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Beer Geek Brunch Weasel (Bourbon Edition) - Mikkeller ApS

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Reviews: 27
Hads: 63
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 19.65%
Wants: 40
Gots: 10 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  12.70% ABV

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Beer added by: Phyl21ca on 10-14-2010

Brewed at Nøgne Ø.
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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank this with Mikkel sitting 5 feet from me on the TG patio at their EPIC bottle share. Mikkel brought this as well as BA Vanilla Shake....both were out of this world!! Tons of Burbon but ultra smooth!!!

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Photo of aleigator
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%

Pours a jet black color, with a decent, copper brown head, which disappears quickly, leaving back only the thinnest lacing at the side of the glass.

Huge bourbon character qualities develop from the glass, with wood, earth and a sharp alcoholic sting accompanied by lots of unsweetened chocolate. This gets attended by only hints of bitter coffee, which transforms into a creamy, bitter-chocolate impression with a toffeeish alcohol bite to it.

Incredible smooth, creamy beginning with rich milk chocolate among earthy, slightly honeyed malts. Bourbon comes up from the back of the palate, joined by semi-dry, slightly bitter coffee beans, complementing amazingly well the already established chocolate creaminess. The bourbon qualities get highlighted by molasses, acting as a well fitting counterpart to the sharp, alcoholic note, maintaining an enjoyable balance. Then the coffee unleashes its bitterness, taming both, sweeter and boozy flavors, putting back the palate into the initial direction of this brew. Calmed coffee bitterness and again, milk chocolate become recognizable during the finish, now accompanied by a more accentuated, toffeeish maltiness. Wow, this is by far the most complex of the Mikkeller Weasel brews I've had, and it is extremely careful and well executed. Full-bodied, incredible smooth, forming almost a flavor circle on the palate while drinking, it finishes the way it started, convincing.

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Photo of bnes09
4.51/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Jet black ale with a solid cinnamon colored head. Wavy lacing.

Wonderfully mellow, roasted aroma of burnt wheat, molasses and hints of maple wood. As it warms, I can detect some tobacco notes.

Rich malty flavor, highly roasted. Espresso notes. Oats add a smoothness and body. Dark chocolate. Maple sweetness. Assertive, earthy, pine like hop. Excellent balance.

Full bodied. Malt and oats add a great texture. Slick in the middle with a slightly dry, crisp finish. Low carbonation works perfectly for the style. One of the best mouthfeels for a double stout I have yet to experience.

One word: World-class.

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Photo of HotHabanero
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled. Pours opaque pitch black with a small, tan head that leaves a good lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, dark fruits, vanilla and bourbon. Sweet flavor that ends up more dry with alcohol notes. Full bodied, oily texture and soft carbonation. A great imperial stout.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark colour, just hints of brown when held up to the light. Head is as good as they get - ochre colour, foamy and great retention. Lace is not very sticky but the beer just looks coherent. It just works.

Smells a bit odd, yeah. Spiritous, with big burnt, spicy undertones, but also a slight acidity to it. Definite espresso with nutmeg, plus some balsamic vinegar notes, and some strong Irish cream character on the back. Nice.

Taste is dark and roasty and spicy, but with a pleasant, almost tangy sweetness to it on the end. Lots of roasty espresso, peppery and some floral notes. Nice boozey sweetness on the back, hints of dark fruit, plum and raisins and a big maraschino cherry character as well. Big and bold and sweet, with a big booze character to it. Yeah, I like the mix of flavours. I like it a lot.

Smooth, full, not too harsh at any point. Amazing mouthfeel for the ABV.

Great big stout. Nice fruit, sweetness, roastiness. Yeah, there's a cracking balance to this.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aged 3.5 years.
Pours black with a very dark tan head.
Nose shows coffee, bourbon, oak, vanilla, roasted malt, coconut and cocoa. Lovely.
Bold flavours. Lots of roasted malt and coffee along with bourbon and soft oak. A fair bit of booze, but not aggressive or sharp. Pretty full-on.
Carbonation is almost non-existent. Needs a creamier mouthfeel.

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Photo of stakem
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml brown bottle that ive been holding on to for awhile. Shared with friends and poured into a matching Mikkeller teku. The brew pours black in color with a khaki head. A solid retention of about a finger. A swirl revives the finger back to the surface and produces spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is earthy with a mild citrus element before blending into more of a roasted character. It displays almost a fruity dark alcohol character towards the backend. Little to no barrel presence is felt here in the aromatics.

The flavor is bitter with roasty grain coming across like cocoa. Some mild citrus notes are caught between a hoppiness and character similar to what some fresh coffee beans display. There is a solvent burst of alcohol towards the finish. The aftertaste includes a very mild barrel presence imparting flavors of raw oak and an accenting amount of booziness.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is smooth in the feel and overall easy drinking. Having drank this side by side with the barrel aged breakfast version, this one had a more defined coffee inclusion. However, it was not worth the trouble and price I paid to acquire this. Your money is better spent on the non-barrel aged version considering how minimal the barrel impact is in this brew.

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Photo of mulder1010
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ML bottle poured into a tulip
Thanks to Dgilks for sourcing this for me
Apparently 24 hours of Mikkeller for me

A-- Poured basically black. No light penetrating this at all. One finger dark brown leather head that settled at film. Pretty much stays that way as well. Looks thick and heavy. Good spotty lacing and obvious ABV legs.

S-- Oak and bourbon. Get touches of oat, dark fruits and seaweed. Combines to make more of a sherry really. Interesting nose but far different from the base beer.

T-- Oak, spiced bourbon, vanilla, salted chocolate fudge, tobacco, and a touch of dark fruits. Alcohol really picks up with this opening up. Hops have dropped off totally though.

M-- Slick and oliy. Dry Oak spicy bourbon finish. Lot of tannins with this and really wine like except for the charred sweetness in the mid and back palate that smooths everything out before the finish. Alcohol is still very present for a 3 year old beer.

O-- Really different than the base beer with the barrel treatment but I think this is at peak now. Radically different than US BA beers with the lack or just slight bits of sweetness as compared to the much sweeter BA stouts from home. It works as a quite complex beer that borders on a big bold shiraz. Good stuff.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to @epiclurk for the bottle. Shared with @LaitueGonflable.

Pours a lovely deep black-brown, with a somewhat subdued, but very pleasantly dark brown head. Let's face it: it looks like every other Beer Geer Brunch beer. But that's always good: big, smooth, deep and luscious.

Nose is smooth and rich, with some subtle vanilla hints and a touch of booze, which sits above the deep dark roasty characters which form its basis. There's a genuine spiciness to it, which is odd. It's not a big nose, and it's missing some depth and sweetness, but it's decent enough.

Taste is solidly dark and roasty, with only the faintest flecks of the bourbon barrel, giving a slight upturn of oak, but very little in the way of true rich, smooth sweetness. Instead, it has a potent, and admittedly strong roasty character, and the intrinsic smoothness of the Beer Geek Brunch base, but I'm a little worried that very little is added by the bourbon.

Feel is smooth and rather clean. But with a pleasant depth. No-one could complain about that.

Don't get me wrong. It's a great beer. Just like any beer in the series. Unfortunately, I would have thought the bourbon barrel would have been better than the average, and in fact, it's below that. It's disappointing.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.23/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks, Alex. Bottle into Narke tulip.

A - Pours a motor oil black, tan-colored head, thin ring.

S - Booze, char, dark chocolate. The nose is really boozy and the char notes are off-putting. The oak is also on "high" with this beer, but the boozy bourbon helps mask this a bit.

T - Disappointing, IMO. Char, chocolate, lots of booze mixed with barrel notes. The base beer is really just hidden amongst booze, char, and oak. Not good.

M - Full, rich, creamy finish, good carbonation.

O - Doesn't even come close to improving on the base beer. It's way too hot at the moment with too much char and oak to really appreciate anything else about this beer. I would say this beer is a "pass"...can't recommend.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 462. Bottle October 19th, 2009. Thanks to Jeffo for this one. Served in a Surly Darkness glass.

A - A generous helping of dark mocha foam settles to a thin ring and not much else. Black body with only the faintest glint of brown at the top edge of the glass.

S - Somehow all these Scandinavian stouts have a signature aroma to them - not sure if it's the malt sourcing or the yeast, but there's always this faint mixture of fruity yeast, sweet leaf tobacco, and sea air in the background. In any case this beer is dominated by oak, char, coffee, vanilla, and spicy bourbon, with hints of licorice and black permanent marker. Surprisingly barrel-forward for a European bourbon barrel stout - these barrels must have made it across the Atlantic in record time!

T - Taste isn't quite as enjoyable, with intense espresso, oak, dark chocolate, and smoke. Pretty bitter stuff, with a charry finish. Not unpalatable like many other Mikkeller offerings, but a bit too much for America's sweeter tastes.

M - The feel thankfully doesn't stray too far from that of the base beer, with a silky full body, smooth texture, lightly dry and roasty finish, and minimal alcohol warmth.

D - Not a bad beer by any stretch, but the barrel-aging seems to diminish the base beer rather than complement it. I'd drink this one again, but I doubt I'd go to great lengths to acquire it. I can totally understand the massive divide between the BA and Ratebeer scores on this one.

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Photo of dgilks
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black, really inky with a small, smooth tan head. Poor head retention.

Lots of oak aroma with plenty of bourbon as well. Some chocolate and caramel. Mostly just oak and spirit though.

Sweet chocolate and coffee flavour with lots of bourbon and oak. Unbalanced but in a good way. Intense. Completely different to some of Mikkeller's other stouts like BA George.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Good and well suited to style.

A big intense stout from Mikkeller. Lots of barrel and stout flavour. Good.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 mL into a stemmed tulip.

Appearance: Nearly black, with a very pleasant creamy brown head that fades to a ring after a few moments. A little bit of lace sticks to the glass.

Smell: Sweet, dry bourbon steps in front of the dark chocolate, ca phe chon coffee, and roasted malt.

Taste: This has a bourbon coating to the regular Beer Geek Brunch Weasel. It has a very soft sweetness up front before dark roasted malt and a bit of tobacco step in. Dark, bitter chocolate and my favorite type of coffee come through. Toward the end, the bitter coffee and dry bourbon really dry this out, detracting a little bit from the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and very creamy, with medium carbonation, and a medium body. It is actually a little bit dry, which surprised me, but it was not off-putting.

Overall: I am over my fear of the Weasel, and I would definitely drink this again. The best part about this beer is tricking unsuspecting friends into trying a sip and then telling them the ingredients.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel tulip

Batch 462, Brygge 191009

A - Absolutely no light getting through this one and pours as Black as night, with a two fingerd tanned head that reduces to a thick film and laces.

S - Heavy bourbon aromas, with some beef extract a little expresso also.

T - Some nice balanced sweetness up front followed by some heavy molassis, with hints of vanilla. nice smoky flavour before a deep expresso finish that is boozy with a little Bourbon.

M - Full and low carbonation and quite smooth.

O - A little disappointed not to have more Bourbon in the flavour but not the array of flavours on offer. Could be a little less sticky and better balanced.

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Photo of claaark13
3.54/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm fairly certain that I bought this in May 2011 at Geers. Batch #462, Brygge 191009, Best Fore 191014. Poured into DFH chalice.

A - Looks great. Dark, black pour. Thick dark-brown head forms and sticks to the side of the glass. I want to drink this badly at this point.

S - Fudge, vanilla, slight sweetness and a lot of wood. The previous sentence appears appealing, but it really isn't. I didn't like the aroma much. Too subtle favorable aromas and too much woody oddness.

T - Dark malts, booze, chocolate/coffee/bourbon. Coffee is subdued. Burnt oak/wood finish. There is certainly a noticeable level of alcohol present, which is a turnoff with the rest of the flavors. Finish is slightly dry.

M - Nearly perfect. Great body, good level of moderate carbonation. I couldn't ask for much more.

O - Something in both the flavor and smell really bother me. The rest is nice. The beer is just too hot at 2 years old and just doesn't do it for me. I really expect more out of the flavors in a BA RIS. I will not seek this one out again, at least from this batch.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown color with an average frothy brown head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted chocolate, caramel and alcohol aroma. Heavy bittersweet toasted black coffee malt flavor with a heavy bittersweet and small alcohol bite finish of long duration. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a standout beer.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500mL glass into a Teku glass at the BrewDog bar in Edinburgh. Bottled 19 October 2009. From notes. Reviewed May 2011.

A: Light mocha head fizzes and dissolves. The beer is brown as night. Opaque, dark, and mysterious.

S: Hmm. Soy sauce is my first thought, then massives waves of sweet, sweet alcohol. Bourbon-y, yes, but smoky. Almost meaty.

T: Nearly exceptional...belay that, the beautiful finish is still going, and going. BGBW (Bourbon) is complicated, temperamental, mercurial. I'm getting salted fish, huge sticky toffee, coffee bitterness, bourbon alcohol, and other things I can't even pin down. The aftertaste is imperious and impressive -- big, roiling bitterness; light and dry; Maker's Mark soaked coffee beans. And it lasts. For. Ever.

M: Thinner than anticipated. Light and flat. Vaguely dry.

O: Astoundingly sippable amd quite rewarding. Worth the hefty price tag. Still, glad I split this one; a whole half-litre would be overkill.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one at Geers in Gent.

From a bottle into a snifter.
Brewed 19 October 2009.
Note: Drank the regular Bruch, Bourbon and Highland Editions, in that order.

APPEARANCE: A thick black pour yields a one finger, medium looking, tan head with good retention. Head slowly fades to a ring and wisp. Pitch black, viscous body with zero carbonation evident. A ring remains with touches of wisp and leaves some dots of lacing down the glass. Exactly the same as the regular version.

SMELL: Lots of bourbon on the nose. Whisky and vanilla are very present. Some notes of dark chocolate and hints of coffee as well in there, but the barrel is definitely more dominating here. A nice bourbon barrel nose, but I would like to see a touch more of the base beer play a role as well.

TASTE: Mental. Just nuts. Bold flavor all over the place. Lots of bourbon and vanilla flavors; the barrel is very present up front. Roasted and charred malts through the middle, and a huge dose of coffee and especially dark chocolate at the swallow. Goes from all barrel at the beginning to all base beer at the swallow. The huge and lingering aftertaste is a perfect blend of both, with lots of barrel notes and roasted, chocolaty goodness. Just wonderful. Perhaps the best tasting bourbon barrel aged stout to date.

PALATE: Great stuff. Full body, medium carbonation, and syrupy smooth on the palate. Very creamy, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating. A touch of well measured heat at the swallow. Same as the base beer, but not quite as heavy and menacing. Like the base, however, some time in the cellar has smoothened this out perfectly.

OVERALL: This was a real treat. I really enjoyed the base beer, but this was just out of this world. The nose was a little one dimensional which, admittedly, had me worried that the taste would be a bourbon bomb, but that wasn’t the case at all. This is probably the best bourbon barrel stout in terms of the base and barrel working together to add complexity to an imperial stout. A complete gem. Glad we decided to do a few in the Beer Geek Bruch line-up. Definitely my favorite of the three. Worth tracking down.

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Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle Duex of the Breakfast Geek Weasel tasting.

Pours into a snifter.

Identical appearance to the regular Weasel. Dark, one finger tan foam etc.

Nose is quite different. Lots of bourbon on the nose in the distance the base beers can be identified.

Taste is not what I expected after the nose. It's the Weasel with a subtle bourbon and vanilla flavor. A bit more heat on this one.

Mouthfeel very much like the Weasel as well. Except that it has a slightly lighter body.

This on is my favorite. It fantastic, it's excellent. The big bourbon nose, the surprise of the subtle flavors... it's like a littl beer adventure. GET IT WHEN YOU CAN!

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle graciously shared by beace (thanks Brad!) at a Jackie O's tasting. I liked it, apparently more than others who were there.

It's dark black in color with a thin and wet-looking tan foam. The aroma is bourbon-forward, but I could pick up strong RIS notes too. Anise, dark fruits (figs or raisins), heavily roasted malts, and so on.

Sort of hot tasting, the barrels must have been REALLY wet when the beer was added! Roasted malts and coffee beneath the bourbon, sweet and burning aftertaste. The body is on the thicker side, as befits such a strong flavor. Very glad to have tried it, and would happily get it again.

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Photo of Urbancaver
2.81/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark and beautiful just like the regular beer geek. A good amount of brown head. Smells suuuper boozy and bourbon heavy. There is something slightly off on the nose... Like stale refrigerator smell.. Tastes super wrong and boozy. Wo w... Totally not drinkable the bourbon just overpowers everything but not in a good way...

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Photo of brew3crew
3.37/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Part of an epic tasting at jackie o's with brad and Co.

A-dark black with no head whatsoever
S-little bit of staleness and a lot of bourbon. can't quite put my finger on it
T-wow. Only bourbon. Little bit of smokiness finish of coffee
M-medium bodies and smooth
O-suprosingly doesn't improve this beer...

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Photo of sisuspeed
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Rachel for shipping this one over!

Pours an oily pitch black with a thin dark-tan head. Leaves some nice lacing behind.

Sweet, fruity, bourbon with dark chocolate and light alcohol on the nose. Earthy coffee and wood mingle in the background.

Chocolate and bourbon soaked wood hit the taste buds first. Bitter, earthy, coffee with a bit of charred wood. Just a hint of dark fruit. A tasty version of the Brunch Weasel.

Mouthfeel is smooth, silky and creamy with a nice level of carbonation. Feels great going down. The ABV does come through a bit, but is not overbearing for 12.7%.

This is a good barrel aged stout. There is a touch more charred wood than I would like and the bourbon isn't the best I've tasted in a BB stout, but overall this is still well done and a tasty brew. The body is great. I'd love to get that feel in the regular Brunch Weasel. Definitely worth trying if you like the Beer Geek series.

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Photo of soulgrowl
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Jet black with a tight, dark, oily brown foam, like espresso with good crema. The aroma is all woodland and spice, cedar and oak, vanilla and cacao, coffee, paprika, coriander, and mace. Licorice, molasses, mission figs, and tobacco also chime in. The first sip impresses but doesn't wow, leading with pure licorice, followed by bergamot, chocolate, tobacco, vanilla, and a hint of brandy, closing on more heat and a vaporous alcoholic kick reminiscent of ouzo or even Jaegermeister. Other than that slightly punchy finish, the alcohol is devilishly well hidden, and it helps keep an otherwise right beer nice and dry - almost light, even. An interesting beer, for sure, but not worth the price.

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Photo of tpd975
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a rich rich deep black hue, tall mocha head good retention and lace.

S: Rich deep acrid coffee, hints of bourbon, light oak, and cane sugar.

T: Damn Damn Good beer. Very Very deep bold espresso. Hints of brown sugar and toffee. The barrel is there but the coffee is forward. Light oak with notes of vanilla and a hint of booze.

M: Full bodied, rich, deep, smooth, good.

D: Mikkel got this one right. Not sure what the others reviewed this one kicks ass.

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Beer Geek Brunch Weasel (Bourbon Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
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