Kaggen! Stormaktsporter - Närke Kulturbryggeri AB

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Reviews: 95
Hads: 173
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 4.75%
Wants: 1,304
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 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 brew3crew
4.85/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to johndoe8 for this badass brew. 2009 vintage

A-dark body with a mocha head that disapates slowly

S-smooth oak and bourbon undertones that take a little bit of twirling to bring out

T-now that's a fucking beer. Wow. Follows the nose. Very subtle oak and bourbon tthat is just wonderful

M-medium body and smooth

O-very fucking good. Worth the €30-40? Prolly not (375 characters)

Photo of rallison
4.95/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thank you Bonus Beer Bob for the chance to try this incredibly rare beer. While I've had it once before, this was the only time I've had more than a couple of sips, and enough to properly wrap my head around the beer. Thanks dude.

Pours a thick, viscous, oily black. Tan, creamy head. Beautiful.

Chocolate, honey, creamy espresso in the smell. Notes of brown sugar and vanilla. Complex. Wonderful. Inviting.

Huge, rich, creamy chocolate, brown sugar, tobacco, dark fruits, oak all slowly unveil themselves in the taste. Caramel and vanilla notes. Honey carries through from the smell as well and provides a very nice, unique note in this beer.

Super rich, super creamy mouthfeel with virtually no alcohol heat. Excellent.

Extremely drinkable.

Every once in a while, a beer lives up to the hype. This is one of those. Incredibly complex, with layers of complexity that are slowly peeled back, sip after sip. All this, and no noticeable flaws to dampen the enjoyment. Awesome beer. Keg for my home, please? Ha, I wish. So, in summary, this beer sucks. Don't seek it out. Avoid at all costs. /sarcasm. (1,105 characters)

Photo of seaoflament
4.95/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A huge thanks to Bonus Beer Bob (hrking) for sharing this rare and incredible beer. I am truly honored and thankful to have this beer for my 400th review. This beer was the first beer of the insane "SeaofFloydster" epic tasting that took place after the Pizza Port Belgian Beer Party on March 28th.

I heard from a couple of people how great this beer is and that it's worth hunting down...I tried to be critical and could care less about hype but this beer is one of the few that really exceeded my expectations.

Pours dark with ½ inch of mocha colored foam. A thin ring forms after the beer settles, great retention and some lacing. A quick swirl of the glass brings back some head.

Roasted malts, bits of charcoal, clover honey, sweet raisins and dates at first impression. Brown sugar, fruits, and chocolate as it opens up. Delicate oak and vanilla aromas in the background. This beer continued to develop more interesting aromas and really needs to sit for a few minutes to open up. Notes of tobacco and a bit of leather. Really complex beer, almost too complex to describe all the aromas that are coming at me.

Roasted and chocolate malts, smoke, charred oak, vanilla, and fuity alcohol in the finish. Sticky brown sugar residue on the lips after every sip. Just like the aroma this one continues to develop as it warms up. Chocolate fudge flavors in the finish, coffee notes as well.

Really smooth and the alcohol is incredibly well hidden, finishes just a tad thin.

This beer had such an intense aroma that I literally had to rinse off my glass at least 3 times to wash off the aroma and get ready for the next beer. (1,631 characters)

Photo of rvdoorn
5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Vintage 2008

I had the privilege to drink this beer for the First time at the Molen bier festival, and I experienced it as the best beer I ever had. However, I was still wondering how it would stand out against the upper-class of "American" (Russian) Imperial Stouts. Thanks to Dan I could have an epic beertasting evening with some friends with Surly Darkness, Darklord, Kate the Great, Abyss, Sexual Chocolate, Cigar City 110K OT Batch2, Speedway stout and on the other side, Stormaktsporter regular and Kaggen!.

Look: very very very dark, with an magnificent dark brown creamy head.

Smell: amazingly rich: raisins, other dark fruits, vanilla, bourbon, oak, coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts. Maple syrup and creamy milk. too much to describe

Taste: wowowowowow, this is the best tasting beer I ever had. Compared to most other imperial stouts, all of the smell comes back in the taste. And man, this beer is so well balanced. The aftertaste I like the most, long and it is so incredibly rich and creamy.... creamy coffee and chocolate, and some bourbon....

Mouthfeel: not extremely thick, but so creamy and smooth. The alcohol is extremely well hidden.

Overall: I had this beer together with some big American RIS beers. Well, these US-beers could not even come close to this Swedish beauty, they were so unbalanced (especially in the aftertaste) compared to this almost magical balanced kaggen! This beer humiliates all other attempts to brew an imperial stout, besides the regular stormaktsporter and the abyss, which finished 2nd and 3rd just after the kaggen. The best beer I ever had. I feel so happy I could try it again, and even more blessed I have another bottle in the basement to age. Worth the hype, this beer is art! (1,743 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 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 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 rhinos00
4.57/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (1,542 characters)

Photo of metalgdog
4.85/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2008 vintage served at Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fà in Rome.

This is almost a religious experience being able to finally try Kaggen. Pours an intense dark hue with a two inch brown head and good lacing. Immediately get a big whiff of chocolate, vanilla and oak. Very aromatically pleasing. The taste follows the nose with roasted malts, dark chocolate, vanilla and bourbon. Just a wonderfully smooth integration of all the elements as you sip on this and it feels as great in the mouth as going down. The worst part about this beer is that it comes to an end after 25cl. An absolute classic brew that I am grateful to have tried. (627 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 baggio
4.54/5  rDev -1.9%
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! (589 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 readbaron
4.85/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to PaulMPap for bringing out this rarity.

Pours out a thick, dark, dark, dark brown with frothy tan head that laces up and has some retention.

Aroma is intriguing. Lots of dark fruit, mollasses sweetness, some chocolate and rich malt. Subtle bourbon.

Taste is excellent - dark fruit, some mollasses, a lot of sweetness, but will balanced by licorice and a bit of (hoppy?) bitterness.

Feel is incredible. Viscous, yet sitll has full and creamy carbonation.

Overall - an exceptional beer. (498 characters)

Photo of ricke
4.75/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2007 vintage.

A: Pitch black, opaque and viscous. A couple of centimeters of beige head settles into some lacings.

S: The smell is wonderful. Sweet roasted malts with very smooth bourbon notes, oak, lots of dark chocolate and some dark fruits. Pleasant vanilla aromas and honey. The alcohol is noticeable, but well integrated. A gentle barrel-aged character. The smell is very complex and perfectly layered, everything is in its right place.

T: The taste lives up to my high expectations. All the great flavors of an oak-aged imperial stout are present, but presented in a way few if any other beers I have sampled can match. Lovely sweet and thick malts with a prominent yet subtle roasted character. Lots of chocolate and fudge, and notes of dark fruit. The bourbon flavors gather momentum in the middle and delivers big notes of vanilla and some almonds. Honey, burnt sugar and molasses add another sweet layer to this incredibly complex beer. The very long finish is outstanding with some bitterness, warming alcohol, notes of licorice, boozy raisins, roasted malts and everlasting bourbon notes. The flavors in the mouth is really great, but the finish is just unbelievable - truly amazing.

M: Full-bodied, thick and creamy. The carbonation livens up the beer and does a great job at spreading all the flavors in the mouth.

D: This is really as good as the rumor has it. It's tasty, complex and amazingly balanced. But the pièce de résistance is the tight fit between the flavors and aromas, and the way they present themselves in a perfect flow without any cracks. From start to finish, there isn't anything that seems out of place, nothing ought to have been done in another way. (1,695 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 Douglas88
4.8/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2006 vintage, small bottle (8 ounces?) thanks big time to Eric. What can I say? Footbalm brings a beer like this and doesn't make a big deal out of it, he just sits back has a beer, and says "don't worry about it". Eric defines the greatness of this site, thanks a ton man. Anyway, Pours a very dark brown color with a medium beige head floating on top. A sweet cocoa nose, dark fruit, huge burnt molasses- very nice. A wonderful flavor; massive roasted molasses, caramel, dark fruit, juicy and yet somehow loads of dry chocolate and cocoa. Very smooth, actually no heat at all- the smoothest beer at 10% ever made I'm sure. Reminded me of a aged Expedition Stout- and that is a massive compliment. Awesome. I dream of having this on draft, or a big 750ml bottle. Wonderful. (774 characters)

Photo of afausser
4.65/5  rDev +0.4%
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. (3,585 characters)

Photo of Doodler
4.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

At Jason's CO Stout tasting, This was a real treat: to try along side the regular Stormaktsporter. Tiny bottle that pours a deep coffee brown with a very thin tan head, Wow! Barrel flavors come through along with rich, sweet chocolates... mocha,,cocoa, creamy butterscotch... what a masterpiece. I can understand the hype. Never-ending / mouthcoating flavors. My favorite stout of the tasting and of those I've rated. Yummy stuff! (430 characters)

Photo of Fux
4.92/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was a long time want, generously shared by Shyne. 2009 vintage. Drunk in May 2012 to get warmed before the epic Sour&Bitter festival. Reviewed from notes.
A: Pours black, dark with faint brown glints. There is a small brown head which settles into a thin collar.
S: The smell is woody, oaky, on vanilla, bourbon and chocolate. Rich and gourmet scene.
T: The taste follows the nose with loads of dark chocolate and vanilla upfront. Next sips bring more roasted and toasted malts, with slightly burnt and toasted bread. A bit boozy on the aftertaste, but nothing disturbing.
M: Mouthfeel is sweet, oily, very smooth.
O: Very smooth and sweet, deep. I would land this again with great pleasure! (696 characters)

Photo of tarheels86
4.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

250mL 2008 ed

A- The pour is significantly improved over the normal 2007 Stormaktsporter. A very lively, large, blooming, deep brown head erupts on a near jet black body. Lacing is sheety, large, and sticky.

N- Very intense: fruity, floral, buttery, maple, something not unlike bourbon but more akin to brandy and spiced orange. As it warms, very heavy buttery bourbon comes through even though this has no bourbon component in the aging. More spiced orange comes through again with licorice and mild peat. Later, I get a lot more orange, potpourri, heavy clove and cinnamon.

T- Very different from the normal version. Up front this is sharp and citrusy, mild butter and spicy oak in the mid, and finishes neutral, tannic, and rich with bourbon, oil, and coconut similar to Goose Island Bourbon County Stout.

P- Slightly carboardy and mildly dusty. Not super oily or thick. Very different from the normal Stormaktsporter. Not coffee, chocolate, or bourbon forward. More neutral malty, bitter orange, mild coffee.

Pretty good but not mind blowing. Inferior to Misto BA or even De Molen Heaven and Hell. Overall weaker, thinner, mild, relatively tart. (1,158 characters)

Photo of raveskdr
4.59/5  rDev -0.9%
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! (1,343 characters)

Photo of Bananaman
4.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Aww.. So wonderful, this beer is really brilliant and I think it lives up to it's reputation.

Dark-brown almost black color, and the bottle is so really cool too, looks kind of mystic.

The taste/smell is wonderful, big flavours of chocolate, fudge, vanilla, honey and some oak-character.

Great brew from Närke Kulturbryggeri! Luckily enough I have had the chance to drink this one twice! (391 characters)

Photo of boothbeer
4.55/5  rDev -1.7%
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! (771 characters)

Photo of Pecorasc
4.67/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (1,046 characters)

Kaggen! Stormaktsporter from Närke Kulturbryggeri AB
100 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.