Beer #177 Nøgne Ø Imperial Stout

Nøgne Ø Imperial Stout (Note:the lettering should be purple, but the flash turned it blue)

Name: Imperial Stout

Style:  Russian Imperial Stout

Brewery:  Nøgne Ø Det Kompromisslose Bryggeri A/S website

Country: Norway

Region:   Grimstad

ABV: 9.0% abv

How served:  500ml capped bottle poured into a Dogfish Head snifter.    

My Overall Opinion:  Very Good

I paired this beer with:   Nothing.

Tasted on:  Wednesday July 13, 2011  

Notes: 

This beer pours out a thick hazy dark brown to black with a large billowing tan head which left a nice lacing on my glass.    

The nose is heavy with roasted coffee, roasted malt and dark chocolate and a bit of smoke.   

The taste is of bitter dark chocolate, coffee, licorice and sweet molasses with a dry finish.

This beer has a thick, chewy and creamy mouthfeel with a perfect level of carbonation for the style.      

The drinkability was very good, with a nice level of warmth from the alcohol.

Overall this is a very delicious beer, but it is better off drunk in the wintertime instead of the middle of July, or maybe I should have turned my a/c down to 60 degrees.

On the LabelA rich, dark ale in which a generous sweetness perfectly balanced roasted malt bitterness.  Serving temp 10°C/50°F.  Great with vanilla ice cream or dark chocolate.  Ingredients: Maris Otter-, Munich-, crystal-, chocolate-, black-, oat-, wheat-malt and roasted barley.  Columbus hops, English ale yeast and our local Grimstad water.

“The name Nøgne Ø means “naked island”, a poetic term used by Henrik Ibsen to describe any of the countless stark, barren outcroppings that are visible in the rough seas off Norway’s southern coast, where the brewery sits. The founders gave Nøgne Ø a subtitle- “ The Uncompromising Brewery” – a plain statement of their mission to make ales of personality and individuality Brewing in traditional styles, but thoroughly inspired by the boldness of American brewing these Norwegian brewers fearlessly chart their own course.

From their website:   IMPERIAL STOUT 23°P,75 IBU, 9% ALC/VOL

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.

Beer # 74 Nøgne Ø Brown Ale

Nøgne Ø Brown Ale

Name: Brown Ale

Style:  English Brown Ale

Brewery: Nøgne Ø Det Kompromisslose Bryggeri A/S website

Country: Norway

Region:  Grimstad

ABV: 4.50% Abv

How served: 500ml capped bottle poured into a Kastaar glass.      

My Overall Opinion: Good.

I paired this beer with: Publix lemon roasted chicken aka chicken in a box. 

Tasted on:  Thursday February 11, 2010.

Note:  This brown ale like most brown ales has the ability to be a fine session beer.   This one had a pleasant & mellow sweetness.  If you enjoy a brown ale, be sure to try Brown Ale by Nøgne Ø.

On the Label:  “The name Nøgne Ø means “naked island”, a poetic term used by Henrik Ibsen to describe any of the countless stark, barren outcroppings that are visible in the rough seas off Norway’s southern coast, where the brewery sits.  The founders gave Nøgne Ø a subtitle- “ The Uncompromising Brewery” – a plain statement of their mission to make ales of personality and individuality Brewing in traditional styles, but thoroughly inspired by the boldness of American brewing these Norwegian brewers fearlessly chart their own course.

From their website:  BROWN ALE 11°P, 27 IBU, 4,5% ALC/VOL

A dark brown English ale, in which classic English malts meet the spicy hoppiness of the new world.  Recommended serving temperature 8°C/45°F. Goes very well with ‘pub grub.’ 

Ingredients: Maris Otter, wheat, chocolate, brown, amber, and caramel malt; Crystal hops; English ale yeast, and our local Grimstad water.

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Beer #60 Special Holiday Ale

Nøgne Ø Special Holiday Ale in collaboration with Jolly Pumpkin & Stone Brewing

Name:  Special Holiday Ale

Style:   Winter Warmer

Brewery: Nøgne Ø & Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales & Stone Brewing Co.  website

Country: Norway

Region:  Grimstad

ABV: 8.50%

How served: 500ml capped bottle poured into a La Mère Noël glass.     

My Overall Opinion: Good.

I paired this beer with: a NY Giant blow-out win over the Washington Redskins on MNF!!

Tasted on: Monday December 21, 2009.

Note: This was brewed only once.  It was bottled and brewed by Nøgne Ø.    This was their 2nd collaboration of these 3 brewers on a holiday ale.   I really tried to like this beer, but it was just a tad bit over spiced for my taste buds.   If you like juniper berries, well then you would love this beer.

On their label: This is the second release of Special Holiday Ale, which was first brewed in San Diego in 2008.  Each brew is following the same recipe, including Michigan chestnuts, white sage from southern California and Norwegian juniper berries, but differences in brewing and aging practices produce different beers. Cheers to being different!  Skål!

This is one of my “bonus” christmas beers.  Cheers!!!!!

Beer #44 Underlig Jul aka Nøgne Ø Peculiar Yule

Nøgne Ø Peculiar Yule

Name: Nøgne Ø Peculiar Yule (aka Underlig Jul)

Style: Spiced Beer.

Brewery: Nøgne Ø Det Kompromisslose Bryggeri A/S website

Country: Norway

Region:  Grimstad

ABV: 6.30%

How served: 500ml capped bottle poured into a Ommegang glass.     

My Overall Opinion: Very Good

I paired this beer with: Chicken baked with Greek dressing, spinach & mushrooms.

Tasted on: Tuesday December 08, 2009

Note: This was a very tasty beer. The spices were well balanced and were neither over nor under whelming.  Find this during the holiday season and enjoy it with dinner, dessert or by itself. I enjoyed this more than the Nøgne Ø Winter Ale.

From the Bottle Label : “This holiday ale draws it inspiration from Glögg, a Norwegian spiced beverage enjoyed hot in winter.  Like Glögg, it goes well with nuts, dried fruit or cookies, but we recommend serving Peculiar Yule at a proper cellar temperature of 55F.  Ingredients: Maris Otter, Munich, chocolate and crystal malt; Chinook and Cascade hops; ginger, coriander, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, English ale yeast, and our local Grimstad water”

“The name Nøgne Ø means “naked island”, a poetic term used by Henrik Ibsen to describe any of the countless stark, barren outcroppings that are visible in the rough seas off Norway’s southern coast, where the brewery sits.  The founders gave Nøgne Ø a subtitle- “ The Uncompromising Brewery” – a plain statement of their mission to make ales of personality and individuality Brewing in traditional styles, but thoroughly inspired by the boldness of American brewing these Norwegian brewers fearlessly chart their own course.”

From their website: UNDERLIG JUL 15°P, 30 IBU, 6.5 ALC/VOL

The name of this beer is “Peculiar Christmas” in english. This spiced Christmas ale is strange – and indeed a fusion beer.  We have gathered inspiration from the Norwegian drink “gløgg”, and as such this is quite an uncompromising brew.  Best served with “goro” and “fattigmann”.  Recommended serving temperature 10°C/50°F, but you are free to try on higher temperatures….   

Ingredients:  Maris Otter, Munich, caramel, and chocolate malt; Columbus and Cascade hops; 5 different spices, English ale yeast, and our local Grimstad water

This is the 13th of my daily Christmas/Winter beers which I will be having until Christmas.  There are now only 16 more beers until Christmas!

Beer #38 God Jul aka Nøgne Ø Winter Ale

Nøgne Ø Winter Ale (aka God Jul)

Name: Winter Ale (aka God Jul)

Style: English Porter

Brewery: Nøgne Ø Det Kompromisslose Bryggeri A/S  website

Country: Norway

Region:  Grimstad

ABV: 8.5%

How served: 500ml capped bottle poured into a Troubadour glass.     

My Overall Opinion: Very Good

I paired this beer with: my favorite thing to pair with beer, Assortment of cheeses and hard sausage.   

Tasted on: Wednesday December 02, 2009

Note: Wow, I really liked this beer.  It is not the best in the world, I know I have had better x-mas/winter brew, but this is a very good x-mas beer.  I say stock up on this one.

 This is the 7th of my daily Christmas/Winter beers which I will be having until Christmas.  There are now only 22 more beers until Christmas!

 “The name Nøgne Ø means “naked island”, a poetic term used by Henrik Ibsen to describe any of the countless stark, barren outcroppings that are visible in the rough seas off Norway’s southern coast, where the brewery sits.  The founders gave Nøgne Ø a subtitle- “ The Uncompromising Brewery” – a plain statement of their mission to make ales of personality and individuality Brewing in traditional styles, but thoroughly inspired by the boldness of American brewing these Norwegian brewers fearlessly chart their own course.”

 From their website: GOD JUL  19°P, 30 IBU, 8.5 % ALC/VOL

A dark ale brewed specially for the Christmas season, with a rich, complex taste of caramel. This is a strong, dark and rather sweet Christmas Beer – just the way we think a Christmas beer should be. 

Recommended serving temperature 12°C/53°F.  Great with cheese or nuts. 

 Ingredients:Lager, Munich, caramel, black, and chocolate malt; Chinook, Columbus, and Centennial hops; English ale yeast, and our local Grimstad water.

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