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Nøgne Ø Dark Horizon Fourth Edition

Formerly brewed at Nøgne Ø (Hansa Borg)
Style: Imperial Stout
Grimstad, Norway
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 311   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 480   ABV: 16%
There is so much fun involved in creating Dark Horizon. Once it ferments, everyone in the brewery are very enthusiastic and pay close attention. Is the yeast still active? Is everything OK? How does the flavours evolve? Dark Horizon is normally dark and velvety. Muscovado sugars provides good fruity aromas. The coffee is a chapter on its own. The green beans will first be treated alfa amylase, an enzyme brewers enjoy working with. Then we mash the green beans before drying and roasting them. This gives it the unique flavor Dark Horizon deserves. Share Dark Horizon with someone you think deserves it.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
rhsiung (1137) - USA - OCT 13, 2013
8.5-oz bottle from binnys Lincoln Park, wrapped in purple paper, in triangular box, i guess to make it look bigger. well, good things can come in small packages. black, sweet. i think the key is the grimstad water. intense, but easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
queenholly (3495) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - OCT 9, 2013
Bottle. Alcohol, anise, and dark fruit aroma. Black brown with a minimal head. Earthy fruity coffee, unsweetened cocoa, and dark fruit flavor. Medium body, flat carbonation, chalky finish. Just not impressed with this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
ekstedt (5975) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2013
Bottle (33 cl) from Systembolaget. Black with beige head. Sharp roasted aroma with intense liquorice, sugar, and coffee notes, clear notes of alcohol. Medium to full bodied, low to medium carbonation. Sweet with a bit harsh alcoholic bitterness. Better than the third edition but still not very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GothGargoyle (1689) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 6, 2013
Black with a minimal off-white head. Aroma is chocolate, soy sauce, chicory, coffee, hint of booze. Syrupy mouthfeel, sweet to start on the palate, with a little balancing bitterness and booze on the finish. Taste is chocolate, soy sauce, coffee, dark fruits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shrubber85 (8992) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - OCT 5, 2013
Bottle. Cocoa, raisin malt, ash, and alcohol aroma. Black with minimal head. Sweet chocolate raisin, coffee, and moderately bitter herbal flavor. Coffee aftertaste. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Patrickctenchi (4795) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - OCT 5, 2013
Purple Paper wrapped inside a triangular box: Pours oily black with a dark tan ring. Slightly dusty coffee aroma...licorice. Roasty, dark fruit, chocolate, coffee... Deep, dark flavours. Vanilla, almost a little lactic feel. Very pleasant alcohol heat, incredibly easy drinking for 16%. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (12682) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2013
Bottle shared at Bruce’s Pad, thanks originally to Ronny for an IP trade, 19/09/13. Pitch black with a moderately sized tan head that clears to a swirl. Nose is liqourice, good boozey waft, muscavado sugars, dark chocolate, lightly burnished toffee, mineral notes. Taste comprises dark roast malt, bitter dark chocolate, dark toffee, mineral bite, boozey twang, Full bodied, fine carbonation, warming alcohol in the finish. A little hot to trot but decent and drinkable enough for the ABV. And when you’ve done drinking the box makes for attractive Nogne head apparel!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hallinghansen (2385) - Odense S, DENMARK - OCT 2, 2013
Bottle @ Danish Summer Gathering, 2013. Dark brown body with a small offwhite head. Aroma is chocolate, light hops, oak. Flavour is chocolate, oak, alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Garrold (2587) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2013
Bottle from Dada, Sheffield. Looks like cold espresso in a glass. Had this 10 minutes out of a cold fridge. Aroma is orange cream chocolates. 10 minutes later, and that turns into sweetened, black coffee. Some Ribena blackcurrant too. A hint of vanilla yoghurt sourness. Lots going off! Taste is toffee apple sweet, then sour, then dry, although never to the tune of 100 IBU. Doesn’t feel 16% either. No where near, in fact. Big mouthfeel, but I can’t put it down.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Christopsy (137) - SCOTLAND - SEP 30, 2013
Bottle: Pours pitch black with a wee dark tan head, diminished fairly quickly. On the nose: coffee, dark chocolate, dark sugars (almost molasses). Tastes immediately of coffee, then dark chocolate (almost pure cacao), fades to dark fruits, and then bitter coffee on the finish.

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