Beer Geek Brunch Weasel - Mikkeller ApS
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Reviews by nhindian:
4.72/5 rDev +9.3%
500ml bottle poured into a large snifter. Bottle provided by bs870621345, thanks Bobby!
This is Mikeller's normal Beer Geek Breakfast stout with a little something extra in it - Civet Coffee. Civet Coffee, also known as Kopi Luwak, which loosely translates into Weasel Coffee. Produced and cultivated in Vietnam, Kopi Luwak is the world's most expensive coffee, with prices ranging from $100-600 a pound, and some cafes has successfully sold it by the cup for the low cost of $46. So what makes this coffee so special? Per Wikipedia, "It is made from the beans of coffee berries which have been eaten by the Asian Palm Civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus) and other related civets, then passed through its digestive tract. A civet eats the berries for their fleshy pulp. In its stomach, proteolytic enzymes seep into the beans, making shorter peptides and more free amino acids. Passing through a civet's intestines the beans are then defecated, keeping their shape. After gathering, thorough washing, sun drying, light roasting and brewing, these beans yield an aromatic coffee with much less bitterness, widely noted as the most expensive coffee in the world."
Yep. This beer has weasel shit in it.
A - Much like the normal Beer Geek Breakfast, this beer is a dark one, perhaps a bit darker due to its lack of any noticeable highlights, just deep opaqueness. The head forms incredibly late, starting slowly before rising out of the depths to place a 2-fingered, copper colored head with moderate retention. The head is foamy and thick, and when it's gone it leaves a silky cap in its place. Very generous lacing as well to complete the look.
S - Now, I enjoy my coffee, but can't say I have any previous experience with Kopi Luwek, but comparing the beer with the normal version, I'll hopefully be able to discern what it adds or subtracts. Unlike the normal version, this beer is much more balanced in the nose. While Beer Geek had a predominant coffee aroma, Weasel offers a more robust and diverse nose. While the coffee notes are still prominent, it is complemented with dark chocolate, almost a fudge character, hops, and a bit of alcohol. Much more sweeter than the original version. Almost reminds me of Southern Tier's "Chocolate" with an espresso shot. The fudge and alcohol notes in that beer really mimic what I'm getting here.
T - Much like in the nose, the taste is just world's beyond what I got in the original version. The coffee tones are surprisingly a but more muted and put in check by the strong, sweet, chocolate. Think of one of the darkest chocolate candy bars you've had, and imagine that in liquid form. It probably doesn't sound too appetizing that way, but it is delicious. The hops come through slightly in the end to add a bit of a bite, along with a slight alcohol heat, but both definitely add to the overall experience.
M - Mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied with low carbonation. I would've preferred perhaps a touch more carbonation, but the upside to this is that it complements the silkiness of the head. Overall incredibly smooth, with a rich finish that lingers with coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, and a bit of alcohol.
D - Drinkability is high. This beer is incredibly easy to drink and each time I put it down I find it in my hand again moments later. The alcohol is there but doesn't deter in the least and the flavors pop the warmer it gets. Overall a much better beer than the normal version and easily places in my top 5 stouts (which is saying a lot).
02-10-2011 02:16:23 | More by nhindian
More User Reviews:
4.4/5 rDev +1.9%
I had the "Weasel" for awhile and finally opened it tonight.Poured into a imperial nonic a jet black with not a trace of light showing thru,a mocha colored pillowey two finger head atop.an awesome mix of deep coffee roast and bitter chocolate in the nose,a hint of vanilla and roasted nut as well,just a great mix.Rich flavors and obviously highly roasted,bittersweet chocolate and French roast coffee dominate with a tinge of dar fruit and vanilla,a slightly earthy earthy finish rounds the beer out very well.Everything I thought it would be,just a great double stout from a killer brewery.
05-04-2009 22:59:52 | More by oberon
4.43/5 rDev +2.5%
A: Thick, jet black liquid. One fingered brownish airy head that dissipates quickly. Basically no lacings.
S: Strong coffee aromas mostly resembling hard-roasted coffee beans, but also powerful espresso. Plenty of dark chocolate. Roasted, almost burnt malts. Some charred wood and tannins. A very dense and powerful smell.
T: The taste is full of rich espresso flavors. A wonderful taste of freshly brewed coffee and freshly grounded coffee beans. Notes of dark chocolate tries to balance the powerful coffee flavors, but don't really succeed. A faint but prominent taste of vanilla. Hard-roasted malts mix with wood and coal. Perhaps some fruity notes, but they are very faint. The finish is quite bitter actually with hints of tannins, hop aromas, some vanilla sugar and lingering coffee notes.
M: Very full bodied and very viscous - like old engine oil. Very restrained carbonation. Feels fantastic in the mouth.
D: A great coffee stout. Not very balanced though, as the powerful coffee flavors dominate. Still fairly complex. Highly recommended.
05-08-2009 20:11:26 | More by ricke
4.3/5 rDev -0.5%
A- Inky black with a frothy medium-brown head.
S- Rich burnt coffee beans, light vanilla and chocolate,ash, and a whiff of alcohol and hops.
T- Amazing coffee flavors, smoke, chocolate and cookie, noticable hoppy finish adding depth.
M- Full bodied with soft, creamy carbonation with a slightly astringent feel in the finish.
D- This(with a few others) takes coffee(beer) to new levels. More integrated than geek breakfast.
10-23-2009 02:35:03 | More by brownbeer
4.08/5 rDev -5.6%
A: A thin head but a thick beer, completely black pour.
S: A very strong coffee aroma laced with oatmeal, a very thick smell that completely fills the nostrils.
T: A solid imperial stout, very front heavy with the coffee with an oatmeal and chocolate afterthought.
MF/D: Thick feel, smooth on the palate, would try again, though certainly not my favorite imperial stout. perfect for sharing (thanks hu5om) from the pint bottle.
07-06-2010 02:07:58 | More by newk340
4.33/5 rDev +0.2%
Deep dark black pour with a 1/2" of creamy tan head that quickly falls. Spotty lacing. Aromas of robust dark malts along with some smokiness. Oatmeal is there along with big coffee and some chocolate as well. The aroma is somewhat earthy.
First sip brings sweet rich dark malts upfront with oatmeal smoothness in tow. Acrid coffee moves in with earthy undertones. Chocolate flavors are present. Flows down with a kick of alcohol heat and lingering roasted coffee flavors. Somewhat smoky as well. Never thought I'd be drinking a coffee beer made from civet cat droppings, but it's pretty darn tasty!
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with mellow carbonation. Oats add nice body and makes it go down smooth. It does have a bit of an ABV kick to it. Glad I got to try it, but it's a little bit too expensive for a repeat purchase.
04-05-2009 19:55:51 | More by orbitalr0x
4.53/5 rDev +4.9%
A - Pours a thick, opaque black with a finger of brown head that dissipates rather quickly, leaving a trail of lacing behind.
S - Up front smell is intense deep coffee, accompanied by roasted malts, CHOCOLATE, and slight aromas of fruit.
T - Like the aroma, coffee completely dominates, which, as a coffee lover, I support. Wonderful flavor; some roasted, almost burnt malts, then comes some chocolate notes.
M - nice medium/heavy mouthfeel. This completely coats the palate in a wonderful way.
D - Some apparent abv drops drinkability a little, but this is fantastic for someone who loves both beer and coffee.
02-08-2011 01:38:59 | More by warnerry
3.95/5 rDev -8.6%
16.9oz bottle. Pours an opaque black with a creamy tan head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is sweet malts and oatmeal with some chocolate, black licorice and coffee and a little dark fruit and alcohol.
The flavor is sweet sugary lactic chocolate with some coffee. It has a big sharp roasted bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little watery.
Overall, very nice. I recall thinking the beer geek breakfast was a little better balanced and more enjoyable.
10-12-2009 05:08:57 | More by Beaver13
4.46/5 rDev +3.2%
Opaque black in color with a dark tan head that stayed for about a minute and had a tan collar until I finished the beer. Aroma is heavily roasted, nice sweet coffee and a touch of vanilla. I ended up leaving this beer in the snifter for about 20 minutes before I started drinking it, and I'm very glad I did. Taste was considerably better once it approached proper temperature. Sweetness of the coffee shines in this brew. Also leathery, deep roasted malt, and an earthiness that I associate with some kind of wood (maybe Pine?). Oats really make the mouthfeel nice and silky.
10-06-2013 23:58:25 | More by mverity
Beer Geek Brunch Weasel from Mikkeller ApS
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