jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2011
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
11.2oz bottle into a small tasting glass at the Närke brewery with owner-head brewer, Hans.
This is a special Kaggen. They took the 08 version and put on pure Swedish Oak barrels that never contained any alcohol for three months. The barrels were made by a top cooper in the area. It was then released only at the First Borefts Beer festival at De Molen. The brewer let most beers go at the festival but kept a few for himself. As a side not he has two more barrels aging for a special 5 year anniversary beer, another super small batch. I was told a year ago this was too harsh and woody as the oak showed off way to much. When I tasted it, thought it was really good. The oak really presents itself on the aroma, but its really smooth and yummy. The taste is really smooth, the oak is present but doesn’t dominate, this is a great beer. Not as great or complex as the whiskey version as it lacks any of the sweet vanilla, but this is still awesome.
If you’re lucky enough to be one of the handful of people who sees this beer, you should try it.
kermis (5729) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 26, 2011
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 21, 2014 Draught at Borefts Beer Festival 2010. The best of the barrel aged versions available at the festival
jensgam (156) - , DENMARK - FEB 22, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and oak. Flavour is sweet, chocolate, vanilla, alcohol and a lot of oak. Great beer, but the alcohol, oak and sweetness could be even better when aged.
Holy (833) - GERMANY - FEB 20, 2011
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught @BBF 2010. The oak really comes through here, with all the other elements of an Imp Stout sitting comfortably on top. I enjoyed this one.
Christian (11274) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 25, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pitch lack with a lasting creamy tan head. Big and rich aroma of fruit, chocolate and licorice. Intense complex flavour, slightly dusty and a it too sweet. Compared to my perfect rating of the regular (bourbon aged) Kaggen, this is lower, but mostly because it was fresh (2009, tasted in October 2010) and a bit rough around the edges.
koekiesbakker (89) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 18, 2010
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Way more oak and wood than the regular version. Up to the point I’m getting some glue in the aroma, not in the taste though.
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - NOV 10, 2010
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Sample at Borefts Beer Festival 2010. Pours a pitch black beer with a firm chocolate head. The aroma is licorice, roasted, sweetness and coffee. The flavor is licorice, roasted, vanilla, wood, sweetness and coffee. The palate is roasted with sweetness and very smooth. Overall a beer very close to perfect. Nice balance, good complexity and a very very nice experience.
sfhodense (4790) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - OCT 28, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with a light brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, light smoke, oak and vanilla, Flavour is roasted malt, chocolate, liquorish, licht oak, alcohol and light vanilla. Really really nice.
madmitch76 (16111) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2012 25th Spetember 2010. Borefts Beer Festival II.
Opaque black beer with a little tan head. Lovely dark malts, smooth, creamy and with some sweeteness coming from the Swedish oak. Totally inadequate rating cause I’m enjoying this too much!
30th October 2009
On tap at Borefts I. Opaque black stout, sweet malty nose. Soft palate. Sweet aromatic wood throughout but doesn’t taste oaky! Gets sweeter toward the finish but does leave a mildly bitter coffee aftertaste.
DSG (6332) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - OCT 7, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2010 [9/24/10] Draught at Borefts Beer Festival 2010. Black with a light brown head. Rich aroma of dark chocolate and wood notes. Bittersweet flavor with chocolate, wood, vinous notes, light fruitiness and some booziness.Full-bodied.