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Beer Geek Brunch Weasel - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 2,399
Reviews: 766
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 9.49%
Wants: 335
Gots: 484 | FT: 48
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
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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Ratings: 2,399 | Reviews: 766
Photo of Domingo
4.11/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty interesting story behind this with the rare coffee extracted via wild cats. It was enough to get us to buy it!
Pours the deepest and thickest of blacks. Everywhere it touches on the glass has a brown film. Head's there throughout as a sheen, but kept under control via a normal pour.
The nose isn't as coffee heavy as I expected. There are some roasted grain notes, baker's chocolate, and even some fruity acidity to add a bit of a sour note.
The flavor up-front is semi-sweet chocolate and a bit of cherry and citrus rind (from the hops), with the coffee coming in big in the finish. It's interesting the way that flavor is held back until the finish each time. Too many other coffee beers go crazy with that flavor, and Mikkeller seems to have mastered working with it.
Good stuff, and you can't help but pick up different nuances in each sip. Sometimes I get dried stonefruits, other times more of a caramel or nuttiness. While there's some clear heat as the beer warms a bit, nothing detracts from sipping more.
Texture is super-thick, keeping this beer in slow sipping territory...and this is a good thing.
I split my bottle and it was gone inside 15 minutes. With a beer this rich and potent, I'd say that's pretty impressive.
An excellent coffee beer that breaks a lot of norms.

Photo of OKCNittany
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Evan
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of jjd315
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of TonyTalon
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of FreshZ
4.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of younger35
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
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!

Photo of vrbulldog22
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of match1112
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I never imagined that there could be a weasel-dropping-based coffee that sells for hundreds of dollars a cup – or that I’d ever be drinking a stout made with that same coffee. Now that my glass is full of Beer Geek Brunch Weasel, I’m as excited as I am astounded that a drink like this even exists. Cheers to crazy coffee, and even crazier beer!

A: One of the best looking stouts I’ve seen. The head is thick, two fingers of glorious chocolate-colored cream that leaves lacing all the way down. There’s this rosy tone in it that’s unlike anything I’ve seen – it shines in the light with a reddish glow. Its retention is deep tan silkiness, appearing almost sandy, that looks great atop the pitch black body – really, this beer is so dark that it seems to be sucking in all ambient light and singlehandedly making the room darker. Exaggeration? Sure, but it’s damn dark.

S: Smells like weasel poop. Just kidding – it begins with some intensely aromatic coffee, as expected, which envelops the nose in chocolaty, mocha roasts and smooth vanilla smoke. The great part, though, is that these beans go deep. Unlike the majority of coffee stouts I’ve had, which have good coffee aromas that (unfortunately) only last for the first few moments of the nose, this beer has an all-the-way-down coffee richness. From the malts come cinnamon oatmeal, chocolate malt, dark chocolate truffles, and a load of hazelnut cream and caramel sauce. What’s more, that loveable Euro-yeast is present in layers of light biscuit bubbling up with chalky cream. Finally, there’s an unexpected kick of bourbon alcohol: not a boozy scent, but pure woody spice. It makes its presence known, with a power like hot peppers and a character like a good brandy sauce on Bananas Foster.

T: What robust, peppery coffee flavors! They singlehandedly lift the usually grounded nutty chocolate and mocha flavors of a coffee stout to a lofty height alongside the spice of great coffee. It even has a tart berry flavor to it, like the aftertaste from a chocolate-covered raspberry. From then on it’s smoke, leather, tobacco, and almond, all from the charred malt underbelly of this extremely roasty palate; seriously, if you love toast and campfire smoke, this beer is for you (I know I’m a huge fan). Vanilla and caramel resonate in the expected stout way, and brown sugar makes a dominantly buttery statement. Umami all over the place. Hot cocoa, Noble hops, cigar smoke, and dark, fruity candi syrup all around. Aftertaste has some caramel candy and buttery toffee, but remains a testament to dry, flowery, and brightly fruity hop effects.

M: Just what you want in a stout: rich smoothness mixed with bitter, puckering chocolate and salty dryness. Lays flat on the tongue for most of the drink, but the bubbles can’t always be suppressed.

O: For the style, it’s one of the best I’ve ever had. Coffee stouts/porters shouldn’t be about drinking a shot of espresso with every sip: like all great beer, it’s about balance and complexity. And with dark, fruity roasts from the coffee instead of a completely charred taste, this one is a stout worth remembering. Better than Beer Geek Breakfast, and one to rival Founders KBS.

Photo of paco1029384756
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a large creamy tan head, lovely.

Scent of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, dark fruits, and leather. Great scent, balanced, and well hidden alcohol.

Taste of rich chocolate, leather, tobacco, dark fruits, earth, roasted malts, and molasses. Probably the best coffee flavor I've encountered in a coffee infused Imperial Stout.

Mouthfeel is medium heavy bodied with a little too much carbonation.

Photo of durlta
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Schlafly33
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of DustinSWB
5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of teamwiggum
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of IndyDad
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of eric5bellies
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Bomardier Conic Pint glass.

A - Pours a very deep ebony colour with a very tanned head that does retain well and laces the glass.

S - Plenty of malt and cocoa with hints of toffee.

T - Heaps of cocoa and some burnt caramel, in the middle the cofffe takes over and finishes with a little licorice.

M - Not quite full bodied with low carbonation but very smooth.

D - A very good example of the style and my favourite Mikkeller brew to date.

Photo of coldmeat23
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

Rich, beautiful black colored liquid sits under a two-finger head of creamy chocolate brown foam. Retention is good. Lacing is spotty and loose and oily, yet slightly sticky. Interesting.

Huge presence of dark roasted malts. Big notes of milk and dark chocolates. Hints of citrus coffee notes with light touches of cream. A blended smell of caramel, dark fruits and cedar(?). Nice hints of charred wood.
Very powerful, and nice, smell.

Huge roastiness mixes with a big sweet dark fruitiness. Super rich dark chocolates, kissed with a touch of honey. The coffee presence is undeniable, yet softer than I'd expected it to be. It's very smooth and inviting, bringing along bold hints of cream. Hints of sweeter molasses and charred oak. A touch of sweet oatiness. Dark cherries and a touch of figs.
Admittedly, from the nose, I expected this one to be all burnt char and bitterness in the taste area. It's not like that, at all. It's got beautiful balance. All of the flavors play well together and compliment each other.

Oh, so silky smooth and inviting. This is where the oats contribute heavily. Good full body, yet not in an over-the-top way. Oily and slightly viscous. Mild level of carbonation.
This is lush.

Very drinkable, as a dessert or special occasion beer. Too rich and high-octane to be a pounder. Too special, also. You wouldn't want to (mis)treat a brew like this in that manner.
This is probably my fave brew from Mikkeller. It's outstanding. It saddens me to know that they are thinking of not brewing it again, because of the prohibitive price of 'weasel-poop' coffee. I know that it's in the $13 to $15 range, now, but I'd be willing to pay a few bucks more than that for it. (I also realize that I'm in the minority on that matter, most likely.) It's damn good.

Photo of jakea
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
4/5  rDev -7.4%

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

Bottle into snifter. Served at cellar temp and up.

Pours black and viscous, with a 1.5-finger brown fluffy head, that eventually disappears completely.

Nose is rich with espresso notes, but there's a bit of an acidic edge to it as well. Dark berry-like fruitiness. Some chocolate and even molasses underneath, along side hints at licorice.

Taste is world class. Rich dark roasted espresso, just a bit nutty, combines with a deep, dark chocolate note and an underlying molasses sweetness to create a beer that's just phenomenally satisfying. Licorice and the reappearance of that lightly tart dark berry note in there as well. Just a bit of an acidic edge on the backend, this one is actually best just short of room temperature in my opinion - the acidity really shows itself when it gets all the way up there. Finish is long, roasty, a bit bitter.

Mouthfeel is thick, viscous, spot on. Enough carbonation to keep things lively, but still smooth and thick.

Drinkability is, as with its little brother Beer Geek Breakfast, great. I always tend to pull these guys out with chocolate cake, and they're always a flawless match. Does a great job of balancing the richness from the chocolate with the espresso notes. Excellent beer.

Photo of BeerThursdays
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of cp45
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of ChaseTheAce
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Beer Geek Brunch Weasel from Mikkeller ApS
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