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

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BA SCORE
84
good

99 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 19.09%


Brewed by:
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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Ego

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

rooting around my cellar I totally forgot about this brew

eyes...
some foam in the bottle but it is gone within 2 seconds in the glass, this still has some carbonation running through the glass but zero head, no lacing (obviously) but this certainly sticky in terms of the alcohol clinging up the glass, orange with burnt amber hue, this is as flat as an actual horizon, but hey even ugly girls need loving too...

nose...
honey booze, and some booze, and some more, almost drags you into whiskey-ville, a tart fruitiness is apparent, something like cherries, pretty subdued considering the weight

taste etc...
wow... that is some strong stuff, what might have been meek in the nose is an absolute flamethrowing beast in your throat, syrupy and thick, you do get the hint of sake flavor, really strange but enjoyable, this is such a strange brew, it really does taste like a hybrid of sake and ale, I could see this going great with some sushi as it has punch but is great as a sipper

verdict?
I like it, for something totally different for an occassion (a soire at your local sushi joint perhaps?) this is really good. best shared as this ABV is pretty crazy... good stuff, glad I stashed a few bottles

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 04:14:22 | More by Ego
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Doppelbockulus

Florida

3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 01:10:49 | More by Doppelbockulus
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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.3/5  rDev -38.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 18:47:14 | More by Thorpe429
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 03:43:23 | More by twiggamortis420
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smcnulty1981

Rhode Island

3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 04:58:36 | More by smcnulty1981
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at West Lakeview Liquors.

A - A hard pour into my Darkness snifter yields a thin white foam that dissipates to a few stray bubbles. Muddy orange-amber body.

S - Fruity yeast notes with pears, peaches, red grapes, berries, lemon-scented hand lotion, and a bit of brown raisin. There's a little fusel alcohol still present after two and half years of age, resulting in some mild nostril sting.

T - Taste is more like hard fruit candies mixed with scented hand soap, but with a mild note of burnt tire and paint varnish fusels in the finish. Tangy lemon citrus flavors in the finish. The harsh alcohol notes actually dissipate a bit as the beer warms, which is the opposite of what I expected.

M - Serious warming alcohol that matches the billed 17%. Dry texture, but with the faintest bit of residual stickiness. Very low carbonation level and full-bodied.

D - Very strange stuff. I imagine I'd like it more without the alcohol flavors and burn - perhaps Nøgne could make a 10-12% version instead? I appreciate the appropriate 25cl bottle size, as I don't think I could have finished a larger bottle. I'd try this again in another year to see if it has mellowed, as there's a lot of unique flavors and plenty of depth. Better than I was expecting, in any case.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 00:28:10 | More by MasterSki
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Brad, another beer from Nogne with dangerously high but undetectable levels of alcohol. Beer is orangish / amber and hazy with a thin lazy white head.

Aroma is grassy, earthy, sweet mildly, a little ginger perhaps.

Beer is medium in body and the yeast character makes this beer drink like sake. It thins on the palate and finishes dry, decent but not great.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2012 13:27:06 | More by drabmuh
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks a lot, Brad!

The beer is transparent and orange hued with no head and no lace. Mkay...

The aroma is minty, sweet, fruity, herbal, grassy.

The flavor follows suit, with a pronounced mint presence. Sweet and boozy with a throat-warming finish. That said, the beer isn't super hot or messy, just strong. At 17% abv, a couple of ounces is all you need. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 21:26:55 | More by Huhzubendah
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Red Horizon, split two-ways. Mine in a Mad Elf snifter.

Hazy rosy-red orange. No head, just bubbles collected. At least they're not popping. 3.5

Picking up the rice wine from the sake yeast. Heaps of booze strength, some artificial peach, peppermint, and hard tack candy. Sweet and hot. 3.5

Sweet sake flavor. Some plum, vanilla, whitehouse cherry, oolong tea, and major-league booze. Sugary and candied. Some light caramel syrup in the flavor. Needs a woody character for balance. They should have given this some proper barrel-aging. 4.0

Candied body saturated with sugars and ethanol. Not much heft, though. Sugar water body. Relatively flat and almost spicy from the 17%. 2.0

Truly an experimental brew. Has character, flavor, and pleasant aroma while still clinging on to one or two notes of interest. Probably won't revisit. 3.5

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 20:15:05 | More by thecheapies
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rand

California

2.63/5  rDev -29.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 08:23:09 | More by rand
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superspak

Michigan

4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 06:01:27 | More by superspak
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capra12

New York

3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed out of a small snifter glass. Served chilled as instructed on the tin.

Appearance: poured minimal head, almost murky golden orange.

Smell: This is quite interesting, I get sweet candied green and red raisins. A hint of booze on the nose.

Taste: Opens with sweet malts and a mute hop profile I attribute to the temperature. Ha. cold like the Rockies proves I can't taste much. The booze is barely noticeable on the palate but on the back end, just like sake there is a warmth that builds with each sip.
I let this sit for a while to warm and open up.
Totally different beer as this warms up. The nose is really accentuated by the warmth. The sweet raisins are coming through and the hop profile is more evident now as is the ethanol is.

Mouthfeel: This was more viscous chilled but is starting to thin out as it warms.

Drinkability: I would have this again but I would definitely share that bottle. At 17% try it chilled and let it warm to open up and show you the fruity profiles the sake yeast provides. I would recommend this to those seeking a unique brew with a different yeast.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 00:38:27 | More by capra12
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WankelEngine

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 250ml bottle into a wine glass

A: Appears a ruddy burnt orange with no head and no lacing.

S: The smell is deeply fruity, reminiscent of raisin and prune. There is also a large dose of alcohol.

T: This is very sweet and reminds me a bit of a quad. Ester-y alcohol, fruits like plum and raisin, and bready malt. I also get a note of banana with the alcohol.

M: Virtually uncarbonated and somewhat sticky.

O: An interesting beer. The alcohol can be a bit overwhelming. Definitely a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 21:22:17 | More by WankelEngine
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kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

2.6/5  rDev -30.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 02:29:54 | More by kawilliams81
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Pencible

Virginia

3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a cloudy light copper with a bit of white head.
S: It smelled like sweet raisin and whole grain bread, with some toffee and white grape and sour yeast and nail polish remover.
T: It tasted like sweet raisin and clover honey and toffee, with some whole grain bread and champagne and sour yeast and nail polish remover. It had a clean and mostly sour aftertaste with definite alcohol warming.
M: It was watery with a little carbonation. Light body.
D: This was not what I expected, and nothing like Dark Horizon. Much more of a barleywine than anything, with an interesting and unique twist using sake yeast. The scent and taste were enjoyable, but the body was weak and the alcohol was strong, so this wasn't very easy to drink. Age may help tame the beast, but who knows. It's nice to try fresh, but not worth having more than once.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 16:06:54 | More by Pencible
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 22:55:20 | More by bluejacket74
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GbVDave

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 20:53:20 | More by GbVDave
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SpdKilz

Illinois

3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 02:36:21 | More by SpdKilz
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Arbitrator

California

1.1/5  rDev -70.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 01:21:41 | More by Arbitrator
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DaveHS

California

2.98/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 15:24:39 | More by DaveHS
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

2.9/5  rDev -22%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 17:30:39 | More by donkeyrunner
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

1.3/5  rDev -65.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 02:42:29 | More by Phyl21ca
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 03:29:29 | More by Knapp85
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Gmann

New York

3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 02:05:47 | More by Gmann
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armock

New York

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 00:36:08 | More by armock
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Red Horizon from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
84 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.