shigadeyo (3096) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
6/24/2007: Nøgne Ø Imperial Stout is near black in color and opaque with a lasting, dense, foamy, brown head. The aroma is semi-sweet chocolate, creamy vanilla, and roasted malts. The flavor mostly echoes the aroma with the addition of dark chocolate and some yeastiness. The flavor is dry overall as well as the finish. The body is medium to medium-full. Surprisingly, the <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Beer/nøgne-ø-porter/2 Ø Porter seems to be more complex, better, and more enjoyable that the Imperial Stout...
500 mL bottle (22’ P, 75 IBU, 9.5% Alc/Vol) shared by Rob at the Oatmeal Stout Brewout. Rating #287 for this beer...
hellomynameis (875) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JUL 7, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black color with a tan head. lots of unspecific malt in the aroma, some sweet and some bitter notes. Taste has some dark roasted malts, this is another of a few imperial stouts that have a salty note in there...strange. Finishes nicely without any bitterness or lingering flavours.
Beerdedone (2828) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sampled Pours black with a light tan head. Aroma of strong coffee, roast chocolate, and some dark fruit. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, caramel, and a hint of molasses with a smooth thick, an creamy body. A very good imp stout.
robertjm (781) - Albany, California, USA - JUL 7, 2007
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(bought at Ledger’s Liquors, In Berkeley) Pours a thick, very tall tan head. Does start to fall, but leaves lots of lace on the side of the glass. Absolutely no light penetrates my glass. Nice aroma, reminiscent of Old Rasputin. Flavor is somewhat reminiscent of Old Rasputin too (if you can’t tell, that’s my benchmark for imperial stouts!!). Alcohol taste with lots with a grainy mouthfeel to it. Alcohol and roasted grains/coffe on the palate in the aftertaste. A little too harsh for me. Perhaps not as sweet a finish as Old Rasputin though. Kinda steep for a 550ml bottle ($9!) so I wouldn’t necessarily buy it again, though I’m going to make my way through the other Nogne offerings that Ledger’s brought in, providing they’re still there the next time I try them. ANYONE WHO IS INTERESTED IN THIS CAN EMAIL ME A TRADE FOR SOME OTHER IMPERIAL STOUT OR BARLEYWINE.
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - JUL 4, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Darker and thicker than the porter. Smells like burnt sugar when baking cut out cookies. Tasted malty and thick. Smooth finish. Thanks hopscotch.
tjthresh (1866) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JUL 4, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 or so mL bottle suppied by theisti
Pitch black with a froathy, creamy brown head. The aroma is plenty roasty and cholcolatey. I get a bunch of chocolate. Very chocolatey flavor. Still, alcohol is up front. The hops are fighting to get through. Pretty rich mouthfeel. Thanks Tim.
raymondwave (931) - FINLAND - JUL 1, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow. First imperial stout I’ve had. Very high on alcohol, but it doesn’t push thru. Burnt, but not bitter. Chocolate, but not too sweet. Absolutely full, thick and smooth mouthfeel. Very nicely balanced. Nøgne Ø is starting to be my favorite brewer.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 30, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle from drewbeerme. Pours thick and charcoal brown with a moderate sized, creamy tan head that leaves thick lace. Rich roasty aroma, chocolate milk, molasses, roasted figs and light floral notes. Roasty bitter chocolate, raisins, molasses, fudge cream and a nice floral bitterness to complement the roastiness. Full body and smooth, gentle carbonation. Very nice - thanks Andrew.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 30, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2007 Pours coal black with a moderately full, persistant, light brown, creamy, firm head; very nice but with minimal lacing. Nose is very nice with cedar notes first followed by strongly roasted coffee, chicory, molasses, very dark chocolate, and maybe a slight dark current note. Flavor is nice but with more dark, roast notes; burnt toast, cedar, molasses, strongly roasted (and concentrated) coffee, light bitter chocolate, and faint chicory. Bitterness is moderately high but mostly from the the bitter coffee and chocolate notes and only a little from the hops. Palate is nice but not what I usually expect from the style; just over medium body, moderate carbonation, and a nice, soft and silky feel. Finishes with decent length, a bit of dryness, dark chocolate, burnt toast, and lingering cedar notes. Very nice imp with excellent dark notes and very well put together pieces but not overly complex. Palate makes for an extremely drinkable beer but does lack the typical full and viscous feel of most imps. Interesting and quite nice, just not extraordinary as compared to some of the better imps.
tarjei (1954) - Bryne, NORWAY - JUN 29, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 16, 2011 500 ml bottle, at Uptown in Kristiansand, Norway. Batch # 241. Black color, almost no head. This is a bomb. Roasted/burnt malt, coffee, chocolate, alcohol, lots of hops, A balanced beer. Not for kids, not for the pilseners.