Beer Geek Brunch Weasel - Mikkeller ApS

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pDev: 8.37%
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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 MiScusi
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks JesseTheHutt, JRhode, Jhamel for this!!

A-black, tan head builds up methodically but continues to mushroom after the pour has stopped.

S- coffee, some sweetness, faint berry/fruit that I also picked up in the beer geek breakfast.

T- coffee, rich deep dark semi-sweet chocolate. Mild tang.

M- Very thick, carbonation comes through very fine with tiny bubbles, prickly.

D- good for a syrup. (400 characters)

Photo of ThirdLap
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Monument Wine and Spirits for $15. Split with a friend in regular pint glasses at about 45°F.

Pours opaque black, producing a huge, chunky head that varies in color from light to dark tan. Lacing and the (initially resilient) head disappear with the beer.

I didn't get as much coffee on the nose as I was expecting. It was definitely there, just not as pronounced as with many other coffee-based Imperial stouts. Milk chocolate, cola, cherries, and a bit of oak were all present.

Taste is initially dominated by milk/dark chocolate and bitter coffee. As it warms, sweet dark fruit, roasted malt, caramel, and a strong hop presence are revealed. Strong bitter coffee hits on the sides of the tongue and lasts long after the swallow.

There's a review on here stating this beer has minimal carbonation and a full body. I found just the opposite: TONS of carbonation... almost soft drink like. The body was medium for the style, and a tad oily. Alcohol was well-hidden.

A sipper, but one completely worth seeking out if you enjoy coffee-infused imperial stouts. (1,082 characters)

Photo of AleWatcher
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this at Dvelcich's tasting on 07.31.10 - reviewed from notes. This was brought and shared by Oreo -- bad user name, but good guy!

So this is a shit beer, as in it literally uses shit in the some where in the brewing process. (yes, I understand that it is the coffee beans that are eaten and defacated undigested and those are what is the shit, but still).
Ok, let's do it.

Pours a deep dark dark dark dark brown. I'm running out of natural light to hold it up to, but it is definately opaque with some reddish hints around the edges. There are some reddish hiues in the head too, which was about a half finger of creamy color tight bubbles.

Smells malty with some sweetness-- dry malts, coffee, and chocolate.

Took a sip and wow is this thick. So thick and creamy it is hard to describe. Really full-bodied.

Chocolate and espresso notes lead the way with lots of flavor-- perhaps a hint of earthiness.

This is surprisingly drinkable. I am impressed. (961 characters)

Photo of _IanMcG561
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Color - Dark brown - black with a dark tan head.

Mouth feel - Rich, Creamy, Bitter

Smell - Aromatic, Coffee, Roasted, Sweet, Chocolaty

Taste - Dark Chocolate, Roasted, Malty, Bitter, Tobacco, Leather

Overall - This beer is absolutely delicious, drinks like a dark chocolate coffee with roasted hints of sweetness. Leaves a nice bitter aftertaste like you just finished a great cup of coffee with a gratuitous amount of booze in it. This beer flat out rules. (461 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks CBA.

A - Black, creamy, khaki two finger head. Minimal carbonation. When I poured this there were black chunks along with it which I assume were yeast. But I have never seen anything like that before. Let me reiterate that they were fairly large CHUNKS.

S - Coffee, dark fruit, licorice, brown sugar. Nothing exciting, mild.

T - Loads of coffee and some chocolate. Nice bitter finish with semi sweet chocolate, licorice, and burnt sugar. A good mix of flavours.

M - Thick, creamy, minimal carbonation. Really bitter finish. Really coats the tongue well.

D - Not amazing, but good. I liked it and it was a good size to share. (636 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The secret ingredient is poop. This is a coffee / imperial stout that is made with coffee that has passed through the digestive system of a small mammal (its why its called weasel).

Beer is dark black and forms a thick brown head that falls away quickly and leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate to low. Looks like a stout.

Aroma is slightly boozy, lots of coffee. Some sour notes. Its not that appealing a smell sorry to say. Its really strong, the coffee is most forward so I'll forgive it some of subtle flavors.

High roast, lots of coffee, medium body, lots of backend bitterness from the coffee. This beer is really really strong. Drinkability suffers from strength. Overall a good coffee stout, definitely get the coffee flavors coming through for sure. Wow, second taste is just as strong, bitterness builds. If you love coffee and dark beers, this is for you, otherwise avoid. Nice. (912 characters)

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to psycohops for sharing this bottle. Purchased at Abe's in Bethlehem for $11. Poured into my Victory shaker glass. Appears a nearly opaque ultra dark brown color with a finger of dense, creamy, lingering, dark ecru foam. Smells of fruity hops, dark berries, milk chocolate, and sweet mocha. Tastes of rich, sweet mochaccino, bittersweet chocolate, cocoa powder, slightly sour, mild bitterness, bitter dark chocolate towards the finish, roasted coffee beans, fruity berries, and molasses. Rather rich and close to full bodied with medium carbonation. Alcohol is noticeable, but not over the top. A tasty, sip able coffee stout that paired nicely with a few squares of Endangered Species 72% cocoa dark chocolate. (719 characters)

Photo of worstfisherman1
3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reminiscent of biting into high percentage dark chocolate cocoa, 90% or higher with premium coffee notes! It's dry and smooth yet not silky or bitter. This beer becomes more enjoyable with every sip. It is a great morning/after dinner/evening/desert beer! Enjoy! (262 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an oily black with a thin dark tan head that fizzles out quickly, but not before coating the inner glass with tight carb slowly succumbing to gravity. The nose is burnt caramel, coffee (more pronounced as it warms), chocolate, a little bitterness, and a touch of fruitiness. The taste definitely brings forward a rich coffee bitterness swept over by full bodied sweetness and a lingering bitter-sweet coffee aftertaste. It's got the body I'd expect from a big double stout with modest alcohol, little carbonation, and most of its bitterness derived from the coffee, though there may be a hop component that creeps up in the finish. This is definitely what I expected; big flavors, great coffee highlights, and affordability. (739 characters)

Photo of ritzkiss
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml from Willow Park in Calgary, batch 4?. best before 011212.

Pours a jet black with a beautiful cascading cappuccino head which leaves sticky lacing down the glass.

Nose is a mellow, smooth roasted espresso bean smell, hint of chocolate and roasted malt, perhaps a bit of milky sweetness.

Whoah, the nose does not warn you for the punch the flavor packs. Cold espresso, booze, loads of bitter roast, light milk chocolate sweetness, molasses, bit of hop greenness in the finish, chocolate fudge cake, medium body, certainly not the milkshake thickness that many Impys are, bit of ethanol fumes in the finish.

Man, I love the big bold flavors but the alcohol is just too prominent at this point to consider this a complete success. The coffee notes are sublime, the sweetness nicely restrained and balanced, the flavor rich - the booze just holds this back at this point. Would love to try an aged one to see if this changes in even 6 months time.

Edit: As it warms, the booze turns a little to sticky sweetness. Also, lots of 'sludge' left at the bottom of the glass - residual sugars? (1,093 characters)

Photo of ne0m00re
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

08/23/10- had this one out of a pint bottle.
A: Pitch black with a slow developing chocolate head.
S: Very strong fresh coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, dark berries, very welcoming!
T: Chocolate roasted cofee throughout, like the strongest espresso, with super roasted tart (well, almost!) blackberry finish. Also in the mix: banana (very sweet) and raspberries. Intense.
M: Super thick and creamy.
D: Only OK. I wouldn't want to drink a lot of this one. (455 characters)

Photo of klikger
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour served in a Bruery tulip

A - Dark, dark brown with a decent brown head & great lacing.

S - Rich coffee, dried cherries

T - Earthy, roasted malts along with dried apricot and milk chocolate up front. Back half consists of more of the same with the addition of a touch of smoke and a dark chocolate finish.

M - Creamy & rich, but not syrupy.

D - A sipper, but not bad by any means. I could polish off a bomber myself, for sure. (442 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Interesting take on the coffee infused Stout movement- an Oatmeal Stout. A silky smooth style with moderate roastiness combined with a nutty creme coffee could do the trick.

The beer pours with all the confidence, color, and viscocity of an Imperial Stout. However the foamstance is short-lived and carbonation fades rather quickly.

Bold aromas of coffee and alcohol takes the forefront while the softer oatmeal and Stout qualities take a steadfast position in the background. Nutty, roasty, toasty aromas work into a lather as the malts release slight caramel and heavy cream notes.

Flavors react much the same. Sharp coffee flavor dominates the medium Stout taste. Kona and Columbian coffees come to mind as I don't relate the the actual coffee beans used here. Nutty, and buttery coffee tones work well with the caramelized malts while contributing heavy toast, charred applewood, and bitter cocoa powder.

The mouthfeel, however, is where the beer takes a hit. The sharpness, bitterness, and astringency of the coffee completely over-power the timid nature of the Oatmeal Stout. This diminishes the fullness, creaminess, and chewiness of the base beer. Heavy alcohols give a paint-thinner sensation to the texture and taste of the beer. This isn't as prevailant in Russian Imerial versions of coffee Stouts.

Ultimately a fine beer but it pails in comparisons to the coffee infused Russian Imperial versions. Not in the class with the Dark Horizons and KBS of the world. (1,478 characters)

Photo of Sam21
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle purchased for $15. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance – Oily and black as it slides out of the bottle and coats the inside of the glass. Dark brown highlights show at times, but otherwise are difficult to spot. Brown head with good retention for such a hefty brew. It presents itself nicely and begs to be respected.

Smell – Deep, dark, and complex coffee aromas are most prominent. Notes of earth, potting soil?, are equally prominent and tied into the dark roast. Behind the coffee lies a foundation of dark rich chocolate.

Taste – Really intense flavors create a blend of bitter dark chocolate, complex dark roast coffee, and earth. It’s not necessarily complex in that the components are easy to pull apart, but the earthiness is what sets it apart for me. Finish is full of rich sweetness, bitter chocolate, and a lingering note of roasted coffee. As the coffee fades into obscurity I am noticing the robust notes of dark chocolate sticking to the very back of the tongue. Accents of vanilla, molasses, and an underlying citrus hop bite that almost goes unnoticed.

Mouthfeel – Full-bodied. Silky, creamy, and smooth as can be.

Drinkability – This is a very intense imperial stout. Hefty sweet base with a boatload of rich dark roasted coffee that is accented by a peculiar earthiness. Great supporting cast of characters and a wonderful feel. Definitely worth the price tag if only once. (1,422 characters)

Photo of Franz4
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes from tasting 3/20/11

A-Pours dark as you would expect, average head and lacing

S- nose is coffee, seemed a touch subdued to what I was expecting.

T- Taste follows the nose with the coffee merging with some warming toasted malts.

M- I thought this was a little lighter than expected, finished slightly dry

O- I was hoping for more from this brew, especially at the pricepoint. The beer was tasty, but not tasty enough for the $$. (452 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
3.96/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle. Pours an opaque black with a creamy tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet malts and oatmeal with some chocolate, black licorice and coffee and a little dark fruit and alcohol.

The flavor is sweet sugary lactic chocolate with some coffee. It has a big sharp roasted bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little watery.

Overall, very nice. I recall thinking the beer geek breakfast was a little better balanced and more enjoyable. (500 characters)

Photo of Rish907
3.96/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A very interesting beer to try.. the coffee bean and all. Super coffee aroma and taste.. hides the alcohol quite well, very good for almost 11%. The coffee/espresso overpowers most of the taste which I think is its downfall, otherwise could be great. Not the best but not the worst. Good to try for the sake of having... the complex stouts tantalize my palate. This is straightfoward and direct. Don't know if my buds would seek out again, but who knows.. (455 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
3.96/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to great trader Rhode17 for sending this one. This one is made with the droppings of Civets... intriguing

A: this one pours seriously dark, you can see the viscous texture as it pours, a dark brown 1 finger head is present initially, this dwindles down to a dark brown collar, some lacing

S: nose features bold roasted notes with a big amount of anise and some earthy character, coffee is present but does not stand above any other notes, some bitter hops are present as well

T: the roasted malts, chocolate, and anise are intensely bold on the palate, as the bitter notes wear off, the coffee comes to the forefront in the form of decadent bold roasted coffee. The finish feature dark chocolate and a dash of hops. The beer has flavor busting from its seams.

MF: thick thick thick... body is bordering on syrupy, smooth mouthfeel, mellow carbonation

O: this beer is a rollercoaster of flavors, I was expecting coffee to be more in my face, but perhaps since I'm not familiar with the taste profile of this specialty coffee, it's possible that many the flavors that I am picking up are contributed from the coffee. Either way this is a interesting brew and definitely unique as far as coffee stouts are concerned. (1,229 characters)

Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.96/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a blackish-brown body with a thick brown head that's a large size, good head retention, but no lacing.

S: Very boozy which makes it slightly difficult to detect other smells. However, nice light roasted malt aroma with notes of bitter chocolate, coffee, molasses, and vanilla.

T: Again, this one is hot- in other words it's got a boozy bite from the high ABV and I feel it kind of overwhelmed some of the other flavors. This one is definitely better room temperature flavor wise. Nevertheless, a nice bitter coffee upfront flavor followed by chocolate and other roasted malts. Getting a little cream and vanilla, as well as notes of molasses, smoke, and caramel.

M: Full body; low carbonation; creamy & silky texture.

O: I liked this beer, don't get me wrong, but I don't think this is the best Imperial Stout I've ever had or terribly outstanding. I probably would get this again only to see if the aging helps the boozy flavor. It's nothing too complex. It's definitely a nice sipper, but only one at a time. (1,023 characters)

Photo of CooperEllis
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into 7oz glass - split bottle 3 ways

Dark brown - wast a fast tan head that is gone quickly. There is no lacing.

The aroma is excellent; carob, cherry and roast malt nose. Interesting that this beer is noted as "Imperial oatmeal stout brewed with coffee."
I do not get much by way of oatmeal in the aroma or the taste.

Bit of bitter coffee/acrid in the front. Hard cofee/burnt grounds flavor. Pleasant bitter finish with little bite.

The carbonation is minimal, mild.

The finish is very boozey, especially with a good sharp breath, the nose and mouthfeel pull booze right out of the glass.

(34th) (609 characters)

Photo of tjfinkle
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have been sitting on this bottle for a while and decided to pop it open today after cleaning out my cellar this past weekend. I poured it into one of my bruery tulip glasses. The beer poured thick and black with nice tan head that settled down to a nice lacing around the edges of the glass.

The smell is heavy roasted malt and dark fruit. The taste is also of dark fruit and roasted malt. Not quite as much coffee taste as I expected, but it is still noticeable on the finish. The roasted malts are just a little too much for me. Even after a year or so in the cellar the roasted malts are a bit on the harsh side, but still very tasty.

And the look on my girlfriends face when I told her it had weasel droppings in it was priceless. (739 characters)

Photo of kwjd
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just got this through a private order to Ontario. I was a coffee geek before I was ever a beer geek, so I was quite excited to try this out for the shitty coffee. Pours dark brown with small head without much lacing. Smell of mild coffee, not as much as I was expecting, with chocolate and roasted malt. Flavour has some bitterness of the roasted coffee with some sweetness. Smooth mouthfeel. A pretty good imperial stout, just a let down compared to my expectations. (467 characters)

Photo of Sarlacc83
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (718 characters)

Photo of SpdKilz
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
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. (1,202 characters)

Photo of Ruderaven52
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
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. (838 characters)

Beer Geek Brunch Weasel from Mikkeller ApS
95 out of 100 based on 780 ratings.