Red Horizon
Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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Strong Ale - American
3.77 | pDev: 18.3%
Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Red HorizonRed Horizon
Notes: Brewed with sake yeast in cooled tanks for several months. 75 IBU.
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JohneHoodlum from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Dec 08, 2011
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thecheapies from Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Red Horizon, split two-ways. Mine in a Mad Elf snifter.

Hazy rosy-red orange. No head, just bubbles collected. At least they're not popping. 3.5

Picking up the rice wine from the sake yeast. Heaps of booze strength, some artificial peach, peppermint, and hard tack candy. Sweet and hot. 3.5

Sweet sake flavor. Some plum, vanilla, whitehouse cherry, oolong tea, and major-league booze. Sugary and candied. Some light caramel syrup in the flavor. Needs a woody character for balance. They should have given this some proper barrel-aging. 4.0

Candied body saturated with sugars and ethanol. Not much heft, though. Sugar water body. Relatively flat and almost spicy from the 17%. 2.0

Truly an experimental brew. Has character, flavor, and pleasant aroma while still clinging on to one or two notes of interest. Probably won't revisit. 3.5

May 21, 2012
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GRG1313 from California

2.88/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Brewed with No. 7 Sake yeast;

Crystal clear golden amber with an "almost" head.

Initial nose is pure saki that goes very much to lavendar, vanilla oak, sweet toast, milk toffee - very complex and layered nose with something for everyone.

Mouthfeel is rich but very alcoholic and therefore does not really feel in balance.

Flavors are all sweet front oaked whiskey with a sake "kick." Almost like a bourbon that then gets a bit like scotch. Has sweet front flavors of candi sugar, malt and vanilla that goes to a smokey, toasty coffee, carmel flavors, all of which is dominated by a whiskey/saki strong alcohol character.

Finish is a bit whiskey hot with some toasty and bitter malt and coffee.

Interesting; the saki yeast is apparent and initially appealing from a sake standpoint but character turns quicklky from saki characteristics to whiskey with some off putting tastes. All in all not really drinkable; it's "tastable" but not one I need to try again in any respect.

Dec 11, 2010
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BZero007 from Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at Rick's Wine and Gourmet in Alexandria, VA.
Poured a 7oz bottle in to my Portsmouth Tulip. Only the ever so small coating of head formation, leaving a thin lace at where it began. The brew is a great looking ruby color and clear. The aroma is of a sweet malty sugary citrus. The flavor from this brew really amazed everyone at the party i opened it at. Every sip was a differet profile that came through. You had a very sweet citrus and malty caramel flavors coming threw with only the slightest of hint of the ABV shining threw. Mouthfeel was great no burn at all and not overly warming. This brew I would pick up again if the price was more suited to the size of the bottle.

Mar 10, 2011
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DeutschesBier from Maryland

4/5  rDev +6.1%

Dec 13, 2011
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alpinebryant from Connecticut

4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes, opened on Thanksgiving day, shared with family.

Poured a light ruby amber with tiny light white bubbles.

Smell of strong sweet cotton candy sugar and sugar cookie. Taste of a deliciously sweet strong ale, plenty of caramelized sugars present along with a slightly dry finishing yeast from the saki yeast. This is very different and very enjoyable. Also a great idea to put this into 8 oz bottles as if I opened by myself, it might have been too much. I know Sweet horizon just scared me with its sweetness, but this one came through and really was a great beer. I let it warm for a good half hour plus and even warm, was delicious and had some light brandy flavors mixed with apricot and peach .

Medium body with a pretty good carbonation for a strong ale of this magnitude. Very well done!

Dec 03, 2010
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kawilliams81 from Illinois

2.66/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Half Acre tulip.

A- cloudy dark orange, 1 finger white head. Some clumps on the glass.

S- booze, I want to say rice bit that could just be because of the sake yeast. Dark fruits, candi sugar.

T- Phew! Not sure what to make out of this one? Sweet, cloying malt, dark fruits, almost a peat flavor in there, and a lot of alcohol.

M- medium body but thinner. Slightly syrupy but not much. Alcohol burn at finish.

O- don't know what to say? Not the worst beer but a very hard to drink one.

Jan 01, 2012
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capra12 from New York

3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed out of a small snifter glass. Served chilled as instructed on the tin.

Appearance: poured minimal head, almost murky golden orange.

Smell: This is quite interesting, I get sweet candied green and red raisins. A hint of booze on the nose.

Taste: Opens with sweet malts and a mute hop profile I attribute to the temperature. Ha. cold like the Rockies proves I can't taste much. The booze is barely noticeable on the palate but on the back end, just like sake there is a warmth that builds with each sip.
I let this sit for a while to warm and open up.
Totally different beer as this warms up. The nose is really accentuated by the warmth. The sweet raisins are coming through and the hop profile is more evident now as is the ethanol is.

Mouthfeel: This was more viscous chilled but is starting to thin out as it warms.

Drinkability: I would have this again but I would definitely share that bottle. At 17% try it chilled and let it warm to open up and show you the fruity profiles the sake yeast provides. I would recommend this to those seeking a unique brew with a different yeast.

Jan 12, 2012
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kayrex from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20.4%

Feb 28, 2012
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crossovert from Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

8.5 oz brown bottle, wrapped in white tissue paper and packaged in a red metal tin.

It pours an intriguing peach/bronze color with a slight hint of red. I was abole to get a large, sudsy white head form it that rose to the top of the snifter. It dissipated quickly at first then mellowed down and slowly receded the last quarter way leaving some nice lacing.

The smell is sweet and malty. Sugar cookie, icing, cotton candy, candy corn, it is predominantly sugar, but it is many different shades of sweet. There is a bit of alcoholic twang that comes with a heavy sniff. It is a smell you seldom come across in beer, and it is great.

The flavor is big and bold. Tons of sweetness here. However it isn't one dimensional. With the high alcohol it brings some alcoholic pungency but there is also some hops that add just a little spritz of bitterness that does a little bit to cut down on the sweetness. There is an almost apple sweetness in there, like candy apple that really carries the flavor. It also has some nuttiness almost like nutty marzipan that is nice.

The mouthfeel is thick and sugary with a nice alcoholic bite.

Overall it is a sipper, a true dessert beer, one that packs a punch and warms you immensely. That being said, it came acorss as one dimensional. It isn't a dark roasty beer and I think that hinders it. It is a style all its own however and you have to give it credit for that.

Dec 10, 2010
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a Dirty John's tulip pint glass.

I just couldn't resist this bottle. Stupid successful marketing. It pours a slightly hazy golden amber topped by half-finger of lightly dirty white foam. The nose comprises maple syrup, honey, rich caramel, oats, and sweet corn. The taste holds notes of rich, sweet caramel, maple syrup, honey, thick corn syrup, light fusels, very light cheap sake, and flowers. The body is kinda hefty, with a light moderate carbonation, a slightly chewy feel, and a drying finish. Overall, this was a thoroughly interesting experiment in brewing, but not a successfully tasty or drinkable one, in my opinion. It was just far too sweet and bruising for me to really get all that much enjoyment out of it.

Jan 26, 2011
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bbeane from Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into a snifter... starts with a very tiny head that is completely gone within seconds. Beer is a cloudy orangish amber color with little activity

S- Smells like booze... maybe a hint of sweet malts

T- Not a whole lot to it in my opinion. Starts out malty sweet, maybe some notes of honey, then straight boozy heat in the finish

M- Lighter in body with little carbonation

O- Eh... it was interesting to try, but the 17% just makes it to intense IMO. I wouldn't buy it again based on the taste, and definitely wouldn't after factoring the price


May 12, 2011
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bylerteck from Canada

4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Alko in Helsinki. From notes.

A - Poured with a one finger khaki head that faded very fast to a film. Cloudy, dark copper with a little visible carbonation.

S - Lot's of dark fruit. Fresh, market vegetal notes with those plum, date, raisin notes. Some egg nog maybe? I've never had sake but that might be what I can attribute the egg nog too. Interesting.

T - Great dark fruit giving it a really nice rich flavour. Dates, plums, raisins again. Egg nog again making for an odd, yet workable combo. Tons of dark, dark malt. Fruity malts there with a little barleywine like quality. Obvious boozy fruitcake element. Sweet but not cloying with a little alcohol burn at the end. Complex and tasty.

M - Chewy, full bodied. Medium carbonation. That burn at the end isn't too bad and it really moves in the mouth well.

O/D- Slightly too boozy but it's appropriate for the ABV. You'd be hard pressed to mask that but they've done well to allow it to blend in nicely. The odd egg nog element was a bit different but inoffensive. Overall not too shabby of a beer. I enjoyed it.

May 08, 2011
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ShogoKawada from Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

8.5oz tin case beer poured into chouffe tulip. $7.69, 17%, Brewed w/ 'famous sake yeast No 7' from Masumi Sake.

A- Pour is honey orangey yellow with a bit of brown. A few bubbles on the outer rim.

S- Nose is subtle at first but comes on strong as soon as you get it on your tongue.. orange gumdrop aroma. booze for sure, almost vapors coming off of this one.

T- Massively sweet booze. Brandy/cognac and a bit of peppery bourbon. undefined brandy-soaked-fruit sweetness and warmth. Big molasses/honey flavor but the heat from the ABV and the spice help temper it.

M- Warming, intense. A sipper, and only for those that like to drink whiskey on ice. It's strong as hell.

D- Moderately low, but I like this more than the sweet horizon. A very unique beer. Drinks like a liquor of sorts.

Oct 28, 2010
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TKEbeerman from Florida

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Jun 08, 2013
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Neffbeer from Pennsylvania

4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

8.5 fl oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: It pours an amber color that reveals an orange hue when held up to the light. There was a two finger white head that hung around for awhile. It left little to no lacing.

S: Malt hits first then the scent of bubble gum. It smells really sweet and there is an obvious alcohol presence. As it warms some more, tropical fruits waft from the glass with some spiciness in tow. I have never smelled a beer that even remotely resembles this.

T: Ginger, and tea leaves jump out with an intense kick from the sweet malts. There is a big alcohol blast that leaves my tongue reeling! Pineapple rears it head somewhere in there with some hints of other fruitiness from the yeast. This is a very spicy brew and I am liking it. It finishes very dry and slightly minerally.

M: The feel is a bit thin with low carbonation.

D: Glad I tried this one. Extremely unique offering from Nogne O. I have another that I will cellar for a year or two and see what happens! Cheers.

Jan 12, 2011
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pdoran10 from Minnesota

3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a slightly hazy yellow orange color into a snifter. Little head, not much lacing.

Smell is hot and boozy up front, not overwhelming, blends to a very sweet chewy caramel candy smell.

taste is sweet caramel, but finishes super dry and crisp unlike other huge beers. booze is reasonably hidden with a distinct sake flavor from the yeast that I associate with rice, but might just be the sake yeast and no rice flavor. Nice flavors, very sweet.

Mouthfeel is substantial but not a sweet malty mess like many 12% + abv beers. Dry, moderate to low carbonation.

A sipper with nice flavors, but really doesn't shine in drinkabliliy.

Feb 05, 2011
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jrallen34 from Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

8.5oz bottle poured into my Darkness glass...Hazy dark gold with a light tan head, not a ton of retention or lacing...Interesting aroma, lemons, tea, cloves, light pepper, alcohol, tons going on, but has a weird chemical tea smell that is off putting to me...Taste has more the same qualities, lots of tea, pepper, soap, sake taste. This is bitter, chalky, and chemical, not my thing. The alcohol comes through much stronger than the nose, not appealing.

Too much going on here, totally missed the mark. Not worth trying.

Dec 22, 2010
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Chico1985 from Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

Sep 07, 2013
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dpnelson1978 from Minnesota

4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

250ml bottle into glass snifter.

$14.99 / ea.

A: Hazy burnt sienna (seriously, Google it!) body and just the briefest burst of white bubbles. Leaves no lacing and only the slightest hint of a ring of cover. Given the abv the lack of head is understandable.

S: Immediately sweet and boozy. Fruit abounds with hints of citrus and pear mixed with molasses and brown sugar. Flower notes just add to the extreme complexity Very interesting, and enjoyable.

T: Boozy and sweet, just like the nose. Herbal and slightly grassy, with a ripe banana flavor and molasses flavor. Potent, savor it alone.

M: Light body and lightly carbonated. Almost evaporates off the tongue like a spirit, cooling the hotness.

D: This one takes some time. Sip slowly and enjoy it as it warms. Not a session beer by any means, but fantastic for the style. Great experience from start to finish.

O: Great beer. This one will be given out over Christmas.

Nov 09, 2010
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rarbring from Sweden

4.8/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is clear, cognac-colored, a very small white head. Enormous curtains. Looks intriguing.

The smell is full of straw, dry grass, ripe pears, and with a little knowledge sake overtones.

The taste is sweet, syrup, sherry, brandy, vinous tones, some yeast influence, could have been a Sauternes.

Nearly no carbonation, oily and soft.

Perfect replacement for a dessert wine, or really a better variant. Bottle sampled at a beer tasting at De Klomp, Linköping, Sweden.

Oct 21, 2010
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JohnK17 from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Mar 21, 2013
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brystmar from Texas

3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This small 8.5oz bottle comes masked in a large aluminum cylinder sporting Japanese characters intertwined with the Nøgne Ø logo.

A: pretty red color, nicely translucent; zero head and only hints of beady lace. Pretty standard for a high-gravity brew like this.

S: booze, sweet malts, floral hops, more alcohol, funky yeast. Definitely reminiscent of sake, but overwhelmed by the ever-present heat.

T/M: thick and chewy, nicely coats the inside of your mouth. Spicy w/sweet malts and fruit first; booze and yeast not far behind. Sugary sweetness quickly fades behind the hops though. Lingering finish is bone dry, bitterly hoppy, and burny as it sinks down into your system.

D: I found this to improve as it warmed from serving (~50-55F) temperature, but still not to a reasonable point. This would be a much better brew at 12%.

Feb 26, 2011
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ShadesOfGray from Pennsylvania

4.57/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 8.5oz bottle(out of a decorative can), into my tasting snifter glass. Pours a pale, slightly hazy straw to copper color. Very small creamy tannish colored head. Doesn't leave any lacing, at least not in my glass. Overall, a very nice looking beer...but not spectacular.

Aroma is wonderful! Loads of syrup, malts, barley, hops, wheat, and massive booze-no surprise there. Some sweet fruits mix well with the strong and bold hops.

WOW! This beer is spectacular! Such a thick and sweet, syrup-like body with a mighty booze bite. Some sweet fruits, heavy roasted malts and barley. Carbonation is on the lower side. Sugar/molasses like sweetness on the back of the tongue throughout. Again, all I can say is wow! This beer is delicious!

Nov 03, 2010
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SanDiegoBeerLove from California

4.31/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear Honey colored with very little Head.

S - Smells of Ripe Cherries, Raspberries, Honey, Alcohol, Mango, Citrus, Brandy, Apple Juice, Flowers, and Apricots.

T - Tastes of Cherry, Alcohol, Brandy, Citrus, Candied Sugar, Sherry, and Honey.

M - Thick, No Carbonation, Alcohol Burn, Light Bitterness, and Sweet.

D - Not very drinkable as a beer but very drinkable as an Naturally Fermented Apertif, like a Vin Santo, Sauternes, or Ice Wine.

Dec 14, 2010
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