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Beer Geek Brunch Weasel - Calvados Edition - Mikkeller ApS

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195 Ratings
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Ratings: 195
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 40
Gots: 50 | FT: 4
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Denmark

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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Photo of ngeunit1
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark black with a bit of brown with a finger of frothy chocolate-khaki colored head. Fades normal.

S - Dark chocolate, roasted coffee, oak, apple brandy, molasses, black licorice, caramel malts, milk chocolate, some booze.

T - Dark chocolate, roasted coffee, oak, apple brandy, earthy hops and some bitterness, black licorice, molasses, caramel malts, milk chocolate and vanilla, some booze.

M - Full-minus bodied with mild carbonation. Super smooth with a sweet, roasted, and warming finish.

D - Really nice balance. Great complexity added by the calvados barrel aging.

Photo of AlexFields
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of spycow
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of BrownNut
4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle to tulip, served nearly room temp.

A - 4.0 - Black, with a smallish tan head of nice creamy texture that dissipates moderately quickly down to a stable cap. Gross little white blobs in the bottom of the glass rob this of a quarter point.

S - 4.5 - Smells great, not at all what I was expecting. Was expecting more coffee. Instead there's a lovely sweetness and a dry woody maltiness.

T - 4.75 - What an interesting mix of flavors, layers, and sensations. There's a sweet malty buttery roundness at the base of it, which certainly has a substantial chocolate note, but a very mature one. Then there's something lighter above that that's sort of just the carrier for the chocolate sweetness but isn't itself all that sweet. It's subtle and tasty and I think must be the purportedly mild coffee making itself known.

Mixed in is a maltiness of a sort I'm not sure I've had before, but which is really delicious.

Meanwhile there's a substantial dryness and a tartness warring above the sweet round level. It's dry on one level almost instantly upon getting into the mouth, whereas that usually leans closer to the aftertaste, while downstairs from there is the very mellow, mild and smooth roundness. But then towards the aftertaste, that dryness is accompanied by a nice boozy note that brings on warm fumes after swallowing. I'll take 11% in something like this any day of the week.

The aftertaste is at once sweet and dry, with a faint hint of the barrel spirit.

M - 4.5 - The taste and the mouthfeel are more difficult to tease apart in this one than in many because they seem to blend together. There is a rich, silken smoothness to the sweet note almost suspended in a lighter, waterier vehicle that I'll guess comes from the coffee. This is so interesting in the mouth.

O - 4.75 - Wow, this is so impressive and so delightfully complex. I bought it as a sort of novelty since I'm not usually big on deliberately coffeed-up beers, but what a surprise. This is gourmet stuff. It's artful. This is one of the most interesting beers I've had, which is exactly what I'm searching for. I'm trying to think how I'd improve it, and I'm thinking maybe a bit more char to stiffen up its body along with a bit more assertive coffee, both to really blast me up a notch, but then the gentle mellow roundness of one of its layers might not get to show its subtle self as I believe it was intended based on what I've read about this coffee. Really great as is. Plus I think this is about 9 months old now, so it might have been stiffer up front. I like it like this though. I have to find more.

Photo of ScottP
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of mjw1200
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of ipc2000
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Dodgesbullets
1/5  rDev -76.4%

Photo of MrRockstar
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of nrbw23
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours is jet black with a pretty thin tan head. Head becomes a nice little layer of foam that hangs onto the edges. Not a whole lot of retention.

S- Smells of coffee, roasted grain, dark chocolate, calvados, prunes, figs, and dates fill the nose.

T- Taste is a lot like the nose for sure. A bit hot from the alcohol. Quite smooth and a lot going on here as well.

M- Full in body and fairly low in carbonation.

O- A really nice brew and a sipper for sure. I liked about everything about this one except the price.

Photo of chippo33
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of wd40
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown/black appearance. Smokey aroma with coffee and what I'm assuming is a bit of calvados barrel! Interesting and quite pleasant. Often smoke can be overpowering but this is nicely balanced with the rest of the aromas. The taste delivers what the aroma foreshadowed with the addition of some chocolate. Decent carbonation. Overall very good beer. Mikkeller is often hit or miss and this is definitely a hit. If the alcohol was slightly better hidden and the price was better (it was very expensive for such a little bottle!) I'd give it an 4.5 overall. Worth seeking out and trying if it can be found at a decent price.

Photo of scrob
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'll buy and split with my brother I said, but alas, I cannot wait and must drink now:

Appearance: jet black with minimal tan head that quickly dissipates. some thin lacing sticking around.
Aroma: toasted wood, coffee, a little smoke in there. sweet too
Taste: as expected with oaky, vanilla, even some dark cherry sweetness. nice subtle smoke.
Mouthfeel: Medium- Medium Full, not many bubbles. Smokiness and some bitterness linger nicely.
Overall: my first Beer Geek Brunch beer, I'm very pleased and wish I had another one for Christmas brunch (with my bother!)

Photo of Jordantb313
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Prost76
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of sendbeer
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Grant35
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of MasterSki
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Beer Revolution back in August. Shared with Tom and Jason at Soma Bierhaus. Some sort of tulip glass was presumably used.

A - Tan foam settles to a thick collar, partial cap, and a few specks of lace. Body is pitch black. Pretty impressive for a high-ABV barrel-aged stout.

S - The apple notes of the calvados are immediately present, mingling with coffee, vanilla, cocoa, char, smoke, fruity yeast notes, and a bit of sugary malts. It's definitely got the Scandinavian vibe to it, and it's quite good.

T - The taste is also quite nice, with a similar blend of coffee, apple brandy notes, caramel, cocoa and oaky vanilla. The finish has a bit more char and oak than I prefer, but it's fairly characteristic of Mikkel's stouts.

M - Smooth, medium-full body, with lower carbonation, minimal alcohol warming, and a sticky and viscous finish. The brandy barrel-aging doesn't impart much in the way of tannic character; I'm guessing the barrels had been used a number of times by the distillery before being used for beer.

D - This was better than the cognac version. Other than the stupidly expensive pricing I'd happily drink this again. Perhaps Chicago will actually get subsequent batches now that Shelton has ditched Windy City. Could easily drink a bottle on my own.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Oh, I've already had Beer Geek Brunch Weasel. Oh, this is aged in wood? Yeah, I'll take a little. From a tiny 250 ml bottle split three ways, on to the beer:

This one is black as ink with a tanned colored head. Good lace spashes around the glass. The wood aging has added the aroma of smoked wood to the nose, in addition to the roasted coffee and burnt sugar notes. Similar to the aroma, the taste goes down a similar path. The smoked wood flavor is very noticable. Coffee and bitter chocolate follow afterwards. Kisses of herbal hops add a delicate layer. Vague smoke also. The beer is heavy, chewy, and low in carbonation. An aftertaste of coffee and wood lingers on.

A tasty stout, and a great way to wake yourself up in the late morning.

Photo of birchstick
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours black with a small chocolate head on top

S - apple brandy, dark chocolates, rich coffee all ascend out of the glass into my nose

T - sweet brandy upfront moves on to rich, dark chocolates. These move on to a bitter, rich coffee flavor and a touch of vanilla. Big and bold flavors in this one.

M - smooth, watery, and full

D - pretty good barrel-aged stout. This has very rich coffee flavors, almost too much to make the coffee distracting from the rest of the flavors present. Worth the price? It's a Mikkeller beer...

Photo of Rutager
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of c_patton
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Jeffo
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this one at Geers in Gent a while back.

From a 25cl bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Thicker, sludgy black pour yields a one finger, thicker looking, tan colored head with good retention. Head slowly fades to a thin wisp and ring. Thick black body with no carbonation evident. A ring remains with a few dots of wisp, but leaves no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Big calvados brandy on the nose for sure. Vanilla, woody notes, light cherry aromas from the barrels, then some burnt and charred malts, dark chocolate and light notes of molasses. Big alcohol notes and lots of barrel, though the burnt malts still manage to punch through. Good stuff.

TASTE: Lots of flavor, though quite boozy as well. Lots of brandy, vanilla and cedar wood up front, with a burst of burnt and charred malts, ash, and roasted chocolate through the middle into the swallow. More alcohol and brandy barrel on the finish, lots of bitter dark chocolate, burnt coffee beans, sweet molasses and charred flavors lingering on the palate, battling against the brandy barrel. Very flavorful and bold, though a touch too boozy still. The charred base beer amazingly holds up against the strong barrel aging.

PALATE: Medium body and slightly higher levels of carbonation. A little light perhaps, but creamy enough on the palate, goes down alright with a little scratch and finishes slightly sticky on the palate. Some heat lingers.

OVERALL: This is a challenging beer, as the flavors are very intense and there is so much barrel and massive base beer working together here. The flavors are big and bold, and the base beer is able to hold up against the barrel aging. I'm quite the fan of the Brunch series, though this one falls slightly short of some of the others due to a relatively light mouthfeel, though that is only comparatively speaking, and it still being slightly too boozy. In the end, this is a very good barrel aged imperial stout that I wouldn't hesitate to get again. Cheers!

Photo of stakem
3.33/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tiny 8oz bottle or so into a matching Mikkeller teku glass. Thanks go to baconsausage for hooking me up with this brew during a trade we did sometime ago. The brew pours black with a finger of mocha head that slowly fades leaving some spots of lacing effect on the glass. For being 10+ % the cap holds fairly well. A swirl revives a finger of dark brown cap back to the surface and paints the glassware with stringy fingers of lace.

The aroma has some fairly sharp alcohol notes that are caught between solvent and fusel in nature. There is some fruity alcohol esters but I cant really claim that they smell at all like the expected apple brandy. In fact, it smells quite similar to the cognac version but maybe with a greater focus on solvent booze if memory serves me correct. There is a faint amount of roast and earthy quality that is faintly reminiscent of the kopi luwak character I enjoy so much in the base beer. At times, it is a bit ashy with hints of tobacco and leather. As it warms up, the alcohol character gets increasingly more spirit accented but in a very neutral way which is strange.

The taste is very ashy and bitter with roast elements like charred grain. Tobacco and hints of earthiness are present but all flavors are a bit trumped by the huge solvent/fusel alcohol inclusion. The booziness is borderline numbing to the palate and hits with a presence much more focused and stronger than you would expect for 10%. The aftertaste has a mild fruited alcohol ester.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew. It is dry and ashy with seemingly a thin feel possibly from the big alcohol impact. At times though, it has a bit of cling and oily feel to the mouth. I honestly dont know what to think of this. I love the base beer but this is an entirely different monster with an excessive alcohol presence that doesn't really show itself as barrel aged but more like it has been reinforced by the spirit itself instead of the barrel treatment. I wanted to like this... I really did. Color me disappointed and pissed at the ridiculous cost these Mikkeller beers go for.

Beer Geek Brunch Weasel - Calvados Edition from Mikkeller ApS
94 out of 100 based on 195 ratings.