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Horizon Tokyo Black - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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69 Ratings
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 8
Gots: 32 | FT: 3
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Norway

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  16.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 11-23-2013)
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4.11/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of kojevergas
3.55/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

"Horizon Tokyo Black."

BOTTLE: .25L brown glass. Branded pry-off pressure cap. Comes packaged in a sleek cardboard box redolent of fine whiskey packaging. Imported by the Shelton Bastards. #05509. Batch 894/895. Brewed 29.11.12.

Live ale. 100 IBU. 16% ABV. Served cold into a snifter at high altitude in Castle Rock, CO. Reviewed live as an imperial stout.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1.5 fingers wide. Dark chocolatey tan colour. Good creaminess and thickness, with a soft-looking even consistency and a nice complexion. It retains quite well considering its high ABV - easily 1.5 minutes, leaving no lacing.

BODY: Opaque solid ink-black. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible. Decadent and luxurious.

Appears aptly carbonated. It's a good looking imperial stout. I can't wait to try it.

AROMA: Fudge. Rich chocolate. Chocolate malts. Dark malts. Cream. Cocoa. Caramel. Marshmallow.

It's not too sweet, and the alcohol is surprisingly well disguised.

Any roasted barley is buried beneath the malts.

It's a pleasant inviting aroma with mild aromatic intensity, but I find myself wondering why it isn't more rich or evocative given the intricate brews it's a blend of. In spite of its 100 IBUs, I find no detectable hop profile.

TASTE: Fudge-like and sweet, with plenty of milk and dark chocolate tones throughout. The sweetness helps tame the harsh acrid bitterness Mikkeller's Black contributes, and mutes the alcohol warmth; I'd never guess this was 16% if I tried it blind. Surprisingly, I do pick up on some faint hop character - a dank cannabis-like resin note. Complementary notes of cream, caramel, and baker's chocolate lend it still more intricacy. Hints of molasses. A fleeting hint of peat. Mild charred and burnt characteristics.

To my surprise, I can't find any dark fruit or coffee. The chocolate dominates.

Ultimately, while it's absolutely a complex beer, I don't find much nuance, and I expected a lot more intricacy and depth given its three constituents. I do like it, and it satisfies my imperial stout itch, but it leaves something to be desired. Surprisingly, they managed to address the issues I had with Mikkeller Black - a beer I was not at all a fan of. Balanced but not quite gestalt. I think any blend (or in this case, interpolaton) is unlikely to taste like a cohesive whole, but this does.

Above average flavour duration and intensity.

TEXTURE: About as syrupy as a beer can tolerably be, and as full-bodied, thick, and viscous as you'd expect. It's dessert-like, smooth, and wet, with an apt carbonation and a soft gooey feel. Not too chewy. It hides its alcohol surprisingly well, but make no mistake - this is very much a sipper.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, or rough.

OVERALL: Drinkable, sure, but it's not something you gulp down. I'm glad the bottle size is reasonable, and would like to see more breweries put their imperial stouts in smaller formats. Its sweetness does start to get to me the more I drink, but overall it's a very satisfying dessert brew. I did hope for better given the breweries (and beers) involved, but it's an enjoyable treat with lots of intriguing fudge character.

Low B

Photo of Gasc0igne
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Obsidian in the glass, red hue on the very edge with an inch of tanned head that recedes relatively quickly to a simple and clean ring around the edge of the beer. The alcohol gives this beast terrifying spider alcohol legs, amazing lacing.

Huge chocolate on the nose and a big hit of roast. Some alcohol noticeable. Unmistakable dark fruit presence. Not very interesting.

Following the nose with a huge chocolate front. Syrupy-sweet. Harsh transition to a bitter dark chocolate with very noticeable alcohol. Ends with alcohol heat and a sweet-yet-funky fruitiness.

Full bodied. Low carbonation, a bit drying (from aclo?). Sticky.

A solid Russian Imperial Stout but not the standout I was hoping for.

Photo of Shawner
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of bluejacket74
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

250 ml bottle, brewed 29.11.12, Batch # 894/895. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a 1/4 inch tan head that fizzled away quickly. Pretty much no lacing at all. The brew smells like molasses, roasted malt, dark fruit, bittersweet chocolate and some smoke. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some woody earthiness, coffee, milk chocolate and charred/burnt malt noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's coating and a bit creamy with moderate carbonation. It's also smooth and easy enough to drink. For a beer that's 16% ABV, the alcohol is very well hidden! I liked this brew, my only complaint is with the small bottle, I just wish this came in a bigger size (330 or 375 ml maybe?). Definitely worth a try!

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4.44/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -20.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.8/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of andyroo0810
5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.99/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Horizon Tokyo Black has a thin, tan head, a very dark brown (just say "black") appearance, and a few little splotches of lacing left on the glass. The aroma is very, very strong- peat moss, charcoal, smoke, dark-roasted malt, chocolate, black cherries, and malt. Taste is of all that, plus straight-up alcohol, black syrup, the darkest-brown sugar, black bread, elevated (but, not harsh) bitterness, and menthol. Mouthfeel is heavy, syrupy, and stinging. Horizon Tokyo Black finishes boozy and strong.

RJT

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.18/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.14/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Treyliff
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #800
Bottled 11/29/12, batch 894/895
Poured into a snifter

A- pours an opaque jet black color with a small fizzy khaki colored head that reduces quickly, leaving just a ring behind, lots of alcohol legs

S- heavy roasted malt aroma up front gives note of charcoal, campfire, smoked wood, bitter dark chocolate and a hint of coffee. Sweet aromas of molasses, caramel/toffee, burnt brown sugar, fermented black cherries & figs & licorice. Herbal/earthy/woodsy notes close it out

T- big smoky charred malt flavors mesh with deep dark chocolate, molasses, melted toffee, coffee & wood smoke. Among all of these bold flavors, a district sour, almost tartness breaks through with strong flavors of dark cherry & blueberry, providing an almost vinous-like quality. As it closes out, more chocolate kicks in with a hint of sugared smoked meat

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel, with a smooth slightly warming finish, ABV is hidden quite well for 16%

O- a big boozy sipper that surprisingly stays within the parameters of the style. More and more flavors continue to pop out as it warms, a treat that is to be sipped and savored

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4.96/5  rDev +13%

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4.74/5  rDev +8%

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Horizon Tokyo Black from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
96 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.