Beer Geek Brunch Weasel - Mikkeller ApS

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rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.37%
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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 kappldav123
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle looks good, the beer in the glass could not look better. Deep, deep black, very brown head. Starts very intense and complex malty, notes of strong coffee, liquorice and some chocolate. Well balanced, warming finish, soft as silk. A bit sweet aftertase. An incredible good beer!

Thank you yespr for this bottle! (322 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Second pour, and last review, of Day 1 Portland International Beerfest. From a 500 ml bottle, freshly opened, and poured to the fest's tasting glass. Consecutive pours equaled over 8 oz.

As a side note, I poured this for a few dozen folks during the earliest hours of the fest, trying in vain to describe the flavors (based on a Shelton-provided description) without ever having had a taste. Had to rectify that ASAP once the shift ended...

A: Dark, yet not quite 'black', a reddish garnet glowing at the edges. Ho-Hum head, little action. A scant build-up of fizzy light tan, spotty lace left behind.

S: Coffee-sweet aroma, something like baker's chocolate - cocoa-dry. Some burnt grounds, sweet molasses, spice trails.

T: Where to begin: robust dark chocolate, rich coffe roast. Dark fruit and a defining tartness, with added citrus zest and vanilla beans. The dark roast tangy/tart/burnt flavors add a wonderful complexity. Oatmeal stout's typical sweetness pervades.

M: Feel is a big plus, an effortless glide down the throat, with a slight 'natural' grain chewiness. That chewy texture never becomes 'too thick' or anything, just mildly gritty, mildly warming (with a lofty 11% +/- ABV).

D: As I poured this, more than a few balked at the 'disgusting' nature by which the coffee beans are harvested in this fine beer; it was as if some thought they were drinking 'shit beer'. Well, having now tried it, I'm comfortable saying it's not shit beer; it's a delicious and fully-flavored stout, certainly worth a try. I really enjoyed and unequivocably would have it again. (1,578 characters)

Photo of younger35
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single 12oz bottle of this from Pairings Food and Wine Market in Minnetonka. Ridiculously expensive 500mL bottle that I think was $15.99. This thing better be amazing!! Never thought I'd actually ingest something that's been shit out by a cat. Drank from my Surly Darkness snifter.

Appearance- Pours an oily jet black with a decent sized dark brown head that fizzles away fairly quickly. A small collar is left that leaves no lacing which all disappears after a few minutes.
Smell- The nose is full of roasty toasty malts that have a nice smooth char on them. The coffee melds well with the big roasted malt and surprisingly doesn't smell too acrid like these combos tend to be. A slight vanilla note and plenty of chocolate as well. A bit of toffee sneaks out as well once the beer warms.
Taste- Starts slightly bitter from the overly kilned malts and the rather pungent coffee. The coffee is bold and aggressive but may be a bit muted because of the char of the malt. A tiny bit of sweetness hides under the light acidy of the roast and comes through slightly chocolaty. The beer gets fairly rich toward the finish with a big bite of caramel and a big ol' scoop of vanilla ice cream. Some light alcohol finishes the beer as the ass coffee lingers.
Mouthfeel- Medium-ish body with a slightly oily/slick feel and very light carbonation.
Drinkability- Worth $15.99? Maybe once but I don't think I'd buy it again just because of the price tag. It is very tasty though and I'm definitely glad I tried it. Mikkeller does put out some tastily unique brews but damn, get a brewery and cut down on those costs. Good beer though! (1,634 characters)

Photo of nrbw23
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pour out black with a huge, foamy tan colored head that almost went over the edge of the glass. Head has good retention and left some thick lacing.

S- Smells of nice malty aroma, with a good amount of espesso and a tiny hoppy note.

T- Taste is really smooth, earthy, coffee, chocolate, and expresso. A very solid brew. No alcohol bite and no bitterness at all. The oatmeal makes this one so smooth and creamy.

M- Smooth and slick, full in body and low carbonation.

D- Very easy to drink. Highly recommended. (516 characters)

Photo of charlesw
2.55/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Straight up 3s - just average. It's nice and black but has an ENORMOUS head. Smells kind of stouty - metalic, coffee, burnt umber (that sounded good, didn't it? Only it's a color and not an odor and whatever. But, hey, it smells of charred meats, OK? OK????). Burned caramels and coffee and bitter and ashes in our mouthes. Certainly neither balanced nor an oatmeal stout. Probably an RIS - a beer known for being RAW. And that's just what it is - way raw, way edgy. I'm not sure this is where I want to go. I'm all for balance and this isn't it. Very nice mouthfeel and I can't finish my bottle.

Edit: terrible, lingering bitter and sour aftertaste and the mouthfeel gets knocked down 'cause the bottle 4 ounces of the bottle were full of some nasty slime. Ew! (762 characters)

Photo of magictrokini
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A more subdued version of the Beer Geek Breakfast. As for why its called "Weasel," well, I'll let you find out when you read the little story on the side of the bottle. Pours identical to the BGB; black with brown edges, explosive brown head, and thick, sticky lacing. Chocolate and coffee seem evenly balanced in the nose, along with a cream-of-wheat/creamy oatmeal quality. Roasty more than smoky/burnt. Velvety mouthfeel with a somewhat bittersweet finish. Smooth cocoa and rich coffee up front. The coffee used is smooth, sweet, and bitter all at the same time, with neither really drowing out the other. The oats and malt compliment these flavors well. A welcome burnt grain taste pops up here as this warms. Hop bitterness shows through in the finish once the beer warms. The high alcohol gives a nice warmth that allows the flavor to wrap around your tongue. Worth the $15 I forked over for this one. (907 characters)

Photo of Bung
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml Bottle. Very dark brown pour, with a small light brown head. Roasted, Coffee and chocolate aromas. Taste is pretty straight forward, roast malt, coffee, bitter coffee and dark chocolates. Just an accent of rolled oats. Some piney hops in the bitters in the middle and finish, but only a little. Soft bubbly, but very solid mouthfeel. Maybe a little better than the breakfast, but not much. (396 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one at the Bayou in SLC.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice black color, nice carbonation, nic little creamy tan head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some coffee, roast, slight vanilla, and some caramel. The taste is malty, with some nice coffee/toffee notes, roast, vanilla sweetness, with some caramel. Medium body, a nice creamy brew. Very drinkable, this on is very tasty a joy to drink, not hot like other's from this brewery. (468 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a dark brown color head with great retention and some very good lacing. Aroma of dry coffee is quite particular and very interesting. Taste is a nice mix between some unique dry coffee that is very well balanced by some black chocolate malt with lingering bitterness form the roasted cereal. Body is full with a creamy palate and some great carbonation with no apparent alcohol which is nice considering this is sometime an issue with this brewer. Very much well done but still don't totally get the hype surrounding this beer. (571 characters)

Photo of mugglesandhops
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Davey brought this and some other Mikkellers back from Portland for me a while back so we finally decided to crack one open and give it a try. Poured 22oz. bottle into snifter. Pours black with a big frothy tan head, great lacing on the sides of my glass. Huge coffee and chocolate smell right away and it carries on into the taste as well. Very thick feeling, creamy, velvety. wish I had a couple more of these. (412 characters)

Photo of TequilaSauer
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Collector's Boilermaker Pint Glass.

It's a beautiful stout. Black as night with a very pretty caramel colored head sitting atop.

Lots of deep mocha on the nose, mocha and dark chocolate. I was expecting a much more fragrant nose, to be quite honest.

The flavor is all coffee...ALL COFFEE. Some chocolate seeps in on the attack but it all gives way to coffee, but boy is it good. The flavor lingers for a long time on the palette. This is a coffee stout-lover's wet dream. It's maybe the most coffee-tinged stout I've ever had.

It's a great beer for sure, but not one I'd go to often. Still, every Stout drinker should have a go at this at least once. (675 characters)

Photo of ohmybock
3.49/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ah...the infamous weasel beer!

This beer poured with a rocky, volatile, big-bubbled head and a nice, dark body. The head then dissipated fairly quickly leaving a lasting slight ring. I wasn't sure what to expect from the aroma, but it was surprisingly reserved in the coffee department. There was a bit of dark-malt character and maybe even a hint of tartness, but otherwise it was kind of dull. I expected a strong dose of coffee, but it didn't find it. The flavor was better, though. The taste has a rush of dry-ish/dark malts up front, some English yeast characteristics, dark sweet-ish fruit later on, and a touch of coffee. Again, the coffee character is milder than I expected. In fact, the coffee almost gets lost within what would normally be just a coffee-style character from various roasted malts. If nothing else, this was a fun beer to try, and I liked it more than the regular Beer Geek Breakfast. (913 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.4/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

550mL bottle purchased for about $14-15 in Columus several months ago. , milk chocolate colored foam. The beer is black with dark chocolate sides. The smell is strong coffee (apparently coffee beans that have already been digested by civet cats) and roiasted malts. The beer tastes strongly of coffee beans in a nice sweetly malted web. The body is fuller than average but not as smooth as other oatmeal stouts. Overall a great beer but not worth its price point. One and done, cannot afford to drink this again. (512 characters)

Photo of Mayhem976
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Extremely black and thick, not a trace of light as I hold my mug to the light. Small head, hardly any fingers are present.

S- Malty, traces of hops. To be quite honest with you I can't smell anything. The smells that do come through are very faint, had a friend put my mug under her nose...same thing.

T- Strong coffee flavor, dark sweet fruits are present. Has a wonderful robust malt flavor that I love.

M- Rich, creamy, and smooth!

D- Awesome! Has an amazing thick hearty malt flavor that dark beers should have (IMHO) can't wait to purchase another bottle. I'm buying a weasel tomorrow and feeding it fiber! :| (621 characters)

Photo of kkipple
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok, so what we have here is a Norwegian Imperial Stout brewed with coffee beans that have been shat out of the digestive tract of some forest-dwelling critter. I never thought I'd see the day. Let's see if I can get through this review with nary a poop-joke.

First off, this is a 500ml bottle, with no mention of how much, if any, mammal fecal matter (MFM) is contained in every chunky sip. I'm not sure if that's a blessing or what. So with a resigned sigh and with my intestines clenched in trepidation, I crack the cap and pour a good portion of this into my accepting glass.

I have to say, the beer doesn't look crappy at all. It's a fizzy, deep black with red highlights and boasts a tightly clenched lacy head that leaves little smears down the sides of my glass as I take this beer into my mouth. So far so good...

Smell-wise, I am both relieved and saddened at the complete lack of weasel-cat bowel movement aroma. But what I do smell is a sort of coffee black-hole, going on and on into a sticky, wet, espresso ending. Deep acrid notes bring back memories of the burnt coffee stuck to Uncle Franklin's pot during those 6am archeological digs for buried pirate treasure. He loved taking me on those. But I digress. There is also here a good amount of hop bitterness, spruce and juniper, and the whole thing is sweet and big-smelling. So to sum up: Coffee, burnt stuff, piney hops, sugar. No cat poop, yet.

Alright, so I finally break down enough to put this beer into my uppermost orifice reserved for such things. If living in the Village in the early 70s taught me anything it's that there is no sense in approaching things involving potential poo half-arsed. At least I think that was the lesson. I raise my goblet to my lips and take a big gulp of Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel.

... ... ...

Huh! Nope, not getting any doodie in the flavor, either! False advertising? Not sure... but what I did taste is sweet, black stuff, lots of espresso, almost harsh, quite rich, and bittersweet. There's cocoa, and more than expected hops, along with warming alcohol. This is a Big Stout. Very flavorful. Interesting, but not THAT far removed from Black Hole or Beer Geek Brunch. Rather intense, as many Mikkeller beers are wont to be. I'm sure the oats contribute to the slick mouthfeel. I keep waiting to burp up cat fur or hack up a dead mouse like a spotted owl I saw once on a PBS special, but the only thing I'm getting out of this thick, syrupy beer is a warming sensation that dribbles down my throat.

Is it drinkable? I suppose that depends on how much you like novelty. At the price point of $14 a bottle, I wouldn't be reaching around in my friend's cellar for it again anytime soon, but then, you may like your poop a little more than I doo. Ultimately, Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel is interesting, but probably overrated. At least now I can say I've tried civit-poop beer. No shite. (2,911 characters)

Photo of BitterPachyderm
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hmmm...a stout brewed from weasle shit? This HAS to be a winner! 1 pt. 9 fl oz. bottle, slightly chilled, no freshness date, presented in a SN pint glass.

The pour produces a huge chocolate brown five finger head. Huge bubbles, lots of foam, and much sticky lacing. Dark brown, let's face it, BLACK body body. Seemingly opaque with some ruby highlights.

There's alot going on in the nose of this stout. Smoked wood, bitter chocolate, BACON, tobacco, leather, pit fruit, and a hint of freshly brewed coffee beans can all be smelled.

Loads of burnt BURNT burnt chocolates. This is an ultra bitter coffee beer if there ever was one. Smoke can be noticed mid pallette with some strong coffee flavors. You can actually taste the bacon here...

Thick and oily mouthfeel...all the qualifications of an impy stout in my book!

The burnt and bitter coffee can be a bit overbearing at times, which hurts it's drinkability. 1 in a sitting should get you your coffee fix.

Another great geek beer brew from Mikkeller. Not as good as the Breakfast in my opinion, but still a solid impy stout. I think they accomplished what they set out for with this one. Those weasel turds are strong! (1,176 characters)

Photo of Birdiebeagle
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle Pours a nice black with a good creamy brown head. The head lasts well. Lacing is great. Aroma is great with chocolate, roast, coffee, and a base of oatmeal. Has a light carbonation. A wonderful mouthfeel. The flavor is excellent. A very slight burn from the alcohol but not anywhere near what you might think. The flavors dance on your tongue. Has a full body and a thick texture. The finish is purely awesome with a great lingering aftertaste. Take your time with this and enjoy every last sip. This may truely be beer excellence. (538 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Onyl black with dark brown rings around the edges of this beer will do. Appears to have a light viscocity and a quick brown head after the pour. Rich aroma of flaked oats mixed with Hershey's dark chocolate syrup. Then a heavenly coffee roast aroma with a little heavy cream. The taste starts A little creamy nut and strong roasted coffe bean hits the front odf the palate. The acohol combined with heay roasted malt and oats heat up the chocolate and cream flavors. The alcohol also lengthn the creamy feeling on the palate as well. The oats give just a little graininess to an otherwise smooth palated beer. The finish, in its finality, is warm, and soothing. This is a very unique coffee and oatmeal brew that is bet enjoyed slowly and thoroughly. (750 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wowee zowee! holy muthablinkin catshit. This bottle courtesy of Paul B; thankee kindly sir. Poured with a tan head. Some lace. Head and lace disappear after a while, but it's so good, who cares. Aroma is a coffee imperial stout, but with some lovely floral characteristics that work perfectly. Floral notes aren't in the flavor, but some malt sweetness is. Sublime. Don't pick up the alcohol much. All hail Mikkeller!! (418 characters)

Photo of Overlord
3.7/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark blackish brown. You're going to go this dark brown, you might as well make it black! Big brownish head to it that vanished within a minute. Interesting.

Smells like milk chocolate, cocoa, and coffee. And not that espresso stuff, neither. I'm talking about black coffee. Okay, maybe a bit of espresso. The style says oatmeal stout. I detect maybe the barest hint in the aroma. A ton of roasted malt, but no acrid bitterness in aroma.

The taste is a mixture of what seems like 100 types of coffee beans, some surprisingly sweet chocolate, and some roasted malt. What shocks me here is the balance. Most coffee beers I have really lack a sweet backbone to balance out the bitter harshness of coffee. Well, this brew has it. Doesn't mean I now want to pick out curtains with coffee brews, but it's quite nice. Once again, the oatmeal is very, very muted. Almost an afterthought. I'm once again surprised at the lack of an acrid bitterness to along with the roasted malt and coffee.

I'm torn on this grade. Part of me wants to say "coffee shouldn't be the focus of a beer, cuz' I don't like it WAAA," and this isn't the best example of the style anyway.

Nicely carbonated. It's good to see some breweries still carbonate their beers. As to drinkability ... there's only so much coffee one can take. (1,318 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Interesting take on the coffee infused Stout movement- an Oatmeal Stout. A silky smooth style with moderate roastiness combined with a nutty creme coffee could do the trick.

The beer pours with all the confidence, color, and viscocity of an Imperial Stout. However the foamstance is short-lived and carbonation fades rather quickly.

Bold aromas of coffee and alcohol takes the forefront while the softer oatmeal and Stout qualities take a steadfast position in the background. Nutty, roasty, toasty aromas work into a lather as the malts release slight caramel and heavy cream notes.

Flavors react much the same. Sharp coffee flavor dominates the medium Stout taste. Kona and Columbian coffees come to mind as I don't relate the the actual coffee beans used here. Nutty, and buttery coffee tones work well with the caramelized malts while contributing heavy toast, charred applewood, and bitter cocoa powder.

The mouthfeel, however, is where the beer takes a hit. The sharpness, bitterness, and astringency of the coffee completely over-power the timid nature of the Oatmeal Stout. This diminishes the fullness, creaminess, and chewiness of the base beer. Heavy alcohols give a paint-thinner sensation to the texture and taste of the beer. This isn't as prevailant in Russian Imerial versions of coffee Stouts.

Ultimately a fine beer but it pails in comparisons to the coffee infused Russian Imperial versions. Not in the class with the Dark Horizons and KBS of the world. (1,478 characters)

Photo of beerman207
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Bamadog for sharing this at a recent tasting. I'm glad he didn't show me what it was or I may have been a little skittish to try it!

A- Reddish black - head doesn't stick around long.

S - Nose picks up alcohol pretty strong with this beer. I also get a strong coffee and malt presence

T - For a beer that has coffee that comes from the crap of a cevet I have to say I was very impressed with the taste! The alcohol is very present in the taste but not in a bad way. The coffee tones are dominant in the taste as are the malts.

M - Mouthfeel is very balanced and leaves my palate a bit sticky in the finish.

D - I would rate the drinkability high for this one. (675 characters)

Photo of kels
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bamadog for picking this one up. I'd heard the story of the civet and was actually pretty intrigued. Split a bottle with him and beerman207 last night at our tasting.

Appearance: Pours very dark chocolate brown with a 3 finger tan, airy head. The head fades quickly to a well-retained skim with thick, spotty lacing and lots of sediment hanging around on the walls of the glass.

Smell: Very dark roasted, dry malts and coffee come through. Smell of chewy grains and the alcohol sneak through. I'm desperately trying to smell the oatmeal, but not getting it at all through the really strong coffee.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Taste is full of very roasty, dry coffee that's a little bitter and a little sweet. Slightly warming alcohol comes through along with a little chewiness from the oatmeal. Feel is slightly carbonated, but overall dry and warm. The taste is full, rich and complex, and not too heavy or thick.

Drinkability: Moderate at best. The alcohol is really sneaky and comes up on you fast. (1,007 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into nonic.

A - Pours a dark brown, almost black. A really nice light chocolate-colored head that is pretty frothy upon an aggressive pour. The head lingers around a bit and once it starts to disipitate it leaves a good amount of sticky lacing along the sides of the nonic.

S - Lots of coffee: really really excellent smelling coffee. Maybe some chocolate in there as well, but the coffee is pretty upfront and doesn't go anywhere.

T - Sweet chocolate covered coffee beans is the main note I get from this one. You can tell the Civet coffee this brew was made with is superb in quality, it's really good. Nice bitter finish.

M - Think, but not too thick. Just right for me - medium bodied. Really smooth and rich with the perfect amount of carbonation.

D - An awesome coffee stout, no doubt about it. A little pricey, which hurts the drinkability, but that's about the only thing that I could think of for me not to drink this one whenever I'm looking one of the best coffee stouts. (1,006 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a deep, dep brown with massiver carbonation and a huge brown head that stuck around from beginning to end. This beer looked GREAT and it tasted GREAT too. Nose was big oats, espresso and hints of chocolate. Taste was big oats, roasted and chocolate malts, espresso, coffee and chocolate. Very complex. Motuhfeel was roasty, thick, coating and exceptional. Drinkability. Phenom! (384 characters)

Beer Geek Brunch Weasel from Mikkeller ApS
95 out of 100 based on 780 ratings.