ClubGonzo (3533) - 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 (628) - 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 (173) - 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 (3407) - 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 (67) - 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 (7803) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 29, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2013
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.
roblove (28) - SWEDEN - MAY 22, 2012
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Black with light brown head.
Nose, licorice, barrell, vanilla, coconut, ham, blackberries, dusty bricks.
Taste, licorice, wood, nice well balanced bitterness, smokey, salty, soy, dark chocolate, coffee grounds, red/green apples.
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jsquire (3346) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2008 bottle. Dark beer with ruby glints when held against the light. Complex nose of smoked meats, ripe pit fruit, molasses and chocolate cake. Only an oily slick for a head. Big sweet beer with sweet molasses, dark brown sugar, roasted grains and something almost smokey. Warming alcohol sensation. Long ash and dying campfire finish, but with a great sweet balance. Very complex beer. Many thanks to a Secret Santa for sending this to me.
JulienHuxley (2554) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
250 ml bottle at Akkurat (2007). Pitch black pour with a ring if tan foam that leaves a light lacing on the glass. From the bottle, the aroma was a real chocolate bomb, but from the glass more faults became visible. The chocolate was much more subtle, and it showed real signs of over aging, mainly soy sauce. Some molasses and roasted grain complete the range of aromas. Taste is sweet and roasty, good balance, no perceptible alcohol but again obvious signs of oxidization. Palate is chewy, low carb, sweet and sticky. Tasty, but unfortunately past its prime according to me, don’t get it unless there is a more recent vintage available.
Nocturne (632) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
250ml bottle from the 2005 vintage. I had to try this one when I spotted it in the Bishop’s Arms. Pours out black like engine oil with not the remotest chance of any head forming. Immediately I can tell this is one of the best smelling beers I’ve ever experienced. Smoke, treacle, chocolate, sherry, toffee, black cherry... they’re all here. Wonderful. In the mouth it’s a slightly different story. It can still just about be described as silky smooth, but it must have lost some character over the years. I never had a fresh one but I’d wager it would have had more bite than this seven year old example. But having said that, this has held up marvellously well for a beer of that age. In its mellower state it’s still a force to be reckoned with, and an unforgettable experience.