deflagro (106) - Lund, SWEDEN - NOV 6, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 4, 2009
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - NOV 4, 2009
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
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)
jerohen (1959) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - NOV 2, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
bierkoning (9747) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - NOV 1, 2009
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Borresteijn (4327) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 31, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled at Borefts Bier Festival, De Molen. Black colour, beige head. Aroma of peat, iodine, liquorice root, roasted malts. Flavour has the same qualities with lots of liquorice root. Fullbodied and very good powerful stuff.
Christian (10754) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2010 Black with a lasting tan head. Strong aroma of peat smoke and medicine, and sweet caramel. Definitely unique, but not necessarily good. Sweet and roasted flavour with peat smoke and hot alcohol. A complex beer, but all that peat and alcohol gets a little cloying.
FatPhil (8349) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 24, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle (Pikkulintu, Helsinki) - batch 415
Black, espresso ring head. Lovely aroma of the islay whiskies - damn, I love Islay whisky aroma. Gently caronation, smooth palate, almost slick. Massively burnt taste, nigh on ashy. No real depth. Dominated by flavours not from the beer, and the beerís parts, namely the burntness, are quite dull and uninteresting. Given how good the plain weasels have been, this is a disappointment. Inane following of the barrel aging trend.
Dedollewaitor (13372) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 19, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Olbutikken, Copenhagen. Pours black with a creamy brown head and lacings. Nose and taste is chocolate, roast, coffee, salty, smoke, bit of tar. Very smooth, slick and oily palate. Long lasting end. A big beer from Mikkeller.
sayravai (4667) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 17, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottled) Almost black with a small, tanned head. Strongly peaty, even stingy, woody and slightly smoky aroma with very little of the original beer present. Flavor is also more like whiskey than beer, with very strong peaty-tannic bitterness. Medium to full body with low carbonation. The peatiness is too intrusive for my taste in this one. Better than whiskey, but clearly less enjoyable (for me) than the original Beer Geek Brunch Weasel - or even the Highland edition.