Beer Geek Brunch Weasel (Bourbon Edition)
Mikkeller ApS

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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #1,054
ABV:
12.7%
Score:
93
Ranked #4,398
Avg:
4.17 | pDev: 11.51%
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
79
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Beer Geek Brunch Weasel (Bourbon Edition)Beer Geek Brunch Weasel (Bourbon Edition)
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Reviews by tpd975:
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tpd975 from Florida

4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a rich rich deep black hue, tall mocha head good retention and lace.

S: Rich deep acrid coffee, hints of bourbon, light oak, and cane sugar.

T: Damn Damn Good beer. Very Very deep bold espresso. Hints of brown sugar and toffee. The barrel is there but the coffee is forward. Light oak with notes of vanilla and a hint of booze.

M: Full bodied, rich, deep, smooth, good.

D: Mikkel got this one right. Not sure what the others reviewed this one kicks ass.

Jan 09, 2011
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing opaque black in the glass with a thin brown head that dissipates to patches with a solid band of lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, cocoa, bourbon, dried plum and dates. Flavor follows, with dark toasted malt, milk chocolate, plums, dates, raisins and hints of coffee and cherry. Medium bodied with light creaminess. I hesitated getting this because Shelton beers seem to get to Seattle after a long, long time and coffee seems to fade quickly. This has been a solid series, so I sprang for it and glad I did. The body is deep; this could be called a Russian imperial stout, and the bourbon character is great. Nice chocolate and dark fruit notes as well. The coffee is very faint, I would have missed it if I wasn't looking for it. But that is a minor issue because everything else comes together very nicely. An excellent, rich imperial stout. Delicious. This bottle is a bit different than the entry here; this one is brewed at Amager and describes them as a collaborator. ABV is lower at 10.1; not sure if this needs a new listing or if there is enough variation between years to not get listing drift.

Apr 13, 2019
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a small bubbly head with minimal retention and no lacing. Aroma is dominated by bourbon notes with light traces lactose. Taste is quite heavy on the bourbon with small traces lactose and some black chocolate; coffee is almost not perceptible and the end results are too one-dimensional. Body is full with will rounded texture with very low carbonation and not too much apparent alcohol. While this is still enjoyable it is but a pale copy of its un-barrel cousin.

Oct 14, 2010
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lacqueredmouse from Australia

3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to @epiclurk for the bottle. Shared with @LaitueGonflable.

Pours a lovely deep black-brown, with a somewhat subdued, but very pleasantly dark brown head. Let's face it: it looks like every other Beer Geer Brunch beer. But that's always good: big, smooth, deep and luscious.

Nose is smooth and rich, with some subtle vanilla hints and a touch of booze, which sits above the deep dark roasty characters which form its basis. There's a genuine spiciness to it, which is odd. It's not a big nose, and it's missing some depth and sweetness, but it's decent enough.

Taste is solidly dark and roasty, with only the faintest flecks of the bourbon barrel, giving a slight upturn of oak, but very little in the way of true rich, smooth sweetness. Instead, it has a potent, and admittedly strong roasty character, and the intrinsic smoothness of the Beer Geek Brunch base, but I'm a little worried that very little is added by the bourbon.

Feel is smooth and rather clean. But with a pleasant depth. No-one could complain about that.

Don't get me wrong. It's a great beer. Just like any beer in the series. Unfortunately, I would have thought the bourbon barrel would have been better than the average, and in fact, it's below that. It's disappointing.

Mar 17, 2012
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whartontallboy from New York

4/5  rDev -4.1%

Nov 21, 2011
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TurdFurgison from Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle graciously shared by beace (thanks Brad!) at a Jackie O's tasting. I liked it, apparently more than others who were there.

It's dark black in color with a thin and wet-looking tan foam. The aroma is bourbon-forward, but I could pick up strong RIS notes too. Anise, dark fruits (figs or raisins), heavily roasted malts, and so on.

Sort of hot tasting, the barrels must have been REALLY wet when the beer was added! Roasted malts and coffee beneath the bourbon, sweet and burning aftertaste. The body is on the thicker side, as befits such a strong flavor. Very glad to have tried it, and would happily get it again.

Mar 26, 2011
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soulgrowl from England

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Jet black with a tight, dark, oily brown foam, like espresso with good crema. The aroma is all woodland and spice, cedar and oak, vanilla and cacao, coffee, paprika, coriander, and mace. Licorice, molasses, mission figs, and tobacco also chime in. The first sip impresses but doesn't wow, leading with pure licorice, followed by bergamot, chocolate, tobacco, vanilla, and a hint of brandy, closing on more heat and a vaporous alcoholic kick reminiscent of ouzo or even Jaegermeister. Other than that slightly punchy finish, the alcohol is devilishly well hidden, and it helps keep an otherwise right beer nice and dry - almost light, even. An interesting beer, for sure, but not worth the price.

Feb 20, 2011
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deereless from Colorado

4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dec 06, 2015
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ygtbsm94 from Utah

3.31/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dec 17, 2014
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marct from Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Aug 04, 2012
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laituegonflable from Australia

4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark colour, just hints of brown when held up to the light. Head is as good as they get - ochre colour, foamy and great retention. Lace is not very sticky but the beer just looks coherent. It just works.

Smells a bit odd, yeah. Spiritous, with big burnt, spicy undertones, but also a slight acidity to it. Definite espresso with nutmeg, plus some balsamic vinegar notes, and some strong Irish cream character on the back. Nice.

Taste is dark and roasty and spicy, but with a pleasant, almost tangy sweetness to it on the end. Lots of roasty espresso, peppery and some floral notes. Nice boozey sweetness on the back, hints of dark fruit, plum and raisins and a big maraschino cherry character as well. Big and bold and sweet, with a big booze character to it. Yeah, I like the mix of flavours. I like it a lot.

Smooth, full, not too harsh at any point. Amazing mouthfeel for the ABV.

Great big stout. Nice fruit, sweetness, roastiness. Yeah, there's a cracking balance to this.

May 19, 2013
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eric5bellies from Australia

3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel tulip

Batch 462, Brygge 191009

A - Absolutely no light getting through this one and pours as Black as night, with a two fingerd tanned head that reduces to a thick film and laces.

S - Heavy bourbon aromas, with some beef extract a little expresso also.

T - Some nice balanced sweetness up front followed by some heavy molassis, with hints of vanilla. nice smoky flavour before a deep expresso finish that is boozy with a little Bourbon.

M - Full and low carbonation and quite smooth.

O - A little disappointed not to have more Bourbon in the flavour but not the array of flavours on offer. Could be a little less sticky and better balanced.

Nov 09, 2011
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drewone from California

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 25, 2016
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MasterSki from Canada (ON)

3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 462. Bottle October 19th, 2009. Thanks to Jeffo for this one. Served in a Surly Darkness glass.

A - A generous helping of dark mocha foam settles to a thin ring and not much else. Black body with only the faintest glint of brown at the top edge of the glass.

S - Somehow all these Scandinavian stouts have a signature aroma to them - not sure if it's the malt sourcing or the yeast, but there's always this faint mixture of fruity yeast, sweet leaf tobacco, and sea air in the background. In any case this beer is dominated by oak, char, coffee, vanilla, and spicy bourbon, with hints of licorice and black permanent marker. Surprisingly barrel-forward for a European bourbon barrel stout - these barrels must have made it across the Atlantic in record time!

T - Taste isn't quite as enjoyable, with intense espresso, oak, dark chocolate, and smoke. Pretty bitter stuff, with a charry finish. Not unpalatable like many other Mikkeller offerings, but a bit too much for America's sweeter tastes.

M - The feel thankfully doesn't stray too far from that of the base beer, with a silky full body, smooth texture, lightly dry and roasty finish, and minimal alcohol warmth.

D - Not a bad beer by any stretch, but the barrel-aging seems to diminish the base beer rather than complement it. I'd drink this one again, but I doubt I'd go to great lengths to acquire it. I can totally understand the massive divide between the BA and Ratebeer scores on this one.

Jan 16, 2012
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claaark13 from Indiana

3.54/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm fairly certain that I bought this in May 2011 at Geers. Batch #462, Brygge 191009, Best Fore 191014. Poured into DFH chalice.

A - Looks great. Dark, black pour. Thick dark-brown head forms and sticks to the side of the glass. I want to drink this badly at this point.

S - Fudge, vanilla, slight sweetness and a lot of wood. The previous sentence appears appealing, but it really isn't. I didn't like the aroma much. Too subtle favorable aromas and too much woody oddness.

T - Dark malts, booze, chocolate/coffee/bourbon. Coffee is subdued. Burnt oak/wood finish. There is certainly a noticeable level of alcohol present, which is a turnoff with the rest of the flavors. Finish is slightly dry.

M - Nearly perfect. Great body, good level of moderate carbonation. I couldn't ask for much more.

O - Something in both the flavor and smell really bother me. The rest is nice. The beer is just too hot at 2 years old and just doesn't do it for me. I really expect more out of the flavors in a BA RIS. I will not seek this one out again, at least from this batch.

Nov 02, 2011
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JAHMUR from Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Mar 17, 2012
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HotHabanero from Denmark

4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled. Pours opaque pitch black with a small, tan head that leaves a good lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, dark fruits, vanilla and bourbon. Sweet flavor that ends up more dry with alcohol notes. Full bodied, oily texture and soft carbonation. A great imperial stout.

Apr 18, 2014
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spycow from Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.1%

Oct 31, 2014
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CrazyDavros from Australia

4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aged 3.5 years.
Pours black with a very dark tan head.
Nose shows coffee, bourbon, oak, vanilla, roasted malt, coconut and cocoa. Lovely.
Bold flavours. Lots of roasted malt and coffee along with bourbon and soft oak. A fair bit of booze, but not aggressive or sharp. Pretty full-on.
Carbonation is almost non-existent. Needs a creamier mouthfeel.

Apr 22, 2013
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dgilks from Australia

4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black, really inky with a small, smooth tan head. Poor head retention.

Lots of oak aroma with plenty of bourbon as well. Some chocolate and caramel. Mostly just oak and spirit though.

Sweet chocolate and coffee flavour with lots of bourbon and oak. Unbalanced but in a good way. Intense. Completely different to some of Mikkeller's other stouts like BA George.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Good and well suited to style.

A big intense stout from Mikkeller. Lots of barrel and stout flavour. Good.

Jan 02, 2012
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mulder1010 from Australia

4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ML bottle poured into a tulip
Thanks to Dgilks for sourcing this for me
Apparently 24 hours of Mikkeller for me

A-- Poured basically black. No light penetrating this at all. One finger dark brown leather head that settled at film. Pretty much stays that way as well. Looks thick and heavy. Good spotty lacing and obvious ABV legs.

S-- Oak and bourbon. Get touches of oat, dark fruits and seaweed. Combines to make more of a sherry really. Interesting nose but far different from the base beer.

T-- Oak, spiced bourbon, vanilla, salted chocolate fudge, tobacco, and a touch of dark fruits. Alcohol really picks up with this opening up. Hops have dropped off totally though.

M-- Slick and oliy. Dry Oak spicy bourbon finish. Lot of tannins with this and really wine like except for the charred sweetness in the mid and back palate that smooths everything out before the finish. Alcohol is still very present for a 3 year old beer.

O-- Really different than the base beer with the barrel treatment but I think this is at peak now. Radically different than US BA beers with the lack or just slight bits of sweetness as compared to the much sweeter BA stouts from home. It works as a quite complex beer that borders on a big bold shiraz. Good stuff.

May 01, 2012
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Jeffo from Netherlands

4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one at Geers in Gent.

From a bottle into a snifter.
Brewed 19 October 2009.
Note: Drank the regular Bruch, Bourbon and Highland Editions, in that order.

APPEARANCE: A thick black pour yields a one finger, medium looking, tan head with good retention. Head slowly fades to a ring and wisp. Pitch black, viscous body with zero carbonation evident. A ring remains with touches of wisp and leaves some dots of lacing down the glass. Exactly the same as the regular version.

SMELL: Lots of bourbon on the nose. Whisky and vanilla are very present. Some notes of dark chocolate and hints of coffee as well in there, but the barrel is definitely more dominating here. A nice bourbon barrel nose, but I would like to see a touch more of the base beer play a role as well.

TASTE: Mental. Just nuts. Bold flavor all over the place. Lots of bourbon and vanilla flavors; the barrel is very present up front. Roasted and charred malts through the middle, and a huge dose of coffee and especially dark chocolate at the swallow. Goes from all barrel at the beginning to all base beer at the swallow. The huge and lingering aftertaste is a perfect blend of both, with lots of barrel notes and roasted, chocolaty goodness. Just wonderful. Perhaps the best tasting bourbon barrel aged stout to date.

PALATE: Great stuff. Full body, medium carbonation, and syrupy smooth on the palate. Very creamy, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating. A touch of well measured heat at the swallow. Same as the base beer, but not quite as heavy and menacing. Like the base, however, some time in the cellar has smoothened this out perfectly.

OVERALL: This was a real treat. I really enjoyed the base beer, but this was just out of this world. The nose was a little one dimensional which, admittedly, had me worried that the taste would be a bourbon bomb, but that wasn’t the case at all. This is probably the best bourbon barrel stout in terms of the base and barrel working together to add complexity to an imperial stout. A complete gem. Glad we decided to do a few in the Beer Geek Bruch line-up. Definitely my favorite of the three. Worth tracking down.

Apr 13, 2011
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tmoneyba from Ohio

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown color with an average frothy brown head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted chocolate, caramel and alcohol aroma. Heavy bittersweet toasted black coffee malt flavor with a heavy bittersweet and small alcohol bite finish of long duration. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a standout beer.

Jul 12, 2011
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sisuspeed from New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Rachel for shipping this one over!

Pours an oily pitch black with a thin dark-tan head. Leaves some nice lacing behind.

Sweet, fruity, bourbon with dark chocolate and light alcohol on the nose. Earthy coffee and wood mingle in the background.

Chocolate and bourbon soaked wood hit the taste buds first. Bitter, earthy, coffee with a bit of charred wood. Just a hint of dark fruit. A tasty version of the Brunch Weasel.

Mouthfeel is smooth, silky and creamy with a nice level of carbonation. Feels great going down. The ABV does come through a bit, but is not overbearing for 12.7%.

This is a good barrel aged stout. There is a touch more charred wood than I would like and the bourbon isn't the best I've tasted in a BB stout, but overall this is still well done and a tasty brew. The body is great. I'd love to get that feel in the regular Brunch Weasel. Definitely worth trying if you like the Beer Geek series.

Feb 28, 2011
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KickInTheChalice from Illinois

4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 mL into a stemmed tulip.

Appearance: Nearly black, with a very pleasant creamy brown head that fades to a ring after a few moments. A little bit of lace sticks to the glass.

Smell: Sweet, dry bourbon steps in front of the dark chocolate, ca phe chon coffee, and roasted malt.

Taste: This has a bourbon coating to the regular Beer Geek Brunch Weasel. It has a very soft sweetness up front before dark roasted malt and a bit of tobacco step in. Dark, bitter chocolate and my favorite type of coffee come through. Toward the end, the bitter coffee and dry bourbon really dry this out, detracting a little bit from the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and very creamy, with medium carbonation, and a medium body. It is actually a little bit dry, which surprised me, but it was not off-putting.

Overall: I am over my fear of the Weasel, and I would definitely drink this again. The best part about this beer is tricking unsuspecting friends into trying a sip and then telling them the ingredients.

Dec 14, 2011
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Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 79 ratings