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Jester King / Mikkeller Whiskey Barrel Rodeo - Jester King Brewery

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137 Ratings
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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.82%
Wants: 174
Gots: 31 | FT: 2
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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 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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ASUBeer

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

11-07-2012 04:18:54 | More by ASUBeer
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 03:25:57 | More by Huhzubendah
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 03:18:59 | More by Dreadnaught33
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ObiWanKushnobi

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

10-29-2012 01:59:39 | More by ObiWanKushnobi
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Hopstout

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +16%

10-28-2012 20:40:59 | More by Hopstout
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stakem

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2012 19:47:03 | More by stakem
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joshwith

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

10-23-2012 16:26:33 | More by joshwith
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jmarsh123

Indiana

4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 21:03:46 | More by jmarsh123
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pixieskid

Germany

4/5  rDev -7.2%

10-03-2012 10:22:56 | More by pixieskid
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Fux

France

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

10-01-2012 20:14:12 | More by Fux
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samEBC

Belgium

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

09-30-2012 11:24:16 | More by samEBC
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oline73

Maryland

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 21:04:48 | More by oline73
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Cablejelly

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

09-18-2012 11:25:17 | More by Cablejelly
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jheezee

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

09-17-2012 20:56:10 | More by jheezee
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ReyG006

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

09-17-2012 11:22:33 | More by ReyG006
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jl28r1

Texas

4/5  rDev -7.2%

09-16-2012 19:47:02 | More by jl28r1
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lokieman

Oklahoma

4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 02:40:07 | More by lokieman
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ATXRyan

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

09-12-2012 04:34:21 | More by ATXRyan
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specksnreds

Texas

4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
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...

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2012 02:29:42 | More by specksnreds
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zander4dawin

Texas

4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 22:16:21 | More by zander4dawin
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mhenson42

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

09-08-2012 22:09:59 | More by mhenson42
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MattU

Texas

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!

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 02:39:55 | More by MattU
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bbadger

Texas

4/5  rDev -7.2%

09-02-2012 01:38:12 | More by bbadger
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wagenvolks

Texas

4.28/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 23:04:29 | More by wagenvolks
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jbeezification

Texas

4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2012 20:01:24 | More by jbeezification
Jester King / Mikkeller Whiskey Barrel Rodeo from Jester King Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.