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Viking's Return - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 2
Reviews: 1
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed at Jennings (Marstons).

(Beer added by: wl0307 on 06-10-2009)
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United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

06-05-2014 19:24:29 | More by endless1408
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United Kingdom (England)

4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Notes of 03/11/2008) Tasted by a pint at the John Russell Fox, a JDW pub in Andover, during the chain's beer festival; served by a non-sparkler pour. This is one of the four international ales brewed by guest brewers at real ale breweries in the UK exclusively for the beer festival (the other three being Firestone Walker from the US, Yo-Ho from Japan, and Barons from Australia)

A: pours a dark russet brown to mahogany hue, coming with a thin rim head and low carbonation.
S: complex and deep... dark rum, smoked longan-fruits, burned brown sugar, on top of Cascade-like citric-flowery aroma firmly in the background (i.e. not as heavily aromatic or lively as in paler ales of the US fashion). Pleasant, but slightly flat in terms of the overall body on the nose.
T: a mouthful of piney hops, dark roast nuts and coffee-ish burned malts prevails with a solid backing of citric hops; turning utterly bitter but still clean on the palate, along with loads of chewy roast tea-leaves, burned malts, smoky hints, and a rather belated entry of Chinese-herbal-soup-like bitterness. The incredible length of bitterness earmarks the hop influence and a slightly spicy tinge at the back. Some random tangy citrusness also lingers to prolong the enjoyment.
M&D: smooth, medium-bodied, slightly lacking carbonation but this doesn't affect the overall fantastic drinkability. A well-hopped Premium Bitter with a generous input of quality dark malts. Well done, Vikings!

Serving type: cask

06-10-2009 00:18:15 | More by wl0307
Viking's Return from Mikkeller ApS
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