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

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Dark Horizon 1st EditionDark Horizon 1st Edition

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Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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.

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Photo of Phatz
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow! HUGE thanks to Mac300 for sharing this very pricey beer with me.

I really put this beer in a league with only two other *Super imperial* Stouts when it comes to abv, World Wide Stout & Mephistopheles' Stout. I have not had a vintage Mephistopheles' but WWS is one of my favorites. Mephistopheles' on the other hand actually gets a bit hot, at least in the fresh version. Nøgne Ø Dark Horizon is amazingly approachable and surprisingly drinkable for a 16% beer. Don't be fooled by my 5.0 drinkability. This is a sipping but in this league is creme-de-la-creme. It lack the super heavy maltyness of Dark Lord, the glass lining heaviness and sticky body, but this is one I would drink for a nightcap every night, where Dark Lord is a special occasion beer. Now, on to the break down.

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous black. Pure pitch black as nigh black into my snifter with a small brown head that fades to a cap.

Smell: Chocolate figs grapes prune rum fudge roasted malts dark dark purple grapes coffee and splash of vanilla and milk.

Taste: Everything in the nose and more. It is hot and boozy and yet not too much so. The big alcoholic nature of the beer is balanced by the rich creamy cocoa and the dark fruits. Chocolate liquor, mmm. It is just sweet enough and the espresso and bitter chocolate just sends my taste-buds into a frenzy. Magnificent!

Mouthfeel: It is certainly hot. The high alcohol shows through at a very enjoyable degree. It is not as thick as I would have suspected but rather light for all the rich syrup flavors. The cinnamon ginger and oak along with the alcohol leave may palate coated with lively flavors and surprising crispness.

Drinkability: Down right LEATHAL! The biggest obstacle I have with this beer is that I am not independently wealthy yet. If I were, I may commit suicide by Nøgne Ø Dark Horizon, not on purpose but this is a very nice nightcap, just remember, be careful!

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle in a fancy case. Pours a motor oil opaque black with a thin brown head that quickly diminishes to a thin collar.

The aroma is dark chocolate, some candy sugar, vinous fruits and sharp alcohol.

The flavor is bitter baker's chocolate, grainy malts, black licorice, some sour vinous fruitiness, sweet candy sugar, and a big wallop of warming alcohol. The mouthfeel is pretty full and low on carbonation.

Overall, this is truly a big beer. It's fun, but way too harsh on the alcohol. At $22 for a 500ml bottle, it's good to try once.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours like motor oil into glass and leaves residual liquid on the sides with a gental swirl - it's almost as if this pours like a spirit. Head is thin to nonexistent.

On the nose the roasty coffee character is captivating and suggests that it will be like a very sweet chocolate on the palate. There's also a dark chocolate component in there too.

On the palate this full bodied elixir delivers a whollop of roasted coffee flavours that comes across in a very "creamy" way. It's very syrupy and somewhat medicinal, with dark roasted malt, coffee, and chocolates in the mix. Very complex and hard to pin down.

Finish has a fizzy butterscotch with chocolate theme at the beginning but fades to a (pleasant) soapy like feel on the palate. It doesn't taste anything like soap - it's just that it has that lingering oily like texture on the palate that doesn't go away until you slowly feel your mouth salivating it away.

Worth every penny to try this beer.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shadowy raven body. Utterly starless yet not necessarily thick looking. No noticeable sediment. Froth is initially large and the color of melted Hershey chocolate bars. It almost immediately dissipates to nothing. Aroma is just as I expected it to be and just as any aroma for an RIS should be: Coffee and chocolate primarily with a touch of vanilla and a pinch of toffee. In addition, Dark Horizon boasts some powerful Baltic Porter like dark fruit aromas and flavors of figs and grapes. Flavor/mouthfeel is boozy but not in a distracting way – rather in a warming and flavorful way. It contains strong coffee liquor notes, dark fruits, coffee beans, toffee syrup, and hints of woody vanilla. Touches of spice touch the tongue from time to time giving the sensation, but necessarily flavor of cinnamon or nutmeg. Considering the ABV, I don’t think one can rate drinkability of this beer a whole lot lower than flawless. The strength becomes and issue over time, however, it never quite unbalances the beer. It’s pretty remarkable. Even at $22, Dark Horizon is well worth a try.

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tasted soon after 1/3 bottle was spilled when the bag broke on the way home.

Rich with Colombian coffee overtones in the aroma. Highly phenolic, caramel interlaced with coffee. This would make the perfect companion on a long train ride. Prickly hot alcohol, still integrated with the monster coffee stout within. Highly palate coating. Watch out, this is a truly devastating RIS. It can surely kick your ass. Maybe better off cellared...

11/11: Thanks Dave for sharing a 4 year old cellared bottle. Much more mellow, light soy, chocolate, and roasty notes. Similar to other aged RIS, hard to pinpoint much, but better than I recall. Still a bit of alcohol sting present, though not as hot as the initial sample 4 years ago after that fateful bike ride :S

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Photo of Slatetank
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks mac300 for sharing this on LBC's Baltimore trip.
A - Deep walnut w/ a tan head of about half an inch.

S - Strong odors of roast coffee and boozy nutty aromas. Coffee, espresso bean notes w/ rum, toffee and a hint of vanilla.

M - Intensely rich coffee w/ a big rum, coffee liquer taste w/ heat in the dry finish.

T - Deeply sweet like an Imperial stout w/ chocolate, rum and intense coffee - very much like schnapps w/ the sweetness and boozy flavor. A nice mix of sweet nuttiness and dry dark roasted malt.

D - A rich mouth drying 16% Imperial stout. A one and done for me. Very potent and tasty, I recommend slow sipping and respect for this one.

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Photo of StoutHearted
4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark is apt, as the beer poured a thick, dark, black color with a frothy tan head. I discerned a fig or prune scent at first. It was gentle on the tongue, and there was a coffee flavor with a winelike mouthfeel. A few sips later, there were some changes, like it started to get more of a bite. Strong tastes of chocolate and coffee grounds without the bitterness associate with both. It started feeling like sparkling cider on the tongue. Later, I noted grape tones and the booziness warmed up my tummy. A surprising beer that provided many changes with each sip.

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Photo of weeare138
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to TomDecapolis for picking up this bottle at Capone's. Bottle # 02397.
Appears a pitch black with dark brown edges when held up to the light. The small, tan head fades into a mild film and fizzy collar. Scattered streaks and spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of cocoa, brownies, roasted nuts, espresso, dark fruit, and lactose.
Taste is of the same with syrupy, rich cocoa, brown sugar, coffee, and cream coming to the forefront.
Mouthfeel is chewy, syrupy, thick, rich, and boozy with black grapes lingering inside the hearty mix of coffee and cream.
This was pretty nice but gimme other java infused brews, such as Peche Mortel for now. Considering the price...there are many other fine choices to be had with your hard earned money. Try a bomber of Stone RIS for about 1/5 the cost.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Found at Capone’s. Bottle # 02200.

This beer pours a solid black with a few floaties on the bottom. Just a bit of light creeps around the edges when held to the light that reveals a dark brown. The head is a lasting creamy tan film with more bubbles concentrated towards the edges. The persistence here really sets the tone.

Smells of fig newtons, green grapes, milk chocolate, ginger bread cookies and an astringent alcohol that fades as it warms.

Tastes initially very creamy with whole milk, a touch of soft chocolate and truffles. This creamy nature is really off the charts. It then picks up a very smooth coffee as it turns towards a more smokey roasted malt with hints of chicory and espresso. The charred, woody finish is a wonderful end to this ride.

Feels rather light and easy, all things considered, with a delicately light and fluffy carbonation and a dry, clean finish.

Damn. This one’s one for the record books.

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Photo of yngvar
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled. Finally this beer got its release. I’ve been so lucky that I have followed it from the birth and seen it’s development. At a dinner with beer-pairings in Kristiansand, Norway, it was served with a heavy, dark chocolate dessert and single-bean coffee. It was a perfect match. It’s first impression is an almost over-whealming aroma with chocolate, coffee, alcohol, vanilla and notes of a wet wood in the summer-time. It’s body is as black as the original sin, yet it’s clear, but not see-through. The head is quite small and brown-colored. Almost like milk-chocolate. When sipped, (as you know, you don’t drink beers like this, you sip them), there’s a good dash of alcohol, but not in a bothersome way, ’cause it’s supplemented by chocolate, coffee, mocha, vanilla and some vague hints of wooden barrels. The mouthfeel is full and warming, and the beer ends in a long finish with alcohol, chocolate, cocoa-notes and coffee. It almost feels stinging, but that’s probably due to the alcohol. It feels good to finally get to enter the rating of this beer, it is (until so far) only equalled by Mikkeller’s X Imperial Stout. The name indicates other editions of this beer, but can they match this one? (070317)

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Photo of Sigmund
4.87/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle conditioned, at Ølkulinarisk Aften, Kristiansand. This beer nearly left me speechless - I’d never have expected a 16% ABV beer to be this wonderful and well balanced. I think yngwie’s description nails it pretty well. LOVELY aroma and flavour, where notes of oak, fortified wine, coffee and chocolate come in front. A great match with chocolate dessert, could probably also have been a great match with the very mature stilton cheese we had as the previous course (NØ Amber was a bit light-weight for the stilton IMO).

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