Nøgne Ø Dark Horizon First Edition

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

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RATINGS: 542   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.2/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 480   ABV: 16%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (44078) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAY 30, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2007 CBF07 sample from bottle poured by the brewer himself. Pours pitch black with a nice creamy head. Aroma of liqourice and chocolate, alcohol notes beneath. Vague malt profile. Mouthfeel is thick oily. Flavours is a lot of dark notes: coffee, dark chocolate. Softness of the chocolate blends into a strong bitterness lasting long into the finish. Toffee sweetness, alcohol and strong bitterness makes the finish very long lasting.9-5-9-5-18 4.6

Blind tasting at sk8vikings porter / stout tasting, beer no 21. Pours black with a lacing brown head. Slight alcohol aroma with buttery note. Light smoked. Quite sweet , slight dried fruit flavour. Sight alcohol finish with a persisting roasted to chocolate malt flavour. 6-4-7-4-14 3.5

Also tasted at one of Papsoes tastings, that and the blind tasting did not come near to the first sample, as a consequence the score is changed to the average of the first sample and the two others combined. 7-5-8-4-16 4

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 20, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2007 A Mes rate: Bottle @ Københavnske Øldage. Superb black brown appearance. The smell is almost enough to take my head off. Alcohol, barley, heavy chocolate malt and other stuff. Simply unreal. Right now I can not recall a better smelling beer. Flavour is also stunning. It made me think of a black version of J.W. Lees Harvest Ale. If there was such a thing it would surely be the drink of the gods. As it is, this is almost that good. The last time I was stopped in my tracks like this was when I first tried Schaerbeekse Kriek. So complex it’s difficult to know where to begin. Every single type of berries you can imagine. All the dark stouty character you could wish for with roasted chocolate malt, coffee, lovely thick rubbery car tires and it all gives way to an immense 16% alcohol burn on the way down that is so wrong but oh so right. With age I’m sure this could be even better again. I honestly do not have the right words. Incredible beer. Huge huge shame that I can’t get hold of more of it. Guys? You listening? HELP!!!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
henrikb (1263) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 19, 2007
Black body with a medium sized light brown head; Huge deep balanced incredibly well made nose, very concentrated aromas of fruity coffee beens, red berries (raspberry and blackberry, aromas of super bitter concentrated chocolate as well, GREAT; Very soft body, deep but could be a little deeper, the alcohol burns a bit, sweet and slightly bitter; Huge alcohol burn (very pleasant) in an incredibly long finish, the bitterness grows, the sweetness grows and this in an incredibly balanced way, chocolate malt aromas, cherry and ripe blackberry fruity sweetness, aromas of thin espresso with tons of light muscovado sugar. Super beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2007 Bottle at Københavnske Øldage 2007. Black - brown head. A lot of berries, prunes, plums, dreid dark fruits. Strong, sharp taste of licorice, chokolate, coffee, alcoholic - but still a smooth big mouthfeeling. ------ had this beer before (21-07-2006) and it was not ready then, this is what i wrote: Bottle tasted at ølbaren - thanks to Christian. Black with brown head. Roasted malts, coffee, fruits, prunes, raisins. and far too much alcohol. Mabye a couple of years in a beercellar would help. But for now, too aggressive on the alcohol. (7/4/5/3/14)

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sunevdj (4073) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2007
Ølfestival 2007. Bottle, poured by the brewmaster, himself. Pours black with a brown head. Very sweet and bitter with coffee aromas. Also quite alcoholic, especially towards the end. Aromas of prunes and a hint of smoke. Oily texture. Soft cabonation. Long bitter and sweet finish with some coffee aromas.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (24781) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 17, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2007 Bottled at Københavnske Øldage. Black!! Intense aroma of plum brandy and licorice. Sweet and extremely full bodied. Syrupy, but tar and licorice dominates. Thick and chewy, mature madeira flavours. Long tarry very bitter finish. Has great potential for aging - can become something really outstanding. As of now it is still young, sweet and a bit sugary, which detracts from the very interesting flavour.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madsberg (11761) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2007
Bottled. Pitch black coloured. Thick dense brown head. Sweetness, roast, alcohol, cocoa, chocolate and light coffee in the nose. Flavour as well is full of dark fruits, roast, chocolate and spice. For a 16% beer the alcohol is very well hidden. Very complex and almost too flavourfull. Is full bodied. Has a light roasty bitterness in the end, and the alcohol does a great job warming lips and palate. This for sure is a fantastic brew.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yousee (48) - BELGIUM - MAY 14, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2007 Bottle, Copenhague Olfestival 2007. Poors a dark brown coloured beer with a tiny mocca head. Blasting coffee and chocolate aroma’s. Tasting this beer is even more exploding with chocolate, coffee with scents of vanilla, rum and port. Very complex and extremely well balanced, where is the alcohol? Beautifull brew.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
caesar (7026) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 12, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2007 Bottle, Olfestival. Don’t know if I had the first edition of the beer, or the yet to be added second edition. I will change rating if necessary. At least the brewer was serving a couple of his bottles, and I managed to get some of it, thanks to great advice from henrikb. Dark color, short brown head. Aroma of heavy coffee, licorice, roasted malt, chocolat. Great coffee taste, strong , slight alcoholic (as expected), black chocolat. Lovely thick texture. 1st or 2nd edition: it’s great stuff!! Edit: it was the 1st edition. Great!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joergen (27711) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 11, 2007
Bottle, thanks to sk8viking for sharing. Black coloured with a beige head. Sweet roasted aroma of dried fruits. Roasted flavour of liquorice with notes of dried fruits and hops.


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