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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: 92   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrianK (200) - Livingston, New Jersey, USA - SEP 1, 2008
Small sample shared by Carlo at the Ebenezers Struise event. Thanks. Thick, chewy and sweet. Starts nice but has a real ugly finish that kills the beer. A better finish would really improve this one.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Grovlam (4208) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 31, 2008
Rating # 3000. Bottle # 14 shared with Thomas, Jørgen, René and Jesper on my terrace in the warm summer of 2008. The setup for this beer was perfect. Good company, the food and knowing that your money was spend on a good project in Mozambique. Besides that, this beer was absolutely fantastic! Thick brownish creamy head that mostly diminished. Good display of lacework. Heavy complex aroma of chocolate, port wine, dried fruit, wood, vanilla, coffee, liquorish. What an explosion of notes hitting your nose. The sip is equally complex and thick. Very full bodied with a soft carbonation and mild alcoholic and thick oily texture. Heavy sweet and bitter in a harmony of flavors. As Jesper wrote: a never ending finish with complexity and texture like never before. This was absolutely the best beer that I have ever tasted, just too bad that it was and will be the only time that we get to taste it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 29, 2008
750ml bottle (#10/40) shared by Walt. Thanks!!! I was very excited to see this one. Poured deep dark black with a tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate, molasses, sherry and burnt wood. Tastes much like the Mikkeller 黑. Burnt lumber, molasses sweet, bitter baker’s chocolate with some warming. This one grabs you by the nuts and owns you.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Christian (12953) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 29, 2008
Thank you yespr for sharing this at the RBESG! Black with a small light brown head. head. Overwhelming, intense aroma with vanilla, oak, some caramel, and complex roast malt notes. Rather sweet, with burned and charcoal notes balancing, toffee malty sweetness, aqnd a lingering warm alcohol. I love how wild and powerful it is.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2008
Tasted at Cleveland tasting on 8-23-08. Thanks!! Bottle pours black with a thin tan head. I smelled this several times and had a hard time deciding what it was exactly I was smelling. I know I was getting roasted malts, then some sweet bourbon, and I had a hard time making out the spices. Maybe a little from the hops. Maybe it was a mix of bitter chocolate and anise or fennel. Whatever it was it was very unique. It had a medium body with a fair amount of carbonation. Taste was exceptional. Roasted malt, slight bourbon notes, and a slew of flavors I am not used to in this style, but I like it! Overall a very nice brew that I contemplated over. And others did as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pivnizub (10182) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - AUG 11, 2008
Bottle (RBESG 08): Literally back; sweet dark malt, vanilla, soy-sauce and coffee in the nose; full sweet-bitter flavour, full bodied; strong sweet coffee in the dark-malty finish, additionally flavoured by vanilla. Very impressive....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (13316) - 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 (12170) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - 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 (5912) - 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 (4050) - 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.

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