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Beer Geek Brunch Weasel - Calvados Edition - Mikkeller ApS

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186 Ratings
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Ratings: 186
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 39
Gots: 52 | FT: 4
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: ZombiesAteMyDog on 04-26-2012)
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Photo of JohnnyMc
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another beer from Mikkeller!

Pours out pitch black with a small, mocha/tan head that dissipates quickly.

The aroma has a lot of coffee, dark chocolate, burnt malt and a decent amount of apple.

The taste is dominated by dark chocolate, coffee and burnt malt, but there are subtle amounts of vanilla in there and oak notes. The apple flavor comes in during the middle and really brightens the beer up and there are sweeter toffee and caramel notes that smooth the beer out.

This is full bodied, rich and creamy with a decent amount of bitterness. There is no alcohol smell, but there is a definite burn going down.

I really, really enjoyed this beer, but for a 8.5oz bottle at $14 it's a bit too high of a price for me to revisit. If it wasn't as expensive I would buy this again.

JohnnyMc, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of facundoCNB
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

poured a flat black with a very small amount of tan head which quickly dissipated. dark fruity smells arose instantly. floral with some smokiness, definitely not your average smelling stout.

a very port wine like taste. grapes, roasted grains, coffee, dirt, tobacco.
full body/low carbonation. nice and creamy yet very silky and smooth.

honestly, it's a great stout, but having to eat the shipping cost from mail order..plus the cost of $18 for an 8oz bottle makes it very hard to decide whether it was worth it or not. nonetheless, it was a great full bodied stout with a twist.

facundoCNB, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of kevanb
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

8.5oz bottle poured into a snifter, reviewed live.

The beer pours a deep jet black color, minor hues of dark brown when held to the light, but this is certainly a black worthy of the worth abyss. A tiny caramel colored head appears and dissipates very quickly, no real lacing to speak of and poor head retention, a vigorous swirling of the glass does recall the head but only for a brief moment. The aroma is strong with alcohol presence, prickly in the nose, coffee and hearty fruit come through as well, with a smooth chocolate malt finish. Chocolate greets the tongue straight away, great brandy flavor, tart apples and pitted fruit, great roast from the coffee. The Kopi Luwak coffee adds such a great touch and really plays up the hint of tartness and fruit presence. The body is great, smooth, rich and coats the mouth very well and lends to a great finish.

Verdict: Really tasty stout from Mikkeller and a great take on the Beer Geek Brunch. I love the weasel variant as it stands, but the Calvados barrel edition is very intriguing and plays with the coffee so well. I know that the beer is expensive to make, but the one drawback to this, is certainly the cost, especially for only 8.5 ounces.

kevanb, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of Treyliff
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Treyliff, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of wordemupg
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

250ml bottle poured into flute 2/9/12

A shes a pretty dark brew with just a thin dark cola edge, a thumbs width of dark mocha foam quickly falls to a thin film leaving just a few random patches of lace
I noticed some legs coming down the side of the glass, not well defined but there

S boozy coco powder, bakers chocolate, and that lovely coffee shit out by little jungle cats, there's some dark fruits and woody earthy tones but the barrel mark is rather tame on the nose. the booze stings just a little but the other aspects go a long way for this one

T MUCH more barrel in the mouth, the Calvados comes out strong in the mouth and I like it, I swear I can even taste a little apple but it might just be my mind playing tricks. the dark roast is hard too miss, some smokey char I didn't smell and the coffees almost burnt, lots of flavor going on here. If it wasn't for the booze this one would be perfect

M thick for sure but needs just a few more bubbles too give it some life, not as much heat as one would guess but there's a little burn. I might have got a little stuck in my teeth and will surly be tasting this tomorrow

O if you like a big rich, boozy, barreled coffee stout pick one up. pretty solid stuff no matter how you look at it

One of the more expensive brews I've had recently but I had too pick up several of them. I'm not sure how age will treat these bad boys, the great coffee flavors might fade but the unwanted booze should fade as well. I suppose I might need too give a little too take a little, I'll let you know how it works out!!

wordemupg, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of popery
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours back with a thin brown head. Viscous, heavy. No lacing.

Nice aroma. Big coffee, dark chocolate and roast. Plenty of caramel sweetness holding it all up. The barrel comes through with some relatively muted apple flavor. You can smell that sweet, thick calvados aroma. It works well, but it's not up to the cognac version - I really like what cognac barrels do to stouts, though.

Sweet and bitter. Lots of dark chocolate and caramel with coffee and roast undertones. The calvados barrel seems to give it a dry edge in the finish. Perhaps because of that, it feels a bit boozier than the cognac version. Still absolutely delicious stuff.

Thick. Relatively low carbonation. A bit sticky but not in a bad way. That booze edge in the finish does threaten to take things in a harsh direction, but it's fairly mild.

A very good barrel-aged imperial coffee stout. I prefer the sweeter barrel flavor of the cognac version, but this is still a delicious beer, and it's fun to taste the effect of calvados barrel-aging.

popery, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of Nightrain87
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Nightrain87, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of RyanGoodman
4.75/5  rDev +12%

RyanGoodman, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of sunkistxsudafed
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- poured into a tulip, a moderately agressive pour leaves less than a centimeter of khaki head ontop of a very silky black beer. as the bubble burst along the edge of the glass, the legs of this beer begin to dance. gorgeous.

S- rich dark fruit aromas meet the nose. Along with a very sweet coffee smell. Chocolate and dark malts are also in there as well. No sign of the apple brandy, though.

T- here we go. this is complex; dark malts, chocolate, figs, and coffee all are there. I get the barrels in the taste, which only add that much ore complexity to this already amazing beer.

M- silk. just the right amount of carbonation (low) and a slight oiliness from the barrels.

O- if this was cheaper i would drink it every day. But at about $2/oz, this is usually way out of my price range. An exellent beer to treat yourself too if you want to taste the finest weasel shit in the world!

sunkistxsudafed, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of mrfrancis
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pour is jet black with a thin, rapidly dissipating tan mousse.

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

T: Notes of roasted grain, calvados, toasted coconut, prunes, figs, Medjool dates, raisins, coffee, dark chocolate, and vanilla bean linger on the palate. The finish is rich and smooth with notes of vanilla, chocolate, and coffee underscored by mellow alcohol.

M: Full-bodied and a little drier than one would expect. Carbonation is initially prickly, but dies away rather quickly. Alcohol is punchy. This is definitely a slow sipper.

O: This is a very nice barrel-aged stout and I would gladly try it again if I could find it. The aging in calvados casks imparts some nice fruit flavors to this beer that merge really well with the grain, chocolate, and coffee notes one typically expects to see in a stout. Despite this beer's high price, I recommend it highly, and if you're already a fan of Mikkeller, you owe it to yourself to track this one down.

mrfrancis, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of ohtheguilt
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

ohtheguilt, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of phingdong
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

phingdong, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of Casedogg43
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hesitant to try this Mikkeller, due to my disappointment in the cognac weasel that I tried a while back.
Well, I guess I don't enjoy the cognac. But this calvados brew was superb!

A: pitch black with a avg dark mocha head. Nice retention and lacing

S: Roated coffee, brandy come through

T: Terrific. Has some vanilla sweetness then comes the coffee Into play followed by the smooth brandy blend!

M: above medium feel. My style. And smooth.

O: can't say enough about this one. Well, I will say at $14 a 8 oz is a thick pocket feel too.
But it was worth it! I recommend highly.

Casedogg43, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cute 8.5 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Uinta brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are through the roof; I loved the original and the other aged version of this beer - and Mikkel is me favourite brewer in the world. 10.9% confirmed.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm considerably over the course of consumption. Side-poured gently; I wanted to see it.

I regret that I have to serve this into improper glassware, but I'm celebrating a job offer and I want to fucking drink it.

Paired with white pizza.

A: Pours a quarter finger beautiful rich tan colour head of fantastic cream, excellent thickness, and pretty good retention considering the high ABV. Good lacing. A very vibrant head; quite appealing. Colour is a solid black. Nontransparent and opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Rich refined coffee, rich chocolate, cream, hints of roast, brilliantly subtle caramelization, nicely layered dark malts comprising the foundation, java, and some liquer - Bailey's comes to mind. It's very subtle and inviting, yet merely mild to moderate in strength. I'm excited to try it. No yeast comes through, and the alcohol that does emerge is pleasant rather than boozy or hot.

T: Rich exquisite coffee, some heat on the climax (likely from the alcohol), very nicely chosen dark malts, some tinges of roast, chocolate, cream, cream liquer, a milky note, subtle hints of caramelization, and some liquer. Apple is prominent throughout - mainly red apple, with some green in there (but no sourness or tang). The apple adds an interesting dimension, but I don't know that it's ideal per se for the balance. The apple strengthens on the finish, and seems to get the last laugh. I like it quite a bit. A full-bodied, tasty all around beer. Lots of diversity of flavour, yet somehow he makes it work. It's a masterclass in complexity. No yeast comes through.

Mf: Perfect thickness. Wonderful cream, but it's inconsistent (compare the finish to the body). Ideal carbonation. It's a bit too far on the smooth side of the smoothness-coarseness scale, but only a biteen. A bit too wet as well, especially for the style.

Dr: I think I prefer the other versions of this beer, but this is a fantastic (albeit pricey) offering from Mikkeller, and is a must for calvados fans. It met my high expectations, but didn't blow me away. A fantastic brew in the style. Hides its ABV magnificently. Very drinkable and enjoyable. I'd have it again with some mild age on it.

B+

kojevergas, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

TheSevenDuffs, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of Cheezus
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Cheezus, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of jrenihan
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is black with a small tan head. Head dissipates quickly.

Smell is heavy. Brandy is strong, quite boozy. Wood, some smoke. Molasses, apple, raisins, prune. A fair bit going on, fairly intense. Strong.

Flavour contains oatmeal, coffee, brandy, apple. raisin. Wood, vanilla in the aftertaste. Alcohol. Fairly hot.

Full bodied, low carbonation. Silky smooth. Alcohol burn. If not for the burn, a really nice feeling beer.

Overall, some really nice flavours but the booze is too strong. Tone it down and this would be great.

jrenihan, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of marvin213
4/5  rDev -5.7%

marvin213, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of bsuedekum
4.75/5  rDev +12%

bsuedekum, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of BeerBucks
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

BeerBucks, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of thecheapies
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

8.5oz bottle into a brandy snifter. So very excited to try this.

Black. The beer... is black. Holy cow, is it black! Vigorous pour scrounged up about three or four millimeters of dark khaki foam. Swirling it around with force merely doubles the height of the head and shows off the legs. Looks like espresso. Period.

Dark roasty aroma with pinches of peat and smoke. Motherlode of dark fruit like blackberries and plums. Dark cocoa and espresso match up together with the dusty chocolate taking over. Vanilla chimes in as it warms and settles. Not ringing with sweetness, but it is odorously sweet. There's enough char and malt bitterness in the nose to postpone that. Traces of barrel wood creep in, but there is a defining liquor note of brandy. The apple is either muddled or overpowered. Be careful snorting this one too hard, you might catch a buzz because the beer is a bit hot.

The taste. Rich stout-y flavors upfront with tantamount roastiness and a firm malt bitterness piling with a peaty character and wood from the barrel aging. There is a light green apple candy flavor that is married to the exquisite complexity of the taste of brandy and the warmth of alcohol. The vanilla is very light and overmatched by burnt flavors of espresso and dark chocolate. The finish is heady and very bitter. A Mikkeller home run.

Thick and soupy with mild carbonation. Not gluggy. Super smooth and rich, like chocolate milk. Minus a punchy booze note, it feel superb.

Best Mikkeller beer tasted to-date. Award goes to the Calvados barrel for Best Supporting Role. Not overpoweringly strong or brandy-like or woody or coffee-forward. Just a cornucopia of great flavors that all work together rather harmoniously. A beefy beer, to be sure, but delicate and complex like all of the other great barrel-aged stouts. One glass risen very high.

thecheapies, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of scottfrie
3.53/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

8.5oz bottle purchased for $13. Ouch. Poured into snifter.

A: Pours deep black with a finger and a half of dark espresso colored head that slowly faded into a thin but well retained film.
S: Sweet notes of apple brandy mix well with rich notes of dark chocolate and coffee. Not especially complex, but those three flavors are easy to pick out.
T: The apple brandy dominates with flavors apple skins and booze, followed by notes of wood, kopi luwak and cocoa powder. I’m not getting as much cat shit coffee as I would have liked, but it is there. Having drank the real stuff from the source and loved it, I should be able to pick it out easily. Fruity.
M: The mouth is strange with this one. The brandy has really dried out the mouthfeel. I don’t think I’ve drank a stout that feels like this on my palate. It’s not necessarily bad, but it is noticeably different. Carbonation is well enough, and the body is just shy of full.
O: Good, but not an improvement on the original. At more than a dollar an ounce, I’m disappointed by this one, especially since the normal weasel was so great. I hope the cognac is better.

scottfrie, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of rodlavers
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into Founders snifter

A. Very dark brown, almost black, with a thin mocha head that disappears pretty quickly. This edition appears a lot less thick than the regular Weasel, probably because of the calvados, and as a result, has this thin/watery element to it -- not in a bad way -- and, in this way, there do not appear to be any "chunks" that were discernible in the regular edition. It looks great.

S. Chocolate, alcohol, coffee, some malt, and a bit of hops, not much though.

T. Definitely taste the Calvados. I am not sure exactly what calvados tastes like normally, but I have tried to regular Weasel several times and this one is certainly influenced by the barrel aging. As a result, there is somewhat less of the other, more prominent flavors so present in the normal version. Still, there is coffee, bitter chocolate, and lots of alcohol. I definitely like it.

M. Smooth with a bitter aftertaste, lets me know the booze has thinned it out. Little carbonation.

O. Very good beer, not sure if I like it better than the regular edition of the Weasel, but it's close. Expensive bottle that was worth trying.

rodlavers, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of Jsenay
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle into a tulip glass

A - Pours tar black with medium carbonation

S - Molasses, plums, raisins, dark chocolate dark sugars and creamy espresso.

T - Rich and full flavors of chocolate espresso, brown sugar, milk sweetness and toffee

M - Very creamy. Lots of warming alcohol. Light and crisp carbonation with a bitter, dry, alcoholic finish. Coffee flavor lingers on the tongue.

O - Absolutely delicious! Like nothing I have ever had before. Perfect balance of flavor. Just reminds me of drinking coffee and cream. Excellent stout that would be perfect on a rainy or cold day.

Jsenay, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of hiphopj5
4.75/5  rDev +12%

hiphopj5, Jul 09, 2012
Beer Geek Brunch Weasel - Calvados Edition from Mikkeller ApS
94 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.