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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Papsoe (25054) - 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

Koelschtrinker (22715) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUN 10, 2011
Schokoladiger Malzantrunk, stark und alkoholisch, dennoch vergleichsweise mild, sehr schöne Kombination. Im Unterton leicht rauchig, ebenso mild erscheinen die Kaffeearomen, die sich an das Malz anschließen. Im Abgang cremiger und ausgeglichener, stark Röstmalzern und schokoladig. Schwere Kost! Test vom 14.8.2008, Gebinde: Glasflasche Noten: -,11,11,13,-,11 - 11,35

fiulijn (21558) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2009 2009-05-16, at Københavnske Øldage 2009, 2 years old, 7-4-8-4-15=38
Black color. Light roasted malt aroma. Good chocolate flavor, too much alcohol.

2007-08-24, 6-4-8-4-15=37
Dark brown color, coffee. The aroma is not too strong: there is alcohol first, then some glue, cardboard. Thick mouthfeel, oily, too much alcoholic, but at least the flavors are well mixed (malt, caramel, some roasted malt, very light liquorice); sweet and with high bitterness. It ends even with some rhubarb candies..
Too strong and without complexity. I prefer to drink Italian Amaro (digestive herbal liquors).

I added a couple of points when finishing my (warm) glass a couple of hours later; the flavors are more sticky, it’s sweeter and with more liquorice.

mcberko (20482) - 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.

saxo (20060) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 16, 2011
Bottle courtesy Yngwie @ fonefan tasting. Nice head with good duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are roast malt, coffee, chocolate, licorice and hops. Nice and thick mouthfeel.

harrisoni (19854) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 11, 2009
Bottle bought back at GBBF 2007, kept for 2 years and drunk whilst watching Beethoven 9 on the BBC Proms. Black as night and a dark tan head. Man that has an incredible hit of choc and coffee coming off it. Yes some alcohol heat too, which is only to be expected. Beautiful wonderous aroma. I mean the mouthfeel has some velvet and some graininess and this big attack of warming heat. And then a swallow that coats the throat with espresso coffee before the heat kicks in. But the alcohol is more like a ginger kick that a boozy rush and this coffee liquer creaminess soothes it all down anyway. It has definitely mellowed from 2 years ago when I first tried it. Less alcohol harsh and way more coffee. Wow that is a bit fiery isn’t it? But it is almost like being coated in full on espresso creamy ice cream. Christ on a stick that’s good. You know what the booziness dies down a bit and leaves you with an exquisite feeling of joy, or is that the Beethoven?? Difficult to say. Certainly a massive, epic beer which did improve with age, no doubt. I still have the Mikkeller Weasel to rate and on previous samples I would say that is better than this, but this is still amazing in its assault on the senses. Pretty good, but yes just a bit too boozy maybe.

Oakes (19711) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 25, 2009
Near black. I have a cosmos for a head. Big nose with rich dark malts and abundant singed fruitiness. Ultra strong, ultra intense. Jaw-clenching malts are intense. There’s some light alcohol dryness but less than I would have expected. It doesn’t have the silky beauty of some superheavyweights, but it’s still pretty pleasant stuff.

chrisv10 (18918) - DENMARK - APR 16, 2011
Bottle @ FOneFan from yngwie. Back with small dark brown head. Flavour is roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, liquorice, dark fruit, sweet, vinous, bitter and hops.

rlgk (18843) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 9, 2007
Bottle, thanks to Furseth. Black color, big brown head. Malty smoked aroma, tar, oily, licorice, dark chocolate, strong but not too much alcohol. Malty oily flavor, tar and licorice, dark chocolate, vanilla notes. Very nice bitter notes. Salty finish with dark chocolate. Huge, great body and with a finish that stays for a long time.

TBone (18842) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 4, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2008 <i>Bottled, #00977</i>
Opaque black color, small coffee head. Sweet dark fruits, cold coffee and licorice in the nose, there is also some hints of weird onion-like spicyness. Full-bodied, thick .. like drinking tar. Starts syrupy sweet, alcohol hits later. Licorice and roasty malty flavors are suprisingly short-living. Potential for ageing, currently just a bit too sweet - sweetness overrides possible nuances of this beer. (7/4/8/4/16 3.9). Re-rate Dec 2008. No head. Aroma has sweetness, vanilla and alcohol. Slick. Sweet, alcoholic with roasted and lightly hoppy aftertaste. Quite barley wineish, vineous and delicious. (8/4/8/4/16 4.0)

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