Beer Geek Brunch Weasel (Islay Edition) - Mikkeller ApS
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4.23/5 rDev +3.4%
Aged 2.5 months in islay barrels. Brewed September 09. Poured into a snifter.
Thicker and blacker than the highland edition. Syrupy, pitch black. Thin head of cocoa powder colored foam.
Peat! Big smokiness in the nose matched with a little vanilla and cocoa.
Coffee beans blend perfectly on the flavor with the peat. The peat is bigger, but the coffee adds interesting acidity. Espresso, vanilla, campfire smoke, dark chocolate. At the swallow, things smooth out. More dark chocolate, a bit of vinous oak, toffee.
Syrupy thick, medium full body, with moderate fizzy carbonation. A little alcohol heat on the tongue. Feels heavy, feels good.
Delicious. Tyler loves the highland edition; I prefer this one. But I prefer peaty scotch, so there you go.
07-11-2013 23:05:45 | More by Phelps
4.53/5 rDev +10.8%
500ml bottle from 2009, poured into a 25cl Duvel tulip. Huge thanks to Dan for sharing this incredible rarity. Enjoyed alongside the Cognac and Calvados versions to boot.
A: Opaque black body under a dense, creamy brown head. Good retention, lots of spotty lace. Nice.
S: Insanity! Smoky, briny, peaty, iodine-drenched Scotch. All-out Laphroiag-style craziness (if not Laphroiag, maybe Ardbeg?). There's maybe a hint of chocolatey malt sweetness behind the potent, aromatic Islay assault. Wow.
T: The Scotch is right up front, followed by some coffe and chocolate roast. The powerful brininess reasserts itself almost instantly, finishing things out with spicy booze and medicinal, iodine-soaked oak. Crazy.
M: Lightly carbonated, thick and sticky. Ok.
O: What a beer! I love the smokiest, peatiest, briniest, most medicinal Islay malts as much as anybody, so this beer was just heavenly. Much more intense than, say, the Lagavulin version of J.W. Lees. It's definitely not for the faint of heart (I can see where other reviewers have come up with descriptors like ashtray, although I disagree with the qualitative value to be associated with such flavors), but if you like Islay in all its idiosyncratic glory, this is one to seek out.
05-21-2012 22:15:17 | More by woosterbill
2.15/5 rDev -47.4%
Share at Nanoslug's request with tashbrew, largadeer, and t0rin0. Thanks to Jeffo for this rarity. Served in a tasting snifter at Gourmet Haus Stadt.
A - A generous amount of red-tinged mocha foam settles to a thin collar, with a few wisps on top, leaving some stray splotches of lace. Body is pitch black. Quite an attractive beer.
S - Iodine, sea salt, peat, dirt, burnt coffee, char, and freshly laid tar predominate. Hint of chocolate actually reveals the beer content.
T - While the aroma was harsh and mono-dimensional, the flavor is absolutely terrible. Burnt food, charcoal, peat, dirt, tar, hint of tire. The very enjoyable base beer has been obliterated by Islay scotch, resulting in less-complex, watered-down Scotch and oxidized beer.
M - Medium body, medium-low but active carbonation, dry, gritty, and tannic texture, and only a mild amount of alcohol warmth, even though the aroma is all Scotch.
D - Stunningly bad. This served as great comic relief at the end of evening. It was hard to choke down sufficient volume of this wretched brew to write an articulate review. There are a few Scotch barrel-aged beers that are enjoyable out there, but this ain't one of them.
02-19-2012 18:02:55 | More by MasterSki
3.83/5 rDev -6.4%
Bottle thanks to Chris@Slowbeer.
Jet black with a dark tan head that falls quickly to a ring. Reforms to half a finger on swirling.
Swingeing assault of charcoal, wood and ash. Over the course, as desensitisation sets in, rich nutty aromas and plasticy phenolics become prominent.
Like licking an ashtray initially, but by the end I'm seriously digging it. Serious peat, vegemite, seaweed and rum & raisin chocolate.
Full, silky, smooth, dusting of heat. Perfect.
Pretty crazy and hard to score overall. Initial impressions were that the base beer was obliterated, but it emerges a little over the course. For mine, a shorter barrel-ageing would have been more conducive to getting the best of both worlds.
01-09-2012 11:29:45 | More by spicelab
4.22/5 rDev +3.2%
500 ML bottle
Thanks to Spicelab for sharing.
A-- Poured an oily black, just a few tints of red at the top of the head. Quick fading one finger, light brown head. Mostly a decent looking light brown collar. Dark oily substance left in glass after drinking beer.
S-- Alcohol is very tempered in this. Lots of Islay scotch, wood, chocolate, smoked bacon, iodine and salt water. Really good nose.
T-- Scorched chocolate, to varying degrees of scorching as well as chocolate. Got dark chocolate mostly. Was actually quite good. Lots of barrel notes. Roasted seaweed, iodine, saltwater, peat, wood, and roasted malts that were lightly scorched.
M-- Full, luscious, rich, thick and and just plain good. Well balanced between the barrel and the beer
O-- Really no oatmeal to speak of and the base beer was lost in a way as the Islay really dominated. What it left though was just plain good. Barrel took the beer to another level and the base beer is pretty darned good. To taste seaweed, iodine, and salt water was quite cool. Well balanced beer. Just not a good looking appearance. Otherwise an excellent beer
01-08-2012 10:41:18 | More by mulder1010
4.38/5 rDev +7.1%
Pours a very, very dark...well it's black, isn't it? No other interpretation necessary. Head is ochre, a bit lacklustre but a quick swill puts life back into it. Lace is a bit thin; but looks good.
Smell is smokey like all else. Bacony goodness, with neat, wood-charred and yeah some pine needle as well. But hell, it's mostly that peat-smoked character - big, smokey, insane. I love it.
Taste is...insane. Big and stouty upfront, with dark mocha notes, loads of chocolate malt and espresso character on the assault. Then the Islay notes take over, firstly wood with massive oak that develops a burnt, charry, spicy peat note and then just so much smoke, meaty and bacony and a little bit sweet on the back. Look, it's the place where all good stouts should go. Delicious, really; lovely smokey notes and it's just well-constructed, with a lovely balance to it.
Full, stouty, with a dry boozey component mid-to-late; can't say I'm a huge fan of the texture, though it's not too bad.
Wonderful beer overall. Aged beautifully, drinking beautifully. Some combination here. Magnificent.
01-02-2012 08:07:49 | More by laituegonflable
4.63/5 rDev +13.2%
The brew is clear but very dark brown, almost black, a small tan head that leaves some lacing and has very good curtains.
The smell is wet salt wood, peat, smoke and ashes. Reminds me of a sunny tared bridge on the west coast.
the taste starts sweet, dark syrup on dark sweet bread, ashes sprinkled with salt water and sea weed. Coffee, concrete and a smooth bitter finish perfects the experience.
Low carbonation, smooth oily and sticky, a warm fuzzy feeling with a hint of dryness.
A really fantastic near-Islay experience. Best brunch ever!
11-23-2011 20:11:29 | More by rarbring
4.9/5 rDev +19.8%
Served to me by @LaitueGonflable, and shared with him and @tobeerornottobe.
Pours a lovely thick black, with a ring of mocha-coloured foam around the edges. Unfortunately the head isn't larger, but it's solid enough, and the body is pleasantly fine. No lacing, but this is a heavy, minimally carbonated beer, and you have to respect that.
Nose. OK, I'm just going to say it: "Holy fuck!". It's like the blend of a big, deeply sweet and robust imperial stout and a peaty, smoky Scotch. It's an insane blend, and incredibly, stupidly good. The sweetness of the malt, the smokiness of the peat, the roast character giving it a black, sharp finality. Wow. What an incredible nose.
Taste is gorgeous. It has the smoothness of a big, supple American stout, but it's flavoured with a peppery, smoky and minerally Islay whiskey character, that gives it a depth and a craziness above its station. Fantastic smoothness throughout, and a lovely afterpalate of rich, roasted malt, which gives a bittersweet finish, and compliments the peat smoke characters on the mid palate. This is an outstanding combination.
Feel is smooth but supple, without a thickness that could potentially overwhelm or accentuate the sweetness too much.
What an awesome and unique beer. It's like a perfectly blended combination of thick, dark stout and smoky, sensuous Scotch whiskey. Sublimely drinkable, and utterly, utterly sophisticated.
11-04-2011 12:23:45 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.6/5 rDev -12%
A-pours a dark black liquid with a tight creamy tan colored head with some bubbles on top.
S-the nose is quite big and brings tons of roasted malts and peat moss. a fair bit of alcohol in the nose, acetone, notes of dry wood, light sweetness in the back.
T-tons of smoked peat, hints of wood and whiskey, notes of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, light malty sweetness in the back.
M-full bodied and smooth, good carbonation, viscous feel to it, syrupy on the palate but nicely balanced by the carbonation.
D-huge and smokey, solid beer heer, a little hot in the back but the Islay Casks have imparted some decent flavors to try and work with the huge smoked peat.
08-10-2010 13:20:08 | More by cpetrone84
4.93/5 rDev +20.5%
This may have been one of the best beers I have ever had in my entire life. I was not expecting this level of beer when I opened it last night. But this literally blew me away and I have had alot of really good beers lately. Serve near room temperature and poured into a snifter. I sat by the TV and relaxed with this one for damn near three hours late last night, 06/18/2010.
Fantastic dark and foreboding pour with a huge pillow of tan the comes up and over the top with an insanely ominous look to it. Really just tremendously good with a ton of lacing rolling down the sides.
Amazing aroma, the things that dreams are made of. Huge scotch and peat like aroma. Tobacco and deep smoke all over this. I melted into it on the first sip. After a bit you can pick up the vanilla and a touch of old burnt wood as well. Each sip was an adventure in how to age a beer. Huge peat and smoke right up front with a campfire log flavor as you first finish the sip. Sitting on it brings touches of vanilla, a slight bit of the original bitter touches from the beer geek coffee pop up as well. But I just kept going with this one. I have never felt as immersed in a scotch barrel before. Simply amazing and unreal.
Final sips were dripping with smoky notes as strong as the first sips with this thick, viscous body to it that refused to allow you to come up for air. An amazing beer that I really wish more readily available.
06-19-2010 18:07:36 | More by mikesgroove
3.5/5 rDev -14.4%
Big thanks to Jan for this bottle, poured into a tulip.
Pours dark brown out of the bottle but looks pretty close to black in the glass. The most striking part of the appearance is the enormous frothy tan head that recedes slowly and leaves lots of delicate lacing on the sides.
Damn, there is some serious Scotch in this one - huge smoky and peaty presence, to the point of absolutely obscuring the underlying beer. Maybe some dark roasted malts under there but I'm not getting much of what I liked about the original.
Holy cow is this a scotch bomb! The taste is obscenely thick and smoky with lots of peat and charred malts. There's no coffee that I can gather...or anything else besides the Scotch for that matter. The finish is almost identical to a sip of Scotch with a big alcohol burn.
The mouthfeel is full bodied and over-the-top smoky and boozy from the Scotch. Thick.
I'm a fan of Scotch but this one just goes overboard for me. I'm such a huge fan of the regular Weasel that I hate to see the underlying beer blown away by the barrel presence. Interesting and one to seek out for Scotch lovers.
06-16-2010 03:02:00 | More by gford217
4.3/5 rDev +5.1%
Huge thanks to Diego (Maltzilla) for bringing this one to share.
A: Pours deep dark jet black with a nice tall mocha head. Little retention but a nice tight ring does last for a bit. No lace.
S: Earthy peaty smokey goodness. Mild chocolate, acrid coffee, and more peat.
T: Big big peat. Earth and moss. Light chocolate, the acrid coffee I picked up in the nose. Hints of salty smoked meat, and more peat. Very light booze.
M: Medium in body, bold and bitter.
D: Not the most drinkable, but it is one to sit down with to enjoy with a cigar.
05-22-2010 05:51:22 | More by tpd975
4.58/5 rDev +12%
Looks like the Beer Geek Brunch Weasel label, but with a small white sticker written in English, while the rest of the bottle is not. The sticker states that this was aged two and a half months in Islay barrels and has a medium level of carbonation. Batch 415, Bryggot 090309, Best Before 090312.
Upon opening, the cap and mouth of the bottle smell of Lagavulin, cooking wine, sausage, and steak sauce. Served on the warm side in an over-sized tulip glass. Split two ways with Rhinos00.
A- Black as night, with a very, very tiny bit of brown highlighting at the very edge. Toffee colored head with a myriad of different sized bubbles. The thick head slowly recedes to a thin layer of foam with many large bubbles popping here and there. Quick to regain momentum with the slightest swirl. One or two splashes of lacing at the beginning and similar splashes as its consumed. Can't do much better.
S- Islay scotch and steak sauce. Vinegary BBQ sauce with smoke, alcohol, dark chocolate, and a tiny hint of roasted barley. Intruiging, mystifying, confusing.
T- I never "fist pump." But this beer actually made me do it after the first sip. Everything I wanted! Signature Islay peat-smokiness followed by chocolate then roast, RoAsT, ROAST! A crescendo of alcohol with an underlying sweetness that balances everything. What a long strange trip on the palate... perfection.
M- A bit thin for 10.9%, but the flavors more than make up the difference. Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Bumped this grade a bit just because I couldn't give the taste a 5.5.
D- So great and complex I could drink until the alcohol wouldn't allow me to drink anymore. Anyone with an appreciation of Islay Scotches needs to aggresively seek this one out. It really captures the essence of Islay while staying true to its Imperial Stout roots.
02-20-2010 16:41:56 | More by Pecorasc
4.63/5 rDev +13.2%
Huge thanks to Anders for hooking me up with another Mikkeller exclusive. Split with pecorasc and poured into tulip glasses. Batch #415, bottled on March 9, 2009.
A- Pours a deep, dark chocolate color...almost black. Produced three fingers width of tan head. Reduced to a hefty layer that resided on top of the beer, nearly a fingers width. Ridiculous head retention and lots of thick lacing.
S- The smell of Islay barrels in unmistakable. Smoked peat along with earthy oats, subtle sweet fruit, and a distinct roasted, subtle coffee character. The aroma was very unique...not sure whether it was in a good way (5.0) or a bad way (3.0) so I split it down the middle.
T- Wow! This was definitely not expected, especially based on the aroma. Upfront a dark chocolate flavor comes forth with smokey, peat undertone. A bit of sweetness is detectable as well and actually lasts throughout consumption. After the initial flavor, the beer transitions into a huge smoked, roasted flavor with a light coffee bean bitterness. The Islay barrel aging really compliments the roasted qualities of this beer by imparting big smokey, peat characteristics. Big flavors, robust to an extreme!
M- Medium to heavy bodied with perfect viscosity. The texture was very silky and smooth. Medium carbonation was once again, perfect.
D- This was a big beer, yet pretty drinkable given the awesome flavors and great mouthfeel. Wish I had another bottle.
Overall, one of the most extreme and unique beers I have ever had. The Islay barrel aging meshed really well with the base beer and created an absolutely delicious monster. I think American brewers need to start expanding from their use of bourbon barrels and maybe experiment with scotch and port barrels. If you are a fan of roasted russian imperial stouts, this is a must! Well done Mikkeller!
02-16-2010 05:57:17 | More by rhinos00
3.55/5 rDev -13.2%
Pours pitch black into a tulip - aggressive pouring yields a finger or so of dark brown head, but it recedes right away.
Smell-wise, it's mostly Islay whisky - smoky, boozy, lightly seaweedy. Underneath it is a mid-roast coffee smell, but it's way down in the mix. I get the feeling the taste is going to break down about the same.
Having tasted regular Beer Geek Breakfast, I'm almost shocked at how little resemblance this bears to it. BGB was ultra-roasty, quite complex and vaguely poo-esque (really) - this is still roasty, but it's almost swept away by the barrel characters: medicinal, smoky and finally, FINALLY (as it warms), it tastes like a stout. That much-anticipated coffee, woody, a little dark fruit, a little dark chocolate. Still with a massive undertone of some kind of iodine flavor.
Medium mouthfeel. Thick, but not too thick. I like a creamier stout, but it'd be a little off with these flavors, I think. Nailed it.
Drinkability is hard to rate. It's s tasty (if weird) beer, but it'd make you sick if you had more than a little. I got no problem with a Islay whisky barrel-aged beer - see my review of Brewdog's Paradox Smokehead - but I know what this beer tastes like in the first place, and this might as well be something entirely different. Interesting, in a good way. But not all I had hoped.
02-11-2010 06:22:44 | More by Parrotshake
4.43/5 rDev +8.3%
Note: Beer Geek Brunch Weasel aged for two and a half months on Caol Ila barrels.
A: Pitch black color, viscous liquid, and a big dark brown head that slowly settles into a nice layer of lacings. Outstanding appearance.
S: The whisky really comes through in the smell, to a point where I'm almost inclined to call this a whisky bomb. It's a very fresh and delightful whisky character, yet with plenty of the roughed smoke and peat aromas associated with Islay whiskys. But it's not all about the whisky here. Roasted malts and chocolate reside in the background together with some fruity notes. The coffee is evidently muted, but after a while in the glass both coffee and chocolate becomes more prominent. A wonderfully characteristic smell. This is how a whisky barrel aged beer should smell like...
S: ...and this is how it should taste like. The taste is very rich and something out of the ordinary. Sweet and fruity whisky flavors are prominent up front, and coupled with plenty of roasted malts this makes for a rather sweet taste initially. Then the smoky and peaty whisky flavors become present and even out the sweetness. Notes of tar and wood. Hints of chocolate. As in the smell, the coffee is muted and it's obvious that it's the whisky that takes center stage here. But despite the powerful whisky character, the beer is very complex and doesn't come out as unbalanced. Instead, it's deep and leveled and showcases a great composition. The finish is rather bitter with lots of warming whisky-like alcohol, smoke, licorice and a subtle but noticeable hop bite.
M: Big body, silky smooth and creamy.
D: I can honestly say this is one of the best beers I've had from Mikkeller, perhaps the best. I had my doubts about this beer since I didn't think a barrel aged version of Weasel sounded like a good idea (not to say an Islay whisky barrel aged version). But the worries were unwarranted. However, the similarities between this one and the original Weasels are small, except for the mouthfeel and tasty stout base. The weasel is mostly about coffee, whereas this one has surprisingly muted coffee aromas. But who cares, this is just a different beast altogether. From now on, this one sets the standards for how I think of whisky barrel aged stouts.
09-15-2009 21:36:38 | More by ricke
Beer Geek Brunch Weasel (Islay Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
89 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.