Dark Horizon 3rd Edition | Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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Dark Horizon 3rd EditionDark Horizon 3rd Edition

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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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5/5  rDev +41.6%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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5/5  rDev +41.6%

Photo of SFLpunk
4.49/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at R.S.V.P. in Portland, ME. Tiny bottle in a tin can.

Pours a super thick black with very little carbonation activity. Looks like oil. Nose smells like a big black hole of scorched earth, coffee and black black malt.

Palate is big and aggressive right of the bat. Bitter and almost corrosively thick. At first it's like coffee extract, then like Kahlua, still like Kahlua and then mellows out into a mocha espresso drink taste and then to tasting like (cold) hot cocoa.

Notes: Wow. What a fucking awesome beer! This is seriously thick, but seriously complex and evolves as you drink it. I think some people will probably hate this or not "get" it, but it's damn fine!

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Photo of GbVDave
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from an 8.5oz bottle into multiple glasses. Thanks to everyone for the assist!

A: Pours a slippery charred black color with a tiny layer of dark rust colored head. No lace left behind.

S: Yikes! Sweet. Major "spilled the sugar container into the coffee" type smell. Some notes of chocolate and molassas.

T: Loads of coffee, but even more of the aforementioned sweetness. Tiring.

M: Slick and sloppy. Actually made this one seem sweeter.

O: So glad this was in the tiny format and we had a bunch of folks to split this with. Diabetic coma inducing...seriously. If you didn't have diabetes before drinking this, you most certainly will afterwards.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.74/5  rDev +5.9%
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 Reagan1984
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Even with an aggressive pour of the entire bottle, only a tiny bit of light tan foam forms. The beer is a shiny/glossy opaque black/deep brown. No lace anywhere.

Aroma is pretty thick. Soy, molasses covered alcohol….

Woow, a lot sweeter than I would have ever guessed. The molasses is front and center in the flavor as well. Could even guess maple if you needed to. Perhaps a note of anise. Some prune as well. Alcohol soaked raisins perhaps.

Not very tick on body, but still sticky. Slick

Ehh, it’s ok…. Just ok

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Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
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 FosterJM
3.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

840th Review on BA
Bottle to hotel water glass
8.5fl oz

Bought from Aloha liquors in Carson City, NV

App- A mix of very dark browns with a lot of black mixed in. The garnet edges add a layer of color as well. Almost no head formed as it was more of a flat pour. Poured like a coffee bourbon drink. No real lace or cling as well.

Smell- A lot going on but very tamed and sweet. It was a a lot of malts with a tiny bit of licorice and whispy booze. Dominant smell is coffee and dark chocolate.

Taste- A bit thick with sugary malts. On the taste there is some coffee but not as much as the nose. Much more spice notes enter the layers of taste and the booze is quite prevalent. A bit of yeast is on the taste as well. A bit sweet and sugary. A little unbalanced but still quite tasty and large for such a small bottle.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a low slick carbonation. A lot of booze and sweet coffee malts remain.

Drink- Overall its nice. I think I drank it too fresh, needs some time to mellow and let flavors meld together more. It was slick, malty and sweet. A good take on a bold, big style.

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Photo of Trilogy31
3.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pitch black with a dark khaki head that recedes quickly leaving light lacing but viscous legs when swirled. Nose is a strong hit of kahlua, black wild licorice if that makes sense along with a little fusel alcohol. The taste brings more sweet kahlua liqueuer, oaky vanilla with anise, marshmallow and strong herbal alcohol. This beer lacks balance and comes across as hot as well as sweet.

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Photo of rarbring
4.55/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is dark, dark brown, a small tan head, no lacing and good curtains.

The smell is obtrusive, dark roasted coffee, dark fruits, candy sugar.

A big sweet surprise, candy sugar, caramel, marzipan, coffee, raisins, fig marmalade, dark chocolate.

Little carbonation, oily and sticky, a big fat body, a warm fuzzy feeling.

This is the ultimate dessert, much better than most other stuff you get.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
2.92/5  rDev -17.3%
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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3.21/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There is a great backstory* to this beer, and it did not disappoint! Brewed 3/7/08, consumed 9/6/11.

A - Dark brown-black, thin soapy khaki head, almost no lacing.

S - Bitter hops, coffee, chipotle peppers.

T - Milk chocolate, coffee, bitter hops, whiskey, candi sugar, smokey malts.

M - Thick, syrupy, sticky.

O - Very sweet, dessert beer, glad I got the chance to try it!

*Backstory: 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.

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Photo of jnn4v
2.02/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

A: Very dark color with some light brown / dark tan colored head.

S: Pickles, jalapeno peppers, soy sauce, tobacco, burning plastic, peat, islay scotch, and possibly burning garbage heap.

T: Unfortunately, it tastes a lot like the scent. Like someone took a bunch of tabasco sauce, soy sauce and some chocolate milk, mixed them up and poured them into a spittoon of chewing tobacco spittle.

M: Good viscosity and density. Above average level of carbonation.

O: One of the worst imperial stouts - actually, one of the worst beers of any sort - actually, one of the worst substances of any sort that I've ever put in my mouth. Ended as a very expensive drain pour.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%
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 SpdKilz
3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed with my brother-in-law last night.

Appearance – Pours a dark chocolate color into a tulip. Almost no head is achieved with a hard pour.

Smell – Coffee, vanilla, booze, dark roasted malts, chocolate, other various sweet aromas that I can’t put my finger on.

Taste – Good God. Are you sure this isn’t the “Sweet Horizon”? Just a burst of pure sugar and alcohol. Molasses, brown sugar, coffee, vanilla, maple, and dark fruits. Honestly, totally one dimensional in the fact it is just so freaking sweet.

Mouthfeel – Honestly, oddly thin mouthfeel, watery almost. I’m reading others that say it is a thicker mouthfeel but I do not get this here at all. Lower carbonation.

Overall – Ugg, I have one left in the cellar and don’t think I’ll be revisiting it for quite a while. I also have a Dark Horizon 2nd Edition and have heard it is better. I’ll have to open one of those up this Christmas. Not a beer I’d recommend.

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Photo of Vengeance526
3.32/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark black color with a very small head that disappears almost immediately and leaves only a touch of lacing.

Strong sweet aroma with a lot of chocolate and coffee upfront with brown sugar and alcohol in the back.

Taste of dark chocolate and maple syrup all around with light notes of coffee. Very sweet and boozy, not so bad at first but gets kinda harsh fairly quickly. Has its moments, but this is just too over the top sweet to be enjoyable for long.

Full bodied with a thick, syrupy mouthfeel. This one started off promising enough, but after the first few sips, it seemed a bit much. Could probably benefit from a couple years of aging, but right now this was a sweet syrupy mess.

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Photo of buyBinboaVodka
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a pitch black with a small ring of head that leaves almost no lacing around the glass.

S - Sweet dark fruits such as cherries and figs. Dark chocolate and roasted malts. Intense aroma with the malts.

T - Dark sweet chocolate up front with a sweet coffee flavor throughout. A bit on the warm side, but it hides the high ABV well.

M - very thin with little to no carbonation. Leaves a sweet sugary taste in the mouth.

O - This is am ok beer. IMO not worth the heavy price tag for the size of the beer. It is worth a try, but not one I will be rushing to buy anytime soon.

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Photo of DaveHS
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours deep, shiny black with no head, just a ring of iced tea colored bubbles.

S-Bitter roasted coffee beans, dirt, chipotle peppers, Memphis style vinegar barbecue sauce. Weird.

T/M-Excessively sweet, with strong roasted chipotle pepper and coffee beans. The pepper flavor is kind of appealing, but this is ultimately just too sweet. Alcohol is well concealed.

O-Worth trying, though it is WAY too expensive for an eight ounce bottle.

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Photo of tbern007
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Comes in a bottle that is packed in a can.
Very black, little head, gone quickly.
Smells of alcohol, coffee, woddsy, black licorice.
Tastes like a syrupy barleywine. Initially sweet then bitter then sweet again. Coffee definitely added and aftertaste is of sugary coffee. There is some roast malt and prune/raisin in there in the middle.
Overall average.

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Photo of Klym
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: As dark brown as you can get with almost no head besides a few tan bubbles floating around.

S: Smells hot, with maple syrup and hickory all over the smell. Smells intensely sweet and savory at the same time.

T: Maple syrup, brown sugar, terriyaki, coffee, steak. Sweet and a little savory, with pretty intensely thick flavors. A little hot but alcohol much more hidden in the taste than in the smell.

M: Heavy bodied with mediumish carbonation, it's almost a good thing this comes in such a small bottle.

O: Pretty good and not really what I was expecting. Definitely some intense sweetness to this but I would be hesitant to say it's overpowering as it's so anchored by the savoriness running through it. I'm not sure it's

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Photo of Knapp85
4.45/5  rDev +26.1%
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 cindyjeffsmith
4.15/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: Dark brown with some red highlights. Not exactly a huge head but reasonable for a 15% plus.
smell: This is unusual. Can't find the word to identify the particular dominant smell but it's nice. Not quite burnt, not quite nutty.
taste: Oh man, wasn't ready for that. I would have expected a dry taste based on the nose but this one starts with a rush of sweetness. First reaction is damn, this is gonna be a sugary mess but the finish smooths her out and leaves you with a damn, i want some more.
overall: Just short of great. Not sure what some age would do to this but sure glad i got to try it.

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Photo of dgilks
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark, dark brown with some red tinges when held up to light. No real head.

Brown sugar. Coffee. More sweetness.

Sweet chocolate flavour with some cream coffee notes. Diabetes. THere's also a touch of earthiness but this is sweet!

Thick and oily mouthfeel with low carbonation. Cloying.

A big dessert beer. Thick and syrupy with lots of residual sugar. Very tasty on the whole and the combination is certainly more than the sum of its parts.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.57/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark Horizon (3rd edition)! Bottle bought at Whole Foods Tribeca for $13.99 plus tax. Pricey, sure, but so glad I found this beer (which I didn't even know existed, and is available nowhere else in NYC).

Appearance: Dark Horizon the 3rd pours fluid and calmly, more like a sherry or port than a beer. Only a slim rim for a head, and even this disappears soon. This is flat, still and ominous. Black, thick, impenetrable.

Smell: Wow! This could easily be the best-smelling coffee stout. EVER. Acrid, natural coffee- picture just-picked beans lying on a rustic burlap sack in Indonesia while the farmer smokes a hand-rolled cigarillo that further perfumes the coffee harvest. Yeah. Also smoke and cured ham/bacon, a farm in Appalachia manned by part-time coal miners. Intense! Man, I love it when a beer smells like this... it triggers the memory and the imagination. Liquorice and booze to round it all up, plus some mysterious sweetness I can't quite pin down.

Taste: My initial sip catches me unguarded and makes me grimace. What kind of fuckery is this!? The nose did not prepare me for the taste... but a second sip and I'm ready for more. Sure, this is sweet and then some, but in a good way. A roasty-smoky sweetness, like a wacky liquid dessert created in the kitchens of WD-50. More ham and nourishing taste. Cold coffee with tons of cream and sugar. Wood, barbeque, burning paper. A tad of honey, reminds me of being at the kiva of Picuris Pueblo in New Mexico. Wilderness. Oh my! I am in love.

Mouthfeel: No carbonation, but fine. Full body and flavor, super delicious booze. A little too dry, if anything.

Overall: I ran out of beer before the mouthfeel and could have used another 8 ounces to properly finish my review. Sure, this is super hot and boozy, but oh so delicious!! And for 15.5%, not that crazy, really... if it were cheaper, I would buy again in an instant.

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Dark Horizon 3rd Edition from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 203 ratings
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