Beer Geek Brunch Weasel - Mikkeller ApS
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4.25/5 rDev -1.6%
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!
05-05-2010 04:50:31 | More by TMoney2591
4.18/5 rDev -3.2%
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.
09-03-2013 00:49:42 | More by emerge077
4.3/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
03-22-2011 02:00:48 | More by zeff80
2.93/5 rDev -32.2%
Black and opaque, a vigorous pour yields little head. Earthy aroma with a moderate coffee presence. Hints at vanilla and dark fruit. The coffee aroma doesn't really jump out here, nor is there a lot of complexity. On the palate, I get roasted grain, coffee, light toffee sweetness and a hint of citrus. Medium-bodied, perhaps a touch thin for the ABV. Sugary, acrid finish. Lingering burnt bitterness with some solventy heat. As usual with Mikkeller, I'm not terribly impressed here. Decent.
05-19-2009 17:34:03 | More by largadeer
4.13/5 rDev -4.4%
500ml bottle, 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 faint cola highlights, and three fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and creamy chocolate milk head, which leaves a solid layered wall 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 toasted caramel malt, earthy dark roast coffee, vanilla-flecked graininess - think Mini Wheats - and a bit of dank molasses. The taste is strong creamy cafe-au-lait, caramel/toffee malt, ethereal dark fruit, further bitter raw coffee beans, a fading oaten character, a decent edgy earthy and leafy hoppiness, and some barely restrained booze that does well to limit this to sipping.
The carbonation is present, but fairly meek in its otherwise capable mien, the body just short of full weight, but still rather solid, dense, and only lacking in complete smoothness by the nagging zingy, bitter hops. It finishes still replete with chocolate and coffee, locked in a lingering pas de deux with the overshadowed, but substantial bitter leafy, herbal, and mildly citrusy hops.
A meal (breakfast? sure, don't mind if I do!) of a beverage - I found that I was unknowingly drinking this more slowly that I would otherwise, its given strength notwithstanding. The weight and bearing of this coffeehouse wanker's wet dream are an obvious excuse (to my slow-ass drinking), however, I would more aptly attribute the phenomenon to the deft - and shameless - brewer's hand. There's just so much to see here folks - slow down and enjoy it.
02-06-2011 00:50:22 | More by biboergosum
4.2/5 rDev -2.8%
A - Pours with one finger of light tan foam on top of an opaque, back body. As the head recedes it leaves light lace on the glass.
S - An aroma of chocolate, coffee, smoke, and, oddly, gunpowder (think of the smell after fireworks are set off).
T - Smoky, dark coffee flavors with a touch of caramel and burnt toffee. Some spicy notes of clove and cinnamon in the middle and more burnt, smoky character. Finishes with dark sugar, burnt malt and gunpowder like coffee flavor.
M - Medium-thick coffee, moderately low carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.
D - Smoky and complex with an oddly spicy smoke character that I keep describing as gunpowder. Really complex and smoky. Very interesting, though I don't know if it is worth the effort of seeking out such a rare brew.
07-13-2012 02:19:28 | More by nickfl
5/5 rDev +15.7%
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.
07-31-2013 16:06:44 | More by WVbeergeek
4.34/5 rDev +0.5%
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
03-12-2014 03:42:12 | More by russpowell
4.4/5 rDev +1.9%
500 ml bottle into an oversized tulip glass.
Pours black, with a thick finger of dark and burnt looking mocha colored head. This retains with some rich and creamy edges, which whips up a frothy cascade of spotty lace and light brown oils onto the sides of the glass. This pretty much stays like this through the duration of the glass. Great look! The aroma is flavorful, with notes of burnt roast, earth, citrus, spice, chocolate, and molasses. Alcohol is a little too sharp here in the nose as this warms and covers up some of the other flavors a bit too much.
The taste has a lot of smooth chocolate, caramel, and oatmeal flavors to it, which is set against the ripe earthy citrus character of the Kopi Luwak. There is a firmer green citric hop presence here as well, while smoky roasted tones spread out across the back and linger on the breath. The finish is initially sticky sweetness, which then gives way to more aggressive notes of char and bitter fruit which linger on the tongue. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a thick chewy creaminess that matches up well with the flavors here. Just enough sharpness on the tongue helps add a little zing to the feel and pops that roast a bit more in the mouth. The big alcohol presence here is VERY well hid, with just some spicy and sweet warmth giving it away. This is extremely smooth overall though.
I’ve had a couple of these Coffee Stouts now that utilize the Kobi Luwak and this was right up there. The base Imperial Oatmeal Stout itself here was impressive enough but then, with the coffee added, this just took on a sticky, earthy, roasty, ripe mélange of flavors that had me savoring each sip. I usually feel like some of these Mikkeller beers aren’t worth the high price of admission but this one was an exception.
04-17-2012 14:13:47 | More by Kegatron
4.43/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
02-21-2009 05:35:00 | More by MasterSki
4/5 rDev -7.4%
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.
02-16-2011 23:47:11 | More by feloniousmonk
3.93/5 rDev -9%
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.
12-07-2009 03:38:09 | More by drabmuh
4.68/5 rDev +8.3%
I picked this up at Al's of Hampden -shared with carlos and tenderbranson69. Enjoyed from a tulip chilled.
The color is the deepest black, like used motor oil, opaque clarity and thick creamy tan head. The lace sticks well and retention is good with very fine bead. The aroma is unique to me it has all the things you expect and more. There is a sweet odor which I would compare to floral attributes of vanilla and earthy notes of roasted coffee with some slight cocoa elements and caramel from the malt. The malt is mild with a more pronounced coffee odor than most imperial stouts let alone stouts with coffee in general. I love the oatmeal which gives a sweet nutty odor to the roasted elements and slight cocoa aroma. This is a luxurious feeling roasted yet well integrated coffee feel, supple and smooth yet there is a moderate amount of spice and sweetness is not overdone.
The taste is delicious in that it carries a full on coffee and mocha taste without punishing you with coffee acidity or too much hops to clutter up the oatmeal stouts silky flavors. There is a mild roasted and caramel malt sweetness in the background but I love how fresh the coffee gives a very fresh and almost spiced flavor with some stone fruit tinges for good measure. I will say I loved this as much if not more than the original Beer Geek Breakfast which is saying a lot considering it is one of my favorite of this style. I appreciate the subtleties that Mikkeller is able to bring out in this beer, not many come close to the complexity and richness. If I had to describe it I would say a coffee stout is like eating a hershey bar, but Brunch Weasel is like eating the finest chocolate truffles. I recommend this to anyone. The only downside was the import price which you can't really avoid unless they start brewing in the United States.
07-31-2011 20:29:38 | More by Slatetank
4.43/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
04-09-2014 17:17:02 | More by StonedTrippin
3.63/5 rDev -16%
First had: bottle from Capone's bottle shop, Norristown, PA
Generic review: "It smelled and tasted like weasel sh*t!"
Poured into a Trappiste Rochefort chalice, jet black with a puff of mocha head that receded to an amoeba-like patch of bubbles and left some nice lacing on the glass. Roasty malts in the nose, coffee, and some notes of booze and phenols. Taste of roasted coffee, molasses, licorice and licorice, and lots of booze. Not quite as smooth as I'd expect from an oatmeal stout. Quite a bit of bitterness, especially towards the end. On the heavier end of medium-bodied, strong, but pretty drinkable nonetheless.
10-23-2011 01:56:44 | More by Rifugium
4.4/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
07-30-2010 01:13:23 | More by Mora2000
4.58/5 rDev +6%
Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip. Received from SpeedwayJim, thanks Jim!
a - Pours a dark brown with one finger of brown head. Light carbonation evident and light lacing. Looks great.
s - Smells of roasted malts, sweet coffee and chocolate, and a decent amount of vanilla. Very enjoyable.
t - Taste is rich chocolate up front, followed by a light coffee taste. Also some roasted and caramel malts.
m - Medium body and low carbonation, very smooth and creamy. Can't believe this is 10.9%, as I don't taste the alcohol at all.
d - I thought this was an amazing stout. It looked amazing, felt amazing, and had a great coffee and chocolate taste. I actually got more chocolate than coffee in the taste, but liked it that way. Very easy to drink for over 10% ABV. Would love to have again.
05-25-2010 22:42:56 | More by mdfb79
4.38/5 rDev +1.4%
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!
09-04-2009 16:36:15 | More by jwc215
4.53/5 rDev +4.9%
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
02-10-2009 02:55:06 | More by Gueuzedude
Beer Geek Brunch Weasel from Mikkeller ApS
96 out of 100 based on 2,062 ratings.