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

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Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 16.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Knapp85 on 08-20-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 135 |  Reviews: 20
Reviews by charlzm:
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3.66/5  rDev -12%
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 Rutager
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
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 PeterJ
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of mverity
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from Proof Bottle Shop. Pours an inky, lily black where only the thinnest edge is dark brown. Zero head or collar. Aroma is earthy roasted malt, burnt coffee, boozey warmth. Taste hides the high abv better than the aroma. Coffee and dark malt up front, a slight booze burn in the middle, that fades into sweet earthy malt. Silty, sooty mouthfeel, but I wish this had a richer fuller body.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of fionn13
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of jtladner
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of biboergosum
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
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 Sammy
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of riotontheroad
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StevenH
5/5  rDev +20.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of blues_fever
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
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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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.36/5  rDev +4.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of cyrushire
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of trevorpost
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of dcisco44
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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