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

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101 Ratings
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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 21.23%
Wants: 10
Gots: 34 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of csustar001
5/5  rDev +39.7%

Photo of Circles413
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!

Photo of DangerDawg
5/5  rDev +39.7%

Photo of tbrown4
4.7/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Split this with my buddy Greg to celebrate a special occasion.

8.5 oz. -> Duvel tulip

A - Dark, dark brown, thin tan-ish head, no lacing

S - Waffle syrup, oak notes, smoky, roasty, alcohol. There's a lot going on here.

T - Malty sweet, tart up front. Savory, coffee and smoky in the middle. Finish tastes of sweet cocoa covered cherries.

M - Alcohol is present, thin to medium

O - Excellent sipper. 2-3 oz. is perfect. Wonderfully complex and very enjoyable.

Photo of Knapp85
4.53/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sweet Horizon is something very interesting. After enjoying the Dark Horizon 2nd edition a while ago, I heard that my local shop got the 3rd Edition, the Sweet and the Red all on the same day. I stopped in a grabber one of each and put them all in the fridge. I chose the Sweet Horizon first because it sounded better to me than the Red. I opened the tiny bottle and poured it out. This stuff was very black in color with a very thin brown head. No lacing on the glass besides some of the brown tinge from the thick black goop in the glass. The smell was very stunning, it was very strong with coffee, molasses, vanilla, brown sugar and some smoked wood aromas. Probably even more but how much can one nose take? The taste was so sweet like a dessert, infact that's all this beer is. Savor the flavors with each sip, it's worth letting this one coat the mouth and just ride it out. The mouthfeel I thought was pretty good for this beer. It's sticky and semi-thick, like syrup. Overall I loved this beer, I found it to be very enjoyable. I see a lot of people don't agree which is fine, to each his/her own. If you do get this, drink it alone. Not with a meal or with a dessert, just have it as your dessert or night cap and I think you'll be pretty pleased.

Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of Faina
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of yamar68
4.45/5  rDev +24.3%
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.

Photo of jjayjaye
4.43/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a light viscosity...like a cola, but without visible signs of effervescence. Dark with translucent edges and a scant mocha colored ring of tiny bubbles. Tons of boozy vanilla in the first sniff followed by deep chocolate cherry...nicely complex. First tiny sip coats much more than the pour would suggest. The mouth feel lingers nicely and the high ABV packs a bit of heat. The chocolate cherry flavors mirror the nose. A really nice sipper.

Photo of jdhilt
4.4/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a one-finger light tan head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Opaque deep brown color. Sweet bourbon nose. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Flavor is sweet malty bourbon and alcohol. Very expensive at $15.00 for a wussy 275ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me. Sold in a can that looks like it could hold a 12oz bottle.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - impenetrably dark, with a thin filmy dark tan head that dissipates nearly instantly

S - could smell a sweet fruity aroma inside the canister before I even unwrapped the bottle from the tissue paper. The beer poured has a super sweet aroma, bourbon like alcohol sweetness complete with the vanilla-oakiness of barrel aging, and some indiscernible fruity sweetness, maybe berries, some faint coffee-ness is present but stampeded by the bourbon;upon reading the canister, it mentionslicorice, which I am inclined to agree with

T - huge bourbon up front, with powerful vanilla and oak notes, then after a few second a powerful fruity sweetness obliterates the bourbon and transforms it into a strong milk chocolate/coffee flavor down the gullet; some strong alcohol notes accompany the sip the entire way down

M&D - an extremely warming beer, right from the very moment it hits the tongue all the way down the hatch, smooth and silky and complex, even minutes after the sip I can feel the warmth raising from the gastronomic depths, describing this as a dessert beer is both accurate and an understatement, an intriguing beer to say the least, but delectable as well; 14% ABV lowers the drinkability slightly

Photo of MCImes
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.

Photo of mothman
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.

Photo of avalon07
4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick, impenetrable consistency. There was a small amount of foamy, tan-colored head that quickly dissipated. OK lacing.

S: A big smell that hits you right away: Coffee, malt, sugar, alcohol and some chocolate.

T: Tasted of malt, chocolate, licorice, coffee, sugar, with a healthy dose of alcohol. A dessert beer if there ever was one. Very sweet, thick and complex. Alcohol wasn't quite as overwhelming as I would have thought.

M: An average amount of carbonation with a slick finish. A full-bodied, chewy beer.

D: A nicely done, drinkable beer.

Photo of dgilks
4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oily, inky black colour with no head. Good but lacking the special visual appearance that some suds add to the mix.

Sweet with plenty of sugary malt and sweet alcohols contributing. The chocolate note is prominent as is a light, fruity coffee. Some more yeast esters add further depth.

Very sweet malt with lots of esters adding fruitiness. The chocolate is sweet and pronounced as is the complexity that coffee adds. No real bitterness but that is only because of the massive sugar content. I really like this.

Full body with moderate carbonation. Luscious, oily, thick and rich. Nice.

I really like this. It is a massive dessert beer and the combination of malt, chocolate, sugar, coffee and alcohol is excellent. Well crafted by Nogne O.

Photo of ebin6
4.28/5  rDev +19.6%
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

Photo of TK5150
4.28/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Originally rated on 11/23/10...this is a re-review on 11/22/11.

8.5 oz bottle

A- Pours very dark brown with a small light brown head with fairly large bubbles. The head recedes to a small ring around the glass. Alcohol legs on this one for sure.

S- Sweet coffee, brown sugar, dark fruits (raisins and berries) mixed with a hint of alcohol.

T- This is a dessert beer for sure. Lots of sweet, sticky, dark fruits and caramel. Sweet coffee. Not really picking up any chocolate. Finishes with some coffee bitterness and just a hint of alcohol heat, but not nearly as much as the 14% would indicate. Maybe as much heat as a lot of 9% beers I've had. Even with all of the sweetness, my mouth is left dry and craving more after each sip.

M- Nice and full bodied. I mean come on, its an under-attenuated dark horizon with syrups and sugars added. Low carbonation.

D- This is the most drinkable dessert beer I've ever had. I could have drank at least a 12 oz. bottle.

Overall, I like this beer a lot...and a little bit better than a year ago. The taste is the high point. You have to go into this beer knowing its a dessert beer, and take it for what it is (they clearly indicate this is a sweet dessert beer with the name!). All you haters out there can send me your remaining bottles for disposal.

Photo of Benesi88
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of scott2269
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of chugalug06
4.19/5  rDev +17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

2011

Zero head pours. Pitch black thick brew! Dark and nasty tar appearance.

Tons of heady sugars. Loads of taffy, bubblegum, caramel, chocolate, coffee, sweetness...

Loads of gooey caramel and toffee. Whow, coffee. Nice light carbonation, not flat, just low. Kinda funky and European finish. Wet, malty, earthy, chewy, gummy, resinous, grapy. Tons of Port and port finish in this one.

Kick ass in so many ways. Damn near and dessert wine. As the label says "dessert beer"...nothing more needs to be said. Kind of an undependable brew, but still great and should not be over looked. This brew rocks and is highly recommended. Aroma is killer and flavors are great too. Feel falls short.

Photo of joshuaseresse
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a tin of this at Andy's Crossroads. White tin with a red O with hearts in it...inside was a small 8.5oz bottle wrapped in red tissue paper:

A - Dark with hardly any head, but with a hard pour do you finally manage to get any. Light thin head around the edges. Light carbonation swirl in the middle.

S - Sweet milk chocolate with caramel. Kind of reminds me of a sweet milk stout, only thicker. The only bad part about this brew is that it kind of smells of hints of vinegar, which is not appealing.

T - Makes up for the smell. Sweet milk chocolate and candy. Creme Brulee and sugar to the max! Very nice dessert drink.

M - Creamy and smooth. Velvety. In a way it reminds me of the mouthfeel of the 120 minute.

D - Although it is only 8.5oz, I'm glad I split it with some friends. At 14% this is a sipper. It is a really nice dessert and one that I enjoyed. Try it if you can but if you have a problem with sugar then only drink this in moderation.

Photo of ADZA
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It was definately hard to crack this beer especially for the fact it comes in just a nice presentable tin cylinder and is wrapped in red tissue paper,anyway it pours a dark as night black hue with little carbonation that produces not even a half finger head and no lacing,the smell is a very strong mix of coffee,chocolate and alcohol,it has full syrupy mouthfeel which is very heavy with tastes of affogato,chocolate,sticky date pudding and alcohol and as they say on the tin its definately a desert brew its basically like an alcoholic affogato and really does stand alone in this category as its super sweet and as they on the bottle it should be enjoyed as desert and their definately right its one of those brews that you have to at least try.

Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a tiny 8.2oz bottle, that originally comes in a very stylish tin can, and bottle wrapped in a red tissue paper. Pretty much the same packaging as the Dark Horizon series. Poured into my Unibroue chalice. Pours a very dark black with absolutely no light shining through in the glass. A very small tan head forms with light retention, and no lacing. It's pretty obvious this beer has a decent thicker consistency just from the pour and appearance.

Aroma is very nice! Lots of booze, chocolate, toasted malts...and maybe a very distant raisin?

Mmmm...like the Red Horizon, this is also very thick, very sweet, and very yummy! I would say this isn't as good overall as Red Horizon...or even as Dark Horizon. But it's very good none-the-less. Thick, viscous, full body...low carbonation. Mild booze heat. Loads of sweetness, chocolate, toasted malts, raisins. Wow, these Horizon series beers are all worth trying!

Photo of Janeinma
4/5  rDev +11.7%

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Sweet Horizon from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
82 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.