tiong (2238) - Espoo, FINLAND - NOV 1, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Originally rated on 30.10.2011. 250ml bottle @ Akkurat, Stockholm (price 245 SEK!)
Pours pitch black with a tiny, bubbly and sticky brown head. Strong aroma of oak, vanilla, caramel, toffee, whisky/cognac notes with hints of wood and roasted malts. Great roasty taste with a lot of oak, vanilla and toffee notes and hints of cognac and sweet syrup. Finish is slightly sticky but still extremely tasty and nice. Alcohol is well hidden. Extremely well balanced barrel aged imperial stout, on par with the original kaggen, or maybe even slightly better. Just a tad too sweet for my taste and not quite as roasty and hoppy as I’d prefer, but otherwise almost perfect.
Frovigalning (2024) - Örebro, SWEDEN - OCT 30, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sample at SMÖF 2011. It poured an almost pitch black liquid with a brown head. ’Sweet smell with cognac and wood. Malty sweet with cognac and wood. A very nice beer, the cognac aromas merry very well with the beer. The regular Kaggen is still the best though.
oh6gdx (18553) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled@Akkurat, Stockholm. Quite much pitch black colour, small off-white head. Aroma is wood, cognac, some alcohol as well as some mild vanillaish notes. Flavour is wood, sweet malts, some alcohol as well as some vanilla and mild spicy notes. Nicely balanced.
gnoff (6317) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - OCT 16, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled at Akkurat, Stockholm, on September 30, 2011
Black color, smallish brown head. Malty, sweet, alcohol scent. Sweet malty, alcohol taste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium high bitterness.
50belair (1328) - Florida, USA - OCT 15, 2011
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle shared with Chris and Eric. Joan Jett black pour with a small tan head. The nose is real boozy with those awesome deep roasted malt, a la Stormaktsporter, undercurrents. Unlike my two amigos I preferred this version to the Swedish Oak. Wonderful dark roasted malt, sweet cognac, vanilla, bitter chocolate, and caramel flavors. Out-freakin-standing. I am so impressed with this fantastic line of stouts (or maybe porters?) from Narke Kulturbryggeri..........
brunnsbe (66) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 8, 2011
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Tap@Akkurat. Of all beers today (visited Stockholm Beer Festival) this one has to be the biggest disappointment. I like the normal Stormaktsporter and especially the Kaggen but this cognac version was overwhelmed by sticky alcohol. I even had a hard time to finish it. Sorry, but no, this was pretty bad.
_angst_ (1743) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 5, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2012 Bottle @ Akkurat on September 30. Pours black with small CO2 bobbles and a small white head. Smell is roasted malts, some smoked wood, chocolate and a tingling alcohol sensation. Mouthfeel starts out rather subtle but quickly grows exponentially into a great complex taste. A rather sweet taste that has roasted malts, some smoke, peat, alcohol, cognac and wood in it. Finish is dry with chocolate and coffee. Bitterness is prominent and suits the brew well. An incredibly complex beer with ton of goodness going on. I can’t wait to taste the rest of the Stormaktsporters out there.
Dazz3 (1251) - Hällefors, SWEDEN - OCT 3, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Akkurat, Stockholm. Pours pitch black with no real head. Smells, brandy, chocolate, barry. Tastes chocolate, barry, brandy, smoky abit alcohole with a smoky, chocolate finish.
hopscotch (8212) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 23, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle… This beer rocks!… Pours nearly black with a small, creamy, khaki head. Decent retention. The luxuriant aroma offers boatloads of fudge and vanilla. What’s up with all these European imperial stouts showing notes of fudge instead of the dark chocolate, molasses and espresso components their American counterparts present? Dutch. Swiss. Swedish. Danish. Doesn’t seem to matter. Hmmm? Well, I love fudge. I don’t pick up much wood or Cognac in the aroma. Full-bodied with a silky mouthfeel and a tinge of carbonation. The flavor provides sweet fudge up front and heavy, tannic bitterness on the backside. Finishes boozy, burnt and bitter. Big-time thanks to a good friend for sharing this world class brew! You know who you are.
darkguardian (720) - Florida, USA - SEP 22, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark black, nose is rich bitter chocolate but slightly muted compared to the swedish oak and normal kaggen. Taste is moderate chocolate, balanced roasted malt, and a little taste of cognac that lingers on the back of the tongue.