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

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106 Ratings
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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 19.19%
Wants: 14
Gots: 30 | FT: 1
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Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S visit their website
Norway

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  17.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed with sake yeast in cooled tanks for several months. 75 IBU.

(Beer added by: bark on 12-08-2009)
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Photo of Bonko_the_sane
1/5  rDev -73%

Photo of Arbitrator
1.1/5  rDev -70.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Chilled bottle into a glass. Shared by Nick.

A: Pours a clear, honey-gold body with very few beige bubbles (quickly vanishing). The appearance betrays this beer's ABV.

S: Sugary sweet, with a cloying, nearly candi-sugar like aroma. Should I take out a second mortgage, Patrick Rue?

T: Super-sweet, in a caramelized raisin expression. Toffee, rum, gah.

M: Incredibly boozy, sweet, and oily. Just a flurry of things I hate in very strong form.

O: I want to say nice things about this beer because it's rare, gimmicky, and expensive-... what's that, you say? Those don't count for shit in Arbitrator's world? Oh.

Photo of Phyl21ca
1.3/5  rDev -64.9%
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 Nichols33
2/5  rDev -45.9%

Photo of Thorpe429
2.3/5  rDev -37.8%
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 whartontallboy
2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of kawilliams81
2.6/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Half Acre tulip.

A- cloudy dark orange, 1 finger white head. Some clumps on the glass.

S- booze, I want to say rice bit that could just be because of the sake yeast. Dark fruits, candi sugar.

T- Phew! Not sure what to make out of this one? Sweet, cloying malt, dark fruits, almost a peat flavor in there, and a lot of alcohol.

M- medium body but thinner. Slightly syrupy but not much. Alcohol burn at finish.

O- don't know what to say? Not the worst beer but a very hard to drink one.

Photo of rand
2.63/5  rDev -28.9%
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 Chico1985
2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of GRG1313
2.8/5  rDev -24.3%
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 donkeyrunner
2.9/5  rDev -21.6%
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 kayrex
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of beerist
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of BierVogel
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of brystmar
3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
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 Knapp85
3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hands down this was my least favorite of the Horizon Series. The beer poured out as a golden orange color with a fizzy white head that lasted less than a minute. The beer has no lacing and visually doesn't looking that appealing. The smell of the beer was boozy and had some herbal spicy aromas to it. The taste of the beer should have a bit more flavorful I think, I wasn't able to pick up much of the sake yeast or anything else that was in there. It just tasted like a really strong beer. The mouthfeel was thick, had some good carbonation but just wasn't thrilled by it in the long run. Overall I found myself really bummed about this brew. I expected it to be more like the Sweet & Dark Horizons somehow. This to me wasn't worth the $15 a bottle. I loved the packaging but that's about all.

Photo of smcnulty1981
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: poured very hazy little to no head with a few white bubbles floating around the color was a orange brown and there was some lacing and noticeable alcohol legs on the glass

S: although the style didn't dictate it smelled a lot like a dibble lots of dark fruit raisins with a vineous quality the sake yeast deffenitly comes through but the trac alcohol from the smell brings this beer down a bit

T: not much alcohol burn which is great for a 17% abv beer much like the nose there is a lot of dark fruit quality in the taste however the sake yeast seems to over power everything just a little bit perhaps it could have been a little more subtle

M: a medium heavy feel not the heavyist I've had but it had that very sticky syrupy feeling that some higher alcohol beers can have

O: although the alcohol is lower the taste on this is very similar to Utopias but Utopias had a smother less sticky texture to it and also the test on this is very comparable to Chimay red all together this beer was ok it was a great idea that could have been executed a little bit better

Photo of SpdKilz
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
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 TMoney2591
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
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 ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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

Bottle from Perry's Liquor in Livermore, CA

A - Poured a copper color with an off white head that leaves some lacing behind

S - Is of sweet malt with some fruit and lots of alcohol

T - Starts off sweet with some fruit flavor but there's a ton of alcohol in the finish not hidden at all its like drinking liquor

M - This beer has a fuller body with medium carbonation to it

O - I'm split on this one I wanted to really like this beer and I did like the taste until I swallowed it making each sip feel like I just took a shot I like big beers but this one is over the top for me I'd suggest saving your money or getting something else

Photo of jrallen34
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

8.5oz bottle poured into my Darkness glass...Hazy dark gold with a light tan head, not a ton of retention or lacing...Interesting aroma, lemons, tea, cloves, light pepper, alcohol, tons going on, but has a weird chemical tea smell that is off putting to me...Taste has more the same qualities, lots of tea, pepper, soap, sake taste. This is bitter, chalky, and chemical, not my thing. The alcohol comes through much stronger than the nose, not appealing.

Too much going on here, totally missed the mark. Not worth trying.

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 2011 release into a Vertical Jewbelation glass. Also, Sake yeast is apparently the same as Lager yeast (though this is made with a famous one.
Pours a hazy orange/red with a finger of soda pop style head, nice lacing.
The smell is malt heavy and a touch tart. Caramel, (oh goddammit, I snorted some up my nose) sour green apple, earth, lemon and no booze, which is a surprise.
Way too sweet, I'm sure that gets better with age. Mostly caramel, cotton candy, slight citrus and more sugar. Thick going down. Super heavy beer. This can't be 75 IBU, no real bitterness that I can detect.
This is a knockout beer, not in a great way. HOWEVER, I would love to age one and try it out. I'm sure that aging is the key. Solid background, just far too sweet fresh.

5/26/11 One in the cellar.
I WILL AGE AND RE-REREVIEW.

Photo of Gmann
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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