Mikkeller X Imperial Stout 2007 Barrel Aged

Formerly brewed at Mikkeller
Style: Imperial Stout
Copenhagen, Denmark
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RATINGS: 94   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

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ClarkVV (6957) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 21, 2017
Bottle number 15, drunk 6/10/17.
Dark ebony body of undetermined clarity, topped by a small, tan head showing moderate-to-low retention.
Nose is full of sherry and moderate oxidation, creating soy, peanut brittle but also the more refined tea, hazelnut and dry toffee character of a very old sherry. Smells surprisingly good, much better than most 10 year-old Imperial stouts. No metal or dirt, nor any autolytic character. Booze is controlled, despite it not seeming fudgey or cakey. Plentiful dark fruit with breathing/warming. No doubt a very well-brewed beer and if it was a sugar bomb, it’s certainly benefited from aging, as there’s little/no sign of it here.
Sticky, rich and chocolatey in the mouth with peanut, soy and cardboard showing through a bit more than in the nose. Still, it’s lightly carbonated and controlled on the alcohol, with big fig, raisin, plum and tobacco notes and moderate sherry on the finish. Quite a good one, and glad I got to try it even if it’s past its prime.

jtclockwork (17631) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 10, 2017
Bottle - Grana Padano 2.0: 15/40 - pours dark brown tan head - nose and taste of sherry, dark roasty chocolate, dirty earthen dark fruit, black licorice, oak and tinge of molasses - full bodied

anders37 (27577) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 1, 2017
Bottle #16/40. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty chocolate licorice woody vanilla aroma. Roasted malty chocolate woody licorice and vanilla flavor. Has a roasted malty woody chocolate licorice and vanilla finish.

mR_fr0g (13978) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2016
Bottle shared at the Kenny 20K mega monster tasting. 14/01/2016. Huge thanks to Kenny for this one. Viscous oily opaque black coloured pour with a lasting very dark tan head. Aroma is big rough, slightly farmyard, soy, some jammy fruits, solvent alcohol,. Flavour is composed of oily dark chocolate, fruit jammy, umami, bitter black malts, some coconut. Thick and chewy palate, low carbonation, oily, chewy. Some cough syrup and liquorice in the finish. Covonia cough syrup. Good flavour but tough going.

Leighton (22773) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2016
Bottle shared at Kenny’s 20K tasting - London. Big thanks to Ken himself for this one. Pours oily black with a bubbly brown head. The aroma holds well roasted malts, chocolate, earth, dried dark fruits. Heavy sweet flavour, with oily and syrupy chocolate, baking cocoa, rich roast, scorched earth bitterness. Full bodied, thick and chewy, with fine carbonation. Sits quite heavy on the palate. Hot finish, very sugary, with bitter charred wood, brown sugar, chocolate sauce, ripe fruits, berries. Good stuff overall. Very, very rich.

Scopey (16227) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2016
Bottle #31/40 at Kenny’s 20K tasting, thanks to the main dude himself. It pours jet black with a tiny tan head. The nose is rich, umami, dark chocolate, chewy malts, light soy sauce ,some Marmite, vinous and jammy fruits. The taste is rich, vinous, jammy, fruit compote, oily, slick, chocolate, warming alcohol, charred wood, fruit cake, umami, light soy sauce vibe, liquorice, salted chocolate and sherry. Full body, fine carbonation and chewy mouth-feel. Very rich, but I can’t help but enjoy it. Intense stuff!

Theydon_Bois (21425) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2016
Bottle split at Madmitch76 20K tasting, big thanks to Mitch himself, 16/01/16 bottle#31/40. Massive deScription or wat ? Pitch black with a dirty tan covering that dissipates to a swirl and edgeing. Nose is soy sauce, chocolate fondue, icing sugar, Terrys chocolate orange, light spice, dark malts, light roast. Taste comprises toffee fudge, sweet licks, molasses, chocolate maltesers, no soy notes in the taste, black forest gateaux, chocolate and jam spread. Full bodied, fine carbonation, subtle sherry whisper at the last post. Solid BA impy, has aged well, subtle barrel ... very quaffable.

The_Osprey (9670) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2016
Bottle share at Kenny’s 20K. Massive thanks to the man himself for sharing this one. As ’Mikkeller X Imperial Stout 2007 Barrel Aged’. Bottle 31 of 40. Oily black, small bubbly brown head. Aroma is sweet molasses, soy, dark cherry, plastic, red wine, chocolatey. A bit too meaty sweet for me. Body is big and oily, smooth, rounded, soft carbonation. Taste is sweet port, chocolate, salty, barrel, red wine, a bit medicinal in the finish. I love the intense flavour of this - the salty medicinal vibe cuts through the sweetness. A memorable beer.

teorn88 (8066) - Rimini, ITALY - JAN 15, 2016
75cl bottle shared at Kenny’s 20K celebrations @Chriso’s, thanks to Ken for this one. It pours a pitch black color with minimal beige head. Aroma is big bold sweet, cloyingly sweet with some tangy re berries some oxidation and some farty tangy tones. Taste is big bold sweet with some more cardboardy oxidised notes, raisins, rum cherries, molasses and sugar syrup. Full bodied with ok carbonation. Overall, too syrupy sweet but bold and tasty

Enjoyit (3809) - Vadum, DENMARK - JAN 29, 2014
Black of color with a weak brown head. An aroma of soya, dark fruits, blackberries, currant, redwine, oak and chocolate. A flavor of wood, chocolate, prunes, redwine, raisins and a oily texture.

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