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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_angst_ (4802) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 14, 2012
Bottle courtesy of Marsiblursi. Pours pitch black with a small dark mocha head that quickly dissipates without leaving much trace on the glass. Smell is sweet, salty and vinous with roasted malts, alcohol, port wine, dark roast coffee, salty liquorice candy, charred wood, bitter chocolate, leather, ketjap manis, lemon zest, flower nectar, plums in brandy, dark grapes, madeira wine, dark bread and hints of brine. Taste is sweet, slightly bitter, salty, malty and vinous with roasted malts, dark roast coffee, high quality dark chocolate, leather, port wine, alcohol, resinous wood, salty liquorice candy, prunes, dark grapes, sweet dark bread, warming brandy, minerals, soy sauce and hints of smoked meats. Mouthfeel is round, tiny sticky sweet, rich, complex, warming boozy, vinous and full bodied. Finish is sweet, bitter and tiny salty with roasted malts, dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, leather, charred wood, lemon zest, port wine and alcohol. A huge, rich, complex and tasty beer. Impressed with the aging, this holds up nicely.

olio (10289) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 17, 2012
50 cl bottle @ Ravintola Esplanadi, Tampere.
Rated on 20090319.
Pitch black oily color with a small beige head. Aroma is very intense with liquorice, dark roasted malts, some dark ripe fruit notes and lots of dark chocolate. Flavor is very complex with dark chocolate, liquorice, dark toasted malts, some tar, soy notes and hints of coffee.

Holmen1 (5894) - Stavanger, NORWAY - SEP 1, 2012
Feb- 07 på Plan B sammen med reisevennene fra Harstad: innehaveren skulle snart stenge og vi var de eneste igjen (pussig...). Da kom ahn med en flaske DH1 og sjenket opp i småglass til oss. Det ble helt stille rundt bordet da vi tok den første smaken. Magisk. Synd at jeg aldri fikk tak i en flaske. En ølbegivenhet vi alle husker for bestandig.

mcberko (17847) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 30, 2012
500mL bottle, pours jet black with a small light brown head. Aroma reveals a complex array of different things, port wine notes, sherry, dark fruits, lots of booze and slight notes of oxidation - don’t get any of the coffee. Flavour is complex and rich as hell, with sherry, port wine, dark fruits, fairly high sweetness without every being cloying, with the 16% not making any effort to hide itself (though it’s not intrusive of the complexity or drinkability). Some light smokey and woody notes to round off the sweetness beautifully. Tastes like it’s had age on its side, though I wouldn’t leave it much longer as there are slight notes of oxidation. Supremely rich, complex and warming. Certainly a treat.

Matts_Property (837) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 30, 2012
Bottle split with mcberko. Pours a solid dark chocolate/brown/black with a medium sized dark caramel head and virtually no carbonation. Aroma of sweet dark fruits, raisins, plums, cherries, booze, toasted nuts, light smoke aspects. Flavour of sheer bliss. Ouch it’s complex! Where to begin? Initial boozy sweetness for by a rustic wood fire sensation, perhaps some vanilla, alcohol burn. Tastes aged - if that makes sense. Freaking good and most certainly warms yer cockles! Intense,

Rustyham (1836) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUL 1, 2012
Really hot on the youngish, black olives, prune juice, black cherries and cola. Very got and sweet, slight roastiness, not really smoky. Thick and slushy.

Huhzubendah (3705) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 26, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2012 Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad! Bottle #667 The beer is dark brown with a thin, oily, beige head. The aroma is bold, powerful, and roasty. Wow! Fabulous taste with delicious roast notes. At 16%, this beer will kick your ass. Incredibly smooth, age has served this beer well. Coffee has faded over time, and has very little, if any, presence in the beer at this point. The mouthfeel is superb, and coats the palate with a delicate assertiveness. What a treat. Highly recommended.

BenH (3439) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 15, 2012
Bottle. Another beer I thought I’d never see, made possible by Craig, thanks. Black with a little tan head. Beautiful chocolate and licorice aroma, some fruitiness, dark fruits, plum. Rich taste, very delicious, a balanced blend of licorice, chocolate, dark fruits and a bit of alcohol. Perfect palate, sweet, thick with a clean finish, some co2 prickle. Absolutely delicious

Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 15, 2012
In bottle, thanks Craig! Pours a very dark brown colour with a lacy beige head. Aroma of liquorice, dark chocolate, raisins, blackberries and alcohol. Similar flavours with lots of chewy liquorice, rum and raisin chocolate and a long alcohol hum. Mild carbonation and CO2 prickle. Phenomenal!

madmitch76 (24807) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 5, 2012
1st January 2010
Opaque black beer. Boozy nose of chocolate and raisins. Crisp light palate, dry. Moderate carbonation. Boozy chocolate and raisins and spicy alcohol. Not bad but hardly disguises the abv - it’s all out there! Only a little coffee!?

28th January 2010
Another bottle was much improved in character - sweeter with some Port Wine character.

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