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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: 554   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 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 (6174) - 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 (4208) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
yespr (40833) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAY 30, 2007
UPDATED: APR 9, 2010 CBF07 sample poured by omhper from a bottle given by the brewer himself at the RB table. I’m extremely thankful for having had a chance to taste this. I had to go outside into the sunshine to enjoy this. By incident (well...) this was my tasting number 200 at CBF07. I had 7 more tastings after this, but it took me an hour to start sampling again. This beer will however conclude my RB postings from the CBF07. Ah well the beer :) : From 25 cL bottle. Pours completely black with thick brown head, very creamy. Aroma of coffee, chocolate and slight tobacco. A vague dried fruity note too. Flavour is first chocolate, then toffee sweet and this becomes a strong liqourice dominans. A soft bitterness lingering into the finish. Clear presence of alcohol, but only reasonable. It does give the beer an initial edge. Very thick, very fullbodied.10-5-9-5-18

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Maria (10213) - Thisted, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2007
Københavnske Øldage 07. Bottle, vintage 2005. I have stared at the computer now for a long time, it’s starting to get embarrassing.... I still do not fully grasp that I were one of few, who shared this bottle kindly donated by the brewer, HG, and guarded by Omhper.... Thank you, thank you, thank you - this one beer would have been enough to make my trip worth while! The beer is pitch black and the aroma has notes of oak, port wine, roasted malt, coffee and vanilla. The mouthfeel is thick and oily. The flavour has an incredible balance and complexity, and I only can compare the smoothness with velvet and silk against my skin. It has refined notes of oak (not in a clingy way), coffee, vanilla, port wine, licorice, chocolate, the alcohol is well hidden, but gives warmth, and the finish is good, dry and very, very long. What an amazing beer.... 2226

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2010 Botttle at Københavnske Øldage 2007. Thanks to the guys from the Mikkeller stand (Jeppe, Mikkel, Kristian...). Chokolate, dark chokolate, roasted, coffee, licorice, wood, oak, very very smooth. Some of all the sharp licorice in the ordinary stormaktsporter has disappeared............I just had it again, this time in Stockholm at Glenfiddish Warehouse No.68. So I am now gonna uprate it. Not much to add to flavour or aroma, just want to note some light sweetness and some vanilla. And say, I still love this beer !!........Re.Re.Rate:(Vintage 2009 as: Närke Kaggen Stormaktsporter Bourbon Barrel) Draught at Borefts Bier Festival 2010. Pitch black - brown head. High bourbon, coconut, vanilla, light milkey, fruity, licorice, burned, light coffee notes. Too much bourbon. (7/5/7/3/15)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
charlotte (5192) - rødovre, DENMARK - MAY 16, 2007
Black with small beige head.Aroma like Dark chocolate and smoked like a cigar ashtrey but a good cigar.Nice warm feeling of alc.Just perfect.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - MAY 16, 2007
2/8/07. Poured out of 330 mL bottle, obtained in a trade with omhper on RateBeer 12/11/06. 2005 Vintage. I hate my glass. Somehow it manages to present an entirely different (and worse) aroma of this beer than the delicious treat my friends’ glasses have shown. So I’m combining the two into some sort of amalgam. Starts briefly with a very raw acetone nose, some grapey and intense black rum-cake notes as well. Fudge liqueur, boozier than the regular Stormaktsporter, and with some tangy wood-solvent in the nose that fades later. Flavor is amazing, with rich ash-rum and black raisiny chewiness and some almost overpowering sweetness that just drops out with perfect elegance into a deep, dry, ashen and faintly cocoa-flavored trail-- grainy like a black-and-white, low-light photograph. The flavor depth that these elite Scandinavian breweries somehow routinely extract from their malt bills is absolutely astounding. Somewhat thinner, drier mouthfeel than its silky sister; fluffier and slightly more scratchy carbonation. Tobacco all over the finish. This is a fabulous beer and deserving of all the praise, but I still prefer it in its more drinkable state, untainted by the funnel of whiskey saturation. Thanks so much, Per!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 7, 2007
2005 Vintage from Akkurat, Stockholm.

Pours oily jet black, with a beautiful creamy brown head rising ever so slowly from the body. First note of the aroma was bourbon, and quite a lot of it, undertones of vanilla oak, bitter dark chocolate, rye bread, honey sweetness and a hint of smoke. It didn’t blow me away like I’d expected, but was very enjoyable nonetheless. To the first sip, the mouthful was so perfect, slick and heavy, but so smoothly carbonated. Sensational, exactly what I’d expect from a great Imperial Stout. Flavours of oak and vanilla run through the first impression, followed by a boozy rumminess, dark chocolate truffle, rye bread and some earthiness. From memory, this was quite different to the un-kaggen version in that it had a far more boozy flavour and finish to it, despite the lower abv. The finish is also quite bitter and smokey, in a stunning kind of way.

Overall I’d say its approaching perfection, but probably not my favorite beer ever. Perhaps the un-kaggen version suited my palate better.

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