Jester King / Mikkeller Whiskey Barrel Rodeo | Jester King Brewery

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Jester King / Mikkeller Whiskey Barrel RodeoJester King / Mikkeller Whiskey Barrel Rodeo

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Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This version of Jester King and Mikkeller’s collaborative imperial oatmeal stout, made with chipotle peppers and smoked malt, was aged for six months in Tennessee whiskey barrels, prior to the addition of a special blend of Vietnamese coffees, including a large portion of authentic Kopi Luwak coffee (a.k.a. “weasel coffee”).

Added by Mora2000 on 06-18-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours like motor oil with a huge frothy cocoa head on top-poster child of a dessert beer if I ever saw one. Great aroma of cocoa and chiles, almost a dry sort of scent. Huge cocoa flavor right up front. Somewhat of an espresso tinge with a great underlying chile flavor going on. Lingering cocoa powder flavor. Traces of whiskey and a slight boozey flavor. Whiskey and booze is well balanced and not overly done. Mouthfeel is somewhat dry but I think that is a sense of the cocoa flavors. Just a great beer all in. The whole barrel thing is getting away from me but this is nicely done and not overly so. Thanks ladyofmuchbeer for the major league hook up.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, 2012
Olde Hickory snifter

A: Pours pitch black in color. Half finger of dark tan head head. Tight tiny bubbles. Alcohol feet for sure. Doesn't leave a ton of lacing due to the lack of head retention.

S: Definitely pulling some of that deep, dark chocolate on the nose. Really thought that I would get more coffee first, like the other variations. Maybe the barrel aging affected that. When you dig in there, you do pull that really strong coffee aroma. Some vanilla hints are there too.

T: Not as coffee forward as the other variations. Not as chocolate and pepper forward as others. Up front you get a little prickle from the peppers, then its the bitter dark roast coffee that I am tasting. Drank BCBCS '12 right before this, so that might be taking something away from it. Not getting a ton of barrel character. I think the coffee is taking away from that a bit. Flavors are pretty long on the back end of this one. Lingering bitter coffee and chocolate notes, play well with some vanilla/toffee.

M: big medium, almost totally full.

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4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 750 Ml. Bottle into DFH Tulip. Six months of cellar time.

A - Pours heavy with a thick espresso-colored head. Much better carbonation than the Weasel Rodeo. Leaves behind a one-finger (Lingering) head with light lacing. Black as tar. Hooray!

S - Whiskey Barrel takes the lead, with coffee notes, burnt cigar, and some earthy funk. Hints of Cacao nibs in there as well.

T - Immediately assaults the tongue with peppery notes, akin to the chili it's brewed with. Almost acidic! This beer slaps you in the face with the fact that it's brewed with peppers. Again coffee and chocolate abound, with more mellowness that came from 6 months of age in the bottle. Damn, I wish I'd bought more of this beer... I'd love to taste it again after a year of aging.
The whiskey barrel adds some nice oak and vanilla notes, that round out the overall bitey-ness of this stout. (Bitey-ness is a word... Shut up. ☺)

M - Nice carbonation, once again compared to the Weasel, with a nice sharp burn from the pepper. Surprisingly easy to drink, for being what it is!

O - Cheese and Crackers, Jester King pulled one out of left field this time! All in all, a complex, intriguing, multifaceted stout, that bypassed ALL of my expectations for it!
*Kicks self repeatedly for only buying 1 bottle* I cannot wait for next years' batch... I'm buying half a case. Cheers!

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a tulip

A: Pours dark brown with a small brown head that fades to a ring with no lacing.

S: The nose has great aromas of vanilla, dark chocolate, and a touch of earthy pepper in the background. Not getting much coffee here.

T: The taste is really something else. Big flavors of vanilla, buttery whiskey, toasted caramel, chocolate, coffee, a bit of pepper, and a slight molasses note on the finish. This really takes the base beer and makes it 5x better.

M: The feel is on the fuller side of medium with good carbonation.

O: I tried this side by side with Weasel and Beer Geek Rodeo and this one won hands down. Very highly recommended if you can find it.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Black pour with a few fingers of really brown head. The retention is pretty good with a decent amount of thin lacing going down. 4.5

S: The Kopi Luwak coffee is as big as you'd expect, but it's bolstered by a big, chocolate-y imperial stout. The chili peppers are there, but only slightly. Noted throughout the aroma is the whiskey, as one would expect, tied with vanilla from the barrel. Very diverse, and relatively balanced, aroma. 4

T: The taste is really focused on the chocolate with amazingly blended whiskey and vanilla. The coffee also helps take this beer to another level. I really don't know how they worked all of these delicate flavors into such a well balanced beer. Some booze is noted at the back of my throat, and coffee sticks around forever. The burn from the chili peppers sits in my stomach much longer than I expected. 4.5

MF: Thick, heavy body with a nice amount of carbonation. The balance and delicious finish makes the beer absurdly drinkable. The 12% ABV is only slightly noted and is actually welcomed in the makeup of the beer. 4

O: This was outstanding, as I would expect from these two breweries. Really happy to have had this. I'm jealous of you Texans who have it available. 5

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Jester King / Mikkeller Whiskey Barrel Rodeo from Jester King Brewery
4.28 out of 5 based on 164 ratings.
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