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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1586   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.

umich03jm's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
umich03jm (2405) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - NOV 18, 2012
Bottle into snifter. Pours a deep black color with a small amount of beige head that fades quickly. Nice lacing. Rich aroma of milk chocolate, espresso, lightly roasted malt, vanilla, and cream. Tastes sweeter than most stouts, especially right at the beginning. Lots of chocolate and cream up front. But it’s quickly countered by the espresso and vanilla taste. Finish has a healthy bitterness and is fairly dry. Full body and a cream, smooth mouthfeel. An interesting imperial stout, really good, but not one of my favorites.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Johnstledger8 (80) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAR 25, 2015
Bottle. Pours pitch black with a thick coffee coloured non-lasting head. Aroma of dark chocolate, liquorice, sherry. Taste is of coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruits, sherry, brown sugar. Sticky texture, medium carbonation. Lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hman43 (462) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - MAR 21, 2015
Aroma of coffee and roasted hops. Black/ dark brown head. Taste of roasted malts, coffee with a big bitter finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Skaaren (2) - - MAR 20, 2015 does not count
Veldig god imperial. God smak av kaffe virkelig et øl jeg vil kjøpe igjen. Godt brygg..

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nisse666 (4681) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 17, 2015
Bottle 0,5l from Etre Gourmet cons 2015-02-17 Duved A real stout on St Patriks Day! AR: rich chocolate, coffey waffels, wee caramel AP: black, high stouty thick dark brown lid F: roasted malt, coffe con letche, roasted malt, full bodied - smooth feeling, soft wee bubbly carbonation, wee caramel, medium bitterness, white sugary, warming feeling, well brewed as always from Nögne

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alengrin (2815) - BELGIUM - MAR 13, 2015
Renowned Norwegian stout with a creamy, medium thick and crackling, beige head (even light gushing - fortunately slow enough to avoid spilling a drop); colour a very, very dark mahogany, as good as black. Aroma is pleasing but I miss a "wow" effect; I get bitter chocolate, veal stock, smoked herring, coffee grounds, brambleberries, candied figs, rosewater (increasing as the beer warms up), wet leather, bayleaf, hints of Worcestershire sauce, iron but in a ’good’ (blood!) kind of way, damp earth, tree bark, shoe polish and raisins; there is a sulphuric presence too, vegetable-like as in cooked red cabbage, which I cannot quite put my finger on, perhaps very weak DDS? Rich, restrainedly sweetish onset of candied fruits and raisins, lightly salty accent but not as strong as I’ve experienced in many other examples of the style, somewhat tingling carbonation, sourish touch in a ’deep’ and basic kind of way; a profound, layered maltiness unfolds after this, caramelly and subduedly chocolatey, a bit nutty as well, with a full, creamy and very oily mouthfeel; towards the finish, an increasingly strong coffee-like roasted bitterness shows up, along with some peppery hops for support and extended bitterness and warming, vaguely sherry-like, not astringent alcohol; the nutty and roasted malts stay the longest. Very decent and flawless impy, that is for sure, but somehow I expected a bit more from this. I have yet to compare it with the oak aged versions, of which I have one in my cellar, and I am expecting more from that one.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zwiebel88 (424) - GERMANY - MAR 13, 2015
Schöne Imperialbombe. Dunkle Früchte, Schokolade, Kaffee, Kakao. Recht cremig, Schokolade, dunkle Früchte, Kaffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bartlebier (2366) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Saeglopur (639) - 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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pedrens (105) - 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.

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