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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fonefan (48648) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 6, 2008
Bottle #06073. Dark black color with a small, frothy, fair lacing, fully diminishing, light brown head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, strong coffee, roasted, burnt, caramel, licorice, alcohol, dark fruit / berry. Flavor is heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, syrupy, dry, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light to moderate alcoholic. Very very nice imperial stout so complex, powerfull in aroma and flavor but still easy to drink. *<;o)) 251207)

yespr (44793) - 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

Ungstrup (37284) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 29, 2007
[To celebrate my rating number 8700 I drink the presently 10th highest rated beer] Bottled. A pitch black with a fast disappearing brown head. The aroma is sweet with notes of malt, alcohol, soy sauce, coffee and chocolate, the alcohol stings in the nose. The flavor is powerful and quite sweet with notes of roasted malt, alcohol, chocolate, coffee, and prunes, leading to a thick finish with a hint of alcohol, which burns slightly in the throat.

joergen (27982) - 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.

oh6gdx (26482) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAR 20, 2007
[email protected] 2006. Extremely dark brown, close to pitch black colour, with small beigeish brown head. Aroma is alcohol, vanilla, chocolate, some toffee (almost fudgeish) notes, as well as roasted malts. Flavour is chocolate, smoke, roasted malts and some softer dark fruits. The finish is caramel, vanilla and a bit coffeeish. Alcohol gives indeed a sting, but for being 16% in alcohol this is very well done. I believe aging would do it better.

anders37 (26156) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 12, 2008
Bottle. Pours a black color with a msall tan head. Roasted malty brown sugar aroma with hints of chocolate and licorice. Warming sweetish spicy roasted malty licorice and coffee flavor with hints of chocolate. Sweetish malty roasted finish with some hoppy hints.

Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 9, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2007 (Bottle 50 cl) Courtesy of Myrup. Pours completely opaque black with a dense, light brown head. Aroma of burned malt and alcohol. Very full-bodied with plenty of roasted malt and coffee accents. Very sweet fruit notes and then an overpowering, burning alcohol - way too alcoholic. I wonder if this would improve some with cellaring - perhaps making it more subtle and mellow. 080707 and 070907

omhper (24966) - 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.

madmitch76 (24360) - , 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.

Travlr (24292) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 25, 2010
500 ml bottle bought at Max’s in Baltimore and brought to DC local tasting. Very dark brown, fine edge bubbles. Aroma of Hershey bar and Starbucks. Taste is bitter cocoa, with low carbonation and light to medium body. Decent, but a bit disappointing.

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