Närke Kulturbryggeri AB

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Russian Imperial Stout
4.48 | pDev: 8.26%
Närke Kulturbryggeri AB
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: For the cask matured version of this beer, please do a search for "Kaggen!".
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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Photo of francisweizen
4.67/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Last sampled in Stockholm. Winter of 2010 before moving to New Zealand.

I miss beers like this. Really I do.

I mean, One of the main reasons I came to NZ in the first place was to open up a place that brews beers like this. I hope that happens soon!

A: Dark cola brown/black with a starbucks head and hardly any light getting through.

S: Licorice, dark chocolate, coffee, golden syrup, and incense

T: Dark chocolate malts, coffee, roasted vanilla pods and charleston chew

M: Thick, coating, and rewarding

O: Phenomenal. Almost better than the Kaggen, but not quite.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.32/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A ticker's review of Stormaktsporter. A portion of a bottle shared by Thorpe, a generous and thorough beer drinker.

Beer served in a snifter. Beer is brownish to black and hazy and the thin parts of the glass, diffuse head of small tan bubbles, no lacing, carbonation appears low (I won't fault if for that though).

Aroma is sweet at first. I can smell the alcohol but it gives way to a strong roastiness, once the initial aroma is gone and passed...the second aroma is improved. There is an almost sweetness / vanillic aroma to the whole thing that is rather pleasing

Forgive me if I don't declare that this is the best beer I've ever had, it is not. The Kaggen! is a much improved beer compared to this. I don't really consider them in the same ballpark. This is a good beer though, a very good beer. It is primarily roasty, with forward sweetness and a medium body. The finish of the beer is dryer than I thought it was going to be with a heavily roasty / coffee finish. Overall quite a nice beer and quite an experience. Kaggen! was better but this was very nice.

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Photo of emerge077
4.37/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Generously shared by Alex, probably wouldn't get to try otherwise. 2006 vintage, in a Goose taster glass.

Inky black, initial skim of mocha foam fades to a decent ring at the edge. Expected given the ABV. Swirling it exhibits a sticky tan coating on the glass.

Rich aromas of molasses, licorice, dark fruit such as currants and plum. A mellow confectionary sweetness.

Heavy roast, lightly viscous, bakers & Belgian chocolate, currant/plum/grape, slightly peppery. Dark roast and some tobacco notes linger in the long lasting aftertaste. It's rich but easy to sip, very smooth without being overwhelming. There was minor oxidation in this vintage bottle, but it didn't distract. Not too far off from American classics like Stone IRS, yet this is unique and worth seeking out for sure.

Thanks again Alex!

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Deuane
4.12/5  rDev -8%
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!

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of baggio
4.54/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2006 vintage.

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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4.75/5  rDev +6%

Photo of tpd975
4.42/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big Thanks to Bosse for the trade.

A: Pours dark black with brown edges. Very small tan head that builds only to a ring. No retention but nice spots of lace.

S: Rich roasty aromas. Loads of raw cocoa, and mild tones of coffee.

T: Rich and nutty. Cocoa nibs up front. Nice roast with mild acidic coffee notes. Hints of caramel and dark brown sugar as well.

M: Medium in body, smooth, light carbonation, smooth, tasty.

D: Good, glad I got the chance to try it. Thanks Bo!

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared by nickd717. Thanks, Nick! 2008 vintage.

Black in the glass, faintly translucent and topped by a two finger mocha-colored head that retains well for a stout this big. The aroma is intensely chocolatey and roasty. Slight vinous notes are noticeable beneath the scent of rich milk chocolate, and there are hints of licorice, molasses and honey. Remarkably nuanced and complex. On the tongue it opens with chocolate and molasses, followed by spicy licorice, sharp roastiness, honey and a touch of caramel. Medium-full in body, mellow yet infinitely complex and drinkable. The finish is mildly roasty and bitter with a touch of smoke and licorice. Phenomenal.

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Bosse for this one, I had been wanting to try it forever and decided to end my first evening of vacation, quietly sipping on this in a lovely white birch glass. Consumed on 08/07/2010.

A thick and inky black pour welcomes me into the session. Dark as night with a creamy mocha colored head on top that rises to a height that was near a fingers depth. Settling down it left some nice lacing that dripped down the sides of the glass.

Aroma is warming, huge chocolate notes, hints of vanilla, a touch of light coffee as it warms. It is very full, but yet very welcoming would be the best way to put it. As it comes up to room temperature it just seems to fit. Unlike some big ris that can come off, well just too big, this is mellow with the roasted malts and chocolate soothing and each sip just perfect. It is not trying to push the envelope and there is no huge alcohol warming from this. Smooth, decadent and perfectly placed I literally could have sipped on this one for days, it was just that good. Final sips revealed a touch of licorice bitterness but a mostly vanilla and cocoa led sweetness that was more then what I could have asked for.

Overall I did like this 2008 version better then kaggen! only due to its subtly and just nearly flawless presentation. If I could I would have this one every day.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.8/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2007 vintage. Acquired in a trade with a great Beer Advocate. I've been waiting to try this one for a long time.

I poured this into my Alesmith Ten Year Anniversary glass. Stormaktsporter is nearly black with a dark brown, one finger head. The head recedes after a minute and leaves a bubbly ring where the beer meets the glass. Lacing is scattered. The bottle is small. It appears to be less than 33cl.

The aroma is quite complex. Strong notes of roasted malt. Aromas of dark chocolate and fudge are very nice. There is an undertone of freshly ground coffee beans accompanied by the faint presence of toffee, truffles, and dark fruits. No alcohol is noticeable in the aroma.

The flavor is even more complex than the aroma. The first flavors that I perceive are that of black coffee and dark chocolate. The alcohol presence is strong. The chocolate flavor is sweet but I would not describe this as a sweet beer because there is a decent level of bitterness. Dark fruits are a small part of the flavor, and the fudge that was present in the aroma is present in the flavor. The finish is incredibly long, over a minute. It's an extended review of each flavor I tasted and seems to say, "Here is the coffee. Here is the vanilla. Here is the chocolate. Do you remember the dark fruits? We'll go through them once more in case you've forgotten." Alcohol is once again noticeable in the dry and very, very long finish. Stormaktsporter leaves my lips sticky and mouth bone dry and wanting another sip.

Full bodied and a somewhat viscous mouthfeel. Carbonation is good. I'll shed a tear when my glass is empty, for I know not when I shall taste this beautiful beer again.

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3.75/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of MasterSki
4.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2006 vintage thanks to Bosse (and his brother Lars). Served in a Darkness snifter in tribute. Shared, as per instructions on the bottle, with Matt, Sean, and Casey.

A - I actually find this is a better looking beer than Kaggen! The volume of creamy mocha foam is a little bigger, there's better retention, and some spotty lace left behind when it finally settles to a big chunky ring and thin cap. Body is inky, flawless, black.

S - While it's sort of trite to say it smells and tastes like Kaggen! but without the peat, oak, and whisky, that's a fairly accurate assessment. The beer actually implies barrel-aging with strong roast character and light smoked malt. Otherwise it's a rich blend of decadent chocolate cake, honey, pumpernickel bread, and faint touch of licorice and espresso when it warms up (and DO let it warm up).

T - The taste is not quite up to par with the nose, although that's perhaps an unrealistic expectation. Delightfully mellow, without trace of alcohol, and also some faint beginnings of port-like oxidation. Otherwise it's the wonderful combination of honey, roasted malts, molasses, etc. with licorice and espresso notes to keep things from becoming cloying or diabetic. The finish is lightly roasty and bitter and lingers on the palate for ages. This is where we need quarter gradations, because this is better than 4.5, but not quite perfect.

M - Body is wonderfully soft, smooth, and avoids any hint that this is a 9.6% alcoholic beverage. Finishes lightly sticky. I suppose a minor complaint is that body is perhaps a bit thin, although in defense the ABV is on the lower end of the spectrum for the style and the lack of booziness makes this forgivable. Carbonation is present, but not mild and unobtrusive.

D - Every time I open one of these I am reminded of the tragedy that is the 25cl bottle. I'm always reminded of the "misfortune" of having so many friends it with. The only thing impeding mass consumption of this is budget and availability - if I could I'd be getting growler fills of this one.

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Photo of younger35
4.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to alcstradamus for generously bringing a bottle of this to Stub & Herbs to share. I knew he gave up a lot to get this beer and I feel privileged to get to share it. Drank from a small sampling glass.

Appearance- Pours a super pitch ass black with a small brown cap. I suppose not much cap or collar but probably not the best glass to be reviewing appearance. Maybe a touch of lacing.
Smell- Not kidding here, green olives and rubber. Light roastiness that hides in the background. Very weird and/or unique. Light alcohol whiffs are noticeable as well. Maybe a weird description that doesn't sound all that great but somehow it works.
Taste- Starts lightly sweet with a deep black patent type roasted bitterness. A sharp bite of alcohol and a sort of hoppy bitterness that seems hidden by the roasted malted bitter. The finish is super smoky and dry with a small hoppiness. The smoke is light and interesting and very unexpected.
Mouthfeel- Medium body, light bit of warming from the alcohol with a dry somewhat tannic finish.
Drinkability- Weird smell, fucking tasty though. Unique to say the least. The mixture of extreme roast, slight bitterness and a touch of smoke are new to me in a Imperial Stout. Now I need to try the damn Kaggen!. Thanks much Adam, mucho appreciated!

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Photo of gford217
4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Jan for another rare bottle, 2008 vintage, side-by-side with 2008 Kaggen.

Pours completely black, with no light passing through at all. There is a thick, creamy tan head that shows wonderful retention and leaves some streaky lacing along the sides.

The aroma is chocolatey and seriously roasty with lots of heavily roasted black malts and cocoa powder. There is some underlying sweetness as well with licorice and maybe some butterscotch and vanilla.

Taste is sweet up front with the chocolate dominating initially with the roasted malts underneath, which have a less roasty character than the aroma. The finish is slightly dry with some sweet estery fruit character and espresso bitterness all mixed together.

The mouthfeel is outstanding, just about perfect for the style. It's so smooth but with moderate carbonation and just feel perfect on the palate.

This is a wonderful stout - it's got lots of complexity but might be the most drinkable impy stout I've ever tasted. Very much a Belgian style impy stout with the fruit very evident.

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4/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of mothman
4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to kbulter1 for sharing one of my last 27 wants!

2008 Vintage 9.5%

Poured into the one and only kbs snifter.

Pours a 1/2 finger of mocha tan head. Decent retention for an RIS and leaves some nice thin rings. Color is a pitch black. A very thick beer.

Aroma: I can smell the massiveness already. This beer has a huge flavor. Rich molasses, licorice, roasted malts, and thick chocolate. The chocolate flavor is just massive. It has a slight alcohol flavor as well. I get a hint of coffee near the end.

Taste: Reminds me a bit of a Belgian RIS or something from Mikkeller with a peat flavor up front. It is kind of roasted with coffee notes. A ton of chocolate again with some dark dried fruits. Notes of molasses and licorice blend in. Very malty and roasty.

Mouthfeel: Roasted, creamy, and a little bit sweet. Full bodied, this one is very thick. Good amount of carbonation. Ends dry and roasted.

Overall, I preferred the Kaggen version as the oak really rounded things out. This was tasty, but nothing overly unique like the kaggen version was. It was a bit roasty for my liking as well. A really tasty beer nonetheless.

2007 bottle drank in 2016.

No head. Thick and fudgy black.

Nose shows age, but malts are there.

Flavors are big on chocolate. Figs and molasses. Raisins and roasted malts. Caramel. Sweet and malty.

Full bodied. Nice carbonation level. Ends with dark dried fruit flavors.

For being this old, it has held up well. Very fun to drink this.

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Photo of jlindros
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was waiting until review #1500 to put this one in. Huge thanks to dfclav for cracking this, the feature item at the stouts and spiders tasting of 2011. Kaggen! is one of my biggest whales, and this is about as close as I'll come anytime soon.

Pours with no head or any white bubbles at all, pours like pure waste motor oil, just thick liquid that is thicker than anything I remember recently, more solid than liquid I think. The beer is essentially, wait not essentially, it IS pitch black, pure dark matter of a thick gooey substance.

Nose explodes though, lots of dark malts. Loaded with chocolate and roast. It has like a syrupy aroma as syrup from roasted coffee beans, with more espresso dark roast coffee, dark roasted malt bitterness, and a hint of char. Then more caramel, touch of vanilla, syrupy but aged soft old malt aromas and just a hint of an oak like aroma. Then more chocolate and baker's chocolate cut through, with a touch of dark fruit and honey. A bit more char as it warms as well.

Taste starts creamy and velvety and a bit syrupy, with more bitter roast. Charred malts really come through with a bit of soy sauce and salty briny taste, as well as over charred scorched coffee beans (like the coffee at Starbucks cooked to no oblivion like Dunkin Donuts). It even starts to get a bit ashy like charred barrel. A bit more roasted barley but not too heavy, with more coffee flavors, espresso dark roast coffee but not a lot. Syrup and oils from the coffee beans as well. A silky smooth rich malty base with a touch of caramel and vanilla. A weird almost woody ester flavor also comes through even though I don't think there is any oak in this. As it starts to finish more chocolate come through, very dark and baker's chocolate, with a touch of milk chocolate. Then it brings a bit of fruit, raisin, molasses, etc.

It finally finishes slightly bitter from the roast and coats the mouth for hours after, syrupy and malty. Then more chocolate, almost malted milk ball, like it comes in waves. Then more roasted burnt coffee bitterness, and a bit of oxidation.

Mouth is super thick and rich, luscious, smooth, with no carb, and slight hint of booze.

Overall great, but not super great. I had huge expectations for this one and it kinda let me down but wasn't that much. It was still a great beer, just not up to the huge expectations I had for it. reminds me a lot of fresh Dark Lord, in both tastes, mouth feel, and final "doesn't live up to the hype", and esp all the over burnt flavors. Still a great beer worth seeking out if you can get it. I really want to get a hold of the Kaggen!

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared by ygtbsm 94. Thanks a lot Brad! Served alongside Kaggen! Stormakstporter. What a treat.

2008 vintage

The beer is dark brown, approaching black with an inch of dark beige head. The beer appears oily and viscous, with ample lacing slowly cascading down the walls of the snifter.

The aroma is distinctly European, with the usual suspects of roast and chocolate. A healthy dark fruit presence asserts itself as well.

Rich, thick, and wonderful. Certainly not lacking in flavor. The 9.5% alcohol is well hidden. Palate coating, with chocolate covered dark fruits and a lingering, warm, roasty aftertaste.

Overall, I prefer the cask matured version (Kaggen!), but still think this is an exceptional stout. Highly recommended, should you have the opportunity.

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4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I walked into a back-alley with my eyes closed and walked out with an unlabeled bottle of this guy. 2009, poured at cellar temp. Split 3 ways. I hate nip bottles. Thanks Ryan.

A - Black with mocha head, goes to nice lacing. Decent legs, but great retention. 4.25, rounding up.

S - Cocoa, light bread, roast. Good stuff.

T - Roast, strong cocoa, light dryness, cocoa sticks, mild yet present heat in the end. Tough to see how it stays/fades with less than 3oz...f'n nips. Cocoa finish is so strong. Although the flavors come togetherA quite well, the cocoa throughout and the strong finish are what really stand out to me. The roast is there but doesn't take over.

M - Medium, but silky smooth. Considering my preference towards thick RIS, the best I can do is a 4.5. My unbiased ways bring this one down to reality.

O - Haha. Well, this one lives up to the hype for me. I enjoyed the hell out of it. We compared it to a fresh Courage and it made Courage look like a fool. Courage is great, btw. This is maybe the best non-BA RIS I've had. I know I've said that before, probably for Luscious, but this is better than Luscious.

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Stormaktsporter from Närke Kulturbryggeri AB
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 98 ratings