Beer Geek Brunch Weasel - Calvados Edition - Mikkeller ApS
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Reviews by Pahn:
4.2/5 rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
8.5oz bottle into Captain Lawrence tulip.
Appearance: Free pour yields a 1/4 inch fizzy tan head that dissipates quickly. Pours oily black. No lacing.
Smell: Excellent caramel pastry aromas highlighted by coffee liqueur. Oaky, with airy roasted malt. Sort of a sharp, fruity sweetness on top that reminds me of fruit and sugar.
Taste: At first, tastes like a really above average stout without any sort of barrel treatment or coffee addition. Lots of caramel and mild-enough-to-be-malt-induced coffee in the finish. Gradually oak and apple brandy come out. Predominantly roasted malt influenced; lots of airy husky flavors that are sort of tinged by the caramel, vanilla oak, and fruity brandy. Coffee almost entirely absent.
Delicious, but honestly not an improvement over Beer Geek Brunch Weasel.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied but just barely. Maybe a touch overcarbonated. Mildly slick. Surprisingly less creamy and decadent than normal Beer Geek Brunch Weasel.
Overall: While in many ways I think this beer is inferior to its non-barrel aged counterpart, I'm actually loving it. The roasted malt is really taking off as opposed to the coffee and cookie dough dominated normal version. The apple element from the Calvados barrels works surprisingly well, even though the mouthfeel and amazing coffee flavors seem to have been sacrificed for it. I would like more oak influence, but what's there is definitely enjoyable.
Great beer. Worth its premium price? Honestly, no, but a nice treat nonetheless.
Serving type: bottle
10-19-2012 05:30:47 | More by Pahn
More User Reviews:
4.33/5 rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from the 8.5 ounce bottle into a snifter. Just realized this beer cost me about $2 an ounce. Yikes.
Pours thick and viscous from the bottle, but produces very little head. What head is there is more lace-like and light espresso in color. The liquid is pitch black and opaque.
As I poured the beer, I got some of the aroma, particularly an oakiness and sherry. From the glass, these still figure prominently. There are some sweet malt aromas, dark roasted malt, and dark chocolate present too, but I don't detect any coffee. There's a booziness on the nose that informs me I'm in for a big beer. Wait, a sec, there's a faint sweet coffee aroma.
Oh my, how did all that coffee go undetected on the nose? I get lots of coffee with my first taste, like a mellow cold-brew, followed by oak, sherry, and even some whisky notes. Despite the sherry and whisky, this beer actually drinks very smoothly, has a pleasant, creamy, viscous feel to it, and almost no heat. The finish provides a nice lingering baker's chocolate too, which I'm a sucker for.
I must say I like this beer quite a bit, but it's one-timer at the price I paid. For all its uniqueness, I'm still more inclined to find something similar at a fraction of the price.
Serving type: bottle
03-07-2014 03:37:10 | More by ONovoMexicano
4.08/5 rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Picked this bottle up at Hill Farmstead back in 2012. Poured into my Duvel tulip.
A - Poured a deep, dark black with a nice quarter inch mocha head that fades to leave a sudsy halo and light clouds. A few heavy chunks did flop in to the glass at the end though.
S - Aromas of dark, bitter chocolate. Light roasted nuttiness, faint coffee. Not getting much Calvados though.
T - Taste is similar to the nose, nice dark chocolate, faint roast malts, lingering espresso on the finish. Between that is a very nice apple brandy touch. Rich and roasty, similar to a cup of black coffee with some brandy added. Pleasant.
M - Mouthfeel is nice and thick, lightly carbonated. Not nearly as much booze as I thought there would have been.
O - Overall this was a fun, tasty stout. I wish the nose was better, but, all things considered this was a fun drink.
Serving type: bottle
02-06-2014 23:11:36 | More by rudzud
Beer Geek Brunch Weasel - Calvados Edition from Mikkeller ApS
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