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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 29, 2008
rbesg08, grand tasting, bottle number 30, if my notes are to be believed, which they probably should not be. deep black with no head, aroma of chocolate and treacle, hints of licorice and whipped cream, vanilla pod and just a light woody sourness which balances the sweetness nicely. a real treat

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skyview (5866) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - NOV 17, 2008
Sampled and shared by BDR from 750 ml bottle (38 of 40) pours an opaque black brew with virtually no head except for a thin film top. Aroma is complex with raisins, brown sugar, molasses, a touch of premium soy sauce, dark chocolate and dark pitted fruits. Taste is full bodied, no carbonation with flavors of roasted dark malts, tawny port, raisins, dark chocolate, vanilla and plenty of alcohol. Finish is thick and with some mild tartness with a raisin and alcohol aftertaste. Quite the experience to try this extreme rarity.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Guerde (1297) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 22, 2008
(bottle, thanks to BDR for sharing this rarity!) Pours black with little to no head. The aroma is excellent, and I spent a good ten minutes just smelling this beer. Dominant aromas of raisin, some light soy, brown sugar, vanilla, light alcohol, and a healthy dose of chocolate blend together nicely. The balanced aroma didn’t carry over into the flavor though. The tastes upfront are very nice and well integrated, with anise, chocolate, dark fruit, and raisin. This is very nice and port-like. The finish really falls flat though, with roasted malt that increasingly becomes charred and astringent creating an off flavor of green snap peas. The alcohol also shows up as well, and it begins to remind me of the wretched Mikkeller Black. Full, viscous mouthfeel. A solid beer, and if the finish had been balanced, it could’ve been great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JK (6046) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 14, 2008
Bottle 38/40. This is an awesome beer. Sweet plums in the aroma, with Belgian yeast and malt. Smooth and sweet flavor that includes oak, vanilla, some brandy, and just a hint of sourness. The high abv is entirely hidden. Very thick and heavy, and nearly still like an English imperial stout.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
badgerben (5043) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 10, 2008
Bottle 38/40. Huzzah to Brad (BDR)! Pours black as oil and about as thick with no head. Strong aroma of sherry, vanilla and toasted oak. Lots of vanilla sweetness in the flavor. Plenty of roasted malt and chocolate, but really buried under sherry, vanilla and oak. Slightly chalky feel. A little oxidized like an English-style Imperial Stout. Freakin sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stine (1773) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 10, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2008 Bottle 38/40, thanks to the uber-generosity of Brad Reno. Thank you sir. Oily port-black burgundy. Fat and sumptuous chocolate and reduced port and sherry aroma. Wildflower honey, tangy and soft in sweetness; alcohol spirit-like and pillowy. A firm, tannic acidity, and some fleeting then warming caramel strength. Fusel-like as it warms further, and getting gritty and quite rough with unrefined sugar, booze, and untextured malt.

Flavor is fat sherry and chocolate oil, with a musty dusting of wooden bitterness; alcoholic, but well-supported. Many different flavors of berries and dark sugar, which in the middle gather an unbearable syrupy sweetness, and this isnt readily tempered by the right kind of bitterness; rather, theres a lot of black malty tar. The herbal honey flavor provides a flutter of balance, close to satisfyingly, near the finish.

Oily, and dense, but not too warm in the palate. Burnt rubber and tar sensations are more prevalent than the blackening effect of booze; a huge residual sweetness, which is a better flavor for it draw out on that the asphalt and cigarette ashes it leaned toward, and even if its distantly unpleasant to me its still totally tolerable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
fonefan (47622) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 9, 2008
Bottle 75cl @ [ Tasting in Ulfborg ].
[ Bottle #25 of 40 ]. Clear dark black color with a average, creamy - frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting - diminishing, light brown head. Aroma is heavy malty, burnt, caramel, dark chocolate, coffee, dark berrys - fig, pruns and raisins marinaded in port or cherry, wood - oak, moderate alcohol. Flavor is heavy sweet and bitter with a long long long duration. Body is full, texture is oily - creamy - syrupy, carbonation is soft to flat, finish feel is moderate alcoholic. so nice and very very good .. well done Mikkelle a master piece again from you ! Lucky me that I did make it to taste this very complex beer .. ;o)) (110708)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 7, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2008 38/40. This dark ruby beer exploded with fizzy carbination leading a still headless glass. sweet aroma with oak vanilla and malt dominated by intense sherry. The wine dominates the flavor but toasted malts peak through. Vanilla comes foreword in an incredibly smooth finish with plenty of roast peaking out in the aftertaste. Smooth as hell with a sweetness that gives an intense barleywine like character. Superb is an understatement.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2008
Bottle, graciously shared by Brad!! Pours a inky black/brown color with minimal brown head. Aroma is chocolate milk, coffee, light roast, dried fruit, alcohol. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, roast, caramel, port, burnt sugar, vanilla. Palate is ultra full bodied, mild carbonation, finished ultra sweet and chewy. I really enjoyed this because I like really sweet beers, however I can definitely see where folks are not gonna dig this. Borders on the absurdly sweet! Very complex blend of flavors going on.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 5, 2008
Rating # 5000. Bottle #14/40 shared with yespr, Grovlam, joergen and sk8viking. This was defenitely the highlight of my beer hunting career. Pitch black colour with a brown head. Roasted aroma with a balanced alcohol and vinous note and loads of fruit and chocolate. Roasted, light coffee bitter flavor with notes of alcohol, wood and chocolate. This is so good, imho it only needs a better head to be a perfect 5.0.

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