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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #712
Ranked #3,108
4.21 | pDev: 7.13%
Mikkeller Brewing San Diego
California, United States
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Notes: Imperial Oatmeal Stout brewed with Coffee
Reviews: 35 | Ratings: 101 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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osheamatth from New York

3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Flat as a pancake out of a 16 ounce can brought from San Diego to New York. What I like best about sweet meaty stouts is all in the look and the nose. Lots of roasted barley and coffee notes with lovely sweetness. I could sniff this beer all day long. What I don't like about this style of beer is front and center - cloying sticky sweetness. Sure I like coffee and malt and candy and vanilla but I like them better as shakes not beers. When an exceptional Imperial stout comes my way I appreciate the flavor profile. This was not exceptional.

Sep 09, 2019
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a tallboy can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Dark, dark pour... nearly black with no light penetrating the glass. Thick foamy tannish head... great retention and lacing.

S: Rich and roasty... espresso, charred grains, and dark chocolate.

T.F: Sweet up front... big time burned sugars and roasted grains. Cocoa and French roast coffee. Some bitterness from the roast character but more sweet than not. Creamy on the mouthfeel... medium bodied with a mocha finish. Warming with the booze hidden. More complex as it warms.

O: A fantastic Imperial Stout. Great coffee presence... super drinkable despite the high ABV,... a dangerous brew.

Aug 21, 2019
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jcruelty from California

4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First off, 5 stars for the packaging. The label is a standout as with all Mikkeller packaging. Some guy petting his cat. Signature font and odd color palette-- pink, beige, black and white. It grabs your eye. Moving onto the beer-- it's a powerful stout. Fine head w/ small bubbles that didn't last long. Dark, strong smell that matches the taste and feel of coffee. Sweetness then bitter. Creamy. Lingering taste. I'm into stouts lately and this did it for me!

Jul 03, 2019
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Antg8989 from New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beer that is as smooth as it is aggressive. If you don't like aggressive, well get used to it. Thick coffee and espresso. A sweetness that lingers just long enough.

Jun 18, 2019
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brureview from Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very dark opaque chocolate color with a 1F head in a Mikasa Tulip.
Excellent aroma: coffee, chocolate, sweet cream.
Very creamy MF.
Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate taste.
Excel to imperial coffee stout.

Jun 11, 2019
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keithmurray from Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark mahogany body with tan head

Smell - coffee, dark chocolate, cream

Taste - much better than the aroma : dark chocolate, coffee, cream, hazelnut, caramel

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, dark chocolate and caramel upfront, coffee and hazelnut on the finish

Overall - good imperial oatmeal stout here, good flavors

price Point - $4.75/16 oz can

Apr 04, 2019
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Solid black,light carbonation with an above average body. Creamy thick feel
Aroma is fresh brewed low bitterness espresso, roasted malt, oak,black coffee and sugar
Taste is espresso forward, has an earth wood taste,mild bitterness. There's black coffee and some sugar which gives it a bit of sweetness

Mar 31, 2019
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ravisingh from Connecticut

4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tried this at Eli Cannon's in Middletown, CT. Came in a tulip glass with about a quarter inch of head leaving behind a thin film of lacing. The appearance is dark chocolate, maybe even burned chocolate. The aroma is roasty and has both chocolate and coffee notes. The flavor is of dark roasted hops with back notes of espresso. Decent stout.

Mar 10, 2019
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dsa7783 from New Jersey

4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Single pint copped from Bonds Tavern in West Orange. Pours a jet black ebony hue with moderate frothing. Assertive aroma replete with hints of chocolate and espresso. Similar overall flavor profile.

Feb 13, 2019
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mkh012 from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 2 months ago.

Pours near-black with a dark brown head.

The nose is deep and intense, with fudge, licorice, roast, and wood, and the taste follows. A nearly full mouthfeel delivers thick mocha and roast. Minor to medium alcohol heat on the backend.

Overall, tasty stuff. A hefty sipper.

Jan 26, 2019
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours out motor oil black with a creamy brown head. Decent retention. A thin ring lingers. Spotty lacing is left behind.
Smells like fresh ground espresso, bittersweet chocolate, smokiness, nuttiness, earth, umami. Super rich and fudgy!
Tastes like dark and milk chocolate, peanut butter, hazelnut, caramel, chocolate syrup; then dark roast coffee/espresso, burnt toast, prune, raisin, and earth. Quite sweet and syrupy throughout, but coffee roast and roasted malt leads up to moderately bitter finish. A lingering smokiness pervades the palate.
Thick and creamy mouthfeel, moderately carbonated, somewhat oily.
A ridiculously good imperial coffee stout. Highly recommended.

Jan 08, 2019
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I thought this stout was overall good except for the fact that it was too much coffee for me.

Look: black with a quarter inch mocca head

Aroma: roasted malts, coffee, chocolate

Flavor: Coffee, lots of dark roast coffee, and maybe some sweet chocolate. It has a long coffee/sweet aftertaste.

Feel: It's viscous, oily and full bodied

Jan 03, 2019
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nasty15108 from New York

4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - Poured motor oil black with slight tan edges and a thin bubbly head.

S - Roasted coffee, fresh pulled espresso with a slight sweetness, possibly cacao. Slightly metallic with an aroma of wine or ripe fruit.

T - Single origin espresso, dark and strong with an underlying sweetness I can't quite put my finger on, maybe sweet cream or chocolate?

F - Awesome mouthfeel, thick, vicious and cloying, all in the best possible way.

An absolute home run. Grab this if you can, you won't regret it.

Dec 15, 2018
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BayAreaJoe from California

3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours like thick motor oil, deep black with a very small light tan head that quickly dissipated, low retention and a little bit of spotty lacing.

Aroma of dark roasted coffee, molasses, and toasted malts.

Taste follows, heavy on the dark roasted coffee.

Feel is medium, very low carbonation, pretty high level of sweetness. Wish it was a bit thicker.

Overall, solid coffee imperial stout. My preference would be to have more medium-to-light roasted coffee.

Dec 08, 2018
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Greywulfken from New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Truly black pour and solid black in the glass with a dark brown finger of foam on top... Rich coffee with molasses and chocolate aromas preview this luxurious coffee stout experience - full of sweet molasses and chocolate syrup, spiked with black, roasted coffee and a maybe a hint of vanilla caramel... A superior stout leaning more sweet than dry, full-bodied and smooth, creamy and lush... Recommended...

Best by date of 10/4/19...

Nov 21, 2018
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metter98 from New York

3.91/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head consisting of medium-sized bubbles that left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Faint aromas of dark malts and licorice are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has flavors of black licorice with notes of coffee and a light amount of bitterness. No alcohol is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The oats don't really lend much in the way of smoothness.
O: The use of oatmeal makes this beer feel a lot lighter than you would have expected for a beer of this strength. It also hides its alcohol very well.

Serving type: can

Nov 11, 2018
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morimech from Minnesota

3.43/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

Attractive looking big stout. Aroma is a little off-putting. Sort a like a barnyard after a rain with some coffee in the background. Flavor is more like I expected but there still something off in the background. It is not infected but just a dirty flavor. I like the coffee but it could be stronger. Alcohol heat in the finish. Big body and smooth carbonation. Full and rich.

Nov 10, 2018
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micada from New York

4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2018 16oz can poured cool, aggressively to a tulip glass. Dark, dark brown. Tight, dense mocha head much like a nitro coffee with whitish swirls. Nose is strong dark coffee, espresso, chocolate. First sips are super creamy, decadent chocolate and roasted coffee mix. Slight backend flavor I can’t quite place, but boy it’s all really good! Very bold flavors, like a Sunday Morning Stout, but much more aggressive. Mouthfeel is full, creamy, bold. Get more!

Nov 09, 2018
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ichorNet from Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, we get Mikkeller SD stuff in MA now? Who'd have ever thought that would happen? Not I, that's for sure. Anyway, this seems to be a bigger version of Beer Geek Breakfast, but I'm pretty sure I am more intimately familiar with it as a version of Beer Geek Brunch Weasel without the, well, weasel. So, there's no coffee excreted from a cat-like mammal in here. But there's definitely coffee in here. That explains why the price is fairly reasonable, I guess. I'm honestly more used to getting crazy stouts from Mikkel's brother Jeppe (via Evil Twin) these days, so let's see if this stands up to its close competition.

Anyway, this pours an utterly black color with a smallish ring of deep mocha foam capping off the proceedings. Though this fell out of the bottle as a very deep brown, it really does build up to an impenetrable and light-devouring overall pour. No real lace to speak of here, and only a little bit of an island of foam developing on the surface, but it looks pretty nice regardless. I think I would prefer it to be a bit more terrifying-looking upon initial pour to compete with some of Jeppe's big stouts... still good though!

The nose here is wonderful; deep, rich and chocolate-y with a definite roastiness and interesting elements... do I detect an almost biscotti-like almond note? Could it be that Mikkel's been inspired by the popularity of his brother's Imperial Biscotti Break? Not sure, and this is just speculation, but it really does seem that way upon my first few sniffs after letting this warm to room temperature. Additionally, it smells like warm, fresh-baked biscuits and maple oatmeal, with a luscious intensity that really does feel like it's putting breakfast right in my glass. Amazing!

Flavor is rich as expected, filled with big hits of dark roast espresso beans, dark chocolate, oatmeal and biscuity malts. The ABV is a little more obvious than I'd like it to be, but it's not a huge hassle. Just means that sipping this one here and there is the way to go, and it works a bit better at room temperature anyway. I would like to age one or two more of these, but I'm worried that the awesome coffee flavor would dissipate.

This drinks spectacularly, but it definitely tastes like an 11% beer, as I just mentioned. It has low-ish carbonation and an intentionally-heavy body (likely from the oats), but it never becomes a chore to drink. It's a total joy to make my way through this can, and I hope to see more from Mikkeller SD in my local Craft Beer Cellar soon! Like with a lot of breweries lately, however, I would like to see some can-dating going on. It doesn't bother me as much with stouts, but I've seen an APA and IPA from Mikkeller SD that aren't dated. This definitely needs to change. Other than that, though, this is a spectacular product that sits on a fairly-similar level to his brother's Imperial Biscotti Break. It's not as heavy in adjunct presence, but what it does with its relatively-simpler ingredients is quite awesome!

Jun 02, 2018
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Kendo from New York

3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from the can into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is motor-oil-black, with absolutely no indication of carbonation. Zero head.

S: Good RIS-type nose, with molasses, roasted barley malt, spent coffee grounds and brown sugar.

T: Syrupy sweet, with a lot of coffee, burnt brown sugar, roasted barley and molasses. A bit too much, if truth be told, though the flavors are OK - I think it's just the utter lack of carbonation that sinks this one. Also: ABV heat on finish.

M: As noted above: totally flat. It needs some carbonation to "lift" or "lighten" this beer and it's not there at all. Definitely full-bodied. And slick and syrupy.

O: Meh. Not impressed.

Mar 17, 2018
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TheBrewsky from California

4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16oz can into 20 oz tulip glass. No canning date, which is a bummer.
Look: Dark brown near black. No head formation. Some lacing on the glass, which lingered even as beer warmed.
Smell: Heavy notes of chocolate and malts, with small amount of coffee notes. Alcohol not present in smell.
Taste: Chocolate and malt, in a sweet way. The booze balances out the sweetness, but it isn't overly done. The alcohol is masked really well in this beer. Very pleasant taste. Low carbonation.
Feel: Feel is medium body and medium weight. As said above, low carbonation. Alcohol bit somewhat present on tongue.
Overall: I really enjoyed this. Chocolate and malt heavy, with some coffee. Not as coffee forward as the Breakfast variant, but it is more balanced. I prefer this to the Breakfast variant. Well done Mikkeller.

Feb 25, 2018
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TheSixthRing from California

4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours out thick and viscous, like warmed motor oil. Pure black with but the thinnest of brown edging where light can penetrate. The head is cocoa in color and peaks at about a half-finger's width. Fair retention results in a thin, broken layer of silky looking suds, thickening up into a ring around the edge of the glass. Not much for lacing, with a couple of broken lines making up the sum of it.

Smell - Coffee, roasted malt, booze and some serious nuttiness; pecan and maybe some hazelnut. Hints of chocolate.

Taste - Follows the nose. Nutty coffee, roasted malt and more nuttiness. Underlying notes of chocolate and cream. Hints of caramel and earth emerge mid-taste. Touch of smoke in the finish. Aftertaste is slightly sweet with a chocolate emergence and a nice roasty undertone that fades slowly.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with low carbonation. Smooth despite the thick, slightly sticky texture. Dry, slightly boozy finish.

Overall - Man, this is a tasty ass beast. Well worth the $5/can I bought it for. More will be purchased. Oh yes.

Nov 23, 2017
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MFMB from Idaho

4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep thick black with a decent dark brown head. Nose is loaded with coffe some caramel and toasted charred earthiness. Taste is loaded with dark roast coffee and then more coffee! Roasted grains, light caramel, nuts and burnt toast. Super thick, shake like. Very smooth and slick feel. It’s a hardy meal in and of itself.

Nov 05, 2017
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CMEG from Maryland

4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is a stout consistent with it's maker. Pours a ridiculously rich black - slight carmel head on the pour. So thick, light does not penetrate it. Aroma of coffee, earth, roasted nuts. Flavor is amazing - full, chocolaty, coffee, a bit boozy - a liquid dark chocolate bar!! Feel is consistent with the standard of Mikkeller - full, weighty - a meal of a stout!!!

Nov 04, 2017
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connoisseur from Florida

4.94/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Remarkably smooth and delicious.
Look: Black with tan head and nice lacing.
Smell: Hint of coffee.
Taste: Smooth and rich with coffee undertone. Pretty true to style.
Feel: Smooth and rich
Overall: Excellent.

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