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Mikkeller ApS

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A Triple Bock

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark Hellish red colour with beige bubbles for head. Not much lace. Looks thin, but OK.

Smells sweet, complex, raisiny. Plenty of sweet sugars, with molasses, sherry and brown sugar. Slight peppery twang late spices it up. Really quite lovely aroma.

Taste is very enjoyable as well. sweet, malty from start to finish with brown sugar, English toffee and some port wine. Raisiny as well adding a squelchy fruit goodness to proceedings, but finished with a slightly crisp lager character that just clips off the sweetness. Touch of black pepper and cumin on there as well. Really enjoyable night finisher: would happily pair with my finest cigars.

Bit untextured body unfortunately, full and thick but could use more zip.

Lovely beer. A bit malt bomb to savour, lovely balance struck.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

25.4 fl oz brown, champagne bottle, served in a snifter.

Pours a semi-opaque deep maple in color with a near syrup-like consistency. Creamy, off-white head that fades to the snfter's rim after a few moments. Thin and spotted lacing with good strength.

Bright, aged, vinous fruit with some real fresh aromas: grape, plum, fig. Rich malt aromas with a nice nutmeg and brown sugar spice. Deep, port-like alcohol quality.

Sweet, rich malt character: caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. Notes of spicy licorice and a bit of medicinal notes. The vinous fruit flavors are a bit subdued, but still add another layer of depth to the rich malt profile. The alcohol flavor is spot-on; like an aged port; however, the carbonation is a bit much.

Full bodied; primarily smooth until the wave of carbonation adds a bit of unnecessary activeness.

A real flavorful doppelbock that will probably only get better with age.

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Photo of Trilogy31
2.57/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

A really out of balance triple bock. Pours a ruddy dark chestnut with a thick creamy finger of head that does leave a nice lacy trail in its wake. The nice is full of rich caramel malts, raisins and prunes along with a slight oak barrel quality. The taste brings caramel malts that are borderline too sweet without much else - it comes across as almost having a straight shot od grain alcohol being dumped into. Really out of whack and unpleasantly strong tasting - to me stone old guardian was the only thing as similar and the only beer that i have drank that i would say was worse.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Brown body with reddish highlights on the sides. Bit of a brown head on it that left some spots.

S - Dark malts, dark fruits, bit of alcohol. Has some chocolate and toffee. Smells pretty pleasant.

T - Tastes like a lighter bock with some strong fruit notes. It's pretty sweet, and fairly tasty.

M - Thick and smooth, moderate carbonation.

O - Pretty easy to drink beer, and fairly flavorful. A pleasant surprise.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Discount Liquor. Served in a Russian River tulip. A Triple Bock from Mikkeller - what could go wrong?

A - A finger of tan foam settles to a thin cap and chunky collar, leaving behind spotty lace. Dark brown body with ruby glints when held to the light.

S - Soy sauce, dark breads, light alcohol, caramel, rum-soaked dark fruits, brown sugar, nuts, and light alcohol. Pretty convincing collection of bock flavors, with that light signature Mikkeller smoke and char.

T - Taste is less sweet than the aroma, with more yeast and dark bread character. Finishes with some light bitter roastiness in the finish. Somewhat bland, although the alcohol is well-hidden.

M - Sticky, chewy, and bready medium-full body, and a lightly charred and dry finish. Medium carbonation. Not much heat for 11%.

D - Definitely the easiest drinking triple bock I've had. Not a superb beer, but good for the style and not something I'd turn down if offered. Not sure why this needed to come in 750ml bottles though.

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Photo of silentjay
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

deep brown/black that light almost makes it through with a nice sized, dense beach sand colored head that retains and laces very nicely.

soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, molasses, brown sugar, dark caramel, raisin, fig, peppermint, and a bit of roasty chocolate and coffee are all present in the aroma, which is complex, yet not overly enticing.

molasses, cocoa powder, brown sugar, caramel, dates, figs, raisins, roasted grain, some ground coffee beans in the flavor. a bit boozy throughout, but not overly so.

syrupy thick bodied with tiny-bubbled, prickly carbonation and plenty of molasses flavor and feel left after the swallow.

drinks well. especially for the strength. boozy, but not harsh. a nice, warming, slow sipper.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A solid, caged and corked, 750ml bottle, and black, save the two sets of seemingly disparate cow legs on the label, in white with the brewer's name. Are these of the same bovine, or separate - inquiring drinking minds want to know!

This beer pours a very dark, not all that clear, reddish cola hue, with many, many fingers of rocky, foamy, and bubbly mocha head, which settles like it missed its plane, eventually rendering a lovely tight honeycomb pattern of lace around the glass.

In the aroma, I get some well-soused fruity malt, mostly of the toasted caramel variety, some equally warm vinous raisin, brown sugar, a touch of treacle, mild anise, and a spicy, surprisingly bitter hoppiness. After that lay 'em down welcome, the taste carries on the show with a nice switcheroo - big dry, powdery chocolate, some continuing hot red wine essence, sugary molasses, a fruit salad of simple grocery store quality, and a surprisingly thorough representation of edgy worldly hops - bitter and spicy enough to keep this malt orgy in check, I gather.

Any bubbles originally present in this brew gave it up upon cork poppage - very little remain at this juncture. The body is a wonderland (good grief, what have I become?) - smooth, creamy, but delicately even - no sugary overdose here. As it comes to a close, the pleasantly semi-sweet chocolate maintains its hold, deferring somewhat to the residual in-house Yankee hops, which not so shockingly have won their fraternal war of attrition.

An agreeably drinkable, big-ass doppelbock? Oh my, yes. A tripel of the same accord? I'm not going to wank on beer etymology, so I'll just say, whatever the hell they call it, I'm in. If named (in Danish, at that) only for the well-hidden 'triple' or 'quad' level ABV, this is still one enjoyably tasty and bomb-worthy monster bock.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled picked up at State Line. Served in a snifter.

Pours a very dark brown color with a good off-white head and a bit of light lacing. The nose is roasty with a touch of sweetness and some dark fruits. There is also a very small amount of smokey character in the background. The taste is lightly smoked and roasty and also carries a nice dark fruit presence. Impressively, the alcohol in this is not really all that detectable. The body is medium and the finish is dry, which some plum character being accentuated in the finish. A good beer, though I certainly would have preferred a 375 of this--a 750, even split up, is a bit much.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.46/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle served into a tulip glass. Shared with FernMaster.

Triple Bock, eh? After Sam Adams' infamous, disastrous, attempt at such a thing it was going to take a brewer with balls to put out a beer with that phrase on the label. Mikkel Borg Bjergsø has balls for days.

Pours a dark mahogany brown color. Hints of ruby red at the bottom and sides of the glass. Two fingers worth of sandalwood colored head build up, creamy but not dense. Two fingers worth! For a beer of 11% ABV, a Mikkeller beer at that, I was not expecting much in the way of foam. A pleasant surprise. The head laces in shallow, thin arches.

The aromas from this so-called Triple Bock, albeit from a bottle that is half a year old, are not intense. Which is good in a way; it means that Mikkel showed some restraint. I expected a nose full of fusel alcohol, and thankfully didn't get it. Still some booze, though; rum-soaked fruitcake is the aroma that comes to mind for this beer. Some toffee, plenty (too much) burnt caramel. Something approximating milk chocolate. While no "Triple Bock," it does smell like an above-average dopplebock. The taste follows the nose: fruitcake, some drunken fruits (but only a very small amount; the beer could use some more esters, frankly), lots of toffee. The alcohol isn't extreme, but that harsh sweetness doesn't exactly hide itself, either.

The mouthfeel is a disappointment. The body is not as thick as I would prefer for a dopplebock, let alone a Triple Bock. The alcohol, though, is what really earns the mouthfeel below-average marks. You feel the alcohol much more than you taste it; the burn of the alcohol affects your cheeks and your throat all the way down. Discomforting. Drinkability is quite nice in spite of the alcohol burn, actually. Taste wise, this is a strong beer that manages to be consumed pretty quickly. There is a smoothness and a roundness to the flavors that makes this better than a sipper. If only the mouthfeel were a partner in that effort, then this score might be much higher.

This is a pretty alright dopplebock. I enjoyed drinking it. It doesn't achieve the complexity or specialness that Frelser's gigantic pricetag warrants, so I likely won't be returning to this beer. Still worth a try for big dopplebock fans. Finally, props to the label art. It's abstract and almost like a Rorschach test from afar, but up close you see that it is the legs of a goat (paying homage to the traditional connection between bockbier of any sort and goats on their labels).

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Photo of stakem
3.41/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes taken on 11/20/10.

Thanks to Bryan (wishuwerebeer) for including this in our impromptu "bold brews before winter" tasting.

Poured into a snifter, this brew appears a dark brown with some ruby clarity when held to the light. A finger of creamy tan head appears and as it fades, leaves a webbing of lace about the glass. The cap doesn't hold strong but a swirl intermittently revives it.

The aroma is full of dark maltiness smelling like fruits, specifically raisins. Some yeasty notes are present with a mineral filled quality that almost seems chlorinated. As it warms, more notes of chocolate and alcohol become evident as well as hop character smelling citrusy and fruity.

The taste of this brew seems young and yeasty to the point where it gets distracting with a mineral filled and almost chlorinated taste that was indicated in the aroma. There is a bold presence of alcohol as expected for 11% that imparts a light spiciness and warmth down the back of the throat. Tastes of dark fruits come forward later with a bit of grainy bitterness, chocolate and molasses. A lingering taste of alcohol mixed with musty grain is left in the mouth. The warmer this brew gets, the more bitter and noticeable the alcohol becomes.

A full bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation that is prickly on the tongue. Quite a warming brew that makes for a decent sipper that is well balanced if you can ignore the mineral/chlorine/green taste.

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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark thick gem, with white head that leads to alce. From private buying club. Big bold roasty aromas. Bold taste of roast, coffee and chocolate. Not too thick, still quite drinkable. Alcohol well hidden but it warms the body and then fogs the brain. Amazing meal in itself.

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Photo of claspada
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aromas are fairly muted, but it is a lager, so I can't totally be dissapointed. Upon further and more indepth aroma imspection you find some dark caramels/burnt sugars with some underlying alcohol notes. The ladder is only detectable once you allow it to warm.

The taste is simple yet extemely delicious. Typical lager lighter body and mouthfeel but the dark wheat and caramels and bready flavors are delicious. Definitely one of the best bocks/lagers of any kind I have sampled.

Overall this is a great beer that I am glad I sampled as part of a 4 beer sampler. The price for this in the bottle is probably in the teens and outrageous so in smaller qualtities, it can be enjoyed an appreciated.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at BSP, Atlanta, GA. Served in a.

Appearance: Arrives a dark, ruddy brown, sort of fading from ruby mahogany at the bottom to deep chocolate at the top. The head is magnificent, one finger tall, but dense, creamy, and rocky. It sports pretty solid retention, and leaves sheets of side stick in its wake as it recedes.

Aroma: Huge malts and dark fruits dominate the landscape. Chocolate, toffee, and caramel mingle with rum raisin, tropical fruits from pears to tangerines to cherries, and a slight amount of glassy heat that's part crystal malt and part estery alcohol. Not offputting at all - very nice.

Taste: Much fruitier, glassier, and traditionally doppelbock-esque in mouth than in the nose. Very crisp and clear, this one showcases tons of dark toffee, molasses, earthy toast notes, faint cocoa, and a slew of fruits - pears, citrus, Gala apples, kiwi, raisins, dates, and cherries all come to mind. The alcohol is surprisingly subdued, especially for a Mikkeller product - slightly warming and faintly chemically but by and large buried well underneath a palette that isn't too bold, making it all the more impressive.

Mouthfeel: Slick and oily, with smooth, slight, subtle carbonation making for a beer that literally slides off the back of the tongue and down the throat.

Drinkability: Don't let the fact that its referred to as a triplebock scare you off - there's no soy sauce or infant tears in this one. An excellently crafted doppelbock, crisp, clean, flavorful but elegant. The 11% if fooling no one, so take it slow, but give it a shot if you see it.

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Photo of codewarrior
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL Bomber into a Snifter

Picked this up on the recommendation of my beer guy at Argonaut, he very rarely disappoints, and this is no exception. Interesting and hairy brew from Mikeller here.

A: Deep deep brown, bordering on black. Ridiculous amount of thick luscious head. Seriously, ridiculous.

S: Rich, sweet boozefest. Long in the nose, with lots of sweet up front, and booze for days in back. Straightforward. Smells like a doppelbock on crack.

T: Sweet up front with a touch of caramelized iron in the back. Finish is pure booze. Seriously.

F: Chocolate syrup. Hershey's up in this ***.

D: Tasty. For 11% ABV this is very drinkable, although for the money, I'll take Troegenator over this any day.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some very good lacing. Aroma of caramel malt with notes of warming alcohol and light caramel notes. Taste is also a nice enough mix between some caramel malt with light fruity ester. Body is about average with good carbonation and some alcohol was apparent. OK but still quite different from some staple of the style - lacking some ester that I usually associate with the style.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 750 ml caged and corked bottle, black foil around the neck and top. Pours out a dark brown hue, exhibiting a garnet tranluscency when held to direct light. Capped by a creamy beige head that slowly settles and leaves dense patches of lacing.

The aroma reveals burnt toffee, cocoa, licorice an treacle, along with vinuous notes of red plum and concord grape.

A 90 degree turn occurs in the flavour when after being enticed with that aroma one small sip exposes that this doppelbock is hopped straight to hell. I love hops, but was not expecting a chorus of them this time around. I'm picking up Continental, English and American hop characteristics, seems like he mixed some of them together here. Dry bitter cocoa, carob nut and dark dried fruit becomes noticable late in the finish and well into the aftertaste.

Full-bodied mouthfeel, velvety smooth texture with moderate carbonation.

An interesting take on the Doppelbock style, and perhaps a sign of things to come if Tripelbock becomes instated within the community. The hops overshadow everything else with authority, leaving a bit of a hodge-podge to be deciphered when all is said and done. Would have been nice to have some balance in the flavour with all the notes present in the aroma.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in an Ayinger Celebrator doppelbock glass ('cause why not?).

And we all thought there was only one triple bock. Hell, this is now the third I've come across. It pours a slightly clear, deep, dark ruby brown topped by a finger of thick, sturdy, light tan froth. The nose comprises graham crackers, dark wheat, black pepper, brown sugar, nutmeg, rye bread, pumpernickel, cinnamon, figs, and what seems like a handful o' raspberries. The taste is very similar, though the berries come through stronger, leading to a bit of a cardamom-y flavor near the end. The breads in the nose are toasted a bit, and some roasted marshmallows are added to the proceedings. Honestly, I'm not sure of this bottle is infected (hence the slightly sour bit at the end), but, even if it is, it isn't (yet) a problem. The body is a rather hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a pretty smooth feel. Overall, another very nice brew from the Danish gypsies. And, on further sips, any thought of infection has left my mind. Instead, thoughts of "This shit's tasty!" have taken over. Get some!

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins, CO. Around $17 IIRC. Split with my girlfriend in to two New Belgium Globes (which for future reference are perfect for splitting a 750ml into two glasses).

A: Pours a very dark brown, verging on black, with a khaki brown colored head, incredibly dense and rocky, excellent gobs of sticky lacing and great head retention as well. This is definitely on the dark side for the style, but it doesn't look too bad.

S: Initially a slight bit of cinnamon, some caramel malts and some spicy alcohol as well. Lots of grain and bread and a few notes of raisins and candied fruit. It smells a bit on the sweet side, but that is definitely to be expected from a "triplebock". Pleasant in the nose.

T: Wow, caramel and a great cinnamon raisin profile as well, almost a doughy, bready profile as well, nice little bit of hop bitterness there towards the end and just a hint of boozeyness towards the very back end. This beer is not nearly as sweet as I had anticipated, and that is really pleasant. Has a unique bitterness, maybe a bit of mint as well, but it is pretty faint. Very enjoyable.

M: Medium bodied with an excellent dry finish. I can definitely feel the boozey heat, but its in the gullet, not the mouth.

D: Well you certainly wouldn't make a habit of downing pints of this, but this is definitely not hard to quaff. There is no noticeable booze in the mouth, but I can feel it in my throat and in my belly, but this is enjoyable. Definitely recommend this. Maybe a bit pricey, but this is definitely a tasty beer, and I'm bummed that I didn't grab a second bottle.

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Photo of thain709
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A very deep, dark brown body with some subtle red highlighting...a small, light brown head formed and showed a little retention...decent lacing

S - Sweet caramel and toffee mixed with roasted malts...some dark fruits make an appearance as well

T - The caramel malts start off the flavor...they are sweet and tangle with toffee flavors as well...the dark fruits (raisins and dates) come in towards the middle...they are taken over by the roasted flavor of the malts...which in turn provide a pleasant chocolate flavor

M - Full bodied...a touch of creaminess...this one goes down smooth...very little alcohol presence

D - For an 11% beer this one was pretty easy to drink...but I would watch out as it would probably creep up on you...nice flavors all around from the sweet caramel to the chocolate-like finish

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a brown color with red highlights and a tan head. The aroma is roasted malt, toffee, dark fruit and a little bit of something that resembles trash. The flavor is dark fruit, toffee, roasted malt and surprisingly, no alcohol. The beer is very dry. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Mikkeller.

Pours a dark copper with a hint of amber in the light, a light ope head, falls quickly, light lacing...A super strong aroma of dark brown sugar and figs, light smoke and alcohol on the back, not bad but not blow me over either...The taste is a fall off, lots of alcohol kills the taste on the front, after a few sips it dies down a little, but still too mcuh. Other flavors show off some caramel and dark fruits...The feel is really nice, very tannic coats the mouth fully, pretty easy to drink for an 11% beer.

A pretty lofting rating so far, not sure its that good, but its pretty decent.

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Photo of glid02
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Mikkeller pub in Copenhagen.

Pours a clear chestnut brown color with a one-finger light tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of rich and sweet caramel malts with very light hints of toastiness. Also present are large amounts of toffee and smaller amounts of milk chocolate.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. although the sweetness isn't quite as prevalent. Caramel malt flavors that are sweet but not overly so kick things off before being joined shortly by large amounts of rich toffee flavors. Midway through the sip hints of milk chocolate work their way into things before fading out into a sweet ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without any problems and could have another.

Overall I certainly would classify this more of a doppelbock than a bock based on complexity. It's very drinkable for such a big beer but the sweetness begins to wear on me after one glass. A well done beer in a style I'm not terribly fond of. Worth a shot, even more so if you're a fan of the style.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a (synthetic) corked and caged 750ml bottle into a Mikkeller tulip.

A: Pours damn near black with some faint ruby/chestnut hues at the edges. Capping this was 1 1/2 to 2 fingers of dark khaki colored foam. Not massive but thick and creamy and sporting fantastic retention. Nearly the whole inside of the glass was coated with sticky lace.

S: Home made caramel and nut studded toffee, booze muddled dark fruit, bakers chocolate, fudge, and smoked malt. Solvent alcohol tickles the nose as it warms.

T: This beer is like an excercise in sweet and savory. Pan scorched caramel and/or molassas, booze soaked raisins, bittersweet chocolate, fudge dipped cherries, campfire, toffee, roasted nuts, and a slowly creeping alcohol flavor.

M: Wow! Thick and full. This feels "pillowy" on the tongue as it's drawn in. Starts sweet with the perfect amount of Noble hop tang. The middle sets off a peppery bitterness...equal parts hops and abv. While the finish is a blend of the two. Sweet, tangy, and prickly.

D: The only thing keeping the D score from being a "5" is that the abv, while not intrusive, finally makes its' presence felt towards the end of the bottle. Other than that, this was fantastic! The hits just keep on coming from Mikkeller!

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Photo of brownbeer
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I would put this in the Double Bock category. Imperial Double Bock? Maybe? Or just a big Double Bock.

Deep mahogany liquid with a cappuccino head. Definitely dark. Definitely motivated.

I've let this warm up, and I feel the tone has changed somewhat dramatically since it was cold. Woody earth aromas, with notes of blackberry and currant. Some dried fruit and a sense that this beer is here to turn it on and all the way up.

Full-bodied palate, the carbonation is surprisingly soft, almost like a great Belgian beer feel. Rich and malty without being sweet. Dark berries, a hint of coffee and licorice come to mind. Boggy earth? Sort of a bitter wood finish.

This is a very well-crafted mammoth of a brew. Better put your shoes on before you drink it.

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Photo of NewGeneric
4.56/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to dansteino for always having a great selection.
Poured into my hefeweizen glass.

A: Pours a dark ruby that fades to a medium orange-brown around the edges of the bottom. Three fingers of caramel cappuccino foam sit on top fading ever so slowly. Lacing abounds around the sides of the glass. This is my first trippelbock, so I don't really have a basis for comparison, but it looks pretty freaking amazing.

S: Smells pretty much like a doppelbock. The malt backbone is pretty much the dominant force, but it is humble enough to allow the other players their share of nostril space. Subtle, yet bountiful fruit is the most present force beyond the malt. Mostly figs, plums, raisins. They are followed by a nice breadiness and caramel. Throughout the whole aroma is an ever-so-small hint of sour/funk. I'm not normally a fan of this, but it plays well.

T: Very interesting. Almost like a blend of doppelbock and porter. It starts off very much like a doppelbock. Nutty, caramel malts complemented by dark fruits and just a touch of hops. A barely noticeable sourness becomes the intermediary for the two styles to blend. It is followed up by a roasty finish, with hints of chocolate and coffee. Wow.

M: Decent, but there is quite a bite up front which leads into some hotness from the alcohol. Other than that, everything is pretty smooth.
EDIT: I noticed a lot less bite and alcohol heat as this warmed up. Mmm...

D: Well, let's just say I will be buying a few more bottles and aging at least one, hoping the mouthfeel improves. Thank you Mikkeller.

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Frelser from Mikkeller ApS
4.05 out of 5 based on 163 ratings.
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