Jester King / Mikkeller Weasel Rodeo - Jester King Brewery
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3.86/5 rDev -4.5%
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with light dry coffee, black chocolate and some very subtle peppers notes. Taste is also a mix of peppers, dry coffee with some black chocolates and some dry coffee notes. Body is about average for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very enjoyable stout with plenty of flavours that are well balanced. I think a bit more pronounced peppers notes would have made things more interesting.
03-24-2014 23:32:28 | More by Phyl21ca
4.26/5 rDev +5.4%
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...
02-28-2013 04:07:36 | More by TMoney2591
3.9/5 rDev -3.5%
750ml bottle, a niggling 10.01% ABV by my local jurisdiction's determination. Also, my new gig has a direct tie to the Austin beer scene, currently, and thus it is almost a job requirement for me to drink this, hoo hah! Hey doktorzee, I'm finally getting to this one!
This beer pours a solid black abyss, with very skinny basal mahogany highlights, and one fat finger of weakly foamy (given the expectations of bottle re-fermentation), creamy light brown head, which leaves nothing beyond a low ebbing of shoreline lace around the glass as it quickly settles out of sight.
It smells of mildly roasted caramel malt, sweet milk chocolate, predominant coffee grounds, a simmering vegetal, and somewhat metallic spiciness, and soft leafy, grassy, earthy hops. The taste is more coffee-forward, as the bitter, earthy cuppa fancy joe essences move on up, pushing the semi-sweet cocoa notes to the side, but not away, per se, with some dark-fruit tinged toffee maltiness, as the green spiciness amps it up a notch or two, overwhelming the efforts of the expectedly persistent sassy noble hops. A skulking, but well masked warmth threatens to a certain degree, but nothing more.
The bubbles are still peppy enough throughout, the body a solid medium weight, and smooth, I suppose, but with a strong spicy/alcohol caveat, i.e. not so much then, really. It finishes fairly sweet, the cocoa, coffee, and fruity notes contending easily enough with the lingering spice and hop offsets.
A genuinely drinkable big-ass stout, heavily informed by weasel-turd coffee and smoked chili peppers. If that is a sentence with any appeal or merit whatsoever to you, then I suggest you drop a few ducats, if you have the chance, and grab a dose of this happy collision, in the land of new-world, old-world brewing confusion. And thank you, In Flames (and Genesis, yeah yeah, whatevs), for inspiring that finishing note.
02-03-2013 06:59:12 | More by biboergosum
4.04/5 rDev 0%
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.
06-10-2013 12:51:23 | More by jlindros
4.3/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
04-29-2013 20:43:50 | More by StonedTrippin
4/5 rDev -1%
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.
09-05-2012 04:35:32 | More by Mora2000
3.88/5 rDev -4%
Big thanks are owed to both BA's canadianghetto and mhenson42 for hooking me up with bottles of this. 750ml poured into a Mikkeller teku and tasted along side the other 2 rodeo versions.
Thw brew appears an inky oil black. A rough pour from 2 feet above, directly down the middle of the glass hardly yields a couple big bubbles. The bubbles fade and hang in a thin pattern around the edge of the glass. Some faint brown clarity is noted around the edges with spotty lace sticking to the glass. A violent swirl doesnt do much.
The aroma is all about the kopi coffee. It is earthy and roasty with a fresh coffee scent and minor suggestions of citrus. Chocolate, tobacco and leather mingle in with the coffee quality. It doesnt matter how warm this brew gets or how much it is swirled, the nose is all about the coffee. A bit of alcohol emerges as it warms and once it goes beyond ideal temperature, it has a light smoked aspect.
The taste is roasty with citrus and earthy coffee flavoring. Tobacco and leather blend very well into the earthen coffee character. There is a mild peppery touch mid-palate that blends into something almost like cinnamon and bitter cocoa. There is a long lingering aftertaste of bitter baker's chocolate and a spice that is not really derived from either the alcohol or the peppers on their own but maybe a combo of both?
This is a medium bodied brew with an insignificant amount of carbonation. A little bit of carbonation would have went a really long way here to help move the flavors across the tongue and uplift everything about this brew. It was a bit lackluster and watery in feel without the carbonation but still retained enough positive quality that it was my favorite of the 3 rodeo brews.
10-24-2012 19:35:32 | More by stakem
4.2/5 rDev +4%
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.
01-15-2014 07:56:45 | More by HuskyinPDX
Jester King / Mikkeller Weasel Rodeo from Jester King Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.