Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2010 Botttle at Københavnske Øldage 2007. Thanks to the guys from the Mikkeller stand (Jeppe, Mikkel, Kristian...). Chokolate, dark chokolate, roasted, coffee, licorice, wood, oak, very very smooth. Some of all the sharp licorice in the ordinary stormaktsporter has disappeared............I just had it again, this time in Stockholm at Glenfiddish Warehouse No.68. So I am now gonna uprate it. Not much to add to flavour or aroma, just want to note some light sweetness and some vanilla. And say, I still love this beer !!........Re.Re.Rate:(Vintage 2009 as: Närke Kaggen Stormaktsporter Bourbon Barrel) Draught at Borefts Bier Festival 2010. Pitch black - brown head. High bourbon, coconut, vanilla, light milkey, fruity, licorice, burned, light coffee notes. Too much bourbon. (7/5/7/3/15) gunnfryd (14899) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 10, 2012
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. Ratman197 (14852) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2010
Small bottle 2008 poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lingering brownhead. Aromas of bourbon, vanilla, oak, dark chocolate, raisins, dates and molasses. Palate was medium to full bodied and smoth with a dry finish. Flavors of bourbon, vanilla, molasses, dark chocolate, dark fruit, light coffee and light oak with a smooth dry lingering chocolate bourbon finish. DSG (14838) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - AUG 9, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2010 Re-rate 7/27/10: Bottle shared as the Grand Finale of a pale lagers tasting. Thanks a lot omhper for the beauty! 2006 bottle. Black color with a medium brown head. Aroma of coffee, bitter chocolate, a bit of cocoa, oak light cherry hints and a bit of fruit pralines notes. Thick sweet chocolatey flavor with a bit of fruits, light licorice hints, some roasted nuts, a bit of alcohol and drier roasty finish with light herbal notes. Full silky body. This sample was not enough! I want more! 8/4/8/5/17=4.2
Scopey (14778) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2013
(6/29/08) Bottle sample at RBESG08 grand tasting in Plzen. Black-colored with a brown head. Aroma of roasted to burnt malt, some sweet chocolate notes, cocoa and some coffee. Quite dry roasted-burnt flavor of malt, cocoa and a bit of dark fruitiness. Full-bodied. Looking forward to try a more proper sample of this from the bottle in my cellar. 8/5/8/4/16=4.1
Bottle at THE stout tasting - part 1. Thanks Ken! It pours jet black with a small tan head. The nose is rich roasted malt, dark honey, oak, vanilla, toasted coconut, dark caramel, fudge and coffee. The taste is roasted malt, toffee, pretty big alcohol kick, honey, chocolate, earth, toasted coconut, touch of spice, vanilla, residual sweetness, salted caramel, tobacco and some pepper with a warming finish. Full body, fine carbonation and oily mouth-feel (but not cloying). Really well balanced. Perhaps not as smooth as I had hoped, but a delicious beverage nonetheless.
HenrikSoegaard (14176) - Randers, DENMARK - FEB 3, 2008
Bottle. 2006 version at Den Tatoverede Enke. Creamy lightbrown good mostly lasting head. Black colour. Heavy malty and moderate hoppy aroma. Powerfull vanilla and honey notes, no smoke.
Moderate bitter flavor. Strong caramellic notes, almost "Bailey-like". Fantastic long moderate bitter finish. Exstremely creamy wonderfull palate. To strong caramellic notes too become truly fantastic, but really great stuff. Way too expensive! Christian (13670) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 26, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2010 Rating number 1000. December 2006 25cl bottle. Pitch black with a thick, creamy and long lasting light brown head. Intense aroma, oak above all, with much vanilla character. Plums, dates and figs. Some alcohol gives it some bourbon after a while, and portwine is also in play. The flavour has all that barrel character plus the full blown impy stout richness. Rather sweet but balanced by some hops, the dark malt bitterness and some alcohol. As it enters the mouth, oak and vanilla dominates, then comes some fruityness along with warming alcohol, and perfection is reached with the long lasting black aftertaste of espresso, charcoal, licorice and dark chocolate that sits in the mouth for a long time.
kermis (13485) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 23, 2010
Hyped beers demand extra concentration when drinking, which in turn may give a great beer an even better rating because I pick up all of its complexity - my first Westvleteren 12 took an hour to drink, and this will also last. But they are hyped because of their qualities in the first place, and this beer is worth all the attention.
Re-rate same batch, March 2010: Has held up perfectly. Still the same balanced and complex beer. I’m not regretting the 5.0
2009 vintage at Boreft Beer Festival, October 2010: Much rougher and with much more Bourbon character, this was only a 4.3 experience. If you get your hands on a bottle of 2009, age it a bit.
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2012 On tap at Borefts beer festival, De Molen. Pours black with thick head. Almost tar like mouthfeel makes this one of the best of it’s class Stuu666 (13435) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours black, nose is roasted chocolate, little oxidised, taste is quite sweet, soy, dry, chocolate, meaty. A little past its best but thanks Craig! bierkoning (13355) - La Tropica/Doarp, NETHERLANDS - SEP 27, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2008 2006 bottle. Almost black color, with dark brown foam. Creamy aroma with dark chocolate, ash and roast. Thick bodied, but dryer as expected. initial alcohol is attacked by a flavor bomb, consisting of cream, roasted malt, loads of dark chocolate, ash, oak, beechwood and pineapple. Alcohol burn in the endless aftertaste. Complex and delicious beer, seems heavier than its promised 10% ABV. 8 4 8 5 17 = 4.2
2007 version, tap @ EBF 2008. Flower honey in the delicious aroma, combined with some oak. Licorice, honey and roast in the flavor. Lusciously sweet but still a great complexity. Licorice in the aftertaste. Again: excellent!