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Nøgne Ø Dark Horizon Second Edition

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


on tap

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RATINGS: 452   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 480   ABV: 16%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
finol (2491) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2008
Bottle from Systembolaget (temporary) Black beer with a small toffe coloured head. Very chocolaty taste. Surprisingly easy to drink dispite the high alcohol content, rather unusual for this type of IS which usualy needs a few years in a cellar before beeing realy enjoyable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TET (2103) - FINLAND - NOV 29, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2012 A Black beer with a beautiful and dark brown, thin and vanishing head. Aroma is strongly roasted, sweet, some alcohol and fruits. Taste is strongly roasted, lots of black coffee, alcohol, peppers, quite much of sweetness, some warming alcohol in the throat, but it doesn’t bother the taste, still some liquirice booze, lots of herbal bitterness, dry aftertaste. Full-bodied and strong beer, even dry aftertaste there are some sugar left, because lips are sticky while after start. Dark Horizon 2. edition is fleshy, thick, coffee-like, strong, warming beer that might be better later when flavour will be calm down; still worth to try even now at freshly. Updated 16.7.2012. Now when this beer is older, quite nicely balanced, great aroma, alcohol is still there, taste is probably dryer than the fresh bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thebeertourist (5098) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 28, 2008
Bottle. Almost black with a small brown head. Rich chocolate, vanilla and coffee aroma. Some alcohol, blending with chocolate-vaniila flavours, less roast, but well-balanced all the same. Rummy flavours. Hides it strength well, though. The label recommends storing it for just another year, but impatience prevailed. I am not a big fan of these wipe-out beers, but then again Nøgne Ø seldom disappoints, whatever style they decide to pursue.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zathrus13 (1736) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2008
Pours black, with a brown head. Aroma is molasses, chocolate, dark fruit, licorice, and roasted malt. Flaor is the same. Body is thinner than the first edition. Good, but nowher near the first edition.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
rlgk (13365) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 2, 2008
(EBF 2008) Black color, brown head. Licorice and cocoa aroma, milky notes, some vanilla. Alcohol flavor, slaty and spicy but too strong.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
henrikb (1260) - Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2008
Very black body with a brown fine bubbled head; Incredible nose, layer upon layer upon layer......softer dryer cocoa, some almost perfumed, some sweet softer, great; Super body, very small bubbled sharp biting carbonation on velvety soft body, sweet complex and great; Long finish with alcohol sharper aromas and a sharp textured bite. Incredibly complex, yet super balanced beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sigmund (5726) - Tau, NORWAY - OCT 16, 2008
500 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. Bottle # 12436. 39.5 degrees P, 65 IBU, ABV 17.5%. Pitch black colour, short-lived brown head. Intense and lovely aroma of dried dark fruits, liquorice, coffee, oak and tar. The flavour is intensely roasty with strong notes of coffee, liquorice and alcohol. A bit "raw", needs at least 1 year’s cellaring (probably more) to reach its potential. However, I think it is not a good idea for Nøgne Ø to make stronger versions of DH each year. 16% ABV, like DH First Ed. had, is definitely strong enough!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25073) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 11, 2008
(On tap) Completely opaque black with no head. Distinct aroma of burned malt, tar and tobacco. Extremely full-bodied with almost sticky burned malt and molasses - and again tar and tobacco. Very burning alcohol in the finish. 120908

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (11784) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2008
Black with no head. Aroma is roast malt and licorice with a strong vodka-like alcohol presence. The flavour again is dominated by the alcohol, with lots of complex roast malt, and a long lasting roast aftertaste. It’s an intense and unique experience, but definitely too alcoholic, and quite far from the fantastic First Edition, which I was lucky enough to get a chance to compare it to later that weekend (EBF Copenhagen)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
asheft (2705) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 5, 2008
[bottle at EBF 2008] Black malt red wine aroma with cherries and raisins and coffee and balsam. Black, but red edged, under no head. Chewy molasses flavour with black malt roasty toasty red wine. Roasted almond coffee as well as everything else that is good from oak barrels. Full body, low carbonation, moderate dark malt dry red wine bitter finish.

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