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Nøgne Ø Dark Horizon First Edition

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Formerly brewed at Nøgne Ø
Style: Imperial Stout
Grimstad, Norway
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RATINGS: 530   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.


4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rune (8210) - Tromsø, NORWAY - APR 20, 2007
500ml bottle enjoyed with great piety during a rating session in Tromsø. Served at perfect room temperature in a cognac glass. Black as pitch in body colour under an attractive dark russet foamy head with lots of small bubbles. The head is reduced to a filmy layer after a while. Intensely and beautifully aroma with massive warm chocolate offset by rounded alcohol hints. You can get a good sniff of the delicate aroma at least for ten minutes before the first sip. Depth in flavour with lots of cocoa and chocolate nuances supported by roasted tones of dark fruits, berries and liquorice. Towards the end there is even a touch of sherry and finishing hops. Warming and integrated alcohol profile in a lingering aftertaste. Velvet and luscious palate. A well made masterpiece on a very high level. I really liked the beer being not as vinous as many other editions of the style. My best beer after 800 ratings (Courtesy of Nøgne Ø and vanø) (18.04.2007).

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Finn (4319) - Tromsø, NORWAY - APR 19, 2007
UPDATED: APR 20, 2007 Bottle 0,5l. Completely black. A shortlived mocca-coloured head. Aroma en masse: Coffee and chocolate most prominent. The flavor hits you hard: Almost an explosion in your mouth. Extremely strong and complex. Well balanced and the alcohol is dangerously well hidden. It shines through with it’s warming effect.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MiP (13676) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - APR 16, 2007
Bottle. Black colour. Very powerful flavour, peppery, sweet with nicely warming alcohol. Good liquorice flavour, sweet and delicious.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
OleR (4802) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 15, 2007
An oily pour, leaving a jet black body in the glass. One finger head; dense, creamy espresso with a reddish tinge. Wonderful, sweetish and roasted aroma of freshly crushed coffee-beans, cocoa, black chocolate, vanilla, wood, port and rum. Surprisingly sweet-flavored. Still extremely well balanced and complex. Dark roasted malts, an appropriate amount of bittering hops, more black chocolate, espresso, dates, plums and raisins. A distinct, but nicely vineous alcohol presence. Thick, oily mouthfeel. Fat body. Everlasting chocolate finish. This beer is a marvellous experience. Thanks to Nøgne Ø for their innovative work in the lager-country of Norway (and thanks to Beer_2000 for providing this beauty).

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
KnutAlbert (6143) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 11, 2007
Bottle. This is serious beer. Coffee, treackle, warming alcohol finish. Raosted malt, a rich sweetness wll balanced by the hops and by the coffee. A lovely milk chocolate head over a pitch dark brew. The best so far from Nøgne ø, and they wil have a tough time outdoing themselves now. A world class beer from a country with the strangest beer laws outside the Islamic world!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
faroeviking (10289) - FAROE ISLANDS - APR 9, 2007
Bottle. Pitch black brew with a nice brown head. Great aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and some liquorice. The flavour is even better with the nice roasted malt, roasted coffee and dark chocolate, hops, nice alcohol there too. Great brew!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sofajoern (146) - DENMARK - APR 4, 2007
Pitch black with lovely brown head. Strong almost brutal aromas of coffee, liquorice, fortified wines and bitter chocolate. Flavor also has a bit of sweetness to it, roasted malts and notes of dark berries. I actually thought the alchohol was quite well hidden here, which was quite a surprise. Thumbs up and many, many thanks to gunnfryd & yngwie for bringing this along.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
status93 (1) - NORWAY - MAR 27, 2007 does not count
Possibly one of the best and strongest beers I have ever tasted. Dark, rich on taste, superb head with light brown colour. Hints of chocolate and cofee, with flavour of malt and hop. Strong aftertaste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (11972) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 23, 2007
(Bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a small tan head. Aroma of chocolate, alcohol, and grapes with a layered, rich malt presence. Flavor of chocolate, roasted malt, and dark fruit with a dry finish. Thanks for sharing Kevin!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
gunnfryd (10845) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 23, 2007
Bottle. Black colour with a brown head. Aroma is harmonic coffee, alcohol, hop, roasted, chocolate. Flavour is sweet, roasted, malt, coffee, chocolate, hop, alcohol, vanilla.. This is a powerful beer.


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