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Mikkeller ApS

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.12%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of thagr81us
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Massive thanks goes out to BRoss242 who shared this one with the group at the "Evening Wood" tasting graciously hosted by cmrillo! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured pitch black with a minimal brown head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, wood, and smoke. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, BIG smoke, and wood. It had a very thick and heavy feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. You would never know it was weighing in at 11%+ though. There was no sign of the alcohol anywhere. Maybe it was covered up by the big smokiness??? Who knows... But I do know that it was quite nice on the flavor and aroma. Definitely worth giving it a shot if you can. You won't regret it.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
2.91/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to tpd975 for the share (I think...) Full disclosure this beer was sandwiched between one of the worst beers and one of the best: Ziel and Zaligheid, and PvW Eclipse. There was, realistically, very little chance that this brew could hang with either one, and it didn't

A - It pours a dark brown-black, oily, and is capped with a reasonable amount of deep mocha froth.

S - The nose is fairly smoky, but not in a good way, more akin to the smoke that billows out the door of a dive bar. Other notes include both charred and naked grain, cocoa, molasses and 'homebrew store'.

T - The flavor takes the notes suggested in the nose, and runs with the most unpleasant. Cigarettes and ashtrays are slightly evoked (again) and the rest of the beer just doesn't come together very well. Notes of coffee, chocolate and earthy hops are there, but I just really don't dig it.

M - The feel is just short of full, and the carbonation is quite soft.

O - This beer reminds me of a homebrew; it has potential, but it seems experimental rather than meticulously crafted.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black beer with a bit of brown head that stuck around for a little bit and had pretty good retention for something with that much alcohol.

S - Lots of chocolate and sweet berries with some roasted malts. I like the smell on this quite a bit.

T - Lots of roast and smoke with some sludgy tar and char. The berries and chocolate give it a rich flavor, and I like it quite a bit.

M - Fuller side of medium body with lower carbonation.

O - Really nice beer that I enjoyed drinking. It's kind of thick and charry and makes it hard to drink tons of, but I enjoyed it considerably.

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Photo of EnemyWithin
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into Les Trois Mousquetaires tulip glass on June 17, 2011

Appearance: 3.5
Coffee black with touch of brown body and a creamy brown-white head that dissipates into a thin, incomplete ring of head.

Smell: 4
Nutty and fruity with moderate roastiness of the malt. Notes of cocoa, esspresso, and faint presence of alcohol detectable.

Taste: 4.5

Starts with sweet dark fruit and chocolate/cocoa, transitioning into the added presence of a very mild, but nicely balancing bitterness. From there, it finishes with a growing roasted malt and cocoa flavor that is just great.

Mouthfeel: 4

Very creamy, with mild carbonation and appropriate thickness. Slight astringency from alcohol.

Overall: 4.5
An excellent crafted brew. Rich and complex, but not overpowering, even despite the 11.10% ABV. Extremely easy drinking, and with its small size, could have multiple. Sometime Mikkeller can disappoint, but this definitely not the case. Sadly, now the I have moved out east, access to this is very limited. Too bad because I really loved to have a few more of these.
Highly Recommend.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one at Geers in Ghent.

From a 25cl bottle into a snifter.
Note: Drank this one just prior to the BA version.

APPEARANCE: Pours pitch black and yields a one finger, medium looking, dark mocha colored head with pretty good retention. Though it’s pretty noisy initially, this is probably the darkest and most menacing head I’ve ever seen on an imperial stout. Thick pitch black body with just a touch of carbonation evident. head fades to a good wisp and dark mocha colored ring. A ring and light wisp remain until the end but leave no real lacing down the glass. Dark and dark.

SMELL: Big nose for sure. Roasted malts, burnt charcoal and smoke, lots of dark chocolate, molasses, and some lighter coffee notes. Baker’s chocolate, molasses, and some booze in there as well. Big, burly and tough.

TASTE: Just as tough as the nose. Big and bigger. Roasted and charred malts, with lots of that signature Mikkeller burnt charcoal and smoke. Burnt and very roasted. A touch of sour cherry comes through, but soon ushers in lots of baker’s chocolate, sweet molasses, and bitter coffee, chocolate, and cocoa powder in the finish. Bold, boozy, roasted, and powdery aftertaste is full of sweet molasses and bitter chocolate, lingering nicely on the palate. Massive smack-you-in-the-face flavor. Great stuff.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation. Soft and very creamy on the palate, goes down smooth with some heat after the swallow and finishes quite powdery and dry. Oddly quite sticky on the lips as well.

OVERALL: This was excellent. Lots of enjoyable and bold flavors, and one of the meanest heads on a stout beer to date. If you ask me, this imperial stout is one of the best Mikkeller has brewed, and can easily stand up to anyone in the business, including its brothers on the continent as well as over the pond. One worth tracking down and giving a shot. Glad I was able to give this one a go. Great stuff.

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Photo of chickenm
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

250ml bottle, thanks wordemupg. Pours jet black with a dark brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, smoke, molasses, and a little booze. Big flavor, mostly coffee and chocolate, as well as prunes, molasses, and licorice. Chewy full body with light carbonation. A tasty imperial stout, I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Andrew Hilton Wine Cavern in Lethbridge. Served in a hotel tumbler. My bottle says 11.11% - same difference I suppose.

A - Pours with a finger-plus of dark red-tinged mocha foam that settles to a persistent thick cap, leaving splotchy lacework behind. Body is pitch black, oily, and slightly intimidating.

S - Intense milk chocolate, berries, light coffee, and dark roasted malts. There's some mild alcohol apparent, but nothing out of place for the listed ABV.

T - The taste is far roastier and smokier, with that patented Mikkeller scorched Earth flavor. Much less sweetness than the nose suggests. Gets some more booze-soaked fruits as it warms up. Ends slightly burnt and astringent.

M - Sticky, medium-full body. There's some roasty dryness, and medium carbonation that keeps things from getting to syrupy. Not much alcohol warmth.

D - I crushed the 25cl bottle. The weakest part of this beer is the flavor, which is good but slightly too burnt and charry for mass consumption. If it tasted a bit more like it smelled it'd be truly world-class.

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Photo of liamt07
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from wordemupg, split with a buddy in a couple of snifters. 25cl, and listed at 11.11%ABV.

Pours pitch black, with a finger of dark, dark brown head; one of the darkest I think I've ever seen. A creamy dense cap of a head, with big legs. Nose has brown sugar, dark fruits and a general dark berry feel. Taste amplifies the nose, with caramelized, alcohol soaked, rich dried dark fruits (enough descriptors?), with hints of dark berries, blackberries and black currant and chocolate covered cherries. All of this blended with some coffee beans. Leaves a lingering roasty finish, with minimal alcohol (this adds another level of potency at such and ABV). Sticky and sweet mouthfeel, full with low carbonation. A massive sipper, and even splitting the 25cl bottle was substantial. Interesting and complex, but a bit too much for me and just misses the mark.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

250ml wee bottle. Weird Afro-sporting red boxer caricature on the label - George Foreman tribute, perhaps?

This beer pours an indubitable and unblemished black, with two fingers of dense, creamy, Brown Cow brown head, which leaves some sparse random blots of lace around the glass as it evenly settles. It smells of thick caramel toffee malt, mild smoke, molasses syrup, and leafy, musty hops. The taste is strong chocolate malt, edgy black licorice, dark indeterminate fruit, coffee grounds, and earthy, dry leafy hops. The carbonation is very sedate, the body full in weight, thick, and creamy in the Balkan yogourt sense. It finishes still big on a one-pack-a-day smoky caramel chocolate bent, with a herbal, musty offset keeping things just this side of sane.

Whooooweee! All those semi-literate words, and not one mention of the demon alcohol. Now why is that? Well, apparently, it is possible to hide a 22 proof ABV in a melange of chocolate, coffee, and hops. Huh. Bravo. Bravo, indeed.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 250 ml brown bottle. Two fingers of creamy mocha coloured head, opaque black

Molasses, licorice, raisins and dates on the nose, along with some sweet alcohol, and mild notes of roast and coffee.

Sweet rich flavour of dates, alcohol, mild dry roast malt, licorice, even a bit of purple grape. Hops kick in well into the aftertaste.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel but with a full slick texture (that gets a bit sticky after a while), low carbonation.

Still carries the alcohol quite well for the strength, yet the flavour comes across fairly mild and wishy-washy for the style.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

250ml bottle poured into tulip mar29 2011

A black as night and even the short lived finger of foam is super dark but it only leaves a few specks of lace

S molasses, coffee, bakers chocolate and some booze and a faint bourbon smell that works well

T faint smoke on top of what I smell with some licorice, raisin and maybe some other dark fruits with some leather and other earthy notes

M thick as can be it would make a great meal, chewy as all hell I think I got a little bit of this stuck in my teeth

O If 4.25 was an option I would have dropped it for smell, only looked good but better then that in all other areas, pretty solid brew if you like a stupid thick and dark stout, perhaps a good thing it comes in small 250ml bottles because this one is very rich

I will be buying a few of these to see how they age, crazy rich brew that left me feeling full as if I ate a steak. pick up a few of these if you get the chance

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Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
4.92/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a 25cl bottle from Dranken Geers in Ghent.

Poured into a snifter.

Wow, this is a thick black motor oil black looking stout. It has a dark mocha colored head that goes back to one finger in minutes.

Lots smells on the nose. Sweetness of dark fruits, coffee and dark malts. Makes me want to drink it.

Tastes are all that the nose promised. Coffee and dark roasted malts upfront and a bit of bitterness.

Medium to full mouthfeel decent amount of carbonation. Full flavors linger around for a while.

This is nothing short of a fantastic stout. One of the best I've ever had. This is one you'd seek out.

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Photo of pixieskid
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Full bodied, incredibly creamy mouth feel, nice frothy carbonation.

Rich malt presence upfront: notes of roasted malts, smoked malts, and strong presence of oats.

Solid dark chocolate note throughout with a nice coffee bitterness.

Finishes with a unique earthy note and nice undertone of smokiness, with just a hint of alcohol.


Straightforward and solid with a nice smokiness to it.
Really wish that this didn't come in such a small bottle!

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Photo of Sammy
3.28/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks Svend. 250 ml bottle is more than enough. Big boozy splash of thick coffee and sourness. Black, little white head. Good for what it is, but not a RIS I want again. A little infected or intentional I cannot tell. Not the best I have had from this brewer.

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Photo of ADZA
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew is actually 11.11%ABV anyways it pours a thick dark as night hue with a creamy cappicino looking,chocolate laced two finger head and a distinct rim of lacing,the smell is a little different to most other RIS's its very oaky with hints of prosicuto,bacon,Milo and some coffee roastiness,it has a full lucious mouthfeel which coats the palette with flavours of smokey bacon,milky dark coffee,mocha,dark dark chocolate and the finish leaves you hanging on with a dry mix of sweet dark chocolate and bitterness,overall its a beautiful drop that has a very different taste to most other Mikkeller RIS's and thoroughly recommend i just wish this 250ml bottle was a little bigger,it would be the perfect nightcap for a cold night.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

25cl bottle into my Rochefort glass...Black pour with only a whisp of medium tan carbonation...The aroma is super malty with mostly all sweet chocolate, some sweet bread, light vanilla, a slight hop finish. A lot going on, but mostly just sweet...The taste is a let down, most of the sweetness is gone replaced by bitter coffee. Light grass hop finish. This beer got rave reviews by some locals, but I was really disappointed in. Nothing special in taste, look, or drinkability.

A very average stout.

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Photo of glid02
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Mikkeller pub in Copenhagen.

Pours black with a two-finger dark brown head - the head is one of the darkest I have seen in a while. It eventually settles into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of sweet and dark molasses backed by good amounts of dark chocolate and mildly roasted malts.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Lightly roasted malt flavors kick things off before being overtaken by loads of molasses flavors. Midway through the sip the sweetness is toned down a bit with the addition of unsweetened chocolate flavors that carry through to an ending that remains decidedly on the sweeter side.

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

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another.

Overall despite the large amount of sweetness up front it manages to level out through the end. Not the best-balanced beer ever but one that's worth a shot.

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