djoeye (5072) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUL 18, 2014
Vintage moment at Finn’s Castle : Nøgne Ø Dark Horizon 1st Edition (16%).
Beige low tight head in the snifter, black-black-brown body.
A bouquet of liquorice, a bowl of chocolate stuff mixed with coffee beans, and the whole candy shop passes my nose.
Taste; caramel power-malts, liquorice, lots of dark fruits, cinnamon, ginger, chocolate - you name it (’coz I forgot...).
Very nice fruity on palate, full body, and about completely hidden alcohol (oups).
Finishes fruity, caramelly, dark dark barley malty, warming. Full taste without black holes. Luxurious slow sipper for the sunset. Thanx 2 Finn :)
Prufrockstar (2132) - Moscow, Idaho, USA - JUN 11, 2014
Huge thanks to OldMrCrow for sharing this beauty with my wife and me one night. Pours deep and dark with no head. Chewy, dark candied fruit; roast, chocolate, well-placed oxidation; like dark, sweet, condensed grape juice (with alcohol, of course - I suppose they call that port?). Not picking up any coffee here. It’s on the sweet side, but really really nice -- doesn’t show its age at all. Impressive. This is a huge beer, but no heat except for the lingering burn in my throat that I’d love to go on and on -- this is impressive. Really impressive. Full body, slick texture that is just full enough but not quite thick or viscou. Soft carbonation. Damn this is good. Seriously goddamned good. Thanks again, Crow! Naka (719) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2014
Courtesy of dpjuart. Pours black. Aroma of molasses, dried dark fruit, and alcohol. Flavor is dark and roasted. A little soy sauce. Carbon and caramelly sweetness. Body is rich and sweet. Art (3219) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2014
Bottle shared thanks to drewbeerme at pre-DLD tasting. Pours a thick used motor oil-like black without a head. Aroma of roastiness and dark fruits. Taste is super sweet with a light booziness to it. Super sticky and thick. Thanks for the taste, Drew. charule (2286) - New York, New York, USA - APR 25, 2014
Bottle share thanks to drewbeerme. Poured black with no head. Aroma of dark fruits and booze. Light carb thick bod. Super dark fruit taste with booze finish.
OldMrCrow (2446) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 25, 2014
Bottle shared w/ Mr. and Mrs. Prufrockstar April 2014BelgianBeerGal (4136) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2014
I’m not sure quite where I got this but where ever it came from it spent five years sitting in the cellar, sitting there first to let it age and later as I fell out of love with imperial stouts. Pours dark with very little head. Surprisingly red wine-like in the aroma, plenty of coffee, hints of smoke. Sweet, intense flavor first suggests canned iced mocha but quickly reveals so much more than that. Dark grape juice, Madeira, a bit of salt late.
Gosh this held up well over the years. Soon enough; no flab, no cardboard. Late enough; perfectly integrated without any heat even at 16%. I’m really, really impressed. The beer of the night on a night of great imperial stouts.
tl;dr summary: Perfect imperial stout at 5 years.
Bottle #5461 traded for in NV and finally enjoyed in OH 5+ years later. Dark and slick appearance like used oil with only a few brown bubbles from the pour. Bold aroma of dark fruit, coffee, molasses and a hint of sour cherries. Flavor is actually a sweet, syrupy, fruitiness upfront that mellows into some nice coffee. Honestly, the 16 ABV is buried deep. Pretty drinkable for something this big. I think time has helped this tremendously. GothGargoyle (2587) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 6, 2013
Black with virtually no head. Aroma is liquorice, soy sauce, roasted chestnuts, fig, booze. Slightly syrupy mouthfeel, sweet on the palate with a little balancing bitterness. Taste is liquorice, chocolate, coffee, oak, hint of soy sauce. jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2013
Bottle sampled at at tasting. From notes. Roasty chocolate and dark fermented fruits. I would love a bottle for myself. wutangfinancial (204) - CA to VA, California, USA - AUG 27, 2013
Big thanks to Geokkjer, Meilby, and yngwie! Pours a opaque black with small tan head. Huge nose of molasses, caramel, bourbon, oak, vanilla, cinnamon, and some alcohol heat. The palate is super silky and warming, with flavors of roasted malt, coffee, vanilla bean, maple, and dark chocolate. Really nice and I think some bottle age helped it.