Dark Horizon 1st Edition - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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4.2/5 rDev -2.3%
crazy beer to get to drink, thanks to a new beer friend for busting this out of his cellar after all these years (six or seven!). actually has a little carbonation in the glass, some real struggling bubbles lurching through the gelatinous fluid to the surface, arriving tired and barely popping through into thin, coffee colored air pockets before bursting and leaving the beer looking dead still, in all of its obsidian luster. the aroma here throws me way way off, grape juice, koolaid or gatorade or something. i can see stone fruit and port wine if i try too, but artificial purple grape drink or candy is what comes to mind first. minimal bitterness from the roast, very low alcohol presence for its strength, and zero coffee at all, considering the label calls this a coffee stout, i assume its dropped out over time. the flavor starts with the grape thing, but it is indeed more port wine like in the flavor than the smell. dark cherry and figs give way to rich dark chocolate syrup, which is fully in line with the texture of this cellar masterpiece. i am amazed how mellow the alcohol is, and how smooth the overall beer is. the coffee is gone, but the character is still robust and dynamic, and may still hang on a few more years if unopened and stored correctly. very little carbonation on the palate, but its not dead flat either. going down way too easy, almost tastes distilled at times. this is proof that we dont need oak barrels to make beer suitable for extended aging in the bottle. a real treat, and i am honored to have tried this beer, maybe one of the oldest and hardest to acquire bottles ive had. first edition of stuff like this is always extremely fun, and i will remember this one for a long lone time.
07-29-2014 00:26:09 | More by StonedTrippin
4.08/5 rDev -5.1%
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.
01-31-2013 20:32:31 | More by stakem
4.24/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
01-23-2013 12:44:04 | More by clayrock81
3.88/5 rDev -9.8%
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.
03-30-2012 15:28:37 | More by billab914
District of Columbia
3.35/5 rDev -22.1%
From 500mL bottle to Portsmouth glass on 3/24/12
-- 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.
03-25-2012 19:53:41 | More by Rhettroactive
4.28/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
02-01-2012 16:14:38 | More by Sean9689
Dark Horizon 1st Edition from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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