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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rlgk (18843) - Göteborg, - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shoulderbroken (4255) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 7, 2017
Bottle with Tim E. Aroma of marker pen, richness. Taste is great, soy sauce, bit of fruit. Vinous, only a touch of the booze surprisingly. So fruity, bit of caramel, touch of liquorice, burnt, bit of spice. Great. Thanks Tim and congratulations!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KyotoLefty (10090) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 26, 2017
Bottle with TimE. Nose is berries, chocolate, pepper, soy sauce. Cloudy black with lace. Woody, roasty flavor, berries, oxidation, chocolate syrup, still very bitter and hoppy. Peppery, with lots of umami, bonito flakes, wine, raisins. Awesome stuff, still great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RexTalionis (3713) - FINLAND - DEC 17, 2016
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VastActiv (6863) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 18, 2016
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (8111) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 4, 2016
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Countbeer (6536) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - DEC 24, 2015
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... Decent imp!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ngeaney (97) - SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2015
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SperkeleForce (791) - FINLAND - JUN 27, 2015
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.

- beerbasher

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jookos (6441) - FINLAND - JUN 27, 2015
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.

-- bb

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hermod (7574) - Vantaa, FINLAND - JUN 27, 2015
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.

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