Horizon Tokyo Black
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Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #67
Ranked #1,062
4.36 | pDev: 10.32%
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stevoj from Idaho

4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at share, courtesy of Buckeyeboy. Solid black pour with a thin ring of beige head.Big, rich roasty aroma , dark chocolate. Taste is more of the big roast malts, ashy, chocolate, raisins. Thick and full.

Aug 02, 2021
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jrenihan from Canada (ON)

3.75/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

The nose is smoky, with soy sauce and charred malts. Not an overpowering smell, surprisingly. Flavour is big, but more restrained than one might expect. Soy sauce, dark chocolate, smoke and a dose of alcohol heat. Drinkable for 16% abv, but that isn't saying much - this certainly does not go down quickly. Pretty good, but I think you enter the world of diminishing returns once you start hitting ABVs this high.

Jul 09, 2017
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buschbeer from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8.5 FL OZ bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours black and is topped by less than an inch of mocha head that disappears quickly leaving no lacing.

The smell is roasted malt and anise.

The taste is begins with hints of dark fruit and anise. Then I get some roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. The alcohol remains hidden.

Full mouthfeel

It is an interesting stout. It combines a lot of different flavors, and the high abv, while well hidden from sensory perception, is felt in a warm fuzzy feeling washing over me as I drink it.

Mar 08, 2017
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PBRmeasap1980 from Indiana

2.92/5  rDev -33%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- jet black
S- Smoked pork/ bacon
T- Really sweet, smoke
F- Thick and oily like a stout should be
O- Not excited about this one, in fact I only made it through about 3 oz. The taste was really off putting.

Aug 21, 2016
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wordemupg from Canada (AB)

4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

250ml nip poured into tulip 29/6/16

A looks black but has a deep cola edge, finger of dark foam makes a little noise as it falls leaving no lace but to be expected at this ABV, legs and some color left on the glass and it looks like a glass of slow boiling motor oil

S chocolate syrup and fudge, lots of smokey malt, tobacco, prune, burnt coffee, some tar, more dried fruit, no idea where the 16% id hiding

T smoked bakers chocolate if that's a thing, heaps of molasses, still heavy on the burnt malt, there's booze but still well concealed, drinks like a smokey chocolate liqueur

M thick as can be, just enough bubbles to give it some life, oily inside the mouth sticky on the lips, very smooth for the strength and just a little heat and numbing on the lips

O big, rich, intense, but somehow drinkable, I'm not saying I want the stuff by the pint but this little nip is almost not enough for me solo

Maybe a good thing its a tiny bottle because I can feel it starting to hit my brain, worth the price tag to experience this little big boy

Jun 30, 2016
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2013 vintage. Smoky and charry but with enough sweetness to balance. Brown sugar, caramel, dark chocolate, raisin, molasses and dark roast coffee. You would probably guess this was around 12%, not 16%. There are also some port/sherry characteristics, especially in the aroma. Toasted marshmallow aftertaste. Somewhat syrupy mouthfeel. So delicious. If I happened to come across another one of these, I would buy it in instant, even with the $14.99 price tag at which I bought it.

May 28, 2016
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Roguer from Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark black, thin head.

Huge nose! Sweet malts for days; a liquor-like alcohol sweetness; grapes; molasses.

Flavor follows: sweet, malty; chewy grains; molasses and a touch of char; bitter chocolate. Very sweet and boozy, but definitely drinkable.

The heat and booze leave no doubt as to the sky high ABV. It's not as smooth as some other monster beers (e.g. WWS), but it's definitely drinkable.

May 14, 2016
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NCCIndy from Indiana

4.57/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours like india ink and motor oil. Smells sweet and smoky. Tastes like malt and malt and malt and malt... very smooth and sweet with a lightly smoky finish. Mouth coating deliciousness. Incredibly easy drinking and pleasant for a 16%!

May 09, 2016
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SayBoom from Ukraine

4.86/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Bottled: 29.11.2012
That is really sweet oak/coffee bomb! Though it has 16 ABV, it is very mild and non aggressive beer. Unbelievable rich and easy drinking. Obviously very delicious. One of the best non BA stout that I have had.

Feb 06, 2016
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

1.74/5  rDev -60.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Pours with very little head or carbonation. Aroma is way off for me, it has some black strap molasses, chocolate and other similar notes deep in the well, but there is this overwhelming nail polish / astringent alcohol smell that is brutal. unfortunately, the taste doesn't redeem it. I imagine it is what drinking paint thinner is like. Just a real unprocessed alchohol / chemical flavor. If you grin and bear it, you might find just the most distant whispers of an actual beer, with some chocolate malt and coffee, but this beer is just bad. I have never had a Nogne O beer before, but I know Brewdog and their gimmicks, and this is par for the course. I am not a brewing expert, but I know they use some sort of freeze technique to boost the ABV of the beer, and I'm guessing that is what gives it this awful smell and taste.

Jan 09, 2016
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Monkeyknife from Missouri

4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle a deep motor oil black with a thin tan cap.

Boozy aroma with roasted malts, molasses, and tobacco.

Tasted of roasted malts, cocoa, molasses, leather, and vanilla with a warm buzz to the palate.

Medium-to-full bodied and smooth with a lighter carbonation.

Sep 29, 2015
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drpimento from Wisconsin

4.82/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ooohhh, sooo good! Aroma of coffee, cocoa, roast, tobacco, leather, malt. Flavor's similar to nose, perfect balance between bitter-sweet & tang. Super smooth and easy drinking. And thanks again to John K for this amazing gift!

Sep 24, 2015
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice dark brown foamy head with some retention and light lacing notes. Aroma of dry roasted malt with black chocolates notes, light tobacco notes and some molasses. Taste is a complex mix of dry roasted malt, woody notes, molasses and candi sugar with some black chocolates notes. Body is full and close to motor oil with some warming alcohol that is perceptible. Quite intense and complex but also quite a rewarding beer.

Aug 05, 2015
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darktronica from Indiana

4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

8.5 oz bottle poured into a Westy XII goblet. Low to medium carbonation produces no head to speak of, only a thin rim of tan foam at the interface between liquid and glass.

Nose is rum raisin ice cream and rolled oats, mixed with the smokiness of a peated whiskey--maybe a hint of hazelnut or brazil nuts. Taste follows up by adding a smidge of vanilla extract, a generous dose of oak, and a lingering finish of cocoa powder with cherry cordial undertones. As it warms, the 100 IBUs emerge as the bittersweetness of blackstrap molasses. I did not detect any of the wet paper or cardboard oxidation noted in the Bros' review. A different batch, perhaps?

For 16%, this hides the alcohol exquisitely. Really nice dessert beer.

Jul 19, 2015
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

3.86/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #86 (Mar 2014):

Big, Bold, Blended, Sipper

This is the redux of the Black (Mikkeller) Tokyo (BrewDog) Dark Horizon (Nøgne Ø) collaboration from 2010. It’s a serious pour. Black as nothingness with a boozy, sherry, nutty and wood nose, followed by a creamy, smooth, viscous body full of black treacle, toffee, chocolate, coffee, dried fruits, charred raisin, wood and smoke. A lingering wet-paper oxidation note is quite noticeable, which is our only beef with this beer. Otherwise a kickass brew to warm and sip; beware, the alcohol content is deceiving.

STYLE: Russian Imperial Stout | ABV: 16.0% | AVAILABILITY: Limited

Jun 26, 2015
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.93/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

250ml, black cardboard-ensconced bottle, the 2012 edition, just now arriving here - thanks for the two and a half years of aging, guys!

This beer pours a solid, unadulterated black, but for the most minor of basal cola syrup edges, and one anemic finger of loosely foamy, and generally bubbly light brown head, which leaves a few stray specks of sea plume lace around the glass as it quickly dissolves.

It smells of sharply phenolic alcohol, roasted caramel malt, bittersweet chocolate, black licorice, saucy cafe-au-lait, tanned leather, soused dark orchard fruit, vanillan cookies, and a tame herbal, weedy hop bitterness. The taste is rich, lightly toasted caramel malt, dark, sugary cocoa powder, slightly musty leather, tipsy plums and prunes, melted marshmallows, a somewhat acrid yeast twinge, and tame earthy, piney, and herbal hops.

The carbonation is mostly AWOL, anything fizzy or frothy long ago having left the building, the body a sturdy medium-full weight, and generally smooth, the alcohol and hops apparently not interested in causing a ruckus, as such. It finishes sweet, but in a strangely moderated sense - I fully suspect that the booze has something to do with that.

A decent, well amped-up RIS, however, the smoothness and balance one expects from such a blend is somewhat lacking here. Lots of flavour, sure, but I'm sensing a dearth of fullness on the palate, probably due to an elevated ABV that has minor integration issues. Anyways, interesting, but not particularly worth revisiting the very high shelf tag/volume ratio.

May 21, 2015
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bylerteck from Canada (ON)

4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage.

A - Black pour with a one finger deep mocha head that faded extremely fast.

S - Amazing aroma. Lot's of leather. Dark fruit, coffee, vanilla, some heat. Lovely and complex. Inky black colour. Not much to speak for retention or lacing, but that's logical due to the ABV.

T - Booze, dark fruit, huge dark fruit and leather component. Vanilla more tame. Lot's of nice baker's chocolate. Some good caramel or sweet sugary candy of the like. Booze is definitely there but mingles well. Seems like a whisky chocolate cake or something. Enjoyable stuff.

M - Full body. Finish has some boozy notes to it with a good bitterness and a bit of burn. Carbonation is fairly low and appropriate.

O/D - Winner. Worth the price tag too. This is a great sipper, complex and enjoyable. Alcohol is there, but worth it.

May 20, 2015
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Bradaplast from North Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2012 vintage cracked 2015.
Pours nice deep black with minimal head.
Nose is very complex. Bakers chocolate, marshmallow, caramel, barrel astringency? Slight alcohol heat.
True sipper. No booze bomb heat at yaste. Alcohol is masterfully hidden. Very complex but missing something on the back end. Like this beer!

May 16, 2015
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mothman from Minnesota

4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Black with no head.

Very rich. Chocolate and caramel. Lots of dark dried fruit. Roasted malts with coffee. It's a very straight forward imperial stout and the alcohol is hidden well.

Silky smooth. Full bodied. Ends dry with some roast.

Fun to try. Nothing overly unique, but very solid and tasty. Worth a try.

Jan 18, 2015
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Jugs_McGhee from Texas

3.4/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Horizon Tokyo Black."

BOTTLE: .25L brown glass. Branded pry-off pressure cap. Comes packaged in a sleek cardboard box redolent of fine whiskey packaging. Imported by the Shelton Bastards. #05509. Batch 894/895. Brewed 29.11.12.

Live ale. 100 IBU. 16% ABV. Served cold into a snifter in Castle Rock, CO. Reviewed live as an imperial stout.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1.5 fingers wide. Dark chocolatey tan colour. Good creaminess and thickness, with a soft-looking even consistency and a nice complexion. It retains quite well considering its high ABV - easily 1.5 minutes, leaving no lacing.

BODY: Opaque solid ink-black. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible. Decadent and luxurious.

Appears aptly carbonated. It's a good looking imperial stout. I can't wait to try it.

AROMA: Fudge. Rich chocolate. Chocolate malts. Dark malts. Cream. Cocoa. Caramel. Marshmallow.

It's not too sweet, and the alcohol is surprisingly well disguised.

Any roasted barley is buried beneath the malts.

It's a pleasant inviting aroma with mild aromatic intensity, but I find myself wondering why it isn't more rich or evocative given the intricate brews it's a blend of. In spite of its 100 IBUs, I find no detectable hop profile.

TASTE: Fudge-like and sweet, with plenty of milk and dark chocolate tones throughout. The sweetness helps tame the harsh acrid bitterness Mikkeller's Black contributes, and mutes the alcohol warmth; I'd never guess this was 16% if I tried it blind. Surprisingly, I do pick up on some faint hop character - a dank cannabis-like resin note. Complementary notes of cream, caramel, and baker's chocolate lend it still more intricacy. Hints of molasses. A fleeting hint of peat. Mild charred and burnt characteristics.

To my surprise, I can't find any dark fruit or coffee. The chocolate dominates.

Ultimately, while it's absolutely a complex beer, I don't find much nuance, and I expected a lot more intricacy and depth given its three constituents. I do like it, and it satisfies my imperial stout itch, but it leaves something to be desired. Surprisingly, they managed to address the issues I had with Mikkeller Black - a beer I was not at all a fan of. Balanced but not quite gestalt. I think any blend (or in this case, interpolaton) is unlikely to taste like a cohesive whole, but this does.

Above average flavour duration and intensity.

TEXTURE: About as syrupy as a beer can tolerably be, and as full-bodied, thick, and viscous as you'd expect. It's dessert-like, smooth, and wet, with an apt carbonation and a soft gooey feel. Not too chewy. It hides its alcohol surprisingly well, but make no mistake - this is very much a sipper.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, or rough.

OVERALL: Drinkable, sure, but it's not something you gulp down. I'm glad the bottle size is reasonable, and would like to see more breweries put their imperial stouts in smaller formats. Its sweetness does start to get to me the more I drink, but overall it's a very satisfying dessert brew. I did hope for better given the breweries (and beers) involved, but it's an enjoyable treat with lots of intriguing fudge character.

Low B

Currently ranked #69 in the Top rated Russian Imperial Stout beers list and #3 in the Top Rated Beers from Norway list.

04/13/20 bottle:

16% ABV."Norwegian ale." 100 IBU. 36 degrees Plato. Brewed 29.11.12. Batch #894/895.

AROMA: Smoke, molassses, soy sauce, marshmallow, peat, caramel, dark malt sweetness, fudge.

TASTE: Much the same as the aroma. It's certainly a robust brew, but it doesn't reveal its 16% ABV as openly as one might expect. Charred/burnt flavours imbue it with some harshness but also needed bitterness to counter the black strap molasses/chocolate malt/dark malt sweetness running amok throughout.

I'm reticent to call it balanced, but it's not a mess. Certainly worse off for being a blend, lacking cohesion and unity of flavour.

TEXTURE: Viscous and sludgy, unfortunately. About as far from refreshing as a beer can get, excepting Mikkeller's Black.

OVERALL: Hasn't improved with age but it's a competent albeit robust imperial stout blend. I'd sooner drink Old Rasputin 7 days out of the week, but this is fine if you must have the novelty/gimmickry of an ultra-high ABV at the expense of balance and subtlety. Far from a top 100 imperial stout in my book, but I'm glad people like it.


Dec 14, 2014
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Gasc0igne from Australia

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Obsidian in the glass, red hue on the very edge with an inch of tanned head that recedes relatively quickly to a simple and clean ring around the edge of the beer. The alcohol gives this beast terrifying spider alcohol legs, amazing lacing.

Huge chocolate on the nose and a big hit of roast. Some alcohol noticeable. Unmistakable dark fruit presence. Not very interesting.

Following the nose with a huge chocolate front. Syrupy-sweet. Harsh transition to a bitter dark chocolate with very noticeable alcohol. Ends with alcohol heat and a sweet-yet-funky fruitiness.

Full bodied. Low carbonation, a bit drying (from aclo?). Sticky.

A solid Russian Imperial Stout but not the standout I was hoping for.

Dec 07, 2014
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

250 ml bottle, brewed 29.11.12, Batch # 894/895. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a 1/4 inch tan head that fizzled away quickly. Pretty much no lacing at all. The brew smells like molasses, roasted malt, dark fruit, bittersweet chocolate and some smoke. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some woody earthiness, coffee, milk chocolate and charred/burnt malt noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's coating and a bit creamy with moderate carbonation. It's also smooth and easy enough to drink. For a beer that's 16% ABV, the alcohol is very well hidden! I liked this brew, my only complaint is with the small bottle, I just wish this came in a bigger size (330 or 375 ml maybe?). Definitely worth a try!

Nov 28, 2014
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.99/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Horizon Tokyo Black has a thin, tan head, a very dark brown (just say "black") appearance, and a few little splotches of lacing left on the glass. The aroma is very, very strong- peat moss, charcoal, smoke, dark-roasted malt, chocolate, black cherries, and malt. Taste is of all that, plus straight-up alcohol, black syrup, the darkest-brown sugar, black bread, elevated (but, not harsh) bitterness, and menthol. Mouthfeel is heavy, syrupy, and stinging. Horizon Tokyo Black finishes boozy and strong.


Nov 04, 2014
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #800
Bottled 11/29/12, batch 894/895
Poured into a snifter

A- pours an opaque jet black color with a small fizzy khaki colored head that reduces quickly, leaving just a ring behind, lots of alcohol legs

S- heavy roasted malt aroma up front gives note of charcoal, campfire, smoked wood, bitter dark chocolate and a hint of coffee. Sweet aromas of molasses, caramel/toffee, burnt brown sugar, fermented black cherries & figs & licorice. Herbal/earthy/woodsy notes close it out

T- big smoky charred malt flavors mesh with deep dark chocolate, molasses, melted toffee, coffee & wood smoke. Among all of these bold flavors, a district sour, almost tartness breaks through with strong flavors of dark cherry & blueberry, providing an almost vinous-like quality. As it closes out, more chocolate kicks in with a hint of sugared smoked meat

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel, with a smooth slightly warming finish, ABV is hidden quite well for 16%

O- a big boozy sipper that surprisingly stays within the parameters of the style. More and more flavors continue to pop out as it warms, a treat that is to be sipped and savored

Sep 30, 2014
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anteater from Oregon

4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Jet black, fine spotty khaki head

S: Raisins, booze, chocolate

T: More of the raisins and chocolate from the nose but with the addition of coffee and a really nice bitterness. I think the bitterness is what rounds this beer out and takes it from good to great. Nowhere near the amount of alcohol heat I expected - far smoother than Black Tuesday or World Wide Stout for comparison.

M: Thick as you'd expect but not too thick to where its syrupy

O: As I was writing this review, I realized how much I really liked this beer. I bought it expecting a good beer, maybe something a little different but damn! This is a really solid, totally delicious RIS.

Aug 13, 2014
Horizon Tokyo Black from Nøgne Ø
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 141 ratings