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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1726   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 26, 2008
Glass: Snifter Purchased at: Canal Liquors, Lawrenceville, NJ Price: $7.69 Size: 16 fl oz ABV: 9% IBU: 75 Estimated Calories: 300C RateBeer Rating: 99 Aroma 10 out of 10 Intensity: Strong Balance: Sweet Impression: Nice Malt Flavor: Caramel Toffee Chocolate Coffee Hops Flavor:Cinnamon resin grapefruit Other: alcohol Notes: Aroma is delicious and inviting. Appearance 5 out of 5 Color: Black Clarity: Opaque Head Retention: Good Notes: inpenetrable darkness with a nice tan head. Lacing is intricate. Flavor 10 out of 10 Intensity: Strong Balance: Bitter Impression: Nice Malt Flavor: Roasted Caramel Toffee Chocolate Coffee Hops Flavor: Spice Resin Citrus Other: Chalk, dirt Notes:An amazing complexity - good dark chocolate and espresso overtones. Depth and character unmatched by many other chocolate stouts. Palate 5 out of 5 Mouthfeel Sensation: Creamy Slick Warming Body: Full Carbonation: Lively Finish Length: Long Intensity: Strong Balance: Bitter Notes: electrifying, all over mouth, dark, hoppy, sharp, dry General Impression: 20 out of 20 Craftmanship: Excellent Freshness: Fresh Personal Taste: Loved Notes: Easily the best darkest stout I’ve ever enjoyed. Well done, Nogne O.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
OD40oz (774) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - DEC 20, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2009 Fact... Norwegians make the worlds best beers!! Black as used motor oil. Nice small brown head. If someone were to ask me to describe the appearance of a perfect beer this would be it. Great chocolatey aroma. Slight taste of roasted coffee with a nice creamy chocolatey goodness. If someone were to lock me in the Nogne brewery overnight I would kill myself by drinking this and the Porter until i fell into an alcohol induced coma. This beer was as smooth as silk. Long story short. This beer gave me a boner.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SanfordBrewer (1505) - Sanford, Florida, USA - DEC 16, 2009
(br-btl bk-lbl pu-txt, 9%) opq-bk, thick-creamy-br-hd, thick-patchy-lace, full-body, ^co2. aroma: fruity balanced complex. taste: T1 dark-fruit §smoke §black-malt. T2 §smoke §wheat-sour §pale-malt chclt-malt. T3 §burnt §herbal-bitter-hop. rich complex creamy ^drinkable.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Dropkick (2) - NORWAY - JUL 18, 2012 does not count
An Incredible good beer, full of rich taste, perhaps one of the best imperial stouts on the marked. Full of rich coffe and chocolate taste, very strong taste. Strong but at the same time round. Pitch black. One of my absolute favorites.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BrunoSanchez (189) - Fermo, ITALY - MAY 16, 2014
Magnifica interpretazione Imperial Stout dalla Norvegia. Impenetrabile colore nero con schiuma marrone. Al naso note di arrosto, cioccolato e caffè. In bocca bilanciatissima tra amaro e dolce. Sapore liquoroso molto gradevole e beverino. Birra davvero pericolosa per il suo grado alcolico nascosto nella maltosità perfetta!!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
tsd08460 (838) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - JUL 19, 2015
Aroma: coffee, roasty, chocolate, Appearance: clear, black, brown head Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, coffee, chocolate Palate: full body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish, Perfect stout

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2007
I had trouble picking beer 500 given my lineup lately but this one hit a grand slam for me (baseball lingo). What sets this impy apart is the perfect motor oil coloration, the flavor which seems to have a good dose of bitter hops alongside barley and grains, and the aftertaste has this sweet chocolately layer which invites me back to my glass for more sips. There is some faint acidic almost vinegar flavors in here but they seem to accentuate the aroma and add an almost smoky quality to the mix. Alcohol is well hidden. The roasted malts seem roasted just right so they don’t overdo it. I love this beer! I’ll have to go back to the Oak Tree Buy Rite for more. Or maybe its time to fly to Norway?

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 24, 2007
Dark and heavy brown pour. Settles black as glossy coal. Huge, immensely thick roasty brown topping caps it like a crown with a creamy smooth and frothy sponge. Dwells upon the liquid for a good stretch and leaves massive chucks of lacing in cob webby stitchings. Favorably roasted and large nose here. Lots of "Expedition"- like qualities with deep dark roasted tang, espresso, dry chocolate, burnt prune, smoked plum, and cooked cherry skins. Slightly large smokey ascents and prevalent burntness of cookie edges, cake, and really dark vanilla notes. Great spicyness of x-mas breads and ginger cookies too. Damn nice and straight up exceptional Impy nose! Taste makes due with a spectacular array of fun roasty stuff. Dark deceptive, deep, and tangy with smoked dark fruit skins and spicey holiday breads. Smmmoooth...lasting deepness of well developed and rounded roastyness with a bit of espresso touching the burnt notes. Kinda like a silky smooth chocolate covered x-mas dark fruit bread or cake. A bit fudgey, a bit doughy, great hints to smoked/burnt stuff and loads of lasting taste and complexity. Yum, yum, yum, yum, Yum! Last third or so really turns into a silky chocolate dream. Strong medium body, smooth, creamy, fluffy with a bit of texture to it. Chocolate toned sweetness, mild dark fruity tanged, and burnt fudgey cookie/cake all over the place. The finish is quite and chocolatey. The only real drag of the beer is that it really doesn’t have a finishing quality, but damn if it doesn’t make ya come back for more! Ummm...you can label this brew as the best beer form Norway! Not that I’ve had a bunch from my native land, but from what I have had, this takes the silky smooth chocolate covered x-mas dark fruit cake! Too bad its so spendy...but well worth the adventure. I could see having a bunch of these after cross country skiing or snow shoeing the big hills of anywhere. Norway representin’ y’all!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
timothyc1984 (8) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - FEB 8, 2010 does not count
The aroma is of chocolate and malt. Taste was whole, once again the chocolate came out, with a proper amount of bitter aftertaste. Its black/purple with a thin amber head. Its not too thick to drink and overall this is a great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ReAle (120) - Rome, ITALY - FEB 16, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2011 Bevuta alla spina alla Brasserie 4:20 (Roma) - Di fronte a un simile capolavoro bisogna solo togliersi il cappello. Magnifica alla vista, nerissima e impenetrabile, con un elegantissimo cappello di schiuma color cappuccino. Aroma di cioccolato, vaniglia e caffè. In bocca potentissima, perfettamente equilibrata dolce-amara. Molto corposa, liquorosa, quasi piatta. Al palato regala sensazioni straordinarie. Grandissima birra.

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