PatBateman81 (178) - Caserta, ITALY - MAR 28, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle 2008 version, 0.3 taste 2007 version @ Närke Kulturbryggeri (Örebro, Sweden). *Hearty-rate*: the perfection in form of imperial stout. Drink it, period. *Rational-rate*: every time I have Kaggen! Stormaktsporter I never feel used to such a masterpiece. As I said to everyone: had many of the BIG IRS whales, like Black Tuesday, Darkness, Darklord, The Abyss, Eclipse, Dark Horizon, ecc., ecc., but this one tower above all. The reasons? Color is intense black, with a brown head like moka. But complexity starts from the aroma: you could never get enough of smelling, you touch something different every time. And difficult, extremely difficult to hive off single components. It’s burned sugar, molasses, apricot, oak, vanilla, plum, cherries, chocolate, coffee, syrup, spice, herbs. Bond between all that stuff is almost indivisible, even more in taste, it comes out an holistic property. Difficult to explain. But fact is, and could seem a paradox, separately from complexity, Kaggen! isn’t difficult to have, even though 25 cl is the best format, because hits directly the bull’s eye of senses without hesitation. You don’t need to be an experienced taster for appreciation and understand you’re facing something SO BIG. Moreover, it’s pointless making long analysis and list all flavors, since the best side it’s just the wholeness of such a full body; warms mouth and palate, in a great alternation between sweetness and bitterness (more the first) and the PERFECT balance of malts and hops. Herbaceous character, given by heather honey, isn’t invasive and oak aging as well. It’s ambrosia, no way. Breweries like Närke aren’t just their hype-geek productions, try other ones (cAmarillo, Örebro Bitter, and so on) and you’ll catch how they great could be as artisans. Long live HG and Berith.
dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 27, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2008 bottle. Pours thick and black with an average brown head. Looks decadent. Nose is mellow yet potent at the same time. Light smoke, melon, spice, chocolate, roasted coffee, oak, apricot, maple syrup and alcohol. Super complex. Flavor is sweet up front. Rich. Bitter peeks through and becomes more prominent in the middle and balances well for a bittersweet dry finish. Mouthfeel is like heaven on the tongue. Unreal how good this is. Believe the hype kids.
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teorn88 (1913) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 24, 2012
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
25cl bottle. 2008 vintage. Pours a thick black color with a nice medium brown head. Creamy foam. Alcohol legs sticking to the side of the glass. Aroma is complex and heavenly: to me it smelled like they placed the finest RIS in a delicious port wine barrel. Chocolate, oak, red wine, red berries, coffee, licorice. Taste is on the same level, extremely smooth and balanced, with a fantastic complexity. Again, chocolate, red berries, red wine, wood and coffee beans. I’m not sure if this is the age of the bottle speaking here, but this was the most gentle and yet delicious imperial stout ever tried. It retained all the flavours os typical roasty ones, but without the sometimes overwhelming bitterness. This was less bitter then average RIS to me, it struck a perfect balance. And yet so much complexity. Heavenly. Body is thick and oily with a the perfect amount of carbonation. This is probably the first exceptionally-hyped beer that I truly enjoy as expected. Actually, probably even more tha that. Perfection is not of this world, but I can see giving this a perfect 5.
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From notes. First reviewed 10/30/2011. Poured from a 8 oz. bottle into a tasting glass. 2008 vintage.
Kaggen! Stormaktsporter has a typical RIS look - ebony black color with a fairly thin tan head of creamy bubbles slowly fades to a collar and leaves a thin sheet of lace.
The aroma is very balanced and smooth. Some sweet bourbon, raisins, figs, and dark roasted malt are all subtle and blended so well together. Dark chocolate and a bit of espresso round out the nose.
The flavor is pretty much exactly what I want out of a barrel aged imperial stout. Smooth, sweet bourbon comes in first and slowly lets in the fig, raisin, cherry, and roasted malt blend beautifully together. Some dark chocolate fudge, vanilla, and light espresso notes are in the background. The finish has a bit more bourbon and finishes fairly clean.
The carbonation is smooth, with just enough crispness to excite the tongue along with the bourbon. The body is on the fuller side of medium and consistent all the way through. Slightly sticky on the lips.
Clearly, this is one of the best imperial stouts I have had. No individual flavor really stands out, but the flavors in concert work so well together.
Geokkjer (5221) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 2, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle 2007, thanks to Beer2000 :-). Pours black with a small beige head. Aroma of caramel, roasted malt, oak, alcohol, soy sauce, coffee and honey. Flavor is sweet and malty with some roasted malt, caramel, warming alcohol, fruitiness, chocolate and dried fruits. Full body, soft carbonation. This is world class!!!!
Hoprider (69) - DENMARK - FEB 26, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
2008 bottle from Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fa in Rome. Aroma is very creamy with lots of milk chokolate, vanilla/oak and just a little licorice. Really good aroma. On the palate it is medium heavy with some suds which is surprising since the nose would suggest a creamy, thick mouthfeel as well. The alc. is very well controlled. The malty sweetness dominates but everything is still really complex. Develops in the glas and gets thicker after a while and has an aftertaste to die for. If you’re on Rome make sure to stop by Ma Che Siete.
phaleslu (5723) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2008 bottle shared by bsuedekum that he got from cgarvieuk- thanks, Blake and Craig! Pours a deep, dark, just about completely opaque brown color with a small brownish tan head that only stays for a little bit. Aroma of vanilla, molasses, roasted malts, bourbon (which gives some heat), chocolate, and oak. Flavor of charred oak, vanilla, rich roasted malts, bourbon, molasses, honey, licorice, and a hint of dark fruit. Some warming alcohol heat. Medium-bodied, with a smooth, rich, warming mouthfeel and low carbonation. Wow, this one absolutely lives up to its reputation. Amazing stuff.
Wim (2547) - Weelde, BELGIUM - JAN 6, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
thanks to ompher dark brown black coloured body with a little off white head a roasted malty fruity spicy aroma a roasted malty little fruity little caramel sweet alcholic bitter taste with a alcholic bitter finish
mixos (149) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - JAN 6, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
bottle of 2008 edition! Very smooth, easy drinkable, delicate, complex in all! great aromas of almost everything !! Congratulations to the brewery !
Bart (2941) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JAN 2, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle Vintage 2007, thanks to Els and Ompher. Black coloured beer with almost no head (just hints of brown). Very special alcoholic liquor roasted malty and sweet honey heavy fruity alcoholic hinted. Medium to full palate with a heavy special herby tone on the tongue. Finish is again liquor alcoholic mlaty with some almost chocolat roasted malty and honey hints. Very special.