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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 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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Photo of thecheapies
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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Photo of scottfrie
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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Photo of rodlavers
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of Jsenay
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Darrell. Very excited about this one, as I am a huge fan of the base beer.

The beer is very dark brown, nearing black, with a thick beige head that lingers for several minutes before settling as a viscous, oily, 1/4" layer of head atop the beer.

The aroma offers barrels, coffee, roast, oak, light booze. Fantastic.

The flavor does not disappoint. Excellent. Well balanced. Plenty of roast and barrel character. Delicious.

Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Palate coating.

A superb offering from Mikkeller. I definitely recommend this outstanding brew.

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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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Photo of WesM63
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 8.5oz bottle into a large snifter.

A: Pours near pitch black with a tiny dark mocha colored head. Very minor retention and lacing are present.

S: Smells of roasted malts and brandy. A tiny hint of oak and maybe coffee and vanilla.

T: Much stronger than the nose. On the tongue you're hit with some vanilla sweetness then comes the coffee and finishes with the brandy. You get a long aftertaste were all flavors are present.

M: Full body, plenty of carbonation.

O: Downright superb. It really does sneak up on you and takes you for quite the ride. The flavors last and the brandy is not overpowering. Excellent BA Stout.

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Photo of hamster
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured unto a chalice this deep dark beer surprised me. Upon opening, coffee was moderate to the nose yet very aromatic. Initial drink feel was surprisingly large and serious yet tempered quickly with nuisances of clove, lightly sweet cinnamon, anise and salt (more akin to a Fleur de sel) Really a very cherishible beel but for the serious minded as this is more a stout than otherwise noted and more for those interested in exploring the darker depths beer can offer.

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

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some light hints of brown at the edges when held up to the light. The beer has a very thin tan head that reduces to an extremely thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Strong aromas of apple brandy with some more moderate notes of coffee, dark roasted malts, and light chocolate hints.

T: This beer is complex and very well balanced. The flavors start with dark roasted malts and apple brandy. Next the coffee flavor comes out and finally there are notes of bittersweet chocolate. Some light lingering bitterness is experienced.

M: Medium to full bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and coats the inside of your mouth.

O: Delicious - perfect combination of flavors in this one (even better than the original). Alcohol is very well hidden and I would happily sit on this beer for hours.

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Photo of metter98
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a very thin tan head that quickly dissipated, leaving lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface.
S: The smell has aromas of apple brandy along with some notes of coffee.
T: The beer has strong tastes of chocolate, coffee beans and apples from the brandy (no alcohol is noticeable)
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and very smooth on the palate. The beer coats your mouth and has a moderate amount of carbonation. No warmth from the alcohol is noticeable.
O: This beer is quite easy to drink considering its strength—no alcohol is perceptible in the taste—and has a great balance among the flavors. The barrel aging in calvados barrels does not overpower the taste of the underlying beer and instead nicely complements it.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No freshness dating on the bottle

A= Pours a deep black color with a dark brown color head that falls slowly to a ring around the glass. The head holds great lacing on the side of the glass.

S= The smell is a really strange mix. Lots of coffee and toffee. I actually get a lot of caramel in it and a sweet boozyness. I don't know what Calvados is but it smell like a brandy or something. The barrel is very prominate.

T= Again a great mix of coffee stout and booze. The booze isn't as bad as I thought it was. The taste hides it nicely. A sweet booze again I think brandy or something similar. A little alcohol flavor comes through but not too much. The flavor profile keeps the alcohol in check.

M= Super thick and creamy. Much thicker than the regular edition I think.

O= This is a tasty brew. I've heard it's boozy but this wasn't too boozy for me. It actually seemed pretty well tamed. Try this beer and seek it out. This is a lovely brew.

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Photo of gford217
3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

250ml bottle.

Pours pitch black with a small tan head, looking just like all the other weasel variants I've tried.

Aroma is boozy and roasty, those are the words that come to mind. There is some charred black malts, espresso, but also some green apple sweetness and caramelized sugar.

The taste is even sweeter with the fruits still there but also an interesting butterscotch type sweetness. Coffee and barrel character dominate. Thick, roasty and dark, seriously boozy.

Mouthfeel is bitter, roasty and heavy on the barrel character.

Good stuff, though a bit harsh right now, though that's what I've come to expect from Mikkeller barrel beers.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Small bottle into a 25cl Duvel tulip. Thanks to Tony for sharing. Enjoyed along with the Cognac and Islay treatments as well.

A: Identical to the Cognac version, which is to say a pitch black body with a thin, fine head of light brown foam that settles into a ring. Pretty nice.

S: Very similar to the Cognac here as well, with coffee, spice, booze, and wood. Not much Calvados per se, but still good.

T: Ok, here's some fruitiness up front, with bitter and spicy coffee and roast filling in behind. Very spicy booze on the finish. A little harsh.

M: Soft, creamy, well-carbonated and full-bodied. Excellent.

O: I really enjoyed this one, but much like with the Cognac I didn't think the barrel added enough, but rather just took away from the amazing coffee dominance of the base beer. Still, it's a tasty, intense brew in its own right.


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Photo of brystmar
3.89/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared by Joey, thanks!

Black pour, medium brown head. Whiskey barrels and booze in the nose, balanced against the dark roasty malt backbone.

Roasty, boozy flavor profile with calvados whiskey at the forefront. Taste is extremely dark overall. Tons of booze; could really use time to mellow out.

A nice variation on the BGB base, though I do prefer the base beer.

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Photo of Tim460
4.95/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a stout glass.

- Appearance was jet black. I poured aggressive and got a two finger brown head. The head had a bit of a reddish tint to it.

- The smell on this beer was incredible, the Calvados (apple, brandy) was apparent, roasted malts, oak, coffee. The complexity of the scent was really nice.

- There were a lot of flavors I got from this, apples, roasted malts and coffee up front. More roasted malts and nuts in the mid. The finish was crazy, a bit of cocoa, oak, brandy, and slight tobacco. Seems like a lot going on but worked great.

-If there could be any improvement to this beer I wish it was a little heavier on the mouthfeel. The mouthfeel was heavy and smooth but I felt with all the flavors going on it could stand to be even heavier.

Overall this is one of my favorite Mikkellers and one of the best beers I've ever had. It is expensive and hard to find but if your a fan of Mikkeller or very complex flavor profiles this is one to seek out.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a sadly small 8.5oz bottle.

Pours a super thick pitch black topped majestically with a frothy medium dark tan head that just refuses to dissipate. When it does, sticky lacing clings to the glass. Smells of booze, overly roasted malt, milk chocolate, and chalk comprise the nose. First sip is intense with plenty going on with flavors going in and out. Sure there is coffee, charred malt, chocolate, and plenty of booze thanks to the Calvados barrels. The real treat here is the beautiful intense bitter finish that lingers and lingers. Mouthfeel is excellent too. The 10.9% ABV is somewhat hidden.

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Photo of Rickythejeweler
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

8.5 oz. bottle poured into snifter.

A - Jet black, thin mocha head, nice moderate lacing.

S - Wood, cocoa, oats, candi apples, black malts, almonds, light alcohol fumes of brandy.

T - Super complex! Starts with oatmeal, almonds, appleskin, pears, light alcohol; middle is dominated by cocoa powder and dark bitter chocolate; finishes with coffee beans, burnt sugar, black malts, oak.

M- Smooth, full bodied, low carbonation, alcohol and oak linger on your tongue.

O - Impressed, as usual! I love Mikkeller!

Thanks France 44!

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