TheBeerGod (6104) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black with a very short, foamy brown head. It didn’t seem like it wanted to form, but showed up anyway despite not lasting very long. Aroma is oily coffee bean grounds, strong roasted malt, coffee liqueur, burnt chocolate cake and charred caramel. Taste is big coffee (oily, dark coffee beans), burnt coffee grounds, roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, alcohol, and alcohol soaked dark fruit. Body is medium and very slick with little to no carbonation feel on the palate. Strong warming feel from the high ABV as well. Finishes with more alcohol and liqueur notes, strong roasted malt, dark, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, and dark fruit.
Ratman197 (13880) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
First rating of 2011! 8 oz bottle poured a translucent dark brown with a small lingering brown head and good lacing. Aromas of coffee, dark chocolate, alcohol, dark fruit, white pepperlight carmel, light licorice and light vanilla. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth with a warming finish. Flavors of dark chocolate, coffee, plums, licorice, vanilla and alcohol with a smooth warming lingering sweet chocolate finish.
TeamTrappist (832) - jericho, New York, USA - JAN 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured a murky brown/black. Nose is sweet and loaded with coffee and hints of booze. The abv is well hidden behind a boatload of coffee and sweetness. It’s non cloying but it’s way sweet. This is roasted malts an coffee beer. Tasty good interesting with a deep
Coffee flavored finish.
Miksu (5046) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - JAN 1, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled at Stockholm Beer and Whisky Festival 2010. Opaque black color. Thick grassy coffee aroma with dark sugar and jasmin. Sweet grassy espresso flavor with vanilla and dark sugar. Nice coffee character. Very full bodied, sweet and sugary. Too sugary, but still I think this is nice alternative to port wine.
Drake (13146) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 31, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of Proteus93. Thanks! Pours a dark brown color with a thin head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of big sweet roasted malts and big piney hops. Literally, I smelled the hops next to a christmas tree and the aroma wasn’t that different. The taste is big huge, sweet malts, coffee, roasted malts, caramel, minty, piney hops. Full bodied. Nice dessert beer.
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - DEC 30, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a clear and dark brown beer with a weak beige head. The aroma is malt, roasted, coffee, dried fruit, tobacco and syrup. The flavor follows the nose with some additional sweetness. The palate is sweetness and some alcoholwarmth. Overall a good beer with both balance and complexity.
kylemichelson (2) - USA - DEC 30, 2010 does not count
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
My favorite of the Dark Horizons. The nose is strong alcohol, and I thought the 15.5 ABV would not be hidden in the taste. On the contrary, it was hidden well throughout. Poured black with no head, and medium to low carbonation. The hops are buried by the sugar and malt. You’re greeted by spices, vanilla, sugar up front, and the coffee and chocolate come out only towards the end. This is super sweet, definitely a sipping beer, but I also enjoy the sweetness very much. Heavy, complex, well-balanced, well-hidden alcohol.
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
250ml Bottle: Very complex aroma of coffee, light caramel, vanilla, light wood, smoke, and slight pepper. Poured pitch black in color with a small, creamy, brown head that diminished but lasted throughout as a film on top of the beer and around the edges. Opaque. Slightly sparkling. Flavor is heavily sweet. Tastes of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, light wood, caramel, sugar, and unidentified spices. Medium body. Slick, creamy texture. Soft to average carbonation. Heavily sweet, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, and sugar finish. 15.5%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
beernbourbon (1575) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 29, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pour is coffee-like deep brown with a minimal ring of tan foam. Aroma is loaded with roasted malt, light coffee, notable dried fruit, light alcohol, and faint chocolate. Flavor is very sweet with notes of roasted malt, light coffee, light chocolate, and a light fruity flavor. This is a bit too sweet for me. This is my least favorite of the horizon series.
abemorsten (3591) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - DEC 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared bottle. Batch # 373. Clear deep brown verging on black with a short lived light brown film that lingers as a rim leaving a faint lacing. Alcohol, port, oak, herbs, juniper and something reminiscing Drambuie on the nose. Sweet flavored and roasted, with sweet liqorice and coffee present. Oily texture with a dryish finish and an alco warmth. Medium carbonation.