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Nøgne Ø Sweet Horizon

Formerly brewed at Nøgne Ø
Style: Imperial Stout
Grimstad, Norway
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 231   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
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Sweet Horizon is dessert for the ones with a sweet tooth. Black and velvety, with hints of sweet chocolate, fruit, coffee, licorice......... Hmmmm! But remember, this is dessert, so do not try to have dessert with it!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClubGonzo (3993) - Bergen, NORWAY - SEP 26, 2010
Bottle. The aroma hits me as soon as I pour the deep, black, thin-headed fluid into my snifter: alcohol, chocolate, cherries, wood and hints of leather. But mainly booze. The first sip reveals a thick, creamy palate. When it drains off, an enormous sweetness soon engulfs my mouth; dark chocolate, vanilla, alcohol, cream and hints of whipped egg whites and sugar. Extremely sweet, perhaps the sweetest beer I’ve ever tasted. Sweet Horizon is like liquid candy, somewhat reminiscent in flavor of the coffee liqueur "Kalhua". Therefore, it rather surprising that I cannot detect any distinct coffee aromas in neither nose nor palate - especially since the caption on the label reads: "Norwegian ale with coffee added". Whatever coffee was blended into this one must surely have been integrated well with the other components. While this certainly is too sweet to be even a stand-alone sipper in my opinion, Sweet Horizon is a well-made beer - so peculiar and full of character that it surely must have its uses in the world of food and beer. Another laudable experiment from Nøgne Ø, though not exactly my personal favorite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TBone (12544) - Pori, FINLAND - SEP 26, 2010
Bottled 25cl@Beer Hunters (batch 372 brewed 30/06/2008)
Opaque black, no head. Coffee, cocoa powder and rubber in the aroma. Really full-bodied, thick. Flat, liquerish palate. Very, very sweet. Coffeish with some backing alcohol otherwise sweetness dominates. This is like Dark Horizon III without excessive coffee roastyness. Me likes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lusikka (6207) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 18, 2010
250 ml bottle @ Olutravintola Pikkulintu. Batch #372, brewed 30/06/2008.
Tasted with Dark Horizon Third Edition and Red Horizon. Pours a pitch black colour. No head at all. Very sweet on the nose and very similar to DH3. Notes of dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and syrup. Heavy sweet on the taste, again very much like DH3; coffee, dark chocolate, soy sauce and brown sugar. Full bodied, oily texture and soft carbonation. This is very much like DH3.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjs (4544) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 17, 2010
(Bottle, 0.25 l - batch #372, at Pikkulintu) Poured black with medium sized and light brown head. Aroma contained sweetness, roastedness, liquorice and alcohol. Palate was full bodied and warming with medium carbonation. Flavours were sweetness, creaminess, coffee, roastedness, soy sauce and bitternes. Aftertaste was sweet and mildly bitter. Too sweet to be drank as is. Would work as a compantion to chocolate dessert, though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 11, 2010
Bottle. Jet black pour that seems to absorb light with a small tan head that quickly fades to a ring. Aroma is quite roasty and gives only a slight indication of the sweetness to follow. Notes of chocolate, coffee, smoke, vanilla and dates. Flavour sort of mirrors the aroma but with a lot more sweetness: sweet notes of vanilla, chocolate, honey, muscat and caramel combine with bittersweet notes of coffee, citrus and dark fruits. Mouthfeel is very thick and oily, almost syrupy, with low carbonation and a lingering sweet finish. Overall this really lives up to its name but manages not to be too cloying. As far as Imperial Stouts go this is almost unique in my experience, and they pull it off beautifully.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sayravai (4674) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 9, 2010
(Bottled) Very dark brown with no head. Sweetish, liquourish nose with lots of vanilla and notes of licorice. Reminds me a bit of fresh DH1. Flavor is intensely vanillaish, with cherries and strawberry, lots of cream liquour, some cappuccino and amaretto. Very full-bodied and syrupy palate with flat carbonation. Nøgne Ø knows how to brew intense flavor bombs, and this is no exception. In small doses, it’s also quite an enjoyable dessert, despite the intense, syrupy sweetness. 10529

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JorisPPattyn (7885) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 5, 2010
Near inexistant dark yellow-beige head over black beer. Spiritbarrelaroma, as Bourbon, vanilla, coffee, mocha. Very sweet, with a burnt-bitterish aspect. Tastes pretty alcoholic, with again Bourbontouches, blue grapes and other dark fruit, even a bit vinous. Very mild coffee, like coffeesyrup, concentrated with lots of sugar. Retronasal incense, in my book the ultimate proof of complexity. Very thick, syrupy MF, serious alcoholwarming, viscous. "Balance" might not be the right term, but the result is whatever way of looking at it, great. Complex as few.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jonno (2290) - JAPAN - SEP 4, 2010
A real event beer. From the packaging to the beer itself. Nose is huge..could smell it a few feet away. Lots of port, dark berries and sweets. In the mouth it has a real presence about it. Undoubtedly sweet, but never cloying. Nice and rich - reminding me of a port. I’m not a big fan of port but this takes the lovely viscosity of port and makes it it’s own. Another great horizon beer from Nogne. Really don’t understand the lowish ratings for this cos this is ace!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (34777) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 30, 2010

Bottle 250ml. @ home.

Clear dark brown black color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly diminishing, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, moderate roasted, coffee, heavy dark berry, sweet dark berry, raisin, prune, date, light to moderate alcohol. Flavor is heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration, coffee, sweet sweet berry, dark berry. Body is medium to full, texture is syrupy and sticky, carbonation is soft, finish feel is moderate alcoholic. IMO to sweet and to much alcohol. [20100824]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Abio (1569) - Waasland, BELGIUM - AUG 17, 2010
Pours out very dark brown, looks like black at the glass. Almost no head, that’s a bit of a disapointment. There comes a very small one, but disappears quickly. It was brown coloured. Nice sweet smell, roasted, coffee, caramel, it smells sweet and good. Insane sweet taste, even to sweet, lots of sugar inside. Some coffee and chocolate also comes up. Very nice but it should be a little tempered, it’s more a liquor-taste this way. The sweetness is insane. But also other tastes (thank god) comes up. Alcohol, some red fruits, lots of mokka and coffee. Some chocolate. Good brew, but a bit overdone I think. Get the sweetness down a bit... But ofcourse, with a name like this... A bit less sweetness, a bit more carbonation and ofcourse a head, and this beer could be a top-beer for me.

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