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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: 524   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.48   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
benhwilkinson (24) - Little Soudley, Shropshire, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2007
Bottle on sale at the molen in Bodegraven. Jet black in color almost like oil! Various flavors, chocolate, coffee, fruit. A lot going on!! A very complex beer. I did enjoy it but I preferred the Rasputin from the molen.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 10, 2008
2006 vintage courtesy of the unbelievable generosity of Ughsmash. Many thanks for knocking out the last of the beers I most sought out.

Ah, Kaggen - how you have eluded me all this time. So many perfect scores have been bestowed on you. So many arguments have been fought over whether you are the best beer in the world. Finally my time has come to evaluate all the hype and praise.

In a nutshell, if falls far short of expectations. The aroma was very nice. The excellence of barrel-aging was very evident in both the aroma and flavour. This alone allows me to appreciate the high degree of skill that was involved in this process. However, there was a stark lack of balance here with each flavour component seeming a bit disjointed from the others. The body was also a tremendous letdown for me as I was expecting something quite....well, "imperial" in nature. I got very ordinary and run-of-the-mill. Nothing huge in regards to the viscosity. Which is fine if there’s a multitude of complexity and refinement in the flavour as was evident in the original batch of black hole from Mikkeller, for example. However, while there were some interesting vinous notes along with some nice use of specialty grains, it was all rather uninspiring.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bishopspeking (3) - Norrköping, SWEDEN - SEP 18, 2007 does not count
Well this IS a really good beer. I have just tried it once, but it’s a very limited release.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eriked (14) - STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - DEC 18, 2007
Dark brown color with a thick brown head. smell of cofee, yeast and nice oak tones. The taste is cofeey and vinous

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stine (1453) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 8, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2008 Poured from a nip sized 7 oz or so bottle; vintage 2006 thanks to Tyler. Dark chocolate colored pour with a thin ring of golden brown. Aroma of heavy bourbon; coconut, vanilla, honey, and brisket. Hints of strawberry, raspberry, some mulch, and scotch malt. Limited in dimensions. Flavors brings lots of bourbon influence again with vanilla and pistachio frostings; delicate and nuanced with coconut, sweet vegetables and wood. Simple, straightforward, and laid back. Meaty, sugary with wine impartation and mildy salty. Palate is tinny and soft with tepid carbonation and a full, velvety texture. Balanced; smooth, with some citrus sugars and honey-blended espresso in the finish. Somewhat underwhelming, but irrefutably well made and delicately done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - JUL 5, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2008 2006 Version: Black with a tan head, spotty lacing; head recedes to a ring around the glass. Chocolate, roasty coffee, graham cracker, and some ash. Taste is roasty, maple, molasses, vanilla, and seemed to have a fair amount of earthy hops too. Medium carbonation and medium body. Pretty good beer, but not really the amazing beer it’s made out to be. Thanks to pepsican for sharing. I’d be interested in trying this again, but not for the price this commands in trades.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
biggirlpanties (153) - Carlsbad, California, USA - MAY 3, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2011 Shared with GT2. Pour is jet black with a deep brown head that leaves some sheety lacing. Aroma starts out as a bouquet of floral and orange blossoms and warms into a bitter chocolate, vanilla, caramel. Taste is very bitter chocolate, cocoa powder on the finish, boozy, some citrus. It’s a little less robust than I was expecting. Palate is a bit oily, a bit thinner than I expected, but that doesn’t really detract. Really like this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (7884) - Carlsbad, California, USA - MAY 3, 2011
250mL 2008 big thanks to omhper! The pour is significantly improved over the normal 2007 Stormaktsporter. A very lively, large, blooming, deep brown head erupts on a near jet black body. Lacing is sheety, large, and sticky. Aroma is very intense: fruity, floral, buttery, maple, something not unlike bourbon but more akin to brandy and spiced orange. As it warms, very heavy buttery bourbon comes through even though this has no bourbon component in the aging. More spiced orange comes through again with licorice and mild peat. Later, I get a lot more orange, potpourri, heavy clove and cinnamon. Taste is very different from the normal version. Up front this is sharp and citrusy, mild butter and spicy oak in the mid, and finishes neutral, tannic, and rich with bourbon, oil, and coconut similar to Goose Island Bourbon County Stout. Palate is slightly carboardy and mildly dusty. Not super oily or thick. Very different from the normal Stormaktsporter. Not coffee, chocolate, or bourbon forward. More neutral malty, bitter orange, mild coffee. Pretty good but not mind blowing. Definitely not the best beer in the world unfortunately. Inferior to Misto BA or even De Molen Heaven and Hell. Overall relatively weak sauce, tart, mild, thinner. Definitely a sad product of hype, rarity, and biased ratings.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrChopin (2927) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 16, 2011
’07 bottle. Slightly darker than the regular, thin beige ring of big bubbles. Nose is molasses, chocolate, much sweeter than the regular. Oaky flavor, cake, dates, more fudge. Very dessert like through the finish, the creamy body complimenting. My favorite of the three versions I tried.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AdamJackson (2100) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 26, 2013
Traded a Blabaer 750ML 2011 for this tiny bottle. Enjoyed at 50 Degrees F and allowed to warm up slowly. This is a 2009 vintage at 9.5%. Full macho American pour into my large stemmed De Dolle Glass.

A - Pours oily, totally black out of the bottle into the glass. A 2 finger coffee colored head forms and fades over the course of 90 seconds to a thin ring and minor sea-foam consistent bubbles. The stickiness of the head is resilient as it swirls around in the glass. Pitch black, not oily but pretty damn black in the glass.

S - Nose is interesting. I get almost a mix of espresso creamy latte with lactose and fresh roasted coffee mixed with the sweet booziness of rum barrels. There is a hint of vanilla beans and dark chocolate.

T - Interesting. This may be the most roasted beer I’ve ever had like a mix between roasted coffee and roasted oak over a fire. Not campfire smokiness but just very roasted. There’s a huge chocolate presence at the start, the middle is latte with vanilla added and the finish is this roast bomb with an almost astringent booziness like what you get after drinking cheap cough medicine. In the back of my throat I get a grain alcohol like taste like swallowing freezing cold vodka but the burn is always the same.

M - Velvety and sort of fudge like but you know the feeling you’re left with after eating chocolate covered espresso beans? that’s pretty much what this feels like but in liquid form.

O - I’m overall pretty disappointed in this beer. Tickers GOTTA tick but I really don’t feel that this is worth either the hype or the trade bait. There’s too much roasted notes, way too boozy for a 9.5% beer and the astringency never goes away. It’s a great stout but certainly one that I’ll pass on at the next bottle share should it show its face.

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