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

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42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 6.62%
Wants: 5
Gots: 18 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S visit their website
Norway

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  16.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 11-23-2013)
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Reviews by MaximalC:
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MaximalC

Illinois

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:
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JamesStreet

Louisiana

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
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Ciocanelu

Romania

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

04-04-2014 21:46:30 | More by Ciocanelu
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freewill35

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

04-13-2014 00:14:19 | More by freewill35
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blindpiggie

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -3%

03-04-2014 02:49:20 | More by blindpiggie
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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev -8.7%

05-15-2014 07:28:15 | More by GRG1313
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hockeypuck

Maine

4.25/5  rDev -3%

12-15-2013 04:32:18 | More by hockeypuck
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largadeer

California

4/5  rDev -8.7%

04-05-2014 09:36:57 | More by largadeer
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cfaulman

Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

08-08-2014 22:00:13 | More by cfaulman
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ystazi

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

03-09-2014 02:35:46 | More by ystazi
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sia478

Washington

5/5  rDev +14.2%

02-19-2014 02:24:44 | More by sia478
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jgammoniv

Maine

4.25/5  rDev -3%

12-20-2013 15:33:10 | More by jgammoniv
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random846

California

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

02-21-2014 07:50:22 | More by random846
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

04-30-2014 17:21:58 | More by nmann08
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mikeincharleston

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -8.7%

08-05-2014 15:23:38 | More by mikeincharleston
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Damian

Massachusetts

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
#:05744
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
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aslamm75

Indiana

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
Overall: 4.3

07-20-2014 02:11:22 | More by aslamm75
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leitmotif

Romania

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

04-04-2014 19:14:53 | More by leitmotif
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ToasterChef

Maine

4.25/5  rDev -3%

11-30-2013 21:48:37 | More by ToasterChef
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kybeerdrinker

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

08-05-2014 01:27:35 | More by kybeerdrinker
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JohnParadee

Delaware

4.25/5  rDev -3%

04-11-2014 12:33:49 | More by JohnParadee
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8.7%

05-03-2014 17:44:14 | More by spycow
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shiggins22

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

08-14-2014 20:42:25 | More by shiggins22
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anteater

Oregon

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
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bnes09

Illinois

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
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Horizon Tokyo Black from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
95 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.