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Mikkeller
Brewed at Lervig Aktiebryggeri

Style: Imperial Stout
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 1485   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.22   EST. CALORIES: 327   ABV: 10.9%
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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.


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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAY 23, 2009
Bottle from swolf3, thanks Steven. Dark black pour. Aroma of dark fruits and chocolate. Very smooth, lots of chocolate, very nice brew.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nogva (16) - NORWAY - DEC 17, 2014
Pours pitch black with a brown sparkling head that dissipates into the dark void in a matter of seconds. Intense aroma of dark roasted coffee, sweet licorice and some alcohol. Full body, creamy feel, soft carbonation. Rich and smoky flavour of the darkest chocolate imaginable, coffee that would wake you right up in the morning and a hint of cough drop for good measure. Long finish with a deliciously subdued bitterness. Love it!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RickTheRick (460) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 16, 2014
Noire comme de l’encre et surmontée d’une infime couche de mousse brune qui ne tient aucunement en place, la bière dégage des arômes de café assez décadents, incluant son aspect végétal. La faible carbonatation est jumelée à l’ajout d’avoie forment une texture onctueuse et liquoreuse en bouche. Au départ, le goût de café et son amertume dominent outrageusement, mais au fur et à mesure que la bière tempère, des notes chocolatées et sucrées atténuent cette astringence. L’alcool apporte une chaleur réconfortante qui soutient très bien toutes ces saveurs puissantes.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zacgillbanks (2531) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2014
Bottle from Rehills, Newcastle. This inky black beer has dark brown highlights and pours with absolutely no head. It has very rich chocolate praline flavours, vanilla and coffee notes with liquorice and more super rich Belgian chocolate on the spicy red fruity finish. Excellent!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BrewTom (324) - - DEC 13, 2014
Smells of bitter chocolate & has a huge chocolate taste, surprisingly more than coffee. It is like drinking smooth, 85% cocoa chocolate with some coffee in the complex, caramel finish. A lot less dry than some of the other Beer Geeks I've had but all the better for it. No wonder this has become a modern classic! Rated by BrewTom

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fukito (778) - Sao Paulo, BRAZIL - DEC 7, 2014
Pours a deep viscous black burgundy with no head and low carb. Arina is strong fine espresso with sone cocoa treacle a d salty notes. Flavor is rich bitter coffee with vanilla and torrified coffee very intense but balnced. Medium to heavy palate. Super complex but still quite drinkable.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
UrbanCaveman (74) - Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2014
11.2 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at room temperature. A: Pours a level of black that should probably emit Hawking radiation, while forming a very thin, very dark brown head that dissipates quickly and leaves no trace at all - no cap, no ring, maybe a couple stray bubbles temporarily along the sides of the glass. In other words, nothing escapes it. I’m guessing it’s somewhat high gravity. (These jokes should all go under one of Mikkeller’s other beers, but they fit better with the appearance of this one.) S: The aroma, which somehow manages to escape the event horizon of the beer surface, strikes up front as sweet with dark fruitiness throughout. Both roasted chocolate malt and sweeter notes are present, as one would expect from an oatmeal stout. Fruity notes include plums, figs, and currants. Despite one of the main ingredients, I detect no litterbox odors - perhaps those simply aren’t shunted away from the singularity during dilation. Oddly enough, I get little to no coffee odor as well. T: Unexpectedly, this beer did not tear my tongue apart and then crush it into an infinitesimally tiny ball of matter, so that’s a plus. Toffee and chocolate malts strike up front, joined shortly by a quick rush of more fruity notes ranging from plum to currant. As the beer moves along the palate, an earthy, burnt bitter flavor swirls in to conceal the rest, which in turn yields to an almost pure coffee taste at the finish. A pleasant roasted coffee aftertaste lingers well after the swallow, markedly less bitter than any other coffee I have tasted aside from pure Kona coffee in Kailua-Kona itself. M: Smooth and silken, with scarcely any carbonation to be found nor tasted - literally just enough to leave the beer not feeling dead and lifeless in the mouth. It’s not the heaviest oatmeal stout I’ve ever tasted, which is surprising given the amount of mass it should have, but it compares decently to others in the style. O: Eminently drinkable, this hides its ABV well behind a wall of shifting flavor complexity. I would consider buying again. One could say it has a powerful attractive force. All right, I’ll knock off the lame black hole jokes. Suffice it to say, despite being made with crap, this is far from a crappy beer.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gad905 (162) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2014
Draft at BD Shoreditch 22/11/13, bottle at home 5/7/14. Pours daaark brown, small head dies off. Amazing intense sweet coffee roast chocolate aroma, so good. Intense rich sweet molasses vanilla chocolate, then bitter coffee, some hop bitterness too, great depth, a touch of acidity too. Big body, silky smooth. This is one of my very favourite beers, I love it.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
VT (1666) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 4, 2014
330 ml bottle. Pours black with a brownish head. Aroma is hazelnut, coffee, cocoa, tobacco and smoke. Flavor is dark chocolate, loads of coffee, tobacco, smokey and hazelnut. Finish is bitter, roast, some fruits, tart. Full body, velvety, oily mouthfeel, weak carbonation. Wow, just wow!

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kingvit (256) - - NOV 30, 2014
Aroma: coffee, spice, cocoa, milk, red berries; Appearance: dense dark brown, vanishing minimal frothy brown head; Taste: intense bitterness, medium sweetness, slight sourness; Palate: long finish, thick texture, soft carbonation, medium body A complex, multifaceted beer. Could be just a bit thicker and the bitterness from alcohol is a slightly discouraging at start.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Distance_Runner (62) - BELGIUM - NOV 30, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2014 Bottle from De Hopduvel, Gent, Belgium. I loved this one better than the breakfast version. Less coffee aroma/flavour. However that strong coffee aroma is still there. Smell of coffe is cool but not for a beer. Imperial Russian Stout from Emelisse is still better than this one. This imperial Oatmeal stout is brewed with one of the world’s most expensive coffees, made from droppings of weasel-like civet cats. The fussy Southeast Asian animal are picky and will eat nothing but the best and ripest coffee berries. Enzymes in their digestive system aid the process of breaking down the beans which brews a strong, fist-in-the-air flavored coffee. Who would’ve thought drinking beer that started its journey travelling through the insides of a weasel, would taste this good?


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