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Kaggen! Stormaktsporter - Närke Kulturbryggeri AB

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Reviews: 95
Hads: 174
Avg: 4.61
pDev: 7.38%
Wants: 1,302
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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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 Jeffo
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had this one at the 2010 BOREFTS Festival at De Molen in Bordegrave, Holland. Along with the base beer and two other barrel aged variants, the Narke stouts were one of the highlights of the festival for me. Was also lucky enough to be able to buy a bottle at the festival to take away, and Doopie was so generous to let me have his to take home. Thanks again bro.

From a 25cl bottle bottle into a snifter
Vintage: 2009
Drunk directly after a 2008 base Stormaktsporter

APPEARANCE: A black pour, slightly darker than the base, makes a medium sized, medium-thick tan head that fades rather quickly. A wisp and bubbly ring are left behind. Jet black body and zero carbonation evident. A ring remains until the end and leaves some dots of lacing down the glass. Much the same as the base, though slightly darker pour.

SMELL: Roasted malts with plenty of bourbon for sure. Oak and vanilla play a role, as well as some hints of milk chocolate. Medium strength; not as bold as the base beer, but definitely strikes a superb balance between the roasted malt base and the barrel.

TASTE: Much more impressive than the nose, and this is where the beer makes a name for itself. Roasted malts up front with some milk chocolate and sweet molasses before the barrel kicks in. Bourbon, oak and vanilla show up in full force after the swallow, but it still leaves room for the roasted malt foundation of the base beer. Very well put together with a touch of heat after the swallow. Bold and lingering aftertaste of roasted malts, molasses, and the bourbon barrel all work together very well. Great stuff, with just the right amount of heat at the swallow.

PALATE: Same as the base beer. Medium body and carbonation, and very creamy smooth on the palate. Goes down smooth with a touch of heat and an alcohol bite at the swallow. Finishes slightly mouth-coating. Nice and creamy for sure.

OVERALL: Again, these 25cl bottles are just unfair, especially when split up. They need to start filling 750s and sending them to my house. One of the most balanced and flavorful bourbon barrel aged stouts on the planet. Nothing dominates, allowing the great roasted base beer to combine beautifully with the barrels. A touchstone in the style. Whether this is better than the base Stormaktsporter is really moot point, as one is world class stout, and the other is a world class barrel aged stout. Drink them both if you get the chance. Thanks again for this opportunity Doops.

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Photo of ajsdad06
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With picnic tables full of incredible beer, Craig stands up from the table and exclaims, "you’ll want to follow me". I agreed, and without hesitation we were off. The bottle wasn’t half way out of the bag and I could not believe my eyes.

The pour was black and sticks to the glass. A small tan head was visible, but I am interested in how this smells and tastes.

The aroma was worth the wait: chocolate, dark fruits, vanilla, coffee, molasses, and licorice.

Can the flavor back up the nose? Yes, Kaggen was an awesome complex brew that lived up to the hype. Dark chocolate, caramel, vanilla, coffee, molasses, dark fruits, subtle wood hints, licorice, and well integrated alcohol.

Full bodied, chewy, and smooth. Thanks to Craig (cgarvieuk) for sharing this incredible beer.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.52/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Footbalm (RB guy) brought this to a massive RIS tasting last weekend... This was the first bottle we cracked.. Fucking huge thanks Eric!! Never thought I would see one of these in person let alone get a chance to sip and savor it.. Reviewed from notes.

'06 vintage pours pretty much black with very clear mahogany highlites when held to a bulb... dark tan head drops leaving little lacing... leggy when swirled

Rich chocolate fudge.. subtle smoke and oak.. "I could smell this for hours"

Nice vanilla at the front... big and malty with only hints of char... milk chocolate cake .... honey essence is brought out by the maltiness .... finish is a bit smokey with tobacco and dry cocoa.... full body with a silky mouthfeel.

My notes only sorta do justice... I really liked this alot, but I think I built it up a bit too much in my head.

Amazing Eric... I appreciate the honor.


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Photo of baggio
4.54/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Finally got to try this, very hyped, beer and for an affordable price at 30USD for a, approx, 8.5oz bottle :-)

A: Dark dark dark red with a creamy beige head.

S: Oak, Vanilla, Honey, Portwine, Fruit

T: Bitter chocolate, Vanilla, Cream, Brown sugar, Cherries.

M: Smooth as silk but liquid is very thick and creamy. Low carbonation.

This is, hands down, one of the best beers i've ever had the pleasure to sample. Very filling tho and sharing a small bottle among 2 people were just perfect. If you can ever get hold of this little beauty, do not hesitate. Highly recommended!

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Photo of thagr81us
4.55/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review #1500!!! A massive thanks goes out to cmrillo for bringing this one out during his own 40 Beers* @ 40 Birthday Bash! Can’t believe I FINALLY got to try this one!!! 2008 Vintage! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured pitch black with a minimal tan head. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wood, dark chocolate, vanilla, sweet alcohol, and roasted malt. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, vanilla, wood, sweet alcohol, and milk chocolate. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was an excellent brew. This was another one that I was shocked to see come out at the birthday party. This was sampled directly after Stormaktsporter. There was a pretty good difference in this one from the base brew. There was a lot more presence of the vanilla with an addition of various chocolate aspects. The cigar aspect I picked up on in the base brew had disappeared, but what replaced it in both the flavor and aroma was just plain excellent. So glad I got the chance to finally try this one and would love to do so over and over again.

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Photo of pompix
4.55/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2008

Apparence : Black, compact head.

Smell : Dark fruits (blackcurrant), chocolate, vanilla, coffee, woody notes, vinous, spicy... Wow wow wow, really GREAT !

Taste : More or less the same, very long finish, incredible !

Mouthfeel : Creamy, full bodied, low carbonation, Perfect !

Drinkability : So Drinkable, where is alcohol ?

A true Monster !

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Photo of boothbeer
4.55/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 vintage split 3 ways into wine glass. Surprised to actually be trying this beer.

Pours pitch black with dark tan head that leaves a thin film on the top. Nice ring of tad head around the edge of the glass. The tan head actually looks like it was painted on the top of the beer with a paintbrush- marble and swirls.

Smells is fantastic. Picking up chocolate, coconut , hint of vanilla and bourbon, and lots of toasty malts.

Very roasty taste. Toasted malts and dark chocolate up front. Some bourbon and oaky finish. Very flavorful and complex. All the flavors complement each other very well.

Very smooth and creamy with a slight tingle on the palate.

This is an amazing beer, but I could probably only drink one bottle of this. Thoroughly enjoyed this beer!

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Photo of callmemickey
4.55/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Kaggen enjoyed at Akkurat

A: Deep black body with a smallish khaki head of tight bubbles. Receded over a minute or two leaving behind some whispy lacing.

S: Delicate milk chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and some oak. The bourbon barrel aging is undeniable but it is quite restrained and silky.

T: Like the nose, the bourbon barrel aging is graceful. That said, its subtleties are somewhat lost in its meekness. I prefer barrel aged stouts that are a bit more potent, but refrain from burning your throat off. Milk chocolate, oak, vanilla, and bourbon are all here. Surprising, not as much roasted malt as I was expecting.

M: The mouthfeel is the standout element of this beer for sure. Nice and thick, with a luscious, velvety feel as the beer coats the tongue. No burn with just the slightest hints of the 10% ABV.

D: Quite nice. I think just about anyone can appreciate the quality here, but its just not quite the bourbon barrel RIS that I absolutely crave.

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Photo of mothman
4.55/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had a sample of the 2007 at RBSG 2010 and when kbutler1 cracked a 2008 bottle I was pretty jacked.

Decided to listen to some O Fortuna for this review

Poured into CCB snifter.

Pours 1/2 finger of tan head that fades down to a ring. Leaves some splattered lace.

Aroma: Lots of oak up front. Amazing amount. Chocolaty and velvety. Very rich. Vanilla notes with hints of caramel. The oak is dominate, but in a good way. Very warming.

Taste: Starts out a bit muted, but then the flavors hit. Huge oak again with vanilla. Roasted malt and chocolate. It is so silky smooth. Very rich. Caramel notes. Dried fruit flavors. I get a dose of licorice in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Rich, velvety, smooth, warming. A great mouthfeel to it. Full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends very oaky.

Overall, the oak in this beer was spot on. It was the keynote in this beer, but didn't distract from the other flavors. Very drinkable. It is a shame it comes in such a small bottle. Thanks Kevin for sharing this one!

EDIT: as the beer warms, I finally get the honey flavors and it becomes more sweet. I like it.

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Photo of koopa
4.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2008 Vintage

Appearance: Inky black pour with a minimal khaki crown that show little retention or lace.

Smell: Lightly charred oak, grainy roast malt, a hint of black strap molasses, faint cocoa powder notes, and a touch of floral heather.

Taste: Lightly charred oak, grainy roast malt, dash of alcohol, brewing salts, and a dash of vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Really nice thick body. Just shy of syrupy. Rib sticking and satisfying with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Damn this is a solid barrel aged stout. Would drink this regularly if it was more readily available. Super drinkable, well nuanced, and perfectly brewed.

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Photo of gford217
4.57/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I can't thank Jan enough for getting me this one, 2008 bottle, side by side with the regular 2008 Stormaktsporter.

Pours just like the regular version, pitch black with a thick tan head that recedes ever so slowly to a clumpy cap and leaves very good lacing.

Oh man, the smell on this one is wonderful. It takes the chocolate sweetness and the fruity esters from the base beer and layers on a hefty dose of earthy leather notes and some spicy oak. Espresso and honey as well. Whoa.

The taste has an initial spicy kick from the oak and earthy sweetness from the honey. The heavily roasted malts hang out underneath as well as the chocolate, which really takes a back seat compared to the regular version where it steals the show. The finish is completely different as well with a hefty alcohol burn coating the throat.

Mouthfeel, much like the regular version, is stunning. Just completely coats the mouth, so smooth with just the right carbonation.

This was definitely an interesting comparison to the normal Stormaktsporter and they differed more than I expected. This beer is probably more complex and definitely has an earthier, oakier character. Definitely one of the better beers I've ever had and marginally better than the normal version. Very different beers though...

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Photo of rhinos00
4.57/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Monumental thanks to Frank for giving me the opportunity to try this beer. Split amongst friends. Poured from a bottle into a wine glass. 2007 Vintage.

A- Pours a black coffee color with tan hues towards the edges of the glass when held into light. Zero visibility. Produced a half fingers width of tan head, quickly reduced to a soapy ring. Minimal lacing.

S- Incredibly rich! Compilation of various aromas. Almost like chocolate brownies doused in bourbon. Picked up plenty of toffee, caramel with some vanilla. Just fantastic. If you take in a deep enough of a whiff, you can feel the alcohol tinge the nose hairs.

T- Upfront, you get a subtle, roasted malt flavor with a chocolate character. Transitions into a smooth, mellow bourbon taste with a vanilla, sweet chocolate finish. What I really liked was that the bourbon was well integrated in this beer...almost played a complimentary role. The only way I can some up the experience is that it is akin to chewing a savory, dark chocolate ball that slowly releases a 28-year-old bourbon as it is consumed.

M- Medium to heavy bodied. Pretty viscous with a nice chewiness. Has a slight creamy texture.

D- While the alcohol wasn't too noticeable in the taste, there is a residual burn in the chest area. Still, a very mellow BA imperial stout.

Overall, what a fantastic beer! As stated before, I have never come across a beer that integrated the bourbon flavors so well. It was so smooth and mellow, just an easy drinker with tons of flavor. Not much else I can say...I am satisfied.

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Photo of sprinkle
4.58/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Does it live up to the hype? In a word...YES! I wish I could be sipping on this at my local pub! This beer pours pretty black with a little bit thicker deep tan head than the regular Imp. Stout. Rich molassis, smokey, toasty with a hint of alc. but not offputting. Rich chocolate malts, deep tastes of bakers chocolate and slight hazelnut flavors. This brew is pretty round, not the biggest brew but this beer is focused on the finesse and that it has. Very silky with fine tannins and well intergrated oak. Finish lasts for minutes. '05 vintage

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.58/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 8 oz. bottle into a tasting glass. 2008 vintage. Thanks a ton to Paulmpapp for bringing this out to our whale tasting.

Appearance: Typical RIS look - ebony black color with a fairly thin tan head of creamy bubbles slowly fades to a collar and leaves a thin sheet of lace.

Smell: The aroma is very balanced and smooth. Some sweet bourbon, raisins, figs, and dark roasted malt are all subtle and blended so well together. Dark chocolate and a bit of espresso round out the nose.

Taste: The flavor is pretty much exactly what I want out of a barrel aged imperial stout. Smooth, sweet bourbon comes in first and slowly lets in the fig, raisin, cherry, and roasted malt blend beautifully together. Some dark chocolate fudge, vanilla, and light espresso notes are in the background. The finish has a bit more bourbon and finishes fairly clean.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is smooth, with just enough crispness to excite the tongue along with the bourbon. The body is on the fuller side of medium and consistent all the way through. Slightly sticky on the lips.

Overall: Clearly, this is one of the best imperial stouts I have had. No individual flavor really stands out, but the flavors in concert work so well together.

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Photo of raveskdr
4.59/5  rDev -0.4%
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!

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Photo of ucusty
4.59/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to AskOfficerFriendly for sharing! Vintage 2006. Dark pour with a thin chestnut colored head. Aroma consists of honey, and roasted malts. Full bodied & a creamy mouth-feel. Complex flavors Vanilla, Chocolate, roasted malts, coffee and dark fruits. Dry finish! Wow what a solid beer

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Photo of HopHead84
4.62/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not one for landmark reviews, but I must point out that this is review 450 proper. After the site crash last weekend I've found myself with one extra phantom review. So, review 450, here goes.

2007 vintage. Thanks Masterski! Consumed on 10/10/2009 with Overlord and Masterski at our Pre Lost Abbey Sinners/Saints dinner tasting and poured into a snifter. It appears black with a one finger light brown head which dissipates in a minute and leaves behind just a little lacing.

What immediately strikes me about the nose is a distinct smoky or peaty character imparted by the single malt barrels. I've had the 2007 vintage of the regular Stormaktsporter and it's amazing how much smokiness Kaggen took from the barrels in a matter of 3 months. The malt is charred with strong notes of dark chocolate cake, molasses, dark fruits, and a little vanilla. I detect licorice and well integrated coffee. The honey is unmistakable.

The flavor opens up roasted, toasted, and peaty with that same chocolate cake. Honey becomes evident midpalate and adds a touch of sweetness. The malt is charred with moderate booze, dark fruits, oak, and some molasses. The beer is tannic with notes of anise and a little caramel. Booze is well hidden throughout. The finish is a recapitulation and leaves me wanting more.

The beer is full bodied with low-moderate carbonation and a smooth, sticky, viscous, and creamy mouthfeel. Thanks again, Alex, for this rare treat that I thought I might never try.

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Photo of Crosling
4.63/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle, 2005, Akkurat, Stockholm, Sweden. Inky black pour, opaque, with a lasting filmy head of dark brown foam. Aroma is multi-dimensional and incredibly impressive, with hints of tobacco leaves, honey, every decadent dessert (truffle and fudge cake,) and a light touch of whiskey. Wow, what a nose. Flavor is incredible, but doesn't have the expression, definition or finish of the regular Stormaktsporter. Flavors of chocolate and caramel, toffee and cappuccino, while the barrel contributes a touch of whiskey. A world class beer, but I prefer the regular Stormaktsporter.

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Photo of ohoh
4.65/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A 2005 bottle shared with friends at the Rover, Gothenburg, sometime 2009. Served from bottle in tasting glasses.

Pours jet black, with a brownish head, little lacing.

The smell is what you expect from a beer like this, chocolate, coffee, oak but in a very complex composition. I'm sure there are lots of other aromas in there that I couldn't make out at the time.

Oh my god. It really lives up to the hype. Really the same tastes as smells, but more powerful and a hint of fruitiness. Feels great in the mouth, smooth with a nice sweetness on the end.

It seemed very articulate and matured, and as we were drinking the 2005 vintage that's not surprising, but I found it refined in a special, complex way that makes me long for the next time I get to taste this beer.

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Photo of afausser
4.65/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My 100th review, split with CrellMoset (no less, the night before I start tryouts for law review...)

Appearance: Pours a thick and oily black with a slight (half a finger, maybe?) coca-cola and syrupy brown colored head, which disappears almost immediately. A few slight streams of carbonation bubbles float to the top. The ring of head that is left sticks around for a bit, and is quite literally that--just the slightest pretty little ring around the edge of the glass. Looking at the top of the glass, there's a slight foam swirl almost reminiscent of a hurricane, but you can also see clusters of carbonation bubbles as they stream to the top in three or four distinct clusters near the wisps. A fine sheet of glittery lacing with surprisingly nice retention before it disappears down the side of the glass.. Looks clean, simple, and nice. As its drunk, cherry tones are visible around the edge of the glass.

Smell: The nose on this one is huge! It's a few feet away from me, and I can smell bits of it from here--barrel notes, slight cherry tones, smells delicious even from afar. Bringing the glass to my nose, candy and caramel/molasses notes are also heavily present, but there's something odd about this one. I'm getting both green and red apples out of it, and--there it is--a strange buttery note. Not so much like butterscotch as quite literally, butter. A bit of coffee grounds and dark chocolate round things out, along with subtle rum-soaked raisins and clove spice notes blending into the background. Spearmint and anise notes are also present, particularly when agitated, but aren't overwhelming like they can be in some brews--they are apparent for a moment and then blend back in with the syrupy dark candy notes. The sour notes are really quite inviting when blended with the roast coffee and dark chocolate, and are mouthwatering. Reminds me a bit of red wine as it warms, but also has some soy sauce notes tossed in.

Taste: Wow! Sour notes predominate at the top of this brew--tastes like granny smith apples--but underneath there is a strong coffee and even stronger dark chocolate and cocoa powder undercurrent. Again, a little bit of a buttery note. Almost no dark fruits (in terms of raisins, prunes, etc) but a definitely both sweet and sour cherries, and sweet raspberry syrup, the consistency of which is quite light. a coffee and burnt hop aftertaste, with some oak notes burnt in. I absolutely love the sour notes on a darker beer. Again, it seems so very simple for being such a complex and well blended brew. Gets a little sweeter and more molasses-like as it warms, but the initial sour and dark notes are still dominant. Not at all hot.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel on this is excellent. Extremely tiny bubbles make the brew crisp, but are barely there, making drinking this one amazing. The aftertaste is not abrasive and blends in nicely. This is a superb, if understated mouthfeel--and though it's got small carbonation, if it were overdone this one would be nasty, and if it went flat the tiny bubbles would be sorely missed. Gets even more superb, crisp, and spicy as it warms.

Drinkability: Drinkability is amazing for a 10%--I know it's a small bottle, but there's no heat, the flavor is wonderful, and this is truly well brewed, living up to the hype (and the cost!). one to sip, but I can't imagine it being any other way. Its rare that I rate drinkability highly on a beer that has this high of an ABV, as by its nature it should not be drinkable. Making an exception for this one, the second time in about as many weeks. Wonderfully done.

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Photo of orangesol
4.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

One of my long time wants. I brought this one to the Pre-Ffej of July party to share with the usual suspects. I hope you guys liked it as much as I did. '08 Bottle served right after the regular version.

A - Pours opaque black with a small half finger tall mocha colored head leaving little to no lacing down the glass.

S - Smells just like the regular version with a few extra things tossed in. Compared to the regular version this one has a bit more vanilla, charred oak, peat whiskey, and just the faintest sour note. Excellent stuff.

T - Just like the regular version the taste is a bit of a letdown from that amazing nose but with the addition of the cask maturation it has really helped to round things out. Hints of rich bakers chocolate, sweet vanilla and charred oak tannins, licorice, dark fruits, and a tiny bit of light soy sauce. Only the faintest hint of alcohol creeps in as it comes to room temperature. The finish is a mix of sweet dark roast and some dry wood tannins, lingering for a short period of time.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Silky smooth feel with a mix of sweetness and dryness lingering through the finish. Only the faintest hint of booze can be detected.

O - Damn, I really wish I had a few more of these. I don't like to say that a specific beer is the best I have ever had, but if you asked me what is the best RIS I have had this would be near the top of my list. I am glad I could share this one with a few people who could appreciate it as much as I did.

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4.67/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a 2005 vintage at The Rover, looked like an 11oz. bottle. You have to ask for it, as it isn't really displayed.

Opaque black, viscous fluid. Large dark tan head. Head faded fast, but was easily stirred up again. Great legs.

Scents of raisins, blackstrap molasses and ginger bread. Most often, I get port when I smell a stout, this time it was more like scotch - maybe the barrel aging? Alcohol popped up occasionally, but not too much so. Bittersweet chocolate.

Taste was vanilla and smoke. Throw in some cherries, dark of course. Here comes the scotch. Now a bit of licorice. I am really not doing this beer the justice it deserves....
Finish me off with just a bit of hop bitterness at the end.

Light bodied (just kidding). Heavy as they come, no doubt. Hard to figure out carbonation, it seems low, but beer comes across as almost creamy. Probably more carbonation there than you can easily perceive with a beer of this heft. Alcohol warming starts to make it's appearance very quickly.

Overall, a fantastic beer. Shame that it's production is only 500 liters annually and that it doesn't appear to make it out of Sweden.

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Photo of Pecorasc
4.67/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Teeny-Tiny bottle with a matching Teeny-Tiny label. Didn't they know we would be splitting this? Split into wine glasses.

A- Pours very black, along with the faintest amount of red-brown at the edge of the glass. Coffee and cream colored head with great lacing. When tilted, leaves perfect lace right where the tip of the beer last touched. When swirled, looks like sediment sticks the the glass.

S- An a-cappella round of chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, oak, and bourbon. The combination creates a whole new aroma. Could not get any better.

T- In no particular order: vanilla, chocolate, coffee and bourbon. Each sip might reveal a new leader. The one constant is the roasted coffee in the finish. The heat from the alcohol crescendos with each sip.

M- Thick and velvety. The medium carbonation stimulates and lifts the flavors up on the palate, especially the roasted coffee.

D- This beer does not give diminishing returns. The more you drink, the more the heat builds. I would be cautious, but interested to see how a full pint of this drinks.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.69/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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4.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 bottle, generously shared by Sean9869, thanks for letting me try a super long time want.

The beer pours a dark cola brown, nearly black color with swirls of brown, caramel and hazelnut before it all melds together with a slight head that recedes quickly and leaves spots of lace. The aroma is wonderful, wood, char, light chocolate, slightly roasted coffee and toasted grain, sweet alcohol, pitted stone fruit, toffee, molasses, every time I took a sniff, I felt like there was something new, exceedingly complex. The beer really shined on the tongue, bakers chocolate, stone fruit, coffee, barrel character, toffee, mollasses, marshmallow, alcohol and then some, just like the nose, each sip brought out something new and something exciting. The balance is spectacular, the complexity is unending, and the smoothness is hardly matched. The body was great, coats the mouth well, super smooth, rich, decadent without being taxing or too thick.

Verdict: Magnificent, easily the most complex and rewarding RIS I've tried to date and the wood only complimented this further. One of the few beers that has really lived up to the crazy hype, and even exceeded it. Well done Närke.

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