Horizon Tokyo Black - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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Reviews by endovelico:
4.54/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
04-07-2014 23:50:24 | More by endovelico
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.