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Beer Geek Brunch Weasel - Calvados Edition - Mikkeller ApS

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Reviews: 71
Hads: 203
Avg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 42
Gots: 52 | FT: 5
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Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ZombiesAteMyDog on 04-26-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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4.21/5  rDev +0.7%

4.21 Beer Geek Brunch Weasel - Calvados Edition
--- -Jay- -Jon- -Anth- -Vin- -Avg- Weight
A - 4.00 4.00 ------- 3.75 3.92 10%
S - 4.25 3.75 ------- 4.50 4.17 20%
T - 4.25 4.00 ------- 4.75 4.33 40%
M - 4.00 4.00 ------- 4.25 4.08 10%
O - 4.00 4.00 ------- 4.63 4.21 20%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of olradetbalder
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of xdefeatsy
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of Blackwolf
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a small 8.5 oz bottle into a tulip.

A- Poured a very dark body with a copper/mocha head that held little retention. A saturn ring hugged the sides of the glass with slippery lacing. Decent separation.

S- The Calvados barrel aroma is strong on the nose. A "cognac" alcohol ethanol up front with the barrel comes to play with the roasted coffee. Some bitter cocoa, and warm apple/pear with spiced sugar.

T- Very different from the nose. Lots of transition of coffee from start to finish. A roasted/slightly burnt malt and slightly toasted coffee up front, dark fruit and dark cocoa, molasses and again a bitter strong black coffee finish bringing out dryness and the alcohol. Very boozy. You would expect more "oaky/wood chipped" flavor from the barrel on the nose, but it is a surprising turn of taste and very unique to the style.

MF- Full bodied! Light carbonation... Semi-sticky. Also warming as this gem opens up more. Not as aggressive as I was anticipating, but some more carb bite and a slicker body would be a bit more up my alley on this beer.

O- Don't expect to find this at a "cheap" price anywhere. This is very much a quality beer, and for the Imperial stout style, this is only a buy you could appreciate for what it is. If you are a huge fan of the style, go for it. Regardless of the pretty penny I spent on the weasel, it was still worth it!

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4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

250ml bottle. The weasel and apple depiction on the label is just not as amusing as Hop City's Barking Squirrel squirrel.

This beer pours a deep black abyss of 'colour', with very, very slight basal cola highlights and one finger of tightly foamy, somewhat bubbly dark milk chocolate head, which leaves a few limestone arches of drooping lace around the glass as it quickly settles.

It smells of sweet, pungent, toasted caramel/toffee malt, treacle, dry coffee bean-tinted chocolate, mild anise, musty apples, a bit of oaken vanilla, and some simmering herbal liqueur. The taste is more sweet caramel malt, with strong molasses and hardwater taffy aspects, softly smooth cafe mocha, long-opened black licorice strings, weighty apple brandy - with the subtle woodiness and attendant fruitiness - and some quite restrained earthy, somewhat dusty hops. Only a wisp of alcohol warming makes itself known at this juncture.

The carbonation is pretty much passed out on the couch, the body a sturdy, but still nimble medium-heavy weight, and generally rather smooth, the underpinned booze maybe picking at the tongue just a wee bit. It finishes sweet, the multi-pronged malt density hardly abating at all, but at the same having to contend with a rising prickliness, some of it hop-based, I suppose, but more in the vein of burgeoning booze, both that from the blended barrel notes and the veritable, near 22-proof ABV.

A pretty enjoyable, if necessarily sipping bevy, the hipster coffee and Calvados essences applied with a gentle daub, rather than a funnel. Perfect serving size, as the complex sweetness does get a bit slavish after a while, which in no way should detract from my recommendation to at least try this particular iteration of the Beer Geek Brunch.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.43/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

8oz. bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Frothy dark mocha head with decent retention. Beer is thick, viscous black. Lacing is spotty and stringy with ok stick. Huge legs. Solid.

Nose is big and bold. Liquorice, barrel, roasted malt, and chocolate. Strong booziness. The usually apparent kopi coffee is distinctly missing. Not as good as the original.

Opens chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, and fudge. Booziness in the middle with a lot of sweetness towards the end. Hot. Molasses. Finishes coffee and cocoa. Good but the barrel presence is too strong that it covers a lot of the complexity here.

Full bodied with low carbonation. Thick and oily in the mouth and hot going down. Messy finish with a long, sticky aftertaste. Great for the style.

This is a solid beer but it goes to show that not everything improves in barrels. A lot of the kopi presence in the original is covered here and the complexity is really lost in the booziness. Still a decent offering, but not close to the non-BA version.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of sbrotschul
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A small bottle (8.5oz), a high price and a brilliant aroma is backed up by a diverse series of tastes and experiences while tasting this complex beer. I'm unsure if I would buy more, but it was worth the price for a taste. The Weasel isn't for an every-day situation, nor is it for the light hearted: it is a kick-in-the-tail shot of coffee, brandy apples, caramel and creativity.

Appearance (4.5). The appearance is dark, dark, dark. I've seen motor oil look lighter after being in a car for 30K+ miles.. Made my snifter look spooky, like the moonless sky (right now: I'm not kidding. It is about to storm again). Its personal: I like the dark coffee roasts. No real head after the initial pour, no lacing.

Smell (5.0). The smell takes over your nose and throat. Slight burning from the alcohol and the barrel, roast coffee and chocolate. Hints of sweet apple. God bless Normandy -- they can do brandy right.

Taste (4.5). Boozy taste, with all of the flavors you can smell. And, there's always the bacon or sausage undertones which makes this beer want to feel as if we should have it with steak and eggs.

Mouthfeel (3.5). A thick mouthfeel. Full. No carbination. The booze doesn't burn, but at 10.5%, it's there.

Overall (4.5). Another great barrel aged beer by Mikkeller. Encore! (And: bigger bottles -- I couldn't/wouldn't/won't share this one ... so I purchased a bottle for my brother.)

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Treyliff
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #150.

Reviewed at The Avenue Pub, New Orleans. Served in a snifter.

A- pours pitch black with no light creeping through, a small tan creamy head that quickly reduces to a small layer with no lace.

S- smoky malt, coffee, melted dark chocolate, dried fig, brown sugar, Just a bit of earthy woody notes from the barrel.

T- Dark fruits, booze, chocolate, tobacco, molasses, licorice, burnt toasty malt, sweet dark dried cherries, coffee and earthy oak. Very complex.

M- light carbonation, medium-heavy body, super creamy and velvety mouthfeel.

O- Big and bold, hi lighted by dark fruits, chocolate and coffee. The only thing that kept me from grading the taste a 5 was the booze. Although considering the ABV, it's hidden pretty well. I thoroughly enjoyed this one and would drink again if I ever had the chance.

Opening a second bottle, now 3 years old for comparison.

Pours motor oil thick with a few floaties creeping out of the bottle. The aroma is much more dark fruit forward, with the calvados aroma seeming a lot bolder as well. It actually smells more like a fine brandy with the alcohol mellowing out as well. Taste- the smoky malts have mellowed out, developing into dark rich chocolate. There's some dark brandy flavors mixing with some oak poking through, along with some apple skin. The coffee has faded but is certainly still present. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy with low carbonation, slightly chalky finish. Review on 3 year old bottle- 4.25-4.5-4.75-4.5-4.5

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Photo of CruisaC
3.48/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up a few months back. Have to say I was a smidge irked at the cost per ounce factor with this one. I'm trying to remember how many Mikkeler beers I've actually purchased---not many.

Pours standard stout ish with a mocha head. Nice coating of the glass.

Smell is really....unique. Some worchestshire/soy, some coffee, raisin, and oak barrel. Not sure what I think of this.

Hmmm. Unfortunately I'm getting more of the savory aspects off the aroma--not a good thing. Could I have an off bottle? Can't imagine this being a mainstream flavor. Some coffee sneaking in towards the end but the sweetness for the barrel im not getting.

A little carbonation forward for my preference.

Meh, I'm not loving this. I feel like I could have been a little more harsh as well, just not my thing.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of boredalready
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rutager
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing a beer before 9am? I must be in Vegas!

Appearance. Pours black with just a skim of bubbly, creamy coffee coulured head that rises up from the depths of a Bellagio wine glass.

Smell. Dark roasty malts, a brandy-conac boozyness, dark bitter chocolate and some cold espresso.

Taste. Dark bitter unsweetened chocolate, tannic wood, roasty dark malts and brandy.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, seems a bit thin for the taste coming through, low carbonation, some soothing warmth.

Overall. Nice big stout with a complementary amount of warm brandy boozyness.

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3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle to brandy snifter.

A - Dark black. Half a finger of brown head formed and reduced to a ring around the glass.

S - A big mix of coffee and roasted malts in the nose. Not much of the barrel comes through at all.

T - Very boozy up front. Roasted malts and coffee are dominant with some lighter char and oak flavours present as well. A very light apple flavour in the background that you almost have to search for to find.

M - Full body. Light to modoerate carbonation.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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Beer Geek Brunch Weasel - Calvados Edition from Mikkeller ApS
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