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: 540   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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HenrikSoegaard (14648) - Randers, DENMARK - MAY 20, 2009
CBF09. Bottle. Frothy white fair fully deminishing head. Black colour. Heavy malty and hoppy aroma. Heavy bitter exstremely powerfull burning flavor. Wonderfull long finish. Creamy palate. Excellent.

4.2
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 28, 2008
(50cl bottle) Small brown head atop black body with brown edges. Aroma is moderately sweet, roast/coffee, some vinous/whisky, grapefruit, dark chocolate, raisin, light burnt, plum. Taste is sweet, dark chocolate, vinous, espresso/roast, some whisky boozy, molasses, faint anise. Creamy full body, low carbonation. A very enjoyable sipping beer, great for sharing or, better yet, having to yourself.

4.5
Drake (14109) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 21, 2008
Bottle #02965, shared by maniac. Thanks! This stuff is freakin’ amazing. Chocolate brown color with light head. To my knowledge I don’t have synesthesia, but the first word that came to mind when I smelled this was dark. It has a dark aroma. Also, prunes, toffee and alcohol. Taste is malty as all hell. Toffee, brown sugar, caramel. Alcohol is very noticeable in the beer, but it blends perfectly. Amazing stuff.

4.6
Christian (13883) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2007
Black with a disappearing light brown head. Intense and complex aroma with caramel, toffee, chocolate, licorice and some alcohol. It’s sweet, but it’s well balanced by both roast malt and hops bitterness and alcohol.

4.3
BeerandBlues2 (13872) - Escondido, California, USA - NOV 18, 2007
Bottle purchased at Liquor Max in Loveland, CO. Pours opaque with a spare, fizzy, light brown head, diminishing with spare to no lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (molasses, chocolate, coffee, burnt grain), average hops (flowers, perfume), average yeast (dough, leather) with notes of heavy alcohol, prune, and licorice. Full bodied, creamy texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness, heavy acidity and bitterness.

4.6
Rune (13653) - Tromsø, NORWAY - APR 20, 2007
500ml bottle enjoyed with great piety during a rating session in Tromsø. Served at perfect room temperature in a cognac glass. Black as pitch in body colour under an attractive dark russet foamy head with lots of small bubbles. The head is reduced to a filmy layer after a while. Intensely and beautifully aroma with massive warm chocolate offset by rounded alcohol hints. You can get a good sniff of the delicate aroma at least for ten minutes before the first sip. Depth in flavour with lots of cocoa and chocolate nuances supported by roasted tones of dark fruits, berries and liquorice. Towards the end there is even a touch of sherry and finishing hops. Warming and integrated alcohol profile in a lingering aftertaste. Velvet and luscious palate. A well made masterpiece on a very high level. I really liked the beer being not as vinous as many other editions of the style. My best beer after 800 ratings (Courtesy of Nøgne Ø and vanø) (18.04.2007).

3.9
Bov (13354) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - AUG 27, 2007
courtesy of fiulijn - very dark coloured with a little elusive foam; fair and subtle coffeish, mocha aroma with notes of mint; slightly roasted; powerful and rounded malt body; oily; the strong sweetness is soon fully overwhelmed by an incredible bitterness; very long bitter coffeish, chocolaty aftertaste with (too much) burning alcohol touches - do I need to say extreme ?

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bu11zeye (13239) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 23, 2007
(Bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a small tan head. Aroma of chocolate, alcohol, and grapes with a layered, rich malt presence. Flavor of chocolate, roasted malt, and dark fruit with a dry finish. Thanks for sharing Kevin!

4.1
j12601 (13189) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 14, 2011
Pouring at Capone’s, our first stop on the RBSG bus. Pours a deep viscous and oily black. Leathery, prunes and plums, very faint isopropyl while it’s too cold, but it goes away as it warms and bigger things cover it up. Big and boozy, chewy chocolate. Long lingering booze and sweetness, with touches of prune. Great (if not a bit too big to want to actually drink a whole glass of it by oneself)

3.9
hopdog (13102) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2007
Bottle shared courtesy of TomDecapolis. Cool looking packaging (I may have to pick one up just to put it on the shelf). Bottle # 02397 (once again, out of how many???). Poured a dark black with a small sized off white head. Aromas of milk chocolate, coffee, roast, cocoa, and dark fruits. Tastes of coffee, chocolate, roast, dark fruits cocoa. Some light alcohol but no where near 16%. Sweet start with a light bitter finish.


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