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Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
This variation on an imperial oatmeal stout, brewed in collaboration with Mikkeller, contains a healthy dose of authentic Kopi Luwak coffee (a.k.a. “weasel coffee”), along with other Vietnamese coffees, ground chipotle pepper. and a touch of smoked malt.

Added by ZombiesAteMyDog on 08-08-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
215
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
11.19%
 
 
Wants:
69
Gots:
54
For Trade:
3
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Reviews: 39 | Ratings: 215
Photo of biboergosum
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, a niggling 10.01% ABV by my local jurisdiction's determination. Also, my new gig has a direct tie to the Austin beer scene, currently, and thus it is almost a job requirement for me to drink this, hoo hah! Hey doktorzee, I'm finally getting to this one!

This beer pours a solid black abyss, with very skinny basal mahogany highlights, and one fat finger of weakly foamy (given the expectations of bottle re-fermentation), creamy light brown head, which leaves nothing beyond a low ebbing of shoreline lace around the glass as it quickly settles out of sight.

It smells of mildly roasted caramel malt, sweet milk chocolate, predominant coffee grounds, a simmering vegetal, and somewhat metallic spiciness, and soft leafy, grassy, earthy hops. The taste is more coffee-forward, as the bitter, earthy cuppa fancy joe essences move on up, pushing the semi-sweet cocoa notes to the side, but not away, per se, with some dark-fruit tinged toffee maltiness, as the green spiciness amps it up a notch or two, overwhelming the efforts of the expectedly persistent sassy noble hops. A skulking, but well masked warmth threatens to a certain degree, but nothing more.

The bubbles are still peppy enough throughout, the body a solid medium weight, and smooth, I suppose, but with a strong spicy/alcohol caveat, i.e. not so much then, really. It finishes fairly sweet, the cocoa, coffee, and fruity notes contending easily enough with the lingering spice and hop offsets.

A genuinely drinkable big-ass stout, heavily informed by weasel-turd coffee and smoked chili peppers. If that is a sentence with any appeal or merit whatsoever to you, then I suggest you drop a few ducats, if you have the chance, and grab a dose of this happy collision, in the land of new-world, old-world brewing confusion. And thank you, In Flames (and Genesis, yeah yeah, whatevs), for inspiring that finishing note.

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Photo of stakem
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | 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.

Thw brew appears an inky oil black. A rough pour from 2 feet above, directly down the middle of the glass hardly yields a couple big bubbles. The bubbles fade and hang in a thin pattern around the edge of the glass. Some faint brown clarity is noted around the edges with spotty lace sticking to the glass. A violent swirl doesnt do much.

The aroma is all about the kopi coffee. It is earthy and roasty with a fresh coffee scent and minor suggestions of citrus. Chocolate, tobacco and leather mingle in with the coffee quality. It doesnt matter how warm this brew gets or how much it is swirled, the nose is all about the coffee. A bit of alcohol emerges as it warms and once it goes beyond ideal temperature, it has a light smoked aspect.

The taste is roasty with citrus and earthy coffee flavoring. Tobacco and leather blend very well into the earthen coffee character. There is a mild peppery touch mid-palate that blends into something almost like cinnamon and bitter cocoa. There is a long lingering aftertaste of bitter baker's chocolate and a spice that is not really derived from either the alcohol or the peppers on their own but maybe a combo of both?

This is a medium bodied brew with an insignificant amount of carbonation. A little bit of carbonation would have went a really long way here to help move the flavors across the tongue and uplift everything about this brew. It was a bit lackluster and watery in feel without the carbonation but still retained enough positive quality that it was my favorite of the 3 rodeo brews.

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Photo of rudzud
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Shared by JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown hue with no head or lacing, nice legs though.

S - Aromas of sweet malts, chocolate, faint coffee. Not add much luwak as I had hoped.

T - Taste is lightly malty sweet, dark chocolate, older sweet coffee. It's not bad but not really coffee enough. Faint vanilla bits as well.

M - Mouthfeel is light and lowly carbonated, not much ABV though all things considered.

O - Overall I was pretty sure I'd already had this and reviewed it but oh well, I remember this being much better. Hmm.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer looks black in the glass with a small mocha head that falls apart relatively quickly. There is a noticeable difference in the head in this beer and the Beer Geek Rodeo.

Coffee, chocolate, and roast with a fairly prevalent pepper hanging behind those aromas.

The coffee is hitting first giving way to some chocolate, roast, and pepper. The chipotle gets quite active at the back end with spice and warmth felt throughout.

A very smooth brew with light carbonation and med-full body.

The Kopi Luwak seems more gimmicky than anything(doesn’t provide anything special for being the most expensive coffee around) and the carbonation seems off when compared to the Beer Geek. Still enjoyed the hell out of it.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with light dry coffee, black chocolate and some very subtle peppers notes. Taste is also a mix of peppers, dry coffee with some black chocolates and some dry coffee notes. Body is about average for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very enjoyable stout with plenty of flavours that are well balanced. I think a bit more pronounced peppers notes would have made things more interesting.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle shared by cfrancis - thanks!

Appearance - Brown/black colour with tints of red and an average size fizzy/frothy beige head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there some fair lacing. The head lasted for 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, coffee

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and coffee. There are also some smokey/burnt notes and a bit of a nuttiness. Only at the end do I pick up on the spicy/hot flavours - and they linger.

Overall - A good beer but not something I could drink a whole lot of. Towards the end of my glass I was wishing the spicy ingredients hadn't been added to the beer. Still neat to try.

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Photo of MutualAid
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Scored this at Hubbell & Hudson in the Woodlands; I'm a sucker for anything with coffee in it.

A: Pours black and viscous, not unlike motor oil in January. Very low carbonation and no real head despite the properly cleaned glasses.

S: The smell is roasted malt with a good bit of coffee sweetness and a bit of smoke. Nothing too strong, but some good hints as to what to expect.

T: The immediate impression is of coffee and a fair amount of sorghum sweetness from the malt, but this is closely followed by the bitter qualities from the roasted grains. The chipotle is felt, rather than tasted as a mild warming sensation in the back of the throat.

M: The mouthfeel is slick but not oily. As some other reviewers mentioned, this would benefit with a bit more carbonation, perhaps just enough to add a creamy quality.

O: A pretty decent sipping beer from two of my favorite brewers, but I'm not sure the price-tag is justified.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle, pfriem chalice

thanks @suncrust

Jet black body - creamy chocolaty head but minimal lace. Aroma is dominated by charred malt and dry cocoa. Finally there is a (another) beer that marries three of my favorite things : beer, coffee and cat shit. I recall liking the Mikkeller version of this a bit more - you can definitely pick up the chipotle in the finish which is a nice touch, but this is far from exceptional as it relates to integrating coffee into a stout. Bitter dry finish, lots of dark fruit and char.

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Photo of cfrobrew
3.46/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured very dark brown almost black in a jester king stem glass. Almost no head at all, small bubbles here and there.

Aromas is mostly a very intense dark chocolate with slight smoke and coffee.

Taste- Chocolate with coffee and some fruit, very intense and unusual.

Mouthfeel- Pretty thick, very smooth but not terribly carbonated.

Overall - Very interesting brew, I think I will age the rest that I have for a while to try to see if the carbonation comes along, may even try force carbing one to see if carbonation makes it better. Some of the overall bitterness and intensity may mellow out with age. Overall it was a great beer, not my favorite but nicely done.

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Photo of champ103
3.07/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a nearly opaque black color. On a very aggressive pour a thin bubbly head forms. Pour retention. Very viscous and thick. It is always hard to rate the appearance of an imperial stout cause they all look pretty much the same. No exception here.
S: First whiff is promising. Coffee, vanilla, roast. Eventually the roasted coffee is the hole show, then the peppers kick in at the very end that almost ruins everything.
T: Follows the nose with a nice roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, and tons of coffee. Which I would expect. Then the peppers take over, and here it does ruin everything. Tastes like green chili peppers that does nor mesh with everything else. The alcohol heat comes in strong after that.
M/D: A medium to full body. Fairly creamy and smooth. Once the peppers and alcohol heat come in, this is not enjoyable to sip on.

This makes a good first impression. A nice coffee stout, but ruined by the peppers. I really hope using peppers in stouts is a fade that fades quick. Cause I am not a fan.

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Photo of RustyP
3.04/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours like low viscosity motor oil…black as night with just the slightest hint of dark reddish-brown at the top edge when held to light. An overly-aggressive pour produced only a thin layer of loosely-connected mocha bubbles that disappeared immediately leaving not even a ring around the glass. Some alcohol legs along the glass walls after swirling.

S: Huge medium-roast coffee nose upfront. Chipotle peppers kick in shortly after, though they aren’t discernable as Chipotle’s right away…more of a general sharp, peppery smell. Moderate smoke, a bit of caramel, and some very faint chocolate in the background. The aroma was a little bracing at first, but became very pleasant.

T: Oddly, the flavor is almost reversed from the aroma as far as the order in which my palate picks things up. First I get the caramel, mild roast / chocolate and a quick hit of dark fruit. Next came some tongue-tingling pepper, then slightly bitter coffee to finish. I can feel the Chipotle lingering at the back of my throat, just enough to let me know it’s there. After warming, the coffee flavor is noticeable from the very beginning, and the Chipotle comes through a bit more. Sadly, the flavor comes off a little watery for an Imperial stout and just doesn’t follow through on what the nose promised.

M: medium-bodied, very under-carbonated, causes the flavors to fall flat. Drinks like a flat soda...not very pleasant.

O: The list of ingredients makes it sound awesome and the aroma is great, but the flavor isn’t very full and the carbonation is pretty much altogether absent. On the bright side, I don't pick up the 10% ABV in the nose or the taste. I feel that better carbonation alone would improve the flavor and overall effect of this beer immensely. Great concept, and if JK produces another batch with better carbonation, I’ll be sure to pick up a bottle.

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Photo of specksnreds
2.96/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 1 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Exactly zero carbonation. A very disappointing "pffft" was followed by an even more disappointing lack of anything resembling a head. It smelled like all the ingredients listed on the bottle (i.e. coffee and what not). Lovely aromas with no head make for a beer that is disappointing. The taste is fine despite the carbonation failure. Mouthfeel is horrible: flat beer isn't pleasant to swallow. I'm done with these guys. Local or not, I've spent my last dollar with them.

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Photo of nlmartin
2.94/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer crossed my path from the Values Bif. Thanks Azzy for an interesting beer drinking experience. The beer was chilled lightly and served in a snifter.

A- The body of the beer is black. The head of the beer is one finger high and the coloration of burnt caramel. The head resolved to a ring of foam. No lacing marks this beers passage from my glass.

S- The aroma of medium roasted coffee rises from the glass. Unfortunately the beer had a chemical astringency that clanged against the coffee. No this astringency was not from coffee. Peppery notes waft out and grab my attention.

T- Malty brown sugar and molasssis are supporting a moderately roasted coffee. A bit of cocoa combined with a peppery tickle help to dry this beer out.

M- The body of the beer is just shy of medium bodied. The caronation was low. I liked the way the pepperyness finished the beers mouth. I would have liked a bit fuller body.

O- I like serveral of the elements of this beer. The coffee flavor was first rate and the pepperyness of the beer was an interesting component. With that said the astringency of the beers aroma killed this beer drinking experience. This one should go back to the drawing board.

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Photo of GPHarris
2.59/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.25

2012 vintage

a - poured flat. no head with just the slightest ring of lace. body was dark black.
s - coffee aromas with a hint of alcohol.
t - coffee with a spicy finish. slightly boozy.
m - thin and dull. no carbonation to speak of.
o - i had high hopes for this beer and think there was something there but this beer was about as flat as can be which really messed up the experience.

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