Awful Gato | Mikkeller Brewing San Diego

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Brewed by:
Mikkeller Brewing San Diego
California, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by superspak on 08-20-2018

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of RMW66
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Struggled deciding whether this was a 4 or 4.25. Interesting beer - a little sweet for my taste but would work well as a desert beer, which is not when I tried it. It is a very interesting example of an imperial brown ale. Liking the coffee flavors and the hint of vanilla. Definitely worth a try, probably with desert (preferably beeramisu)!

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

In the neighborhood it Victory at Sea...I like it!

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Photo of Sprowt20
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BeanBump
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Its a sweet, boozy, coffee-laden, vailla-rific brown ale that rolls in just under 9%, whats not to like? had on tap at Mikkeller San Diego. Smooth, thick and little head. Sweet but the coffee helps tone it down a bit. While under 10% there is a slight, lingering booziness to it but the vanilla quells it. Overall, a very tasty beer and I always love seeing a brown on the menu.

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Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beerbully
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L-Black, opaque, minimal head, slight toffee cap, mild lacing

S-Sweet, vanilla wafers, nutty, toasted marshmallow, molasses, cream, chocolate

T-Similar to the nose with a much stronger chocolate presence........notes of vanilla, coffee, brown sugar, molasses......some nuttiness and caramel..........reminds me of one of those caramel candies with the white cream in the middle

F-Creamy, medium bodied.......a bit too sweet for my liking......slight alcohol heat

O-Too much sweetness for me......lot of good flavors...make a good dessert or breakfast beer

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Photo of TheBrewsky
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours dark brown in color. Little head formation but does leave lacing on the glass.
S: Vanilla, chocolate, malts, and nuts all present on the nose. Some coffee is detectible, but I think I am able to pick it out due to the fact that I know it is brewed with coffee. I love the fact that I can smell vanilla on the nose, and that it is a dominant aroma.
T: Loads of chocolate malts and vanilla upfront. I love the flavor of vanilla, and this beer fulfills my needs. Coffee is present on the finish, giving a roasty aspect to the flavor. Vanilla lingers in the aftertaste.
F: Soft and medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Very smooth and easy to drink. Nice weight for a brown ale.
O: I am enjoying this to the max. I am a sucker for vanilla. And this is chalk-full of vanilla flavoring. The coffee is present in the aftertaste which really meshes well together. Has to be one of my favorite brown ales to date. I would definitely drink again, and I am very grateful to have tried. Cheers!

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received from @Bum4ever in NBS BIF #8. Reviewed 10/11/18. Thanks Josh!
Undated can. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 55 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 4.25.
Body – Dark brown/black, opaque. When held to the light, the only penetration occurs at the base of the ring.
Head – Large (Maximum 6.4 cm, aggressive center pour), light brown, dense, good retention, slooowly diminishing to an irregular six to eleven mm ring and a partial layer, leaving narrow rings of thick lacing.
Lacing – Good. Broken narrow bands of tiny to medium bubbles give the overall effect of torn curtains.
First pour – Dark brown, clear.
Aroma – 4.25 - Toasted malt (caramel?), coffee. As it warms past 55 degrees, some vanilla appears.
Flavor – 4 - Begins with the slightly bitter taste of toasted malt, sans caramel. Some coffee replaces the toasted malt, but still no vanilla. The mild bitterness lasts throughout and becomes the only aftertaste. No alcohol, no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 4 – Full, almost creamy, soft carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 4 – Looks and smells better than it tastes, but still a pretty good improvement on an American Brown Ale.

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

Photo of BarrelAgedG
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

I feel weird rating this so high, but I can't find almost anything wrong with it. Pours dark brown, but looks quite dark in the glass. There is a beautiful one finger of head on a semi-aggressive pour; head dissipates quickly, but a ring of bubbles remains around the edge; fantastic lacing left on the glass. Smell is pungent and gives off heavy notes of both vanilla and coffee. Taste follows the nose. Coffee and vanilla are both prominent and mash very well. In terms of feel, it's not as heavy as an imperial stout, but more in line with typical heavier brown ales. I think more thickness would actually hurt here. Slight alcohol warming left in the mouth and on the throat. Overall this is fantastic, and way better than I expected. Definitely recommend!

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Awful Gato from Mikkeller Brewing San Diego
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 11 ratings