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Nøgne Ø Dark Horizon First Edition

Formerly brewed at Nøgne Ø
Style: Imperial Stout
Grimstad, Norway
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 524   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
RuneStumo (2144) - 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
Phillies08Champs (676) - 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 (2144) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cunningham (4295) - Halden, NORWAY - OCT 24, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 29, 2012 Bottle. Black colour with a beige head. Both nose and flavour are complex and very rich. Never tasted anything like it. If the price was different I would have bought a lot of this one. Coffe, dark malt, vanille, dark fruits. And almost no alcohol taste. Impressive!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunnar (5102) - Sandnes, NORWAY - OCT 21, 2011
Shared bottle at RBNAG-11, thanks to Espenra. Pours pitch black with a small creamy brown head. Aroma of dark fruits,intense dark malts, liquorice and tar. Also some toffee and chocolate notes. Taste is hard roasted malts, yet smooth as silk, light burn from alcohols, brown sugars and molasse, lingering almost forever. Sticky and oily mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ReggieDunlap (3009) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2011 Pours pitch black with a thin dark mocha head...thick looking beer. Aroma has significant dark fruit...fig...slightly boozy. Flavor also has dark fruit...fig, cheerry...slightly winey up front...also some coffee. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy and the finish is bold, roasty, and bitter...warming! For the record I’m fairly sure this beer can bd considered "rare" and I noted no flavor or aroma that I could categorize as "rare."

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CLevar (376) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 22, 2011
From notes. May 2010 tasting, sample from Armin. Thanks! Dark black oily pour, with a slightly off white very small head. Aroma is dominated by coffee and bitter chocolate, very nice. Taste is much the same, with some nice port tones coming through. Smooth and sweet. A great sipper, the booze is nicely hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 14, 2011
Pouring at Capone’s, our first stop on the RBSG bus. Pours a deep viscous and oily black. Leathery, prunes and plums, very faint isopropyl while it’s too cold, but it goes away as it warms and bigger things cover it up. Big and boozy, chewy chocolate. Long lingering booze and sweetness, with touches of prune. Great (if not a bit too big to want to actually drink a whole glass of it by oneself)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Koelschtrinker (9999) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUN 10, 2011
Schokoladiger Malzantrunk, stark und alkoholisch, dennoch vergleichsweise mild, sehr schöne Kombination. Im Unterton leicht rauchig, ebenso mild erscheinen die Kaffeearomen, die sich an das Malz anschließen. Im Abgang cremiger und ausgeglichener, stark Röstmalzern und schokoladig. Schwere Kost! Test vom 14.8.2008, Gebinde: Glasflasche Noten: -,11,11,13,-,11 - 11,35

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
pushkinwow (1955) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 27, 2011
Happy that I noticed the container looked different then the 2nd edition I had in the cellar and so lucky enough to share this with Paul at Lion’s Pride and it was probably the best beer of the night and one of my all-time favourites. Came out of the fridge so way too cold but poured a midnight, viscous black with almost no head. Let it warm up for almost 45 minutes; aroma of anise, malts, chocolate, booze, hops and some coffee. Unbelievable mouthfeel, coats the palate, sweet (hints of a good port) but also some bitterness, full-bodied with a finish that just keeps on giving, leaving you smacking you chops trying to get more of the flavour. What a great beer - might have been helped by storage in a fridge for so long but would highly recommend trying this if you can.

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