Horizon Tokyo Black - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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Reviews by MaximalC:
4.45/5 rDev +1.6%
Pours nearly black with a modest head of mocha foam that soon dissipates into a thin ring. Complex aroma smells of roasted malt, espresso, molasses, dark fruit, anise, and booze. The booze is actually fairly muted in the aroma considering this beer is a whopping 16% ABV.
As far as the taste goes: I am in flavor country... The alcohol delivers a dextrous numbing at first blush, followed by a wave of molasses and dark fruit, including currants and plums. Woody notes creep up in the middle to nice effect, while the faintest whiffs of dark chocolate may lurk beneath the sweet, boozy backbone. The finish is just sublime--full and robust, it envelopes the palate in a boozy haze somewhere between bourbon and red wine--and it nearly doesn't go away. While the alcohol is definitely present, it's deftly integrated and a vital component of the experience. I've had far weaker beers that taste caustic by comparison. The body is medium-light and the mouthfeel is slick and smooth, yet slightly sticky.
Overall, this is a nearly faultless imperial stout. It's smooth, rich, warming, and delivers a finish that is second to none. If I had to choose one flaw, it's that the bottle only holds 8.5 ounces of the stuff. If you don't like this stout, you probably don't like stouts.
02-20-2014 02:38:02 | More by MaximalC
More User Reviews:
4.26/5 rDev -2.7%
Poured into snifter from 8.5 oz bottle
A - beautiful jet black serum. Minimal caramel-colored head with very slight lacing. About what I was hoping it looked like.
S - dark chocolate mixed with some semi-sweet choc. Nice slight alcohol presence in yhe nose but not as much as you would think for a 16% abv beer. Slight, really very little but still there, sharpie smell.
T - really strong roasted malt going on. Getting a bit of charred oak as well. The chocolate is still present too along with a coffee ground flavor. Alcohol is very well hidden given the amount in this brew. A very slight hop bitterness on tge back end of the sip.
M - medium-bodied with little carb punch. Not as syrupy as I would've thought ghis to be. Goes down relatively smooth for the boozy beast it is.
O - really glad I grabbed this one. Not something I would drink often bc of the price point ($15 for 8.5 oz) but definitely satisfying nonetheless. Overall, super nice imperial stout.
02-14-2014 22:45:10 | More by JamesStreet
4.2/5 rDev -4.1%
Drank from an 8.5 fl oz/0.25l bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
Brewed: 29.11.12/Batch nr.: 894/895
Served in a snifter
The beer poured jet black. Thick and viscous, like motor oil. A super tight and creamy, one-finger tall crown of caramel colored froth topped the liquid. Tiny droplets of lacing trickled down the glass. The head eventually faded to a mass of foam that later turned into a thick, bubbly ring. Quite an impressive head with solid retention for a beer of this magnitude.
Smokey notes dominated the nose. Peat smoked malts were apparent. Super boozy and almost fusel-like. Lots of char and ash. Quite woody. Touch of fruity sweetness. I thought I picked up some plastic notes as well. As the beer warmed, the smokey, peaty notes intensified.
The flavor profile was much smoother and more rounded than the aroma. Boatloads of roasted malts came through on the front end. Strong dark fruit notes. Plums and raisins were most noticeable. Lots of brown sugar sweetness. Like the nose, the flavor profile was super smoky and peaty. It definitely tasted like this beer had been aged in single malt Scotch barrels. There was a moderately boozy kick on the finish but, considering the ABV, it was surprisingly subtle. Char-like notes came through as well.
On the palate, this 16% ABV imperial stout was far thinner than I anticipated. The slick, oily liquid contained an ultra fine and mild carbonation that made the beer seem slightly creamy once it settled.
While Horizon Tokyo Black may have had a less than stellar aroma and mouthfeel, the flavor profile was amazingly smoky and complex yet very well balanced. I am astonished by how well this beer masked its amazingly high ABV. Despite the steep ($14) price tag, this is worth the splurge. I would love the opportunity to one day sample the different variations on this beer.
03-22-2014 12:46:28 | More by Damian
4.23/5 rDev -3.4%
Color: deep black
Aroma: faint, subtle coffee and chocolate
Taste: similar to above, I can definitely taste the Tokyo. This beer is a little "hot" and will likley get better with time.
Mouthfeel: smooth, a little bit too carbonated
07-20-2014 02:11:22 | More by aslamm75
4.39/5 rDev +0.2%
A: Jet black, fine spotty khaki head
S: Raisins, booze, chocolate
T: More of the raisins and chocolate from the nose but with the addition of coffee and a really nice bitterness. I think the bitterness is what rounds this beer out and takes it from good to great. Nowhere near the amount of alcohol heat I expected - far smoother than Black Tuesday or World Wide Stout for comparison.
M: Thick as you'd expect but not too thick to where its syrupy
O: As I was writing this review, I realized how much I really liked this beer. I bought it expecting a good beer, maybe something a little different but damn! This is a really solid, totally delicious RIS.
08-13-2014 04:09:11 | More by anteater
4.41/5 rDev +0.7%
Deep, jet black and perfectly opaque. Thin, copper colored head on the pour with weak retention. Understandable though considering the strength of this beer.
Dark aroma of pork sausage smoked over maple wood. Espresso and wheat notes.
Black currants and burnt molasses provide mildly sweet flavors. Definitely a burnt malt quality on the palate. Toasty and smoked flavors follow the nose. Smooth wood flavor. Also, an assertive, earthy and herbal hop presence. Great balance between malt and hop flavors. Leaving toward bitter in the end. Strong boozy finish. As it warms the beer develops added cocoa and dark fruit notes with a smoother overall character.
Dense, full body. Slightly sticky feel. Surprisingly well carbonated.
Highly complex and tasty. Different from any other beer I have had.
07-23-2014 23:09:22 | More by bnes09
Horizon Tokyo Black from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
95 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.