fb (51) - NORWAY - DEC 7, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, batch *34* (unreadable). This is a nice one, an excellent and powerful stout
TChrome (1456) - Bedford, Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I’m tired of rating by the numbers and falling into a formulaic trap of recitatating the same old bullshit. I like this beer because it taste good. Like coffee and mollases and some nuts as well. Pours black with a dark tan retained head. Yum.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - DEC 1, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
25 oz. bottle. Black with a large, creamy brown head that lasts a long, long time and leaves a thick, dense lace. French roast coffee, dark chocolate, licorice, and some piney hops in the aroma. Thick, rich, lightly carbonated, astringent and very dry on the palate. Bitter right up front over a background of treacle and burnt malts. Alcohol is quite well hidden.
beerbill (3615) - Laurel, New York, USA - DEC 1, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
16.9 oz. bottle. Pours an opaque black with a dark, luscious chocolate brown head. Really looks sumptuous in the glass. The aroma was surprisingly light to me with notes of roasted malt and chocolate. I thought the flavor was a bit light as well with roasted malt, bitter chocolate, a little bit of tobacco, and just a hint of bacon. The alcohol was well hidden. Dense and full-bodied. I was expecting more flavor, but still a very solid stout.
thepilferer (31) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - DEC 1, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Looks amazing, pouring thick black with a thin brown head. Hard to judge aroma right now for me as I’ve got a little bit of a cold, but I definitely picked up roasted malt (shocking!), chocolate, slight vanilla, barely any hint of the 9%abv. Taste was similar to aroma, except much stronger, and with a bit of cherry and other fruit leading to a slight hoppiness. Palate was nice and thick, and well carbonated.
Barley69 (26) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wheres the smoke?
I get a ton of smoky flavors and smallest reminder of a good rauchbier. - totally black in color and a really nice smooth mouthfeel. - this is a really nice beer. who woulda thought - Norway?. This is the only beer I have ever had from Norway - good for them
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle...pours pretty black with a tan head....aroma of chocolate malt and alcohol....flavors of a nicely carbonated chocolate stout with stong malt notes....not unique but a solid imperial stout.
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - NOV 29, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark black color with a very nice dark tan head on top. The head on this beer is very slowly dissipating. Looks like an amazing beer! Aroma is full of roasted malts, dark chocolate, caramel, dark fruits, and licorice. Flavor is very similar to the aroma with roasted malt flavor hitting the tongue mixed with a semi-sweet dark chocolate flavor, Hints of hops come in mid-flavor giving a slight citrus taste. On the palate the beer is very thick and syrupy, this is definitely not a thin beer. Even though the finish of the beer is a little lacking this is still an excellent imperial stout.
thornecb (5732) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 29, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours deep black into a snifter. Deep mocha conglomerate head with excellent retention. Anise, cinnamon and coffee aromas. Creamy with dark chocolate from front to back. Lasting semi-sweet chocolate and espresso finish.
Brigadier (3605) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle
Thanks to Drew for picking up a bottle of this in exchange for some local Wisconsin beers. It’s pretty well done for an imperial stout. If the Dark Horizon is at least this good it might be worth the cost.
Aroma / Appearance - The deep black body swirled fluidly around the tulip glass. A one finger head the color of dark mahogany sat on top neither growing nor fading. Smoke, expresso and cooled chocolate brownies created a satisying collection of scents. The overall impression was sweet, dry and a bit chalky. It reminds me of slightly watered down one year old Expedition Stout.
Flavor / Palate - The hoppiness was a bit different than what I was expecting but was well balanced by the malty foundation. Smoke, licorice, ash, plums and dark chocolate melded into a cohesive mouthfeel. A lingering bitterness highlighted the finish. The whole experience was pleasing and solid. I did feel as if there were still a few tweaks that could be made to improve it; perhaps that is what they did with Dark Horizon.