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Jester King / Mikkeller Whiskey Barrel Rodeo - Jester King Brewery

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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.82%
Wants: 174
Gots: 31 | FT: 2
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Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This version of Jester King and Mikkeller’s collaborative imperial oatmeal stout, made with chipotle peppers and smoked malt, was aged for six months in Tennessee whiskey barrels, prior to the addition of a special blend of Vietnamese coffees, including a large portion of authentic Kopi Luwak coffee (a.k.a. “weasel coffee”).

(Beer added by: Mora2000 on 06-18-2012)
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MattU

Texas

5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle into a Jester King Tulip.

Appearance - Jet black. A soft pour produces a one finger, brown head with surprisingly decent retention.

Smell - Coffee, burnt/roasted grains, ash, chocolate, chilies, smoke, warm and perfumy alcohol, oak and slight boubon.

Taste - Follows suit to the nose. Toffee, chocolate, coffee on the tip of the palate gives way to a wash of roasted grain and deep dark stone fruit. The finish is mildly of bourbon and oak. All the while a soft heat and smokiness of chipotle chilies rolls around the palate. Bitterness is moderate and round, tastes more like alcohol bitterness than hop bitterness (which I prefer in a beer like this). Alcohol is well hidden and warm, not the slightest bit hot or assertive.

Mouthfeel - Thick and oily with a soft and fine carbonation. Despite how thick this beer is the high alcohol keeps the palate clean.

Overall - I paid $17.85 for my bomber of whiskey rodeo. I very rarely pay much more than $12 for a bottle of beer, but this was well worth the price tag. Despite the high ABV (12%) this beer is surprisingly easy to drink, and hides the alcohol so very well. A beer this ambitious has a lot of room to fall flat on its face, but this was done so very very well. Interesting and complex, no one flavor or element dominating. Everything in proper balance. Masterfully done. Lightyears beyond what most Texas brewers are doing. A rare jewel... so if you see one... get it!

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 02:39:55 | More by MattU
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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A - Pours a very dark brown with a huge active head that fades quickly.

S - Coffee hits first, then chilies, then finally some bourbon.

T - Taste follows the nose, except more bourbon and chilie heat in the finish.

D - Good carbonationn with a medium to light body.

O - Not sure if the bourbon helped this one. Still a good beer.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an undated bottle from its one and only release into a snifter. Reviewed from notes 12/7/13.

Appearance: A dark brown/black brew with a moderate, persistent tan head. Decent, thick lacing too. Looks like any good stout does.

Smell: Wow, so much whiskey. Wow, even more dark, roasty coffee. I can smell the rare!!! This coffee has a different character than traditional coffee stouts do, pretty sure thats from the weasel shit. The roasted chiles come through here too. So much complexity! This is really fantastic, and I haven't even tasted it yet.

Taste: Does not disappoint. Roasted coffee is ridiculous. How has this not faded in the past year? This is probably the best coffee stout I've ever tasted. I'm not getting the Whiskey as much from here, but thats fine because it's so awesome in the smell. Some faint dark fruit, this is a pretty dry beer. The chile heat comes through at end with the alcohol heat, which blends remarkably well. Bitterness is pretty mild. Seek this beer out for sure. It's earned its status as a Texan mini-whale.

Mouthfeel: Very thick. Great body. Carbonation is moderate, the beer sticks around in my mouth a while. Lovely.

Overall: WOW. So in love. This beer aged great. I spilled my second glass on my computer keyboard. It no longer works (had to buy a bluetooth keyboard), but now my keyboard reeks of whiskey and Kopi Luwak. Which isn't a bad thing. Lovers of Prairie Bomb! and Pirate Bomb! should try this before they die. Glad to have a glass-worth left in the bottle for tonight. I might try hard to get some more of this somehow.

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Jester King / Mikkeller Whiskey Barrel Rodeo from Jester King Brewery
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