When I was in Copenhagen back in May I picked up this beer at Ølbutikken and have wanted to try it ever since. Today I thought it was about time! I was actually thinking of doing my first video review with this beer, but I chickened out. Some other time!
Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel is an imperial stout brewed with lots of oats and the famous Ca Pe Chon coffee, and sports an ABV of 10.9%. This particular edition has been aged in Calvados (apple brandy) barrels. It also comes in Bourbon, Cognac and different Whisky barrel aged versions. This beer is usually brewed at Nøgne Ø, but Lervig might start brewing it instead. Looking forward to seeing some more of it in the market as it’s not too easy getting a hold of these days.
Pitch black oily pour with a small dark chocolaty head.
There is a very intense aroma on this beer. As I’m pouring it the aroma comes right at me. I’m getting a good amount of coffee and chocolate, as well as some hints of wood. I’m getting some hints of tart apples as well (which is most likely from the calvados barrel aging).
As the beer warms up I’m getting more and more alcohol and apples.
The flavor on this beer is stunning! I’m picking up much of the same as I got in the aroma: Coffee, dark chocolate, some alcohol, liquorice and some sour notes. Really complex and very well balanced.
The mouth feel is full and the beer feels really smooth (which beers brewed with oats usually are), and the carbonation level is soft, which fits this beer perfectly!
As the beer warms up the barrel aging comes more through in the aroma in the form of hints of oak and vanilla.
Long and powerful finish with some sting from the alcohol up front, and some lovely hints of coffee and chocolate after a while.
Wow, this beer was incredibly good. The barrel aging was not too prominent but added some very interesting aromas and flavors to the already perfect imperial stout. Score: 4.8/5.