1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Jester King / Mikkeller Whiskey Barrel Rodeo - Jester King Brewery

Not Rated.
Jester King / Mikkeller Whiskey Barrel RodeoJester King / Mikkeller Whiskey Barrel Rodeo

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

147 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 147
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.58%
Wants: 173
Gots: 31 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 147 | Reviews: 31 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of SixShotSinge
5/5  rDev +16%

SixShotSinge, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of Hopstout
5/5  rDev +16%

Hopstout, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of ctwinne
5/5  rDev +16%

ctwinne, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of tjkinate
5/5  rDev +16%

tjkinate, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of MattU
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!

MattU, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of StuporJew
4.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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!

StuporJew, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of jheezee
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

jheezee, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of StevenLaValley
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

StevenLaValley, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of Vinyl_on_Tap
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Vinyl_on_Tap, May 21, 2014
Photo of Azzy
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Azzy, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of funkyaudio
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

funkyaudio, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of reyna311
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

reyna311, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of H0rnedFr0gs
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

H0rnedFr0gs, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of BeerHunter76
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

BeerHunter76, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of BrutalSusan
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

BrutalSusan, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of ThirdEyePA
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

ThirdEyePA, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of ferrari29
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

ferrari29, May 13, 2013
Photo of MightyDog
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

MightyDog, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of Cablejelly
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Cablejelly, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of HopAG
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

HopAG, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of ObiWanKushnobi
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

ObiWanKushnobi, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of duff247
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

duff247, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of mwgroove23
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

mwgroove23, Mar 26, 2014
Photo of TX-Badger
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

TX-Badger, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of MIA4IPA
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

MIA4IPA, Apr 12, 2013
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Jester King / Mikkeller Whiskey Barrel Rodeo from Jester King Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.