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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1663   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 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAY 31, 2007
Black with a really beautiful dense creamy brown head. Glass lacing is beautiful. Definitely a 5 for appearance. sweet dark fruits hints of citrus and plenty of choco-coffee. The flavor is yummy, salty, chocolatey, all that. Full bodied, duh. One of the better Imperial Stouts that I have had in a long time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
xenthem0nk (101) - Oregon, USA - MAY 28, 2007
22oz Pours jet black. Aroma is ripe and sweet, dense. Loads of roasted malts in the flavor and nose, but less sweetness in the flavor that I expected from the smell. It was quite bitter, very strong hoppy power. Mouthfeel was chalky, dry, and carbonated. Alcohol not well hidden. But overall, its a good stout. I had about 6 oz and gave the rest to a friend.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Flyer (118) - Hartland, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 26, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2007 Pours deep brown-black, with a good head. Aroma is surprisingly fruity, with subtle notes reminicent of mandarin, strawberry, and port wine. The latter carries over into the taste, which is nonetheless dominated by roasty, chocolatey flavors. Long, rewarding atertaste. An outstanding imperial stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (11471) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 25, 2007
Bottle purchased at Liquor Max. Pours opaque with an average creamy dark brown head, mostly lasting, fair lacing, glass staining. Aroma is heavy malt (coffee, toasted, cookie), average hops (flowers, perfume), average yeast (leather) with notes of prune and alcohol. Full bodied, creamy-sticky texture, average carbonation and a bitter finish. Long duration, moderate sweetness, acidity and bitterness; heavy roasted chocolate malt, toasted, raw floral hop flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
waolsen (1375) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - MAY 22, 2007
bottle. midnight black pour with big frothy tan head that fades a bit but last throughout. beautiful looking beer. aroma of dark fruit, mollasses, chocolate, sugar, floral hops, vanilla and oak. nice roasted quality. rich full body. similar to the porter but fuller. rich chocolate. coffee that remains steady through long lasting bitter finish. roasted malts and fig. wonderful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimhilt (2514) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 22, 2007
Pours a five+ finger brown head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Totally black color. Licorice nose. Light carbonation and very heavy bodied. Flavor is sweet licorice and hints of burnt coffee. Nice beefy imperial stout. Slight bitter finish. $8.00 for a 500ml bottle from Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - MAY 22, 2007
Pours out a deep black color with a small dark brown head. Aroma is of your typical impy stouts. Flavor is very much the same. I liked this brew. I also like the name and label. Overall this is a great impy stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beaver (1547) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 21, 2007
16.9 oz bottle. Pours an opaque black with a small dark brown head that quickly dissipates to a thin film.

The aroma is burnt roasted chocolate malts, grains, anise and some alcohol.

The flavor is some lactic chocolate followed by anise and a big sticky burnt bitterness with a little residual sweetness. As it warms, some coffee notes come out. The alcohol is well hidden. The mouthfeel is medium to full and slightly watery.

Overall, this is a decent big impy stout. It’s a little too much on the charred side for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (9154) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 21, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2007 Bottle. Ratebeer Christmas in Oshawa, December 2007. Black body with a nice khaki head (4+). Roast aroma with smokey undertones, and green hops in the background. Muted hints of anise? (7+) In the flavour there is a light acidity to the roast malt, over a sweet malty foundation in the middle. The mild acidity lingers in the finish and aftertaste with chocolate undertones. (7+) Medium palate (3+). Pretty solid. 8/5/7/4/16-17 <P>May 2007. Bottle. Black body with a huge tan head (4+). Acidic roast aroma, light musty damp sawdust notes, light woody touches, lots of burnt malt. Sweet malted milk notes under the acidic roast malt of the flavour. Hints of mocha, dark chocolate and light coffee bitterness in varying degrees. Medium smooth palate. (3+) Solid, but a touch more acidic than I would like for a repeat performance.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HogTownHarry (6372) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 20, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2007 Bottle (500ml). Oh, lord, that’s a fine-looking beer - oily black, red around the edges, huge brown head, very active - lovely. Aroma - oily, burnt roast caramel malt, coffee, chocolate, figs, raisins, sour cherry, lactose - all the good stuff, complex, balanced - yummy. Taste has all the aroma elements in it, is even more roasty and oily - the finish has more bitterness, alcohol and burnt character. Thick, oily, lightly acidic, fairly flat, silky on the tongue - terrific mouthfeel, long but not aggressive finish - truly one of the best-made impies I’ve had in ages, so "together" - outstanding!

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