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Dark Horizon 3rd Edition - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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BA SCORE
80
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182 Ratings
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Ratings: 182
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 24.15%
Wants: 16
Gots: 68 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S visit their website
Norway

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  15.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed in March 2008 with Grimstad water, malted barley (brown & smoked), sugars, coffee, hops, yeast. Sat, untouched, in conditioning tanks until August 2010 when it was dry hopped (with Nelson Sauvin hops) and dry "coffeed" (with Den Gyldne Sterke espresso). After a month of dry hopping/coffeeing, it was bottled/released in September 2010.

(Beer added by: TheBeerCarl on 11-23-2010)
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Photo of kmichel1985
5/5  rDev +42%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This might be my first or second online review, but I've tasted upwards of 1000 beers, most of them dark. Seeing this rated so poorly was surprising, because I would consider this the best beer I have ever tasted, replacing the Dogfish Head World Wide Stout which had previously taken that title (and then, only for greatest stout).

Opening the tin, I was hit by a sweet smell right away, so I knew this would be a sweet beer. Pours an oily black, with a slight chocolate-brown head. Nose is sugar, alcohol, heavy malt, and chocolate.

I expect little to no carbonation, but I'm pleasantly surprised. It's soft, but definitely present. Medium to thick mouth feel and incredibly complex. This may be one of the most complex beers I have ever tasted, and the friend next to me agrees. They really went overboard with this one. The coffee and chocolate is perfectly balanced unlike in some of the best coffee/chocolate stouts, probably due in part to the huge sugar presence. The sweetness lingers, as well as a hundred different flavors. Truly the best beer I have ever had, but I can see this disappointing those who can't take the sweetness, or prefer beers with more hop character.

kmichel1985, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of EfilsGod
5/5  rDev +42%

EfilsGod, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of kesweeze
5/5  rDev +42%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It has been a long time since I have been impressed by a beer and this one has done it!

Pours very dark with little head.
Aroma is sweet with a hidden earthiness form the hops.

15.5% and 100 IBUs

The 100 IBUs are well hidden by the exquisite balance of the roasted malts. Quite sweet but, not overpowering (the high hop content helps balance this). Overall very balanced for being such a big beer. The coffee flavour adds a nice dimension witout competing with the other flavors.

Everyone tonight that tried this beer was overwhelmed. Even those who traditionally don't like big beers enjoyed the complexities that this beer offered.

This is my first beer by Nogne and I can't wait to get my hands on more.

kesweeze, May 10, 2011
Photo of FreightTrain
5/5  rDev +42%

FreightTrain, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of hellcatsjg
5/5  rDev +42%

hellcatsjg, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of Jwren5
5/5  rDev +42%

Jwren5, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of IronMickey
4.93/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: well carbonated, dark brown head, not foamy. receded to lace on initial pour. completely opaque black body-- onyx with a hint of light touching the periphery

S: coffee, fruit (cherries, raisins, plums), chocolate, biscuits, with a touch of hop. Incredibly complex, finishing with a hint of heat on the tail end.

T: first sip is chocolate chip cookies with a heaping espresso coat. second shows more fruit. each sip is a bit different depending on size and duration of swig.

M: silky smooth, traces of heat. leaves a sweet coating in the mouth. less carbonation than expected.

D: just an amazing beer. I tend to shy away from calling a beer something I would drink every day, but this qualifies if it were possible.

One of the best beers I've ever had.

IronMickey, May 15, 2011
Photo of TheBeerCarl
4.9/5  rDev +39.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is crazy little SOB.

It comes out of the bottle like a dark brown motor oil accompanied by a thin tan head.

The nose took me by surprise. Initially there are the stereotypical stout notes: coffee, chocolate and vanilla but let it warm up and all you can smell is intense citrus hops, like opening a new package of chinook hops from the homebrew store. I don't like to drink stout cold so I waited for this moment to drink any of it.

Rich chocolate with caramel hits your mouth with light hints of coffee and vanilla. There is next to no hop character on the pallet but when you smell it, you would think you're about to taste an IPA. Its a crazy dichotomy that works for this little strong guy. The heat really isn't present at all which is impressive for a 15.5% beer.

The mouthfeel is as rich as it looks, full bodied (39 degrees plato) with a little bit of carbonation that tingles the pallet.

This beer was given to a friend of mine by a guy visiting the brewery he works at in trade for some stuff in the reserve room. Amazing beer if you can get your hands on it.

TheBeerCarl, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of oregone
4.88/5  rDev +38.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

TheBeerCarl (below) whom shared in this adventure gave a great summary. I would however note:

The appearance was the only non-perfect aspect here. Nothing to distinguish it from the oily and viscous Darkness consumed before (perhaps slightly more opaque), or many other BIG stouts. Not perfect, but excellent.

I found the hops to play more evenly on the nose and palate, with more of a rich herbal contribution to the heavy choco-coffee and crazy malt complexity. There is an interesting earthy/stone note that brings the extra wow.

I found the mouthfeel to be one of the most amazing aspects. Like melting chocolate in your mouth. For the high ibu's, no abrasiveness, just silky and mouthcoating.

Just huge thick stuff that I couldn't get enough of. So damn good that you want to savor each little sip, and hence, an amazingly high drinkability. Just begs for more to slowly enjoy.

I. Need. More.

oregone, Nov 25, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +34.9%

csustar001, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of rarbring
4.6/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is dark, dark brown, a small tan head, no lacing and good curtains.

The smell is obtrusive, dark roasted coffee, dark fruits, candy sugar.

A big sweet surprise, candy sugar, caramel, marzipan, coffee, raisins, fig marmalade, dark chocolate.

Little carbonation, oily and sticky, a big fat body, a warm fuzzy feeling.

This is the ultimate dessert, much better than most other stuff you get.

rarbring, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.55/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark Horizon (3rd edition)! Bottle bought at Whole Foods Tribeca for $13.99 plus tax. Pricey, sure, but so glad I found this beer (which I didn't even know existed, and is available nowhere else in NYC).

Appearance: Dark Horizon the 3rd pours fluid and calmly, more like a sherry or port than a beer. Only a slim rim for a head, and even this disappears soon. This is flat, still and ominous. Black, thick, impenetrable.

Smell: Wow! This could easily be the best-smelling coffee stout. EVER. Acrid, natural coffee- picture just-picked beans lying on a rustic burlap sack in Indonesia while the farmer smokes a hand-rolled cigarillo that further perfumes the coffee harvest. Yeah. Also smoke and cured ham/bacon, a farm in Appalachia manned by part-time coal miners. Intense! Man, I love it when a beer smells like this... it triggers the memory and the imagination. Liquorice and booze to round it all up, plus some mysterious sweetness I can't quite pin down.

Taste: My initial sip catches me unguarded and makes me grimace. What kind of fuckery is this!? The nose did not prepare me for the taste... but a second sip and I'm ready for more. Sure, this is sweet and then some, but in a good way. A roasty-smoky sweetness, like a wacky liquid dessert created in the kitchens of WD-50. More ham and nourishing taste. Cold coffee with tons of cream and sugar. Wood, barbeque, burning paper. A tad of honey, reminds me of being at the kiva of Picuris Pueblo in New Mexico. Wilderness. Oh my! I am in love.

Mouthfeel: No carbonation, but fine. Full body and flavor, super delicious booze. A little too dry, if anything.

Overall: I ran out of beer before the mouthfeel and could have used another 8 ounces to properly finish my review. Sure, this is super hot and boozy, but oh so delicious!! And for 15.5%, not that crazy, really... if it were cheaper, I would buy again in an instant.

DoubleSimcoe, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of SFLpunk
4.55/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at R.S.V.P. in Portland, ME. Tiny bottle in a tin can.

Pours a super thick black with very little carbonation activity. Looks like oil. Nose smells like a big black hole of scorched earth, coffee and black black malt.

Palate is big and aggressive right of the bat. Bitter and almost corrosively thick. At first it's like coffee extract, then like Kahlua, still like Kahlua and then mellows out into a mocha espresso drink taste and then to tasting like (cold) hot cocoa.

Notes: Wow. What a fucking awesome beer! This is seriously thick, but seriously complex and evolves as you drink it. I think some people will probably hate this or not "get" it, but it's damn fine!

SFLpunk, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.53/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 4/16/2011 at Armsby Abbey in Worcester served in an over-sized wine glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, short beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains rich dark chocolate, robust roasted malts and some coffee.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty roasted malt character and a strong chocolate flavor. There is some coffee and dark fruit in the background. The hops presence is very mild but complementary. There’s a strong alcohol sting that mysteriously lessens as you continue to sip the beer (and it’s just because the effect of the strong alcohol). The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Very smooth with some crispness, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, very strong kick, very good representation of style, this is an excellent high-powered big stout to sip on for a long time.

TheManiacalOne, Apr 25, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

jsnoek, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a dark brown color head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with notes of black chocolate and light coffee is quite enjoyable though also quite intense. Taste is sweeter then anticipated with some black chocolate notes and some light liquorice notes as well. Body is full with an oily texture with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol which is somewhat surprising considering the ABV. More of a sipper then something I would drink on a regular basis.

Phyl21ca, Sep 02, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

JohneHoodlum, Dec 08, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

JRod1969, May 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

Zachtheporter, Jul 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

DmanGTR, Jul 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

smithmd4, Dec 31, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

bluesplit63, May 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

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Dark Horizon 3rd Edition from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
80 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.