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Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 15.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed in March 2008 with Grimstad water, malted barley (brown & smoked), sugars, coffee, hops, yeast. Sat, untouched, in conditioning tanks until August 2010 when it was dry hopped (with Nelson Sauvin hops) and dry "coffeed" (with Den Gyldne Sterke espresso). After a month of dry hopping/coffeeing, it was bottled/released in September 2010.

Added by TheBeerCarl on 11-23-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 114 | Ratings: 203
Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

250 ml is small, 2 people max on this one. Beautiful cannister, wrapping. Thick pour, one sixteenth of head on black body. Big roast aroma. Way too sugary for me, like 3 tablespoons of sugar in the coffee. Thick, ladies liquor.Cannot taste the alcohol behind the sugar.
Had again several weeks later with the same impression.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.54/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: no head on a a near jet black body.

S: rum, bourbon, some roasted malt, milk chocolate, chili peppers

T: really really sweet. This is like pure white and brown sugar. Reminds me of a coffee that you put too much sugar in. It is even sweet enough to dull but not erase the bourbon/whiskey character. For the abv the booze are actually pretty tame.

M: little carbonation and creamy body.

Overall:I simply can not get over the sweetness. It is too dominant for me.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.45/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a beer, poured out as a dark brown color with a decent brown looking head. The head settles into just a thin ring around the glass. Not much lacing here. The smell is huge, lots and lots of boozy coffee, dark chocolate, and some fermented sweet dark fruits. The taste is strong with coffee and chocolate, the other flavors are burnt, very sweet and dry. The mouthfeel is oily and slick, it coats the mouth really well. Overall this beer is huge, it's got so much flavor. I really enjoy this beer personally but it pretty pricy for such a little bottle.

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Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very dark brown in color. It poured with a thin tan head that quickly dissipated, leaving only a thin ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong sweet aromas of chocolate liqueur in the nose. The smell becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is very sweet and has flavors of chocolate liqueur. No bitterness is detectable.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit thin on the palate with a low amount of carbonation.
O: This beer lacks balance because it is overly sweet; however it would make a good dessert beer of digestif.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a dark brown color head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with notes of black chocolate and light coffee is quite enjoyable though also quite intense. Taste is sweeter then anticipated with some black chocolate notes and some light liquorice notes as well. Body is full with an oily texture with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol which is somewhat surprising considering the ABV. More of a sipper then something I would drink on a regular basis.

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Photo of superspak
3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

250 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 2010. Pours pitch black color with a small foamy tan head with poor retention, that reduces to a ring of lace. Slight spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, toffee, light char, molasses, and roasted earthiness; with some slight booze. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of coffee and roasted/dark malt notes; and good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, toffee, light char, molasses, tobacco, and roasted earthiness. Lingering notes of coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, toffee, molasses, tobacco, light char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice balance and complexity of intense dark/roasted malt flavors with coffee; with zero booze or cloying sweetness after the finish. Light carbonation and very full bodied; with a creamy, slick, syrupy, and fairly chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden for 15.5%, with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice imperial coffee stout. Very nice intense and balanced dark/roasted malt flavors with coffee; and definitely a sipper to enjoy slowly. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of nickfl
4.04/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours with no head on top of an opaque, black body. A light ring of lacing persists on the glass and leaves moderate lace in its wake.

S - Bourbon, vanilla, rum, chocolate, cinnamon, awesome.

T - Sweet, sweet, chocolate and coffee up front. Notes of anise, blackberries, clove and cinnamon in the middle. Finishes with lots of vanilla, cinnamon, dense chocolate, and cola syrup.

M - A thick, syrupy body, and a sweet, sweet finish.

D - Well, it smells better than almost anything else I have ever had, but it manages to really drop it with the flavor. An oddly flawed beer, if it was much, much less sweet it could be something world class.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.54/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 4/16/2011 at Armsby Abbey in Worcester served in an over-sized wine glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, short beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains rich dark chocolate, robust roasted malts and some coffee.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty roasted malt character and a strong chocolate flavor. There is some coffee and dark fruit in the background. The hops presence is very mild but complementary. There’s a strong alcohol sting that mysteriously lessens as you continue to sip the beer (and it’s just because the effect of the strong alcohol). The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Very smooth with some crispness, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, very strong kick, very good representation of style, this is an excellent high-powered big stout to sip on for a long time.

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

A: Pours a very dark brown with just a hint of bubbles along the edges of the glass (too thin in my opinion to even be called head). There was absolutely no lacing whatsoever.

S: Aromas were extremely sweet, almost overpowering, with a slightly medicinal aspect. The alcohol was very present and almost smelled like the beer has been fortified with spirits (like a port).

T: Flavors were extremely sweet, cloyingly so - candy sugar, syrup, and alcohol. Just a hint of coffee flavor as the beer warmed. Seemed to be really out of balance to me.

M: Medium bodied but a little bit thin with almost no carbonation.

O: Very much a dessert beer and needs to be treated that way (any serving more than a cordial glass is probably too much). Much too sweet and too much alcohol present to really be something that could be easily enjoyed. Could really use a touch more bitterness to make it enjoyable for me.

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Photo of billab914
2.6/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

8.5oz bottle into my Devil's Backbone glass. Dark brown in color with just a thin tan ring barely forming around the edges of the glass. Pretty still looking overall.

Aroma has a big dark fruit component with fig and dark cherry notes. I'm also getting a good amount or roasted coffee and brown sugar to it. Interesting mix of flavors, it's pretty good but the sweeter dark fruits do seem to dominate it unfortunately.

The dark fruits are even stronger in the taste and become overwhelming. Coffee and alcohol show through in the finish and the roasted flavor lingers for a while. It's very sweet, almost sugary like a darker fruit juice at times though.

The mouthfeel is thin for the style with carbonation being low. Overall, I didn't think it was a good beer of the style unfortunately. The dark fruit sweetness was just way overdone and cloyingly sweet at times. The roasted malts and coffee were pretty much completely overshadowed unfortunately.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

From 05/25/13 notes. Opened this the day after having the Second Edition. 8.5 oz bottle poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a pitch black color with less than one inch of dark tan head and no carbonation evident. Looks nice but no carbonation evident.

s - Smells of coffee, sweet sugar and molasses, sweet chocolate, roasted malts, alcohol, and some vanilla. Nose is nice but a little too sweet for me; loads of sugar and sweetness.

t - Tastes of same sweet coffee, sweet sugar, molasses, sweet dark fruits, roasted malts, alcohol, burnt malts, and toasted malts. Taste has more coffee than the nose and no vanilla; it also has a lot of sweet dark fruits. Taste is way too sweet for me.

m - Medium to full body and low to no carbonation. Body is thick and chewy.

o - Overall this beer is just way too sweet for me; the worst of the three dark horizon editions for me. I drank a 16.7 oz. bottle of the 2nd edition the night before that was boozy but easier to get through than this 8.5 oz. bottle; just too much sweet sugar and booze for me. Would not suggest picking this one up considering how much these guys cost.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.86/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Dark cola with a think halo of white head.

S - Savory and complex. Big booze, smoke, ancho chili, coriander.

T - Big, boozy-sweet chili flavor up front. Coffee and cream. Honey. Coriander and peat smoke.

M - Medium body with a massive kick of alcohol that leads into a sweet finish. Tuck this one away in a cool place for a few years and let it mellow out.

O - Man what an ambivalent beer. Great taste but the young booze just kicks your butt. Given time, this could be a great beer.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a Cigar City snifter.

A - A hard pour barely rouses a dark brown crust of foam that settles to a few wisps. Black body that has a glint of brown at the bottom of the glass.

S - Booze, anise, dark chocolate, light olives, charry malts, light espresso. As it warms up it gets pretty intense, and moderately harsh and fusel.

T - This is incredibly sweet. Tons of melted chocolate, molasses, dark fruits, and straight up sugar. Some charred malts in the finish.

M - Full bodied, melted chocolate syrup texture, minimal carbonation, and moderate-to-high alcohol warmth.

D - I think Nøgne Ø tried to hide the intense booziness of the 2nd edition using sugar. They succeeded, but the end result is a cloying beer that's palatable in 1oz portions. The switch from 500ml to 250ml bottles was certainly a good idea, but I don't anticipate this improving much with age. As it oxidizes it may get even sweeter...

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a dark brown in color with brown highlights and had a very thin head leaving very little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: It had some good roasty character to it with chocolate, caramel, toffee, booze, and coffee but had a spicey pepper aroma as well.

T: The chile pepper component was more potent on the palate with caramel, chocolate, coffee, toffee accents but had lots of booze and very mild hop notes.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a sweet, boozy, spicy, roasty, and silky finish.

D: it was really different out of all the dark horizon editions which had a spicy kick drank decent and did add some dimension.

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Photo of liamt07
4.09/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Jason at my 22nd birthday, 250ml bottle into a tulip.

Poured almost black, dark brown around the edges. Light brown bubbly collar, with little-to-no head. Nose has heavily sugary and caramelized dark fruits off the bat. Intense espresso and coffee notes, some alcohol as well but not at the level of the stated ABV. Roasty as hell, with some subtle brown sugar. Taste is very sweet and roasty, brown sugar, vanilla, and sugary dark caramelized fruits ("in that order of perception" as my notes indicate). Sweet raisins in the finish. Sweet but roasty and bitter lingering mouthfeel. Lightly cloying but drinkable, the minimal alcohol presented is impressive (or maybe I was just that far gone?). Certainly very rich, a sample of this sufficed; surprisingly subtle alcohol was the highlight of the show here.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours black. An odd highlight around the edge...a bit gray. Weird. Head was about 1 finger of off brown, it didn't stay long and lacing was oily.

Coffee for most in the nose. It seemed strong, but in the back ground. Some unripe black prune and sweet, but dark, chocolate. Sweet and a bit boozy.

Taste is sweet. Almost too much so. Coffee is creamy. Dark fruit comes and goes with some medium malt roast. The added sugar is cumbersome. Sweet. Alcohol is hidden a bit.
Overall the feel seems thin. No sharp twang or overall complexity.

Smaller bottle helps drinkability.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.14/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Coffee stouts are usually beers that I like to drink. Adding 100 IBU's to the mix looks unsound. Making the beer over 15% ABV could be suicide, but I will progress. Let's pop the cap of this 8.5 ounce bottle and move onto the beer:

Make much darker does black get? As black as shiny and polished oil. A tiny fuzz of head forming on top and goin away, no lace sticking around, but it does leave some legs around for a short time. The nose is supercharged and obliterates your nostrils. There's a lot of great smelling coffee and vanilla coffee beans that's uplifitng. Smoking wood adds a second layer of aroma. Some bittering hops add a sort of bitterness to the nose, adding the third layer.

Very sweet taste, but I like it. It's a good thing the beer was loaded with coffee beans to offset the sweet base, or I would have put myself through some pain to finish the small bottle. A ton of toasted brown sugar, coffee beans and their roast, a "pinch" of hop bitterness, and a good kick of alcohol (yet for its size is hidden pretty well). It's full bodied, slightly chewy, and low carbonated, which helps make the beer go down.

Dark Horizon #3 was fun on paper, and is just as fun to drink. This outta put me to sleep for the night.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.4/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Rating No. 2,700 on RateBeer.

Thanks to my brother for sending this beer my way. This was drank alongside the 2nd edition.

The beer pours a deep black color with a tan head. Absolutely no light is getting through this beer. The aroma is full of coffee and chocolate with some roasted malt. It smells a lot like the 2nd edition.

The flavor is similar to the aroma, with a few changes. The main flavor I get is chocolate and bourbon. Unlike the 2nd edition, this beer has a big coffee note in the flavor which really compliments the other two major components. The alcohol is actually fairly well hidden, although you can definitely tell it is there. Overall, the beer is very sweet and would make it tough to drink too much of this beer.

Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

The big difference between the 2nd and 3rd editions of this beer is the addition of the big coffee notes in the 3rd edition. For this reason, I feel the 3rd edition is a better beer.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

Was very pleasantly surprised after having read so many negative reviews.
Had held in cellar for 4 years, and thought time to find out for myself.
Beer poured a deep dark black with slight deep dark brown accents to light. No head what so ever.
Nose was rich candy with sweet dark fruit. Currants, figs and dates. Slight bitter probably coffee influence as much as hops but mostly concentrated malts.Very complex nose, noticeable but very subdued booze.
Rich malty character that has aged into a base of dried sugar fruits with some molasses and tamarind like bitterness. Coffee seemed lost in mix, but clearly added to complexity and depth beyond the sweetness. Very pleasant sipper.
Syrupy smooth mouth feel. Cloying with very little alcohol noticed, and definitely no burn.
Overall struck me as a dark highly concentrated English barley wine. Seemed almost a Eisbock like reduction though flavor more BW.
Certainly not consistent with other's opinions, but my bottle was great...I found this a very enjoyable evening sipper, and worked very well with other flavors...plate of pecans, Maytag blue and a big H.Upmann

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Photo of wordemupg
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

250ml nip poured into tulip 11/10/13, cheers Adam for opening this little monster

A Just a splash so no head or lace shouldn't surprise me especially in a 15.5%er, legs galore

S tobacco smoked apple, bacon and teriyaki with a little soy but it works fairly well

T more like a cooking marinade then anything but its decent, coffee on the finish but reminds me more of a cooking sauce then anything

M thick and smokey, no heat impresses me

O I'd stopped taking notes about halfway through the feel it would seem but overall I'd say its a decent beer but nothing great, I sound like I'm being hard on it wanting to cook with it but I'd try it again.

After the Abyss, Mellow Corn 50-50, Black Tuesday, Grey Monday, Chocolate Rain, and Mikkeller Black Islay I'm a little surprised I can even read my notes. That was a lot of big stout for one night, my head still hurts.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.74/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

8.5 ounce (250 ml) bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown with a thin tan head that fizzled away quickly. Just a small amount of lacing left on the glass. Nice malty aroma, the brew smells like roasted malt, coffee, molasses, bittersweet chocolate and a bit of booze. The taste is much sweeter than I expected it to be. It tastes like caramel, molasses, maple, vanilla, sweet booze and dark fruit. There's also some coffee and a bit of anise noticeable, but this brew is mostly sweet and sugary. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit sticky and slick with low/moderate carbonation. I thought that this was a decent enough brew, the sweetness was a bit too much for me at times but overall I liked it.

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Photo of avalon07
4.27/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

S: A sharp aroma of coffee, chocolate, caramel, dark fruit and alcohol.

T: Tasted of coffee more than anything else, with some raisins, caramel, and chocolate. Alcohol wasn't as prominent as I expected, but still evident (not nearly as evident as it was in the previous Dark Horizon edition). A robust flavor.

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

D: This beer reminded me of Nogne's Sweet Horizon, with a bit more coffee. This won't appeal to everyone, but I did find it drinkable.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
2.92/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: pitch black beer with a small less than 1 finger of light tan colored head made up of tiny bubbles. The head drops down to a ring on the outside of the glass. Sticky lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: Coffee and salty pretzels. Roasty and burnt to the point of having an acidic smell. Over ripened dark fruits and molasses. This combination does not work well together.

Taste: Wow this beer is just super sweet. Maple syrup and vanilla are very prominant; molasses and flat rootbeer. Concentrated simple syrup. Maybe some coffee in the background, but the sweetness is hard to tame. Finished sweet and boozy with a little burn to it.

Mouthfeel: A beast of a dark beer. Full boded beer with low carbonation. Thick, syrupy. Thicker than motor oil.

Overall: I really do enjoy stouts and I even like sweeter tasting stouts alot. Man, this even pushed the envelope for my tastes. This stout overpowered my tastesbuds and changed my perception of how sweet a stout could be. This beer is a sipper that could only work as a desert beer. Almost to the point of too much of a good thing when talking about a really sweet beer. I now see why this beer is in a 8.5 fluid oz bottle i don't think I could drink 12 oz of this beer.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Alko in Helsinki. From notes.

A - Poured a black and opaque colour with a one finger kahaki head. Slight lacing was left with a ring of head on the sides left too.

S - Coffee and sugars are quite obvious. Coffee dominates heavily and that's really all there is there.

T - Tons of sweet fruity malt, some licorice, alcohol, and tons of chocolate. Oddly I can't get any coffee.

M - Chewy with mild carbonation and a sweet lingering finish.

O/D - I can see myself getting into this. A fairly good beer. Sweet but balanced and complex. Not too bad.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

8.5 fl. oz. bottle served at 52 degrees in my Duck-Rabbit snifter. Pours the color and clarity of cola with a loose, tan-colored head that quickly disperses towards the shoulders leaving a thin, sizzling, bubbly band. Only some residual spots of lacing appear during the tasting. Nose expresses charred coffee, burnt dark sugar, a spicy/woody character and ethanol. There's also a trace of something vegetal as the brew warms. Taste expresses an initial syrupy sweetness that settles on the lips between sips. Soy sauce follows the sweetness, which carries towards the middle before a slight bitterness expresses itself just prior to the finish. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a slight viscosity, almost akin to a cordial with a semi-still carbonation and some residual alcohol heat that lingers at the back of the throat. At 15.5%, the alcohol is very well-hidden; however, this beer is sickeningly sweet and cloying. Even 8.5oz. is too much. This beer completely lacks any kind of balance. Age might help, but I'm not optimistic - it's something of a sugary mess in my opinion.

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