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Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel (Islay Edition)

Formerly brewed at Lervig Aktiebryggeri

Style: Imperial Stout
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 164   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 327   ABV: 10.9%
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Aged 2Ĺ months in Schotch Islay whiskey barrels
Carbonation level: Medium
Editorís note: Brewed by Mikkeller at NÝgne ō, Norway.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Embrouille (2827) - SWITZERLAND - NOV 14, 2009
A fantastic beer. Pitch black. Incredibly complex and extremely pleasant. Reminiscent of a great peaty single malt. Mindblowingly good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kappldav123 (5001) - GERMANY - NOV 11, 2009
Bottle at home - thank you yespr! Looks really good, deep black, dark head. Starts very strong with complex malty notes. A bit alcoholic, quite woody-scratchy, notes of strong coffee and liquorice. Finish prickly-scratchy, a bit unbalanced. I liked the regular version more.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sigmund (5121) - Tau, NORWAY - NOV 11, 2009
Bottle, RBNAG 2009 in VatlandsvŚg. Black colour, low brown head. Intense peaty, salty and smoky aroma of Islay whisky cask. The flavour has intense notes of peat, salt, smoke and tar, also notes of strong coffee and alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TBone (12548) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 10, 2009
Bottled (@Pikkulintu)
Dark brown color, big brown, lace. Strong Islay whisky aroma, lots of smoke, some coffee underlying in the aroma. Very strong smokey, roasted malty flavor. Also quite alcoholic. Lots of peat. This beer is like mix of Islay whisky and coffeish, roasted imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
altonbrownd (3681) - Brussels, BELGIUM - NOV 7, 2009
Bottle at BBF. Black body with sizeable head. Malty and chocolate nose. Taste of malts, chocolate, raisings. Strong whisky, especially in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
deflagro (106) - Lund, SWEDEN - NOV 6, 2009
Bottle. Pours a black liquid with a brown, thick head. Aroma is incredibly intense and very dominated by the Islay whisky barrels. Notes of wood, tar, peat, smoke and some liquorice. Taste is also dominated by the barrels, with lots of burnt peat, tar and wood. Some alcohol, coffee and roasted malt in the aftertaste. Actually a very unbalanced beer. Interesting and rather good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 4, 2009
Thanks to Papsoe for the bottle This is a black pour with a dark brown head; it looks great. The aroma is very much of scotch whisky. The flavor is also predominantly of scotch, with the typically impy stout flavors of roastiness, coffee etc subdued. The bad news is that Iím not a big fan of scotch. I was hoping that the scotch and imperial stout flavors and aromas would complement each other. In this beer, whisky is the main force.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - NOV 4, 2009
Pitch black color, viscous liquid, and a big dark brown head that slowly settles into a nice layer of lacings. Outstanding appearance. The whisky really comes through in the smell, to a point where Iím almost inclined to call this a whisky bomb. Itís a very fresh and delightful whisky character, yet with plenty of the roughed smoke and peat aromas associated with Islay whiskys. But itís not all about the whisky here. Roasted malts and chocolate reside in the background together with some fruity notes. The coffee is evidently muted, but after a while in the glass both coffee and chocolate becomes more prominent. A wonderfully characteristic smell. This is how a whisky barrel aged beer should smell like... and how it should taste like. The taste is very rich and something out of the ordinary. Sweet and fruity whisky flavors are prominent up front, and coupled with plenty of roasted malts this makes for a rather sweet taste initially. Then the smoky and peaty whisky flavors become present and even out the sweetness. Notes of tar and wood. Hints of chocolate. As in the smell, the coffee is muted and itís obvious that itís the whisky that takes center stage here. But despite the powerful whisky character, the beer is very complex and doesnít come out as unbalanced. Instead, itís deep and leveled and showcases a great composition. The finish is rather bitter with lots of warming whisky-like alcohol, smoke, licorice and a subtle but noticeable hop bite. Big body, silky smooth and creamy. I can honestly say this is one of the best beers Iíve had from Mikkeller, perhaps the best. I had my doubts about this beer since I didnít think a barrel aged version of Weasel sounded like a good idea (not to say an Islay whisky barrel aged version). But the worries were unwarranted. However, the similarities between this one and the original Weasels are small, except for the mouthfeel and tasty stout base. The weasel is mostly about coffee, whereas this one has surprisingly muted coffee aromas. But who cares, this is just a different beast altogether. From now on, this one sets the standards for how I think of whisky barrel aged stouts. Serving type: bottle (Copy of old Beer Advocate review)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jerohen (1997) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - NOV 2, 2009
Bottled at 1st Borefts Beer Festival, Bodegraven. Black with a beige head. Strong flavors of malts, liquorice, coffee, chocolate, peat, smoke, iodine. Very powerful, perhaps even a bit too powerful for me to really enjoy. But probably pretty good if youíre into the heavy stuff.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bierkoning (10210) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - NOV 1, 2009
From bottle @ 1st BBF De Molen. Almost black and opague. Loads of malt, dreid fruit and chocolate in the aroma, bur especially a load of peaty Islay malt whisky smoke. Dried fruit, roast, raisin and dark chocolate in the very peaty flavor. Iodine. Very intense beer with a very long finish. World class.

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