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

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Reviews: 64
Hads: 103
Avg: 3.56
pDev: 20.79%
Wants: 10
Gots: 34 | FT: 4
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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 emerge077
1.96/5  rDev -44.9%
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.

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Photo of sentomaster
1.47/5  rDev -58.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

A: Pours a dark chocolate color with a few tan bubbles able to poke through the top.

S: HOLY SWEETNESS this is sweeeet. smells like a pan of melted chocolate poured into a pot of caramelized sugar.

T: Right in line with the nose, except now you're drinking that pot... Big boozy, sugar covered finish like chocolate and sugar covered raisins with rum filling (not rum soaking,rum FILLING)...ya, not good.

M: Chewy, thick, and syrupy like a liquid desert. If it wasn't for the palate-destroying, cloying sweetness this would bode well for a big stout.

O: The worst beer I've ever had.

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Photo of Arbitrator
1.75/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Thanks, Nick.

A: Pours a dark maroon body with a smattering of tan bubbles on top of the beer.

S: Molasses, candi sugar, anise, and enough clove that I find myself thinking: this reminds me of Coke. Nanoslug blurted out with the same observation later. Very amusing.

T: Anise, chocolate, molasses, candi sugar, vanilla... Sweet things. It has a peppery, clove-y bite in the finish that accentuates the booze and, again, reminds me heavily of barrel-aged Coke Vanilla.

M: Thick and syrupy, the sort of mouthfeel I'd look for in a heavy, dessert-style stout. This is offset a bit by the rich, solventy alcohol aftertaste, but in total honesty this does more right than wrong. And I'm pleased that the brewery recognized that this is best sold in a small bottle.

O: I'll be kind and call this abysmal.

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Photo of Klym
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into new glarus glassware.

A: Pours a dark, basically black syrupy brown. A few clear bubbles on the pour that gradually gathered into the thinnest of a tan head layer.

S: A mysterious but powerful sweetness the shows itself but also proves not too aromatic with a nice layer of fine coffee.

T: I love sweetness, I love big sweet stouts, but I have to agree with others that even as a dessert the sweetness in this maybe a little too much. The sweetness is almost unidentifiable, closer to melted sugars and syrups than anything. The coffee has great character (almost kopi luwakish) and I think is is a great addition to the beer. I think if they could play down the sweetness a little and play up the coffee a bit with a decent, minor, third note they would have something very special with this beer.

M: thick and syrupy but exactly what you'd expect and as good as you can do to support the flavors.

O: They aren't joking, this really is a dessert in itself. I had my girlfriend try this, and she immediately wanted to mix it with milk (honestly, while I typically would never consider such blasphemous actions against a beer, it might work well with this). Something is missing, and something is a little too much in this beer. Great potential, I hope they tweak this with more editions to come.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.54/5  rDev +27.5%
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.

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Photo of goatxpower
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.17/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.95/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
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%.

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Photo of ferrari29
4.01/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into Snifter shaped glass

A - Beer poured with a black colored body; not much foam, beige in color; formed little lacing with no active carbonation

S - Bourbon; deep roasted malt notes; chocolate; smoky chestnut aromas; grape and molasses notes

T - Espresso and coffee taste is prevalent; followed up by a champagne-grape sweetness; molasses-jam

M - Thick and runny; not effervescent at all; smooth and coating on the tongue

D - I could tell from the moment I looked at this that it was going to be good; give it a try, you wont be disappointed; nice combination of dark fruit and roasted malt flavors

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Photo of madpentzer
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of Domingo
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours the color of used motor oil. Thick, dark, and sticky. Not much head going on, but at 14% that's no shock. Looks inviting per the style, those are solid characteristics for big stouts.
The nose is coffee, burnt sugar, and a pretty rich stout base. Again, no issues.
The taste...well...even with the name is a bit overwhelming. Tastes like a good coffee stout someone dumped a ton of sugar into. So much that it's tough to handle much of. Rum, chocolate, coffee, molasses, and piles of sugar. Splitting an 8.5 oz bottle is way more than enough.
An experiment that's interesting but just doesn't work for me at all.
This is one of those situations where the BA scoring system makes a beer seem better than it is. Almost everything about the beer except the taste is fine...but MAN this stuff is tough to drink.

Nøgne Ø or not, this doesn't deserve a free pass.

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Photo of tbrown4
4.69/5  rDev +31.7%
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.

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Photo of glid02
2.88/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2


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.

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 8oz bottle into Globe glass.

A. Poured a 1cm tan head. No retention. Not much lacing. Color is black.

S. Pretty intense sweet aroma. Smells like sugar, chocolate, licorice, dark fruit. Pretty complex aroma. You get a little alcohol smell underneath all the sweetness.

T. No surprise it tastes sweet. Lots of flavors. Coffee, chocolate, licorice, dark fruit, candy, molassess. You can almost taste sugar in this beer. Nice dessert beer.

M. Medium bodied. Mouth coating lingering sweetness. Low carbonation.

O. Overall this is a pretty interesting beer. The name Sweet Horizon is an accurate description for this beer. 8oz is a good size for this beer. Unique, but not one I would probably seek out again.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.39/5  rDev +23.3%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.34/5  rDev +21.9%
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

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Photo of cjacobsen
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of bbeane
3.17/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Poured into a snifter... absolutely no head on this one whatsoever... beer is black in color with no light shining through. Can't even get a decent head on it swirling the snifter

S- After the vigorous swirling trying to get a head... nose is a mostly boozy aroma with a faint malty sweetness

T- Amazingly sweet, but not just malty sweetness. Almost tastes straight up sugary, with a faint coffee presence in the finish and booze throughout

M- Bit watery... no carbonation

D- Very disappointing. Honestly wasn't a single positive standout quality to this beer


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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.78/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Honestly, the packaging is probably the best part of this beer: comes in a tin tube with sweet smelling scented paper. All that pretty dressing begets a petty 8.5 oz bottle.

Wins the donkeyrunner award for most sludge-like pour ever. Tiny, impotent head dissolved to a disgraceful crescent collar. I understand it's 14% abv but c'mon.

Smells sickeningly sweet (which is exactly what I signed up for) molasses and coffee. Tastes thick and chewy molasses, vanilla and licorice with a kola nut fade. It's literally sickeningly sweet but not in the good way.

The reason for the 8.5 oz bottle is that one can't drink 12oz of this anymore than one can drink a 12 oz bottle of maple syrup.

My first Nogne O that I'm not a huge fan of. I like where they were going with this, just the execution was lacking.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.26/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.27/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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