porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - FEB 10, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
(500 ml bottle from <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/maine/portland/ target=blank>Downeast Beverage Co., cellared for 10 mos. after purchase) Pours very, very dark brown with a thin brown head that recedes to a very thin layer, mostly around edges. Aroma of molasses, chocolate and coffee. Mouthfeel is typical Imp Stout - smooth, a little loose and slightly chalky. Fine, weepy, broken lacing. Flavor is dark baker’s and semisweet chocolate with slightly bitter coffee and a very slight hint of molasses. Really has no more complexity than a good "regular" stout but is tasty and elegant nonetheless. Alcohol well-hidden.
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml Bottle: Aroma of dark malts, chocolate, piney hops, roasting, and cream. Poured black in color with a large, dense, brown head that lasted throughout. Opaque. Excellent lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of malts, chocolate, roasting, smoke, marshmallow, and some hops. Medium body. Thin, creamy, chalky texture. Soft carbonation. Malty, smoke-filled finish.
drfabulous (7210) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 8, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
It’s February. I have a feeling we won’t be having those long cold winters I used to get in Michigan. I have a feeling some warm times are ahead. I have a feeling. And because of that feeling, I need to think about those stouts I’ve been stashing. I need to think about drinking them. And I’m starting with this Nøgne Ø. Like all of my good beers, it came from out of state. Until recently, Nøgne Ø was just another beer I thought I’d never drink, a beer that others got, but I couldn’t have. So tonight, I’ll break that misconception. I’ll have what’s been denied me. Pours super black. Rick. Bitter. Can taste the hops. Chocolate. These are all the reasons we stash stouts to drink in the winter. We hibernate our beers. And when we break that hibernation, we enjoy the richness, the creaminess, the goodness of a stout like this.
BigMilly8 (389) - Wesley Chapel, Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
From bottle : Pours a dark black oily color with a half finger of medium dark brown head, that has pretty good retention. A very nice complex nose, a mix of roasted malts and hops, with alcohol notes that go very well with the other smells. Taste is really fantastic. Oaks, cherries, alcohol, sweet fruits, ending with some a nice subtle hop bitterness. Aftertaste is malty. Thick filling mouthfull, with a creamy palate, goes down very nicely. Very impressed with this one.
CaptBier (323) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - FEB 3, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. A black beer with a no head. The aroma is sweet malty with both herbal and flowery notes, but also a lingering acidity in the background. The flavor is sweet malty with notes of violet candy sugar used for cakes in the beginning, but then turning towards roasted malt and chocolate in the end. Ok.
jefcon (1703) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Oily and thick into the glass with a light brown head that leaves a very little lacing and a ring around the inside of the glass. Smells raisiny, with a strong backing of chocolate and something brighter, like a fruit jam. Thick and lingering on the tongue, with a rich texture and full mouthfeel. Slightly bitter on the finish. Flavors are complicated and interesting: nuts, chocolate, fireplace, raisin, cherry. Really a fabulous imperial stout.
Ljunkan (530) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - JAN 31, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2009 50 cl bottle at Bishops Arms, Karlstad, Sweden, shared with a friend. Great imperial stout from this Norwegian brewery, I’m impressed. Big hop character with a much roastiness. Flavor of chocolate and hard roasted coffey. Bitterness.
Bottle at Bishops Arms, Karlstad. Brewed in november 2006, 2 years and 4 months old... Pours a black color with a nice light brown head which remains until the beer is finished. Aroma of cacao/chocolate (almost like 80% cacao/chocolate imo), toffee, liquorice and coffee (lots of roasted malts, like roasted coffee beans I would say). Flavour is sweet at first with lots of dark chocolate, hard roasted coffee, toffee and liquorice. It’s a very roasted flavour overall with some nice notes of citrusy hops in the background (both in aroma and flavour). Aftertaste is really bitter. Palate is extremely smooth, carbonation is low and I must say that it can’t be smoother than this. Highly drinkable beer which you just got to love... my favourite brewery makes me impressed again ...
ElGaucho56 (394) - USA - JAN 28, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours as black as tar and as syrupy to boot. Smallish but persistent tan head. Nose is of course roasty and chocolatey, but a lot less fruit character than most stronger stouts, varying instead along a dusty, earthy tone, with a bit of wet leaf hops hinted at. Body is surprisingly thin but silky carbonation helps. The roasted character opens up into tobacco, cacao qualities, before a strong medicinally herbal hop bitterness takes over and lingers long into the finish. Nice, but not really the top of the style for me, especially from a brewery I greatly respect.
illidurit (2308) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 26, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pretty near black beer with a chocolate milk colored head of 2 fingers. Poured into a snifter. A little lacing and decent retention.
Very chocolatey aroma. A little roastiness and smokiness.
Big mocha flavors up front and a bitter finish from all the roasted malts.
Pretty smooth, good carbonation but the finish is kind of obnoxious in its bitterness. Pretty good offering from Nøgne, cool to try a Norwegian beer.
Tilley4 (218) - Huron, Tennessee, USA - JAN 22, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Been sitting on this one a while and decided to crack it open on a cold, rainy January morning.
The jet black pour and dark fruity aroma are matched well by the roasted malt and chocolate tastes in this one. I detect lots of Belgian qualities in this beer. Lots of dark fruit and chocolate with a nice hop kick at the end.
Very good, solid Imperial Stout. Not the best I’ve ever had, but it is a really good beer. Very warming.