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

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Reviews: 64
Hads: 103
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 17.33%
Wants: 10
Gots: 33 | FT: 4
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Norway

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ShogoKawada on 10-23-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.96/5  rDev -15.9%
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. (382 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.54/5  rDev +29%
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. (1,257 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +13.6%
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. (485 characters)

Photo of emerge077
1.96/5  rDev -44.3%
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. (861 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.27/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Half Acre shaker pint glass.

I think one of our future brews should be named Rose-Hops Horizon (or something like that). Why not? This Horizon, though, pours a slick obsidian topped by a minor bit of darkly dirty ecru foam. The nose comprises rich dark chocolate, chocolate liqueur, molasses, raisins, light anise, and a touch of brown sugar. Tasty. The taste holds notes of insanely sweet (cloying is a start...) chocolate syrup, molasses, maple syrup, brown sugar, and black licorice. The grimace caused by the o'erwhelming sweetness is larger than Ronald McDonald's creepy, possibly mentally-challenged purple friend. (He scares me deeply, by the by. Nightmare fodder for sure.) The body is a hefty medium, bordering on the truly heavy, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly chewy feel. Overall, this thing is far too sweet to actually be enjoyable. Now, I enjoy sweets as much as the next lunatic with a sweet tooth (most of my teeth are sweet ones), but this goes too damn far. It's hard to keep going. Harsh. (1,036 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (1,969 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
2.6/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from an 8.5 oz. bottle into my Portsmouth tulip. Was excited to pick up the Red and Sweet Horizon beers. Found Red good but not worth the price ($14 a piece for 8.5 oz bottles), hoping Sweet is as good.

a - Pours a jet black color with less than one inch of tan head and light carbonation evident. No head retention or lacing on the glass, looks very close to flat.

s - Smells of sweet chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, sweet fruity malts, alcohol, molasses, and dark fruit. Pretty sweet and not overly boozy considering the high ABV.

t - Tastes of sweet chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, licorice, sugar, raisins, molasses, sweet fruit, and alcohol. The taste is certainly why these call this one sweet horizon. It is insanely sweet and not in a good way.

m - Full, thick body and low carbonation, very smooth due to the low, almost nonexistent carbonation. Syrupy.

d - An interesting, but ultimately disappointing stout. I thought the mouthfeel was good and I enjoyed the smell, but the taste is way too sweet. I normally like sweeter stouts and beers, but this one is very hard to drink; it was hard finishing an 8.5 oz. bottle. Overall I wouldn't buy again and if you were debating between the new Red and Sweet Horizon beers from Nogne (though neither is worth their absurd prices), definitely go with Red. (1,323 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.82/5  rDev +8.5%
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. (516 characters)

Photo of mothman
4.3/5  rDev +22.2%
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. (643 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (509 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased in the home of cheap Norwegian beer (the USA), and carried home to Australia to drink with @LaitueGonflable. Put alongside the Red Horizon, which shared very little apart from half a name.

Pours a very flat and very heavy black-brown, which only forms bubbles because of a vigorous pour. However, once the bubbles form in the edge of the beer, they stick around, so thick and viscous is the beer. You have to appreciate that.

Nose is deep and very sweet, with big barrel-aged vanilla characters forming an exceptionally smooth basis. Darker notes of espresso and lightly tangy wood smoke come through, but it's all about being round, smooth, deep and chocolatey. It feels luxurious just inhaling this beer.

Taste is, as the name suggests, *incredibly* sweet. Here, the purported nature of the stout goes out the window, leaving almost no roastiness, no smoke or charred characters, but instead an exceptionally sweet chocolate and toffee flavour that verges towards unbalanced. There's so much residual sugar in this that had it not been called "sweet horizion" I would have assumed this was a stuck fermentation that didn't quite work.

Feel is smooth and pleasant.

Despite everything, and my surprisingly good scores, this beer didn't quite work for me. It was unbalanced way too far towards the sweetness. Don't get me wrong, that's what I was expecting from the beer, but it was still an intense way to finish the night, and while it's hard to fault it on its individual attributes, this is certainly not something I'd like to drink regularly.

A very unique beer, all the same. I at least thank you for that, Nøgne Ø. (1,638 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
4.39/5  rDev +24.7%
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. (338 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.36/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a black color. 1/6 inch head of a tan color. Poor retention and poor lacing. Smells of strong alcohol, roasted malt, sweet malt, and coffee. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, sweet malt, slight roasted malt, and slight coffee. The strong alcohol dominates this brew in aroma and body. The initial sip is quickly followed by a warming of the chest, that is oft sought after during these winter months. (508 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a dark brown with in color with brown highlights and had absolutely not head leaving no lacing whatsoever.

S: upfront it had coffee, chocolate, toffee, and booze notes with mild roasty character.

T: The taste had lots of toffee flavor alongisde chocolate, caramel, coffee accents and a touch of dark fruitiness mostly prune like.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a sweet, fruity, mild roasty, and sticky finish.

D: Honestly was too boozy and sweet for me and was definitely a sipper but would make a great dessert beer. (582 characters)

Photo of dgilks
4.27/5  rDev +21.3%
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. (744 characters)

Photo of glid02
2.88/5  rDev -18.2%
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. (1,025 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
3.26/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

8.5oz bottle poured into my Darkness glass...Conflicted on the appearance. Bottles comes in a cool tin and the bottle is sharp with the plain label with hearts. The beer pours black with no carbonation so that sucks...A really nice strong aroma. Of coffee shows off strong, but the addition of black licorice, candied sugar, molasses and a smokey finish is really great. Very sweet in a good way but balanced by the smoke...The taste is way too sweet, so syrup can't even drink it. Molasses drenched with pounds of sugar. Alcohol finish with a hint of smoke that hides for too long. The smoke needs to stand out if there is chance at all to drink this....Don't like the feel as it warm and syrupy very tough to drink.

Great aroma but that's about it, skip this. (762 characters)

Photo of rudzud
3.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this a while back at Julio's.

A - Poured into a snifter a deep brown hue that is definately clear but too dark to see through. There is a slight head that fades to leave a nice halo but no side lacing.

S - Sweet candy and light coffee. Its like an iced coffee with WAY too much sugar and cream.

T - More candy sweetness and light chocolate/coffee. Really sticky sweet and artificial tasting.

M - Smooth, super light/thin with small bubbles.

O - This really was a poorly exicuted stout. The appearance isnt that bad, but every other aspect is pretty average. (585 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.29/5  rDev +21.9%
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. (620 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.17/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From Alko in Helsinki. From notes.

A - Poured an entirely opaque black with a one finger khaki head that faded to a cap fast. No visible carbonation.

S - Sweet aroma with caramel and lot's of sugar. Some heat was therewith chocolate and coffee. Some roasted malt. Complex and fairly intersting.

T - Really, really sweet. Tons of sugary, boozy fruits. Sweetness that comes out in the aroma is there first then it turns to a harsh overpowering sort of sweetness.

M - A little chew with a full body and mild carbonation. Lingering sweetness.

O/D - Aside from the extreme sweetness this was ok. Obviously you can't drink very much of this in one sitting. This one was definately a struggle to get through. If you could cut back or look past the sweetness there's lot's of depth. (780 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

8.5 oz. bottle served in my Old Stock snifter. Pours one shade shy of black with ruby red highlights around the edges that appear when the glass is tilted. No head to speak of, just a cluster of bubbles and a few soapy spots. Great nose - bourbon, booze, cocoa, dark malts, brown sugar and a trace of vanilla and soy sauce. This is one sweet mother. Taste is reminiscent of molasses and soy sauce. Surprisingly the bourbon and boozy quality present in the nose drops off in the flavor profile. I'm not really getting any coffee (as suggested by the label); however, I feel like there might be some sweet fruit (kind of reminds me of cherry juice,) but it is pretty well-hidden towards the back. There's also quite a bit of sugar happening in here - brown and Turbinado sugar. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a still carbonation and a slightly oily texture. There's also only a residual trace of heat the lingers at the back of the throat between quaffs. This beer is sickeningly sweet and is best shared. It is definitely not a bad beer by any means, but it is cloyingly sweet, nonetheless. Surprisingly, the alcohol is extremely well-hidden at 14%. (1,149 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
3.26/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

8.5oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a thick and pitch black color. Not much head formation; some tan froth. Not surprising though for the ABV level.

(S)- A hugely sweet raisin, cocoa, coffee, and molasses blast. Very sweet smelling to the point of sugary. Almost has a smoky/peat-like aroma as it warms.

(T)- Very very sweet tasting. Lots of prune and molasses with bits of chocolate. Plenty of caramel and brown sugar.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Very sugary sweet with rich candied prunes and raisin. Not overly boozy with the ABV level in consideration, but this is ridiculously sugary.

(D)- An interesting sugary take on the style. Very rich and dessert-like. Even with it being such a small bottle, I am glad I split this with friends; a little of this goes a long way. (792 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, dark brown with red tinge up to the light. Head is beige, almost ochre, bit lacklustre with just big bubbles around the edges. Lace is a minimal affair. Bit meh but colour is nice.

Lots of espresso on the nose - cocoa as well, touch of oak. But mostly rich coffee. Fairly endearing, but for the size of the beer it's lacking complexity.

Taste is enormously sweet, with big port wine notes on the assault, raising and a good belt of cherries blended with cocoa towards mid. Touch of vanilla and a huge boozey hit, oreo cookies, brandy and creme de cacao coming through. The front palate is the winner here, big and fruity with raisins, grape juice, touch of orange. Liqueury and porty beer. Quite pleasant but also quite hot.

Thick, syrupy mouthfeel, fairly untextured. Luckily though the booze is tamed a bit here and it could have been too hot otherwise.

Yeah, a nice sweet stout and a pleasant enough beer. Doesn't wow me given the potential 14% might hold, but its biggest saving grace is that it's not too overblown. (1,038 characters)

Photo of ADZA
4.07/5  rDev +15.6%
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. (748 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (754 characters)

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Sweet Horizon from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
80 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.