PatBateman81 (178) - Caserta, - MAR 28, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle 2008 version, 0.3 taste 2007 version @ Närke Kulturbryggeri (Örebro, Sweden). *Hearty-rate*: the perfection in form of imperial stout. Drink it, period. *Rational-rate*: every time I have Kaggen! Stormaktsporter I never feel used to such a masterpiece. As I said to everyone: had many of the BIG IRS whales, like Black Tuesday, Darkness, Darklord, The Abyss, Eclipse, Dark Horizon, ecc., ecc., but this one tower above all. The reasons? Color is intense black, with a brown head like moka. But complexity starts from the aroma: you could never get enough of smelling, you touch something different every time. And difficult, extremely difficult to hive off single components. It’s burned sugar, molasses, apricot, oak, vanilla, plum, cherries, chocolate, coffee, syrup, spice, herbs. Bond between all that stuff is almost indivisible, even more in taste, it comes out an holistic property. Difficult to explain. But fact is, and could seem a paradox, separately from complexity, Kaggen! isn’t difficult to have, even though 25 cl is the best format, because hits directly the bull’s eye of senses without hesitation. You don’t need to be an experienced taster for appreciation and understand you’re facing something SO BIG. Moreover, it’s pointless making long analysis and list all flavors, since the best side it’s just the wholeness of such a full body; warms mouth and palate, in a great alternation between sweetness and bitterness (more the first) and the PERFECT balance of malts and hops. Herbaceous character, given by heather honey, isn’t invasive and oak aging as well. It’s ambrosia, no way. Breweries like Närke aren’t just their hype-geek productions, try other ones (cAmarillo, Örebro Bitter, and so on) and you’ll catch how they great could be as artisans. Long live HG and Berith.
Beerhunter111 (18819) - P´Castle, GERMANY - DEC 22, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
25cl bottle from a trade with omhper, many thanks Per!!! (2008 Version) Pours almost black with a huge most good lasting brownish head. Aroma of intense chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, oak, some alcohol. Taste of strong dark roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, wood, liquorice, the alcohol in present, really nice beer, thanks a lot Per!
ctipping (1721) - Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2016
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
25 cL bottle poured into a wine taster. 2006 bottle. Originally reviewed 12/25/2013.
Viscous black. Small khaki head. Very thin collar.
Nose is very oaky. Deep dark chocolate. Roasty coffee. A little bit of smoke. A green woody aroma. Almost like cedar.
Tastes incredible. Intense roasted malt. Coffee. Bitter chocolate. Smokey flavor. Licorice. A little bit sweet. Sherry. Woody. It’s not really oak, again more of a cedar. But not quite.
Medium low carbonation. Exceptionally smooth and easy to drink.
This got more complex and enjoyable as it warmed. Unbelievable beer.
JK (6020) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 8, 2016
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big thanks to craig for sharing. Black. Nearly still. Low carbonation. Complex. Chocolate. Some sauce, a little bit tart, earth. Very light bourbon in the flavor. Rich, smooth palate.
GlasgowTAD (1581) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - OCT 1, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks Jean van Garvie of the UK! Pours deep brown with some bubble activity but no head to speak of. Aroma is vanilla, oak, fudge, caramel. Taste is vanilla sweet, fudge sweet, caramel sweet, oak, some raisins, some soya sweet. Syrupy body with an oily mouthfeel.
AdmiralVernon (1105) - SWEDEN - JUL 18, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: Deep dark brown with a thin brown lacing. N: Molasses, soy, dark chocolate T: Coffee, espresso, sherry notes and just a touch of dark berries. O: Nice bitterness and nice light sweet notes. Probably seen better days, but still very nice!
ineedbeer (2079) - Oakland, California, USA - MAY 16, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2005 vintage bottle at Akkurat.
Aroma has lots of chocolate, roast, tobacco and leather. Some light dark fruit notes with some faint bourbon and oak.
Pours a very thick, motor oil black with a small, thick dark mocha head. Sheets of alcohol.
Flavor has a medium light sweet chocolate note with some balanced roast. Some tobacco and leather with some oxidation. The oxidation works really well with the beer adding some light honey sweetness. Hints of dark fruit and licorice. Medium bitterness. A hint of the alcohol and oak.
Mouthfeel is full bodied with a medium ow carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth.
Overall, this has aged beautifully. Great malt notes with hints of alcohol. Very lucky and thankful to have tried this.
martin00sr (3365) - Haderslev, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2016
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
2006 version.OhMyFukenGod. Pitch black. no head. Black berries and light cocoa aroma, slightly oxidised but in a good a way. Light Tobacco, sweet and jammy. Flavour has sweet black currant, light sweet licorice, sweet tobacco. Clear but well balanced alcohol. Perfect! Fuken perfect! Thanks MiP for dropping a FUKEN NEUTRON BOMB!
Bamsen78 (5222) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2016
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle. Pours cloudy very dark brown with airy tan head. Clear aroma of malt, roast and chocolate, with hints of coffee and faint dusty touches. Sweetish, chocolatey flavour with notes of roast, malt, caramel and fruit and perfectly added coffeelike hints. Faint touches of nuts and fruit, perfectly complementing the absolute orgasm. Coffee-chocolate-lactose-estery aftertaste. Goddamn, I’d kill for a bottle of it!!!! Timeless. The absolute and ultimate wonder of the known world. I could just as well logg off RateBeer for ever now. Thank you, MiP. I am totally lost for words.
Benzai (15019) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - OCT 6, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle [huge thanks for this trade Jerohen!] @ weekly tasting shared with Dutchdrebus. 2006 bottle, so 9 years old. Very curious how this held up. Opque pitch black color, average to medium sized dark brown head that lasts for quite a long time. Aroma is malts, dark chocolate, oak, roasted malts. Taste malts, roasted malts, dark chocolate, oak, light bitter, lightly liquorice. Smooth texture, medium body, soft carbonation.
DutchDrebus (5771) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - OCT 6, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thx for sharing this benzai! Brewed december 2006. Sick. Black colour with a small brown head. Smells roasty, chocolate, coffee, quite a bit of liquorice, wood. Tastes sweet, roasty, slightly honey, ’honingdrop’ (Dutch kind of liquorice), slightly vanilla, moccha and chocolate. It’s probably past its prime but it’s still a great brew. Full body, soft carbo.