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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: 538   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.2/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 480   ABV: 16%
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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sunevdj (3965) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2007
Ølfestival 2007. Bottle, poured by the brewmaster, himself. Pours black with a brown head. Very sweet and bitter with coffee aromas. Also quite alcoholic, especially towards the end. Aromas of prunes and a hint of smoke. Oily texture. Soft cabonation. Long bitter and sweet finish with some coffee aromas.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (23725) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 17, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2007 Bottled at Københavnske Øldage. Black!! Intense aroma of plum brandy and licorice. Sweet and extremely full bodied. Syrupy, but tar and licorice dominates. Thick and chewy, mature madeira flavours. Long tarry very bitter finish. Has great potential for aging - can become something really outstanding. As of now it is still young, sweet and a bit sugary, which detracts from the very interesting flavour.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madsberg (11405) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2007
Bottled. Pitch black coloured. Thick dense brown head. Sweetness, roast, alcohol, cocoa, chocolate and light coffee in the nose. Flavour as well is full of dark fruits, roast, chocolate and spice. For a 16% beer the alcohol is very well hidden. Very complex and almost too flavourfull. Is full bodied. Has a light roasty bitterness in the end, and the alcohol does a great job warming lips and palate. This for sure is a fantastic brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yousee (48) - BELGIUM - MAY 14, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2007 Bottle, Copenhague Olfestival 2007. Poors a dark brown coloured beer with a tiny mocca head. Blasting coffee and chocolate aroma’s. Tasting this beer is even more exploding with chocolate, coffee with scents of vanilla, rum and port. Very complex and extremely well balanced, where is the alcohol? Beautifull brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
caesar (6685) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 12, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2007 Bottle, Olfestival. Don’t know if I had the first edition of the beer, or the yet to be added second edition. I will change rating if necessary. At least the brewer was serving a couple of his bottles, and I managed to get some of it, thanks to great advice from henrikb. Dark color, short brown head. Aroma of heavy coffee, licorice, roasted malt, chocolat. Great coffee taste, strong , slight alcoholic (as expected), black chocolat. Lovely thick texture. 1st or 2nd edition: it’s great stuff!! Edit: it was the 1st edition. Great!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joergen (26202) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 11, 2007
Bottle, thanks to sk8viking for sharing. Black coloured with a beige head. Sweet roasted aroma of dried fruits. Roasted flavour of liquorice with notes of dried fruits and hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2007
Bottle thanks to Christian SA from Ølfabrikken. Black colour with a big brown head. Rye bread, light soya, roasted malt, chocolate, alcohol aroma and taste, light fruity. Medium to full body with a very sweet alcoholic finish. A bit to sweet and alcoholic.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Enjoyit (3757) - Vadum, DENMARK - MAY 7, 2007
Black of color with a brown head. An aroma with liqurice, coffee, chocolate and roasted malt, weak hints of alcohol. A nice flavor of tar, liqurice, coffee and roasted malt. Very nice!! Thnx Yngwie and Gunnfryd

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rune (11361) - 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).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Finn (6291) - 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.

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