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Beer Geek Brunch Weasel - Mikkeller ApS

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Reviews: 812
Hads: 2,738
Avg: 4.31
pDev: 17.17%
Wants: 362
Gots: 570 | FT: 50
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Mikkeller ApS
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Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout | 10.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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 zoolzoo
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks awalk1227!

A: Pitch black, impressive Khaki head. Some surprisingly sticky lacing

S: Caoco nibs, unsweetened chocolate. Fresh beans are present but cannot dominate over the impression of chocolate. A little string of alcohol.

T: A great balance of fudge like chocolate and roasted beans. Coffee apect is delicate rather than boisterous. Alcohol is less apparent than in the nose. Im mising the oats here, I thought the base beer is an oatmeal stout.

M/D: Thick and notably coating. Aftertaste is similar to eating a piece of fudge and drinking a cup of coffee. 11% is barely noticable in the taste. Can be sipped slowly but I finished my glass pretty quick.

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Photo of TheJollyHop
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Rich brown, mocha head with two large fingers of frothy head crowning a clear, black body; excellent head retention and sticky lace that encircles the inside of the glass.

Aromas of burnt sugar, bakers chocolate, strong roasted coffee, alcohol, and some toasted nuttiness. As beer warms currants and come into play as well.

Silky tongue coating, prominent alcohol warmth, ash, characteristically strong/intense roast coffee which imparts both earthiness and subtle astringent bitterness that fades well into the bittersweet chocolate finish. There is also an unexpected earthy flavor. Oats add a very pleasant oily mouthfeel. Creamy, medium bodied and carbonated with a dialed in level of perceived sweetness. Not too much to detract from the coffee, but enough to add body. Alcohol acts as the glue and wraps all the flavors up in its embrace.

Immensely sippable and delicious; definitely for coffee lovers as casual imbibers might be put off by the prominent coffee flavor which dominates, and assuredly so.

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Photo of mondegreen
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Stone IRS Tulip.

A: Pitch black with a very persistent dark brown head. Lots of lacing on the tulip. No light comes through this one at all. Beautiful.

S: Wonderful dark chocolate and coffee aromas. It carries a sweetness and a touch of alcohol in the nose.

T: The coffee is front and center. The bitterness rolls across my tongue and lingers in the aftertaste. The 10% is very noticeable, but it fits in with the dark flavors very well.

M: As thick as one would expect. Very heavy and viscous. Excellent.

D: This beer is a homerun. Highly recommended.

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Photo of alarmclock314
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

11.2 oz bottle, 10.9% ABV, no date (but probably from late 2014 or early 2015). Pours black with reddish hues. Pretty cascading khaki head. Smells of dark cocoa, heavy roasted malts, and some subtle earthy hops. The taste is packed full of flavor; malts, cocoa, char, hops, oats, and some nuttiness. Not much coffee coming out. Slight alcohol warming, but it helps to cut through the heavy body. Very full mouthfeel. The carbonation is low-medium. Overall, really enjoyed the flavor complexity and thick mouthfeel.

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

Single 11.2oz bottle picked up from the Mall of the Bluffs Hyvee for around $9. Labeled as an “imperial oatmeal stout brewed with coffee.” Cool artwork from Keith Shore depicting some kind of cat thingy, a hat and an empty glass. The label basically sells the beer. Poured into a Blind Tiger Brewery snifter after letting it warm up for a while.

Appearance: A pour straight down the middle produced a beautiful; two fingers of dark brown head. The head is dense with a few solid bubbles in the middle. Black body. After settling down a thin, reddish brown cap remained and left nice lacing when I swirled the glass. Looks good for an imperial stout.

Smell: It smells mostly of coffee but not in the way other coffee beers smell. It’s got that spicy, coffee acidity that others have but I’m not imagining coffee beans but maybe a ground, flavored coffee. Lots of chocolate, like one of those pouches of dried hot chocolate mixture with some marshmallows. Also cinnamon, chocolate pudding, and chocolate milk.

Taste: Basically Kahlua and Ovaltine. Big, smooth notes of rich chocolate syrup, hazelnut, spicy-grainy coffee, pudding and a drying alcohol. Finishes sweet with a lingering coffee roast. My burps taste like a mocha.

Mouthfeel: Silky, smooth, and full with a low carbonation. The mouthfeel fits this beer perfectly.

Overall: My only regret is not having any doughnuts around. I’m assuming it’s the coffee or other possible adjuncts they used but this was a different coffee experience as compared to other coffee beers; more dense chocolate flavors, spicy coffee and a silky body from the oatmeal. While this was an expensive beer to try, I’d say it’s worth picking up once as it does not disappoint. If you’d like to try the next best thing after Espresso Yeti then this is your beer. Would love to try it out of a cognac or bourbon barrel.

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Photo of jnn4v
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Moderate to significant brown to dark tan head. Decent sized bubbles.

S: Coffee first. But lush, fresh, non-burned, medium roast coffee. Glorious. Rich, semisweet chocolate next. Slightly creamy scent as well? More "wet" scent than the Breakfast Stout.

T: Maybe equal between the chocolate and the coffee scents. Such a rich, wonderful coffee without any of the over-roasted flavors that often appear in coffee. Maybe a "softer" coffee? Very tasty. Some burn from the alcohol, though.

M: Heavy and dense, but with enough carbonation to fill 1/3 of the glass with bubbles when poured. This may be the perfect texture for an imperial stout.

D: Incredibly easy to drink, given its texture and flavor. However, the 10.9 ABV is apparent, and shows itself quickly as you consume it.

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Photo of Rish907
3.96/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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Photo of Bubba83
4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a truly thick midnight black color with about one finger width of super creamy tan head. Good retention and decent lacing. Has a pretty menacing look to it, which fits the beer nicely.

A lot of nice aromas going on here. The most forward aroma is of freshly brewed strong coffee. Still, other powerful aromas of caramel, vanilla, nougat, and chocolate covered cherries are present. Behind all that there's some citrus and roastyness. I love a beer like this that doesn't make the drinker work too hard to pick up on these features because they are so strong. I was so close to giving this a 5 for smell, I can't find any flaws but I think I remember Founders Breakfast Stout smelling a little better.

First sip impressions are that this is a huge improvement over Beer Geek Breakfast in a lot of departments. There's still a TON of coffee here, but that's not where it ends, there's plenty of dark caramel, roast, tobacco, toffee, and alcoholic cherries. Hops don't really show themselves in the flavor, although it's a pretty bitter brew, but I think it's mostly from the coffee. Loving every sip.

Feel is right on the money, medium-thick consistency, smooth and oily. Leaves a bit of a coating over my tongue well after the sip is over, leaving a long lingering aftertaste. Carbonation is low and that's the way it should be for the style. Can't think of a way to improve it.

Very drinkable for an 11%er. It's actually hard to fathom it's that strong because there's no burn whatsoever. You can taste some alcohol there for sure, but it's adding to the overall profile of the beer. A really well done beer by Mikkeller! These guys can be a little hit or miss for me, but tally this one under the hit category. I am such a sucker for Coffee Imperial Stouts.

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Photo of klikger
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour served in a Bruery tulip

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

S - Rich coffee, dried cherries

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

M - Creamy & rich, but not syrupy.

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

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Photo of alovesupreme
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An opaque beer with a light brown head with fair good retention.
Smells strongly of coffee with chocolate and some dark fruit character mostly prune.
A rich flavor of coffee with a slight acidic character of dark berries. With a very subtle hop character and a smooth roasted finish.
A full mouthfeel with good carbonation. Very creamy and satisfying.
A fantastic beer that I would enjoy having again.

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Photo of CooperEllis
3.97/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into 7oz glass - split bottle 3 ways

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

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

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

The carbonation is minimal, mild.

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

(34th)

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Pours black with a small brown head. Fair lacing, leaving a syrupy lining on the glass.

Smell – Whoa, that’s some serious coffee. With malt, molasses, and oatmeal. Just a little on the bitter side.

Taste – Coffee balanced with cream, with lots of oatmeal and molasses. Tastes better than it smells to me.

Mouthfeel – Low carbonation. Very syrupy, and smooth. 10.9%abv is nicely hidden. Has a slight bitter hopiness in the aftertaste.

Drinkability – A really good, easy drinking stout.

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Photo of Cavery
4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A pint shared with Klym over a special farewell session.

"There's a secret ingredient in this beer, I won't say what it is"

*a few tastes*

"It's got to be some coffee"

*laughs*

"Dude, is this that cat @$%^ coffee?"

A: A dark core of a stout that gives way to frothy oatmeal suds, a solid 1 finger head comes and goes with a conservative pour. Brown bubbles linger for a while before finding a home on the edges of the glass. Lonely patches of brown bubbles remain in the middle of the beer for minutes after pouring. A very coffee looking beer, quintessential coffee aesthetics.

S: I can only describe the smell of this beer as "diaper with an imperial hand of anise". The smell is too sweet to really say "licorice", as the anise really runs deep in the nose. A light ash tray/tobacco lets its presence be known. The smell is so confusingly complex, is this a fruit that I have never tried? I feel like someone in some country that I am not familiar with is consuming some dark berry that is exactly this smell. the lightest creamed coffee peaks its shy head in the finish. A palette cleansing nose.

T: Coffee berry (?). a bright sweet offering of coffee that comes in form of a berry sweetness that makes you rethink the very nature of the coffee bean. A strong acidity drives the beer to your stomach, but a hybrid sense of nuttyness/roastyness that never seems to go one way or another lingers. What the heck at the earthy appearance of fancy morels.This beer grows on me with light speed. So mysteriously hazelnutty/creamy/truffles/pecan/espresso. Walnuts in the aftertaste. The acidity makes me believe this could be a laxative. The best laxative ever.

M: Moderate mouth feel that allows the coffee aspects shine. Super toned down bubbles that almost imply a colder temperature (?). I know it sounds weird, but I get the sense of chilled coffee every time I take a sip. The slow breakdown of slow released carbonation gives this phantom sensation of coldness. I'm pretty sure this beer is illegal in some states.

O: This reminds me of when I would try avocados as a kid, and I swore I'd never eat them. A few years later and I eat guacamole by the orchard. I want to grow up with this beer. I feel like this beer has whispered me a secret that I am yet to understand. An enigma in a glass. I am pretty sure those cats are incapable of metabolizing pure knowledge. I don't even care if the berries were fully cleaned, this is astoundingly unique.

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Photo of SirSketch
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Very thin brown head forms then disappears just as quickly. Appears black, but reveals a reddish brown color when held up to light.

S - The aroma can easily be dissected into the stout and coffee components. Rich chocolate fudge, very freshly roasted grains and a complex alcohol character. The coffee is bold, but very earthy (think mud) and even a little 'moldy,' but it really goes together quite well.

T - Whoa, the coffee flavor is delicious! Nice median between bitter, dark roasted grain and sweet, fruity flavors. A bit acidic. Seems like a well thought out flavor combo.

M/D - Not an overly thick mouth, as can happen too often with stouts. Much too drinkable for a beer that packs such an alcoholic punch. Not your normal imperial stout, but definitely a new favorite.

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Photo of 2378GCGTG
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black color with a mocha head that doesnt really develop too much, looks great

Nose: Oatmeal, coffee, chocolate and some plums with plenty of toasty malt

Taste: Oatmeal, coffee, with burnt toast and heavy malt

Mouth: Viscous and syrupy with bitter coffee and sweet malt balance

Overall: This is a good breakfast stout, very smooth but could use a bit of refinement

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Photo of bigbelcher
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep dark opaque black color. With a huge tan head. Aroma was big espresso type coffee with nice big wet green hops. This is definely a stout with roasted barley throughout. The flavor is intense with a not so pleasent bitter black burnt malt taste or a been on the burner to long coffee flavor. The mouthfeel is a bit thin for an imperial stout with a creamy medium body to it along with some nice carbonation. A nice bitter coffee stout, but not worth the price.

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Photo of ixodus
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark as night with a thick one finger chocolate colored head that gently falls into a slight haze on the surface and a small foam ring around the glass. Leaves spotted lacing as it's sipped down.

S: Sharp alcohol esters, bitter dark chocolate and roasted dark malts. A slight smell of espresso is also noticeable.

T: At first sip I get a nice bitter, but not too bitter taste of rich dark coffee the intertwines with dark chocolate and small hints of dark fruit. Mid palate the chocolate really dominates the taste and slowly fades into a lingering coffee after taste. The finish really sticks with you for a long time.

M: Thick and viscous with soft carbonation.

O: I've heard great things about this beer so I purchased a few bottles. After getting home I read the bottle and realized it was brewed with Civet droppings.. This definitely made me a little skeptical. Well, apparently I'm partial to cat shit.. but only the finest! I definitely recommend this beer.

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Photo of Rast
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Savored in Max's Taphouse in Fell's Point with Blind Man Nikos whilst my wife enjoyed a baby shower.

Twas the weekend before Christmas, and all through the taphaus
Not a ray of light penetrated the snifter, and that's about as far as this poem goes.

Beautiful midnight black coloration with brown only visible in the dense head and around the edges. Wafts wonderfully. Tastes of booze, vanilla, and deep, rich malts fill my satisfied mouth. Mouthfeel is rich, lovely, inviting.

An ideal stout for the last, cold days of Advent.

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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 PieOhMy
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into snifter.

A Black, syrupy, dark brown head that is not too thick and dissipates fairly quickly.

S Bitter coffee bean. Very strong. Toffee. Cocoa. Sugary malt.

T Fantastic blend of flavors: Rich coffee, bitter dark chocolate, molasses, caramel, raisin and plum. All of this melds so well together. All are prevalent but none overpower.

M Full. Finishes with a bit of afterburn and the coffee lingers.

O One of the best, if not the best, non bourbon barrel aged stouts I have ever had. Just perfectly done. The aroma, taste, and lingering aftertaste are just awesome. Beautiful.

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Photo of fastsrt
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle in a snifter

A: pours black with head of tan foam

S: alcohol, coffee,

T: straight coffee, this is a top coffee stout, it is ultra smooth and well crafted,

M: great thick body with spot on carbonation, that is mild which thickens the body and brings out the flavors.

D: delicious beer I paid 12.75 for the bottle it is a touch steep but for the liquid inside it is worth every penny.

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Photo of regspeir
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this 500ml bottle at Pinocchios and poured into a Duvel snifter. This beer pours black with a two-finger mocha-colored head settling to a coating which lasted throughout. Lacing was irregular but interesting and present at the last sip. Nose was coffee, chocolate, some dark roasted malt. Taste was coffee, dark chocolate,molasses, roasted malt and some spice, including pepper. Aftertaste was mildly bitter. Not a lot of carbonation, the mouthfeel was creamy, rich and thick. There is some noticeable alcohol. A little too expensive for me to try very often, but off this first try, I would certainly want to.

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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 W_Des
4.56/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a solid black with a medium coffee and roast nose. Smooth coffee body with light roastiness and it hides the ABV really well compared to Vanilla Shake.

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Photo of jminsc76
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So, I'm following my most recent review of Mikkeller's travety known as Black Hole Russian Imperial Crap, oops, Stout, with a variation of Beer Geek Breakfast that uses Civet Weasel feces. It seems crap is a common theme between this review and last, so let us hope it doesn't apply (figuratively-speaking) to this beer.

Into a tulip, pours a thick, creamy, chocolate-y/cocoa head atop an impenetrable black body. Gushy legs that dissipate thinly and quickly as a tilt the glass, with a bodily consistency like oil as I continue to pour.

How much wood can a woodchuck chuck? Not so sure about wood in the nose, but the aromas are strong as hell and complex as sh*t (there are going to be a few pun-laden references here and there in this review, deal with it). Plenty of strong, bitter coffee notes with a ton of rasberries and even a floral note or two playing a small symphony with the bouquet. Aromas are outstanding.

Flavors are just as nuanced and intense, yet often quite different from the aromas. Let's see, we have some powerful coffee bitterness and cocoa up front and throughout the mid-point, ending with a slightly oaky, or woody espresso finish. Whoa Nelly! This is some strong stuff. Almost too strong, and something tells me I should have waited to share it with at least a second party before opening. One (full tulip) glass is going to be enough.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy. Considering the ABVs it ain't too bad for an Oatmeal Stout. It doesn't pillow the palate as much as lightly caresses, slithering on by.

Overall, this may go down as a novelty beer, but it's a damn good novelty. Again, one glass should be enough, but that damn Civet digestive system works wonders to retain whatever berry aromas and flavors are present in the original fruit. A side-by-side with this beer and Beer Geek Breakfast would yield an intriguing experience, this I am sure. Redemption, my Scandinavian gents, from the Black Hole has been achieved.

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Beer Geek Brunch Weasel from Mikkeller ApS
96 out of 100 based on 812 ratings.