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Mikkeller
Brewed at Lervig Aktiebryggeri

Style: Imperial Stout
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 1554   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.23   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AlbertC (276) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 12, 2009
Pours totally black and slightly thick. Tastes of chocolate and coffee perfectly balanced with some malty flavours. Enormously intense taste. A perfect stout.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scoth (586) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 12, 2009
Pours deep, dark, inky brown, with a medium fallow head, very good and lasting lacing. Very strong dark coffee aroma, lots of chocolate, undertones of oak, oatmeal, molasses, plum, and earth. Medium-full body, zesty, smooth and crisp, lightly dry. Flavors of dark chocolate and espresso, toast, vanilla, pepper and some dark fruit. Medium-bitter, remarkably long-lasting musky earth finish. Well balanced, powerful, big in flavor and aroma, not quite as full-bodied or malty as I was expecting.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
olsvammel (3934) - Örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 9, 2009
It poured a pitch black liquid. Smell and taste of chocolate and coffey. Very nice!

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcferc4 (59) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2009
Split from a bomber. Was a little hesitant about this guy due to the coffee’s origins, but I’m glad I caved. Heard Mikkeller referred to as a "gypsy" brewer recently -- hilarious. Pour is as black as Darth Vader’s suit. Strong coffee aroma. Chocolate, vinuous notes. Dark fruits, toasted malt. Alcohol masked nicely, overall very smooth mouthfeel. Extremely long, sweet finish. Definitely one to be savored. Seek this out, you will not be disappointed.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
leaparsons (8701) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2009
Bottle. Black with a beige foam. Aromas are dark chocolate and coffee with liquorice. Earthy with oats and light berries. Very rich.. Flavours are peat and rich roast coffee with dark chocolate bitterness and sweet chocolate. Herbal liquorice with cranberry and some floral notes. Has a nice spritzy yeast palate. Reminded me a bit of Tokyo*. Very good.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
cederdorff (15) - holstebro, DENMARK - NOV 3, 2009
chocolate, coffee, citrus, vanilla, woody, black, cloudy, brown foam, heavy cloying sweetness, very bitter, full body, sticky, soft carbonation, bitter,

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - NOV 3, 2009
Thick, jet black liquid. One fingered brownish airy head that dissipates quickly. Basically no lacings. Strong coffee aromas mostly resembling hard-roasted coffee beans, but also powerful espresso. Plenty of dark chocolate. Roasted, almost burnt malts. Some charred wood and tannins. A very dense and powerful smell. The taste is full of rich espresso flavors. A wonderful taste of freshly brewed coffee and freshly grounded coffee beans. Notes of dark chocolate tries to balance the powerful coffee flavors, but don’t really succeed. A faint but prominent taste of vanilla. Hard-roasted malts mix with wood and coal. Perhaps some fruity notes, but they are very faint. The finish is quite bitter actually with hints of tannins, hop aromas, some vanilla sugar and lingering coffee notes. Very full bodied and very viscous - like old engine oil. Very restrained carbonation. Feels fantastic in the mouth. A great coffee stout. Not very balanced though, as the powerful coffee flavors dominate. Still fairly complex. Highly recommended. Serving type: bottle (Copy of old Beer Advocate review)

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RealPoser (40) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2009
Bottle courtesy of BOLTZ, Pours as black and thick as used motor oil, with an impressive milk chocolate colored head that persists with an almost comical swiss cheese appearance. Nose is sharp, punctuated by dark roast coffee, currant, chocolate and molasses. Flavor is all java, with hints of bittersweet chocolate, anise & burnt sugar. Toasty malt with decent hop balance. Nice body with long lasting finish that is both parts bitter and sweet. Surprisingly low alcohol heat for the abv.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Braudog (5975) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 1, 2009
Bottle. The pour sucks you right in, blacker than black can be, with a towering brown foam top. The aroma has an almost medicinal aspect, promising a wicked brew. But this drinks surprisingly easily, with just a hint of the almost 11% ABV lurking beneath. It’s otherwise a full-flavored java and vanilla-bean-laden stout, finishing with a sweet swirl. Delish! (#3727, 11/1/2009)

3.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
madvike (3061) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 27, 2009
Bottle shared by MrPickles - Pours motor oil with a dark brown head. Lots of alcohol on the nose -- sharp and bitter with some chocolate and soy sauce notes. Not pleasant. The legs on this sucker are amazing, too. It coats the glass. Taste is much better: nicely balanced hops persist throughout, with smoke, tar, charcoal notes. Bringing it all together is the robust and smooth coffee that has the most wonderful mouthfeel. It feels like finely powdered coffee -- not gritty at all -- is floating in the beer. It’s like velvet. In all the aroma kills this thing for me, which is too bad because it tastes pretty good.


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