cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
07 bottle. Pour is dark brown, almost black with red edges and a tiny bit of tan large bubbled head. Nose is nice, same rich chocolate cake as stormaktsporter, maybe more, and hints of bourbon and wood. Taste is rich, dessert like, creamy full body. Rich chocolate cake and bourbonn blend together adding notes of charred wood. Not sweet but adds some malt berery flavors in back finishing semi dry. My favorite of the 3 I tried.
Pyrmir (5844) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - NOV 17, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at ÖÖWF 2012. 2009 edition on tap, next to the un-oak-stored edition, also 2009. Aroma, winy, sherry, more fruity and sweet than the other version. Seems like the flavor is more complex and mature, not necessarily good. Taste: mature plums, mature grapes, madeira. A LOT rounder and sweeter.
fackbesokare (100) - - OCT 13, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2007 version at AKKURAT vintage cellar. Cocklat flavour is persistent mixed with coffe. Unctuous petrol, improves with temperature. I have deleted it finaly from my whislist.
metalgdog (1) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 12, 2012 does not count
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2008 vintage served at Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fà in Rome.
This is almost a religious experience being able to finally try Kaggen. Pours an intense dark hue with a two inch brown head and good lacing. Immediately get a big whiff of chocolate, vanilla and oak. Very aromatically pleasing. The taste follows the nose with roasted malts, dark chocolate, vanilla and bourbon. Just a wonderfully smooth integration of all the elements as you sip on this and it feels as great in the mouth as going down. The worst part about this beer is that it comes to an end after 25cl. An absolute classic brew that I am grateful to have tried.
Swans (134) - FRANCE - OCT 12, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 2007. Oily stout with a thin head. Chocolat aroma with licorous and fruity hints. (Cocoa, banana, Orange peel) a really special oporto and chocolat aftertaste.
gunnfryd (14563) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 10, 2012
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle 2007 version. Thx to Beer3000. Beast of borboubon on the speakers. The bottle was opened. Black colour wih a tan head. Big expactation. Lovely aroma of coffee,licorice, malt, hop, oak, fruit. Flavour is is cocos, coffee, heather, honey, alcohol, vanilla. Easy drinkable world class beer. Lovely.
arminjewell (9553) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 19, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2012 2007 bottle, Levi, you are the man. Pour is thick black oily pour with thin but lasting tan head. Aroma brings notes, of big sugary honey, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, slight anise, molasses, caramel, some nice dark fruits with rum soaked raisins and plums, really nice. Taste is thick dark chocolate, roast, ashy anise notes, touch of molasses, on the front, leading into some rum and oaky raisin and fruits with some slight fig, touch of oak, slight spicy and floral honey in the middle with a hint of vanilla, touch of chocolate, finishing fairly roasted, bitter, slightly sweet from the honey and some floral and spicy notes round it out. Thick through the palate, a bit harsh on the carbonation but not too bad, definitely pushes the tastes through. This is world class for sure.
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 19, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
[Bottle] purchased at the football pub in Rome. Pours a clear black with a creamy tan head that slowly dissipates. The aroma has a surprising amount of crystallized, floral honey, light roast, very light barrel, and chalky malt. The flavor has a little more balance. The honey is strong still, lots of floral notes, stronger barrel character than you would think on the aroma, toasty on the back end, and the finish lingers with a little bit of everything there. Nicely complex, but the main thing about this beer is the balance. the aroma is a little less so, but the flavor is stunning. The palate is a touch thin, especially for an imperial, but the alcohol only makes a very light appearance.
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LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - JUL 19, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 19, 2014 Bottle very generously shared by Levi. Thanks a ton my friend, what an absolute treat. Pours a very dark brown with reddish highlights around the edges. A lasting mocha ring, with a skim that lasts as well. Aroma is sublime: Crystallized honeyed malts, lots of floral character. Some smoke, chocolate, toffee. Very, very nice. Taste is also amazing. Lots of wood character, seems like red wine even. Vinous, floral, a bit boozy. Smoke, chocolate, oak. Slight booze heat that lasts. Just amazing, slightly more restrained booze to fill out the palate would make this a 5 for sure. I could smell and taste this one all night. Thanks again Levi.
DalzAle (2030) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JUL 19, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2007 bottle generously shared by MatSciGuy! Very thick dark black pour, slowly dissipating thick chocolate head and an amazing aroma of dark chocolate, a little sweet honey, bourbon & vanilla. Flavor is creamy high end bakers chocolate, earthy peat, raisins and still a surprising amount of mellow boozy sweetness on the finish. Thanks for sharing this Levi, I’ve been chasing after this for years and it absolutely lived up to the hype for me.