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Dark Horizon 1st Edition - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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132 Ratings

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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 7.66%
Wants: 129
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S visit their website

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  16.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

37 P, 75 IBU.

Inspired by the USA, malt from England, bottle from Germany, the name is from Japan, sugars from Mauritius, hops from the Pacific Rim, yeast from Canada, coffee from Columbia, and brewing skills from Norway.

6.000 numbered bottles.

(Beer added by: Sigmund on 06-17-2007)
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Reviews by badbeer:
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4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with a tan head and good lacing and retention. Smell of molasses, alcohol, chocolate, roast, maple syrup, hops, and brown sugar. Taste has all the same things as the aroma and does not disappoint. Full of intense and well-rounded flavors, I really wish they'd make this same recipe again. Medium carbonation and full body. I look forward to trying this at any time I can. One of the the few beers that seems to hold up to and surpass its hype.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 03:45:09 | More by badbeer
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4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big thanks to ClockworkOrange for sharing this. 500ml poured into a snifter, the brew appears black in color with tan cap. A thin penline of head sits atop and some lighter brown is seen around the edges.

The smell includes notes of raisins and a bit of booze. Some chocolate and roast. Faint coffee before a smoothness similar to vanilla creeps into the nose.

The flavor is roasty with hints of coffee and alcohol. Raisiny alcohol esters evolve getting mildly solvent. Some vanilla and sweet chocolate round things out.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is mild almost watery at times but thats probably due to the volume of alcohol and age at this point. It is very easy drinking and I appreciated the chance to try this after regrettably passing on this years ago when I saw it with a big sticker price.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2013 20:32:31 | More by stakem
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5/5  rDev +16%

01-29-2013 18:35:02 | More by DmanGTR
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4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a blackish body with minimal tan head that left lace forever. A boozy, berry-esque aroma filled with brown sugar, coffee, bitter chocolate and/or caramel, some barleywine notes like dark fruits and crisp hops. A slow sipper only because it's so alcohol heavy, not that the alcohol is noticeable, this beer has great balance as it passes rather easily over the tongue despite a little syrupiness and doesn't coat or nuke my tastebuds, but instead I can pick out the sticky sweet malts of chocolate and toffee as well as the roasted, bready coffee notes and then I keep tasting dark fruit or cherries/berries with some minor hop bit as well. Finishes easy and dry thanks to hops and alcohol and leaves me wanting to keep drinking and is not a boozebomb at all.

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3.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to IrishColonial for sharing this one. Poured from a 500ml bottle into a tasting glass. It poured black in color with a small amount of bubbles sticking to the edges of the glass. Pretty close to still looking.

The aroma is somewhat boozy with chocolate, dark fruits and a little bit of soy sauce. The dark, roasted, slightly burnt malts are noticeable, but a little overshadowed.

The taste also shows a lot of boozy alcohol throughout. Some nice dark fruits, cherry like flavors are there along with a little chocolate and light roasted coffee.

The mouthfeel is a little slick with carbonation being moderate.
Overall it was a good, but not great beer. It was a little too boozy and sweet, but the dark fruits and chocolate were pretty good in it though.

Serving type: bottle

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3.35/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From 500mL bottle to Portsmouth glass on 3/24/12
*From notes

-- Muchos gracias, IrishColonial --

A: Dark, but then what's new. A good pour yields a dissapointing .25 finger head that fades entirely too fast. The creamy colored collar is decent at best.

S: Boozy for sure. Hints of green earth and a solid amount of minced garden box herbs.

T: For a beer this big, it's incredible how well hidden the alcohol is. Lightly roasted coffee hits the fore and rides to the mid, where the alcohol kicks in and rolls back. A touch of char and grass wrap things up.

M: God is this thin. Pretty flabby stuff. Dissapointing.

O: Lets cut things straight here: we had this in the same evening that featured RareR DOS, Peg's Batch 100, BCBS '05 & '06, BCBS Vanilla and East End Toaster. So you tell me how WOW this is given the night's prior transgressions.

Having said that, this is just not the beer I was hoping for. Inspsired? Sure, but it just didn't come together to form a coherent and vibrant RIS. For a beer this old, it seems to have held up well, but it ain't something I'll seek out.

A decent tick.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 19:53:41 | More by Rhettroactive
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4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks, Alex! Bottle poured into Darkness tulip.

A - Pours black, thin mocha head, thin ring.

S - Light roast, dark chocolate, somewhat smooth booze (for 16%), and some char. All nice and smooth...the age has done this one some good. The sweetness and booze work nicely together.

T - Similar to the nose. Roast, chocolate, booze, and some light dark fruity notes. The booze is definitely there, but the age has mellowed it down to a "standable" level. The sweetness is nice as well, and mixed with the booze makes this an enjoyable brew.

M - Full, light carbonation, rich and boozy creamy finish.

O - A nice RIS that's smoothed out wonderfully. I would suggest opening your bottles now, as I think the booze is smooth enough to enjoy, while still packing a punch. Recommend.

Serving type: bottle

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4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review #2200. Thanks to rpohagan for the trade, as I missed this on store shelves in late 2007. Bottle #2663. Served in a Cigar City snifter.

A - Quick-dissolving wisp of tan foam. Black body, faint glint of brown at the bottom of the glass.

S - Dark chocolate, mild smoke, dark fruits, of a bit of umami, lightly charred malts, and a touch of anise. As it warms up a pronounced melted semisweet chocolate flavor comes out, helping to balance the roast flavors. A touch of alcohol, but less than you'd expect from 16%.

T - Again, it's heavy of toasted grains, dark chocolate, and char, but with more red fruits and licorice, yeasty bread, and some vinous port-like oxidation. From a small enough sample you could *almost* mistake this for a Cabernet Sauvignon with strong chocolate and dark berry flavors.

M - Full bodied, chewy, viscous, sticky. Minimal carbonation, and surprisingly little alcohol warmth. It's appropriately weighty for the alcohol and the flavor depth.

D - I held off opening this after tasting the 2nd Edition fresh, and I'm glad I did. As this approaches the five year mark it's eminently enjoyable and worth seeking out for an extremely unique experience. If you can't find it, grab a bottle of the 2nd Edition and hope for the best. Hopefully in future Nøgne Ø returns to this specific recipe.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 06:32:47 | More by MasterSki
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Dark Horizon 1st Edition from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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