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Mikkeller X Imperial Stout Calvados Barrel Aged

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


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RATINGS: 114   WEIGHTED AVG: 4   EST. CALORIES: 447   ABV: 14.9%
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Mikkeller X-series. This year’s version of X imperial Stout. Aged seven months in a used Calvados oak barrel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 17, 2009
375 ml bottle. Label says 14.9% abv. Pitch black. Seems clear. Small beige head initially but it disappears after a while. Hints of burnt caramel, then a little tar. Cigarette stubs, but soaked in caramel sauce. Feels very sweet initially, then comes an attack from roasted malts, but that is held up by the sweet caramel malt. More of the cigarette ash shows up after a while. This beer is very complex. Layers upon layers of intense flavours. Wonderful stuff. Calvados flavours get more noticeable towards the finish. Fantastic complexity. Bottle reeks of naphthalene.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sigmund (5705) - Tau, NORWAY - JUL 17, 2009
375 ml bottle, kindly shared by Ole R. ABV was 14%. Pitch black colour, low brown head. Lovely roasty and vinous aroma, notes of calvados and blackcurrants. Extremely sweet and very roasty flavour, notes of liquorice, dark cherries and dark chocolate, distinct hoppy bitterness and tar in the finish. Alcohol is noticeable. Combined with the strong flavour elements, this leaves the impression that the beer is even stronger than it actually is - I might have guessed 18-20%.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
andersand (529) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 17, 2009
Aroma is oaky, salty, spicy with notes of dark chocolate, liqourice, alcohol and sweet berries. Mouthfeel is extremely smooth, silky yet silghtly sticky and thick, lovely "feel", nice "look". Flavour is extremely sweet and thick of brown sugar, burnt wood, sweet oak, light chocolate, liqourice and raisins. Finishes with a long warming sensation, salty wood balancing up a heavy berry sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madsberg (10684) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUL 5, 2009
Bottled. Pitch black coloured. Small quicly diminshing brown dense head. Roast, prunes, chocolate, light alcohol is what I get out of the aroma. Flavour is full of liqourice, vanilla, brown sugar, chocolate, roast, light spice and light wood. Calvados is definately notable. Medium to full bodied. Roasty and liqourice dence bitter end. Is quite sweet and alcoholwarming on the palate. Nice one.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Madsnp (933) - DENMARK - JUL 1, 2009
Bottle. Pitch black with no head. Wow! The aroma almost explodes in the glass with notes of maple syrup, roasted malt, dried fruit, vanilla, caramel, coffee, alcohol and chocolate. Very oily and sticky texture. Flavour is a little to sweet for me. Notes of liqueur, sweet malt, dark fruit, raisins, warming alcohol and vanilla. This one is truly a sipper!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dedollewaitor (14539) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 16, 2009
To Celebrate my # 2900th rating. 37,5cl bottle @ Olbutikken. Pours pitch black with a small creamy brown head and lacings. Nose is roast, deep, vinous, complex, vanilla, chocolate, wood. Smooth, thick, oily and warm. Coffee, oak and chocolate with alcohol in the back. Wauw!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skinnyviking (7732) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 16, 2009
Bottle. Low white fluffy and quickly disappearing head. Pitch black body. Coffee choccolate apple alcohol wood aroma. Roasted barley malt flavor with coffee choccolate caramel apple and wood. Alcohol subdued. Low carbonation, long bitter sweet aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
petermadsen (390) - Vesterbronxxx, DENMARK - MAY 15, 2009
This works really well. The aroma is boozy and slightly roasted with the oak and calvados shining through. The flaovur is thick and malty with loads of wood, roasted notes and calvados. It’s quite fruity and heavy and just really good!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 11, 2009
Black colour with a light brown head. Light roasted, vinous, fruity aroma with notes of chocolate and wood. Malty, fruity flavor with vinous notes and hints of wood and alcohol. Superb beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
yngwie (15191) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 30, 2008
On tap at European Beer Festival, Copenhagen. Black, with a small tan head. Sweetish nose with coffee, chocolate, sugars and alcohol. Coffee, chocolate, vanilla, alcohol and oaked spirits in the mouth. Oily, full-bodied and warming. Long, warming finish with chocolate, coffee and spirits. An extreme beer, complex as hell and plain wonderful. Probably the best beer on the festival, and the one I spent the most time enjoying. Just f…ing gorgeous. (080913)

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