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Beer Geek Brunch Weasel - Mikkeller ApS

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Reviews: 795
Hads: 2,650
Avg: 4.31
pDev: 17.17%
Wants: 342
Gots: 539 | FT: 50
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Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.90% ABV

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Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-02-2009

Brewed at Nøgne Ø.

Imperial oatmeal stout brewed with coffee. Ingredients: Water, malts, hops, yeast and Vietnamese ca phe chon coffee.
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Photo of Coned
4.66/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The best coffee stout I have had to date. While familier with ca phe chon I have never had it alone, but my god if this is any indication it must be fantastic.
First off, I love big bold beers. To me this isn't one of those.

This is beauty

In the glass it appears unassuming but still delicious and dark

The smell is a sign of what to is to come, sweet coffee and chocolate
The Abv is unbelievably well hidden behind the most gorgeous velvety smooth coffee flavor, the roast is fantastic while not being overbearing and the dark fruits intertwine in the back ground to balance everything out.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.66/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at room temperature.

A: Pours a level of black that should probably emit Hawking radiation, while forming a very thin, very dark brown head that dissipates quickly and leaves no trace at all - no cap, no ring, maybe a couple stray bubbles temporarily along the sides of the glass. In other words, nothing escapes it. I'm guessing it's somewhat high gravity. (These jokes should all go under one of Mikkeller's other beers, but they fit better with the appearance of this one.)

S: The aroma, which somehow manages to escape the event horizon of the beer surface, strikes up front as sweet with dark fruitiness throughout. Both roasted chocolate malt and sweeter notes are present, as one would expect from an oatmeal stout. Fruity notes include plums, figs, and currants. Despite one of the main ingredients, I detect no litterbox odors - perhaps those simply aren't shunted away from the singularity during dilation. Oddly enough, I get little to no coffee odor as well.

T: Unexpectedly, this beer did not tear my tongue apart and then crush it into an infinitesimally tiny ball of matter, so that's a plus. Toffee and chocolate malts strike up front, joined shortly by a quick rush of more fruity notes ranging from plum to currant. As the beer moves along the palate, an earthy, burnt bitter flavor swirls in to conceal the rest, which in turn yields to an almost pure coffee taste at the finish. A pleasant roasted coffee aftertaste lingers well after the swallow, markedly less bitter than any other coffee I have tasted aside from pure Kona coffee in Kailua-Kona itself.

M: Smooth and silken, with scarcely any carbonation to be found nor tasted - literally just enough to leave the beer not feeling dead and lifeless in the mouth. It's not the heaviest oatmeal stout I've ever tasted, which is surprising given the amount of mass it should have, but it compares decently to others in the style.

O: Eminently drinkable, this hides its ABV well behind a wall of shifting flavor complexity. I would consider buying again. One could say it has a powerful attractive force. All right, I'll knock off the lame black hole jokes. Suffice it to say, despite being made with crap, this is far from a crappy beer.

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Photo of JohnG190
4.66/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage. Pours pitch black with a two-finger dark mocha head that dissipated quickly. Fine lacing. Caramel and chocolate hit the nose first followed by vanilla, coffee, faint smoke and floral notes. Flavors of chocolate, caramel, and roasted coffee dominate the palate with faint hints of vanilla and smoke coming through as the stout warmed. Full bodied with light carbonation. Finishes dry and slightly bitter. Overall a well crafted and well balanced stout.

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Photo of PieOhMy
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into snifter.

A Black, syrupy, dark brown head that is not too thick and dissipates fairly quickly.

S Bitter coffee bean. Very strong. Toffee. Cocoa. Sugary malt.

T Fantastic blend of flavors: Rich coffee, bitter dark chocolate, molasses, caramel, raisin and plum. All of this melds so well together. All are prevalent but none overpower.

M Full. Finishes with a bit of afterburn and the coffee lingers.

O One of the best, if not the best, non bourbon barrel aged stouts I have ever had. Just perfectly done. The aroma, taste, and lingering aftertaste are just awesome. Beautiful.

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Photo of dimenhetfield
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been after this one for a while and finally scored a bottle in a trade. This one is just straight up sexy. The pour is somewhat thick, almost gives off the impression of pouring syrup. The foam was about half a finger thick, but the color was just amazing to look at. It was brownish with thin/small bubbles. The head retention was pretty good and it left a little bit of lacing on the rim of the glass. The aroma had hints of chocolate malts, coffee bean and vanilla, just to name a few. The flavors are mixed together so well that it's really hard to tell that it has a 10.9%ABV. A great beer. I'll definitely get this one again.

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Photo of rye726
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12.99 for a 500ml bottle

Pours a dark brown with a thin mocha head. Excellent lacing, but not the best retention.

The nose has rich malts, coffee, chocolate, dark fruits, anise, licorice and bitter hops.

Taste is equally complex. Big roasty malts, coffee, cocoa, molasses and spicy alcohol.

Full, silky body has a delicate carbonation. A very well balanced coffee stout. Definately a notch above the Breakfast.

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Photo of brushtachio
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copied Directly from notes taken June 1, 2009 at Beer Bistro in Toronto.

Into tulip with beautiful light brown head. No light comes through

N. Roasted. Maybe a little burnt malt. Slightest hint of booze. Sweet overripe fruit. Just a hint of cofeee, so small I wonder if I am imagining it because of the bottle description

T. Charred wood. Medium bitterness. Coffee. Roasty malt. Little heat at the end.

M. Maybe not as viscous as an impy or as creamy as a oatmeal stout (note: at the time I didn't realize it was classified as a "Imperial Oatmeal Stout"- I guess you could say the mouthfeel either failed in both categories or struck a perfect balance between the two... I'm leaning toward the latter).

This shit (note: I think the pun was intended) is delicious. I could drink way more than would be good for me.   

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautiful stout with a great coffee sense, and an enormous sense of flavorful balance.

Presentation: 500 ml brown capped bottle. Simple front label design with Mikkeller brown vertical stripes and a dark background highlighting the name of the brewery and brew with a small icon of the weasel. Includes a small paragraph noting the intent, and main characteristics. Shows 10.9 Alc. by Vol. Served into a snifter.

A - Black pour, good brown creamy head, fair retention and some solid strokes of lace as it goes down.

S - Roasted nose, intriguing coffee sense to it with a tamed sour hint and a fruity touch leading to a dash of chocolate.

T - Here is where the brew shines the fullest, what a treat. Like in the Geek Breakfast the taste is beautifully compact and full, long roasted coffee sense. But the coffee lingers with a different sense, even better, it is assertive but rather rich and long, with a fruity note. Roasted malt range with a dash of chocolate is woven with dexterity and supports a nice bitter sense, rather hefty but never overwhelming or competing with the coffee and malt.

M - Fully body with moderate carbonation, very creamy and smooth. Bitterness that while assertive it never takes the full presence and is woven back beautifully in the overall sense of the brew.

D - Beautiful sipper, what a range and delicacy with a beautifully lingering feel in the palate and memory.

Notes: The Beer Geek Breakfast was already quite spectacular but here the brewer manages to even kick it up a notch with an extraordinary coffee edge. Hype aside, it may or may not be due to the civet coffee but the edge, balance and range it provides is something else. Top tier with the best of coffee stouts. Thoughs of Dieu du Ciel's Peche Mortel came to mind as I was sipping this Mikkeller, in particular thinking about brews that got their coffee right and more…
Smuttynose's Imperial Stout, and more so Goose Island's Nightstalker also crossed my mind as I was thinking of the hoppy bitterness here, which was perfect on the Mikkeller with an insinuation of bitterness that always stayed nicely short of these two references but was quite prominently woven with the coffee finish. This is pricey but if one likes good coffee stouts it is money well spent.

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Photo of MartzMimic
4.64/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep brownish black from the bottle with a foamy brown head that last some time. Lots of lacing. The aroma is of coffee, chocolate and dark fruits. It tastes exactly as it smells: coffee, chocolate, plum and raisins. It's really boozy and nicely bitter. Oily mouth. This is both complex and straightforward, and a great coffee stout.

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Photo of crnipeter
4.64/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cascades dark reddish brown to create opaque nearly black body overlain by a finger of deep tan head that leaves lace about the glass.

The nose reveals obvious red wine qualities - not surprisingly as the beer has been maturing for three years - and nice interplay of chocolate and strong yet subtle coffee aroma. Molasses-like malt sweetness combines with dark grains and coffee added to lend coffee-with-cream sensation while further sniffing reveals dark fruit esters. Alcohols is noticeable but is aromatic, almost bourbon-like.

Highly viscous oily-smooth body with just about the right amount of fine carbonation allies to the sweetness, roasted grains and coffee to give impression of chocolate mousse, cocoa-butter and whipped cream topped coffee. Alcohol is virtually non-existent apart from mild warming sensation in the aftertaste. Some raw cocoa powder flavor can be picked up. Overall palate and finish remain fairly sweet. Aging hasn't diminished the body nor coffee character to any significant degree.

Overall, a moussy, chocolaty Imperial Stout with coffee goodness coming straight from the gutter. It's hard to believe this liquid shit (literally) is that good (500 ml, Best before 12-01-2012, into tulip).

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Photo of dar482
4.64/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a black color with some brown on the edges.

The aroma just has pure espresso beans with a bit of spice in the back. A bit of vanilla in there without too much sweetness in there.

The flavor follows with a big blast of espresso beans and then there's a huge peppery spice that hits the top of your mouth and back of your throat. There's a hint of booze in there. It's a smooth smooth beer with tons of coffee flavor, a bit of dark chocolate, and then some wonderful drying on the end. It has some sweetness, but is not a truly sweet beer like many big beers of this style.

The body is medium, but light for an oatmeal beer at 10.9%. This is a phenomenal coffee beer.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.64/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a viscous black color with a pretty thick chestnut colored head. Leaves some nice spotty laced down the glass.

S: Incredible rich espresso and dark roasted coffee notes upfront. Dark chocolate, fudge and some leafy hops in the background. Smells incredible.

T: A rich and creamy espresso hit right away. It's dense and full of dark chocolate, blackberry and some char. Some burnt coffee grounds and earthy hops on a dry finish. Really incredible stuff. I love this beer.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to capra12 for this one. Poured from a 16oz. bottle into a Blue Point snifter.

A: Standard pour yields a frothy 2.5 finger deep mocha head with great retention. Beer is opaque black. Lacing is patchy and dotted with spots, with good stick, and nice legs. A stunning beer to behold.

S: Big bold coffee aroma with a touch of mint, licquorice, toffee, caramel, burnt malt, and chocolate. Booziness is barely present in the background but is covered for the most part, by roasted coffee beans.

T: Opens deep, dark, and mysterious. Chocolate, licquorice, and coffee are all present and balanced extremely well. Molasses upfront with a nice burnt malt bitterness in the background. Sweetens a bit as it sits in the mouth with emerging chocolate and maple. Accented coffee kick at the end right before a dry finish. Aftertaste is of coffee beans and molasses.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Incredibly robust, oily, and smooth in the mouth. Finish is slightly dry but messy with a sticky, slightly hot aftertaste that lingers.

D: An incredible beer in every aspect of the word. Visually striking, aromatic, and rich beyond belief. Flavors are infinitely complex without being overwhelming and the mouthfeel is perfect in every way. A sipper for sure but I could sip on this one all night long. Shouldn't be too hard to find as its relatively well distributed... so what are you waiting for?!?!

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Photo of PapaEugene
4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Allthough we had a bock bier tasting evening rvdoorn couldn't stick to the theme and brought up this beer as closing act. Well, how could I refuse this gesture.

A: BLACK it is and a great dark brown thick sticky head that lasted throughout the drink

S: Burned malts, Dark roast coffee, dark chocolate and some alcohol.

T: Mainly as the smell but now there's also a salty liquorice taste. Some citrus and bitterness in the aftertaste.

M: Extremely creamy and a medium carbonation.

D: Great beer and allthough it's not my favorite style it impressed me very much.

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Delivered on all counts! Poured from 12 oz. bottle into tulip. Leaves a thick light brown head that lingers awhile over a sharp and deep black. Tons of roasted coffee in the aroma. The taste gives more hop bitterness than I expected, and its an incredible balance with all the power coffee/molasses flavors going on.

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Photo of PerzentRizen
4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

WOW! Picked up in Cincinnati at my favorite beer store this beer has had me wondering for quite some time. After reading the back of the bottle I'm not sure I'm ready for a beer this extreme, "...made from the droppings of weasel-like civet cats." I'm legitimately scared right now.

Poured into a snifter the jet black liquid quickly frothes to a dark tan head that fades back into the beer. So far so good.

The aroma of this beer does not immediately make me think civet cat dung so that's a good thing. The aroma is of very ripe tropical fruit, iced coffe with heavy cream and caramelized brown sugar, and a touch of coconut.

The first taste is explosive with espresso bitterness, light alcohol burn, nice aciditiy, and a twang that is difficult to place.

Mouthfeel is very round, full, and perfect for a coffee stout. Many times you try a coffee stout only to find you have a very thin beer (re: FBS). This stout has the perfect amount of coffee, alcohol bite/warmth, along with mouthfeel.

Drinkability is difficult to nail down. Personally I would never drink more than 1 of these nor could I. I will say that this 1 bottle will go down smoothly. I would say that coffee stouts in general are not to be sessioned therefore I will call this particular coffee stout highly drinkable.

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Photo of JizackFH
4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - This pours jet black in color. A pretty aggressive pour only gives this a half-finger dark tan head. There are some specs of lacing left on the glass.

S - It smells of dark roasted malts, strong coffee, dark chocolate, molasses, and vanilla. I am also getting notes of dates or figs.

T - The taste is of strong roasted coffee, roasted malts, dark chocolate, and some booze. The finish is of bitter roasted coffee. This is a great tasting stout. I really enjoy the strong bitter coffee taste.

M - It has a full body and low carbonation. It has a rich velvety feel to it, and it goes down very easy. There is a slight puckering bitterness here, as well as some alcohol warmth.

D - The drinkability is good here. It is a slow sipper for sure, but the taste is amazing. I really like this beer a lot. I would definitely try this one again.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm a total sucker for a stout that looks like this: sure, the impossibly deep black color, but it's the chocolaty/mocha brown head that takes it. Unfortunately the head doesn't last very long, but at 10.9%, it can't be expected to hold on very long. But just swirl it and it comes back to life awhile. Very nice.

Oooh, mama...the aroma is a killer, in the best way. Fans of great coffee will never be able to get their noses out of this. I can't. I've never had Civet Coffee (does that still qualify as vegan?), but I want to try it now. The coffee character has a smooth, silky, mellowed but entirely assertive tone. And, unlike some coffee stouts, the coffee doesn't overwhelm. There's also plenty of graham cracker sweetness, gooey/milky fudge, a polite but present kiss of hops, deep and rich caramel/toffee tones...oh hell yeah. And this is only the aroma. Please don't let it fall flat on the tongue...

A sip of B.G.B.W. begins with coffee, hella-roasty and totally delicious roasty, and moves into subtle grassy hop bitterness, super-smooth caramel-filled chocolate candy sweetness, a twist of toffee, a dark berry-like bittersweetness, like berries just a bit too young to be picked and eaten... then it's back to coffee. And it's the coffee flavor that rides out in one extremely long finish. I might have expected a more complex stout, but no matter. This is incredibly good. As for the 10.9% alcohol? Hardly noticed it was there, although it gradually came through as the beer warmed. I usually like a bit of alcohol warmth in bigger beers, but the controlled alcohol here is very much appreciated, bringing out the real highlight flavors to greater relief. I'll say it's a lot like coffee in that it smells better than it tastes, but in this beer's case, there's not as much gap between smell and flavor. Almost a "5"...

Had it been a bit thicker in body, I'd be tempted to bump up the taste score to a perfect "5"...as with big stouts, feel and taste are nearly inseparable. At first I thought it seemed watery, but after a few sips I came to like the ultra-silky, super-smooth glide that it provides, which works very well with the character of the kind of coffee used here. So the texture turns out to be complementary to the flavor, just not what I expected.

Even forgetting the novelty aspect of the Civet Coffee and how it got its name, this is one seriously terrific stout. Well worth the money, and I don't even care that they may have used the synthetic/replicated Vietnamese version of real "from the butt" Civet Coffee. Because this rules, no matter which way you slice it.

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Photo of philbe311
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been eager to try this one for a while... Here we go...

A - One fingers worthy of dense and creamy medium to dark brown colored head is slow to materialize... Minimal retention gives way to a thin yet inviting veil of lace with a collar of medium thickness... Completely opaque jet black color... Uber still with no discernible carbonation...

S - Lightly roasted malts... Some mild milk chocolates... Whipped cream... Caramel... Toffee... Faint hand pressed coffee... Muted soy sauce... Inviting, but not quite what I was expecting... Much sweeter and slightly more subdued than expected with a surprising absence of the overpowering coffee that was anticipating - Not necessarily a bad thing either...

T - Cocoa powder... Touches of sweet caramel... Subdued but assertive espresso... A touch of licorice... A bit of smoke creeps into the palette at finish... Also a touch of satisfying heat as the flavors recede...

M - Medium to full bodied... Sleek and smooth... Just a faint hint of carbonation encounters the tongue... Rich and satisfying... Quite mellow for such an intense offering... So smooth... Worldly and sophisticated...

D - Wonderful execution, depth, and complexity... This one comes at you in layers... It wasn't quite what I was expecting, but none the less this is a world class offering... Stunning display of brewing craftmanship...

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Photo of CHickman
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%

Pours pitch black color with bubbles building up to a cascading 2 finger creamy brown head that was packed with bubbles and faded very slowly, leaving great lacing coating the sides and rings as it went down. Very sticky lace that left an impressive residue in its wake.

Smells of fresh ground coffee, baker’s chocolate, cocoa powder, vanilla beans, molasses, dark fruit, light herbs, burnt grains and charred wood. Rich toasty stout nose that’s heavy on coffee and chocolate and quite nice to inhale with zero scent of the high alcohol level.

Tastes of chocolate like dark chocolate bar, bakers chocolate, cocoa powder, then molasses, vanilla, espresso, coffee grinds like a dark Kona coffee blend, roasted nuts, charred wood, caramel/toffee, smoked malts and mild booze like dark rum or bourbon; very earthy with oaky notes, burnt cedar wood, mild black licorice, lemon zest, more coffee beans and more chocolate like milk chocolate or hot fudge from Carvel. There is a slight bitterness that seems to be from the coffee at first, but then seems to lean towards herbal and hoppy which adds a slight degree of balance to this delicious flavor that gets better as it warms. The amount of complexities for a flavor that basically stays between robust coffee and chocolate is a very impressive use of malt and shows the Mikkeller brewing mastery again.

Mouthfeel is very thick and chewy, with mild carbonation, a thick, dense body, and a nice bitterness that trails off with a coffee and chocolate mix sweetness that makes this slow sipper a brew that you want to swish around in your mouth to prolong the incredible flavor.

I am a huge coffee stout fan and I sat on this beer for 6 months after purchasing it and it was amazing. I keep reading that this beer was made with civet cat coffee/dung, which makes for the most expensive coffee (Vietnamese Ca Phen Chon coffee), and that doesn’t bother me one bit as this was a fantastic beer. Even if it was expensive and made from the droppings of civet cats (tasty cat shit I guess?), it’s a damn fine beer that I highly recommend and I will seek out again.

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Photo of zoso493
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

Appearance: From edge to edge, this is an extremely dark, light-absorbing brew. It is immensely murky, and there is a noticeable absence of highlights throughout the glass. The beer is crowned by a relatively thin and bubbly head which more less dies down quickly to form a thin coating atop the brew.

Smell: There is a lot to enjoy in the smell. The coffee really doesn't kick you in the face, but you know it's there. Otherwise, there is a strong scent of chocolate, followed by a struggle between the lighter, more vanilla-ish malts and the darker, thicker malts. I can't say which wins, but overall the nose is very, very good.

Taste: Right off the bat, I'll say that the taste is not as complex as I had hoped it would be. That being said, this is still a good beer. There is a solid presence of coffee but, as in the nose, it is not overpowering. Again, the malts play a big role, and they are quite welcome in this beer. I get a lot of vanilla tastes out of this beer.

Mouthfeel: The thickness of this beer is very adequate, though it certainly isn't a chewy beer. The only think which irks me about the mouthfeel is a slight soapy aftertaste which lingers just a touch too long on the palate for my liking.

Overall, this is a very good beer, but I have to feel a little disappointed. It doesn't have the complexity that I expected out of a beer with this reputation, although it certainly does have an interesting origin. I don't think the price tag is really worth so I'm not sure if I'll try this one again, but I'm glad I finally did get to try it.

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Photo of BMoney575
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 3-16-12

Appearance: completely black and opaque with a big tan head that leaves behind a ring and lacing.

Smell: all coffee at first, with a huge deep malt character and a good bit of age. Very complex and interesting.

Taste: all coffee up front followed by big flavors of anise, chocolate and a strong burnt character. Enormously complex and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: thick, viscous, and awesome. Perfect for the flavors.

Overall: an outstanding beer that I will look for whenever I can.

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Photo of Jules11788
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours an espresso-black color; no head, light lacing

S: Wood, coffee, dark chocolate

T: Delicious roasted coffee, smoked wood, dark chocolate. This beer has flavors that are beyond delicious.

M: Medium thickness, no hint of booze, unbelievably smooth.

O: This is one of the best Imperial Stouts I've ever had, hands down. I think the only one that I've liked more is Abyss, by a very small amount. If you see one, buy it immediately.

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Photo of capn
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was initially hesitant to try MIKELLER's - Beer Geek Brunch Oatmeal Stout based on the claim it is made with civet coffee seeds. For those who may not be familiar, and I'm not kidding about this, some of the most expensive coffees in the world are those made from seeds recovered from the feces, thats right - feces, of certain animals (i.e. the louac and in this case, the civet) which consume only the most ripe coffee cherries and then naturally, excrete the seeds. Supposedly, the coffee beans undergo special refinements while in the animal's digestive tract and, I can only assume, someone then has the undesirable job of following the little critters around until they are finished with them. My wife and I joking call this "monkey s***" coffee and choose not to drink it because it seems to me to be only a trendy / snobby sort of thing.

At any rate, when reviewing something for the benefit of others you must keep an open mind so I tried it; besides, the 10.9 % ABV had to kill anything the civet left behind... right? When I opened the bottle I detected immediate notes of black coffee, hops, and perhaps bitter chocolate. The pour revealed a beautiful black color and a chocolate-brown head with the consistency of whipped cream. Some ran down the side of the glass and when it re-condensed on the counter it actually stuck a little bit when I wiped it up, demonstrating its viscosity. Once the head finally laid down I was able to take my first sip which revealed the same flavors that had been detected in its aroma. As I drank it down it left substantial lace that was more like a set of curtains. Kidding aside, this was a good beer and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys the qualities of a good stout.

I wish you Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.
The Cap'n

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Photo of MacQ32
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours like oil, deep deep brown.. as near black as I've seen. Nice rich chocolate color head! OK lacing fair retention.

S - Lots of bitterness, obvious roasty notes but some of that bitterness seems to be a product of the pine like hops. Coffee and cocoa note, a little alcohol detectable. Really really great

T - Lots of roasty bitter malts & coffee (w some chocolate) into a smooth hop bite. Almost buttery quality to it too. A little alcohol at the finish

M - Super smooth, full bodied. Little carbonation

O - Delcious! Very bitter but very smooth. The flavors dont seem like much as I type them but the synergy within this brew is amazing

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Beer Geek Brunch Weasel from Mikkeller ApS
96 out of 100 based on 795 ratings.