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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1651   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 27, 2007
From a 500mL Bottle. Pours an opaque dark chocolate color, impenetrable by light, served with a thick layer of dense roasted tan foam. Fire toasted oats and baked puffed barley grains meld nicely with some medium chocolates. A sprig of fresh mint leaves, a pinch of vanilla, and a twist of black tellicherry pepper. Deep contemplation unveils notes of white grapefruit rind and chewy salty caramels, but toasted barley, mint, and chocolate malt dominate. Medium bodied, creamy, oily mouthfeel with a slick carbonation feel. Starts out with some fluffy mocha coffee cake topped with a mild vanilla mint glaze. Dry chocolate powder and medium roast coffee dry it up a bit, but keep the malt profile in the forefront. As it finishes, the columbus hops start to reveal their obvious presence in the form of a white grapefruit, sprucy monster. The hops get a bit out of control on the back end, obliterating the more delicate, subtly (for an imperial stout) crafted malt profile. I find myself waiting several minutes between sips simply to allow my palate to recover and continue to enjoy the malts. Otherwise, a well constructed, expertly crafted brew; I’m really digging the body, texture, appearance, aroma, and first 2/3 of the flavor. I’ll crack open an IIPA when I want to wreck hop destruction on my taste buds.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
b33r (772) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2007
Black color with medium diminishing brown head and little lacing. Thick and oily. I was extremely pleased with the huge aroma- fruity, chocolaty and malty. Flavor was also great, with extreme creaminess and big chocolate flavor. Slightly dry and bitter with a small alcohol burn.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2007
Bottle. Pours black and oily with a light brown head. LOTS of burnt malt in the aroma that seems to be heavy on black patent. Also hints of molasses. The flavor has hints of molasses and coffee but is very dry, which seems to accentuate the predominate flavors of burnt malt grain, charcoal, and unsweet dark chocolate. Very dry mouth feel and medium body. A good brew, very dry and delicate really for an impy stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3604) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2007
16.9 oz bottle. Ebony with a brief brown head. Earthy concord grapes, brown sugar and pine. Sweet coffee and rummy Bazooka emerge after the initial whiff. Taste is mostly on the bitter side. Vanilla lime coffee with cream, no sugar. Dries with burnt chocolate and turkish tobacco. Full bodied with some carb tingle. Good stuff but still a little green for my taste. Should age nicely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JUL 25, 2007
500ml - Aroma is sweet chocolate, vanilla and roasted malts. Pours black with small brown head and good lacing. Flavor is at first burnt malts and alcohol followed by chocolate and vanilla with a little hop bitterness. Palate is sticky and oily at the same time. Unique and tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drmatt (51) - THE LOU, Missouri, USA - JUL 25, 2007
i’ve decided to rate only beers that really interest me from now on. i was really excited when i found this on the shelves at john’s grocery in iowa city, but now that i have tried it i am not that impressed. nose is roasted malt, booze and some bitter hops. it pours with a nice brown head. taste is relatively thin for an impy stout, a lot of roastiness, booze and finishes with bitterness. not bad, but i had some really high hopes. i think most of the hype comes from the european raters.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - JUL 25, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2008 A relatively decent boozy, slightly aggressive nose. Not much else going on otherwise. I think it is a well made beer, except for the booziness. I get a little chocolate and roasted malts. It is kind of thin, but has a nice, lingering palate. Overall, I was unimpressed. I think that the booze overwhelms the other characteristics besides the lingering finish. A very easy to drink Impy, if such a thing could be said, but not all that impressive. 646413 A disappointment. ---re-rate--- Blind Tasting: Aroma is big bright fruit and thick cocoa. Taste is sweet coffee bean with a touch of milkiness and hop bitterness. Palate is thick and chewy with a smooth bitter finish. 848516

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5210) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUL 23, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2011 Bottle. The body is absolutely black. No light penetrated. The head is large with a light brownish peach colored head. The aroma is the expected dark chocolate and rich roasted coffee. There is also some anise and a little bit of hazelnuts. The body is realtively thin for the abv. The flavor is absolutely massive, mostly chocolate chip pancakes with some high quality tobacco. Lots of roasted character here. There are also notes of coffee in the fairly bitter finish. Hints of orange bitters come out as you drink more. An interesting Impy stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fonefan (40504) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2007
Bottle. Batch #246. Black color with a average, frothy / creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, light brown head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, burnt, caramel, chocolate, coffee, light to moderate notes of alcohol. Flavor is wow, moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long to average duration. Body is full, texture is oily / creamy, carbonation is flat, finish feel is light alcoholic. Very nice ;o))

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
haddon90 (1575) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - JUL 21, 2007
Pours a deep black color with a nice, frothy tan head. Dark chocolate aroma with roasted malts. A nice taste. Complex though. Dark chocolate, along with some coffee and roasted malt. Alcohol is masked. Hint of hops. Very impressed.

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