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Beer Geek Brunch Weasel - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 2,399
Reviews: 766
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 9.49%
Wants: 335
Gots: 484 | FT: 48
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Denmark

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-02-2009

Brewed at Nøgne Ø.

Imperial oatmeal stout brewed with coffee. Ingredients: Water, malts, hops, yeast and Vietnamese ca phe chon coffee.
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of John_M
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose, the beer is quite attrative, with plum, black cherry, dark chocolate, light vanilla, caramel and coffee. As good as this beer smells, it tastes even better. While the flavor profile replicates the nose, there's some underlying bitterenss on the finish, which helps to buoy the moderate sweetness in this beer. Mouthfeel is creamy and long, with a long, chocolate and coffee, bitter finish.

Yummm... the beer is expensive, but it's pretty much the crown jewel in the expansive, Mikkeller beer portfolio. So I tend to always order it when I see it on tap at Max's (which happily, is pretty often).

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4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer Geek Brunch is so stolidly black that you'd think alongside the coffee something more, like tar or motor oil, must have been used in the creation of this pitch-dark complexion. Seriously, this is strictly opaque - no light no matter how bright could induce a gleam of colour. Massive froth of caramel-tinted head is caked over top the beer and all around the glass; its head and lacing deserve the highest accolade.

You can tell this thing is special just from the smell of it. Alongside the exquisite aura of a most fragrant coffee (more on that below), the nose is treated to intensely rich and decadent notes of fudge, black licorice and dark chocolate. If I found a tiramisu that tasted the way this smells I would lock the recipe in a steel-reinforced concrete vault with a door at least four feet thick and have armed guards stand by to protect it.

Local lab tests insist the beer is 9.4% (not 10.9%) but it's a moot point: you can't taste much alcohol anyhow. What you do taste is an extension of the rich, decadent notes of its aroma: heavily roasted, intensely caramelized malts that result in flavours of hot fudge, gourmet chocolates, black licorice and (what would be) the most indulgent tiramisu known to man. The flavour of the illustrious Weasel Coffee, by the way, is delicious.

I find a definite distinction between this and the regular Beer Geek Breakfast and for it's worth I think the Weasel is hands down the better beer. I don't say that only because of the enhanced (and more mellow and refined) coffee flavour, but also because of the acute acidity characteristic of these beans. I much prefer the (rather unique, perhaps unideal) acidity of this over the sourish, lactose-like mouthfeel of the regular.

Most people would say the special thing about Mikkeller's Beer Geek Brunch Weasel is that it is made with coffee beans that were eaten by a fussy Southeast Asian Civet cat, partially digested in the animal's stomach, literally shit out, and then collected for the making of this drink. I, however, would consider it special because it is one of the best offerings from one of Scandinavia's best brewers, and indeed, one of the best stouts in recent memory.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one at the Bayou in SLC.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice black color, nice carbonation, nic little creamy tan head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some coffee, roast, slight vanilla, and some caramel. The taste is malty, with some nice coffee/toffee notes, roast, vanilla sweetness, with some caramel. Medium body, a nice creamy brew. Very drinkable, this on is very tasty a joy to drink, not hot like other's from this brewery.

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4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle split into two glasses.

Appearance - Pours a deep brown, almost black, with a one-finger brown head. Looks rich and viscous.

Smell - Aroma of roasted malts and rich chocolate. Not so much coffee, really, which surprised me.

Taste - The taste is very chocolatey as well, but with a prevalent coffee taste. The coffee isn't overwhelming at all. It allows the stout flavors to come through. There is a lingering bitterness that prevents the sweetness from becoming cloying.

Mouthfeel - Great consistency. Medium carbonation. Par for the style. The mouthfeel is thick enough to feel like an imperial stout, but not so much that I couldn't put it away like nothing.

Overall - Great imperial stout. I don't think many people would notice what kind of coffee it is, so I must admit that it's gimmicky. But I'm drinking beer, not coffee, and the beer was good so I'm happy.

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Blind Tiger, NYC.

Poured a deep black hue with a two finger frothy dark tan head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a spicy sweetness, with elements of caramel, dark chocolate and coffee.

The taste consisted of elements of coffee, semi sweet chocolate, and caramel.

The mouthfeel was full with a residual coffee element.

Overall a very well made and complex stout.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

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

Bottle from wordemupg, served in a pair of snifters and shared with a buddy. 50cl bottle, Batch 4709. Brewed Jan 11, 2009 and best before Jan 12, 2012.

Pours a sludgy and dense black, with a finger of brown head. Mild lace, with a collar and some retention. Nose has some bitter chocolate, rich coffee and some caramel notes add to a general sweetness. Taste has more of the bitter chocolate, with a fantastic coffee flavour. Caramel and something else adds to the creaminess in the flavour and in the feel. Mouthfeel is ridiculously good, huge fullness and density with a great bitterness. Very much based around the coffee, but balance and contrasted well with the sweeter and thicker aspects of the body. No alcohol whatsoever, and coffee flavours and the roastiness impart lingers. Great flavour and beside Peche Mortel as one of the best non-barrelled coffee stouts going. Fantastic.

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4.26/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 500mL bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 3/26/12
*From notes

A: Exceedingly dark. I really think this may be one of the blackest beers I've encountered. A good pour yields a rich two finger moccha head that lingers for a long damn time.

S: Some decent coffee and cocoa with a touch of green. It's not as prevalent or loud as I would like.

T: When you use the world's best coffee beans in your beer, you're gonna have to work pretty hard to mess it up. Seeing as Mikkeller knows a good bit about brewing a beer like this, it's exactly how you'd expect: rich, smoldering coffee and a large quantity of what comes across like baker's chocolate. A bit of a milky (not lacto) bite lingers in the mouth. Excellently executed.

M: It's like drinking a chocolate & coffee milkshake. So thick that it's hard to get back more then a little as a time, as it expands in my mouth like a sponge.

O: I'm extremely impressed with Mikkeller's Beer Geek Brunch Weasel - what's easily his best beer. Other then a lackluster bouquet, this beer is close to top shelf in every facet. Wonderfully done, and highly recommended.

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4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 2/3 inch head of a dark tan color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of alcohol, sweet malt, roasted malt, and strong hops. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, roasted malt, alcohol, slight hops, hint of coffee, and a slight acidic/tangy citric note. Overall, great appearance, good feel, body, and blend. This is style of American Double is more to liking than the over-the-top alcohol dominated styles. The alcohol is clearly present, but is balanced well with the malt and hops bitterness as well as the tang. This was a fantastic sipping beer.

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4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received from alpineclimber in a trade many months ago. Bottled on 1/12/09.

Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Dark black with one finger of epsresso coloured head. A very strange lacing on the sides of the glass throughout that looked like little chunks of sediment.

S - Roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, brown sugar.

T - Dark roasted coffee, come chocolate, licorice, molasses, roasted malts. Very rich and complex. Some noticeable alcohol but not a lot for 10.9%.

M - Medium body. Light carbonation.

O - An excellent beer and one that I would buy plenty of if available to me locally.

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4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up before leaving the Philly area. Loud whoosh when the cap was popped. Carbonation looked to be well integrated during the pour, with a 2 inch cap of fluffy brown foam developing only after the beer was in the glass. Sticky, clumpy lacing. This is not a beer you can really see though, even at the edges. Roast, coffee, and chocolate aromas dominated. Lots of malt, some caramel and charcoal. Malty and sweet with a bitter chocolate flavour, balanced bitterness throughout. Roast was mild, but picked up a bit towards the end. Slight sour cherry character. Lingering bitterness from roasted grains and coffee. Light alcohol warmth. Full bodied with smooth, low carbonation. Silky, but with some astringency from the dark grain. Pretty good stuff. The roast was milder than I expected, but still played a major role.

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4.67/5  rDev +8.1%
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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4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Black with a tan head, good retention, some sticky leg.

S: Big alcohol aroma, coffee, roasted nut, demerara, bakers chocolate.

T: Definitely some residual sweetness here, but it's got the bitterness to back it up and seems really balanced for such a big brew. Coffee, demerara, roasted nut, port, oak, some tar-like resin, warming alcohol, great stuff.

M: Thick & creamy with a light acidity and slightly drying alcohol finish. Awesome.

D: Way too drinkable for something of this strength, but certainly limited because of it.

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

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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.

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3.85/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle picked up at Capones in Philly. Drank side by side with the Beer Geek Breakfast.

Pours an opaque dark brown/black, light red in the far edges, medium sized light brown head forms, quickly settles to a thin ring around the glass, no real lacing but it looks alright. Smell is neat, intense grapefruit hoppiness like the Breakfast, big coffee roast, chocolate, caramel and brown sugar sweetness, nice fruitiness, strawberries and melon, more roast, molasses, pretty nice. Taste is nice, very caramelized and toasty, molasses and brown sugar, chocolate, raisins and orange, neat citrus character, like grapefruit, citrus kind of acidity, significant bitterness from the coffee, strange kind of metallic flavour going down. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Smooth for the ABV, but just doesn't do it for me, and the coffee isn't as big as I would like.

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Beer Geek Brunch Weasel from Mikkeller ApS
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