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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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Photo of MasterSki
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of birchstick
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
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...

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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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Photo of Jeffo
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
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!

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Photo of stakem
3.36/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

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Photo of Pahn
4.22/5  rDev +1%
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.

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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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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

250ml bottle 10,9% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.

Appearance: As with the regular Brunch Weasel, the Calvados version is absolutely pitch black, with only the faintest hint of deep red visible along the edge of the glass when back lit. A rough pour yields a good sized mocha coloured head that lasts reasonably well and leaves a few patches of lace. A swirl coats the glass in heavy yellow tinted alcohol legs.

Smell: The initial nose is all coffee and intensely dark chocolate, with virtually no barrel character noted. As the beer warms, the nose begins to open up, with notes of dark caramel, milk chocolate, dark fruits, distinct oak and some Calvados. I am guessing I served this one a little too cold, as once it reached room temperature it smelled pretty damn good. The only flaw is that the Calvados could be a little more prominent.

Taste: As expected, the initial flavour is dominated by coffee and dark chocolate. The Calvados is noted, but as with the nose, I wish it was a little more prominent. Other notes include: Dark caramel, dark fruits (burned raisins and cherries), roasted malt, oak, a touch of smoke and a little liquorice. There is a fair amount of booze in the flavour, but it is not overly bothersome. The finish is fairly bitter and quite dry.

Mouthfeel: Sadly the barrel aging seems to have knocked the body a little bit. Medium (maybe a little over) bodied, fairly oily, with a low level of fairly smooth carbonation.

Overall: I really enjoyed this one, but it just doesn't quite live up to the original. I think a little longer in the Calvados barrels might have done the trick.

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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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Photo of beergoot
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark, near pitch-black body with a thin tan head. Excellent roasted grain, faint cocoa, coffee, and toast smell. Taste is smoky (almost like a smoked sausage), with a complimentary bitterness and acridness wrapping things together; chocolate notes with a fair alcohol warmth peeking through the rich dark grain taste. Medium-heavy body.

A rich, distinctive and unique take on strong stouts. The smokiness in the taste was a real surprise to me, and pleasing overall. A pleasant and tasty surprise...

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Photo of JohnnyMc
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of kevanb
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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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 wordemupg
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
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!!

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Photo of popery
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of sunkistxsudafed
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
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!

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of Casedogg43
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
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.


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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
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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Photo of jrenihan
3.97/5  rDev -5%
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.

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4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

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Beer Geek Brunch Weasel - Calvados Edition from Mikkeller ApS
92 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.