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Brewed by Nøgne Ø
Style: Imperial Stout
Grimstad, Norway
Serve in Snifter

bottled
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on tap
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RATINGS: 1522   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
NachlamSie (2783) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2007
Bottle split with Tronraner outside in what could be the last freezing night of the season. Solid black opaque pour with a small tan head. The first thing that jumps out at me in the aroma is hops. It’s not a strong, defined blast of hops like an IPA or anything, but a very high pleasant piny presence for the style. Notes of pipe smoke, ashes, latin American coffee, hickory, just a small suggestion of chocolate. Nothing really sweet stands out in the nose. The flavor is more the same, plenty of ashy, roasty notes with an assertive oatiness and bourbon flavor. The level of sweetness is low for an imperial stout, and is reminiscent of a less sweet IIPA. It works very, very well here. Carbonation is a bit high for the style, and it makes the mouth seem a bit airier than I was expecting, but I think it works quite well with the hop presence. Finish = dry. This is damned good brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zeswaft (1379) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2007
thanks to sersdf for this. slight coffee and alcohol aroma. nice tight brown head. uber-thick and sticky. Flavor is dominated by this weird chalky bitterness that you adjust to. somewhat reminds me of the dark lord i had last night on cask in that it’s kind of apple saucy.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
sersdf (1015) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2007
looks like the olfabrikken porter. dark brown small bubbled head. smells a bit alcoholic, really smoky and not too appetizing. zeswaft mentioned it being really chalky and i agree completely. the body is perfect, but i don’t like the flavor much. ended up with a pretty high rating despite me not really liking it. bitterness dominates.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 4, 2007
Robe noire surmontée d’une mousse brune épaisse qui s’estompe. Arômes de malt torréfié et de minéraux. Saveurs de caramel, de cacao, d’alcool, de malt torréfié et de houblon amérisant résineux.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (7911) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2007
Bottle from Capone’s. THis is the 3rd Nogne beer I’ve quaffed, and they have all been outstanding, and all bottle conditioned. The pour here is jet black with a 1-finger brown head. Aroma of huge roasty dark patent malt, chocoff, molasses, and slight figgy fruit. Tastes roasty malty, very complex, with heavy finishing hops, plus intermediate molasses, rich chocolate syrup, cocoa, and roasty malt. This one is outstanding!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2007
Black in color with a moderately thick tan head. Powdered cocoa and coffee aromas, some mild floral hop aromas in the background. Medium-bodied, carbonation stays out of the way. Bittersweet on the palate, with a clean chocolately roast finish. Neither the chocolate nor the hops really come out and grab you, but the brew is balanced, and the 9% is well hidden. Very well done.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere (6134) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 1, 2007
Considering the style, Scores ranging from 1 to 5, 5 being the most intense
Appearance:
Body:   Clear(1)->Murky(5) : 4     Light Brown(1)->Pitch Black(5) : 5     Still(1)->Sparkling(5) : 2
Head:   None(1)->Large(5) : 2   Off-White(1)->Dark Brown(5) : 5   Lasting: 3   Lacing : 2   Nitro : XX
Aroma:
Intensity : 5  
Yeast : 2   Bread : XX   Apple : XX   Tropical Fruits : XX   Ink : XX   Tar : 2   Olives : 1   DMS : XX
Malt : 5   Biscuity : XX   Burnt Toast : 4   Caramel : XX   Nuts : XX   Pumpernickel : 3   Cereals : XX   Coffee : 4   Dark Chocolate : 5   Vanilla : XX   Grapes : XX   Blackberries : XX   Cherries : XX
Hops : 3   Noble(1)->American(5) : 3   Leafy : XX   Floral : 2   Lemon/Lime : XX   Grapefruit : 2 Orange : XX   Herbal : XX   Pine/Spruce/Resin : 2
Notes :   Earth : 2   Wood : XX   Mint : XX   Smoke : XX   Soy : XX   Bourbon : XX   Anise : XX
Flavor:
Initial Flavor : Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 2   Finish Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 2   Sourness : XX   Lactic : XX   Bitterness : 3   Complex : 3   Length : 3
Palate:
Light(1)->Full(5) : 4   Flat(1)->Fizzy(5) : 2   Clean : 3   Sharp : 3   Watery : XX   Oily : 2   Chalk : XX   Astringent : XX   Alcohol : 2   Mineral : XX   Oxidation : XX   Metallic : XX

Comments: The darkest pour with the darkest head. Unadulterated dark malts flavours with no acidity nor astringence to speak of. Spot on imperial stout.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AskForJenny (1020) - Ontario, New York, USA - MAR 1, 2007
500ml - Impenetrable black liquid, light brown, creamy head, peppery nose, roasted malts and coffee aftertaste. A full finish with a great depth of flavor. Nice, really well balanced.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (8510) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2007
Thanks to beastiefan2k for bringing this gem along. Very black beer with a thick dark brown head that lasts and lasts. Heavy thick dark chocolate, espresso, tarry roastiness. Flavour is very chocolatey with bitter and roasty character all over it. The palate is quite soft and sweet though despite that. Sweet chewy plummy malts. I’ll definitely be wanting to try this one again. Moderate hop bitterness but the heavy roast accentuates it. Great brew.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2007
Black with brown edges and 1/2cm of thick brown foam. Mild aroma of roasted and bittersweet chocolate, dried and vinous dark fruits, and a small dose of bitter citrus hops. Flavor is similar but intensified and adds coffee, hop resin, and a hint of dark fruit or berry like sourness near the finish. Full/medium body, balanced, creamy and foamy. Very nice on the palate, though I would like a little more weight. Excellent brew.


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