Beer Geek Brunch Weasel - Mikkeller ApS
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4.72/5 rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
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).
Serving type: bottle
02-10-2011 02:16:23 | More by nhindian
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