Yet another Nøgne Ø review! This time it’s a barrel aged version of their lovely Imperial Stout, aged in Cognac barrels. I’m a sucker for barrel aged beers so I’m really excited about popping this one. The beer comes in a lovely little .25 bottle, which is probably enough considering the ABV of 9%.
Pitch black pour with a dark brown fizzy head. The beer has a certain oily look when poured. I can’t wait to taste this one!
There are some strong roasted notes in the aroma. It’s a bit smoky and has some hints of alcohol and cocoa as well.
As the temperature rises there are some clear hints of the barrel aging. I’m getting more a hint of oak than a smell of cognac though.
The flavor is pretty much as expected from the aroma, but with a stronger taste of cognac. The beer has a very complex flavor profile and is very well balanced. I’m not getting any hints of alcohol at all in the flavor.
The mouth feel is oily and smooth and the carbonation level is quite low. The beer feels silky smooth!
This is a pretty big beer with regards to aromas, flavors and alcohol and should be savored for a good while.
Long finish with hints of cocoa, alcohol and wood.
What a lovely complex and balanced beer. I usually love barrel aged beers and this one is no exception. Absolutely stunning. Score: 4.9/5. The reason I won’t give it a flat 5 is because of the hints of alcohol in the aroma that tend to get a bit too much. But just a tiny little bit though. But come on, 4.9, not that bad?!
I picked up this bottle at Vinmonopolet Vika. As far as I know it’s sold out so you have to visit some bars/pubs with a decent selection of bottled beers to be able to get a hold of it. I have some more that I’ll cellar for a while so check back later for another review.