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Närke Kaggen Stormaktsporter

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

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RATINGS: 528   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.48   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


MasterSki's rating

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MasterSki (8) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2010
2006 version, purchased at Oliver Twist. I’ve got the ’07 waiting for the right tasting event back home. Aged in Mackymyra single malt whiskey barrels if I’m not mistaken. Served in a snifter. The bottle was given to me WAY too cold, so I let it warm for a bit. A - First, I don’t generally dig snifters for my RIS consumption - they generally reduce head volume by quite a bit, and my favorite brews don’t benefit much from the aroma "retention". In any case, it had a late-rising dark mocha, even slightly red, half-finger of foam that dissipated pretty quickly to a ring with a few bubbles at the surface and some "legs". Pitch black - there’s some pretty lace that’s generated with each sip but it quickly slides down the edges of the glass and back into the abyss. It actually looked a lot like Dave’s (d0b) pour of the Cigar City 110K+OT in my Darkness snifter. I’m going to give it the benefit of the doubt, but if I get subpar head volume in a different vessel next time I may dock this a half point. S - Sweet Jesus - this thing smells epic. Huge whiskey, vanilla, oak, dark fruits, honey, roasted malts, tobacco, semi-sweet chocolate, coffee, molasses, and probably all the other descriptors used by my reviewing colleagues. The closest comparison I can think of was the incredible BA Decadence ’07, but this brew brings a slight sour note to the table that is almost a little reminiscent of the most recent Perseguidor (batch 4). I’m not sure how much time this brew sits in the barrel, or whether Swedish whiskey is more conducive to "bugs" but it’s a wonderful addition that adds a touch of depth and richness that can be lacking in other BA beers. There’s not a trace of astringent alcohol either. T - OK - you can pretty much taste everything listed in the smell, as there is really no drop-off in complexity. Whiskey, vanilla, wood, bittersweet chocolate, dark fruit, roastiness - they’re all here. Near the back end of the palate it fleetingly moves into BA barleywine territory somehow, with the burnt molasses flavor in there, but then it finishes with huge tannins and oak - like on par with Toronado 20th here. I’m at a loss here, because I keep picking up slight sour beer elements that my fellow colleagues didn’t mention - perhaps this is caused by the age, or the barrel used? In any case, it’s as if someone took an amazing BA beer like Decadence and spiked it with a touch of Consecration or something. M - There’s a little heat to go with the full silky smooth body and lots of stickiness. The residual feel is that "I’ve been licking a piece of wood" kind of thing that shows up in barrel-aged brews. Fairly mild carbonation. No complaints here. D - This is the only place I can really knock this brew. I was worried the 250ml bottle wouldn’t be enough for me to really enjoy and reflect on, but it was plenty. The alcohol is well hidden, but the buzz creeps up pretty fast. Also, the heavy tannic finish and the somewhat mind-blowing flavor depth make this a true evening-ender. But what an evening! It’s not very often that a brew comes along that changes my perception of what a style can do. I’m not sure if the slight sour notes were intentional, or a by-product of the barrel aging process, but any beer that marries the best of brews like BA Decadence, Parabola, and Bell’s BB Double/Cream Expo blend with stuff like Toronado 20th and Persguidor opens up my mind and palate to the amazing possibilities of beer. I understand this stuff is hard to get, but it should be tried be every beer lover at least once.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcberko (5918) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 27, 2014
Vintage 2008. Bottle sent from teorn88 (thanks so much, Matteo!) – been trying to hunt one of these down for several years now! Pours jet black with a very small tan head. Nose brings out lots of woody oak, roasted malt, and maybe some dry powdery cocoa. Flavour is fairly complex, with lots of oak and wood, medium roasted malt, and maybe some dried overripe fruits. Very woody and oaky, which are the flavours that dominate. Extremely soft palate, with low carbonation – no hint of oxidation. This is surely excellent, but number 1 in the world? A treat to have, but this is massively over-hyped.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HonusWagner (1315) - Florida, USA - MAY 27, 2014
Many thanks to Joey for sharing these. Cocoa, smokiness, medium sweet, chewy texture, delicious stuff with great rounded character. I’d probably give it closer 5 if I felt more comfortable giving a higher score to a beer I’ve literally tried less than 4 oz of.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hotstuff (4058) - Indiana, USA - MAY 5, 2014
Rated on 4-28-2012 at Fort Wayne, IN Gathering. This bottled beer courtesy of jsquire, pours a very small head, opaque almost black body, and spotty amounts of lacing. The aroma is wood, smoke, bourbon, and vanilla. The flavor is dark fruits, vanilla, a lot of bourbon, and smoke. The mouthfeel is light carbonation and this beer is medium-full bodied. Overall, wow another great sipping and complex beer! The various flavors come together very well to make for a very good tasting beer. This beer is well worth trying and a beer I want to have again.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JimmyBoy74 (152) - Örebro, SWEDEN - APR 20, 2014
En liten smakportion hos Närke Kulturbryggeri. Fantastisk Doft och smak. Först blev det jag lite förvånad av smaken men så exploderar den!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
biggsbowler (248) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Bottle '06 - thanks Staffan - Pours a dark black with a tan head. Some viscosity and a nice body. It's a little peaty and some kind of woodiness. The taste is a smooth, rich chocolate with dark fruit. It's kind of mind blowing that I'm speechless. Have a Merry Kaggen Christmas!!! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (1572) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 23, 2013
2007 vintage, 9%. Bottle courtesy of Per & shared at Christmas Tasting. The pour was a purple viscous thick pour with a brown head that lasts. An intense nose with hints of licorice with an even better flavor. Tons of chocolate, woodsy, coffee, no booziness but lots of warming. Woodsy thick molasses like mouthfeel velvety. An amazing beer, the nose is hard to pin down but each sip reveals different flavors & the aftertaste lingers while continuing to reveal new tastes. Umami, meaty wonderful stuff. Everything about this beer lingers from the smell, to the taste, the aftertaste & the head of foam. It’s become very reddish after warming up for a few hours while the taste gets smokey. This white whale of a beer lived up to the hype & was even better than the 2009 Dark Lord I had.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hypo_Luxa (53) - Osaka, JAPAN - DEC 22, 2013
2007 ver. Long pour into the glass produced a bit of head. Licorice, port, molasses aroma. Amazing mouth feel! There is heat but no burn. Very soft and subtle. Velvety sweetness that zaps the sides of your mouth and leaves your mouth watering. Amazing!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PriorL (1527) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 2, 2013
Bottle, shared with Mathieu87. In ’The Bishop´s Arms’ Malmö. Taken from notes. APPEARANCE: pitch black beer, small beige head. NOSE: chocolate, coffee, oak, vanilla. TASTE: dense chocolate, some bitterness, oak, some alcohol, amazing beer!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NilsHenrikBo (15) - Västerås, SWEDEN - DEC 1, 2013
Bottle 2009 in tulip glass. Thick black, creamy thick head. Roasty balance chocolate aroma, dark fruit, vanilla. Hints of leather and tobacco. Balanced and long lasting taste with smooth finish

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
stecken (174) - SWEDEN - NOV 20, 2013
Bottle 2007 at Smöf 2013. Black with creamy tan head. Aroma and taste is chocolate, raisins, oak, vanilla, cacao. Smooth mouthfeel, full body, long enjoyable finish.


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