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Beer Geek Brunch Weasel - Mikkeller ApS

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rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 9.72%


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Denmark

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed at Nøgne Ø.

Imperial oatmeal stout brewed with coffee. Ingredients: Water, malts, hops, yeast and Vietnamese ca phe chon coffee.

(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-02-2009)
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southsiderookie

Illinois

5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer I was fortunate to try from a few friends, just an amazing stout. Real strong coffee and flavor that was very rich, out of this world!!! If you find this beer do not hesitate on buying it regardless of the price, you will not be disappointed. One of my top 5 favorite beers.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2009 23:51:21 | More by southsiderookie
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NewGeneric

California

5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this as part of a tasting session with a buddy a while back. This is my first 5.0 overall rating. It poured pitch black with brown head that faded slowly and left considerable lacing. Smelled of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts. Tasted exactly the same. Incredibly smooth and creamy. I have one left. Unfortunately, this beer is limited, otherwise I would drink nothing but.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2009 15:43:58 | More by NewGeneric
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Brad007

Vermont

5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've been wanting to try this for a while.

Pours a pitch-black color with a thick brown head into my tulip. Not much more to say except that the color can't be improved upon. It's just right!

Aroma is full of dark fruit, coffee and cream. A bit of alcohol heat peeks through.

Taste is full of roasted coffee, cream and a hint of chocolate. The cream seems to stand out the most. Based on the description, the addition of civet coffee only furthers the drinkability.

Mouthfeel is silky with a lingering hint of creamy coffee. Very well done. The mouthfeel alone is well worth it.

Very unique and certainly worth the price. The ingredients alone are worth the price.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 03:44:41 | More by Brad007
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HeyItsChili

China

5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked this up at the fan-damn-tastic new Greenville Beer Exchange, with a huge array of taps and labyrinthine stores of beer. I wasn't sure that I was going to review this again, as I think I pretty much knocked it out the box with my first review from a bottle of BGBW, but after tasting this I couldn't help but write a little bit about it.

A - Poured from a growler into a tulip glass. Pours slightly syrupy and black with chocolate brownie highlights and an extremely faint, fleeting dark brown head.

S - Cocoa and dark chocolate, but filtered through a sort of earthiness. Dark roasted coffee beans, dark fruit.

T - Really chocolaty, oaty, earthy kind of sweet flavor to begin. Chocolate syrupy with a strong dose of alcohol. All of this is highlighted by strong, sharp coffee flavor. There is also a great flavor of this remarkable smoky, burnt carbon flavor like log that have been burning on a lone campfire. Substantial alcohol aftertaste.

M - Extremely smooth, low carbonation.

Serving type: growler

01-07-2011 23:07:32 | More by HeyItsChili
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Doodlesby

Indiana

5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Smith half pint glass.

As black as a shot of espresso or your favorite roast. Weasel is a nothing short of amazing. Complete coffee overload but at the same time a very balanced stout. It has a slight sweetness too, so its not all bitter which lightens up the taste as it goes down. I enjoy all things coffee, especially my beer. There are some chocolate notes in the scent and taste. The mouthfeel is especially interesting because it doesn't leave my palate dry and it isn't as thick as I expected. In my opinion, If I ever see this again I know I won't hesitate to snatch up a bottle in an instant.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 06:03:13 | More by Doodlesby
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neckbracesub

Indiana

5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed out of the bottle and into a pint glass. This is tailor-made FOR COFFEE FANATICS. I am a major coffee addict so this one hit me the right way just from the initial smell out of the bottle as it was being poured.

It’s as close to perfection as a coffee stout can get. Just as Mikkeller does with all of his products, this one is brewed with only the finest, most expensive coffee beans and aged for a considerable amount of time before it finds its way to the shelves of your favorite liquor stores.

An incredibly powerful drink that will floor you with its coffee intensity, this is not for the faint of coffee hearts. Fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 00:16:32 | More by neckbracesub
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have heard tales of the civet coffee, I looked up pricing and it can go for as high as 100 dollars a cup or 1,000 dollars a pound. God knows what Mikeller spent to produce this beer. Pours a beautiful pitch black color with rising toffee tan head, fine lacing left behind beautiful beer to look and salivate about. Aroma has deep alluring espresso creamed coffee, dark chocolate, and a blast of dark roasted malts. Flavors encompass the palate, it takes off with nearly burnt dark roasted malts, expressive rich coffee, acid from the coffee beans livens up the palate beautifully, most exotic beer I've ever tasted nearly 9 bucks for 11 odd ounces of this stuff definitely worth the price tag. The dark roasted malts and the creamy richness in each sip with a strong dark coffee flavor is marvelous. Mouthfeel is rich inviting, and at times a bit abrasive but all in all the dark chocolate coffee aspects meld into beauty into a full bodied creamy stout that must be experienced no alcohol burn on the palate for me this legendary beer now I know why their beers carry the hype that they have. Overall a hell of an experience when it comes to beer the type of beer that makes you stop and realize everything that you have been passionate about is coming to a pinnacle. Some folks say that beer is beer, how short sighted is that one there are creations like this.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 16:06:44 | More by WVbeergeek
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shacawgo24

Illinois

5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Black body. Half finger of brown head. Dots of spotty lace spill down side of glass fast. Retains a great thin top layer of head until the last sip. Glass will be left with sticky lace. Love how the head swirled with the body on top to give decorative espresso-art like designs.

S-Roasted malt and chocolate. Strong coffee. Warm rum notes when inhaled deeply. Raisins. Oats. Graham. Molasses. Wet brown paper-bag. The brew smells cold and dank. Then gets sour, sweet and sticky. Terrific transformation. Meets all the set standards of a double stout and even strengthens and improves on said standard. "Super Stout" smells.

T-Caramel and chocolate malts abound. Quality coffee washes over. Hops are resinous and green. Leafy even. Citrus interestingly comes to play with orange & grapefruit upfront. Mellow citrus mind you, and dipped in chocolate in taste. Dark sour fruits as well are detected. Not too oat driven in flavor where you think "Oatmeal Stout!", but the oats are there. An array of flavors that are genuine and most importantly strong & everlasting.

M-Medium-high body. Heavy and full with enough creamy touch swirled in. Medium carbonation that sizzles. Tongue is coated and oily. Going down the neck the body is thick and gelatinous. This heaviness is softened to a creamier self with time. The sip starts sweet, roasted and bitter like hops/black coffee. The middle is the aforementioned which is interesting. The end is dark sour fruit with a stronger bitter finish of resinous pine & weed. Very sticky, lips will stick to glass.

O-When one category can't be pin-pointed as your favorite, you are dealing with a monster brew. Everything is in tune, cranked UP even, to a higher state of bliss. Something I noted was that on warming, the beer didn't spoil into a sour-prune state like most stouts do. It retained the smoky-resinous-chocolate-coffee flavor until the last drop. With drops of citrusy hop sneaking in, what else could you want in flavor? Top shelf stout. An 11.2 oz. bottle does the job.
This beer is the civet-shit!

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 08:18:23 | More by shacawgo24
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whiskeysoda

California

4.97/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What's THIS!? Civet poo provides us with a piquant porridge?

*Ahem* Sorry.

Managed to snag a few bottles of this after trying it for the first time at the Surly Goat (again!), compliments of Ryan (also again!).

Pours a smooth, tarry black with a dense brown head that quickly dissipates into a thin, whispy spiral on the top.

NOSE is thick with finely chopped, roasted espresso and rich dark chocolate. Earthy overtones of wet leather, toffee and cherry pits.

The TASTE and MOUTHFEEL work in tandem as far as sensations go: with an immediate, biting bitterness of espresso followed by undertones of toffee and burnt wood and the tang of minerals in wet soil.

FINISH reminds you that this is 11%. The 'cool' flavors of the wood and soil quickly make room for a touch of heat and astringency flanked by more burned oak and over-ripe cherries.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 04:17:41 | More by whiskeysoda
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dbexpert

Massachusetts

4.97/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A. Dark, dense chocolate color. minimal head, mouth is already watering!
s. First off, I LOVE coffe. This beer reeks of decadent coffee with a tinge of chocolate(60/40 maybe)
T. If it where bread it would be a cookie! Relatively sweet, with just enough cloying balancing the 11% alcohol. Flat out fantastic!
M. Everything you would expect out of coffee oatmeal stout. For me a benchmark brew!
D. Dangerously tasty, nothing of a session brew but definetly desirable. One bottle is quite satisfying and a big enough beer to share.

One of my personnel favorites. I love this brew!!
Thank You Mikkeller.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 00:45:09 | More by dbexpert
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Damian

Massachusetts

4.95/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drank from a 1 pt .9 fl oz bottle
Served in a snifter

Acquired in a trade with kkipple

The beer poured an opaque, thick, near black with brown edges. No head was present but merely a thin layer of coffee-colored froth that quickly faded to a lasting collar. Spotty drops of lacing trickled down the glass.

The aroma was simply amazing. Super coffee rich (espresso-like) with sweet vanilla and brown sugar notes. Semi-sweet chocolate was apparent as well. As the beer warmed, some bourbony/boozy notes came out as well.

The taste was exceptionally rich and smooth. Coffee/espresso notes dominated the flavor profile, as was expected. The coffee was smooth and yet somewhat acidic. Up front the beer was sweet and creamy with subtle hints of caramel. Dark chocolate, vanilla and roast appeared appeared in the center, along with some bourbon and brown sugar. Strong espresso and roast notes, dark chocolate, oak and a touch of bourbon came through on the slightly warming finish.

The mouthfeel was possibly the single best I have ever experienced in a beer. Ultra creamy, frothy and supple on the palate. Velvety smooth and slick. Even though the oatmeal was overwhelmed by the intensity of the coffee in the flavor profile, it did wonders for the texture. Simply astounding.

This beer was remarkably drinkable. Not only was the flavor profile smooth and well balanced, but the 10.9% ABV was remarkably well hidden.

My friend recently brought me back some civet coffee on his trip to Vietnam. Even though the coffee was far from outstanding, I became obsessed with finding this beer ever since. The steep coast and the legwork involved was definitely worth it. Beer Geek Brunch Weasel definitely has one of the most intense coffee flavors I have ever experienced in a beer. Coupled with the other amazing attributes of this brew, it takes the cake for the best overall coffee flavored beer I have yet to try.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2009 17:24:14 | More by Damian
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gramity

Alberta (Canada)

4.95/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pour is onyx with virtually no light penetrating the beer. The head developed about one finger thick and was a tan brown color. Head retention is short as it quickly fades back into the beer. Trace amounts of lacing occurred. The aroma from this brew is absolutely mouth-watering for anyone who likes coffee (or chocolate or beer for that matter). The immediate and dominant smell is of potent coffee but the beautiful thing is that despite the potency a myriad of other aromas still break through. It took me near 20 sniffs to identify what individual notes I could but I believe I smell dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, molasses, dark fruits, licorice, and a light hoppiness. Tasting the beer reveals an immensely complicated grouping of flavors. Coffee, dark chocolate, and dark malts are at the forefront. These three stick out and dominate the first touch of the beer to the tongue. It is very well-balanced. The initial tastes yield to more subdued notes of dark fruits, nuts, and oats. The finish is a touch acidic and the coffee aftertaste lingers long after the swallow. The quality of the world-class coffee used is evident. This beer has the most impressive mouthfeel I have yet experienced. It is very smooth and almost creamy. It can only be described as thick as it feels as if your mouth is both filled and coated with beer simultaneously. The carbonation is very fine. The mouthfeel compliments the tasting but allows the tasting to shine - as it should. The alcohol content of 10.9% is amazingly well hidden; however, I could feel its presence after having had to consume this beauty in a fairly short time. This isn’t a session beer but goes down easy enough. This is the best beer I have tried to date. I feel privileged to have been able to even have a bottle. I am afraid this is a must-buy whenever I see it. The journey of flavors this beer took me on left me sitting on my couch with my empty glass in hand feeling content, relaxed, and sporting a goofy smile. If that isn’t a summary of what a brewer should be aiming for, I don’t know what is.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 20:01:41 | More by gramity
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BierJager89

California

4.95/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours pitch black with a dark brown head.

S: Coffee, chocolate, roasted malt and maybe a touch of alcohol in the nose.

T: Coffee bitterness hits you up front, roasted malt, chocolate and licorice follow. It gets creamy as it warms up, and much better. Delicious.

M: Creamy and full bodied.

O: I called Hel & Verdoemenis a paragon of imperial stouts. I'd call this a paragon of imperial coffee stouts. Not quite perfect, but damn close.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 05:48:03 | More by BierJager89
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joeseppy

Illinois

4.95/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Props out to Lazzman for pointing this craft out to me as I may have passed on this Weasel stout. Mikkeller will be my 100th brewer review in about one year of being on BA.

On tap at the BBistro on Madison St, Chicago. Brought to my table in a beautifully Christmas lit local tavern. Pour was pitch black and a whipped cream half-inch mocha head that would give you a milk-satche upon your first sip.

Aroma is fantastic. Rich fudge in chocolate torte fashion. Fresh espresso bean, dried dark pitted fruit and vanilla.

Taste follows the nose. I do not believe an oatmeal stout will get any better. Like having smooth creamy oatmeal with brown sugar, butter, pinch salt and cream laden....and with a cup of coffee-one sugar please and light on the cream on a cold winter Saturday morning and snowing. Freakin splendid indeed makes me all warm inside. Really no alcohol. Seductive and dangerously drinkable.

Velvety, creamy, rich, viscous, full bodied-really one on the smoothest crafts I've had.

Mere wording does this no justice but writing these words helps me enjoy what I love doing. This needs to be experienced. This isn't even BA and Goose Island Baudonia was the first thing to come to mind-nice company to have. IMO this drinks now to two years due to the fact that the coffee aspect is what drives this craft and could be lost with aging-jus saying. Was reading a review from a 2008 that appears to have maintained itself, only solidifies my 5's for this. Tough watching my last sip go down. Tremendously Tremendous!!!

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2013 14:55:40 | More by joeseppy
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

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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mdvatab

Indiana

4.93/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 16.9oz bottle into Bordeaux glass.

Aroma: Mocha, fruity raspberry, dry, roasty coffee, malted milk, some tart alcohol/fruitiness, and even a little bit of vanilla. The best aroma on a coffee stout that I've smelled.

Appearance: Thick, dark tan, frothy, 2 finger head. Pitch black expresso body. Nice, sticky lacing.

Flavor: A very nice, highly complex rich, roasty chocolate/coffee flavor. Strong, but not overwhelming bitterness. No acidity/tartness as the aroma led me to anticipate. The booze is very well hidden in this one.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full viscosity. Creamy carbonation. Sheets of fine bubbles coat the inside of the glass.

Overall: The best coffee flavor I've had in a beer. At first, I have to admit some apprehension in trying this one, based on it being brewed with civet coffee. Weasel poop or not, the coffee flavor is out of this world! Very highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 03:24:22 | More by mdvatab
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a deep, dep brown with massiver carbonation and a huge brown head that stuck around from beginning to end. This beer looked GREAT and it tasted GREAT too. Nose was big oats, espresso and hints of chocolate. Taste was big oats, roasted and chocolate malts, espresso, coffee and chocolate. Very complex. Motuhfeel was roasty, thick, coating and exceptional. Drinkability. Phenom!

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2009 14:40:03 | More by barleywinefiend
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JTSbeerislife

Pennsylvania

4.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

16.9 oz bottle, bottling date unknown, purchased 11/2011 and well stored

Poured into a Dogfish Head Signature Snifter

Pours a very thick 1/2” mocha colored head, which reduces to thin cap typical of the style.
Pitch black color, sticky lace clings to the glass with each drink but disappears rapidly.
Easily revived with a swirl of the glass. It is a live stout.

Rich, malty aroma of distinct, very elegant, and refined coffee, bready Pumpernickel yeast, faint hints of Liquorice, dark chocolate, and then as the stout warms the very rich malt comes back to battle it out with the coffee, in the end neither one dominates. Very complex and extremely enjoyable.

Extraordinarily rich, thick, intensely malt driven entry on the palate, followed by flavors of very fine, elegant, exceptionally delicious coffee. Massive mouth feel with a delicate acidity which is perfectly balanced with the flavor profile of this stout. Quite dry actually and this is very welcome and refreshing.

Very long finish of rich, deliciously bitter coffee, and very rich mouth coating malt, which clings to your mouth like glue.

Exceptionally delicious stout characterized by a massive body but at the same time a very refined and elegant brew. One of the top 5 coffee style stouts I have had the pleasure to drink. Just amazingly fine coffee flavors and mind blowing richness. Wow! To my taste no where is the 10.9% ABV noticable
Very complex with the aromas and flavors constantly changing. One of the most complex stouts I have drunk. Port like in its intensity and complexity. Like most brews of this style it is at its best at 55 degrees plus, IMO.
I would love to try this side by side with Founders KBS, and I believe this would take the prize, really!
It is of course horribly expensive in this area at $22, which works out to be about $1.30 per oz. Yikes!
Extraordinary stout and a “must have” highly recommended!

(On label)
Brewed by Mikkeller at Nøgne Ø, Norway.
This imperial Oatmeal stout is brewed with one of the world’s most expensive coffees, made from droppings of weasel-like civetcats. The fussy Southeast Asian animals only eat the best and ripest coffee berries.Enzymes in their digestive system help to break down the bean. Workers collect the bean-containing droppings for Civet or Weasel Coffee. The exceedingly rare Civet Coffee has a strong taste and an even stronger aroma.
Ingredients : Water, malts, hops, yeast and Vietnamese ca phe chon coffee.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 00:35:55 | More by JTSbeerislife
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whatthehull

California

4.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tulip

A - Insane sludgy black/brown (shades the whole glass a nice earthy brown), beautiful deep brown one finger head and some serious head and sticky lacing

S - Wow, the coffee in the nose just pops and it is lovely, tons of coca, great booze, a hint of chicory, huge sweet and roasted malts, vanilla, molasses, slight spice, woodsy hop, sugar, belgian yeast or maybe anise?, terrior, green earth and a note I can't put my finger on, very pungent almost funk

T - Starts with an almost piney/citrusy hop note, world class coffee comes rushing in (not to acidic, not to roasted, just perfect. weird that pooped out coffee tastes so good), huge milk chocolate that dissipates into an awesome dark chocolate bitterness, creamy smooth (most likely the oatmeal) tons of sweet and toasted malts, can't put my finger on the yeast note, maybe slightly Belgian?, cinnamon, terrior, slight vanilla bean, earth, foliage, slight booze note (but no distinctive spirit) and wet but super fresh wood

M - Full bodied, awesome balance, medium minus acidity, great complexity and very long sweet to bittersweet to earthy finish

D/O - This is a wonderful beer. I read poop and freak out, but this is my biggest surprise of the year so far. I mean I like Mikkeller, but, wow, this is a wonderful stout. If you aren't a fan of pretty big beers, you may want to stay away. If you are willing and ready to try something awesome, get 'er done!

Final thoughts - I was worried about the $15 price tag, but dang, this almost 11% abv stout has made my list of beers I really, really enjoy more than most

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2012 03:27:47 | More by whatthehull
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

4.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz.

Pours ink black, dark tan film for a head.

Smells of oats and rich dark roasted coffee with some almost ashy smokey aromas.

Flavor is off the charts. Decadent cocoa and caramel mixed with dark roast coffee and oat malts with hints of bourbon and a smokey bitter finish. There may be just a hint of cherry hiding in there somewhere.

Full velvet mouthfeel with a light tingle of carbonation over the roof of the mouth.

Fantastic. I have had exactly one stout I liked better than this, and that was KBS. And I've had a lot of stouts. This is truly world class. One of the best beers I've ever had and well worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2014 23:21:04 | More by Cylinsier
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kbanks13

Massachusetts

4.88/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL from the second batch into a Sam Smith tulip pint glass

A: This beer pours like a black hole. A soul-sucking vortex that mercilessly devours all light. Half finger copper/brown head that disappears quickly and leaves a faint ring of its former-self. No lacing.

S: Massive cocoa smells, think 85% dark chocolate bar kind of cocoa. A mountain of roasted ground coffee. Caramel, burnt grains, raisins and vanilla in that order. Warming alcohol tickles my nose. Bitter and acidic with sweet notes and a slight boozy characteristic, exactly how an imperial stout should smell to me.

T: First sip, wow this beats every imperial stout I've had until now. Right away I get the raisins and booze but its not a particularly hot beer, even at almost 11% ABV. Heavy on the chocolate, which I loved about this beer, with some vanilla and caramel pulling through. Then the coffee hits. I hate coffee, I love coffee flavor, but I hate coffee none the less. This beer might just make a coffee drinker out of me. Smooth and even a little creamy, beautifully balanced between bitter and fruity, bold and tasty daring you to have another sip right away. Absolutely incredible. None of the ash/smoke/charcoal mentioned from others that have had this batch, mine was perfect.

M: I knew when it poured thick enough to be mistaken for molasses that this would be great. Thick, viscous, and coating on my tongue. Not overly carbonated either. Not so thick and flat that I need to choke it down, but man this beer is a meal.

D: This beer dares you to have sip after sip, bottle after bottle until the day you no longer can enjoy this wonderful beer. The ABV, price, and availability prevent this though. I wish this were more easily available at least, this may be my new favorite imperial stout. What an incredible beer, I was nervous that it wouldn't live up to the hype and I am so glad that it did.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2010 01:17:18 | More by kbanks13
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capybara

California

4.88/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is the beer of my dreams.

Although I am a man who loves imperial stouts, i feel this beer can be respected by all beer enthusiasts, even if you do not prefer the dark stuff.

First I poured half of this beer into some sort of wine style glass. Perhaps to cold when i first poured it, still gave off full aromas of dark rich malt, coffee, and vanilla. As i poured it, it filled the glass with a thick motor oil of pure darkness, and left much residue on the side of the glass. As expected there was little to no carbonation, and i had to try to create a head by pouring it rougher than needed. When there was finally a head of around a fingers thickness I ceased pouring and handed the beer off to my beer drinking partner.

As I took the first full drink, i let it sit in my mouth for a full 5 seconds before swallowing (thats what she said). At first I tasted the wonderful malts, then vanilla, then the taste of coffee slowly creeping it way onto my taste buds. As I am engorged in these flavors a strange sweetness starts pushing its way through. Now all of the full flavors and sweetness are virtually attacking my mouth. As the sip is heavily swallowed due to thickness, something sweet is still left in my mouth. It is maybe a sugary coffee flavor.

As the beer gets warmer it get more complex but holds similar characteristics. Nowhere in the drinking process did i taste the hefty 10.9 percent alcohol. Not even the slightest little bight.

This beer virtually ruined my perception of imperial stouts. I still love other imperial stouts by alesmith, stone, dogfish head, greenflash, and so on, but this by far takes the cake. I will have a hard time purchasing anything but these stouts by Mikkeller.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2010 03:42:16 | More by capybara
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Raugupatis

California

4.88/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I am very glad that I tried this one before I read the description. Apparently, the coffee beans used in this phenomenal stout went through a weasel before they were collected from the jungle floor.

The result is that the bitterness of the coffee bean has been magnificently mellowed before it mingles with the oatmeal.

The mouthfeel on this thick, ebony stout lingers long after you have forgotten the inglorious path that the coffee beans traveled before reaching your lips.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 02:11:43 | More by Raugupatis
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vfgccp

New York

4.88/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pitch black body with a milk-chocolate head.

S - Sweet milk, light coffee. Touch of cedar.

T - Beveled edges of milk, booze, porridge, coffee, cream. Cedar hop character plays in and out of the background. Coffee bitters in the finish.

M - Stupidly smooth. The flavors are remarkably well integrated. Creamy body.

D - Wonderfully complex. It's a slow drinking beer but you'll drink it as long as it's around. Hides the 11% ABV incredibly well.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 03:36:42 | More by vfgccp
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Klym

California

4.88/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Shared with Cavery. Poured into an oversize wine glass.

A: Deep black with a thin tan head that eventually leaves a small tan ring around the top of the glass. Reminds me very much of the visual of Speedway Stout.

S: Funky. I felt nervous after I read the side of the bottle right before drinking it. I've never had the coffee so I didn't know what to expect. Honestly it smelled enticing, this seems awfully different. High quality coffee, chocolate, spices, and honestly a little bit of shit in the nose (not just from expectation, I believe). Makes me excited for the taste.

T: Hot damn, that is an amazing beer. Punches you with a mysterious funk that blooms out into a delicious coffee, chocolate, coconut flow that rolls out into your mouth then curls back up slow mo back into the original punch of funk, mellowing out with a mix of all of the flavors. The taste is amazing-- my expectations and fears are floored.

M: Wonderfully creamy, fits the taste profile awesomely, especially helps bring up the coconut sense that comes in the mouth.

O: This is maybe the most underrated beer I've ever encountered. The fact that I never see this thrown down in trades or talked about or in the top 100 list all attest to that fact. I applaud mikkeller for the bold experiment and the spectacular result. It's pretty rare that I seek out a beer soon after I have it but I'll be securing more bottles of this when I can.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 05:18:40 | More by Klym
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