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Beer Geek Brunch Weasel - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 2,272
Reviews: 751
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 9.72%
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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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Photo of petacutlasaurus
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't know where Mikkeller's nomenclature comes from here, but the upgrade from breakfast to brunch makes loads of difference. In the same way that the menu more than doubles from breakfast to brunch, the number of tastes just explodes when you compare the standard beer geek breakfast to the brunch weasel.

Appearance is very similar to the beer geek breakfast. Pours thick and heavy without much carbonation and a thin layer of dark brown head. Smells are similar, too, roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and some great oatiness. What separates this beer from the regular beer geek is the balance of the tastes. Both beers are very rich, but the brunch is just a little bit fuller with a much stronger balance in the tastes. You can really access all of the different notes, and their shared subtlety is immediately palpable. Mikkeller's beer geek brunch weasel is easily one of their best. Don't miss it. My new mission - get a few to age.

Photo of Tone
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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

Got this one a while back at De Molen in Bodegraven.

From a 500ml bottle into a snifter.
Brewed 1 December 2009
Drank the regular Brunch, Bourbon and Highland Editions, in that order.

APPEARANCE: A thick black pour yields a one finger, medium looking, tan head with good retention. Head slowly fades to a ring and wisp. Pitch black, viscous body with zero carbonation evident. A ring remains with touches of wisp and leaves some dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Huge nose right off the pour. Roasted and charred malts, oats in there, and lots of coffee aroma. Some definitely dark chocolate in there as well. Big, bold, and very enticing.

TASTE: Roasted, burnt and charred malts with hints of sweet caramel. Oats and lots of dark chocolate for sure, as well as some nice, bold coffee flavors. Lots of roast and dark chocolate at the finish with some strong and lingering bitterness as well. Bold and persistent aftertaste with plenty of great stout flavor. A bit of age has really pulled all of the flavors together. Wonderful.

PALATE: Stellar. Full body, medium carbonation, heavy and syrupy smooth on the palate. Very creamy, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating. A touch of well measured heat at the swallow. Some time has smoothened this out perfectly.

OVERALL: Insanely good. This is a brew that I enjoyed fresh, but not nearly as much as I enjoyed this bottle. Everything has really come together, and the palate has really, really improved. Extremely drinkable and enjoyable. If you have the chance to pick one up, do so, regardless of the cost. Just be sure to give it 18-24 months before opening it. Highly recommended.

Photo of Gtreid
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Pretty much black, but with some slight ruby highlights. The por dropped a one finger head that faded to a thin rim and didn't leave any lace.

A: Bitter coffee, black and roasted malt. Notes of chocolate, vanilla, and earth. Small caramel note followed by slight notes of wood.

T: Chocolate, vanilla, caramel, and robust coffee. The coffee is very bitter, so the combination of the dark roast with the apperant hop bite makes for a very bitter, dry finish.

M: Oatmeal stouts always have a creamy, full mouthfeel, and this one is no different.

O: I thought this was a very well crafted beer. I did however think there was too much bitterness. The coffee flavor is very nice, but the alcohol comes through a bit much. Very good, but could've been great. Skal.

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

A: Pours jet black with a very nice small light chocolate brown color. The head dissipates as expected with an imperial beer, but there is still lacing on the around the perimeter of the top.

S: You can really smell the alcohol coming off the top. I was expecting a much harsher coffee scent from the label description, but its still present in the smell.

T: Packed full of flavor with oats and a sweet (vanilla or caramel) flavor comes in the beginning, followed by a huge amount of coffee that has some bitter bit to it. The oatmeal adds some very nice body and keeps the this beer having a very smooth taste. Maybe a little too much bitterness on the back-end.

M: Robust and full bodies. Carbonation is very well done.

O: Mikkeller has surpassed my expectations again with another well thought-out and interesting beer along the likes that I like to brew.

Photo of evanlarkin
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stout for lunch on a 60 degree day? Okay!

Pours an oily, slick black with 2 fingers of brown head. Held up to a sunny window, no light makes it all the way through the beer. This stuff is BLACK.

Sweetness, like chocolate, booze, and subtle coffee. No strong guess as to which flavor will dominate the taste.

Sweetness and oats hit me first, and then I get a blast of booze and chocolate. The chocolate is actually fairly dry feeling. Another flavor is in there too, which starts small and gradually takes over your entire mouth. What is it exactly? At first I didn't know, and then it hit me: This is ultra-rich coffee! Wow!

Oily and thick, and mouth-coating. You could chew on this stuff like gum.

I'm pretty sure I would drink this with breakfast. It would be delicious. The only thing stopping me is the 10.9% ABV. I'm a little concerned about having it for lunch, in fact. glad I'm not driving today. Other than that, this stout is fantastic. A coffee-lover's stout, and a stout-lover's breakfast.

Photo of Franz4
3.95/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes from tasting 3/20/11

A-Pours dark as you would expect, average head and lacing

S- nose is coffee, seemed a touch subdued to what I was expecting.

T- Taste follows the nose with the coffee merging with some warming toasted malts.

M- I thought this was a little lighter than expected, finished slightly dry

O- I was hoping for more from this brew, especially at the pricepoint. The beer was tasty, but not tasty enough for the $$.

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

Served on tap at Local Option. From notes.

Appearance: Nearly black, with a very pleasant creamy brown head. Although it does not exhibit great retention, there is some lace down the glass.

Smell: Very interesting. Roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee are the most dominant. The unique coffee flavor is from the ca phe chon coffee, I imagine.

Taste: The first sip is a bit of a leap of faith for me, just because I know the ingredients. There is a very robust and unique coffee (weasel poop) flavor, with a lingering bitterness. Roasted malt, chocolate, a little vanilla, and more coffee in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and very creamy, with medium carbonation, and a medium body. It is actually a little bit dry, which surprised me, but it was not off-putting.

Overall: I am over my fear of the Weasel, and I would definitely drink this again. The best part about this beer is tricking unsuspecting friends into trying a sip and then telling them the ingredients.

Photo of PennsportHophead
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. bottle poured into a pint, thick black color. Head took a few seconds to form, probably due to the thickness of the brew, heavy lacing

Nose is roasted coffee obviously, but I also get some sour earthy scents as well as some brown sugar/vanilla (oatmeal cookie?)

Taste is again dominated by roasted coffee, with creamy vanilla oatmeal flavors coming in on the back. Finish is roasted espresso, almost sour, works well to clean out the palate for next sip.

Mouthfeel is where this beer really shines, it's got a really big stout feel, but not syrupy, just a smooth malted milkshake feel. A technical triumph.

Overall a pretty amazing beer, except that sour roasted espresso flavor which I liked so much in the beginning built up after a while and takes over some of the more subtle flavors

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

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

Pours a light brown cocoa colored head, very foamy looking. Sits on a dark dark brown body with perhaps some nice red hues. Really nice looking, head is all uniform with lots of big lacing.

Bouquet is an earthy dry roasted coffee. Very nice slight hint of soil. Dry roasted bean coffee is very predominant. Hint of carbonation possibly cola sweetness smelling too. No sense of chocolate for me.

Taste is pure roasted coffee goodness. Sour coffee finishing like a good solid espresso giving way to lime. The thing that gets me the most is the body on this thing. Just perfect mouthfeel wonderful body and hints of malt milkshake texture. That thickness which isn't syrupy at all comes off as creamy, and with coffee tastes like this it's a match made in heaven. Unfortunately I don't get much chocolate "taste" off this as some people might, but I don't care.

Overall I'd have this again no problem, it's great and really feels like an excellent espresso beer.

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

Poured at Max's Taphouse.

Pours a beautiful dark rich coffee black with brown coffee colored lacing .

Smell is mainly of coffee, alittle roasted malt and a hint of chocolate.

Taste is amazing, its purely coffee with little to no alcohol taste, but mainly coffee with a little chocolate and hint of hops. The after taste once again is around the coffee not the stout, excellent.

I love this beer and the weasel coffee take on it. For the cost its a must have, one of my favorites.

Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
4.78/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Three Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Beers lined up. Weasel, Weasel Bourbon and Weasel Highland edition.

This is the Weasel.
Batch 470
Brewed de 1st 2009
From a 500ml bottle into a snifter.

Comes out thick, looks pitch black one finger tan foam. Head fades rather quickly.

Big bold nose. Tons of coffee, chocolate and roasted malts.

Full coffee flavored stout mixed with chocolate flavors. Lots of bitterness on the finish.

Thick creamy mouthfeel, full body and nice amount of carbonation.

This is a great coffee stout. Almost like drinking a iced coffee. Loving it and would pick it up again if I saw it in the store. HIGHLY RECOMENDED!

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

Pours a black. I mean black. Viscous and thick, looks like oil. Very dark brown head. Smell permeates the room, roasted coffee beans, expresso beans and unsweetened or bitter chocolate. Taste is remarkable and complex. It has layers of black coffee, and bitter chocolate. Not overly sweet, mouthfeel almost reminds me of a dry Irish stout. Not as chewy or thick as I would expect. Not that its thin either. Wow, this is really good, hard to believe that the beans used here traveled through an animals digestive tract.

Photo of Auracom
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

4-5 oz. from the 22 oz. bottle on March 24th, 2011 in my mini snifter - one of 10 beers in my stout tasting; from notes.

A - Yup black as as hell, not quite oily but lots of alcohol feet on the sides of the glass, very opaque, no head, just a few bubbles linger.

S - More caramel sweetness than anything else, not much coffee (and what coffee beans are present seem a bit funky), slight dark fruit.

T - Way better than the nose. Sweetness dominates at the front of the tongue, bitter coffee character doesn't appear until the backend. Good dark chocolate quality. Overall, very nice drink. Wishing 4.75 was a possible rating, this one will get a lower score than it deserves.

M - Medium to medium-thick, not overly viscous or heavy. Smooth, good carbonation.

D - Average drinkability, slight abv presence. Taste is really, really solid but the aroma was rather bizarre with a strange "coffee-gone-bad" funk to it or something. Maybe that's just the nature of the Kopi Luwak in there. Also sort of wishing more of the coffee character showed up in the taste. Also, it's a bit too expensive for the 22 oz. but appropriate in a tasting setting.

Photo of tbrown4
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap -> tall tulip at Max's Taphouse in Baltimore, MD. A buddy tipped me off on this one being on tap, I went on over to check it out. I'm a big fan of what Mikkeller is doing. I enjoyed the "breakfast" version quite a bit.

A - Pitch black, thin off-white head, no carb presence, nice webbed lacing

S - Has a very dry aura to it. It's kind of hard to describe. Almost vacuum like. There's not too much to it, but it does seem to repel all other aromas. This really threw me for a loop as I was expected a big coffee nose.

T - Sharp dark roasted coffee note, savory and almost salty notes in the middle, clean sour and tart finish.

M - Medium bodied, slight alcohol warmth but not nearly what I expected from a 10.9% brew.

O - As described, this is awesome for brunch. You've been up for a while and don't need the string aroma to wake you up, but you want some of that coffee flavor. Full flavored and high abv make this a very nice early afternoon sipper. I'd get this again without question.

Photo of WeedKing4
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black with a little bit of head into a brandy snifter. Tastes of roasted coffee with chocolate notes lingering in the finish. Very smooth mouthfeel and the high alc% goes unnoticed for the most part. Good coffee flavour in this one, it really stands out.

Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.9/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I'm tired and want to watch basketball...

The basics: $14.49/500ml bottle (WTF!) and 10.9% ABV (ok then)...

Super dense and opaque brown to black. Nice short creamy head. Decent lacing.

Nice coffee notes. Some alcohol present. I get a barrel aging characteristic, too, but not sure...Nothing unique but very nice...

Flavor is very rich. It has an almost floral quality to it. Very unique. Lots of coffee right upfront, then it moves into an almost Irish Cream thing...Pretty cool...Finish is bitter and carries some alcohol. Lots of nice roasted chocolate malt tones in here too...Good beer but not at this price point...

What I like most: The unique robust and roasty flavor profile.

What I like least: The Price and lack of unique qualities in the aroma and appearance...

Verdict: At this price point there are many as good or better. It is unique in its flavor profile and worth trying...

Photo of LtCracker20
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed at Armsby Abbey in Worcester, MA yesterday. Didn't have the Breakfast Stout anymore so I got this.

A- Pours a solid black body with a good 2-finger chocolate colored head that lasted for a long time. Though it looked pretty carbonated, the head did not fizz away.

S- Burnt chocolate, roasted malts, and a brewing coffee aroma. A little sharp acidicness to it, but not enough to turn me off.

T- The acidic flavor returns, but just enough for a quick bite at the palate, then it's gone. The dark chocolate and burnt coffee/ espresso flavors really stand out.

MF- Not quite full bodied, but as close as you can come without actually being full bodied. I think the carbonation just keeps it lighter on the palate.

Photo of mjn5036
3.65/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have had the pleasure of having this beer a few times; just finally getting around to reviewing it.

22oz bottle poured into a White Birch glass. This one pours and aggressively daunting looking black with coca-cola colored highlights that may only be seen whilst in mid-pour. A massive, crushed Oreo cookie colored head cascades into life. The head looks like an impenetrable force; solid as a rock. It slowly fades out of existence and leaves behind it some really decent looking lace. What a great looking head though!

The nose on this guy is almost what I was hoping for. Freshly ground and roasted black coffee, bitter chocolate and burnt oatmeal cookies make up the profile. The nose is really quite satisfying but lacking a few elements I would have liked to pick up on.

The taste seems to be on par with the nose, but then becomes a bit overwhelming for me. An intense wave of coffee is what hits my taste buds first. It is very bitter, and almost seems acrid. It is like a pot of coffee being made with too much water; the flavors are over-diluted and you are left with a lingering bitterness. The chocolate just manages to squeeze through at the finish but is too muted to help at this point.

The prickly carbonation helps the drinkability on this one. It is actually modestly smooth but a bit less chewy and viscous than I was originally hoping for. The alcohol is clearly present to me but not overbearing.

Overall, this one wasn't bad by any means, I did enjoy it. I simply found it to be a bit too much. The bitter coffee notes ran wild and subdued the other subtle flavors I was hoping to find here. I really wish to try the regular version of this beer now as I think that will be more suitable to me.

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

Served on tap at Smiths Billiards in Springfield, MA on St. Patricks Day...thanks Jim!

A - Served in a smaller wine glass. Completely opaque and dark with about a half inch of tan head. Modest lacing covering the glass.

S - Roasted coffee and some chocolate dominate.

T - Again, roasted coffee and chocolate...this beer is so full of flavor! Tastes thick like a stout, but smokey like a porter.

M - Very thick and vicous brew, but dangerously drinkable and smooth. Full-bodied heavier beer. The smokey flavors linger and they cover up the alcohol almost completely...hard to do at 10.9%.

O - Overall a great beer. I feel like I could drink a ton of this stuff, but that is probably the 10.9% already taking affect and speaking. Perfect beer to drink at a bonfire, but pretty pricey.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a super brown-black color wit ha finger of creamy chocolate colored head. The head retention is okay reducing down to a ring around the glass leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is full of sweet roasted caramel notes and a lot of coffee. There is some good chocolate also in the nose. There is also some really nice vanilla notes mixed in.

T - Starts off with some deep roasted caramel malts and some vanilla-milk sweetness. Also some really nice coffee flavor and chocolate mixed in. Through some stronger coffee flavors with some bitterness and some more bittersweet chocolate come through. The finish is a nice blend of some of the sweeter parts of the beer, with some more coffee and chocolate, alongside some really nice roasted notes that lingers very nicely. Remarkable well balanced.

M - Full bodied with low, but noticeable carbonation. Really nice and creamy but still very smooth. The finish has a really nice, slightly bitter and sweet mouthfeel.

D - For the full body and almost 11% abv, this beer stays really drinkable. The flavors are really well balanced and just very tasty. And the mouthfeel is pretty darn near perfect.

Photo of zeff80
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.

Photo of litheum94
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle. No bottling dates.

Pours out a pitch black body. Not much of a head, which is surprising considering the style and the fact that I poured it quite vigorously. What is there is mocha in color and leaves some lacing on the glass.

Quite a sweet profile on the nose, with chocolate milk aromas dominating. The coffee is definitely there, although I would have liked it to be a little more present. Fullness from the oatmeal, and a slight alcohol profile pokes through.

Very dry flavor profile at first, with a nice coffee bitterness, that rides atop a slightly nutty backbone. Leads into a more full body, with loads of milk chocolate sweetness. Some fig is also evident. Finish is dry again, with just a hint of leafy hops, and a warming alcohol presence, especially as the beer warms up a bit.

A really nice beer, with all the components working so well together. Bring me more weasel poop beer!

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

Appearance: Black with a nice mocha colored head that subsides into a thin covering.

Smell: Bits of vanilla, smooth, rich chocolate, and a deep, but not overpowering, coffee aroma that rides on a wave of chocolately oatmeal smoothness.

Taste/Mouth: Rich, smooth, velvety, slick and delicious. This is definitely the best oatmeal I've had. Tastes like FBS on steroids. The mouthfeel is so luscious it's insane. Sweet and slighty bitter roasted malts mix with coffee, chocoloate, oats, smoke; all in a sublime smoothness. The way all these notes intermingle and pop in and out is awesome. Very robust and complex without being over the top at all. An unbelievably fantastic berry note joins the mix and adds a perfect complimentary sweetness and twang. A marionberry sweetness with a blueberry twang. You have to try to find the alcohol, but it's there, warming the palate ever so slightly.

Drinkability: unreal for a big beer. it's just so smooth and luscious it begs for you to take the next sip and savor. On tap this was the smoothest beer I think I've ever had.

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

Brought a bottle up to Tahoe; broke it out for dessert after some EPIC organic pasta bolognese. (Thanks Matt!)

Appearance: About as good as it gets, almost jet black with a marshmallow dense crema head, just decadent.

Smell: Almost. I expected this to be The Coffee Show, a showcase for the exotic civet coffee, but instead I found balance; gorgeous vanilla, rich chocolate, and smooth, deep coffee -- it's a brick.

Mouthfeel: This may the best there is. It just so dense, creamy, and heavy; you feel like you should spoon it out of your glass or top it with some Ben and Jerry's vanilla -- it's ridiculously lush.

Taste: Paradoxically, there's so much flavor it may compromise the flavor. It's basically some 2,000 calorie ice cream dessert in a glass; chocolate, vanilla, toffee, and coffee in spades. Not a bad thing per se, but I was really hoping to get a showcase for arguably the best coffee on earth, instead I got buried.

Drinkability: Zero, really, because it's So. Damn. Heavy. But if you treat it like the dessert it is, it's hard to beat.

Beer Geek Brunch Weasel from Mikkeller ApS
96 out of 100 based on 2,272 ratings.