Dark Horizon 4th Edition
Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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Style:
Russian Imperial Stout
ABV:
16%
Score:
93
Avg:
4.29 | pDev: 8.62%
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
142
From:
Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
 
Norway
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  13
Gots
  30
SCORE
93
Outstanding
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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Photo of Rutager
4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two fiddy millz. Cheers, Simon!!

A. Pours a very deep brown, almost black, not much for head but not still.

S. Licorice, estery booze (maybe a little fusel), dry roasty dark malts and black coffee. Smells like early bedtime.

T. Oooh, here we go. Nice dark coffee, dry cocoa, dark roasty malts, a touch of smoke, some dark frutiness. Dangerously little alcohol taste.

M. Full body, low carbonation.

Overall. This beer wasn't on my radar at all but super happy to have tried it. Also happy to have noticed that it was a coffee stout and didn't leave it too long ...I've been thinking it was a non-adjunct beer like the other 2-fiddy I have that looks almost the same. Great stuff despite the ridonkulous abv, quite an achievement. Thanks again, Simon!!

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Photo of jmasher85
3.99/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nøgne Ø's Red Horizon is not one of my favorite beers, but it was certainly revelatory the first time I drank it. It inspired me to try the less unique-seeming Dark Horizon which, while quite good, didn't live up to the mind-f**k that was Red Horizon.

Pours a thick syrup that is almost black, but still just on this side of brown. Some head but not much, and it doesn't stick around for long, so take those nice, long sniffs early on. They will reveal the usual coffee, chocolate (not quite bitter enough to be cocoa), malted grains that are also a bit sweet and rich like brown sugar and molasses, and more than a hint of anise.

The taste brings out all these things and more. The coffee is a bit more pronounced, but still hardly bitter - I guess it's more like a mocha. Anise dies down a bit, but a slightly briney flavor comes to the fore, which I guess a lot of reviewers might describe as "soy sauce" in stouts, but to me it seems more like seawater salt than umami salt. The texture is pretty good - thick, little carb, bold malty finish that's a bit sweet and roasty, barely bitter, and just what you'd look for in an imperial stout. Crazily smooth for such a high ABV, but not sure if that's a plus or not; if I wanted something that tasted like 8%, I'd drink something that was.

Overall, it's a very good beer in it's style, but it's not much better than many other similar heavy stouts and porters I've had. I shouldn't be comparing it to a drastically different beer by the same brewery like Red Horizon, but considering it costs about as much - $20 for a pony bottle - I was hoping for a beer that altered my mind about beer the way Red did. Not the case. Buy any other great RIS for about 1/3 the cost.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It's been quite a while since the last installment of Dark Horizon- but it was certainly worth the wait as the 4th Edition is smoother, creamier and more succulent than past editions and without compromising its robust roasted flavor or supporting sweetness.

Lightly carbonated, the ale pours with a creeping inky settlement. As a dainty creme rises, the ale could easily be mistaken for espresso. Jet black and ominous, its quite an intimidating looking beer. A gentle swirl reveals its trailing brandy-type legging.

Roasted sweetness is strong on espresso roast, dark chocolate and burnt sugar. Its charred scent is lightly campfire-like as more woodish and nutty tones round out the beer's malty aromatics. Mild vanilla, heavy whipping cream and fruit tones give the beer's alcohol scent a bourbon and rum character.

To taste, the beer saturates the palate with black-strap molasses, brown sugar and milk sugar. As threads of bourbon-like alcohol pulls the sweetness together, the flavors are further wrapped with high espresso, heavy toast and something akin to burnt marshmallows. Savory and robust, its extreme flavors rise and fall with roasted walnuts, burnt embers and overcooked toffee here and there.

Its full body is creamy and lush- partly due to its enormous malt sweetness and firmness but also because of its low carbonation that allows the ale to drift into all those nooks and crannies of the mouth. Its slow and lumbering procession is slow to dry, slow to recede; drifting patiently into finish, acting more like port or cordial. Its uncommon warmth says much the same.

Though Edition #4 is as extreme as the others, its roast character is much less ashy and powdery and its sweetness is supporting and well integrated into its roast. Its simply a much better put together ale than those first few attempts.

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Photo of froggyfrog
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Totally opaque black/brown body. Dark short-lived head.

S: Bright coffee. Dark fruit. Brown sugar.

T: Sweet dark fig, dates, woody, floral, roast, light booze.

MF: Sweet and coating but not thick or cloying.

O: A bit spendy but not a disappointment at all.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of charlzm
3.66/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a flute/tulip kind of almost-goblet glass from Mother Earth Brewing.

Beer is black with almost no carbonation. A meager tan head that doesn't even cover the entire surface area forms and in moments is just a ring around the edges. Minimal sheeting but the beer itself does have some legs.

Aromas of coffee, anise and a strange, agreeable scent I can only describe as fur; it reminds me of a dog I once had. Some sweetness as well.

Flavor is pitted fruits, some coffee and anise: more fruity than anything else. Not particularly bitter. Or complex, for that matter.

Mouthfeel is smooth and thick. Alcohol burn on the finish.

I'm surprised that this beer is as tame and agreeable as it is with the high ABV it has. Probably not going to develop anything extra with time. If you have it, drink it now. If not, I would not recommend buying it at the price point.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

250ml bottle, wrapped in purple tissue paper, and sold in a strange triangular black cardboard box. I presume that the runic-esque characters on the label translate to "Dark Horizon"? I am indeed sharing this with someone I think deserves it - me!

This beer pours a solid abyssal black, with the barest traces of basal cola highlights, and one finger of puffy, and mostly just broadly bubbly light brown head, which leaves some low-lying sheet lightning lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of strong roasted caramel malt, hard toffee, a slight lactic sourness, coffee - with a whole ton of brown sugar stirred into it - raw molasses, singed dark chocolate, a woody vanilla sweetness that duly evokes some Bourbon County traipsing, warm black fruit - prune and fig, mostly - and an earthy, musty, and somewhat leafy hop bitterness. The taste is big caramel and toffee malt notes straight off the bat, followed tightly by a mildly heady, semi-sweet espresso jolt, dark reduced sugar, treacle, softly boozy oak staves, fading natural vanilla, oily seasonal nuts, and more understated leafy, woodsy, and earthy hops.

The carbonation is decently supportive, and under the radar in its goings-on for the style, the body near-full, dense, viscous, smooth, and generously creamy. It finishes on the sweet side, but in a well-moderated manner - the near-unseen 100 IBU hops churning away underneath it all, and the fruit, cocoa, coffee, and faux-barrel esters all kicking in for the cause.

I gotta admit, that when I first read the marketing spiel on the packaging, all I took from it was 'green beans', i.e. the sort you have with meat and potatoes - yet I strangely did not put it past this brewery to concoct such a thing. Turns out, all they were talking about was coffee beans, and how they start with 'em young, before they make it into this beer. Anyway, a well-flavoured, and weirdly restrained in its intensity big stout, which means that, given the metrics here - Nøgne Ø has achieved one hell of a balanced offering.

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Photo of CPAles
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of boddhitree
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had it on tap at Braukunstlive 2014 in Munich, Germany.
Very fresh since they flew in or drove down from Norway with a plastic sort of keg.

They described it as a Coffee Imperial Stout, and boy was it ever. WOW! There was licorice, coffee, and high alcohol with a tad of a burn to it. Wonderful beer.

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Photo of Pumilio
3/5  rDev -30.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of cbutova
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Stoutfest IV reviews.

Thanks a ton Emma.

A- Black ink pour from two bottles into several glasses. Very light tan cap is frothy and has good retention for the ABV. Spotty lacing with a few small webs.

S- Massive roast and caramelized malts. Some alcohol but the spiced raisin, brown sugar, molasses and toasted nuts take over with the blackened barley.

T- Licorice comes to mind big time with a large base of burnt bitter grains, bitter dark chocolate, spiced raisins, alcohol, caramelized brown sugars, yeast spice phenols and toasted nuts. A hint of cherries.

MF- Thick and severely oily body. Slick with a slightly creamy texture finishing with an intense heat.

Reminds me of the other Dark Horizon I had in the past. Massive massive flavor and texture. Just a beast.

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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.53/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

8.5 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Inky black body. Medium khaki head. Thin collar.

Smell - Coffee. Fudgy chocolate. Boozy with a light fruitiness.

Taste - Coffee and a lot of fruitiness. Intense roast and sugar. Gets bitter quickly. Boozy finish.

Mouthfeel - Heavy. Boozy. A little sluggish.

Overall - Good, but nothing remarkable.

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Photo of BradC
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque black with a thin head that fades and leaves very light lacing.

Smells of licorice, earthy hops, slight coffee

Flavors of roasted malts, licorice, very faint coffee notes, mild alcohol burn and a bitter finish

Medium carbonation and full bodied, this is a sipper.

A very interesting stout here, not over the top with the coffee but full of Flavors.

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4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark Horizon 4th Edition from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 142 ratings