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 childrens every day life. That is what is the idea behind MSs 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 Mozambiques director, Ulla Strbech.

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 Strbech.
MS Mozambiques 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 Denmarks most specialized beer store lbutikken, 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 Mikkels 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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
50belair (3562) - Florida, USA - MAR 18, 2012
Bottle # 21/40. Another monster shared by Joe at the Philly tasting. Dark brown/black pour with a small tan head. Good lacing. Caramel and chocolate aromas. DArk fruit, caramel, and chocolate note. Rich and delicious with a nice body.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dcschiller (2208) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2012
(bottle number 29/40 at Daks Woodshed 1.0). Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma still has awesome bourbon and vanilla. Taste is sweet and follows suit of the nose. Full bodied and sticky. This was the best BA beer of the event and we had several awesome ones.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
NosirIwont (2442) - Frederikssund, DENMARK - FEB 26, 2012
Bottle, #4/40. Thanks to Enjoyit, Beeranarchist and MPA. Pours like engine oil; pitch black with a small brown head, which disappears immediately. Aroma is sweet, dry and slightly oxidised with the usual dark fruit/madeira notes that follows. Tart overtone, wood, remote spicy note, and alcohol deep down. Smooth. Flavour is very sweet, almost sugary, a bit oxidised, tart with notes of red vermouth. Finish is vermouth with a peculiar bitterness and a lingering alcohol burn. Overall a great beer which has aged very well. Was pleased with how well-balanced and smooth it was. 17.02.12.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
phredrik (1024) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - FEB 26, 2012
Bottle 4/40 at tasting. Entered as my 100th Mikkeller rating. HUGE fucken thanks to Enjoyit, beeranarchist and MPA!! It pours motor oily inky black with no head whatsoever. But what do you expect from a beer like this? As soon as I put my nose in this beer, I sensed that it is something very extraordinary. It smells like so many things that have nothing to do with beer - sherry, tawny port, Amarone red wine are just some of the things that come to mind. Lots of raisins, fig pure, sweet cherries, leather, tobacco, sweet chocolate, a thick umami feel like an air dried Italian ham. The aroma is tricky, cause no matter how thoroughly you smell it, you know that you will never get the whole picture, simply because it is so damn complex. The taste is thick and viscous. Lots of sweetness - tawny port, raisins, oak, cognac notes, leather, musty oakiness, soy sauce, a refreshing cherry component, chewy and sweet tiramisu, chocolate, a hint of vanilla. Beautiful! As we were drinking this, my ear was briefly caught by the song playing in the background - Nick Cave singing "Im full of love - Im full of wonder - and Im falling under your spell" - which was very similar to the experience of drinking this beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hoprider (552) - DENMARK - FEB 18, 2012
If you get to try this, youre a lucky bastard. I wont get into details, it would not do it justice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marsiblursi (3076) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 6, 2012
(Bottle) Pours super black with almost no head. The aroma is surprisingly dry, vinous elegant and tiny acidic. Tones of super dark chocolate, subtle coffee, fruits, grapes, prunes, plums and sweaty raisins. Undertones of liqueur, some manure, brown sugar and molasses. Woodsy ad light spicy from the oak. Fiery but fat on the nose. Hints of tart berries, wet earth and tobacco. The flavour is heavily sweet, medium bitter and tiny acidic. Boatloads of dark chocolate and dark fruits. Undertones of brown sugar, dark bread and coffee, Fiery but balanced if you dont consider the sweetness. Vinous and light oxidized. The mouthfeel is super fat, oily and round with a light carbonation. Some tannins. Lingering sweet, fiery and roasted finish. Near full bodied.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BOLTZ7555 (3021) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 28, 2012
Bottle 29 of 40 sampled at Woodshed 1.0! This one is truly remarkable...cant imagine another beer standing the test of time like this. Molasses, caramel, brown sugar, dark fruit, cocoa, roasted coffee, and vanilla. Slight influence from the barrel but it is there. Shocked that I had an opportunity to try this one. Thick, viscous, chewy...exceeded expectation based on age. Raisin, plum, and fig all there. Really impressed!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
daknole (10926) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 22, 2012
Nearly black, brown head. Aroma? WOW! Prunes, molasses, rich chocolate, odd cheese, raisins. Flavor is sweet, decadent, molasses, cocoa, prunes, dark raisins...holy shit this is awesome.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
madmitch76 (23944) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2014 28th February 2009
Sherry Barrel Aged. Bottle 40/40. Opened after a night out with the missus and her work mates at one of their weddings! Phew what a relief, peace and quiet and a craft beer! Beautiful nose of chocolate and sherry. Smooth silky palate. Opaque black in colour. A sweet sherryish start and then there is a little carbonation providing a brief bite and then some minerals. The main body is a complex medley of chocolate, sherry and mildly spicy licorice which is the type of licorice you normally only get in a proper Vintage Port from the 1970s! Rich dark finish with a some good cherry and red fruit coming to the fore and a parting note of yeast and coffee. Quite stunning! Depite it being a 750 at 15% I could barely restrain myself from bolting it. Very easy to be praiseworthy about such a rare (and expensive!) beer but this is honestly the best beer I have ever had!

2011 Note - still the best! If anyone has a 2006 version then I have one more of this one we can share or possibly trade!

2014 Note. Found some of this in the back of the fridge, Id kept an inch and a bit in a jar. Still tastes amazing. Rich malts, chocolate, light coffee, big sherry - madeira - port. Light warming finish. Amazing beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
EHSRanders (2027) - Tjele, DENMARK - MAY 27, 2010
Bottle. Black colour with medium creamy light brown mostly lasting head. Aroma is roasted malt with notes of raisin, licorice, and chocolate. Sweet spicy flavor and lasting finish. Creamy palate.

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