Nøgne Ø Porter
Norway’s first microbrewery for creative brewing, the name, Nøgne Ø, derives from the first two lines of the famous poem Terje Vigen by Henrik Ibsen.
Kjetil Jikiun, brewer at Nøgne-Ø Brewery is a proponent for bold brewing styles. Their subtitle is Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri, or “The Uncompromising Brewery.” They only brew top-fermented and bottle conditioned beers.
Ingredients: Maris Otter, Munich, caramel, black malt, and chocolate malt; Centennial and Northern Brewer hops; English ale yeast, and our local Grimstad water.
Try with dark chocolate, cheese, or red meat dishes.
Pours out a dark brown to almost black. There's a slight twang sour smell, along with some roastiness.
Burnt coffee and dried fruit come through. There's a rich malty goodness and nice warming quality, perhaps from the chocolate malts. Also tasted is light caramel, mild English yeast and slight licorice flavor.
The hops presence is mild but exactly where it should be for the style. It's medium bodied, smooth and clean in the mouth. Overall, a very nice porter - one that I'll happily try again.
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