Nøgne Ø Dark Horizon First Edition

Formerly brewed at Nøgne Ø (Hansa Borg)
Style: Imperial Stout
Grimstad, Norway
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 542   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.2/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 480   ABV: 16%
This is our first edition of Dark Horizon. It is the first, for us anyway. There will be more to follow, and even though they will be other editions, they will still be firsts. “Let’s go crazy!” said Tore. The last time he said that, we created #100, which proved to be a success. How could I not agree to his suggestion? “How crazy can we be?” I responded. “Go all the way!” he answered. So we started off with a beefed up Imperial Stout, extra dark and extra bitter, not much to it really, but maybe a bit over the top. When this brew had fermented, we gathered again on a sunny Saturday morning, ready for next move. Half a ton of demerara sugars and our homemade extract of coffee were waiting for us. Standing there with sticky sugars all over the brewery and us, I just couldn’t resist asking Tore: “Don’t you have better things to do during week ends?” To this point he still hasn’t answered me. After adding a hefty volume of wine yeast, we left this brew to itself for month. A good month, that was.

This is ale; it is also a wine, and a coffee drink. We’ve been playful and brewed a hybrid. Do yourself and your friends a favour and share this bottle with those you deem worthy. Dark Horizon is indeed a global brew. Inspiration from the US Midwest, malt from England, bottles from Germany, name from Japan, sugars from Mauritius, hops from the Pacific rim, Yeast from Canada, coffee from Colombia, brewed in Grimstad, Norway.

All bottles of Dark Horizon are numbered with its unique number, and all together we launched 6000 of this brew.

37 P, 75 IBU, 16% ABV.

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tfredvik (2114) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 13, 2018
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Ever since I created an account on RateBeer more than 7 years ago, I've wanted to taste this brew. For a Nøgne Ø fanboy as myself, this is the ultimate white whale, and having the opportunity not only to try this creation in the tasting room at the brewery, but also doing a vertical tasting with DH1, DH2 and DH5, is almost a bit too much. In other words, I'm probably not 100% objective when rating this brew, and I might be guilty of some serious overrating. Anyway, it pours a pitch black, still-looking body with no head. Uh. The aroma is malty and quite intense, with delicious notes of coffee, chocolate, dark caramel, and other notes of dark roasted malt, and brown sugar. The intense flavour follows the aroma. The alcohol is perfectly integrated, this doesn't feel alcoholic at all. Despite the incredible intensity of this brew, everything feels magnificently balanced, with no single element outshining the other. There are no rough edges left, one can almost claim that this beer has become gentle in its 2nd decade. The taste is quite heavy sweet and heavy bitter – the tastes are in perfect harmony. The mouthfeel is of course utterly perfect: it's a full-bodied beer, with a syrupy texture and a very soft carbonation (but there are actually some bubbles left). As opposed to DH2, the DH1 has aged with style. But be aware, there's a new kid in town: DH5 has matured excellently during the year after launch, so in a couple of more years DH1 will have some serious competition. But for the time being, DH1 is still the ultimate Nøgne Ø brew.
[sample from 50 cl bottle @ Nøgne Ø, RBNG18

Inbreak (7047) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - MAR 4, 2018
Old rating rerated 03.03.2018, 0,5l bottle (#3840) sampled @ N�gne � backroom tasting during NRBG:
No head, deep dark pour. Aroma is slightly sweet sour-ish fruity, dark sugar, dark malts, minerals, dark berries, dried dark fruits, alcohol, fruit stones, bark, raisins. Taste is slightly sweet mineraly, dark sugar, dried dark fruits, grass, fruit stones, bark, dark malts, minerals, alcohol, chocolate, raisins. Medium bitterness, slightly sweet fruity mouthfeel. Nice.

Sarpa (1694) - FINLAND - AUG 18, 2017
Bottle 50cl @ ISKTR ’17. Bottle #04139. Pours oily black, no head. Licorice, roasted malts, dark chocolate in the aroma. Rich and complex. Some alcohol, raisin, roasted malts, coffee sweetness in the flavor.

rosenbergh (12095) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 18, 2017
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2017 500 ml bottle. #04139. Courtesy of Euphemos. At the ISKTR’17.
Black color with a tiny head. Roasted malt, licorice, molasses, alcohol and mild vinegar in the aroma. The flavor is roasted malt, licorice, liqueur, sweetness, whiskey and some marmalade. Really smooth. Thick. Oily. Enjoyable.

Jultsu (1340) - Gromnik, POLAND - AUG 18, 2017
@ISKTR 2017. Kiitos Vesa. Batch 04139. Musta, täysin vaahdoton. Tuoksu nestemäistä lakritsisuklaata, ei tietoakaan alkoholista. Suutuntuma nestemäistä suklaata, alkoholi polttelee melkein heti ja jatkaa pyörimistä suussa. Vaniljaa, lakritsaa, luumua, alkoholin poltetta pitkälle jälkifilikseen. Lämmittää. Ei ihan niin miellyttävä kuin muistan 5-6 vuoden takaa, jonkinlaista hapotusta jään kaipaamaan. Ikäisekseen lienee kuitenkin sangen hienossa kunnossa. Ei järisyttänyt mun planeettaa.

shoulderbroken (4256) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 7, 2017
Bottle with Tim E. Aroma of marker pen, richness. Taste is great, soy sauce, bit of fruit. Vinous, only a touch of the booze surprisingly. So fruity, bit of caramel, touch of liquorice, burnt, bit of spice. Great. Thanks Tim and congratulations!

KyotoLefty (11023) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 26, 2017
Bottle with TimE. Nose is berries, chocolate, pepper, soy sauce. Cloudy black with lace. Woody, roasty flavor, berries, oxidation, chocolate syrup, still very bitter and hoppy. Peppery, with lots of umami, bonito flakes, wine, raisins. Awesome stuff, still great.

RexTalionis (3843) - FINLAND - DEC 17, 2016
Bottle. Black in color with a tan bubbly head. Ripe dark berries, smooth coffee in aroma. Rum and dark raisins in taste. Smooth mouthfeel. Vinous finish. Gut though. Dark chocolatey finish. Very drinkable though. Vinous end. I like it. Ok

VastActiv (8156) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 18, 2016
Bottle 0.5l at Pikkulintu, Helsinki. Special thanks to Markku from Pikkulintu! Bottle number: 04862. Colour is black with very small brownish head. Aromas and flavors: Some plum, coffee, dryness, chocolate, some spices? harshness, berries? and roasted malts. Has some elements from aging but overall extremely interesting.

bytemesis (9728) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 4, 2016
Thanks to nimbleprop for this aged whale. Pours inky black, very small brown head, dissipates very quickly with minimal lacing. Aroma is loads of molasses, brandy, some anise/licorice, chocolate and hints of coffee, raw alcohol. Flavor is fully sweet, light bitter. Medium light body, oily mouthfeel, abv is totally masked other than the nose. Shockingly well preserved for as old as it is. Slayed.

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