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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
Brewed by:
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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zac16125

South Carolina

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!

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 23:52:07 | More by zac16125
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drummermattie02

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

05-26-2013 15:17:22 | More by drummermattie02
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ferrari29

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

05-12-2013 23:35:36 | More by ferrari29
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Auror

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

05-03-2013 18:03:30 | More by Auror
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

05-03-2013 11:45:14 | More by jaasen64
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bsuedekum

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

04-27-2013 03:19:57 | More by bsuedekum
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jaylib

California

4/5  rDev -7.2%

04-23-2013 03:53:38 | More by jaylib
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ThirdEyePA

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

04-18-2013 14:32:22 | More by ThirdEyePA
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MIA4IPA

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

04-12-2013 16:52:23 | More by MIA4IPA
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JayAre46

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

04-12-2013 04:23:38 | More by JayAre46
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BrutalSusan

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

03-28-2013 16:43:57 | More by BrutalSusan
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DarthKostrizer

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

03-27-2013 08:11:09 | More by DarthKostrizer
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duff247

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

02-25-2013 01:17:15 | More by duff247
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raffy313

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

02-24-2013 18:44:59 | More by raffy313
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mhksuccess

California

4.43/5  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

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 20:50:48 | More by mhksuccess
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4/5  rDev -7.2%

02-16-2013 15:11:28 | More by EgadBananas
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.29/5  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

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 00:29:18 | More by brentk56
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Azzy

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

02-10-2013 06:57:50 | More by Azzy
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TXhomebrewer

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

02-09-2013 01:34:31 | More by TXhomebrewer
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gpawned

Illinois

3/5  rDev -30.4%

02-04-2013 05:17:30 | More by gpawned
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7.2%

02-02-2013 02:54:02 | More by Gonzoillini
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UHCougar12

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

01-30-2013 15:33:21 | More by UHCougar12
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SBoyar1

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

01-28-2013 22:04:16 | More by SBoyar1
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jwff

Alaska

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

01-28-2013 19:36:06 | More by jwff
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lackenhauser

Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 23:07:33 | More by lackenhauser
Jester King / Mikkeller Whiskey Barrel Rodeo from Jester King Brewery
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