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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1591   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
LinuxSam (3) - SWEDEN - MAR 13, 2015 does not count
En lätt rökpuff över lakrids i doften. Saltlakrits och kaffe i smaken, lite bitterhet på slutet. Alkoholen kommer fram efter bitterheten.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zwiebel88 (442) - GERMANY - MAR 13, 2015
Schöne Imperialbombe. Dunkle Früchte, Schokolade, Kaffee, Kakao. Recht cremig, Schokolade, dunkle Früchte, Kaffee.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bartlebier (2382) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - MAR 10, 2015
Draught sample@Braukunst Live ’15 - SO. Had this a few times before bottled, but as it is such a perfectly balanced example of the style, merging what is best of both UK and US ImpStout traditions, it is easy to forget how fast this has become a modern classic. Bitter chocolate and coffee grounds in aroma merge to form a dry pancake syrup drizzle or dense bitter chocomousse that does not cover, but instead brings out the best in the plummy liquorice malts, red currant and woody berry hop notes whilst still allowing some citrus resins to peek through. More liquorice than berry ash in the bottled version. Again extremely smooth, with no abv bite whatsoever and an ache to please. Both straight entry level and a postmodernly executed, clean master example of the style, offering repeated instances of sipping bliss.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Saeglopur (685) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - MAR 9, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2015 Draught at Braukunst Live München 2015.
Pitch black body, with a big, coffee brown, creamy head.
Big, yet smooth aroma with loads of dry coffee, subtle smoke, cocoa beans, liquorice.
Taste is as big as the nose, with the same, coffee dominated aromas and some more subtle dark fruits and even some fruity hops.
Pretty full, creamy mouthfeel, with a quite lively carbonation.
Finishes roasty, dry, with coffee and bitter cocoa.

Wonderful! Straight, but still complex, strong and dry, but still quite smooth to drink. Needless to say, this is perfectly balanced! Ideal Imperial Stout for those, who want it without any "gadgets".

Side note: They were the cheapest brewery at BKL 2015 (and 2014), although they offered such world class beer from tap, served by a very friendly guy, by the way. Exemplary!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pedrens (127) - SPAIN - MAR 8, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2015 Botella de 500 Batch 1285. Color marrón rojizo casi negro. espuma de muy poco formación y persistencia (una vez servida pasado un rato cuando la muevo para oxigenar hace cero espuma). Aromas a café y chocolate q se vuelven mas a ciruelas y pasas, moras, segun claiente. Nada intenso, todo bastante sutil . En boca los mismos matices q en aroma con un importante punto alcohólico q domina y se come el resto de matices. Textura aceitosa densa, y carbonatacion muy baja. El final muy alcohólico, algo torrefacto y afrutado. En ciertaforma recordaba un poco a una EisBock regulera.Esperaba bastante mas de esta birra. Aunque ahora el ver otras valoraciones, puesto que no tiene nada que ver con la mia...jajajaja...es probable que tuviera un problema de conservación...en el cuello, donde hace contacto con la chapa, tenia aspecto sucio, como cristalizacion de algun tipo de azucar.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rouhlas (566) - GREECE - MAR 8, 2015
500ml bottle at Bierhof, Athens. Black color with big creamy frothy beige brown head. Roasted malty aroma, chocolate and coffee. Sweet and bitter taste like aroma with dark fruits. Medium to full body, oily to creamy with soft carbonation.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tbonde (100) - DENMARK - MAR 4, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2015 50cl bottle@home. Approx 12 celcius. Brewed October 14 2014. Truly an Imperial Stout! Jet black with an ample brown head subsiding into a low carbonated deeply complex, thick stout. Aroma of malt, coffee and liquorice but also the sweetness which is prevalent in this beer. One aspect I really enjoy is the complexity of the constantly changing taste: One sip is liquorice, the next is malt, the next is bitter, the next is sweet, the next is smoked...it holds such a range! For that I hold it as a truly great stout among equals though it is a bit sweet for my taste. Wonder how it ages? Must try...I’ll be back in years to come:-)

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DroolYeast (405) - Aalborg, DENMARK - MAR 2, 2015
Bottle @ home. BBB was 12. Nov. 2012, batch 327. Aroma of plums, coffee, chocolate, some alcohol, sweetness. Black with tiny tan head, none lasting. Light sweetness, malt bitterness, alcohol sweetness, vinous. Full body, smooth texture, soft carbonation, malty finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
scirtes (70) - POLAND - FEB 24, 2015
Black with brown head. Aromas of roasted malts, some chocolate, licorice, plums and raisins, some subtle alcohol notes as well. Medium sweet, could be more bitter. Full bodied with oily texture, especially when it warms up. A very good imperial stout.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
heman (148) - Tychy, POLAND - FEB 24, 2015
Nieprzejrzyście czarne, gęste piwo nalewa się z piękną, brązową pianą. Aromat w pierwszym momencie zdominowany jest zapachem kojarzącym się z sosem sojowym, za którym nie przepadam. Co jest niewątpliwym wynikiem utlenienia, butelkę otworzyłem około 14 miesięcy po warzeniu. Dalej jest już znacznie lepiej, pojawia się intensywna słodka czekolada i genialne owocowe nuty w tle. Pojawiają się śliwki i czereśnie. Po ogrzaniu alkohol ujawnia swoje dostojne oblicze. Piwo zniewala złożonym smakiem od pierwszego łyku. Jest gęste, najpierw mamy wyraźny pumpernikiel i wysokiej klasy czekoladę. Kolejno przewijają się wspomniane wcześniej owocowe nuty i posmaki palonej kawy. Finisz jest lekko gorzki (na pewno nie czuć tych 95 IBU) i kojarzy się z dobrą deserową czekoladą. Alkohol daje o sobie znać tylko przyjemnym rozgrzewaniem przełyku. Całość przywodzi na myśl światowej klasy czekoladowe pralinki z czereśniowym musem podlanym jakimś likierem.


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