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Mikkeller
Brewed at Lervig Aktiebryggeri

Style: Imperial Stout
Copenhagen, Denmark
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RATINGS: 1567   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5771) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 9, 2009
(500ml bottle thanks to mar) Pours black with a dark tan head. Nose is smoky, sour cherries in the background. Piney hops and toasted caramel. Taste is burnt toast, coffee and coats the glass very well. This one is quite complex all the way around I’m sure there are lots of aspects I have missed.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gkost (1710) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2009
Bottle that someone brought to the CCB BA BS release. Poured dark brown/black with thin tan head. Nose is coffee, cocoa powder, earthy hops and smoke. Flavor is sweet roasted malt, rich burnt coffee, toasted grain, dark chocolate, and floral hops. Pretty nice. Maybe a little over-rated.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2009
Bottle: Pours black with a medium brown head that is mostly lasting with nice lacing. Has a strong roasty coffee malty aroma with dark chocolate. Complex flavor is of a strong quality coffee with hints of dark chocolate and cherries. Has a velvety/creamy texture that finishes sweet with a mild bitterness. A well balanced brew that hides the high alcohol content very well. If I could have one of these everyday before noon life would be good. Delicious!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
mabel (7059) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 9, 2009
[2277-20090613] 500mL bottle. Rich coffee bark roast aroma. Black body with a medium-lasting foamy brown head. More rich bitter roast coffee in the flavour with a bit of a sweet finish. Full rough body. Handles the alcohol well, quite a solid beer.
(@ beerbistro; Toronto, ON; w/ jerc)

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hophead21112 (218) - Louisville, Colorado, USA - AUG 8, 2009
Black pour with a nice brown head that sticks around for a bit leaving lacing on the glass as it falls. I’m pretty sure I saw chunks of something fall into my beer while pouring - this is going to be interesting! Aroma is rich dark chocolate, coffee, malty sweetness, and more coffee. Incredibly complex flavor profile consisting of coffee, dark fruit, dark chocolate and charred oak. Mild carbonation greets the tongue which is followed by coffee, candied cherries, bitter chocolate and finishes with the alcohol and hop bitterness. This is definitely one of those beers that sticks to your tongue for hours. Very full velvety body with low carbonation and gentle alcohol. I love it!

3.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sonicdescent (384) - Donora, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 6, 2009
While the scent and pour were stuff dreams were made of for a stout lover as myself, I found the taste to be a bit overwhelmed with coffee, with bitter chocolate only rearing it’s head around the finish.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2009
Now, how does this differ from the usual Beer Geek Brunch and just what the heck is a weasel? Tighten your girdle and wrap your mind around this: around the islands of Java, Sumatra, and Sulawesi in the Indonesian Archipelagos near the Philippines, there is a little critter known as the Asian Palm Civet who loves to feast on coffee cherries. While he receives nourishment from the meat of the coffee cherry, the pit does very little for him nutritionally, so like a good little weasel, he discards of it in the most natural way possible. He poops it out. Sounds a bit crass, but why sugar-coat the truth. Those rich and rare coffee beans are harvested by workers, cleaned, roasted, and sold for a mighty hefty price. Consider the rarity, the novelty, and the fact that for whatever reasons you may like to consider, or not consider, those discarded coffee beans roast one magnificent cup of coffee coveted by coffee fanatics the world over. I haven’t been so fortunate as to sup on a freshly brewed cup of Weasel coffee, but instead, I get to sup on an Imperial Oatmeal Coffee Stout brewed with those very same Weasel coffee beans. Apparently, someone at Mikkeller has both a discerning palate and a wicked sense of humor.

He poured oily and viscous, resembling precious black gold with a delicate topping of brown mousse. As he slowly settles, his head clings stubbornly to the sides of my glass. Like an oil geyser erupting in a ceremonial mess, his nose practically explodes in my face, smothering my senses in rich coffee and espresso esters. Should I drown at this very instant, I would with a huge grin on my face and nary a regret in my heart. Freshly drawn espresso in all his rich oily, earthy glory is topped by a thick crema which leaves a sweet burnt caramel kiss. Vanilla root and licorice offer a hearty platform upon which his river of coffee flows. Her soft edges give way to a creamy rush of aromas and an even softer, creamier body. For such a thick and heavy body, he is surprisingly effervescent and light. An earthy presence of top soil gets the show started, leading into rustic black cherries and warm, sticky black licorice. Burnt wood lingers on my palate with a charred essence while lace is splattered all across my quaffing path in large brown-black globules. Each quaff is rich, and full-bodied with charred oak, vanilla, spice, and an essence of rum to mingle with the burnt caramel and freshly drawn espresso. While it may sound like quite the mish-mash, he performs with expert aplomb and precision where most others would fall flat on their face. Skip the eggs benedict and mimosas, all I need for my Sunday brunch is a Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch with Weasel.

It saddens me at times to see how far America has fallen from our original beery origins and rich history. Our founding fathers were avid beer aficionados and supporters. James Madison even proposed at one point a political position of Secretary of Beer to ensure that beer would be lovingly supported and encouraged in our new country. Of course, if that had happened, who knows if I would be sitting here today enjoying this fine offering from Mikkeller. That alone more than makes up for our exceedingly irrational conservatism towards responsibly celebrating and enjoying good beer. Next time you’re not sure what to have for breakfast, forget the troublesome work of preparing all that food of which probably only half of it will get eaten and instead, pull out a nice glass, your bottle of Beer Geek Brunch with Weasel, and spend your lazy Sunday morning with its far superior and time-honored counterpart.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
j12601 (7700) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 4, 2009
One of the beers we had early in the morning on Saturday at BCTC. I’d be hard pressed to come up with a more fitting morning beer. Pours a deep black with a thin tan head. Big coffee aromas, lots of nice roast, both from the malt and the coffee. Medium to thick body, milky. Loads of complex flavors, vanilla, cocoa, coffee, all culminating in a big roasty bitter finish that sticks around for a while. Delicious enough to make anyone forget that the beans spent some time getting extruded from a civet’s ass.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
markwise (4664) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 3, 2009
Thanks to the nice guy who shared this at the Bourbon Barrel Big Sound Release at CCB. Pours dark black with a small tan head. Nose is dark chocolate, coffee, roast, licorice, and some bitterness. Flavor is smoky, earthy, roasty coffee with slight smoke and bitterness. Very thick mouthfeel and full-bodied beer. Enjoyable, but not an everyday drinker.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AndyReynolds (1048) - Dayton, Kentucky, USA - AUG 3, 2009
Bottle Thanks to Tmoney99. Pours a dark rich mocha with a thin tan head. Aroma is strong with coffee. Notes of chocolate, roasted malts, and something sweet, maybe it was the malts. On the palate it is chewy and rich. THe flavor brings out the coffee and sweetness and it finishes a tad bit dry leaving a nice roasted coffee aftertaste. A great beer, considering it has poo in it ;-).


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