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Red Horizon - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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107 Ratings
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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 18.92%
Wants: 14
Gots: 30 | FT: 1
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Norway

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  17.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bark on 12-08-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed with sake yeast in cooled tanks for several months. 75 IBU.
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Ratings: 107 | Reviews: 66
Reviews by Neffbeer:
Photo of Neffbeer
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

8.5 fl oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: It pours an amber color that reveals an orange hue when held up to the light. There was a two finger white head that hung around for awhile. It left little to no lacing.

S: Malt hits first then the scent of bubble gum. It smells really sweet and there is an obvious alcohol presence. As it warms some more, tropical fruits waft from the glass with some spiciness in tow. I have never smelled a beer that even remotely resembles this.

T: Ginger, and tea leaves jump out with an intense kick from the sweet malts. There is a big alcohol blast that leaves my tongue reeling! Pineapple rears it head somewhere in there with some hints of other fruitiness from the yeast. This is a very spicy brew and I am liking it. It finishes very dry and slightly minerally.

M: The feel is a bit thin with low carbonation.

D: Glad I tried this one. Extremely unique offering from Nogne O. I have another that I will cellar for a year or two and see what happens! Cheers.

More User Reviews:
Photo of glid02
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle.

Pours a dark amber color with a half-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of heavy caramel malts with very light amounts of toastiness. Also present are large amounts of sugar-coated medium fruits – apricots and pears – along with lighter amounts of peppery spices.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Deep caramel malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by moderately sweet medium fruits. Midway through the sip the fruit flavors fade a bit and spices fill in some of the void. The fruits and spices carry through to a mildly sweet ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It’s got a nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I finished my glass without any problems however I’m not sure about another.

Overall I wasn’t sure what to expect from this beer and what I got was a solid high ABV beer that wasn’t quite as sweet as I was anticipating. Worth a shot but not worth seeking out.

Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The sake yeast makes the beer. High alcohol is well hidden. Spicey mostly, berry fruity, smooth and big mouthfeel. Amber coloured body.Certainly an impovement on most sakes.
Bottle shared with Jack at The Ginger Man NYC.I would have this again. Unique.

Photo of augustgarage
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 250mL bottle into my oversized (22oz) Dogfish Head snifter.

Orange peel body with amber highlights and good clarity. A very thin collar rings the glass while a smattering of foam floats across the surface like a hurricane seen from space.

Vanilla, along with floral and honey notes suggested by the sake yeast. The alcohol is obviously present, though not quite fusel.

Incredibly sweet palate entry, with a knock-out punch of alcohol followed by an evolving flavor profile (hints of grassy hops, cherries, and Irish Whisky) and concluding with a lingering finish suggesting leather, cedar, and toasted rice.

Creamy, full-bodied, with light carbonation. Hot but not scalding.

The sweetness really holds back the drinkability for me, though the herbal/floral/woodsy finish is very unique - well crafted except for the initially cloying element. A great dessert beer...

Photo of Doppelbockulus
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I was not expecting a lightly colored beer when I poured this, I thought it was going to be a stout. It is very clean and clear and resembles a brandy or whisky.

Very wonderful aroma. There is an abundance of fruit, some light like fermented pears and some dark like raisins.

The flavor is enjoyable but isn't perfect. The good sides include pear, apple, and caramel. The bad side is the presence of the alcohol in the flavor, it starts out like a ninja with almost no heat, but the heat present in the after taste builds through the beer and resembles vodka during the last few sips. Fortunately it doesn't detract from the fruit character.

There is a mild tingle, and a slightly syrupy feel. I think it is good.

Photo of Gmann
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a reddish hue. The head is small and soapy, quickly dissipated into a very light ring.

The aroma is of toffee and caramel, rum soaked berries, and candied tropical fruit. Definitely has some alcohol vapors.

The taste starts off with a big toffee, caramel, and candied fruit flavor. Borders on cloying but then there is a bittering presence that keeps the sweetness in check...somewhat. It is sort of an odd earthy/rusty/grassy bitterness but it is welcomed. Some rum and toasted bread flavors round out the profile.

The feel is full with some spritzy carbonation. Despite the initial carbonation, the feel gets a bit slick in the finish yet has some dry characteristics. The alcohol can be solvent at times and results in some belly burn.

A malt bomb for sure though it does have some interesting balance. The alcohol presence prevents this one from being enjoyable, even as a sipper. Too much rubbing alcohol or cheap vodka presence.

Photo of GRG1313
2.88/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Brewed with No. 7 Sake yeast;

Crystal clear golden amber with an "almost" head.

Initial nose is pure saki that goes very much to lavendar, vanilla oak, sweet toast, milk toffee - very complex and layered nose with something for everyone.

Mouthfeel is rich but very alcoholic and therefore does not really feel in balance.

Flavors are all sweet front oaked whiskey with a sake "kick." Almost like a bourbon that then gets a bit like scotch. Has sweet front flavors of candi sugar, malt and vanilla that goes to a smokey, toasty coffee, carmel flavors, all of which is dominated by a whiskey/saki strong alcohol character.

Finish is a bit whiskey hot with some toasty and bitter malt and coffee.

Interesting; the saki yeast is apparent and initially appealing from a sake standpoint but character turns quicklky from saki characteristics to whiskey with some off putting tastes. All in all not really drinkable; it's "tastable" but not one I need to try again in any respect.

Photo of SpdKilz
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with a ruddy dark amber color. About a half finger of head is achieved with a vigorous pour that dissipates almost instantaneously and leaves very little head.

Smell – Massive amounts of candied sugar, caramel malts, booze, and slight fruits.

Taste – Fruity flavors up front such as plums, apricots, and pears (I taste pear more than the others). Just intensely sweet with the candied sugars, brown sugar, and molasses. The sake yeast adds an odd component. While I will say the alcohol is somewhat well hidden, I do taste some fusel notes.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, a bit creamy, lower carbonation.

Overall – While I don’t really taste the alcohol, I feel it warm the throat quite a bit. This beer is just WAY too sweet (like Dark Horizon 3). I may have a couple more sips of this but there is no way I am going to finish it.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

8.5 ounce bottle. Served in a Dogfish Head Signature glass, the beer pours a hazy amber/orange color with a thin off-white head that went away quickly. There's also a small amount of lacing. The brew smells like toffee, caramel, booze (brandy), pears, bready malt and candied fruit. The taste is sweet and boozy, it tastes like raisins, caramel, booze (brandy and maybe rum?), candied fruit and a bit of sweet spice. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit creamy and coating with low carbonation. I think it was a decent enough overall brew, but there wasn't anything that impressed me about it. It was nice to try once, but I don't think I would ever buy it again.

Photo of Phyl21ca
1.34/5  rDev -63.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Bottle: Poured a light amber colour ale with a small foamy head with minimal retention and not much lacing. Aroma of varnish and loads of alcohol ester is not enjoyable at all. Taste is dominated by paint varnish notes with loads of alcohol showing. Body is kind of thin with oily texture and medium-low carbonation. Absolutely the worse thing I have tasted from this brewer; the alcohol i showing way too much and the paint varnish smell is awful. This is one hell of an expensive drain pour.

Photo of BZero007
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at Rick's Wine and Gourmet in Alexandria, VA.
Poured a 7oz bottle in to my Portsmouth Tulip. Only the ever so small coating of head formation, leaving a thin lace at where it began. The brew is a great looking ruby color and clear. The aroma is of a sweet malty sugary citrus. The flavor from this brew really amazed everyone at the party i opened it at. Every sip was a differet profile that came through. You had a very sweet citrus and malty caramel flavors coming threw with only the slightest of hint of the ABV shining threw. Mouthfeel was great no burn at all and not overly warming. This brew I would pick up again if the price was more suited to the size of the bottle.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

250 mL bottle pours a clear-ish gold color with a small bubly white head. Not much for retention or lace.

Nose is toffee, caramel and light fruit. Nice.

Easy to drink for a 17%er. Lots of light fruit and sweet malt....runs the gamut. I like it...maybe not worth the price, but a very fun beer to have, the sake yeast was a nice touch though I probably wouldnt have been able to identify it blind.

Photo of GbVDave
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 8.5oz bottle into multiple glasses. Thanks to everyone for the assist!

A: Pours a pretty amber color with an extremely short-lived layer of bright white foam on top. Carbonation was pretty active.

S: Big aromas of sugar and caramel with some lighter hints of apple and pear.

T: Much like the aroma with more in the way of nuance. More pear and green apple and maybe a touch of peach. Caramel isn't as heavy handed as in the nose.

M: Despite the abv, the alcohol presence was pretty tame. Yeah it's in there, just not in the levels I expected.

O: Pretty odd when you're using a 17% ASA as a palate cleanser but we tasted this after Edition 3 and Sweet Horizon and only something this strong would be up to the task of scraping the remnants of those other two off of our tongues. This performed its' job well.

Photo of donkeyrunner
2.93/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Brassy amber color with no head, no lace, no retention. No nuthin'.

Aroma is certainly different. Sweet hazelnut liquor, raisin, and a little sweaty butt which I'll attribute to the sake yeast. Taste is sweet, woody malt and paint thinner alcohol. Hot, syrupy mess.

Not as bad as sake, not as good as beer.

Photo of DaveHS
2.98/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours clear amber with copper highlights. No head, just a thin ring of white foam.

S-Super sweet. Maybe some candi sugar in this. Smells like a less interesting take on Hair of the Dog Fred. Some nice estery fruit aromas, which I think can be attributed to the sake yeast.

T/M-This is an excessively sweet American Strong Ale, which is fine, but the booze is too much. Gets really hot mid-palate,. leading into a dry, sharp finish. An unpleasant flavor in the finish reminiscent of dirt. Not much complexity to be found here. Full bodied and sticky, with low carbonation.

O-It's okay I guess, but definitely not worth what they're charging for an 8 ounce bottle.

Photo of rarbring
4.8/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is clear, cognac-colored, a very small white head. Enormous curtains. Looks intriguing.

The smell is full of straw, dry grass, ripe pears, and with a little knowledge sake overtones.

The taste is sweet, syrup, sherry, brandy, vinous tones, some yeast influence, could have been a Sauternes.

Nearly no carbonation, oily and soft.

Perfect replacement for a dessert wine, or really a better variant. Bottle sampled at a beer tasting at De Klomp, Linköping, Sweden.

Photo of rand
2.67/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

8.5 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Red Horizon pours viscous and oily, muddy apricot in color, forming almost no head. In fact, the completely opaque brew shows little signs of carbonation.

S: Streams of alcohol volatiles propel strong notes of burnt sugar and overly ripened fruit. Toffee and a touch of drying yeast linger in the backdrop.

T: The sugar and alcohol immediately assault your palate - the aging process here accentuates the alcohol flavors, I'd have guessed this is in the low 20's. This is one sweet brew, like grainy corn syrup-alcohol. A general ripe-fruit note follows, amplifying the cloyingly sweet overtone. A touch of hop resin sits in the back, attempting to tame this saccharine wine-beer, but there's just not enough. The biting alcohol and sugars close the sip.

M: This is one of the more oily, viscous brews you'll come across. And it completely lacks carbonation, without which advances a treacly experience.

I'm always a sucker for beers that go big, especially of the experimental variety, but this is just hard to drink. It's not off-putting, I made it through the glass, but something's awry when wishing to share an 8.5 oz offering. The beer seemed to wallow somewhere in between a sugary barley wine and a liqueur, without redeeming flavors. Next time some hop freshness (or are they just getting slaughtered by the sake yeast and unique aging process?)? Definitely some carbonation.

Photo of Thorpe429
2.32/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of ygtbsm94. Served in a sampler glass. Pours a moderate amber color with a short head. Nose carries some of the sake yeast, which isn’t terribly tasty when paired with the underlying malt character. A bit of booze, though not excessive for the alcohol level. Very strange. Not a fan at all.

Photo of dpnelson1978
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

250ml bottle into glass snifter.
40°F

$14.99 / ea.

A: Hazy burnt sienna (seriously, Google it!) body and just the briefest burst of white bubbles. Leaves no lacing and only the slightest hint of a ring of cover. Given the abv the lack of head is understandable.

S: Immediately sweet and boozy. Fruit abounds with hints of citrus and pear mixed with molasses and brown sugar. Flower notes just add to the extreme complexity Very interesting, and enjoyable.

T: Boozy and sweet, just like the nose. Herbal and slightly grassy, with a ripe banana flavor and molasses flavor. Potent, savor it alone.

M: Light body and lightly carbonated. Almost evaporates off the tongue like a spirit, cooling the hotness.

D: This one takes some time. Sip slowly and enjoy it as it warms. Not a session beer by any means, but fantastic for the style. Great experience from start to finish.

O: Great beer. This one will be given out over Christmas.

Photo of crossovert
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

8.5 oz brown bottle, wrapped in white tissue paper and packaged in a red metal tin.

It pours an intriguing peach/bronze color with a slight hint of red. I was abole to get a large, sudsy white head form it that rose to the top of the snifter. It dissipated quickly at first then mellowed down and slowly receded the last quarter way leaving some nice lacing.

The smell is sweet and malty. Sugar cookie, icing, cotton candy, candy corn, it is predominantly sugar, but it is many different shades of sweet. There is a bit of alcoholic twang that comes with a heavy sniff. It is a smell you seldom come across in beer, and it is great.

The flavor is big and bold. Tons of sweetness here. However it isn't one dimensional. With the high alcohol it brings some alcoholic pungency but there is also some hops that add just a little spritz of bitterness that does a little bit to cut down on the sweetness. There is an almost apple sweetness in there, like candy apple that really carries the flavor. It also has some nuttiness almost like nutty marzipan that is nice.

The mouthfeel is thick and sugary with a nice alcoholic bite.

Overall it is a sipper, a true dessert beer, one that packs a punch and warms you immensely. That being said, it came acorss as one dimensional. It isn't a dark roasty beer and I think that hinders it. It is a style all its own however and you have to give it credit for that.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a Dirty John's tulip pint glass.

I just couldn't resist this bottle. Stupid successful marketing. It pours a slightly hazy golden amber topped by half-finger of lightly dirty white foam. The nose comprises maple syrup, honey, rich caramel, oats, and sweet corn. The taste holds notes of rich, sweet caramel, maple syrup, honey, thick corn syrup, light fusels, very light cheap sake, and flowers. The body is kinda hefty, with a light moderate carbonation, a slightly chewy feel, and a drying finish. Overall, this was a thoroughly interesting experiment in brewing, but not a successfully tasty or drinkable one, in my opinion. It was just far too sweet and bruising for me to really get all that much enjoyment out of it.

Photo of avalon07
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an orange-yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A very strong smell of citrus, yeast, alcohol, and a some malt.

T: An interesting combination of flavors here. Light, tropical fruits, malt, and yeast all appear. The alcohol is quite noticeable, but not obnoxiously so.

M: A fair amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Lots of alcohol burn. Medium-bodied.

D: A well made beer, and drinkable, but not something I think I could drink a lot of.

Photo of brystmar
3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This small 8.5oz bottle comes masked in a large aluminum cylinder sporting Japanese characters intertwined with the Nøgne Ø logo.

A: pretty red color, nicely translucent; zero head and only hints of beady lace. Pretty standard for a high-gravity brew like this.

S: booze, sweet malts, floral hops, more alcohol, funky yeast. Definitely reminiscent of sake, but overwhelmed by the ever-present heat.

T/M: thick and chewy, nicely coats the inside of your mouth. Spicy w/sweet malts and fruit first; booze and yeast not far behind. Sugary sweetness quickly fades behind the hops though. Lingering finish is bone dry, bitterly hoppy, and burny as it sinks down into your system.

D: I found this to improve as it warmed from serving (~50-55F) temperature, but still not to a reasonable point. This would be a much better brew at 12%.

Photo of superspak
4.14/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8.5 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating anywhere. Pours very hazy reddish orange color with a small off white head that recedes almost instantly as expected. No lacing on the glass; with some carbonation streaming up from the bottom. Aromas of big raisin, prune, fig, caramel, molasses, bread, tobacco, oak, toasted malt, and other light fruitiness. Nice and well balanced aromas; and not boozy at all like I was expecting. Taste of big caramel, toffee, molasses, raisin, apricot, prune, biscuit, herbal spiciness, tobacco, earthiness, and light fruitiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark fruit, caramel, and light spices on the finish for a while. Very malty flavor profile, but is not cloying at all. Light-medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and thick mouthfeel. This is definitely a sipper, but it goes down quite smooth for the ABV. Alcohol is insanely well hidden with only a warming after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent beer brewed with sake yeast. Tons of well balanced flavor and complexity; with nice smoothness for the level of alcohol.

Photo of rootbeerman
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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A: pours looking like dark unfiltered honey color. very short lasting fizzy head that is light tan but does leave a bit of a halo around the glass.
S: potent, opening the bottle fills the room. very sweet malt with some alcohol, also some fruit.
T/M: I've had weaker ABV beers that seem more boozy. sweet malt that hides most of the ABV very well. the flavor has some caramel, light baked apple, and for 75 IBU its not all that bitter. there is a yeasty flavor im not familiar with which im assuming is the sake yeast.
D/O: more of a sip around dessert or as a dessert, and is a sipping beer in general. want to know how this would be with a few years on the bottle.

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