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Mikkeller X Imperial Stout Calvados Barrel Aged

Formerly brewed at Mikkeller
Style: Imperial Stout
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 116   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03/5   EST. CALORIES: 447   ABV: 14.9%
Mikkeller X-series. This year’s version of X imperial Stout. Aged seven months in a used Calvados oak barrel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (9386) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 4, 2013
Sample @ CBC’13.
Pours deep dark red, almost black color with a small head. Aroma has less cocoa than the normal version, more vanilla in return, caramel malts and chocolate with wood on the finish. Flavor has lots of tar and soy, some sweet caramel malts and chocolate. Somewhat better compared to the normal version, but still a bit too sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lusikka (7700) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 4, 2013
Draught @ CBC2013. Pours a dark brown colour with a white head. Aroma of roasted malts, green apples, wood and chocolate. Flavour of roasted malts, salty licorice, green apples and mudcake. Full bodied, oily mouthfeel and a roasty, smooth, salty finish. Not as good as the non-BA version.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kryon (2757) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - MAY 4, 2013
Pours dark low off w head Aromas of coffee, hints apples, brown sugar, hints of dark chocolate ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ktwse (4104) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2013
Pours black with medium, thick tan head. Aroma of cocos, vanilla, chocolate. Very similar to the regular one, maybe a touch more vanilla and maybe, just maybe, apples. Taste is clear barrel aged, slightly boozy and very sweet alcohol finish. Body is full and creamy with flat carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansalon (3055) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - MAY 4, 2013
Nose is sugar, coffee, some distant booze. Taste is sugar, honey, liqeur, coffee, chocolate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (6511) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAY 4, 2013
Draught @ CBC 2013

Pours pitch black with a small brown head. Aroma of sweet syrupy notes, tart apples, roasty malts, wood, coffee and sugar. Taste has notes of sweet syrup, tart wooden apples, dry vinous notes, roasted malts and cocoa. Finish is roasty and sweet with loads of syrup, some tart vinous apples and wood. Quite massive and complex, still quite unbalanced though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
_angst_ (4556) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 16, 2012
Bottle courtesy of anonymous donor. Pours blacker than black with a small bubbly blackish dark brown head that quickly dissipates without leaving any trace worth mentioning on the glass. Smell is intense, sweet, boozy and malty with sweet pumpernickel, salty liquorice candy, dark bread syrup, madeira wine, prunes, overripe red apples, alcohol, moist wood, roasted malts, prunes, burnt caramel, black currant jam, leather, sweet liquorice candy and raisins. Taste is  very sweet and bitter with sweet dark bread, dark bread syrup, black currant jam, prunes, raisins, moist wood, port wine, madeira wine, kecap manis soy sauce, sweet liquorice candy, minerals, apple jam, leather, alcohol, christmas fruitcake, brandy, burnt caramel and dark honey. Mouthfeel is round, sticky sweet, boozy, vinous, slightly flat and full bodied. Finish is very sweet and slightly bitter with roasted malts, madeira wine, moist wood, port wine, prunes, black currant jam, raisins, alcohol, sweet dark bread and hints of apple jam. More madeira than beer but a great experience to try. So very very sweet but in small sips it holds up pretty well. Thank you for letting me try this!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Doodler (317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 15, 2012
Traded with Mikkel for a bottle of this which disappeared on its way to me thanks to USPS - so this one came from my buddy Forgetfu via a trade with a Danish pal at CBC. Grazie senor Bill! Pitch black with virtually no head. Aromas of raisins, apples and cherries. Mild carbonation though fairly still overall. Initial flavors are dark fruits mixed with dark cocoa, followed by a distinct port wine and fig flavor, ending with a mineral ashen flavor with strong oaky notes. As it warmed, it added a brandy sweetness.... Complex as hell for sure....Oily rich mouthfeel and a lingering aftertaste. I can see what the fuss is all about.... glad I got to finally try it

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RasmusOtt (2389) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 13, 2012
Big thanks to Phredrik for this! Pours black with no head. Aroma is apple vinegar up front along with some cherry notes, vanilla, oaky notes, burned malts, blueberry, blackberries, black currants, some alcohol is present, candy like sweetness, concentrated medicine and the characteristic impy stout notes behind. Very interesting smell. Taste is alot more heavy on the burned side. Some salmiak, sugar, vanilla, burned malts, kinda ashy, dark sweet fruits, some apple cider is still present along with the woody feel. Has that Black/black hole sweetness and extremeness to it. I really love the smell on this!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
phredrik (1024) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - MAY 9, 2012
Bottle that i got from henrikb - thanks a lot!!! Pours jet fucken black with no head. Aroma is so so fruity! Raspberries, blackberries, black currants, sweet liquorice, cherry chocolates (Mont Cheri), port notes and ripe dried fruits, very sweet red apples from the Calvados. Aroma is nothing like what I had imagined, but I love the fruitiness. Taste is heavily sweet and deifinitely more malty and roasted chocolate feeling. Lots of fruitiness still, black currant jam, raspberries, a bit of apple notes and some Calvados-like astringent which makes a bit of balance, but all over thos berr is very very sweet but also very very complex! Luckily I like sweet beers, but some people would call this diabeetus hell. Fucken hell, I mind this.

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