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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
arminjewell (9207) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 19, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2012 2007 bottle, Levi, you are the man. Pour is thick black oily pour with thin but lasting tan head. Aroma brings notes, of big sugary honey, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, slight anise, molasses, caramel, some nice dark fruits with rum soaked raisins and plums, really nice. Taste is thick dark chocolate, roast, ashy anise notes, touch of molasses, on the front, leading into some rum and oaky raisin and fruits with some slight fig, touch of oak, slight spicy and floral honey in the middle with a hint of vanilla, touch of chocolate, finishing fairly roasted, bitter, slightly sweet from the honey and some floral and spicy notes round it out. Thick through the palate, a bit harsh on the carbonation but not too bad, definitely pushes the tastes through. This is world class for sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 19, 2012
[Bottle] purchased at the football pub in Rome. Pours a clear black with a creamy tan head that slowly dissipates. The aroma has a surprising amount of crystallized, floral honey, light roast, very light barrel, and chalky malt. The flavor has a little more balance. The honey is strong still, lots of floral notes, stronger barrel character than you would think on the aroma, toasty on the back end, and the finish lingers with a little bit of everything there. Nicely complex, but the main thing about this beer is the balance. the aroma is a little less so, but the flavor is stunning. The palate is a touch thin, especially for an imperial, but the alcohol only makes a very light appearance. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - JUL 19, 2012
UPDATED: APR 19, 2014 Bottle very generously shared by Levi. Thanks a ton my friend, what an absolute treat. Pours a very dark brown with reddish highlights around the edges. A lasting mocha ring, with a skim that lasts as well. Aroma is sublime: Crystallized honeyed malts, lots of floral character. Some smoke, chocolate, toffee. Very, very nice. Taste is also amazing. Lots of wood character, seems like red wine even. Vinous, floral, a bit boozy. Smoke, chocolate, oak. Slight booze heat that lasts. Just amazing, slightly more restrained booze to fill out the palate would make this a 5 for sure. I could smell and taste this one all night. Thanks again Levi.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DalzAle (2018) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JUL 19, 2012
2007 bottle generously shared by MatSciGuy! Very thick dark black pour, slowly dissipating thick chocolate head and an amazing aroma of dark chocolate, a little sweet honey, bourbon & vanilla. Flavor is creamy high end bakers chocolate, earthy peat, raisins and still a surprising amount of mellow boozy sweetness on the finish. Thanks for sharing this Levi, I’ve been chasing after this for years and it absolutely lived up to the hype for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Huhzubendah (3330) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 25, 2012
Shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks a lot, Brad! Served alongside Stormaktsporter. 2009 vintage The beer appears quite similar to the standard version. Dark brown, nearing black, with a dark beige head that leaves an oily film gently descending the snifter. A distinctly European aroma. It seems to me that Närke, Nøgne Ø, Mikkeller, etc. possess distinctive characteristics not found in American stouts. Hooray for diversity and the unique aspects found in beers throughout the world. Anyhow...the beer smells terrific. Roast, chocolate, barrels, a touch of booze. The flavor does not disappoint. Thick, chewy, viscous stout that coats the palate and melts in your mouth. The barrel character is outstanding. Present, but not overbearing. Beautifully balanced. Dark fruits, chocolate, roast, malt, barrels blending together in harmony. Highly recommended, should you have the good fortune to sample this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 8, 2012
Thanks to nbutler for the pour. I finally get to try this! Pours black with an espresso head. Aroma is vanilla, truffle, and something remiscent of chocolate covered marshmallow bunnies that you find at Easter. Taste is sweet with some roast. Full bodied with a slick texture. Really awesome. It lived up to the hype for me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kazin (423) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 5, 2012
Have had the pleasure of tasting 2007 and 2008. Honey, raisins, sherry, roasted bitterness, cacao, vanilla and coffee.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
patrick767 (3918) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 31, 2012
2009 bottle courtesy of jsquire at Ft Wayne tasting - This near black beer with a minimal tan head smells of dark roast malt, plenty of bourbon, and vanilla. It has a big, sweet, roast malt flavor with chocolate, wood, and wonderfully blended bourbon. It’s full bodied, smooth, and has a long, robust, bitter roast finish. Fantastic beer. Thanks jsquire!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ephemeral8 (69) - denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 30, 2012
2007 bottle at Akkurat in Stockholm. Nose is caramelly, rich chocolate, hints of toasted coconut, fermenty umami, and oily roasted nuts. Some strange metallic fish scale notes. Mouth is rich and swells with alcohol in the mouth, especially compared to the unoaked. I definitely preferred all the vintages of those. Although this is quite nice, it’s a bit of gilding the lily for me. Also the fish notes are strange--my lasting impression is of a German Chocolate cake doused in fish sauce.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
3fourths (8962) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 27, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2014 2007 nip bottle at Akkurat in Stockholm. A few days earlier I drank full bottles of the 2006 and 2008 Stormaktsporter, and while both were considered very, very good, I felt the 2006 was faded and the 2008 was still a bit too bright and green. This led me to choose the 2007 as the Kaggen! vintage to try at Akkurat a few days later. My previous rating is from a nip bottle of the 2005, split two ways in 2008, sampled amid a number of other beers of varying style, bitterness and alcohol. given the tendency of Narke beers to be somewhat mellow, focusing more on presenting a flavorful, balanced beer drinking experience rather than a bold, in-your-face drinking experience, my thoughts were lost, only preserved in notes taken four years ago. So I truthfully had no opinion about the Kaggen from that long-ago taste. I decided on this trip that I would experience Narke Stormaktsporter as if it were completely unknown to me. The hype surrounding the beer is hard to ignore, but I feel like I can be honest with myself about quality given all of the things I’ve drank, where I’ve been in my beer travels, and how often I seem to go against the grain. I’ve spent untold amounts of money on beer I didn’t enjoy, cheap and expensive both. I trusted myself to honestly evaluate the Kaggen without consideration of rarity, reputation or pricetag. Combine this with the fact that so many people have had 4.5+ "wow" moments with this beer, and I know there’s something in here to find. My previous rating was rather unexciting, so I figured I didn’t get the full experience, and this was my shot. So with that all said, how was the beer?

First pour: early on the beer has limited expression given the temperature, a bit colder than is ideal. Early on the nose presents a chewy and creamy melted chocolate chip dark malt character with light touches of faded whiskey and oak. The body is exceptionally savory and frothy, suggesting chocolate fudge and fluffy but savory cake. There is slow growing alcohol warmth as the beer begins to blossom and open up with time, and after about 10 minutes it becomes difficult to put into words... surreal decadence, that would put it best. Prickly, just-bitter cocoa nibs and fudge cake softness with a velvety body. Later on, approaching room temperature, the nose develops some metal and paint yeast notes but it’s really quite mild and doesn’t spoil the decadent spongy fudge cake deliciousness. Some mild smoke and char are at play later on, and the whiskey remains happily subdued and well-matched for the moderate roast and soft, decadent body. The last sips show a bit more whiskey and alcohol, as expected, but still remains creamy and chewy and perfectly suited for it’s size. Delicious. And no fish sauce whatsoever.

previous rating of 2005 vintage sampled in 2008: Appearance is deep black, no apparent light passing through the edges of my glass. A deep brown head sites on top, and when swirled the brown, thick lacing clings to the sides of the glass and slowly crawls back down. Very attractive splotchy lacing. First impression of the nose is rich dark chocolate and a slightly hot aroma of whiskey with faint charred wood as well. For sure the whiskey is not overpowering, and I’d probably say it’s one of the few beers that used whiskey barrel aging is a truly complimentary role. The (faint) char, rich (but not heavy) smoke, and malty scotch notes work together really, really well. First taste is rich chocolate and sharp whiskey, again, complimentary rather than dominating, with oak barrel and delicate, toasted chocolate malts coating the mouth. Over the back it’s slightly warming, very mellow and smooth, leaving a rich toffee, amaretto and resinous whiskey coating on the tongue. A few times I even pick up some nice, moist tobacco as well.

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