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Mikkeller ApS

Style: English Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with cocoa and vanilla.

Added by jme015 on 09-24-2014

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Ratings: 283 |  Reviews: 60
Reviews by t8dd:
Photo of t8dd
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It is a very dark brown color with a tan head and some lace.
Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, and oatmeal.
Great taste. Bittersweet chocolate, almost like eating fudge. Vanilla and oatmeal round out the taste.
A heavy-bodied beer. It would be a good dessert beer. I just made it a breakfast beer.

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Photo of sunnrider
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Pours dark, small caramel colured head. Smells like fresh roast coffee and chocolate/cocoa.
Tastes really sweet and vanilla like and finishes with a bit of background bitterness. They weren´t kidding with the name, this is a dessert in every sense of the word. The small 33cl bottle was more than enough, probably even better shared.
A delicious diabetes loaded beer, only bettered by the Vanilla Shake in my opinion.

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Photo of cbenson
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Typical dark black Mikkeller stout with no head and a dark tan rim that leaves bubbly residue up the sides.
Smell: Wow! Very sweet. Notes of licorice, cinnamon, red velvet cupcakes, and laundry detergent.
Taste: Surprising presence of a smoky malt character in addition to notes of dark chocolate and blackberries. Very acidic. Just a hint too sweet.
Mouthfeel: Dry on the entry and finishes with a full bodied presence and minimal carbonation.
Overall: Too sweet and strangely acidic but the smokiness and dry full bodied mouthfeel elevate this beer.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.44/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Brewed at Lervig. "Oatmeal stout brewed with cocoa & vanilla." Pink label. Unbranded silver pry-off crown cap. Brown glass bottle. 11% ABV.

Served chilled into a goblet and allowed to come to temp during the live review. Expectations are sky high given the two brewers behind this.

HEAD: ~1 inch wide. Gorgeous tan colour - could be darker, deeper, and richer, but it's great as-is. Complexion could be shinier, if we're nitpicking. Leaves no lacing as it recedes, which takes about 6-7+ minutes - pretty impressive at 11% ABV.

BODY: Predictably, it's an opaque black. Not quite a jet or ink-black, but also not a weak schwarzbier-esque cola appearance. No yeast can be seen within.

Attractive for an imperial oatmeal stout, but not perfect, unique, or special. I'm eager to try it.

AROMA: Finally, a stout with some overt roasted barley presence! Some might confuse the roastiness with coffee; there's a definite bitterness there. Maybe this "dessert" beer will be balanced after all. Rich multidimensional cocoa/chocolate, genuine vanilla bean aromatics, starchy oats, and the requisite schwarz/dark malt sweetness. To style, there're no hop aromatics nor any overt yeast.

Aromatic intensity is mild. I find no booze or off-notes. Promises a sweet but balanced oatmeal stout with some interesting vivid flavours.

TASTE & TEXTURE: For a dessert beer, the sweetness is rather curbed...roasty bitterness, almost acrid coffee ground-redolent flavours, and a hint of fennel assault the dark malt backbone, making this lean towards the bitter side for an imperial stout (let alone a dessert beer). Contrary to the doughnut on the label, this isn't a saccharine brew. The roast dries out the mouthfeel, but the oats smoothen it - which is an interesting albeit uneven push-pull. The starchiness of the oats proves a burden on the texture, letting the roast win - though dry as she finishes, she never parches or fatigues the palate.

I expected more of a porter-like smooth wet texture given the oats, but this is fine as-is. Full-bodied and weighty on the palate, but fortunately never syrupy or sticky - which just wouldn't work for this build. It's generally balanced, but not perfectly dialed in, and never quite feels like a gestalt whole even if it has general cohesion. Well-carbonated, with a generally pleasant overall presence on the palate.

The cocoa is a highlight here, but still fails to be as vivid or expressive as the chocolate flavour is in many of the best imperial (oatmeal) stouts. The vanilla - while tasting authentic, as though from vanilla bean rather than artificial vanillin - is sadly one-dimensional, and similarly fails to bring as rich a flavour to the build as would be ideal.

Hop presence is minimal to style. It's surprisingly mellow for an 11% imperial stout, never betraying its ABV. I'd guess this was maybe 8-9% in a blind tasting.

OVERALL: The beer geek series from Mikkel may be my favourite line of imperial stouts in the world at present, but this is not amongst the best offerings in that lineup. Worth trying once (though hopefully not at Norwegian or American import prices), but not stellar. Still, outsized expectations be damned, this is a solid imperial oatmeal stout. More a sipper than a quaffer, but I'll be enjoying sitting back and finishing the bottle as it warms.

B- (3.44) / WORTHY

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

When that delectable dinner has concluded and the night falls into malaise, the notion that one last taste of decadence comes to mind- the dessert menu board comes to the table. Perusing the cookie this, chocolate that or the fruity what-not... maybe a beer menu is best suited for this special occasion.

After layering a highly creamy and viscous deep mocha-stained pour, the to-the-point review might read, "tastes like burnt marshmallows" and drops the mike. But there's much more to this beer even though its initial taste and rounded scent is resounding with scorched sugars, heavy cream, cocoa powder and vanilla.

While the enormity of caramel, nougat, cream and vanilla sculpt the early palate, the earthy taste of espresso, char, and smoky chocolate weave seamlessly onto the middle palate. Bitter with notions of cocoa and smoldering embers, the long finish looms.

Absolute fullness, creaminess and an undeniable chewy texture is lavish to the mouth and mesmerizes the tastebuds. Those bitter chocolates and warm kahlua spice simmers under the surface of sweetness and ensures a long and savory taste- just like tiramisu.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sabitu
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JakerLou
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mmcurran
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Marius
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stephenlee
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of boogerisu
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RobertH50
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of brians52
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JamesStreet
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle
A - poured an opaque black with a almond one-finger head. Not much on the lace.
S - dark, bitter chocolate, roasted malts, strawberry preserves, raspberry jam, some coffee.
T - chocolate and roast in the foreground then the strawberry jam breaks through. This is really good! The bitter chocolate disappeared.
M - wow! This is super rich and creamy! Damn near perfect feel
O - I have had all the Beer Geeks and this one is tops. Must get more.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Wait, dessert? What of the afternoon snack and dinner versions - aren't they getting a little ahead of themselves here?

This beer pours a solid black abyss, with the barest of red cola basal edges when pressed to the unhealthy glow of the monitor screen, and two chubby fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and rather creamy brown head, which leaves some chunky melting frozen windshield lace around the glass as it evenly bleeds away.

It smells of big, rich bittersweet chocolate, gooey caramel/toffee malt, a few meeker vanilla cracker notes, a suggestion of cafe-au-lait, a sugary dark berry fruitiness, and some faint earthy hop astringency. The taste is much more vanillan up front, kind of pushing itself up alongside the toasted cocoa, with a biscuity caramel malt, earthy coffee beans, a sort of sour creaminess, some free-agent char, subtle savoury spice, and a small weedy, burnt leafy hop bitterness.

The carbonation is fairly light in its otherwise well-structured frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and not as smooth and/or creamy as one might expect from the 'oatmeal stout' denomination, but adequate, as such. It finishes off-dry, and less sweet than initially promised, the vanilla gone south, with the indistinct spice and alcohol taking up the slack.

Overall, a pleasant big-ass stout, with lots going on from the guest cocoa & vanilla, as well as the typically inherent complexities. Despite the enlarged ABV, this goes down well, and its relatively restrained sweetness would pair very well with any chocolate-focused actual dessert offering.

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Photo of azkkr
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DruC4
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MuFugga
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Laurie0
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SomethingClever
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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