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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1758   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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PhillyBeer2112 (2818) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - SEP 5, 2007
Dang, this is worth any bit of hype it has received. Take note, this is definitive of a great imperial stout. Poured dark black-brown, slightly viscous. Opaque in the glass with a full clinging meringue of a brown head. Aroma rich in roasted malts, chocolate, tar, roasted nuts, burnt bread. Flavor begins with a mild roasted sweetness, blossoming into a full silky mouthfeel all aswirl wth dark chocolate, oats, espresso, roasted nuts and a salty mineral quality. Finishing with a semi-dry full roasted malt finish. Alcohol becomes present only in the chest. Palate coating finish leaves mildly astringent roast all over the mouth. Its one of the best combinations of complexity, depth, richness and drinkability I’ve yet found in an imperial.

pubbe (493) - Højbjerg, DENMARK - SEP 4, 2007
Bottle. Absolutely black colour with the most beautifull thick brown head that virtually last for ever. Powerfull aroma of burnt malt, liqorice, espresso coffee and spices. Slightly sweet malt, and english liqorice in the flavor. Runs pretty creamy on the palate. The finish last like the aroma for minutes. Extremly well made imperial stout - havent ever had better (so far)!

iep (230) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 3, 2007
Completely opaque body, with a red-hued brown head. Aromas of roasted malt, liqourice, dark fruits, hops, chocolate, all in balance. The flavor is succelent and sweet at first, then dries out, finishing with a long lasting bitterness from both the roastedness of the malt, and the assertive hops. Thick, dense on the palate, with little CO2. Wicked..

5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 2, 2007
Bottle: Yup, that looks fairly black to me.   Large foamy and frothy light brown head, lacing is patchy.   I just realized I think this is the first ever Norwegian Imperial Stout I have ever had!   Nose of bittersweet chocolate and strong roasted malts.   Slight green hop accents.   Smells like it could stand to be put down a while longer.   Rich, yet somewhat biting, roasted malt profile with notes of bittersweet cocoa on the tongue.   Fairly smooth, slightly dry, and a tad chalky.   Rich body, moderate mouthfeel.   Could stand to be a bit heftier.   Clean exit, more hop presense here than at the start.   Quite roasty, lingering bakers chocolate.   Solid offering, and one to seek out when in Norway.   I wished that Aass, Ringnes, and Mack could do stuff like this.

Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - SEP 2, 2007
500ml bottle. Deeply roasty malt aroma, grainy and dark, combined with some semi-sweet chocolate, espresso and faint earthiness, some light, charry smoke in the background as well. Mostly solid ebony color with dark brown highlights and a sparse, subsiding brown head, not much lace to speak of. Flavor is similarly highly roasty, again full of dark, gently sweet chocolate, along with some faint cream, coffee and faint prune. Some lingering raisin tones. Smooth and thin on the palate for the style, low in effervescence with a fuller body. Pretty tasty, not a complex rendering at all, though.

kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2009
Date: August 05, 2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Appearance: black, thin brown head easily roused into producing nice drippy lace
Aroma: light sweet roasted malt aroma
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich malt flavor, nice roasted, touch of chocolate, a bit chalky

Date: June 07, 2007
Mode: bottle
Source: Ale Atlanta
Score: 3.4 to 3.7
Aroma: big dry dark chocolate aroma
Flavor: sweet chocolate and roasted flavor, a bit of winey character, touch of dark fruits

Date: June 11, 2007
Mode: bottle
Source: Green’s
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, touch of roasted, good balancing hops, not getting the wine or dark fruits, a good amount of hops to add complexity and bitterness beyond the roasted malts
Overall: all about the rich and creamy chocolate

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **4

uhre (384) - DENMARK - SEP 1, 2007
The aroma is vert complex, you can smell chocolate, caramel, hops and some smoke. The same goes with the taste: hops, caramel, malt, smoke but also alcohol. The reason why it only got 6 is because of the smoke - why did they destroy the incredible taste with smoked malt? Lets just say it’s not my taste. The beer is very dark brown with a nice lasting brown head. To my suprise the palate was creamy which is rare for a stout - what a nice suprise!

Svesse (8577) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - AUG 26, 2007
(Bottle, Haket, Gothenburg, 31 July 2007) Black colour with frothy brown head. Roasted, tarry nose with chocolate, coffee (espresso) and hints of smoke. Roasted, tarry taste with chocolate, coffee, hints of smoke, some liquorice and a long bitter-sweet finish with lots of espresso. Full body, oily mouthfeel. Huge and impressive. Absolutely lovely, brilliant imperial stout. Sheer class!

xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - AUG 26, 2007
Bottle from west lakeview liqours in Chicago. Black opaque color with med dark brown head. Sweet roasted malt aroma with mild chocolate and vanilla. Flavor is very smoky, sweet roasted malt, mild hops, cookie, some alc. Full and creamy. Very well done. Deep and like a thunderstorm, with a flash beauty in looks and an equally assaulting aroma and flavor crash of thunder. In other words I like it.

Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 24, 2007
Intense aroma of anise, chocolate, and roasty coffee. Taste is very chocolate with some bitterness. A big tasting beer.

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