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

Horizon Tokyo BlackHorizon Tokyo Black

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

26 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 26
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 6.58%


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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Maine

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

11-30-2013 21:48:37 | More by ToasterChef
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04-13-2014 16:18:13 | More by 22Blue
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

04-08-2014 04:04:44 | More by camartin27
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endovelico

Portugal

4.54/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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04-07-2014 23:50:24 | More by endovelico
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Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -15%

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California

4/5  rDev -9.3%

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Romania

4.5/5  rDev +2%

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Romania

4.5/5  rDev +2%

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

Nebraska

5/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
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

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03-21-2014 01:58:44 | More by afsdan
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Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +2%

03-10-2014 01:42:34 | More by ToddHolder
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Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +2%

03-09-2014 02:35:46 | More by ystazi
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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

Colorado

4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Jet black body with a thin but lasting light tan head. Strong roasted grain, cocoa and bitter chocolate, and coffee aroma. Flavor and feel exudes richness and depth that mimic the aroma along with some estery hints of dates and figs; subdued alcohol heat and well ingrained hop bitterness incorporated in the taste; heavy mouthfeel, smooth and velvety.

This is my kind of collaboration, especially for a powerhouse style like a Russian imperial stout. What's truly amazing is how well restrained the ABV (16.0%) comes across. You could almost call this an imperial Russian imperial stout (IRIS) with this kind of ABV, yet the charm and warmth of the dark roasted grains remains the high point. Yeah, I nearly moan with ecstasy with this one...

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 23:53:50 | More by beergoot
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 02:38:02 | More by MaximalC
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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Louisiana

4.26/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 22:45:10 | More by JamesStreet
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.26/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

heck of a blend here, really fantastic beer. thanks, it should almost be implied, to drlovemd87 for buying this one and opening it up midday. surprised it has so few reviews, i know its relatively new, but maybe the steep price is keeping people away. jet over 8 ounces of beer for 17 bucks makes this about as expensive as the calvados weasel was, but worth it. well presented in a little black box that tells the story of this 3 way blend. the color is dark, but the texture is not as dense as i thought it might be. minimal head, but the nose is unreal. tons of chocolate, both raw cocoa and milk chocolate are present in the aroma. i get basically no alcohol either, which is insane for 16% abv. it drinks real smooth, without a ton of bitterness in the flavor, which i expected. also none of the sharpie marker notes that mikkellers black was plagued with, making it tough to drink, this is scary easy drinking. mild coffee notes do give some bite to the finish, which is otherwise profoundly gentle for such a monster beer. i love these blends, and i love the collaborators on this one. each beer brings something unique to the mix, and the blend is dialed in to showcase all three beers working in tandem. lots of body but not super thick, this feels great going down, and an invisible 16% abv is a testament to the craftsmanship of this one. worth the money in my opinion to try something this unique and this well done.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 00:52:40 | More by StonedTrippin
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Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

01-16-2014 23:30:07 | More by srgj88
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Maine

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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Horizon Tokyo Black from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
94 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.