1000 IBU - Mikkeller ApS
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1.6/5 rDev -58.8%
On tap at Max's before the Agalloch show. I ordered this so I could lower my rAvg.
Amber copper with a beige head with great retention and nice lacing, I can already tell this will be sweet. And that's what I first notice - overly sweet with a moderate hop bitterness with pinesol and grapefruit. The palate opens sweet, ridiculously slow, caramelized and sugary, revolting, even. Bitterness is high, bruising and harshly unpleasant. Full in body with a sweet and bitter finish, this is not even close to being a good beer. Maybe time will make this an acceptable barleywine, but I'm not counting on it.
03-24-2011 03:26:10 | More by DefenCorps
1.68/5 rDev -56.7%
This beer pours with a thick head. Muddled aromas and hops and malt. Ruddy color with suspended particulates. The taste is of big, but unimpressive malt and a harsh bitterness that isn't particularly hoppy but is rough and lingers far to long.
Overall this is a complete failure of a beer. It is certainly not sn American double IPA, more like some failed attempt at an imperial red ale or something.
It seems to me that this should have been dumped rather than bottled for the public. I know if I'd have brewed it that's what I would have done. I'm sure it was an expensive beer to brew so maybe that wasn't an option.
03-07-2011 15:15:10 | More by ChrisPr
1.7/5 rDev -56.2%
Pours a cloudy, dark orange/amber color. I got some off white head that faded very quickly.
NOT much of a "hop bomb." But plenty of malt on the nose. There are some hops, but there are more bready malts - YEASTY.
Medium bodied and OK but definetly not a true american DIPA.
Money better spent elsewhere.
05-29-2012 02:27:43 | More by mrtripod
1.94/5 rDev -50%
Thanks to Sarah and Chris for picking this one up for me. Shared the bottle with fellow BA OKComputer, and it was a good thing I did. The beer was a cloudy orange brown color with no head or lace. The beer even looked syrupy.
That syrup was foremost on the nose, with some bitter hops following, a noticeable alcohol scent, and just the faintest hint of pine. The taste was nearly identical, with a bit of pine that didn't show on the nose.
The body was very thick, sticky and, you guessed it, syrupy, with an unpleasantly sticky finish. Drinkability was very low, near to a drain pour by both of our estimations. Overall, this is a novelty beer, and the gimmick isn't enough to carry the weight. Avoid this beer, unless, like me, you want the tick.
03-31-2013 22:45:11 | More by beertunes
1.95/5 rDev -49.7%
A - Rusty-nail colored beer with yellow on the edges and a small white head that left some splotches on the sides with poor retention.
S - Ash, hops, rotten malts, caramel, sickly sweet sugar, more sugar, rubber and other gross smells. Kind of not good.
T - Tastes like vulcanized rubber, rotted vegetables, rotted pineapple, and bitter hops. This is disgusting and I am having a hard time getting it down.
M - Somewhat creamy, moderate carbonation, medium bodied.
O - Pretty gross beer, not as undrinkable as its BA Version, but bad nonetheless. Avoid.
05-02-2011 05:12:47 | More by AgentZero
2/5 rDev -48.5%
Poured into a snifter.
Although I didn't get a "pop" from the cork, I did get about a finger of light tan head on a deep ruby beer. The head dropped, but left a nice wisp of foam and some lace.
Aroma is big, huge, gigantic with herbal, grassy notes and resinous hops, grapefruit, and pine. The vegetal quality really stands out, like the bottom of my brewpot after boiling a batch of wort. Very distinct aroma of unfermented wort.
First sip is bitter, almost a burnt quality, heavily vegetal. "Green" keeps popping into my mind. Some malty sweetness detected, but this is by no means balanced. Or even hop forward. This is "green" forward. Very grassy and vegetal. Not all that pleasant. Lingering finish is bitter and vegetable-like, like collard greens.
Mouthfeel is big, chewy, some astringency.
Not all that drinkable. I'm glad to have had the chance to try it, but don't think I'll be going back for seconds. Not a very pleasant beer. This experiment is interesting. The results tell you something (don't overpack the he hops too much over a calculated 100 IBU). But other than a curiousity, not much else there.
12-10-2010 02:41:51 | More by JamnesCameron
2.13/5 rDev -45.1%
Bottle purchased from Brawley's poured into a Delirium Tremens Snifter.
A- Pours an amber red with a finger khaki/off white head. Decent lacing. A lot of sediment in the bottom of this beer.
S - Honestly smells of straight alcohol. Not pleasant at all.
T- It doesn't have a huge bitterness to it, but the bitterness is all I taste. No complexity to this beer at all. It's all hops and nothing else.
M- Decently smooth beer. High carbonation with a strong bitterness throughout and even heavier in the after taste.
D- Burns going down. It tastes stronger than the ABV (even at 9.6%).
It was more of a novelty for me to buy it. It definitely wasn't worth the price but I had to try it simply because of the name "1000 IBU's." This beer won't be purchased again.
02-03-2011 03:33:09 | More by GehenHerzog
2.14/5 rDev -44.8%
A full paper cover contains this bottle, which is a 12.7 fl oz green glass (come on, Mikkel!) bottle with appealing fun label art and an unbranded pry-off pressure cap. 9.6% ABV confirmed per the label. Reviewed as an imperial IPA becuase the label clearly identifies it as such. IBU: 1000 (yeah, right). Imported by the Shelton Bastards. Mikkel is my favourite brewer.
Served cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
No liquid surges out upon opening.
A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.
Pours a two finger wide head of gorgeous off-white colour. Very creamy and thick. Great even consistency and soft complexion. Retention is good - about 8-9 minutes. Lovely even consistent lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.
Body colour is a murky opaque brownish caramel. Abundant yeast particles are visible. Not a real appealing colour.
Overall, it's not a flattering appearance for an imperial IPA. I'm optimistic, but it's not unique or special. There are no egregious flaws.
Sm: Floral hop character, biscuity yeast, pale malts, cream, grapefruit pith, and biscuit malt. Seems pretty bitter, but not particularly hoppy. Bready.
A decent aroma of moderate strength. I can't say I'm real excited to try it based on the aroma.
T: Bready malts, cream, heavy floral hop character, hop bitterness, biscuity yeast, grapefruit pith, and pale malts. It's quite resinous. Unremarkable tropical fruit (pineapple, mango, etc).
More balanced than anticipated, but still a damned mess. Average depth and duration of flavour. Below average intensity of flavour,though it does come on quite strong on the climax.
Cohesive, but far from gestalt. Lacks complexity, subtlety, intricacy, and nuance. I can't say I'm a big fan of it. There just isn't a lot going on, and I'm not horribly interested in what is.
At least it's not too soapy.
Honestly, it isn't as bitter as I expected. I've had far more bitter brews, some of which still had more balance than this does.
Mf: Creamy, smooth, and wet. Too thick. Somewhat hot, actually. Okay presence on the palate. Unrefreshing. Doesn't suit the flavour profile all that well.
Not gushed, harsh, astringent, or rough.
Dr: Downable but very forgettable. It does hide its ABV fairly well, but it's not up to par with Mikkel's best offerings. Nice to try once, but I wouldn't get it again or recommend it to friends. A bitter bomb with little to offer the discerning drinker. I'm glad I'm splitting this with a friend. Terrible imbalance is its undoing. Coming from my favourite brewer, it's a huge disappointment.
12-15-2013 04:36:19 | More by kojevergas
2.38/5 rDev -38.7%
12.7 oz bottle, date code 6721011, so 2/10/11?
Anyway, this pours a reddish brown that really glows behind some light...and illuminates quite a large amount of floaties (as such, I didn't pour the last oz in my glass initially, but failed anyway). Basically, the same deal as double crooked tree. The head is big, tan and hangs out for a while. The smell is that imperial ipa sweetness with some brown sugar richness and a bit of generic bitterness. It smells like an american barleywine. The front is the smooth sweetness that you get in a beer like 90 min, that finishes with a brutal bandaid twinged hop bitterness. There isn't so much a strong hop flavor as there is a wave of sweetness and then a punishing, almost flavorless bitterness (other than the off bandaid flavor). Ill bet this beer would be really good rated as a barleywine after sitting for 2 years. Right now, the taste is disappointing, and borderline just bad, outside of it being an interesting experiment. The bandaid element of the finish pushes it to 2.0 taste territory. Mouthfeel is medium heavy, medium carb. Seems fine. That finish strongly limits the drinkability. Share this one with a few friends if you really want to try it as it gets less appealing as you move through the bottle. But, maybe don't because it doesn't taste good.
03-12-2011 03:47:56 | More by seeswo
2.38/5 rDev -38.7%
Poured up a rather cloudy caramel brown colour with a spotty, off-white head. Smell was very hoppy (citrusy), but not *as* outrageous as I was preparing myself for. Outside of the hops, there was little else.
Upon taking a sip, I involuntarily winced and thought to myself, "oh, *there* it is." This beer is "practical joke" hoppy. The level of pine resin in this is ridiculous. I wouldn't be surprised to learn that this beer is capable of etching the enamel off of your teeth.
The advertised 9,6%abv is well hidden, but it hardly seems worth mentioning considering how obscenely bitter this thing is. One can actually feel the sticky, resinous hop oils in the mouth.
This is certainly not for me. However, a friend of mine wanted to bring something unique to share with a small group, and I do believe he succeeded. While I didn't care for it, I am glad I had the opportunity to try such a bizarre concoction.
02-25-2011 20:46:16 | More by SilentSabre
2.4/5 rDev -38.1%
2/28/11 poured from bottle into snifter glass.
A: Dark reddish brown with orange tinted 1 finger thick head. Moderate lacing down the glass, but not impressive.
S: Smell was a huge turn off for me. Strong malt flavors and brown sugar. Minimal noble style hops, but they're far overpowered by the malt.
T: Malty and bitter. All I can taste is brown sugar and crystal malts. The bitterness is there, but for something labeled 1000 IBU I was very disappointed in the bitterness. Some alcohol on the finish.
M: very thick and viscus, but had a moderately clean finish. Definitely the best part of the beer.
D: Not drinkable. Poured about 1/2 the $14 bottle down the drain. What a waste.
03-01-2011 05:34:04 | More by dmsohyea
2.6/5 rDev -33%
Mikkeller 1000 Ibu, Imperial IPA 9.x% abv
A: Murky brown with little light passing through, exceptionally dark for the style, a white thick head with large bubbles
S: Strangely smells of figs, raisins, the scent is totally off for the style it seems more like a belgian tripel on the nose, boozy finish with a bit of wafting heat
T: This reigns itself in as an imperial IPA at the aftertaste, the front taste of it is sweet with notes of dark fruits, a confusing crossover beer that is far from an imperial IPA
M: Again, this whole endeavor feels like false advertising. You expect from the color and the head retention that this will be some huge malty Denogginizer experience, then the beer rushes quickly down and away without much lingering or coating. The only really exceptional part is the awesome barky aftertaste that has a ton of chinook. If there are 1000 IBUs in there, it is questionable whether they are working in tandem
D: This is not exceptionally pleasant and it is amongst the most disappointing mikkeller offerings and the 500ml for 13.99 further compounding my chagrin. It is not without its limited charms, but the prohibitive cost and strange crossover status makes it hard to place or recommend. I don't really understand the utility of 1000 ibu when most of it doesnt register on the human palate. It would be like a mixed media art exhibit with audio tones outside the human auditory range.
05-19-2011 06:17:48 | More by SubpoenaDeuces
2.65/5 rDev -31.7%
aaaahhh, shoot; I think I mighta got a bottle that just ain't up to snuff. Poured with a nice thick, foamy, frothy medium sized light tan head and some lace. Color is and yellowish brown with LOTS of tan chunks of sediment floating in suspension. Aroma is funky, leather, yeast, hops, butterscotch, caramel, malt, sweat. Flavor is pretty much like nose. Body is kind of heavy and well carbonated. Odd barnyard flavors in the finish that aren't that pleasing. Sure looks kinda crazy, like it's got a disease with spots. And what with the smell and taste... Ironically, maybe it's actually kind of healthy, what with all the yeastoids in it yet. I'd like to try another.
07-01-2010 23:14:17 | More by drpimento
1000 IBU from Mikkeller ApS
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