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 (6754) - 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. Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - FEB 28, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2008 Pitch black with a fine though fast disappearing brown head. Nice and full aroma with lots of chocolate, a bit of toffee, cream, berries. Very good balance. Flavor hits you like a baseball bat with a dry woodyness that leaves the tongue almost sore. Again lots of chocolate and roasted malt with a hint of whiskey and wood. Extremely well balanced, the whiskey is very well integrated compared to other whiskey stouts I have had. Long roasted finish with a warming alcohol sensation. No doubt a very very fine beer, but since whiskey will never be my favorite it isn’t worlds best for me. But again, very fine indeed. HUUUUGE thanks to Rick Gordon for providing me with this extremely rare gem!henrikb (1263) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 2, 2007
Rerate of 2006 batch. Not nearly as complex as the first batch and a lack of body as well imo. It’s not bad, but considering it is supposed to be the best in the world, this new batch dissapoints. Over hyped, I can name plenty of more interesting and complex beers.
Tasted blind together with 4 other Bourbon Barrel aged Stouts - Black body, big bubbled beige head; Great nose, very balanced, powerful, Bourbon and wood, quite a bit of grain aromas, a Bourbon like sharpness is sticking out in a bad way, and strangely enough quite a bit of green apple like acetaldehyde; The body is not soft enough textured, a little to thin with a little soft carbonation, it is balanced but not deep, it lacks the elegance it should have with the kind of texture and carbonation it has; Medium long finish, a bit thin in both aroma and feel quite a bit of light roasted coffee aromas as well as a bit of grain (Thanks a billion Jeppe for sharing). pilsnerrogge (2948) - Finspång, SWEDEN - JUL 26, 2007
2005 bottle Black with an ok head. Aroma is dark, bitter chocolate with notes of liquorice. Flavour is bitter, oaky, somewhat harsh and salty and in the background lurks a growing honey sweetness. Complex.
leaparsons (10546) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2007
Bottle. Super dark with a beige foam. Aromas are sweet coffee with soy sauce. Sweet, spicy and salty. Flavours are rich malts with chocolate and mollasses. Smoky with soy, liquorice and salt. Quite viscous. Powerful. Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 25, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2010 Many thanks to Per for hooking me up with a bottle of this beer. Pours dark brown with red hints and a light brown head. Smells of fruit, spices, chocolate, hints of oak and cherries, boozy in a complimentary way, caramel. Tastes of chocolate, dark fruit, hints of warming alcohol, lots of burnt coffee hints, caramel, dry oak, charcoal. Mouthfeel is oily and slick and the finish on ths one yields a nice oak character. I could easily drink this all winter if I were local to one of the places that sell it. mtangaa (10) - Hvidovre, DENMARK - SEP 30, 2008
Tasted at EBF08. It’s dark, it’s heavy. Oily and bitter. Served a bit too cool, and with too little head. cgarvieuk (24499) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 3, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2016 Bottle RBESG 07 ... Deep Deep black ... rich malts rich and fruity little bit meaty ...thick syrupy rich malts lots of depth and character rich fruityness and lots of roast malts. 4.0
TK 2 Bottle at home ... Deep deep black ... rich roast malts ... rich chocolate and coffee ... not as viscous as Dark Horizon and not such an alcholic spirit burn ... deep fruit malts in amongs the roast. This is a great sized bottle to settle down with. A beer this nice should be small and slowly savoured.
This beer sums up all that i didnt like about RBESG (though it was still a great day) Bottle stored at home allowed to settle well, served and savoured over half and hour on a much cleaner palate. At RBESG i could see the potential of the beer but dont think the beer was given the respect it was due or the time needed to full apreciate and savour this beer. 4-> 4.3
Tk3 TOMS Ultimate Glasgow tasting ... On reflection and compaired to th other on the day , while this is still a stunning beer it didnt hold up for me to some of the others. 4.3->4.2
Tk 4 : Quick swallow at RBESG No notes but 4.1
TK5 Draught at EBF Copenhagen 08 ... Deep black ... toffeee roat malt nose ... rich tofee ... sweet molasis ... rich sily and smooth ... little tobacco ... little honey 4.1
Interesting that its higest rating was in the Comfort of my own home. I do find that i tend to enjoy my beers more when im relaxed at home, not frantically looking at whats comming next at a tasting or beer festival
Tap at De Molen event .... 2007 version... Nice sweet chocolate nose ... soft smooth chocolate ... loads of toffee ... little hop ... very chocolaty
Tap at De Molen event .... 2008version... much less chocolate ... little meaty ... good depth ... toffee ... little chewie ... soft and smooth...bottle at home ... home tatsing 280111... very booozy bourbon ... rich malt nose ... sweet malty roast ... toastyed malts ... gain little bourbon ... nice ... but too much 4.0
bottle at home ... home tasting 250111 ... 2006 vintage ... deep raisins and plums ... rich dark toffee nose ... dark malts ... soft bourbon ... dark raisins ... nice but not stunning 4.0
bottle at home.. 2008 ... dark black ... thin tan lacing ... soft meaty malt .. gamey nose ... dark sweet roast .. meaty malts ... rich soft malt roast ... dark sweet malts ... juicy roast ... soft fruits ... big berry fruits ... nicve .. so going 4.1 .. held up nicly
Bottle at salty horse 2009 drunk Oct 2016... Dark black.. thin tan lacing.. Soft sweet toffee chocolate Roast malts nose.... Dark black chocolate. . Meaty soya chocolate Roast.. Heavy rich 4.3 Kevin (2199) - Montana, USA - DEC 28, 2008
bottle. very dark with an orange thin head.. smells great, dark fruit- a lot of figs and strawberry. taste- sweet berry -blackberry with toffee & cocoa. lingering sweet berry.
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