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Mikkeller ApS
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #490
Ranked #1,038
4.32 | pDev: 9.26%
Jan 03, 2024
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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Ratings by steve8robin:
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Reviewed by steve8robin from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Sweet unexpected find at a local beer store. Almost traded for this bad boy a couple weeks earlier. 1 PT bottle of the cat poop beer...

A: Awesome! Super dark black with nothing shining through. A super thick 2 inch deep dark mocha colored head that fades at a decent pace. Perfection!

S: Smells very good. Roasty coffee upfront with some thick oatmeal. Some dark fruit in the middle with a very nice vanilla / cocao touch on the backend. Some very well balance wood scents blended in there. I get some milky chocolate in the middle. Very good.

T: I cannot believe I am going to be sipping cat poop coffee beans, but here I go. Heavy roastiness upfront blended with an interesting flavor I cannot quite put my finger on. The more I drink it that more I think it is a carbonated wine type flavor. Nice balanced oatmeal, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and cocao in the middle. Interesting raisin and dark fruit blend on the backend. The brew is a little too roasty and carbonated for me, but still good.

M: A hint too overcabonated for my taste. Good.

D: Once you get past the carbonation and the fact the you're drinking big cat poop, then it goes down surprisingly easy. Good.

All in all, I did not know what to expect from a brew with such an interesting process. The thought of drinking coffee beans picked out of cat poop and brewed in my beer is, I have to admit, a little odd. However, this is surprisingly good. A little too roasty for my taste, but still very well balance compared to many roasty brews. I think this could be compared to Great Lakes Barrel Aged Blackout Stout. It reminds of this brew a lot in the taste. This one is just not as well balanced as that one is. I'd definitely say, if you can get past the brewing process, that you need to give this brew a try at least once.
Jul 18, 2010
More User Ratings:
Rated: 4.33 by not2quick from Missouri

Jan 03, 2024
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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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