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

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97 Ratings
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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 21.45%
Wants: 11
Gots: 35 | FT: 3
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Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S visit their website
Norway

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  14.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ShogoKawada on 10-23-2010)
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Ratings: 97 | Reviews: 64 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by BedetheVenerable:
Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 8.5oz slimline bottle in attractive metal cylindrical canister. 14% abv...yowza.

Appearance: Pours black into two small snifters, brown around the edges with a small light tan head that falls almost immediately to nothing.

Smell: My immediate thought was that this was kind of like Kahlua. It's boozy, but not at all harsh. Lots of dark coffee liqueur and chocolate.

Taste: Wow. Sweetest. Beer. Ever. Seriously. This makes beers like Creme Brulee taste bitter. Creme Brulee is too sweet for me, but this isn't, oddly enough. There are flavors of coffee liqueur, vanilla, and a strong, but not overpowering booziness. The label on the canister says "don't eat dessert, this IS dessert". We totally get this now. There's not a ton of depth here, but it's pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Viscous; 1 bottle of this split two ways is perfect

Overall: This was about $10-11...it's nice as an after-dinner drink, though it's WAY too sweet to drink much of. It's nice, and doesn't taste anywhere near like 14%. Not at all a bad brew, but considering its price/power, I'd not purchase this often.

BedetheVenerable, Nov 18, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

tbryan5, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of goatxpower
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

You got exactly what was advertised with this little bottle. A big sweet stout that is best consumed as desert. I polished the whole thing off myself, which is something that I would not attempt again. I think that 1/3rd of the 8.5 oz bottle would have been adequate. This beer is very good in small doses, but way too much for one person. This was like drinking a fine confection. If you can't see past the sweetness, you won't appreciate it. this is special occasion beer.

goatxpower, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of Janeinma
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Janeinma, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of ehammond1
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle

Pour It Black
Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

Black pour with dark brown edges and a very thin light brown head. There's not a lot of visible carbonation and it leaves the glass oily.

The aroma is powerful and very, very sweet. There's lots of melted chocolate, molasses, simple sugar syrup, and mild roasted coffee component throughout.

The flavor is incredibly sweet, and thus, particularly out of balance. The flavor comes in waves of molasses, toffee, melted chocolate, and sugar cookies. The onslaught does not stop. Incredibly sweet and certainly a sipper without much hint of coffee.

Thin to medium bodied with low carbonation and a touch hot with alcohol. The body of the beer is somewhat oily.

Far too sweet to drink in any quantity.

ehammond1, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of TKEbeerman
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

TKEbeerman, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of SPRichard
3/5  rDev -16.4%

SPRichard, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of glid02
2.83/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Bottle.

Pours black with a thin light brown head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing and decent legs.

Smells of lightly roasted malts with hints of chocolate syrup. Also present are moderate amounts of oily plastic aromas that are very distinct.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though with overwhelming amounts of cloying sweetness. Slightly roasted malt flavors kick things off and are quickly overwhelmed by loads of heavy molasses and sugar – almost as though it was dumped directly in my glass. The plastic notes in the aroma come out near the end of the sip, unfortunately the one aspect of the beer the sweetness couldn’t cover.

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

Drinkability is not good at all. I couldn’t finish my glass as the sweetness was way too intense.

Overall this is one of the worst beers I’ve had in a while. I usually enjoy Nogne O’s beers but there’s no other way to describe this beer than a high ABV attempt gone awry.

glid02, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

acurtis, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of ONovoMexicano
2.91/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Man, I was not a fan of this beer. It's tough to even call it a beer as flat as it was. If it had been called a port I may have enjoyed it more.

The beer had zero head and no carbonation whatsoever. That wasn't an encouraging start. The liquid was pitch black and viscous.

The smell is okay at best. I get some licorice, rye spice, port and alcohol. The smell is pungent.

Taste-wise, it's not atrocious, but it leaves a lot to be desired, especially considering the price tag. Despite supposedly having coffee added, this taste was hard to detect. I got sweet syrup and port more than anything.

While drinking it, I was bothered by the syrupy feel of the beer, the lack of carbonation and the sensation that I was drinking a port more than an ale. One positive is that the 14% alcohol was well-masked.

IN the end, this beer was a big bust and doesn't leave me with a favorable impression of Nogne. Then again, maybe the brewery was aware of the oddity that was this beer and thus had it retired in recognition of this.

ONovoMexicano, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of cjacobsen
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a "bottle" into a snifter. Can this bottle BE any smaller? Poured out a dark, dark brown. Pretty much black with very little, almost no head.

The smell was of everything sweet. Chocolate, vanilla, caramel, with some clove and coffee. The booze is a little present.

Sugared prunes and dark fruits dominate. A raisin-like, molasses flavor plays a tune. Brown sugar and red licorice dance around a bit. Almost a grape in the aftertaste.

It's odd too say. The mouthfeel wasn't smooth...but it wasn't harsh. I guess it was pretty well balanced.

It's pretty effin sweet. It's too sweet to have too much of it by yourself. It's a ridiculously small bottle but for a good reason. I guess I was a bit more surprised with this one as having the Dark Horizon as my last Nogne O beer.

cjacobsen, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of Doppelbockulus
3.66/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown with little clarity and no head.

Take a cup of coffee and drown it with whipped cream, some caramel, and a dash of cherry juice. That's how this smells.

Definitely a stout, slathered in syrup, chocolate, and coffee. I think of this like a chocolate coffee covered cherry that has been soaking in a dense syrup. Desert? Yes.

Slightly viscous, only slightly, and very smooth.

Doppelbockulus, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of davod23
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I'm giving this beer another 1/2 point because of the bottle/tin presentation. Pretty nice. The pour into my HOTD tasting glass is deep, dark brown, with just a wisp of a tan head. Pour is thick.

Aroma is full of sweet flavors. Coffee at the fore, but behind that are aromas of milk chocolate, raisins, molasses, brown sugar. Anything that is sweet.

Taste is very sweet. This is a sugar bomb. Coffee again leads the way. The majority of the sip is quite nice as a dessert beer. On the back end there's a quality that is off-putting - like a burned espresso. That's not great.

Mouthfeel is thick, smooth, with virtually no carbonation. It's really quite lovely. The velvety nature is really impressive, and it lends support to the dessert-like quality of the beer. Forget the cake.

Drinkability is fine for what it is. I had four ounces of the stuff, and the sweetness is pretty dramatic - but considering that's what the beer is trying to be, I can't knock it much.

Good beer from Nøgne Ø. Recommended if you're looking for a dessert beer.

davod23, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Black-as-night body with a bit of a mocha-colored head that disipates quickly, and doesn't leave behind much lacing.

S - They are not kidding about the sweet part, sweet fruity esters, sweet alcohol and sweet sugary chocolate aromas dominate the aroma. I'm getting a little smoke, roasted malt, sweet cooking spices and some espresso in the aroma too, just enough to give the big sweetness some structure.

T - The alcohol is very present, as one would expect at 14% abv, and the honey and sweet apple flavors seem to dominate the malt flavors one would expect from an Imperial Stout. There is sweet chocolate present in the entry, and coffee and roast present in the finish, but it is all weighed down by the alcohol sweetness.

M - This beer is the definition of coating. I felt like I opening one of the Supper Club's in the fridge just to try to clean up my palate after 1/3 of the bottle. The alcohol is nowhere near as abrasive as I expected it to be.

D - I'm glad I got to try this, as it proved to be an interesting experimental beer. It was a much better experience than my run-ins with Dark Horizon (although not as good as Red Horizon, that beer was amazing!). I guess I look at it like the steroid users in baseball. Yeah, they are huge, and who doesn't love watching a bunch of homeruns? But at the same time they're injured half to the time, and bacne... ew. This beer is Left Hand Milk Stout on steriods, and although I really enjoyed trying it, I think I'll take a normal sweet stout on a regular basis.

SammyDavisJrJrJr, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

GRG1313, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of madpentzer
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 8.5 oz.bottle into my Gulden Draak Tulip.

A - Pours jet black with very little head that disapears quickly.

S - The nose is all coffee and roasted malts with a slight hint of alcohol.

T - Initially it comes off as extremely sweet (as the name would imply). Very sugary, with good espresso and roasted mats comming through. I can taste the alcohol, but its not overwhelming.

M - Thick and oily, with very little carbonation.

O - A little sweet for me, but a solid beer overall. Probably should have let this stay in the cellar a little longer.

madpentzer, May 16, 2011
Photo of emerge077
1.88/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

It's rare that i'll ever dump a beer after a few sips, but that's what happened with this beer. Thanks Dave for sharing, reviewed from written notes.

Pours black with brownish edges, feeble foam rises and leaves a thin ring at the edge of the glass.

Smells like a coffee with one too many packets of nutrasweet dumped in. Lots of roast, caramel, cloying sweetness.

Ugh. The taste was wince inducing, utterly disgusting. Dump 4-5 packets of sugar or nutrasweet into a cup of coffee, and this is what you get. Harshly bitter aftertaste, with a sickly sweet cloying taste upfront. Bare bones of a withering stout hangs in between. Thin and astringent, lingering harsh alcohol. Dumped out after a few sips, and again that's rare for me. Spare yourself and consider yourself lucky if this never passes your lips.
Nøgne Øøps I dumped the whole sugar bowl in.

emerge077, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of Devi0us
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Devi0us, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a a deep pitch-black color stout with a medium size dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with black chocolate and light liquorice notes. Taste is note as sweet as expected with a nice balance with black chocolate notes and light liquorice finish. Body is about average for style with good carbonation and surprisingly no apparent alcohol. Not as intense as expected and actually more easily drinkable then I would have imagined.

Phyl21ca, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of yamar68
4.45/5  rDev +24%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 8.5oz bottle to brandy snifter:

Pours a near pitch black with an edge of dark coffee and a thin mocha ring and just a few specks floating about. The nose is massive. Huge coffee beans and booze supported by some dark fruit and soft chocolate. Then the taste... BAM! Jesus this beer is masterfully balanced. Big buttery chocolate with sweet, sweet caramel coffee. The ABV is just right, not too hot by any means. I normally get turned off by especially sweet beers but this works really nicely. I can't discuss the taste without tipping my hat to a perfect velvety mouthfeel that only leaves sweet hot coffee to cling.

Overall, this beer is such an awesome surprise after being so disappointed by his older brother of the sake yeast variety. Highly recommended to any stout drinker.

yamar68, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of craft_is_king
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

craft_is_king, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of st9647v3
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

st9647v3, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

8.5oz bottle

Pours a dark brown/black color with minimal head, what head there is disappears quickly, no lacing on the glass

Smell has a huge roasted malt and molasses aroma, coffee has faded along with any bittering aromas, what is left behind is a very sugary sweet nose and an indication of what is to come (along with the namesake), nothing too complex though and nothing like the regular Dark Horizon's have been like.

Taste is as anticipated, a sugary sweet malt blast hits right away, if there is a sugary cloying beer award this would win, the aftertaste does lend a couple subtle complexities, such as a slight hint of coffee, that would otherwise be more noticeable on any other beer, the strength is well hidden (distracted by, is more appropriate) behind the massive sweetness, the alcohol does play it's part and it isn't a lovely characteristic.

I feel like this one is trying too hard. The first Dark Horizon was ace (expect for the price), the rest have seemingly gone down hill and the offshoots are the worst of the perpetrators.

deltatauhobbit, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of JohneHoodlum
4/5  rDev +11.4%

JohneHoodlum, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of ebin6
4.28/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Not much to look at; pours very dark with virtually no head whatsoever. Some burnt amber coloration swirling on top which can be increased slightly with a swirl

S - Quite boozy on the nose. This bottle was aged for 1 year, so I can only imagine how much boozier it smells when fresh. Coffee is noticeable, but the more complex flavors present when tasting are harder to sniff out

T - Incredibly rich and complex. Begins with a bourbon-esque taste which quickly gives way to coffee and chocolate. One of the more interesting beers I've tasted

M - Great feel all around; a swish intensifies this, particularly on the front of the tongue

O - Top notch "dessert beer". I would recommend this to anyone who is interested even with the steep price per ounce

ebin6, Nov 25, 2011
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Sweet Horizon from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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