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Beer Geek Brunch Weasel - Mikkeller ApS

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Reviews: 790
Hads: 2,602
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.14%
Wants: 340
Gots: 533 | FT: 51
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Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.90% ABV

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Notes & Commercial Description:
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 57md
3.91/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

There is some dark chocolate flavor but it is surprisingly thin for a big stout. The roasted bitterness is decent but, again, not quite up to snuff for a big stout. (164 characters)

Photo of larryarms847
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black and slightly slick and oily with a finger of thick and frothy light brown foam.

A blast of chocolate, ground coffee, and espresso hits immediately with a faint vanilla or cream sweetness.

Solid coffee flavor rounded out with chocolate, vanilla/cream, and some light earthy hop flavor.

Heavy-bodied, light-medium carbonation, slightly chewy, creamy smooth.

Overall, a top notch coffee beer that all coffee fans need to try. (442 characters)

Photo of Coned
4.66/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (596 characters)

Photo of danielocean03
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Deep, dark brown. Very viscous, pours like warm used motor oil. Very thin brown head that dissipates pretty quickly to a tan ring.

S: Sweet and smoky, rich roasted full bodied coffee aroma, chocolate undertones.

T: Up-front coffee punch followed with smoky/earthy notes, semi-sweet dark chocolate, lightly drying coffee and sweetness in the aftertaste.

F: Light carbonation, syrupy smooth and thick

O: Excellent example of a solid oatmeal stout, highly recommend. (473 characters)

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer was jet black with a slightly reddish mocha head.

Smell - The beer was an earthy coffee aroma.

Taste - The initial taste was a mild dark earthy coffee. Black licorice notes are present. The coffee becomes progressively more dry and bitter in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - For an imperial stout, I found the beer to be thin.

Overall - This is an enjoyable coffee stout. (397 characters)

Photo of bgold86
4.94/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Would be a perfect grade except for the bottles I've purchase, those have been very tame and meh, tap on the other hand has been phenomenal leading me to believe the bottles were old. (183 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is jet black and pours thick, with a clingy, creamy, dark tan head that slowly settles out across the top of the beer. Aromas of fresh ground roasted coffee, with a pretty solid smack of smoke, tobacco, charred wood, licorice, and a hint of booze. Flavors are heavy dark roast coffee forward, with a solid backbone of rich bittersweet chocolate. Highlights of campfire smoke and cigar tobacco are prominent, with lesser accents of licorice, cream, and booze heat darting in and out. Insanely smooth and velvety in mouth, with a coating effect throughout your mouth. Impressive. The aftertaste has a more subtle blend, compared to the palate, of coffee and chocolate, with the highlights slowly fading away. Smooth, thick, velvety finish, with a subtle coffee linger. Very tasty, very well crafted beer. Bravo! (855 characters)

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.94/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Strong bitter coffee aroma with slight chocolate mixed in too. Very dark brown color with not much head or lacing. Taste is of oatmeal, some vanilla, bittersweet chocolate and coffee. Pretty thick mouthfeel, creamy with a nice earthy bitter finish. Very well done stout! (274 characters)

Photo of mabermud
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Great look. Nice dark body and good looking dark head that is lasting.
Smell: Soy sauce mixed with a mocha.
Taste: Coffee, sweetness, and chocolate, with a splash of organic soy sauce. The taste melds together well, but I dislike the faint soy sauce. The only place soy sauce belongs, is on rice and with sushi...maybe barbecue...any teriyaki.
Feel: Not bad at all. Mellow and somewhat thick..er.

Overall - Nice, smooth, and easy going. I like her quite a bit. I'm going to call her back tomorrow. Reminds me of an Expedition Stout, but a tad better.

She gets better as she warms...duh. (607 characters)

Photo of mistersifter86
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330mL - no best before date. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pitch black with minimal head, a syrupy lacing left around the edge of the glass.
S: Is this a beer glass, or a coffee mug? Lovely roasted coffee notes. Also has a chocolatey, rich, full aroma to it - indicates a heavy body.
T: A creamy, coffee monster. An element of sweetness towards the end. Bitterness comes from the coffee, cannot find much hop profile in this one. Very drinkable considering the ABV.
M: Full, thanks to the oatmeal. Minimum carbonation. Perfect as a dessert treat.
O: An excellent coffee stout, very approachable. Have BA versions (Islay, Slyrs, Bourbon, Cherry Wine, Congac) in the cellar - a fantastic base beer for aging, in my opinion. (725 characters)

Photo of seedyone
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYc. WOW!

Look? Not worth a second lokk as it`s pitch black. Smell? Negligable. Maybe too cool from the tap, but aroma is negligible. Taste? Now this is where we want to be.

At this point all else is almost irrelevant. The taste is the thing. It fulfills & lingers without dominating the realm.

Fault me if you will, but unless you experience this thing, you have no right to disclaim. Truly. (421 characters)

Photo of MadCat
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Black with almost no head (what was there was a nice coffee brown) and minimal lacing

Smell: Smells like the best cup of coffee I've ever had with some nice roasty malts and earthy hops

Taste: More coffee, roasty malts, and earthy hops, but with a surprising hint of sweetness, rather than the bitterness usually assiciated with these beers

Feel: Medium to full body, low carbonation

Overall: Excellent, a very good brew, better than expected. Unfortunately hard to get and expensive. (495 characters)

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Pours black with a small brown head. Fair lacing, leaving a syrupy lining on the glass.

Smell – Whoa, that’s some serious coffee. With malt, molasses, and oatmeal. Just a little on the bitter side.

Taste – Coffee balanced with cream, with lots of oatmeal and molasses. Tastes better than it smells to me.

Mouthfeel – Low carbonation. Very syrupy, and smooth. 10.9%abv is nicely hidden. Has a slight bitter hopiness in the aftertaste.

Drinkability – A really good, easy drinking stout. (520 characters)

Photo of winningwes91
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is probably im my top 5 favorite non ba coffee stouts to date. Pours a pitch black color with a dark brown head. Smells like a fresh brewed cup of high quality coffee, oatmeal, chocolate. Taste is the same. Wow that coffee really shines. I can definitely taste the difference in coffee choice. Awesome stuff. (313 characters)

Photo of jancona
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter - give it a hard pour at the end to enjoy the beautiful mocha brown foam and lacing. Beer is intensely black. Smells a bit of dark fruit and bitter dark chocolate with a touch of sweet oatmeal and cinnamon. Taste is a beautiful creamy coffee with a dark chocolate finish. The 10.9 ABV is nicely hidden. (322 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. Served in a coffee mug 12/20/14.

A- Dark black body. Pitch black, dark, the works. Ridiculously frothy one finger mocha head with a lot of longevity. Looks like a cappucino. No lacing. Thin collar when all is said and done. Lots of legs on this beer, looks like motor oil.

S- Dark fruit, burnt malt, a bit of smoke, dark chocolate, espresso, milk chocolate. Lots of chocolate and dark fruit, a good bit of coffee. I'm thinking the dark fruit and a bit of cocoa can be attributed to the civet contribution, not really getting anything earthy.

F- Rich dark chocolate, roast coffee, a bit of burnt malt flavours, milk chocolate, less dark fruits. More licorice shows up on the finish. Very rich and coffee-forward on the palate, a bit different than on the nose. Drinks more like a very earthy Russian Imperial Stout with extra coffee flavours.

M- Thick bodied, viscous, slick and sticky. Dark fruity chocolate aftertaste lingers on the palate for a good time after. No heat. One of the thicker, motor-oily beers I've had in a while.

O- Pretty tasty, but I would argue that the regular Beer Geek Breakfast is just as good. This seems a bit more dark fruit heavy, but aside from that there isn't a giant difference as far as the coffee contribution goes. Excellent beer, though.

Final score: 4.24 (1,311 characters)

Photo of barczar
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%

Rich, dark chocolate, black cherry, nutty toffee notes, and figs dominate the aroma. Flavor is on the sweet side, backed by dates, prunes, and figs, but finishes bitter and a touch resiny. Dark fruits really dominate, but there's an underlying caramel malt character and notes of cocoa and roast that complement nicely. Not sure of the age, but the coffee is somewhat subtle. The finish is a touch harsh for my liking. Notes of licorice and smoke emerge as it warms, along with more dark chocolate and roast. If it weren't for that overly spicy finish... (555 characters)

Photo of dcmchew
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Pours pitch black, a nice reddish mocha head bubbles up to about half a finger, only to quickly recede to a thin lace. There seems to be quite some carbonation here.
The nice roasted malt and chocolate smell, more intense than the Beer Weak. Acidic roasted coffee. Bit of cream.
Great milky chocolate start, with toffee and some molasses, but also a big zestiness, with lemon, some blueberry and plum. Funky coffee acidity helps too, topped with extra roasted coffee bean, vanilla and licorice. Malts bring a burnt characteristic, somewhat woody, ashier in the finish. Alcohol and a nice herbal hoppy feel keep this zingy even in the end, tho rather bitter and almost dry.
Medium body, a bit oily, smooth carbonation (thankfully). Alcohol piles up eventually, but not horribly, with a nice dark fruit brandy note and coffee liqueur aftertaste. Sweet kind of imperial stout too, but a sweetness that's countered right on time by ashy and hoppy bitterness. Slow sipper, so you can enjoy it thoroughly.
A monster of an imperial stout, perfect mix of booze, weasel/cat shit coffee and rich dark malts. Wakes you right up. (1,117 characters)

Photo of CHickman
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%

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. (2,117 characters)

Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.66/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (2,251 characters)

Photo of tonyrocknroll
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Beer for breakfast! Very dark and delicious! Pretty weird that it's made from something pooped out of a weird animal's butt. Drank this by the morning campfire while my coffee water was heating up. Rad beer. (207 characters)

Photo of Tbub18
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Had this on my list for a while as a must try--very intrigued by the weasel component. Admittedly I'm not a huge fan of the ADIS but this was a great experience. Its jet black, malty and coffee and chocolate smells galore. The coffee taste isn't quite as strong as expected but its definitely delicious, nice and thick mouthfeel. Not sure how its 11%--not too boozy but leaves you feeling satisfied. When I'm in the mood (and my wallet is full) I will definitely reach for another. (486 characters)

Photo of aleigator
4/5  rDev -7%

Pours nearly completely black, with a small, fizzy head, disappearing soon, while leaving no lacing.

Has fantastic, multi-layered aromas of coffee flavors, creamy sweetness, deep roasted malts and bitter chocolate, accompanied by a burning alcohol layer. Very complex and pleasant, with coffee being the most dominant ingredient.

Toffeeish, earthy malts go along with distinct coffee flavors, which hit the palate in an incredible smooth, creamy fashion. Coffee then turns bitter, overcoming the milk chocolate note more and more. While the brew actually begins sweeter than expected, the sweetness doesn’t take over the whole palate, due to the rich coffee infusion. Also the coffee bitterness is very balanced, as a strong earth maltiness holds it at bay. The most surprising aspect is the incredible smoothness in this brew, making this the perfect pairing for e.g. a fruity chocolate cake, providing the creaminess for both, cake and brew. Alcohol is very well integrated in this complex tasting beer, adding to the bitter coffee sting, without being detectable on its own. (1,082 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed out of a 11.2 oz brown bottle with the cringe-inducing label showing a sleeping civet cat next to a pile of freshly "processed" Kopi Luwak coffee beans. I'm reviewing this from notes after drinking the beer about a month ago, and I don't seem to have written down whether or not the bottle had any kind of dating on it. Poured into a North Coast tulip glass with an exaggerated flare at the rim.

Appearance (4.75) - This beer pours the way I want my imperial stouts to pour: it looks thick and viscous, like motor oil, with the rich chocolatey brown foam slowly forming up as the liquid rises in the glass. As per the motor oil comparison, the liquid might as well be black, because if it's any shade of brown, I can't tell. Atop the body sits a towering three fingers of foam, with tight, mostly uniform bubbles--only a few slightly larger bubbles interspersed throughout. Retention is excellent, and leaves sticky lines of lace along the sides of the glass as it dissipates. Just a beautiful looking beer. Everything an imperial stout should be.

Smell (4.25) - As expected, an upfront presence from espresso and dark chocolate, with those rich, sweet undertones, but not a lot of the astringent bitterness that can often come with coffee--I'm told that is the primary desired feature of the Kopi Luwak style of coffee. There are also nice notes of dark fruits here, but very subtle, with notes of black plum alongside hints of licorice and even some black strap molasses.

Taste (4.25) - Much like the taste, there is a nice coffee overtone to this beer, but without the crazy bitterness. It's smooth and luscious on the palate, with sweet notes of baker's chocolate and just a faint bitterness from the char of roasted malts. I still get the molasses and some licorice, but the dark fruits I detected in the aroma seem to have gone into hiding.

Mouthfeel (4.5) - As suggested by the appearance, the feel on this is rich and decadent, velvety and viscous. Full-bodied and with moderate carbonation--just enough to prevent the beer from becoming cloying or suffocating to the tongue.

Overall (4.25), an excellent coffee beer. It's the first time I've had Kopi Luwak, in beer or coffee, and I must say that the inherent qualities of the civet-processed beans seem to work quite well with beer, due to the lower amounts of bitterness and pure coffee smell and taste. Since Shelton Bros. came back to Missouri, I've seen this one more and more on the shelves which means I'll likely be picking up a bottle every now and again. It's a little pricey, but for a once-in-a-while treat, it's well worth it. (2,611 characters)

Photo of FFreak
4.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into large tulips and shared.

The color of thick black coffee with minimal brown head.

Aroma is of caramel-sweetened strong ice coffee.

This beer tastes amazing. Super smooth with complex layers of roasted malts and coffee and just slight hints of fruit.

Mouthfeel is smooth and luscious. Very low carbonation but perfect for the style.

Overall, this is a masterfully created work of art. It's right up there with KBS and BCBS. The price is somewhat ridiculous at $10/12 oz, so I doubt that I will buy more, but I'm glad to have tried this one bottle. (593 characters)

Beer Geek Brunch Weasel from Mikkeller ApS
95 out of 100 based on 790 ratings.