Jester King / Mikkeller Whiskey Barrel Rodeo - Jester King Brewery

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Ratings: 154
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.84%
Wants: 176
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
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Texas, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mora2000 on 06-18-2012

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”).
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Ratings: 154 | Reviews: 31
Photo of mhksuccess
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

served from a bottle into a stone old guardian glass
1st smell is slightly boozy with hints of coffee
the taste is chocolate, caramel and that beautiful coffee taste not acidity
at 12% it is extremely smooth very easy to drink
not overly sweet
as it warms up it becomes even smoother
not as boozy and the chocolate really come out with a slight hint of the pepper in the back
before the coffee flavor hits hard
really a nice mix
overall a really good brew would try again

Photo of brentk56
4.28/5  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

Photo of lackenhauser
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours like motor oil with a huge frothy cocoa head on top-poster child of a dessert beer if I ever saw one. Great aroma of cocoa and chiles, almost a dry sort of scent. Huge cocoa flavor right up front. Somewhat of an espresso tinge with a great underlying chile flavor going on. Lingering cocoa powder flavor. Traces of whiskey and a slight boozey flavor. Whiskey and booze is well balanced and not overly done. Mouthfeel is somewhat dry but I think that is a sense of the cocoa flavors. Just a great beer all in. The whole barrel thing is getting away from me but this is nicely done and not overly so. Thanks ladyofmuchbeer for the major league hook up.

Photo of inlimbo77
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, 2012
Olde Hickory snifter

A: Pours pitch black in color. Half finger of dark tan head head. Tight tiny bubbles. Alcohol feet for sure. Doesn't leave a ton of lacing due to the lack of head retention.

S: Definitely pulling some of that deep, dark chocolate on the nose. Really thought that I would get more coffee first, like the other variations. Maybe the barrel aging affected that. When you dig in there, you do pull that really strong coffee aroma. Some vanilla hints are there too.

T: Not as coffee forward as the other variations. Not as chocolate and pepper forward as others. Up front you get a little prickle from the peppers, then its the bitter dark roast coffee that I am tasting. Drank BCBCS '12 right before this, so that might be taking something away from it. Not getting a ton of barrel character. I think the coffee is taking away from that a bit. Flavors are pretty long on the back end of this one. Lingering bitter coffee and chocolate notes, play well with some vanilla/toffee.

M: big medium, almost totally full.

Photo of StuporJew
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
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!

Photo of GregSVT
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a tulip

A: Pours dark brown with a small brown head that fades to a ring with no lacing.

S: The nose has great aromas of vanilla, dark chocolate, and a touch of earthy pepper in the background. Not getting much coffee here.

T: The taste is really something else. Big flavors of vanilla, buttery whiskey, toasted caramel, chocolate, coffee, a bit of pepper, and a slight molasses note on the finish. This really takes the base beer and makes it 5x better.

M: The feel is on the fuller side of medium with good carbonation.

O: I tried this side by side with Weasel and Beer Geek Rodeo and this one won hands down. Very highly recommended if you can find it.

Photo of russwbeck
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of stakem
3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Photo of jmarsh123
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of oline73
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of lokieman
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into Jester King tulip:

A: Pours a viscous black with hardly any light making it's way through the edges of my glass. Thick, fluffy Belgian head erupts immediately after pouring but settles down after the 12% takes over. Wonderful looking beer.

S: Hot cocoa spiked with bourbon and roasted coffee. Not picking up any chili in the aroma but the smell definitely invites a taste...

T: A more aggressive continuation of the aroma. Get coffee bitterness and whiskey up front with a sweet middle and slight chili burn in the finish. Very complex and earthy. The Belgian yeast really brightens things up and surprisingly easy to drink for 12%. Layers of flavor here...

M: Light and creamy on the palate. Not as viscous as the pour suggests but has a nice velvety texture that invites you to swirl this beer around your mouth a couple times before taking it down. Reminds me of a big Belgian quad in it's mouthfeel.

O: I'm very happy to have picked up several bottles of this one as I can see it aging beautifully. A little hot out of the box as it warms but an excellently crafted brew that should only become legendary over time.

Photo of specksnreds
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A perfectly bubbly 10W-30 pour. Finally, bubbles. Black as a moonless night in the deepest of woods. In other words.... dark. Bubbles make a dark brown head which is quite pleasant to ogle. And it's particularly appealing to peruse in my white-guy-douchebag-approved snifter - "Hoi polloi..."
Smells like a chocolate covered Jack-and-Coke. Kinda dry, and it finishes with all the apt dark syrup analogies. Tastes of whiskey (ya think?) and RC Cola. I love RC Cola - "Do you not?"
She's a bit thin on the swallow, but I kinda dig it. More dry than motor oil. I no longer need to wait/hope/pray to zombie jesus for The Abyss, because this is just as good. Amazing what bubbles can do...

Photo of zander4dawin
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A strong, black as night, aggressively hopped beer with a warming spice effect on the finish. Basically it's completely awesome and worth picking up if you can find it. It's super strong, think like blaecorn unidragon that's barrel aged with peppers that adds a lingering burn at the end.

Photo of MattU
5/5  rDev +16.3%
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!

Photo of wagenvolks
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a Jester King 1st Anniversary snifter.

An eager pour builds a sizable, yet slowly diminishing head of dark custard foam that recedes to a tan collar. The body of Whiskey Rodeo is pitch black with a faint trace of cola at the rim. Fantastic aromas greet the nose: vanillins from the barrel-aging, bright whiskey notes, earthy coffee roast, and fudge-like dark chocolate. A little sweet, a little boozy (although the 12% is superbly hidden), and a LOT of complexity. Me gusta.

The flavor follows the aroma's lead, opening up with a twang of wooden, whiskey barrel sharpness, before giving way to smooth oats, dark chocolate, and darker coffee. This stuff is seriously good. Heat from the chipotle peppers intermingles well with the alcohol warmth on the back end. Chewy fudge, booze, and capsaicin linger into the finish.

Bottle conditioning is a fickle beast, as any homebrewer will tell you, and Whiskey Rodeo is a touch on the over-carbonated side initially. However, the mouthfeel only takes a minute or so of swirling to lower the carbonation level to where it can successfully accompany the creaminess of the oatmeal body. After that, it's all gravy. All in all, this is a fantastic effort from the Jester King and Mikkeller crew, and proof that collaborations really can produce a remarkable beer experience.

Photo of jbeezification
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had it on tap at Petrol Station a few months ago during a special cask event.
Poured into a clear plastic cup (I would have drank it out of a shoe)

Pours black with a small dark brown head that doesn't stay too long.
Smells amazing, coffee, hints of chocolate and vanilla. Very well done.
At first taste you get malt, very slightly bitter coffee hint of chocolate. Then comes the burn, the amazing, spectacular burn from the chipotle peppers. Almost no alcohol taste, but it could just be buried by the peppers.

This was fresh from the cask I had the fourth pour and it was near perfect. This beer met all expectations. I can't wait to open one of the bottles I have to see the differences a few months of bottle conditioning has on it.

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

New bottle poured into a snifter.

Comes out black with a big super dark brown head that starts out large and pillowy but falls down fairly quickly.

You get coffee, whiskey, chipotle pepper, and the best combination that comes in barrel aged stouts with the chocolate and vanilla.

The taste on this is great. The whiskey is prevalent and big right up there with the roast and coffee flavors. The chipotle takes hold at the end of things and a spicy warmth lingers on the lips and in the mouth. It’s got a big body and modest carbonation. There’s a slight pop of barrel character.

Even at a big 12.1 I’m not picking up any alcohol and it drinks just as easy as the other beers in this whole Rodeo trilogy.

May the hype continue.

Photo of mindswoop
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  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.

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Jester King / Mikkeller Whiskey Barrel Rodeo from Jester King Brewery
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