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Beer Geek Brunch Weasel - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 1741
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rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 9.72%


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Denmark

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed at Nøgne Ø.

Imperial oatmeal stout brewed with coffee. Ingredients: Water, malts, hops, yeast and Vietnamese ca phe chon coffee.

(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-02-2009)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very expensive 500 ml at Beerbistro, recent batch left by the Denmark merchant fleet, and tested by our local large government at 9.4%. This is a top beer for coffee lovers. It pour black with great white head that becomes increasingly brown and much lace is left as it sinks in the glass. A sipper, with a sharp and overwhelming coffee presence. Taste is chocolately. A profound bitterness, with malt behind it. Just don't gulp it too soon. Full mouthfeel, well roasted though not burnt. Perhaps a quarter cup of the actual strong coffee. Not the best coffee I have tasted, and not the best imperial stout of so many good ones I have enjoyed of late.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 03:36:06 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.74/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at the Protest Bottle Share For LA Beer Week held at Red Carpet Wine in Glendale, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy khaki head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, and slight dark fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and dark fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but has a slightly better smell in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 17:29:19 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Beer Geek Brunch (Weasel) is so named because one of the ingredients is Vietnamese Ca Phen Chon coffee that is made from the droppings of weasel-like civet cats. The animals eat the red coffee cherries, but the coffee bean itself remains undigested. The coffee is prized because a unique combination of stomach enzymes breaks down the proteins that give coffee its bitterness.

Espresso black that crowds the edges of the glass so completely that no highlights are seen. The dark caramel colored head filled the vast majority of the glass on the pour... and is still thicker than the beer several minutes later. Calling the appearance incredible would not be out of line.

Even though I'm not a coffee drinker, coffee-added stouts are some of the best smelling beers that I've experienced (and that includes the hoppy ones). This big brew is bursting with bittersweet chocolate and black coffee in surprisingly equal measure. Expectations are high...

... and expectations have definitely been met, and possibly even exceeded. Beer Geek Brunch (Weasel) is at least as good as Beer Geek Breakfast, and that's saying something. This ale's considerably higher ABV was a stroke of genius because it cranks flavor intensity up to epic proportions.

Again, it's odd that coffee doesn't run roughshod over the other members of the flavor profile. Actually, I prefer it this way since the beer tastes like a coffee-accented Imperial stout rather than a stout-accented glass of cold coffee. Too bad this isn't a bomber.

The second pour gave me no choice but to award the ultimate appearance score. A huge and majestic crown of some of the darkest foam ever seen has just been recreated. Given its incredible persistence, there's no place for lace to stick.

Flavors include dark chocolate, sugar-crusted coffee beans, blackstrap molasses, vanilla bean and an incredible amount of black licorice/anise. Civet shit isn't appreciated. There's even an undercurrent of citrus zesty American hops, which makes sense when Mikkeller is the brewery in question. I'm a huge fan of these guys. Huge!

Body/mouthfeel is the only place where this world-class ale loses a little steam. It's silky smooth, but lacks the required heft and chewiness for the style and the ABV. It isn't a negative per se, more like less of a positive than the other attributes.

Mikkeller Beek Geek Brunch (Weasel) is one of the finest coffee-added big stouts in the world. It took until the bottom third of the bottle, but I've finally come to the realization that this is the best beer of 2010 so far. Bottom line: a stunning achievement from one of the world's best craft breweries.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2010 15:30:02 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was a very, very big beer indeed. I was very excited to try this one from the first moment I heard it was coming out. Served at cellar temp and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 03/05/2009.

The pour was damn near perfect. Rich, dark black in color with a huge tan head that came up over the top and settled down slowly and even at its lowest it was still a good half inch above the black gold beneath it. Rich roasted coffee and chocolate dominated the aroma. Very big with lots of sweet hints rolled in to it. This one meant business. Rich, feull bodied feel with a perfect mix up thickness and carbonation. Huge flavor, nice roasted coffee and sweet chocolate notes layered on top of rich bourbon like alcohol. A huge and very delicous beer that I am thrilled to be enjoying..

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2009 03:29:25 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

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

This one comes courtesy of imperialking who is the man when it comes to knocking beers off of my wants list.

A: The pour is black with a thin tan head on top which has some very nice retention and lacing.

S: The nose is definitely heavy on the coffee with plenty of roasted malt as well.

T: I was surprised that the flavor had the level of depth that it did. Certainly lots of coffee and roasted malt, but a nice amount of chocolate with a touch of smokiness.

M: The body is medium with a slightly tingly carbonation which I wasn't expecting.

D: Probably the best Mikkeller beer I've had to date. Great coffee flavor and aroma and a solid all around beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2010 19:38:43 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with a foamy beige crown (clearly influenced by the oatmeal) ; pretty swaths of lace drip down the sides of the cervoise

Smell: Smells like a roastery, with wafts of coffee goodness and blackstrap molasses

Taste: Black bread and dark fruit, up front; surprisingly, the fruit flavors dominate until mid-palate when the coffee arrives (perhaps that is the civet coffee character); molasses and bitter chocolate linger until the swallow, which dries out the flavor profile into pure coffee

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy, with moderate carbonation and a hint of warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: Believe the hyoe on this one as it is one of the richest, most interesting coffee beer experiences out there

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2009 23:48:35 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a dark brown color head with great retention and some very good lacing. Aroma of dry coffee is quite particular and very interesting. Taste is a nice mix between some unique dry coffee that is very well balanced by some black chocolate malt with lingering bitterness form the roasted cereal. Body is full with a creamy palate and some great carbonation with no apparent alcohol which is nice considering this is sometime an issue with this brewer. Very much well done but still don't totally get the hype surrounding this beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2009 03:18:13 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.95/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2009 15:45:55 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

G: Poured into an oversized snifter.

A: Pours a very, very dark brown with a good amount of bright-brown head. Plenty of carbonation and excellent lacing.

S: Sweet espresso and dark cherries coming in over and plenty of dark, bitter coffee.

T: Not getting much of the oatmeal, but the coffee is definitely present in large amounts. There are some hints of bitter dark chocolate, as well as some sweetness, mostly consonant with dark dried cherries.

M: Medium to full bodied without a ton of carbonation. The alcohol is present, but not overpowering.

D: Lacking in complexity compared with the gems of the style. Still, however, a very nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2009 03:42:24 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a finger high creamy tan head that slowly faded away and left lacy patterns of bubbles floating on the surface.
S: There are aromas of dark roasted malts and coffee beans in the nose. As the beer warms up, the smell also has some hints of alcohol.
T: The taste is moderately bitter and has flavors of dark roasted malts and coffee beans along with some hints of chocolate. There are some notes of alcohol in the finish.
M: It feels full-bodied on the palate and a bit creamy with a slight amount of carbonation. There are some hints of warming from the alcohol in the finish.
D: This beer is definitely one that needs to be sipped because of the alcohol content, but it's something that I would definitely want to try again.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 16:13:18 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

550ml bottle - $12.99 at Bullock's Wine & Spirits

Appearance: Pours out a jet black body with a frothy, tan-hued head of considerable size.

Smell: Darkened malts with face-aimed roundhouse kicks of roast and even mercilessly charred barley -- plus all the notes later mentioned in the taste. Pleasant coffee concentrate scent that's an absolute joy to smell.

Taste: Instantly, a strong, roasty coffee flavor hits the tongue without any remorse and even lasts well beyond the finish. Abundant, amply sweet tastes of melted dark chocolate morsels, blackstrap molasses, anise, scalded heavy cream, vanilla, and even a goodly-sized pinch of Mac Baren vintage Syrian tobacco join the fray. Flavors of dark fruits and stewed licorice deftly slide into the taste. Some warming, peppery alcohol hints. Bitterish blend of creosote and pine needles, along with all the roast provides more than enough balance to all the supple, chewy maltiness. Finishes rather roasty with a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Fairly smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Though pricey, it's still a beer I wholly recommend, provided you enjoy hefty stouts and coffee. In terms of stouts, Mikkeller is now 2 for 4 with me. I didn't really care for either Black or Black Hole, but Beer Geek Breakfast was a real treat. Beer Geek Brunch is a beer to thoughtfully sip and savor, maybe while watching an episode of "House", though it's hard not to just gulp it down with much aplomb. The 500ml emptied despairingly quickly.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 03:30:43 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had the "Weasel" for awhile and finally opened it tonight.Poured into a imperial nonic a jet black with not a trace of light showing thru,a mocha colored pillowey two finger head atop.an awesome mix of deep coffee roast and bitter chocolate in the nose,a hint of vanilla and roasted nut as well,just a great mix.Rich flavors and obviously highly roasted,bittersweet chocolate and French roast coffee dominate with a tinge of dar fruit and vanilla,a slightly earthy earthy finish rounds the beer out very well.Everything I thought it would be,just a great double stout from a killer brewery.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 22:59:52 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Thanks to brundo4 for this beast!
I'm not entirely sure why, but those damn Scandinavians can brew some of the darkest beers I have ever seen. This creature stands nicely among them, no light able to either penetrate its seemingly endless tracts or reflect from its B-2 surface. You ever look at the back of your eyelids in the dark and see nothing but an ever-expanding wasteland of nothingness? I know I have, and the experience is eerily similar to gazing into this brew's hypnotizing (and clearly damned) soul. The luscious inch-plus of foamy burnt siena (I miss using crayons...) on top just makes me feel even closer to this glass. I wanna make my move, but I don't want to come on too strong. (You only get one shot at a looker like this.) Speaking of not coming on too strong, the coffee smells emanate greatly from the surface, combining with some minor amount of chocolate, but don't o'erwhelm. I've gotta move in and sip on this beauty right now! Ahh, it's good to know that my nose doesn't lie to me as much as I have suspected in the past: The coffee and chocolate (though it's closer to cocoa now) make a triumphant parade down the tongue, thickly, stickily, and tastily. Not much else is there, though I think a small pine sapling is trying its best to find some sunlight in the surrounding pitch. It doesn't matter, though, as the flavors' simplicity weave into the double-helix of greatness DNA. Something like that. Bottom line: very tasty. Everything comes together to create a dangerously drinkable demon, sitting atop our doorways' busts of Athena, mocking us with its stoic consistency until we finally give way and lose our minds, succumbing to our darkest, innermost madnesses. Enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2010 04:50:31 | More by TMoney2591
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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

More Danish-only expository on the label, to go with the urban legend that this offering has become - hell, Cecil Adams' Straight Dope referenced it last week...

This beer pours a deep, dark chestnut brown, approaching black, with thin cola highlights, and two fingers of tight foamy chocolate milk head, which leaves a solid layered wall pattern of lace around the glass as it sinks away. There's also a bit of civet shi-, uh, I mean chunky sediment roiling about. It smells of lightly roasted chocolate malt, earthy coffee, and a creamy graininess. The taste is strong creamy chocolate malt, cafe au lait, a decent edgy, bitter hoppiness, and a barely restrained booze that limits this to sipping. The carbonation is present, but fairly meek, the body just short of full in weight, but still solid, dense, and only lacking in determinate smoothness by the nagging zingy, bitter hops. It finishes still replete with chocolate and coffee, locked in a lingering pas-de-deux with overshadowed, but substantial bitter hops.

A meal of a beverage - I found that I was unknowingly drinking this more slowly that I would otherwise. The weight and strength of this coffeehouse wanker's wet dream are an obvious explanation, however, I would more aptly attribute the phenomenon to the deft - and shameless, brewer's hand.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 00:50:22 | More by biboergosum
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 23:47:11 | More by feloniousmonk
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up one of these from West Lakeview Liquors. Served in my Surly pint glass.

A - Wow! This is the most impressive-looking stout I've tried since Homewood Reserve. Four fingers of mocha foam with incredible retention and lacing. Black, with the slightest hint of brown at the edges of the glass.

S - Hazelnut, bitter coffee, burnt malts, smoke, dark fruits, molasses, leather. Huge smell - I can smell this from a foot away from the glass. Really terrific and interesting combination.

T - Bitter roast coffee with cream, smokiness, nuts, dark fruits, baker's chocolate. This has substantially greater depth than most coffee infused beers that I've tried. The aftertaste is surprisingly mild and not palate destroying.

M - Full-bodied, creamy, good moderate carbonation, leaves a a sticky feeling afterward. It's what I'd expect from a good imperial stout.

D - High ABV, coffee flavor, and intensity make this beer a one and out. 500ml was the perfect amount for two people, although I could easily have had this by myself.

I've generally been disappointed with Mikkeller - particularly Beer Geek Breakfast and Black Hole - but this is a real winner. Highly recommended for all lovers of coffee stouts.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 05:35:00 | More by MasterSki
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emerge077

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

FInally tried this once they came out with the smaller 330mL bottles.

Oily black with a compact layer of mocha foam that recedes to a thin ring around the edges of the glass. A swirl rekindles the foam momentarily for a minute or two. The foam sinks back into the beer after each sip, no sticky lace.

Mellow smooth coffee aroma, chocolate, florals, light roast.

Roasty and chocolatey, light toast, smooth coffee with an ample hop bitterness that may be derived from the roasted malt. There's a residual resinous quality as well. The whole point of Kopi Luwak coffee is that it has no bitterness. It seems a little off the mark not to showcase that more, considering how expensive it is. If I wanted a hoppy stout i'd get a Storm King. That said, it is full bodied and viscous, smooth and bitter at the same time. Burns a little in the throat but you don't taste the nearly 11% ABV. Overall worth a try, just wish it was a little smoother and had more unique coffee flavor.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 00:49:42 | More by emerge077
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.34/5  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

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 03:42:12 | More by russpowell
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.93/5  rDev -9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2009 03:38:09 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a thick black color with a light brown head. The beer pours like motor oil. The aroma is coffee with some chocolate and roasted malt notes. The flavor is very strong coffee with some chocolate. I also get some roasted or burnt malt. The beer is very dry. Thick mouthfeel and low to medium carbonation. Awesome.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 01:13:23 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a tan head with ruby highlights. It was a long-lasting head that left patchy lace. There was a good deal of sediment in the bottom of the glass.

S - It smelled of chocolate, caramel, toffee and light coffee notes.

T - The coffee flavor is very sharp with a burnt molasses taste. Good bitterness with a touch of dark chocolate.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A full-bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This was a really good beer. I didn't even taste the civet poop.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 02:00:48 | More by zeff80
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A pretty careful pour still produces a fat, four-finger thick, darkly browned head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is quite black in color and is opaque even when held up directly to the light. The aroma smells of darkly roasted grain, wholesome roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Despite being so roast focused the aroma is quite smooth smelling; it seems to be missing the acrid, sharp burnt notes and charcoal like acidity that plagues many a heavily roasted beer. Instead the aroma is just rich and quite enjoyable; ample aromas of toasted whole grain bread, roasted berry coffee notes, roasty / toasty whole grain crackers, blackened brown sugar coffee notes and lots of dark, sweet, complex malt character.

Nice and creamy feeling as it first hits the tongue, this beer is fairly viscous, but does have an ample carbonation that contributes a bit more prickly texture than I would prefer; this is easily remedied with some vigorous swirling of my glass. This beer just tastes incredibly rich and decadent; up front lots of rich cocoa flavors combine with caramelized roast malt notes. The coffee accentuates a darkly roasted, but not burnt, bright berry flavor here. It also couples with the dark grain to produce a burnt bitterness in the finish as well as a roast acidity that provides a touch of needed balance to the sweet, chewy malt rather than being harsh. This beer has such a chewy, dense, rich body to it, it definitely has a syrup like viscosity to it as it rolls across the tongue and clings to the palate. This beer hides its alcohol extremely well; it is just such a smooth drinking experience. The roast character can be a touch smoky at times with perhaps a touch of savor, almost salty character to it at times (though it is clearly dominated by the complex malt sugars).

This beer has been quite a nice surprise, I really wasn't expecting this beer to be so smooth and well integrated when I popped the cap; this keeps the typical harsh, bitterly burnt and astringent roast character of both the dark malt and the coffee well in check, and there is a ton of chewy malt character that easily balances what is here. I almost feel like I should be more critical of this beer than I am, but it is just so tasty, and quite the great experience; if it wasn't fifteen bucks a bottle I would be buying a bunch of this for my beer-fridge; by which I mean drink this now, despite the ample alcohol, I don't see this getting a whole lot better, it is perfect fresh, and I have a feeling any significant age will just make this more unbalanced (though it should still be quite tasty for years to come).

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2009 02:55:06 | More by Gueuzedude
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is much like the regular Beer Geek Breakfast.'I really couldn't find too much of a difference really. The beer poured out as dark black color with a great big brown head on it. The smell is full of coffee and chocolate. The taste of the beer is very rich, highly roasted and creamy. The mouthfeel is thick and lightly carbonated. Overall the beer is very good, would like to have again but it is a little pricy so it may be a while before it comes my way again.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 20:36:50 | More by Knapp85
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, poured into a tulip glass:

Pours very dark brown - almost black - with a rich brown head that thins and stays for quite some time before becoming a wispy patch, with trailing lace sliding down the glass.

The smell is of rich aromatic coffee, chocolate, caramel/toffee, roasty notes and a light splash of aloohol.

The smell is of rich coffee with rich dark chocolate - reminscent of having a coffee with chocolate cake. Dark and slightly sourish fruity and some earthy notes balance out the rich dark notes. Roasty notes balance out the sweetness in the finish.

It has a creamy/velvety full body.

As rich and boozy as it is, it is certainly easy to drink, as it has a nice malty smoothness, and a great dark character that stops before becoming too sweet. A lovely treat!

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2009 16:36:15 | More by jwc215
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have heard tales of the civet coffee, I looked up pricing and it can go for as high as 100 dollars a cup or 1,000 dollars a pound. God knows what Mikeller spent to produce this beer. Pours a beautiful pitch black color with rising toffee tan head, fine lacing left behind beautiful beer to look and salivate about. Aroma has deep alluring espresso creamed coffee, dark chocolate, and a blast of dark roasted malts. Flavors encompass the palate, it takes off with nearly burnt dark roasted malts, expressive rich coffee, acid from the coffee beans livens up the palate beautifully, most exotic beer I've ever tasted nearly 9 bucks for 11 odd ounces of this stuff definitely worth the price tag. The dark roasted malts and the creamy richness in each sip with a strong dark coffee flavor is marvelous. Mouthfeel is rich inviting, and at times a bit abrasive but all in all the dark chocolate coffee aspects meld into beauty into a full bodied creamy stout that must be experienced no alcohol burn on the palate for me this legendary beer now I know why their beers carry the hype that they have. Overall a hell of an experience when it comes to beer the type of beer that makes you stop and realize everything that you have been passionate about is coming to a pinnacle. Some folks say that beer is beer, how short sighted is that one there are creations like this.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 16:06:44 | More by WVbeergeek
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