Dark Horizon 3rd Edition
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Russian Imperial Stout
3.6 | pDev: 23.89%
Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
Retired (no longer brewed)
Dark Horizon 3rd EditionDark Horizon 3rd Edition
Notes: 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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Reviews: 114 | Ratings: 205
Photo of PatrickSwayze
1.25/5  rDev -65.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A: Poured deep oily black with absolutely zero head retention even when forced.

S: Reaks of teryaki sauce and bbq pulled pork with charred roast and chocolate at the end.

T: This beer was absolutely and utterly disgusting. The only flavors that i picked up from this 3oz snifter pour were roasted teryaki and strange bbq sauce. What is this beer cause it defintely does not taste like an imperial stout. First time i headed towards the sink

M: Thick deep and insanely sweet with little to no carbonation.

O: Drain poured this puppy. Just couldnt stomach it. Complete waste of money

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Photo of 4thelvofbeer
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer is a bit harsh. Not sure that it deserves the 80 rating that it currently has, but it is definitely bitter and has some harsh tones. The alcohol overpowers the beer and the underlying tastes, which are good. This is a nice sippin' beer.
A: Dark brown/black with minimal head
S: Alcohol with some coffee/mocha notes
T: Alcohol again
M: Somewhat oily and slick
O: Not bad...

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
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 metter98
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
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 Sean9689
2.56/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Thanks, Alex! 250ml bottle (thank the Lord) into Darkness tulip.

A - Pours black, thin collar, some bubbles here and there.

S - Very medicinal, very boozy, very harsh. Reminds me of a teriyaki chocolate charred mess. Does that sound good to you? No, I didn't think so.

T - Worse then the nose, but barley. Chocolate charred teriyaki is basically what I'm going to call this one. Huge booze in there as well, which also doesn't make me want to drink anymore...as if I needed the help.

M - Full, rich, creamy finish, light carbonation.

O - This one is pass/avoid for me. The 1st and 2nd Edition's were much better, and I highly doubt this Edition will ever get to the level(s) of the first two. Avoid, do not drink...I gave you fair warning!

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Photo of MasterSki
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
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 mrfrancis
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque black with virtually no head. Only a small ring of white lace is noticeable on the sides of the glass.

S: The aroma is dominated by dark chocolate and coffee, though aromas reminiscent of brown sugar, port, and madeira emerge as the beer warms.

T: This is easily the most interesting stout I've tried in a while. Notes of port, madeira, coffee, cream, brown sugar, dark chocolate, and herbal hops bludgeon the tongue. The finish is long and delicate with coffee and chocolate again taking over, though traces of warming alcohol and brown sugar also make their way down the throat. For a beer that hits 100 IBU, the hops are almost an afterthought.

M: Thick and viscous in the mouth, Dark Horizon is far from dry. Expect a very luscious, full- bodied beer with subtle carbonation that emerges just before the swallow. In some respects, this is more like drinking a port than drinking a beer.

O: This is an interesting and delicious beer, though I can imagine that this one is not going to win over a great number of people. Compared to many stouts that are brewed with coffee, it is very sweet, and the port-like body and flavor may be a bit much for some drinkers. Overall, I'm quite impressed, especially considering that this kind of stout is not normally my thing.

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Photo of Pencible
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a nearly opaque black mahogany with a bit of tan head.
S: It smelled like tobacco and tabasco, with soy and smoked peat and a bit of pickles and dark chocolate.
T: It tasted like super sugary sweet molasses and smoked peat and tabasco, with a little soy and tobacco and pickles. It had a sickeningly sweet aftertaste, with some alcohol warming.
M: It was oily with some carbonation. Very slick body.
D: What a strange beer! This was halfway between Huna and death - somewhat delicious and somewhat disgusting. The body was definitely nice, and the alcohol wasn't as bad as anticipated. But it still was pretty difficult to drink. I doubt age would change this much. A very unique experience, but probably not worth repeating.

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Photo of rootbeerman
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours deep black, mostly headless with a few light spots of brown.
S: sweetened black coffee, with malty alcohol heat.
T: mellow coffee with very strong flavors of dark roasted malt. Has a very noticeable almost numbing alcohol heat. Overall coffee and malt lingers on the palate for a good bit of time.
M: coats and lingers for awhile. Almost no carbonation.
O: gonna let my other bottle age for awhile. This is hot. But is definitely a good one to sip on a cold night.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A couple of bubbles on the surface. Opaque dark brown.

Nose is heavy in coffee and leafy. I don't associate the leaves as hops, but they probably are.

Thick and syrupy sweet. Lots of coffee and actually a fair hop presence but it's so skewed towards sweet that it shouldn't count. Trace of soy or seaweed.

Mouthfeel is unremarkable, pretty average.

This is impressively sweet-- a dessert beer for sure and in spite of the 100ish IBU rating, it is sweet more than enough to match.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.4/5  rDev +22.2%
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 liamt07
4.09/5  rDev +13.6%
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 peensteen
3.89/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thick deep brown, ring of soapy off white/tan head, slight lacing. Smell is full of chocolate and lots of brown sugar, soffee grinds, suprisingly little alcohol, roasted almost burnt malt. Taste is quite sweet, deep roasted malt, brown sugar, milk and bakers chocolate in finish with coffee. Lightly carbonated, full body and good weight, thick feel. This was quite good I must say though it is a bit on the sweeter side which took away from this a bit, glad to have had this though.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


Pour It Black
Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

Black pour with dark brown edges and a very thin light brown head. There's not a lot of visible carbonation and it leaves the glass oily.

The aroma is powerful and very, very sweet. There's lots of melted chocolate, molasses, simple sugar syrup, and mild roast component throughout.

The flavor is incredibly sweet, and thus, particularly out of balance. The flavor comes in waves of molasses, toffee, melted chocolate, and sugar cookies. The onslaught does not stop. Incredibly sweet and certainly a sipper.

Thin to medium bodied with low carbonation and a touch hot with alcohol. The body of the beer is somewhat oily.

Far too sweet to drink in any quantity.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.49/5  rDev +24.7%
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 -11.7%
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 +3.9%
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 -9.7%
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 +4.7%
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 +1.9%
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 -3.9%
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 +26.4%
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 -18.9%
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 Rickythejeweler
3.21/5  rDev -10.8%
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 -43.9%
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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Dark Horizon 3rd Edition from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 205 ratings