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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1595   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - FEB 22, 2007
Bottle at HDG. Deep dark black in color with a nice fluffy off white head that leaves a nice lacing on the glass. Roasty coffee like dry aroma. Chocolatety espresso hoppy flavor. Thick smooth mouthfeel. Sweet. Well balanced. Finish is dry and bitter. Well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 22, 2007
UPDATED: APR 6, 2007 Pours thick, dark black with a bubbly brown head. Aroma is a nice combination of hops and mild chocolate. Mouthfeel is thick with a tasty, bitter chocolate flavor. Well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 21, 2007
New to Florida… bought at Kingdom Liquors.

Pours a completely opaque black tar body, very resilient dark khaki head. The aroma is dry, roasty, and ashy; smells of cold espresso and baker’s chocolate. I get a tart beginning, figgy, a load of dark fruit, dates, and raisins; all followed by a bittersweet coffee and sour orange zest likeness. Some careful character of sour cherries, vanilla and coco bring complexity. The palate is a blend of silky, oily, and sticky… finish is very dry with a lingering bitter hop presence.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (8351) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 20, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2013 My Bottom Line:
This intricate Imperial Stout presents firm dark chocolate, caramel and vanilla sweetness on which green hops and roasty lengths are painted. Flavorful throughout, without any weak spots, it will deeply satisfy those Stout lovers who prefer not to be blinded by intensity.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A mighty delicious cloud of foam slowly sinks into the opaque blackness.
-Coffee emanates from the chocolate sweetness.
-Medium carbonation serves the wealthy mouthfeel more than adequately.
-A raisiny outcrop renders further complexity.
-Aged 2.5 years, it retains its gorgeous curves and most of its malt flavors and complexity while being reduced in its bittering capacities. Still world-class throughout.
-Light alcohol warmth actually adds depth.

Many bottles.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
raphael (964) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 19, 2007
can’t get blacker than this; the foam is much darker than most beers, smell of charcoal, caramel, hint of sulfur. slick & weighty in the mouth. well roasted taste, chocolate, brown sugar, toasted wheat. harsh finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2007
bottle: pours pure black with large brown fluffy head. aroma of sweet chocolate and roastedness slight licorice scent also. flavour is of roasted chocolate milkshake. very smooth and chocolatey. perfectly balanced bitter sweet finish. no alcohol taste. a velvety smooth imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2007
Got some milk chocolate in the aroma.Pours black with a medium tan head.Lots of coffee and chocolate in the flavor.Medium to full mouthfeel with a sweet chocolate finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2007 Bottle. Taste like band-Aids for the first couple of minutes. This beer then takes on a hoppy, burnt toast flavor. Black in color with tan head. Strong roasted hoppy nose. Flavor was kind of weird. Lots of yeast at the bottom of the bottle .Nothing special here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2007
Thanks to Mgumby10 for sharing out of his private stock. Oilly darkness. Lots of burnt coffee and chocolate. Some creaminess but seemed a bit young and rough around the edges. I’ll be looking forward to re-visiting this one in a few months.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - FEB 16, 2007
Pours an oily black with a very light brown head. I got a very rich caramel and almost a chocolate cream smell. Taste is somewhat creamy as well. Also, slightly bitter with very light chocolate and roasted malts. Its more hoppy up front and and then turns into chocolate towards the finish. Very nicely balanced. The flavors compliment each other well.

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