ClubGonzo (4375) - Bergen, NORWAY - DEC 27, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Vinmonopolet in Bystasjonen, Bergen. This seems like the right time to taste this third installment in the Dark Horizon-series by Nøgne Ø. Just finished tidying up the house, it’s Christmas, I’m on vacation at home and I’m about to start up a good movie. Hell, I even got the fireplace stoked and going; if this isn’t an epic imperial stout moment, nothing is. :-) Pours a pitch black body, virtually retention-free except for a faint rush of caramel bubbles, quickly vanishing into the oily surface. Nose is a surprise: really strong and tightly interwoven tones of coffee and black currant toddy hits me first. Upon dissecting the aromas, I also get some mocha, dark chocolate and cocoa tones underneath. Interesting. Taste is overwhelmingly sweet at first, like someone just poured me a sip of molten chocolate cake with mocha icing in a glass. Only with way more sugar than most would use in a chocolate cake. Have they gotten the bottles mixed up here? Should this be the Sweet Horizon edition? No, that can’t be. Sweet Horizon is not nearly as sugary as this one; it takes time to even swallow this thing as my entire palate winces in anticipation of every drop that passes. This is more like a slightly carbonated dessert wine than a beer. Perhaps I could have forgiven the sweetness level if the other aromas were well brought out, but unfortunately I can’t say they are. Mocha, coffee and cocoa are all present, but get on stage mid-play, only after the initial onslaught of sugary alcohol; also present in the warming finish, but otherwise well integrated for such a high ABV. All in all, I’ve had better sippers in the same category and Nøgne Ø has certainly made finer high gravity beers than this - such as the other Dark Horizon-editions. Hate to say this, but the 3rd edition is, without a doubt, a huge letdown for me. Judging from the intense sweetness I don’t even think it will be possible to mature this one into a better state; the sugar will only be cloying and earthy in the long run. I think. Better luck next time, Nøgne Ø, You know you can do more than this.
chimplechamp (601) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap at grunerløkka brygghus. Pours flat, no head. black. pitch black. nose is extremely sherry/slightly port. chocolate, coffee, lots of coffee, and of course some alcohol. Taste is similar with lots of sherry notes. Sweet finish. Lots of alcohol but not to overpowering. I cant wait to crack the bottle I bought for the wife.
KnutAlbert (6299) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 27, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark Horizon 3 is very similar to the Sweet Horizon - it is essentially the same beer with an extra bit of fermentation. A bit more chocolate and cocoa, perhaps, but there is a load of sweetness here, too. Not as balanced as the previous versions, the sugar overtakes it all. Should have had more agressive yeast to eat some of this,
patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. 8.5 oz. Split with Sean and Dad on the night after Christmas. Pours a deep, dark brown, nearly black, with a minimal amber head. Aroma of freshly brewed coffee, cream, brown sugar, chocolate, and some nice dry hops in the back. Full bodied with a rich, chewy, slightly bitter palate. The mouthfeel is literally like chocolate mousse. The alcohol is hidden incredibly well; only a sublte trace of it in the warmth of the finish. Excellent stout. I love this brewery and their boundary-pushing big beers.
daje (2609) - NORWAY - DEC 24, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pure black color with a tiny nutcolored ring that sticks to the edge of the glass, looks good
Aroma is just super, strong chocolate, roasty malt. Taste is, for me, a bit too sweet. It has a very good taste of coffee with some chocolate and herbs, but IMO it would be better if it wasn’t so sweet. I’ll save the next one for a year or two, maybe the age will do it good.
Still an awesome beer though. Oh, who am I kidding? I love it, just hope the sweetness will dissappear!
Rune (8734) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 22, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was my chosen beer for celebrating five years on Ratebeer 06.12-2005-06.12.2010. The 250ml bottle that comes in a box was bought at Vinmonopolet Sentrum, Tromsø. The pour reveals a jet black body with light brown patches on the surface. Aromatic dark fruits to the nose conjoined by earthy malts and bitter liquorice. Rich and likable taste of dark fruits, strawberries and blackcurrant sustained by coffee malts and liquorice. Long-lived aftertaste with tingling alcohol on the swallow. Toddi impression. Well bodied and in fact moreish. Good brew, if not quite up there, yet. A few bottles are left for further development in the cellar (celebrating at home in Tromsø,06.12.10).
CamdenD (1110) - Madrid, SPAIN - DEC 19, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer is hot -- but not necessarily in a good way. Alcohol warmth and coffee on the nose is quite nice and the taste is smooth for the strength. A bit too much bacon smoke on this beer for me.
wavers1 (909) - Notown, California, USA - DEC 18, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
wow, what happened here? this thing needs like, at least 2 years on it. the smell is very artificial, and so is the taste. the taste is ok, there is something there, but its not quite together. there is a huge cloying sweetness that tastes like artificial coffee favored syrup. i really hope this one gets better in a couple years. tastes like an iced version of a southern tier stout with extra flavor thrown in.
igniztion (313) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 17, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 25cl. Pours thick black with a thin offwhite head. Lots of coffee, chocolate and sweetness in the aroma together with alcohol. Creamy texture. Coffee, alcohol, brown sugar and hints of malt.
bhensonb (11806) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 16, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Wine & Cheese in Clayton, MO. Pours very black with a fizzy tan head. Smells like coffee. Strong, but not espresso. Full bodied. Flavor is strongly coffee - even espresso - but there’s a sweet component. A dark sweet component. Treacle? Not bitter, except for coffee bitter. Very nice stuff.