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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: 526   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 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
KnutAlbert (6067) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
faroeviking (10291) - 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!

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (11940) - 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!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
gunnfryd (10426) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tarjei (1954) - Bryne, NORWAY - MAR 22, 2007
How is it possible to give this beer 3,9...? Tasted in Kristiansand on «Ølkulinarisk aften» at the restaurant Måltid, with dark chocolade dessert and coffee. Perfect! Forget cognac, calvados, armagnac - this is the perfect avec. All I can do is join yngwie, Sigmund (they where there) and others in the choir...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Gr0ve (2132) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 22, 2007
UPDATED: APR 12, 2007 500 ml bottle. Sample served at the Norwegian Christmas beer festival 2006. Pitch black and compact. Small dark brown head that subsides. Leaving a thin white fine-laced head layer at first, but then it disintegrates leaving only a little at the edges. Slight alcohol whiffs. Sweet chocolate and coffee aromas. Intense alcohol bite combined with a sharp roasted edge. Very intense. Flavours are quite intense and sharp. The alcohol edge/feel is much like after swallowing a sip of scotch whiskey. Very nice and very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
presario (4608) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 20, 2007
Thanks to TimE for sharing this Christmas 2006. Thick black beer with minimal brown head. Smells like a malt wine, then sherry, then scotch. Maybe the best molasses liqueur ever! Thick oily palate. Best comparison would be World Wide Stout. Molasses and soy notes in the finish,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
oh6gdx (20274) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAR 20, 2007
Bottled@RBESG 2006. Extremely dark brown, close to pitch black colour, with small beigeish brown head. Aroma is alcohol, vanilla, chocolate, some toffee (almost fudgeish) notes, as well as roasted malts. Flavour is chocolate, smoke, roasted malts and some softer dark fruits. The finish is caramel, vanilla and a bit coffeeish. Alcohol gives indeed a sting, but for being 16% in alcohol this is very well done. I believe aging would do it better.

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