Beer Geek Brunch Weasel - Mikkeller ApS

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Reviews: 780
Hads: 2,551
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.37%
Wants: 340
Gots: 526 | FT: 51
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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 smakawhat
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

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

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

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

Overall I'd have this again no problem, it's great and really feels like an excellent espresso beer. (1,003 characters)

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

Here comes the weasel in a 500 ml serving. And forget the fancy tulip, bring on a manly imperial pint glass. On to the beer:

Don't look now, but it's...um, black. The tanned head shows good retnetion, and the lacing is good as well. Here comes the coffee in the nose. It's got a mocha kind of aroma, with lots of chocolate note crammed. My nose likes it a lot.

Is this coffee? I don't drink much coffee, but this is probably the most cofeeish beer I've consumed, and for those who know me, I love my coffee stouts. Lots of coffee, the bitter type, some amount of mocha. The alcohol is disguised nicely despite being at 10.9%, and it drinks easy for its size. The best part is the feel. It's thick, so smooth, and if this counts for anything, is pleasantly sticking to my mouth. Roasted bitterness lingets long in the aftertaste.

Beer Geek Brunch Weasel (BGBW) is a head spinner with all that coffee flavor packed in a beer. While I like it, I'm more fond of the smaller Beer Geek Breakfast, as that isn't as over the top as this. That being said, if you're a coffee nut, you need to try this creation. (1,106 characters)

Photo of tempest
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (698 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle split into two glasses.

Appearance - Pours a deep brown, almost black, with a one-finger brown head. Looks rich and viscous.

Smell - Aroma of roasted malts and rich chocolate. Not so much coffee, really, which surprised me.

Taste - The taste is very chocolatey as well, but with a prevalent coffee taste. The coffee isn't overwhelming at all. It allows the stout flavors to come through. There is a lingering bitterness that prevents the sweetness from becoming cloying.

Mouthfeel - Great consistency. Medium carbonation. Par for the style. The mouthfeel is thick enough to feel like an imperial stout, but not so much that I couldn't put it away like nothing.

Overall - Great imperial stout. I don't think many people would notice what kind of coffee it is, so I must admit that it's gimmicky. But I'm drinking beer, not coffee, and the beer was good so I'm happy. (885 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (872 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (389 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.6/5  rDev +7%
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. (1,389 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
3.73/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a fluffy toffee colored head. The retention is fucking fantastic and the lacing is also above average.

The aroma is primarily of coffee. I'm not a coffee connoisseur, but this coffee smells different from any that I've smelled before. Subtle alcohol notes are present. I suspect there are other interesting aromas hidden beneath the impenetrable blanket of civet cat shit coffee. There might be some chocolate under there and some roastiness.

The flavor is coffee up front, and it...well, tastes like coffee. This might not have been the best beer to open up at 2 AM. The malt is roasted and there's a hint of chocolate and alcohol, but the coffee pretty much overwhelms any other flavors. The finish is bitter and burnt.

The beer is full bodied with good carbonation.

The coffee is overwhelming, making for a one dimensional beer. (852 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)

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

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose, the beer is quite attrative, with plum, black cherry, dark chocolate, light vanilla, caramel and coffee. As good as this beer smells, it tastes even better. While the flavor profile replicates the nose, there's some underlying bitterenss on the finish, which helps to buoy the moderate sweetness in this beer. Mouthfeel is creamy and long, with a long, chocolate and coffee, bitter finish.

Yummm... the beer is expensive, but it's pretty much the crown jewel in the expansive, Mikkeller beer portfolio. So I tend to always order it when I see it on tap at Max's (which happily, is pretty often). (709 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is jet black and pours thick, with a clingy, creamy, dark tan head that slowly settles out across the top of the beer. Aromas of fresh ground roasted coffee, with a pretty solid smack of smoke, tobacco, charred wood, licorice, and a hint of booze. Flavors are heavy dark roast coffee forward, with a solid backbone of rich bittersweet chocolate. Highlights of campfire smoke and cigar tobacco are prominent, with lesser accents of licorice, cream, and booze heat darting in and out. Insanely smooth and velvety in mouth, with a coating effect throughout your mouth. Impressive. The aftertaste has a more subtle blend, compared to the palate, of coffee and chocolate, with the highlights slowly fading away. Smooth, thick, velvety finish, with a subtle coffee linger. Very tasty, very well crafted beer. Bravo! (855 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer Geek Brunch is so stolidly black that you'd think alongside the coffee something more, like tar or motor oil, must have been used in the creation of this pitch-dark complexion. Seriously, this is strictly opaque - no light no matter how bright could induce a gleam of colour. Massive froth of caramel-tinted head is caked over top the beer and all around the glass; its head and lacing deserve the highest accolade.

You can tell this thing is special just from the smell of it. Alongside the exquisite aura of a most fragrant coffee (more on that below), the nose is treated to intensely rich and decadent notes of fudge, black licorice and dark chocolate. If I found a tiramisu that tasted the way this smells I would lock the recipe in a steel-reinforced concrete vault with a door at least four feet thick and have armed guards stand by to protect it.

Local lab tests insist the beer is 9.4% (not 10.9%) but it's a moot point: you can't taste much alcohol anyhow. What you do taste is an extension of the rich, decadent notes of its aroma: heavily roasted, intensely caramelized malts that result in flavours of hot fudge, gourmet chocolates, black licorice and (what would be) the most indulgent tiramisu known to man. The flavour of the illustrious Weasel Coffee, by the way, is delicious.

I find a definite distinction between this and the regular Beer Geek Breakfast and for it's worth I think the Weasel is hands down the better beer. I don't say that only because of the enhanced (and more mellow and refined) coffee flavour, but also because of the acute acidity characteristic of these beans. I much prefer the (rather unique, perhaps unideal) acidity of this over the sourish, lactose-like mouthfeel of the regular.

Most people would say the special thing about Mikkeller's Beer Geek Brunch Weasel is that it is made with coffee beans that were eaten by a fussy Southeast Asian Civet cat, partially digested in the animal's stomach, literally shit out, and then collected for the making of this drink. I, however, would consider it special because it is one of the best offerings from one of Scandinavia's best brewers, and indeed, one of the best stouts in recent memory. (2,195 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a snifter)
A- This beer pours a jet black body with a deep dark tan head that boils like molten toffee that soon disappears.
S- This beer has a tart black barley note with a doughy oatmeal hint and a herbal green hop hint that grows a bit as the beer warms.
T- There is a smooth mellow flavor to a dark roasted coffee flavor with a slight honey sweet hint. There are some dark roasted malt flavor with a char hint and an oak hint to follow. The finish is a nice dark roasted coffee bitterness with a soft bitterness that lingers.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with no alcohol heat and a smooth.
D- This beer has a dark roasted but smooth and well-blended flavor. The bitterness grows a bit as the beer warms. (735 characters)

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

Pours a two finger brown head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Totally black color, some yeast (I hope that's what it is) left in bottle. Good carbonation and heavy bodied. Roasted coffee nose and flavor is roasted coffee and some malty sweetness, seems like a decent imp oatmeal stout without detecting any weasel turds but then I always take a pass when the weasel turds are passed around so I don't know what they taste like. Expensive at $15.80 for a 500ml bottle from Tully's Beer and Wine Wells, ME. (511 characters)

Photo of akorsak
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 500 mL bottle.

A: The stout is pitch black. I don't think that any more words are needed to describe the darkness. Atop the stout, a cafe au lait colored head measured nearly two fingers and left mild lace behind.

S: The aroma is burnt, a harsh roasted scent that offers up just a hint of oatmeal sweetness. A strong coffee presence is fairly meaty, bitter like Starbucks.

T: Chocolate and booze drench the palate on first sip. That sweet but hot flavor is a nice sign of things to come. Immediately after that flavor, coffee becomes very apparent. The coffee is bitter but not over the top. Oatmeal is sweet, cutting into the sharp malt flavors, rendering them much more palatable. The full stout/coffee flavor is rich, very warming, like a good cup of coffee. I'm not sure how much the ca phe chon coffee really adds to the beer though (other than marketing panache).

M: The mouthfeel is rich, full of stout, coffee and oatmeal flavors, as well as an abundance of booze.

D: At nearly 11%, this is a whopper. I'm taking my time getting through it, as it could easily knock me on my ass. (1,094 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Blind Tiger, NYC.

Poured a deep black hue with a two finger frothy dark tan head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a spicy sweetness, with elements of caramel, dark chocolate and coffee.

The taste consisted of elements of coffee, semi sweet chocolate, and caramel.

The mouthfeel was full with a residual coffee element.

Overall a very well made and complex stout. (412 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 dcmchew
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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. (1,117 characters)

Photo of liamt07
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from wordemupg, served in a pair of snifters and shared with a buddy. 50cl bottle, Batch 4709. Brewed Jan 11, 2009 and best before Jan 12, 2012.

Pours a sludgy and dense black, with a finger of brown head. Mild lace, with a collar and some retention. Nose has some bitter chocolate, rich coffee and some caramel notes add to a general sweetness. Taste has more of the bitter chocolate, with a fantastic coffee flavour. Caramel and something else adds to the creaminess in the flavour and in the feel. Mouthfeel is ridiculously good, huge fullness and density with a great bitterness. Very much based around the coffee, but balance and contrasted well with the sweeter and thicker aspects of the body. No alcohol whatsoever, and coffee flavours and the roastiness impart lingers. Great flavour and beside Peche Mortel as one of the best non-barrelled coffee stouts going. Fantastic. (889 characters)

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 500mL bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 3/26/12
*From notes

A: Exceedingly dark. I really think this may be one of the blackest beers I've encountered. A good pour yields a rich two finger moccha head that lingers for a long damn time.

S: Some decent coffee and cocoa with a touch of green. It's not as prevalent or loud as I would like.

T: When you use the world's best coffee beans in your beer, you're gonna have to work pretty hard to mess it up. Seeing as Mikkeller knows a good bit about brewing a beer like this, it's exactly how you'd expect: rich, smoldering coffee and a large quantity of what comes across like baker's chocolate. A bit of a milky (not lacto) bite lingers in the mouth. Excellently executed.

M: It's like drinking a chocolate & coffee milkshake. So thick that it's hard to get back more then a little as a time, as it expands in my mouth like a sponge.

O: I'm extremely impressed with Mikkeller's Beer Geek Brunch Weasel - what's easily his best beer. Other then a lackluster bouquet, this beer is close to top shelf in every facet. Wonderfully done, and highly recommended. (1,110 characters)

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

Bottle received from alpineclimber in a trade many months ago. Bottled on 1/12/09.

Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Dark black with one finger of epsresso coloured head. A very strange lacing on the sides of the glass throughout that looked like little chunks of sediment.

S - Roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, brown sugar.

T - Dark roasted coffee, come chocolate, licorice, molasses, roasted malts. Very rich and complex. Some noticeable alcohol but not a lot for 10.9%.

M - Medium body. Light carbonation.

O - An excellent beer and one that I would buy plenty of if available to me locally. (615 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
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. (733 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A - Pitch black body with a milk-chocolate head.

S - Sweet milk, light coffee. Touch of cedar.

T - Beveled edges of milk, booze, porridge, coffee, cream. Cedar hop character plays in and out of the background. Coffee bitters in the finish.

M - Stupidly smooth. The flavors are remarkably well integrated. Creamy body.

D - Wonderfully complex. It's a slow drinking beer but you'll drink it as long as it's around. Hides the 11% ABV incredibly well. (451 characters)

Photo of Tone
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 2/3 inch head of a dark tan color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of alcohol, sweet malt, roasted malt, and strong hops. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, roasted malt, alcohol, slight hops, hint of coffee, and a slight acidic/tangy citric note. Overall, great appearance, good feel, body, and blend. This is style of American Double is more to liking than the over-the-top alcohol dominated styles. The alcohol is clearly present, but is balanced well with the malt and hops bitterness as well as the tang. This was a fantastic sipping beer. (682 characters)

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

A: Black with a tan head, good retention, some sticky leg.

S: Big alcohol aroma, coffee, roasted nut, demerara, bakers chocolate.

T: Definitely some residual sweetness here, but it's got the bitterness to back it up and seems really balanced for such a big brew. Coffee, demerara, roasted nut, port, oak, some tar-like resin, warming alcohol, great stuff.

M: Thick & creamy with a light acidity and slightly drying alcohol finish. Awesome.

D: Way too drinkable for something of this strength, but certainly limited because of it. (533 characters)

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