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Beer Geek Brunch Weasel - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 2,240
Reviews: 745
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 334
Gots: 408 | FT: 28
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Denmark

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 jwc215
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, poured into a tulip glass:

Pours very dark brown - almost black - with a rich brown head that thins and stays for quite some time before becoming a wispy patch, with trailing lace sliding down the glass.

The smell is of rich aromatic coffee, chocolate, caramel/toffee, roasty notes and a light splash of aloohol.

The smell is of rich coffee with rich dark chocolate - reminscent of having a coffee with chocolate cake. Dark and slightly sourish fruity and some earthy notes balance out the rich dark notes. Roasty notes balance out the sweetness in the finish.

It has a creamy/velvety full body.

As rich and boozy as it is, it is certainly easy to drink, as it has a nice malty smoothness, and a great dark character that stops before becoming too sweet. A lovely treat!

jwc215, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +15.7%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of smcolw
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Impressive thick and dense dark tan head. Lots of ring lace. Near black in color. No light passes through.

Coffee and cream aroma.

Very dark flavors of black patent, almost like espresso. Lighter body than I expected. Lots of chewy burnt malts--subtle dark molasses sweetness in the background. The aftertaste is quite bitter.

smcolw, May 09, 2009
Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

oriolesfan4, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A pretty careful pour still produces a fat, four-finger thick, darkly browned head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is quite black in color and is opaque even when held up directly to the light. The aroma smells of darkly roasted grain, wholesome roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Despite being so roast focused the aroma is quite smooth smelling; it seems to be missing the acrid, sharp burnt notes and charcoal like acidity that plagues many a heavily roasted beer. Instead the aroma is just rich and quite enjoyable; ample aromas of toasted whole grain bread, roasted berry coffee notes, roasty / toasty whole grain crackers, blackened brown sugar coffee notes and lots of dark, sweet, complex malt character.

Nice and creamy feeling as it first hits the tongue, this beer is fairly viscous, but does have an ample carbonation that contributes a bit more prickly texture than I would prefer; this is easily remedied with some vigorous swirling of my glass. This beer just tastes incredibly rich and decadent; up front lots of rich cocoa flavors combine with caramelized roast malt notes. The coffee accentuates a darkly roasted, but not burnt, bright berry flavor here. It also couples with the dark grain to produce a burnt bitterness in the finish as well as a roast acidity that provides a touch of needed balance to the sweet, chewy malt rather than being harsh. This beer has such a chewy, dense, rich body to it, it definitely has a syrup like viscosity to it as it rolls across the tongue and clings to the palate. This beer hides its alcohol extremely well; it is just such a smooth drinking experience. The roast character can be a touch smoky at times with perhaps a touch of savor, almost salty character to it at times (though it is clearly dominated by the complex malt sugars).

This beer has been quite a nice surprise, I really wasn't expecting this beer to be so smooth and well integrated when I popped the cap; this keeps the typical harsh, bitterly burnt and astringent roast character of both the dark malt and the coffee well in check, and there is a ton of chewy malt character that easily balances what is here. I almost feel like I should be more critical of this beer than I am, but it is just so tasty, and quite the great experience; if it wasn't fifteen bucks a bottle I would be buying a bunch of this for my beer-fridge; by which I mean drink this now, despite the ample alcohol, I don't see this getting a whole lot better, it is perfect fresh, and I have a feeling any significant age will just make this more unbalanced (though it should still be quite tasty for years to come).

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Gueuzedude, Feb 10, 2009
Photo of kojevergas
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

*Current rating reflects the Nogne (Not Lervig) version.

Served on-draught into 20cl stemware in the Mikkeller Bar in Copenhagen, Denmark. Reviewed from notes. Expectations were as high as could be as this is my favourite brewery in the world.

A: Pours a half finger tan colour head of wonderful marvellous cream and thickness, but poor retention (attributable no doubt to the high ABV). Colour is a solid black. Very appealing to a stout lover like meself.

Sm: Cream, vanilla, chocolate, caramel, toffee, coffee, mocha, espresso, but no roasts (sadly). A mild strength delightful aroma.

T: Amazing. All the notes from the nose and more. Incredible cream undertones, lovely caramel, wonderful chocolate - the best chocolate treatment I've ever experienced - and some biscuity slight honeycomb notes from the midpoint. Absurdly complex, extremely well built, and nicely balanced. The layering is phenomenal.

Mf: Smooth but coarse where it needs to be to coax out the flavours. Not refreshing, but masterfully complementary of the flavours in the body. Certainly the texture is tailored to the beer.

Dr: High ABV but obscenely drinkable. Near perfect quality for the style. The price is pretty fair by Copenhagen prices (40 DKK per 20cl). Incredible all around.

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07/19/2013: Picked up Lervig's version and wanted to type some truncated notes if they'll fit. Acquired for $8.99 in SoCal. Love the label art on this one; better than Nogne's. 10.90% ABV. Imported by the Shelton Bastards. Expectations high.

Standard pour into a stem-tulip. Served cold and allowed to warm.

A: Pours a fucking gorgeous rich tan colour head. Excellent creaminess, excellent thickness, excellent retention (~10+ minutes). Good lacing.

Body is an opaque jet black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Looks damn impressive for the style.

Sm: Rich coffee is incredibly evocative. Roasted barley. Dark malts. Chocolate malt. The coffee is unique; excellent execution. Cream. Aroma is masterfully subtle and complex.

T: Aggressive assertive coffee with accompanying roast and slight bitterness. Dark malts. Chocolate malt. Cream. Roasted barley. Oats. Divine honeycomb. Bitterness is definitely more pronounced than in more accomodating American examples of the style. I definitely prefer the Nogne version, but this is quite well done. Oats. Extremely well balanced and built. Good complexity; not as much subtlety as the Nogne version.

No hop or yeast character. Very little alcohol, if any.

Mf: Smooth and wet; oats are perfectly utilized here. Rich. Near perfect carbonation and thickness. Excellent full body. Superb presence on the palate. Complements the flavour profile quite well. Not too syrupy, thick, or viscous.

Dr: Obscenely drinkable for the ABV. I'd definitely have another, and will have no trouble killing this bottle alone. I like the Nogne version better, but this is masterfully executed stuff any way you slice it. Definitely amongst the best beers ever brewed.

Low A

kojevergas, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of InspectorBob
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

InspectorBob, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of drewone
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

drewone, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of GClarkage
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

05/28/09- Generously shared with BA member Talisker.

Presentation- 16.9oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. No dating info on the bottle.

Appearance- Very black in color. Looks like new motor oil as it is poured from the bottle. About a 1/2 inch dirty head with some light watery spots (sometimes chunky) left in the glass. Almost look like tiny coagulated protien chunks.

Smell- Nice malty aroma with a good amount of espesso and a tiny hoppy note. Could be a bit more outgoing.

Taste- Damn that last beer (extreme hop bomb)..ruined my pallete. Anyway, this one has a nice chocolate mid range malty flavor as the base with very nice roasted coffee notes. Not sure if it's hops I taste in this beer or still remaining from the last. At any rate...it's quite nice.

Mouthfeel- Carbonation is middle of the pack, maybe a slight lower. Not really viscous, but thick enough to hold it together. Kinda slick and dry at times. All I get is hops in the aftertaste, but I think that is from the last beer.

Drinkability- I would like to try this beer again sometime in the future, just so I can see if it's even better than actually was. But, at a $17.99 price tag...not so sure. Just like my friend Ethan said...and I quote "They do a fantastic job of making American craft beers, but when we have handfulls of actually great American craft brewers right in our own backyard, what's the point of dropping $20 when you can spend $4 on a bottle of Hop Stupid?"

GClarkage, May 29, 2009
Photo of Halcyondays
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

"The best part of waking up is drinking coffee pooped by a cat." - Stephen Colbert

500 mL bottle, a beer I've always been on the lookout for finally shows up in the Southland. Served at ~ 60 degrees,

A: Pours black with a 2 finger frothy brown head, light lace, good retention.

S: Coffee/mocha, has some sweetness in the nose, bittersweet chocolate. Very minor hint of blueberry.

T: Terrific coffee notes and heavy baker's chocolate/cacao nibs. Roast is moderate, definite black licorice component in the finish. Very dark flavours, but no burnt/charcoal tastes which is a definite bonus when comparing it to the Beer Geek Breakfast. I'm really close to 4.5 on this one, if 4.25 was available that would be the score.

M: Full-bodied, robust. Smooth and creamy, very soft carbonation. Booze is extremely well hidden.

D: This is a good coffee stout. For me it's just missing something to make me go crazy, but this is clearly well made and worth the $8 for a bottle for fans of this style. My dad who is not a stout fan by any means raved about this one, high praise. Going back, they priced it at $15, that's pushing it, guess I got lucky.

Halcyondays, Jun 01, 2010
Photo of Gavage
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a black color with a huge 3"+ fluffy head that lasts forever. Nice lacing paints the glass.

Smell: big roasted malt, soft pine, some woodiness, and coffee are pleasant on the nose.

Taste: follows the nose as a huge roasted malt base is paired with bold coffee flavors. Some prunes, hint of licorice, and some earthy tones round it out. Nice bitterness and alcohol is definitely noticable.

Mouthfeel: heavy on body. Smooth throughout. Long aftertaste as the flavors last in the mouth for a long time.

Drinkability: this is so smooth and flavorful it goes down very easy despite the biggness of this this beer. Everyone should give this one a try.

Gavage, May 01, 2009
Photo of imperialking
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

imperialking, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of wrightst
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

wrightst, Sep 11, 2014
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.

yourefragile, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of orangesol
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Decided to pull this one out of the cellar after two years to see how it is holding up.

A - Pours jet black with a small film of tan head, dissipating down to a light film, leaving no lace at all down the glass.

S - Smells of rich coffee, chocolate, dark roasted malt, charred wood and some warm alcohol.

T - Starts off with a ton of slightly bitter dark roasted coffee slowly giving way to hints of chocolate, molasses, dark roasted malt and some charred wood. The booze only grows as it sits in the glass. Finish is a mix of light sweetness and warm booze, lingering on the pallet for some time.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Thick, slightly boozy feel. Kinda tastes like chocolate pudding.

O - I rather enjoyed this one, minus all the sludge at the bottom of the bottle. It had quite a bit of flavor and was fairly easy to drink, it did get a little boozy as it warmed up.

orangesol, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of duceswild
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

duceswild, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of stakem
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken on 6/18/10. I shared this bottle along with the normal beer geek breakfast at a small sampling at my place. The two other participants were explained the difference between the beers and they eagerly partook. Both of them sipped this brew and absolutely hated it. I enjoyed it enough that I was both surprised and excited to drink their share. Onward with my review.

Pours a super dark brown to black color that for the most part is, well...black. The head receeds fast but initially appeared as a very dark brown color. All that remains is a ring around the inside perimeter of the glass.

The nose of this brew has an aroma that is very earthy and just different. The scent of hops, burnt grains and coffee are the usual and expected players here but something quite strange seems different...weird...and uninvited to the party coming across well just different and earthy with a bit of a mineral-like almost metallic character.

The taste of this brew is bitter upfront like a dark roasted espresso blended with hops. There is a lasting flavor of burnt grains and alcohol with a citrus pop of hops a little piney tasting. The big alcohol presence brings all of the flavor together.

Medium to heavy bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. Quite smooth in the feel despite the bold bitterness and alcohol punch. It was an enjoyable time to share some with 2 other people, to drink an entire bottle by myself might not be done easily.

A second serving produces a creamy head with retension better than the initially cold pour. As it warms up beyond ideal temperatures more chocolate character comes out. Also, the nose reminds me of the taste you get in your mouth if you put metal in it...literally I mean it. It sounds stupid but you know you have done it. The citrus zing of the hops caught me off guard compared to all the other flavors going on in this brew. This is a big bold, in your face beer. All in all I feel this is a good, worthwhile brew to try and the most scatter-brained I have ever thought/wrote in a review. This might be a good one to hold on to for awhile till the alcohol mellows out but at the same time you need to try one ASAP before the unique coffee flavor trails off.

stakem, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of weeare138
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to TomDecapolis for sharing this one...
Appears a midnight black with a small tan head that slowly fades into a fluffy cap. Rings of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of roasted barley, coffee, creamy vanilla, cocoa, and ripe fruit.
Taste is of the mentioned coffee, with a mineral, cocoa flavor pulling through.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, with light abv noticed in the end.

weeare138, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of dbrauneis
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation near the surface of the beer and a light amount of dark brown highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense extremely dark mocha to brown head that slowly reduces to pebbled thick film covering the entire surface of the beer pretty evenly with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of dark roasted malts, freshly ground coffee beans, espresso, and dark chocolate. Very light hints of alcohol as the beer warms up.

T: Similar to the smell, there are moderate to strong flavors of dark roasted malts, freshly ground coffee beans, and espresso. There are lighter notes of dark chocolate and just a touch of citrus/grapefruit rind hops. Moderate amounts of non-aggressive bitterness that lingers for quite a while.

M: Just shy of full bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Creamy and smooth with some light amounts of dryness and alcohol warmth in the finish.

O: This is a very enjoyable beer and one that I have enjoyed numerous times - usually as a brunch beer on a day of celebration (birthday, anniversary, or tailgating before a NFL game). This beer is strong enough that it needs to be drank slowly and savored but so good that I just want to drink it at pace. Definitely one of my favorites - I'm a big fan of coffee stouts.

dbrauneis, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yup. It's just opaque. A really deep black colour, even when held to the light. The head is thick, rocky and robust - a dark chocolate brown which laces in rivulets down the side of the glass. Looks phenomenal. Seriously, what a great-looking beer.

Nose is robust and flavoursome - a big roasted character with notes of oak, coconut, and light smoke. Certainly a lightly cured bacon type character mingling with all the rich dark roasted characters. But there's lightened notes all up in it as well - hints of rosewater and caramelised fruits. Oh, what a nose. Just wonderful. The complexity is amazing, and the characters are so exciting all together. This is a really amazing smelling beer. I want its babies.

Taste is also excellent. A big roasty character - coffee of course being dominant - sweetly melded with hints of things as diverse as crushed pine, raspberry, balsamic vinegar and robotussin. It's almost overwhelming with its depth, complexity and sheer strength. Mouthfeel is slick and full - but I almost feel as though it should be even thicker given the flavour. If there's one beer deserving of an overexaggerated body, it's this one.

This is a phenomenally good beer - but a heady one, worthy and needful of respect. It almost blows my mind with its depth and complexity. Not a beer to be taken lightly, but a beer to enjoy with a level of philosophical appreciation.

lacqueredmouse, Jun 11, 2010
Photo of tempest
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found a bottle hiding on one of the bottom shelves at Abe's Cold Beer for $11.25. I'm not usually impressed with big stouts, but this beer was fantastic. My first issue with imperial stouts is drinkability, but I split the bottle with a friend and could have easily split a second or drank it myself. My other typical concern with the style is that they all have the same heavy roast and cocoa flavors without much deviation. This beer started with a very unique, earthy coffee flavor that rolled off into chocolate liquor, cherries, and then a punch of citrus finishing hops. There was an incredibly long aftertaste that wouldn't seem to quit, though when it finally did, I wished I had more beer.

tempest, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting beer. As I've never had Indonesian Kopi Lutwak coffee or the cheaper Vietnamese version also made from beans that have passed through a Civet cat. The Vietnamese version is used here, and I was ready to dismiss the coffee as shtick. I have to say, I'm pleasantly surprised the intensity of coffee flavor that comes through is amazing, and I don't mean just roastiness or bitterness, but the nice aromatic components of the coffee itself. Fruity and with caramel as well as the rich, roasty notes. Clearly there is a reason people drink the stuff. It works particularly well with the roasted barley notes, licorice, and bitter chocolate of the stout, both in aroma and taste. The pur and mouthfeel are a little strange- nice head, but there is an oiliness from the coffee that is a little much. Pretty big beer, definitely a sipper, but not hot. Very nice beer.

Georgiabeer, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.9/5  rDev +13.4%
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!

barleywinefiend, May 30, 2009
Photo of superspak
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into snifter. Pours black as night with a 1.5 finger dense dark tan head with amazing retention. Some slight glass lacing, and a lacing cap lasts for the entire glass. Aromas of strong coffee, chocolate, caramel, and roasted malt; with a bit of dark fruits and vanilla as well. Some fairly strong and well balanced aromas. Taste of strong dark chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt; with a bit of vanilla and molasses. Some slight bitterness noticed as well on the finish that lingers for a bit with roasted flavors. Some great balance of flavors here. Bitterness and sweetness are well balanced, with sweetness being slightly stronger in flavor. Super smooth and slick body with no alcohol noticed at all except for a very small warming after the finish. Medium-low carbonation and huge full body. Overall a fantastic imperial stout, and my first from Mikkeller.

superspak, May 16, 2011
Photo of wl0307
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

wl0307, Oct 18, 2013
Beer Geek Brunch Weasel from Mikkeller ApS
96 out of 100 based on 2,240 ratings.