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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1730   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2007
Bottle, thanks so much for sharing Greg!!! Nice rich aroma, lots of malt and some hops. Pitch black, very very dark brown head. Great taste - tons of hops, tons of rich malt. Not much else to say, this is how you do an extraordinary imperial stout, well done Nogne.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mungo (2470) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2007
Bottle from Bacchanalia, Cambridge. Dark and thick. Combines the piney resin and brambles of the hops well with the thick roasty flavours of smoky coffee and liquorice. Some of the malty sweetness in the mouth starts to bring out chocolate flavours, but this isnt overly sweet despite first impression and there is enough bitterness (mostly from the roasted malts) to balance out the sweetness here. This was pretty good, balancing extreme flavours well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2008 (First ever rating, left in tact for posterity.) Bottle. Black as far as the eye can tell. Very small, dark tan head. Aroma mostly of sweet, dark fruits, some alcohol, blended nicely, but I’d like more to come through I didn’t pause to savor the aroma as I am sometimes compelled to do.. Flavor overwhelmingly roasted, tons of bitter chocolate, dark fruits, coffee in the background. Definitely a sweetness to it, but more bitter than most noticeably sweet imperial stouts, excellent balance not shying away from either end of the spectrum. Palate full, weighty, but not too sticky. Little carbonation. Overall awesome imperial stout. 7-4-10-4-17 Rerate 6/30/08: Bottle. Still quite black. Aroma starts off very roasty with tinges of coffee, some alcohol-soaked plums/prunes, later segways into unsweetened chocolate, the most natural, dead-on such scent I’ve gotten to date in a beer. Flavor has highlights of super powerful alcohol soaked plums/prunes along with a constant roastedness and smooth, creamy chocolate. Roasted, semi-bitter, chalky finish. Not heavy for an impy stout. Exquisite. 9-4-9-4-17

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lisalucy (3) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2007 does not count
a bit lighter than I enjoy my imperial stouts, yet still very good. Very palatable, a smooth yet thick feeling in my mouth. Dark tan head, black in color make for a beautiful looking beer. Not as impressed with the flavor - reminds me more of a porter than an stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - DEC 28, 2007
Bottle, 50cl. The beer pours pitch black with a dark-brown/chocolate colored head. The arome is roasted malts with chocolate, licorice and coffee. The flavor is smoked and with rich malts. Also notes of coffee, chocolate and some bitterness. The flavor hangs in the mouth and has a nice dark aftertaste. Good palate. Overall a good imperial stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 28, 2007
Duane shared a bottle of this with me. Thanks! Thick black pour with a 1-finger tan head. Roasted malt and dark fruit aroma. Very roasty and bitter with some dark fruit or berry-like sweetness. Maybe some bitter chocolate swirling around as well. Overall a very tasty imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2007
Pours deep, thick and black, with a massive tan head. Chocolate aroma, that fills the nose. Not much alcohol evident in the aroma. Wow, this beer is heavy and bitter. Heavier than I anticipated, almost like an old motor oil. The bitterness kills the sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - DEC 26, 2007
Bottle pours the darkest liquid I’ve ever seen. Wow! This one is black as Satan. Tall, cocoa head retains well and leaves some extravagant lacing. Aroma of dark roasted malts dominates. Roast coffee, dark chocolate, licorice, dark fruits, and dark bread make for an inviting nose. Thick and rich in the mouth with a pervasive roast bitterness. Taste is more dark roasty bitterness, with strong notes of scalded coffee and dark chocolate. Dark fruits, vanilla, and Columbus hops add considerable depth. Very nice sipper on a cool winter evening.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ElGaucho (2393) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Bottle. Been sitting on it for 9-10 months or so. Rich, sweet, alcoholic aroma that is very typical of a good imp stout. Some lactose notes. Although a "pfft" was heard when opening the bottle, the head was quite small when pouring. Small, tan head; large bubble. Some lace. Really excellent. Rich, perfect balance, perfect strength. Good hop profile and English ale yeast contributes to the deliciousness. I’m guessing this was even better 10 months ago. A little softly carbonated which may be due to age. Outstanding.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2008 11-17-07 bottle and again 1-6-08 at tasting.
Black thick pour with a creamy tan head - pours like a chocolate fountain. Heavy imperial stout aroma - rich chocolate, roasted honey aroma. Hints of gingerbread and banana nut muffins in there too. Complex smell and very interesting to the nose. Taste is a thick sweet chocolate flavor. Nice semi-sweet finish and an ideal mouthfeel. Feels like melting chocolate on the tongue. Alcohol is present as it warms - almost overpowers the rich flavors that were present before. My rating was much higher before the presence of the alcohol became overly obvious in the smell and taste.

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