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Nøgne Ø Dark Horizon First Edition

Formerly brewed at Nøgne Ø (Hansa Borg)
Style: Imperial Stout
Grimstad, Norway
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 531   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.19   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 480   ABV: 16%
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This is our first edition of Dark Horizon. It is the first, for us anyway. There will be more to follow, and even though they will be other editions, they will still be firsts. “Let’s go crazy!” said Tore. The last time he said that, we created #100, which proved to be a success. How could I not agree to his suggestion? “How crazy can we be?” I responded. “Go all the way!” he answered. So we started off with a beefed up Imperial Stout, extra dark and extra bitter, not much to it really, but maybe a bit over the top. When this brew had fermented, we gathered again on a sunny Saturday morning, ready for next move. Half a ton of demerara sugars and our homemade extract of coffee were waiting for us. Standing there with sticky sugars all over the brewery and us, I just couldn’t resist asking Tore: “Don’t you have better things to do during week ends?” To this point he still hasn’t answered me. After adding a hefty volume of wine yeast, we left this brew to itself for month. A good month, that was.

This is ale; it is also a wine, and a coffee drink. We’ve been playful and brewed a hybrid. Do yourself and your friends a favour and share this bottle with those you deem worthy. Dark Horizon is indeed a global brew. Inspiration from the US Midwest, malt from England, bottles from Germany, name from Japan, sugars from Mauritius, hops from the Pacific rim, Yeast from Canada, coffee from Colombia, brewed in Grimstad, Norway.

All bottles of Dark Horizon are numbered with its unique number, and all together we launched 6000 of this brew.

37 P, 75 IBU, 16% ABV.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
motelpogo (7054) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 2, 2012
bottled. viscous and tarry, deep shade of black with a decent dark brown head; aroma of port and roasted plums with some old capuccino and brandy butter; at first a bit of briney saltiness hits and then it’s a sweet and mellow ride with hints of burnt sherbet, liquorice, prunes and plenty of burnt bitterness; a mish-mash of flavours that lingers and lingers; big and beautiful

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bergstaden (1427) - Røros, NORWAY - APR 24, 2012
Black with a light brown head - good malt aroma laong with some dark fruits - good malt body with some roasted malts some cofee notes with some warming alcohol - lingering dark malt finish - this was very good

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
laiti (6153) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 2, 2012
UPDATED: APR 29, 2012
50 cl bottle @ ISKTR. Rated on 20.03.2011
Aroma is rather rich with licorice, some raisins, coffee and hints of alcohol. Flavour has licorice, coffee, some chocolate and warming alcohol. Feels a lot like a liqueor. Good and unique stuff, usually I do not love beers with very high ABV this much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrallen34 (3485) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2012
bottle... really solid but got a bit lost to me during the mini vertical that we did. I’d have again

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheAlum (5964) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2012
Bottle shared by Drew. Thanks man! Pours a rich inky thicker black hue. Near opaque, the beer has legs, a good solid brown head dies to small ring, laces ok overall. Near opaque, some faint brown on the edges. Aromas are rich and cocoa, toffee, and caramel. Roast, toast, biscuits. A rich coffee, vanilla, creaminess. German chocolate cake, sweetness, roast. For such a high ABV, the beer doesn’t smell it. Initial is full bodied, offering a good deal of cocoa, roast, and a blast of dark fruit. Some thickness, sweetness, and some decent roast comes into the fold. Full bodied yet not really hot, the backend throws lingering molasses, sweetness, big thick malts and roast/ash lingering into the finish. Thick and inviting with some distinct flavors, dark fruit and sweeter coffee, roasty malts and chocolate. Finish is roasty and sweet, battling well, a light touch of heat (but nowhere near you’d expect such a high ABV beer to be). A touch of smoke and vanilla, faint oak. Almost gives a touch of barrel though it wasn’t. Really, this big ominous beer has been treated very well with age. A winner.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wavers1 (909) - Notown, California, USA - JAN 4, 2012
bottle courtesy of ygtbsm94, thank you so much for this one! had a crack on the glass on the neck, but it doesnt seem to have effected anything. wonderful carbonation on this beast, pitch black with dark brown head and nice lacing. the aroma and taste arte both very complex and yet very smooth. smoke, whickey, vanilla, roast, dark fruits, chocolate, mollasses, and much more. huge but very smooth body on it, it drinks really wonderfully. not at all cloying like the newer versions tend to be, this is a real beauty of an imperial stout. worthy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tranquillity (1430) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 24, 2011
Bottle number 4414, opened for christmas in Finland. Black body, tiny dark brown head. The aroma is of coffee, espresso, malt, and a complex oak note. Taste oak as well, coffee, almost no alcohol but a looooong finish which others only can try to imitate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
RuneStumo (2244) - FØRRESFJORDEN, NORWAY - NOV 29, 2011
15.10.2011. Thanks to Espenra for shareing this very exclusive bottle of fine Norwegian beer at RBNAG-11!! Dark brown or black colour with a creamy brown head. Aroma of dark fruits with strong and rich dark malts. Very rich beer with lots of flavours of dark malts, dry bitterness and notes of choccolate and coffe. Verry good beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Macegan75 (719) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2011
Bottle shared from g. Yoder. Pours a viscous black with with no head. Nose is black strzp molasses, leather, dried fruit, wet cardboard, chicory and boozy slight astringent coffee. First sip is roasted malt with coffee bittersweet chocolate, very litte booze taste but a nice mouth feel. Great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
50belair (2525) - Florida, USA - NOV 11, 2011
Bottle shared at thetomg’s pad. Black pour with an off white head. Dark fruit, roasted malt, and chocolate nose. Sweet and smooth with lots of chocolate, caramel, molasses, booze, dark roasted malt, and dark fruits.

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