Tinco (518) - Linköping, SWEDEN - JAN 7, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Akkurat. Black, some alcohol legs, small mocha head. Aroma is oaky, sweet, alcohol, dark fruits, sugars, rich, vanilla, maybe some cognac in there, raisins, sweet cookies. Nice and complex. Taste isrich chocolate, sweet sugars, oaky, canilla, dark fruits, smooth but with a slight boozy feel. dark chocolate, full mouthfeel. Very nice stout from Närke.
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 16, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
In short: A harsh roasted boozy stout. Just a decent sipper.
How: Small bottle (250ml?) at Akkurat, Stockholm.
The look: Black body topped by a medium tan head with medium retention.
In long: First, this is truly a beautiful small bottle, one of the nicest bottle small bottle I have ever seen. Now let’s talk about the content of the bottle. Nose is boozy, very roasted, a light smoky sensation and also quite sweet. Smells like some kind of burnt alcoholised dessert. Taste is rich chocolaty, some burnt raisin pie, a shot of hard liquor, burnt cereals, burnt coconut, burnt dark grapes, weird meaty notes, a bit too much alcohol bite for a 9.6% impy stout. Full body with lots of small hard bubbles. I can’t say I really tasted Cognac per say, I didn’t even tasted barrels, this beer was like someone poured a shot of hard liquor (whisky, rum or some other liquor) in a perfectly fine impy stout. This is a decent beer but this Konjak version is by far the least interesting version of this beer I’ve had so far. I found all other versions (regular, kaggen, Swedish Oak) to be highly drinkable and I found the Konjaks to be rough around the edges, a little bottle was enough for me. Rarity hype? I was disappointed. When I ordered this rare top-rated beer I was super happy at first but then it felt like I was just slapped in the face, just like the day I was super happy to find $100 in an old pair of pants and then I was just slapped in the face because somebody was still wearing them.
cpetrone84 (1160) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is dark brown, almost black, with huge bubbles an small tin ring. The nose has some roaste malts, light smoke and peat with sweet cognac and light alcohol tinge. Taste is less barrel, a little muted, roasted malts and light chocolate with some faint sweetness and light heat in back. Body is full and soft with a nice carbonation and semi dry finish.
Phil (175) - Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A generous gift from a work customer - I must admit, hadn’t intended on opening it. Had intended on sharing. Accidents, mmm... Still, this is amazing. I just wish I could get some more!
larsniclas (5287) - Billdal, SWEDEN - OCT 14, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled at Akkurat sep-11
Black with a small, bubbly head.
Dark roasted and vinous. Slightly salty.
Light wooden notes along with some peat, smoke and chocolate.
Huubs (142) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 9, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap@BBF2012. Zwart met een kleine bruine laag erop. Geur van cognac, koffie hout en wat gedroogd fruit. Smaak is briljant met cognac, espresso, cacao, gedroogd donker fruit, eiken hout en vanille. Voelt wat olie-achtig aan. Wow, beste bier dan ik op Borefts gedronken heb.
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PhillyCraft (2759) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2012
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tap at Borefts Beer Fest 2012. This was obviously my first beer I tried at the Fest. Literally walked in and asked where the Narke booth was so I could grab a glass of this black beauty. Pour was pitch black with small brown top and lacing. Aromas hit you immediately as you get your nose in the glass, notes of cognac, vintage wood, coffee, cocoa, bitter hops, roasted malts and other spiced grains. Taste was just as incredible with coffee, wood, vanilla, oak, caramel and crusty malts, One of the easiest going stouts I have ever tried in my life, so smooth and layered with an oily palate and smooth finish. World Class.
Countbeer (3873) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - OCT 5, 2012
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draught @BBF’12: 2010 Vintage:
Small brown thin lacing on top of a black colored beer.
Hmm.. the nice mix of Konjak barrel aged and roasted imperial stout tones reach the nose and make one’s mouth water.
Smell the Konjak and roasted barley malts, but also some peat, syrup, dried dark fruits, some smoke. It’s thick and complex.
Taste is good bitter with notes of Konjak, roasted barley malts, liquorice, creamy, earth, a hint of peat and smoke, thick and well balanced.
Good bitter, sticky and roasty grassy, liquor(ice) and thick aftertaste.
Low carbo, creamy oily mouthfeel, full body and a oily creamy texture.
Absolutely a lovely brew! Very smooth balanced, deep and tasty!
Sean9689 (269) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
December 2011. Bottle from my cellar split with good friends. Served in an appropriate Narke tulip along side a 2007 Stormsaksporter and 2008 Kaggen! Stormaksporter...for comparison’s sake.
Looks like Kaggen!...black, oily, viscous, light tan head, thin collar, light lacing, wisps on top. Smooth booze, light smoke, some char, caramel, chocolate brownies, roasty malts, and oak. Well balanced sweetness and booze...exactly what I expect from Narke. Nothing but the best. The cognac is a little more pronounced on the palate then the nose. Char and smoke are less, excellent chocolate, wood, and caramel notes round things out. Nice dark chocolate boozy finish. Full, light carbonation, oily creamy finish.
Just as expected, simply excellent. I think this one is drinking nicely and the cognac notes are not too hot yet still there without a doubt. Wish I had another one, but alas, this is a very rare tick. A must-try if you ever get the chance.
Martinus (2612) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - OCT 4, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Jet black colour, beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, liquorice, coffee, cognac, dark chocolate and caramel. Light sweet flavour, cognac, light bitter roasted malts, bitter coffee. Finish coffee, light alcoholic, cognac notes. Long finish. Quite balanced.
(Draught @ BBF ’12)