kazin (169) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 5, 2012
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Have had the pleasure of tasting 2007 and 2008. Honey, raisins, sherry, roasted bitterness, cacao, vanilla and coffee.
patrick767 (3333) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 31, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2009 bottle courtesy of jsquire at Ft Wayne tasting - This near black beer with a minimal tan head smells of dark roast malt, plenty of bourbon, and vanilla. It has a big, sweet, roast malt flavor with chocolate, wood, and wonderfully blended bourbon. It’s full bodied, smooth, and has a long, robust, bitter roast finish. Fantastic beer. Thanks jsquire!
ephemeral8 (67) - denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 30, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2007 bottle at Akkurat in Stockholm. Nose is caramelly, rich chocolate, hints of toasted coconut, fermenty umami, and oily roasted nuts. Some strange metallic fish scale notes. Mouth is rich and swells with alcohol in the mouth, especially compared to the unoaked. I definitely preferred all the vintages of those. Although this is quite nice, it’s a bit of gilding the lily for me. Also the fish notes are strange--my lasting impression is of a German Chocolate cake doused in fish sauce.
3fourths (7769) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 27, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2014 2007 nip bottle at Akkurat in Stockholm. A few days earlier I drank full bottles of the 2006 and 2008 Stormaktsporter, and while both were considered very, very good, I felt the 2006 was faded and the 2008 was still a bit too bright and green. This led me to choose the 2007 as the Kaggen! vintage to try at Akkurat a few days later. My previous rating is from a nip bottle of the 2005, split two ways in 2008, sampled amid a number of other beers of varying style, bitterness and alcohol. given the tendency of Narke beers to be somewhat mellow, focusing more on presenting a flavorful, balanced beer drinking experience rather than a bold, in-your-face drinking experience, my thoughts were lost, only preserved in notes taken four years ago. So I truthfully had no opinion about the Kaggen from that long-ago taste. I decided on this trip that I would experience Narke Stormaktsporter as if it were completely unknown to me. The hype surrounding the beer is hard to ignore, but I feel like I can be honest with myself about quality given all of the things I’ve drank, where I’ve been in my beer travels, and how often I seem to go against the grain. I’ve spent untold amounts of money on beer I didn’t enjoy, cheap and expensive both. I trusted myself to honestly evaluate the Kaggen without consideration of rarity, reputation or pricetag. Combine this with the fact that so many people have had 4.5+ "wow" moments with this beer, and I know there’s something in here to find. My previous rating was rather unexciting, so I figured I didn’t get the full experience, and this was my shot. So with that all said, how was the beer?
First pour: early on the beer has limited expression given the temperature, a bit colder than is ideal. Early on the nose presents a chewy and creamy melted chocolate chip dark malt character with light touches of faded whiskey and oak. The body is exceptionally savory and frothy, suggesting chocolate fudge and fluffy but savory cake. There is slow growing alcohol warmth as the beer begins to blossom and open up with time, and after about 10 minutes it becomes difficult to put into words... surreal decadence, that would put it best. Prickly, just-bitter cocoa nibs and fudge cake softness with a velvety body. Later on, approaching room temperature, the nose develops some metal and paint yeast notes but it’s really quite mild and doesn’t spoil the decadent spongy fudge cake deliciousness. Some mild smoke and char are at play later on, and the whiskey remains happily subdued and well-matched for the moderate roast and soft, decadent body. The last sips show a bit more whiskey and alcohol, as expected, but still remains creamy and chewy and perfectly suited for it’s size. Delicious. And no fish sauce whatsoever.
previous rating of 2005 vintage sampled in 2008: Appearance is deep black, no apparent light passing through the edges of my glass. A deep brown head sites on top, and when swirled the brown, thick lacing clings to the sides of the glass and slowly crawls back down. Very attractive splotchy lacing. First impression of the nose is rich dark chocolate and a slightly hot aroma of whiskey with faint charred wood as well. For sure the whiskey is not overpowering, and I’d probably say it’s one of the few beers that used whiskey barrel aging is a truly complimentary role. The (faint) char, rich (but not heavy) smoke, and malty scotch notes work together really, really well. First taste is rich chocolate and sharp whiskey, again, complimentary rather than dominating, with oak barrel and delicate, toasted chocolate malts coating the mouth. Over the back it’s slightly warming, very mellow and smooth, leaving a rich toffee, amaretto and resinous whiskey coating on the tongue. A few times I even pick up some nice, moist tobacco as well.
jsquire (3308) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2009 bottle. Some bottles come with so much hype that you really don’t expect them to live up. This is a really special beer. Dark beer with ruby hints around the edges when held against the light. Brown ring and faint slick of a head in the snifter. Huge nose dominated by the bourbon but with plenty of wood, smoke and alcohol notes. Sticky brown bubbles while you drink. Tons of bourbon flavors with oak, butter, molasses, over ripe fruit and some smoke. Great oily mouthfeel and nice warming alcohol. Incredibly complex and well balanced beer. Many thanks to my Secret Santa for sending this bottle.
JulienHuxley (2417) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Akkurat. 2008 vintage. Pitch black pour, tan ring of foam. Aroma of dark chocolate, vanilla, molasses, lots of oak. A teeny bit of soy sauce here as well, but much less than the unbarreled version. Taste is wonderful, quite sweet, lots of vanilla oak notes, molasses, light roastiness, so tasty. Smooth without being slick, light carb, full body. Altough it’s on its way as well, this still drinks fantastic and is much better than the regular IMHO.
kmyers8807 (176) - Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2012
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. 2008. lots of malt and chocolate. Seems like a very different beer from when opened to the final sip. Coffee and oak/wood flavors are present with some licorice. Hard to explain because of the complexity. a must try.
BeerSkull (1074) - SWEDEN - APR 11, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught at Stockholm Beer Festival:
The smell and the taste is rich and full bodied with notes of roasted malt, smoke, oak, chocolate and fruit. The taste is lovely round and smooth with a warming alcohol in the finish. Awesome beer!
HELL666 (27) - Athens, GREECE - APR 7, 2012
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Color jet black with rich brown head. Aroma: roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, vanilla and light wood and alcohol, similar taste. Full bodied, very smooth, carbonation soft, bitter finish with long duration...
maekchu (1691) - Hirakata, JAPAN - APR 1, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle generously shared by KyotoLefty. 2007 vintage. Amazingly complex aroma: thick hunks of chewing tobacco, deep veins of chocolate mined from a secret source of sweetness, cherries, and dark ripe fruit. Thick dark head with beautiful lacing. Super-rich flavors, fruity, and complex, and really hard to describe. Medium-full body. A great unabashedly Old World stout. Unrestrained but classic.