Horizon Tokyo* Black – Nøgne Ø (Mikkeller, Brewdog) (Aged 3 Years 7 Months)

Brewed at Nøgne Ø in Norway in collaboration with Brewdog and Mikkeller comes their “Horizon Tokyo* Black” a collaborative version of all three breweries huge beers Dark Horizon, Tokyo and Black.  The beer pours a oily black colour that is opaque with a small brown head.  The aroma consists of chocolate, smoke, dark fruits, cranberry, treacle, syrup and some alcohol.  The flavour is of chocolate, caramel, toffee, molasses, treacle, cranberry, ash, smoke, burnt malts, leather, earth and only really a hint of alcohol.  The alcohol content comes in at an insane 16% with an IBU of 100.  This beer is insanely smooth for a beer of 16% let alone 8% and has all the making of an amazing stout.

Commercial Description:  Horizon Tokyo Black:  On a cold, windy and rainy day in November 2010 we visited  BrewDog together with world famous beer merchant Mikkeller.  Our plan was to make a beer, which would be close to an interpolation between our individual brews Tokyo, Black and Dark Horizon.  This beer should in turn be brewed by us and also for Mikkeller.  It was called Black Tokyo Horizon.   Unfortunately we have been very busy, but it is now time to make the second celebration of this great collaboration:  Please welcome Horizon Tokyo Black!


Red Horizon 3 Edition (Aged 4.5 Years) – Nøgne Ø

From Grimstad Norway’s Nøgne Ø comes their “Red Horizon 3 Edition” the third beer brewed in a series using Sake yeast.  The beer pours a cloudy brown colour with a very minimal head.  The aroma consists of huge fruit notes up front including dark fruits and berries, toffee, brown sugar and alcohol.  The flavour is of dark fruits, berries, brown sugar, toffee, treacle, licorice, vanilla, alcohol with lots of sweetness.  The alcohol content comes in at 12.5% with an IBU of 100.   This edition of Red Horizon is a Barley Wine and has amazing flavour and body.  If you find a bottle make sure to pick it up.  This beer was brewed on December 20, 2011 and consumed on June 20, 2016 or 4.5 years after brewing.  The bottles best before date was December 20, 2016.

Commercial Description:  What we have tried to do here is to get the optimum fruitiness out of a sake yeast. This beer was fermented for 10 weeks at low temperature with sake yeast No. 9 to achieve that.


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#500 (Imperial IPA) – Nøgne Ø

From Grimstad Norway’s Nøgne Ø comes their “#500 (Imperial IPA)” a beer originally brewed to mark their 500th batch of beer. So to go with the number 5 there are 5 different malts and 5 different hops used in this brew.  This Double IPA pours a deep cloudy colour (Rusty) with a tan head.  The aroma consists of caramel, some fruits, malts, earthy with floral hops.  The flavour is of smoke, caramel, malts, fruits, earthy and big hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 10% with a very big 100 IBU. Nøgne Ø should be very proud of this beer as it is an amazing double IPA and worthy of being a landmark beer.

Commercial Description:    When Nøgne Ø decided to make its 500th batch of beer, it was quickly established that the key numbers would be 5 malts,5 hops, 10% alcohol and 100 IBUs. The result is an incredibly rich and hoppy Imperial IPA. Malty enough to be almost a barley wine, but intensely fruity, mainly because it is dry hopped with generous amounts of Nelson Sauvin hops from New Zealand.


Sundland Kreosot – Haandbryggeriet

From Drammen, Norway’s Haandbryggeriet comes their “Sundland Kreosot” a smoked black IPA or Cascadian Dark Ale locally here.  This brew pours a deep almost opaque black with a huge tan head.  The aroma is of roasted malts, chocolate and lots of smoke.  The flavour is of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, hops bitterness and smoke.  This bottle had an alcohol content of 7.7% which seems to have gone up from previous batches.  I only enjoyed half of this beer really.  I found the IPA side of it to be quite pleasing but I could not get past the smoke flavouring.  Now I am not a fan of smoked beer so this is being swayed by that.  If you like smoke in your beer you should pick this beer up!


Costa Rica Coffee Porter – Haandbryggeriet

O’hare’s Beer Club February 2013 Box

From Drammen, Norway’s Haandbryggeriet comes their “Costa Rica Coffee Porter”.  This porter pours a dark black with a very small tan head.  The aroma is of sweet cream, coffee, roaster malts and some mild smoke notes.  The flavour consists of sweet cream, smoke, roasted coffee, roasted malts and some mild hops bitterness.  The alcohol content of this beer is 6.5% and the IBU is 30.  This is a very tasty porter with just the right amount of smoke to enhance the flavour without overdoing it!

Commercial Description:  Costa Rica, is a coffee Porter, you could say that here you get beer and coffee in the same drink. The coffee is specially roasted for us by Øystein at Lippe Kaffebrenneri in Oslo, they have done a great job. The perfect drink for breakfast. As well as being a great Porter you have a strong mellow and nice coffee flavor. You should try this out!

Food Pairing according to O’hare’s Beer Club notes are as follows:  Smoked BBQ meats, Brie, Gouda and Havarti cheese.

Click here to check out the February Box

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