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

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129 Ratings
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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 7.66%


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:
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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clayrock81

Virginia

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2013 12:44:04 | More by clayrock81
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stakem

Pennsylvania

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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billab914

Virginia

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

03-30-2012 15:28:37 | More by billab914
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

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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Sean9689

Illinois

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

02-01-2012 16:14:38 | More by Sean9689
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MasterSki

Illinois

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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GbVDave

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into multiple glasses. Thanks to everyone for the assist!

Bottle # 04107

A: Pours an oily, evil black that slides out into the glass. A mocha coffee colored head forms briefly on top before settling down to a creamy skim and collar that left a small amount of lace behind.

S: Blackened malt, rum sauteed raisins, dark chocolate fudge, molassas/brown sugar, and a hint of hot booze & soy sauce. Sadly the coffee was just a memory at this point as it had completely faded away.

T: See above with quite possibly the slightest suggestion of peat. Spicy chocolate flavors were abundant and I noticed the very beginnings of soy sauce.

M: Slick and oily on the front end. Bitter, spicy, and astringent on the back end. And, a middle that was an excellent balance between the two.

O: This was quite a lovely stout. It held up very well in the 4 years that I've had it in my fridge. Would've loved to try it when it was fresh to see how the coffee played into the rest of the flavors. Very, very good.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 18:50:10 | More by GbVDave
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rvdoorn

Netherlands

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: The beer pours a extremely dark black color with a nice dark brown head
Smell: roasted malts, coffee, raisins, vanilla, molasses and some warming alcohol
Taste: Malts, espresso, dark fruits dark chocolate, vanilla and molasses. In the aftertaste creamy coffee and warming alcohol appear.
Mouthfeel: thick body with medium-low carbonation
Overall: nice beer, would love to drink this one again.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 17:36:24 | More by rvdoorn
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prototypic

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many, many thanks to todd1 for sending me this one several years ago.

1st Edition - #00546

The first release of Dark Horizon certainly lives up to its name. It’s a very dark chocolate fudge color. Looks pitch black. No light cuts through at all. A dark mocha colored crown tops it. It rose to just under a finger in depth before falling quickly. I’m sure the abv had something to do with that. Lacing was light, but sticky.

The nose is definitely impressive. It’s very malty. Roasted and chocolate malts seem to be the base. Smells like bittersweet dark chocolate. Coffee is strong in the mix. It is quite deep and features an abundance of secondary scents, including molasses, dark fruit, and perhaps some soy sauce and herbal notes. The last two are faint. Alcohol is definitely noted, but doesn’t smell like 16%. Perhaps it’s integrated pretty well over the last three years or so.

The flavor is good. Chocolate and roasted malts are definitely the base. It’s a little sweeter than expected. Bittersweet dark chocolate is noted, but it tastes like some sweeter milk chocolate notes are here as well. Coffee is easily noted and complements the malts extremely well. The flavor profile really explodes with depth at this point. Molasses, dark fruit, soy sauce, and some interesting herbal notes. The herbal flavors taste somewhat like hop remnants. I’m curious as to how hoppy this was fresh. Alcohol is definitely there and is a tad warm. No big shock at 16% abv. Finishes sweet and malty with a twist of coffee and tangy dark fruit.

This version of Dark Horizon has a medium body that feels more and more substantial with warming. Carbonation feels light and restrained. Ultimately, it is smooth. Nonetheless, the flavor is very big and bold with enough alcohol warmth to know it’s a beast. Finishing this 500 ml bottle will take quite a while.

Dark Horizon is definitely a bold beer from Nøgne Ø. It is chock full of flavor and is quite complex. At the end of the day, it is good. Having said that, its big, bold nature and some of its flavors definitely make it a novelty. I wouldn’t drink one of these with any frequency. It’s just a little too big and warm. I also would prefer a little less dark fruit tanginess. Good stuff though. No doubt about that.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 02:46:14 | More by prototypic
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Lunch

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really excited to try this as soon as ygtbsm94 pulled this out of his cellar. Thanks, Brad!

Poured into a Great Lakes snifter and this pours a very dark brown with just a slight tan head that disappears quickly. Looks kinda oily in the glass, but good for a 16% Imperial stout.

Smell is very subtle and really subdued for a beer of this size. Getting a lot of booze, roast, and perhaps some chocolate (but probably not, wishful thinking). Taste is boozy as well, but strong flavors of chocolate, roast, hint of coffee (most has faded) and perhaps a hint of dark fruit. Fuller bodied and smooth with light carbonation.

Pretty good overall, perhaps I had too high of expectations.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 21:42:13 | More by Lunch
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to ygtbsm94 for sharing this bottle. Bottle #667. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pours a deep black with a thin head that quickly fades sideways into a tan collar. The nose is a bit weak with some booze, light roast, and a bit of black licorice. The flavor really comes on strong after that; really uber-rich on the tastebuds. Loads of roast, chocolate, and a bit of black licorice. Extremely enjoyable. Really smooth. Full body and quite big. The coffee is long gone. A really fantastic beer. Thanks again, Brad.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 17:50:18 | More by Thorpe429
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad!

Bottle #667

The beer is dark brown with a thin, oily, beige head. The aroma is bold, powerful, and roasty. Wow! Fabulous taste with delicious roast notes. At 16%, this beer will kick your ass. Incredibly smooth, age has served this beer well. Coffee has faded over time, and has very little, if any, presence in the beer at this point. The mouthfeel is superb, and coats the palate with a delicate assertiveness. What a treat. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 05:03:02 | More by Huhzubendah
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JAXSON

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Early 2010 rate.

Pours obsidian with a large, creamy mocha head. Really vinous and boozy on the nose. A lot of dark fruit and chocolate character. Alcoholic chocolate cake, brandy dipped cherries. Creamy and lush in the mouth, boozy and complex. Some chocolate, dark fruit quality, really uniquely strong in the brandy dipped red cherries. Pleasantly hot. Thins out quickly, quite short finish. Sweet but enough coffee bitterness to smooth it out. Smooth, interesting, really rich, but so boozy. Really good.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 04:19:13 | More by JAXSON
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm not sure if this was 1st or 2nd edition, but the bottle said 16% abv, so I'm assuming it was this one. A guy I just met at Volo was drinking this and offered me up a nice portion of a glass!

Pours pitch black with a small ring of tan head, not much lacing. Looks quite thick. Smell of coffee jumps out at you, with a deep roasted malt base and some chocolate. Flavour is quite boozy, then I look at the bottle and notice the 16% alcohol and that makes sense. Nice sweetness with some bitter roast. A little bit thick, but not creamy, mouthfeel. A really nice imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 02:42:26 | More by kwjd
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

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

From my limited notes based on a generous sample.

Pours a black color with a thin tan head.

Smell has a nice deep roasted malt aroma with chocolate, good amount of dark fruit as well, raisins.

Taste is surprisingly smooth, expected more alcohol and heat but it quite mellow considering the strength, never would believe it to be 16%, fairly viscous but not too sticky in the mouth, the roasted malt meld well with the dark fruit presence, not a syrupy sweet RIS like most at this strength, carbonation is low and soft but adequate.

This was tasted next to the 2nd Edition, which I found to be much hotter and could definitely use some more time. Whereas the 1st Edition is really drinking marvelous right now, wish I could get more.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2010 23:50:29 | More by deltatauhobbit
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glid02

Georgia

4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at the Mikkeller pub in Copenhagen.

Pours black with a half-finger brown head. The head dissipates into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of smooth roasted malts with large amounts of dark chocolate flavors. Also present are good amounts of dark fruits - plums mostly with hints of raisins.

Tastes good however it's not quite as complex as the nose. Sweet roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by good amounts of dark chocolate flavors. Boozy dark fruits join in midway through the sip, carrying through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a very smooth thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I have to say I was a bit disappointed with this beer. It was a nice and complex brew however the flavors weren't as well-integrated as I was expecting. Still, it's worth a shot to decide for yourself.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2010 00:58:52 | More by glid02
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jedwards

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big thanks to Jwale73 for opening this (and a DH2!).

Pours with zero head, large bubbles cling to the sides of the glass. Incredibly dark beer -- tilting my tasting glass I can't even see through a thin layer of it. Smell is slight roast and grain, heavy malt and rubbing alcohol, taste begins with molasses and soy sauce, lots of grain/malt and slight charcoal, and finishes again with rubbing alcohol. Mouthfeel is oddly thin with almost no carbonation.

I've never had DH1 before so I can't speak to how it's aging, but this is not as good as I was expecting. Still an impressive beer and has some very interesting things going on, but leans heavily on the sweet/boozy side and doesn't have the strong roast/coffee/bitter flavors to balance it out.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 22:00:15 | More by jedwards
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.83/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have been waiting for the right occasion to crack this one, so in celebration of Independence day I decided to share with some friends. Bottle #4125 (thanks to session1979 for this). Served in my Allagash tulip at about 58 degrees. Poured an inky black - perhaps the one of the darkest beers I've ever tried (def. in the top 3). No head and no lacing on this one. Nose reveals booze and malt with a trace of some light, fruity esters, caramelized brown sugar and some char. Taste is sugary, boozy, soy, salty, molasses, toffee and brown sugar - maybe even a trace of artificial sweetener. Mouthfeel was medium-light (closer to medium), with a carbonation level that approached still - a little bit lacking for the style. The start of this beer is promising, in flavor and nose; however, the middle and finish was less than spectacular. I've been cellaring this for several years and I have to say that I was really disappointed. There are some interesting qualities to this brew; however, the best part was the blend we made with DH2. I hate to say it, but I think it's past its prime.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 01:05:02 | More by Jwale73
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes: big ups to milwaukeeclassic for the opportunity

Ultra menacing black pour into a snifter with a head that sinks immediately into the depths of this beast. Beautifully intimidating.

The nose is mostly of alcohol heat...big league booziness and whiskey, very vaporous.

Wow, does Dark Horizon have me from get-go. Rum soaked raisins, sugared dates, medium roasted coffee, and an awesome melding of chocolate and incredibly smooth and luscious bourbon on the tail end. Truly an enjoyable experience.

The weak point, and I'm probably nit picking here, is the heavy body with a very low carbonation leaves this beer buttery slick. While surely appropriate for such a hoss, it didn't jive well with this turkey.

This was a clear winner during our tasting. At 16% this beer drinks like something with half that heft. A solid heat punch in the chest reminds you she's a biggin', but I was never overwhelmed or beat down. In fact, quite the opposite. Each sip encouraged new exploration as I attempted to truly determine whether this beer was as enjoyable and massive as advertised. Thanks again, Duane!

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2010 22:35:28 | More by BarrytheBear
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mdfb79

New York

4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 5/21/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting thanks to Travir (RB). Thanks Gene!

a - Pours a dark black with no carbonation and one inch of tan head.

s - Smells of oak, whiskey, coffee, vanilla, and roasted malts.

t - Tastes of oak, whiskey, vanilla, and roasted malts. Hints of chocolate and coffee. Not too much heat considering it's 16% ABV.

m - Medium to heavy body and low carbonation.

d - I really enjoyed this beer. Considering the very high ABV, I was expecting much more heat, and was pleasantly surprised when I did not find it. I thought the smell and taste was a great, well balanced combination. Would love to try again and hopd 2nd Edition is as good as this.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2010 00:33:46 | More by mdfb79
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beermanbrian

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one in the cellar for a long time. Drinking it to celebrate the Flyers trip to the finals.

Completely black with zero head and no lace. Kind of lack luster but I'm expecting more from the smell and taste.

Smell is mostly whisky and alcohol. Some coffee and deep chocolate. Taste matches the smell. Finishes with some burn. Not what I would call drinkable but certainly a world class brew.

Great Victory beer. GO FLYERS GO!!!

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 02:26:09 | More by beermanbrian
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Arbitrator

California

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

Lightly chilled 22oz bottle into a glass. Generously shared by largadeer at a tasting to honor ramnuts' visit down to the Bay Area. Thanks for this one, Chris.

A: As expected, pours a pitch black body. Generates a surprisingly large head for something with this ABV; the light brown cap retains pretty well (again, for the ABV) and leaves some lacing during the first few sips.

S: Dark, roasty fruit aromas. I've mentioned elsewhere that I'm not a huge fan of overt fruit aromas in my imperial stouts, but this is one of the few beers that pulls it off nicely. Cherries, raisins, prunes, and figs are seamlessly blended into aromas of roast, smoke, chocolate, and espresso. I keep expecting something warm or boozy, but it never really comes. It has cooled off since release, I'm told.

T: The warmth here is a little more apparent, even at a tasting where Perfect Storm and Black Tuesday are involved. Again, it's not hot, but you can tell this is a big boy. Dark, dried fruits and anise lead the way with an intensely sugary flavor that is well offset by smoke, tobacco, and earth. It's very flavorful, and while I wouldn't call it balanced, the interplay between the sweet and the bitter is an example of strong tastes holding each other in check. The battleground defined early on, the finish brings out roast, cocoa, and espresso with a general hop bitterness and light oxidation. What's most impressive to me is how well the beer cleans up after itself, leaving my palate ready for the next sip. This is tasty, but not a wrecker. The aftertaste has a lot of cherry.

M: Viscous, velvety, and flavorful. Of course it's warm, but it's not hot.

D: I'm surprised by how much of this I drank. I honestly think this is the culprit for my grogginess and feeling-like-crap the next morning. And more recently, Dark Horizon 2nd did the same thing. I'd still drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 08:19:24 | More by Arbitrator
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craytonic

District of Columbia

3.68/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Opaque black pour, decent head, some lacing. Aroma is heavily acrid roast/burnt coffee, the stuff you find in the bottom of a coffee pot or in the filter of a coffee maker. Some burnt/caramelized fruits and smokey tobacco as well. Alcohol is a bit too present, mouthfeel is standard. I get the feeling there is a fair amount of caffeine, but no proof of that. Not particularly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2010 03:50:54 | More by craytonic
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gford217

Georgia

4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black as coal, like seriously black, with a small tan head that recedes to a small collection of bubbles along the top. There is not much lacing but there are dark boozy legs that linger after each swirl.

The aroma is massive - so many competing smells. It's got tons of dark roasted malts and lots of brown sugar - I mean it's really sweet but also extremely dark and roasty at the same time. There are dark fruits, chocolate and some espresso as well. Oh and you can definite tell it's got some booze in it.

The taste is just as big and complex and comes together better than aroma. It starts with a dark fruit and caramelized brown sugar sweetness - just coating the mouth completely. The dark roasted malts underpin the whole thing with some chocolate thrown in as well. The finish shows the booze, almost like a dessert wine. Man, this thing tastes sooo good.

The mouthfeel is the definition of full-bodied, completely viscous, like motor oil with enough carbonation to keep it from getting too cloying. Still, this is a seriously intense beer, just loading with flavors ranging for sugary sweet to smoky ash. I really think Nogne pulled it all together extremely well and this is one of the better beers I've had recently. A wonderful stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2010 03:37:35 | More by gford217
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue III:

Bottle #01759. 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. 75 IBUs.

Black. Pitch black. Like death waiting for you at the bottom of an abandoned well. Massive cascading milky coffee-colored head that retains a very healthy looking creamy foam lace that's got plenty of leg. Fresh roasted coffee, dark sugars, suggestions of dark forest fruits, fermented honey, dark chocolate, cream sherry, and a slight hint of port wine booziness in the nose, incredibly complex, yet soft. Whoa. This is one seductive beer. Silky creaminess on the palate, with a full and viscous body that's a bit syrupy and slowly coats the palate with a rich and roasted malt character of dark-roasted coffee and high percent and slightly bitter dark chocolate. Sweet sugary center with buttery toffee. Juicy sherry-soaked cherries. Slight alcohol burn with some spiciness. Lingering chocolate cake and a hint of smoke.

Despite it retailing for around $22 a bottle, it's well worth seeking out for the experience and definitely not as hot and boozy as we expect for a 16-percent beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2009 02:23:05 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Dark Horizon 1st Edition from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
95 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.