Jester King / Mikkeller Whiskey Barrel Rodeo - Jester King Brewery
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3.35/5 rDev -22.3%
750ml bottle poured into a snifter.
Pours a thick, solid black. It's apparent from the pour that this beer has some body to it. A nice, light brown head develops, maybe a half finger thick, and settles as nice foam cap that sticks around for the duration. Wispy lacing is left on the glass with each sip, along with a thin, clear film that sticks to the glass. Pretty viscous by appearance. Really nice looking beer.
A lot of dark roast and a tiny bit of dark chocolate come through up front in the nose. There is also some pepper in the nose but you really have to look for it. There really isn't a ton going on here. Even as the beer warms the same aromas are present without much else. There is no hint of the barrel here.
The taste follows the nose closely but it is kicked up a notch. Bitter, almost astringent dark roast and slight dark chocolate lead the way. The pepper is much more pronounced, providing a nice burn in the back of the throat after each sip. Like the nose there is no coffee or any barrel present at all.
The body of this beer is huge, really big. The carbonation isn't high by any means, probably not even medium, but it is a definitely higher for the style and especially for a beer this big. Perhaps because the flavors have mellowed a bit (I assume?) the carbonation might stick out more than it did but right now it's off just a bit.
Judging by past reviews this beer seems to have fallen off pretty good from where it was. The coffee and barrel notes really aren't present at all and the dark roast has turned a bit astringent. I probably wouldn't post a review if it didn't give an idea of where the beer is now compared to where it was.
10-14-2013 03:50:05 | More by ms11781
3.65/5 rDev -15.3%
Big thanks are owed to both BA's canadianghetto and mhenson42 for hooking me up with bottles of this. 750ml poured into a Mikkeller teku and tasted along side the other 2 rodeo versions.
The brew appears black in color with a rich 3 finger dark brown cap. The froth slowly collapses to a finger and maintains fairly strong atop. Patches of webby lace stick to the glass. A swirl revives a finger of dark brown back to the top.
The smell is whiskey and oak barrel fairly prominent. Vanilla and caramel come out ad it warms with some chocolate roast. Tangy alcohol here with burnt barrel. The roast moves in a direction of cinnamon. The kopi coffee evolves as it warms with its distinct earthy aspect that blends well with tobacco and leather as faint hints of citrus. Unfortunately the barrel character mutes a lot of the coffee notes.
The taste is tangy alcohol with harsh raw tannic oak flavoring. Bitter roast and earthy coffee and tobacco. Quite ashy and mildly smoked with pepper flavoring and the farmhouse-like yeast spices. The alcohol inclusion is quite solvent and really draws out the rough aspects of the barrel aging. It gets moderately spicy as it warms up.
This is a medium bodied brew with modest carbonation. Very dry, boozy roasty harsh beer. The barrel treatment was quite nice in the nose but harsh in the flavor. The components here clashed instead of melding together and the solvent alcohol didnt help. This was the version of the rodeos I was looking forward to the most based on the high reviews and it ended up being the version I liked the least.
10-24-2012 19:47:03 | More by stakem
3.91/5 rDev -9.3%
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
3.94/5 rDev -8.6%
Bought this bottle 9/1/2012, popped it today for Father's Day (gift to myself).
Served at 50 degrees in a Jester King tulip.
A: Deep black with a khaki head that is pretty vigorous and sticks around for a while. This then fades to a halo around the edges of the glass that laces a bit.
S: Smells very similar to Black Metal, but there is a kick behind it. I can get a touch of the peppers, and more so of the whiskey, but overall it is very similar to BM.
T: Again, BM-like, and very restrained for being a pepper beer. I am not a fan of a lot of pepper beers, but this one does it right. The pepper is there, but not excessive or burning, just a touch on the aftertaste to let you know it was in the batch. Also, the whiskey is a lot more mild flavored than I expected, but that may be from the 9 months of aging.
M: Smooth, velvety, thick and oily, but not TOO thick. Pretty nice for a stout, about what I would ask for.
D: For such a strong beer, and for being a beer with whiskey and peppers, this goes down too easily.
06-16-2013 23:38:35 | More by DRyan
District of Columbia
3.95/5 rDev -8.4%
Bottle shared thanks to Chris, raveskdr.
The beer pours a nice very dark brown with a tan head that dies to a ring pretty quickly and with a swirl leaves a decent amount of lacing on the sides of the glass.
The smell has a good amount of nice coffee, chile, and dark malt aromas, and the oak barrel also takes a center role in this beer. Has a sort of clean smell, though with an a,e like this I wish it was more pungent and 'stinging in the nostrils.'
The taste is almost exactly like the smell, though the chipotles make a nice mark in the taste compared to the aroma. Some nice milk chocolate flavors as well that temper the coffee bitters nicely. A pretty nice flavor, Definite whiskey mark on this one.
The feel is ok, ok carbonation a little thinner than I'd like.
Not a bad beer, but not overly memorable unfortunately.
11-03-2012 03:18:59 | More by Dreadnaught33
Jester King / Mikkeller Whiskey Barrel Rodeo from Jester King Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.