Brewed at Lervig Aktiebryggeri

Style: Imperial Stout
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 1705   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.23/5   EST. CALORIES: 327   ABV: 10.9%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daleharshman (1038) - Escondido, California, USA - JUL 26, 2010
500 ml bottle from Holiday Wine Cellar ($14.99). Glad that I finally found this highly anticipated beer (currently #27 on the RateBeer Top 50). Pours an absolute pitch black with a couple fingers of the brownest head I think I’ve ever seen. Aroma is of course very complex -- I’m catching various notes of dirty earthy organic coffee, soy sauce, tar, cigarettes, smoke and ash, burnt dark chocolate, and perhaps some vague bit of dark fruit. Flavor of super dark coffee (I somehow imagine the result of the little Vietnamese coffee brew-things without the sweetened condensed milk at the bottom), straight espresso beans, dark chocolate that seems to be straight cacao beans, burnt chocolate, ash/cigarettes. As it warms, I get some lighter sweeter tones of fruit and berries. Even more so than Mikkeller’s aptly named Dark Hole, this beer seems to be all about all things dark and dank -- almost overly so, actually, as I would like a bit more sweetness in this to get closer to perfection (or maybe I’m just spoiled on Speedway and Victory at Sea living here in San Diego). Finishes with a bitter burnt malt flavor. It seems that the tastes are so intense that the high ABV is completely concealed. Your taste buds will need a break after the intensity of this one. (668, 350)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bmeup (638) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - JUL 25, 2010
There are so many reviews on this amazing stout. Mostly very good. Well, they are mostly true. This beer is intense & fantastic. Is the ’Weasel Crap’ a gimmick? Perhaps. I just feel the malt character & raisiny sweetness of a ’True Imperial Stout’ is lost to the overdone ’exceedingly rare Civet Coffee’ taste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
theSlipperyPen (248) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 24, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2010 This pours out dark as pitch smoke with a thick, brown creamy head. There is a slight ebony edging, but nothing more than two millimeters. The nose is the blackest, woodiest espresso and then sweet, ashy malts which counter the bitterness giving this a perfect balance. Mikkeller’s soy sauce aroma is here but there’s also a strange whiff of gherkins or pickled onions. Then under that comes cinnamon. In the mouth the coffee explodes into tobacco and chocolate; once again the hops act as a counter balance. I’m amazed. It’s all too easy to become sycophantic about this, but truth be told it’s the best beer I’ve ever had. The development of aroma to taste is something else; the look is perfect; and the finish, which increases the nutty, woody, tart, sweetness of the espresso, is nothing short of brilliant. If passing along a weasel’s digestive tract makes coffee this good, then let’s process everything through them. Give them chocolate, birthday cake, mushrooms, potato chips. And why stop there? Let’s feed them whole bottles of beer. Just follow a weasel around and eat whatever it shits. And can you imagine if a civet cat ate another civet cat’s poo? How good would civet cat coffee poo civet cat coffee poo be? One word: scrumtrulescent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3545) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 21, 2010
bottle-2008 oily black with a big bubble tan head with not much life to it-faided fast! char, spice (cinnamon), anise, coca and lots of alcohol!!!! flavirs exhibit the coffee and clean roasted malts. palte is slick and thick/oily. I would really have liked this a few years back, but aged impy stouts are not for me anymore. For what it is, its a great beer though. long coffee finish with some bitterness in there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUL 21, 2010
Appearance: Pours a midnight brown with a creamy ring of head.

Aroma: Dark chocolate, earth and peat.

Taste: Peat, vanilla, chocolate and chipotle.

Mouthfeel: Chalky and full. Modest carbonation.

Overall: Very enjoyable, very complex.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jaksmart (454) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 21, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2010 Tap @ Mikkeller Bar. Pitch black pour, light, brown foam collar. Aroma is big on coffee, subtle roast, a little smoke, peat, liqourice, vanilla, molasses, ash and a small amount of hops. Taste is big on coffee, subtle roast, liqourice, vanilla, bittering hops, figs, bitter roast, dark berries and a lot of bitter chocolate. Quite bitter finish with lots of coffee-bitterness. Dry palate, full body, low-medium carbonation, long duration. Excellent! Nice from tap as well. Bottle. Just had myself the bottled edition of this wonderful beer, and was quickly forced to acknowledge the sheer enormity of this brew. The haunting and ominous blackness of the pour, the tantalizing brown head, the mysterious and intriguing aroma that attacks the nostrils with bucketloads of coffee, subtle roast and chocolate, the sumptuous flavor, adequately bittered, subtly roasted, peated and packed with more coffee leaves imperceptibly little to be desired. To me, this is a monster of a beer; Interesting, heavy-duty, complex and beautiful. Absolutely recommendable!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
gorditoabd (632) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 16, 2010
Bomber. Pours an exquisite black with a thin film of brownish-red head that fizzes away to a fine lacy layer. The coffee and chocolate aroma on this beer is just plain abundant and oh so rich. Before I even poured it was getting into my nostrils and setting up camp. First taste is wild of coffee, followed by black licorice and booze, and root beer?! The abc is well-hidden for now, but I suspect it will become more obvious as the beer warms, which shouldn’t take long on this hot night. Such an interesting impy stout... Really unique, and as it warms the anise and vanilla combo comes even more to the forefront. Not my favorite ever, but certainly a singular brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
VengefulOdin (193) - , Missouri, USA - JUL 16, 2010
Stouts for summer. Why not? While lots of folks are reaching for a pilsner or pale ale, I figured I’d go the opposite direction, drinking some stouts, which I usually prefer to have in the dead of winter. Reading the label makes me nervous. I’m drinking a beer made with weasel poo. Okay then. Let’s try it out. 16.9 ounce bottle oured into a snifter glass. Pour reminds me of chocolate syrup, with a quarter inch dark tan head. Nice dark brown to black color. Smell is incendiary, with burnt chocolate, a little coffee, and tons of roasted notes. Some alcohol is there as well. The first taste is quite warming, with notes of wood and raspberry/cherry cascading down with coffee and roasted chocolate flavors. It’s a thick beer, the sipping kind. Feels like I should be snowed in someplace drinking this for warmth. As the beer warms the flavors expand, running the gamet from somewhat fruity and sweet to somewhat bitter and roasted. Really complex stuff. Gets better the longer you drink it. Nicely done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 15, 2010
black with large tan head. nose of coffee and some nuttyness. firm bitterness before roasty and chocolate notes. a bit of fruitiness suprisingly. overall somewhat disappointing

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dogbrick (11313) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2010
This beer pours an inky black color with a thick and pillowy dark brown head that diminishes slowly. Patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma of coffee, burnt malt and dark chocolate. Rich body with flavors of roasted coffee, earthy malt, bittersweet chocolate and some hops. The finish is moderately bitter coffee with a lingering dark chocolate aftertaste. What on the surface seems to be a novelty beer is actually a delicious Imperial Stout, and one of the better ones I have had in awhile at that.

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