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Jester King / Mikkeller Whiskey Barrel Rodeo - Jester King Brewery

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Ratings: 150
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.82%
Wants: 175
Gots: 31 | FT: 1
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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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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
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

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of brentk56
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
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

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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3/5  rDev -30.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -13%

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, 2012
Olde Hickory snifter

A: Pours pitch black in color. Half finger of dark tan head head. Tight tiny bubbles. Alcohol feet for sure. Doesn't leave a ton of lacing due to the lack of head retention.

S: Definitely pulling some of that deep, dark chocolate on the nose. Really thought that I would get more coffee first, like the other variations. Maybe the barrel aging affected that. When you dig in there, you do pull that really strong coffee aroma. Some vanilla hints are there too.

T: Not as coffee forward as the other variations. Not as chocolate and pepper forward as others. Up front you get a little prickle from the peppers, then its the bitter dark roast coffee that I am tasting. Drank BCBCS '12 right before this, so that might be taking something away from it. Not getting a ton of barrel character. I think the coffee is taking away from that a bit. Flavors are pretty long on the back end of this one. Lingering bitter coffee and chocolate notes, play well with some vanilla/toffee.

M: big medium, almost totally full.

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 750 Ml. Bottle into DFH Tulip. Six months of cellar time.

A - Pours heavy with a thick espresso-colored head. Much better carbonation than the Weasel Rodeo. Leaves behind a one-finger (Lingering) head with light lacing. Black as tar. Hooray!

S - Whiskey Barrel takes the lead, with coffee notes, burnt cigar, and some earthy funk. Hints of Cacao nibs in there as well.

T - Immediately assaults the tongue with peppery notes, akin to the chili it's brewed with. Almost acidic! This beer slaps you in the face with the fact that it's brewed with peppers. Again coffee and chocolate abound, with more mellowness that came from 6 months of age in the bottle. Damn, I wish I'd bought more of this beer... I'd love to taste it again after a year of aging.
The whiskey barrel adds some nice oak and vanilla notes, that round out the overall bitey-ness of this stout. (Bitey-ness is a word... Shut up. ☺)

M - Nice carbonation, once again compared to the Weasel, with a nice sharp burn from the pepper. Surprisingly easy to drink, for being what it is!

O - Cheese and Crackers, Jester King pulled one out of left field this time! All in all, a complex, intriguing, multifaceted stout, that bypassed ALL of my expectations for it!
*Kicks self repeatedly for only buying 1 bottle* I cannot wait for next years' batch... I'm buying half a case. Cheers!

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Jester King / Mikkeller Whiskey Barrel Rodeo from Jester King Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.