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Jester King / Mikkeller Whiskey Barrel Rodeo - Jester King Brewery

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Ratings: 146
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.58%
Wants: 175
Gots: 30 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of Thorpe429
3.75/5  rDev -13%

Thorpe429, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -13%

acurtis, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of brentk56
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours an engine oil black with a thick tan head that leaves a very nice lacing pattern around the chalice

Smell: Chocolate and whiskey, with undertones of coffee and chipotle

Taste: Chocolate, dark fruit and grassy hops, up front, with the chipotle and coffee flavors developing in the middle; after the swallow, the heat builds, blending with the chocolate and coffee in the finish

Mouthfeel: Thick and viscous, but a tad over-carbonated - more like a Belgian than an American double stout

Overall: A really interesting beer, with a range of flavors that coalesce nicely

Thanks, Phoenix2443, for the opportunity

brentk56, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Texasfan549, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -7.2%

kjkinsey, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

GRG1313, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -7.2%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

just a huge stout, massive in terms of flavor, alcohol, and body. impenetrably dark brown with several inches of tall light mocha cream head, airy and lasting. less chipotle pepper than I remember in the non barrel aged version, but still a touch smoky and hot. chocolate malt too, with notes of raw cocoa, as well as a richness from the oatmeal. I also of course smell whiskey, which is so strong I think it overwhelms some of the more nuanced elements from the other version. lots of vanilla and booze in the flavors, chocolate and smoked malt, with just a faint hint of the chili on the back end. what I love about this is the silky texture, its just velvet on my palate, thanks to the whiskey barrel I think for that, this has really mellowed in terms of feel. just enough carbonation, and a thickness that's enormous but not filling or syrupy, just beautiful stuff in the mouth. I think a little less time in the barrel would allow some of the other flavors to stand up a bit more, but I have nothing to be critical of here, this is magic.

StonedTrippin, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of oline73
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a thick, opaque dark brown color with a half finger of light tan head. The head fades to a ring around the pour.

Smell: Sweet up front with some roast in the background. I'm getting a mild whiskey note along with some dark fruit. There is a very mild chili pepper note.

Taste: This one is bitter and full of coffee up front, it seems the malt and the coffee have teamed up. There is only a mild note from the whiskey, but it shows up more in the finish. Some dark fruit and mild chilies along with a bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side with tingly carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: This is a very good chili stout, but I would have liked some more sweetness in the background. I would have another, but it doesn't touch whiskey Hunah.

oline73, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

mendvicdog, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Mora2000, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -7.2%

imperialking, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of yourefragile
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

yourefragile, May 04, 2014
Photo of stakem
3.65/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

stakem, Oct 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

duceswild, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by raveskdr. Thanks Chris.

The beer is black with a quarter inch of beige crema head. The aroma offers roast, chocolate, molasses. Subtle chilis presence.The flavor is roasty and chocolate forward, followed by a zesty bite with a touch of hops. Medium to full bodied with relatively high carbonation. Overall, this was pretty tasty.

Huhzubendah, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Gonzoillini, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 1.3.14

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.

HuskyinPDX, Jan 15, 2014
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.91/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Alieniloquium, Jul 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

drummermattie02, May 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

chippo33, May 27, 2014
Photo of bsuedekum
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

bsuedekum, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of EgadBananas
4/5  rDev -7.2%

EgadBananas, Feb 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

BMart, Aug 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

gtermi, Oct 28, 2013
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Jester King / Mikkeller Whiskey Barrel Rodeo from Jester King Brewery
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