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

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BA SCORE
81
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90 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 22.35%


Brewed by:
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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Reviews by mothman:
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter.

Pours very little head. Color is a dark caramel brown.

Aroma: Coffee, dark roast, chocolate, booze, caramel, sweetness, dark dried fruits, molasses, plums, and cherries.

Taste: Cranberries, plums, figs, cherries, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, caramel, vanilla, and a little bit of nut flavors as well.

Mouthfeel: Roasted, thick, vicious, creamy. Full boded with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends dry, but sweet and roasted.

Overall, a slow drinking beer, but this is awesome. One of the thickest beers I have had. A desert beer is an understatement for this one. I like it and would easily drink this one again.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2010 03:22:03 | More by mothman
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afsdan

Colorado

4/5  rDev +11.7%

03-21-2014 02:12:07 | More by afsdan
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Circles413

Illinois

5/5  rDev +39.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was able to get a bottle of the 2nd edition & I have to say that this beer is amazing! It's strong, it's deep & it's very well balanced. It reminds me of bourbon county with a very sweet feel & taste. This is a dessert beer with full flavor & feel. Nogne Ø out did themselves with such a delicious brew!

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 08:44:30 | More by Circles413
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Janeinma

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +11.7%

02-15-2014 03:31:37 | More by Janeinma
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +11.7%

02-14-2014 09:41:48 | More by ejimhof
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ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

2.91/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 16:36:41 | More by ONovoMexicano
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st9647v3

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

11-16-2013 07:07:30 | More by st9647v3
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Benesi88

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

11-09-2013 23:13:01 | More by Benesi88
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

09-20-2013 01:11:12 | More by acurtis
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

09-20-2013 01:04:34 | More by djrn2
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akang

California

4/5  rDev +11.7%

09-04-2013 05:23:10 | More by akang
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

07-27-2013 22:20:06 | More by scruffwhor
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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

07-27-2013 13:25:06 | More by RedneckBeerz
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Doppelbockulus

Florida

3.66/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 02:53:47 | More by Doppelbockulus
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TKEbeerman

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

06-08-2013 02:29:36 | More by TKEbeerman
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MCImes

Minnesota

4.34/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Black, relatively low carb, pours thick. sticks to the side of the glass

S- Dark malt, coffee, chochlate, slight hint of booze

T- I normally do not like sweet beers, but this one was done just right IMO. To everyone who says its 'too sweet'; This is a sweet beer! its in the name! what were you expecting? Anyways, Ive had this twice and have enjoyed it greatly each time. Its a really thick, syrupy, stout. The coffee helps make it almost mocha-y. A little booze comes through, but surprisingly little for being 14%.

M- Thick, sweet, syrupy

O- This is a weird beer. Think of a desert wine thats black and tastes like coffee. Thats what this is. I happen to like it a lot. I dislike most overly sweet beer, but this was done just right. If you're expecting something other than a sweet coffee imperial stout, look elsewhere.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 17:33:47 | More by MCImes
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tbryan5

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

03-31-2013 01:48:38 | More by tbryan5
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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.93/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of ygtbsm94. Served in a sampler glass. Pours near black with a short head that recedes quickly into a thin collar. Nose carries nice chocolate and coffee notes. Some booze. Flavor is a bit too sweet and boozy. Chocolate notes in the background. Quite a bit of sweetness. Medium-full body. Interesting and worth a try, though not something that I’d seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 18:55:38 | More by Thorpe429
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle given to me by my wife - thanks Bryna! Served in a Bourbon County snifter.

A - Pours like motor oil, with a late-forming sheen of bubbles that almost as quickly dissipates to thin, incomplete ring of bubbles. The body is actually a dark brown color, rather than the black I was expecting.

S - Massive amounts of milk chocolate, fudge, caramel, maple, hint of coffee of anise, some booze that could be described as nostril-tingling but isn't overly harsh. It's definitely a bit cloying, and it's not an aroma that I to which I find myself wanting to return.

T - Tastes like a melted chocolate bar; verging on Hershey's syrup here. There's a bit of coffee and biscuit too, so I guess one of my favorite Canadian chocolate bars, Coffee Crisp, may be a more apt description. There's a mildly fruity note that's characteristic of Scandinavian stouts. I like the flavor significantly more than the aroma, as it's less cloying and the alcohol is better-hidden by the copious amounts of chocolate, caramel, maple and vanilla. Arbitrator says Vanilla Coke, which is probably why I enjoyed this as much as I did.

M - Slick and oily full body, with minimal carbonation. Some definite warming alcohol, but nothing excessively harsh for the listed ABV. Finish is surprisingly crisp considering the sugar content and heft; there's a bit of lingering stickiness after a few ounces but less than I expected.

D - It's probably going to take me a couple hours to work through 8.5oz, but I thought this beer tasted pretty good; guess I just have a sweet tooth. The serving size is very much appropriate for the flavor profile and ABV but in retrospect I should have shared this with a friend or two. This beer really pushes the envelope and teeters on the edge of cloying, with the aroma tumbling over the precipice. This is already two and half years old, and I imagine it will age gracefully for years to come - thinking another year or two might reward the patient drinker.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 08:34:19 | More by MasterSki
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t0rin0

California

2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

11-28-2012 05:42:14 | More by t0rin0
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csustar001

New York

5/5  rDev +39.7%

10-16-2012 09:55:57 | More by csustar001
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 21:16:09 | More by deltatauhobbit
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Brad, this is about as sweet as a beer can be and still get away with it. It is like syrup (in a good way) and hides the dangerously high level of ethanol present in this beer. Served in a snifter.

Beer is black and thick with no head, no lacing, no carbonation to speak of.

Aroma is sugar, brown sugar, caramel, sweet.

Beer is thick, really thick, strong, a mild sense of alcohol but overall pretty well hidden, and odd beer, super sweet without being cloying, although it takes you right up to that edge.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2012 13:25:12 | More by drabmuh
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks a lot, Brad!

The beer is dark brown and viscous with just a slight, wispy, dark beige head. The head offers little retention and no lacing.

The aroma offers malt, roast, and sweet booze.

Though the beer is indeed sweet, it is very well done. Syrupy and viscous with low carbonation. This drinks like a sweet imperial stout. Very interesting. The reviews are all over the place on this one, but I rather enjoyed it. A small serving is ample, but I would certainly have this again.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 21:19:48 | More by Huhzubendah
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

05-26-2012 01:15:16 | More by ygtbsm94
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Sweet Horizon from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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