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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pilsnerrogge (2745) - Finspång, SWEDEN - JUL 26, 2007
2005 bottle Black with an ok head. Aroma is dark, bitter chocolate with notes of liquorice. Flavour is bitter, oaky, somewhat harsh and salty and in the background lurks a growing honey sweetness. Complex.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 17, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2008 2005 bottle - June ’07 - purchased at Akkurat, Stockholm - $40. First off, I thought this really lived up to the hype. It was flat out unbelievable - right in between the imperial stouts that need to be a bit bigger and those that go overboard...no matter how hard I tried to find something I didn’t like about it, I simply couldn’t - it was the definition of balanced. Each sip was proceeded by a heart-felt "WOW!". Every part of this brew was so insanely complex. The aroma wrapped up vanilla, oak, dark chocolate malts, espresso, licorice, dark fruits, etc - I smelled it for who knows how long. Flavor was exquisite - wrapping all those smells into a perfectly chewy and smooth palate. Talk about wanting to lick your gums and lips. The finish was balanced between sweet and bitter - the slight alcohol burn warmed but nowhere near overpowered anything. Will I get my taste buds on this one again? Let’s hope so. Ya, I liked it that much. Simply divine in every right a beer can be....

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
anders37 (21693) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 13, 2007
Bottle vintage 2005 from a blind tasting @ Bishop’s Arms, Malmö. Pours a black color with a lovely tan head. Has a roasted malty aroma with lots of chocolate and coffee and some honey hints in the background. Also some hints of dark fruit. Sweet roasted malty thick mouthfeel of chocolate, coffee and some oak hints. In the background you have the honey flavor aswell. Finish is dry roasted malty with some hints of alcohol and some nice bitterness in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
fiulijn (17990) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 21, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2013
2013-03-17, vintage 2007, 5 years old, 7-5-9-4-17=42
Pitch black color with brown head. Mild aroma of roasted malt, with some soap (disappearing later), dust, apples, oak cask. Full bodied, the mouthfeel is round and smooth; dark chocolate flavor, very rich, with an accent of oak; it still has a respectable sweetness; there is some liquorice and tar; correct bitterness, with some more roastiness in the final, and pleasant alcohol warmth.
Tasted in parallel with the same vintage of ordinary Stormaktsporter, the Kaggen clearly holds up to the age much better.

2011-10-16, vintage 2006, 5 years old, 8-4-9-4-17=42
Black color, with medium sized brown head, not persistent. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, whiskey; nice but less impressive than it used to be. Round body, smooth mouthfeel, with excellent chocolate flavor, followed by pleasant whiskey booziness that (compared to the 5 years old unoaked Stormarktsporter) provides the edge that the fading bitterness cannot provide; also some liquorice, tobacco and tar. Warming alcoholic final.
Very good but declining.

2009-06-16, bottle at Glenfiddich Warehouse N.68, vintage 2007, 10-5-9-4-18=46
The bottle is served too cold.
Black color; the creamy head reduces quickly. At first it has a nice cheesy aroma; then liquorice and some roasted malts and ashes; it evolves as it gets warmer; very late, there are traces of vanilla and paper, tobacco, alcohol and very light paint remover. The cheese crust is the best part for this kind of beer.
Very good body strength, the mouthfeel is oily but not sticky, extremely smooth; possessive chocolate and roasted malt flavor, with a minimal sweetness to complement it; some vanilla appears only late, creating a dynamic effect; the liquorice too can’t miss this appointment; the subdued alcohol presence is vibrating. The final sensation in the mouth is still full, turning maybe too much on the roasted malts for my palate, but expected; and there is some pleasant espresso touch too, and tobacco.
I remembered a more complex brew.

2007-05-08, bottle at Akkurat, 30€, vintage 2005, 9-5-10-5-19=48
Black ink color; creamy head. Huge and wonderful aroma: glue, chocolate, sweet coffee, Xerès and Porto wines, wax, black raisins; deep, complex. Full mouthfeel; incredible; mix of flavors: ashes, vanilla, tobacco, malt, sweet caramel, toffee, rhubarb candies, medium dark chocolate, creamy; hint of liquorice and traces of roasted malt; alcohol warmth. Simply wonderful….

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Guerde (1280) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 17, 2007
Bottle shared at the Rover in Gothenburg with Marsiblursi and Olso. Many thanks go out to Marsiblursi for allowing us to taste this magnificent brew. The aroma itself is completely unique, with both a sweet and roasty smell blending together perfectly. The taste is much the same, with an initial honey sweetness, that gives way to a lingering roasty finish. The mouthfeel of this beer is excellent, and I’m glad I had the privilege of drinking such an exeptional beer.l

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
sthlm (1270) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - JUN 17, 2007
UPDATED: APR 2, 2009 [’05 Bottle so generously shared by Marsiblursi with myself and Guerde at the Rover in Gothenburg--can’t thank you guys enough for it!] Long time reader of the site, but first time rater...and what a beer to have as my first rate. This is the best imperial stout, and the best beer, that I have ever had. Perfect roast, some sweetness (I found it to become sweeter the longer I drank it), fruitiness, liquorice...and a long finish. The aroma, especially towards the end, was simply amazing. Basically, it was just an honor to be able to drink this and it may be some time before I find one that can surpass it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JUN 16, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2007 2005. The body is a scary opaque black, oily with a downward plummeting motion effect from the center outward, like it’s falling into itself. No head forms. Instead, small, piled-up clusters of thin-skinned bubbles flitter to the edges of the glass. The end result bears a distinct resemblance to boiling liquid, where the rising bubbles are restrained by a gelatinous coating that is plastered to the perimeter of the glass. Wow.

I spent half an hour nosing this. Every nuance is so rigid in its foundation and exacting limits, I became positive that I have never been so sure of exactly what I was sensing. A vinous aroma with wildly wrought notes that belie the whiskey barrel heritage broke down as follows...First press sugarcane-coated roasted malts lead the charge. Lightly floral alcohol is seemlessly integrated into the nose. Overripe, sunken-walled oranges and sun-kissed apples are next. The oaken scents resemble freshly splintered wood, imparting vanilla. Hints of Sumatran coffee wafting through a door in a mountain village (I really started to drift away with each successive inhalation). German chocolate cake made by someone with a penchant for adding twice the amount of liquor as the recipe called for. Rum notes, finally, that seemed to have scents identical to the esteemed Ron Zacapa Centenario.

The flavor showcases mild sweetness deftly counterbalanced by roasty bitterness and late drying from robust alcohol, the likes of which are now more easily discernable. The barrel aging time period appears to have been perfectly calculated for maximum enjoyment; it’s very balanced, not too much, nor too little, for a complimentary flavor addition. A subtle change in an ethereal flavor component takes place - what seemed like an amiable rum and chocolate cake combination in the aroma now tastes like rum cream. The finish is powerful and warming. Alcohol and vanilla linger. A very elegant finale. The palate is caressing and extremely full bodied without ever feeling overbearing. I love the way each part of my tongue and the sides of my cheeks are washed with flavor, then patted dry with alcohol and spicy tannins.

I can’t adequately sum this up, but the numbers should sufficiently relay my experience.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere (6166) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 10, 2007
Alright, I had the chance to get a sample of that (2005) in Copenhagen, then I tried the new 2007 version at Oliver twist a few weeks later and retried, some days after, the 2005 thanks to my very generous Göteborg hosts: Marsiblursi. First off, the regular Stormaktsporter is an excellent imperial stout and rather tough to beat in complexity. I don’t quite understand the purpose of setting it in a barrel. It is apparently a rather short journey that it takes (2,5months), yet the effect is considerable as bourbon is obvious in the nose, but the low duration has allowed the body to keep most of its thickness, silkiness and richness.
So what do I think about it? Well, first off, I prefered the 2005 version which is 1% lighter and more developped and rounded around the edges at this point. The 2007 is still a fair bit boozy. The 2005’s complexity is more obvious and the concentrated fruitiness from the regular comes across more naturally. Appearance-wise, they both wear a fair diminishing dark beige head. Totally opaque, oily body, pitch black. The 2007 actually left legs on the glass. Gentle alcohol flavours, rum-soaked grapes, heady nose with wild leather smokiness, mint, vanilla (strong), chocolate roastiness and hard to pick up single fruits. Complex nuances, age-worthy, silky full body with honeyed and brown sugar tones. Very creamy, smooth carbonation. it manages to feel quite vinous at the same time, full on truffles, earth mushrooms powderiness and growing date square undertones. You can eventually all kinds of little nuances, which is the sign of a great beer. Still, at the end, I’m not convinced I prefer the barrel version and remain unconvinced that the rarity does not make me try harder to pick out stuff. Certainly a fine experience though. I’ll just give both Stormakts the same score.. but it is a sipper and I’m less into those that I once was.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2007
Rating # 4000. Huge thankx to Bierkönig and Keller for sharing this one. The beer has a pitch black colour with a small dense brown head. Quite fruity and light roastede malty aroma with vinous notes and a hint of wood. Roasted malty, liqourice spicy flavor with vinous notes and a light alcohol sweet finish with wood notes. This is, I’m sure, what they drink in heaven....

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Grovlam (4198) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 3, 2007
Bottle @ Copenhagen Øl Festival. [To celebrate my #1000 rating. Huge thanks to omhper and the guys from Närke for sharing this one with us] The buzz was that the Närke guys where at the festival. At some point they slipped Per one bottle and he was so kind to share the bottle with the people around the RateBeer table. There was way to much noise around the table, so I found myself a secluded spot where I could enjoy the quirt moment of complete satisfaction with the Kaggen in my glass. Small brown creamy head that mostly diminished. Light lacing could be observed in glass. Motor oil black color. Huge round berries feel in nose was the first impression. The came an assortment of notes with liquorish, light sweet coffee and chocolate, overwhelming port wine, wood and oak notes with lingering vanilla. Some cola and soy sauce like notes could also be detected. You feel the warmth of alcohol but no evidence of alcohol over the palate. Full bodied with a smooth texture. Flavor was so balanced with moderated sweet dry fruit and light bitter flavor with a hint of salty notes as well. Lingering liquorish, berries and port wine finish. There is a reason why this is considered one of the best beers in the world.

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