Phatz (225) - Paradise, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow! HUGE thanks to Mac300 for sharing this very pricey beer with me.
I really put this beer in a league with only two other *Super imperial* Stouts when it comes to abv, World Wide Stout & Mephistopheles’ Stout. I have not had a vintage Mephistopheles’ but WWS is one of my favorites. Mephistopheles’ on the other hand actually gets a bit hot, at least in the fresh version. Nøgne Ø Dark Horizon is amazingly approachable and surprisingly drinkable for a 16% beer. Don’t be fooled by my 5.0 drinkability. This is a sipping but in this league is creme-de-la-creme. It lack the super heavy maltyness of Dark Lord, the glass lining heaviness and sticky body, but this is one I would drink for a nightcap every night, where Dark Lord is a special occasion beer. Now, on to the break down.
Appearance: Pours a gorgeous black. Pure pitch black as nigh black into my snifter with a small brown head that fades to a cap.
Smell: Chocolate figs grapes prune rum fudge roasted malts dark dark purple grapes coffee and splash of vanilla and milk.
Taste: Everything in the nose and more. It is hot and boozy and yet not too much so. The big alcoholic nature of the beer is balanced by the rich creamy cocoa and the dark fruits. Chocolate liquor, mmm. It is just sweet enough and the espresso and bitter chocolate just sends my taste-buds into a frenzy. Magnificent!
Mouthfeel: It is certainly hot. The high alcohol shows through at a very enjoyable degree. It is not as thick as I would have suspected but rather light for all the rich syrup flavors. The cinnamon ginger and oak along with the alcohol leave may palate coated with lively flavors and surprising crispness.
Drinkability: Down right LEATHAL! The biggest obstacle I have with this beer is that I am not independently wealthy yet. If I were, I may commit suicide by Nøgne Ø Dark Horizon, not on purpose but this is a very nice nightcap, just remember, be careful!
Hope this is helpful.
RexTalionis (3614) - FINLAND - DEC 17, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black in color with a tan bubbly head. Ripe dark berries, smooth coffee in aroma. Rum and dark raisins in taste. Smooth mouthfeel. Vinous finish. Gut though. Dark chocolatey finish. Very drinkable though. Vinous end. I like it. Ok
VastActiv (6024) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 18, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 0.5l at Pikkulintu, Helsinki. Special thanks to Markku from Pikkulintu! Bottle number: 04862. Colour is black with very small brownish head. Aromas and flavors: Some plum, coffee, dryness, chocolate, some spices? harshness, berries? and roasted malts. Has some elements from aging but overall extremely interesting.
bytemesis (7445) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 4, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to nimbleprop for this aged whale. Pours inky black, very small brown head, dissipates very quickly with minimal lacing. Aroma is loads of molasses, brandy, some anise/licorice, chocolate and hints of coffee, raw alcohol. Flavor is fully sweet, light bitter. Medium light body, oily mouthfeel, abv is totally masked other than the nose. Shockingly well preserved for as old as it is. Slayed.
Countbeer (6286) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - DEC 24, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Thanks Papsø: Served in a Chouffe glass:
Black beer with a creamy beige light brown tan lacing.
Aromas of liquorice, soy, light boozey, bay leaf...
Flavours of bitters, roast, liquorice, light boozy, some bay leaf and laurel tints, light roast, herbal roast, raisin and light nutty.
Aftertaste is bitter, grassy lot of roast, raisin, liquorice and hay...
Low carbo, creamy boozy mouthfeel, close to full bodied...
ngeaney (97) - SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pitch black and was quite oily with a thin light brown head. The aroma is wonderful and rich, dark chocolate and roasted coffee also some wood and dark sugar. Flavour started out with a mild caramel sweetness, mild coffee and chocolate and was very smooth with a nice bitter chocolate after-taste. Some port wine, dark fruits like raisins and plums with the smoothness of the mouth-feel being the key to the success of this beer.
SperkeleForce (791) - FINLAND - JUN 27, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 75 CL Thank you Hermod. Pours dark black with brownish lacing head. Notes of roasted nuts, coffee, dark chocolate, pretty thick stuff, yeast, dark berries. Very good.
jookos (5886) - FINLAND - JUN 27, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, thx hermod! Black. Intense dark smooth roasty nose. Coffee, a bit of soy, dark slight salty licorice. Full bodied, slight oily, but finishes clean though. Dark chocolate, dark fruityness. Real nice. Amazingly easy though. Best beer in a while.
Hermod (6765) - Vantaa, FINLAND - JUN 27, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
50cl bottle, thank you oh6gdx!! #00951. Pitch black color, thin brown head. Coffee, mild tartness, salty licorice, dark bread, plums. Flavor has cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, licorice, plums. The finish is awesome, long lingering roasted, coffee, lingers forever. Massive, but so good. Been long wanting to try this.
AgentAle (1614) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 24, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is dark fruits, belgian sugar, yeast and sweet malts.Taste is a fruity and sweet maltiness. A light bitterness arrives and finishes smoothly. Quite deep and complex. Appearance is a slightly cloudy amber body with a thin pearl head that retains fairly well.
Tsekouratos (603) - Nea Filadelfeia, Athens, GREECE - NOV 13, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle. Black as night body with dark brown head. Aromas of milk chocolate, liquorice, some coffee and alcohol. Taste is pretty sweet, with chocolate, vanilla, liquorice, some oak, maybe some dark fruits and coffee. Sweet aftertaste, pretty sticky motuhfeel. Medium to full body with low carbonation.