deyholla (9811) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 9, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured black with a brown head that started at the edges and remained there throughout the beer. Aroma had a strong coffee bean note with some sweet dark grains, sweet chocolate and dark fruits. Flavor started quite sweetly with dark grains, and dark fruits. Some dark coffee beans and roasted malts joined those notes, but the finish was still sweet.
finol (2931) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 9, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Bishops folkungagatan.
Pours hazy brown without any head.
Aroma of hops and pickled beetroot.
Really odd brew, fruity, sweet and vinous. No recemblance with my memories of DH2
gunnar (7591) - Sandnes, NORWAY - JAN 7, 2011
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours pitch black with a small white layer on top. Aroma of old cigarette butts,tar and coffee. Taste is sweet thick syrup, warming and sticky mouthfeel. Too much sweetness here, even for a sweet tooth as me. Reminds me of a cup of cold coffe with too much sugar added, plus some cigarette butts floating on top. Big dissapointment.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
8.5 oz. bottle, reluctantly consumed fresh. Pours virtually pitch black and opaque, with literally the slightest possible mahogany tint showing at the extreme edge. A small to moderate head of dark khaki foam settles quickly to an uneven, pronounced, frothy ring of bubbles with just a wispy center film. Bubbles drip and slide about he glass, leaving no real lacing behind. The aroma is quite messy, coming across with an immediate dirty, earthy, mineral component that reminds me of raw root vegetables that were just pulled from the ground, perhaps radishes or turnips. Fresh green bell peppers also come to mind. Coffee is more acrid than smooth and roasty, though it admittedly covers up some of the intensely syrupy chocolate sweetness that lingers beneath. Super strange nose on this one, and not necessarily in a good way. Flavors are entirely different, as the sweetness of the massive chocolate and molasses malts take over in a big way. The coffee seems smoother, sweeter, and better integrated. There’s still a general earthiness, along with a "stone" like mineral component that I can’t really place with accuracy. Still, it remains entirely too sweet and under-attenuated. Scorched molasses and licorice really concentrate on the lengthy finish, along with perhaps some of that sweetened coconut flake. As expected, the palate is full, sticky, and cloying. Short of drinking Hershey’s chocolate syrup or DarkLord, this stuff is about as sugar-laden as it gets. All those sugars keep the hefty alcohol in check, but yikes, I feel like going to the dentist after drinking this stuff. This is not my kind of beer at all. Easily the worst of the Dark Horizon series to date.
RasmusOtt (2161) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 3, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2014 This was really something different from the 2 edition. Aroma has somehow notes of elderflower, peppers, vanilla, coffee and a huge sweetness. In the taste you get some of the elderflower and peppers along with alot of sugar (reminds me of the sweetness you find in Mikkeller Black), chocolate, vanilla and coffee.
hopdog (11004) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
8.5oz bottle. Poured a dark black with a smaller sized tan head. Aromas of chocolate, floral hops, tobacco, roast, cocoa, and some coffee. Tastes of dark fruits (raisins & plums), caramel, vanilla, chocolate, licorice and some coffee. Sweet. Hides the 15.5% alcohol well.
TheBeerGod (5912) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black with a very short, foamy brown head. It didn’t seem like it wanted to form, but showed up anyway despite not lasting very long. Aroma is oily coffee bean grounds, strong roasted malt, coffee liqueur, burnt chocolate cake and charred caramel. Taste is big coffee (oily, dark coffee beans), burnt coffee grounds, roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, alcohol, and alcohol soaked dark fruit. Body is medium and very slick with little to no carbonation feel on the palate. Strong warming feel from the high ABV as well. Finishes with more alcohol and liqueur notes, strong roasted malt, dark, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, and dark fruit.
Ratman197 (12806) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
First rating of 2011! 8 oz bottle poured a translucent dark brown with a small lingering brown head and good lacing. Aromas of coffee, dark chocolate, alcohol, dark fruit, white pepperlight carmel, light licorice and light vanilla. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth with a warming finish. Flavors of dark chocolate, coffee, plums, licorice, vanilla and alcohol with a smooth warming lingering sweet chocolate finish.
TeamTrappist (832) - jericho, New York, USA - JAN 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured a murky brown/black. Nose is sweet and loaded with coffee and hints of booze. The abv is well hidden behind a boatload of coffee and sweetness. It’s non cloying but it’s way sweet. This is roasted malts an coffee beer. Tasty good interesting with a deep
Coffee flavored finish.
Miksu (5039) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - JAN 1, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled at Stockholm Beer and Whisky Festival 2010. Opaque black color. Thick grassy coffee aroma with dark sugar and jasmin. Sweet grassy espresso flavor with vanilla and dark sugar. Nice coffee character. Very full bodied, sweet and sugary. Too sugary, but still I think this is nice alternative to port wine.