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1000 IBU - Barrel Aged | Mikkeller ApS

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Mikkeller ApS

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 26 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of dipso123
3.25/5  rDev +13.2%

Photo of janubio
2.24/5  rDev -22%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Sample of an out dated bottle and it's noticeable, I think. Dark brown lour, with no head and no lace. Smell: At first I only noticed alcohol esters and acetone, then whiskey and chocolate. Very low carbonation and light body. Taste of whisky, chocolate and toffee. Not as bitter as aone could think. Guess i'll try to get another one in good conditions, it's interesting and it should be much better then.

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Photo of spycow
1.5/5  rDev -47.7%

Photo of beerdrifter
2.03/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Surprisingly dark, murky brown pour with almost no carbonation or lacing. The nose is also very surprising and dominated by a very peaty, burnt rubber smell. As it warmed it began to have hints of an Imperial IPA, but that peat was still overpowering. The taste was just as bad. Totally overpowered by the peat and burnt rubber. Has an almost chemical taste to it, much like their Black Hole Peat Whiskey Edition. This isn't quite as bad as that. The mouthfeel is nearly flat with a horrible bitter aftertaste. Overall, this beer has no semblance of an Imperial IPA, and was one of the few beers I've ever poured down the drain. Nothing at all like the regular 1000 IBU which I enjoyed. Very disappointing...

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Photo of dragnalus
3.5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.03/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy brown-ish color with a tan head. In the aroma, mellow hops and notes of oak. In the taste, Pine hops to small grapefruity hops, with small notes of alcohol and oak, almost bourbon like. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry grapefruity hop in the aftertaste. Mellow hops for what it is, actually expecting more out of this, but I still enjoyed though.

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Photo of lanbewardin
4.27/5  rDev +48.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm reviewing this as a 'beer', not an ipa, I dont think its fair to call it an ipa because the barrel aging has totally changed the character of this beer.

Its dark brown with a cakey foamy tan head.

Smell is whiskey, dirt, smoke, barrel, 2nd sniff I get more whiskey but also some hop notes, grapefruit, grass, hoppy

Taste is whiskey, then some sweet hoppy fruits in the middle, then more dry whiskey and smoke on the tail end. very dry. Not very bitter, more of a whiskey flavor than an ipa.

Could use some more carbonation, pretty thick, if it was better carbonated I would rate this as an elite beer.

This is a very interesting beer, and I enjoyed drinking it. Even though there is a lot of whiskey flavor here, it is surprisingly smooth and drinkable. I think maybe alot of the reviews here were expecting something else, maybe more similar to the non barrel aged version. As it stands on its own though, this is a good beer.

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Photo of BDTyre
2.12/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Ooookay....I can appreciate what they're trying to do, but it just isn't right. The colour is reminiscent of a brown ale, and the head is a firm sand colour.

Booze, hops, raisins, chocolate and wine in the nose. Light smoked smell. Barleywine? Perhaps...IPA...nope.

Thick, cloying taste. Coffee, wine, alcohol, sugar. Defintie smokey taste - a maple bacon sort of flavour for sure. Overly sweet.

Carbonation is too low, and the sweetness and alcohol really hamper this. Retool this as a barleywine and you might have something.

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Photo of Rutager
3.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Pours a very hazy deep amber brown with half a finger of sticky beige head. Tons of sediment in the bottle leaving 1/4 of the beer behind.

Smell. Spicy, resinous hops and a little caramel. Plenty of booze.

Taste. Herby, floral hops, sweet caramel, very woody taste in the end but not as bitter as I expected. Different, but not bad.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body with medium carbonation.

Overall. Very interesting brew. Not the hop bomb I was expecting. Glad to have tried it for sure. Thanks northyorksammy.

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Photo of mrmanning
2.12/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle sample with many thinks to Milos. Dark murky orangey/straw. Pours a sticky and thick froth.Looks good! Intense aroma of alcohol leads to woody metallic notes and burning cleaning product. Very bitter with really heavy sweetness. Burning, a very bitter metallic finish. Resiny and cloying too. A complete disaster. Pass.

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Photo of Sammy
3.43/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not executed well. Boozy, tastes of extract. Whiskey ageing did not work, and likely substantially reduced the bite and taste of the hops.Below average mouthfeel. Carbonation OK. Bitterness with some malts, minor bourbon. Nice head.Thanks Milos, freshly imported bottle.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +39.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My 50th Mikkeller rate.

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a brownish-red color with a tan head. The aroma is a mix of citrus and pineapple, with some wood and alcohol notes also present. Very nice.

The flavor is heavy on the barrel aging. I get a lot of smoke and oak notes, with some whiskey also mixed in. The base beer also comes through with some orange, caramel and toffee notes as well as some alcohol. The bitterness is low.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of dgilks
3.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rich, dark brown colour with a creamy, light tan head. Fair retention with the head dissipating to a thin film.

Robust, rounded, piney hop aroma. Good caramel sweetness. No noticeable smokeyness. Nicely balanced.

This is an interesting beer. There is so much malt sweetness that the hop character is counteracted with a moderate fruity hop character being fine. The main thing that the sweetness does is counteract the smokey, peaty barrel notes. The flavour itself isn't actually bad, but I feel that Mikkel made a mistake here. A fresh, new oak barrel or ex Bourbon, Highland Scotch or wine barrel would have worked but the Islay notes are over the top and mask the beauty of a 1000IBU DIPA.

Medium-full body with a smooth, clean low carbonation. Actually really nice.

As I say, this beer was a good idea but the execution was wrong. The barrel choice was poorly thought out and the end product suffers from it. While I like the aroma, I find the flavour a bit strange.

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Photo of kwjd
3.61/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper brown colour with thick off-white head. Lots of lacing on the glass. Smells of ceder (I think it is ceder, I'm not a wood expert) and herbal hops. I was expecting more pine or citrus, but hops are still there. Very bitter, though I guess people can't taste more than 100IBU's, so not too surprising I don't find this especially more bitter than a typical double IPA. Very resiny type of hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Nice mouthfeel. I think this beer is pretty well put together, I'm just not loving the flavour as much as I thought I would.

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Photo of AgentZero
1.3/5  rDev -54.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

A big thanks to MasterSki for sharing this. It can only get better from here.

A - Copper/amber color beer with a whitish head that left behind some random and inconsistent lace. Decent retenion.

S - The smell is almost vomit inducing, and I am not exaggerating (I had to surpress the gag reflex). Horrible alcohol, rubber, rotted hops, swamp, wood, and turpentine. Wow. You'd think some of that horrible stuff might cancel each other out, but it more seemed to have a multiplicitive effect.

T - WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS TO SOMEBODY? I can understand the mad scientist brewer in his crazy laboratory seeing what odd and brilliant creations he can come up with. But, when you create Frankenstein, you should not let him out of the lab! After pulling this out of the barrel and sampling WHY WOULD YOU THEN BOTTLE IT??" Tastes like I'm making out with a heavy smoker who just tried to freshen her breath by gargling turpentine and rubbing alcohol. Strange earth tones (i.e. dirt) and just all around grossness. It's a bunch of bad chemicals off the shelf at your local Walmart dumped into a barrel. I'm worried I'm going to go blind shortly after drinking this. There is some oily hops in there, but you really have to look for it past all the bad tastes, and you don't want to because it means you have to drink a bit of this. One of the worst things I've ever tasted.

M - Oily, medium bodied, carbonated. The best thing about the mouthfeel is that in evaluating it you can try to distract yourself from the horrible taste.

D - I'd love to meet the people who can get through bottles of this. I can't even come close. Only the morbidly curious should try this.

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Photo of nkersten
1.31/5  rDev -54.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Bottle shared by Alex - thanks! Poured into a Lost Abbey pint, color is brownish red with a small off white tan head that fades quickly. There is a huge amount of sediment floating around. Smell is slightly sweet, turpentine, rubbing alcohol, burnt dead bugs that you find piled up in the bottom of a light fixture. Smells is really atrocious - if I had taken anything else out of the fridge, like milk, cheese, juice, etc.. and it smelled this bad, there is no way i would have eaten/drank it. But for some reason I had to try it. The taste is just as bad, if not worse then the smell. Ash tray, OFF! bug spray, other assorted chemicals. If the barrel they used was cedar, and sprayed with rodent killer before they dumped the beer in, then there is a strong barrel flavor. Otherwise there is nothing here resembling a barrel aged double IPA. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a light carbonation, probably the only thing remotely good about this beer. Do brewers taste the beer before they bottle it anymore? There is no way this should have passed any quality control measures. This is by far the worst beer I have ever tried.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.05/5  rDev +41.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a corcked bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a big 3+ finger medium looking off-white head with great retention. Auburn brown or rosewood read in color, which is a little darker than most in the style, with a bit of carbonation and a few floaties in there. Head fades slowly to a thick foam cap leaving some immediate lacing. A good film remains and leaves some nice lacing down the glass. A good looking uniquely colored double India. Same as regular version.

SMELL: Lots of pale malts and toffee as well. Some smoky notes and hints of peat, with citrus and grapefruit hops joining the show. Some earthy notes and wet wood. Mostly peat and citrus notes, and quite bold as well. Much different than the original.

TASTE: Some pale malts, sweet toffee, and lots of peat and wet wood for sure. Cedar mostly. Some citrus and bitter grapefruit at the swallow, leading into a peaty, woody and very bitter aftertaste that is bold and very persistent. Some spicy booze in there as well, but the hops and barrel are the stars of the show. Different for sure, but very nice.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and oily slick with a bit of heat at the end. Finishes nicely mouth-coating and oily. Great feel on this one. Same as the original.

OVERALL: An enjoyable and interesting brew. Good stuff for sure, but not quite as enjoyable as the original. The barrel played a big role here, adding peat and woody notes and slightly drowning out the base DIPA. The aging certainly made the beer more complex, and it was done very well, but to be honest, I'm not sure if the style needs to be barrel aged to begin with. Regardless, this is well worth checking out if you get the chance, just be aware that this is almost a style in itself.

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Photo of Sean9689
1.5/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Alex should be banned for providing this beer. Poured into tulip.

A - Pours a brownish/slightly red, off-white frothy head, some spotty lacing and a thin cap on top.

S - Char, rubber, hot alcohol, rubbing alcohol, not good alcohol.

T - Why? Why did you brew this beer and release it? Huge hot alcohol, tar, rubber, kitchen cleaner. Ugh. No more!

M - Medium, slight carbonation, blah.

D - Worst beer I've ever reviewed. Don't try this...NO!

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Photo of MasterSki
1.4/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Bottle courtesy of wordemupg. Apparently Alberta got all of the bottles sent to North America? Served in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A - Pours with a strangely persistent tan foam that leaves plenty of splotchy lace. Amber body with obvious suspended sediment (yeast? hop particles?). Pretty decent looking brew.

S - Smells like inner tubes and turpentine. Hint of cedar and Pledge as it warms up.

T - Cardboard, solvents, and a finish of paint thinner and nail polish.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation. Fairly smooth texture. Finishes boozy, with a dry hoppy character as well.

D - This is quite possibly the worst beer I have ever encountered. Useful only as a practical joke, or to trade for White Birch Indomitus.

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Photo of jrallen34
1.42/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

This abomination was of course provided by Alex. Bottle poured into a perfect pint glass...A dark clear reddish copper with a huge off white head, good retention...The aroma is beyond horrendous a true 1. Smells like turpentine mixed with burnt rubber, amazingly you do get the steroids hops on this finish. It makes me gag...The taste is equally impressively bad. I have one sip at first, then literally have to talk myself into a second and third so I can get an accurate tick. The taste again is fuesal alcohol, paint thinner, and burnt rubber mixed together in a perfect bouquet. Bitter 1000 ibu hops are present and almost help the taste a little, as the feel almost numbs you.

This is probably the worst craft beer I've had. I would avoid this at all costs unless you are a sadist.

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Photo of Arenbeer
4.58/5  rDev +59.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml corked and caged bottle wrapped like the regular 1000 IBU but different paper on the outside. Poured into a Snifter glass. Thanks a million to KStrickler for hunting this beer down for me. He's a great guy.

Drank after having the original.

A- Pours a really nice dark dark brown that's pretty much black with a nice dark brown on top. Really no head on this one just a nice rim around the glass. Decent sticky lacing just like the original.

S- Not much hops left in this one, mostly just nice sweet caramel malts with a dusty musty almost cedar smelling old wood smell like antique furniture hah. Hard to describe. Not much fruitiness left but has a slight citrus in there and either some dark fruit or licorice note that's pretty faint at the end.

T- Holy crap, tastes like I just drank liquefied cedar smoke. Really strong smoke and cedar unlike anything I've ever tasted. It's like drinking smoked salmon or chicken hah. Along side of the smokiness is a really nice Hop presence that actually blends really well and adds a nice citrus element and fruitiness to the mix. Unlike the smell the malts are pretty much not tasted at all other than a slight caramel sweetness on the back of the tongue.

M- Medium bodied with lower carbonation and a nice bitter finish.

Overall this beer is absolutely nuts and unlike anything I've ever tasted. It's a whole different animal than the regular 1000 IBU. If you can get your hands on one of these i recommend it greatly. Not only that the smell completely throws you off. You smell a simple dark not so hoppy brew thats a malt bomb but that first sip will destroy all opinions or predictions you had about this beer. Like i said, it's nuts!!

Cedar is my favorite wood so there might be a soft spot in my heart for this brew. Really enjoyed it


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Photo of billshmeinke
1.69/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Review from notes:

Really dark amber. Slim cream head. Some lacing left behind. 3.5

Smells of cedar, peated whiskey, and sweet toffee malt. Smells pretty harsh at first. 2

It tastes like, well, chewing on cedar. There's a little bit of toffee malt with the cedar up front, mid palate it's all cedar and smoke, then just a ton of peat, pretty gross. Cedar oak and peat finish. Just way too much wood. 1.5

Bitter, woody, tannic. Full bodied and tongue numbing. 2

The 375ml bottle was split between four friends, and we all had trouble finishing our glasses. Surprised that there wasn't a chunk of wood at the bottom of the bottle. Pretty awful. 1

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Photo of alpineclimber
3.9/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A cork and caged green bottle wrapped in a purple paper. Never have I had a bottle of beer with such a presentation.

Poured into a tulip glass, a nice frothy white head on an opaque ruby brew.

A sour nose with malt in the background. A melange of grapefruit and sweetness.

Whoa what a taste. A few sips are required to take in this unusual flavor profile. The taste is hard to describe. An upfront taste of the hops, grapefruit comes to mind. Followed by the taste of the whiskey cask, a wood and cobweb taste. If this was not aged in a barrel then I would think it is oxidized. Next the sweet malty backbone of the brew can be tasted. The aftertaste finishes bitter and phenolic.

A thick syrupy mouthfeel.

This is a very strange and complex beer. I am glad I gave it a shot. This is a definite sipper, I could only drink something like this once in a blue moon. I am not sure where the 1000 IBU name came from. It's not even half as bitter and hoppy as some of the DIPA I have tasted. I really enjoyed the complexity of this brew, even though I am still not sure about the cobweb/oxidized taste that I picked up. I will blame the stale taste on the barrel aging and not the brew. I am not even sure what category this beer falls into. This is worth a try for something that is truly different, this is definitely a take it or leave it brew.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.97/5  rDev +38.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes in a nice (compared to Brewdog's) paper bag package. Inside, an emerald green 375ml bottle, with the usual stubborn synthetic cork, and a label with a burglar toting away a bag of hops. From whom? From where? We shall soon find out.

This beer pours a hazy, muddy milk chocolate brown, with reddish highlights, and a ton of thick foamy, chunky beige head, which leaves a pretty solid wall of lace around the glass as it slinks away. It smells of citrus/pine hops, blended with smoked peat, iodine, and brine. The taste is wet wood, creamy caramel nougat, sweet grapefruit and orange, a bit of peaty smoke, and an earthy mustiness. The carbonation is very soft, the body big, syrupy, and smooth. It finishes fairly sweet, the fruitiness of the hops quite prominent, tempered only somewhat by the latent smokiness. The close to 10 points of booze are pretty much undetectable.

Well, if IBUs are like the alcohol, and can be artfully (and intentionally) hidden by the brewing process, then this is the Tutankhamen Tomb of beers, kicked up a couple of orders of magnitude. Bitterness? A bit, yeah, but nothing that approaches even the 100 IBU DIPAs out there. It's apparent now where the guy on the label is taking the hops from. I smell (metaphorically) a marketing ruse.

That aside, a nice, softly Islay-barreled DIPA. Just don't expect a big hop kick.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.6/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Came wrapped in brown paper, inside is a caged and corked 375 ml green bottle. Pours out a dark hazy brown, tall chunky and spongy beige head. Lots of rivulets of sticky lacing.

Earthy wood and peat at first on the nose, some bright citrus rises up, but then gets overwhelmed by earthy character again. Some licorice, hints of molasses.

Intense but balanced flavour. Earthy, musty notes of wood up front, some licorice, then the bitterness kicks in. Leafy herbal hops stand out more than anything else, but it's more bitterness than flavour. Bitterness is still contained though.

Medium-full mouthfeel, smooth and silky texture, quite full on the finish.

If this is actually anywhere's in the ballpark of 1000 IBU's then it's impressive along the lines of brewing finesse, as it's very balanced for how bold the flavours are. In taken in the context of a Barleywine it holds its own as well, I don't think the Double IPA listing is as appropriate when all is said and done. The thing is that once I've sampled this I really have no urge or desire to go back and explore it again.

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1000 IBU - Barrel Aged from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 2.87 out of 5 with 26 ratings