Beer Geek Brunch Weasel - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 2,516
Reviews: 791
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 9.49%
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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 Sarlacc83
3.97/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle.

A: Thick black body with a slowly disappearing dark mocha head. Has some nice legs.

N: Lots of coffee, char, dark chocolate, and leather. Some licorice and plenty of malt/malted milk balls. Very thick smelling, as though you can grasp the density somehow.

T: Quite sweet at first - the malted milk comes through against an appropriate coffee bitterness. Then it becomes bitter and smoky. Perhaps a bit too much of the latter, but it’s still pleasant.

M: Thick and oily. Oatmeal rounds out the mouthfeel well. Very alcoholic and can be quite sharp.

O: A coffee jolt that’s quite enjoyable. Maybe a touch more malt and lessened alcohol would really let the beauty shine through more clearly.

Photo of SpdKilz
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml served into a Bruery Tulip.

Appearance - Pours into my Bruery Tulip with a rather opaque, black color. A little over a finger of dark tan/mocha colored head is achieved with a moderate to strong pour that dissipates at a medium pace, leaving ever so slight lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Earthy, bittersweet cocoa, less than expected coffee, light vanilla and molasses.

Taste - Interesting. This is a taste I can honestly say I have not really experienced. After sitting here for a few minutes I'm trying to put my finger on the overwhelming flavor and I really do think it is molasses. A heavy, sticky, molasses flavor is the most prevalent. Almost cloyingly so. Once this overbearing flavor subdues there is smoke, vanilla, and coffee. But damn, this is quite a bit sweeter than I expected. The more it warms up, the more black licorice I taste as well. I don't - not really what I expected and just overly cloying in every way.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full bodied, lower carbonation. Actually quite nice.

Drinkability - This is a sipper - I need to have some tart cheese and crackers with this. Again, not what I was expecting. Honestly, would not pick up another in the future.

Photo of Ruderaven52
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Pours flat with no head. Like oil. Black, even when held up to the light.

Smells like baker's chocolate with coffee. There are hints of vanilla and oak, as well.

The taste. A perfect balance of chocolate and coffee with vanilla on the finish - but mostly chocolate. This is a grown up version of a perfect chocolate milkshake or float. As it warms, there is some plum that comes through, but I could be crazy.

The mouth is oily and smooth. Hardly any noticeable carbonation.

This is a great brew. It's seems a little heavy for an oatmeal stout, but it is also imperial. I don't notice the booze at all. The full flavor ranks with any BA stout. I missed the small print when I ordered six of these... I was thinking 22 oz bombers, but for $10 you only get a 330 ml bottle. I got my money's worth.

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a stunningly oil-like black with caramel highlights around the edges. A lusciously thick burnt caramel head of several fingers has impressive retention. leaves behind ample lacing... a touch more lacing and this would be absolutely perfect.

aroma is complexly earthy, malty, caramel, espresso and booziness. hints of bourbon and mocha as it warms. rich malt, hint of bitterness, either from civets, malts, or hops... or all three. hints of vanilla, caramel.

taste is impressive. rich caramel and coffee. heavy dark malt. a hair on the boozey side with notes of bourbon and molasses. rich espresso... clean coffee notes without the bitterness some coffee stouts fall victim to. intense and the 10.9% begins to show through in the flavors. smooth and well rounded.

mouth is perfect for the style. full, luscious, viscous. a hint of slickness carries some bitter notes along with molasses and maple syrup characteristics. this one feels perfect and works perfectly with the flavors. stunning.

this one is intense yet intensely drinkable. coffee, dark malt, stout character. everything blends seamlessly. not quite my cup of tea, as it's a touch on the intense side for my liking, but I can't knock it's impressiveness. Most definitely worth trying at least once.

Photo of lazjuarez
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle rather vigorously into a Cigar City snifter. I have been sitting on this brew for almost a year, the time has come!

A: Pours black in color, some shades of ruby red and dark brown around the edges. A gorgeous, 1 finger worth of mocha colored head sat on top of what seemed to be motor oil. As it recedes to a nice cap, spotty lacing is left behind with a great amount of alcohol legs.

S: Nose is of roasted coffee beans, molasses, black licorice, faint ash, and some alcohol. This bottle had about 1 year cellared, nose might of suffered as far as coffee notes and such. Still very nice, but I will definitely look for a fresher bottle.

T: Bitter coffee notes, roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate, light molasses, and a hint of alcohol.

M: Medium bodied; Considering this beer was brewed with oats I was a bit disappointed with the mouthfeel. I was expecting a more silkier, velvety mouthfeel, but to no avail. Still, with a good amount of carbonation and some alcohol, the palate is refreshed and never dull. Great breakfast brew, I most definitely recommend.

Photo of mjpolzin
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured as a thick oil-like substance into my glass. It took me awhile to pinpoint the smell but I finally decided it was the wood barrels that it had been aged in that I smelled. It also smelled of the familiar roasted hops, coffee/chocolate scent of a good stout. The taste was similar to the smell but not overpower; very smooth but not a real strong taste. The abv was well hidden. I can't decide if this is a good or bad thing.

This beer was a gift so I don't know how much it costs but I know it is expensive. Although it was very good, I don't know if it was worth what it cost.

Photo of yourefragile
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle poured into a tulip

Pours a a rich, dark milk chocolate; oily and viscous. Head is massive and creamy, dark mocha color with a slight ruby tint. Fades quickly to a thick ring and minimal lacing.

Rich and dark aroma, mildly bittersweet with strong roast coffee notes, bitter chocolate, berries, grains and oats and plenty of roast malt.

Mouthfeel is extremely smooth and silky with light carbonation and a long lasting, slightly bitter finish of fresh roasted coffee.

Flavor is more reminiscent of an imperial oatmeal stout with the coffee making it presence most strongly felt in the finish Throughout there is a lingering bittersweet berry flavor and layers of roasted and bready malts.

Drinkability gets knocked down a little as even with a year of age it's still a little hot and harsh (both in alcohol and bitterness). Still fairly unique for a coffee stout and merits revisiting.

Photo of zachary80
3.99/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

No idea what the age on this one is. Unintentionally cellared it for around 6 months. No visible date on the bottle.

First pour is nice. Thick, velvety black, fairly large creamy tan, decent lacing. Second pour is....disturbing. Thick chunks plop into the glass. Left about 1/10 of the beer in the bomber, still visible chunks, not really able to tell what they are. Knocks a 4.5 down to 3.0 average

Aroma of rich quality coffee is more powerful than the stoutness, maybe some hint of alcohol. Almost a slightly interesting tart note to it.

Flavor is bold and complex. Lots of layers and almost tastes spiced at some points.

Mouthfeel is very full, good match to the style and bold flavors. Smooth, no alcohol feel.

Overall this is a great imperial stout, marred by the gunk plopping out of the bottle.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.99/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a viscous opaque black liquid with a dense dark tan colored head and good retention with an extremely thick lace.

S-the nose is a little lighter and quite chalky, lots of ashy aromas. notes of espresso and roasted malts, hints of dark chocolate. finish has a good bit of earthy herbal hops in the back.

T-chalky and ashy, dark chocolate with notes of smooth espresso. earthy hops in the back with herbal and citrusy notes and a light bitter finish.

M-it has a great smooth feel to it, soft and creamy, full bodied with a crisp bite at the finish.

D-this is a pretty big stout, the coffee is somewhat muted behind the chalk and ash. great feel to it and hides the abv quite well.

Photo of MadsH
3.99/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black, clear (it's so black that you can't really see through it, though) with a small short lasting dark brown head.

Smell: Coffee, hops, roasted malts, some malty sweetness and hints of liquorice. When swirled I get tons of coffee, really nice.

Taste: Similar to the nose. Coffee, some malty sweetness in the front, hops and some roastiness, and a long lasting bitterness in the end together with roastiness.

Mouthfeel: Full body with little (I find it appropriate) carbonation.

Drinkability: A good sipping beer, but I wouldn't want to drink more than one in a sitting (I get to full). For my palate the bitterness takes some focus away from the coffee and dark malts.

Photo of wcudwight
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black with a 1/2" chocolate colored head. Smells of dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans and hints of alcohol. The coffee is not as strong in the nose as I expected. Rich roasted flavors, dark chocolate, dark fruits (plums, cherries, raisins), sweet, coffee and a hint of a spicy hoppiness. I love coffee beers and I expected this to be a great one. Given that the coffee beans come from cat poop and all. But the coffee flavors in this beer are much more subdued than I anticipated. Lesson learned: Coffee beans that come from a cat's rectum are no better in beer than any other coffee beans. All said and done it is a good beer.
Mouthfeel is silky smooth. It's a very solid stout, it just isn't the coffee stout that I was expecting, but I wouldn't hesistate to drink it again.

Photo of Murphious
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice, but only bought one bottle for the novelty of the coffee content which is hardly noticed until I get their "regular" stout to compare.

Pours with a nice "used oil" color and 1 inch of fine foam head---maybe a slightly darker body and head than Guinness stout.

Definitely has a roasted malt and currant/raisin aroma of a typical Imperial as it warms and with some baker's chocolate note. At first pour from fridge, it barely registers on the nose.

Slight oily mouthfeel and not quite as bitter as Guinness, in my opinion. Slight coffee finish and fruitiness of prunes--maybe? Slight chocolate taste as it warms in the mouth.

Finish is slight and pleasant. Very smooth considering the 10% ABV. Pricey and for the novelty only.

Photo of drtth
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a large snifter glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a dark brown, almost black, with a 1/8” medium brown head that recedes to a ring around the glass and some thin islands and swirls of foam. Sipping leaves bot a ring edge and lots of tiny speckles of lacing. The ring slides back to the liquid while the speckles of lacing cling to the side of the glass.

Smell: The aroma is full of dark chocolate, coffee, and a touch of roasted malt that has a very faint burnt character.

Taste: The flavors are much as predicted by the nose, with lots of coffee and bittersweet chocolate that mingles with a bit of sweetness from the malt and the alcohol. Except for a touch of sweetness the alcohol is well hidden here and there is no heat or burn, just a gradually spreading warmth.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is on the full side of medium bodied with very faint carbonation. The long finish begins in the coffee and dark chocolate, slides through a brief bit of sweetness and then lingers on with dark roast bitterness in the back of the mouth and throat.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: This is an interesting beer to sample and it is reasonably drinkable. I do find the dark roast bitterness at the end of the finish to be just slightly off putting, but not so much so that I find it unpleasant to drink. My overall impression is that this is a pretty well made stout which I’m happy to have tried but I’ll look for something with just a bit less burnt character in the finish. Also it should be noted that this one is fairly temperature sensitve in that as the beer warms the burnt bitterness becomes much harder to detect.

Photo of charlzm
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Consumed February 27th, 2011 from a Samuel Adams glass with nucleation points.

Beer pours about one shade of brown lighter than black. A two finger tan head of assorted size bubbles forms without enthusiasm but looks super-smooth and uniform after a minute. Nice.

Aromatic, this beer exudes dark roasted malt, oats, chocolate, coffee and warm bread smells.

Flavor is quite boozy! Oatmeal mingles with bourbon and a tiny dash of ash. Bitter chocolate and coffee are tamer-than-expected notes.

Thick and smoothly creamy in the mouth with low (but still present) carbonation.

Beer suffer somewhat from high ABV in the form of hot, boozy character. Some time in the cellar would probably fix that.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 9.1.13

A - Pours a very dark brown with a dark brown bubbly head with good retention.

S - Strong oat and coffee, a touch of coffee.

T - Strong coffee and chocolate with a strong bitter oat finish.

D - Heavy body with good carbonation.

O - Breakfast in a bottle. Tasty and strong, but very tasty.

Photo of ISmith87
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 4 - dark brown black beer with an initial mocha head that immediately fades to nothing.
S - 4 - coffee, roasted malts, chocolate, oatmeal, nothing too crazy or special
T - 4 - again, coffee, oatmeal, roasted malts, chocolate, plus maybe a tiny bit of burnt flavors, even burnt rubber
M - 4 - its' pretty creamy and chocolate milkshake like, but I'm finding with coffee stouts that the coffee decreases the complexity a lot of the time because it's overpowering. Thick mouthfeel tho, alc covered, aftertaste = coffee.
O - 4 - I'd love to try this with the other coffee stouts (Founders Breakfast Stout, Santa Fe Imperial Java Stout) and see whose shines above the rest.

Photo of lackenhauser
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black with a sizeable brown head on top. Aroma of cocoa and coffee. Earthy and yeasty quality. Has that "india ink" aroma I liken to homebrew for some reason. More of the same flavorwise. Quite prominant "grain" flavor. Mildly astringent. Distinct bitter "bite"-not sure if it is off the coffee or what. Decent enough mouthfeel, the grainy flavors are presnt in the mouthfeel as well. Overall a decent enough beer, though I cant get overly excited. Glad to have tried but not something I would seek out.

Photo of hardy008
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark black with a two finger dark brown head with good retention and lacing. The aroma has coffee, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, and caramel. I thought the aroma might be more robust, but it is still nice.

The flavor has roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, and caramel. There is a nice balance of sweetness and bitterness that works well together.

Medium bodied, proper carbonation, and smooth. Has a slightly bitter aftertaste, but that is not a negative. This is an easy beer to drink. I could buy this again and again.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours black with a thick, slowly rising dark chocolate colored head. Aroma of roasted malt and coffee. Flavor of rich roasted malt and coffee grounds. Not as coffee-rich as I was expecting. Certainly a well-made beer, but nothing about it really stands out to me. Definitely good, not a wow-er.
8/4/8/4/16 (4.0/5)

Photo of bbeane
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a snifter... this ones been in the cellar for a little while and pours a little clumpy towards the bottom of the bottle. A light brown colored fizz tops black oil like beer before disappearing

S- Beer has a very rich malty aroma with some coffee, licorice, booze, and bitterness

T- Taste very much goes along with the aroma. Starts malty with a noticeable bitterness accompanying. Coffee comes through about mid swig but becomes most defined in the finish

M- Very thick and chewy with little carbonation

O- Wasn't overly impressed with this one though I've had it before on draft and thought more highly of it then. Not sure if the aging in the cellar mellowed this one too much

Cheers

Photo of aleigator
4/5  rDev -7.4%

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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer Geek Brunch...Weasel. 10.9% abv.

This Imperial Oatmeal Stout is brewed with one of the world's most expensive coffees, made from the droppings of weasel-like civet cats. 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.

Brewed and bottled by Mikkeller at Nogne-O, Grimstad, Norway.

Let's forego trepidation and reservation and crack that crown...

Thoroughly black, sizable head, rich and toasty brown. Nice looking stout.

Aroma: right on the money. Lovely, lovely stuff. Soft, but roasty and toasty, a trifle burnt, but overall smooth. Every inch and every way, what a good, bold oatmeal stout should be...wait, "bold" oatmeal stout?

Taste: huh. Interesting. Not too sweet, not bitter in any inordinate degree, just balanced enough. There's rich malt, but not too thick, there's some bitterness, some sweet malt, but ....dang, balanced is the word I keep coming back to...weird. Tasty cocoa flavors come through, yummy coffee notes...very strong and undeniable flavor, long finish, full flavor. But there is absolutely nothing unusual, or to be true, interesting about this one. We can't taste the civet cat, nor his droppings. It's only disgusting if we dwell on it. You could have gotten a good imperial oatmeal stout, without scooping the pooping. Sorry. I'm just saying. Really, no one wanted this to taste like poo. But, on the other hand, it doesn't deliver anything extra. There's a grit, there's a grab, there's something, ....

I did it, and I won't spend the extra coin to do it again. Mark this in the "did it" slot, and I will grab another oatmeal stout, imperial or not, that did arise out of a weasel's back slot.

Photo of flagmantho
4.01/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: entirely, completely, unremittingly black with a thick finger of creamy brown foam. There's a nice retention and a nice lace on the glass. Excellent.

Smell: rich, green aroma of coffee and sweet malt. That green element is quite big -- I'm getting something like aloe in there. It's rich and enticing.

Taste: rich coffee flavor without being acidic or acrid. A sweet, dark maltiness underscores this flavor with toffee, a little bit of chocolate, and plenty of ashy roastiness. There is a little bit of astringency at the end, along with a pretty strong bitterness. If you like coffee stouts, this will absolutely be for you.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a decent creaminess. Good, although a little more smoothness would be nice.

Overall: I really like this beer. I don't know if it's worth all it takes to make, but it's a solid coffee stout.

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.01/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a short, brown head with melted caramel edges. Body is the requisite black with no light or visible carbonation. Really nice lacing.

Smell is interesting: roasted coffee beans, almonds, and dark chocolate.

Whoa, flavor punches you unexpectedly with an incredibly roasty, dark bark bitterness. Bittersweet chocolates. Mouthfeel starts with the bitter bite, then moves to a rich oil slick - interesting. Finishes fairly dry though.

Drinkability is a bit rough, but the good flavor and rich mouthfeel keep it at least average for the style.

My recommendation would be to lay a couple down for 2-3 years and see if that smooths things out. I'll be picking up a couple more.

Photo of AgentZero
4.02/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Very dark brown, almost black. Huge brown head foamed up on mine from an aggressive pour, had to wait for a bit for it to come down. Huge bubble head, not all that attractive, but left some very nice lacing on the sides and supurb throughout the drink.

S - Wonderful sweet cocoa aroma, espresso and coffee bean, and a nice roasted malt smell. This is definately on the sweet side.

T - Actually think the coffee takes a backseat to a sweet cocoa powder smell, and something oddly sweet, maybe a berry or light licorice flavor? Wish I could pick out exactly what it was, not unpleasant, but slightly too dominating in the taste. Nice roasty malts and coffee bean back, it's very good, but too sweet for me.

M - Nice and smooth, carbonation gives it a minimal bite that works well, full bodied, but not super heavy like a lot of big stouts.

D - Sweetness knocked this one down for me just a little bit on the drinkability factor. Did the bomber, but was struggling at the end.

Beer Geek Brunch Weasel from Mikkeller ApS
96 out of 100 based on 2,516 ratings.