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Närke Kaggen Stormaktsporter

Formerly brewed at Närke Kulturbryggeri
Style: Imperial Stout
Örebro, Sweden
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 534   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
swoopjones (5887) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 15, 2011
bottle courtesy of Polly from Avenue Pub at Beer Bar Owner Gathering 2011, Good but falls victim of preconcieved notions. Notes of vanilla, dried fruits, light peat, licorice, pretty complex. Sample was about 2oz so i would love to try mote. Lighter mouthfeel than expected. Not sure of the year but good not amazing IMO

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Yves (2231) - Turnhout, BELGIUM - DEC 29, 2011
Darkbrown coloured beer with almost no head and no carbonation visible. Roasted alcoholic aroma with some port hints. Full palate. Finish is soft bit malty roasted ending dry alcoholic. Very nice flavoured beer with strong aroma though soft balanced finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wim (2738) - Weelde, BELGIUM - JAN 6, 2012
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (2283) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours black, nose is roasted chocolate, little oxidised, taste is quite sweet, soy, dry, chocolate, meaty. A little past its best but thanks Craig!

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eaglefan538 (2890) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 6, 2010
Bottle graciously shared by sloth - a big thanks, Bert, especially for waiting a few months on this one. Pour was deep black with a cocoa colored head. The aroma was vinous coffee and chocolate, some wood. The flavor was dry cocoa, vinous notes, some coffee and chocolate, and notes of wood/oak. Mouthfeel was full and slightly acidic more than sweet or sticky, perhaps a tad on the still side of carbonation. An enjoyable beer and experience, Mr. Bert, although as you even said, perhaps a bit over-rated (not my number one impy by any stretch). Cheers and thanks again. A nice one indeed!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpencerDB (223) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 20, 2011
Had this side by side with regular stormaktsporter thanks to Habmike at our local tasting. Thanks man. Pour was straight black with a dark tan head that dissipated quickly. Aroma was not very similar to the regular. Oak, roasty, some strange peat moss, vanilla. this had a great mouthfeel and interesting flavors, but the peat moss was just taking away from a well constructed IRS. Slightly astringent. Good but not exceptional, just like the regular.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tastybeer (1727) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAY 4, 2011
Bottle, thx for sharing tarheels. Pours a thick black with a tan head which leaves some lacing. Aroma is great: mild peat/wood, coffee, chocolate, fruit, cinnamon, vanilla. Lots going on here. Flavor is rich coffee, chocolate, vanilla, coconut, potpourri. Finishes with oak/wood. Palate is full, oily, although a bit boozy and dry. Not nearly as exciting as I had hoped.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cipressaia (53) - ITALY - SEP 23, 2011
Impressionante la quantità di aromi e sensazioni che riesce a restituire. Ma non è propriamente la birra che berrei ogni giorno. Not my cup of tea.

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