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Mikkeller
Brewed at Lervig Aktiebryggeri

Style: Imperial Stout
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 1487   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vtafro (3830) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 21, 2009
Bottle. Black pour with huge brown head. Coffee, roasted dark malt. This was dominated by the roasted flavor, better than what i expect from cat droppings.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
buzzoven (376) - JAPAN - AUG 19, 2009
Mother of all hell...this was a treat. Pourfed impossibly thick with absolutely no light showing through. Smelled like cough syrup, burned coffee, ink, oil, jet exhaust, and overripe blackberries. Taste was strong, complex, but this beer was sort of thrust upon me moments after waking up from a jet-lagged slumber so it was a bit difficult to try and take it all in. I just let the sick syrupy smoothness run down my throat as I felt it coat my spine.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Embrouille (2830) - SWITZERLAND - AUG 17, 2009
Bottled 50cl. Pitch black with a huge nicely remaining deep beige head which leaves a beautiful lacework. The aroma is of roasted malt, nougat, almonds, black chocolate and coffee. Fantastic complex taste. Full bodied. Roasted malt, nougat, almonds, chocolate pralines, coconut, homemade caramel, vanilla, figs and hops showing up. Good bitterness. A tad salty. Strangely reminiscent of Rochefort 10. Long finish which is reminiscent of eucalyptus, vanilla, dark chocolate and almonds. A top notch Imperial Stout. Mikkeller Black Hole is even better in my opinion.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
skortila (4626) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - AUG 17, 2009
Bottled. Tnx to thewolf! Aroma is very fine. It has roast, coffee, some chocolate, bit earthy. Mind blowing. Black coloured beer with a lasting, nice brown head. The taste is slightly sweet, bitter. It has high quality coffee, roast, some hint of hops, earthiness. Medium bodied (bit thin for the style) with quite some carbonation. Outstanding beer, but it would be absolutely stunning if it had slighly more body and a little less carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JorisPPattyn (8035) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 15, 2009
Towering, then collapsing dark beige head, irregular, over jet-black beer. Pretty outspoken coffee aroma (that’s an eufemism, OK?) and some ureum, and an aroma as from animal fur or warm leather. Harsh, nearly tart roasted coffeebean flavour, followed by a peculiar velvety, near-sweetness. Very roasted flavours and unusual esters and other aromatic components. Moccha finish, with a little piece of bitter chocolate presented. Velvety MF, burning sensation at the same time; density as from crude oil. I’m not a coffee nut, so I miss the importance of the sh*tstory. It’s just a slightly different, but very rich Imperial Coffee Stout.

4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - AUG 14, 2009
Bottle@Home. Unbelievable aroma. Strong but not overwhelming. So many stuff in there but not complex. Just to name a few: vanilla, licorice, chocolate, coffee. Opaque colour, large and firm brown head, good lace. Light sweet, bitter, loads of chocolate and coffee, very hoppy. Very nice bit not as great as the aroma. Mouth feel is strange. It’s full but sparkling. I don’t like this combination. But still a very good beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2009
Bottle. Pour is exceptionally dark with a dark tan head. Nose is rich coffee oatmeal, leading into oats, chocolate, raisin, vanilla and mocha flavors. I’m not sure I pick up the Civet (having only had it once otherwise), but the flavors of the beer are well rounded and complex. It does, however, seem a bit thin, particularly when paired against the great imperial stouts.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Viper666 (2763) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 12, 2009
Bouteille 500ml. De couleur noire et opaque. Nez de houblon résineux et aux notes herbeuses et terreuses, de malt rôti et légèrement brûlé, de chocolat noir, de café espresso, léger d’alcool avec des notes de vanille et des petites traces fruitées (cerises noires) et boisées (fumée de bois). Moyenne-ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen-bas et une texture riche, huileuse, moyennement crémeuse et aux notes résineuses. Moyen goût de vanille accompagné d’un léger goût de fumée de bois ainsi que des traces de chocolat au lait (faibles notes lactiques) et de fruits (cerises noires vieillies) lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute très rapidement un goût moyen-amer de malt assez rôti avec un moyen goût de chocolat noir et des petites notes de mélasse sucrée. Parallèlement l’on retrouve un goût de café espresso se développant pour devenir assez intense en finale et également un moyen-léger goût d’alcool réchauffant tout au long de la gorgée. Une amertume de houblon résineux aux petites notes terreuses est également présente durant toute la gorgée pour devenir légèrement herbeuse et plus asséchante vers la finale. Post-goût très long et un peu sec, plutôt amer de rôti, de café, d’alcool, moyen de houblon résineux et de chocolat noir avec des petites traces boisées (fumée de bois) et fruitées (moût de cerises).

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hudspart (538) - Byron Center, Michigan, USA - AUG 12, 2009
I really don’t see the big beal about this beer. It was rather pedestrian. Aroma and flavor were a little thin. Not bad though.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - AUG 9, 2009
Bottle from BA’s Mikeandi.. Pours pitch black with a mocha head.. Aroma was roasted malts, alcohol, chocolate and a little bit of coffee.. Flavor was chocolate, coffee and a caramel sweetness.. Oily mouthfeel and good carbonation. Very good stout.


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