dmac (4532) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 8, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
16.9 oz bottle. There are good looking beers and then there is Nogne O. This sucker was darker then oil and had a head that was one of the darkest shades of brown I have ever seen, and the size of that head, HUGE, might as well have been a Belgian. After looking at this one I couldn’t wait to try it and it didn’t let me down. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt and with warming some alcohol and even hints of oak. Flavor is excellent with roasted malt, chocolate, slight espresso and the slightest hint of alcohol as it warms. Palate is where this one kicks it up a notch again where it is full bodied yet not overpowering. The right touch of carbonation finishes off this masterpiece. Fantastic beer.
Darkover (1524) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black with a long lasting creamy brown head. Aroma is very roasty with some chocolate. Flavor is also very roasty with some smoke and chocolate. Some bitterness at the finish. Body is pretty smooth, thick and creamy.
Ernest (6573) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 5, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2013 Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing. Body is black (opaque, flashlight tested). Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (roasted grain, chocolate), lightly hoppy (grapefruit), with a note of vanilla. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, syrupy/watery texture, soft carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic. Another beer from Nogne that used to be 4+ but now is just average. Very simple and mild aroma, syrupy-watery mouthfeel, overly sweet, kinda flabby. Sad what has happened to this brewery. I guess that’s what success does to all companies, though.
Jvittorio4187 (255) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a thick black with a tan head. Mouthfeek is good if you can fight through it being over carbonated. Taste of coffee, chocolate, and vanilla. Finish is nice with a lingering bitterness, a little dry.
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 4, 2007
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2008 Aroma of chocolate, cherries, and amber incense. Taste of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt (almost a burnt character) with an earthy, very slight sour finish. This is without a doubt one of the best imperial stouts out there.
TampaBeer (256) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very strong. Roasted flavors smack you in the face. A bit of smoke, creaminess, general deliciosity. Motor oil appearance.
Aubrey (3482) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 2, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black hole darkness seemed to absorb light. Deep tan head was creamy and thick. Texture was really nice, like a drinkable milkshake. Zingy up front; smooth in the middle; lingering bitterness on the tongue. Wonderful blend of flavors and aromas ... dark chocolate, nuts, dark-roasted barley and coffee. Wheaty, earthy malts. I loved how the sweetness wasn’t over-the-top, yet there was a little to balance things out. Surprisingly nice hop profile to boot. Kind of grassy and herbal; clean and balanced; plant-like bitterness. High alcohol was hidden really well. Very well-made beer.
temporrari (387) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 2, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
There is dark beer and then there is Nøgne Ø Imperial Stout. As black as it effing gets. Dark brown head, medium size, lasting, looks fantastic. As I pour it, it looks like liquid silk. My anticipation, as well as expectation, is quite high now. I allow the beer to sit for 10 minutes or so in the glass, don’t want it to be too cold. Real nice aroma on this beer... Chocolate and coffee, smooth tho... Flavor is very smooth... Sweet with rich chocolate and coffee flavors, not alcoholic at all and I love that. Nothing worse than an imperial with a ton of alcohol flavor... It just ruins the beer. Very creamy, silky. Really good. This is an ideal imperial stout as far as I’m concerned. Creamy, not too much alcohol, chocolate and coffee, smooth as silk and not astringent.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 2, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
black body with small brown head..aroma is crisp and consists of sweet dark chocolate, alcohol, and coffee...this leads to a mellow flavor profile of dark chocolate, marshmallow, dry roasted nutty coffee (very similar to a sweet stout or that of a dry impy porter)..pillowy, creamy palate
SamuraiArtist (292) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 2, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2007 Bottle: This excellent beer poured pitch black with a dark brown creamy head. Aroma of sweet malts, coffee and chocolate. Flavor is both sweet and bitter. Coffee notes give your a lasting bitterness combined with chocolate flavors thar are bittersweet and give a lasting roastiness on the tongue. An excellent balanced stout.