We have come to the last beer in this series of low alcohol beers from Nøgne Ø. The last beer is none other than Nøgne Ø Havrestout, an oatmeal stout. The malts used in this beer are malted barley, malted wheat, malted and flaked oats. Let’s get on with the show!
A black oily pour that creates a brown head. The head leaves some lacing on the glass.
Roasted coffee and some vanilla. Some bitter dark chocolate as well. The aroma is quite complex, but not extreme. A really interesting aroma.
The flavor is much like the aroma. Hints of cold coffee, roasted malt, a tiny bit of caramel sweetness and some bitterness.
The mouth feel is silky smooth, and the gentle carbonation level makes it really pleasant. A tad bit thin, but not to a point where is makes the beer any less enjoyable.
Pretty long finish with roasted malt and dark chocolate.
I would pair this beer with a good powerful meat-based dish. The beer might also be very good to put in a meat-based stew.
Try it with chocolate deserts as well. Or, you could simply pour some beer over a dash of vanilla or chocolate ice cream instead of using a chocolate sauce.
Nøgne Ø themselves say that they tried to make a gentle dark beer because most Norwegians are scared of dark beer. I would say that this beer is much more gentle than it looks.
This was the last beer in this series, and for me one of the best. It’s not as drinkable as perhaps the Nøgne Ø Bitter or Nøgne Ø Wit, but it’s a very enjoyable beer, and it’s pretty complex for such a low ABV beer (4.5%). Score: 3.6/5.