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: 540   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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Theres (50) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAR 14, 2009
Completely black body, and almost no head at all, a bit disappointing appearance actually. Fantastic, rich, oily aroma of tar and smoke. Well, the high alcohol centent is influencing the flavour a bit too much for my taste, but it is still a good beer, A nice experience, but not a favourite. Tromsø, 140309 Bottle #01369

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.

SaulusHumulus (47) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 13, 2009
Bottled. I really felt lucky for the chance to try this one. Pours extremely pitch black, impenetrable by sight, with a minimal dark beige head that quite rapidly dissolves totally. The aroma charms and mesmerizes your nose completely. It has sweet plums, thick liquorice, slightly bitter hops, toffee, little bit of coffee and gentle alcohol. Quite exceptional! Well, if the aroma is absolutely stunning the flavor is even more stunning. This is really thick and creamy. Flavor has toffee malts, lovely chocolate, gentle coffee and bitter, herby hops. In the aftertaste the most intense liquoriceness that I’ve ever encountered strikes your mouth all around and it lasts, for a long time. The symphony of savours is something totally beyond understanding; "only" 10 points to the flavor doesn’t really do much justice for the taste. I can’t really comprehend how is it possible to make a beer like this. Really big thanks for Nøgne Ø for brewing this.

LisaR (46) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2008
Bottle (sample) at Bishops Arms, Järntorget, Porterfestivalen. Very black color with a brown head. Aroma: Deep roasted, vinous, alcohol, chocolate, sweetness, roasted bread. Flavor: Very roasted, raisins, chocolate, coffee, bitterness, alcohol, licorice, molasses, cherries in alcohol. Complex, thick.

heylrule (46) - Frederick, Maryland, USA - JAN 27, 2008
black pour small head. can def smell alcohol. decent coffee and choco taste. beer should be age well. id say hold off for a bit.

Cascade8 (45) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 20, 2011
Aroma: Licorice, coffee, cocoa, fine. Winey. Taste: Soft, nice sweetness. Licorice. Oily. Lacking hops to balance the sweetness. Overall: A very good beer, but certainly not as good as the hype lets you believe.

Duellist17 (34) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 5, 2008
Sampled at the Lake Country Beer and Music festival. Mmmmmmmmmmm............................

JKJ (24) - Herlev, DENMARK - APR 30, 2009
bottle (big thanks go to JFM for sharing this one) Black colour with a creamy head Aroma dark roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. This was a very complex and exceptional beer.

jasonm (22) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2008
Pours black as midnight, with zero light opacity. Surprising 2 finger width head of dark brown foam, but does not last long. Mildly sweet aroma of coffee liqueur, smooth milk chocolate, and an almost Bourbon like vanilla aroma. The alcohol bring a bit of spiciness to the nose, and there is a base earthy aroma of oak. Flavor is sweet milk chocolate, vanilla and dark fruit, Bourbon quality as with the aroma. A bit of banana esters as well. Reminds me a bit of Bell’s Expedition on steroids. Slight bittering of baking chocolate and hops on the finish. Smooth and decadent feel, buoyed by the continual heat of alcohol throughout. Definitely not shy in the flavor or alcohol department. Savor over time, and share with friends. The alcohol is big, but complements the big malt flavor and doesnt overwhelm. Its actually got a nice overall smoothness to it, even with the prominent alcohol

RM74 (22) - Seinäjoki, FINLAND - AUG 4, 2007
Bottled #932. Opaque black, small dark head. Aroma is like that of Imperial Stout of the same brewery, except stronger. Flavour is, shall we say, strong. Warms the stomach nicely. Dark coffee, dark chocolate, bitter; Jesus Christ, it’s strong. Very nice. I was fortunate to get 6 bottles of this beer. I just hope I have the patience to age this thing a few years. Sells for 12,72 euros a bottle (50 cl) in Finland.

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