Sweet Horizon
Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
ABV:
14%
Score:
85
Avg:
3.65 | pDev: 20%
Reviews:
64
Ratings:
108
From:
Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
 
Norway
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  13
Gots
  32
SCORE
85
Very Good
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Reviews by JohneHoodlum:
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JohneHoodlum from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9.6%

Dec 08, 2011
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MCImes from Connecticut

4.32/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Black, relatively low carb, pours thick. sticks to the side of the glass

S- Dark malt, coffee, chochlate, slight hint of booze

T- I normally do not like sweet beers, but this one was done just right IMO. To everyone who says its 'too sweet'; This is a sweet beer! its in the name! what were you expecting? Anyways, Ive had this twice and have enjoyed it greatly each time. Its a really thick, syrupy, stout. The coffee helps make it almost mocha-y. A little booze comes through, but surprisingly little for being 14%.

M- Thick, sweet, syrupy

O- This is a weird beer. Think of a desert wine thats black and tastes like coffee. Thats what this is. I happen to like it a lot. I dislike most overly sweet beer, but this was done just right. If you're expecting something other than a sweet coffee imperial stout, look elsewhere.

May 12, 2013
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yamar68 from Minnesota

4.39/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 8.5oz bottle to brandy snifter:

Pours a near pitch black with an edge of dark coffee and a thin mocha ring and just a few specks floating about. The nose is massive. Huge coffee beans and booze supported by some dark fruit and soft chocolate. Then the taste... BAM! Jesus this beer is masterfully balanced. Big buttery chocolate with sweet, sweet caramel coffee. The ABV is just right, not too hot by any means. I normally get turned off by especially sweet beers but this works really nicely. I can't discuss the taste without tipping my hat to a perfect velvety mouthfeel that only leaves sweet hot coffee to cling.

Overall, this beer is such an awesome surprise after being so disappointed by his older brother of the sake yeast variety. Highly recommended to any stout drinker.

Mar 09, 2012
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Circles413 from Illinois

5/5  rDev +37%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was able to get a bottle of the 2nd edition & I have to say that this beer is amazing! It's strong, it's deep & it's very well balanced. It reminds me of bourbon county with a very sweet feel & taste. This is a dessert beer with full flavor & feel. Nogne Ø out did themselves with such a delicious brew!

Feb 25, 2014
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jjayjaye from New York

4.41/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a light viscosity...like a cola, but without visible signs of effervescence. Dark with translucent edges and a scant mocha colored ring of tiny bubbles. Tons of boozy vanilla in the first sniff followed by deep chocolate cherry...nicely complex. First tiny sip coats much more than the pour would suggest. The mouth feel lingers nicely and the high ABV packs a bit of heat. The chocolate cherry flavors mirror the nose. A really nice sipper.

Apr 15, 2012
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TK5150 from Maine

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Originally rated on 11/23/10...this is a re-review on 11/22/11.

8.5 oz bottle

A- Pours very dark brown with a small light brown head with fairly large bubbles. The head recedes to a small ring around the glass. Alcohol legs on this one for sure.

S- Sweet coffee, brown sugar, dark fruits (raisins and berries) mixed with a hint of alcohol.

T- This is a dessert beer for sure. Lots of sweet, sticky, dark fruits and caramel. Sweet coffee. Not really picking up any chocolate. Finishes with some coffee bitterness and just a hint of alcohol heat, but not nearly as much as the 14% would indicate. Maybe as much heat as a lot of 9% beers I've had. Even with all of the sweetness, my mouth is left dry and craving more after each sip.

M- Nice and full bodied. I mean come on, its an under-attenuated dark horizon with syrups and sugars added. Low carbonation.

D- This is the most drinkable dessert beer I've ever had. I could have drank at least a 12 oz. bottle.

Overall, I like this beer a lot...and a little bit better than a year ago. The taste is the high point. You have to go into this beer knowing its a dessert beer, and take it for what it is (they clearly indicate this is a sweet dessert beer with the name!). All you haters out there can send me your remaining bottles for disposal.

Nov 22, 2011
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chugalug06 from Colorado

4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

2011

Zero head pours. Pitch black thick brew! Dark and nasty tar appearance.

Tons of heady sugars. Loads of taffy, bubblegum, caramel, chocolate, coffee, sweetness...

Loads of gooey caramel and toffee. Whow, coffee. Nice light carbonation, not flat, just low. Kinda funky and European finish. Wet, malty, earthy, chewy, gummy, resinous, grapy. Tons of Port and port finish in this one.

Kick ass in so many ways. Damn near and dessert wine. As the label says "dessert beer"...nothing more needs to be said. Kind of an undependable brew, but still great and should not be over looked. This brew rocks and is highly recommended. Aroma is killer and flavors are great too. Feel falls short.

Jun 29, 2014
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dgilks from Australia

4.27/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oily, inky black colour with no head. Good but lacking the special visual appearance that some suds add to the mix.

Sweet with plenty of sugary malt and sweet alcohols contributing. The chocolate note is prominent as is a light, fruity coffee. Some more yeast esters add further depth.

Very sweet malt with lots of esters adding fruitiness. The chocolate is sweet and pronounced as is the complexity that coffee adds. No real bitterness but that is only because of the massive sugar content. I really like this.

Full body with moderate carbonation. Luscious, oily, thick and rich. Nice.

I really like this. It is a massive dessert beer and the combination of malt, chocolate, sugar, coffee and alcohol is excellent. Well crafted by Nogne O.

Dec 03, 2011
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PalatePilot from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Jul 08, 2014
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dheldman from Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

Nov 28, 2014
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N8DAGR8 from Maine

4/5  rDev +9.6%

Jan 09, 2012
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Devi0us from California

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Apr 21, 2012
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Klym from California

3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into new glarus glassware.

A: Pours a dark, basically black syrupy brown. A few clear bubbles on the pour that gradually gathered into the thinnest of a tan head layer.

S: A mysterious but powerful sweetness the shows itself but also proves not too aromatic with a nice layer of fine coffee.

T: I love sweetness, I love big sweet stouts, but I have to agree with others that even as a dessert the sweetness in this maybe a little too much. The sweetness is almost unidentifiable, closer to melted sugars and syrups than anything. The coffee has great character (almost kopi luwakish) and I think is is a great addition to the beer. I think if they could play down the sweetness a little and play up the coffee a bit with a decent, minor, third note they would have something very special with this beer.

M: thick and syrupy but exactly what you'd expect and as good as you can do to support the flavors.

O: They aren't joking, this really is a dessert in itself. I had my girlfriend try this, and she immediately wanted to mix it with milk (honestly, while I typically would never consider such blasphemous actions against a beer, it might work well with this). Something is missing, and something is a little too much in this beer. Great potential, I hope they tweak this with more editions to come.

Aug 14, 2011
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dfhhead25 from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oct 16, 2015
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RedneckBeerz from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Jul 27, 2013
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PatrickSwayze from California

1.84/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Sweet Horizon

A: Jet black that looks like freaking oil sludge. No head just straight darkness

S: All i get on the nose is straight booze and coffee with little to no chocolate

T: I don't know where to start, oh wait yeah i do. This thing is absolutely the sweetest beer i have ever put on my mouth. Horribly sweet that it actually takes away from the actual slight chocolate and coffee that is hidden in the background. 

M: Ummm sweet sweet and um more sweet. Seriously thats all this beer is. Ridiculous how sweet this thing is.

O: I had high expectations for this beer but then i drank it. Just stupidly sweet ruining flavors that constantly try to express themselves. I guess it isnt called Sweet Horizon for nothing.

Feb 15, 2012
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csustar001 from New York

5/5  rDev +37%

Oct 16, 2012
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st9647v3 from New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -11%

Nov 16, 2013
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Doppelbockulus from Florida

3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown with little clarity and no head.

Take a cup of coffee and drown it with whipped cream, some caramel, and a dash of cherry juice. That's how this smells.

Definitely a stout, slathered in syrup, chocolate, and coffee. I think of this like a chocolate coffee covered cherry that has been soaking in a dense syrup. Desert? Yes.

Slightly viscous, only slightly, and very smooth.

Jun 08, 2013
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

2.91/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Man, I was not a fan of this beer. It's tough to even call it a beer as flat as it was. If it had been called a port I may have enjoyed it more.

The beer had zero head and no carbonation whatsoever. That wasn't an encouraging start. The liquid was pitch black and viscous.

The smell is okay at best. I get some licorice, rye spice, port and alcohol. The smell is pungent.

Taste-wise, it's not atrocious, but it leaves a lot to be desired, especially considering the price tag. Despite supposedly having coffee added, this taste was hard to detect. I got sweet syrup and port more than anything.

While drinking it, I was bothered by the syrupy feel of the beer, the lack of carbonation and the sensation that I was drinking a port more than an ale. One positive is that the 14% alcohol was well-masked.

IN the end, this beer was a big bust and doesn't leave me with a favorable impression of Nogne. Then again, maybe the brewery was aware of the oddity that was this beer and thus had it retired in recognition of this.

Feb 03, 2014
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tbryan5 from Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Mar 31, 2013
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CTJman from Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Aug 25, 2014
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akang from California

4/5  rDev +9.6%

Sep 04, 2013
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Luweezy from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mar 31, 2015
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Benesi88 from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Nov 09, 2013
Sweet Horizon from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 108 ratings