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Brewer: Nøgne Ø

Style: Imperial Stout

ABV: 9% IBU: 75

Serving Type: 16.9 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Price: $9.99 Purchased From: KNB Wine Cellars

From the Nøgne Ø website:

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 localGrimstad water.

Nøgne Ø Imperial Stout is a very drinkable Imperial Stout. I should preface this by warning you that Imperial Stout’s are probably my favorite style of beer. But this was my first time drinking Nøgne Ø’s Imperial Stout (and only my second beer from Nøgne Ø).

Nøgne Ø Imperial Stout is 9% ABV, which is above average for the average beer, but probably below average compared to many other Imperial Stouts. Nøgne Ø Imperial Stout doesn’t have an overwhelming aroma or taste of alcohol that many high ABV beers have.  I poured this from the bottle into a pint glass and it was thick and dark, not quite black but once in the glass it let no light through. There was about an inch worth of light brown head at the top of the glass that dissipated fairly quickly.

It smelled of roasted malt and chocolate. Not much hop aroma and no alcohol coming though. The taste was very balanced, not too much malt, nor too much hops. I started drinking it when it was a little on the cold side, but I could still pick up plenty of chocolate and roasted malt. As it warmed up I tasted some liquorice and the hops came out a little.

I couldn’t smell or taste the alcohol but after half the glass it was obvious that this is a strong beer. It was well carbonated but not over carbonated and had a good thick consistency while I was drinking it.

This is a beer I would certainly drink again and recommend to others. It’s a little on the pricey side, but then again it is a quality beer coming from Europe.