Mikkeller is getting better, finally, isn't it?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by itsiilegal, Apr 10, 2013.

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  1. itsiilegal

    itsiilegal Initiate (0) Feb 13, 2013 California

    Spontan- series, several (not all) Black variants, Beer Geek variants, single hop IPAs, and some (not all) stronger IPAs released within the past year and a half have finally proven Mikkeller to be pretty damn good. What do you think? Past and present beers? I sure hope Spontan- series is continued. Love me some shelf turd Cantillon.
  2. haknort

    haknort Initiate (0) Apr 10, 2013 Illinois
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    I've always liked Mikkeller. They take chances, push boundaries, and have brewed some tasty beers. I remember a year or two back when they did the same IPA with 20 or so different hop varieties. Loved tasting the differences.

    IMHO, Beer Geek Weasel in Cognac Barrels is one of the best beers ever.
  3. Jake1605

    Jake1605 Initiate (0) Nov 24, 2009 Missouri

    What are you talking about? The single ipa series & Beer Geek Breakfast variants are not new within a year. Mikkeller hasn't changed, they've been bad ass since the beginning.
  4. checktherhyme

    checktherhyme Initiate (152) Apr 8, 2008 Washington

    1000ibu > Devil Dancer > 120 Minute

    Also, Beer Geek Breakfast (Weasel) is pretty dope.

    I have had a few terrible beers by them, but overall I really like Mikkeller
  5. itsiilegal

    itsiilegal Initiate (0) Feb 13, 2013 California

    I didn't realize the single ipa series has been going on for a while, how long? And I know the original variants of Beer Geek have been around, but I should have clarified that I was talking about their Weasel series. Aside from the misinformation on some of my Mikkeller dates.. you've liked pretty much everything he makes? I just noticed a significant jump in creativity, distribution, and quality with the past year and a half.
  6. haknort

    haknort Initiate (0) Apr 10, 2013 Illinois
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    Oh, I can admit to not being able to finish the Scotch Black Hole, and I shared the bottle with a beer buddy. It was like eating peat moss. Loved the rum and Cabernet. And I normally love Scotch. but it was too much for us.
  7. haknort

    haknort Initiate (0) Apr 10, 2013 Illinois
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    I liked the 1000ibu, but enjoyed the I Hardcore You a bit more. Devil Dancer is amazing. Also dig Hoptimum and Heady Topper and Hopslam. If you sprinkled hops on a donut, I'd probably eat that too.
  8. cmmcdonn

    cmmcdonn Initiate (0) Jun 21, 2009 Virginia

  9. checktherhyme

    checktherhyme Initiate (152) Apr 8, 2008 Washington

    I was mostly trying to compare huge, over the top ipas, although 1000ibu has considerably less abv than the other two.
  10. itsiilegal

    itsiilegal Initiate (0) Feb 13, 2013 California

    I didn't try that but had the Scotch Big Bad Worse (or a combination of two of those words :slight_smile:) and yeah between 5 people it was barely drinking. Just like you said, too much burning peat moss smoke. I'm a huge fan of his White White Black Hole and Nelson Sauvin (sic) Brut. The Nelson Brut fresh is top 20 beers IMO, aged it falls off terribly.
  11. Hamburgers

    Hamburgers Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2013 California

    Opposite for me. I started my craft beer obsession drinking every Mikkeller beer I could get my hands on; All Others Pale, 1000 IBU, Black Hole, Monk's Brew, Jackie Brown, Divine Rebel, etc. Price was always a bit high but I enjoyed every one. Last couple of years it's been hit or miss, and I just don't feel like spending $15 on something that comes from overseas when I can get a similar beer for half the price. I think he is extremely talanted and innovative but just stretches himself too thin. He's got a new beer coming out every other day.... Some are great, some are just okay. IMHO.
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  12. itsiilegal

    itsiilegal Initiate (0) Feb 13, 2013 California

    Do you prefer Mikkeller, Stillwater, or Evil Twin? Are their other similar gypsy brewerieS?
  13. Hamburgers

    Hamburgers Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2013 California

    TO ├śL are former students of Mikkeller. There beers have been pretty awesome so far.
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  14. DaftCaskBC

    DaftCaskBC Meyvn (1,115) May 7, 2011 British Columbia (Canada)

    These beers are too low in rating and too rich for my blood.
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  15. busternuggz

    busternuggz Zealot (528) Mar 9, 2008 California

    Dunno about you man but I have enjoyed just about every Mikkeller I've gotten my hands on, and the ones I haven't have been his more experimental ones (like some of the single hops series, yeast series, black hole series, etc). The price is the only thing that keeps me from buying more of his stuff. Nelson Sauvin Brut is one of my top beers of all time. His milk stout puts all other milk stouts to shame. His Cigar City collabs were awesome. Beer Geek Breakfast is great, Beer Geek Brunch Weasel is outstanding. Even simple beers from him like Hoppy Easter are great. Mikkel is flippin beer royalty as far as I'm concerned.
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  16. tzieser

    tzieser Champion (862) Nov 21, 2006 New Jersey
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    $5 for a 12oz bottle of single hop IPA? No thanks.
  17. Rainier

    Rainier Initiate (0) Dec 20, 2012 California

    people kill for a citra dipa, which costs probably more than $10
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  18. wordemupg

    wordemupg Poo-Bah (3,757) Feb 11, 2009 Alberta (Canada)
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    Big hits, big misses and everything in between, I almost always drop the money to find out where it lands.
  19. Patrick999

    Patrick999 Initiate (0) Oct 18, 2006 Florida

    I always thought that some of Mikkeller's beer is outstanding. I kinda like the idea that they have big hits, and big misses. Keeps it interesting...if you follow them, you're guaranteed to not be bored. Like the Reggie Jackson of beer. Even his strikeouts were fun to watch.
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  20. kdb150

    kdb150 Devotee (485) Mar 8, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    That doesn't mean it's worth it.
  21. brkstoutfiend

    brkstoutfiend Initiate (0) Feb 5, 2010 Michigan

    Bombers of Kern River Citra are $8 (I assume that's what your talking about) and waaaaaaaaaaaaaaayy better than any overpriced ipa Mikkeller has ever put out.
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  22. DmouthCaliBrewz

    DmouthCaliBrewz Initiate (0) Mar 29, 2013 New Hampshire

    BGB and BhopB are two of my favorite beers, but never had the opportunity to try weasel. Is it that much better?
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  23. Brew33

    Brew33 Crusader (748) Oct 24, 2007 Ohio
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    I'm inclined to agree. Was never a big Mikkeller fan but Spontanframboos was excellent. Beer Geek Weasel and Bacon were good beers too.
  24. Dennoman

    Dennoman Initiate (0) Aug 20, 2011 Belgium

    Their Spontan series has been pretty shitty. Way overboard on both acidity and sweetness. Barely any funk, no complexity. Their Spontannoble on the other hand is a completely different kettle of fish. Absolutely excellent.

    But hey, it's always been about the stouts with them. Black is nice enough (very hot though) and Beer Geek Brunch Weasel was amazing, but too bad they had to muck about with glycerol on the latter. If you cellar your bottle too long (which you probably have by now, since they haven't re-released it), you end up with a jelly-like consistency at the end, which is... disturbing.

    I hear they're going to start upscaling production on their George! series, which is probably their best call yet. They're all excellent, but a price point of $10 or more for a 25cl bottle is ridiculous. I hope they can offer it cheaper if they "mass produce".
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  25. Frankinstiener

    Frankinstiener Initiate (0) Jul 28, 2009 Illinois
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    Wouldn't know don't buy them anymore didn't think either of the bottles Ihad from them lived up to the price tag.
  26. starrdogg

    starrdogg Champion (825) Jun 21, 2010 District of Columbia
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    The Beer Geek beers are tasty, some (but not all) of the Spontan beers were solid, and I actually love their American Dream pilsner, but I've been burned by Mikkeller too many times in the past to pony up the $$ for any of their stuff regularly these days. I haven't had any of the hoppy stuff recently, but the quality:dollar ratio for all the ones I've had in the past has been horrendously low. I have no desire to ever try any of those again.
  27. VladTepes

    VladTepes Initiate (156) Oct 18, 2012 Finland

    Yeah, actually I think that if you brew all the time new interesting beers, some of them have to be beers, that you don't like.

    Good to see that kind of topic here.
  28. stakem

    stakem Poo-Bah (5,019) Feb 20, 2009 Pennsylvania
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    April Fools was last week.

    The SURPRISE plop plop of 3-4 oz of gelatin splashing into my glass has happened too many times for me to desire drinking more.
  29. misterid

    misterid Initiate (0) Apr 3, 2009 Wisconsin

  30. Herky21

    Herky21 Crusader (717) Aug 7, 2011 Iowa
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    Idk, it was and still is too expensive IMO.
  31. mattsander

    mattsander Zealot (558) Feb 3, 2010 Alberta (Canada)
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    I've never had a great beer from this brewery. I'm fully convinced that Mikkeller fans in my city are suffering from Stockholm syndrome - $6 for one bottle of old, stale single hop IPA? Is the cool label worth it? Their big boozy beers are one dimensional and boring, though I did enjoy spontanframboos.
  32. Ivegotmule

    Ivegotmule Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2012 North Carolina

    I've only had Beer Hop Breakfast recently as a gift, and I enjoyed the shot at a hoppy stout.. But worth 12$ for an 18 or so oz bottle? Hell no.
  33. JHE73

    JHE73 Initiate (199) Mar 7, 2013 California
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    Spontan- series is where its at...
  34. Thehuntmaster

    Thehuntmaster Initiate (0) Sep 2, 2009 South Africa

    Mikkeller is hit and miss in my opinion. But the hits are phenomenal!!! Bourbon Barrel-aged George is still one of the best imperial stouts I have had!
  35. busternuggz

    busternuggz Zealot (528) Mar 9, 2008 California

    Honestly it is. If you can deal with the price tag get it any time you see it.
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  36. xnicknj

    xnicknj Initiate (0) May 25, 2009 Pennsylvania

    The last beer I tried from them was Hoppy Easter and it was terrible.
  37. DevilsCups

    DevilsCups Initiate (0) Mar 3, 2010 New York

    Open Windows Open Hills was a great IPA as well. Really enjoyed that one.

    Brunch Weasel is one of my favorite stouts, easily. The chocolate flavors that came through were awesome.
  38. stupac2

    stupac2 Zealot (518) Feb 22, 2011 California
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    I'm wondering if I've entered some kind of crazy parallel universe, every one of the spontan- series that I've had has been beyond terrible. Truly wretched, awful beers. I cannot fathom how anyone praises them.
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  39. CharlatanSin

    CharlatanSin Zealot (513) May 28, 2009 Connecticut
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    I really enjoyed having the Yeast Series Brett Bruxellensis and Lambicus side-by-side on tap recently. Helped me understand Brett's characteristics much better.
  40. semibaked

    semibaked Zealot (566) Mar 27, 2007 Illinois

    Recently we have had their Crooked Moon Tattoo IPA and 1,000 IBU's on draft and both were/are excellent.
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