Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Nøgne Ø Imperial Stout

Happy Holidays from the Stout Man!

Nøgne Ø Imperial Stout is a big imperial stout that pours dark as midnight in a blackout. It's brewed by Nøgne Ø, out of Grimstad, Norway. It's sold in bold 500mL bottles and clocks in at a no nonsense 9% alcohol. The bottle says 75 IBUs, which makes this big fella really bitter for a stout.

The black beer is topped with a very thick tan head. After pouring it into a glass, I noticed a slight sludgy residue left in the bottle. The aroma is resplendent with cocoa notes. The Nøgne Ø Imperial Stout is a chocolatey brew, with some semi-sweetness at the front end, and lots of smouldering bitterness toward the finish. For a brew with 9% alcohol pop, the booze is dangerously well masked.

For all of its bombast, this imperial stout has chocolate to spare. Its cacao qualities combined with the impactful bitterness make it a winner. This is a serious beer.  It you're into big, brutish booze bombs, and powerful, unapologetic stouts, than the Nøgne Ø Imperial Stout is for you.  If you're a bit more timid in your beer selections, maybe leave this one on the shelf.

Rating: 9.0 out of 10.

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