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Amager / Mikkeller Hr. Frederiksens Væsel Brunch - Mikkeller ApS

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Amager / Mikkeller Hr. Frederiksens Væsel BrunchAmager / Mikkeller Hr. Frederiksens Væsel Brunch

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BA SCORE
89
very good

124 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 124
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.23%
Wants: 10
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Should be listed under Amager.

(Beer added by: glid02 on 06-28-2010)
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: jet black w thin cream brown head. Dissipates with gorgeous lacing. S: fresh pot of coffee, roasty malts. T: toasted almond, cocoa, coffee. F: creamy, not bitter. Coats the tongue w/o being too thick or thin. Great lingering on the tongue. O: as a big fan of brunch weasel I think I would prefer this from now on. Perfect blend

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bomber into a small tulip glass. A very dark black with a thin brown head that dissipates but lingers to the end. Lots of coffee on the nose, with some roastiness. Taste is dominated by an excellent coffee flavor and complimented by a nearly perfect mouthfeel. The high alcohol of the beer is completely cloaked leading to the potential to easily overdo it - like I did. Overall, an excellent stout, nearly, but not quite on par with Beer Geek Brunch Weasel.

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Amager / Mikkeller "Hr. Frederiksen Væsel Brunch"

Brewed and bottled at Amager. Imported by the Shelton Bastards. 10.7%. 500ml brown glass bottle with Amager branded silver pry-off cap served cold into a Guinness goblet at high alitude in Castle Rock, CO, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Reviewed live as an imperial coffee oatmeal stout per the label.

Expectations are sky high; I adore Beer Geek Brunch Weasel.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1 finger wide. Khaki-tan colour. Gorgeously creamy and thick, with a supple soft smooth consistency and a shiny complexion. Full and rolling. Retention is excellent for the high ABV - easily 8+ minutes. Admittedly, it would be more appealing if it were darker and richer, but it's a great head overall.

Leaves a light even coating of lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes.

BODY: Opaque solid black. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Overall, it's a good looking imperial stout, but isn't unique or special. I'm craving the first sip.

AROMA: Oatmeal, dark malts, chocolate malt, milk chocolate, cream, a luxurious roasted barley presence, and coffee - with an ideal level of bitterness. Unfortunately, the coffee isn't as intricate as I hoped for given the use of Brunch Weasel in the blend; it's not roasty or rich, and lacks any evocative java character or subtle burnt characteristics. That said, it does improve as the beer comes to temperature, releasing more interesting aromatics of Vietnamese coffee.

Overall, it's a pleasant aroma of mild strength.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable. If I experienced it blind, I'd guess this was maybe 8%.

TASTE: Luxurious mocha and coffee notes complement the exquisite roasted barley marvelously. Dark and chocolate malts fill out the body nicely, supporting the mealy oat notes, cream, and subtle milk chocolate beautifully. Slightly burnt, with some subtle dark fruit notes. Subsidiary hints of faint vanilla and caramel. Cakey. Char.

It's very well balanced, though structurally it's sweet in the first half and bitter in the second, lending it an uneven feel. Well-built, with plenty of subtlety and complexity. The Vietnamese coffee lends it some nuance, but I think the coffee's intricacy gets muddled in this blend.

As much as I like it, I do wonder if the whole is more than the sum of its parts; I think I'd enjoy the constituent beers more separate from each other. Or maybe it's just that Brunch Weasel is superior to Amager's component.

No hop profile comes through, nor do any yeast notes.

Good depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

TEXTURE: Creamy, smooth, wet, medium to full bodied, and of ideal thickness. Impossibly soft, lending it an incredible comforting feel on the palate. The smoothening leavening effects of the oats is obvious here, but isn't so extreme as to veer this too close to a porter. Presence on the palate is fantastic, though in fairness it is slightly overcarbonated.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, scratchy, or rough. I'm surprised it hides its ABV as well as it does.

OVERALL: I'm always critical of (non-lambic) blends (I'm looking at you, Firestone Walker and The Bruery), and this - while very good - does seem to be muddled and unfocused, and never quite feels like a gestalt whole. I think Amager's component just plain can't hold a candle to Mikkel's Brunch Weasel - which is one of my favourite beers. This is worth trying, sure, but I'm not sure I'd buy it again. It does hide its ABV well, and it's very drinkable, but the toned-down coffee and the surprisingly smooth mouthfeel lend the build some awkwardness. Certainly a dessert beer. Good but not great.

B-

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APPEARANCE- Dark dark brown with a hint of red. A thin tan head with only a bit of lacing.

SMELL- A hint of coffee, a whiff of roasted grain, a touch of brandy...a very subdued nose.

TASTE- Surprisingly bitter...burnt toast, bittersweet chocolate, coffee beans, with raisins and toasted hazelnuts on the fInish.

MOUTHFEEL- Somewhat thin but still clinging like a broth.

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Amager / Mikkeller Hr. Frederiksens Væsel Brunch from Mikkeller ApS
89 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.