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Beer Geek Brunch Weasel - Mikkeller ApS

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Reviews: 806
Hads: 2,699
Avg: 4.31
pDev: 17.17%
Wants: 356
Gots: 552 | FT: 53
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Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.90% ABV

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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 seedyone
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYc. WOW!

Look? Not worth a second lokk as it`s pitch black. Smell? Negligable. Maybe too cool from the tap, but aroma is negligible. Taste? Now this is where we want to be.

At this point all else is almost irrelevant. The taste is the thing. It fulfills & lingers without dominating the realm.

Fault me if you will, but unless you experience this thing, you have no right to disclaim. Truly.

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Photo of MadCat
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Black with almost no head (what was there was a nice coffee brown) and minimal lacing

Smell: Smells like the best cup of coffee I've ever had with some nice roasty malts and earthy hops

Taste: More coffee, roasty malts, and earthy hops, but with a surprising hint of sweetness, rather than the bitterness usually assiciated with these beers

Feel: Medium to full body, low carbonation

Overall: Excellent, a very good brew, better than expected. Unfortunately hard to get and expensive.

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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 winningwes91
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is probably im my top 5 favorite non ba coffee stouts to date. Pours a pitch black color with a dark brown head. Smells like a fresh brewed cup of high quality coffee, oatmeal, chocolate. Taste is the same. Wow that coffee really shines. I can definitely taste the difference in coffee choice. Awesome stuff.

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Photo of jancona
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter - give it a hard pour at the end to enjoy the beautiful mocha brown foam and lacing. Beer is intensely black. Smells a bit of dark fruit and bitter dark chocolate with a touch of sweet oatmeal and cinnamon. Taste is a beautiful creamy coffee with a dark chocolate finish. The 10.9 ABV is nicely hidden.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. Served in a coffee mug 12/20/14.

A- Dark black body. Pitch black, dark, the works. Ridiculously frothy one finger mocha head with a lot of longevity. Looks like a cappucino. No lacing. Thin collar when all is said and done. Lots of legs on this beer, looks like motor oil.

S- Dark fruit, burnt malt, a bit of smoke, dark chocolate, espresso, milk chocolate. Lots of chocolate and dark fruit, a good bit of coffee. I'm thinking the dark fruit and a bit of cocoa can be attributed to the civet contribution, not really getting anything earthy.

F- Rich dark chocolate, roast coffee, a bit of burnt malt flavours, milk chocolate, less dark fruits. More licorice shows up on the finish. Very rich and coffee-forward on the palate, a bit different than on the nose. Drinks more like a very earthy Russian Imperial Stout with extra coffee flavours.

M- Thick bodied, viscous, slick and sticky. Dark fruity chocolate aftertaste lingers on the palate for a good time after. No heat. One of the thicker, motor-oily beers I've had in a while.

O- Pretty tasty, but I would argue that the regular Beer Geek Breakfast is just as good. This seems a bit more dark fruit heavy, but aside from that there isn't a giant difference as far as the coffee contribution goes. Excellent beer, though.

Final score: 4.24

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Photo of barczar
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%

Rich, dark chocolate, black cherry, nutty toffee notes, and figs dominate the aroma. Flavor is on the sweet side, backed by dates, prunes, and figs, but finishes bitter and a touch resiny. Dark fruits really dominate, but there's an underlying caramel malt character and notes of cocoa and roast that complement nicely. Not sure of the age, but the coffee is somewhat subtle. The finish is a touch harsh for my liking. Notes of licorice and smoke emerge as it warms, along with more dark chocolate and roast. If it weren't for that overly spicy finish...

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Photo of dcmchew
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Pours pitch black, a nice reddish mocha head bubbles up to about half a finger, only to quickly recede to a thin lace. There seems to be quite some carbonation here.
The nice roasted malt and chocolate smell, more intense than the Beer Weak. Acidic roasted coffee. Bit of cream.
Great milky chocolate start, with toffee and some molasses, but also a big zestiness, with lemon, some blueberry and plum. Funky coffee acidity helps too, topped with extra roasted coffee bean, vanilla and licorice. Malts bring a burnt characteristic, somewhat woody, ashier in the finish. Alcohol and a nice herbal hoppy feel keep this zingy even in the end, tho rather bitter and almost dry.
Medium body, a bit oily, smooth carbonation (thankfully). Alcohol piles up eventually, but not horribly, with a nice dark fruit brandy note and coffee liqueur aftertaste. Sweet kind of imperial stout too, but a sweetness that's countered right on time by ashy and hoppy bitterness. Slow sipper, so you can enjoy it thoroughly.
A monster of an imperial stout, perfect mix of booze, weasel/cat shit coffee and rich dark malts. Wakes you right up.

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Photo of CHickman
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%

Pours pitch black color with bubbles building up to a cascading 2 finger creamy brown head that was packed with bubbles and faded very slowly, leaving great lacing coating the sides and rings as it went down. Very sticky lace that left an impressive residue in its wake.

Smells of fresh ground coffee, baker’s chocolate, cocoa powder, vanilla beans, molasses, dark fruit, light herbs, burnt grains and charred wood. Rich toasty stout nose that’s heavy on coffee and chocolate and quite nice to inhale with zero scent of the high alcohol level.

Tastes of chocolate like dark chocolate bar, bakers chocolate, cocoa powder, then molasses, vanilla, espresso, coffee grinds like a dark Kona coffee blend, roasted nuts, charred wood, caramel/toffee, smoked malts and mild booze like dark rum or bourbon; very earthy with oaky notes, burnt cedar wood, mild black licorice, lemon zest, more coffee beans and more chocolate like milk chocolate or hot fudge from Carvel. There is a slight bitterness that seems to be from the coffee at first, but then seems to lean towards herbal and hoppy which adds a slight degree of balance to this delicious flavor that gets better as it warms. The amount of complexities for a flavor that basically stays between robust coffee and chocolate is a very impressive use of malt and shows the Mikkeller brewing mastery again.

Mouthfeel is very thick and chewy, with mild carbonation, a thick, dense body, and a nice bitterness that trails off with a coffee and chocolate mix sweetness that makes this slow sipper a brew that you want to swish around in your mouth to prolong the incredible flavor.

I am a huge coffee stout fan and I sat on this beer for 6 months after purchasing it and it was amazing. I keep reading that this beer was made with civet cat coffee/dung, which makes for the most expensive coffee (Vietnamese Ca Phen Chon coffee), and that doesn’t bother me one bit as this was a fantastic beer. Even if it was expensive and made from the droppings of civet cats (tasty cat shit I guess?), it’s a damn fine beer that I highly recommend and I will seek out again.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.66/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at room temperature.

A: Pours a level of black that should probably emit Hawking radiation, while forming a very thin, very dark brown head that dissipates quickly and leaves no trace at all - no cap, no ring, maybe a couple stray bubbles temporarily along the sides of the glass. In other words, nothing escapes it. I'm guessing it's somewhat high gravity. (These jokes should all go under one of Mikkeller's other beers, but they fit better with the appearance of this one.)

S: The aroma, which somehow manages to escape the event horizon of the beer surface, strikes up front as sweet with dark fruitiness throughout. Both roasted chocolate malt and sweeter notes are present, as one would expect from an oatmeal stout. Fruity notes include plums, figs, and currants. Despite one of the main ingredients, I detect no litterbox odors - perhaps those simply aren't shunted away from the singularity during dilation. Oddly enough, I get little to no coffee odor as well.

T: Unexpectedly, this beer did not tear my tongue apart and then crush it into an infinitesimally tiny ball of matter, so that's a plus. Toffee and chocolate malts strike up front, joined shortly by a quick rush of more fruity notes ranging from plum to currant. As the beer moves along the palate, an earthy, burnt bitter flavor swirls in to conceal the rest, which in turn yields to an almost pure coffee taste at the finish. A pleasant roasted coffee aftertaste lingers well after the swallow, markedly less bitter than any other coffee I have tasted aside from pure Kona coffee in Kailua-Kona itself.

M: Smooth and silken, with scarcely any carbonation to be found nor tasted - literally just enough to leave the beer not feeling dead and lifeless in the mouth. It's not the heaviest oatmeal stout I've ever tasted, which is surprising given the amount of mass it should have, but it compares decently to others in the style.

O: Eminently drinkable, this hides its ABV well behind a wall of shifting flavor complexity. I would consider buying again. One could say it has a powerful attractive force. All right, I'll knock off the lame black hole jokes. Suffice it to say, despite being made with crap, this is far from a crappy beer.

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Photo of tonyrocknroll
5/5  rDev +16%

Beer for breakfast! Very dark and delicious! Pretty weird that it's made from something pooped out of a weird animal's butt. Drank this by the morning campfire while my coffee water was heating up. Rad beer.

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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 aleigator
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Pours nearly completely black, with a small, fizzy head, disappearing soon, while leaving no lacing.

Has fantastic, multi-layered aromas of coffee flavors, creamy sweetness, deep roasted malts and bitter chocolate, accompanied by a burning alcohol layer. Very complex and pleasant, with coffee being the most dominant ingredient.

Toffeeish, earthy malts go along with distinct coffee flavors, which hit the palate in an incredible smooth, creamy fashion. Coffee then turns bitter, overcoming the milk chocolate note more and more. While the brew actually begins sweeter than expected, the sweetness doesn’t take over the whole palate, due to the rich coffee infusion. Also the coffee bitterness is very balanced, as a strong earth maltiness holds it at bay. The most surprising aspect is the incredible smoothness in this brew, making this the perfect pairing for e.g. a fruity chocolate cake, providing the creaminess for both, cake and brew. Alcohol is very well integrated in this complex tasting beer, adding to the bitter coffee sting, without being detectable on its own.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed out of a 11.2 oz brown bottle with the cringe-inducing label showing a sleeping civet cat next to a pile of freshly "processed" Kopi Luwak coffee beans. I'm reviewing this from notes after drinking the beer about a month ago, and I don't seem to have written down whether or not the bottle had any kind of dating on it. Poured into a North Coast tulip glass with an exaggerated flare at the rim.

Appearance (4.75) - This beer pours the way I want my imperial stouts to pour: it looks thick and viscous, like motor oil, with the rich chocolatey brown foam slowly forming up as the liquid rises in the glass. As per the motor oil comparison, the liquid might as well be black, because if it's any shade of brown, I can't tell. Atop the body sits a towering three fingers of foam, with tight, mostly uniform bubbles--only a few slightly larger bubbles interspersed throughout. Retention is excellent, and leaves sticky lines of lace along the sides of the glass as it dissipates. Just a beautiful looking beer. Everything an imperial stout should be.

Smell (4.25) - As expected, an upfront presence from espresso and dark chocolate, with those rich, sweet undertones, but not a lot of the astringent bitterness that can often come with coffee--I'm told that is the primary desired feature of the Kopi Luwak style of coffee. There are also nice notes of dark fruits here, but very subtle, with notes of black plum alongside hints of licorice and even some black strap molasses.

Taste (4.25) - Much like the taste, there is a nice coffee overtone to this beer, but without the crazy bitterness. It's smooth and luscious on the palate, with sweet notes of baker's chocolate and just a faint bitterness from the char of roasted malts. I still get the molasses and some licorice, but the dark fruits I detected in the aroma seem to have gone into hiding.

Mouthfeel (4.5) - As suggested by the appearance, the feel on this is rich and decadent, velvety and viscous. Full-bodied and with moderate carbonation--just enough to prevent the beer from becoming cloying or suffocating to the tongue.

Overall (4.25), an excellent coffee beer. It's the first time I've had Kopi Luwak, in beer or coffee, and I must say that the inherent qualities of the civet-processed beans seem to work quite well with beer, due to the lower amounts of bitterness and pure coffee smell and taste. Since Shelton Bros. came back to Missouri, I've seen this one more and more on the shelves which means I'll likely be picking up a bottle every now and again. It's a little pricey, but for a once-in-a-while treat, it's well worth it.

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Photo of FFreak
4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into large tulips and shared.

The color of thick black coffee with minimal brown head.

Aroma is of caramel-sweetened strong ice coffee.

This beer tastes amazing. Super smooth with complex layers of roasted malts and coffee and just slight hints of fruit.

Mouthfeel is smooth and luscious. Very low carbonation but perfect for the style.

Overall, this is a masterfully created work of art. It's right up there with KBS and BCBS. The price is somewhat ridiculous at $10/12 oz, so I doubt that I will buy more, but I'm glad to have tried this one bottle.

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Photo of crosenkrantz
3.55/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great mouth feeling, silk-like palate, excels in this aspect. But excessive and monotonous coffee flavoring kills it, it is repetitive. Overrated but one of Mikkeller's best.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.83/5  rDev +12.1%

This was a wow beer, heavy heavy coffee, turkish black tar like, huge funky banyward flavors and aromas coming from the obvious weasel droppings. was well wirth the wait till I seeked this out finally

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Photo of Ready4aHeady
3.29/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Tulip glass from bottle, purchased early 2014

A: Pitch black, thin tan head, lacing on glass

S: Unsweetened chocolate, faint coffee and vanilla, some dark fruit

T: Flavors of bitter chocolate, coffee, and raisins; gets sweeter on the finish.

M: Fairly thin, smooth but not creamy.

O: A very tasty stout, complex, more bitter than sweet. I prefer a little sweeter and creamier but definitely worth drinking.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a very dark brown and settles as a pitch black body with a huge, foamy mocha head. Lots of sticky head residue sticks to the side of the glass as the head settles.

S- Roasted malts, bitter coffee, vanilla, faint aroma of chocolate pudding.

T- Deep roasted malts, tons of bitter coffee, bitter dark chocolate, very full flavored with more bitterness than sweetness. There is a faint berry flavor too that is just slightly noticeable.

M- Thick, full flavored, huge body, medium carbonation.

O- A different kind of coffee stout. The depth of flavor is pretty amazing and the coffee is not overwhelming, but the flavor is so huge with lots of layers and big bitterness. This is a big time stout.

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Photo of JulioH
4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice beer.

Pours a nice dark beer. A little brown foam forms at the top. Aroma is chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, and that Imperial quality of stouts. Taste is somewhat bitter, coffee, but then it is sweet and absolutely addicting. Very well balanced beer, may get you tipsy. Easy to drink, alcohol is almost not noticeable. Body is syrupy, perfect.

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Delivered on all counts! Poured from 12 oz. bottle into tulip. Leaves a thick light brown head that lingers awhile over a sharp and deep black. Tons of roasted coffee in the aroma. The taste gives more hop bitterness than I expected, and its an incredible balance with all the power coffee/molasses flavors going on.

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

Picked this one up while in Lancaster and shared with my beer guru and a friend. Very impressive, the most interesting was the smell, not sure how to describe it but there was a bit of maybe spice amongst an extremely great smell. Outstanding beer overall, I enjoyed this one very much and while I was not sure what to expect, this one was incredible.

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Photo of Halfbrother83
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a deep, dark brown with a thin layer of mocha-colored head that quickly fizzles into a nice ring of lacing.

S: Powerful coffee notes first and foremost, followed by sweet molasses, dry cherry, oats, and even a bit of candied bacon.

T: Sweet molasses and coffee right away, oat and dry cherry character just as the beer settles in the mouth, deep charred malts and oat character in the finish.

M: Silky smooth, low carbonation

O: Definitely a favorite, love that they've started bottling in 12oz. The coffee flavor in this one is unlike any I've currently had in other coffee stouts: not that it's more pronounced, but it does have a very unique flavor to it.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
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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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

11.2 oz bottle into a wine glass. From yesterday.

A: Pours a pitch black color, and it looks thick as hell coming out of the bottle. There's a thin tan collar that actually retains well for a collar, and leaves behind a ring of lacing.

S: The coffee notes, while subtle, are amazingly defined. There are some nice oaty and powdered chocolate qualities behind the coffee, along with some vanilla.

T: I loved the aroma, but it's nothing compared to how it actually tastes in the mouth. At first, the coffee comes through subtly, with a finish of vanilla and oats. After a few sips, it becomes stunningly chocolaty - this is the most chocolaty non-chocolate stout ever. Some dark fruit notes come out after a while too. This is so rich, yet so balanced and so complex. Holy frig.

M: Make no mistake, this is a full-bodied, silky smooth imperial stout, just like it should be. And yet, the finish is just dry enough to give it surprising drinkability. Carbonation is quite low. It's both decadent and borderline REFRESHING at the same time - how is that friggen' possible?

O: I'm absolutely floored. It's incredibly rich, decadent, balanced, warming, and refreshing all at the same time. Shame it's so expensive...wait, no, I don't care. This is worth $10/tiny bottle - it's perhaps the best coffee stout I've ever had (next to BCBCS). I need more, period.

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Beer Geek Brunch Weasel from Mikkeller ApS
96 out of 100 based on 806 ratings.