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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1695   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JUL 7, 2007
Black color with a tan head. lots of unspecific malt in the aroma, some sweet and some bitter notes. Taste has some dark roasted malts, this is another of a few imperial stouts that have a salty note in there...strange. Finishes nicely without any bitterness or lingering flavours.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerdedone (3162) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2007
Bottle sampled Pours black with a light tan head. Aroma of strong coffee, roast chocolate, and some dark fruit. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, caramel, and a hint of molasses with a smooth thick, an creamy body. A very good imp stout.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
robertjm (839) - Albany, California, USA - JUL 7, 2007
(bought at Ledger’s Liquors, In Berkeley) Pours a thick, very tall tan head. Does start to fall, but leaves lots of lace on the side of the glass. Absolutely no light penetrates my glass. Nice aroma, reminiscent of Old Rasputin. Flavor is somewhat reminiscent of Old Rasputin too (if you can’t tell, that’s my benchmark for imperial stouts!!). Alcohol taste with lots with a grainy mouthfeel to it. Alcohol and roasted grains/coffe on the palate in the aftertaste. A little too harsh for me. Perhaps not as sweet a finish as Old Rasputin though. Kinda steep for a 550ml bottle ($9!) so I wouldn’t necessarily buy it again, though I’m going to make my way through the other Nogne offerings that Ledger’s brought in, providing they’re still there the next time I try them. ANYONE WHO IS INTERESTED IN THIS CAN EMAIL ME A TRADE FOR SOME OTHER IMPERIAL STOUT OR BARLEYWINE.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - JUL 4, 2007
Darker and thicker than the porter. Smells like burnt sugar when baking cut out cookies. Tasted malty and thick. Smooth finish. Thanks hopscotch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JUL 4, 2007
500 or so mL bottle suppied by theisti
Pitch black with a froathy, creamy brown head. The aroma is plenty roasty and cholcolatey. I get a bunch of chocolate. Very chocolatey flavor. Still, alcohol is up front. The hops are fighting to get through. Pretty rich mouthfeel. Thanks Tim.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
raymondwave (931) - FINLAND - JUL 1, 2007
Wow. First imperial stout I’ve had. Very high on alcohol, but it doesn’t push thru. Burnt, but not bitter. Chocolate, but not too sweet. Absolutely full, thick and smooth mouthfeel. Very nicely balanced. Nøgne Ø is starting to be my favorite brewer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 30, 2007
500 ml bottle from drewbeerme. Pours thick and charcoal brown with a moderate sized, creamy tan head that leaves thick lace. Rich roasty aroma, chocolate milk, molasses, roasted figs and light floral notes. Roasty bitter chocolate, raisins, molasses, fudge cream and a nice floral bitterness to complement the roastiness. Full body and smooth, gentle carbonation. Very nice - thanks Andrew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 30, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2007 Pours coal black with a moderately full, persistant, light brown, creamy, firm head; very nice but with minimal lacing. Nose is very nice with cedar notes first followed by strongly roasted coffee, chicory, molasses, very dark chocolate, and maybe a slight dark current note. Flavor is nice but with more dark, roast notes; burnt toast, cedar, molasses, strongly roasted (and concentrated) coffee, light bitter chocolate, and faint chicory. Bitterness is moderately high but mostly from the the bitter coffee and chocolate notes and only a little from the hops. Palate is nice but not what I usually expect from the style; just over medium body, moderate carbonation, and a nice, soft and silky feel. Finishes with decent length, a bit of dryness, dark chocolate, burnt toast, and lingering cedar notes. Very nice imp with excellent dark notes and very well put together pieces but not overly complex. Palate makes for an extremely drinkable beer but does lack the typical full and viscous feel of most imps. Interesting and quite nice, just not extraordinary as compared to some of the better imps.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tarjei (1954) - Bryne, NORWAY - JUN 29, 2007
UPDATED: APR 16, 2011 500 ml bottle, at Uptown in Kristiansand, Norway. Batch # 241. Black color, almost no head. This is a bomb. Roasted/burnt malt, coffee, chocolate, alcohol, lots of hops, A balanced beer. Not for kids, not for the pilseners.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CheersMate (1335) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - JUN 27, 2007
This beer poured like motor oil. Actually, I have never seen an Imperial Stout pour this way. Even the Left Hand Imperial Stout that I poured did not look like this. The beer was very black and had a lovely chocolate head, and I could easily smell the alcohol at first. It also had a coffee and sweet, maybe the sweet was vanilla, smell to it. The beer taste like ash and coffee, with some great wood flavor. The chocolate is not as noticeable as I would like it to be. Also, the beer, even though it poured thick, did not have a thick palate, it was very carbonated, and that was a let down. The other problem was the coffee flavor was overbearing, it did not allow the other flavors to come through as much as they should have. Even though those other flavors were noticeable, they did not come through as much as they should have. One weird thing about alcohol smell was that I could not taste the alcohol, it was hidden well. Good beer.

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