Mikkeller ApS

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Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #152
Ranked #2,668
4.18 | pDev: 8.37%
Mikkeller ApS
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kitch from Hong Kong

4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 28th August 2024. Poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Black in colour with a thin brown head that disappeared almost immediately while leaving no lacing.

Aroma: Light roast, chocolate, coffee, licorice and light herbal.

Taste: Light roast, chocolate, caramel, licorice, light burnt bitterness, and hints of vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, full bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall: Nice wonderful sipper with good roast, chocolate and vanilla. Sweet with bitter notes on the finish.

Nov 01, 2019
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lmaduells from Spain

4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Uff, what beer! It can be taken with a spoon, it is very thick. For me, too much, too hard. But we must recognize that it is a fantastic beer, very well made, nothing balanced, forceful, heavy metal!

Jan 13, 2019
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the 22 oz bottle and enjoyed in a snifter. This BEAST pours a rich muddled
blackish brown with a nice head of brown foam that subsides to a thick ring, thick layer,
and showcases some spotty lacing. Nose of heavy dark chocolate, dark fruits, light char,
and serious dark malts with hint of coffee and licorice with strong booze. Flavors follow the
nose with heavy dark chocolate akin to syrup that mingles with black licorice and subtle coffee
that have been dunked into a dark plum and ripe sweet cherry flavor awash in strong brandy
like booze. Nice mouth feel for such a strong ale, medium high carbonation, full body, and a
heavy slick malt finish. Overall a SOLID RIS that is not to be taken lightly.


Sep 17, 2017
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Everydayoff from Thailand

4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle poured into a snifter.

It pours an opaque black in color with a hint of very deep brown hue and a half finger of quickly gone tan head that dissipates to some bubble along the rim and leaves slight amount of lacing. Good showcase for such big Stout at 12.12%.

The aroma explodes with rich creamy and dark chocolate, coffee, cocoa, and roasted. Then, quickly come and stay by big spiciness of alcohol along with licorice and dark fruits. Caramel, vanilla, syrup, candy sugar, and dark bread too from its malty goodness.

It is led by sweetness in the flavor but it is not cloyingly sweet. Caramel, vanilla, syrup, candy sugar, and dark bread nicely mingle with bold chocolate, coffee, cocoa, and roasted profile. Big spiciness too from both alcohol and licorice. There is also a hint of dark fruit while the alcohol sweetness and warmth wraps up together with its rich chocolate, coffee, and roasted.

Full and thick body with some sticky touch through the palate, the mouthfeel is smooth with low carbonation but it is enough to handle all the intense characters without being too hefty in the feeling. Finish is very dry when alcohol sweeps through.

Superb Stout, it is big, bold, heavy, and so dam* tasty. There are lots of character playing around in good harmony and delicate intensity. Alcohol is a bit poking to your face but does it really matter and need to care about?

Aug 07, 2017
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The_Beergery from Singapore

4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

330 ml bottle. Appearance is that of a standard imperial stout - deep midnight black with a thin layer of tan froth with poor retention. The aroma is heavenly -
espresso coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts, dried fruits. Taste is just as impressive - rich, dark and expensive chocolate, dried fruits like raisins, prunes and cherries, very muted notes of coffee, and surprisingly a bourbon like booziness even though this is not the bourbon-barrel aged variant. The high alcohol content is kept well under wraps amidst all these flavours and the oily, smooth, chewy and thick mouthfeel. The carbonation is very mild, which tempts one to gulp it all down in a flash!

May 18, 2017
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PBRmeasap1980 from Indiana

4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is a big beer! Very tasty and thick. Classic stout flavors without going too roasty or too sweet. Pretty much balanced down the middle. Body is amazing.

May 02, 2017
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a single serve bottle the most oily, inky, opaque black stout I have ever seen. Very little head with zero retention, but sticky, sticky, (did I mention sticky) lacing.

Aromas of espresso, chocolate, vanilla, and faint bourbon. Heavily roasted barley notes. Faint barrel and herbal aromas in the background. The aroma is very forward--"in your face" is not an overstatement.

Flavors of bitter chocolate, coffee, anise, and nearly-burnt grain all hit the palate with a bang. The charred grain lends an astringent and acidic note. But it does not overpower, as the candi sugar is just as prevalent. Dangerously, and almost too sweet, and yet, not cloying. Perhaps most remarkable is how well-hidden the 12% ABV is. The booze is there, but it isn't a burn at all. The brew gets progressively sweeter as it warms, and almost becomes too sweet. Perhaps a bit out of balance, but exceedingly complex and inviting.

The mouthfeel is....I'm going to say "controversial." Chewy, bold, thick, and oily-slick. It is on the edge of too heavy. But the booze of the ABV and the astringency and acidity of the char flavor saves the day.

Overall, this is a unique take on the style, and yet typical of Mikkeller. Fans of dry, bitter RIS's are not going to appreciate this one as much as others, as, in true Mikkeller style, the candi sugar is just this side of "heavy handed." Yet the whole thing still "works." A sugary, boozy take on an RIS, but a good one nonetheless.

Apr 22, 2017
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Roguer from Connecticut

3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Head very quickly dies off after a brief angry fizz. Brew looks like a glass of black coffee.

Lovely aroma: in order, chocolate, bourbon, roasted barley, oak.

Flavor nearly lives up to the aroma. Chocolate and coffee, bourbon and oak, waves of malt, and a clean, earthy bitterness.

Cola and coconut finish.

Remarkably smooth; drinks a touch light. Long oily finish.

This is a very good BBA stout, but I wouldn't chase it down with so many great beers in its class.

Jul 20, 2016
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BeernOnThe4thOfJuly from Missouri

3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours thick and black. Thick and very sweet cocoa nose. Dark fruit and coffee notes as well. Flavor is fairly sweet. Dark fruits that are quickly joined by a pretty harsh coffee and dark chocolate bitterness.

Apr 21, 2016
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml Bottle

Poured into a chalice a black color, pretty nice carbonation, with not much of a head, it just spread out into a pretty nice island, with some sticky lacing. The nose is malty, roasty, some licorice, lots of chocolate/toffee, and some coffee notes, vanilla. The taste is very nice malty, roasty, vanilla, slight licorice, dark stuff. Full body, ABV is hidden very nicely, definitely a sipper. Overall, this one surprised me, very nice. Glad to see it available to me.

Mar 23, 2016
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KettleBellFreak from Tennessee

4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Mikkeller makes the beer I like to drink.

No lacing on the pour, thin head that sticks around all of 3 seconds. Smell of raisins, malty, chocolate, and some toasty vanilla kind of flavor.

Flavor hits hard with bitter chocolate with some barrel character that mellows out into a semi-sweet fruity chocolate mix. Super good. Beer gets more sweet as it warms, but never anything excessive. Very balanced, very good stout.

Jan 18, 2016
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neenerzig from Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I've had this one sitting in my cellar for awhile, figured it was finally time to crack it open on this cold winter night. I gave this a rough, violent pour out of the 11.2 oz bottle into my snifter. This beer pours a very dark brown, almost black color with a brown/tan head that's about an inch thick when first poured. Settles to a solid 1/2 inch after a few minutes with big bubbles in it. Good lacing here too. Aromas of dark roasted chocolate and caramel malt goodness along with black coffee notes as well as some vanilla and perhaps some dark fruit notes here too. It really tastes pretty much exactly like it smells, with roasted, fairly sweet chocolate and caramel malts upfront that gives way to vanilla and a bit of a roasted black coffee notes. Also some oatmeal/cereal notes here too. The roasted bitter notes certainly come out more as the beer sits and warms up a bit, as do some dark cherry notes. A good balance of flavors here. Has a thick, sort oily, somewhat syrupy, full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. An excellent imperial stout to be sure!


Jan 04, 2016
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ptykozoon from California

3.74/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a purple brown. The thinnest ring surrounds the glass.

A dose of dark fruit, raisin, purple grape, plum along with a barrel character.

Raisin, hints of dark chocolate. The mix of light bitterness and subtle belgian flavors.

Mouthfeel is slightly dense, low carb. ABV done well.

George is mostly reserved but there's more to him if you look closely.

Nov 21, 2015
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SayBoom from Ukraine

4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Oily black with a not outstanding brown head, it recedes fast. Aroma is strong, complex with dark malts, roast, chocolate, and some wine notes. Any hops don't feel. There are some roast, caramel, chocolate, wine components to create an admirable composition. The huge mouthfeel with a touch of alcohol then that was balanced with chocolate sweetness. This is very full bodied and flavorful imperial stout, worth a try!

Nov 08, 2015
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retry4z from California

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Update 5/17/2016: 4.5

Poured from a bottle. The cap has rusted from being stored in the refrigerator for many years.

L: Pitch black with dark, clear, ruby at the very edges; SRM 40+. Almost non-existent head, with an thin ephemeral film of tiny bubbles.

S: Dark roasted malt aroma, with dark chocolate, fudge, caramel, toffee sweetness, and light nuttiness. Very faint earthy and resiny hop character. Medium dark fruit esters character throughout - mostly prune and raisin. Moderate alcohol notes apparent but not overwhelming.

T: Hight dark roasted grain character and dark chocolate upfront. Medium-high burnt toast and charcoal, peat, and a slight smokiness midpalate and at the finish. Bitterness that emanates from the roasted malt is intensified by high bitterness from the hops. Nevertheless, the balance is towards the malt. Medium-low sweetness from caramel, burnt brown sugar, and toffee. The finish is dry, and the dryness lasts for almost half a minute.

F: Full-bodied with low carbonation that is barely detectable. Slight astringency on the finish.

O: A pith-black, full-bodied, fully roasted, dead-serious stout that epitomized the "old engine oil" paradigm. A sublime sipping ale with no holds barren on roasted character.

Sep 30, 2015
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cooler4life from Canada (QC)

4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Another epic brew given to me by my favorite brother.

A: Poured a slinky jet black with only a hint of froth around the edges of my tulip. Some floaties can be seen but only if held to the light (sunrise).

S: Dark fruits, fresh cocoa leaves, hints of vanilla, peat moss, and sweet apricots. Really nice.

T: Mirrors the nose, inky black chocolate followed by a rush of coffee, cinnamon, some cherry.

M: Probably the most outstanding aspect of this beer. The epitome of Mr. Smooth, or should I say, Mr. George.

O: The sum of the parts equaled something special. Thankful to have tried a stout so true to the style. If given the choice between this and a espresso for the AM shift, I'm dining with Mr. George every time.

Sep 21, 2015
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Absolutely opaque black and heavy bodied beer. Aroma of dark roasted malts and some bitter chocolate. Taste starts intense with some sharp, acidic cacao and a bit of soy sauce. Aftertaste is intensely bitter and roasty. Body is extremely viscous and chewy. Alcohol is present but overall the beer is pretty easy to drink at its high ABV.

Jul 24, 2015
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larryarms847 from Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours very thick and black as crude with no head to speak of. Noticeably sticky and clings to the sides of the glass.

Dark fruit, earthy and slightly smoky roasted malt, and some dark chocolate.

Roasty, earthy, edging smoky, dark chocolate, and a noticeable alcohol burn.

Heavy-bodied, minimal carbonation, thick as a shake.

Overall, while this one didn't stand out very much in terms of aroma and flavor, the shake-like thickness of the mouthfeel and slight alcohol burn add some interesting aspects.

Jun 16, 2015
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aleigator from Germany

4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a viscous, black color, with a very small, bubbly head, soon vanishing to sheets of lacing.

Its aromas are a mix of fudge, milk-chocolate and toffee, among earthy malts. Offers up a hot, slightly alcoholic aspect, making the chocolate a tad sweeter. Toasted, bready malts establish a fitting foundation, balancing the chocolate gently.

Tastes very smooth, the beer has almost no carbonation, leading to a silky mouthfeel, showcasing a medium bodied beer.

Tastes of bakers-chocolate, sweetened cocoa powder, coconut shell and chocolate fudge cream. Has a distinct coffee earthiness to it, which then gets amped up by a discreet cinnamon coating, providing an enjoyable bitterness. Finishes outstandingly smooth with earth, bakers-chocolate and a late, but long lasting, coffee tartness.

Features a well compounded beer, with a fantastic, dough mouthfeel to it, revealing a convincing flavor diversity, mainly due to the rich coffee and hot chocolate appearance.

Jun 14, 2015
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TheBrewViking from Alaska

4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing imperial stout. Super thick and roasty, bitter chocolate coats the mouth. I tried the barrel aged version a few years ago but I think this one is just as good.

Jun 08, 2015
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MLaVioletteJr from Massachusetts

2.83/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

$9 for 11.2oz with the bottom 2oz being yeast.

If you do make the mistake of buying this beer make sure you do not pour the yeast into your glass like I did.

Zero carbonation, milky black...didn't think I'd ever see a gray beer.
Aroma: yeasty
Taste: yeast I might have to go to the doctors and get antibiotics so I don't get thrush.
Overall: bad

That being said, I may have f'd this one up by pouring the yeast in. But if I'm paying $9 for a single I'm drinking every last drop. I can't picture this beer being all that tasty without the yeast either. Very roasty and just an unpleasant astringent bitterness. Avoid.

Mar 23, 2015
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Alieniloquium from Florida

4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black body. Viscous pour. Thick mocha head. Clings inside the glass.

Smell - Roasty. Licorice. Boozy. Lots of rich dark chocolate lend it a sweet smell.

Taste - Really roasty. Sweet dark chocolate up front. Coffee behind it. Turns to licorice and booze. Bitter malt finish.

Mouthfeel - Heavy and boozy. Medium carbonation.

Overall - I was afraid this would be way over the top, being a Mikkeller beer. It's definitely over the top, but it's really tasty.

Mar 01, 2015
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a one-finger, tan head of foam. It smelled of chocolate and mild coffee notes with some toffee and caramel, too. It tasted of chocolate, coffee and burnt molasses. Caramel and toffee flavors are faint. It was crisp and smooth.

Feb 11, 2015
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.69/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Reuben's Brew small snifter. Pours pitch black, opaque in the glass with a thin, light brown head that dissipates to a ring around the glass, leaving some lacing. Rich aroma of dark roasted, dark chocolate, vanilla and hint of earthy hops, smells really good. Flavor is is also rich, dark, dark toasted malt with a hint of smoke, caramel espresso, high cocoa dark chocolate, molasses, dark dried fruit then with a smoky, chocolately hop bitterness that seems to have some hints of hot pepper, leaving a long, lingering flavor of quality chocolate, pepper and mild smoke. Remarkable. Medium to heavy bodied with light creaminess. Although not advertising itself as a chocolate stout, this is as close as I've tasted to a high quality, high cocoa chocolate bar in a glass, with a the added benefit of really pleasant smoky toasted malt. This is a very, very flavorful Russian stout and one of the best I've ever had. Huge, complex and flavorful. I'm really impressed.

Jan 30, 2015
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at AJ's Beer Warehouse in Henrietta, NY.

Pours an exceedingly dark black, with an almost as dark brown head, and a little bit of sticky, syrupy looking lacing.

Smells like hugely roasted, even burnt malt, roasted coffee, ash, and dark bitter chocolate.

The taste is the same. I'm surprised at how well the alcohol is buried here- my general idea of Mikkeller stouts is that they're super boozy tasting., but this bucks that preconceived notion. It is however, exceedingly bitter, roasty, and burnt, but in a thankfully good way. There's ton of dark, bitter chocolate, roasted coffee grounds, smoke, ash, spicy hops, and intensely roasted malt. It's as dry as can be, with no residual sweetness, at all. This is as big and burly as a Russian Imperial Stout can get.

This is pretty thick bodied, with a dry, bitter, and slightly chalky mouthfeel, and a lower level of carbonation. It's a slow sipper due to the intense flavors.

This is a quite excellent RIS, it eschews all sweetness for a bitter attack on the senses.

Dec 20, 2014
George from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 307 ratings