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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: 541   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.48   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
henrikb (1259) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 2, 2007
Tasted blind together with 4 other Bourbon Barrel aged Stouts - Black body, big bubbled beige head; Great nose, very balanced, powerful, Bourbon and wood, quite a bit of grain aromas, a Bourbon like sharpness is sticking out in a bad way, and strangely enough quite a bit of green apple like acetaldehyde; The body is not soft enough textured, a little to thin with a little soft carbonation, it is balanced but not deep, it lacks the elegance it should have with the kind of texture and carbonation it has; Medium long finish, a bit thin in both aroma and feel quite a bit of light roasted coffee aromas as well as a bit of grain (Thanks a billion Jeppe for sharing).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrBeachtwig (54) - Sandared, SWEDEN - MAR 2, 2007
Bottle. Wonderful colour. Nice taste of chocolate and some coffe. Loong and very complex taste; chocolate, coffe, vanilla among others. The second best beer I have ever had (after the oak aged Yeti from Great Divide).

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Amaj80HC (13) - 9, BELGIUM - MAR 1, 2007
I was lucky to have a friend in Sweden who went tthrough the trouble to find this beer and to sent it to me. Why o why are the good things always rare and expensive. I thought westies were the best beer (just have a rochefort of min 6 months in case you don’t find it or don’t want to spent too much...i for sure can’t tell the difference in a blind test) but this Swedish stout is indeed another ballgame.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
madsberg (10595) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAR 1, 2007
Bottled (Thx Bierkönig for sharing). Pitch black coloured. Dense brown head. Roast, spice, apple, chocolate, light coffee and a touch of vanilla and barral. Very balanced nose. Flavour is as good as the aroma. Again the barralaging is quite subdued and balanced. Light cigar (Yes I like that flavour), sweetness, vanilla, spiced, roast and light chocolate. Balance, balance, balance. Flavours are very well adjusted to each other. Medium to full bodied. Chocolate, spice and vanillasweetness mingles in the perfect end. Reminds me a lot of the ordinary Stormaksporter, which I like as much as this. This for sure is a good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - FEB 28, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2008 Pitch black with a fine though fast disappearing brown head. Nice and full aroma with lots of chocolate, a bit of toffee, cream, berries. Very good balance. Flavor hits you like a baseball bat with a dry woodyness that leaves the tongue almost sore. Again lots of chocolate and roasted malt with a hint of whiskey and wood. Extremely well balanced, the whiskey is very well integrated compared to other whiskey stouts I have had. Long roasted finish with a warming alcohol sensation. No doubt a very very fine beer, but since whiskey will never be my favorite it isn’t worlds best for me. But again, very fine indeed. HUUUUGE thanks to Rick Gordon for providing me with this extremely rare gem!
Rerate of 2006 batch. Not nearly as complex as the first batch and a lack of body as well imo. It’s not bad, but considering it is supposed to be the best in the world, this new batch dissapoints. Over hyped, I can name plenty of more interesting and complex beers.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
motelpogo (7173) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 25, 2007
rbesg06, bottled. jet black with a lasting brown head. aroma of mudcake, with plenty of vanilla whisky and rum’n’raisin ice cream. really luscious, thick, buttery texture. hints of marzipan, bitter chocolate, alcohol noticeable but not overwhelming. fantastic, i kept upping my score by a point every couple of sips

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 23, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2008 From a 25cL Bottle, Vintage 2005. Pours an incredibly dense chocolatey black color, inpenetrable by light, with a silky foam of caramelized marshmellow floating lightly on top. A gentle swirl leaves some nice lacing streaks on the sides of my snifter glass and is enough to keep the chocolate island atop alive and healthy. To be honest, my meditations on the appearance of this brew were distracted by a sneak preview of the aroma, which immediately blew me away, making me feel all giddy while at the same time forgetting completely about the appearance of the beer. For one who diligently tries to capture the art of every beer consumed by photograph, this was quite a feat, although sadly, I wish I had a picture now to remember this experience by. Onward. Thick, intoxicatingly rich bouquet thats brimming over with bourbon soaked prunes that have been flambeed with a decadent caramel crust. Some softer fruits linger as well, almost like banana (although not the phenolic kind) crusted with some flaked coconut and sticky wildflower honey. Some very mild vanilla bean and gentle chocolate fudge rounds out the bouquet nicely. Like with the non-barrel aged version, I find it exciting to be tasting a beer that relies mostly on the intricacies of its malt profile to form the complexity, rather than relying on the polarizing roast, char, and alpha hops characters that so many of the other highly rated beers on this site use to set themselves apart from their categorical peers. On that same note, the barrel character seems to be playing a supporting role in this cast, rather than the lead. Full bodied, lightly carbonated mouthfeel. A massive wave of complexity confronts my taste buds as soon as palate contact is made. It starts ot with an incredible dry chocolate base thats enhanced by the caramelly bourbon notes without getting too hot. There’s a smooth transition where some dark, chewy, leathery characters begin to come out, and these are accented by a touch of tartness taking the form of prune skin tannins. The finish is a remarkable display of balance, as the toasty, oaky characters come through strong by dancing on the edge of roastiness. The palate is exceptionally long and clean, with all alcohols clearly masked; excellent example of extracting the great barrel traits without leeching out any of the negative. A masterpiece. Thanks for sharing, Chris!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (9953) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2007
Bottle... This beer rocks!... Pitch black ale with a mid-sized, creamy, brown head. The nose is of rich milk chocolate and coconut with a small dose of acetaldehyde. I’m supersensitive to the stuff, so most wouldn’t even detect it. Despite the ethanal, the aroma is wonderful. The flavor offers terrific balance between sweet chocolate malt, woodsy sourmash and moderate scorched bitterness. Full-bodied with a mouthfeel of heavy cream and almost lively carbonation. Burnt, bitter, not-too-boozy, chocolate finish. World class effort!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (29988) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 13, 2007
[To celebrate my rating number 7500 - I choose the present number one beer, which I sampled at the RBESG 2006] A pitch black beer with a thick brown head. The aroma is very powerful with notes of malt, alcohol, chocolate, and over ripe fruits. The flavor is extremely sweet malty with lots of chocolate - bitter dessert chocolate that is, as well as notes of roasted malt, alcohol, and wood, also light notes of whiskey mixes in. The alcohol burns slightly in the throat. Nice one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Moz (613) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - DEC 18, 2006
Bottle at The Rover (199 SEK). Opaque black with a small brown head. Roasted aroma, liquorice, tar & coffee. Roasted coffee flavour. Finish lasts forever, almost. Wonderful, I guess I drank it a bit too cold though.

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