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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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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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ms11781

Massachusetts

3.35/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 03:50:05 | More by ms11781
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

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Texas

5/5  rDev +16%

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Texas

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New York

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Texas

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New York

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Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

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Virginia

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Massachusetts

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Texas

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Texas

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Iowa

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DRyan

Texas

3.94/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 23:38:35 | More by DRyan
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elNopalero

Texas

4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the second of three collaboration brews between Jester King and Mikkeller. This is not a sweet stout nor is it a heavy one, which is somewhat of a surprise when compared to Jester King’s Black Metal. It’s barrel-aged, with some of that weasel coffee—the real deal.

From the bottle this pours pitch black. It has low carbonation and hardly any foam. It looks thick, black, and oily—unctuous, even. Recycle at your nearest auto service station…

On the aroma I get a lot of coffee notes along with a kiss of vanilla and some bourbon rounding it out. The flavor follows suit, with an intense taste of coffee perhaps the most dominant feature—tannic, slightly astringent, and full-bodied—followed by a real smoothness and a dry finish. Think of dark roast mixing with dark and bitter chocolates in an earthy sort of way—it manages to be delightful, deeply intense and somehow delicate, all at once.

Absolutely fantastic.

Update (6/13):
My bottle of Whiskey Rodeo mellowed out with a year on it. The appearance is still ridiculously amazing, with this luscious cocoa-colored foam atop a jet-black brew. However, the coffee notes on the aroma and the coffee-forward flavor profile have taken on an unfortunate astringency. It’s more of a sharp roast, with an acidic, astringent finish. Thickly rich, with perhaps a tad more carbonation than it needs. This beer makes a great sipper. But I had to dial back my initial enthusiasm for it.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 07:43:42 | More by elNopalero
Jester King / Mikkeller Whiskey Barrel Rodeo from Jester King Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.