Phatz (225) - Paradise, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow! HUGE thanks to Mac300 for sharing this very pricey beer with me.
I really put this beer in a league with only two other *Super imperial* Stouts when it comes to abv, World Wide Stout & Mephistopheles’ Stout. I have not had a vintage Mephistopheles’ but WWS is one of my favorites. Mephistopheles’ on the other hand actually gets a bit hot, at least in the fresh version. Nøgne Ø Dark Horizon is amazingly approachable and surprisingly drinkable for a 16% beer. Don’t be fooled by my 5.0 drinkability. This is a sipping but in this league is creme-de-la-creme. It lack the super heavy maltyness of Dark Lord, the glass lining heaviness and sticky body, but this is one I would drink for a nightcap every night, where Dark Lord is a special occasion beer. Now, on to the break down.
Appearance: Pours a gorgeous black. Pure pitch black as nigh black into my snifter with a small brown head that fades to a cap.
Smell: Chocolate figs grapes prune rum fudge roasted malts dark dark purple grapes coffee and splash of vanilla and milk.
Taste: Everything in the nose and more. It is hot and boozy and yet not too much so. The big alcoholic nature of the beer is balanced by the rich creamy cocoa and the dark fruits. Chocolate liquor, mmm. It is just sweet enough and the espresso and bitter chocolate just sends my taste-buds into a frenzy. Magnificent!
Mouthfeel: It is certainly hot. The high alcohol shows through at a very enjoyable degree. It is not as thick as I would have suspected but rather light for all the rich syrup flavors. The cinnamon ginger and oak along with the alcohol leave may palate coated with lively flavors and surprising crispness.
Drinkability: Down right LEATHAL! The biggest obstacle I have with this beer is that I am not independently wealthy yet. If I were, I may commit suicide by Nøgne Ø Dark Horizon, not on purpose but this is a very nice nightcap, just remember, be careful!
Hope this is helpful.
Tsekouratos (386) - Nea Filadelfeia, Athens, GREECE - NOV 13, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle. Black as night body with dark brown head. Aromas of milk chocolate, liquorice, some coffee and alcohol. Taste is pretty sweet, with chocolate, vanilla, liquorice, some oak, maybe some dark fruits and coffee. Sweet aftertaste, pretty sticky motuhfeel. Medium to full body with low carbonation.
shigadeyo (3095) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - OCT 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
10/10/2014: Nogne O Dark Horizon 1.Edition... Pours black, no head on the top. Aroma is alcohol, a touch of soy sauce, dark malts, and a hint of coffee. Chocolate malt, coffee, caramel sweetness. The coffee comes out more in the finish, but still isn’t overwhelming. Medium-light body, smooth, milky texture, a touch thin. Very good and holding on, but not great. This is nothing special and and definitely NOT WORTH THE PRICE. 1 pt. .9 fl. oz. (16 alk/vol) capped bottle (#02874) in cardboard tube.
wedgie9 (2236) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 22, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From notes. Tasted on 6/30/12 at the 1st Annual Chimipalooza, I shared this 500mL bottle. Pours inky black with a very thin, slow-forming brown head that leaves a very thin collar of lace. The nose is sweet molasses, dark chocolate, mocha, vanilla, and just a touch of smoke. The flavor is a touch sweet with the same molasses and vanilla up front, moving to all of the bitter mocha, dark chocolate, and light smoke. The body is massively full with light carbonation and a super long roasted, molasses, and dark chocolate finish. This showed a bit of oxidation, but was still holding up nicely.
nilsas (1807) - Bryne, NORWAY - AUG 26, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Duft av kaffe, bek, sjokolade og vanilje. Sort av farge. Lite brunt skum. Smak av Lakris, sjokolade, kaffe og vanilje. Takk til Yngvar for å dele denne.
Duntoyou (104) - Kr.sand, NORWAY - AUG 24, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Big thanx to Yngwie. Been wanting to try this for quite some time. After starting a beertrading company ive been found worthy :-)
Did not have that big expextations because of age. The second ed has aged much more porly. This is a great im stout. Not even oxsidised. Impressive big beer. Aroma was big with loads og chocolate and coffee. Flavour alot of the same. This is how they all want to make their imp stouts :-)
Stuu666 (4136) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 2, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours black, nose is fruity, chocolate, liquorice, taste is rich chocolate, bitter, fruity.
djoeye (1984) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUL 18, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Vintage moment at Finn’s Castle : Nøgne Ø Dark Horizon 1st Edition (16%).
Beige low tight head in the snifter, black-black-brown body.
A bouquet of liquorice, a bowl of chocolate stuff mixed with coffee beans, and the whole candy shop passes my nose.
Taste; caramel power-malts, liquorice, lots of dark fruits, cinnamon, ginger, chocolate - you name it (’coz I forgot...).
Very nice fruity on palate, full body, and about completely hidden alcohol (oups).
Finishes fruity, caramelly, dark dark barley malty, warming. Full taste without black holes. Luxurious slow sipper for the sunset. Thanx 2 Finn :)
Prufrockstar (1215) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 11, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge thanks to OldMrCrow for sharing this beauty with my wife and me one night. Pours deep and dark with no head. Chewy, dark candied fruit; roast, chocolate, well-placed oxidation; like dark, sweet, condensed grape juice (with alcohol, of course - I suppose they call that port?). Not picking up any coffee here. It’s on the sweet side, but really really nice -- doesn’t show its age at all. Impressive. This is a huge beer, but no heat except for the lingering burn in my throat that I’d love to go on and on -- this is impressive. Really impressive. Full body, slick texture that is just full enough but not quite thick or viscou. Soft carbonation. Damn this is good. Seriously goddamned good. Thanks again, Crow!
Naka (708) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy of dpjuart. Pours black. Aroma of molasses, dried dark fruit, and alcohol. Flavor is dark and roasted. A little soy sauce. Carbon and caramelly sweetness. Body is rich and sweet.
artmcd8 (1855) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared thanks to drewbeerme at pre-DLD tasting. Pours a thick used motor oil-like black without a head. Aroma of roastiness and dark fruits. Taste is super sweet with a light booziness to it. Super sticky and thick. Thanks for the taste, Drew.