Papsoe (25056) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 8, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2009 (Bottle 25 cl) Pours completely black and opaque with a handsome, dense light brown head. Complex, vinous aroma with sweetish, roasted malts. Very full body with a shipload of roasted malt and notes of dried and overripe fruits. And then oak of course. Discreet bitterness with the alcohol shining through. Extemely complex and pleasant from start to finish. 260806 Beerhunter111 (22513) - P´Castle, GERMANY - DEC 22, 2016
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! Leighton (22327) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2013
Bottle at The Stout Tasting, London - huge thanks to Ken for sharing this bucket list beer. Vintage 2009. Pours black-brown with a creamy, brown foam head. Similar aroma to the regular version, with the addition of some vanilla notes, plenty of dark chocolate. Medium sweet flavor with bitter cocoa, definite alcohol notes, earth, further dark chocolate. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Warming finish with more dark chocolate, brownies. Deep and tasty. Rasmus40 (21990) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2011
Bottle @ Mikkeller Bar. Black with a dark brown head. Aroma is powerful and sweet, roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate and vanilla. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and roasted bitter finish. Great balance and very complex. Full bodied, soft and smooth. Brilliant. 090610 Koelschtrinker (21492) - K?ln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 11, 2011
Der angenehme Malzantrunk steigert sich in den Mittelteil hinein, in dem das Malz deutlich intensiver und vollmundiger wird. Stark schokoladig (herb) und würzig, wenig Zimt. Vergoren fruchtig, unglaublich Vollmundig. Nahezu perfekt! 14/14/13/15//15
Komplexer Malzantrunk, süßlich, deutlich röstig. Malzig bleibend, fast schon unglaublich komplex wie hier mit den Malznoten gespielt wird. Im Hintergrund fnden sich leichte Noten einer Eichenfasslagerung sowie des unbedeutenden Hopfens. Sehr leicht alkoholisch, malzig-bitter (zwischendurch), schokoladig werdend, langer dunkelschokoladiger Abgang. Hammer Bier! 13/14/13/14//14
fiulijn (21274) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 21, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2013 saxo (19522) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 2, 2008
2013-03-17, vintage 2007, 5 years old, 7-5-9-4-17=42
Pitch black color with brown head. Mild aroma of roasted malt, with some soap (disappearing later), dust, apples, oak cask. Full bodied, the mouthfeel is round and smooth; dark chocolate flavor, very rich, with an accent of oak; it still has a respectable sweetness; there is some liquorice and tar; correct bitterness, with some more roastiness in the final, and pleasant alcohol warmth.
Tasted in parallel with the same vintage of ordinary Stormaktsporter, the Kaggen clearly holds up to the age much better.
2011-10-16, vintage 2006, 5 years old, 8-4-9-4-17=42
Black color, with medium sized brown head, not persistent. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, whiskey; nice but less impressive than it used to be. Round body, smooth mouthfeel, with excellent chocolate flavor, followed by pleasant whiskey booziness that (compared to the 5 years old unoaked Stormarktsporter) provides the edge that the fading bitterness cannot provide; also some liquorice, tobacco and tar. Warming alcoholic final.
Very good but declining.
2009-06-16, bottle at Glenfiddich Warehouse N.68, vintage 2007, 10-5-9-4-18=46
The bottle is served too cold.
Black color; the creamy head reduces quickly. At first it has a nice cheesy aroma; then liquorice and some roasted malts and ashes; it evolves as it gets warmer; very late, there are traces of vanilla and paper, tobacco, alcohol and very light paint remover. The cheese crust is the best part for this kind of beer.
Very good body strength, the mouthfeel is oily but not sticky, extremely smooth; possessive chocolate and roasted malt flavor, with a minimal sweetness to complement it; some vanilla appears only late, creating a dynamic effect; the liquorice too can’t miss this appointment; the subdued alcohol presence is vibrating. The final sensation in the mouth is still full, turning maybe too much on the roasted malts for my palate, but expected; and there is some pleasant espresso touch too, and tobacco.
I remembered a more complex brew.
2007-05-08, bottle at Akkurat, 30€, vintage 2005, 9-5-10-5-19=48
Black ink color; creamy head. Huge and wonderful aroma: glue, chocolate, sweet coffee, Xerès and Porto wines, wax, black raisins; deep, complex. Full mouthfeel; incredible; mix of flavors: ashes, vanilla, tobacco, malt, sweet caramel, toffee, rhubarb candies, medium dark chocolate, creamy; hint of liquorice and traces of roasted malt; alcohol warmth. Simply wonderful….
Bottle at "den tatoverede enke". Nice head with good duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste wonderful. Lots of licorice, roast malt and chocolate mixed with honeylike sweetness and wood. harrisoni (19341) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2007
2006 Bottle bought at GBBF 07. Black colour with a thin tan head. Intense choc aroma. Like the highest cocoa chocolate you can buy, plus a distinct heather aroma. A little bit of petrol and tar too. Opened with very little carbonation but carbonation is evident in the glass. I’ve had this twice before at GBBF and at RBESG and both times I was blown away by it. Serving temperature is very important. Too cold and you lose a lot of depth of flavour. Pours oily, clear dark brown. Heathery aroma is quite distinct. Lovely in mouth, but for me, the outstanding thing about this beer is the finish and is possibly the best finish I have tasted. Breath taking. It stops me in my tracks. As it warms up, the beer opens up and the aroma and finish are truly sublime. Gorgeous, lovely and I have another 2 bottles to hone my review. Heather gives it a final spicy kick. Worthy as my 4k beer. mcberko (18981) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 27, 2014
Vintage 2008. Bottle sent from teorn88 (thanks so much, Matteo!) – been trying to hunt one of these down for several years now! Pours jet black with a very small tan head. Nose brings out lots of woody oak, roasted malt, and maybe some dry powdery cocoa. Flavour is fairly complex, with lots of oak and wood, medium roasted malt, and maybe some dried overripe fruits. Very woody and oaky, which are the flavours that dominate. Extremely soft palate, with low carbonation – no hint of oxidation. This is surely excellent, but number 1 in the world? A treat to have, but this is massively over-hyped.