77ships (5872) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 22, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
25 cl. bottle – neat looking bottle – 50/50 with Kraddel. Although one would reasonably expect that halving bottle size would result in a let us say a 60 % price decrease, these new 25 cl. batches of BA Weasel are almost as expensive as the 50 cl. ones used to be. This was sort of to be expected but still a bit much especially keeping in mind the fact that it is not like Calvados barrels are that hard to score. Despite the universal opinion being that this one is a definite step below the non-aged version – which appears to be the common theme with this series – I still wanted this one since Calvados seems like quite a lovely barrel to me & the 2009 version of the base beer is still one of the finest Imperial stouts out there which is a style I am rather fond of like most users of this website. Bottle is not bad looking & was served into a Teku glass @ room temperature / non-chilled. Appearance wise this pours like a standard big American stout – lightly viscous black liquid with zero head – despite the alcohol not being that high, this is probably the work of the barrel aging. The nose is strongly alcoholic, the aging appears to have given of mainly alcoholic tones as opposed to the for me more desired wood & apple tones in this case, this smells way, way boozier than the ABV would ever suggest, smell is that of okay quality spirit, booze has some sweet characteristics, light white wood, lighter roast & vinous qualities. If you let it breath for a while, alcohol lessens slightly revealing some vinous sweet chocolate, coffee notes underneath but this might also be just me getting acclimatized to the alcohol. Taste is bitter, bitterer than my beloved old vintage of this one, I am wondering whether the new batches of the big Mikkeller stouts being more bitter than I came to know them is a result of me acquiring them younger or them upping the bitterness level? Either way it is bit of a negative point for me since I like my stouts strongly on the sweet side of things. The roast is combined with a sticky vinous nature, softer mocha, bitter coffee grounds, clean wood, bitterness increases towards the end, the previously described booze carries al the way through it & increases towards the end, this feels like around 15 % ABV if not higher. Any apple notes or sweetness I was hoping for are not really present in here, aging is just the decent quality booze & a minor touch of young / fresh barrel wood. Carbonation is pretty much absent. Whatever qualities this beer posses are mainly the grace of the base beer, aging has added little to be beer & has basically taken away from it. Those who prefer their beer with some carbonation will see that barrel aging in this case has killed pretty much whatever little carb. there was in the base beer. This is mainly a merely interesting variation at a way too high price point for a beer that mainly makes you say, that was a bit interesting. This either reveals barrel aging for what it really is or shows it in one of its less glorious moments depending on your personal opinions or gives you another opportunity to criticize Mikkeller if you are part of its opposition.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 21, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
8.5 oz. bottle via trade with DrSilverworm - Pours a dark brown color with a 3/4 finger thick tan head. Light lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and light barrel. There is strong alcohol notes up front in the flavor followed by roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. The alcohol and dark malt really linger in the finish. Full body. A very nice sipper. Thanks Chris
crossovert (9721) - Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice one, the calvados adds of course apple brand flavor but also helps accentuate the smokiness.
AndySnow (5156) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2013 Bottle @ NK Saluhall. Black colour with a quickly vanishing head. Aroma of coffee, chili. Flavour is chocolate, coffee with a strong aftertaste of Calvados.
kwik-lime (1527) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours like engine oil. Really dark notes - very roasted malt, coffee, ash, charcoal - very bitter and smooth, and the calvados comes through as well. Great beer.
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - DEC 1, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours like light crude. Minimal tan head and heaving dark body. Big stinky chocolate roast nose with some nice interplay with the calvados.Far sweeter than I remember the original being - Heaps of cocoa, vanilla, a hint of roast and the calvados isn’t actually too strong. Well managed and luxuriously big in a ll areas. Not particularly complex, but a lovely fireside beer.
Countbeer (5500) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - NOV 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A pitch black pour, a pitch black beer in the glass with a medium sized airy but vast brown head. Looks good.
Smell ash, coal, deep deep dark chocolate, soya, tar, dark smoke, slight hint of dark coffee, boozy/liquor, some burned oak and burned spices.
Taste is really dark: tar, very bitter, uber roast, deep dark roasted burned wood, deep deep dark chocolate, burned roasted barley malts, roasted oatmeal, lots of (roasted) spices, a hint of something apple ish, loads of dark burned roast, liquor/alcoholic/booze, something like coffee roast, applewood, hint of chalk, dusty burned wood notes and liquid burned coal.
Aftertaste is bitter, deep roast, grass, dry bitter, chalk, dry wood, warmth, coffee, liquorice notes and some weird roasted herbs.
Low carbo, soft mouthfeel, full body and an oily texture.
Too much dark ingredients which causes some ingredients to be a bit out of tune. Expensive bottle of beer with a decent beer inside... Unfortunately one of the lesser/stranger barrel aged imperial stouts. Still not bad! It’s complex, but does complexity need to raise it a point?
peteinSD (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Silky black pour with a thin sheet of tan foam. Aroma is balanced sweet brandy and roast, coffee, chocolate qualities from the base beer. Taste is brandy up front followed by chocolate, oatmeal, coffee, roast, char, and some alcohol notes through the finish. Smooth, silky mouthfeel. I like this beer although I do not believe that either this or the other barrel aged variant I’ve tried are actually better than the original base beer.
Cirrhosis (1271) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark coffee brown with a small bubble ring floating around the edge of the glass. Coffee aroma with a dark chocolate backbone, sweet and desert like. yum, yum, yum. Mild hints of alcohol in the nose. Why is every thing Mikkeller make so @#%$# EPIC! Deep malty brew with massive coffee, and a bakers chocolate finish. Smokey and crisp, complete with mild hints of raspberry. The unmistakable taste of cigarette ash shows up in the flavor. Drink all things Mikkeller!!
italianjohn (2560) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thick black dark pour with a thin ring of beige head and swirls of beige .... aroma is of dark roasted coffee and chocolate with some notes of licorice .... taste is of bitter dark coffee, calvados, dry oaky and dark chocolate with a boozy and very bitter lingering bite and light licorice .... big beer with a thick and syrupy mouthfeel .... very tasty calvados is def there in the flavors