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

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BA SCORE
3.53/5
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203 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
Norway
nogne-o.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
114
Ratings:
203
pDev:
24.36%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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3.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I suppose I can see where the scores for this are on the low side but I'm pretty impressed by this beer. For something that's 15.5% alcohol it has characteristics that I'd expect. It is very sweet but still manages to not be syrupy. The coffee drink thing is very much there. Coffee and cream and sugar. Anyone with a strong sweet tooth should be really happy with this.
I would be very happy to get the fourth edition of this.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of Doppelbockulus
4.26/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is like an albino russian imperial stout, and by that I mean it's dark, but you can still see some light through it.

If you like the scent of barbecue and terriyaki, you will enjoy smelling this beer over and over. The smoke from the malt is present, and blankets a meaty, sweet barbecue aroma that I am finding fantastic. I don't care that it is a beer and that this is unusual for beer, I care that it is awesome! Oh, and after all these years you can still get a little coffee; the peppery aroma from coffee is there among the smorgasbord.

M is for mmmm. I like sweet beers, so I really like this one. Beyond that it also sits my tongue down and tells it a story about a little coffee bean that went to a barbecue party and tasted many wonderful smokey concoctions and went home with a thorough coating of smoke and barbecue residue. I taste molasses, light vinegar, dark fruit, and coffee.

The viscosity is pleasant, like a stout, but pleasantly mellowed by the aging process.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
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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1.5/5  rDev -57.5%

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4.04/5  rDev +14.4%
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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3.54/5  rDev +0.3%
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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1.5/5  rDev -57.5%

Photo of billab914
2.6/5  rDev -26.3%
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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4.14/5  rDev +17.3%
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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3/5  rDev -15%

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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