Dark Horizon 4th Edition - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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3.99/5 rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance- Pours a very slight amount of head which has little retention. The head is a medium beige with hints of burnt umber while the body is a dark, opaque chocolate brown. Some spots of lacing here and there.
Nose- Pretty subdued for such a big beer. Reminds me a bit of a milk stout but I'll be disappointed if this tastes like a milk stout. Creaminess that mixes caramel, coffee, and chocolate. Some cocoa. Very slight vinous character. Maybe raisins or cherry. No real heat though.
Taste- Starts off with chocolate that mimics Tootsie Roll and quickly moves into sticky, burnt caramel that has slight tones of popcorn and even butter. Definite presence of heat that leads into a mix of raisins, cherry, and plums. Pretty hot but not anything I would call messy. In fact, I wish there were more complexity. It's a solid RIS but it doesn't seem to be a 13 buck for 250 mL's good. Some toffee, maybe even a little bit of vanilla. There is some coffee but not as present as the label would suggest. This seems to have been released about 7 months ago, so perhaps that has faded. Pretty good balance and integration for such a strong beer. Good to really good but lacks the complexity to go beyond that. Definitely reflects the Muscavado sugar in its sweetness but does not commit the sin of being cloying. Starts to show more of the fruit esters (cherry, plum, raisins) which balance well with the chocolate notes. Closer to really good but definitely a sipper.
Mouthfeel- Very close to heavy bodied with lots of syrup to the texture. Very little carbonation, just very thick and very sugary. Some smoothness that is somewhat disrupted by the heat.
Drinkability- Pretty accessible for a 16% beer. I would like it to be a little more complex and for that reason, I do not think it's worth its price tag. I might buy this edition for aging or another edition if it got rave reviews. Otherwise, probably not.
Overall- Good to really good, probably closer to really good. Much of that assessment is because of its ability to control its high alcohol content. Worth a try but if you balk at the price for such a small bottle, you wouldn't be wrong- there is better for much less and more of it. Still interesting.
Serving type: bottle
03-08-2014 06:54:15 | More by artoolemomo
4.28/5 rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
250ml bottle, wrapped in purple tissue paper, and sold in a strange triangular black cardboard box. I presume that the runic-esque characters on the label translate to "Dark Horizon"? I am indeed sharing this with someone I think deserves it - me!
This beer pours a solid abyssal black, with the barest traces of basal cola highlights, and one finger of puffy, and mostly just broadly bubbly light brown head, which leaves some low-lying sheet lightning lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.
It smells of strong roasted caramel malt, hard toffee, a slight lactic sourness, coffee - with a whole ton of brown sugar stirred into it - raw molasses, singed dark chocolate, a woody vanilla sweetness that duly evokes some Bourbon County traipsing, warm black fruit - prune and fig, mostly - and an earthy, musty, and somewhat leafy hop bitterness. The taste is big caramel and toffee malt notes straight off the bat, followed tightly by a mildly heady, semi-sweet espresso jolt, dark reduced sugar, treacle, softly boozy oak staves, fading natural vanilla, oily seasonal nuts, and more understated leafy, woodsy, and earthy hops.
The carbonation is decently supportive, and under the radar in its goings-on for the style, the body near-full, dense, viscous, smooth, and generously creamy. It finishes on the sweet side, but in a well-moderated manner - the near-unseen 100 IBU hops churning away underneath it all, and the fruit, cocoa, coffee, and faux-barrel esters all kicking in for the cause.
I gotta admit, that when I first read the marketing spiel on the packaging, all I took from it was 'green beans', i.e. the sort you have with meat and potatoes - yet I strangely did not put it past this brewery to concoct such a thing. Turns out, all they were talking about was coffee beans, and how they start with 'em young, before they make it into this beer. Anyway, a well-flavoured, and weirdly restrained in its intensity big stout, which means that, given the metrics here - Nøgne Ø has achieved one hell of a balanced offering.
Serving type: bottle
02-18-2014 01:48:40 | More by biboergosum
4.03/5 rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Bottle from Proof Bottle Shop. Pours an inky, lily black where only the thinnest edge is dark brown. Zero head or collar. Aroma is earthy roasted malt, burnt coffee, boozey warmth. Taste hides the high abv better than the aroma. Coffee and dark malt up front, a slight booze burn in the middle, that fades into sweet earthy malt. Silty, sooty mouthfeel, but I wish this had a richer fuller body.
Serving type: bottle
01-05-2014 23:20:53 | More by mverity
4.46/5 rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
It's been quite a while since the last installment of Dark Horizon- but it was certainly worth the wait as the 4th Edition is smoother, creamier and more succulent than past editions and without compromising its robust roasted flavor or supporting sweetness.
Lightly carbonated, the ale pours with a creeping inky settlement. As a dainty creme rises, the ale could easily be mistaken for espresso. Jet black and ominous, its quite an intimidating looking beer. A gentle swirl reveals its trailing brandy-type legging.
Roasted sweetness is strong on espresso roast, dark chocolate and burnt sugar. Its charred scent is lightly campfire-like as more woodish and nutty tones round out the beer's malty aromatics. Mild vanilla, heavy whipping cream and fruit tones give the beer's alcohol scent a bourbon and rum character.
To taste, the beer saturates the palate with black-strap molasses, brown sugar and milk sugar. As threads of bourbon-like alcohol pulls the sweetness together, the flavors are further wrapped with high espresso, heavy toast and something akin to burnt marshmallows. Savory and robust, its extreme flavors rise and fall with roasted walnuts, burnt embers and overcooked toffee here and there.
Its full body is creamy and lush- partly due to its enormous malt sweetness and firmness but also because of its low carbonation that allows the ale to drift into all those nooks and crannies of the mouth. Its slow and lumbering procession is slow to dry, slow to recede; drifting patiently into finish, acting more like port or cordial. Its uncommon warmth says much the same.
Though Edition #4 is as extreme as the others, its roast character is much less ashy and powdery and its sweetness is supporting and well integrated into its roast. Its simply a much better put together ale than those first few attempts.
Serving type: bottle
12-21-2013 19:33:57 | More by BEERchitect
3.68/5 rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured into a flute/tulip kind of almost-goblet glass from Mother Earth Brewing.
Beer is black with almost no carbonation. A meager tan head that doesn't even cover the entire surface area forms and in moments is just a ring around the edges. Minimal sheeting but the beer itself does have some legs.
Aromas of coffee, anise and a strange, agreeable scent I can only describe as fur; it reminds me of a dog I once had. Some sweetness as well.
Flavor is pitted fruits, some coffee and anise: more fruity than anything else. Not particularly bitter. Or complex, for that matter.
Mouthfeel is smooth and thick. Alcohol burn on the finish.
I'm surprised that this beer is as tame and agreeable as it is with the high ABV it has. Probably not going to develop anything extra with time. If you have it, drink it now. If not, I would not recommend buying it at the price point.
Serving type: bottle
12-18-2013 02:44:56 | More by charlzm
Dark Horizon 4th Edition from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
91 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.