StefanSD (2116) - Lakeside, California, USA - DEC 6, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
8.5 oz bottle from Bev4less. Pours an opaque black color with a small beige head that quickly dissipates to a fine ring. The aroma is strong with coffee and coffee grounds. The flavor is super sweet with rock candy, coffee, toffee and just a bit of something that reminds me of bell pepper. The palate is smooth and creamy with lively carbonation. The finish is long and sweet. Overall: A very tasty .concoction, but people who dislike sweet stouts should stay away.
Christian (11055) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black with a small off-white head. Intense coffee aroma - deep roasted, with an ashy touch, some fruit and dark caramel, and of course, alcohol. Sugary sweet flavour with coffee and hot alcohol. Too much plain sugar flavour.
larsga (6177) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 4, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Small brown head. Nearly opaque black body goes deep dark brown at edges. Intense earthy coffee grounds aroma with dusty blueberry notes. Dry-sweet roasty coffee grounds taste with blueberry and toffee notes. Very full body. Mild, soft mouthfeel initially, then goes quite warm at the end, but never obtrusively hot. Dry dusty burnt coffee grounds aftertaste with blueberry and syrup notes. Sharpish, dusty edge at the end. It’s very good, but lacks complexity. Also a rather demanding earthiness is very prominent. Will cellar for many years to see how it develops. (0.25l bottle, wine monopoly, batch #373.)
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 3, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2010 Pours black with a small brown ring.The aroma is a strange combination of smoke and chemical. It’s almost appallingly sweet. Really unbalanced. It has been slightly down hill since the first Dark Horizon.
olsvammel (3030) - Örebro, SWEDEN - DEC 3, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at ÖBWF 2010. It poured a very dark brown liquid with a very small head. Smell of chocolate, coffee, meat and vegetable brooth. Exremely sweet taste, with lots of vegetables, also some chocolate. Weird beer, the vegetables felt off. Infected bottle?
BMan1113VR (7854) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 29, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Small bottle. Pours with a pitch black body and a lasting deep brown head. Great lace. Aromas of hops, bitter chocolate, cake, earthy, coffee, molasses, vanilla and alcohol. Really dense and decadent. Somewhat floral too which is odd. Flavors of madeira, quite sweet, vinous, somewhat boozy but not much, unsweetened baking chocolate, chocolate covered espresso beans, cocoa. Really decadent (I wonder how sweet Sweet Horizon will be...uh-oh). Really creamy, velvety and mouthcoating palate. I like it (not as much as the first, and its not as boozy as the second). Light tobacco and very vinous in the aftertaste. Sweet, candied, dark fruits. I think it would be better if it was a tiny (very tiny) bit drier.
Sigmund (5020) - Tau, NORWAY - NOV 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
250 ml bottle, wrapped in silk paper in a metal cylinder, from Vinmonopolet. Batch #373, ABV is 15.5%. Ingredients include sugars and coffee. 100 IBU. Pitch black colour, moderate greyish brown head. Strong aroma of stale cold coffee, roasted barley and dark bitter chocolate. Warming mouthfeel. Very sweet (too sweet) and sugary flavour, notes of sweetened coffee, syrup, chocolate and liquorice. The bitterness seems quite moderate, because of the overwhelming sweetness. Hints of resin in the aftertaste. Well worth sampling, but this is the least successful edition of Dark Horizon so far. Won’t buy again, as it is also quite expensive..
oh6gdx (20299) - Vasa, FINLAND - NOV 21, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled@Pikkulintu, Helsinki. Quite much pitch black colour, small brown head. A lot of spices, coffee, some alcohol and liquorice in the aroma. Flavour is is spices, liquorice, ginger, dark fruits, alcohol. Quite balanced, but yet rather burning still.
FatPhil (9281) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
250ml bottle (Pikkulintu, Helsinki)
6 massively bitter stale coffee aroma.
7 Spicy retronasals, almost gingery heat, and a bucket load of coffee. Gentle roast is burnt but never astringent.
4 Sliht alcohol burn. Sweetness covers that well. finish very coffeeey, but not caricatured.
15 I like this. I feel that the coffee is being used to cover the flaws in the earlier DHs.
Meilby (7385) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 14, 2010
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2010 Bottle. Pours black with no head. Aroma ans taste is sweet and has notes of brown sugar, caramel, chocolate and coffee. The best beer I have tasted.