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

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Dark Horizon 3rd EditionDark Horizon 3rd Edition

Brewed by:
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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Photo of heysuz
2.55/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Intro: 8.5 oz. bottle shared with a friend.

Appearance: Dark chocolate brown, really more black than brown, with no head, thick with some brown lacing when swirled but quickly drops.

Smell: Chocolate with some roasted coffee notes and alcohol and a very sweet aroma.

Taste: Thick syrupy sugar taste with a shot of coffee and alcohol at the end. It's just too sweet for me to enjoy. Like a soft drink without the carbonation. And then there's the burnt aftertaste. Not a good combination.

Mouthfeel: Definite alcohol feel in the throat with a thick oily coating.

Overall: Just too sweet and thick to swallow, really too sweet, almost a sugar diabetic shock. A sipping beer at best but a struggle to finish the pour. It can almost make you gag from the sweetness, and not a good sweetness.

Conclusion: I've had two day old coffee that was easier to finish than this beer. Sweet, sweet, sweet and thick and did I mention it's sweet.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.06/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Glad I finally got to try one of these. Kinda expensive for such a small bottle.

Pours a super black with no head. No lacing.

Aroma is pretty interesting. Smells sweet and roasty with some sort of hops. Can't put my finger on it.

Wow taste is way too sweet. I thought for the size of the bottle I would be able to kill this by myself for sure. Wrong. It's hard to out down. But it's not just sweet. It has some flavor I'm assuming is some sort of spice. I can't put my finger on what it is. There is too much going on in this beer. If it was less sweet though I could easily drink it. Wish they listed some of the ingrediance in the bottle so I could pick them out.

Mouthfeel is cloying. Needs some more carb too.

Overall this beer is way too much. Hopefully my buddy gets home soon so he can drink some of this so I don't waste $17.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
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 Jmoore50
2.38/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This was a pretty big let down for me. I had such high expectations from this beer and it let me down completely. This small bottle was shared among three people and we still didn't finish it.

The appearance is a dark black with lighter brown edges. It pours with a finely carbonated cocoa head that does not last very long. It is oily and leaves a leg on the sides of my glass.

The smell is of burnt coffee, and sugar. There is a very strong smell of roasted malts as well.

It is incredibly sweet, with harsh burnt flavors. It has an extreme roasted grain taste with a fair amount of heat. Overly sweet combined with a sickening coffee flavor make this almost unbearable.

This is one of those beers that you can share with eight to ten people. It should be treated more as a liquor, and is a great candidate for aging. It was hard to drink, but maybe with some time this will turn into something better.

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Photo of armock
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Best Damn Beer Shop (in Super Jr. Market)

A - Poured very aggressively to get a black color with a brown head that fades to a ring and leaves slight lacing

S - Is of roasted malt and very strong coffee scents

T - Starts off pretty roasty then the coffee flavors come out and finishes with a good bit of alcohol

M - This beer has a full smooth body with lighter carbonation to it

D - While this isn't a beer that I'd really want more than a half pint of I will say that for the abv this is a pretty easy beer to sip on I won't be dropping the cash for another anytime soon but I'm not upset that I did on this one I'd say its worth while

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Photo of brystmar
4.17/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tiny 250ml bottle protected by some neat packaging --> snifter.

A: jet black with no head, mild beady lace. Brownish ring forms around the top of the brew. Can't expect much head from a beer this strong.

S: huge roasted coffee aroma, some chocolate, malts, booze. Nothing too out of the ordinary for a high-gravity RIS.

T: completely different than expected...holy moly! Big coffee taste start to finish, but very very sweet and almost milky. Not balanced at all -- reminds me more of a sugary Starbucks brew than beer -- but I really like sugary Starbucks drinks! And I really like this beer. Much more of an after-dinner aperitif than beer.

M/D: a full, silky smooth brew with low (perfect) carbonation. Although I definitely wish there were more than 8.5 measly oz in this bottle, I'm not sure how much more of this I could really take in a single sitting. Only mild alcoholic warmth as it goes down; for a beer this big, it's far too easy to drink.

Again, this one's definitely not balanced in the slightest, but it's off the charts in a direction I really love so I'll be purchasing it again soon. A+ on creativity, lower on overall stylistic balance. Cheers!

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
2.48/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Ouch! The packaging is by far the best part of this beer.

Dark brown look, no lacing, no head. Not the best start.

The smell is lots of coffee roast, maybe the best coffee either, with lactose and sugary malt notes. I said that it seemed like coffee with lots of cream and sweet and low in it.

The taste is worse, way too sweet and milky, and the coffee is like 7-11 stuff. Yikes!

Mouth is ok, this is not a drinkable beer really.

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Photo of BZero007
3.32/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had at a BA Tasting in DC over the weekend. Picked up at Rick's Wine and Gourmet.

Brew pours a extremly black color with no hint of light penetrating the brew. Head was thin and formed with only the slightest of help. Which I thought was great for a 15% RIS/Coffee. The aroma was a powerful roasted coffee smell. The first honestly had me take a step back. This brew was way to strong of coffee and roasted flavors. Instantly you can tell this brew is meant to age for years. The rough flavor profile of this brew made it pretty hard to continue to drink. I feel with a 3 to 5 years on this brew, it will taste wonderful.

Will review after I have one with at least 3 years min on it.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
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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Photo of Gobzilla
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
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 SanDiegoBeerLove
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark Black with almost a finger of Tan Head that faded quite quickly to leave a light film.

S - Sweet with Honey, Coffee, Vanilla, Raisins, Soy, Molasses, Grass, and Rootbeer.

T - Sweet with Chocolate, Alcohol, Honey, Espresso, Dark Fruit, and Vinegar.

M - Sweet(Very), Bitterness(But not 100 IBU), Alcohol, and light on the Carbonation.

D - Luckly the bottle is as small as it is with all the Sweetness and Alcohol.

I think they included a little too much Honey for this version.

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Photo of HeyItsChili
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up from GBX.

A - Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Pours dark brown, nearly black, with a very faint khaki head.

S - Very boozy, molasses dark sweetness, coffee.

T - Extremely sweet. Varies between an upfront lighter, almost sugary sweetness and a followup sweetness that is more molasses-like, dark malt sweetness. Smokiness, almost an earthy soy sauce flavor. Cocoa and chocolate syrup. Strong alcohol finish. Tastes every bit the 15.5%.

M - Thin bodied, seems to dissolve to an alcoholic burn on the tongue.

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Photo of BeerNemesis
2.65/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Dark Horizon 3rd Edition | 250 ml. (8.5 oz) | 15.5% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
Style: Russian Imperial Stout
Glass: Duvel tulip

A black bottle, wrapped in orange paper, within a black tin canister.

Black as night. Piddling head and lacing at this ABV.

Espresso, dark chocolate, soy sauce?!

Sweet, almost sugary. It has a strong whiskey-like solvency in the beginning that blends into a very flavorful, but quite chalky espresso and dark chocolate taste.

Way to thin, almost watery. Virtually no carbonation.

I found it quite unbalanced. Flavor is thin until the end and the alcohol is unbalanced and not as tasty as I'd hoped.

Would I get it again?:

Bottled: ?
Served: January 12, 2010

Price = $15.00 at Witherspoon Wines

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Photo of domtronzero
2.32/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Very dark brown with a tiny, short lived, mocha colored formation of slight bubblage. The tiny bubbles rise to the surface and dissipate into a very thin ring around the glass. Slightly viscous appearance with no lacing.

S - Rich caramelly sweetness and a big acrid burnt aroma. Slightly smokey with a somewhat harsh, solventy aroma. Bitter chocolate throughout. And thick smoke, almost like burning tires when combined with all the gnarly estres and phenols.

F/M - Sweet rich caramelly malt sweetness with a huge smokey burnt acrid flavor. Rich and thick. The smokey burnt chocolate flavor lingers for quite a long time. Dark fruits, raisins, and cherries are also noticeable. Weird phenolic <edit> soy sauce* <edit> Moderately high bitterness and a thick, sweet finish. Some of the flavors are reminiscent of a high quality sherry. Low carbonation.

D - This is the epitome of a "sipper." Rich, thick, full of challenging flavors and quite boozy. Its just too much for my palate and certainly not my bag. In fact, I find it rather hard to drink, yet extremely easy to drainpour. It has been a long time since I've had to suffer through this kind of punishment just for a tick - and an expensive one at that.

*After reading a couple of the other reviews, the soy sauce flavor descriptor is the best description I can find for the flavor. Salty, rich and very "umami" with a lingering earthy "thing."

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Photo of ratedz
2.81/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours jet black with a thin mocha head, which dissipated quickly and left behind a little lacing on the glass. Not too surprising given the high ABV.

The smell reminds me of a blend of bitter coffee and soy sauce.

Hints of coffee in the taste, but the strange soy sauce smell that appeared in the nose is slightly present in the taste also. Very sugary sweet.

Slightly above average body and very little carbonation. Drinkability is average at best due to the strange soy sauce flavor. It's a good thing this was a small bottle because it wold be tough downing a 12oz or larger bottle of this stuff. I had high hopes for this one, but am very disappointed.

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Photo of Tripphop
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank for breakfast today with scrambled eggs, bacon and toast. Great alternative to coffee! The color is very dark, hardly translucent black with light brown edges that let through just a tad of light. A few tiny bubbles appear after an intense pour from almost a foot above the glass, no head whatsoever. The aromas are not appealing, stale coffe grounds and burnt malt, but the taste says otherwise. The initial flavor is bomarded with sweet coffee liquer. Mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth, the high IBU's with a lack of hop flavors masks the alcohol quite well. The finish lingers with sweet licorice notes and an iced coffee coating that clings to your cheeks. Smoky bacon and cheesy eggs work like a champ with this beer, what a breakfast.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.92/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

250 mL bottle from Capone's bottle shop, Norristown, PA. Poured in to a tulip.

Appearance: Pours an abject ebony, thicker'n'snail snot and twice as dark. Only the faintest dashes of light illuminate the interior of this one, and then only around the edges, rendering them a deep sienna. Carbonation is very fine and painfully slow, visible in occasional streams around the edges of the tulip, tumbling, creeping, inching upwards towards the surface. Even a tumultuous pour yielded a poor head, fizzy and a quarter finger high, fading inside five seconds to a thin and centralized but oddly persistent sheen of surface snow and a thin, creamy collar. Agitation tosses a few flecks of lacing up on the sides of the glass that do their best to stick and do for a surprising amount of time, likely due to the thickness of the beer, and despite their glitter and sheen. I know it's 15.5% and coffee-infused, but even this one seems like it's lacking a little.

Aroma: Very liqueur-like. Teriyaki notes mingle with Kahlúa to suggest strong coffee, soy sauce, vanilla bean, and just a hint of alcohol bite buried underneath all the sugary notes. Almost like dark corn syrup at the edges, most of the nuances are buried beneath the sweetness, though a few other dark fruit notes and faint leather do sneak through the paint thinner saccharine notes as it warms.

Taste: Unbelievably sweet. Waves of relatively simply sweet, sugary, reduced coffee are strong up front, definitely the dominant note, much like in the nose but even more pungent. It's as if someone made themselves a cup of coffee and then freeze distilled it. At the periphery, you get a slew of toast and soy sauce as well as cocoa nuances, but this one really is all about the coffee. Unfortunately, it grows more about the soy sauce as it warms. Cherries, dates, and plum jam mingle with a sweet, almost chile-esque sweetness, dark and subtle, like anchos.

Mouthfeel: About as thick as you'd expect from looking at it and the speed of the carbonation, and though it's definitely well within syrupy territory and occasionally smacks up against the border of cloying, it manages to avoid slipping down that (slimy, slippery, sugary, syrupy) slope by virtue of a fair amount of fine, well embedded carbonation, which gives it just enough lift to keep it a little creamy, giving it just enough boost off the tongue to make it enjoyable.

Drinkability: DH1 this is not. I even liked it a little less than DH2, which I had about a month or so ago. At 15.5%, I'm not sure this one has stellar drinkability. And at nearly $2/fl. oz., I'm not sure how I feel about this one's value, either. Glad I had a chance to try it, but I doubt I'd buy it again if given the opportunity.

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Photo of BarrelO
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

250ml bottle poured into a snifter. Thumbs down for the pointlessly elaborate packaging (A metal cylinder AND tissue paper! Fancy!). Thumbs up for a sensible bottle size. 500ml is way too much for a beer this big. Just because I don't have any friends doesn't mean I shouldn't be able to enjoy quality beer.

A: Pours black with brownish notes. Head is nonexistent as expected.

S: Sugar and coffee.

T: Intense sugary sweetness with coffee on the back end. I have a hard time believing that this is 100 IBU, because I'm not picking up any hops at all. The sweetness fades, but the coffee lingers in the aftertaste. Amazingly, alcohol is undetectable.

M: Medium-bodied but strongly syrupy.

D: I think this beats out 120 Minute as the easiest drinking high alcohol beer I've ever had. I never would have guessed that this was 15.5% ABV in a blind taste test. In fact, if the flavors weren't so intense, it would almost be sessionable. This isn't an all day every day beer by any means, but it is an excellent nightcap.

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Photo of Retsinis
4.07/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Fellow BA split this bottle with me, so I had 4.25 oz's I guess. More than a shot if it were a spirit, and enough to give an accurate review, imho that is.

Poured from a 8.50 oz bottle into a Bruery Tulip glass. Color was pitch black. Poured with a thin espresso hue of a head that just sat on top like cream. Light did not penetrate this when held to the light either.

The Aroma, very sweet malt, some heat, roasted malts, chocolate, but predominately are of coffee, or iced cappuccino to me. I love coffee, so it's a welcomed whiff of a smell.

The taste is of a bold French roast coffee, with sweet dark chocolate, sweet toffee and alcohol. This has some heat, but not as harsh as I expected considering this is fresh. A nice cigar would probably pair very well with this beer, as it is a sipper, with the bottle size and cost, encouraged if your inclined.

Mouth feel is thick and smooth. Didn't have enough of this beer to allow it to warm up, sadly, to pick up on all of the complexity that some seem to have gotten out of this beer, (hops, really? Know there in there, but didn't detect ANY)

To me, overall, it is well balanced, but seems the coffee & chocolate notes were the most prevalent. (again, may have been too cold) Could have been a bit more carbonated for my taste, but at this high of ABV, you can't really expect it.

Good buy for the curious, and probably to cellar as well. I love the style, glad I got to try it.

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Photo of avalon07
4.27/5  rDev +21%
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 plfahey
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

8.5 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Jet black. Opaque. Thin tan head with moderate retention. Some lacing.

Aroma-Smells like coffee, chocolate, brown sugar, rum, and alcohol. Serious alcohol. No hops. Not bad, but not incredible.

Flavor-Extremly sweet up front-coffee, chocolate, mocha, and some caramel. Dries very quickly to peppery, slightly hot alcohol flavors. It's good, but it would be much better if aged for a couple years to mellow out the alcohol,

Mouthfeel-Medium full body, medium low carbonation. Alcohol is somewhat hot and harsh. Could use some aging.

This is good, but I don't think it's worth the pricetag. If aged for a few years, the alcohol would mellow out and this would be a tasty beer, but if I were to factor the price in, I would rate this a fair degree lower.

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Photo of tombcrypt
2.91/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

One time I made a solution of raisins and coffee that I soaked in rum for a month,to add to an imperial stout I was making. This beer tastes and smells exactly like that solution. Very odd flavor profile. Coffee, charred sugar, smoke, and raisin. Picture taking a spoonful of blackstrap molasses and a shot of espresso and mixing it around your mouth.

The alcohol is soooo smoooth in this beer though. Seriously, 15.5%??? I would never believe it.

This being said, that's about the only good thing I can say about this beer. The overwhelming coffee flavor stands in the way of drinkability. I wouldn't recommend spending $15 or $16 on this.

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Photo of jjanega08
2.35/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A= This beer pours a deep black color and from the pour it looked hazy. I like to check out the beer as it comes out of the glass and this one looked hazy and sort of grey. The head on it almost looked non-existant and I thought it was flat for a second until a thin skin rose to the top for a second. No head retention or lacing is evident but there are long legs.

S= Deep and smokey. Sort of interesting. Never smelled a beer like this before. Meaty smellig. The coffee comes through nicely as well. I get a little soy sauce from it. The alcohol I feel like is there however the heavy meaty smokey notes totally cover it up. It smells earthy sort of. I can't quite put my finger on this smell but I do recognize it. Not totally my thing I must say. While it is huge pungent and different I dunno how much I like it in my imperial stout.

T= The smell comes through quite a bit in the taste. It is much sweeter than I expected from a 100 IBU beer. There is a lot of sweetness that hits the tip of your tongue and sits on your lips. The sweetness tastes like sugar water to me it's so sweet. The middle is more like the traditional RIS. There is still a lot of sweetness to it. The coffee comes through in the end mostly along with a little heat from the alcohol. Really unique. It also has a bit of a soy sauce taste to it. It reminds me of the dredded Sam Adams Triple Bock a little bit... not quite as bad.

M= It hits you super slimy and flames your tongue on the back. Too thin.

D= Well I must say I'm a little dissapointed. I'm happy this is such a small bottle because I dunno how much of it I could handle. Sip this slowly for sure and let it warm. It get a little better with warmth.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Thanks Nick3. From notes.

A: Pours a deep brown body that appears nearly black in the glass. The head is very short-lived, leaving only a few tan swirls on top of the film when all is said and done.

S: Caramel, chocolate: very deep, sweet, and inviting. There's a strong element of smoke that, with the variety of coffee they used, reminds me heavily of smoked ancho peppers. It's not solventy, but there is a booze component on the nose that hints at the strength of the beer.

T: It's initially very sweet. Caramel, chocolate, toffee. There seems to be a strong underlying bitterness that prevents the beer from becoming cloying, though the richness of the sugars is hard to hide. The finish brings out a spicy bite that, as in the nose, suggests to me some kind of pepper was involved. With more sips I realize it's a nice interaction between smoke, hops, and straight-up sugar burn (like eating a tablespoon of raw sugar: that drying presence on your throat is what's going on here).

M: Rich, lush, and thick. Very much a sipper beer. There's some heat involved, but it doesn't feel particularly hot. The sugar burn at the end can be pleasant on a cold night, but I'm looking for a little more complexity when you have the high ABV and high gravity of this beer to work with. Right now it drinks like a heavy version of a smaller stout with a simple flavor profile.

D: This is sized appropriately. No need to put a beer this big in larger bottles. I enjoyed the little bit I got, and this seems (from reputation) to be the smoothest of the 3 DH editions out of the gate.

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Photo of Gmann
3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep chocolate brown color, looked a bit thin on the pour. The head was rather small and disipated into a light ring.

Big roasted malt aromas, caramel and coffee are strong as well. Some chocolate notes as well as a light sour berry. There is a touch of a medicinal antiseptic scent which seems to be coming from the alcohol.

Whoa, wasn't expecting this flavor profile, flavor is quite sweet. The taste is sugary sweet with strong coffee flavors, reminds me very much of straight kaluha. There are some chocolate malt notes but these are quickly squashed by the sweetness. Some small rustic, woody notes try to pop through as well as some hop flavor. This beer is screaming for a sweet offset, gets cloying after a while. Notes of sour berry start to arise as the beer warms.

The feel is light to moderate with soft carbonation, sweet on the palate, finishes sticky and fairly slick. The ABV is surprisingly well hidden.

Geez, don't know what to think of this beer but very thankful that it comes in a 8oz bottle. This stout is extremely sweet and cloying. Some roast and hop flavor come through but not nearly enough to offset the sweetness. The flavors aren't bad but you need to drink this beer in small doses. The best part of the beer is when I burp I get a wonderful fresh hop aftertaste, weird.

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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