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Jester King / Mikkeller Whiskey Barrel Rodeo - Jester King Brewery

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Ratings: 152
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.58%
Wants: 175
Gots: 30 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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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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.

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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.

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4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle into a snifter
2012 Vintage (which puts it at about 9 months old I believe)

A big thanks to fatbeats18 for sending this one over in a trade!

A: Pour is opaque jet black. 1.5 fingers width of dark mocha colored head is dense and dissipates down fairly slowly. Leaves a trace amount of lacing.

S: The first aromas I get are sweet chocolate and roasted malt. This is followed by a somewhat acrid dark fruit character. Then the barrel comes out with oak and bourbony-vanilla. A hint of coffee but its surprisingly subtle. Bakers chocolate and fudge become more prominent at it warms. I also get a very faint hint of booze. Quite complex, and really a great aroma.

T: Roast malts, coffee, and heavy cream are the first flavors I get with nice black coffee notes lingering for a long time in the aftertaste. The coffee is certainly more prominent on the tongue than the nose. I also get roasted malts, raw oak, bakers chocolate, some bourbon notes (although they are fairly tame), faint pepper heat comes out about midway through the first glass (and is the first hint of the chipotle chiles used, as I got no pepper notes on the aroma) and slowly builds as I continue to drink. By the end the pepper heat is fairly prominent and adds a nice touch to the beer. Really nice palate profile, and again a good deal of complexity. I do wish the bourbon notes were stronger though.

M/D: Carbonation is on the higher end of the spectrum for the style, but its a pleasant carbonation not a harsh one, and even with the higher carbonation it still remains quite smooth. It gives a nice whole body warming effect. Barely any hint of the ABV and drinkability is great.

O: A really, really good beer here. I wonder how this one was fresh? I bet with stronger pepper and bourbon notes this could have been incredible. But as is, I really enjoyed this one. Thanks again fatbeats for sending this one my way!

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Jester King / Mikkeller Whiskey Barrel Rodeo from Jester King Brewery
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