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Nøgne Ø Sweet Horizon

 (RETIRED)
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Formerly brewed at Nøgne Ø
Style: Imperial Stout
Grimstad, Norway
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RATINGS: 229   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!


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lusikka (6049) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjs (4498) - 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.

4.2
   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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sayravai (4667) - 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

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JorisPPattyn (7816) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jonno (2275) - 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!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (34334) - 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]

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Abio (1551) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gunnfryd (10263) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 5, 2010
Bottle. Black colour with a tan head. Aroma is alcohol, honey, coffee. Flavour is sweet, heather, hop, honey, candis sugar, alcohol, cacao. Full body. Balanced warming beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SaintMatty (5110) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - AUG 3, 2010
250ml Bottle - Black with a tan head. Marzipan, chocolate, coffee, liquorice and molasses feature in the aroma. Sweet taste with some slightly roasted hints and notes of coffee, liquorice, chocolate and cherry. Not bad, but a bit sickly after a while. Definitely one to sip in small quanitities.


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