Jester King / Mikkeller Whiskey Barrel Rodeo | Jester King Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States
jesterkingbrewery.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
164
Reviews:
33
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
9.11%
 
 
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164
Gots:
32
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 164 |  Reviews: 33
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by raveskdr. Thanks Chris.

The beer is black with a quarter inch of beige crema head. The aroma offers roast, chocolate, molasses. Subtle chilis presence.The flavor is roasty and chocolate forward, followed by a zesty bite with a touch of hops. Medium to full bodied with relatively high carbonation. Overall, this was pretty tasty.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared thanks to Chris, raveskdr.

The beer pours a nice very dark brown with a tan head that dies to a ring pretty quickly and with a swirl leaves a decent amount of lacing on the sides of the glass.

The smell has a good amount of nice coffee, chile, and dark malt aromas, and the oak barrel also takes a center role in this beer. Has a sort of clean smell, though with an a,e like this I wish it was more pungent and 'stinging in the nostrils.'

The taste is almost exactly like the smell, though the chipotles make a nice mark in the taste compared to the aroma. Some nice milk chocolate flavors as well that temper the coffee bitters nicely. A pretty nice flavor, Definite whiskey mark on this one.

The feel is ok, ok carbonation a little thinner than I'd like.

Not a bad beer, but not overly memorable unfortunately.

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of stakem
3.68/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks are owed to both BA's canadianghetto and mhenson42 for hooking me up with bottles of this. 750ml poured into a Mikkeller teku and tasted along side the other 2 rodeo versions.

The brew appears black in color with a rich 3 finger dark brown cap. The froth slowly collapses to a finger and maintains fairly strong atop. Patches of webby lace stick to the glass. A swirl revives a finger of dark brown back to the top.

The smell is whiskey and oak barrel fairly prominent. Vanilla and caramel come out ad it warms with some chocolate roast. Tangy alcohol here with burnt barrel. The roast moves in a direction of cinnamon. The kopi coffee evolves as it warms with its distinct earthy aspect that blends well with tobacco and leather as faint hints of citrus. Unfortunately the barrel character mutes a lot of the coffee notes.

The taste is tangy alcohol with harsh raw tannic oak flavoring. Bitter roast and earthy coffee and tobacco. Quite ashy and mildly smoked with pepper flavoring and the farmhouse-like yeast spices. The alcohol inclusion is quite solvent and really draws out the rough aspects of the barrel aging. It gets moderately spicy as it warms up.

This is a medium bodied brew with modest carbonation. Very dry, boozy roasty harsh beer. The barrel treatment was quite nice in the nose but harsh in the flavor. The components here clashed instead of melding together and the solvent alcohol didnt help. This was the version of the rodeos I was looking forward to the most based on the high reviews and it ended up being the version I liked the least.

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Photo of joshwith
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of jmarsh123
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a big creamy tan head leaving excellent lacing behind. Good retention for a beer this big.

A few sweet malts in the aroma, but fresh ground coffee quickly takes over. A little bit of smoke as well.

Coffee explodes on the front of the palate. Good roastiness along with smoke. Sweet chocolate in the middle before finishing somewhat acrid and dry. Coffee lingers on the tongue. Whiskey asserts itself at the end finishes with a slight boozy twinge with spice.

Medium to thick bodied. Alcohol is fairly well tamed and the whiskey is blended well. Medium to low carbonation.

Usually don't like many JK offerings, but this one is pretty solid. The harshness from the coffee and whiskey limits drinkability a bit, but this is a very good bottle to share.

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Photo of pixieskid
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Fux
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of samEBC
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of oline73
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a thick, opaque dark brown color with a half finger of light tan head. The head fades to a ring around the pour.

Smell: Sweet up front with some roast in the background. I'm getting a mild whiskey note along with some dark fruit. There is a very mild chili pepper note.

Taste: This one is bitter and full of coffee up front, it seems the malt and the coffee have teamed up. There is only a mild note from the whiskey, but it shows up more in the finish. Some dark fruit and mild chilies along with a bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side with tingly carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: This is a very good chili stout, but I would have liked some more sweetness in the background. I would have another, but it doesn't touch whiskey Hunah.

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Photo of Cablejelly
4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of ReyG006
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of jl28r1
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of lokieman
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into Jester King tulip:

A: Pours a viscous black with hardly any light making it's way through the edges of my glass. Thick, fluffy Belgian head erupts immediately after pouring but settles down after the 12% takes over. Wonderful looking beer.

S: Hot cocoa spiked with bourbon and roasted coffee. Not picking up any chili in the aroma but the smell definitely invites a taste...

T: A more aggressive continuation of the aroma. Get coffee bitterness and whiskey up front with a sweet middle and slight chili burn in the finish. Very complex and earthy. The Belgian yeast really brightens things up and surprisingly easy to drink for 12%. Layers of flavor here...

M: Light and creamy on the palate. Not as viscous as the pour suggests but has a nice velvety texture that invites you to swirl this beer around your mouth a couple times before taking it down. Reminds me of a big Belgian quad in it's mouthfeel.

O: I'm very happy to have picked up several bottles of this one as I can see it aging beautifully. A little hot out of the box as it warms but an excellently crafted brew that should only become legendary over time.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of specksnreds
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A perfectly bubbly 10W-30 pour. Finally, bubbles. Black as a moonless night in the deepest of woods. In other words.... dark. Bubbles make a dark brown head which is quite pleasant to ogle. And it's particularly appealing to peruse in my white-guy-douchebag-approved snifter - "Hoi polloi..."
Smells like a chocolate covered Jack-and-Coke. Kinda dry, and it finishes with all the apt dark syrup analogies. Tastes of whiskey (ya think?) and RC Cola. I love RC Cola - "Do you not?"
She's a bit thin on the swallow, but I kinda dig it. More dry than motor oil. I no longer need to wait/hope/pray to zombie jesus for The Abyss, because this is just as good. Amazing what bubbles can do...

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Photo of zander4dawin
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A strong, black as night, aggressively hopped beer with a warming spice effect on the finish. Basically it's completely awesome and worth picking up if you can find it. It's super strong, think like blaecorn unidragon that's barrel aged with peppers that adds a lingering burn at the end.

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Photo of mhenson42
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of MattU
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle into a Jester King Tulip.

Appearance - Jet black. A soft pour produces a one finger, brown head with surprisingly decent retention.

Smell - Coffee, burnt/roasted grains, ash, chocolate, chilies, smoke, warm and perfumy alcohol, oak and slight boubon.

Taste - Follows suit to the nose. Toffee, chocolate, coffee on the tip of the palate gives way to a wash of roasted grain and deep dark stone fruit. The finish is mildly of bourbon and oak. All the while a soft heat and smokiness of chipotle chilies rolls around the palate. Bitterness is moderate and round, tastes more like alcohol bitterness than hop bitterness (which I prefer in a beer like this). Alcohol is well hidden and warm, not the slightest bit hot or assertive.

Mouthfeel - Thick and oily with a soft and fine carbonation. Despite how thick this beer is the high alcohol keeps the palate clean.

Overall - I paid $17.85 for my bomber of whiskey rodeo. I very rarely pay much more than $12 for a bottle of beer, but this was well worth the price tag. Despite the high ABV (12%) this beer is surprisingly easy to drink, and hides the alcohol so very well. A beer this ambitious has a lot of room to fall flat on its face, but this was done so very very well. Interesting and complex, no one flavor or element dominating. Everything in proper balance. Masterfully done. Lightyears beyond what most Texas brewers are doing. A rare jewel... so if you see one... get it!

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Photo of bbadger
4/5  rDev -6.5%

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