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

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

35 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 6.86%
Wants: 5
Gots: 17 | 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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ToasterChef

Maine

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

11-30-2013 21:48:37 | More by ToasterChef
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

07-30-2014 04:19:01 | More by Root
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bnes09

Illinois

4.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2014 23:09:22 | More by bnes09
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aslamm75

Indiana

4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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





Serving type: bottle

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

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

07-12-2014 01:28:08 | More by visualmartyr
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

05-03-2014 17:44:14 | More by spycow
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District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

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

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

04-13-2014 16:18:13 | More by 22Blue
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California

4/5  rDev -8.5%

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Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +3%

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Delaware

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +3%

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endovelico

Portugal

4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Now and then I'll come across a beer that challenges my thoughts on everything I thought I knew of a given style. To the point that I'm unable to rate it to its own style even if It doesn't in any way stray too far off the existing guidelines. This is one such brew.

What is amazing about this brew is how - as I hinted at above - It's within guidelines, yet still manages to amaze you as it tweaks its profile in all the several available spectrums to create something that feels truly unique. To make matters more confusing, this is a 16% brew we're talking about, and by all accounts it's one of the most drinkable IRS I remember having.

The nose is subdued, muted almost with dark fruit, praline and fusel like notes protruding through.

The taste a bit more intense and doesn't really follow on the nose with its own woody, coffee and smoky notes dominating.

The palate is even more intense, with robust (but not cloying) sweetness, slight smoky twang, the softest carbonation and just a great coating texture wrapping everything up neatly. The ABV? Remarkably illusive.

Overall, while this isn't a beer for every drinker or occasion - even if I think that for a beer this big It's probably as consensual a beer as you'll ever get - It's so unique and powerful that I would probably rank this - bar a few very select quads - as one of the best desert beers I have ever had, surely the best desert IRS.

Come to think of it, a Quad IRS IS probably the best short-cut way to describe this. Anyway, I digress... Fantastic beer and the best collaboration brew I have ever had most likely.

Serving type: bottle

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Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

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largadeer

California

4/5  rDev -8.5%

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

Romania

4.5/5  rDev +3%

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Romania

4.5/5  rDev +3%

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Misanthropy_Sipping

Nebraska

5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'll just point this out right now... I would buy this again... even at the big price for a little over 8oz.

Appearance... black with very thin bands around the rim that are reminiscent of molasses and chestnut hues. Very little to no head, but just as expected for such a high ABV beer. Carbonation has a milk chocolate tone to it. Just as expected and just as hoped for.

Smell. What a blast! Rich, dark, fudgey chocolate. Charred wood and coffee, hints of molasses, caramel, smoke, fermented cherries, almost wine-like. A touch of vanilla and prunes. Quite boozy. I could crawl into this glass and just live for awhile just by the smell alone.

Taste... ahhh yeah. The taste. This is great. This is so big and out of control and wonderful. The chocolate is a bit more dry to the taste but is all the way there in it's rich dark cocoa nib flavor. The coffee is pretty present but is not bashing around. The coffee lends to a gentle smoke tone that really helps bring out the citrus tones of the hops. The charred wood is present with the smoke. The wine like tones are there with the dark cherry and prunes. The vanilla is slipped in there. Just a hint of dry caramel and herbal accents. It has a brown sugar sweetness. The sweetness is no cloying either... it is just all out tasty.

Mouthfeel is heavy but not thick. The booze scours and the hops help dry it up and keep it from being sticky and too oily. It is a bit oily but the mouthfeel is all just so well in balance with the sweetness on this. I'm loving this beer.

If you like Imperial Stouts, this is an unusual and powerful experience. I've had a few similar brews but they have been few and far between. It definitely is one of a kind. Find it! Try it! I will say this one more time... I'd buy another myself, even at the high cost.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 02:41:07 | More by Misanthropy_Sipping
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Damian

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 12:46:28 | More by Damian
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afsdan

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3%

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ystazi

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3%

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Horizon Tokyo Black from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
94 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.