Jester King / Mikkeller Whiskey Barrel Rodeo - Jester King Brewery
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Reviews by russwbeck:
4.45/5 rDev +3%
A: Black pour with a few fingers of really brown head. The retention is pretty good with a decent amount of thin lacing going down. 4.5
S: The Kopi Luwak coffee is as big as you'd expect, but it's bolstered by a big, chocolate-y imperial stout. The chili peppers are there, but only slightly. Noted throughout the aroma is the whiskey, as one would expect, tied with vanilla from the barrel. Very diverse, and relatively balanced, aroma. 4
T: The taste is really focused on the chocolate with amazingly blended whiskey and vanilla. The coffee also helps take this beer to another level. I really don't know how they worked all of these delicate flavors into such a well balanced beer. Some booze is noted at the back of my throat, and coffee sticks around forever. The burn from the chili peppers sits in my stomach much longer than I expected. 4.5
MF: Thick, heavy body with a nice amount of carbonation. The balance and delicious finish makes the beer absurdly drinkable. The 12% ABV is only slightly noted and is actually welcomed in the makeup of the beer. 4
O: This was outstanding, as I would expect from these two breweries. Really happy to have had this. I'm jealous of you Texans who have it available. 5
12-02-2012 01:44:48 | More by russwbeck
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4.43/5 rDev +2.5%
On tap at the Flying Saucer at the Lake Beerfeast 2012.
The beer pours a deep, inky black color with a brown head. The aroma has a strong dose of whiskey, as well as some great pepper notes and some coffee and roasted malt. The flavor is very heavy on the chipotle peppers and there is also a little bit of heat. The coffee is fairly subdued compared to the peppers, but there is a good bit of chocolate and roasted malt. There is also some nice oak and vanilla notes from the barrels, characteristics which go very well with the other notes. Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Compared to the non-barrel-aged version, this beer has a lot more heat and a little less coffee. Still, it is delicious and in my opinion, better than the original.
06-18-2012 01:58:38 | More by Mora2000
4.48/5 rDev +3.7%
A - Black with a 1.5 finger mocha head that doesn't last long. Some alcohol legs, which should be expected for a beer this big.
S - Coffee, dark chocolate, moderate pepper spice, oak, vanilla, whiskey, alcohol.
T - Big coffee, oak, and moderate whiskey up front, warming pepper in the middle with vanilla, and dark chocolate finish that delectably lingers for quite a while.
M - Really coats the mouth well. It's oily but not chewy or tar-like. The carbonation is perfect for a beer of this viscosity. It gives the flavors just the right amount of time to linger before refreshing the palette...for whatever reason, this seems to be a challenge when making big stouts.
I tried this 3 months ago on tap and tonight out of the bottle. In that time, the heat has definitely dissipated and coffee and chipotle are more apparent. I thought the alcohol and whiskey were overpowering on tap, but the time in the bottle has been good to this beer. If you can get it, do it. Really fantastic stuff!
08-18-2012 01:10:51 | More by mindswoop
4.78/5 rDev +10.6%
Poured from 750 Ml. Bottle into DFH Tulip. Six months of cellar time.
A - Pours heavy with a thick espresso-colored head. Much better carbonation than the Weasel Rodeo. Leaves behind a one-finger (Lingering) head with light lacing. Black as tar. Hooray!
S - Whiskey Barrel takes the lead, with coffee notes, burnt cigar, and some earthy funk. Hints of Cacao nibs in there as well.
T - Immediately assaults the tongue with peppery notes, akin to the chili it's brewed with. Almost acidic! This beer slaps you in the face with the fact that it's brewed with peppers. Again coffee and chocolate abound, with more mellowness that came from 6 months of age in the bottle. Damn, I wish I'd bought more of this beer... I'd love to taste it again after a year of aging.
The whiskey barrel adds some nice oak and vanilla notes, that round out the overall bitey-ness of this stout. (Bitey-ness is a word... Shut up. ☺)
M - Nice carbonation, once again compared to the Weasel, with a nice sharp burn from the pepper. Surprisingly easy to drink, for being what it is!
O - Cheese and Crackers, Jester King pulled one out of left field this time! All in all, a complex, intriguing, multifaceted stout, that bypassed ALL of my expectations for it!
*Kicks self repeatedly for only buying 1 bottle* I cannot wait for next years' batch... I'm buying half a case. Cheers!
01-02-2013 03:00:21 | More by StuporJew
3.91/5 rDev -9.5%
750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.
Appearance - Thick and viscous. Nice mocha head. Lots of wisps. Thick continuous collar.
Smell - Peppers push through the other aromas. Chocolate, vanilla. Slight whiskey, but it isn't strong.
Taste - Chocolate and some whiskey. Vanilla. Peppers round it out. Nice blend, it rounds out nicely. Touch of booze.
Mouthfeel - Peppers are a touch harsh, but the body is good. Medium heavy.
Overall - Pretty good stuff. Nice way to round out the night. I never get much whiskey at the end of a big tasting, but I still don't think there was much to this.
07-30-2013 04:00:52 | More by Alieniloquium
4.43/5 rDev +2.5%
Pours black with a big creamy tan head leaving excellent lacing behind. Good retention for a beer this big.
A few sweet malts in the aroma, but fresh ground coffee quickly takes over. A little bit of smoke as well.
Coffee explodes on the front of the palate. Good roastiness along with smoke. Sweet chocolate in the middle before finishing somewhat acrid and dry. Coffee lingers on the tongue. Whiskey asserts itself at the end finishes with a slight boozy twinge with spice.
Medium to thick bodied. Alcohol is fairly well tamed and the whiskey is blended well. Medium to low carbonation.
Usually don't like many JK offerings, but this one is pretty solid. The harshness from the coffee and whiskey limits drinkability a bit, but this is a very good bottle to share.
10-10-2012 21:03:46 | More by jmarsh123
Jester King / Mikkeller Whiskey Barrel Rodeo from Jester King Brewery
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