piscator34 (2515) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 1, 2009
Bottled 2008 vintage via and shared with oakbluff. Black in colour with low carbonation. Aromas of bourbon, roasted malts, caramel, and chocolate. Loads of bourbon character upfront, with strong pale and roasted malt character lurking. An interesting finish with both vanilla caramel and drying wood notes competing for attention. Very heavy bodied. A bit too over the top for my taste... just too much bourbon! Ljunkan (530) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - JAN 31, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2010 2008 bottle. Pours a pitch black color, looks very oily; the head is small and it dies. Aroma is absolutely fantastic! I canít say Iíve smelled anything better lately, it has been a while since I had Nšrke Kaggen and Iím not really sure, but this could even be better than that one. Lots of roasted malts, dark chocolate, fudge, toffee, almonds, oak, vanilla, bourbon and even some light smokiness behind all this too. Flavour is powerful; very sweet, yet balanced, in my opinion. Roasted malt, dark chocolate, fudge, almonds, oak, vanilla and bourbon. Perfection. A slight warming note from the alcohol. Palate is extremely filling. A fullbodied beer, very creamy and thick, low carbonation. Long, pleasant finish. Overall this have to be the best beer Iíve had together with Kaggen! Maybe the absolute best one. jkwalking05 (4734) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 30, 2009
Black as night with a thick tan head. Strong almost overpowering aromas, you can pick out the bourbon and the oak. Booming flavors of oak, bourbon, coffee but somehow they manage to stay smooth. Thick body with a nice burp. The aftertaste is a very lovely dark chocolate.
DuffMan (10278) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 29, 2009
Thick oily black pour, low dark brown head. Very rich complex aroma and flavours of chocolate, beef broth, whiskey, charred wood, and vanilla. Thick chewy mouthfeel. Medium bitter finish. Alcohol is almost entirely hidden. Absolutely perfect marriage of the íliquor-and-beerí concept. Phenomenal. Wow do I ever want more of this! ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 28, 2009
2008 Bottle - Pours a murky viscous black with a tiny tan head that lasts 5 seconds...aroma is intoxicating in itself, bourbon wood, vanilla, chocolate, char and booze...flavour is similar, with molassas and a bit of smoke...I like the nose a bit more than the taste, high booze, low bubbles...share this one or die...
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JAN 25, 2009
Bottle - Pitch black beer with a minimal amount of head. Sweet aroma with hints of chocolate, vanilla and alcohol. This beer is a real sipping beer. The alcohol flavor somewhat overwhelms the malt flavors in this. Mette (224) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 24, 2009
Drukket hjemme, delt med Theis. Kulsort med et moccafarvet lille skum. Skummet forsvinder hurtigt. Duft: Chokolademślk, mÝrke frugter, vanille, trś. krydret, kokos. Smag: Bitter chokolade, let alkoholisk, vanille,trś,mÝrke frugter, karamel. God og fyldig, rigtig dejlig mundfylde, skjuler alkoholen godt. Mums det er godt. higgo68 (1) - Michigan, USA - JAN 22, 2009 does not count
This nearly black, syrupy, heavy hitter opens with an aroma that makes you want to taste it now...and the huge flavor doesnít disappoint from there. The bourbon shows through in the aroma and flavor instantly as does the vanilla and carmel. This is a unique stout that I enjoy year to year -- worth the wait. craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 20, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2011 2008 & 2010 vertical on 5/14/11.JaBier (7871) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2009
2010 pours a deep black with a slim tan head. brilliant nose with just the right amount of bourbon along with chocolate, licorice and a touch of vanilla. some alcohol comes forward as well. big thick body with some bitterness up front, chocolate and coffee overtones, some lingering dark fruits and bourbon from the top to back. hot finish with the bourbon and alcohol coming through strong mixed in with big plump dark fruit tones.
2008 pours a deep black with a slim tan head. the bourbon is more subdued 2 years into the bottle with more chocolate and roasted malt tones coming forward with a bit of spice. thick body full of chocolate, coffee, oatmeal and roasted malts. the bourbon has disappeared after a few years across the body. sweet finish with dark fruits, bourbon and caramel towards the back. things have mellowed out for sure after 2 years... if you like your barrel aged beers strong, drink it fresh - if not age it.
2008 bottle via Plumpjack Beer of the Month Club. Simply outstanding beer. I busted this one out to celebrate the wonderful CHANGE that we experienced today as Chicagoís Barack Obama became the 44th President of the USA!!!! cya W. pours a deep black with a thin tan head. huge bourbon notes seep out of the bottle... some vanilla and chocolate on the nose as well. huge chewy body with bourbon, dark fruit and chocolate caramel on top of the palate. very soft on the sides. nice and warming throughout the mouth. the finish is extraordinary with a huge bourbon oak feeling and a nice warming alcohol touch. this is one of the best beers Iíve had to date.... A+++
12oz 2007 bottle courtesy of Rogueone sampled at the Hopsnobbery Collective stout tasting on 1.16.09. Had this one once before and it tasted like it could sit a little while longer to calm down. Pours black with no head. Boozy aroma with dark fruit and some chocolate. Bourbony sweet flavor with coffee and chocolate. Powerful beer, but not quite as harsh as the first time I had it. Excellent brew.