Jester King / Mikkeller Weasel Rodeo - Jester King Brewery

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Ratings: 211
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 71
Gots: 57 | 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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Ratings: 211 | Reviews: 39
Photo of GPHarris
2.59/5  rDev -36%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.25

2012 vintage

a - poured flat. no head with just the slightest ring of lace. body was dark black.
s - coffee aromas with a hint of alcohol.
t - coffee with a spicy finish. slightly boozy.
m - thin and dull. no carbonation to speak of.
o - i had high hopes for this beer and think there was something there but this beer was about as flat as can be which really messed up the experience.

Photo of DavidST
4.05/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of GregSVT
3.93/5  rDev -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.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of cfrobrew
3.46/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured very dark brown almost black in a jester king stem glass. Almost no head at all, small bubbles here and there.

Aromas is mostly a very intense dark chocolate with slight smoke and coffee.

Taste- Chocolate with coffee and some fruit, very intense and unusual.

Mouthfeel- Pretty thick, very smooth but not terribly carbonated.

Overall - Very interesting brew, I think I will age the rest that I have for a while to try to see if the carbonation comes along, may even try force carbing one to see if carbonation makes it better. Some of the overall bitterness and intensity may mellow out with age. Overall it was a great beer, not my favorite but nicely done.

Photo of whoneeds8
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of 4amepiphany
4.64/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Photo of Bobheed
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
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

Photo of starkmarvelo
4.56/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Photo of afluentturtle
4.66/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Photo of specksnreds
2.96/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 1 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Exactly zero carbonation. A very disappointing "pffft" was followed by an even more disappointing lack of anything resembling a head. It smelled like all the ingredients listed on the bottle (i.e. coffee and what not). Lovely aromas with no head make for a beer that is disappointing. The taste is fine despite the carbonation failure. Mouthfeel is horrible: flat beer isn't pleasant to swallow. I'm done with these guys. Local or not, I've spent my last dollar with them.

Photo of MutualAid
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Scored this at Hubbell & Hudson in the Woodlands; I'm a sucker for anything with coffee in it.

A: Pours black and viscous, not unlike motor oil in January. Very low carbonation and no real head despite the properly cleaned glasses.

S: The smell is roasted malt with a good bit of coffee sweetness and a bit of smoke. Nothing too strong, but some good hints as to what to expect.

T: The immediate impression is of coffee and a fair amount of sorghum sweetness from the malt, but this is closely followed by the bitter qualities from the roasted grains. The chipotle is felt, rather than tasted as a mild warming sensation in the back of the throat.

M: The mouthfeel is slick but not oily. As some other reviewers mentioned, this would benefit with a bit more carbonation, perhaps just enough to add a creamy quality.

O: A pretty decent sipping beer from two of my favorite brewers, but I'm not sure the price-tag is justified.

Photo of RustyP
3.04/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours like low viscosity motor oil…black as night with just the slightest hint of dark reddish-brown at the top edge when held to light. An overly-aggressive pour produced only a thin layer of loosely-connected mocha bubbles that disappeared immediately leaving not even a ring around the glass. Some alcohol legs along the glass walls after swirling.

S: Huge medium-roast coffee nose upfront. Chipotle peppers kick in shortly after, though they aren’t discernable as Chipotle’s right away…more of a general sharp, peppery smell. Moderate smoke, a bit of caramel, and some very faint chocolate in the background. The aroma was a little bracing at first, but became very pleasant.

T: Oddly, the flavor is almost reversed from the aroma as far as the order in which my palate picks things up. First I get the caramel, mild roast / chocolate and a quick hit of dark fruit. Next came some tongue-tingling pepper, then slightly bitter coffee to finish. I can feel the Chipotle lingering at the back of my throat, just enough to let me know it’s there. After warming, the coffee flavor is noticeable from the very beginning, and the Chipotle comes through a bit more. Sadly, the flavor comes off a little watery for an Imperial stout and just doesn’t follow through on what the nose promised.

M: medium-bodied, very under-carbonated, causes the flavors to fall flat. Drinks like a flat soda...not very pleasant.

O: The list of ingredients makes it sound awesome and the aroma is great, but the flavor isn’t very full and the carbonation is pretty much altogether absent. On the bright side, I don't pick up the 10% ABV in the nose or the taste. I feel that better carbonation alone would improve the flavor and overall effect of this beer immensely. Great concept, and if JK produces another batch with better carbonation, I’ll be sure to pick up a bottle.

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Jester King / Mikkeller Weasel Rodeo from Jester King Brewery
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