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

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BA SCORE
81
good

188 Ratings
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Ratings: 188
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 23.8%
Wants: 16
Gots: 65 | FT: 2
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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Was very pleasantly surprised after having read so many negative reviews.
Had held in cellar for 4 years, and thought time to find out for myself.
Beer poured a deep dark black with slight deep dark brown accents to light. No head what so ever.
Nose was rich candy with sweet dark fruit. Currants, figs and dates. Slight bitter probably coffee influence as much as hops but mostly concentrated malts.Very complex nose, noticeable but very subdued booze.
Rich malty character that has aged into a base of dried sugar fruits with some molasses and tamarind like bitterness. Coffee seemed lost in mix, but clearly added to complexity and depth beyond the sweetness. Very pleasant sipper.
Syrupy smooth mouth feel. Cloying with very little alcohol noticed, and definitely no burn.
Overall struck me as a dark highly concentrated English barley wine. Seemed almost a Eisbock like reduction though flavor more BW.
Certainly not consistent with other's opinions, but my bottle was great...I found this a very enjoyable evening sipper, and worked very well with other flavors...plate of pecans, Maytag blue and a big H.Upmann

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look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Two explanations for why I bought this, even in spite of its middling reviews and exorbitant price:
1. The first edition was amazing, and so maybe I figured this would be just as good.
2. I am basically a beer snob lab rat, and if a product evinces strong signs of rarity I automatically assume that it will be good. It's a small bottle that comes in a can! Oh my, how jealous they all shall be when they see me coming around with my fancy beer.

As soon as I poured it, I realized painfully that the second explanation makes much more sense.

It pours dark red with--I'm not kidding--and unpleasant greenish hue. It looks like sewage.

Smells like the most overpoweringly sweet barley I've ever come across.

Tastes like the most overpoweringly sweet barley I've ever come across. Like if you mixed together teryaki sauce with Hershey's syrup with several cups of white sugar. The nearest thing I can compare it to is Sam Adams' abominable Triple Bock, only Triple Bock was more balanced and at least had a novelty factor going for it.

Imagine adding a half cup of white sugar to 8 ounces of Malta Goya and then sitting it out in the sun for a week so it gets nice and flat.

Absolutely undrinkable. Three people combined could not finish an 8 ounce bottle.

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8.5oz bottle

Pours a dark brown color, some hints of black in the center, no head, doesn't appear to be flat just no bubbles formed a cap on top... hopefully that's the case.

Smell starts out primarily roasted malt with hints of fig, upon further investigation with my nose, I find subtle hints of coffee, quite surprising how long I've sat on this bottle, a little evidence of chocolate grazes the nostrils as well.

Taste is like woah, I wasn't expecting it to be so sweet, roasted malt with copious amounts of sugar just assault the mouth and takes awhile to adjust, behind the sweetness there is some decent flavor, huge dark fruit presence, slight bitter aftertaste of coffee but it's not nearly strong enough to balance this beast, carbonation is very low but there's enough activity to warrant mention, definitely a syrupy sticky finish.

The Dark Horizon's seem to be worse each time, edition #1 was amazing, #2 less so, this one even further down the line and most of the offshoots haven't been impressive either. Either way, I'm glad this is such a small bottle since I'm sipping on it by myself.

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Dark Horizon 3rd Edition from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
81 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.