Gypsy Tears Hoppy Stout | Mikkeller ApS

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Mikkeller ApS

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by themind on 05-17-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 18
Reviews by cvm4:
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3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a pitch black body with a tan one finger head. Good retention & lacing as well.

S - Roasted malts, molasses and dark chocolate along with a hoppy pine background.

T - More than anything, it follows the nose for me. It's not a sweet beer, but the unadulterated molasses sticks out to me. Also, the hop character is strong in this one.

M - Light bodied and medium carbonation. Has a smooth texture with a dry finish.

O - This borderlines on english stout and black ipa to me. I didn't get the wild yeast that was throw in, but the beer works for me.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Dark brown, not quite black. Nice khaki head. Wispy surface.

Smell - Chocolate and deep molasses. Toffee. Hops or something brightening the nose. Maybe the wild yeast it refers to.

Taste - Burnt chocolate. Roasty. Less of the caramel, but still present. That bright flavor is back and stronger here. Hops maybe, but definitely some sort of acids. Bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. I don't love the finish. The stout is masked by bitterness and the yeast byproducts.

Overall - Good flavors, not a wonderful finish. Time will change this.

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Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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

Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours opaque black with a two finger brown head with great retention and nice lacing. Aroma of molasses, dark toasted malt, chocolate and surprisingly a bit of ethanol. This is the most pure molasses aroma I've noticed in a beer, and it fits quite well. Interesting flavor of espresso coffee, toasted dark malt with a hint of char. There is an odd, but pleasant light vinous element that must be due to the Brett, but the characteristic Brett bite is covered by the other rich flavors. Finishes with a hint of vanilla, more charred malt and a pleasant, lingering hop bitterness. Medium bodied. My first impression was that the flavors were complex, but somewhat subdued, but after a few sips, the lingering hops and malt added up to a rich taste. This was an interesting and pleasurable stout that I would characterize as an American imperial stout style. Level of flavor expected from a much higher ABV stout.

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Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of geuze_gone_wild
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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

A Stillwater/Mikkeller beer brewed by Fano Brothers in Denmark. Beer pours a deep dark generous head. The beer to me very closely resembles a porter. Smooth mouthfeel with an interesting molasses aroma. The taste was clean with no ABV burn. I recommend this beer as it's listed as a hoppy stout. I would purchase again.

Bottom Line: Bravo!

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Photo of kojevergas
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Mikkeller's my favourite brewery (if you can call it that) and Mikkel does his stouts well so I have high expectations for this one. Acquired for $12.00 at a shop in the Los Angeles area. Reviewed live. 8.5% ABV confirmed. 500ml brown glass bottle with stylish classy orange label and standard pressure cap served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stemtilip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

Served cold, straight from the fridge, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger gorgeous tan colour head. Great cream, great thickness, great (~8+ minute) retention for the high ABV. Soft luscious appearance. Body colour is a solid dark black; not quite a jet black but nearly. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Opaque (nontransparent and nontranslucent). Right on the money for the style. Really looking forward to trying this.

Sm: Lovely roasted barley character and cocoa right up front. Chocolate malts and dark malts emerge in the second act, filling out the body nicely. Hop character is present too as a complementary floral touch. Cream. Caramel. A light hint of oats. Subtle coffee. I look for wild yeast but don't find it. I'm glad the hoppy character is toned down; this isn't one of those unnecessary hop-bomb stouts. It comes off balanced and approachable. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. A mild strength aroma. Looking forward to trying it.

T: Solid. Rolled oats, chocolate malt, cocoa dust, and roasted barley right at the core - the key note in a good stout and one that so many brewers seem to miss. Dark malts. Cream. The hop character is very lightly piney and floral, complementing the other flavours rather than competing with them. No yeast character or alcohol comes through; if wild yeast was indeed used, I'm not finding it. Wonderfully balanced and approachable; quite a tasty stout. Complex, subtle, and refined. Really liking this one.

Mf: Nicely creamy while retaining the coarseness and dryness of the roast. Excellent execution, complementing the flavour profile quite well. Perfect carbonation. I'd stop short of calling it refreshing, but it does a damn good job for a stout. Silky on the palate. Delightful

Dr: Another incredible stout from Mikkeller. Not sure what was intended with the wild yeast, but everything else came together in a marvelous balance to create a brew I'd definitely want to try again - if not for that pesky pricetag. Sessionable and drinkable as hell. I could happily drink this all night. Probably the best straightforward hoppy English stout I've had. Solid stuff. Hides its ABV quite well.

High B

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Photo of Mindtonic
1.65/5  rDev -57.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of larryi86
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle poured into a tulip

A- Black with a three finger tan head

S- Roasted malts, some coffee, piney hops, dark chocolate, not really getting the wild yeast.

T- Saison yeast really shines through give this a nice little tartness and berry fruitiness, hoppy/piney finish with some dark chocolate, touch of coffee, some caramel malts, very well balanced.

M- Smooth, medium to full body, nice creaminess.

O- Another solid collaboration with Mikkeller and Stillwater. A different stout, but it really works. Will pick this up again and really want to see what happens when this is aged.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.6/5  rDev -6.7%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Gypsy Tears Hoppy Stout from Mikkeller ApS
3.86 out of 5 based on 18 ratings.
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