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Old 04-27-2009, 01:34 AM   #1
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Default Nøgne Ø Porter (a new favorite!)

I only tried this beer because of my Norwegian heritage. It was expensive, and I didn't have high hopes. But...

Holy crap is this good beer! It arrived in a 16.9 oz bottle with a funky looking black label with purple lettering. The pour was deep brown with a nice tan head. At 7% ABV, it's a big beer, but it's also extremely complex in flavor. Ripe cherries, roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, and a hint of American hops...INTENSE!!! I was surprised to see Centennial and Northern Brewer hops listed on the bottle, but apparently the Norwegian homebrewer who started the brewery was inspired by the American craft brew industry.

The website gives a brief description of the beer, along with a rather complete ingredients list:

16.5° P, 30 IBU, 7% ALC/VOL.

In this quite dark ale, dark malts provide flavors of coffee and dried fruit. Recommended serving temperature 10°C/50°F. Try with dark chocolate, cheese, or red meat dishes

Ingredients: Maris Otter, Munich, caramel, black malt, and chocolate malt; Centennial and Northern Brewer hops; English ale yeast, and our local Grimstad water.




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A clone of this beer may be the brew hut's inaugural brew.

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Old 04-27-2009, 01:47 AM   #2
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Glad to hear about it! I had been curious about Nogne for a while after reading about teaming with (Stone?) other breweries.

I may have to seek some out. I love stouts...

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Old 04-27-2009, 02:21 AM   #3
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I've been tempted to try their beers as well due to Norwegian heritage. But the price has deterred me so far. Maybe I'll break down this weekend and give it a try.

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Old 04-27-2009, 10:16 AM   #4
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Great beer from a really good brewery.

For anyone in the Phila metro, there is going to be a draft event @ Monks:

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Meet The Brewer - Nøgne Ø
Tuesday, April 28, 2009 5:30-7:30PM cash bar

Meet Kjetil Jikiun, brewer of amazing beers from Norway. Nøgne Ø is rated as one of the top breweries in the Scandinavian countries. We'll debut their draft beer in America and we'll be offering all their beers by the glass & bottle. Meet the man behind these legendary beers. This event will rock! DO NOT MISS THIS!!
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Old 04-27-2009, 11:17 AM   #5
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I would love to try it, but I wouldn't know what to ask for. "Noonyeh Ooo?" "Nawgneh Oh?"

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Old 04-27-2009, 05:30 PM   #6
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I've had the porter, imperial stout, winter ale, peculiar yule, pale ale, and the brown. Oh, and the collaboration with Stone/Jolly Pumpkin. None of their beers disappoint, and their Imperial stout and the winter ale stand out as favorites. I'm looking forward to the two new batches of the collaboration with Stone. One was just brewed at JP, and will be in barrels until the end of 2010.

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I would love to try it, but I wouldn't know what to ask for. "Noonyeh Ooo?" "Nawgneh Oh?"
I just say Nawgneh because I don't know that anyone at my local bar (or at Bev Mo where I found their holiday beer) has any clue either.
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It's pronounced "Nuhgna uh" (As in "Upper") Meaning "Naked Island" in Norwegian.

It's one of my favourites too. But as you say it's very expensive, even here in Norway.

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Old 05-08-2009, 05:30 AM   #9
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if you get a chance check out their 1st or 2nd edition dark horizon's. They are huge RIS's, and have a price to match. However I got the opportunity to sample both of them side by side and they were amazing. Super complex RIS, and different than the large RIS and double imperial stouts you find from US craft brewers.

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Old 06-02-2009, 01:25 PM   #10
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The porter actually won 1st place in the robust porter category at world beer awards or championship or what it's called again. I have the recipe, though. Got it from a friend of the brewer, but I'm not sure whether he'd like that I give it away. But PM me and I can share it. Lovely porter.

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