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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 2½ months in Schotch Islay whiskey barrels
Carbonation level: Medium
Editor’s note: Brewed by Mikkeller at Nøgne Ø, Norway.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rickgordon (3843) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 5, 2010
Bottled. 3 Små Rum, Göteborg. Forbiddingly dark colour with brown foam, that’s diminishing. Islay whiskey totally dominates, Impossibble to detect anything else. Flavourwise, Islay dominates at first, then in waves comes chocolate and tar, as well as a warming alcohol feel, that’s higher alcohols and not boozy. Mouthfeel is still malty and sweet, full, and there is a medium bitterness. All in all, a tasty beer, that might have gained from a little shorter storage time in the cask.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kromamc (192) - ITALY - JAN 6, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2010 è sikuramente la birra più estrema ke abbia mai bevuto!! il colore è naturalmente nerissimo e la schiuma marrone... ma il naso è allucinante! sembra un treno di caffè macerato in botti di islay ke pervade il naso con una forza incredibile...in bokka continua qst sensazione e persiste anke minuti dopo ke si è bevuta... pazzeska!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - FEB 25, 2010
Bottle@Home. Aroma of peat with some chocolate and coffee. Ebony coloured, clear, brown head, fair lace. Sweet, light sourish, light bitter start but very bitter finish. Loads of peat, chocolate, coffee, licorice. Medium body. Nice but not exceptional.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6004) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 15, 2010
Big thanks to Jan for this bottle, poured into a tulip. Pours dark brown out of the bottle but looks pretty close to black in the glass. The most striking part of the appearance is the enormous frothy tan head that recedes slowly and leaves lots of delicate lacing on the sides. Damn, there is some serious Scotch in this one - huge smoky and peaty presence, to the point of absolutely obscuring the underlying beer. Maybe some dark roasted malts under there but I’m not getting much of what I liked about the original. Holy cow is this a scotch bomb! The taste is obscenely thick and smoky with lots of peat and charred malts. There’s no coffee that I can gather...or anything else besides the Scotch for that matter. The finish is almost identical to a sip of Scotch with a big alcohol burn. The mouthfeel is full bodied and over-the-top smoky and boozy from the Scotch. Thick. I’m a fan of Scotch but this one just goes overboard for me. I’m such a huge fan of the regular Weasel that I hate to see the underlying beer blown away by the barrel presence. Interesting and one to seek out for Scotch lovers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (7779) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 23, 2010
My Bottom Line:
Potently peaty throughout, this Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout provides a portentous flavor punch, packed with chocolate, coffee and roastiness, all stung by piquant alcohol.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the nearly opaque black. -The finish is quite salty because of the Islay barrel, obviously.
-Roasted malts also contribute lots of bitterness. -Raisins can be found within, adding complexity. -All in all, this is very flavorful, but may be too brash and disshevelled a flavor profile for me to call it world-class.


   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cpetrone84 (1368) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2010
A-pours a dark black liquid with a tight creamy tan colored head with some bubbles on top. S-the nose is quite big and brings tons of roasted malts and peat moss. a fair bit of alcohol in the nose, acetone, notes of dry wood, light sweetness in the back. T-tons of smoked peat, hints of wood and whiskey, notes of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, light malty sweetness in the back. M-full bodied and smooth, good carbonation, viscous feel to it, syrupy on the palate but nicely balanced by the carbonation. D-huge and smokey, solid beer heer, a little hot in the back but the Islay Casks have imparted some decent flavors to try and work with the huge smoked peat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7121) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 5, 2012
500mL bottle, best by 3/9/12. Poured very near black with a rich, dark tan head.. looked awesome in the glass! The aroma picked up bright smoky peat and dank earthy notes over semi-sweet, ultrasmooth coffee, some molasses, and a touch of honey.. a touch medicinal, which knocked it down a notch.. hid the boozage well. The flavor found burnt coffee and black patent malts at the core.. lots of pungent medicinal smoke laced throughout.. tasty coffee was overshadowed by the not-so-smooth smoked malts on the back-end.. long, bitter, smoky finish. Medium-plus bodied, very bright, and very smoky on the palate.. the Islay really got in the way of some delicious subtleties of the base beer.. alright overall, but I prefer the original.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (9260) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 24, 2009
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 beer’s 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maria (10136) - Thisted, DENMARK - DEC 15, 2009
It’s pitch black with a dark brown, creamy head. The aroma has strong notes of peat but also earth, ashes, smoke, chalk, whisky and chocolate. The mouthfeel is oily. The flavor has a light sweetness and notes of peat, smoke, wood, ashes, chalk, light coffee and chocolate and the finish is dry and chalky and ashy. IMO it’s a pity to put the nice Beer Geek Brunch Weasel in an Islay barrel.

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