stryk (30) - Farsta, - DEC 29, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I already had this one and the fantastic Kaggen at the beer festival this year in Stockholm Sweden. Nice to have one again in a more sober environment.. hehe. Had it from bottle. 2007 vintage. We bought it at Bishops Arms at the Central station in Stockholm. 250 SEK for one bottle. Virtually no head. Pretty thick density with a black solid and full body. Roasted and very nutty aroma. Leather mixed with grape, raisins, plum and lots of prune. A nice honey texture enriches this feast of beer and you can sense vanilla and a healthy dose of alcohol. Dry, oily and little syrupy. Flat carbonation. light sweet, moderate bitter and a bit salty. I had a nice burnt oak and ash taste long after I finished the bottle. This is a world class beer, really good. Have some high quality chocolate truffles with this one. Cheers.
HonusWagner (1331) - 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 (4058) - 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!
rouhlas (78) - GREECE - APR 10, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2007 bottle at Bishops Arms Gamla Stan, Stockholm. Pitch black color with a nice beige head. Aroma is roasted malt with chocolate, dark dried fruits like plum, vanilla, wood and a lot of olives. Taste is sweet, almost the same as the aroma with the addition of coffee. Full body, sticky with soft carbonation and bitter and alcoholic finish. I think that the 2008 bottles that I tried three times in the past (at Olrepubliken Goteborg) were better! I would rate them with a 5!
andregoncalves (1332) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - MAR 17, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
25cl bottle thanks to omhper. 2008 bottle. Cheers Per! This is my #1000 rating so I thought this would be a great opportunity to drink this beast. Ok breathe in, breathe out. Color is perfect. Dark as hell, with a nice thin beige head. Body is creamy but more lively than I was expecting. Finish is huge. Taste is medium to high bitter, low sweet. Aroma is liquor, chocolate, coffee, wood, alcohol and fruits.
KingCecil (2041) - DENMARK - MAR 1, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle @ The Bishop´s Arms Stockholm .. vintage 2007… It pours pitch black with a small beige head….. coffee, dark sweet dried fruits, alcohol, licorice, vanilla.... Very nice beer!! loved it!!
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 24, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2005 bottle shared with Nelson, Winter of 2008.
Viscous, jet black pour shows off some faint deep mahogany brown tints on the edges. A small but respectable amount of deeply burnt beige head is somewhat retained, especially given the age (and size of the bottle). Very little sediment on the bottom....
Fantastically strong aroma showcases all the vinous fruitiness, black licorice and dry roastiness I look for in stouts. Not a chocolate-fudge bomb and very mild with the hops. Hints of light oxidation play on the end, drying the roasted barley notes considerably, and giving a light bready/crustiness. No alcohol noted whatsoever (probably masked by the huge amount of dark fruitiness and charred roast). This is, IMHO, the ideal abv for the style.
Soothing, creamy, luscious mouthfeel is the first thing that comes to mind. Despite the relatively low carbonation, it never gets watery. A good amount of roasted barley up front followed by soft, caramelized sugars and deep, rich base malts. Prunes, red wine, moderate vanilla notes and light coffee suggestions are all perfectly melded and balanced. I like Fiuljins suggestion that this is "really well mixed together". Light hop bitterness, some crackery/bready hints of oxidation and little alcohol noted. Really nice stuff, malty and rich but not underattenuated or cloying. Glad I didn’t wait any longer to drink my bottle, as I don’t think this is gaining anything with more age. I assume from the bottom of the bottle, lower head retention and preliminary signs of oxidation, that this is filtered, even if only lightly so. If so, that’s still one hell of a mouthfeel and very impressive. Could use a touch more length on the finish, though, flavor-wise.
VastActiv (2638) - Oulu, FINLAND - JAN 11, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 0.25l at Pikkulintu, Helsinki. Vintage 2006. Originally rated 25112011. Colour is black with very small brown head. Aromas and flavours: Coffee, some fruits, chocolate, sweetness and roasted malts. Fabulous.
PriorL (1643) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 2, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, shared with Mathieu87. In ’The Bishop´s Arms’ Malmö. Taken from notes.
APPEARANCE: pitch black beer, small stable beige head.
NOSE: coffee, some dried fruits, some alcohol.
TASTE: some liquorice, vanilla, dried fruits, alcohol.
Very good beer!
stecken (174) - SWEDEN - NOV 20, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle 2008 at Smöf 2013. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma and taste is chocolate, dried fruits, coffee, vanilla. Full body, lovely mouthfeel, long sweet finish.
Franzen (290) - SWEDEN - NOV 15, 2013
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2006 vintage keg at 3 små rum.
Lots of milk chocolate in the aroma.Some plums, vanilla, liquorice, coffee and smokines are there in the background. However they are all pretty mild the main character is the sweet chocolateness.
Pitch black with beige head
Sweet without beeing to sweet. The sweetness than slowy turn in to a burnt bitterness. Actually both the sweetness an bitterness get some room but it still fell very balanced. The finish is long lasting, powerfull and intense in cofee
Full body, creamy, low carbonation. Might actually have the fullest body of any beer I tasted
A really nice Porter that actually lives up to the expectations. Really long lasting finish, imptessive body and really balanced taste.