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 Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +25%
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 -12.5%
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 -7.8%
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 +1.4%
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 +0.6%
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 -16.7%
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 +5.6%
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 +23.6%
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 StraightNoChaser
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
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 +9.7%
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 +26.9%
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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Photo of rvdoorn
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Shared this beer with papaeugene and channan.
Look: dark black with a small brown head.
Smell: Cane sugar, malts, alcohol and coffee.
Taste: Sugar sugar sugar sugar and sugar, with hints of coffee, malts and chocolate.
Mouthfeel: medium-low carbonation, thick mouthfeel
Overall: After drinking the dark horizon version 1, I had quite high expectation of this one. Unfortunately, all that remained was disappointment. This beer is horrible unbalanced and sweet. Less sugar next time please.

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Photo of sholland119
4.32/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blind BIF #5, Beer #6 courtesy of abraxel.

A-Deep dark brown to black with just a little pool of tan head and no lacing at all.

S-Wow, that's boozy! Hot caramel, bourbon, toasted marshmallow, vanilla beans. Bring it on!

T-Hot hot hot! Sweet warm and boozy, bourbon balls, vanilla, caramel. Boy do I like this. Glad it's a 12 oz, though.

M-Medium bodied, lingering sweet heat. Very nice indeed.

O-Well, this is right up my alley. Delicious, warm, tasty, rich and wonderful.

My guess: uh, bourbon barrel aged imperial stout? If it's anything else, I could not guess.

The answer: Dark Horizon 3. Who knew Nogne O bottled in 8.5 oz (good idea, though). No barrel I guess, but that 15.5% ABV came from somewhere.

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Photo of mrbeermug
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Inky dark and no light gets through it, with fine, soft-looking bubbles. Very typical of a Russian Imperial Stout. A little sediment towards the bottom of the glass.

S - Molasses, burnt sugar, coffee, and chicory.

T - Very sweet up front with flavors just like it smells, with the burnt sugar and earthy chicory root being prominent as well as a bit of spice. A little hot because of the high ABV, but the strong flavors counteract the alcohol. Not too much actual malt or hop flavors coming through and far too sweet for a proper Russian Imp Stout, but I'm judging this not on traditional stylistic lines since it's an experimental brew. The coffee comes through more prominently in the aftertaste.

M - Syrupy and a bit hot in the mouth and throat, but soft-textured. Lingers around on the back of the tongue. Not at all what one would expect for a Russ Imp Stout mouthfeel, but it's about what I expected given the deep, heavy sweet body.

Overall - I'd say it's definitely a unique and creative brew, but I think it would've benefitted from some fine tuning and tweaking in the brewery before being released. It's missing something in the smell, balance in the taste, and less syrup in the mouthfeel. I count the 2nd Edition among the best stouts I've ever tried, but this 3rd edition doesn't quite meet the hype.

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Photo of ckollias
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed this 8.5 oz bottle that came wrapped in orange paper inside of a tin can.

A: Dark black with a trace wispy brown lace that quickly dissipates.

S: Strong roasted malt aroma with mild hints of coffee and chocolate.

T: Booze hits you like a punch to the face. Strong syrupy sweet taste with flavors of dark roasted malts, fruits, and coffee. Very sweet from beginning to end – more than
I expected.

M: Very strong and boozy. Heavy body and minimal carbonation

O: This is a sipping beer if I ever had one beer @ 15.5%. The strong alcohol throw it off balance a bit and it is a little too boozy and expensive for me.

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Photo of harrymel
4.42/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: rubber sticker atop a black cap. Pours to the globe a dark brown opaque ale with a single finger of graham head. This falls in a minute or two to a broken sheet of the same. Spotty lacing. Appears medium bodied with slight legs. (4.0)

S: Plenty of cocoa and milk chocolate tones are braided with some anise, dark fruits and hints of spicy yeast and some coffee. Nutmeg and allspice alongside cinnamon muddled in butter. Yum! (4.5)

T: whoa, much sweeter than I had anticipated. The coffee is still here, but the fruits take hold midway through. This is interesting. Some hints of teriyaki. Raspberry? I think Iike it, but feel like it should be served in a port glass as a compliment to a gluten free, dark chocolate cake. As it warms, some leather and tobacco tones. Man, this is rich. (4.5)

M: Medium to viscous. Low to medium carbonation. Finish is mouth-watering and I immediately want another sip, not drink, sip. A little heat from alcohol - guessing ABV is up there (dub digits). (4)

O: I really am enjoying this beer. I wish it was a 6oz pour, I had an hour and a half to drink it, a nice glass of scotch on the rocks and an oily maduro cigar coincide the resonance of this one. I feel like this beer is a gamble for many, but a home run for me. (4.5)

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Photo of bylerteck
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
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 OBeerMeGreatOne
2.46/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

8.5oz bottle, heavy pour into a snifter.
Deep, dark black with a half inch of head, minimal lacing.
Nice dark malts and coffee head up the smell, earthy background.
The Norse must LOVE sugar, because that's most of what I taste. There is some coffee and chocolate, but it is significantly overpowered by sugar. No hint of the huge ABV, which is nice. Mouth is sweet and sticky.
More sugar than you can shake a stick at. Note to brewer, less sweet please... Same goes for Red Horizon.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

8.5oz bottle courtesy of rlmartin. Into a Stone IRS glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown with absolutely no head, just a slight ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. Completely opaque. This beer has some legs to it. For a huge stout, its not bad, but I would like at least some semblance of a head.

S: Huge amount of coffee in the nose, tons of roasted barley, and a bit of soy sauce, not quite Dark Lord or SATB, but just a hint of soy. A little bit of booze on the end. Quite a bit of brown sugar and molasses.

T: Wow, way sweet, like liquid brown sugar with a bit of coffee mixed in with it. Quite a bit of coffee on the finish, there's definitely not the advertized 100ibu that the label notes, the only bitterness I detect is from the roasted barley and coffee. A bit of milk chocolate in there. This is definitely one of the sweeter beers, I've ever had, but the roasted barley and huge coffee throughout save it from being a complete mess. Some booze, but not as much as I figured.

M: Slightly heavy, though not overly thick though. Medium carbonation and sticky sweet on the finish. Warms the whole way down, not terribly hot for a 15.5% beer.

O: Its just a bit too sweet. It's got a lot of flavors that I really like, the coffee note is awesome, the brown sugar/molasses mixed with water on the finish is just a bit too sweet for what I want in a big stout. Booze is subdued, but definitely there. I'm really torn on this beer. Hmmm. Decent beer, but there's better stouts out there.

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Photo of Naugros
3.27/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Comes in a tin that hides the smaller-than-expected bottle. Oh well, my fault for not reading that it was an 8.5 on the tin.

It pours flat, dark brown with no head whatsoever and little signs of carbonation. The smell is of coffee liqueur with hints of dark fruit, chocolate and a minor touch of smoke. It smells sweet and it is sweet...cloyingly so. It leaves a syrupy layer on your lips...not good. On the tongue, the coffee is still the main component, but as in the smell it comes off as coffee liqueur with vanilla and chocolate syrups, and that touch of smoke is still back there. So it's full of flavor, but if the smoke were a larger part of the overall flavor profile I think it would have gone a long way to balancing out the sweetness. Instead it hides and whimpers, clutching its knees to its chest wondering why the sugars are so mean to it. This is the first Nogne 0 that I didn't really like all that much.

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Photo of IronMickey
4.92/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: well carbonated, dark brown head, not foamy. receded to lace on initial pour. completely opaque black body-- onyx with a hint of light touching the periphery

S: coffee, fruit (cherries, raisins, plums), chocolate, biscuits, with a touch of hop. Incredibly complex, finishing with a hint of heat on the tail end.

T: first sip is chocolate chip cookies with a heaping espresso coat. second shows more fruit. each sip is a bit different depending on size and duration of swig.

M: silky smooth, traces of heat. leaves a sweet coating in the mouth. less carbonation than expected.

D: just an amazing beer. I tend to shy away from calling a beer something I would drink every day, but this qualifies if it were possible.

One of the best beers I've ever had.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Unexpectedly stumbled across this bottle tonight and fell from the cool looking tin packing once again. Having had both previous editions and really, really enjoying the 1st edition and somewhat digging the second, it seemed natural to want to continue the series.

8.5 ounce bottle into a snifter. Syrupy reddish brown with nary a mentionable head to speak of.

Scent is harsh and cluttered, but not necessarily unpleasant. Boozy maple syrup, dark fruits, ash, vanilla, and acrid smoky coffee. It's a middle school dance in a glass. A mix of good and bad intentions and a whole lot of confusion.

A dentist's nightmare. So very sweet and syrupy and sugary. Most of the nose is smashed down hard by a bag of sweetener atop a base of oily, oily slick burnt coffee prune surprise. Aftertaste is Coffeemate.

Mouthfeel is so very artificially sweet and sugary. The lack of carbonation just allows the beer to coat the mouth and hang around long after the required stay time.

Oddly, I don't hate this, but I don't really enjoy it that much either. I waded through the entire bottle and found enough redemption to finish it, but enough pure evil to reconsider cellaring a bottle. I will say that I did not find the alcohol to be over the top as many previous reviews have stated.

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Photo of kesweeze
5/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It has been a long time since I have been impressed by a beer and this one has done it!

Pours very dark with little head.
Aroma is sweet with a hidden earthiness form the hops.

15.5% and 100 IBUs

The 100 IBUs are well hidden by the exquisite balance of the roasted malts. Quite sweet but, not overpowering (the high hop content helps balance this). Overall very balanced for being such a big beer. The coffee flavour adds a nice dimension witout competing with the other flavors.

Everyone tonight that tried this beer was overwhelmed. Even those who traditionally don't like big beers enjoyed the complexities that this beer offered.

This is my first beer by Nogne and I can't wait to get my hands on more.

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Photo of Ralphs66
2.34/5  rDev -35%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A worthwhile effort that fell REALLY short....really, really, really short. Sweet to the extreme, syrupy and boozy to boot. Looked nice on the pour, but had no head whatsoever even though I tried to get one out of it. Lots of fruitiness on the nose, dark and sticky. The taste just blasts you with sugar. I offered a sip to the 4 other people in the room and each one had the same reaction, scrunching up their face and stating "yuck"....across the board. At $13 a pop (8.5 oz?!?) this should have been the best beer I had all month. It was the worst one I've had all year. The marketing however is great...damn you Nogne...

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Photo of Satchboogie
1.61/5  rDev -55.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Reviewed from notes:
On tap at Armsby Abbey

A: Pitch black, no head.

S: Sugar (a mix between straight crystal sugar and anise), dark chocolate, espresso, booze. Lots of booze. You can smell the heat.

T: Did someone spill splenda in my beer? Sickly sweet. Make me want to puke, sweet. Can't drink more than an ounce or two, sweet. While the chocolate and coffee are quite strong with a bit of dark fruits, there's just WAY too much sweetness and booze. The best description I can give is this: concentrated mocha syrup spiked with grain alcohol and solvent. Disgusting.

M: Extremely thick and oily, no carbonation. Absolutely no carbonation to speak of. It's like drinking maple syrup, but with a FAR more revolting taste.

O: This could probably become a great beer with work, but as it is, it's undrinkable. There absolutely needs to be carbonation. The sugar sweetness is at turned up to 11, it needs to go down to like 5. I'll be honest, I only got a 2 ounce sample... and I'm glad I did. I could barely finish it. There's no way I could tackle even just 4 ounces of this mess. Way too hot, way too sweet, no carbonation. I'm trying hard to not give this an F.

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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