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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: 539   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BearsOnAcid (3) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 27, 2011 does not count
Black body, 1 inch of brown head. Aroma has a beautiful smoke and dark chocolate/coffee mixture. Heavily roasted malts and some ashiness. Barrel comes through very well. Charred oak and light caramel. The barrel is upfront in the flavor. It hides a lot of the depth and complexity that the base beer had. I don’t get as much of the sweetness and the ashy flavor is a little toned down. The alcohol cuts through that and leaves an acidic heavily roasted malt/coffee flavor on the palate. Lots of dark cocoa charred oak and light caramel. Creamy mouth feel with low-medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
swoopjones (6214) - 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 (2361) - 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 (2882) - 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (4980) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 8, 2013
The 500th rating of this beer! 2009 vintage @ THE Stouts Tasting. Cheers to Ken for supplying this top want! The pour’s deep brown with a small khaki head. The nose is deep, earthy sweet chocolate. Charred oak wood, a bit of vanilla. More earthy, roasted aromas. You definitely smell the barrel treatment in this beer. The taste is sweet vanilla and chocolate cake. Strong charred woodland. Thick, rich toffee and burnt sugar. Bitter, slightly hot finish. Full body, though not smooth or supple. Overall, a really nice, full-bodied imperial stout. Tasty indeed. The finish is a bit ragged, which brings it down a notch. On this showing, I prefer the older Konjaks version.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Godofthecellar (677) - NYC, New York, USA - JUN 12, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2013 Bottle poured into a glass, dark brown with espresso head. Extremely well balanced stout. Cocoa nib and honey with a nice oakiness

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SilverHaze (14) - SPAIN - AUG 20, 2013
A black colored beer, with a small thick beige head. The aroma of dark malts, some smoke, coffe, chocolate, with some liquorice juice. The taste of smoked malts, dry bitter chocolate, some coffee and wood. Great combination.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (3570) - 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.

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