Mikkeller X Imperial Stout Calvados Barrel Aged

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


on tap


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RATINGS: 117   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03/5   EST. CALORIES: 447   ABV: 14.9%
Mikkeller X-series. This years version of X imperial Stout. Aged seven months in a used Calvados oak barrel.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2010
Bottle, courtesy Cheeseman. An absolutely pitch black body looks about as thick as they come, and is basically void of any head. Though no lacing sticks to the glass, there is some dense sheeting action that momentarily stains the glass brown. The aroma shows a huge Calvados overtone, far more than I thought possible, in fact. Sweet apple and vanilla simply ooze from within, while cinnamon and sweet, dark caramel round out notes resembling an apple crumble dessert. Of course, theres also a big, dark, chocolate fudge component. Hardly a hop is detectable, as this one clearly intended to be an after dinner or appertif type of beer. Flavors follow in line, again hugely sweet, showing long-baked, cinnamon-spiced red apples and just a hint of fruity, green apple tartness. The big, sweet vanilla and syrupy dark chocolate notes serve as nice compliments. Hints of toasty crust show on the back end. As expected, the body is thick, viscous, and sugary, ultimately coming across too sweet to drink more than a couple ounces. This is a rare and delicious treat, but like a great port or ice cider, its something Id only crave on occasion.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - FEB 28, 2010
Courtesy Cheeseman. Black pour, no head. Sweet aroma, roast and alcohol, very mild apple. Super roast and alcohol taste, a bit sweet but still nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
faroeviking (10693) - FAROE ISLANDS - JAN 26, 2010
Botella shared by Pinball, huge thanks my friend! Pitch black colour with a nice deep dark brown coloured creamy head. Quite sweet, vinious, roasty, woody, chocolate aroma. Good sticky pleasant mouthfeel. Powerful roasty malty, calvados, chocolate, vinious, woody, sweet flavour. Long lasting sweet roasty malty calvados woody finish. Great tasty brew though quite sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pinball (12032) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 16, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2011 tasted jan.2010 bets before 2019 (7,3,9,3,17) pitch black, small brown head. nice vineous, coffee, roasted grains, oak, complex. alc. flavor is very malty sweet, roasted grains, brown sugar, faint dark chocolate, calvados also clearly there. very sweet, reminds me of dark lord russian. [feb 2011 shared by forgetfu, thanks a bunch] pitch dark, small smooth brown head. very nice aroma lots of wood, faint fruity. flavor is very sweet, wood, faint sweet fruity, boozy, very nice red fruity aroma.(8,2,9,3,18)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TimE (5616) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 16, 2010
Had at EBF 2008. In a festival of barrel aged this and that and lots of extreme beers, this clearly stood out as about the best. Dark brown color. Huge brownies, dark chocolate and dark cherries exude from the nose. Ridiculously rich and over the top. Thick, sweet mouth of liquid heaveness with calvados showing up more here with oranges, brownies, milk chocolate, oranges and maple syrup. Finishes big, sweet and rich with lingering chocolate and calvados notes. King of extreme should be its nickname.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
deflagro (106) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 10, 2009
Bottle. Totally opaque liquid with a thick, dark brown and very creamy head. This is how an imperial stout is supposed to look. Aroma is a bit pungent and rather sweet with lots of oak, but most of all a lot of apples. Taste is incredibly rich with a lot of heavily roasted malt and apples, some sweetness, notes of oak, spices, vanilla and smoke. Low carbonation and a thick, rich mouthfeel. A completely wild and crazy beer. Really fantastic and an amazing experience.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kappldav123 (6069) - GERMANY - NOV 29, 2009
Big thanks to Papsoe for that bottle. Looks great, the beer in the glass also, deep black, a bit oily, almost no head. Starts very, very sweet, strong, modest alcoholic. Notes of sweets, liquorice and marzipan. Also some chocolate. Finish is intense malty, a bit woody, still very sweet. Goes down burning, warming aftertaste. Very drinkable for its strength. Very good beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (25652) - Malm, SWEDEN - NOV 1, 2009
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty slightly vinous calvados aroma with hints of chocoalte. Roasted malty chocolate and calvados flavor with hints of licorice. Has a roasted malty sweetish chocolate and calvados finish with some hints of wood in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 28, 2009
Thanks to Papsoe for this beer. This was a very tasty beer. Lots of apple, chocolate and vanilla flavors with a creamy mouth feel.Its complex, huge and excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (36537) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2009
Draft. A black beer with a brown head. The aroma has notes of malt, caramel, alcohol, and roasted malt. The flavor is sweet malty with notes of roasted malt, Calvados, caramel, alcohol, and wood.

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