Beer Geek Brunch Weasel - Mikkeller ApS
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4.93/5 rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Beer Geek Brunch, for it's nerdy name, is nothing more than an oatmeal stout with coffee. What's so geeky about that? Well, for starters, it's a 10.9% ABV oatmeal stout, which means you're pretty much guaranteed a tastebud meltdown. It's also made by Mikkeller, famous for excellent brews. But mostly, it's the fact that the coffee Mikkeller chose to add to this heavy-duty stout is Kopi Luwak. What's Kopi Luwak? It's the world's most expensive (and low-production) coffee, primarily because in order for the beans to count as Kopi Luwak quality, they must first pass through the gastrointestinal tract of the Asian Palm Civet, then extracted, cleaned, sun-dried, and roasted. This process gives the bean--and the resulting coffee--far more aroma and far less bitterness. Think it's disgusting to eat a bean that's been pooped out of what is essentially a fancy rat-monkey? Don't ever investigate how mushrooms are grown.
As for the beer, opening the bottle releases a wave of aromas that are both heady and profound. Surprisingly, coffee is not first among these aromas, but is upstaged by a wealth of lemon-grapefruit hops. Coffee does come next, providing a subtle roasted bean aroma, reminiscent of the wave of warm air that wafts over you upon entering a coffee shop in winter. Caramelized brown sugars, hints of fig and vanilla, and wildflower honey provide sweetness.
On the tongue, however, coffee is first, literally exploding onto the tastebuds as if it had been caged like a wild animal. This is darkness: black coffee, ash, tobacco, black malt, charcoal carbon, all of it swirling in a generative dance, mixed with just a hint of pure cream, a drop of vanilla, and a spoonful of fig juice and brown sugar. The result is beautiful and delicious: the most wonderful cup of coffee you've ever had, mixed expertly with a damn fine oatmeal stout, neither one overpowering the other. It says much that the massive ABV is completely hidden by these flavors, whereas in many other beers of this strength the alcohol is potent and vodka-like around the edges. Even better, the flavors hardly fade over the course of the mouthful, but resiliently march on, and it's only several score seconds after swallowing that the aftertaste finally bids adieu. Mouthfeel is a silky medium-strong, and carbonation is medium.
This is beer to make a stout lover not only cry, but seriously consider why (s)he isn't opening up a brewery. If there is any justice, this is what I will be served in heaven's cafeteria. Oh god, yes, please let it be.
Serving type: bottle
07-31-2011 02:40:34 | More by jondeelee
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