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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
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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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 sinstaineddemon
4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
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

sinstaineddemon, Feb 17, 2011
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 bbeane
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
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

CHEERS!!

bbeane, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of donkeyrunner
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

donkeyrunner, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of sweemzander
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

sweemzander, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of Gobzilla
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Gobzilla, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.23/5  rDev -10%
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.

TMoney2591, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of Vdubb86
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass

Thanks to TMoney2591 for bringing this beer by.

This beer pours a dark syrup into the glass and I don't think it could froth to make head if I shook it out of the bottle. The smell is of molasses mostly with a malty mixture and a backer of fumes from. The backing flavors are lots and lots of brown sugar and molasses, bit of chocolate in the back and some black licorice notes. The mouthfeel is rather sticky and syrupy, pretty flat in general. I don't truly think this is a good representation of the style, but at the same time it's not a horrible beer.

Vdubb86, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
2.53/5  rDev -29.5%
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.

mdfb79, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of Bendurgin
1.98/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

This was a Christmas gift from my friends sister. Sweet! Poured right down the middle of a seven ounce taster glass. Big black body on this with just a thin layer of mocha colored foam that's gone just as soon as it shows up. The aroma is pretty intense. Booze before anything else. After getting past that wall I detect the expected coffee aroma with a sweet black licorice scent finishing out with earthy tobacco and leather. I'd say it works well and smells nice, but it's certainly in your face. Licorice right up front, but too much of it. Molasses to follow, but again, too much of it. Coffee flavor is hard to detect, but it's there, hardly. And let's top it off with hot alcohol. Yikes. This one is just way to sweet for me. It may be great for some but for me, I'm less than impressed. If it weren't for the sweetness this would be fine (I know, the beer is named Sweet Horizon, but too much is too much). Feels alright, kind of like a stout should, but I just can't say the mouthfeel is good when my taste buds are being offended the way this one does. Way too sweet. I can't finish this tiny bottle. I'm glad it was a gift.

Bendurgin, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of jjanega08
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= Pours directly into the glass this beer is a dark amber coming out of the bottle and looks pitch black in the glass. The head is larger than the regular Dark Horizon. The head falls fast to a ring around the glass.

S= Smells boozy for sure as well as quite sweet. Sweet toffee and caramel with thick rich mollases odor coming from it. A little smokey sort of maple syrup as well but mostly just booze and sweetness.

T= The taste is much better than the smell. I actually think it's better than the regular Dark Horizon in smell. A bit of the sugar water flavor I got from DH but much less so because the flavors or the sweet toffee and caramel come through as well. Mollasses is the major playor here as well as a little liquorice.

M= Thick and sweet. Coating and lasting.

D= This isn't nearly as bad as I thought it would have been. I didn't care for the DH because of it's sweetness but this version it seems they upped the sweetness and made the beer have more of a focus. I enjoyed this one after a meal on Christmas Eve and I would recommend everyone to have it after a meal for dessert.

jjanega08, Dec 25, 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 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 jrallen34
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

jrallen34, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of avalon07
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

avalon07, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of mothman
4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

mothman, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of alpinebryant
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Fancy tin can that looks like a Valentines gift with hearts on it, red wrapping paper and an 8 oz bottle.

Pours a dark coffee color with no head and no lacing.

Smell of strong coffee, some light booze and plenty of sugar to go around. If you were to make a sugar drink, this would probably be much sweeter than any that you could concoct. There is almost an artificial sweetener flavor to this it is so sweet. Think Splenda sweet...

Taste of strong roasted fresh coffee, no bitterness really evident this is just so overpoweringly sweet. As for the malt flavor? Hard to pick out among such extreme sweetness. Caramel, raisins, figs and coffee are at the heart of this beer. Thick viscous mouthfeel with extremely light carbonation. As it warms the booze comes more apparent, and sugars become more cotton candy flavored. Very comparable to an after dinner shot of Espresso Vodka.

alpinebryant, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of joshuaseresse
4.13/5  rDev +15%
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.

joshuaseresse, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
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!

ShadesOfGray, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of ADZA
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

ADZA, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of ShogoKawada
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

8.5oz bottle- $7.69.

This beer comes in a tin cylinder and is wrapped in red tissue paper. Little hearts all over the label and tin... If I wasn't such a badass I'd venture to call it 'cute'. Good thing I didn't, though.

A- Great pour- a few more bubbles than I was expecting for 14%. A nice film of carbonation quickly recedes to an outer bubble ring. Impressive legs.

S- Whoa! Sweet. Decidedly boozy. Mild roast coffee and sweet cream.

T- Move over, Crème brûlée, there's a new sugar king in town. This tastes like I accidentally took a sip of my boss's coffee- she needs about five handfuls of sugar per cup.

OK, it's not that bad, just a bit shocking. This actually drinks like milk chocolate- very sweet, almost like a liquid hershey kiss. The coffee is here but takes a backseat to the intense sweetness and chocolate notes. Any coffee there is here is married to sweet cream notes anyways. Think of a coffee milkshake with chocolate syrup.

Where are the 65 IBUs? I can't find them at all. Zero hop presence, although perhaps they're doing some work behind the scenes (could they be the magic tying this beer together?) Some dark fruit lingers. The flavors come out as the alcohol numbs the tongue (that prob. sounds dumb). This is rich, decadent, and opulent times a thousand.

This does taste a bit like Dark Horizon, there's a nice finish to it that really kind of ties it together. Not messy at all, which is a huge feat for a beer with these flavors in it.

My roommate just had a sip and said it tastes like someone brewed a beer straight up with chocolate syrup. I'm inclined to agree.

M- You know what? For a 14% sugar bomb it's smooth, silky, and not hot at all. I would have guessed a hard 10 or 11%. There is no sign of the ABV. I am impressed at how well this comes together considering the cards that have been dealt.

The high sugar and still body work rather well together. I have to give this a 5 of 5 as I think if you gave any other brewer the ingredients to this beer they'd find a way to fuck it up.

D- Fairly low. That being said, I would buy this again and it seems like a great 'special occasion' beer. Given the label art, high ABV, and chocolate-coffee sugar smacking taste, I'd be inclined to share this with a lady friend. Good times.

I drank this on an empty stomach. Three sips in and I already feel my head buzzing. This stuff is not fucking around. Worth seeking out, but if you are pre-diabetes you might want to reconsider.

ShogoKawada, Oct 23, 2010
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Sweet Horizon from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
82 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.