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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   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (12310) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 10, 2008
(BCTC, 750ml bottle, thanks Walt!) Black body with small brown head. Aroma is moderately sweet, milk/bittersweet chocolate, alcohol, light anise. Taste is incredibly sweet, milk chocolate, molasses, alcohol, smoke/roast, some dark chocolate, light soy sauce. Full body, some stickiness. Once palate adjusts to the sweetness, it’s nice, but the sweetness definitely needs getting used to.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (8610) - Tel Aviv, - AUG 9, 2008
(6/29/08) Bottle sample at RBESG08 grand tasting in Plzen. Black-colored, coffee-like. Powerful aroma of burnt malt, coffee and some hard liquor-like alcohol. Sweet powerful flavor with coffee and whiskey. Full-bodied. Too overpowering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kramer (5395) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2008
25 oz bottle, shared in an incredible act of generosity by Walt @ BCTC. Pours a heavy and super dark black body with a minimal head. So incredibly super viscous that it left heavy wine like legs when swirled. The nose is heavy roast with molasses and bourbon, very woody, and it had a little bit of an aged oxidation quality. The flavor is way too sweet and cloying at first with tons of molasses and bourbon. A lot of alcohol, but I don’t think that it’s overpowering. As I made my way thru the sample the sweetness really came more into check and I began to enjoy it more and more. It almost had some Sam Adams Triple Bock similarities to it. Mouthfeel is viscous and thick with almost zero carbonation. One of the heaviest and most cloying beers I can recall. Overall, I pretty well liked this, and the more I got accustomed to it the more I liked it. Don’t think I could have more than 4-6 ounces of something like this, but a small sample was really pretty much perfect.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (4024) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 4, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2008 Bottle shared by Walt. Wow, I was shocked to see this here but very happy to try. Thanks Buttscratcher, I mean, Walt! Pours still black, with some brownish crimson red around the edges and no head. Nose was heavy molasses, fusel alcohol, chocolate, astringent hops. I found it difficult to hold my nose in it for too long without being overcome by the alcohol. Flavor is very sweet and alcoholic, akin to the mikeller black I tried earlier in the day. Also picked up notes of molasses, honey, and sweet milk chocolate. I actually enjoyed this more as it warmed a bit and I was able to come to grips with my initial impressions of this very big beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
egajdzis (5622) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2008
Poured an opaque black color with a medium sized tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of sherry, roasted malts, vanilla, some smoke, and chocolate, with a bit of alcohol as well. The taste was a trainwreak, as was Mikkeller 黑. The sherry and vanilla came through, but were drowned by the roast, molasses, bitter dark chocolate, and huge alcohol. Though a big thanks to Walt for sharing this!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeinDahlem (1378) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - JUL 26, 2008
BIG thanks to Ken and DC crew for sharing this rarity. Black with nice brown head. Powerful nose of sweet whiskey, chocolate, espresso, smoke, rum, maple. Hard to pick it all out. Tastes cloyingly sweet, chocolate-malty, very warm going on hot. Bittersweet, almost burnt aftertaste. Very tasty but so sweet and hot you can’t take much of it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
3fourths (8639) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 20, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 750ml bottle #18/40. Hugely sharp alcoholized bourbon and sherry in the nose, comes across as alcoholized black cherries and plums... big, bright nose, boozy and hot raisins, chocolate, wood, and charred black cherries in the aroma, but awash in stinging alcohol, a sort of messy, wet cherry flavored liqueur. Thick and vinous texture, hugely hot and striking on the palate, the 15% alcohol is ridiculously unnecessary, it ruins what would otherwise be a manageable beer. Hugely hot and sweet, a very messy beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rickgordon (3846) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 19, 2008
Bottled. RBESG08 Black colour with bubbly brown head. Oaky, vanilla aroma along with dark malts. Flavour is dark, very plummy and fiery with lots of residula sugars - it is very sweet. Sweetness and fieriness struggle, but this battle the sweetness wins. Unfortunately. Still, quite a solid beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TBone (14267) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 19, 2008
Bottled #30@RBESG Grand Tasting 2008
Thanks yespr! Pitch black color, small off-white head. Vanilla aroma with some licorice in it. Liquerish .. vanilla, whisky, some licorice, vanilla ice cream. Lots of sugar. Propably this improves after some cellaring.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Maria (10191) - Thisted, DENMARK - JUL 19, 2008
Bottle #25 of 40. This pitch black beer has a small, dens, creamy nougat colored head, and it’s thick and leaves solid curtains in the glass, just like the mouthfeel is very oily in a perfectly nice way. The aroma has notes of oak, dark roasted mal, coffee, chocolate, dark fruits and only very little alcohol. The flavour is sweetish with pleasant notes of coffee, vanilla, oak (but not as much as in the aroma), preserved dark fruits like figs and plums, licorice and chocolate. It’s very complex and nice, and the flavour is very long lasting. It was the last beer of the evening, and I still felt the taste after brushing my teeth, in fact I still could feel it the next morning. My husband and I shared this with our friends, with whom we bought it, and the four of us were in awe over this beer. I think it’s the second best beer I ever had... A very worthy rating #3800.

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