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.
BelgianBeerGal (2958) - Dayton Area, Ohio, USA - JAN 31, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle #5461 traded for in NV and finally enjoyed in OH 5+ years later. Dark and slick appearance like used oil with only a few brown bubbles from the pour. Bold aroma of dark fruit, coffee, molasses and a hint of sour cherries. Flavor is actually a sweet, syrupy, fruitiness upfront that mellows into some nice coffee. Honestly, the 16 ABV is buried deep. Pretty drinkable for something this big. I think time has helped this tremendously.
GothGargoyle (890) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with virtually no head. Aroma is liquorice, soy sauce, roasted chestnuts, fig, booze. Slightly syrupy mouthfeel, sweet on the palate with a little balancing bitterness. Taste is liquorice, chocolate, coffee, oak, hint of soy sauce.
jmagnus87 (2183) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle sampled at at tasting. From notes. Roasty chocolate and dark fermented fruits. I would love a bottle for myself.
ChinoSkillzian (132) - The Hills, California, USA - AUG 27, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to Geokkjer, Meilby, and yngwie! Pours a opaque black with small tan head. Huge nose of molasses, caramel, bourbon, oak, vanilla, cinnamon, and some alcohol heat. The palate is super silky and warming, with flavors of roasted malt, coffee, vanilla bean, maple, and dark chocolate. Really nice and I think some bottle age helped it.
brokensail (9806) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 13, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge thanks to Geokkjer, Meilby, and yngwie for sharing this bottle! Pitch black, viscous pour with a small mocha head. Nose is peat, smoke, and tons of roast. Burnt sugar, cocoa powder, licorice, coffee, vanilla, and dark fruits. Such an intense aroma. There’s a nice sweetness to the flavor of graham cracker and vanilla. Tons of roasted malt, some smoke, burnt sugar, and cocoa powder. Licorice, dark fruit, and coffee. Really intensely smooth and silky mouthfeel.
jtclockwork (6876) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 15, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2013 Bottle. Pours oily black. Nose is sweet chocolate, coffee, fudge brownie, dark fruit, oak, caramelized sugar, brown caramelized sugar and vanilla. Taste is mostly chocolate, black licorice and very sweet dark fruits soaked in alcohol. Finishes with alcohol soaked fruits and then just alcohol. Medium body. Very boozy. Way too sweet.
GMCC2181 (1490) - Newark, Delaware, USA - FEB 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle via SL 07.. Black in color... decent little head.. Smells boozy... sweet. Taste is sweet for being 5 years old.. Not boozy but warming from the alcohol. Not sugary sweet but overall sweetness which surprises me for being so old... Medium body little oily.. Overall: Nice brew.
_angst_ (2255) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 14, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of Marsiblursi. Pours pitch black with a small dark mocha head that quickly dissipates without leaving much trace on the glass. Smell is sweet, salty and vinous with roasted malts, alcohol, port wine, dark roast coffee, salty liquorice candy, charred wood, bitter chocolate, leather, ketjap manis, lemon zest, flower nectar, plums in brandy, dark grapes, madeira wine, dark bread and hints of brine. Taste is sweet, slightly bitter, salty, malty and vinous with roasted malts, dark roast coffee, high quality dark chocolate, leather, port wine, alcohol, resinous wood, salty liquorice candy, prunes, dark grapes, sweet dark bread, warming brandy, minerals, soy sauce and hints of smoked meats. Mouthfeel is round, tiny sticky sweet, rich, complex, warming boozy, vinous and full bodied. Finish is sweet, bitter and tiny salty with roasted malts, dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, leather, charred wood, lemon zest, port wine and alcohol. A huge, rich, complex and tasty beer. Impressed with the aging, this holds up nicely.
olio (5119) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 17, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
50 cl bottle @ Ravintola Esplanadi, Tampere.
Rated on 20090319.
Pitch black oily color with a small beige head. Aroma is very intense with liquorice, dark roasted malts, some dark ripe fruit notes and lots of dark chocolate. Flavor is very complex with dark chocolate, liquorice, dark toasted malts, some tar, soy notes and hints of coffee.
Holmen1 (1842) - Stavanger, NORWAY - SEP 1, 2012
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Feb- 07 på Plan B sammen med reisevennene fra Harstad: innehaveren skulle snart stenge og vi var de eneste igjen (pussig...). Da kom ahn med en flaske DH1 og sjenket opp i småglass til oss. Det ble helt stille rundt bordet da vi tok den første smaken. Magisk. Synd at jeg aldri fikk tak i en flaske. En ølbegivenhet vi alle husker for bestandig.