Kaggen! Stormaktsporter - Närke Kulturbryggeri AB
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4.5/5 rDev -2.6%
Enjoyed at the 2011 Ffej of July pre party. Served immediately after the "regular" version. A 2008 vintage bottle offered up by generous beer buddy orangesol. Thanks for the chance to try this hard to obtain treat. Served from an eye dropper.
A-Deepest, darkest,opaque black with a thin, reddish highlighted, dark tan head that disappated to the faintest wispy veil. Brew ended up looking still with no lace what so ever.
S-A more impressive aroma than the regular version with sharper and more aggressive notes of sweet vanilla, rich, dark malt, oak, coffee, toasted coconut and a touch of soy. A light hint of sour mash and alcohol vapors in the background.
T-Another fine example of taking a well made base beer, aging it properly in a fine Bourbon barrel and Viola! out pops an awesome brew! Notes of rich, roasted, dark and chocolate malt, vanilla sweetness, oak, licorice, cherry, plums, black currant, toasted coconut, espresso and subtle touches of soy, leather and turbinado. A brew that improves greatly with warming.
M-Heavy bodied, amazingly smooth and silky. Outstanding balance between the sweet and dry components with long lingering flavours involved. In fact, there is so much lingering flvour ones palate gets worn out.
O-Good, certainly. Great, admittedly so! I concur this is one mighty tasty brew, but, the difficulty in obtaining it and the ridiculously small serving size will not make me give up my first born to obtain an other(s). A deliciously rich, decadent treat I was happy to enjoy with a close group of great freinds. Maybe the sharing of a great beer with great friends made this one even that much better!
07-26-2011 14:56:12 | More by Deuane
4.5/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
07-18-2011 18:27:46 | More by ajsdad06
4.53/5 rDev -1.9%
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!
05-14-2008 07:00:53 | More by baggio
4.55/5 rDev -1.5%
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.
05-31-2012 12:44:01 | More by thagr81us
4.55/5 rDev -1.5%
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 !
07-23-2010 08:19:57 | More by pompix
4.55/5 rDev -1.5%
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.
08-27-2010 01:17:14 | More by callmemickey
4.55/5 rDev -1.5%
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...
11-09-2010 03:36:07 | More by gford217
4.55/5 rDev -1.5%
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
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.
08-11-2011 09:31:16 | More by Jeffo
United Kingdom (Wales)
4.55/5 rDev -1.5%
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.
09-19-2010 01:46:50 | More by mothman
4.56/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
01-26-2013 00:34:16 | More by koopa
4.58/5 rDev -0.9%
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!
01-08-2010 22:51:41 | More by boothbeer
Kaggen! Stormaktsporter from Närke Kulturbryggeri AB
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