beerandIT (300) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 18, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
With all the hype that the Dark Horizon series is supposed to give, I have to say what the hell? Medium bodied at best. No head really. Way too sweet. I taste coffee with way too much creamer put in there. The best thing I can say about this beer is that it hides the alcohol almost too well. Other than that eh get it if you want, I mean also another plus it is not that expensive compared to the rest of the Dark Horizon line. Disappointed.
ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 18, 2011
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a dark opaque brown with almost no head. Though it’s dark, it’s not nearly dark or nearly as heavy bodied as other high end imperial stouts. Aroma has a nice mixture of coffee, dark chocolate and some strong dark fruits like figs or prunes. The dark fruit, as far as flavor and aroma is, comes through stronger and stronger as the beer warms up. The taste is a lot higher on the dark fruit than anything else. Body is quite weak for an imperial stout. There really isn’t much else that goes on, as far as complexity is cocerned, with this beer. It hides the alcohol well, but for a high priced limited edition beer it just doesn’t stand out as an imperial stout.
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 18, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Poured medium-deeper brown with a looser-bubbled beige head. The aroma picked up bright, green coffee, licorice, and booze.. there were definitely sugars beneath, but hard to pinpoint.. hot and sweet. The flavor found licorice, honey, and bright coffee.. the booze factor was heavy, and singed the taste buds a little bit.. peppery on the back-end.. finished hot and sweet, and warmed up the belly. Medium-bodied and kind of slick on the palate.. too many residual sugars and too much booze for my liking. This may very well mellow out with time.
hirigalzkar (3020) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 10, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours brown-grey. Hops, alchocol and redwine notes in the aroma. Sweet liquor, chocolate, vegtables and milk chocolate in the taste.
deyholla (10688) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 9, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured black with a brown head that started at the edges and remained there throughout the beer. Aroma had a strong coffee bean note with some sweet dark grains, sweet chocolate and dark fruits. Flavor started quite sweetly with dark grains, and dark fruits. Some dark coffee beans and roasted malts joined those notes, but the finish was still sweet.
finol (3218) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 9, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Bishops folkungagatan.
Pours hazy brown without any head.
Aroma of hops and pickled beetroot.
Really odd brew, fruity, sweet and vinous. No recemblance with my memories of DH2
gunnar (8404) - Sandnes, NORWAY - JAN 7, 2011
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours pitch black with a small white layer on top. Aroma of old cigarette butts,tar and coffee. Taste is sweet thick syrup, warming and sticky mouthfeel. Too much sweetness here, even for a sweet tooth as me. Reminds me of a cup of cold coffe with too much sugar added, plus some cigarette butts floating on top. Big dissapointment.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
8.5 oz. bottle, reluctantly consumed fresh. Pours virtually pitch black and opaque, with literally the slightest possible mahogany tint showing at the extreme edge. A small to moderate head of dark khaki foam settles quickly to an uneven, pronounced, frothy ring of bubbles with just a wispy center film. Bubbles drip and slide about he glass, leaving no real lacing behind. The aroma is quite messy, coming across with an immediate dirty, earthy, mineral component that reminds me of raw root vegetables that were just pulled from the ground, perhaps radishes or turnips. Fresh green bell peppers also come to mind. Coffee is more acrid than smooth and roasty, though it admittedly covers up some of the intensely syrupy chocolate sweetness that lingers beneath. Super strange nose on this one, and not necessarily in a good way. Flavors are entirely different, as the sweetness of the massive chocolate and molasses malts take over in a big way. The coffee seems smoother, sweeter, and better integrated. There’s still a general earthiness, along with a "stone" like mineral component that I can’t really place with accuracy. Still, it remains entirely too sweet and under-attenuated. Scorched molasses and licorice really concentrate on the lengthy finish, along with perhaps some of that sweetened coconut flake. As expected, the palate is full, sticky, and cloying. Short of drinking Hershey’s chocolate syrup or DarkLord, this stuff is about as sugar-laden as it gets. All those sugars keep the hefty alcohol in check, but yikes, I feel like going to the dentist after drinking this stuff. This is not my kind of beer at all. Easily the worst of the Dark Horizon series to date.
RasmusOtt (2556) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 3, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2014 This was really something different from the 2 edition. Aroma has somehow notes of elderflower, peppers, vanilla, coffee and a huge sweetness. In the taste you get some of the elderflower and peppers along with alot of sugar (reminds me of the sweetness you find in Mikkeller Black), chocolate, vanilla and coffee.
hopdog (11888) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
8.5oz bottle. Poured a dark black with a smaller sized tan head. Aromas of chocolate, floral hops, tobacco, roast, cocoa, and some coffee. Tastes of dark fruits (raisins & plums), caramel, vanilla, chocolate, licorice and some coffee. Sweet. Hides the 15.5% alcohol well.