Kaggen! Stormaktsporter - Närke Kulturbryggeri AB
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 161 | Reviews: 94 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Bardwashrind:
4.88/5 rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
I knew 2010 was going to be one hell of a year for new and rare beer experiences. Never did I think that an encounter with these Swedish beasts would be in store.
Tasted on October 16th, side by side with the base Stormaktsporter. 2008 vintage.
Wonderful hiss as the cap was pried off. Pours a darkened tan head with tight bubbles. Not the darkest stout, almost the color of some porters or bocks when held to the light. Still a beauty in the glass. Could smell the deep char of the barrel from across the room. Sticking my nose in the glass and was overcome by rich oak and roasted grain aromas. Big oak driven vanilla, molasses and chocolate notes with a soft pepper coming out as well. No overly sweetened candy tones, nor soy sauced based astringency found. Just a wonderfully focused and completely distinct quality only found in the best of barrel aged stouts.
This was only the beginning.
Tasting this beer was a lesson in balance. The absolute clear expression of the barrel came through without overwhelming the base beer. No note of oxidation nor any of cloying sweetness. Hops played a very small roll, mostly in bitterness just like the malt. Similar in the nose, big vanilla and floral flavors of honeyed toast and milk chocolate. Not as much molasses as the regular Stomaktsporter, which I liked. Such a pleasure to sip again and again. As rich as some stouts can get and as whiskey forward as other barrel aged beers are, this one truly set the bar without being intimidating.
The labels for these beers are not that exciting on a visual level but their simplistic subtly were perfect in representing the inside nectar.
To age a beer in barrels is the most interesting form of a 'special beer' in my eyes. Many of my favorites are done this way. After having the Kaggen!, I may have to rethink what could be the best.
I don't know of another beer that comes off as being so balanced and yet so complex. Something so varied in flavor while having such subtly. If calling a 10% beer 'clean' makes sense, I want to say thats how this one came off. Truly a beer to be within the top 5 of barrel aged stouts, and in terms of sheer balance, one of the best beers being made today.
Thanks again Jason (Popkas).
Serving type: bottle
10-21-2010 19:29:25 | More by Bardwashrind
More User Reviews:
4.73/5 rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
25 cLass bottle poured into a wine taster. 2006 bottle.
Appearance - Viscous black. Small khaki head. Very thin collar.
Smell - Wow. Very oaky. Deep dark chocolate. Roasty coffee. A little bit of smoke. A green woody aroma. Almost like cedar.
Taste - Incredible. Intense roasted malt. Coffee. Bitter chocolate. Smokey flavor. Licorice. A little bit sweet. Sherry. Woody. It's not really oak, again more of a cedar. But not quite.
Mouthfeel - Medium low carbonation. Exceptionally smooth and easy to drink.
Overall - This got more complex and enjoyable as it warmed. Unbelievable beer.
Serving type: bottle
12-25-2013 18:38:18 | More by Alieniloquium
4.61/5 rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
I don't review often. But when I do, it's Alexandria Whaelz. HUGE thanks to Bill A for sharing this. Drank along side the non barreled version. Bottle from 2007.
A - Very dark brown, bordering on completely black. Medium tan head that lingers for awhile. I should have used a different glass, I'm an idiot.
S - Not a ton going on here. A good amount of roast, some oaky vanilla notes that come in secondary. As the bottle warmed up, I got the "Burgundy pepper" as described below.
T - Strap in. The roast is all up front until an amazing mocha blast in the mid palate. The ending is some vanilla and barrel. There is a slight earthy pepper type of thing going on during the finish. The only time I have experienced something similar is in a handful of other barrel aged beers and in aged red Burgundy's. It's awesome though.
M - Rich and creamy without bogging down the beer at all. Intensely drinkable for the barrel and style and ABV. Zero alcohol on the back end.
O - This was amazing. It's been one of my top wants for years and I wasn't sure I'd ever get a chance to try it. To be able to do it back to back with the regular version really showcases what the barrel does to this beer. It truly is a shame that this beer is so incredibly limited and expensive. I will forever be indebted to Bill for allowing me to try this with him!
Serving type: bottle
08-23-2013 14:43:02 | More by raveskdr
Kaggen! Stormaktsporter from Närke Kulturbryggeri AB
100 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.