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Mikkeller
Brewed at Lervig Aktiebryggeri

Style: Imperial Stout
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 1579   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.23   EST. CALORIES: 327   ABV: 10.9%
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.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - OCT 7, 2009
Pours black with a brown head. Aroma of herbs, leaves, coffee, but this has the most fascinating pungency of any coffee beer I’ve had. Not always likeable, but I couldn’t get my nose out of the glass. Tastes of espresso, coffee, dark chocolate, herbs, earth, and flavorsome hops. Finishes like chocolate truffle dust (bitter cocoa). I was skeptical, but this proved to be quite great.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TaktikMTL (6428) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 5, 2009
Bouteille de 500 ml obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur de café et de chocolat noire avec une pointe de caramel. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Présence d’un mince col beige mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de café et de chocolat avec une pointe d’alcool. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence d’alcool en arrière goût. (Rating #2678)

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stew41 (1805) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - OCT 5, 2009
Worth the hype and cost? Probably. There is no doubt this beer has a great story and there is also no doubt it presents with a world-class build. Although the coffee doesn’t lend a mild milky sweetness to the palate this ber is essentially a stern cellaring style. Lots of dark bitter chocolate and roast drives a fairly aggressively flavoured mid palate, and such is the intensity that the malt flavours do appear to tail off a touch at the finish. Hops jump out at the finish, very firm and bitter, and to my taste they kill off any heat or sweetness from the alcohol. Needs time I think; this is very serious and intense and another show piece that pushes the complex beer borrow with ease.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 2, 2009
500mL bottle. Pours a very dark, chocolate-brown color; medium-brown head with solid retention and medium-bubbled lacing that coats the glass; a very nice pour. Solid, generous aroma of charred malts and chocolate; the coffee presence in this seems secondary, or else very low in acidity; nicely integrated, well-roasted malt presence; pleasant approach. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: velvety presence in the mouth, kept lively by a healthy dose of juicy, citrus and pine bitterness on the perimeter; the core is lush amounts of well-roasted coffee and bitter chocolate, hints of smoke and chewy caramel-laden malts; I wasn’t overwhelmed by this at first; it comes off as a muted impy stout (esp. at almost 11%), but the coffee presence is soft and minimally acidic, this is highly drinkable for its size, and there’s nothing close to a show of overt alcohol; very smooth and impressively done. Another excellent beer from Mikkel (and Nogne’s system). Lengthy finish: chocolate, oily roasted nuttiness, and soft coffee; creamy and well-balanced throughout.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheAlum (6289) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2009
16.9 oz bottle from Binnys (Orland Park, IL). Pours a pitchblack opaque pour, fairly thick, some midnight over ruby notes in the pour itself, a big dark brown brooding head that laces well, sticks around in a pretty big amount. Aromas are a good bittering hop, roasted bitter coffee, dark chocolate with a touch of sweetness mixing between well roasted malts, a bit of caramel, darker coffee, a light sweetness underneath but a coffee and hop bomb it appears. Initial is thick, giving a full mouthfeel, immediately roasted coffee, bitter hops, roasted malts, dark bitter chocolate, dryness, oat and cereal malts well roasted, some caramel sweetness underneath. The coffee on this beer is dominant, good roast with hoppy bitterness taking precedent, providing a nice strike on the palate, and covering up much of the sweetness is this almost 11% ABV monster. A bit boozy in the finish, warming but also leaving a lingering bitterness then roast a bit behind. A good mesh of flavors, a little stronger on the coffee than it’s base styled companion. A little char/smoke/ash on the backend further in. I liked this but I think Iiked the base just a bit more as this one ends up a little overdone for me. Cheers.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8550) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 28, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2014 My Bottom Line:
Green hops and roasted cereals provide potent flavors and bitterness, somewhat alleviated by effervescent carbonation and coffee-laced oatmeal notes.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A layer of beige foam tops the blackness.
-The hoppy intensity is not necessary for this beer imho, making it stray from dessert territory.
-Alcohol heat and makes the already intense flavor profile even more brash.
-The bitterness yields some tartness in the end.
-Dextrins are well levelled.
-The hop signature is quite coniferous.
-I admit this is not what I expected to be for such a highly-rated an Imperial Stout. It’s complex and very flavorful, but it’s so intense it can be a chore at times.
-Batches brewed at Lervig have been brighter on the coffee front and not nearly as hoppy. A luxurious dessert for sure.

Bottles.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
abemorsten (3201) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - SEP 27, 2009
Black pour. Brown creamy foam. Good lacing. Chocolate, dades and espresso aroma. Flavor of alcohol and coffe. Acidic mouth feel, syrupy texture with alcoholic finish. Recommended.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bluevegie (3067) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 27, 2009
Large size, dark tan head on a black body. Coffee is strong in both aroma and taste, a fairly solid bitterness without being to overpowering, oatmeal gives good body and the alcohol is only just facewarming. Well made, extremely drinkable and probably more than just facewarming after a second or third beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thedm (5139) - Fort Wayne, USA - SEP 26, 2009
This bottled brew from a rating party poured a large sized head of frothy fine to medium sized dark brown colored bubbles that were and left behind a and a good lacing. The mild aroma was dark malt. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and strongly tingly at the finish. The flavor contained notes of roasted malt and potent vinous dark malt. Delicious and one I would certainly like to have again.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 25, 2009
500ml bottle from CBX to celebrate submitting my ERAS application! pours a syrupy, jet black topped by a massive, rocky, dark mocha head with great retention and lacing. aroma is wonderful with huge, roast coffee beans, dark chocolate, toasted almond, and touches of sweet toffee and ash. flavor is outstanding with massive, roasted espresso, dark chocolate, rolled oats, and caramel malts with hints of dark fruit, lactic sugar, smoke, and mild, earthy hops leaving a lingering, bitter, coffee finish. palate is full bodied and a bit highly carbonated for an imperial stout with just a hint of booze. overall, a bit of a letdown as enjoyed beer geek breakfast a bit more, but still an excellent brew...even though it’s made with with civet shit, haha.


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