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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1715   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 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jvittorio4187 (255) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2007
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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 4, 2007
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TampaBeer (257) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2007
Very strong. Roasted flavors smack you in the face. A bit of smoke, creaminess, general deliciosity. Motor oil appearance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aubrey (3509) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 2, 2007
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
temporrari (397) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 2, 2007
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 2, 2007
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SamuraiArtist (292) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 2, 2007
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 1, 2007
Nice dark brown head on this dark black pour. Coffee nose precedes a slightly sweet roasted cofee flavor with a hint of hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 1, 2007
Bottle from biggcb. Deep charcoal black-brown body, medium, tight ochre head. Strong roasted malt aroma with rich chocolate notes (particularly from the empty bottle), cocoa, and coffee, with hints of soy and vinous characteristics. Creamy mouthfeel dominated by roasted malts and dry chocolate, burnt brown sugar, and a bitter, charred finish with a moderate hoppy character and hints of licorice. This bitterness becomes more assertive after a few sips, creating a rough, biting palate. Alcohol is warming. Very good beer but way too bitter in the finish to be world-class in my book.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2007
Bottle from trade with eclectic. Thanks Kevin! Pours a dark black color with a creamy tan head. Aroma of cocoa, roasted malt and hops. Taste is smooth and rich of malt, coffee and smoke. Has a pleasent sweetness but not over bearing at all. Finishes with a bit of licorice and raisin flavor. Very nice!

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