Dark Horizon 1st Edition | Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
Norway
nogne-o.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 16.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
37 P, 75 IBU.

Inspired by the USA, malt from England, bottle from Germany, the name is from Japan, sugars from Mauritius, hops from the Pacific Rim, yeast from Canada, coffee from Columbia, and brewing skills from Norway.

6.000 numbered bottles.

Added by Sigmund on 06-17-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
140
Reviews:
111
Avg:
4.3
pDev:
7.67%
 
 
Wants:
128
Gots:
18
For Trade:
4
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4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sulldaddy
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Split a bottle with my brothers tonight as a way to celebrate a bit coming home to see family. Bottle # 04061.
This beer is at cellar temp and we are sampling from a series of stemless wine glasses.
The beer pours a pitch black color with a slightly frothy tan head that fades to a significant edge layer that remains for the entire sampling.
Aroma is dark chocolate and some rum soaked raisin hits. I also get a good whiff of booze and some other dark fruit, no hops to be found on the nose here.
First sip is a fairly thick body with spaced carbonation that provides a bit of a tickle as it rolls across my palate. Flavor is what I expected but there is no coffee presence anywhere to be found.
Big robust malt profile includes dark cocoa, raisins and plums, a little bit of rum notes and some red grape too. Some slight port wine or sherry quality to this aged brew. A little bit of harsh alcohol that warms on each swallow, the booze impact fades as consume my glass. No hops anywhere on this beer.
This is a big complex boozy beer that I am glad to have shared with my brothers tonight. Definitely a sipper and probably best to share with others. Worth every penny I paid many years ago.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

crazy beer to get to drink, thanks to a new beer friend for busting this out of his cellar after all these years (six or seven!). actually has a little carbonation in the glass, some real struggling bubbles lurching through the gelatinous fluid to the surface, arriving tired and barely popping through into thin, coffee colored air pockets before bursting and leaving the beer looking dead still, in all of its obsidian luster. the aroma here throws me way way off, grape juice, koolaid or gatorade or something. i can see stone fruit and port wine if i try too, but artificial purple grape drink or candy is what comes to mind first. minimal bitterness from the roast, very low alcohol presence for its strength, and zero coffee at all, considering the label calls this a coffee stout, i assume its dropped out over time. the flavor starts with the grape thing, but it is indeed more port wine like in the flavor than the smell. dark cherry and figs give way to rich dark chocolate syrup, which is fully in line with the texture of this cellar masterpiece. i am amazed how mellow the alcohol is, and how smooth the overall beer is. the coffee is gone, but the character is still robust and dynamic, and may still hang on a few more years if unopened and stored correctly. very little carbonation on the palate, but its not dead flat either. going down way too easy, almost tastes distilled at times. this is proof that we dont need oak barrels to make beer suitable for extended aging in the bottle. a real treat, and i am honored to have tried this beer, maybe one of the oldest and hardest to acquire bottles ive had. first edition of stuff like this is always extremely fun, and i will remember this one for a long lone time.

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big thanks to ClockworkOrange for sharing this. 500ml poured into a snifter, the brew appears black in color with tan cap. A thin penline of head sits atop and some lighter brown is seen around the edges.

The smell includes notes of raisins and a bit of booze. Some chocolate and roast. Faint coffee before a smoothness similar to vanilla creeps into the nose.

The flavor is roasty with hints of coffee and alcohol. Raisiny alcohol esters evolve getting mildly solvent. Some vanilla and sweet chocolate round things out.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is mild almost watery at times but thats probably due to the volume of alcohol and age at this point. It is very easy drinking and I appreciated the chance to try this after regrettably passing on this years ago when I saw it with a big sticker price.

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of clayrock81
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a blackish body with minimal tan head that left lace forever. A boozy, berry-esque aroma filled with brown sugar, coffee, bitter chocolate and/or caramel, some barleywine notes like dark fruits and crisp hops. A slow sipper only because it's so alcohol heavy, not that the alcohol is noticeable, this beer has great balance as it passes rather easily over the tongue despite a little syrupiness and doesn't coat or nuke my tastebuds, but instead I can pick out the sticky sweet malts of chocolate and toffee as well as the roasted, bready coffee notes and then I keep tasting dark fruit or cherries/berries with some minor hop bit as well. Finishes easy and dry thanks to hops and alcohol and leaves me wanting to keep drinking and is not a boozebomb at all.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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