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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1721   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cobra (1100) - - OCT 24, 2007
500 ml. brown, longneck bottle. No freshness date seen. Pours out a deep, inky brown, with a sticky mocha colored head. Aromas are of licorice, roasted malts, charcoal, espresso beans. Flavors include alcohol, burnt sugar, black patent (read charcoal) malt. Thick body, decent mouthfeel. Overall, an OK beer. I’ve had better RIS though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NJBeerman013 (1054) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - OCT 22, 2007
Bottle shared... Pours a deep dark color with a chocolatey head. The aroma is of sweet chocolate and creamy coffee. Tasting, the flavor is rich and malty sweet with just a touch of toasted biterness. The mouthfeel is full and creamy. Very sweet finish with plenty of alcohol warmth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 21, 2007
The color was extremely dark brown/black. The head was very dark brown. The aroma was sweet malt, roast, coffee, molasses, and some vanilla. The flavor was bacon. It had a very strong meaty flavor with roasty undertones and hops. The palate was smooth and the finish was warm.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4598) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 21, 2007
Pours oil black with a nice viscosity. Produces a thin creamy dark brown head. Sweet rich aroma, molasses, soy sauce, . Very roasty flavor, alcohol definitely apparent, meaty, dark roasted coffee, bakers chocolate, mild hop bite and waxyness at the back of the mouth. Warming mouthfeel, nice waxyness with a smooth carbonation. Wasn’t quite what I like in the style as far as the flavor goes. Nice pour and mouthfeel but has much more of a hop profile and harsh roast than I like.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hank1980 (966) - Athens, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2007 Pours very dark with a full light brown creamy head. Aroma is very nice with roasted coffee, molasses, and dark chocolate. Flavor is nice with more dark, roast notes, molasses, roasted coffee, and bitter chocolate. Not much in the way of hops here. Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a nice, soft and silky feel. Not characteristic of the style, but still nice and smooth. Finishes with chocolate and more roasted notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 19, 2007
1 pint .9 fl oz bottle pours black with a tan head that sustains though an entire phone conversation. The aroma is of molasses, dark chocolate, and fine coffee. The flavor is very malty, sweet, lactic, slightly fruity, with a lingering coffee like bitterness that lingers. I’m thinking about chocolate muffins for some reason. Chocolate bread? OK, chocolate beer. The flavor is very refined compared to some other Imperial Stouts out there. The palate is quite rich, but not overbearing. Alcohol is well hidden. Overall, this is quite a beer. Lovin it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - OCT 18, 2007
Poured from a 500ml bottle, and served in a snifter. This imperial stout poured a beautiful black with a one-finger thick, creamy, dark tan head that slowly faded down to a thin layer that lingered around for the duration. The aroma of this brew was made up of milk chocolate, vanilla bean, molasses, coffee, and also a light floral hop note. The flavor was all about the roasted malts. The other flavors detected included chocolate, oats, coffee, finishing off with a lasting, dry, roasty bitterness. The mouthfeel was creamy and smooth with some oily slickness. It was full-bodied with very moderate carbonation. All in all, a very nice beer. The flavor lacked a bit of complexity, but it was still very appealing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (13254) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 18, 2007
Bottle poured a nearly opaque black with a large lasting brown head. Aromas of coffee, vanilla, roasted malt, dark chocolate and a hint of licorice. Palate was medium to full bodiede and smooth. Flavors of roastiness, dark chocolate, light coffee and light vanilla with a smooth warming lingering bittersweet finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - OCT 17, 2007
Great delivery from mcox90. Black as a night in deepest darkest africa. It pours thick like a liquid meal. Aroma of the coffee and chocolate with the taste of the above with heaviness on the coffee. Finishes with alcohol heat. Would be great on a cold fall or winter day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2007
Mostly great beer but not outstanding. Pour was dark black with descent beige head. Nose was big on all of the great stout traits: chocolate, malt, coffee, barley. But then digging into it I found it to be a bit flat. Those flavors all were there but there was nothing that made me go wow this is great. It felt like I it was just going through the motions. Heres the chocolate notes, and here we have the malt flavors and so on. Kind of boring, but still tasty.

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