jsquire (3578) - 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 (3543) - 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 (1325) - 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 (2356) - 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.
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 (3271) - 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.