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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: 300   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 480   ABV: 16%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BarryKonrad (107) - NORWAY - JUN 26, 2013
Pours pitch black, with a very small beige head that fizzes away abruptly. Aroma of coffee and burnt malts, but dominated by sweet dark fruits and alcohol. Pretty good mouthfeel, with a flavour of roasted malt, coffee, but also very sweet and a hint of alcohol in the finish. Aftertaste has some lingering dark coffee notes, quite nice actually. It’s very good by all means, but the Dark Horizon has near legendary status and this wasn’t really all the way there. A couple of years in the cellar might do the trick though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (3577) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 25, 2013
From bottle @ The Festival (Portland). Black with a small beige head and some lacing. Aroma is of intense roasted malt along with dark fruits (plums, raisins), chocolate and alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet with dark fruits, roasted malt, raisins, chocolate, caramel, alcohol and light bitter finish. Medium body. Average carbonation. Alcohol is really well hidden considering the 16% abv (didn’t noticed it was that high until a couple minutes ago). Good complex RIS.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Vells (885) - Riga, LATVIA - JUN 22, 2013
Clear black with thin brown head. Lacing Aroma.. huge and intense roasted bouquet. Malts, coffee, chocolate, dried dark fruits pleasant alcohol, bit licorice Sweet with decent bitter finish. Quite thick and smooth Very well balanced. Maybe not icon of imps thou awesomly enjoyable

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RawKuz (60) - NORWAY - JUN 20, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2013 Packed in a beautiful triangle-shaped box with norse inscriptions. Pitch black with a small dark brown head, which disappears quickly. Roasted aroma of coffee and chocolate with hint of alcohol. Really great beer, something for a special occation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
banii (240) - Sola, NORWAY - JUN 19, 2013
Sort i glasset med et relativt velformet mokka-farvet skum. Aroma av kaffe, søt melasse og mørk sjokolade. Smaken er betydelig bedre enn dens forgjenger (nr 3), og sødmen er i denne mer balansert med god bitterhet fra kaffen og en god maltkropp. Noe vanilje og kaffe i ettersmaken - som forøvrig varer meget lenge. Ingen dum øl.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hirigalzkar (2423) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 16, 2013
Bottle. Pours black with a beige head. Notes of burned sugar, heavy coffee and toasted marshmallows in the aroma. Tastes a lot of alcohol (in a good way. Also notes of licorice, burned sugar and coffee. Still very young, but there sure is potential in this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
finol (2331) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 15, 2013
Bottle from Den Nordiske Ölhandel, Copenhagen. Pours black with a small brown head. Big brew, lots of chcolate, coffee and figs. Alcoholic but more like a liqour with body than just plain boozy. Will probably gain from beeing cellard for a year or two.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
thebeertourist (5029) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 15, 2013
Bottle. Almost black, stable, but small, light brown head. Roasted coffee aroma with hints of berries. Delicious chocolate, blending with acidic and fruity roasted coffee. Even hints of marcipane. Full-bodied with good acidity. State-of-the-art.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Holmen1 (3215) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JUN 14, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2013 Flaske, gave fra dr.Haiku: fredagskveld, med Mark Knopfler på stereoanlegget og langt fremme i pannebrasken etter konserten i Bergen på onsdag, kan man nyte en øl bedre enn akkurat nå? Her er der aroma og smak av mørke, søte bær (solbær og bjørnebær), kaffe, grunnsmørte treski, en vidunderlig smaksfylde samtidig som det høye vitamininnholdet er imponerende godt kamuflert. Bør komme med advarsel om sterk fare for vanedannelse. Bra at feriepengene kom i dag, strategiske støttekjøp i morgen! Notert på Cardinaltreff des-13: sterk og harmonisk, kanskje finnes der en gud allikevel?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TET (1947) - FINLAND - JUN 13, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2013 A black beer with a brown and small head. Aroma of strong roastiness, lots of salt liquirice, liquirice, hint of strawberriws and alcohol. Taste of roasted malts, lots of black coffee, salt liquirice, at least medium sweetness, some berries. Overally, the taste is balanced, in the aftertaste there are also liquirice, herbs, strong bitterness dries the mouth, no alcohol. Full bodied, low carbonation, not sticky. Powerfull, balanced and quite complex, the great beer.

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