Red Horizon | Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 17.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with sake yeast in cooled tanks for several months. 75 IBU.

Added by bark on 12-08-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Jmoore50
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Was really happy to have this one at a new beer store in Reno called Craft. The owner Ty brought this one out and shared this with a few different people.

It starts with a beautiful presentation, a great red tin case holding a petite crown capped bottle. It poured a beautiful golden color that reminded me more of a liquor than beer. No head, but beautiful legs.

This one is pretty complex. It has a sweet honey smell paired with some light tropical fruits. It has a very distinct sake flavor that is brought on by the yeast strain. The sake flavor is so distinct and makes it an interesting pairing with the other flavors going on. It is very sweet, and that is to be expected with ABV this high. The sweetness reminds me of a barleywine, bringing sweet malts to the table with the sake yeast.

A sugary and bit boozy mouthfeel with the complexity of this one makes it a sipper. Pleasantly surprised by this one.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of beachbum1975
4.59/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous packaging on this one. Inside the tin canister rested a cute little 8.5 oz bottle wrapped in off-white tissue paper. Served at cellar temp and shared with BA'er netwonty.

We poured this behemoth into my Lost Abbey tulip. It rested a clear amber color with sticky legs, leaving a small ring of bubbles. Moderately thick and inviting appearance.

Immediately after popping the cap on this one, I smelled the unique, Japanese-style yeast mentioned all over the canister. Rice, sake, peaches, figs, complex malts and a woodiness graced the nose on this beer. If I was blindfolded, I would have thought this was Firestone Walker XI (but a different colored beer, obviously). Sublime!

Moderately sweet flavor from all the malts at play. The booziness factor is adequete, but still shockingly well hidden under the 17% ABV beer. There's definitely alot of sweet, fruity esthers in this and a big, nasty caramel-based malt bill. The perfect sipper. The 8.5 oz bottle is the perfect size for this big of a beer.

The mouthfeel was coating and hot at times with just the right amount of carbonation.

I have another one of these chilling out in the cellar that I will definitely give a year or two to age. Hopefully some age on this one will cut the sweetness factor. Very good, highly recommended!

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Photo of avalon07
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an orange-yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A very strong smell of citrus, yeast, alcohol, and a some malt.

T: An interesting combination of flavors here. Light, tropical fruits, malt, and yeast all appear. The alcohol is quite noticeable, but not obnoxiously so.

M: A fair amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Lots of alcohol burn. Medium-bodied.

D: A well made beer, and drinkable, but not something I think I could drink a lot of.

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Photo of SanDiegoBeerLove
4.31/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

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Photo of trbergman
4.49/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

250mL bottle poured into a cervoise.

A - Clear amber with a ring of bubbles around the glass.

S - A weird and wonderful array of smells: peach, mango, lychee, nuts, toffee, coconut.

T - Sweet, with a noticeable booziness. Nice interplay of malt and fruity yeast. Assertive bitterness keeps the residual sugars in check and lasts into the long finish. Plenty of fruit, with some good tropical flavors coming through, but there are also notes of tobacco and leather. Awesome!

M - Medium body, carbonation is low but sufficient.

D - I highly suggest following the brewer's instruction to serve chilled. As Red Horizon warms, the alcohol becomes more solvent-like. That's really my only knock against the beer, though. Nogne O went out on a limb with this one but pulled it off very well.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.88/5  rDev -22.4%
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.

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Photo of crossovert
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.47/5  rDev +20.5%
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!

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Photo of TairyGreene
4.57/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Red Horizon pours with minimal carbonation. Proof of carbonation exists in a thin ring of bubbles around the rim of the surface. Ruby-ochre in color.

Telltale aroma of a strong ale, with residual malt sugars and all three alcohols abound. However, a funky sake-yeast character is present, not in the fruity aspect right away, but with the earthy, almost fungal presence of a foreign yeast. A firm foundation of subtle fruit is noticed; apple, cassis, brandied apricot.

A decent punch of alcohol is detectable, and more so noted while warming. Chilled, it is very mild and gentle, especially considering 17% abv. A myriad of flavors; dates, cognac, sherry, apricot, cedar, and a similarity to that nuttiness found in a good Madiera.

Surprisingly medium bodied. There is a decent amount of unfermentable sugar, and should be quite viscous. The high levels of alcohol have thinned this out just enough to make the mouthfeel slick and soothing. Is this perhaps a 17% strong ale with "drinkability"?

I'm so glad this is in an 8.5 oz bottle. Just enough to satisfy, but not too much to leave you unable to finish the bottle. Cannot wait to see what happens to this gem with some age. Fantastic brew.

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Photo of mothman
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

American Strong Ale?? I guess this wasn't brewed across the pond...


Poured into snifter.

Pours a light fizzy head. Color is a hazy pale gold.

Aroma: Lemons, tea, yeast, cloves, fruit. Very sweet. Not boozy at all. Has some spice. Light pepper to it. It is light, but awesome.

Taste: Spice, yeast, cloves, apples, pears, fruits, juniper berries, figs and some booze. This beer packs a punch, but it isn't overly boozy for how high the abv is. Very unique.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Fairly full bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends clean, but spiced.

Overall, a solid beer, that drinks well for how high the abv is. It is a bit of a sipper, but it is something that I would want to sip a lot of. The saki yeast is interesting. I dig it.

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Photo of dpnelson1978
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.57/5  rDev +23.2%
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!

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.58/5  rDev +23.5%
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.

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Photo of rarbring
4.8/5  rDev +29.4%
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.

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Photo of bark
4.79/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The liquid is clear, the colour dark gold with a hint of orange. The head is very low; no lacing occurs.

The smell is very sweet with very elegant notes of fruit candy, cherry tea, warming alcohol, and litchi fruits. It is very clean.

The first thing that comes to my mind when drinking this one is exclusive fruit spirits like Hungarian Pálinka. Apricots... The flavours are brilliantly well kept together - there ale lots of flavours, yet they all stick together. Strawberry ice cream, Japanese cherry tea. Some mellow alcohol. The aftertaste is bold with quite a lot of alcohol, yet it is extremely rounded and clean. Some hints of bitterness in the finish.

The carbonation is soft; the liquid is thick and sticky.

This smells and tastes like no other beer I have had. Not even close. This is beer-making taken one step further.

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Photo of mystikyle71
5/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Vibrant and golden with a little red tint.

S: Rich and fruity, yet still reminiscent of the Dark Horizon 2nd Edition we tasted right before popping this beauty.

T: This is one of the best beers I've ever been lucky enough to taste. A perfect blend of what a light fruity sake and a monster stout brings to the table. It's hard to describe. It is unique and delicious.

M: Much lighter in body tha, DH 2 and for being 17%, gave little indication of being as big as it is.

D: This beer could really get you in trouble. An unquestioned A+ effort!

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