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Jester King / Mikkeller Whiskey Barrel Rodeo - Jester King Brewery

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Reviews: 31
Hads: 158
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 8.9%
Wants: 175
Gots: 33 | 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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Photo of MattU
5/5  rDev +17.1%
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!

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.27/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of jbeezification
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of mindswoop
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
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!

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Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
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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