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Mikkeller
Brewed at Lervig Aktiebryggeri

Style: Imperial Stout
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 1429   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.22   EST. CALORIES: 327   ABV: 10.9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Formerly brewed by Mikkeller at Nøgne Ø, Norway, now at Lervig, Norway.
This imperial Oatmeal stout is brewed with one of the world’s most expensive coffees, made from droppings of weasel-like civetcats. The fussy Southeast Asian animals only eat the best and ripest coffee berries.Enzymes in their digestive system help to break down the bean. Workers collect the bean-containing droppings for Civet or Weasel Coffee. The exceedingly rare Civet Coffee has a strong taste and an even stronger aroma.
Ingredients : Water, malts, hops, yeast and Vietnamese ca phe chon coffee.


4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RSRIZZO (1853) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUL 6, 2009
Color is a solid with good carbonation and a thick brown head. Aroma is a deeply roasted malt scent with a chocolate cake note in the back. Taste is bold and coffee like. Starting with a full body it goes down smooth with a roasted bitter bite on the end. Finish is a deeply roasted coffee like taste that gives a mild bitterness then a little dried fruit comes in with a hint of liquorish, this all ends with a sweet little bite. After taste rolls in sweet with a touch of alcohol coming out then ends with a mellow lingering bitterness. Wow this is an intense Imperial Stout with a big complex coffee flavors.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (3250) - Livermore, California, USA - JUL 6, 2009
Great beer. Everthing you want in an imperial stout. Black, oily pour. Huge dark brown (almost purple) collapsing head leaving lacing on the glass and crater like formations. Amazing aroma of chocolate, coffee, black licorice, cream, oatmeal, and toffee. Lots of sediment in the bottom of the glass. Taste is the same as the nose with sweet, dark, dried fruits like prunes, and raisins taking the stage at the beginning, then giving way to a coffee like bitterness that grows into a dry roasted, ashtray finish. Surprisingly drinkable for such a huge beer. Fruity, yet dark and roasted. Nice. Alcohol is a little oppresive burning the throat.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonno (2335) - JAPAN - JUL 5, 2009
To me this was a very well made Imperial with an slightly unusual bitterness on the back end from the coffee. Drunk this after the Abyss and I think it may have suffered from that. Still very good, but expensive (2500 yen!). Probably wouldn’t drink again at that price, but did really enjoy this.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - JUL 4, 2009
4 oz. 6 ticket taster at the Seattle IBF. Been waiting for this one for a long time. Pours black with a small strange looking brown head. Aroma is loads of roast and coffee, something else that I can’t figure out, amazing none the less. Flavor has a touch of tart, a good deal of bitterness, coffee and lots of roastiness. Palate is very smooth and creamy thick. Carbonation is medium and perfect. All that I expected.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
crackedmachine (471) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 4, 2009
Pours thick black with a medium tan head. Flavor has hints of coffee and chocolate, and is rather bitter. At first it seems like a somewhat dry stout, but subsequent sips are richer and even syrupy. Bitterness and alcohol flavor are upfront. This description doesn’t do it justice, because it’s actually a very flavorful and enjoyable sipping stout.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
NMC01 (69) - DENMARK - JUL 3, 2009
Superb and absolutely delicious. Wondeful coffee stout with nice hops. Long drink at its very best. Brown, lasting and potent foam. Smashing good!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thelizard (46) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - JUN 29, 2009
Shared a bottle of this at the Buckeye Beer Engine. We sat in silence for about a minute before we both decided this was the best stout we had tried in a long time. Appealing dark bottle, pours nearly pitch black, but loses some appearance points to an off-brown head (especially with the knowledge of the ingredients). However, the taste knocked my socks off. Very "complete" flavor--a good coffee aftertaste follows it. Bought another bottle right away to bring home.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
philippem (105) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 28, 2009
en bouteille au Brouhaha pendant que je lisais différents articles académiques sur la valeur de « l’interface » au cinéma: je dois avouer dès le départ que mes attentes étaient passablement élevées pour cette bière qui, je croyais, allait être la « bière au café de toutes les bières au café ». or, ce n’est pas le cas. en bouche et au nez, on y reconnaît quelques traces de petits fruits rouges, un peu de café ici et là (mais bien peu...), beaucoup d’alcool, peu de velour en bouche... du chocolat certainement. la robe est également bien mince pour une bière de cette puissance (11% quand même). cela dit, ce n’est pas mauvais ! mais ça n’a rien à voir (encore une fois) avec la réputation que lui laisse Ratebeer. c’est bon. ça vaut la peine d’être essayée... comme à peu près toutes les bières et nanas, pour se faire une idée... mais je crois que l’on est toujours mieux de retourner à ses classiques, comme la Breakfast Geek Stout ou encore Kirstie Alley.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TwoDudes (77) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 28, 2009
I loved this beer...much, much better than the breakfast...slightly viscous with lots of the expected roasty coffee and chocolate notes...no poop flavors, so that’s good..............................................

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (4726) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 25, 2009
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a dark brown color head with great retention and some very good lacing. Aroma of dry coffee is quite particular and very interesting. Taste is a nice mix between some unique dry coffee that is very well balanced by some black chocolate malt with lingering bitterness form the roasted cereal. Body is full with a creamy palate and some great carbonation with no apparent alcohol which is nice considering this is sometime an issue with this brewer. Very much well done but still don’t totally get the hype surrounding this beer.


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