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Jester King / Mikkeller Beer Geek RodeoJester King / Mikkeller Beer Geek Rodeo

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Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
The second collaboration between Jester King and Mikkeller, Beer Geek Rodeo is an Imperial Oatmeal Stout brewed with smoked malt, chipotle peppers and Vietnamese coffee.

Added by Mora2000 on 04-20-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 128
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 12.30.13

A - Pours a very dark brown with a huge, fine brown head that fades slowly.

S - Chocolate, spicy, coffee.

T - Strong coffee, some chocolate, and some nice heat in the finish.

D - Good carbonation and a nice medium body.

O - Nice flavors with a subtle heat. Good stuff.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.66/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Matt for this one. 750ml bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter.

Pours a massive 3 finger, creamy, thick mocha head with great retention. Beer is pitch black. Lacing is stringy and thick with excellent cling and big, thick, oily legs. Outstanding. Couldn't ask for more from an imperial stout.

Nose is roasted malt, chocolate, cocoa, mild pepper tartness, and grainy coffee. Rich, robust and aromatic. Pretty good though a bit unintegrated and with some weird flavors floating about.

Opens chocolate, sweet dark fruit, cocoa, fudge with a slight coffee presence right at the end. Peppers hit hard right at the finish, tickling the back of my throat. Spicy going down. Finishes sweet and chocolatey with a good bit of heat. Nice but again, this leaves me a bit wanting... for a bigger coffee presence.

Light to medium bodied with low carbonation. Smooth and slightly boozy in the mouth but a bit thin. Goes down oily and warm. Finishes slightly messy with a lingering aftertaste. Wish this had a bit more body.

A decent beer overall but there were a couple of aspects that left me wanting. The body is a bit thin and the coffee and pepper flavors are a touch out of balance. Ok but I wouldn't revisit this with so many decent beers in the style floating around.

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Photo of GregSVT
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a tulip

A: Pours dark brown with a small brown head that fades to a ring and leaves no lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is a nice combination of cocoa, graham cracker, coffee, and a touch of vanilla.

T: The taste is very similar with notes of coffee, chocolate, graham cracker, and a bit of vanilla on the finish.

M: The feel is medium and slightly creamy from the carbonation.

O: This is much better than the Weasel but a bit under the whiskey. I would love to see this one brewed again.

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Photo of rudzud
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A thanks to JLindros to sharing this beer at the Wormtown brewery. Reviewed from notes. Poured into a standard snifter.

A - Pours a nice dark oily brown hue with a one figner khaki head that fades to a thin creamy blanket, leaving behind some slick side lacing. Solid and well done.

S - Nice chipotle notes with some faint coffee. Its a very good balance between light chili heat and coffee/roast malts.

T - Taste is nice chocolate and coffee notes. You have to really hunt for the chipotle as it emerges on the aftertastes. Slightly malty sweet as well. Wish the chili was a bit more forefront.

M - Mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with some faint alcohol present. Again, solid.

O - This was an enjoyable stout from two solid breweries. Glad I've got a bottle of this myself to crack at a later date.

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Photo of stakem
3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks are owed to canadianghetto for hooking me up with a bottle of this during our recent trade. Consumed this past weekend in a side by side with the 2 other rodeo treatments.

Poured from a 750ml into a Mikkeller teku glass. The brew appears black in color with a rich 3 finger cap of mocha. The head displays solid powers of retention that leaves patches of lace on the glass a it slowly fades. A light swirl revives a thick dark brown finger back to the surface.

The smell is roasty like burnt grain with a solid earthen and barnyard aspect mixed with tobacco, coffee and hints of citrus/minerals. Yeasty phenolics and spice are ever-present and somewhat clashing with the roasted aspect of the grain. Hints of pepper bring out even more focus on minerals. As it warms up, some faint smokey hint emerges.

The taste is bitter roast like char to ashy grain. Some coffee and mineral elements just like the nose suggested. A touch of citrus and slight hop flavoring. The coffee and earthy peppery quality hang around mid-palate before fading into earth and yeasty elements. The warmth of the alcohol mixes well with the peppery spice to tingle the back of the throat. Some comes out as the brew warms up.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It makes for a lighter feel in the mouth but at times, it displays a smoothness that clings to the mouth like quick-oats. Overall this was a solid integration of flavors and the pepper was not over-done which I liked. I am not completely sold on the whole farmhouse stout but it kinda wasnt bad. If the sulfur and minerals could be removed, id love another go at this.

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Photo of jlindros
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks a ton to standuptj (Reddit) for this interesting beer.

Nice creamy darker head hit 1 finger and leaves nice lacing, pitch black thick color with long legs.

Nose roast, coffee, fresh coffee, black patent, vanilla, chocolate, cocoa, caramel, syrupy malt, hint of peppery aroma.

Taste big malts, little syrupy, caramel, vanilla, cocoa, roasted malt, plenty of roast but not overly burnt, nice back end chipotle heat, some warming and tingly booze, lots of fresh coffee and coffee grounds, gets a little acrid. Some earthy hops and bitterness. Finish is fairly dry, bitter hot from peppers and booze, coffee and cocoa lingering.

Mouth is fuller bodied, some booze and pepper warmth, decent carb.

Overall pretty nice, good dark malts, lots of nice fresh coffee, it does get a bit acrid which keeps it from really getting good, nice chocolate, vanilla, and the nice chipotle pepper adds a nice heat and flavor.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.11/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours pitch black with almost three fingers of dense dark tan foam. This is obviously a very carbonated beer.

S: Strong dark chocolate and coffee upfront with a bit of heat. Quite roasty with a bit of smoke as well. Not much sweetness at all in this beer.

T: Strong roast and dark chocolate upfront with some spiciness, both from the peppers and from the yeast, which brings out some typical Saison flavors. There is also a fruitiness in the background, similar to that of plums. I get a good amount of coffee flavor here, but the plum and coffee flavors don't complement each other all that well.

M: Though this beer is quite dry and carbonated, the mouthfeel is nice. The creamy carbonation certainly helps.

O: Quite dry for an RIS, particularly one with coffee and chipotle peppers. I tend to like mine with a bit more sweetness. The flavors don't quite mix well, either. Their farmhouse yeast is an odd choice for an RIS, and I'm not a huge fan. Certainly not bad, but this is the first time I've been disappointed by this great brewery.

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Photo of PhatAtUT
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into snifter.

A: honestly one of the best looking beers i have ever poured. very dark brown, with a mocha colored 3/4" thick head. very nice lacing. reminds me of FBS. looks delicious.

S: milk chocolate. vanilla. just a hint of the peppers is detectable. smells great.

T: definitely less sweet and more bitter than i expected from the smell. the chipotle heat is very detectable. its the dominant flavor, powerful but not overwhelming. would like a little more chocolate flavor to balance it out a little better. this bottle is a few months old, but i really dont taste any coffee. dont taste the booze, but its probably just covered by the heat from the pepper. spiciest beer i have drank.

M: great viscousness. sticky and chewy, which i love in the style, but its a touch too carbonated in my opinion.

O: taste didnt live up to my expectations from the look and smell of the beer. its interesting, but just doesnt taste especially well-balanced to me.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black, with a medium mocha colored head, leaves a little lace and dissipates to a dark foam. Aroma is coffee, some dry chocolate, lots or roast, some char and some spiciness. More coffee and chocolate on the the taste, dry cocoa powder, roasted, almost charred malts and a bit of peppery heat that tingles on the back of the throat. The feel was upper medium bodied to full, some creaminess with a clean finish.

I nice imperial stout, but the coffee wasn't as enticing as the other Beer Geek variants.

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Photo of Auracom
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Shelly for sending this from Texas. 3 oz. poured in an FFF Rastal on August 17th, 2012.

A - Softer opal-brown coloring, thin tan head. Poor retention.

S - Roasted malts, mocha, light baker's chocolate, and definite peppers.

T - Plenty of roast up front with toasted espresso beans. Mid picks up the chipotle peppers that pushes the spicyness of the pepper through to rear. It's not at all overpowering and blends well.

M - Medium body, higher carbonation, semi-dry finish.

D - Better than I expected. I think the coffee gets a tad bit lost in the mix but it's a well done pepper inclusion that shows the heat of more of a bell pepper but the good flavor of chipotle.

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Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

We here in Kentuckiana don't get Jester King, so this was a rare treat to find. One of my favorite stores got some Jester King leftover stuff from one of their distributors. Awesome find!

A- This rodeo clown poured an opaque, solid black with a huge muddy-colored head that lasted quite some time. Spotty brown lacing hugged the glass for the duration.

S- I smelled brown sugar before I saw it on the ingredient list, so I guess that's cool. I don't get any heat from the aroma, but I do get some baker's chocolate and smokiness.

T- I'm getting a liking for chile beers... That being said, I am not a huge fan of chipotle peppers. However, the smokiness of the peppers goes well with the smoked malt and earthy oat flavor. The heat level is perfect IMO, but I'd like to see what they could do with other pepper choices even those this is one of the rare instances where I like chipotles.

M- At first, I thought it was a bit thin, but as I continued to imbibe, the original thinness was no longer noticeable. This was very creamy and smooth for a chile stout.

O- Overall, I think everything came together nicely: the coffee doesn't overpower, the oats bring a nice earthiness, the smoke of the peppers goes well with the smoked malt, and the brown sugar was a nice addition. I'm more interested in the black metal stout now that I see they used farmhouse yeast. To my knowledge, this is also my first "well water and/or harvested rain" beer. This makes me want to search out their Whiskey Barrel Rodeo and Weasel Rodeo.

*I really like the label artwork on this one, and it went well with my homemade lentil soup. I beckon for a chile pepper Founders Breakfast Stout!

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Photo of imasloth
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark with a thick latte-coloured head when poured roughly into goblet. Head is foamy and leaves heavy lacing. Light does not permeate when beer is held to light.

S- Bitter hops and coffee. Roasted, very dark malt, a light pepper scent (nasal burn?).

T- Coffee and roasted malt upfront, with peppery (the spicy vegetable kind) flavor and aftertaste.

M- Light to medium-bodied for style, smooth and creamy. The light burn of the pepper lingers well after swallowing.

O- Fantastic. Definitely my favorite Jester King so far. The local wild yeast is indiscernible to me and every note hits.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

expectedly so rather excellent. funny that milkeller makes it to dallas. and the only two i've ever had were chipotle dark american porter or double porter. big creamy beer and should be shared in the summer. wonderful feel for something that has such a warmth to it body of fluff. nose of coffee, roasted or smoked malt, and the standard well formed american double. palate was not as 'warm' as i would have expected but still quite nice. there is evidence of every ingredient stated. i don't know many coffees from vietnam that are renown beside the weasel coffee. would go as far to say that was what was used. i do on the other hand think that anyone that like the beer geek stout collection should try this one. the warmth in most in the dregs. not something i would deem a drinkable in texas when its 110 out but nice to see it come around.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. No date, but this was just released Spring '12. Poured this one into my Victory Golden Monkey tulip.

A: Pours a deep, dark, black color. Two fingers of dark mocha, tan head. Tight bubbled bottle conditioned head. It is leaving some nice lacing. And there is definitely some alcohol feet in there. Pretty looking beer.

S: Dark roast coffee. Dark chocolate. Some smokiness. But really getting a lot of that coffee.

T: Bitterness from the coffee on the from of the tongue. Really sharp bite. Mid mouth is the spicey bitter notes from the chipotle peppers. There is some creamy notes. Then spice. A touch of heat. Finish is loud and aggressive. Sticks with you.

M: Full bodied.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 bottle poured into a a tulip.

Oh yeah this thing is a beaut. It pours thick and black as night. Even though it is such a big beer it produces quite the lovely big fluffy straight up brown head.

Coffee this first along with some chocolate and a little bit of roast and pepper.

Lots of coffee and chocolate dominating the flavor. I must say I’m not getting much heat at all after sipping on this. There is a slight tingle on the tongue. The Texas Ranger was a little much on the pepper, and this a little light. I would like just a notch above this. Subtle seems to be the name of the game here in the flavor and nose which is kinda disappointing.

It hits that full body and just coats the mouth and goes down smoothly. *cue Borat voice* Very nice!

This was a very drinkable stout. The pepper doesn’t get out of control and detracting. It looks and feels great. The flavor and aroma are nice but nothing really pops out in this beer. It was hard deciding between 3.5 and 4 on the taste. The pleasantness ruled out and I think I gotta go 4. Tasty sh*t!

There needs to be a third JK/Mikkeller collab!

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

#BOTG 27!

This gushed when I popped it, but settled down quickly after pouring it into my CBS snifter. Pours a pitch black motor oil thickness, tan/brown head sticks to the top of the glass. Great looking beer. Smell- dark chocolate, pepper notes. Some plastic? Not much else here. Taste- man oh man. This is nice. A spicy dark chocolate coats the back of my throat. Some sweet cherry notes round out the sides of my mouth, but its followed by a rush of spicy pepper finish. The espresso flavors arent as pronounced as I would like them to be here, it seems to be all about the dark chocolate/chile pepper play. Mouthfeel is appropriate. Cant wait to see what they do with the weasel batch...

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Photo of gtermi
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a very dark black body with a thick brown head that slowly fades and leaves a nice amount of lace on the glass.

S: A LOT of roasted malt, some espresso scents, spiciness and a nice bit of booze.

T: The flavors explode on my palate with a lot of different flavors. I am getting a lot of roasted malt, pepper, coffee and even a slight cigar taste as the beer lingers.

M: This beer goes down amazingly smooth for such a high alcohol beers. It leaves a dry feeling and even has a little heat hat tingles the back of my throat.

O: Just another amazing beer from Jester King. This is one of those styles of beers you don't see very often that absolutely blow me away every time I have them.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a Jester King snifter.

The long-awaited Beer Geek Rodeo, Jester King's second collaboration with Mikkeller. A gentle pour unleashes a gorgeous cap of mocha-colored foam--latte in its consistency. Beneath, the body is pithy and jet-black with no light seeping in at the edges. While good, the aroma is a bit underwhelming given the ingredient list for this imperial stout. Dusty earth and coffee grounds layered above a hint of chocolate sweetness, dark fruits, and a slightly spicy pepper presence.

The flavor more than makes up for what the aroma lacks. Starts off with a big combo of dark chocolate and roasted maltiness. Coffee and chipotle hit mid-sip with earthy, slightly chalky undertones. Pepper heat lingers into the finish where it mingles with a warming, dark fruit-like alcohol note. Mouthfeel is full-bodied, as it should be; Jester King nailed the carbonation on this one, as fine bubbles lend an uber-creamy consistency. Overall, a very tasty release worthy of the buildup. Yee-haw!

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Photo of dumptruck81
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Good inch or so head that fades to a quarter inch in the glass. Retained a ring of foam around the edges and produces lively bubbles down the sides of the glass when tilted. Very dark with tan head.

Smell- Roasted and chocolate malts. Sweetness mixed with funk and spice(reminds me of a pumpkin stout). I catch a lot of different things going on here but it doesn't quite pull together. Seems a bit cluttered.

Taste- Wow. Here we go! Nice base to build on. Seems a bit like an imperial porter. Bitterness up front followed by the chocolate, crystal, and roasted malts. Finishes with pepper spice, bitter coffee, and smoke.

Mouthfeel- Medium to full bodied. The bitterness and carbonation keeps it lively. Smoke and bitterness really carry the aftertaste through. This beer is pretty fresh and will probably benefit from some extended bottle conditioning.

Overall- Solid second collaboration with MIKKELLER. Quite the opposite end of the spectrum from the first collab. I really enjoy peppered porters/stouts but this one isn't for everyone. I'm really impressed by how much the pepper is carried in the aftertaste by the bitterness, smoke, and carbonation.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"According to the brewer, this is an Imperial Oatmeal Stout brewed with smoked malt, chipotle peppers and Vietnamese coffee. This is the second collaboration between the two breweries"

Sampled at the Big Texas Beer Fest.

The beer pours a very dark brown to black color with a large tan head. The aroma is full of heavily roasted malt, chocolate, pepper and a little bit of light smoke. The flavor is very similar. I get a lot of roasted malt and chocolate, with some light coffee and smoke notes. There is also a nice roasted pepper component as well as a little bit of creaminess. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Jester King / Mikkeller Beer Geek Rodeo from Jester King Brewery
4.05 out of 5 based on 128 ratings.
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