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Mikkeller X Imperial Stout

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

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RATINGS: 195   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15   EST. CALORIES: 480   ABV: 16%
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4/4 of the experimental X series presented by Mikkeller at Københavnske Øldage 2006. X Imperial Stout is strongest beer ever brewed by a danish brewery. It’s a killer..... brewed with 11 different malts, 3 sugars, 6 hop types and 3 different yeast strains.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
j12601 (7386) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2015
Bottle at James’ for a tasting with Ferris and Kraddel. Pours a deep dark black with a thin tan head. Big sweet roast, cocoa, chocolate, oxidized malt. Roast, sweet dark chocolate, cherries, old stone fruits. Incredibly sweet, but very tasty. Long meaty roast finish. Tasty.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SlackerMads (1938) - DENMARK - MAR 14, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2015 (Pronounced Mikkeller Kryds). Bottle shared with MF666 whose rating has my stamp of approval. Thick black pour with a minimal head. Molasses in the nose. The taste is heavy sweet and sticky with not that much bitterness to balance it, conceals the alcohol well. Medium/full body, near flat carbonation. Syrup, brown sugar, molasses, sweet chocolate, warming alcohol. Very sticky, but the alcohol picks it up a bit.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MF666 (298) - FAROE ISLANDS - MAR 14, 2015
Black Black, nul skum, tyk i munden. Lidt syrlig gær agtig duft, Sød lidt bitter, bliver mahony med tiden Kaffe eftersmag Free Føroyar!!!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SarkyNorthener (2714) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2015
Bottle shared thanks to richthevillan. Black beer with small head. Aroma of coffee, dark fruits and roasted malts. Taste is licorice, roasted malts, dark fruits, hops and some chocolate. Medium bodied and sticky.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RichTheVillan (4042) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2015
Bottle from Mikkeller Webshop shared with SarkyNorthener; dark brown pour with a frothy light tan head, bourbon and roast malt aroma, taste has sweet chocolate action, light bourbon, vanilla, bitter finish, surprisingly thin mouthfeel.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rodenbach99 (3461) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 27, 2015
2013, bouteille partagée. Je n’ai que peu de mots pour ce monstre d’une puissance sans précédant. je suis mi-figue mi-raisin à savoir si j’aime ou je déteste ce produit. Le nez est superbe, mais la bouche...bordel.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SlovakSniper (3634) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 27, 2015
(Vintage 2013. 37.5 cl) Un liquide à la robe presque noire qui tombe dans mon verre et qui montre une viscosité certaine. Un petit col brun qui flotte pour quelques minutes. Le nez de cet impérial est richement décoré par le chocolat, la mélasse, la vanille, les fruits liquoreux et charnus, les malts enfumés et noirs, la réglisse, les oranges confites, les aiguilles de pin, le café et bien d’autres choses. Des arômes qui sont pour le moins extrêmement complexes et qui, par cette superbe représentation, atteignent facilement ici le degré dit de «la perfection». Sur les papilles, c’est la très grande joie. L’expérience est grandiose et le choc, ravissant. Les saveurs noires sont fantastiquement fruitées. Ça va du raisin à la prune en passant par l’orange et le citron. Les malts fournissent des appuis chocolatés riches mais contrôlés. Les notes mélangées de mélasse, de vanille, de houblons et de réglisse complimentent ma langue à chaque lampée. Ce tout est fantastique. En bouche, le liquide est liquoreux, faiblement collant, doucement remué par les bulles, habilement construit, très soyeux, velouté à souhait, complètement satiné, raffiné, plantureux. En finale, tout le meilleur des deux mondes : une montée mi-amère de chocolat et de café, modérément longue, parfumée par un alcool complètement fruité et fou.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Saeglopur (698) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - FEB 21, 2015
375 ml bottle, 2013 version, from Mikkeller Webshop.
Pitch black body, with an almost inexistent, tan head.
Aroma of melting chocolate, coffee, toffee, vanilla, quite a lot of alcohol.
Wonderful, intense taste of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, wood, nuts, caramel, subtle zesty hops, some dark fruits, a lot of booze, but not as much as I expected.
Full, oily mouthfeel, with a soft carbonation.
Finishes warming, alcoholic, astringent, bitter-sweet, quite dry, very complex, with smooth coffee, dark chocolate, wood, quite a lot zesty hops again.

Very tasty! Relatively smooth to drink for this extreme ABV. Very complex of course, more in the taste than the nose in my opinion. Loads of different, yummy malt notes, I also like the subtle hops a lot.
This is the most expensive bottle I bought so far and it’s really delicious, but still not my favourite Imperial Stout from Mikkeller, their (much cheaper) Brunch Weasel stands out for me. So overall a bit overpriced maybe, but still a pleasure to try once.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JAXSON (533) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2015
2013 bottle. Pours thick black into a snifter. The little tiny bubbles take about 3 minutes to coalesce…always a tense time. Nose is sweet, not as tar and molasses heavy as expected. A light meat-like savory note and something that keeps on saying "pancake batter". Makes me miss doing beer tastings. Despite all the heavy, sweet notes, the mouth really comes through with some interesting savory qualities -- well done bacon and salted meat mostly. Lots of maple syrup, marshmallow, "fig stock". Finish becomes way too sugary. Body is very lightly carbonated, near flat. Doesn’t bother me like it used to, though. As expected, it massive and too sweet, but it has some really interesting flavors going on. Not the legendary beer that I always thought the 2006 would be.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
vtafro (4410) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - FEB 11, 2015
Bottle. Black pour with tan bubbles. Huge roasted and sweet aromas. Chocolate, toffee, caramel, vanilla, oak and other sweet flavors.


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