saxo (13331) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 2, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at "den tatoverede enke". Nice head with good duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste wonderful. Lots of licorice, roast malt and chocolate mixed with honeylike sweetness and wood.
MiP (12987) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - DEC 15, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Very nice creamy vanilla aroma. Black colour, small head. The flavour is a lot like aroma, vanilla, wood, cream. Low carbonation and a soft, even silky mouthfeel. This was very nice.
madmitch76 (12980) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2012 30 September 2009
2007 Edition - On tap at Borefts I. Opaque black stout - very thick milk chocolate coloured head. Nose of chocolate and oak. Very soft palate due largely to the thick head! Rich sweet oaky malt. A little minerals. Traces of milk chocolate. Delicious and not over hyped - really deserves it’s reputation.
2008 Edition. Opaque black beer. Softish palate. Rich malt with light chocolate. Oaky sweetness. A real treat but edged out here by the 2007 Edition
25th September 2010.
Borefts Beer Festival II. 2009 edition. Opaque black beer with a little tan head. Lovely woody bourbon nose. Soft sweet vanilla oaky dark malts. Beautifully integrated bourbon. Minerals. Subtle coffee and chocolate. Incredibly well joined up. This beer deserves the hype and it’s status. Fanbleedintastic!
25th April 2009
2006 Edition courtesy of Harrisoni - big cheers Ian. Opaque black stout Rich chocolate malt - tastes barrel aged. Softish vanilla oak. Some licorice alcohol with a touch of red fruit. Finishes with a brandyish dark chocolate malt and a bittersweet dark chocolate aftertaste. Rich and rewarding!
cgarvieuk (12765) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 3, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2011 Bottle RBESG 07 ... Deep Deep black ... rich malts rich and fruity little bit meaty ...thick syrupy rich malts lots of depth and character rich fruityness and lots of roast malts. 4.0
TK 2 Bottle at home ... Deep deep black ... rich roast malts ... rich chocolate and coffee ... not as viscous as Dark Horizon and not such an alcholic spirit burn ... deep fruit malts in amongs the roast. This is a great sized bottle to settle down with. A beer this nice should be small and slowly savoured.
This beer sums up all that i didnt like about RBESG (though it was still a great day) Bottle stored at home allowed to settle well, served and savoured over half and hour on a much cleaner palate. At RBESG i could see the potential of the beer but dont think the beer was given the respect it was due or the time needed to full apreciate and savour this beer. 4-> 4.3
Tk3 TOMS Ultimate Glasgow tasting ... On reflection and compaired to th other on the day , while this is still a stunning beer it didnt hold up for me to some of the others. 4.3->4.2
Tk 4 : Quick swallow at RBESG No notes but 4.1
TK5 Draught at EBF Copenhagen 08 ... Deep black ... toffeee roat malt nose ... rich tofee ... sweet molasis ... rich sily and smooth ... little tobacco ... little honey 4.1
Interesting that its higest rating was in the Comfort of my own home. I do find that i tend to enjoy my beers more when im relaxed at home, not frantically looking at whats comming next at a tasting or beer festival
Tap at De Molen event .... 2007 version... Nice sweet chocolate nose ... soft smooth chocolate ... loads of toffee ... little hop ... very chocolaty
Tap at De Molen event .... 2008version... much less chocolate ... little meaty ... good depth ... toffee ... little chewie ... soft and smooth...
bottle at home ... home tatsing 280111... very booozy bourbon ... rich malt nose ... sweet malty roast ... toastyed malts ... gain little bourbon ... nice ... but too much 4.0
bottle at home ... home tasting 250111 ... 2006 vintage ... deep raisins and plums ... rich dark toffee nose ... dark malts ... soft bourbon ... dark raisins ... nice but not stunning 4.0
yngwie (12517) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 22, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, at the Rover, Gothenburg. (2006 vintage, 10%) Served in a Triple Karmeliet glass, which proved to be a nice choice from the barman. There’s just nothing to complain about regarding the appearance of the beer. It’s jet black, with a creamy, tan head. The aroma is smooth as hell, with lots of mocha doing a good deal of the job, but has company of a sweetish vanilla and marzipan scent. The alcohol can be detected, but is very weak. In the mouth, it’s very sweet in a good way, with flavors of mocha, some vanilla and a hint of alcohol and dried fruits. It’s very low on bitterness, and also on hops, but it’s just delightful. Sort of leaves me lost for words. (080710)
Theis (12483) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2007
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
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)
harrisoni (12439) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2007
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 20/20
2006 Bottle bought at GBBF 07. Black colour with a thin tan head. Intense choc aroma. Like the highest cocoa chocolate you can buy, plus a distinct heather aroma. A little bit of petrol and tar too. Opened with very little carbonation but carbonation is evident in the glass. I’ve had this twice before at GBBF and at RBESG and both times I was blown away by it. Serving temperature is very important. Too cold and you lose a lot of depth of flavour. Pours oily, clear dark brown. Heathery aroma is quite distinct. Lovely in mouth, but for me, the outstanding thing about this beer is the finish and is possibly the best finish I have tasted. Breath taking. It stops me in my tracks. As it warms up, the beer opens up and the aroma and finish are truly sublime. Gorgeous, lovely and I have another 2 bottles to hone my review. Heather gives it a final spicy kick. Worthy as my 4k beer.
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle, 2006 vintage) Pours a dark brown body with a thick tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, light smoke, bourbon, and chocolate. Flavor of vanilla, roasted malt, light licorice, wood, and bourbon.
TBone (11724) - Pori, FINLAND - SEP 29, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Bottled vintage 2006). Sampled to celebrate my 40th birthday. Courtesy of oh6gdx (who brought this bottle from GBBF 2007).
Pitch black color, good dark brown color. Oak (oak barrels), tobacco, dark malts, vanilla, some licorice in the nose. Full-bodied. Main flavor is licorice, dark roasted malts, molasses, dark chocolate. Then nuances: oak, vanilla, honey in portwineish palate. Very very complex and highly drinkable. Kick of alcohol in the atfertaste. Long mix of roasted malts and vanilla in the aftertaste. Normal Stormaktsporter is one of my favourite beers and this even tops it.
Oakes (11363) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 5, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Special thanks to hopscotch for saving a slice of this even though we were running late for the tasting. Dark brown, muddy. Rich, tarry, boozy aroma. Tarry body, too, hot, woody with thick chewy malts. The added boozy, woody notes of the barrel interferes with what was otherwise a wonderfully malty beer.