Dark Horizon 4th Edition - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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4.03/5 rDev -5.4%
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.
01-05-2014 23:20:53 | More by mverity
4.28/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
02-18-2014 01:48:40 | More by biboergosum
4.2/5 rDev -1.4%
Nøgne ø Dark Horizon 4.edition
A- pour yields a fizzy tan 1/4 finger head receding quick leaving only a small ring on the edges. Beer is pitch black in color. 3.25
S- roasty, very earthy, chocolate, hints of black coffee, dark fruits. Some light alcohol, as expected 4.25
T- really earthy, ripe dark fruits, roasted malts, black coffee, lightly bitter. The alcohol is nice and warming. Very well done. 4.25
M- extremely smooth and velvety. Nice thicker mouthfeel as well with lower carbonation. Really excellent. 4.75
O- a lot less sugary/sweet tasting than many Imperial Stouts and very nicely done. A pleasure to sip on. 4
11-30-2013 21:35:28 | More by t420o
Dark Horizon 4th Edition from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
94 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.