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Mikkeller ApS
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #490
Ranked #1,032
4.32 | pDev: 9.26%
Oct 30, 2023
Jan 02, 2009
Brewed at Nøgne Ø.

Imperial oatmeal stout brewed with coffee. Ingredients: Water, malts, hops, yeast and Vietnamese ca phe chon coffee.
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Rated by jrpapajcik from Illinois

4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
At home from an aged bottle w Humiston
Oct 30, 2023
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
500 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. Brewed by Mikkeller at Nøgne Ø, Norway. Batch #418, ABV is 10.9%. Pitch black colour, huge chocolate brown head. Lovely aroma of dark roasted malts, coffee and chocolate, hints of dark fruits. Intense flavour of coffee (can’t say if the "weasel" coffee was worth the price, though), also a massive malty sweetness and a solid roasty and hoppy bitterness, lasting through the long aftertaste. Not for sissies.
May 09, 2022
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Reviewed by dpgrifs from Pennsylvania

4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours a very dark chocolate color. Almost no foam present.
Aroma of malt, coffee, and bourbon.
The taste of coffee and roasted malts with bourbon flavor very present.
Dec 18, 2021
Rated: 4.28 by Rainintheface from Florida

Jun 14, 2021
Rated: 4.69 by tatecarson from Louisiana

Jan 24, 2021
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Reviewed by Jack_14 from Italy

3.28/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Fresh roasting on the nose.
Color impenetrable black.
Foam beige, evanescent even if the beer is poured vertically.
In the mouth there is a clear prevalence of toasted niote and coffee that also hide hints of chocolate and a hint of tobacco.
Non-existent carbonation.
But given the light body (too watery for my personal taste) it really feels like a brew of coffee.
I was expecting a beer with a different body honestly, but to taste it did not disappoint.
Nov 30, 2020
Rated: 4.14 by jaxon53 from Connecticut

Sep 26, 2020
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Reviewed by BloodSoakedAleMug from New York

2.22/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25
Look: Pours a very, very pitch black color with a tiny, quarter finger head of beige foam. No lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Slightly chalky, herbal and bittersweet. An unpleasant soy sauce note is the first thing that jumps out at me. Lots of milk chocolate, semi-tart candied raisins and coffee beans. Some burnt toast and marzipan. Bourbon is in the background, a tepid medicinal, woody, resinous aroma. I think that's whats giving the beer it's "chalkiness" I was describing earlier. Cloying.

Taste: Very complex, a little too complex maybe? There's a lot to the beer and I'm afraid it all gets lost in translation. It's boozy, not atypical of a 11%er, but . . . it's just all over the place. The taste isn't bad, but it's very tannic and hard to take more than a tablespoon of a sip at a time, without your palate being completely overpowered by this herbal, sour, medicinal aftertaste. There's a nice cola and coffee flavor but it's so brief, before sickly sweet notes of chocolate syrup overpower everything. Then it becomes almost medicinal and woody. . . . and my god that aftertaste of sour soy sauce and grape juice. Yuck.

Feel: The worst part about it. Dry. Sweet. Slimy. Sticky. Oily. Thin. Hot. Boozy. Chalky. Not a fan. I would never be able to tell this was brewed with oatmeal until I read it on the bottle.

Overall: Maybe I got a bad batch. Mikkeler is usually on point but this is a classic example of one of the downsides of gypsy brewing; quality control. For such a complex beer where so much can go wrong, when you're using such an obscure ingredient like ca phe chon coffee . . . you really need to tripple check you dotted your "i"s and cross your "t"s so to say. . . Something was just off and didnt click here. I couldn't finish my bottle. . . sad to say this was a drain pour.
Sep 01, 2020
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Reviewed by CTHomer from Connecticut

3.72/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
A: opaque; very dark brown - almost black; 1+ finger finely pored medium brown head that receded to a thin cap; OK lacing;

S: milk chocolate with deeply roasted grain in the background;

T: black coffee dominates from start to finish; deeply roasted grains are noticeable up front, but by the end, it's all black coffee; moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O: liked the aroma more than the flavor;
Apr 29, 2020
Rated: 4.29 by csmrx7 from Canada (AB)

Apr 04, 2020
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Reviewed by CraigDeMoss from Kansas

4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Very nice, has a definite coffee bitterness that isn’t a turn off, as a coffee stout should taste. Smell has an upfront chocolate maltball note, goes down easy enough with a nice coffee kick in the back of the throat afterwards. Looks just about as good as any breakfast stout, nothing crazy, will a fleeting caramel-mocha head from a vigorous pour into a tulip. Well done, check it out if you see it.
Mar 07, 2020
Rated: 4.34 by Prost76 from New Hampshire

Jan 29, 2020
Rated: 4.27 by craigbelly from Iowa

Dec 06, 2019
Rated: 4 by dsshuck from Delaware

Sep 21, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by cryptichead from Illinois

Mar 10, 2019
Rated: 4.38 by yuno from New York

Jan 06, 2019
Rated: 4.35 by tedho21 from Pennsylvania

Jan 02, 2019
Rated: 4.16 by cambabeer from New York

Jan 01, 2019
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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from 11.2oz bottle into glass. No bottling date information found. Label has the beer brewed and bottled at Lervig Aktiebryggeri, Norway.
Black colored body, with just a smidge of a dark brown edge when back lit. No read head upon pouring, what sticks around is a small island and thin ring, both fed by rising bubbles. Leaves behind some lacing spots, most of which slide back down into the beer.
Aroma is of dark roasted malts, but this one has a hint of sweetness. Heavy coffee, with additions of subtle smoke, chocolate and dark fruits.
Taste is quite heavy, with its dark roasted malts and coffee. Also expresses chocolate and dark fruit. This one has a hint of smoke but no allusion to grilled meats.
Heavy mouth feel, with a mouth coating sensation. Okay carbonation.
For a higher ABV% beer, the alcohol is well hidden. As the beer warms, at times, it expresses a sensation reminiscent of cherry cola (but ensconced in rich and deep coffee). The after taste has more decadent chocolate than in the main taste profile. The beer has a forbidding appearance because of its lack of foam, but the overall aroma, taste, and mouth feel is very much of a treat.
Nov 18, 2018
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Reviewed by sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Sampling a cellar temp 12 oz bottle poured into my snifter. The beer pours a deep cola brown color with fizzy tan head that is minimal and fades to almost nothing immediately after I pour the beer.
The aroma is roasted malt and rich coffee scents. I also get some milk chocolate and a bit of dark fruit underneath the chocolate. Pretty complex and interesting nose, not for the hop heads out there I suppose.
First sip reveals an average body with a bit of a chewy texture and very fine tingly carbonation. The liquid slides easily down with each swallow. The carbonation does leave a bit of a prickly sensation, almost like cayenne pepper on my tongue.
Flavor is what the nose advertises with lots of malt. I get roasted notes and coffee with some brown sugar and milk chocolate mixing together. A little dark chocolate and some molasses too, again, lots of depth to this beer and again, no hops. The booze is also pretty well hidden for 10.9%, as it drinks very easy and leaves no warming on my palate.
Quite a nice imperial coffee stout that Im glad to have tried, I would buy this one again even though it was a little pricey for one bottle ($9.50). Enjoy!
Oct 20, 2018
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