Maria (10176) - Thisted, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
It’s pitch-black with a brown, creamy head and an oily mouth-feel. The aroma has notes of roasted malt, berries, chocolate and light coffee. The flavour is sweet with notes of roasted malt, berries, raisin, plum, chocolate and light sweet coffee. It’s a delicious liquid desert, ideally shared with others.
jikvig (269) - NORWAY - OCT 20, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Love the coffeearomas on this! It really grows on you, with some topnotes of dried fruit. The carbonation is perfect, creamy and delicious. It got a loong aftetaste, and even with 14 % alcohol and 60IBU its dominante in anyway. A perfect beer to end a meal!
Beer4000 (4565) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 17, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
250 ml bottle. Very dark, brown body, close to black with a thin layer of a brown head. Aroma is sweet malt, molasses, espresso coffee and honey. Flavor is sweet, dark malt, coffee, roasted coffee bitterness, chocolate, sweet dry fruit and honey with warming alcohol. Full body, low carbonating, long, sweet aftertaste with roast, bitterness and honey. Of course this beer is sweet, as indicated by the name, but I don’t think it’s out of balance sweet and I was expecting some really sticky stuff here based on some previous ratings, but I find it quite balanced with bitterness and alcohol in smaller amounts.
tiong (3895) - Espoo, FINLAND - OCT 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
0,25l bottle @ Pikkulintu, Helsinki, Finland
An even sweeter version of the Dark Horizon 3.
gam (3309) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 10, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Weak carbonation not much head or cover very dark pour aroma rich fruit coffee vanilla liccorice sweet caramel chocolate flavours tawny port rich dark chocolate liccorice smooth coffee a liquer taste rich low ibu tobacco taste dry this ale has some interesting tastes finish malt sweet and yet smooth hop bitter dry ale aftertaste of liquer like pleasantness great stuff
Skinnyviking (7177) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 10, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Medium high lasting creamy light brown head. Pitch black body. Solid coffee roasted barley malt aroma. Sweet and sugary creamy coffee flavor with low carbonation and a long sweet aftertaste.
omhper (19791) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2010
1.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Bottled at Stockholm Beer Festival. Thick black, no head. Sugary aroma. Oily and thick, a bit of coffee and roastiness, mostly brown sugar and some bready syrup. Sweetness numbs my tastebuds and just makes wonder how they got all this sugar dissolved into liquid. More a chemical experiment than a beer.
ClubGonzo (4157) - Bergen, NORWAY - SEP 26, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
TBone (12944) - Pori, FINLAND - SEP 26, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
lusikka (6425) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 18, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.