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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BDR (2535) - 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.

ogglethorp (919) - 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.

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.

BrianK (200) - Livingston, New Jersey, USA - SEP 1, 2008
Small sample shared by Carlo at the Ebenezers Struise event. Thanks. Thick, chewy and sweet. Starts nice but has a real ugly finish that kills the beer. A better finish would really improve this one.

Grovlam (4257) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 31, 2008
Rating # 3000. Bottle # 14 shared with Thomas, Jørgen, René and Jesper on my terrace in the warm summer of 2008. The setup for this beer was perfect. Good company, the food and knowing that your money was spend on a good project in Mozambique. Besides that, this beer was absolutely fantastic! Thick brownish creamy head that mostly diminished. Good display of lacework. Heavy complex aroma of chocolate, port wine, dried fruit, wood, vanilla, coffee, liquorish. What an explosion of notes hitting your nose. The sip is equally complex and thick. Very full bodied with a soft carbonation and mild alcoholic and thick oily texture. Heavy sweet and bitter in a harmony of flavors. As Jesper wrote: a never ending finish with complexity and texture like never before. This was absolutely the best beer that I have ever tasted, just too bad that it was and will be the only time that we get to taste it.

Miver (615) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 29, 2008
750ml bottle (#10/40) shared by Walt. Thanks!!! I was very excited to see this one. Poured deep dark black with a tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate, molasses, sherry and burnt wood. Tastes much like the Mikkeller 黑. Burnt lumber, molasses sweet, bitter baker’s chocolate with some warming. This one grabs you by the nuts and owns you.

Christian (13927) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 29, 2008
Thank you yespr for sharing this at the RBESG! Black with a small light brown head. head. Overwhelming, intense aroma with vanilla, oak, some caramel, and complex roast malt notes. Rather sweet, with burned and charcoal notes balancing, toffee malty sweetness, aqnd a lingering warm alcohol. I love how wild and powerful it is.

fiver29 (1112) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2008
Tasted at Cleveland tasting on 8-23-08. Thanks!! Bottle pours black with a thin tan head. I smelled this several times and had a hard time deciding what it was exactly I was smelling. I know I was getting roasted malts, then some sweet bourbon, and I had a hard time making out the spices. Maybe a little from the hops. Maybe it was a mix of bitter chocolate and anise or fennel. Whatever it was it was very unique. It had a medium body with a fair amount of carbonation. Taste was exceptional. Roasted malt, slight bourbon notes, and a slew of flavors I am not used to in this style, but I like it! Overall a very nice brew that I contemplated over. And others did as well.

pivnizub (10905) - Bochum, GERMANY - AUG 11, 2008
Bottle (RBESG 08): Literally back; sweet dark malt, vanilla, soy-sauce and coffee in the nose; full sweet-bitter flavour, full bodied; strong sweet coffee in the dark-malty finish, additionally flavoured by vanilla. Very impressive....

argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 10, 2008
(BCTC, 750ml bottle, thanks Walt!) Black body with small brown head. Aroma is moderately sweet, milk/bittersweet chocolate, alcohol, light anise. Taste is incredibly sweet, milk chocolate, molasses, alcohol, smoke/roast, some dark chocolate, light soy sauce. Full body, some stickiness. Once palate adjusts to the sweetness, it’s nice, but the sweetness definitely needs getting used to.

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