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Nøgne Ø Dark Horizon First Edition

 (RETIRED)
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100
99
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Formerly brewed at Nøgne Ø
Style: Imperial Stout
Grimstad, Norway
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RATINGS: 528   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.19   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 480   ABV: 16%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrallen34 (3483) - 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

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheAlum (5701) - 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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wavers1 (877) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tranquillity (1410) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
RuneStumo (2183) - 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

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Phillies08Champs (692) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
50belair (2234) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cunningham (4492) - 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!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunnar (5290) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ReggieDunlap (3070) - 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."


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