Kaggen! Stormaktsporter - Närke Kulturbryggeri AB

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Reviews: 95
Hads: 173
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 4.75%
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Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Sweden

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: baggio on 05-14-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

The cask matured version of Stormaktsporter.
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Photo of bark
4.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2008.

The colour is black; the low head is warm brown. Some fine lacing occurs.

The warming smell got notes of wood and strong wine. Hints of alcohol. Lots of grand yet balanced flavours of coal, matured hops, mild bitter flavours and a hint of smoke.

The taste is very elegant with sweet caramelized notes, some fresh oxidized cask flavours, sour hints and a smoke that reminds of Islay whisky. It is overall matured, but some raw hoppy flavours make it more demanding and interesting. The strong aftertaste is malty with chemical hints of medicine and band-aids. Some alcohol in the finish.

The light carbonation is made of very small bubbles. The liquid is thick and sticky.

One of the most hyped beer during the last years... And while it is a splendid cask matured imperial stout, I found it a little too much for me. (840 characters)

Photo of vacax
4.38/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage 250 mL bottle indicating 9% ABV. Thanks for sharing this gem.

The beer itself is black, possibly a very dark brown with a ring of translucence around the glass. Proper head and retention, plus a bonus surprise of leaving a brown coating when the glass is swirled. The aroma gives me dark fruits, mostly prune, large amounts of smoke, some chocolate, and peppery spiciness. It just about runs the gamut in different aromatic qualities in an imperial stout, with the smoke taking a bit much of a front seat for me.

The taste is firstly malty though, with dark chocolate up front followed by a smoke and prickly pepper quality. Midpalate does bring a bit of alcohol, but also roasted barley which extends to the finish and closes with a bready malt goodness. The body is respectably coagulated and complemented by mid-range levels of carbonation, which lifts up the smoke and highlights the dark fruit and chocolate nicely.

Very good beer for sure. Not life changing in the taste, but a reputation built on quality. One minor life change is that I can finally cross this off of my wish list. (1,106 characters)

Photo of hotmanflab666
4.38/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

said to be the rarest. had a friend ship to me from the brewery, strong powerful malty base with enough hop to round it out to a nice robust finish. exceptional stout. with no ego i can say its good but not the best, definitely worth the drink but by no means shell out your beer collection to grab it (301 characters)

Photo of HotHabanero
4.35/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled. Pours pitch black with a little brown head. Nose of raisins, prunes and burned malt. Flavour of caramel, smoke, vanilla, dark malts, dried fruits, dark chocolate and notes of honey. It is full bodied has a oily texture and a soft carbonation. Long malty finish. It is a very enjoyable brew. (299 characters)

Photo of tjthresh
4.32/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark roast coffee black, with an oily looking texture, and what little head that could be conjured up was brown with a reddish tint. Deep rich aroma, of oak, bourbon, wet tobacco, asphalt, coffee, and charred marshmallow. The flavor comes over like an alcoholic cafe mocha. Pretty nice. On top of that I get some anise, bourbon, oak, vanilla, and lingering bitterness and alcohol. The mouthfeel and body are substantial, but not overwhelming. Oily and mouth filling. Long dry gritty finish. Believe the hype. (514 characters)

Photo of ggaughan
4.32/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle I sampled was a 2005 bottle that my cousin krkearney shared with me around the Christmas holiday, thanks Keith! The beer poured a deep black hole color with a deep brown head that runs away quickly. The nose had some wonderful chocolate and caramel notes. The taste has a definite bitter chocolate taste with some dried fruit notes and a great malty backbone. I am glad I finally got a chance to try one of the Narke beers. (434 characters)

Photo of JAXSON
4.32/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Bottle at Akkurat, split with a friend. I can't find my notes for this, or the other bottles we had at Akkurat. So everything here is from a foggy memory on a day where I hadn't slept in like 36 hours and was pretty much walking around in a daze. Pour was black with maybe some brownish edges. Nose was pretty wonderful, some elegant bourbon, oak, plethora of dark fruits, roasted malts, almost smoky. Sweet and amazingly complex flavors swirling around. Sweet malts, sweet honey, dark fruits, some spicy oak and bourbon, smoky, roasted malts. Really surprised at the smoke element in this. As it keeps breathing and warms some breathtaking nuances take shape, I think the honey became more pronounced. It should not be served cold. This was super complex and a delight to drink.

From another 2008 bottle, consumed August, 2011. Nose is lush roasted malt with a smokey edge, molasses, charred oak, rich bourbon. I always forget how prominebt the bourbon is in this. Mouth is super thick and chewy. Really heavy on the charred, roasted qualities. Possibly the thickest, creamiest beer I've ever had. Dry fudge and bourbon-soaked raisins. Lots of sweet dark fruits as it opens. A lingering heat and bitterness around the edges that isn't entirely integrated. Great, but probably not deserving of the highest marks, at least at this age, for this particular bottle. I've certainly had better imperial stouts, barrel aged or not, and much more attainable. (1,457 characters)

Photo of tpd975
4.32/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

HUGE thanks to bossee for trading me all those gems from across the pond.

2006 Version

A: Pours a nice dark rich black with a small brown head. Some okay retention with just a few spots of lace.

S: Lots of roasty, dark chocolate, coffee, and mild oak.

T: Roasty and chocolaty up front. Coffee in the middle with hints of oxidation and coconut showing through. There is a nice malty sweetness that is nice without being too sweet. The oak is rather mild and can be picked up in the finish.

M: Medium in body, smooth and easy drinking.

D: Pretty good. Really look forward to the 2008 bottle I have on the way. (613 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a small snifter at 50-55º. 2007 vintage.
Wispy skim of tan foam, settling in a ghostly cirrus formation. Not much sticks around though to be honest... no lacing to speak of.

Huge aroma of loose leaf pipe tobacco and "red man" pouch tobacco, leather, maple, dried dark fruit... raisin, prune, and licorice. At room temperature it's somewhat woody with notes of pumpernickel bread and molasses.

Rich flavors of dark fruit (dried cherry) and tobacco, a hint of sherry cask oxidation, fudgy, woody and leathery. Mellow feel, slightly oily and syrupy. Best to split a bottle with friends. Not a "best ever" beer imho, but a good one. Hopefully will try a recent vintage someday to compare.

Thanks Kristina for sharing this bottle. (741 characters)

Photo of craytonic
4.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to habmike for popping this one, split four ways with him, SpencerDB and kkipple

Appearance: Dark pour with perhaps a touch of ruby/mahogany. Decent head an lacing

Smell: Fudge, vanilla, espresso, caramelized dark fruits, big roasted malt. Typical for the style.

Taste: Similar to the smell, fudge, oak, tobacco, espresso, caramelized dark fruits, raisins, figs, dates and roasted malt. I was not particularly impressed. We all much preferred this to the regular offering however in a side-by-side. If you can taste rarity it is probably more delicious.

Mouthfeel: Smooth mouthfeel, medium body and weight. I expected it to be a bit bigger.

Drinkability: Not sure why they feel the need to do such small format bottles at such a price. Drinkable enough. I feel most people share these and I wonder if they would like them quite so much if they had 1/4 a 750ml bottle as opposed to a few ounces. (911 characters)

Photo of alcstradamus
4.23/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a finger of mocha colored head in my tulip glass. Each swirl causes the head to rise again and leave a bit of sticky film on the walls.

The oak barrels are readily apparent on the nose, dominating the overall profile. Some bright metallic notes. Marshmallows, honey, bakers chocolate, earthiness, and cake batter come into play after constant agitation.

I thought the smell was good but not spectacular and was prepared to be let down in the taste department, but alas I am not. Roasted coffee-like bitterness up front with a oddly sour barrel quality that is very unique. The only other stout I have that that I can really compare it to is Kate the Great, mainly in the possibility that there were some bugs at play in both these bottles. But I like this one a little bit more. Some good chocolate notes, a tad bit of honey sweetness, and some earthy hoppiness round out the flavor profile. Very subtly complex, but didn't really have the flavor profile to get me excited enough to hand out 5's.

Mouthfeel is in between full and medium bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation. Drinkability is tough to rate. This has the flavor profile of an everyday-type stout, but even after 4 oz. I was wishing I had waited to share it with somebody. Kind of got really heavy in the stomach for some reason.

Overall this is a very fine beer, but not among my favorites. (1,383 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
4.17/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

07 bottle. Pour is dark brown, almost black with red edges and a tiny bit of tan large bubbled head. Nose is nice, same rich chocolate cake as stormaktsporter, maybe more, and hints of bourbon and wood. Taste is rich, dessert like, creamy full body. Rich chocolate cake and bourbonn blend together adding notes of charred wood. Not sweet but adds some malt berery flavors in back finishing semi dry. My favorite of the 3 I tried. (429 characters)

Photo of BearsOnAcid
4.15/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black body, about 1 inch of brown head.

Aroma has a beautiful smoke and dark chocolate/coffee mixture. Heavily roasted malts and some ashiness. Barrel comes through very well. Charred oak and light caramel.

The barrel is upfront in the flavor. It hides a lot of the depth and complexity that the base beer had. I don’t get as much of the sweetness and the ashy flavor is a little toned down.

The alcohol cuts through that and leaves an acidic heavily roasted malt/coffee flavor on the palate. Lots of dark cocoa charred oak and light caramel. Creamy mouth feel with low-medium carbonation. (597 characters)

Photo of jampics2
4.12/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Eric for bringing this out to our tasting in Canton on a rainy Tuesday night in August. I was certainly happy to make the trip down to get the chance to try this well regarded brew – I figured this may be my only chance!

2008 version, 250ml bottle into a snifter.

The pour looked great. There's a dark beer with some chocolate and midnight hues swirling around the glass. A touch of head quickly dissipates but that's to be expected with a big barrel aged brew like this. The beer looks thick and, while there's no lace, this is a very appealing glass.

The smell is complex and shows that this is well crafted. There’s a nice bourbon and barrel edge that charges through first, then, once that brute force element dies away, there are some nice smoky notes that integrate well with the roasted malt. Not really burnt, coffee or chocolate dominated, the delicate balance is pretty remarkable. The barrel does stand out but not in a way that dominates. I’d have to say the smell is my favorite part of this beer.

The taste is also all about depth and complexity. The barrel has again taken the lead, but the honey in the base beer makes this very unique and adds some flower and compliments the sweet chocolate notes very well. The hint of smoke and char allows this to again tip back towards balance, as the beer really straddles the line between sweet and bitter, boozy and balanced. A warming alcohol note towards the end is a bit out of place, but at 10% this beer has a ton of flavors and is certainly not a booze bomb. A touch more integration and slightly different flavor profile would make this score higher from me. I guess I like beers with a touch more personality or that lean one way or another. This does a great job encapsulating many elements, but the tradeoff is less personality. Not overrated per say, but also not my favorite of the mega-whales I’ve been fortunate enough to try.

The mouthfeel is just a bit thin compared to the biggest, baddest stouts out there. That being said, the touch of carbonation kisses my tongue with just enough vigor to keep the beer interesting and let the subtleties pop.

Overall, this beer is a work of art. There’s no denying the craftsmanship that went into it. That being said, it wasn’t my favorite BA stout, even of the evening, and it may suffer just a bit from inflated expectations. Absolutely worth a try but not at any cost. (2,418 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.09/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A big thanks to Dan for this one. Served in a snifter. Reviewed from notes 10/7/14

Pours minimal head. Beer is pitch black and opaque. Lacing is spotty and sparse but the legs are slick, oily, and coat the glass nicely.

Aroma is a roasted malt, smoke, chocolate, sweet soy sauce, prunes and peat. Robust and very unique.

Opens sweet soy sauce, prunes, raisin, and other dried dark fruit. Notes of chocolate, roast, cocoa and peat emerge towards the middle complemented by a distinct anise, wood and tobacco flavor. Really unique and nicely complex.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. Slick and smooth in the mouth and silky going down. Moderately clean finish with a slightly lingering aftertaste.

A good beer but one that you have to go into with a certain mindset. Unlike any other imperial stout I've ever had and certainly worth trying. (850 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.04/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2008 version. Big thanks to Masterski for getting me this bottle, one that I've wanted to try for a long time but never pulled together a trade (thanks a ton Alex!).

I shared this at a tasting in northern OH, a pretty exceptional Tuesday night. Dark brown and faintly translucent, with the thinnest of foams on top. The aroma is quite nice, but to be honest I was expecting so much that I was actually a little disappointed. Taking the expectations out of it this was very good. Less roasty than I would have thought, this had more tobacco and leather to it than stouts normally do. Earthy, that's probably the correct adjective.

Some dark fruits in the flavor, plum/raisin type of thing, with lots of earthy character (I think I'm liking this term a lot). Not as strong tasting a stout as I expected, this was nothing like bourbon stouts in the USA aspire to be. Much more nuanced, less easily appreciated I think. That said I enjoyed searching out the flavors.

Lighter than expected but not thin bodied. Very very good, and obviously I'm very happy to have had a chance to try it. I'm also glad I shared it with some others so more can try this rarity, although with the small size of the bottle I could easily have taken it myself at home. (1,245 characters)

Photo of Brabander
3.97/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brewer was also at the Borefts festival in Bodegraven, the Netherlands. In De Molen, a fine dutch brewery there were a lot of good breweries.

I asked the lady bartender for the 2009 version.

Poured in my the Molen tasting glass this beer looks very warm. A nice dark head and a darkbrown fluid. Lots of chocolate and coffee. This kind of beer is not my style but i could not resist trying this hyped beer. I wanted to buy some bottles to try it at home but they were all sold out in a few minutes.

Because i am not really a stout lover this review is lower than normal!! Sorry for that... (596 characters)

Photo of badbeer
3.88/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with a tan head, spotty lacing; head recedes to a ring around the glass. Chocolate, roasty coffee, graham cracker, and some ash. Taste is roasty, maple, molasses, vanilla, and seemed to have a fair amount of earthy hops too. Medium carbonation and medium body. Pretty good beer, but not really the amazing beer it's made out to be. Thanks to pepsican for sharing. I'd be interested in trying this again, but not for the price this commands in trades. (456 characters)

Photo of Phelps
3.83/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by tlay10. Into a tulip. 2007.

Looks like you might expect, but thinner.

A little oxidized. A lot of the honey, sherry qualities brought on by age. Beneath: assloads of butterscotch, toasted oak, dark chocolate. A little licorice.

Smoother flavor. Big tangy chocolate notes, some sherry, honey. The swallow brings a blend of bourbon, roast and cocoa that's impossible to separate. So. Smooth.

Medium-light, a little thinner than expected. Light tingles of carbonation.

Past its prime for sure. Still went down far too easily. (547 characters)

Photo of pepsican
3.73/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

06 version. Thanks to hopscotch and the person who wished to be nameless for samples. Black pour with a small tan head. Aroma was coffee, caramel, chocolate, anise, and maple syrup. Burnt coffee flavors, anise, chocolate, roasted malt, peat/bog, as well. Full bodied finish with sharp carbonation. Finish was quite long and complex but man this beer is flawed for the score. (374 characters)

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Kaggen! Stormaktsporter from Närke Kulturbryggeri AB
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