is dangerous. I could drink this stuff all night, but really feel it tomorrow. Excellent brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Plovmand (6810) - Helsinge, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2007
Wow this one was great. Lots of coffee and roasted malt in nose and flavor. Thick as oil and dark as espresso. A need to taste stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 5, 2007
Bottle courtesy of mgumby. Pitch black, oily pour with a small tan head. Dark roasted malt, bitter espresso, and fine dark chocolate. Of all the imperial stouts I’ve had this has the most balanced coffee aspects. Big plus for that. A bit thin as I was expecting something a tad fuller based off the pour, but this doesn’t detract from this fine piece of heavenly sustenance. Ridiculously smooth coffee and dark chocolate taste that lingers throughout. Felt like I was sucking on the best chocolate covered espresso bean in existence. About as perfect as you can get.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
charlotte (4538) - rødovre, DENMARK - AUG 5, 2007
Black like the Night with creamy dark beige head who stays.Feels light smoked and has Aroma of chocolate and coffee.Oily body and slight bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
coldbrewky (1490) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - AUG 5, 2007
Again a gem from Maria. Pours blacker than night with a dense burnt sienna head. mellow whispy oaky nose with hints of alfalfa? Lots of carbonation initially. Settles fast. Shared with my wine loving sister. Just a bit of roasted coffee. Malts are sweet and blend with a swirl of hops in the quick but big body. The 9% is there but not omnipresent. A powerful impy. one more please.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (10091) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 4, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2013 500ml bottle. (6:5:8:4:14=3.7)
Jet black, turbid. little head (but poured that way so as to not get too much yeast). Looks sticky. Sweet chocolatey aroma. Wonderfully aromatic in the mouth, the bitterness heads straight up your nose. Rich sweet chocolate malt taste as well as fairly potent dark bitterness make a very well balanced package. Pleasantly coffee-like and hints of ginger too. Mostly covers the 9%.
Rerate: 500ml bottle (Põrgu, Tallinn) (7:5:7:4:13=3.6)
Lovely black, tight thick tan head. Very rich roasty aroma, some esters, some odd menthol hint too. Full and smooth in the mouth, gentle carbonation. Plenty of esters in the retronasals. Richly roasted, burnt toast, some ryebread, and the burnt raisins from the side of the baking tray. Covers 9% quite well, but clearly a potent brew. Finish has a lovely bitter chocolate theme, and lasts for ever. Some of the esters make you think of chocolate orange. Feels a bit unbalanced. I remember it being better. I was underrating in those days maybe?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (33872) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 4, 2007
RB#1100: 50 cL bottle (batch 286). Pours black with a creamy chocolate brown head, very inviting look. Rather hops citrus and vaguely peach fruity aroma. Creamy mouthfeel. Clear chocolate flavoured with a decent hops fruity- and bitterness. A slight touch of coffee towards the finish. Bitter and roasted malt finish with a whiff of smoke. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 3, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2008 Rerate, 09.02.2008. A viscous pour revealing a deep black hue and a huge, creamy, tan head with excellent staying power. This time around the aroma seems very one-dimensional and flat. There’s a wall of ash-roast-cigar, which is nearly impermeable to all the other aromas. Some chocolate, caramel, and unsulphured molasses can be detected, but not much. The roast of the aroma mostly occurs in the vein of French roast coffee / espresso and is about evenly balanced with the cigar and ashy elements. Near room temperature a slender streak of blackcurrants and lime leaves cuts through the other aromatics. The flavour is very sweet throughout, with a bracing bitterness to keep it in check. There’s lots of coffee, chocolate and ash up front, leading into a very roasted, espresso finish with some lime-like bitterness as well. Quite roasty and bitter overall with a shot of alcohol in the aftertaste. Full bodied with a very creamy texture and moderate carbonation that struggles to cut through the dense body. 50cl bottle.

I was somewhat disappointed by this bottle; the majority of the aroma and flavour headroom was consumed by overly aggressive burnt and roasted tendencies, leaving scant manoeuvring room for the hops, chocolate, other sweets and fruits. New rating of 7, 4, 7, 3, 14 = 3.5. New total score is a composite of the two, adjusted for in the overall score.

Bottle. Deep black-brown hue with lots of sediment and a thick, creamy tan head. Rich cocoa and espresso to start the aroma, followed by dark toast, caramel, anise, cola, tannins and walnuts. Hops sprout forth lightly as layers of flowers and orange rind, which gain significant power as the beer warms. The flavour begins moderate to heavily sweet, lightly acidic and lightly bitter; the finish is moderately sweet, moderately acidic and moderately bitter. As with the aroma, the floral/citric hops really step up as the beer warms. Medium to full body with a hugely oily body and soft carbonation. Only a speck of alcohol is visible through all of the dense flavours. Original rating of 9, 5, 8, 4, 18 = 4.4.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
rane (936) - Nibe, DENMARK - AUG 2, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2009 Bottle. As Nøgne Ø are best buy in Denmark at the moment I had to give this one a try. Pitch blac beer with medium long lasting head. Aroma starts with lots of hoppy citrus notes that disappears within a minute, after that licorice becomes dominant, after a while some strange acidic notes turns up. Taste with notes of licorice and coffe and some hoppy bitterness in the end. Not my kind of beer, I don´t really like the style, but it scores heavy on several parameters. Rerated 060309 a two year old bottle. Ageing doesn´t seem to do it any better. Aroma still strange, head disappears very fast, and taste is onedimensional with lots of licorice and still this underlying strange taste. Just not my cup of beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (12044) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 30, 2007
Aroma of less than burnt toast, a bit of red wine, hints of chocolate. Not getting coffee. Opaque brown/black color. The tan head was never more than a light ring. Medium to full bodied. Moderate carbonation which turns creamy. There’s a heat hit, then really burntish toasted malt, with some dark chocolate. There’s a harshness on the tongue, but the effect is smoothness. The finish leaves some black toast, but there is definitely hop bitter. Each sip seems a bit different. The last one suggested a bit of evergreen. Quite the experience.

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