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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: 464   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   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 15/20
Veer (362) - Landskrona, - NOV 7, 2009
Aroma: malolactic, port, vanilla, dark chocolate, dark malts – delicious. Slightly of coffee (delicious), hot but cool. Slightly towards a cognac-like aroma. Hops can be deiscerned, but not easily. Lovely, but definitely towards a sweet and sophisticated porter/port-realm. Some woody funkiness and vague peatiness comes through, reminds me of watered Laphroaig och Lagavulin. Nice!
Flavour: Initial roastiness followed by hot, alcoholic maltbitterness. Syrup and fine dark chocolate. Slightly towards espresso but with a very smooth bitterness. Fruitiness lingers in the mouth. Nutty, reminiscent of walnuts. Slightly vetegable aftertaste from the hops. Not bad, but should’ve been a bit more ‘fresh’. Given the lack of real bitterness that for example Mikkeller Black has (now that we’re talking extreme impys) the alcohol strength and sweetness is a bit too much for it to be perfectly balanced. Could’ve gone towards a more extreme roast and hopping. It’s hard to pinpoint where the fruityness comes from, or what it is like. I’d compare it to old apples, pears or posibly rosehip. Hard to pinpoint… After a while, the sweetness is more obvious and hits you first of all with every sip.
Appearance: Black with a brown rind, dark greyish brown head and yellowish lacing. Looks more brutal than it tastes.
Palate: Very smooth, creamy and oily. Superb!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
willisread (1580) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 4, 2016
Bottle shared at a tasting. Thanks Jonno. This bottle is 8 to 9 years old. Lots of booze and dark fruit in the nose: plum, raisin, prune, cassis. Lots of deep, rich flavors of wood and booze in the nose as it warms. Body has thinned out, with very little carbonation but wow, what a nice aged beer. More booze and fruit in the mouth with a long lasting and coating finish. Fantastic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shoulderbroken (3222) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 31, 2016
Bottle. Thanks Jonno. Big boozy aroma, rum, fruity. Taste is good, very fruity, rich, raisins, some roast. Nice stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jinroh (942) - ESTONIA - JAN 30, 2016
Wow! Pours dark brown and with very little head. Well, this boy is around 9 years old. Nose is really hitting you with booze and all those barrel aged dark fruits and molasses. Taste is aggressively boozy, full of flavours, dark fruits soaked in some liquor. Flavours have still been preserved after the ageing and come out clear and shining. Body has become thinner but overall totally amazing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Countbeer (5726) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - DEC 24, 2015
Bottle: Served in a Chouffe glass: Black beer with a dark brown head. Wow! Only downfall is the quick disappearance of the foamy head... Aroma is a mix of liquorice, mocha, roast, fudge, soy, pudding, bit boozy, marzipan, some coffee, dark chocolate, hint of aftershave and caramel. Flavour is a mix of bitters, roast, tiramisu, nuts, dark chocolate, light boozy, cacoa, nutty, tobacco, liquorice, light fudgy, some mocha and caramel... Aftertaste is roast, dark chocolate, tobacco, light dry, bitter, herbal roast and fudge... Low carbo, light watery lighter creamy mouthfeel, full body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rasmus40 (15197) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 1, 2015
Bottle courtesy of Camons. Black with a small brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate and alcohol. Flavor is very sweet and rather bitter. Dry and roasted rather bitter finish with lots of warming alcohol. Oily. 011115

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GenDV138 (4574) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 31, 2015
3 oz bottle pour at ChurchKey shared by solidfunk, thanks Josh! Black with no noticeable head. Aromas of smoke, caramel, chocolate, whiskey. Tastes of chocolate, smoke, whiskey, coffee. Medium-full body with a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
solidfunk (6480) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - OCT 31, 2015
Lots of roast and some smoke. Dark chocolate and booze. Thick pour but not necessarily syrupy. Bitter finish with some boozy sweetness. Black pour without much head. Bottle pour at Churchkey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Camons (8740) - Hasselager, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2015
Bottle @ Home. Pours pitch black with a fading brown head, setling to a small ring of foam, some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, coffee, dark chocolate, dried dark fruit, plum, figs, alcohol. Flavor is rather sweet, malt, sweet dried dark fruit, plum, figs, dark chocolate, licorice, boozy, wood. Medium body, quite high carbonation for the ABV, sweet finish with lots of alcohol. 301015

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
_angst_ (4128) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 27, 2015
Bottle sample @ BAJT. Pours viscous pitch black with a small mocha head that doesn’t leave much trace while dissipating. Smell is malty and fruity with roasted malts, burnt caramel, toffee, dark roast coffee, chocolate syrup, raisins, dates, leather, moist soil and alcohol. Taste is sweet, bitter, salty and malty. Mouthfeel is viscous, round, roasted astringent, slightly boozy and near full bodied. Finish is sweet and bitter with roasted malts, burnt caramel, syrupy coffee and chocolate, raisins, dates, brandy, ketjap manis, cardboard and alcohol. Time has taken its toll but still a fairly good heavy IS. Was most likely quite good many years ago.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (5264) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 18, 2015
500 ml bottle with a nice aluminum case. This was brewed in about 2008!! Bottle stamped number 5493. AdamC with another crazy share! Pitch black with no carbonation (obviously). Aroma is dark chocolate and still showing a solid amount of alcohol. Hints of molasses, dark fruit.

The viscosity of this stout is crazy! As you swirl the snifter, it leaves an oily film, same as it is across the palate. Flavor is notes of tobacco leaves, mild dark fruit, dark chocolate, espresso bean and perhaps anise. The mouthfeel is full with that slick film over the palate. This is an 8 year old brew and it is NOT a mess. The booze preserved the stout nicely. A touch hot from booze with alcohol but it truly helped preserve this stout, wow!

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