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Beer Geek Brunch Weasel (Islay Edition) | Mikkeller ApS

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Beer Geek Brunch Weasel (Islay Edition)Beer Geek Brunch Weasel (Islay Edition)

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Mikkeller ApS

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ricke on 09-15-2009

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Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 45
Reviews by lacqueredmouse:
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4.89/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served to me by @LaitueGonflable, and shared with him and @tobeerornottobe.

Pours a lovely thick black, with a ring of mocha-coloured foam around the edges. Unfortunately the head isn't larger, but it's solid enough, and the body is pleasantly fine. No lacing, but this is a heavy, minimally carbonated beer, and you have to respect that.

Nose. OK, I'm just going to say it: "Holy fuck!". It's like the blend of a big, deeply sweet and robust imperial stout and a peaty, smoky Scotch. It's an insane blend, and incredibly, stupidly good. The sweetness of the malt, the smokiness of the peat, the roast character giving it a black, sharp finality. Wow. What an incredible nose.

Taste is gorgeous. It has the smoothness of a big, supple American stout, but it's flavoured with a peppery, smoky and minerally Islay whiskey character, that gives it a depth and a craziness above its station. Fantastic smoothness throughout, and a lovely afterpalate of rich, roasted malt, which gives a bittersweet finish, and compliments the peat smoke characters on the mid palate. This is an outstanding combination.

Feel is smooth but supple, without a thickness that could potentially overwhelm or accentuate the sweetness too much.

What an awesome and unique beer. It's like a perfectly blended combination of thick, dark stout and smoky, sensuous Scotch whiskey. Sublimely drinkable, and utterly, utterly sophisticated.

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Photo of ricke
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Note: Beer Geek Brunch Weasel aged for two and a half months on Caol Ila barrels.

A: Pitch black color, viscous liquid, and a big dark brown head that slowly settles into a nice layer of lacings. Outstanding appearance.

S: The whisky really comes through in the smell, to a point where I'm almost inclined to call this a whisky bomb. It's a very fresh and delightful whisky character, yet with plenty of the roughed smoke and peat aromas associated with Islay whiskys. But it's not all about the whisky here. Roasted malts and chocolate reside in the background together with some fruity notes. The coffee is evidently muted, but after a while in the glass both coffee and chocolate becomes more prominent. A wonderfully characteristic smell. This is how a whisky barrel aged beer should smell like...

S: ...and this is how it should taste like. The taste is very rich and something out of the ordinary. Sweet and fruity whisky flavors are prominent up front, and coupled with plenty of roasted malts this makes for a rather sweet taste initially. Then the smoky and peaty whisky flavors become present and even out the sweetness. Notes of tar and wood. Hints of chocolate. As in the smell, the coffee is muted and it's obvious that it's the whisky that takes center stage here. But despite the powerful whisky character, the beer is very complex and doesn't come out as unbalanced. Instead, it's deep and leveled and showcases a great composition. The finish is rather bitter with lots of warming whisky-like alcohol, smoke, licorice and a subtle but noticeable hop bite.

M: Big body, silky smooth and creamy.

D: I can honestly say this is one of the best beers I've had from Mikkeller, perhaps the best. I had my doubts about this beer since I didn't think a barrel aged version of Weasel sounded like a good idea (not to say an Islay whisky barrel aged version). But the worries were unwarranted. However, the similarities between this one and the original Weasels are small, except for the mouthfeel and tasty stout base. The weasel is mostly about coffee, whereas this one has surprisingly muted coffee aromas. But who cares, this is just a different beast altogether. From now on, this one sets the standards for how I think of whisky barrel aged stouts.

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Photo of olradetbalder
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of Marius
2.5/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Smells like burnt rubber, with hints of vanilla and cocoa. The taste is terrible - smoke, burnt wood, rubber, acid, ugly stuff.
As a disclaimer: I am not a big fan of beer aged in peated whiskey barrels.

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Photo of Bugs318
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Holy Peat, Batman! More like a Scotch aged in beer barrels! Taste has some chocolate after the peat, but nose and beginnings are peat intense.

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Photo of needMIbeer
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mikesgroove
4.92/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This may have been one of the best beers I have ever had in my entire life. I was not expecting this level of beer when I opened it last night. But this literally blew me away and I have had alot of really good beers lately. Serve near room temperature and poured into a snifter. I sat by the TV and relaxed with this one for damn near three hours late last night, 06/18/2010.

Fantastic dark and foreboding pour with a huge pillow of tan the comes up and over the top with an insanely ominous look to it. Really just tremendously good with a ton of lacing rolling down the sides.

Amazing aroma, the things that dreams are made of. Huge scotch and peat like aroma. Tobacco and deep smoke all over this. I melted into it on the first sip. After a bit you can pick up the vanilla and a touch of old burnt wood as well. Each sip was an adventure in how to age a beer. Huge peat and smoke right up front with a campfire log flavor as you first finish the sip. Sitting on it brings touches of vanilla, a slight bit of the original bitter touches from the beer geek coffee pop up as well. But I just kept going with this one. I have never felt as immersed in a scotch barrel before. Simply amazing and unreal.

Final sips were dripping with smoky notes as strong as the first sips with this thick, viscous body to it that refused to allow you to come up for air. An amazing beer that I really wish more readily available.

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Photo of spicelab
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to [email protected]

Jet black with a dark tan head that falls quickly to a ring. Reforms to half a finger on swirling.

Swingeing assault of charcoal, wood and ash. Over the course, as desensitisation sets in, rich nutty aromas and plasticy phenolics become prominent.

Like licking an ashtray initially, but by the end I'm seriously digging it. Serious peat, vegemite, seaweed and rum & raisin chocolate.

Full, silky, smooth, dusting of heat. Perfect.

Pretty crazy and hard to score overall. Initial impressions were that the base beer was obliterated, but it emerges a little over the course. For mine, a shorter barrel-ageing would have been more conducive to getting the best of both worlds.

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Photo of mendvicdog
3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oline73
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HumanParaquat
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of aasher
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Whatup14
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rarbring
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The brew is clear but very dark brown, almost black, a small tan head that leaves some lacing and has very good curtains.

The smell is wet salt wood, peat, smoke and ashes. Reminds me of a sunny tared bridge on the west coast.

the taste starts sweet, dark syrup on dark sweet bread, ashes sprinkled with salt water and sea weed. Coffee, concrete and a smooth bitter finish perfects the experience.

Low carbonation, smooth oily and sticky, a warm fuzzy feeling with a hint of dryness.

A really fantastic near-Islay experience. Best brunch ever!

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Photo of mulder1010
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ML bottle
Thanks to Spicelab for sharing.

A-- Poured an oily black, just a few tints of red at the top of the head. Quick fading one finger, light brown head. Mostly a decent looking light brown collar. Dark oily substance left in glass after drinking beer.

S-- Alcohol is very tempered in this. Lots of Islay scotch, wood, chocolate, smoked bacon, iodine and salt water. Really good nose.

T-- Scorched chocolate, to varying degrees of scorching as well as chocolate. Got dark chocolate mostly. Was actually quite good. Lots of barrel notes. Roasted seaweed, iodine, saltwater, peat, wood, and roasted malts that were lightly scorched.

M-- Full, luscious, rich, thick and and just plain good. Well balanced between the barrel and the beer

O-- Really no oatmeal to speak of and the base beer was lost in a way as the Islay really dominated. What it left though was just plain good. Barrel took the beer to another level and the base beer is pretty darned good. To taste seaweed, iodine, and salt water was quite cool. Well balanced beer. Just not a good looking appearance. Otherwise an excellent beer

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nat1975
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JackieKu
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle. Best before 2025-08-05.

A: Opaque black. No foam.
S: Medium toasted aroma. Moderate tobacco. Woody. Chinese herbs. Hints of peat smoke.
T: Intense coffee flavor. Some tobacco, cocoa, pepper, and herbs. Medium bitterness. Moderate sweetness. Somewhat sour.
M: Full body. Quite thick. Low carbonation.
O: Strong and complex. Good bitter-sweet balance. Islay characters are not obvious unfortunately.

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Photo of Parrotshake
3.56/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours pitch black into a tulip - aggressive pouring yields a finger or so of dark brown head, but it recedes right away.

Smell-wise, it's mostly Islay whisky - smoky, boozy, lightly seaweedy. Underneath it is a mid-roast coffee smell, but it's way down in the mix. I get the feeling the taste is going to break down about the same.

Having tasted regular Beer Geek Breakfast, I'm almost shocked at how little resemblance this bears to it. BGB was ultra-roasty, quite complex and vaguely poo-esque (really) - this is still roasty, but it's almost swept away by the barrel characters: medicinal, smoky and finally, FINALLY (as it warms), it tastes like a stout. That much-anticipated coffee, woody, a little dark fruit, a little dark chocolate. Still with a massive undertone of some kind of iodine flavor.

Medium mouthfeel. Thick, but not too thick. I like a creamier stout, but it'd be a little off with these flavors, I think. Nailed it.

Drinkability is hard to rate. It's s tasty (if weird) beer, but it'd make you sick if you had more than a little. I got no problem with a Islay whisky barrel-aged beer - see my review of Brewdog's Paradox Smokehead - but I know what this beer tastes like in the first place, and this might as well be something entirely different. Interesting, in a good way. But not all I had hoped.

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Photo of Phelps
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aged 2.5 months in islay barrels. Brewed September 09. Poured into a snifter.

Thicker and blacker than the highland edition. Syrupy, pitch black. Thin head of cocoa powder colored foam.

Peat! Big smokiness in the nose matched with a little vanilla and cocoa.

Coffee beans blend perfectly on the flavor with the peat. The peat is bigger, but the coffee adds interesting acidity. Espresso, vanilla, campfire smoke, dark chocolate. At the swallow, things smooth out. More dark chocolate, a bit of vinous oak, toffee.

Syrupy thick, medium full body, with moderate fizzy carbonation. A little alcohol heat on the tongue. Feels heavy, feels good.

Delicious. Tyler loves the highland edition; I prefer this one. But I prefer peaty scotch, so there you go.

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Photo of ronricorossi
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AlexAfonin
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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Photo of JSOBB
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cpetrone84
3.61/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a dark black liquid with a tight creamy tan colored head with some bubbles on top.

S-the nose is quite big and brings tons of roasted malts and peat moss. a fair bit of alcohol in the nose, acetone, notes of dry wood, light sweetness in the back.

T-tons of smoked peat, hints of wood and whiskey, notes of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, light malty sweetness in the back.

M-full bodied and smooth, good carbonation, viscous feel to it, syrupy on the palate but nicely balanced by the carbonation.

D-huge and smokey, solid beer heer, a little hot in the back but the Islay Casks have imparted some decent flavors to try and work with the huge smoked peat.

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Photo of Pecorasc
4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks like the Beer Geek Brunch Weasel label, but with a small white sticker written in English, while the rest of the bottle is not. The sticker states that this was aged two and a half months in Islay barrels and has a medium level of carbonation. Batch 415, Bryggot 090309, Best Before 090312.

Upon opening, the cap and mouth of the bottle smell of Lagavulin, cooking wine, sausage, and steak sauce. Served on the warm side in an over-sized tulip glass. Split two ways with Rhinos00.

A- Black as night, with a very, very tiny bit of brown highlighting at the very edge. Toffee colored head with a myriad of different sized bubbles. The thick head slowly recedes to a thin layer of foam with many large bubbles popping here and there. Quick to regain momentum with the slightest swirl. One or two splashes of lacing at the beginning and similar splashes as its consumed. Can't do much better.

S- Islay scotch and steak sauce. Vinegary BBQ sauce with smoke, alcohol, dark chocolate, and a tiny hint of roasted barley. Intruiging, mystifying, confusing.

T- I never "fist pump." But this beer actually made me do it after the first sip. Everything I wanted! Signature Islay peat-smokiness followed by chocolate then roast, RoAsT, ROAST! A crescendo of alcohol with an underlying sweetness that balances everything. What a long strange trip on the palate... perfection.

M- A bit thin for 10.9%, but the flavors more than make up the difference. Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Bumped this grade a bit just because I couldn't give the taste a 5.5.

D- So great and complex I could drink until the alcohol wouldn't allow me to drink anymore. Anyone with an appreciation of Islay Scotches needs to aggresively seek this one out. It really captures the essence of Islay while staying true to its Imperial Stout roots.

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Beer Geek Brunch Weasel (Islay Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
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