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Stormaktsporter | Närke Kulturbryggeri AB

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Närke Kulturbryggeri AB

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
For the cask matured version of this beer, please do a search for "Kaggen!".

Added by HopHead84 on 01-11-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of largadeer
4.82/5  rDev +7.8%
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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Photo of emerge077
4.37/5  rDev -2.2%
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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Photo of Thorpe429
4.22/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
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 mothman
4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
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 mikesgroove
4.87/5  rDev +8.9%
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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4.42/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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 before the Kaggen! version.

A - Pours nearly opaque black with a small half finger tall mocha colored head leaving no lacing down the glass. I want to give this pour a lower score but with the small glasses that is hard to do.

S - Smells of rich dark roasted malt, bakers chocolate, day old coffee, sherry wine, licorice, and light soy sauce. A tiny bit of vanilla sweetness creeps in as it warms to room temp and very little alcohol can be detected. Very nice nose.

T - Starts off with a nice dose of sweet bakers chocolate and dark roasted malt slowly giving way to hints of dulled coffee, licorice, molasses, and just the faintest hop bitterness. A tiny bit of booze creeps in as it warms to room temperature. The finish has a good bit of dark roast, lingering for some time.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Slick, velvety, feel with a good bit of dark roast lingering through the finish.

O - While the taste didn't quite live up to the nose it was still a very good beer. It is very complex yet it remains easy to drink. I only wish the bottles were a bit bigger so we could have gotten a bigger sample size.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.87/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From 6/12/10 notes. Got to sample this side by side with Kaggen! thanks to nimbleprop, big thanks Mac! 2007 vintage.

a - Pours a dark brown color with an inch of light brown head and no carbonation.

s - Smells of chocolate, cocoa, light coffee, dark fruits, and roasted malts.

t - I know this isn't oak aged, but I thought I tasted some oak in it. Also tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and a lot of dark fruit. Hint of booze.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Very smooth and easy to drink 9% ABV.

d - An amazing beer that I was really glad I got to taste. To be honest, I thought this and Kaggen! were very similiar, with this having a little more pronounced dark fruit and Kaggen! having more oak. Both are easily 2 of the best beers I have ever had and I would love to try them again some day.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
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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Photo of MasterSki
4.72/5  rDev +5.6%
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 drabmuh
4.32/5  rDev -3.4%
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 Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev -6%
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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Photo of HopHead84
4.8/5  rDev +7.4%
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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Photo of jrallen34
4.87/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I drank 2 versions of this from a bottle into a small tasting glass at the brewery with Hans the owner-head brewer.

The 08 verision was better than the kaggen 08, but the 05 kaggen was better than the regular. Part of this was because the 08 kaggen wasn't a great, part of its is the 05 kaggen has been aging 5 years! Anyway both versions are unreal in every way. The beer is black, not tons of carbonation its light tan, lighter than the Kaggen in both cases. Really nice light chocolately aroma, hint of vanilla super nice to smell...Its so tasty and super easy to drink.

This is an unreal beer that should be as hyped as the Kaggen. Get your hands on either and you are a lucky sob.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.84/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A massive thanks goes out to cmrillo for bringing this one out during his own 40 Beers* @ 40 Birthday Bash! Can’t believe I 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 roasted malt, wood, smoke, caramel, meat, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of roasted malt, wood, smoke, cigar, tobacco, subtle vanilla, and subtle sweet alcohol. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this brew was quite good. I was still shocked to see this one come out during cmrillo’s birthday party. The flavor on this one was nothing short of excellent. I really surprised at how well all the components mixed together to bring this one together. The cigar and tobacco flavors were the ones I found most shocking based on the aroma. However, they really worked well with this brew. The only reason the aroma didn’t score really high marks was due to the intensity of it being fairly weak compared to the flavor. I really can’t say enough good about this one if I am honest. Really hope to get to try it again in the future.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.37/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #1650. Thanks to Sean for the birthday share. 2008 vintage.

A - Black beer, little bit of browning on the edges. Small brown head with some moderate retention and some minor spots left on the glass.

S - Nice roasted grains, just a tiny touch of char on the end. The thing that really jumped out on this one to me was a honey aroma. Quite nice.

T - Taste is very nice. Good roast balanced out with some molasses and a little bit of coffee and cocoa. The honey comes through quite well, but doesn't overpower any of the other flavors. Goes down quite easily.

M - Smooth, little bit heavier side of medium bodied, just a little bit thin for the style. No real sense of any alcohol in this.

O - Fantastic RIS. Wish I could drink a couple of bottles myself to really get a feel for it as the 25 cl size is mostly a tease. Would like to drink again.

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Photo of gford217
4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
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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Photo of francisweizen
4.67/5  rDev +4.5%
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 Jeffo
4.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had this beer at the 2010 BOREFTS Festival at De Molen in Bodegraven, Holland. What a treat it was. Lucky enough to score a bottle through the grapevine as well, so I didn't drink enough of it at the Festival, especialy with all the other great beers there. Next time I see it, however, I will bathe in it.

From a 25cl bottle into a snifter
Vintage: 2008

APPEARANCE: A dark brown pour makes a small, medium-thick, tan head that comes out of nowhere and vanishes 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.

SMELL: A big nose right off the pour. Lots of roasted and smoky malts for sure, with some dark chocolate, cocoa powder, molasses, and some light espresso notes. Black licorice as well and perhaps a hint of vanilla in there somewhere. Big, bold, and very enticing. Great stuff.

TASTE: Lots of roasted malts and smoky notes up front, but a burst of flavor follows the swallow. Lots of sweet molasses, bitter chocolate and cocoa, with a strong supporting act of espresso. Lots of roasted flavors still, with a touch of alcohol after the swallow. A big and persistent aftertaste is full of roasted, chalky malts with sweet molasses and bitter chocolate balancing themselves very nicely. Very flavorful, balanced, and just the right dose of alcohol. Fantastic.

PALATE: 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: Such a shame that this is only a 25cl bottle. Split it a couple ways and you’re only left with a splash to taste. Regardless, that splash is still enough to leave a memorable impression. Very flavorful and well balanced, with a huge, enticing nose as a opening act. This is one of those beers people hunt down, and in this case, the hunt was more than worth it. It was the beer highlight of my summer. I really hope to meet this one again sometime and be able to drink it by the growler.

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4.42/5  rDev -1.1%
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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Photo of Deuane
4.12/5  rDev -7.8%
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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Photo of Sean9689
4.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the o-so-generous Alex (Masterski) for cracking this one up on a random Thursday just because. Bottle split a few ways and poured into various tasting glasses.

A - Pours black, mocha-colored head which fizzes up to a fingers-worth and then dies down to a slim ring and around the glass. There's some bubbles here and there on top, but basically, it's just a delicious-looking black beer.

S - Honey, sweet milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel. Like a walking into a high-end chocolatier, melting down the pieces, and pouring them into my glass. Just decadent.

T - Dessert in a glass. Chocolate, honey, cocoa, roasted nuts, bready notes. Just like drinking dessert, plain and simple. The sweetness isn't overwhelming, it's perfectly balanced with the alcohol. Both play off of each other to create this masterpiece.

M - Medium bodied, slightly thin, very smooth and rich.

D - So good! I could consume an entire bottle, but I highly doubt I'll run across a 2006 vintage every again. Stellar.

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Photo of nickd717
4.8/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Well, here we go. This was the 100th give this one Imperial Stout I've rated over on RB, which is a big deal considering that's my favorite style (and second most rated after IPA). 250ml bottle via trade, huge thanks to bierkoning over on "the other site." 2008 vintage, released in 2009. Shared at a very small tasting with a few guys from BA.

The appearance is awesome. Pours darkest brown, not quite black, with a creamy tan head that settles over time, eventually leaving smooth thin foam and swirls in the beer.

Aroma is roasty and complex, with chocolate, coffee, anise, spices, and dark fruits. Nothing overpowers and it all works really well together.

Flavor is similarly complex and amazing. Caramel, chocolate, toffee, dark fruits (raisin, plum, date), vanilla, herbal and floral notes, maybe even some hops.

Very smooth and creamy on the mouthfeel with medium-full body and an incredibly long finish.

Overall, not quite as awesome as Kaggen, but still an absolute masterpiece of a beer. Ridiculously high drinkability.

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4.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Alex for sharing this brew, and for being an exceptionally awesome guy all-around.

A - It pours an inky black; sticky, with a nice volume of deep mocha-hued head, and an overall enticing appearance that begs the question: 'will it live up to (my lofty) expectations?'

S - The aroma is not unusual for the style, but it is sublime: nuances of roasted grain, burnt coffee, bittersweet chocolate, raw cocoa, burnt honey, and sweetly of raisin-plum. Hasn't let me down yet.

T - HFS. And JFC. This stuff tastes just like shares of Berkshire Hathaway stock.

M - The diamonds and all the platinum and gold trinkets are a bit lumpy, but they obviously make it taste better.

D - I was hoping it would be this good. And it is. Thanks Alex.

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