Beer Geek Brunch Weasel - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 2,514
Reviews: 791
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 9.49%
Wants: 333
Gots: 518 | 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 lackenhauser
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black with a sizeable brown head on top. Aroma of cocoa and coffee. Earthy and yeasty quality. Has that "india ink" aroma I liken to homebrew for some reason. More of the same flavorwise. Quite prominant "grain" flavor. Mildly astringent. Distinct bitter "bite"-not sure if it is off the coffee or what. Decent enough mouthfeel, the grainy flavors are presnt in the mouthfeel as well. Overall a decent enough beer, though I cant get overly excited. Glad to have tried but not something I would seek out.

Photo of hardy008
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark black with a two finger dark brown head with good retention and lacing. The aroma has coffee, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, and caramel. I thought the aroma might be more robust, but it is still nice.

The flavor has roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, and caramel. There is a nice balance of sweetness and bitterness that works well together.

Medium bodied, proper carbonation, and smooth. Has a slightly bitter aftertaste, but that is not a negative. This is an easy beer to drink. I could buy this again and again.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours black with a thick, slowly rising dark chocolate colored head. Aroma of roasted malt and coffee. Flavor of rich roasted malt and coffee grounds. Not as coffee-rich as I was expecting. Certainly a well-made beer, but nothing about it really stands out to me. Definitely good, not a wow-er.
8/4/8/4/16 (4.0/5)

Photo of bbeane
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a snifter... this ones been in the cellar for a little while and pours a little clumpy towards the bottom of the bottle. A light brown colored fizz tops black oil like beer before disappearing

S- Beer has a very rich malty aroma with some coffee, licorice, booze, and bitterness

T- Taste very much goes along with the aroma. Starts malty with a noticeable bitterness accompanying. Coffee comes through about mid swig but becomes most defined in the finish

M- Very thick and chewy with little carbonation

O- Wasn't overly impressed with this one though I've had it before on draft and thought more highly of it then. Not sure if the aging in the cellar mellowed this one too much

Cheers

Photo of aleigator
4/5  rDev -7.4%

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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer Geek Brunch...Weasel. 10.9% abv.

This Imperial Oatmeal Stout is brewed with one of the world's most expensive coffees, made from the droppings of weasel-like civet cats. The fussy Southeast Asian animals only eat the best and ripest coffee berries. Enzymes in their digestive system help to break down the bean. Workers collect the bean-containing droppings for Civet or Weasel Coffee. The exceedingly rare Civet Coffee has a strong taste and an even stronger aroma.

Brewed and bottled by Mikkeller at Nogne-O, Grimstad, Norway.

Let's forego trepidation and reservation and crack that crown...

Thoroughly black, sizable head, rich and toasty brown. Nice looking stout.

Aroma: right on the money. Lovely, lovely stuff. Soft, but roasty and toasty, a trifle burnt, but overall smooth. Every inch and every way, what a good, bold oatmeal stout should be...wait, "bold" oatmeal stout?

Taste: huh. Interesting. Not too sweet, not bitter in any inordinate degree, just balanced enough. There's rich malt, but not too thick, there's some bitterness, some sweet malt, but ....dang, balanced is the word I keep coming back to...weird. Tasty cocoa flavors come through, yummy coffee notes...very strong and undeniable flavor, long finish, full flavor. But there is absolutely nothing unusual, or to be true, interesting about this one. We can't taste the civet cat, nor his droppings. It's only disgusting if we dwell on it. You could have gotten a good imperial oatmeal stout, without scooping the pooping. Sorry. I'm just saying. Really, no one wanted this to taste like poo. But, on the other hand, it doesn't deliver anything extra. There's a grit, there's a grab, there's something, ....

I did it, and I won't spend the extra coin to do it again. Mark this in the "did it" slot, and I will grab another oatmeal stout, imperial or not, that did arise out of a weasel's back slot.

Photo of zachary80
3.99/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

No idea what the age on this one is. Unintentionally cellared it for around 6 months. No visible date on the bottle.

First pour is nice. Thick, velvety black, fairly large creamy tan, decent lacing. Second pour is....disturbing. Thick chunks plop into the glass. Left about 1/10 of the beer in the bomber, still visible chunks, not really able to tell what they are. Knocks a 4.5 down to 3.0 average

Aroma of rich quality coffee is more powerful than the stoutness, maybe some hint of alcohol. Almost a slightly interesting tart note to it.

Flavor is bold and complex. Lots of layers and almost tastes spiced at some points.

Mouthfeel is very full, good match to the style and bold flavors. Smooth, no alcohol feel.

Overall this is a great imperial stout, marred by the gunk plopping out of the bottle.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.99/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a viscous opaque black liquid with a dense dark tan colored head and good retention with an extremely thick lace.

S-the nose is a little lighter and quite chalky, lots of ashy aromas. notes of espresso and roasted malts, hints of dark chocolate. finish has a good bit of earthy herbal hops in the back.

T-chalky and ashy, dark chocolate with notes of smooth espresso. earthy hops in the back with herbal and citrusy notes and a light bitter finish.

M-it has a great smooth feel to it, soft and creamy, full bodied with a crisp bite at the finish.

D-this is a pretty big stout, the coffee is somewhat muted behind the chalk and ash. great feel to it and hides the abv quite well.

Photo of MadsH
3.99/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black, clear (it's so black that you can't really see through it, though) with a small short lasting dark brown head.

Smell: Coffee, hops, roasted malts, some malty sweetness and hints of liquorice. When swirled I get tons of coffee, really nice.

Taste: Similar to the nose. Coffee, some malty sweetness in the front, hops and some roastiness, and a long lasting bitterness in the end together with roastiness.

Mouthfeel: Full body with little (I find it appropriate) carbonation.

Drinkability: A good sipping beer, but I wouldn't want to drink more than one in a sitting (I get to full). For my palate the bitterness takes some focus away from the coffee and dark malts.

Photo of SpdKilz
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml served into a Bruery Tulip.

Appearance - Pours into my Bruery Tulip with a rather opaque, black color. A little over a finger of dark tan/mocha colored head is achieved with a moderate to strong pour that dissipates at a medium pace, leaving ever so slight lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Earthy, bittersweet cocoa, less than expected coffee, light vanilla and molasses.

Taste - Interesting. This is a taste I can honestly say I have not really experienced. After sitting here for a few minutes I'm trying to put my finger on the overwhelming flavor and I really do think it is molasses. A heavy, sticky, molasses flavor is the most prevalent. Almost cloyingly so. Once this overbearing flavor subdues there is smoke, vanilla, and coffee. But damn, this is quite a bit sweeter than I expected. The more it warms up, the more black licorice I taste as well. I don't - not really what I expected and just overly cloying in every way.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full bodied, lower carbonation. Actually quite nice.

Drinkability - This is a sipper - I need to have some tart cheese and crackers with this. Again, not what I was expecting. Honestly, would not pick up another in the future.

Photo of Ruderaven52
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Pours flat with no head. Like oil. Black, even when held up to the light.

Smells like baker's chocolate with coffee. There are hints of vanilla and oak, as well.

The taste. A perfect balance of chocolate and coffee with vanilla on the finish - but mostly chocolate. This is a grown up version of a perfect chocolate milkshake or float. As it warms, there is some plum that comes through, but I could be crazy.

The mouth is oily and smooth. Hardly any noticeable carbonation.

This is a great brew. It's seems a little heavy for an oatmeal stout, but it is also imperial. I don't notice the booze at all. The full flavor ranks with any BA stout. I missed the small print when I ordered six of these... I was thinking 22 oz bombers, but for $10 you only get a 330 ml bottle. I got my money's worth.

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a stunningly oil-like black with caramel highlights around the edges. A lusciously thick burnt caramel head of several fingers has impressive retention. leaves behind ample lacing... a touch more lacing and this would be absolutely perfect.

aroma is complexly earthy, malty, caramel, espresso and booziness. hints of bourbon and mocha as it warms. rich malt, hint of bitterness, either from civets, malts, or hops... or all three. hints of vanilla, caramel.

taste is impressive. rich caramel and coffee. heavy dark malt. a hair on the boozey side with notes of bourbon and molasses. rich espresso... clean coffee notes without the bitterness some coffee stouts fall victim to. intense and the 10.9% begins to show through in the flavors. smooth and well rounded.

mouth is perfect for the style. full, luscious, viscous. a hint of slickness carries some bitter notes along with molasses and maple syrup characteristics. this one feels perfect and works perfectly with the flavors. stunning.

this one is intense yet intensely drinkable. coffee, dark malt, stout character. everything blends seamlessly. not quite my cup of tea, as it's a touch on the intense side for my liking, but I can't knock it's impressiveness. Most definitely worth trying at least once.

Photo of lazjuarez
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle rather vigorously into a Cigar City snifter. I have been sitting on this brew for almost a year, the time has come!

A: Pours black in color, some shades of ruby red and dark brown around the edges. A gorgeous, 1 finger worth of mocha colored head sat on top of what seemed to be motor oil. As it recedes to a nice cap, spotty lacing is left behind with a great amount of alcohol legs.

S: Nose is of roasted coffee beans, molasses, black licorice, faint ash, and some alcohol. This bottle had about 1 year cellared, nose might of suffered as far as coffee notes and such. Still very nice, but I will definitely look for a fresher bottle.

T: Bitter coffee notes, roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate, light molasses, and a hint of alcohol.

M: Medium bodied; Considering this beer was brewed with oats I was a bit disappointed with the mouthfeel. I was expecting a more silkier, velvety mouthfeel, but to no avail. Still, with a good amount of carbonation and some alcohol, the palate is refreshed and never dull. Great breakfast brew, I most definitely recommend.

Photo of mjpolzin
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured as a thick oil-like substance into my glass. It took me awhile to pinpoint the smell but I finally decided it was the wood barrels that it had been aged in that I smelled. It also smelled of the familiar roasted hops, coffee/chocolate scent of a good stout. The taste was similar to the smell but not overpower; very smooth but not a real strong taste. The abv was well hidden. I can't decide if this is a good or bad thing.

This beer was a gift so I don't know how much it costs but I know it is expensive. Although it was very good, I don't know if it was worth what it cost.

Photo of yourefragile
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle poured into a tulip

Pours a a rich, dark milk chocolate; oily and viscous. Head is massive and creamy, dark mocha color with a slight ruby tint. Fades quickly to a thick ring and minimal lacing.

Rich and dark aroma, mildly bittersweet with strong roast coffee notes, bitter chocolate, berries, grains and oats and plenty of roast malt.

Mouthfeel is extremely smooth and silky with light carbonation and a long lasting, slightly bitter finish of fresh roasted coffee.

Flavor is more reminiscent of an imperial oatmeal stout with the coffee making it presence most strongly felt in the finish Throughout there is a lingering bittersweet berry flavor and layers of roasted and bready malts.

Drinkability gets knocked down a little as even with a year of age it's still a little hot and harsh (both in alcohol and bitterness). Still fairly unique for a coffee stout and merits revisiting.

Photo of CooperEllis
3.97/5  rDev -8.1%
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)

Photo of tjfinkle
3.97/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have been sitting on this bottle for a while and decided to pop it open today after cleaning out my cellar this past weekend. I poured it into one of my bruery tulip glasses. The beer poured thick and black with nice tan head that settled down to a nice lacing around the edges of the glass.

The smell is heavy roasted malt and dark fruit. The taste is also of dark fruit and roasted malt. Not quite as much coffee taste as I expected, but it is still noticeable on the finish. The roasted malts are just a little too much for me. Even after a year or so in the cellar the roasted malts are a bit on the harsh side, but still very tasty.

And the look on my girlfriends face when I told her it had weasel droppings in it was priceless.

Photo of kwjd
3.97/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just got this through a private order to Ontario. I was a coffee geek before I was ever a beer geek, so I was quite excited to try this out for the shitty coffee. Pours dark brown with small head without much lacing. Smell of mild coffee, not as much as I was expecting, with chocolate and roasted malt. Flavour has some bitterness of the roasted coffee with some sweetness. Smooth mouthfeel. A pretty good imperial stout, just a let down compared to my expectations.

Photo of Sarlacc83
3.97/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle.

A: Thick black body with a slowly disappearing dark mocha head. Has some nice legs.

N: Lots of coffee, char, dark chocolate, and leather. Some licorice and plenty of malt/malted milk balls. Very thick smelling, as though you can grasp the density somehow.

T: Quite sweet at first - the malted milk comes through against an appropriate coffee bitterness. Then it becomes bitter and smoky. Perhaps a bit too much of the latter, but it’s still pleasant.

M: Thick and oily. Oatmeal rounds out the mouthfeel well. Very alcoholic and can be quite sharp.

O: A coffee jolt that’s quite enjoyable. Maybe a touch more malt and lessened alcohol would really let the beauty shine through more clearly.

Photo of Beaver13
3.96/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle. Pours an opaque black with a creamy tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet malts and oatmeal with some chocolate, black licorice and coffee and a little dark fruit and alcohol.

The flavor is sweet sugary lactic chocolate with some coffee. It has a big sharp roasted bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little watery.

Overall, very nice. I recall thinking the beer geek breakfast was a little better balanced and more enjoyable.

Photo of Rish907
3.96/5  rDev -8.3%
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..

Photo of homebrew311
3.96/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to great trader Rhode17 for sending this one. This one is made with the droppings of Civets... intriguing

A: this one pours seriously dark, you can see the viscous texture as it pours, a dark brown 1 finger head is present initially, this dwindles down to a dark brown collar, some lacing

S: nose features bold roasted notes with a big amount of anise and some earthy character, coffee is present but does not stand above any other notes, some bitter hops are present as well

T: the roasted malts, chocolate, and anise are intensely bold on the palate, as the bitter notes wear off, the coffee comes to the forefront in the form of decadent bold roasted coffee. The finish feature dark chocolate and a dash of hops. The beer has flavor busting from its seams.

MF: thick thick thick... body is bordering on syrupy, smooth mouthfeel, mellow carbonation

O: this beer is a rollercoaster of flavors, I was expecting coffee to be more in my face, but perhaps since I'm not familiar with the taste profile of this specialty coffee, it's possible that many the flavors that I am picking up are contributed from the coffee. Either way this is a interesting brew and definitely unique as far as coffee stouts are concerned.

Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.96/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a blackish-brown body with a thick brown head that's a large size, good head retention, but no lacing.

S: Very boozy which makes it slightly difficult to detect other smells. However, nice light roasted malt aroma with notes of bitter chocolate, coffee, molasses, and vanilla.

T: Again, this one is hot- in other words it's got a boozy bite from the high ABV and I feel it kind of overwhelmed some of the other flavors. This one is definitely better room temperature flavor wise. Nevertheless, a nice bitter coffee upfront flavor followed by chocolate and other roasted malts. Getting a little cream and vanilla, as well as notes of molasses, smoke, and caramel.

M: Full body; low carbonation; creamy & silky texture.

O: I liked this beer, don't get me wrong, but I don't think this is the best Imperial Stout I've ever had or terribly outstanding. I probably would get this again only to see if the aging helps the boozy flavor. It's nothing too complex. It's definitely a nice sipper, but only one at a time.

Photo of ritzkiss
3.95/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml from Willow Park in Calgary, batch 4?. best before 011212.

Pours a jet black with a beautiful cascading cappuccino head which leaves sticky lacing down the glass.

Nose is a mellow, smooth roasted espresso bean smell, hint of chocolate and roasted malt, perhaps a bit of milky sweetness.

Whoah, the nose does not warn you for the punch the flavor packs. Cold espresso, booze, loads of bitter roast, light milk chocolate sweetness, molasses, bit of hop greenness in the finish, chocolate fudge cake, medium body, certainly not the milkshake thickness that many Impys are, bit of ethanol fumes in the finish.

Man, I love the big bold flavors but the alcohol is just too prominent at this point to consider this a complete success. The coffee notes are sublime, the sweetness nicely restrained and balanced, the flavor rich - the booze just holds this back at this point. Would love to try an aged one to see if this changes in even 6 months time.

Edit: As it warms, the booze turns a little to sticky sweetness. Also, lots of 'sludge' left at the bottom of the glass - residual sugars?

Photo of ne0m00re
3.95/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

08/23/10- had this one out of a pint bottle.
A: Pitch black with a slow developing chocolate head.
S: Very strong fresh coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, dark berries, very welcoming!
T: Chocolate roasted cofee throughout, like the strongest espresso, with super roasted tart (well, almost!) blackberry finish. Also in the mix: banana (very sweet) and raspberries. Intense.
M: Super thick and creamy.
D: Only OK. I wouldn't want to drink a lot of this one.

Beer Geek Brunch Weasel from Mikkeller ApS
96 out of 100 based on 2,514 ratings.