Närke Kaggen Stormaktsporter Pure Swedish Oak

Formerly brewed at Närke Kulturbryggeri
Style: Imperial Stout
Örebro, Sweden
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 72   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
Special Edition for the First Borefts Beer festival at De Molen Bodegraven. Lagered for 3 months on pure Swedish oak.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hackobock (3967) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2014
October 18, 2014. Bottle at Man in the moon, shared by friends. Black with a small frothy brown head. Aroma is chocolate, oak, vanilla, vinous notes, dried fruits. Taste is light to medium bitter dark chocolate, light sweet dark fruits, light acidic, vinous. Smooth oily but a bit thin body with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ansalon (3753) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - OCT 22, 2014
Bottle shared with friends at Man in the Moon. Pours pitch black with a low mocha head. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, muscovado sugar and some roasted barrel notes. Taste is chocolate, coffee, muscovado sugar, slight funk and slight red berries. Mouthfeel is smooth, a bit thin with no carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tom10101 (5958) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 20, 2014
Bottle (250 ml) @ Man in the Moon. Vintage 2009. Black with a small off-white head and little to no lacing. Aroma is of chocolate, roasted malt, light fruitiness, vinous/port notes, oak and light spiciness. Taste is a bit acidic and again quite vinous with dark chocolate, roasted malt and oak. Medium body. Soft carbonation. Fruity finish. Decent complexity. Quite tasty. Body is a bit weak (age doesn’t help). Nice stuff, but not even close from the Konjaks! version and a little less good than the ’08 regular version we had side-by-side to this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JulienHuxley (5772) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 18, 2014
Bottle from man in the moon. Black pour with a few bubbles of white head. Aroma is oaky, really vinous, port like, nice roasty notes. Taste is roasty, light dark malt acidity, almost smoky, pretty dry. Palate is med full bodied, not too rich. Nice but pretty far from konjaks.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ktwse (4709) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2014
Pours black with low tan head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, dried dates, figs, raisins, peat, light smoke. Taste is sweet, raisins and figs, lightly boozy. Body is rich and oily to sticky. Flat carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 9, 2014
25cl, Vintage 2009, as Svensk Ek! Stormaktsporter (Macrök 2), recently retired exclusive Swedish brew, thx alot to my German friends for sharing!, very complex Stout, roasted/woody and slightly fruity/spicy, not too heavy, very balanced, hazy, small head, top class!, ’Thanks alot dudes for this memorable and epic beer tasting!’

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (16812) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 30, 2013
Vintage 2009. 250mL bottle at Man in the Moon, pours black with a small ring of tan head. Aroma of deep dark fruits, syrupy caramel malts, some toasted oak, wood and subdued roasted malt. Flavour is very complex, bringing out notes of licorice, dried dark fruits (dates, figs), toasted oak, wood and a low roast character. Extremely viscous, fruity and syrupy. Having not (yet, hopefully) tried the regular Kaggen!, I’m not sure how this differs - the oak is not that dominating, unlike the cognac in the Konjaks! version. Very complex and quite a bit more syrupy than I generally like in an impie stout, but it’s still somehow exceedingly drinkable. Finishes quite sweet and syrupy. I still prefer the regular Stormaktsporter. Excellent, but doesn’t live up to the hype and certainly not the price (495SEK!!).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dreadnord (1012) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Pours thick and black with a very thin tan head. Nose is peppery, fruit like berries and citrus, boozey and wood. Taste is sweet, slightly tart and big bitter. The mouthfeel is creamy yet has a nice bite. The body is heavy and the finish is long! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
gyllenbock (8800) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 5, 2013
Bottle at Man in the Moon in January 2013, labeled as Svensk Ek! Stormaktsporter 2009. The bottle cost 495 SEK. It poured pitch black with a small tan head. The aroma was fantastic of honey, roasted coffee, licorice and oak. Nice full body with a smooth carbonation. The taste started out with a big malt and honey sweetness. Also coffee and oak. The aftertaste was long and fairly bitter. As it warmed up I noticed more licorice and dark chocolate. Delicious and complex. Just lovely!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 20, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2013 In short: An amazingly drinkable complex big porter/stout with interesting woody notes.
How: Bottle 250ml (called Närke Svensk Ek! StormaktsPorter 2009) at Man In The Moon, Stockholm.
The look: Black body topped by a small tan head.
In long: Nose is oaky and chocolaty. Taste is very smooth, round creamy chocolaty malts, some vinous notes, pleasant oak that adds some nice woody notes without crashing the party, some figs & dates, chewing on a cigar, roasted cashews, more… Carbonation was soft and the body was a little too thin for the style, felt thinner than the base beer. Supposedly aged in oak barrels that contained whisky but to me it tasted like virgin oak, I didn’t get any whisky flavor, but I did get lots of oak. To make a long story short, you take the regular Stormaktsporter, you thin out the body, you hide the hops, you remove the alcohol presence and you add fun woody notes. This beer is absurdly drinkable, as easy to drink as a 5% session stout. Basically this treatment of the Stormaktsporter adds as much as it takes away from the beer. The result is something that is slightly different but as good if not better than the base beer. Not like the Konjaks treatment that overwhelmed and totally destroyed the beer. Of course is it a Narke Stormaktsporter so imho this one is again a bit overrated, Narke are not the best impy stouts in the world, however except for the Konjaks all Stormaktsporters are excellent imho. This is a beer I would love to have again and again, but given its rarity this is about as unlikely to happen as the original lineup of Oasis reuniting to repaint my living-room.

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