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

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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 7.67%
Wants: 129
Gots: 18 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of Sammy
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma of good coffee and alcohol fumes. Tia Maria, only thicker. Pours very black, with aged look of white head on top. Drinks medium plus mouthfeel, a coffee liquor, rich, and kind of one-dimensional. Smooth, with chocolate aftertaste and sediment.500 ml. in fancy container at $22 plus $1.50 duty from Premiere Gourmet. Sipper.

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.13/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of brentk56
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle No. 01888

Appearance: Pours the blackest black I ever did see, even the head is a dark shade of mocha; while the retention and lacing are not great, what would you expect from a 16% beer; actually, the beer has wine-like legs, rather than lace

Smell: Incredibly dense aroma, almost liqueur-like, with molasses, dark chocolate, espresso, rum-soaked raisins and a bit too much alcohol, to be frank

Taste: Espresso flavors assault the tastebuds, with a lot of fruit and chocolate arriving by mid-palate, mainly raisins and prunes; molasses builds as well, as this beer has a very sweet middle, quite like toffee; after the swallow, the flavors mellow, thank God, into a rich complexity of all of the previously noted characteristics

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and viscous, with low carbonation, and a lot of warmth

Drinkability: If it weren't for the booziness of this brew, it would get even higher marks from me; even though I have cellared this for a year or so, I have a hunch it would last well into the next decade

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry coffee with nice roasted malt notes. Taste is also dominated by dry coffee with some black chocolate and ends with a dry hoppy bitter taste. Body is quite full with good carbonation and surprisingly enough alcohol is not discernable. Well done but still somewhat overrated in my opinion.

Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally getting a chance to try this wonderful beer. I have had it sitting in the cellar for a few months and just decided to grab it out of their last night as I was in the mood to really knock back a little something heavy for a change, well I figure this one will fit the bill for sure! Pulled the 16.9oz bottle out of its cardboard tube and poured it into my Terrapin Chalice at cellar temp, looking to polish it off over the course of the night. The look was exceptional, with a deep, dark, brwon liquid coming forth, pretty much opaque with no light shining through on this one whatsoever. A nice two finger hight head of dark chocolate colored foam then rose up out of the depths and stayed around for a good five minutes before finally settling down to a thin film across the top that lasted thoughout the session. Deep side glass lace then persisted all the way down the glass. Really a big, full looking beer.

The aroma was heavenly, with deep, dark chcolate and rum soaked molasses coming through almost immediatly. This was big and the alcohol notes were well noted in it. Hints of coffee, some licorice perhaps and a touch of vanilla were then added into the mix. Quite complex and really just a dark, bourbon filled smell. The flavor followed through on the aroma's promise, really coating the mouth and warming the belly with each passing sip. There was the initial rush of cocoa and coffee beans, before the alcohol came kicking in behind it. A rush of bourbon hit the palate and knocked you back for a moment before easing down and giving way to some oaky flavors with a touch of molasses and vanilla. Some dark fruits buried in there, but pretty well hidden, maybe rum soaked raisin flavor. The finish had a touch of hops, just enough to give the slightest bit of a bitter touch to it and left that longlasting alcohol flavor on your tongue.

The Mouthfeel was very good, it was a full bodied beer, not a s thick as you big RIS's but still very nice indded. Velvet like carbonation kept everything moving along nicely and let the flavors slide over the tongue and filll you nicely. As for drinkability, we may have to discuss this. At 16% ABV, many people will not find this to be exceptionally drinkable, however I have to disagree. This was a monster strong beer, but the alcohol was well blended in and used to enhance the overall expierence. I did not find this harsh, hot, or out of balance, and I had no issues sipping on this and finishing off the bottle throughout the night. For something so strong, it could not have drank any better.

Overall I would have to say this one more then lived up to my expectations. It was really a very well done beer and a huge stout that is well deserved of its reputations. I have not had much expierence with the brewer, but this for sure will be enough to get me to look toward them much more. Definitly a high quality beer for sure and something I would not only drink again, I will still be actively looking for.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle #02099.

Appearance: Pours an opaque black body. As for the head, no dice!

Smell: Fragrant aroma of heavily roasted malts, coffee liqueur, acrid smoke, molasses, blackberry preserves, along with some sweetish wafts of alcohol.

Taste: Dark, roasty malts with a sharp hit of coffee and a bit of molasses. Smokey tobacco hints. A touch of vinous blackberry based fruitiness. As it warms, you gain a dash of low-sodium soy sauce. Earthy, roasty bitterness on the finish. Distinct alcohol presence on that finish too, btw.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Mild carbonation. As warming as you'd imagine.

Drinkability: Pretty decent for a high-octane stout, but it's still pretty green and could only benefit from some age.

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

Bottle received from leftmindedrighty in a trade a while back. Thanks!

Appearance: Dark espresso brown, not as black as I was expecting, but impressive nonetheless. Pours without much in the way of head or lacing, but that was expected from a 16% beer.

Smell: Coffee with sugar, molasses, a bit of dark chocolate. Surprisingly mellow for such a big beer; there's barely a hint of alcohol.

Taste and mouthfeel: Very sweet, but thankfully not excessively so. Flavors of caramelized sugar are balanced by a huge roasted malt flavor. This is a little lighter in body than I was expecting, which isn't to say that it's thin, it's just not massive. Ultimately that's probably a good thing. Coffee and molasses in the finish, ending with surprising dryness. Impressively smooth and clean, no acrid flavors or harshness, no noticeable alcohol. This is some very well made stuff, but it's intense. Definitely one to be shared with a few like-minded people.

Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tasted soon after 1/3 bottle was spilled when the bag broke on the way home.

Rich with Colombian coffee overtones in the aroma. Highly phenolic, caramel interlaced with coffee. This would make the perfect companion on a long train ride. Prickly hot alcohol, still integrated with the monster coffee stout within. Highly palate coating. Watch out, this is a truly devastating RIS. It can surely kick your ass. Maybe better off cellared...

11/11: Thanks Dave for sharing a 4 year old cellared bottle. Much more mellow, light soy, chocolate, and roasty notes. Similar to other aged RIS, hard to pinpoint much, but better than I recall. Still a bit of alcohol sting present, though not as hot as the initial sample 4 years ago after that fateful bike ride :S

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle 03077

Pours opaque with a very thin tan head. Nose is like thick sweet malts. Mild roasted texture there as well. Flavor is supremely smooth. Superb! I can't tell at all that this is a 16% abv beer. I can’t say there is a mass of character coming off this brew. But it is just damn nice to drink. Smooth liquid feel and a slightly lower carbonation. Certainly is easy to drink. Nothing showy here at all. Just a bloody smooth RIS. If this were available all the time (and a lot cheaper), I’d be a devoted customer. A well made RIS.

Photo of Slatetank
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks mac300 for sharing this on LBC's Baltimore trip.
A - Deep walnut w/ a tan head of about half an inch.

S - Strong odors of roast coffee and boozy nutty aromas. Coffee, espresso bean notes w/ rum, toffee and a hint of vanilla.

M - Intensely rich coffee w/ a big rum, coffee liquer taste w/ heat in the dry finish.

T - Deeply sweet like an Imperial stout w/ chocolate, rum and intense coffee - very much like schnapps w/ the sweetness and boozy flavor. A nice mix of sweet nuttiness and dry dark roasted malt.

D - A rich mouth drying 16% Imperial stout. A one and done for me. Very potent and tasty, I recommend slow sipping and respect for this one.

Photo of MasterSki
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of beernads
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of mdfb79
4.43/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 02186, Sampled December 2007
A vigorous pour produces a beer that is topped by a fat, two-finger thick, light brown colored head. The beer is simply opaque and black in color. As I pour it concentrated notes of burnt raisins reach my nostrils. A deeper smell of the aroma yields a huge, concentrated fruitiness with notes of raisins, prunes, figs, cherries, tamarind and lots of other smoky, slightly burnt, dried fruit notes. Of course this is a stout, so there is a lot or roast character, but, especially for a beer of this size, it shows a surprising restraint in the burnt malt department. This is definitely not an American version of a huge stout, it actually shows quite a bit of restraint in the nose. Instead of an astringent, overly burnt character the dark malt accentuates and accents the dried fruit notes as well as a serious dark chocolate aroma and a richly concentrated, smooth espresso character. The alcohol is present in the nose and, in combination with the other aromatics, provides notes of brandy, coffee liquor and chocolate liquors; each is fairly distinct, but still sort of a mish mash of a mixed drink all in one glass. The aroma is incredibly rich, but it is also incredibly complex, something I wish more American versions of the style were.

Sweet, concentrated malt flavors an alcoholic warming, moving to a rich, concentrated dark fruit middle and finishing with a rich cocoa flavor. The alcohol, while present is surprisingly tame. This is thick and chewy, but not so much that it is a struggle to drink; don't get me wrong though, this is most definitely a sipping brew. Flavors of prunes, figs, raisins and a rich earthy note meld so well with the velvety texture of this brew; inviting and softly palate coating, yet there is a sharp, roast grain & hop bitterness that does a good job of balancing things out and cleaning the palate to ready one for the next sip. In addition to providing a lightly broiled character to the fruit flavors in this beer, the restrained (at least for an American type Stout) dark malt character contributes flavors of espresso flavored crème anglaise, dark-chocolate mousse and a richly chocolate covered, candied cherry truffle.

I wonder how much coffee was added to this brew, it seems as though my cheeks are a-buzz with caffeine right now, but it could just be the alcohol. This beer is quite interesting, quite flavorful and quite engaging; despite that fact that it is so thick and rich, I find myself almost rushing to my next sip at times so that I can try and peel away another layering of flavor and texture from this beer. Despite the previous statement, this is one of those beers that you take small sips of and just get lost in, time seems to pass quite quickly when enjoying this brew. Much better than I had anticipated, especially since I have been getting a little tired of huge alcohol beers for quite a while now.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson, AZ

Photo of Gavage
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: balck in color with a 2" tan colored head. The head lingered around shortly before leaving some surface spots.

Smell: big coffee, softer chocolates, and loads of alcohol leap from the glass for easy detection.

Taste: roasted malts, loads of strong coffee flavors, bitter chocolates, prunes, raisins, some hints of molasses, and a decent bitterness. There is a bit of an earthy tone throughout. Alcohol plays a big part in the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Smooth throughout. SUper long aftertsate as the flavor linger in the mouth forever.

Drinkability: this is a real slow sipping beer, and the bigger bottle is perfect for sharing with some friends. Not a cheap beer, but definitely worth at least one bottle to try.

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4/5  rDev -7%

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