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Mikkeller
Brewed at Lervig Aktiebryggeri

Style: Imperial Stout
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter

bottled
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on tap
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RATINGS: 222   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 327   ABV: 10.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Aged 2½ months in Schotch Islay whiskey barrels
Carbonation level: Medium
Editor’s note: Brewed by Mikkeller at Nøgne Ø, Norway.


3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAY 16, 2010
500mL bottle, thanks for sharing wavers1! Black with a 1/2 finger tan head, fair retention. Big peaty smoke up front with some chocolate and light ash following, tinges of soy. Flavor is still pretty meaty and very smoky. Really burnt and ashy in the finish, detracting and astringent. Dry finish with some alcohol and soy, bitterness at 5. Full body with light carbonation. Not that great.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (10892) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 16, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2010 Bottle at PilsnerPeter’s RBSG 2010 thanks to Brian from 12% imports. Pours jet black tar with tan head. Nose is strong overwhelming in your face peat, grain alcohol, iodine, ash, smoke and burning cigar. Taste is strong peat, burnt licorice, iodine, fire pit ash and smoked nuts. I think I grew about fifty chest hairs after trying this one.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 16, 2010
Bottle at PilsnerPeter’s RBSG 2010. Bottle thanks to Brian from 12% imports. Pours a nice rich oily black with a thinning head. Aroma is kick you in the face peat smoke, harsh ashy cigarette burn, smoke, burnt malts, tar, leather, tobacco leaf, and just harsh with burnt everything. Flavor is woody, tar, ash, big peat smoke, iodine, strong whiskey notes, with big alcohol burn- boozy, also get a oversmoked salmon, with some oily smoked herring. Finish is ashy and harsh- ugh.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6237) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 11, 2010
bottle, thanks to ericandersnavy, pitch black pour with aroma of tar , ashtray and sweet dark fruit, flavors of bitter coffee, heavy peat, woody, whiskey finish

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7904) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 7, 2010
Silver capped wax Islay bottle thanks to ericandersnavy. Pours with a inky black body and a large tan head. Aroma is scotch, scotchy, scotch, with nearly an artificial level of peat and smoke. Very powerful, but awesome and intense. Taste is wood, brown sugar, coffee and peaty. Medium to thin mouthfeel for a monster like this. Awesome scotch character!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (38879) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 30, 2010
Bottle 500ml.
Clear dark dark brown black color with a large, frothy to creamy, good lacing, fully lasting, brown head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, burnt, smoke - iodine. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and heavy bitter with a long duration, iodine, peat, dark roasted. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20100409]

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
17thfloor (2436) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2010
Bottle shared by the Danish delegation! Now we are talking! Aroma is delightfully peaty, strong Islay, this definitely turned a few people in the room off, however, I rather enjoyed it and think it was done right, a little bit overwhelming though 8.5. Flavor is also strong of Islay but is still kept in good proportion with the delicious brunch underneath, very well barreled, strong barrel but done in a delicate sophisticated way, again strong Islay that some are obviously not tuned to 9.5. Didn’t make notes about the body, except that this was my favorite of the tasting and it was basically perfectly done for this beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 19, 2010
Bottle courtesy of Madsberg. Pours a fairly viscous brown / black with a nice one finger thick tan head that left some nice lacing. Nose was big and smokey along with roasted malts, coffee, cocoa and a touch of booze. Much more drinkable than the peated "Black".

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
nimbleprop (5962) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 14, 2010
500ml bottle pours an opaque black with a spitty beige head. The aroma is HUGE, salty, smoky scotch. Smells like a campfire at the Scottish shore. I guess there’s a bit of coffee, but all I get is heavy, peaty scotch. Flavor is heavy on burnt plastic, rubber, black toast, burnt wood. Full bodied burnt finish. A drain pour for me. Worst thing I had all night.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (7801) - Enghien, BELGIUM - APR 13, 2010
Thanks to Travlr for sharing this bounty. Batch # 415. Upon noticing the Islay label, I quickly had flashbacks of the Brewdog Islay beers that have left my mouth filled with ashes and peat. Mikkeller succeeded in using the Islay where Brewdog has miserably failed. pours dark brown, off-white head, thick golden lacing. Aroma, peat, whiskey barrel malty and the Islay ashy aroma. flavors, lots of peat, malty barrel mouthfeel leaving a nice warming boozy palate. The whole Islay experience is balanced by a nice use of the coffee and a thick chocolate touch. Overall the addition of the weasel adds a nice twist to the beer though it has not converted me to enjoying the Islay ashy feel of the barrel.


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