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

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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 7
Gots: 28 | FT: 3
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Norway

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  16.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: MasterSki on 11-23-2013)
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Reviews by endovelico:
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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.

endovelico, Apr 08, 2014
More User Reviews:
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

t2grogan, Oct 08, 2014
Photo of JamesStreet
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.

JamesStreet, Feb 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Ciocanelu, Apr 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

freewill35, Apr 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

blindpiggie, Mar 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

GRG1313, May 15, 2014
Photo of Treyliff
4.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #800
Bottled 11/29/12, batch 894/895
Poured into a snifter

A- pours an opaque jet black color with a small fizzy khaki colored head that reduces quickly, leaving just a ring behind, lots of alcohol legs

S- heavy roasted malt aroma up front gives note of charcoal, campfire, smoked wood, bitter dark chocolate and a hint of coffee. Sweet aromas of molasses, caramel/toffee, burnt brown sugar, fermented black cherries & figs & licorice. Herbal/earthy/woodsy notes close it out

T- big smoky charred malt flavors mesh with deep dark chocolate, molasses, melted toffee, coffee & wood smoke. Among all of these bold flavors, a district sour, almost tartness breaks through with strong flavors of dark cherry & blueberry, providing an almost vinous-like quality. As it closes out, more chocolate kicks in with a hint of sugared smoked meat

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel, with a smooth slightly warming finish, ABV is hidden quite well for 16%

O- a big boozy sipper that surprisingly stays within the parameters of the style. More and more flavors continue to pop out as it warms, a treat that is to be sipped and savored

Treyliff, Sep 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

hockeypuck, Dec 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

largadeer, Apr 05, 2014
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4.96/5  rDev +12.5%

Rwalford74, Sep 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

cfaulman, Aug 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

ystazi, Mar 09, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

sia478, Feb 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

jgammoniv, Dec 20, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

random846, Feb 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -15%

nmann08, Apr 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

mikeincharleston, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of Damian
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.

Damian, Mar 22, 2014
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4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
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

aslamm75, Jul 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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