Beer Geek Brunch Weasel - Mikkeller ApS

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Reviews: 795
Hads: 2,652
Avg: 4.31
pDev: 17.17%
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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 tonyrocknroll
5/5  rDev +16%

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.

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Photo of Tbub18
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

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Photo of aleigator
4/5  rDev -7.2%

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.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.31/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of FFreak
4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.83/5  rDev +12.1%

This was a wow beer, heavy heavy coffee, turkish black tar like, huge funky banyward flavors and aromas coming from the obvious weasel droppings. was well wirth the wait till I seeked this out finally

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Photo of Ready4aHeady
3.29/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Tulip glass from bottle, purchased early 2014

A: Pitch black, thin tan head, lacing on glass

S: Unsweetened chocolate, faint coffee and vanilla, some dark fruit

T: Flavors of bitter chocolate, coffee, and raisins; gets sweeter on the finish.

M: Fairly thin, smooth but not creamy.

O: A very tasty stout, complex, more bitter than sweet. I prefer a little sweeter and creamier but definitely worth drinking.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a very dark brown and settles as a pitch black body with a huge, foamy mocha head. Lots of sticky head residue sticks to the side of the glass as the head settles.

S- Roasted malts, bitter coffee, vanilla, faint aroma of chocolate pudding.

T- Deep roasted malts, tons of bitter coffee, bitter dark chocolate, very full flavored with more bitterness than sweetness. There is a faint berry flavor too that is just slightly noticeable.

M- Thick, full flavored, huge body, medium carbonation.

O- A different kind of coffee stout. The depth of flavor is pretty amazing and the coffee is not overwhelming, but the flavor is so huge with lots of layers and big bitterness. This is a big time stout.

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Photo of JulioH
4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice beer.

Pours a nice dark beer. A little brown foam forms at the top. Aroma is chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, and that Imperial quality of stouts. Taste is somewhat bitter, coffee, but then it is sweet and absolutely addicting. Very well balanced beer, may get you tipsy. Easy to drink, alcohol is almost not noticeable. Body is syrupy, perfect.

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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 JamieDuncan
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up while in Lancaster and shared with my beer guru and a friend. Very impressive, the most interesting was the smell, not sure how to describe it but there was a bit of maybe spice amongst an extremely great smell. Outstanding beer overall, I enjoyed this one very much and while I was not sure what to expect, this one was incredible.

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Photo of Halfbrother83
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a deep, dark brown with a thin layer of mocha-colored head that quickly fizzles into a nice ring of lacing.

S: Powerful coffee notes first and foremost, followed by sweet molasses, dry cherry, oats, and even a bit of candied bacon.

T: Sweet molasses and coffee right away, oat and dry cherry character just as the beer settles in the mouth, deep charred malts and oat character in the finish.

M: Silky smooth, low carbonation

O: Definitely a favorite, love that they've started bottling in 12oz. The coffee flavor in this one is unlike any I've currently had in other coffee stouts: not that it's more pronounced, but it does have a very unique flavor to it.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours pitch black with a one finger light brown head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, drip coffee, hints of chocolate. Flavor is rich, delicious dark toasted malt, chocolate, latte coffee with an interesting light cherry or berrry fruit note. Great creamy body and mouth feel, like a whipped dessert. Wow. The coffee in this is extremely well integrated into the malt and the oatmeal gives it both depth and great body. I did not expect to find such an unusual light fruit note to the coffee, having never tasted the civet cat coffee version. This convinces me to try the coffee too. This is a world class stout that is delicious, distinctive and excellently balanced.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

11.2 oz bottle into a wine glass. From yesterday.

A: Pours a pitch black color, and it looks thick as hell coming out of the bottle. There's a thin tan collar that actually retains well for a collar, and leaves behind a ring of lacing.

S: The coffee notes, while subtle, are amazingly defined. There are some nice oaty and powdered chocolate qualities behind the coffee, along with some vanilla.

T: I loved the aroma, but it's nothing compared to how it actually tastes in the mouth. At first, the coffee comes through subtly, with a finish of vanilla and oats. After a few sips, it becomes stunningly chocolaty - this is the most chocolaty non-chocolate stout ever. Some dark fruit notes come out after a while too. This is so rich, yet so balanced and so complex. Holy frig.

M: Make no mistake, this is a full-bodied, silky smooth imperial stout, just like it should be. And yet, the finish is just dry enough to give it surprising drinkability. Carbonation is quite low. It's both decadent and borderline REFRESHING at the same time - how is that friggen' possible?

O: I'm absolutely floored. It's incredibly rich, decadent, balanced, warming, and refreshing all at the same time. Shame it's so expensive...wait, no, I don't care. This is worth $10/tiny bottle - it's perhaps the best coffee stout I've ever had (next to BCBCS). I need more, period.

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Photo of Furlinator
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours opaque black with a 1/2 inch tan head that settles to a thin film on top and leaves spotty lace.

The smell is dominated by spent coffee grounds with a hint of vanilla.

The taste is of bitter black coffee, espresso, faint vanilla and dark fruit accents.

The texture is thick and syrupy with medium carbonation.

Strong coffee flavor and aroma with vanilla accents. Pretty straightforward but, very good.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.04/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My first beer drank using the weasel shit coffee. I'm not completely down with the idea of it, but I thought I'd give it a try anyway, thanks to the Old Toad crew at the Ithaca Luminous release.

Pours a dark black, not much foam or head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells include coffee, chocolate, and vanilla.

The taste is pretty similar. There are some dark fruit flavors that are nice, and not present in the Beer Geek Breakfast. The coffee flavor is nice, but I don't know how much the "specialty coffee" adds to it any more than regular coffee.

Medium bodied, could be thicker for an imperial. Creamy mouthfeel, low carbonation.

A decent imperial coffee stout, though I have had better.

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Photo of shacawgo24
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of Treyliff
4.66/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

No bottle date, poured into a teku

A- Pours pitch black with a dark tan creamy and silky head that retains long after the pour, leaving some nice lace behind

S- big fresh coffee notes with bitter-sweet dark chocolate, roasty & slightly smoky malt, also picking up a fruity berry-like aroma

T- dark and bitter chocolate up front tastes like a artisan dark chocolate bar, fresh espresso coffee kicks in mid-palate and meshes perfectly with the dark chocolate. Fresh cream flavor with a hint of oat adds an incredible smoothness, fruity berries add a light sweetness. The finish gives more dark chocolate with a slightly bitter finish

M- medium body and low carbonation lead to an incredibly smooth mouthfeel and a silky and velvety finish. Just a hint of alcohol at the end, incredibly smooth and drinkable

O- I had the calvados version and loved it, so I was looking forward to trying the base beer, this didn't disappoint. The coffee flavor is world class and mixes brilliantly with dark chocolate malt flavors with a perfect mouthfeel. World class

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Photo of ISmith87
4/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

not sure how i have missed this base version, i have had a number of its barrel aged variants, and loved every expensive drop. this one is far less intimidating both in price and in looks in the glass. its not so black or so dense, less concentrated than those little bottles of heaven. bakers chocolate in color, oatmeal colored and textured head with excellent retention. a handful of yeast bits in to the bottom of the glass are noticeable if i really focus in on them. the aroma of this beer is great, but not as coffee forward as i expected it to be, or as i remember the others being. its sweet and subtle coffee, no bitterness at all, just a little of that from the high levels of roasted barley here. more earthy than bitter, with a chocolate milky sweetness towards the end. the flavor agrees with the nose, and the coffee serves only to accent, not flavor, this brew. i love the frothy sweetness in the finish, which is inextricably linked to its velvety and expansive texture. i get almost toasted marshmallow in this, more like a cappuccino rather than a normal cup of joe, lots of milk froth type balance to this. for a big black stout this is remarkably elegant, with well hidden alcohol strength and a pillowy mouthfeel that stays on the tongue. gently flavored with the coffee too, an enormously difficult task in brewing from what i understand. world class coffee stout, with very few equals, but i prefer the barrel aged variants, they take this to the next level. really nice to finally have the base beer through.

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Photo of KornWallace
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Date: 4/7/14
Location: Whole Foods Gowanus
Glassware: Tulip
Appearance: an aggressive pour gave the beer a brown thumb width size head. Decent retention. The beer itself is black. Not a bad lacing as the beer is consumed.
Aromatics: Strong notes of coffee and bitter chocolates. Some very dark and rich malts.
Flavor: This is a sort of attack on the senses. The chocolate is hitting my tongue and making me think very sweet, whole the coffee is given me both roasted and burnt flavors. The coffee flavors give off a very dry sensation on the palate. There is a touch of hop tart.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is very smooth on the tongue but very dry in my throat. It's almost bordering on harsh. It absolutely makes me want to drink more to clear my throat.

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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 Roguer
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rolling, incredibly thick dark brown head, with fantastic retention, huge body and fluffiness, and thick, nice lacing that clings to the glass. Multiple pours to get it all into one glass. Brew is super dark brown if not black, like a dark nut or wood, and completely opaque.

First impression of the aroma is a grape-tinged booziness, but that gives way to a creamy, smooth, chocolate-and-roast-coffee themed barley brew.

Flavor follows the nose, yet is entirely surprising! A tiny, tiny bit of fruity tartness hits the tongue first, followed by thick barley notes, a huge wave of smooth chocolate, and then a finish of black roasted coffee and berries. That's off of a single sip; unbelievable combination of flavors. Other notes: cream, dark cacao, and again with fruity berries. The coffee notes are firmly in the background, and adding bitterness at the end (as roasted barley).

Nice thick and creamy feel; chewy. Nice sting if you chew on it for a while, which also gives the impression that you're munching on a bar of super dark chocolate. A little earthy bitterness lingers as an aftertaste; not entirely pleasant, but not exactly bad, either.

Wow, this is one impressive beer. A very interesting showcase of flavors, mostly the same ones you'd expect in any coffee stout, but in different proportions, and highlighted in different ways. Great mouthfeel. Brunch Weasel or not, this could easily be a dessert by itself.

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Photo of russpowell
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours like well used motor oil, thick & black with a pinky of caramel colored head. Alright lacing & head retention, nice viscious look to this...

S: Coffee & a bit of vanilla, a bit of raw boozeyness once warm

T: Coffee, roastyness, dark chocolate & caramel up front. More caramel, & roastyness once warm, coffee fades a bit & a faint booze bite presents itself. Finishes dry, roasty, with dark chocolate & caramel

MF: Thick, chewy, smooth, some warming notes

Drinks easy, very well put together, the only drawback on this: Price. I can do almost as good for the money & end up with way more beer in most coffee beers of this ilk. Glad I got to try it though

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Photo of Nostrajonus
4.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- Pours pitch black with a three finger mocha head that leaves intricate foamy lacing.

S-Well there is no shit smell. All jokes aside, roasted chocolate malts and bitter coffee goodness.

T- No shit taste. Rich chocolate backbone with a background coffee presence that is unmatched by similar styles. I can taste some sweetness from the oats as well, and the 10.9% abv is hidden well behind the complex accumulation of flavors.

M-The oats lend a creaminess that makes the mouthfeel very full bodied. Carbonation is subtle and spot on for this syle.

O- This is one of my favorite beers. I was hesitant when I heard "weasel poo coffee" from the liquor store sales associate. I was blown away by the complexity of the taste and smell on this brew. Happy as could be with this wonderful Mikkeller creation, a must try for curious stout drinkers.

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Beer Geek Brunch Weasel from Mikkeller ApS
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