ChainGangGuy (4881) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUL 11, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearane: Pours a rich black body with a pillowy, though thinning tan-colored head.
Smell: Deep, delicious aroma of dark chocolate, sugar-coated vanilla beans, roasted malts, with some flowery, herbal hops mingled within.
Taste: A scrumptious blend of dark chocolate, nut-filled brownies, French vanilla coffee, and some subtle hints of port and smoke with just enough of a herbal, hoppy zip to maintain some semblance of balance until the roasty finish, which is somewhat dry and lingering but leaves a sweet caramel-vanilla aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Its full-bodied without being too heavy or a chore to drink. Mild carbonation. Some alcohol warmth.
Drinkability: All the flavors are lush and well-blended, what’s not to love? A delightful, tasty Imperial Stout. So far, I’m diggin’ all the Nøgne stuff.
Dorwart (2578) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUL 10, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thin dark brown head of fine and dense bubbles. Head does not last long though. Decent carbonation for an impy. Rich, sweet, roasty. Great aroma with lots of roasted grains, black cherry, terriaki sauce and some bittersweet chocolate. Color is black with a little reddish brown around the edges. Flavor is a little weaker than expected. Lots of burnt flavors, dark roasted coffee, sweet molasses, dark chocolate and a bit of dry bitterness. Little thinner body than expected. Kind of grainy also. Finishes with a lingering roastyness and some more dry bitterness. A pretty darn good impy.
Gregis (1281) - Stilwell, Kansas, USA - JUL 10, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by theisti at the csbosox tasting 7/3. I think that just about everyone at the tasting dug this a lot more than I did. Pours a beautiful black with a creamy, dark brown head. The nose is of dark roasted malts, chocolate and a chemical/plastic note that only I seemed to get from this beer; odd. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a distinctly dry roasted bitterness. The flavor is roasted malt, coffee, some chocolate and that same chemical/solvent/plastic note. Finishes quite dry. Thanks for sharing this one Tim!
shigadeyo (3708) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
6/24/2007: Nøgne Ø Imperial Stout is near black in color and opaque with a lasting, dense, foamy, brown head. The aroma is semi-sweet chocolate, creamy vanilla, and roasted malts. The flavor mostly echoes the aroma with the addition of dark chocolate and some yeastiness. The flavor is dry overall as well as the finish. The body is medium to medium-full. Surprisingly, the <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Beer/nøgne-ø-porter/2 Ø Porter seems to be more complex, better, and more enjoyable that the Imperial Stout...
500 mL bottle (22’ P, 75 IBU, 9.5% Alc/Vol) shared by Rob at the Oatmeal Stout Brewout. Rating #287 for this beer...
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JUL 7, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black color with a tan head. lots of unspecific malt in the aroma, some sweet and some bitter notes. Taste has some dark roasted malts, this is another of a few imperial stouts that have a salty note in there...strange. Finishes nicely without any bitterness or lingering flavours.
Beerdedone (3366) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sampled Pours black with a light tan head. Aroma of strong coffee, roast chocolate, and some dark fruit. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, caramel, and a hint of molasses with a smooth thick, an creamy body. A very good imp stout.
robertjm (885) - Albany, California, USA - JUL 7, 2007
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(bought at Ledger’s Liquors, In Berkeley) Pours a thick, very tall tan head. Does start to fall, but leaves lots of lace on the side of the glass. Absolutely no light penetrates my glass. Nice aroma, reminiscent of Old Rasputin. Flavor is somewhat reminiscent of Old Rasputin too (if you can’t tell, that’s my benchmark for imperial stouts!!). Alcohol taste with lots with a grainy mouthfeel to it. Alcohol and roasted grains/coffe on the palate in the aftertaste. A little too harsh for me. Perhaps not as sweet a finish as Old Rasputin though. Kinda steep for a 550ml bottle ($9!) so I wouldn’t necessarily buy it again, though I’m going to make my way through the other Nogne offerings that Ledger’s brought in, providing they’re still there the next time I try them. ANYONE WHO IS INTERESTED IN THIS CAN EMAIL ME A TRADE FOR SOME OTHER IMPERIAL STOUT OR BARLEYWINE.
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - JUL 4, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Darker and thicker than the porter. Smells like burnt sugar when baking cut out cookies. Tasted malty and thick. Smooth finish. Thanks hopscotch.
tjthresh (1871) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JUL 4, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 or so mL bottle suppied by theisti
Pitch black with a froathy, creamy brown head. The aroma is plenty roasty and cholcolatey. I get a bunch of chocolate. Very chocolatey flavor. Still, alcohol is up front. The hops are fighting to get through. Pretty rich mouthfeel. Thanks Tim.
raymondwave (931) - FINLAND - JUL 1, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow. First imperial stout I’ve had. Very high on alcohol, but it doesn’t push thru. Burnt, but not bitter. Chocolate, but not too sweet. Absolutely full, thick and smooth mouthfeel. Very nicely balanced. Nøgne Ø is starting to be my favorite brewer.