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Närke Kaggen Stormaktsporter

Formerly brewed at Närke Kulturbryggeri
Style: Imperial Stout
Örebro, Sweden
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 550   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.49/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
Imperial Stout brewed with heather honey and aged on oak-barrels for 2½ months. Serve at minimum 14 dgs. Share the bottle. It was first brewed in October 2005 and ages well for several years. Beer is Art!

2005 version is 9%.
2006 version is 10%.
2007 version is 9%, released 2008-09-11.
2008 version is 9.5%, released 2009-09-17.
2009 version is 9.5%, released 2010-09-23
2010 and 2011 versions cancelled due to family issues.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Nische (1647) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 11, 2015
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2015 2007 version. Jet black with almost no head. Beautiful aroma of raisins, molasses, brown sugar and vinous notes. Wonderful taste of the same notes with some mild coffee, some roasted and sweet malt together with smooth chocolaty lingering finish. Absolutely thrilled to finally get a sample of this one, and I wasn’t disappointed.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrHangover (3717) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JAN 3, 2015
Bottle @ New Years Tasting. 2008 & 2009 vintages tasted side by side. Both poured a pitch black beer with a small tanned head on top. Aroma of both are epic, but there are differences. Aroma of 08 has more of the base beer shining trough, molasses, honey and overall very malty, while 09 has more iodine, medicinal and stronger characters shining trough. Flavors match both aromas perfectly, one being soft and gentle while the other one is powerful and strong. Both are boozy and sweet and very well balanced and rounded off. Surely getting the legendary status of this beer here. Great stuff, world class, even after all these years.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Countbeer (5875) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - NOV 24, 2014
From old notes I recently found: Draught @BBF’10: yay, I knew I had tasted it... Black beer with a medium sized brown head. Smell malt roast, mocha, oak, vanilla, light whiskey tone, some chocolate, and cream. Taste chocolate, coffee, vanilla, mocha, smooth roast, wood, bitters, some raisin, hint of soy and some sweets like brown sugars and caramel. Aftertaste is bitter with wood, roast, mocha and chocolate. Soft creamy silky mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sarlacc83 (1691) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 3, 2014
Well, spank me - didn’t ever expect to see this one, and then...one day. Thanks so much Todd! A: Dark black color with a thin cappuccino head. N: Oxide, cocoa, espresso, soy sauce, molasses, oak, marshmallow, and char. T: Very sweet, minorly bittered just enough to stop it from climbing off the cloying cliff. M: Thick, oily body. No alcohol. O: This is quite nice. The balance here is remarkable, and as such, this is much better than most IRSs I have had. I kind of wish I had tried this next to something like Courage. Seems like there’d be a correlation, but I can’t confirm.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
gEUS (1662) - Linden, BELGIUM - OCT 22, 2014
2006 version, kindly shared by Menno at the Zombier Collaboration Day at Struise. Pours deep dark brown with a small beige head. Subtle coffee and chocolate aromas, and some toffee fudge. Medium body with nice roasty hints, a tad watery but a very looong finish of the smoothest possible mocca coffee. A treat, yet a tad overrated, the 2006 version at least.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
rouhlas (2115) - GREECE - SEP 22, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2015 250 ml bottle, 2007 vintage, at home. Pitch black with beige head. Aroma is malty, chocolate, whiskey, wood, dried dark fruits. Taste is like the aroma, sweet, roasted malty, chocolate, vanilla, oak and whiskey again, light fruity. Full body, silky with soft carbonation. Long bitter (some coffee) and dark chocolate finish. When I first tried this beer, a 2008 vintage bottle in 2011, it was the best beer I ever tried and I think that bottle is still the best beer I ever had so far. The aroma was perfect, I didn’t want to drink it, I could smell it the whole night! The taste of that silky beer was perfect too! My score is affected from that bottle. If I was putting a score for the v2007 bottle I had in 2014 then it would be 8-4-8-4-17=4.1

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
McNeillR (2124) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
Thanks to the Birthday Boy, Craig "Swiftkey did it" Garvie - 2008 Vintage

Opaquest dark brown, a total black hole swirl of a tan head. Rich sugary dusting. Dark smooshed figs, toasted coconut and isolated grab of raisins as it warmed and a welcoming porty porter core. Initial taste is a proper shotgun burning raidance of Meaty, juicy darkest malts - treacly charred sweetness seeping through. Vanilla pod crackles. Soily/dusty coffee dryness. Stabbing richness towards the finish, speckled fizzing out heat on the finish. A lot more layered and flavorsome than a Dark Lord, although a little more chewy meaty and leap at the finish - it’s up there and it’s mysticality will only increase each year this isn’t made.

Bottle from the Garvie Cave, Beers Of My Youth Tasting

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BenH (3438) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
Bottle, thanks Craig. Black with tidy tan head. Nice big aroma, roasty with licorice, molasses. Taste is very rich and balanced, molasses, licorice, roasty, ashy, dried fruits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
allmyvinyl (8678) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s, another amazing beer from the hallowed cellars! 2008 vintage. Pours jet black with a thin tan head. Aromas of liquorice, wood, light oxidation, light roast, meaty. Taste is boozy, sweet, roasty finish. Hot, but good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (9251) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours black, nose is roasted chocolate, little oxidised, taste is quite sweet, soy, dry, chocolate, meaty. A little past its best but thanks Craig!

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