Jester King / Mikkeller Weasel Rodeo - Jester King Brewery

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Reviews: 39
Hads: 212
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 70
Gots: 56 | FT: 4
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Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ZombiesAteMyDog on 08-08-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

This variation on an imperial oatmeal stout, brewed in collaboration with Mikkeller, contains a healthy dose of authentic Kopi Luwak coffee (a.k.a. “weasel coffee”), along with other Vietnamese coffees, ground chipotle pepper. and a touch of smoked malt.
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Photo of afluentturtle
4.66/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

Appearence: Pours a dark rich black with a thin 1/2 finger of dark brown head. Not much lacing and the head recedes quickly into just a few lingering bubbles.

Smell: Fresh roast coffee, dark chocolate, slight chille pepper tinge. Very rich flavor that I could keep smelling for hours.

Taste: Follows the smell, coffee first and then chocolate. Some mollasess and dark fruits with a chilie pepper finish. A little earthy coffee ground flavor also.

Mouthfeel: Rich and creamy, almost like a milk stout. My favorite part of this beer.

Overall: A terrific brew, only wish the pepper was just a little more noticeable. Easily my favorite coffee beer. (687 characters)

Photo of 4amepiphany
4.64/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle in line at DLD '13. Thank you, kind sir for being so generous.

Very impressed, roasty aroma, oily and dark, full bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Couldn't stop sipping this. That's all I have to say. Find this, and drink it. Share it. Enjoy it. (260 characters)

Photo of starkmarvelo
4.56/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jester King Weasel Rodeo

Pours dark brown into black in a snifter. 1/2 finger beautiful golden tan head that fades into a thin ring on the outside of the glass quickly.

Aromas are of intense dark chocolate, bit of chocolate sweetness, and a hint of smoke and chocolate liqueur and khalua.

Taste- semi sweet chocolate, strong coffee flavor but with a very mild bitterness. Bit of a dark fruit up front. Tiny bit of smokeyness on the finish, probably the chipotle.

Mouthfeel- coats the tongue nicely, it's not thick or viscous by any means but sticky. Little carbonation but not flat, small happy bubbles. The chipotle and alcohol heat sit nicely at the back of the throat.

O- super smooth, chocolatey, coffee without bitterness, and warming. Damn fine beer. Might have to pick another one up.

Buy again. (808 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I’ve been saving this one for review #700!

It’s one of those bottles that’s all-too-tasty and has a ton of good memories associated with it.
This pours pitch black with no/low foam. It’s coffee forward, with a strong (weasel poo) coffee aroma. Sharp and acidic, with an intense roasty flavor undercut by the coffee. Similar body to the Whiskey Rodeo. Intense is the key word here—even with some time to mellow out the Vietnamese coffee comes across in its aroma and flavor in a way that’s rewarding but will be off-putting to those who have no interest in either coffee or beers. (Or beer + coffee combinations.) For a 10%+ ABV beer this hides it well.

Can’t wait to saddle up for another go. (710 characters)

Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"This variation on an imperial oatmeal stout, brewed in collaboration with Mikkeller, contains a healthy dose of authentic Kopi Luwak coffee (a.k.a. “weasel coffee”), along with other Vietnamese coffees, ground chipotle pepper. and a touch of smoked malt.

Packages: 750ml bottles
Availability: Limited
OG: 1.088 FG: 1.013 ABV: 10.1%
Water: Filtered Hill Country Well Water and/or Harvested Rainwater
Malts: Maris Otter, Dark Crystal, Brown, Chocolate, Smoked, Pale Chocolate
Hops: Millenium, Saaz, Cascade, Columbus
Yeast: Farmhouse Yeast
Other Ingredients: Flaked Oats, Brown Sugar, Roasted Barley, Kopi Luwak and other Vietnamese Coffees, Chipotle Peppers." (666 characters)

Photo of schnarr84
4.49/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours with little to no head. Not surprising for a 10% RIS. Nose is of strong coffee.. espresso maybe. Very pleasant, I love a solid coffee RIS. When I buy a house I will stop at nothing to have Beer Geek Breakfast on tap in my bar! Very viscous mouthfeel.. hardly any carbonation, is almost slightly slimy.. Upfront taste is roasted malts (duh in a RIS), chocolate and burnt fruits. The coolest thing about this beer is how it takes 15-20 seconds after you swallow to taste the heat. It isnt overpowering or even spicy by any stretch but you get this amazing aftertaste of chipotle peppers. The taste lingers for minutes.. its absolutely awesome. Overall this is one of the most complex beers I have ever had. You are transitioning from a coffee smell to roasted/burnt malts taste to chipotle aftertaste. It is definitely worth the 19$/750ml sticker price (856 characters)

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.46/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into a Gouden Carolus chalice. Thanks Cheesemoose! Tudor brown head, moderate retention on a black body. Aroma includes coffee, chocolate, toasted malt, molasses, some caramel malt and a hint of vanilla. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Tastes follows suit with the aromas. Interesting how this yeast strain works with an imperial stout base. Unique and delicious. (383 characters)

Photo of whoneeds8
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tall chalice black with very little head. At first I worried it was flat, but it's not. The second pour gave a little more of a head. The scent is strong of capachino coffee. A little smoke malt scent in there as weel. The taste is very complex. First thing that hits the palette is the coffee. Alot of different coffee flavors. Then the smoked malts show up followed by the chipotle. This is a very warm ale. Would go great on a cold dark night. (460 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love kop-luwak infused imperial stouts so this was a must-try for me. 750ml bottle poured into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter.

Pours pitch black with a .5 finger rising mocha head that hangs around. Lacing is spotty and sparse with decent cling. Thick oil legs coat the glass. Very nice.

Nose is big notes of kopi... my favorite! Some fudge, chocolate, molasses and chipotle spice round out the flavors. Aromatic and very enticing.

Opens chocolate, prunes, kopi coffee, plum sweetness, and cocoa. Chipotle peppers sting a bit in the background providing some nice character. Some roasted malt and molasses sweetness finish things off. Aftertaste of chocolate, fudge, and coffee. Chipotle is detectable right till the very end. I really like this.

Medium to full bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Oily and slick in the mouth with some warmth going down. Messy finish with a linger, boozy aftertaste. Super smooth.

For me, its hard to go wrong when it comes to a kopi beer and this is no different. The chipotle presence adds a different and appreciated dimension and the slick, smooth feel rounds things out beautifully. Definitely a sipper but one that I'd be happy to sip on all night long. (1,206 characters)

Photo of gtermi
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer pours a very dark motor oil black with a thin dark tan head, that quickly fades to nothing more than a ring around the glass.

S: A very strong smell of alcohol, some roasted malt, coffee and even a little bit of chocolate.

T: The flavor is just amazing! Just like the smell it has a delicious alcohol bite, which quickly fades to a chocolate and roasted malt/ coffee. flavor.

M: This beer goes down nice, with a slight warmth on the back of the mouth and down the throat.

O: Just an outstanding beer. Jester King and Mikkeller have absolutely knocked this one out of the part. (593 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

not sure what else you could really do to make this beer better, its near perfect, although I haven't had the whiskey version, so I may someday stand corrected. this pours an inky dark color, not quite black, with dark brown bubbles along the edges of the glass and not much else for head. the nose is real complex, smoked malt, or maybe just smoke from the peppers, hot pepper, black coffee, and raw dark chocolate. its a grand symphony in the nose really. the flavor is equally vibrant and orchestral. it starts with the coffee and the smoke, a nice and new combination, then the chipotles come in, not super spicy, but very flavorful. like Mexican hot chocolate, it leaves a mild warmth in my throat that is cured only by the sweetness in the finish. bitter cocoa and nearly burnt malts weave in and out as well, there is just so much going on here. the body is impossibly full, with very little carbonation. its a bottle to share for sure, although definitely tasty enough to consume alone. im amazed how well hidden the alcohol is, and how nice the peppers fit in. the finish is probably the most bizarre part of this, it taste like the end of a cigar, when your mouth is all coated from the smoke, and it almost hurts. its got that same deep set flavor penetration and smoke property. ive never experience anything like it in a beer before. some say I am too in love with mikkeller to objectively review the beers, but this is living proof that im not crazy. this beer is world class. (1,490 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle
Hill Farmstead wine glass

A: Pours a really deep deep brown. Almost black in color. Some reddish hues around the edges. Bottle was under carbonated, like others have mentioned. Pretty much the only knock on appearance is that. I did get a thin line of tan head around edges. Not leaving a lot of lacing even with a swirl.

S: Tons of coffee on the nose. Smell some Chiptole peppers coming through that body. There is some dark fruit under there too as well as some chocolate and roast. Really nice nose.

T: On the tip of the tongue you get that amazing bitter coffee flavor. Really high quality brewed coffee flavor. There is also a tingle of that pepper there too. As the sip continues, you get a nice smooth mid palate due to those oats. Chocolate. More roast coffee. And the pepper tingle comes up again in the back of the throat. Really nice.

M: It's full bodied. Carbonation issues. (903 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.26/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Thanks to twiggamortis420 for this bottle!

I dunno why, but this sounds like a Zappa album to me... Anyway, this stuff pours a deep, brackish black-brown topped by a finger of golden brown foam. The nose comprises rich cocoa, light booze, blackly-roasted malts, char, and dry, fruity coffee. It's everything a smoked coffee stout oughta be, though the slight absence of pepper character is somewhat disappointing, even if only minorly so. The taste rectifies this, reprising all of the elements of the smell and including a generous amount of pepper, both flesh and a mild bit of heat, for our collective tasting pleasure. The body is a solid medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a lightly chewy feel. Overall, a damn fine imperial stout, one whose various components somehow find a way to cooperate and not bicker and clash at all hours of the night. I need to get more of this... (930 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 12.30.13

A - Pours a very dark brown with a dark brown, foamy head that fades pretty slowly.

S - Pleasant coffee and some subtle cofee. Not much else.

T - Peppers and heat with a nice coffee finish.

D - Tons of carbonationn with a medium body.

O - More peppers here up front, but kopi coffee is so good. (325 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into tulip 21/7/13

A doesn’t look jet black but only has a thin cola edge, just a thin pinky of mocha foam even after a dump down the center, just a few specks of lace

S loads of dark chocolate covered coffee beans, burnt espresso, bakers chocolate, coco powder, faint smoke and just a hint of licorice

T a little of the peppers in the mouth that I wasn’t smelling on the nose, even more coffee and burnt dark roast, rather intense really, some char replaces the smoke on the nose

M not as thick as the color would imply but still has plenty of body, faint heat from the peppers builds slowly

O great coffee flavors and the mellow heat works well, lots of dark roast but no booze at any point

Solid coffee stout that I’ll look for in the future, thanks Mike and Trevor for sharing (814 characters)

Photo of alpinebryant
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brought back to CT by my buddy Jay in Austin Texas, keeping it weird!

A: Pours a viscous thick black with a rich mocha lacing around the edges after the head settled. The ring looks like mini oil bubbles that form after draining your car oil into a pan.

S: Aroma of mochachino espresso roast coffee with sweet malt and a roasted presence.

T: Wow, very sweet and rich. Comparable to a coffee stout ice cream chocolate topping. The coffee flavors are really great, probably some of the best that I have had in an imperial stout, which based on the hype of weasel poop coffee, I have to say this has actually lived up to my expectations. Not sure if I will be buying weasel poop coffee anytime soon, but it is definitely tasty in an imperial stout. Slightly vegetal at the end, but there is a nice kick from the chili peppers that stings the tongue and is warming.

M: Thick viscous with minimal carbonation. Oil can consistency similar to Ten Fidy.

O: Definitely worth a try. This is my first Jester King beer and I look forward to trying more in the future. (1,063 characters)

Photo of Bobheed
4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured out a super thick, viscous, oil black with an extremely small, dark red head yielded from an aggressive pour. The head dissipates very quickly leaving no trace of carbonation

S: Get the peppers almost immediately with tons and tons of roastiness. I picked up lots of rich chocolates and molasses. Also, floating around in the background, I got some vanilla as well as the coffee.

T: A lot more coffee-forward than I expected judging by the smell. Immediately I got the dark coffee and molasses, then the peppers suddenly hit. It's not an overwhelming heat that it produces, but more of a smokey, slightly spicy note.

M: A little weak here. It was very thick and smooth, which I liked, but it had very little carbonation. There's enough of a spicy tingle from the chipotle to almost make up for it, but not quite

Overall, I liked this one a lot. I'm very curious to get another bottle to see if the carbonation issue is the beer itself, or maybe an improper seal on the bottle. I will re-edit this review if it is the latter (1,037 characters)

Photo of flexabull
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of cfh64, thanks again!

Shared with my younger brother on Christmas day.

Pours like motor oil, pitch black, with a small light brown head.

Aromas are very coffee forward. Very dark coffee, like espresso, with some general earthiness from some hops and maybe the peppers too.

Taste is also super coffee forward. Almost tastes like someone poured a shot of espresso into a pint of imperial stout. Some dark chocolate, and bitter earthiness on the finish as well. Not sure I taste peppers here though.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy. I like it.

Overall a very nice coffee beer. I just wished I could have noticed the chipotle more. (648 characters)

Photo of DavidST
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter, not bottled date (but this was only brewed once). This pours an almost completely flat pitch black color with a very thin film of a mocha colored head which wasn't there long enough to look at, there seems to be an occasional floating coffee grain, oddly this thin film leaves a lacing. The smells are nice dark roasted malts, coco, dark roasted coffee, a little peppery. The feel is nice and think, slight carbonination. The taste is good, very dark roast bitter, loads of bitter coffee, some bitter hops, a nice peppery finish, a quality RIS. (586 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Again thanks to Calvin (ApostleBrewing) for this goody, shared with rudzud and others.

No head, pitch black beer nice legs.

Nose nice big dark malts, tons of dark choc, nice barrel aromas, very smooth nutty coffee, hint of roast, syrupy caramel, nice coffee.

Taste stats with a thick stout, dark choc, little roast, light char, barrel, nice smooth mellow slightly nutty coffee, starts to get earthy and bit of coffee grains, light caramel and vanilla, little tingly warming booze. Finish is syrupy, thick mouth coating, some booze, dark malts, light smooth coffee. It was very hard to find the chipotle, but a faint heat on the back end, and faint hint of a smokey pepper thing finally starts to come through, but very light.

Mouth is thick bod, decent carb, some booze.

Overall pretty nice beer, good smooth kopi coffee, dark malts underneath, but compared to the Kopi Speedway or the Dark Apparition Kopi BA it's a little below them. With the pepper was a little more prominent too. (989 characters)

Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with light tan head that is almost non-existent. Rough pour results in only minimal bubbles. Fair lacing.

Smell is heavy with coffee, toated oats and malt, ripe cherries, vanilla, oak and chocolate.

Taste is charred oak, chocolate, coffee. Lots of burnt malts. Bitterness lingers on the palate. Ash-like character lingers as well.

Mouthfeel is slick and oily. Full-bodied. Minimal carbonation.

Overall this was good. A little heavy on the charred character. Alcohol well hidden for me. (501 characters)

Photo of Scotchboy
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Capped 750ml split 4 ways into pint glasses - bottle courtesy of BeerHunter76.

A: Its a stout - pours opaque and viscous and sits in the glass a nice black color with a good finger of brown head and some lacing.

S: Upfront, big chocolate notes...hints of peppery spice and smoke...big roasted malt character and nice moderately astringent coffee woven throughout.

T: Follows the nose, fairly balanced within itself...chocolate, roast, coffee, bitterness, suggestions of peppers and smoked malt. Very complimentary.

MF: Full bodied with a slight viscous or even oily sensation that isn't distracting. Sticky dry hint of alcohol.

O: Pretty nice use of peppers, they are definitely present but not distracting at all. Coffee notes are nice. Overall the flavors are complimentary. (781 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very dark brown color with a small brown head. The aroma has a lot of coffee in it as well as some roasted malt and a hint of chocolate. The flavor is similar. The coffee really stands out, along with some heat and spice from the chipotle peppers. I also get some earthy notes as well as some chocolate and roasted malt. Thick mouthfeel and low carbonation. A very nice beer, glad I got to try it. (414 characters)

Photo of GregSVT
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours dark as night with a small dark brown head that fades to a ring and doesn't really leave much lacing on the glass. I love super dark stouts and this one is dark.

S: The nose starts with a huge blast of coffee and peppers then settles into a deeply roasted malt and smokey/bbq aroma. As it sits the smoke really comes forward until you swirl the glass and then you get the coffee and peppers again. There's also a slight touch of vanilla in there presumably from the Kopi Luwak.

T: The taste starts with a buttery flavor I can't quite place that slowly changes to dark roasted malts, coffee, and dark chocolate. There is a bit of pepper on the back of the tongue but it's no where near as prevalent as I thought it would be...as it warms it does become a bit more spicy but nothing crazy. The coffee also isn't as strong as I was hoping for. It's still tasty but could use a bit more of the additional ingredients to give it that extra punch.

M: The feel is thick and buttery with a touch of carbonation. It could use a bit more in the way of bubbles but it's not bad for the style.

O: I was hoping for more coffee and pepper out of this one but it seems to be more roasted malt and chocolate. It definitely has that Mikkeller stout taste but a definite Black Metal taste as well. (1,321 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a very thick black pour with a slight amount of bubbles - no head, looks like there's no sign of carbonation at all.
the smell is a strong bold roast, dark chocolate, coffee, oak, vanilla, dates, fig. the flavor is just as bold as the aroma, however there is a bit of a peppery kick (very subtle) in the finish. a delicious coffee roasty bitterness overall, with hints of chocolate and a boozy bite.
the beer itself is completely flat, which i'm not sure is an aging problem since i've aged beers way longer and they stayed pretty well carbonated. a thick, mouth coating feel aside from that.

i feel like if this beer was a slight bit carbonated, it would have made a world of difference. the flavor and aroma are excellent. it would just be a lot better with some fizzyness. (776 characters)

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Jester King / Mikkeller Weasel Rodeo from Jester King Brewery
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