slowrunner77 (186) - reno, Alabama, USA - JUL 24, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
actually says 17.5% abv on the bottle. pours black with dark brown head. surprised at the head for a 35 proof beer. smells sweet and choclatey. coca and a touch of coffee and molasses as well. feel is actually well done for such a strong beer. you can’t tell it’s strength til it goes down...warm all the way to the belly-right up to the point where any "hotter" would take away from it, but it doesn’t go that far. the only "bad" thing about this beer is the roasted malt flavors and hops can’t quite make their way throught the alcohol. quite enjoyable, but not quite worth the $24.99.
BelgianBeerGal (2966) - Dayton Area, Ohio, USA - FEB 24, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Traded bottle into a snifter. Pours like motor oil with a thin brown head. The aroma is dark fruit and rum-like booziness. Flavor is like a cross between red wine and a coffee stout. Big beer: a little goes a long way. The alcohol masks a lot of the other flavors unfortunately.
Andy_ (476) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 7, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2014 Brewed 2007-11-05. Thanks anttti!
Totally black beer with a brown head disappearing quite quickly. Aroma has chocolaty and liquery sweetness with roastiness. Flavor is sweet with licoricy, salmiakki, roasted malts and some alcohol. Has a long smooth finish with little bitterness. Very full wine like palate. Actually the whole drinking experience is very red wine like. Slight alcohol when warmed up. Well aged beer, totally enjoyable.
hotstuff (3732) - Indiana, USA - DEC 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rated on 9-25-2009 at Fort Wayne, IN Gathering. This bottled beer pours a very small light brown head with good retention, opaque dark brown body and spotty amounts of lacing. The Aroma is roasted malt, dark fruits, alcohol and HOT!! The Taste is HOT, HOT HOT, roasted malt, and alcohol. The Palate is HOT on the tongue and this beer is full bodied. Overall, this beer is a sipping beer without a doubt. The ABV is VERY noticeable and this beer is just too HOT to drink a lot of it. It is worth trying nonetheless.
tfredvik (910) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 11, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not surprisingly this thick, viscous-looking, black bodied beer doesn’t have much of a head, just a few, brown bubbles that disappear within seconds. Some bubbles survive at the walls of the glass, but they leave no lacing. The aroma is intense, sweet and remarkably pleasant! It’s not as violent as I had imagined. It’s roasted all right, but not burnt, and the coffee notes are really subtle. The sweeter, gentle notes of chocolate of dark caramel are much more present. I also get traces of alcohol, but in a very well integrated and vinous way. The intense flavours very much follow the aroma, with chocolate and dark caramel in front, roasted coffee in the back and additional traces of dark dried fruits. It’s amazing how Nøgne has managed to cram 16% ABV into this extraordinarily well balanced brew, the alcohol is close to perfectly integrated and simply makes the finish quite warming. There initial taste is rather heavy sweet, but that’s no match for the quite heavy bitter and long-lasting finish. The body is of course full, the texture is thick and oily and to my surprise there is much more carbonation than the looks led me to believe, although it is of course soft. A wonderful beer in 2103, it’s hard to imagine that this one is supposed to have been even better.
[50 cl bottle shared with mfroseth, Tor and Rikke, enjoyed 6 years after bottling, courtesy of Cunningham (thankyouthankyouthankyou!)]
Tide (1376) - Espoo, FINLAND - DEC 10, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from a friend. Black color, beige head. Bitter taste with coffee, nuts, plum, hops, alcohol and chocolate. Bitter finish with coffee, alcohol and dark fruits. Excellent imperial stout, although it was better few years ago.
portableparty (1908) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by matsciguy. Pours oily black with a thin tan collar. Aroma is roasted malt subtle sweetness and booze is present. Taste is boozy sweetness roasted malt burnt boozy sugar. Palate is full sticky warming sticky. Really nice!
Bacterial (1063) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark thick black pour. Boozy. Malty. Chocolate. Hot, but not a keep your ass warm on a cold night hot. Actually, this would keep you warm on a cold night. Very nice.
GothGargoyle (902) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 6, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black with no head. Aroma is coffee, very boozy, chocolate, soy sauce. Medium bodied, boozy on the palate. Taste is soy sauce, coffee, liquorice, booze. My least favourite of the Dark Horizons
TheHOFF43 (1615) - Bloomington, Minnesota, USA - AUG 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at RBSG. Pour is dark black with minimal head. Aroma is coffee, bitter chocolate and malts. Taste is similar with a tough of sweet alcohol. Somewhat thin, but very good.
BVery (5443) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at RBSG. Very dark pour with a tight white head. Boozy with licorice. Bold beer. Quite sweet. Slick palate. Batch 2, bottle 07891.