Dark Horizon 1st Edition - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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4.47/5 rDev +4%
Bottle number 01062.
A: Dark black with a thin off white head that leaves a rim around the edge when it falls.
S: It has a very interesting aroma. There is come coffee in there and a sweetness that lingers. It almost has a port/sherry like aroma. The ABV however is not apparent at all.
T: Now the ABV is certainly apparent. It is nice and roasty but with a definite caramel sweetness. It leaves a burning sensation on my lips from the alcohol. The aftertaste has coffee and chocolate in it.
M: Pretty thin for an RIS but still pretty heavy bodied.
D: Pretty damn good but the 16% ABV limits the drinkability slightly. Also, good luck finding it.
03-22-2008 03:23:20 | More by drseamus
4.08/5 rDev -5.1%
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.
03-19-2008 13:31:23 | More by Gavage
4.15/5 rDev -3.5%
A-Thick, dark silky texture that doesn't let light through. Little to no head.
S-Coffee, chocolate, dark dried fruits (date and raisin), tawny port.
T-Tawny port w/chocolate espresso, and the mix is not unpleasant. This ass-kicking stout is unlike anything I've had, and it's strong. It's sweet, a little syrupy, although less than I would expect, and I can tell the alcohol is present, but I would never guess 16%.
M-Pleasant. The body is thick, but not as much as I was expecting.
D-I don't feel like I'm drinking beer, but it's good, and if I ever come across a bottle I'll buy it. I would substitute this for port. It's like a drink to accompany a rich dessert, and the coffee that follows all in one.
02-20-2008 20:08:26 | More by BoitSansSoif
3.95/5 rDev -8.1%
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.
02-14-2008 00:15:58 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.7/5 rDev -14%
From the bottle: starless sky black, with maybe dark brown edges and a dark espresso roast frapee foam. Head dies quickly, like a coca cola, aromas are all DARK roasted malts, dark fruits, a touch of vanilla, hot alcohol, chocolate, maybe a hint of espresso, and cocoa poweder? Taste is similar to the aroma, alchol is in your face, but this is still pretty smooth for 16%. Not as masterful as the solar eclpise from Kuhnhenn, but I see what they are going for here. Mouthfeel is thick, but thinner than you would think, however, this may lead to a better drinkability in the end. Extreme and in your face, tasty, but not the best super high abv stout that I have had in my day
02-13-2008 19:01:44 | More by francisweizen
4.58/5 rDev +6.5%
I picked this beer up on the reccomendation of Jamie at Max's. You could really pick up on the alcohol smell when opening the bottle, but the taste was different. Dark black, with hues of red when held in the light. The head was brown and miniscual. The tast had many different flavors that I could pick up on. There was wine fruits, coffee, vanilla, and a nice little alcohol burn in the throat when swallowing. This is a good "sit back with a snifter and relax" kind of beer. Don't like the price tag scare you, it's worth it.
02-13-2008 04:39:30 | More by Asher1982
3.58/5 rDev -16.7%
Reviewed from notes - bottle purchased at Spuyten Duyvil
Pours black as can be, with almost no head in the oversized wine glasses. The scent - WHOA - alcohol! I think you could chloroform someone with this. Behind the alcy fumes lies coffee, vanilla, a bit of molasses, but my nostrils were too singed by the time I got to those. The taste, as expected, is pretty hot on the alcohol but flavors of molasses, cocoa, toffee, coffee, a hint of plum and a dash more coffee on the end keep the booziness at least somewhat in check. I'm a stickler about coffee and chocolate flavors - both can seem artificial or too overpowering, but this one keeps both to subtle levels, and the beans employed seem top notch. The mouthfeel is quite nice. It's silky until the force of its intense alco-beams vaporizes the thick nectar completely off the tongue.
The taste and mouthfeel is pretty damn good but this is ultimately a bit of a dissapointment for me - way too booze-forward, not enough complexity. Even for a sipper this is rough to get through. This totally wrecked my palate for the day (and pretty much wrecked me too, despite sharing with two others), so I only wound up with one more set of notes to review from despite several subsequent beers.
02-12-2008 03:46:09 | More by grandq
4.38/5 rDev +1.9%
Club brewday tasting insanity, biegaman brought this one!
Pours a dark black, attractive red highlights in the edges, thick tan head forms, leaves behind a few lace spots, settles to a thin layer/ring. Smell is crazy, sherry, alcohol, toffee, chocolate, coffee roast, fruits, raisins, very intense. Taste is similar, sherry again, solid alcohol but not over the top, chocolate, toffee, cherries, bread, very malty, coffee and oak, intense flavour. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, alcohol warmth but well hidden. Quite nice. Thanks a lot Jan!
02-12-2008 02:45:29 | More by Viggo
4.38/5 rDev +1.9%
I was looking to enjoy this on a special occasion. Graduation from college came and went. I decided a bitter cold night was the best occasion.
This beer pours a jet black with no head or lacing. This was dark and menacing, but I ventured onward.
Smelled of sour fruit front and center. Behind this sour smells was raisins, a hint of yeast, and a finishing push of alcohol. Smelled like a boozy Belgian stout.
Taste featured more of the sour fruit. From this fruit grew a nearly cloyingly sweet taste. The beer saves itself from being too sweet by maintaining a bitter coffee and alcohol finish. Being a coffee fiend it is clear that they've used the finest ingredients.
The mouthfeel is thick viscous and cries to be sipped. Drinkability for a brew this big is always difficult for me to determine. The booze is neither hidden nor overwhelming.
Matches perfectly with a black chocolate cake carefully infused with raspberry preserves. Big bad stouts require big black chocolate.
02-12-2008 01:48:04 | More by Jmamay22
4.33/5 rDev +0.7%
Biegaman broke this one out at the Biergotter club brewday/tasting. Thanks Jan!
This beer was very dark with ruby edges and a dark tan, coarse ring of bubbles. A thin wisp of fine bubbles coated the beer's surface, producing a few small spots of lace. Excellent aroma, with lots of dried and fresh fruit notes, alcohol, toffee and roast, herbal/woody/minty hops. Reminds me of port. Mild bitterness with lots of sweet malt, toffee, dried fruits and roast, herbal hops and alcohol in the finish. Medium to full bodied with lowish carbonation, slightly sticky yet quite smooth. Very enjoyable, interesting character.
01-23-2008 02:05:24 | More by DrJay
4.55/5 rDev +5.8%
The beer pours a dark black color with good (though not outstanding) head retention and lacing. The beer looks quite viscuous, and just looks impressive. The nose on this bad boy is incredible. There are huge aromas of coffee, chocolate, vanilla and tobacco. This beer is very boozy on the nose and palate, and finishes with almost a drambuie-like flavor. As the beer warms, I get more and more a flavor of chocolate fudge and/or chocolate sundae. This beer is pretty sweet, but there's just enough subtle bitterness on the mid palate to keep it from becoming too cloying. The mouthfeel is smooth and long, with a real alcohol kick in the finish. Obviously, with this kind of abv. drinkability is not going to be the beer's long suit, and it does get a bit tiring to drink after a bit. It's still surprisingly drinkable for its abv. I think.
This is a fine beer and I would consider drinking it in lieu of an after dinner Remy Martin or single malt. Like an after dinner cordial, this beer is a real sipper, one that is just made for relaxing with after a nice meal or by the fire on a cold winter's night - of which I'm guessing there are quite a few in Lillesand, Norway. Cheers!
01-18-2008 16:35:31 | More by John_M
4.78/5 rDev +11.2%
Beatufil packaging, pours an almost pitch dark.
A serious beer, not intended for the casual drinker. Perfect for sipping, and, given the strength, a bottle is fine for sharing.
Full of flavour, the added coffe lifts it even higher than the Imperial Stout from the same brewery. Complex, sweetness and dryness, warming afterglow.
01-17-2008 11:46:11 | More by KnutAlbert
4.13/5 rDev -4%
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.
01-02-2008 00:51:14 | More by Sammy
4.6/5 rDev +7%
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 cant 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), Id be a devoted customer. A well made RIS.
01-01-2008 06:57:23 | More by RblWthACoz
4.65/5 rDev +8.1%
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
12-29-2007 03:18:46 | More by Gueuzedude
4.38/5 rDev +1.9%
Pours jet black with a very small brown head. In the aroma, coffee, and something like rubbing alcohol, yet small presence of that. In the taste, alcohol, coffee, and a small note of chocolate. A smooth big body mouthfeel and a malty coffee-ish aftertaste. Complex, alcohol there but not 16% noticable.
12-28-2007 20:39:56 | More by OWSLEY069
4.33/5 rDev +0.7%
this beer is quite the marvel. bottle # 4011. I put # 1000 something in the cellar. For-ev-er. Pours a thick black tar with ever so slight hints of ruby red around the edges of the glass. Thin tan head. the nose reeks of dark chocolate, molasses, coffee beans and sugar. Taste is dark chocolate malts with coffee and tons of sugar. Alcohol slaps the mouth. A whisky like stomach heat is produced. The coffee sticks out the most besides the alcohol. Be prepared because this beer will slap you in the face like devitos wife on its always sunny. 16% is quite evident. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy as hell. about the same texture as tomato soup. Creaminess as it goes down, and coats the throat in good liquor taste. Drinkability is its only real flaw, but anything 16% has limited drinkability. If you decide to drink one of these to yourself. Give your car keys to someone to hide. Fantastic now, but could defenitely be a marvelous brew with several years in the cellar. Way to go nogne.
12-21-2007 00:59:19 | More by AKBelgianBeast
4.28/5 rDev -0.5%
Bottle 02017. Pours black with hints of ruby red around the edges in the light, a small dark reddish tan head that fades away quickly, some evidence of bottle conditioning in the last pour. Aroma is some nice sugary and sweet chocolate malts although these are overpowered by a big bourbony alcohol twang, hints of roastiness and smokiness in the aroma as well. Taste follows with the chocoalte malt sugariness coating the tongue up front, a big bourbony alcohol slap hits the back of the throat. Some dry roasty and smokiness lingers in the drying finish and aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a medium to heavy body, thick and sugary, but easily cut by the twangy burn at the back of the throat. A great beer that I think needs a good couple of years in the cellar, definitely very good now but can't wait to see what some time will do. Thank you Alex for the opportunity.
12-10-2007 03:36:51 | More by hoppymeal
4.63/5 rDev +7.7%
Pours a black as night, with no light peeking through. No highlights, just black. Very thin brown head lingers for a few minutes before fading away.
Aroma of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, candy sugar, dark fruit and citrus, and alcohol. A hint of vanilla is also present.
Starts off with citrus - orange and tangerine - paving the way for lots of roasted malty goodness. Bittersweet and dark chocolate with vanilla notes, dark roast coffee, caramel, and dark fruit - figs & dried cherries. Candy sugar and a healthy dose of alcohol adds some spice and rounds things out. Finishes dry with lingering roasted flavors.
Full bodied with low carbonation. Smooth, thick, and creamy. Alcohol adds prickling spiciness on the tongue. Very warming.
Incredible drinkability for something so big, bold, rich, and high in alcohol. This is definitely a sipping beer, but something must be said for how easy it goes down. So well balanced - the roasted malt is balanced by the alcohol, and the alcohol is balanced by the malt. Excellent
11-24-2007 14:10:12 | More by Lupe
4.7/5 rDev +9.3%
Comes in its own cylinder container: bottle 02157 - Very dark brown pour to settle inky, impenetrable black. A huge cinnamon brown colored cupcake of a foam sits on top with immense density. Slowly and evenly settles down to a thickly compacted skim. Bits and spots of lace are thown about in a minimal display of intensity.
Aroma is monsterously rich and tangy with darker then dark malts of thick molasses, chewy chocolate, dark fruityness thats mostly pruney and raisiny. Rummy heat adds lots of depth to its sweet, dark side.
Taste has immeasurable amounts of lushly thick flavors. Enormously tangy at first, but as it sits chocolate takes a bit more richness, but doesn't quite take the tang away. Very, very, dark and tangy with molassas, vanilla paste, chocolate cream pie, caramel, lots of buzzing warmth, and lipsticked with raisiny goodness and a bit of cream steamed espresso. Its not quite as complex as their regular Imperial Stout, but just as damn big if not bigger on the palate. The most difference I find is the spice and the heat. This has way more warmth, alot more, it penetrates immediately upon the first sip and lasts the whole bottle through. Making for a much longer session of sipping. The finish melds into a stuntingly high ended dryness of hops and a whirlwind of chocolate cream leftovers bittering off with a liquescensce of mild vanilla, butter cream, and pecan peppered espresso.
Wowzaa! This is some thick stuff! Luxurious warmth forms quickly around a big, creamy, rich, lush, body of tanged flavors. Its boldness and creamy richness is beyond itself and is remarkably near the scope and depth of some kind of chocolate mercury.
A damn nice Imperial stout! The bigness of body supersedes its flavors, but matches the painterly palate of creamy richness that is like drinking some kind of chocolatey tanged elixer oil. Watch out for that 16%, as its goin' nowhere. It sits with ya from first sip to last.
11-24-2007 02:09:14 | More by tavernjef
4.75/5 rDev +10.5%
The beer decamps the 500ml bottle an atramentous color, with a runty chocolate creamy head, that evanescences slowly, leaving the lace to circumnavigate the glass. Greeting you first is a bittersweet chocolate espresso aroma that is bushwhacked quickly by the fusel alcohol, lost in the shuffle is a bit of caramel, dark roasted grain, and molasses. Front is ambrosial, grain profile exceptional, with an amalgamate of hops and alcohol at the stern, top is full and rich. Finish has a pedestrian acidity, the hops, burnt grain, coffee, bittersweet chocolate commingle with the alcohol to beget a bleached desert bone-dry aftertaste that welds itself to the palate. The term tummy warmer is an understatement, it is a Hoot, ranks up there with Three Floyds Dark Lord, and the Original monster from the dark side, Dogfish Head World Wide Stout (23%).
11-12-2007 22:44:54 | More by Gusler
4.1/5 rDev -4.7%
biergotter club brew/tasting 2007. biegaman brought this one. thanks jan!
500ml bottle with a nice cardboard sleeve like a nice bottle of scotch. cool clear label too. "1.edition".
pours very dark red, nearly black but showing ruby at the edges. the brown head drops fairly quickly and leaves nearly no lace behind.
aroma is excellent. alcohol. bit of caramel sweetness. lots of roast. bittersweet and dark chocolate. date and rasin. bit of orange.
taste is good. medium-low bitterness level. alcohol. orange and tangerine. lots of roast. bittersweet chocolate. bit of dark chocolate too. espresso. dried cherries. nice warming alcohol. solid bread and biscuit malt base.
mouthfeel is good. big body and nice low carbonation level.
drinkability is good. alcohol is fairly mellow and pleasant. mostly balanced. warming, but nice. great stuff!
11-12-2007 19:05:13 | More by grub
4.47/5 rDev +4%
As I was Drinking this beer it became a conversation peice between me and my buddy. This is a very complex beer and a great experience to drink. It poured very smooth with little to no head.
Black an opaque in color but not thick.
The smell realy threw me off. It was very sweet wtih citrus notes almost like a Grand Cru.
tast started of with a light citrus and finished with a bitterness that was easily identifiable as a mix of the hops and coffee beans.
The Beer was smooth in texture but the tingle of the alchohol was fery present.
Good drinkability, but a definite slow sipper.
11-02-2007 16:14:50 | More by sketchcornwell
4.45/5 rDev +3.5%
Wow!!! I got the last bottle of this at the store and they said they did not know if they would ever get any back in. Beer came in a cardboard cylinder. Pours very dark with a liquorice aroma. Not much head. This may not make any sense but it reminded me of an imperial stout barleywine. Amazing beer.
10-18-2007 20:45:14 | More by KAF
4.83/5 rDev +12.3%
Wow! HUGE thanks to Mac300 for sharing this very pricey beer with me.
I really put this beer in a league with only two other *Super imperial* Stouts when it comes to abv, World Wide Stout & Mephistopheles' Stout. I have not had a vintage Mephistopheles' but WWS is one of my favorites. Mephistopheles' on the other hand actually gets a bit hot, at least in the fresh version. Nøgne Ø Dark Horizon is amazingly approachable and surprisingly drinkable for a 16% beer. Don't be fooled by my 5.0 drinkability. This is a sipping but in this league is creme-de-la-creme. It lack the super heavy maltyness of Dark Lord, the glass lining heaviness and sticky body, but this is one I would drink for a nightcap every night, where Dark Lord is a special occasion beer. Now, on to the break down.
Appearance: Pours a gorgeous black. Pure pitch black as nigh black into my snifter with a small brown head that fades to a cap.
Smell: Chocolate figs grapes prune rum fudge roasted malts dark dark purple grapes coffee and splash of vanilla and milk.
Taste: Everything in the nose and more. It is hot and boozy and yet not too much so. The big alcoholic nature of the beer is balanced by the rich creamy cocoa and the dark fruits. Chocolate liquor, mmm. It is just sweet enough and the espresso and bitter chocolate just sends my taste-buds into a frenzy. Magnificent!
Mouthfeel: It is certainly hot. The high alcohol shows through at a very enjoyable degree. It is not as thick as I would have suspected but rather light for all the rich syrup flavors. The cinnamon ginger and oak along with the alcohol leave may palate coated with lively flavors and surprising crispness.
Drinkability: Down right LEATHAL! The biggest obstacle I have with this beer is that I am not independently wealthy yet. If I were, I may commit suicide by Nøgne Ø Dark Horizon, not on purpose but this is a very nice nightcap, just remember, be careful!
Hope this is helpful.
10-14-2007 18:14:14 | More by Phatz
Dark Horizon 1st Edition from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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