womencantsail (6867) - Garbage Grove, California, USA - SEP 24, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black in color with a small tan head. Opens up with roasted malt, a light char, and heavy chocolate and vanilla aromas. There is a lot of cocoa powder, toffee, and molasses as well, giving it a moderate sweetness. The flavor is well balanced with excellent vanilla, molasses, and toffee underneath all of the roast, chocolate, and coffee characteristics. Excellent body and mouthfeel as well.
Scopey (3241) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2007 bottle at Akkurat. It pours jet black, with a thin tan head. The nose is rich espresso coffee, roasted malt, vanilla, almond, Christmas cake, dark fruit, molasses, cocoa powder and a touch of soy sauce. The taste is roasted malt, rich coffee, vanilla, dark chocolate, salted caramel, charcoal, toasted coconut, chocolate, gateaux and toast, with a dry, bitter chocolate finish. Full body and fine carbonation. Incredibly smooth, complex and perfectly balanced. A joy to drink!
adnielsen (6177) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 9, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle @ Akkurat Stockholm. Finally! Deep black appearance with a very nice, medium-sized, bubbly, dark brown head. Char, deeply roasty, burnt dark chocolate, lightly boozy, mild espresso aroma. Tons of roast in the nose. Very rich, dark milk chocolate, mild vanilla, burnt malty, a touch fruity, very rich roasty flavor. Slightly boozy finish but really a perfect roasty maltiness going on. 2006 vintage. (Note: in my drunken stupor after a night at Akkurat, I put this rating under the Kaggen entry, but I had the normal one)
Huhzubendah (1979) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 25, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared by ygtbsm 94. Thanks a lot Brad! Served alongside Kaggen! Stormakstporter. What a treat.
The beer is dark brown, approaching black with an inch of dark beige head. The beer appears oily and viscous, with ample lacing slowly cascading down the walls of the snifter.
The aroma is distinctly European, with the usual suspects of roast and chocolate. A healthy dark fruit presence asserts itself as well.
Rich, thick, and wonderful. Certainly not lacking in flavor. The 9.5% alcohol is well hidden. Palate coating, with chocolate covered dark fruits and a lingering, warm, roasty aftertaste.
Overall, I prefer the cask matured version (Kaggen!), but still think this is an exceptional stout. Highly recommended, should you have the opportunity.
ClubGonzo (2692) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUN 24, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2008 bottle (18 cl - this is tinier than I thought!), shared with BBGTC... At last! My first Närke beer, and not any Närke either - the Stormaktsporter has been coveted by me and my faithful beer comrades for a long time. Now, only Kaggen remains to get the top of this Swedish monolith of craft beer. :-) Pours a pitch black body with a tiny off-white head. Aroma is heather honey, coffee, leather, vanilla, wood, raisins, hints of syrup and alcohol. Very complex and very nice. Taste follows suit: with dark fruits and mild oxidized raisin-like tones, then milk chocolate, coffee and honey, finishing off with sweet dark malts, licorice and hints of burnt wood. Equally complex and nice. Smooth carbonation, full body. Though perhaps not the best imperial stout I’ve tasted, it’s definitely a delicious beer and a good contender for the top spots. Wish for a whole (if you consider 18 cl to be "whole") bottle myself next time! :-)
ej (326) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - JUN 16, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a pitch black oily with a small film of tan foam
fantastic aroma, raisins, coffee, blackcurrant, leather, roasted malts and molasses
Burnt wood, raisins, coffee and sweet malty roastyness. Leather and tar in the back with some cognacy notes.
Full to medium and a bit too softly carbonated.
kazin (55) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 7, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A great combination of chocolate, coffee, oaky notes (even though it’s not oak aged), and strong hints of sherry and madeira.
patrick767 (3169) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 31, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2008 bottle courtesy of jsquire at Ft Wayne tasting - Pours near black with a small tan head. It smells of smoky, roasted chocolate and coffee. It tastes sweet with chocolate, coffee, and soy sauce characteristics. Full bodied. Excellent.
ephemeral8 (66) - denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 30, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2006 bottle at Bishop Arms Savoy in Malmo (4.5)
Nose is maple-smoked Canadian bacon, molasses, horsehair and sweaty saddles. Seaweed and soy, chocolate-covered Luxardo cherries, dried longans, brined black cherries, red currant, brown licorice.
Mouth is woooooo salty! Viscous and briny and like dried seaweed and jerky drizzled with sweet black soy. Old pork rinds and cracklins, with a bit of dried cherry tang, maybe some umeboshi. Mole sauce on salty grilled pork, char smell rising from a hot stone/clay oven. Quite interesting, and my favorite of the three vintages tried. Less umami characteristic than Dave, a nice balance of sweet and savory. The finish fades out sherry-like.
2007 bottle at Akkurat in Stockholm (4.4)
This is probably the sweet spot for drinking age, although I did still prefer the 2006. This had almost perfect balance, but less complexity than either the 2006 or the 2008. Almost like a Black Forest cake soaked in soy sauce, whereas the Kagen was a German Chocolate cake soaked in fish sauce.
2008 bottle at Bishop Arms Savoy in Malmo (4.3)
Nose is much like the 2006, but more bacony and smoky, maybe like salt pork. Boozier, kirschier, boysenberry syrup. Mouth is stickier, much brighter than the 2006, less umami, more fruit--chocolate dipped raspberries, blackberries, boysenberries, black cherries, very juicy. Much less ham and smoke than the nose, body is a bit lighter as well. Brazil nuts oil finish. As it opened, it mellowed and became more similar to the 2006, but still a bit too forward for me.
3fourths (6939) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 29, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2012
2006 bottle at Bishop Arms Savoy in Malmo (4.3)
noticeable oxidized sherry in the nose with rich chocolate fudge malt, muted plums and black cherries, and medium-strength alcohol. creamy and smooth body with low carbonation and vanilla and chocolate syrup richness. fudge splendor! some light mineral / clay notes and frothy, dense carbonation release. slightly pasty and mineral-heavy late with touches of black currant esters in the finish. of the three years this is the most faded and muted, but still wonderfully expressive and nourishing.
2007 bottle at Akkurat in Stockholm (4.6)
the brightness of the alcohol is tempered, allowing the fudge chocolate nose and dark plum / berry esters to flourish and play with decadent sweet creamy malt. incredibly full and dense body with astounding richness. macadamia and brazil nuts and cocoa presented on a succulent umami body. likely one of the best imperial stouts I’ve had, and much prefered over the kaggen and cognac versions.
2008 bottle at Bishop Arms Savoy in Malmo (4.5)
brighter and more vibrant with stronger alcohol, giving it a bourbon-soaked nose full of dark chocolate, brazil nuts, vanilla and coconut. rich and succulent body with velvet carbonation and a striking, bold flavor (bourbon, fudge, rich chcocolate / nougat cake). pleasant umami. brighter alcohol seems to mask the flavos compared to older bottle, but there’s really no flaws and no bad characteristics present at all. creamy, decadent and soft body with prickly and lively alcohol late. honey and berry esters grow as it opens.