mdfb79 (8) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 30, 2011
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
From 6/12/10 notes. Got to sample this side by side with Kaggen! thanks to nimbleprop, big thanks Mac! 2007 vintage.
a - Pours a dark brown color with an inch of light brown head and no carbonation.
s - Smells of chocolate, cocoa, light coffee, dark fruits, and roasted malts.
t - I know this isn’t oak aged, but I thought I tasted some oak in it. Also tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and a lot of dark fruit. Hint of booze.
m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Very smooth and easy to drink 9% ABV.
d - An amazing beer that I was really glad I got to taste. To be honest, I thought this and Kaggen! were very similiar, with this having a little more pronounced dark fruit and Kaggen! having more oak. Both are easily 2 of the best beers I have ever had and I would love to try them again some day.
kraddel (4460) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - MAY 1, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at the Ultimate Imperial Stout Tasting. Thnx for the awesome day, folks! This bottle was shared by gEUS. 2008 edition. Pours black, small grey head. Smell is green vegetables. Taste is bit bitter, good amount of roasted malts. Bit coffee. Nice, but not as nice as the hype goes ... ( Age ? )
Maakun (1191) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 18, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2008 bottle at WWT tasting. Black with short lasting beige head. Dried stone fruits, cognac, dark chocolate, port wine, old wood, moldy rye bread. Medium sweet. Full bodied. Past its prime here, but still drinkable.
Benzai (9646) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - APR 17, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle [2008 version] @ WWT IV thanks to Caesar. Opaque pitch black color, medium to full sized creamy brown head that lasts for a long time and leaves good lacing. Aroma is malts, liquorice, alcohol, lightly roasted malts, caramel. Taste malts, liquorice, some alcohol, dark malts, moderately bitter. Decent body, soft carbonation. Past its prime I guess but still decent.
jtclockwork (10306) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. 2008. Pours black tan head. Nose/taste of roast, chocolate brownie and vanilla. Full body.
MrHangover (3061) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JAN 3, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ New Years Tasting. 2008 vintage. Thnx to Martijn for sharing this rare gem. Pours a pitch black beer with a very small beige head that leaves directly after pouring. Aroma is malty, coffee, some herbal notes like laurel and it has this typical Närke feel to it. Flavor is quite thin to be honest, very malt forward and licorice. Some port and madeira notes in the back, boozy mouthfeel and finish. Good stuff, but I think the age is getting to this beer now.
tom10101 (3613) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (250 ml) @ Man in the Moon. Vintage 2008. Black with a small bubbly beige head and little lacing. Aroma is of dark chocolate, roasted malt, berries, soy sauce, molasses and sherry notes. Taste is of dark chocolate, molasses, roasted malt, sherry, soy sauce, light acidic notes and some fruitiness. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Sticky finish. Pretty good RIS, but it’s clearly showing signs of age and oxidation. A little bit better than the Pure Swedish Oak we had side-by-side with this one, but miles away from the Konkajks! version we had at Akkurat the day before. I can see why the ratings were so high a few years ago though.
Palme (3605) - Bergen, NORWAY - SEP 1, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
0.18l bottle from 2008 traded with Jeff1 and shared with The Tasting Crew. Oho! What a treat! This is a dark deep brown one with a small sidesticking ashy head. On the aroma this one is quite sweet, I get chocolate, vanilla, whisky, raisins, dark dried fruits, sweet heather honey, coffee tones and dark roasted malts. Amazing aroma? Yeah, really really nice indeed! It starts off with a smooth burned bitter and black malty, woody flavor before it really evolves to a monster and tasted of strong espresso-chocolate with both leather couch, burned coffee beans and dark dried oxidized fruits. It finishes off dark chocolaty and acidic, and it’s extreme mouthdrying in the aftertaste. A damn tasty one! 16.06.2012
fletchfighters (1205) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 23, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Owen for sharing
250 ML bottle 2008 bottle
Black pour, touches of ruby. Just a slight amount of head. Off white color.
Nose is slight oak, chocolate, prune, stewed licorice, and char. Brilliant nose. Quite complex.
Taste reflects the nose but add in more oak and add in coffee. Bold and complex beer. Far bigger than the 9.5% leads onto. Big time sipper. Tip top stuff
HonusWagner (1692) - Florida, USA - MAY 27, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Joey for the share. A bit like it’s brother or sister beer, the bourbon isn’t super notable in Kaggen but it does shade over a little bit of the fruitier elements of the base beer. Really good stuff, and like Kaggen I’d probably give it a higher score if my pours had been more than 3 or so ounces.
hotstuff (4393) - Indiana, USA - MAY 5, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rated on 4-28-2012 at Fort Wayne, IN Gathering. This beer, courtesy of jsquire, was poured into a snifter and has a very small head, opaque dark brown body, and spotty amounts of lacing. The aroma is roasted malt, molasses, chocolate, coffee, smokey, dark fruits, and some alcohol. The flavor is sweet, molasses, roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and smokey. The mouthfeel is soft and this beer is medium bodied. Wow! What a great tasting beer! It is a complex and a sipping beer at its best! I couldn’t get enough of this beer! It is more than worth trying and a beer that I want to drink again!