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Mikkeller X Imperial Stout 2007 Barrel Aged

Formerly brewed at Mikkeller
Style: Imperial Stout
Copenhagen, Denmark
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RATINGS: 86   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
Limited Edition of 40 bottles sold at a charity auction from March 31 to April 13 2008 at <A HREF=http://www.olbutikken.dk/>www.olbutikken.dk

Democracy for Children charity auction

The cause
MS Mozambique wants to strengthen and develop the teaching of democracy in Mozambican grade schools in order for the idea of democracy and self-determination to take root in the poor country in the southern part of Africa.

Democracy needs to be a part of children’s every day life. That is what is the idea behind MS’s Mozambican project, ‘Civil Rights in Grade Schools’, whose objective is to make democracy a way of life in Mozambique in the southern part of Africa, for generations to come. “Children need to understand and exercise democracy in their daily lives, if the seed is to grow and flower in the long run in Mozambique,” says MS Mozambique’s director, Ulla Strøbech.

The first democratic election in Mozambique was held in 1994 after almost 500 years of Portuguese colonialism and 17 years of civil war and violence. Since then, Mozambicans have been to the ballot boxes in 1999 and 2004. A proportionately high percentage voted at these elections, which proved that the citizens of this poor country had learned how to vote, but besides that Mozambicans are very bad at exercising their democratic rights.

MS Mozambique wants to change that. “We envisage boys and girls, women and men becoming better prepared to take an active part in local government”, emphasises Ulla Strøbech.
MS Mozambique’s project, ‘Civil Rights in Grade School’, which is a part of MS’ s overall vision of strengthening and building up local democracy, aims

• to produce more handbooks and instructions about democracy for teachers by the end of 2008.
• to start a pilot project in the Gaza province, which focuses on teaching democracy in southern Mozambique by the end of 2008.
• that students, teachers and parents at 15 schools in southern Mozambique have been taught the principles and practices of democracy by the end of 2010.
• that teaching material about democracy is developed, tested and promoted to be used in the national educational system.
• that the school board can plan their own budget for their schools and control that the money is spent in the right places, by the end of 2010. MS Mozambique collaborates with two local organisations, UDEBA and FECIV which have many years of experience in teaching about civil rights in Mozambican grade schools.

All the money from this auction goes directly to this project in Mozambique.

The auction
Mikkel, head brewer and owner of Mikkeller and Michael and Jeppe, owners of Denmark’s most specialized beer store Ølbutikken, conceived the brilliant idea of brewing a special beer to be sold at auction to raise money for this project. So they created a special, <font color=red>8 month sherry cask barrel-aged version<font color=black> of Mikkel’s rare and delicious X Imperial Stout brewed exclusively for the beer festival in Valby, Denmark in May 2007. This is a one-time, very limited edition - only 40 bottles (75cl champagne bottle) are available! Each bottle has been numbered and signed by brewer Mikkel, and 100% of the proceeds will go directly to the school democracy project in Mozambique.

Thank you,
Mikkel, Michael & Jeppe

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BOLTZ7555 (2999) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 28, 2012
Bottle 29 of 40 sampled at Woodshed 1.0! This one is truly remarkable...can’t imagine another beer standing the test of time like this. Molasses, caramel, brown sugar, dark fruit, cocoa, roasted coffee, and vanilla. Slight influence from the barrel but it is there. Shocked that I had an opportunity to try this one. Thick, viscous, chewy...exceeded expectation based on age. Raisin, plum, and fig all there. Really impressed!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
daknole (10350) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 22, 2012
Nearly black, brown head. Aroma? WOW! Prunes, molasses, rich chocolate, odd cheese, raisins. Flavor is sweet, decadent, molasses, cocoa, prunes, dark raisins...holy shit this is awesome.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
madmitch76 (19650) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2014 28th February 2009
Sherry Barrel Aged. Bottle 40/40. Opened after a night out with the missus and her work mates at one of their weddings! Phew what a relief, peace and quiet and a craft beer! Beautiful nose of chocolate and sherry. Smooth silky palate. Opaque black in colour. A sweet sherryish start and then there is a little carbonation providing a brief bite and then some minerals. The main body is a complex medley of chocolate, sherry and mildly spicy licorice which is the type of licorice you normally only get in a proper Vintage Port from the 1970s! Rich dark finish with a some good cherry and red fruit coming to the fore and a parting note of yeast and coffee. Quite stunning! Depite it being a 750 at 15% I could barely restrain myself from bolting it. Very easy to be praiseworthy about such a rare (and expensive!) beer but this is honestly the best beer I have ever had!

2011 Note - still the best! If anyone has a 2006 version then I have one more of this one we can share or possibly trade!

2014 Note. Found some of this in the back of the fridge, I’d kept an inch and a bit in a jar. Still tastes amazing. Rich malts, chocolate, light coffee, big sherry - madeira - port. Light warming finish. Amazing beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
EHSRanders (1916) - Tjele, DENMARK - MAY 27, 2010
Bottle. Black colour with medium creamy light brown mostly lasting head. Aroma is roasted malt with notes of raisin, licorice, and chocolate. Sweet spicy flavor and lasting finish. Creamy palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
baggio (329) - norrtälje, SWEDEN - MAY 17, 2010
Bottle@Crazy-tasting in gothenburg. Huge thanks to Marsiblursi and his wife for supplying this. You guys rock! Apperance: Pitch black and very thick. Nice, wee, brown head. Aroma: Ripe fruit, Chocolate, Molasses, Sherry. Taste: Prunes, Raisin, Bitter chocolate, Molasses, Dark caramel, Roasted malt, Port wine. Palate: Huge and very complex. Thick as motoroil with a high residual sweetness and very little carbonation. A work of art if you can cope with the sweetness. Nuff said.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cheeta (1181) - Langå, DENMARK - APR 18, 2010
Bottle no.35 Heavy malty aroma. Raisins, coffee and dark chocolate, very nice and round aroma. Small, light brown head. Black body. Flavor is bitter and sweet, liquorice, coffee and dark chocolate. Medium to full palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HenrikSoegaard (12054) - Randers, DENMARK - APR 9, 2010
Bottle. Great session and great beer. We have waited to years to gather the seven (8?) people for sharing this great beer. Thanks to Mikkeller for this project. And the rating is not for the rarity of the beer, just the experience of the beer!!!!!!! lightbrown fair mostly deminishing head. Black colour. Almost a 3 but it got the 4! Heavy malty and moderate hoppy aroma. Powerfull rasin, plumb and vanilla notes. Moderate bitter fantastic complex flavor. Long great finish. Creamy palate. I truly love an imperial stout with this power where coffee is hidden and vanilla is dominating. I am in Ore!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Marthinus (276) - DENMARK - APR 9, 2010
Raisin Raisin complex balanced. Fantastic dicy beer. dark black coffee. Nice balanced coffee

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hansen (8092) - Assentoft, DENMARK - APR 9, 2010
Bottle no. 35/40. Black. Low head, light brown. Aroma of medicine, herbs, laqurice, faint chocolate and coffee. Sweet notes too. Faint notes of dark dried fruit too. Sweet flavor, long duration. Light acid notes, moderate bitter finish. Heavy syrupy texture. Alcohol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
onystrom (1329) - Magellan Hunter! - Skanderborg, DENMARK - APR 9, 2010
750 ml bottle. Thick dark colour with no head. Alcoholic aroma with lots of raisins. A gift so didnt support anyone...

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