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

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Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by ShogoKawada on 10-23-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Vdubb86
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass

Thanks to TMoney2591 for bringing this beer by.

This beer pours a dark syrup into the glass and I don't think it could froth to make head if I shook it out of the bottle. The smell is of molasses mostly with a malty mixture and a backer of fumes from. The backing flavors are lots and lots of brown sugar and molasses, bit of chocolate in the back and some black licorice notes. The mouthfeel is rather sticky and syrupy, pretty flat in general. I don't truly think this is a good representation of the style, but at the same time it's not a horrible beer.

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Photo of mdfb79
2.6/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from an 8.5 oz. bottle into my Portsmouth tulip. Was excited to pick up the Red and Sweet Horizon beers. Found Red good but not worth the price ($14 a piece for 8.5 oz bottles), hoping Sweet is as good.

a - Pours a jet black color with less than one inch of tan head and light carbonation evident. No head retention or lacing on the glass, looks very close to flat.

s - Smells of sweet chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, sweet fruity malts, alcohol, molasses, and dark fruit. Pretty sweet and not overly boozy considering the high ABV.

t - Tastes of sweet chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, licorice, sugar, raisins, molasses, sweet fruit, and alcohol. The taste is certainly why these call this one sweet horizon. It is insanely sweet and not in a good way.

m - Full, thick body and low carbonation, very smooth due to the low, almost nonexistent carbonation. Syrupy.

d - An interesting, but ultimately disappointing stout. I thought the mouthfeel was good and I enjoyed the smell, but the taste is way too sweet. I normally like sweeter stouts and beers, but this one is very hard to drink; it was hard finishing an 8.5 oz. bottle. Overall I wouldn't buy again and if you were debating between the new Red and Sweet Horizon beers from Nogne (though neither is worth their absurd prices), definitely go with Red.

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Photo of Bendurgin
2.07/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

This was a Christmas gift from my friends sister. Sweet! Poured right down the middle of a seven ounce taster glass. Big black body on this with just a thin layer of mocha colored foam that's gone just as soon as it shows up. The aroma is pretty intense. Booze before anything else. After getting past that wall I detect the expected coffee aroma with a sweet black licorice scent finishing out with earthy tobacco and leather. I'd say it works well and smells nice, but it's certainly in your face. Licorice right up front, but too much of it. Molasses to follow, but again, too much of it. Coffee flavor is hard to detect, but it's there, hardly. And let's top it off with hot alcohol. Yikes. This one is just way to sweet for me. It may be great for some but for me, I'm less than impressed. If it weren't for the sweetness this would be fine (I know, the beer is named Sweet Horizon, but too much is too much). Feels alright, kind of like a stout should, but I just can't say the mouthfeel is good when my taste buds are being offended the way this one does. Way too sweet. I can't finish this tiny bottle. I'm glad it was a gift.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= Pours directly into the glass this beer is a dark amber coming out of the bottle and looks pitch black in the glass. The head is larger than the regular Dark Horizon. The head falls fast to a ring around the glass.

S= Smells boozy for sure as well as quite sweet. Sweet toffee and caramel with thick rich mollases odor coming from it. A little smokey sort of maple syrup as well but mostly just booze and sweetness.

T= The taste is much better than the smell. I actually think it's better than the regular Dark Horizon in smell. A bit of the sugar water flavor I got from DH but much less so because the flavors or the sweet toffee and caramel come through as well. Mollasses is the major playor here as well as a little liquorice.

M= Thick and sweet. Coating and lasting.

D= This isn't nearly as bad as I thought it would have been. I didn't care for the DH because of it's sweetness but this version it seems they upped the sweetness and made the beer have more of a focus. I enjoyed this one after a meal on Christmas Eve and I would recommend everyone to have it after a meal for dessert.

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Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
3.32/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Black-as-night body with a bit of a mocha-colored head that disipates quickly, and doesn't leave behind much lacing.

S - They are not kidding about the sweet part, sweet fruity esters, sweet alcohol and sweet sugary chocolate aromas dominate the aroma. I'm getting a little smoke, roasted malt, sweet cooking spices and some espresso in the aroma too, just enough to give the big sweetness some structure.

T - The alcohol is very present, as one would expect at 14% abv, and the honey and sweet apple flavors seem to dominate the malt flavors one would expect from an Imperial Stout. There is sweet chocolate present in the entry, and coffee and roast present in the finish, but it is all weighed down by the alcohol sweetness.

M - This beer is the definition of coating. I felt like I opening one of the Supper Club's in the fridge just to try to clean up my palate after 1/3 of the bottle. The alcohol is nowhere near as abrasive as I expected it to be.

D - I'm glad I got to try this, as it proved to be an interesting experimental beer. It was a much better experience than my run-ins with Dark Horizon (although not as good as Red Horizon, that beer was amazing!). I guess I look at it like the steroid users in baseball. Yeah, they are huge, and who doesn't love watching a bunch of homeruns? But at the same time they're injured half to the time, and bacne... ew. This beer is Left Hand Milk Stout on steriods, and although I really enjoyed trying it, I think I'll take a normal sweet stout on a regular basis.

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Photo of davod23
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I'm giving this beer another 1/2 point because of the bottle/tin presentation. Pretty nice. The pour into my HOTD tasting glass is deep, dark brown, with just a wisp of a tan head. Pour is thick.

Aroma is full of sweet flavors. Coffee at the fore, but behind that are aromas of milk chocolate, raisins, molasses, brown sugar. Anything that is sweet.

Taste is very sweet. This is a sugar bomb. Coffee again leads the way. The majority of the sip is quite nice as a dessert beer. On the back end there's a quality that is off-putting - like a burned espresso. That's not great.

Mouthfeel is thick, smooth, with virtually no carbonation. It's really quite lovely. The velvety nature is really impressive, and it lends support to the dessert-like quality of the beer. Forget the cake.

Drinkability is fine for what it is. I had four ounces of the stuff, and the sweetness is pretty dramatic - but considering that's what the beer is trying to be, I can't knock it much.

Good beer from Nøgne Ø. Recommended if you're looking for a dessert beer.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.26/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

8.5oz bottle poured into my Darkness glass...Conflicted on the appearance. Bottles comes in a cool tin and the bottle is sharp with the plain label with hearts. The beer pours black with no carbonation so that sucks...A really nice strong aroma. Of coffee shows off strong, but the addition of black licorice, candied sugar, molasses and a smokey finish is really great. Very sweet in a good way but balanced by the smoke...The taste is way too sweet, so syrup can't even drink it. Molasses drenched with pounds of sugar. Alcohol finish with a hint of smoke that hides for too long. The smoke needs to stand out if there is chance at all to drink this....Don't like the feel as it warm and syrupy very tough to drink.

Great aroma but that's about it, skip this.

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Photo of avalon07
4.29/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick, impenetrable consistency. There was a small amount of foamy, tan-colored head that quickly dissipated. OK lacing.

S: A big smell that hits you right away: Coffee, malt, sugar, alcohol and some chocolate.

T: Tasted of malt, chocolate, licorice, coffee, sugar, with a healthy dose of alcohol. A dessert beer if there ever was one. Very sweet, thick and complex. Alcohol wasn't quite as overwhelming as I would have thought.

M: An average amount of carbonation with a slick finish. A full-bodied, chewy beer.

D: A nicely done, drinkable beer.

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Photo of mothman
4.3/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter.

Pours very little head. Color is a dark caramel brown.

Aroma: Coffee, dark roast, chocolate, booze, caramel, sweetness, dark dried fruits, molasses, plums, and cherries.

Taste: Cranberries, plums, figs, cherries, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, caramel, vanilla, and a little bit of nut flavors as well.

Mouthfeel: Roasted, thick, vicious, creamy. Full boded with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends dry, but sweet and roasted.

Overall, a slow drinking beer, but this is awesome. One of the thickest beers I have had. A desert beer is an understatement for this one. I like it and would easily drink this one again.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Fancy tin can that looks like a Valentines gift with hearts on it, red wrapping paper and an 8 oz bottle.

Pours a dark coffee color with no head and no lacing.

Smell of strong coffee, some light booze and plenty of sugar to go around. If you were to make a sugar drink, this would probably be much sweeter than any that you could concoct. There is almost an artificial sweetener flavor to this it is so sweet. Think Splenda sweet...

Taste of strong roasted fresh coffee, no bitterness really evident this is just so overpoweringly sweet. As for the malt flavor? Hard to pick out among such extreme sweetness. Caramel, raisins, figs and coffee are at the heart of this beer. Thick viscous mouthfeel with extremely light carbonation. As it warms the booze comes more apparent, and sugars become more cotton candy flavored. Very comparable to an after dinner shot of Espresso Vodka.

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Photo of joshuaseresse
4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a tin of this at Andy's Crossroads. White tin with a red O with hearts in it...inside was a small 8.5oz bottle wrapped in red tissue paper:

A - Dark with hardly any head, but with a hard pour do you finally manage to get any. Light thin head around the edges. Light carbonation swirl in the middle.

S - Sweet milk chocolate with caramel. Kind of reminds me of a sweet milk stout, only thicker. The only bad part about this brew is that it kind of smells of hints of vinegar, which is not appealing.

T - Makes up for the smell. Sweet milk chocolate and candy. Creme Brulee and sugar to the max! Very nice dessert drink.

M - Creamy and smooth. Velvety. In a way it reminds me of the mouthfeel of the 120 minute.

D - Although it is only 8.5oz, I'm glad I split it with some friends. At 14% this is a sipper. It is a really nice dessert and one that I enjoyed. Try it if you can but if you have a problem with sugar then only drink this in moderation.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.07/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a tiny 8.2oz bottle, that originally comes in a very stylish tin can, and bottle wrapped in a red tissue paper. Pretty much the same packaging as the Dark Horizon series. Poured into my Unibroue chalice. Pours a very dark black with absolutely no light shining through in the glass. A very small tan head forms with light retention, and no lacing. It's pretty obvious this beer has a decent thicker consistency just from the pour and appearance.

Aroma is very nice! Lots of booze, chocolate, toasted malts...and maybe a very distant raisin?

Mmmm...like the Red Horizon, this is also very thick, very sweet, and very yummy! I would say this isn't as good overall as Red Horizon...or even as Dark Horizon. But it's very good none-the-less. Thick, viscous, full body...low carbonation. Mild booze heat. Loads of sweetness, chocolate, toasted malts, raisins. Wow, these Horizon series beers are all worth trying!

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Photo of ADZA
4.07/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It was definately hard to crack this beer especially for the fact it comes in just a nice presentable tin cylinder and is wrapped in red tissue paper,anyway it pours a dark as night black hue with little carbonation that produces not even a half finger head and no lacing,the smell is a very strong mix of coffee,chocolate and alcohol,it has full syrupy mouthfeel which is very heavy with tastes of affogato,chocolate,sticky date pudding and alcohol and as they say on the tin its definately a desert brew its basically like an alcoholic affogato and really does stand alone in this category as its super sweet and as they on the bottle it should be enjoyed as desert and their definately right its one of those brews that you have to at least try.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

8.5oz bottle- $7.69.

This beer comes in a tin cylinder and is wrapped in red tissue paper. Little hearts all over the label and tin... If I wasn't such a badass I'd venture to call it 'cute'. Good thing I didn't, though.

A- Great pour- a few more bubbles than I was expecting for 14%. A nice film of carbonation quickly recedes to an outer bubble ring. Impressive legs.

S- Whoa! Sweet. Decidedly boozy. Mild roast coffee and sweet cream.

T- Move over, Crème brûlée, there's a new sugar king in town. This tastes like I accidentally took a sip of my boss's coffee- she needs about five handfuls of sugar per cup.

OK, it's not that bad, just a bit shocking. This actually drinks like milk chocolate- very sweet, almost like a liquid hershey kiss. The coffee is here but takes a backseat to the intense sweetness and chocolate notes. Any coffee there is here is married to sweet cream notes anyways. Think of a coffee milkshake with chocolate syrup.

Where are the 65 IBUs? I can't find them at all. Zero hop presence, although perhaps they're doing some work behind the scenes (could they be the magic tying this beer together?) Some dark fruit lingers. The flavors come out as the alcohol numbs the tongue (that prob. sounds dumb). This is rich, decadent, and opulent times a thousand.

This does taste a bit like Dark Horizon, there's a nice finish to it that really kind of ties it together. Not messy at all, which is a huge feat for a beer with these flavors in it.

My roommate just had a sip and said it tastes like someone brewed a beer straight up with chocolate syrup. I'm inclined to agree.

M- You know what? For a 14% sugar bomb it's smooth, silky, and not hot at all. I would have guessed a hard 10 or 11%. There is no sign of the ABV. I am impressed at how well this comes together considering the cards that have been dealt.

The high sugar and still body work rather well together. I have to give this a 5 of 5 as I think if you gave any other brewer the ingredients to this beer they'd find a way to fuck it up.

D- Fairly low. That being said, I would buy this again and it seems like a great 'special occasion' beer. Given the label art, high ABV, and chocolate-coffee sugar smacking taste, I'd be inclined to share this with a lady friend. Good times.

I drank this on an empty stomach. Three sips in and I already feel my head buzzing. This stuff is not fucking around. Worth seeking out, but if you are pre-diabetes you might want to reconsider.

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