Stormaktsporter - Närke Kulturbryggeri AB

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91 Ratings
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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 8.52%
Wants: 569
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Närke Kulturbryggeri AB visit their website
Sweden

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

For the cask matured version of this beer, please do a search for "Kaggen!".

(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 01-11-2009)
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Photo of Urbancaver
3.28/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks Brad... a true whale and a tiny bottle to boot. Really appreciated the share!

Pours a dark dark black. Not much head. Nice thick body...
Smells pretty solid. Roasty, chocolatey, some dark fruits... Nothing special but good.

Tastes very complex.... dark fruits, chocolate, roast... so much going on... and yet. Not really enjoyable. The flavour profile leaves much to be desired. The body is a bit thinner than I'd like for the strength and the dark fruits offset the roasty backbone in a jarring way. Was one of my first few beers of the day as I was hoping my palete would be clean for this one so I am not sure why it was so disappointing. Hype not equalling taste perhaps?

Photo of Mark000
3.5/5  rDev -21.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of tarheels86
3.58/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

250mL 2007 batch 1? with a big thanks to omhper! The bottle is a small nip with a black and white label very similar to the Kaggen! label. The pour is a deep black ink, looking a lot like Bells Expedition. Head is smaller, carbonation is lively, generating a dense, deep tan head. Not a hell of a lot of retention or lace. Sticky lace. Aroma out of the bottle immediately is very intense- almost makes you think that this one is the Kaggen! Very robust peat and wet wood in the nose, heavy roast and mild Beldi (black, oil-cured, salty) olives, prominent floral and lemon. Comes close to some serious brandy or orange liqueur, but doesn’t comes into full force. Hard to give this higher than a 7 for the nose. Taste up front is a little thinner, mild lemon, light salt and umami. As it warms it gets softer and more integrated. Still heavy on wood, relatively sweeter, mild bitterness. Bitter chocolate and light oil. Finish is heavy dark chocolate brick with powdery cocoa. It’s pretty yummy, but in no way mind blowing or even close to the intensity of 3 year old Expedition. Palate is soft, a little light, mild cardboard, lemon, slightly oily. Mostly thinner. Feels almost like a 6% oatmeal stout. Not impressed. 5/3/2011 7/4/7/4/14=3.6

Photo of yourefragile
3.75/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of tom10101
3.75/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of cpetrone84
3.85/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

'07 Bottle. Pour is dark brown, red edges, virtually no head. The nose is very big and rich with roasted malt and a ton of chocolate cake. A bit of alcohol with light smokey peat. Taste is very rich chocolate cake, notes of roasted malt and a touch of coffee rind. Full creamy body, lingering roasty bitterness in the finish and light malt sweetness.

Photo of Rhettroactive
4/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of phingdong
4/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of sirsteve42
4/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Destral
4/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of tykechandler
4/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of spdyfire83
4.05/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

277th Review
25cl poured into a (small) Westy chalice
Vintage: 2008

Thanks for the trade way back when rvdoorn! Enjoyed to celebrate the birth of my first born kiddoe. Cheers Izzy!

A: Deep, dark brown. Single, bubbly (pure khakis) head on medium pour.

S: Robust, roasty, and bold! Dark chocolate, vanilla, roasted dark malt, and dark fruit (fig, raisin, etc.). Nice balance and very complex. Touch of espresso too. Quite inviting, I must say, and the highlight of this beer for me!

T: Deep and complex in taste. Smooth vanilla notes accompanied by dark chocolate and molasses followed by roasty dark malt along with hints of raisin and espresso. Slight cocoa powder in there as well. A bit off balance towards the end though as the smokiness + alcohol booziness over powers the finish. Good, but not great.

M: Full bodied with even/soft carbonation. I wish it were a bit thicker though.

O: This beer was really solid, but did not blow my mind away as I had hoped. It's a very rich, deep, and smooth RIS. Overall really fun to try, but I preferred the likes of the Konjaks! version a bit more. Now to simply hunt down the other versions of this beer to see how they compare. In good time...

Photo of craytonic
4.1/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by the generous habmike with myself, Kkipple and SpencerDB, done side-by-side with Kaggen!

Appearance: Near jet-black pour with perhaps a touch of ruby/mahogany, good mocha head and decent lacing

Smell: Lots of roasted malt up front, with licorice, vanilla, caramelized fruits, tobacco, bitter chocolate and vanilla behind it

Taste: Similar to the smell, heavy roast followed by caramelized dark fruits, figs, dates, fudge, tobacco, bitter chocolate, leather and vanilla. Very complex but I wasn't crazy about it, I preferred Kaggen a good deal more. If you can taste rarity I suppose you would like it more.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, well carbonated, but not as thick and luxurious as I had expected.

Drinkability: Drinkable enough when split four ways. Not sure why it is such a small bottle at such a high price. Also curious how some reviewers would like it if they had 1/4 a 750ml as opposed to a few ounces.

Photo of Deuane
4.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to orangesol for bringing this, and the Kaggen version, to the 2011 Ffej of July pre party. Shared with a core group of beer geeks. Served in a thimble. ;-)

2008 Vintage

A-Deep, dark black/brown with a thin dark tan head that was not responsive to revival and left the spottiest of flecked lace.

S-Rich, roasted black patent and chocolate malt with a fairly complex, yet light, blend of accenting aromas. Notes of coffee, cocoa, soy, oak, vanilla and leather all vie for attention.

T-Much like the aroma with an impressive array of complex flavours, but all seem light or even slightly muted. Dark chocolate and rich roasted malt, licorice, black treacle, coffee, vanilla, oak, soy and even a touch of earthy hops. Again, impressive and quite tasty but has a "reigned in" aspect.

M-Medium-heavy body, smooth and velvety with only the slightest touch of alcohl burn. Complex flavours linger long.

O-Certainly a VERY well made beer but not as good as I had hoped for. That being said it is one of those beers that the sum of the parts is greater than the whole. I cannot say I didn't enjoy my thimble!

Photo of cavemanlawyer
4.19/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Tiny 2008 bottle split three ways. Thanks Don - without you I would never drink whales!

Appearance is dark brown with very little head. Consistent color throughout.

Smells of leather and some burnt grain. A little smoke and then some sweetness at the end.

Initial taste is dark fruit with some chocolate notes. Smoke comes through towards the end but very subtle and smooth. Taste lingers and expands leaving hints of dried cherry and more chocolate.

Mouthfeel is nice but nothing amazing. I wouldn't describe it as thin but I like a bit more viscosity from this style.

Really enjoyable beer. Don't share it with more than two friends - the small bottle split three ways was about right.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.2/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Alex for this bottle. 2008 vintage shared at a recent tasting and served in a snifter.

The pour brings a near-black liquid with a nice, healthy mocha-colored head that persists for just a bit before settling down into a thin cap that eventually disperses into a collar. No real lacing on the sides of the glass, but there are a few bubbles here and there. The nose is pretty powerful and is initially dominated by some strong roasted malt character. As it warms, the heavy roast subsides and some nice notes of chocolate as well as a touch of vanilla. Some faint espresso notes in the background as well.

Unfortunately, the taste doesn't nearly live up to the nose and is quite a bit behind Kaggen! in this department. The heavy roast does not really subside as it warms. Given this, any potential underlying complexity does not shine through. There are some chocolate and coffee notes in the background along with a pinch of vanilla, but I definitely had to search for them. At the same time, if a beer is going to be roast-heavy, this hits it pretty well. Body is medium with good carbonation, though the finish has a slightly-bitter dryness coming from the roasted malt. Overall, I'm really glad to finally try this one and compare thoughts with Kaggen!, though in the end the barrel-aged version of this beer is much, much better.

Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing this bottle. This is one of those beers I never thought I would get to try. 2008 vintage.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a few brown bubbles, but nothing really resembling a head. The aroma is heavy on the chocolate with a little bit of soy and roasted malt.

The flavor is a little bit better than the aroma. I get a lot of chocolate and roasted malt, with a little bit of smoke mixed in. I also get some hotness from the alcohol.

Medium carbonation and thick mouthfeel. Very nice.

Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of mtbdonn
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of deac83
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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Stormaktsporter from Närke Kulturbryggeri AB
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