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Närke Konjaks! Stormaktsporter

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


on tap


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RATINGS: 177   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.21   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
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Limited (brewed once). Brewed exclusively for Stockholm Beer bar Akkurat’s 15th anniversary. Brewed in March 2010. 112° Plato. Matured on oak casks for 10 months, 5 of them on Cognac casks. Bottled on December 1st 2010. Pre-released fromkeg at Borefts Beer Festival 2010.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 16, 2012
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cpetrone84 (1602) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2012
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Phil (178) - Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2012
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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
larsniclas (5900) - Billdal, SWEDEN - OCT 14, 2012
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Huubs (142) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 9, 2012
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. Aldus Huubs. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
PhillyCraft (3697) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2012
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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Countbeer (5034) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - OCT 5, 2012
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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sean9689 (286) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2012
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Martinus (3489) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - OCT 4, 2012
Vintage 2010 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)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nocturne (1040) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2012
Tap at Borefts 2012. Black with a brown head. Roasty, chocolatey nose with wafts of mysterious cognac creeping up and washing over everything. Slightly lighter in body than anticipated, but retaining much of the complexity, and fairly sweet. The cognac works a magic of its own on this beer but I preferred the regular version overall.

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