Træblod | Mikkeller Brewing San Diego

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller Brewing San Diego
California, United States
mikkellersd.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial Maple Stout

Added by Kurmaraja on 07-02-2017

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,268
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
64
pDev:
6.26%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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3
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Ratings: 64 |  Reviews: 16
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

mikkeller has sure done a lot with maple over the years, but this might be the cake, even ahead of the recent maple vanilla and maple cocoa shake beers, which were enormous and intense in their own right, but this is ramped up even more, and i like the maple more in isolation, the malt provides all the chocolate character i need, and the maple the sweetness, no need for added cocoa or vanilla, the only other additive here from what i understand is coffee, and its bitter and roasty and fresh and balancing to the maple syrup, but the maple is absurd, natural and awesome, but as intense as it could probably possibly be, the beer is literally the texture of actual maple syrup. its jet black and impossibly viscous, long legs on the crappy cup in my hotel room, if i spilled it i feel like this would stain a marble countertop, definitely my skin, its so saturated and dense, lively from the can too (oh, and the artwork is amazing!). huge maple and coffee nose and taste, the two go back and forth longer than i have tasted a beer before, i mean like minutes, even after the swallow, it stays with me, sweet and roasty, espresso and high end maple syrup. i get some booziness and maltiness which richen this up and make it enormous, but the base beer works so well with the coffee and maple, it seems built for these things, fully complete and wanting for nothing. maple on maple, rich and luxurious, intensely flavored but i adore it! it colors my teeth and coats my tongue, but its a happy heaviness, a superb nightcap that is full of caffeine and sugar! how does mikkeller do it?! this is world class and deserves a lot of praise, a beer of the year candidate for me so far in 2018! mind blown! maple heaven!

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Photo of acurtis
3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Datdubj1988
4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of eldoctorador
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From tasting notes 03/23/18
Had on-tap at Round Table Clubhouse in Citrus Heights, CA

Appearance - Served up in a 11oz snifter, pitch black with a thin, broken layer od suds fou d on the surface and a thin ring. Lacing is thin, broken webbing with small spotting found here and there.

Smell - Dominant Sweet maple aroma with a hint of coffee roast.

Taste - Follows the nose. Maple sweetness dominates upfront and throughout, but there's just enough earth and roast riding beneath to keep it from getting cloying. A hint of berry tartness creeps into the finish, then strengthens in the aftertaste, adding to the maple sweetness and the touch of roast.

Mouthfeel - full bodied with low carbonation. Slightly syrupy texture with a dry, sticky finish.

O - Its no Founders CBS, but damn does it make as a great consolation prize. Definitely sweet, but somehow avoids the dreaded levels of cloying sweetness.

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Photo of aclockworkchris
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a super thick and gloopy looking dark black color, with a small barely there head, and no lacing.

This smells like pure maple syrupy, with super bitter roasty coffee, caramel, and chocolate.

This has a lot of sweetness, but the coffee and roasted malt provide a nice counterpoint to the absolute maple uppercut that this beer provides. I love maple syrup, so it really works for me. This is as good as some of the big hyped maple stouts out there- Mikkeller SD has been making some real clutch beers.

This super thick and syrupy, with a lower (but present ) level of carbonation. It's a definite slow sipper.

This is a very enjoyable and fairly decadent beer.

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Photo of Just-the-sip
4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Just, wow. You should just have this for breakfast. Pancakes and waffles with maple syrup and a cup of coffee. Ferociously well done double imperial stout. Rivals up there with BCS. You don’t like that I said that? Tough.

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Photo of Isarnan
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BayAreaJoe
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 2/14/18, consumed 5/5/18

L: Deep, dark, blacker than the abyss, no shades of red or brown at all when held up to the light. Small, dark brown head that left a little lacing.

S: Maple syrup is right up front, sweet caramel malts, and an aroma of toasted nuts. Don't really smell the coffee.

T: Rich and smooth, follows aroma but definitely pick up the coffee here, maple syrup is what stands out the most as the primary feature.

F: Medium-heavy, definitely a high degree of sweetness, almost desserty, low carbonation, very smooth and creamy. Bitterness and alcohol not that apparent.

O: Very well put together imperial stout. Sweet, but that's to be expected with maple syrup as a feature adjunct. Will probably pick more up to drink with CBS to make a direct comparison.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

As expected, Træblod pours black, smooth, and diabolical. A deep amber highlight flutters in the light and the thin, foamy, heavily tanned head barely maintains it's presence other than a paint brush stroke on the surface.

Sweet maple syrup is definitely noted off the bat, but not too intense. Buttermilk batter, a hint of banana, and roasted coffee play the supporting cast with a earthiness hiding deep in the background.

This is heavy on the syrup, that's for sure. Pancake batter again comes through with a small splash of coffee to swish around and wash it down. I'm getting this banana note once more, but in a bruleed fashion in the flavor rather than just a scent. I'd even say that this has a bit of a crushed walnut thing going on, but now I'm starting to think my head is playing tricks on me.

This is almost perfect on the feel if not just for a bit too sweet. But I guess having syrup as an ingredient, that's to be expected. Very rich, thick, and smooth. Oily smooth, on the lower viscosity side. I'm thinking 10w-30. Thank God there's that roasted coffee to balance it out, even if just a touch. Though it's warming, it sure hides that 11.1% and quite well.

Træblod is near the king of maple syrup stouts (Double Stack/Triple Stack), but it's more on par with CBS, maybe even a tad better. Some will hate this opinion of mine, but I'm sorry...if you haven't had Double Stack, you haven't had maple syrup in a beer. Cheers.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mikexw
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of loganburgh
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of SadMachine
3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of alexsergio
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Buck_Jones
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rspauldi
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fosters9
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of coryhk
4.11/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TomMorris
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AllHopsMatter
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pitch black motor oil, not much in terms of head (1/8 of a finger, dissipates very quickly)
Smell: Slightly weaker than I expected but notes of molasses, maple, and pecan(???) are all apparent.
Taste: Follows the nose. I taste combination of heavy maple, lots of rich roasted malt, and a bit of pecans on the back end. Sweet on the front and finish. Alcohol is very well hidden given the abv.
Feel: Medium body fort the style of this magnitude. Carbonation is medium for the style as well.
Overall: Great non-ba imperial stout. All of the intended flavors are definitely there, and in good proportion. Reasonably priced too, this is a great take on the style by Mikkeller SD

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Photo of superspak
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into snifter, canned on 2/14/2018. Pours dense pitch black color with a small dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, dark roasted coffee, caramel, maple syrup, wood smoke, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, nuttiness, and toasted dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of vanilla, charcoal, leather, cherry, raisin, prune, berry, herbal, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/black/roast/bready malts, coffee, maple syrup, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, dark roasted coffee, caramel, maple syrup, wood smoke, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, nuttiness, and toasted dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of vanilla, charcoal, leather, cherry, raisin, prune, berry, herbal, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light roast/char and herbal/woody/spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, dark roasted coffee, caramel, maple syrup, wood smoke, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, nuttiness, toasted dark/brown bread, vanilla, charcoal, leather, dark fruit, herbal, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/black/roast/bready malts, coffee, maple syrup, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet balance; and zero cloying/acrid/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering hop/char bitterness. Light-medium carbonation and very full body; with a very smooth, creamy, silky, velvety, and rich mouthfeel that is fantastic. Light slickness, sticky hops, and chalky char/roast. Mildly increasing warmth of 11.1%. Overall this is a fantastic flavored imperial stout! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/black/roast/bready malts, coffee, maple syrup, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV, with the mildly bitter/drying finish. Extremely rich and complex, with fantastic balance between all flavors. Not nearly as impressive and any of the 10%+ Beer Geeks, but still a highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Sauced4life
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lochraneg
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Træblod from Mikkeller Brewing San Diego
Beer rating: 4.31 out of 5 with 64 ratings