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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 craytonic
3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Photo of gford217
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer before and wasn't very impressed. This time round (at Max's Ravens and Rare beer event), I was quite blown away.

Jet black with a large brown head that recedes to a ring rather quick. Rather evil looking.

The nose is fantastic! Chocolate, licorice, molasses, anise, mild coffee and cream are the most noticeable. Alcohol is VERY well hidden, this has aged beautifully. Malt bitterness isn't very prominent in the mix. Mildly fruity as it warms up with plums and raisins, this is very well balanced.

Opens big and complex with a mild, mellow, complex sweetness. Fruity with raisins and prunes and a touch more oxidation and some molasses. Anise and licorice are prominent, and the alcohol appears on the finish but really, this doesn't taste like a 16% beer. While on the sweeter side for a stout, this is very very well balanced. A long, smooth finish with dark fruit and some milk chocolate round out the palate. Medium in body with carbonation a touch higher than it need be, this is fabulous. While it darn near killed me, I had no problems with my 6oz pour, and wish I could have had more.

Photo of srandycarter
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Black or damn near it, slight dark reddish hue - maybe. Small head to ring fast. Some small sudsy lace.

S - Booze. Molasses and lots of ripe or cooked dark fruit. Maybe a slight tinge of mocha underneath, but not a big player here.

T - Dy no mite. All of the smell traits come together in a very mature, very potent, balanced blend of flavors.

M - Creamy, medium bodied good coating. Nice balance for such hugeness.

D - Check please. It was nice, though.

Photo of rye726
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours near black with shades of mahogany. Silky mocha head has very good lacing and retention for a stout of this size.

Nose has big roasted malts, chocolate fudge, coffee, molasses, ripe pitted fruits and complex alcohols.

Taste has rich malts, cocoa, espresso, licorice, molasses, dark fruits, toffee, caramel and peppery alcohol.

Creamy body is well carbonated and hides the booze quite well.

Not sure if it's the age of just a superior batch, but this is yards above the 2nd edition.

Photo of rfgetz
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Jet black. No head. Looks like an oil slick on top.

S- Dark roasted malt. Dark molasses. Rich, but not overly roasted coffee. Some dark fruit and a touch of dark chocolate. Slight boozy note.

T- A rich, sweet boozy molasses and vanilla taste up front. Dark roasted malts, dark fruit (fig and plum) and bittersweet chocolate. Little bit of coffee as it mellows in the mouth.

M- Thick yet smooth. Minimal carbonation (by design?). Oily residue and boozy burn.

D- The boozyness of this from the burn to the after effects make this something to be sipped and shared. Quite an experience!

The 2nd addition hides the booze a bitter better and is a touch smoother.

Photo of joepais
4.97/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I stopped by the Loins Pride on the way through for vacation and I happen to have my bottle in my cooler to drink this week. I showed my teen-agers the price on the bottle list they were charging for this bottle $85.00 and then later I showed them my bottle. They thought Dad was living large LOL

I poured my numbered bottle into my snifter and it produced a wonderful two-finger tan colored head that went to a thick lace. The body color was a nice typical black colored stout with tan colored highlights

I must say that this brew smelled fantastic the fresh coffee and chocolate aroma was over the top. All of the big ass boozyness that I had gotten from a sample some years ago was gone. This brew surely has come into it's own. When the teens saw me crack this one they asked for a sip. They wanted to live life large too. My youngest summed up the flavor profile by saying it reminded her of a mocha frapachino. It really had some nice sweet chocolate notes with the coffee coming up in the finish. Again it had no alcohol hotness at all as I sipped away at this. It had a full feel to in my mouth with some great carbonation for such a big brew with some age on it.

Let me now to sum up the drikability on this fantastic brew. I poured the rest of the bomber into an insulated coffee mug and proceeded to make my way to the beach (there was a no glass rule) I sat in my lounge chair and kept sipping away at this till it was gone. It was one of the best beer drinking experiences I have ever had. Would I pay $85 to do it again? I don't think so, but I did gab another second edition while they were fresh. Here's to hoping for the best.
Oh yea I did have one hell of a buzz as the night went on, after finishing the bomber myself. Don't plan on doing much but chilling if you are going to tackle one of these alone.

Photo of blackie
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: into a snifter, coal black in color - some brown coming out when lifted to the light - with a ring of mocha head roused with each tilt of the glass, and eventually dying back to nothing

s: a monstrous, thick roast bomb, black and roasted barley syrups and cola concentrate, smoked meats, rich brown sugars, dark liquor booze, ridiculous levels of complexity

m: thick, chewy body but not quite syrupy, carbonation on the lighter side

t: a stew of thick, rich roasts comprise the body of this frightfully bold stout, charred barley and dark chocolate condensed into a pretty intense experience, toasted brown sugars, burnt meat finish with lingering cola syrup, chocolate covered caramels, alcohol presence perfectly reasonable for the abv, absurdly smooth given the weight of what's going on here

d: challenging but totally enjoyable, impressively drinkable given the purely massive character of this beer

split with dirts on my last night in Madtown for this particular Great Taste adventure, post a near-death experience at Effigy Mounds

Photo of dirtylou
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz bottle, scooped at Star Liquor a solid year ago at least. split with bort on his final evening in town while watching some obscure hunter thompson

appearance: snifter treatment, very dark ebony body, tan char head. looks innocent enough but inherently evil

smell: loads of dark chocolate, fiery bourbon, tons of sludgy dark roast coffee

taste: an evil creation - dark belgian chocolate, smooth bourbon, dark roast coffee, bitterness levels kept well within reason...pretty remarkable in all its power - vinous traits with superb complexity

mouthfeel: creamy with a lingering alcohol burn

drinkability: exceeds expectations - a lot of alcohol but controlled bitterness

Photo of OlieIPA
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Decided to open this beast up all by myself! Considering the fact that I'm Norwegian, adds another aspect to this beer that's very exciting. Anyways...here I go.

A: This viscous and black liquid poured just like any good Imperial Stout should and developed a nice 1-finger head that unfortunately mellowed away after a minute or so. No lacing was visible and no head seemed to arise after several rigorous swirls.

S: The smell is well developed and very complex. It includes, but isn't limited to, mixtures of rich dark chocolate and strong coffee notes. The alcohol "hotness" comes off as almost wine like, creating this very complex...yet delicate balance of sweet and roasted malts.

T: The initial taste is very unique... and delicious I might add. The first sip can be best described as a very roasty dark fig/coffee combination. I didn't detect any robust dark chocolate flavors that the aroma indicated, but there was some sort of flavor similar to it lingering throughout the whole beer. The finish (like the bottle description indicates), reminded me of a very strong cabernet sauvignon or merlot...at least with the alcohol bite and dry-like qualities.

M: Thinner that what the pour indicated...but I seriously think this might be due to the high alcohol content of this beer. Anyways, full body for the most part...with a very distinct dry finish.

D: This is a category that I have a hard time giving a score to. Many times...I'm confused whether to score this beer on personal preference or based how well and easy it might be for all beer drinkers to actually consume. For this brew...I can honestly say that I was impressed with both aspects. A complex flavor that masked the alcohol content better than any beer I've ever had.

Overall: Is this an epic beer? It's on the cusp of being one...but I feel still lacks some of those qualities that make me grin when one does reach my palate. A great brew that is worth seeking out and devouring by yourself. Cheers!

Photo of clvand0
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a gift from a local bar owner.

Pours a very dark black color with a small head, a little lacing, and shows a lot of legs on the glass. The aroma is very full of dark fruits, sweetness, and chocolate. Reminds me of the Dogfish Worldwide, but with a bit more alcohol in the aroma.

The flavor is amazingly complex and completely covers the palate. Alcohol, chocolate, maltiness, fruits, coffee ... I could go on and on. This is one to sit and sip on. Luckily I got to share it with about five other people (had to drive home).

The mouthfeel is thick and oily as it coats the mouth and doesn't go away. The drinkability is good even though it has such high alcohol.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Once again thank you oglmcdgl for breaking out this gem for the "let's get drunk" tasting. This one for sure helped at 16%. Poured into some snifters.

A- Dark Horizon is dark, duh. The liquid is a jet black with some thickness to itself once condensed in the glass. Hard pours yielded no head whatsoever, not even some faint bubbles. No lacing at all from this, just a thin black film from the liquid.

S- It was noted that this had a somewhat similar smell to DFH WWS with sweet dark fruits coming up. Deep roasted malts and molasses. I get some burnt coffee but rather light considering it's supposed to be a main ingredient according to the bottle. Dark chocolate makes a good dent while the 16% is well hidden but not completely.

T- This horizon is huge, it took me a while to get to know it. Not your average stout. I gotta say the coffee was not in the forefront as it has faded in this not so fresh bottle. Either way a nice coffee taste that is underneath a big rich chocolate cake taste. A nice malt base built in giving off a nice roast that does not overpower. Dark fruits play a role along with alcohol and some vanilla.

M- The carbonation on this was on the low end and barely noticable, but it's there. This one has a nice step above medium bodied feel. For the size of this I was expecting a thicker feel The alcohol is there in the feel but this could of been way hotter, it's masked well. A bit chewy while this one begs to be sipped.

D- This one was huge, 16% to be exact but it did not taste like it. Once I stood up that's a different story all together. Very small sips are some patience are needed for this one cause it is very unique & takes time getting use to. The alcohol got a bit much and hot when this reached true room temp but I kind of enjoyed the burn. Do not attempt to drink a whole bottle to your head, I don't think it can be done.

Photo of mynie
4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bit of a soapy pour, for an RIS. Big oilslick head, dies quickly. Very dark, but still a tiny bit translucent.

Smells like oh my goodness gracious. Vinous roasted malt, like a Cabernet made out of barley instead of grapes. Big coffee nodes, too.

Tastes even better than it smells. This is superbly brewed, right here. Crisp barely and distinct hops--American tasting, strange enough--moving into the winedark middle of roasted chocolate, floral malt (?), light burny alcohol, and bloodred wine. Notice the two "wines" in there. That's intentional.

This packs quite a wallop but it's aged spectacularly so there's no harshness whatsoever. A dangerously delicious beer. Gotta try an track down the newer vintage.

Photo of lackenhauser
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Jet black in color though seems a touch "muddy". Very nice, tight thin dark tan head on top. Deep aroma of licorice with a distinct "port" quality to it. Heavy licorice flavor. Mild burnt sugar. Definate alcohol heat to it. Deep, roasted, almost burnt bitterness. Dark chocolate. Sticky and syrupy mouthfeel. The bitterness and alcohol heat tend to linger a bit. The long range finish is fairly dry, suprisingly. Definately an interesting beer and honestly quite the sipper. Have wanted to try this since I first saw it years ago. Thanks to gilgemesh and med for this prize from their LIF.

Photo of Overlord
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, sort of thin looking black, if that make any sense. Large brown foam with tan edging. Quite pretty.

Smells like dark malt and grainy, rummy, dark fruit-y booze. Oddly, almost no roasted component in the nose.

Really explosive flavor, but very unusual for a beer of this type. Huge fruit profile, dark plums, figs ... and a huge molasses booziness to it. There's a bit of chocolate and coffee, but not much. It's a really unique beer. The alcohol is not well hidden, and it's definitely a sipper, but I enjoyed it quite a bit. Mouthfeel a bit thin for me.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black and viscous with no head to speak of, but a nice silky look. Nice aroma of sweetened coffee, some roastiness, dark fruit, and a subdued booziness as well as a fair bit of vanilla. Huge flavors, and a bit over the top, but in a good way this time. Big sweetened coffee flavors with bitter, but fresh brewed tasting coffee, a good bit od demerara sugar, some heat from the alcohol, some roastiness, a bit of nuttiness, and some dark fruit, including berries and figs. Quite complex, and the touch of fresh cream flavor throughout marries nicely with the sweetness to balance the long bitter roastiness and booziness. A little harsh in the mouth, even after aging a bit, but fairly silky after the initial alcohol and tannin hit. Very enjoyable sipper nice as a special treat, but huge.

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was lucky enough to be there with treyrab and jac5084 on the night that this one came out of the cellar. A perfect atmosphere to be trying this in, well lit, with a bunch of other beer advocates. Poured into a 10 oz snifter...

A: The quintessential look for a Russian Imperial Stout. Only a little bit of head that quickly dissipates...really with that much alcohol did you expect it to stay around long? Extremely dark and creamy.

S: Soy sauce, bourbon, and roasted malts. A smokey kind of smell lingers in the nose as you move away from the beer.

T: 16% ABV is only evident on the exhale, which surprised me, I thought for sure that something this high woulda been found in the smell or the taste profile, but nothing! Taste is light coffee with some very dark chocolate notes. Slightly salty soy-sauce like flavor with a little bit of malty sweetness.

M/D: Great texture and feel for the style. ABV is completely non-evident. A great drinking experience, and I am sure that it was made better by the great company that I had during the tasting.

Photo of treyrab
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I've had my eyes on this one in jac5084's cellar for way too long. He finally gave in and brought this out last night to split with me, nittanybeerfan, and my girl. Poured my share into a 10oz snifter.

A: It really does not get much darker than this. Held up to the light I had to use my imagination to see some brown hues. This was black, plain and simple. The head is a nice, rich dark mocha brown. The head is not big, but with the ABV this has, I was not expecting that. Simply delicious looking.

S: Wow, so much going on here. The first scent I catch is slight soy covered chocolate. Smells decadent. Following that is tons of roasted, roasted malts that play well into the bitterness aspect of this beer. Tons of bitter coffee and bitter dark chocolate. Some bourbon coming through as well, but only slightly. For 16.5ABV, there is no astringent alcohol whatsoever!

T: Damn, this is unreal. This needs to be sipped, but no matter how small the sip, the flavors are packed in there and wrap all around your mouth. Tons of soy covered chocolate beans with a nice coffee infused bourbon. I have no idea how the alcohol does not show in a 16.5ABV beer.

This one blew me away. It is the epitome of a sipper, but the alcohol is makes so incredibly well by all the flavors. I must have this again sometime.

Photo of tjthresh
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pure black with brown head. All kinds of stuff going on in the aroma. Chocolate covered coffee beans, salty soy sauce, and hard wood smoke. Fantastic flavor. Bitter dark chocolate fudge mocha. Throw a shot of some sort of dark fruit liquor it there. Full body. High carbonation. Silky. Warm finish. Amazingly drinkable, not that I'd try to drink a whole bottle by myself.

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 alexgash
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz. bottle from sleek box-tube.

Forbiddingly inky black, thick, and chewy looking. Medium-sized khaki head stuck around for a while. Rich toffee, dark fruits, figs, Concord grapes, and liqueur (a bit boozy). Vinous.

Big, rich, dark malty sweetness. Brown sugar, caramel, and stewed fruits. Not too roasty, with notes of bourbon, vanilla, oak, and chocolate. Very warming, and almost boozy. This is a sipper! Thick, chewy mouthfeel for this full-bodied behemoth. Dangerously drinkable, and NOT the hot mess I was afraid it would be! Now I need to try the second edition...

Photo of roadhouse
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My 400th review, this one seems totally fitting on this cold night.

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a snifter.

Appearance of this one is impressive even before the bottle is in sight. Sleek cardboard cylinder houses the bottle, that becomes even cooler after pouring to reveal that the label is actually clear, not black, a sign of the darkness of the brew itself. It's pitch black, you could hold this one up to the sun and no light would penetrate it. The head is only about a half inch thick, a dark tan color, and disappears rather quickly. It doesn't leave any lacing, but who cares.

The aroma is enticing to say the least. It's a firestorm of greatness, just the stuff I enjoy in an Imperial Stout. The first thing that strikes me is the massive molasses component combined with the sweet scents of brown sugar and rum-soaked raisins. Lots of chocolate as well as vanilla. Considering the 16% ABV, this one is not that big on the hot alcohols. Maybe a year has done it some good, I can only assume. The coffee in the beer is secondary at this point. It's certainly there, but not very strong as a fresh version would be. I can't stand only admiring the wonderful aroma of this beer anymore, I need to taste it.

The taste is every bit as exceptional as the aroma, in fact it's even better. The thick and silky nectar and first strikes me as very sweet with that brown sugar coming through strongly, but it is quickly turned around when I begin to swallow to reveal a complex character almost like it was aged in bourbon barrel. The rum-raisin character is quite strong, with chocolate right alongside it. The vanilla character in the aroma is even stronger here, which lends it to have that barrel aged character. Not to mention the hot alcohol component, it's much stronger than in the aroma, though it doesn't detract for me. Something tells me this one could be cellared for another decade or two.

The mouthfeel is certainly on the thicker side of things, but it's not quite syrupy as some tend to get. I prefer to describe it as silky, gliding across the palate and coating it with the dark potion. Its carbonation is somewhere in the middle, and could stand a slight increase. Drinkablity, all things considered, is extremely high. It might take an hour to drink, but I certainly wouldn't mind having another to last another hour afterwards.

The one thing that I am very happy about right now: I still have about 12 ounces of this left to drink (thank you for being in 500ml bottles!) and there's one thing I am very sad about right now: I only have about 12 ounces of this left to drink. This is a fantastic RIS and it blew my expectations away. This one is under-hyped if anything. Trade your kids, trade your pets, just do what you have to in order to get a bottle of this. It might not be worth that, but since it's 16% ABV, you probably won't care until the next morning.

Photo of Damian
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 1 pt .9 fl oz bottle
# 01375
Served in a snifter
Acquired in a trade with mikesgroove

I really dug the impressive looking tube in which this beer was packaged. As for the beer, it poured an opaque brown/black color with yellowish-brown edges. Super thick like motor oil with absolutely no head and no lacing.

The aroma was deep, dark and oaky with mild oxidation notes. Boozy, fruity and somewhat red wine-like. As the beer warmed, the nose turned sweeter, smoother and boozier.

The taste was really complex and intense. Sweet up front. Brown sugar was quite noticeable. Super malty rich. Somewhat caramel-like and far less roasty than expected. Bourbon, oak and dark chocolate notes were rather apparent. Some vanilla came through as well. Quite boozy overall, with a pleasant warming in my mouth, throat and belly. I could even detect the alcohol as I exhaled. A touch of piney hops came through on the sweet/dry, oaky and boozy finish. Some roast was noticeable as well. Notes of caramel lingered in the aftertaste. As the beer warmed, the alcohol presence became even more apparent. Overall, the flavor profile was outstanding. My only disappointment with it was that I could hardly taste any of the coffee that this beer was supposedly brewed with.

The mouthfeel was ultra rich, thick and creamy with a very fine and mild carbonation. Supple. The chewy goodness canvased my tongue like a blanket.

Drinakbility was quite impressive for 16% ABV. Even though this beer was rather tongue (and mind) numbing, the alcohol presence was never overwhelming.

Despite this being one of the most intense beers of any type I have ever tried, I found Dark Horizon to be an incredibly well balanced and outrageously smooth imperial stout. If I did not know any better, I would have guessed that this beer was aged for far longer than a year.

Like many of their Norwegian counterparts, the folks at Nogne O are really pushing the limits of brewing. I simply cannot wait until Fall 2009 to crack open my bottle of Dark Horizon 2nd Edition.

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

Dark Horizon 1st Edition from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
95 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.