ClubGonzo (5683) - Bergen, NORWAY - AUG 31, 2013
2007 bottle, from trade with GTH. At last! One of the really big White Whales and a very appropriate selection for my 3000th entry here on Ratebeer - what a ride it has been! :-) Pours a tar black body with a medium light beige head. Nose is coffee, deep malty tones, leather, tar, honey, hints of wood, alcohol, licorice and vanilla. Very elegant and bourbon-like, despite not having touched any such barrels. Taste is burnt toast, licorice, coffee, leather, dark chocolate, dark malts, honey and hints of cellar must and alcohol. Medium body, soft carbonation. Very nicely balanced and well brewed, but times have certainly changed and while Kaggen might have been the top dog some years ago it’s no longer rare to encounter world-class imp stouts like this anymore. Regardless, this beer is still a beauty. Hats of to Närke for their accomplishments, and my toast to all the wonderful, cooky, funny, knowledgeable, geeky, hospitable and cheerful beer geeks here on the site. Chin chin for you all! :-) mcberko (19837) - 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. beer_est_deus (1327) - örebro, SWEDEN - SEP 12, 2014
Svart öl med ett litet och brunt skum. Doft: Kaffe, kola, kanderat socker, russin, sött fruktigt vin. Smak: Kola, choklad, russin, lakrits, lite julkryddor. Lite mindre "trög flytande" än vad jag minns att den brukar vara. McNeillR (2333) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2016 Thanks to the Birthday Boy, Craig "Swiftkey did it" Garvie - 2008 VintageSvesse (8952) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - MAY 14, 2006
Opaquest dark brown, a total black hole swirl of a tan head. Rich sugary dusting. Dark smooshed figs, toasted coconut and isolated grab of raisins as it warmed and a welcoming porty porter core. Initial taste is a proper shotgun burning raidance of Meaty, juicy darkest malts - treacly charred sweetness seeping through. Vanilla pod crackles. Soily/dusty coffee dryness. Stabbing richness towards the finish, speckled fizzing out heat on the finish. A lot more layered and flavorsome than a Dark Lord, although a little more chewy meaty and leap at the finish - it’s up there and it’s mysticality will only increase each year this isn’t made.
Bottle from the Garvie Cave, Beers Of My Youth Tasting
(Draught at Oliver Twist, Stockholm) Colour is opaque black, with a firm pale brown head. Nose is roasted with loads of liquorice and soy sauce. Hints of smoke, rather tarry, and with some vanilla notes. A bit sweet. Taste is roasted (can even detect hints of birch ashes), again with loads of sweet liquorice, soy sauce, espresso with sugar. Body is full, thick and creamy, but with some prickly carbonation on the tongue. Lots of everything in the finish, even some hoppy bitterness (I suppose it had to arrive sooner or later). Warming, massive and very tasty.
Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 10, 2007
Alright, I had the chance to get a sample of that (2005) in Copenhagen, then I tried the new 2007 version at Oliver twist a few weeks later and retried, some days after, the 2005 thanks to my very generous Göteborg hosts: Marsiblursi. First off, the regular Stormaktsporter is an excellent imperial stout and rather tough to beat in complexity. I don’t quite understand the purpose of setting it in a barrel. It is apparently a rather short journey that it takes (2,5months), yet the effect is considerable as bourbon is obvious in the nose, but the low duration has allowed the body to keep most of its thickness, silkiness and richness. KnutAlbert (6798) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 3, 2007
So what do I think about it? Well, first off, I prefered the 2005 version which is 1% lighter and more developped and rounded around the edges at this point. The 2007 is still a fair bit boozy. The 2005’s complexity is more obvious and the concentrated fruitiness from the regular comes across more naturally. Appearance-wise, they both wear a fair diminishing dark beige head. Totally opaque, oily body, pitch black. The 2007 actually left legs on the glass. Gentle alcohol flavours, rum-soaked grapes, heady nose with wild leather smokiness, mint, vanilla (strong), chocolate roastiness and hard to pick up single fruits. Complex nuances, age-worthy, silky full body with honeyed and brown sugar tones. Very creamy, smooth carbonation. it manages to feel quite vinous at the same time, full on truffles, earth mushrooms powderiness and growing date square undertones. You can eventually all kinds of little nuances, which is the sign of a great beer. Still, at the end, I’m not convinced I prefer the barrel version and remain unconvinced that the rarity does not make me try harder to pick out stuff. Certainly a fine experience though. I’ll just give both Stormakts the same score.. but it is a sipper and I’m less into those that I once was.
Bottle RBESG 07.
Pitch black beer. Lots of liquorice, an amazing imperial stout. Molasses and fruit - prunes and raisins. A tone of port/sherry, too. MartinT (10155) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 22, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2008 My Bottom Line:FatPhil (17334) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 28, 2007
This coating Imperial Stout’s complex and portly malt profile spreads its heavy wings from vanilla realms to dark chocolate abodes, as a witty barrel apport and alcohol warming nearly balance out the wealthy grain bill.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam surrounds the pitch black with thin brown sleeves.
-Some cherry fruitiness is found within the sweet malt dominance.
-The roasted cereals are quite well developed and lend a cushiony mouthfeel.
-The bubbling is prickly yet soft, which helps drinkability.
-The malty and honeyed sweetness also emulates anisey licorice, and perhaps black beans (although subtly).
-The body on this one was thicker than Nogne O’s Dark Horizon, which sits at 16% abv.
-This is a fantastic example of the style, but I am not sure it has enough distinguishing features for me to choose it amongst my favorites of this tenebrous empire.
Bottles; thx David and François!
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2011 275ml bottle (Porvoo Harvest/Dark Beer Festival 2007) 2006 vintage
Jet black, espresso head. Toffee liquorice vanilla aroma soft but very powerful. Mocca and whisky taste - again very powerful, but quite mellow. Whisky definitely dominates, quite alcoholic. Excellent sipping beer, not for glugging, that’s for sure. Looks like it’s been made to taste of whisky rather than to taste of wood that’s been steeped in whisky, or even to simply age itself. In retrospect, this isn’t vastly superior to any of the other whisky-laced beers, but as my first in the style I was very impressed by it. kmweaver (3208) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 10, 2007
25cL bottle, 2006 vintage, courtesy of omhper. Thanks a ton, Per! Pours a dark, oily blackish-brown color; thin, dark tan head with patchy lacing. Intensely sweet, syrupy aroma: tons of nougat and dark chocolate and a hint of licorice; the barrel presence is just enough: slightly tart, toasty bourbon and well-roasted; nothing harsh. Very woody, toasted oak and cedar upfront; excellent bourbon character: mildest sour-mash quality (if at all) with loads of nougat and milk and dark chocolate; slightest roughness from the bourbon, but otherwise a generous, layered BA impy stout; the barrel itself seems to be the highlight here, and it would be interesting to try this alongside the regular Stormaktsporter. The beer underneath seems to lack the density of something like BA Speedway or BA Blackout, and that’s the only setup for this beer; the barreling itself is beautifully done. Lengthy, milk chocolate and bourbon-tinged finish; well-integrated and balanced end.