Beer Geek Brunch Weasel | Mikkeller ApS

Beer Geek Brunch WeaselBeer Geek Brunch Weasel
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed at Nøgne Ø.

Imperial oatmeal stout brewed with coffee. Ingredients: Water, malts, hops, yeast and Vietnamese ca phe chon coffee.

Added by ClockworkOrange on 01-02-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#447
Reviews:
846
Ratings:
2,887
Liked:
2,727
Avg:
4.32/5
pDev:
9.26%
Alströms:
0
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very expensive 500 ml at Beerbistro, recent batch left by the Denmark merchant fleet, and tested by our local large government at 9.4%. This is a top beer for coffee lovers. It pour black with great white head that becomes increasingly brown and much lace is left as it sinks in the glass. A sipper, with a sharp and overwhelming coffee presence. Taste is chocolately. A profound bitterness, with malt behind it. Just don't gulp it too soon. Full mouthfeel, well roasted though not burnt. Perhaps a quarter cup of the actual strong coffee. Not the best coffee I have tasted, and not the best imperial stout of so many good ones I have enjoyed of late.

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Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: thin dark tan head that dissipates rapidly on a jet black body with no light passing through.

S: rich, dark roast coffee, dark chocolate. The coffee has a very nice tangy character to it. aroma is nicely strong.

T: the coffee flavors are unlike others I have had. These are dry and espresso like but with a smokey, tangy and sweet note as well. Very unique.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation, smooth with a semi dry finish and coffee lingering deep into the aftertaste.

Overall: This is a very unique beer. For coffee lovers this is a must try beer. Very memorable

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Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jaydoc
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.74/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at the Protest Bottle Share For LA Beer Week held at Red Carpet Wine in Glendale, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy khaki head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, and slight dark fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and dark fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but has a slightly better smell in my opinion.

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Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

not sure how i have missed this base version, i have had a number of its barrel aged variants, and loved every expensive drop. this one is far less intimidating both in price and in looks in the glass. its not so black or so dense, less concentrated than those little bottles of heaven. bakers chocolate in color, oatmeal colored and textured head with excellent retention. a handful of yeast bits in to the bottom of the glass are noticeable if i really focus in on them. the aroma of this beer is great, but not as coffee forward as i expected it to be, or as i remember the others being. its sweet and subtle coffee, no bitterness at all, just a little of that from the high levels of roasted barley here. more earthy than bitter, with a chocolate milky sweetness towards the end. the flavor agrees with the nose, and the coffee serves only to accent, not flavor, this brew. i love the frothy sweetness in the finish, which is inextricably linked to its velvety and expansive texture. i get almost toasted marshmallow in this, more like a cappuccino rather than a normal cup of joe, lots of milk froth type balance to this. for a big black stout this is remarkably elegant, with well hidden alcohol strength and a pillowy mouthfeel that stays on the tongue. gently flavored with the coffee too, an enormously difficult task in brewing from what i understand. world class coffee stout, with very few equals, but i prefer the barrel aged variants, they take this to the next level. really nice to finally have the base beer through.

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Knapp85
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is much like the regular Beer Geek Breakfast.'I really couldn't find too much of a difference really. The beer poured out as dark black color with a great big brown head on it. The smell is full of coffee and chocolate. The taste of the beer is very rich, highly roasted and creamy. The mouthfeel is thick and lightly carbonated. Overall the beer is very good, would like to have again but it is a little pricy so it may be a while before it comes my way again.

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Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of metter98
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a finger high creamy tan head that slowly faded away and left lacy patterns of bubbles floating on the surface.
S: There are aromas of dark roasted malts and coffee beans in the nose. As the beer warms up, the smell also has some hints of alcohol.
T: The taste is moderately bitter and has flavors of dark roasted malts and coffee beans along with some hints of chocolate. There are some notes of alcohol in the finish.
M: It feels full-bodied on the palate and a bit creamy with a slight amount of carbonation. There are some hints of warming from the alcohol in the finish.
D: This beer is definitely one that needs to be sipped because of the alcohol content, but it's something that I would definitely want to try again.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Interesting take on the coffee infused Stout movement- an Oatmeal Stout. A silky smooth style with moderate roastiness combined with a nutty creme coffee could do the trick.

The beer pours with all the confidence, color, and viscocity of an Imperial Stout. However the foamstance is short-lived and carbonation fades rather quickly.

Bold aromas of coffee and alcohol takes the forefront while the softer oatmeal and Stout qualities take a steadfast position in the background. Nutty, roasty, toasty aromas work into a lather as the malts release slight caramel and heavy cream notes.

Flavors react much the same. Sharp coffee flavor dominates the medium Stout taste. Kona and Columbian coffees come to mind as I don't relate the the actual coffee beans used here. Nutty, and buttery coffee tones work well with the caramelized malts while contributing heavy toast, charred applewood, and bitter cocoa powder.

The mouthfeel, however, is where the beer takes a hit. The sharpness, bitterness, and astringency of the coffee completely over-power the timid nature of the Oatmeal Stout. This diminishes the fullness, creaminess, and chewiness of the base beer. Heavy alcohols give a paint-thinner sensation to the texture and taste of the beer. This isn't as prevailant in Russian Imerial versions of coffee Stouts.

Ultimately a fine beer but it pails in comparisons to the coffee infused Russian Imperial versions. Not in the class with the Dark Horizons and KBS of the world.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle, more Danish-only expository on the label, to go with the urban legend that this offering has become - hell, Cecil Adams' Straight Dope referenced it last week.

This beer pours a deep, dark chestnut brown, approaching black, with faint cola highlights, and three fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and creamy chocolate milk head, which leaves a solid layered wall of lace around the glass as it sinks away. There's also a bit of civet shi-, uh, I mean chunky sediment roiling about.

It smells of lightly toasted caramel malt, earthy dark roast coffee, vanilla-flecked graininess - think Mini Wheats - and a bit of dank molasses. The taste is strong creamy cafe-au-lait, caramel/toffee malt, ethereal dark fruit, further bitter raw coffee beans, a fading oaten character, a decent edgy earthy and leafy hoppiness, and some barely restrained booze that does well to limit this to sipping.

The carbonation is present, but fairly meek in its otherwise capable mien, the body just short of full weight, but still rather solid, dense, and only lacking in complete smoothness by the nagging zingy, bitter hops. It finishes still replete with chocolate and coffee, locked in a lingering pas de deux with the overshadowed, but substantial bitter leafy, herbal, and mildly citrusy hops.

A meal (breakfast? sure, don't mind if I do!) of a beverage - I found that I was unknowingly drinking this more slowly that I would otherwise, its given strength notwithstanding. The weight and bearing of this coffeehouse wanker's wet dream are an obvious excuse (to my slow-ass drinking), however, I would more aptly attribute the phenomenon to the deft - and shameless - brewer's hand. There's just so much to see here folks - slow down and enjoy it.

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Photo of kojevergas
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

*Current rating reflects the Nogne (Not Lervig) version.

Served on-draught into 20cl stemware in the Mikkeller Bar in Copenhagen, Denmark. Reviewed from notes. Expectations were as high as could be as this is my favourite brewery in the world.

A: Pours a half finger tan colour head of wonderful marvellous cream and thickness, but poor retention (attributable no doubt to the high ABV). Colour is a solid black. Very appealing to a stout lover like meself.

Sm: Cream, vanilla, chocolate, caramel, toffee, coffee, mocha, espresso, but no roasts (sadly). A mild strength delightful aroma.

T: Amazing. All the notes from the nose and more. Incredible cream undertones, lovely caramel, wonderful chocolate - the best chocolate treatment I've ever experienced - and some biscuity slight honeycomb notes from the midpoint. Absurdly complex, extremely well built, and nicely balanced. The layering is phenomenal.

Mf: Smooth but coarse where it needs to be to coax out the flavours. Not refreshing, but masterfully complementary of the flavours in the body. Certainly the texture is tailored to the beer.

Dr: High ABV but obscenely drinkable. Near perfect quality for the style. The price is pretty fair by Copenhagen prices (40 DKK per 20cl). Incredible all around.

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07/19/2013: Picked up Lervig's version and wanted to type some truncated notes if they'll fit. Acquired for $8.99 in SoCal. Love the label art on this one; better than Nogne's. 10.90% ABV. Imported by the Shelton Bastards. Expectations high.

Standard pour into a stem-tulip. Served cold and allowed to warm.

A: Pours a fucking gorgeous rich tan colour head. Excellent creaminess, excellent thickness, excellent retention (~10+ minutes). Good lacing.

Body is an opaque jet black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Looks damn impressive for the style.

Sm: Rich coffee is incredibly evocative. Roasted barley. Dark malts. Chocolate malt. The coffee is unique; excellent execution. Cream. Aroma is masterfully subtle and complex.

T: Aggressive assertive coffee with accompanying roast and slight bitterness. Dark malts. Chocolate malt. Cream. Roasted barley. Oats. Divine honeycomb. Bitterness is definitely more pronounced than in more accomodating American examples of the style. I definitely prefer the Nogne version, but this is quite well done. Oats. Extremely well balanced and built. Good complexity; not as much subtlety as the Nogne version.

No hop or yeast character. Very little alcohol, if any.

Mf: Smooth and wet; oats are perfectly utilized here. Rich. Near perfect carbonation and thickness. Excellent full body. Superb presence on the palate. Complements the flavour profile quite well. Not too syrupy, thick, or viscous.

Dr: Obscenely drinkable for the ABV. I'd definitely have another, and will have no trouble killing this bottle alone. I like the Nogne version better, but this is masterfully executed stuff any way you slice it. Definitely amongst the best beers ever brewed.

A (4.47)

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Photo of emerge077
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

FInally tried this once they came out with the smaller 330mL bottles.

Oily black with a compact layer of mocha foam that recedes to a thin ring around the edges of the glass. A swirl rekindles the foam momentarily for a minute or two. The foam sinks back into the beer after each sip, no sticky lace.

Mellow smooth coffee aroma, chocolate, florals, light roast.

Roasty and chocolatey, light toast, smooth coffee with an ample hop bitterness that may be derived from the roasted malt. There's a residual resinous quality as well. The whole point of Kopi Luwak coffee is that it has no bitterness. It seems a little off the mark not to showcase that more, considering how expensive it is. If I wanted a hoppy stout i'd get a Storm King. That said, it is full bodied and viscous, smooth and bitter at the same time. Burns a little in the throat but you don't taste the nearly 11% ABV. Overall worth a try, just wish it was a little smoother and had more unique coffee flavor.

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Photo of brentk56
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with a foamy beige crown (clearly influenced by the oatmeal) ; pretty swaths of lace drip down the sides of the cervoise

Smell: Smells like a roastery, with wafts of coffee goodness and blackstrap molasses

Taste: Black bread and dark fruit, up front; surprisingly, the fruit flavors dominate until mid-palate when the coffee arrives (perhaps that is the civet coffee character); molasses and bitter chocolate linger until the swallow, which dries out the flavor profile into pure coffee

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy, with moderate carbonation and a hint of warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: Believe the hyoe on this one as it is one of the richest, most interesting coffee beer experiences out there

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of zeff80
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a tan head with ruby highlights. It was a long-lasting head that left patchy lace. There was a good deal of sediment in the bottom of the glass.

S - It smelled of chocolate, caramel, toffee and light coffee notes.

T - The coffee flavor is very sharp with a burnt molasses taste. Good bitterness with a touch of dark chocolate.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A full-bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This was a really good beer. I didn't even taste the civet poop.

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