ClubGonzo (4360) - Bergen, NORWAY - AUG 31, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2007 bottle, from trade with GTH. At last! One of the really big White Whales and a very appropriate selection for my 3000th entry here on Ratebeer - what a ride it has been! :-) Pours a tar black body with a medium light beige head. Nose is coffee, deep malty tones, leather, tar, honey, hints of wood, alcohol, licorice and vanilla. Very elegant and bourbon-like, despite not having touched any such barrels. Taste is burnt toast, licorice, coffee, leather, dark chocolate, dark malts, honey and hints of cellar must and alcohol. Medium body, soft carbonation. Very nicely balanced and well brewed, but times have certainly changed and while Kaggen might have been the top dog some years ago it’s no longer rare to encounter world-class imp stouts like this anymore. Regardless, this beer is still a beauty. Hats of to Närke for their accomplishments, and my toast to all the wonderful, cooky, funny, knowledgeable, geeky, hospitable and cheerful beer geeks here on the site. Chin chin for you all! :-)
AdamJackson (3043) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Traded a Blabaer 750ML 2011 for this tiny bottle. Enjoyed at 50 Degrees F and allowed to warm up slowly. This is a 2009 vintage at 9.5%. Full macho American pour into my large stemmed De Dolle Glass.
A - Pours oily, totally black out of the bottle into the glass. A 2 finger coffee colored head forms and fades over the course of 90 seconds to a thin ring and minor sea-foam consistent bubbles. The stickiness of the head is resilient as it swirls around in the glass. Pitch black, not oily but pretty damn black in the glass.
S - Nose is interesting. I get almost a mix of espresso creamy latte with lactose and fresh roasted coffee mixed with the sweet booziness of rum barrels. There is a hint of vanilla beans and dark chocolate.
T - Interesting. This may be the most roasted beer I’ve ever had like a mix between roasted coffee and roasted oak over a fire. Not campfire smokiness but just very roasted. There’s a huge chocolate presence at the start, the middle is latte with vanilla added and the finish is this roast bomb with an almost astringent booziness like what you get after drinking cheap cough medicine. In the back of my throat I get a grain alcohol like taste like swallowing freezing cold vodka but the burn is always the same.
M - Velvety and sort of fudge like but you know the feeling you’re left with after eating chocolate covered espresso beans? that’s pretty much what this feels like but in liquid form.
O - I’m overall pretty disappointed in this beer. Tickers GOTTA tick but I really don’t feel that this is worth either the hype or the trade bait. There’s too much roasted notes, way too boozy for a 9.5% beer and the astringency never goes away. It’s a great stout but certainly one that I’ll pass on at the next bottle share should it show its face.
LadyIpa (13) - East Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black beer lasting tan head. Chocolate sponge aroma. very good beer you must try
SilverHaze (14) - SPAIN - AUG 20, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A black colored beer, with a small thick beige head. The aroma of dark malts, some smoke, coffe, chocolate, with some liquorice juice. The taste of smoked malts, dry bitter chocolate, some coffee and wood. Great combination.
brystmar (1304) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Original review 2012-08-16): 2007 bottle shared by (and split with) blatantdream. Thanks!
Almost zero release of air pressure when opened. Viscous body pours from the tiny bottle leaving minimal bubbles up top but no actual head. Chocolate and roasted malts swirl amongst toffee in the nose, creating a delicate aroma that simply isn’t strong enough. The first victim of age, perhaps?
Stormaktsporter boasts an intense, potent, complex flavor profile. Deeply roasted malt; rich, decadent chocolate; booze character integrates marvelously with the stout base. Not super complex, but the chocolate in this beer is arguably the best of any stout I’ve encountered. Also, the balance here is impeccable.
Massive body carries all of these flavors to my palate. Rockin’ mouthfeel. Somehow, this ~5-year-old bottle is completely void of oxidization.
This stuff is great... Such a shame the bottles are so tiny (not to mention absurdly difficult to acquire). Color me impressed.
Cool_Bond (1704) - Kung av Öl @ Facebook, SWEDEN - JUL 12, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2013 Perfection! The best Imperial stout I drank. Wonderful fragrance. Perfect taste. Long and sweet aftertaste. Sweden’s best beer? I can agree with. If you’re buying one that is 2006 vintage, as you should have. It’s the best. Bought my on Akkurat Bar in Stockholm. 345 SEK cost a bottle. Clearly worth it! Follow me @ Kung av öl / King of Beer @ Facebook for more pictures and ratings.
Macegan75 (727) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2006 bottle at Akkurat. Pours jet black with nice creamy brown head. Aroma is beautiful mix of raisins, molasses, black malt, and sherry. first sip is pure heaven with notes of honey, mild coffee, black strap molasses . this is the most drinkable imperial stout I have ever had. the finish is dark and milk chocolate. amazing.
Godofthecellar (677) - NYC, New York, USA - JUN 12, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2013 Bottle poured into a glass, dark brown with espresso head. Extremely well balanced stout. Cocoa nib and honey with a nice oakiness
Duntoyou (104) - Kr.sand, NORWAY - MAY 25, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
@ hanndbryggeriets ølfestival. black With big brownish head. aroma is powerfull and well balanced of coffee, chokolate and all the other good shit thats in a proper imperial stout, palate was Perfect, really enjoyable and a truly great beer.
ianhuntley73 (21) - - JAN 21, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
250ml Bottle 2005 Vintage 9% abv. It pours pitch black, thick and oily in the glass creating a small but wonderful deep brown head. The wonderful roasted aroma, with the coffee and chocolate notes and a slight hint of vanilla, tar and wood. So complex and as it warms it becomes even better But nothing can prepare you for the taste that is about to follow. The roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, wood notes, some distant ripe fruit. So many flavors , so wonderfully balanced together. I’m very fortunate to have 4 more bottles in the cellar.