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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: 333   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
toxichop (597) - South Gate, California, USA - AUG 29, 2013
S: A ton of little things in here, coffee, oak, muscovado sugars, a hint of molasses and slight alcohol. None of the smells are overpowering there just sitting there like good childre. P: Completly black with a brown head that just goes to the sides. T: Huge coffee notes, with oak and some sugar. The flavors are huge and its a big ass beer but the alcohol got lost on this one and I wont be looking for it. M: Very silky with soft carbonatio. Wow, very big and hide the alcohol very well. Nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
barn0216 (537) - California, USA - AUG 28, 2013
Bottle. very dark brown, not much foam despite trying to splash the glass. Intense fruity chocolate aroma, vanilla, coffee, alcohol. More coffee in the flavor, more alcohol, some ash in the mix, plus the other elements. Coffee stays long through the finish. Definitely boozy but not "hot", i would not have guessed 16abv.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bytemesis (6731) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 25, 2013
Bottle with thanks to Ben! Pours opaque black with a small dark brown head that dissipates pretty quickly but leaves pretty good lacing behind. Aroma is hugely roasty, coffee, a bit of anise perhaps. Flavor is roasty, roasty, coffee, roasty. Medium plus sweet, bitter baking chocolate, light bitterness, a bit of vanilla and tobacco. Light astringency or more likely acidity from the coffee beans. Full body, creamy mouthfeel. A lot of warming going on, but now that I see it is 16% ABV I actually think it was masked pretty well; I would have guessed about 12% from drinking it blind.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Linnet (1673) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - AUG 25, 2013
Bottle from Systembolaget. Ar: heavy roastiness, fat malt backbone, coffee, chocolate, tar, cigarettes, Brown sugar, vanilla, dried dark fruits, licorice, ABV evident, but well integrated. Ap: dark as a Scandinavian winter’s night, small Brown head. T: full bodied, fat malt backbone, roastiness, coffee, chocolate, licorice, ash, cigarettes, Brown sugar, heavy sweetness, big bitterness, pronounced saltiness, ABV evident, but considering how high it is it is very well integrated. P: full bodied, soft carbonation, long warming roasty finish. T: impressing!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
gunnfryd (14131) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 23, 2013
Bottle.Black colour with a tan head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, licorice, roasted malt, alcohol, dried fruits. flavour is chocolate, coffee, licorice, roasted malt, alcohol, dried fruits. Full body. Very nice beer .

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cool_Bond (2321) - KUNG_AV_OL @ Instagram, SWEDEN - AUG 20, 2013
Scent of syrup, dark chocolate, coffee. The taste strong, not too dry and taste of coffee with dark chocolate in. A little sweetness also in taste. The aftertaste is good of roasted malt. An impressive beer to drink but I probably would not drink it again. Follow me @ Kung av öl @ Facebook for more pictures and ratings.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tide (2981) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 18, 2013
Bottle at Pikkulintu. Black color, minimal beige head. Bittersweet taste with chocolate, ripe fruits, liquorice, a bit of alcohol, coffee and nuts. Bittersweet finish with ripe fruits, liquorice and alcohol. Excellent high ABV imperial stout, might be even better with aging as the alcohol still stings a bit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hermod (6444) - Vantaa, FINLAND - AUG 17, 2013
25cl bottle @kaisla. Black color, thin brown head. Licorice, wood, roasted malt, vanilla. Full bodied, smooth. Flavor has coffee, wood, roastedness, vanilla and rum like sweetness. Long smooth, vanilla finish with slight alcohol warmthness. Incredible beer.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Furseth (2092) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - AUG 16, 2013
Bottle: Dark as the night, brown head. Aroma is dominated of coffee, dark chcolate. sirup, brown sugar, and vanilla. Flavor has almost the same, complexed mixed mouthfeeling, of coffee, dark choclate, vanilla, portvine, vanilla. Big body long dry mixed finish of coffee and dark choclate and fruits. Werry nice complexed IMPY.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ericdevin (988) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - AUG 15, 2013
Bottle from Belmont Station, Portland. Pours a very dark black, little bit of tan head. Aroma roasty and almost fruity, muscovado burnt sweetness. Body roasty, smooth not nearly as hot as one would expect. Finish slightly roasty incredibly smooth, really.

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