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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: 315   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.

FatPhil's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (11501) - Tallinn, - MAY 8, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2014 275ml bottle (Pikkulintu, Helsinki) (7:4:7:4:13=3.5)
nutty cakey aroma. slick butter in the mouth. moussy carbonation. odd spicy taste,chilli pepper burn I guess. Strange vanilla sweetness. raisins, vodka, not as raw a previous ones, but could still do with some aging. finish is dry bitterness, ans sweet burntness. need to cellar a bottle I guess. OK to Nice, but not yet good.
Rerate: 275ml bottle (Nordic, Tampere) BB2012-08 drunk 2014-01 (7+:4:7:4:16=3.8+)
Super rich burnt roast aroma, super coffee aspects too. In the mouth it’s a lovely rich roast, but isn’t ashy. A monster of a dark porter, but so tasty that its drinkability is very high - sure you sip rather than glug, but you sip often. Carbonation remarkably high for a 16% IS, that’s probably what keeps it from being heavy or too cloying. Certainly has begun to round out nicely compared with the previous one (which Anna didn’t have). It’s the end of the day, I’ve got a lovely beer in my hand, I don’t want to write any more, sorry.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Christian (11892) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 31, 2015
Jet black with a little tan head. The aroma is something else. Vineous alcohol notes of plums, dried fruit and port wine, blending perfectly with coffee, chocolate and licorice notes. Sweet and full bodied flavour, mostly fruity, with obvious coffee notes. A little over the top sweet, and quite an alcohol presence, but it’s a really fine dessert beer for quiet sipping

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ngeaney (96) - SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2015
Black as night in colour with little to no head, aroma of dark fruits and coffee, chocolate and it smelt boozy. Peeling back the aroma layers there is definitely mocha coffee here with some nice maltiness and vanilla tones, brown sugar. First tastes to hit the tongue are coffee, bitter-sweet chocolate, more dark fruits like prunes and dates and the coffee flavour is really nice and more like an espresso now. Very rich and has a sweet touch but also very dry in the finish which is probably a slight alcohol burn in the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Prufrockstar (1580) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 24, 2015
Bottle picked up in Corvallis. Tiny little ketchup-shaped bottle, but dolled up nice in a black triangular box and wrapped in purple paper. Pours black with short-lived brown head. Coffee, marshmallow, thick roast reminiscent of BBQ. Soy sauce, fudge, and vinous elements. Surprisingly dangerously smooth for 16% abv - well, it would be dangerous if it didn’t come in such a cute little bottle. Full body, slick and viscous. Overall: nowhere near as awesome as 1st edition was (thanks again for that, Carl), and at the price/ounce point I can’t really say I’d do it again, but still a nice treat in its own right. Pairs well with under baked ghiradelli brownies.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ivardo (93) - NORWAY - JUL 31, 2015
Converting" from old excel scoresheet. So there are no comments on this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDIPSO (5124) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 15, 2015
Opaque dark brown liquid with a smaller dark tan head. Sweet aromas, with dark chocolate, dark fruit Dates, prunes and figs), along with a rye and toasted malt background. Strong sweet espresso start. Toasted and roasted malt along with a alcohol flavor in the middle and into the finish. Late burn on the tongue. Mild ash in the linger. Certainly a strong imperial stout. For the heft, this is fairly nimble across the palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
umich03jm (2901) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUL 6, 2015
Bottle. Aromas are sweetened coffee, dark chocolate, dried dark fruit, and light caramel. Tastes very sweet. Huge molasses and brown sugar. Underlying sweet chocolate, coffee and dark fruit. Light bitter roast in the finish but not nearly enough to cover the cloying sweetness. But I am impressed with how smooth this is for being 16%. Just a little disappointed overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Desverger (4597) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 5, 2015
Tap@Taphouse, Copenhagen (Nøgne Ø Takeover 24/06/2015) - black pour with tan/beige head. Dark roasted malty aroma and taste with big coffee and chocolate flavours, dried dark fruits, some caramel sweetness, vanilla nuances, and roasted finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Niller (1036) - Hammel, DENMARK - JUL 5, 2015
Tap@Taphouse, Copenhagen. (Nøgne Ø Takeover 24.6.2015). Pours pitch black with a tan head. Aroma and taste is roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, some dark fruits. Full body. Creamy mouthfeel. Nice roasted coffee finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
charlotte (4867) - rødovre, DENMARK - JUN 28, 2015
Tap.Black colour with almost no head.Aroma is vinious and sweet of dark dried fruits and licorice,sweet and warming with hint of vanilla and cocoa,well balaned and smooth finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Borup (8524) - Albertslund, DENMARK - JUN 25, 2015
From tap at Taphouse. Black with a beige head. Aroma snd flavour of roasted malt, licorice, alcohol, dried fruit, spice, caramel and bitterness.

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