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Mikkeller Not Just Another Wit
08/01/2009, 10:02 PM
Filed under: Mikkeller, wheat ale (shaker, weizen) | Tags:

Beer Review: Mikkeller Not Just Another Wit
Pale yellow body under a bright white, sticky head with strong lacing.
Aroma is faint, but enticing, banana, cloves, wheat, pepper.
Flavor is cinnamon, banana, arugula, and peppercorns.
Texture is dry, crisp, active, and lightly biting.
Overall, a great hoppy take on the style, and a delicious example of a witbier.



Mikkeller Monk’s Brew (Elixir)
Mikkeller Monk's Brew/Elixir

Mikkeller Monk's Brew/Elixir

Style; glass: ABT/Quadrupel; Trappist
25.4 fl oz x 10% ABV = 254 / 60 = 4.23 beers * 150 C = 634.5 calories (est.)

Purchased at: The Foodery at 3rd and Arch, Philadelphia, PA for $25.00

Aroma: caramel, tar, dirt, dust, earth, wine, fruit, cherries, mold, cellar, dank

Visuals: brand conscious packaging, stylish, deep dark copper body, tan head, staying, looks like an illustration of hell, in a good way.

Taste: well balanced, sweetness up front gives way to funky sourness, and finishes with a delicate bitterness.  Phenomenal.

Palate: active carbonation, not drying, rounded mouthfeel.

Overall: Delicious, if expensive. Like many other Mikkeller brews, this one is a great take on the style.

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Mikkeller To From 2007
04/24/2009, 11:25 PM
Filed under: Mikkeller, Strong porter (snifter)
Mikkeller To From 2007

Mikkeller To From 2007

Style; glass: Strong Porter; snifter
25.4 fl oz x 8% ABV = 203.2 / 60 = 3.38 beers * 150 C = 507 calories (est.)
Purchased at: The Foodery. #rd and Arch, Phila, PA for $25.00

Aroma: citrus, cocoa, alcohol, roasted malts,

Visuals: fun, interesting, and intriguing packaging, the color of the remaining ashes of a burnt hearth, brown to black with a tan head, wholly opaque with a nice lace.

Taste: Sweet, then bitter, very much about coffee, chocolate, and dark roasted malts.

Palate: Well rounded mouthfeel, not drying.

Overall: An absolutely amazing brew. I’d have it again if I could afford it. A favorite.



Mikkeller 黑
Mikkeller Black Stout

Mikkeller Black Stout

Style and Glass: Imperial Stout; Snifter
12.7 fl oz * 17.5% = 222.5 / 60 = 3.7 beers * 150 = 555 C est.
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $18.99

Neither of those (17.5 or 18.99 or 12.7 fl. oz. ) are typos.

Aroma: amazing, coffee, cocoa, hay, barnyard, oak, alcohol, ether.

Visuals: world class packaging, blackness, midnight, deep woods, solid, thick, viscous, staying tan head, intricate lace.

Taste: nicely balanced, off the charts in malt and hops, a new level of strength. Superb.

Palate: highest quality, syrupy texture, long dark finish.

Overall: The DFH 120 minute IPA of the world of imperial stouts. All others pale. It is without a doubt the best beer I have ever tasted in my life. I will go and clear the shelves of it, whatever the cost. It’s not only a favorite, it is my new superlative standard. Highest value for the highest craft. Mikkeller is only posing as a human.

A second tasting: I often say that this beer or that beer is ‘one of my favorites’ but this beer is, by far, my favorite brew. I forst had this in November of 2008, and wondered when I declared that it was my favorite how long it would hold the title. Many beers since have been very good, very complex, flavorful, and rewarding, but this one has all of that, plus personality, style, and an aroma, that is at once chocolatey, peppery, and full of booziness. The complex mixture in the flavor and texture includes maple syrup, alcohol, vodka, coffee, licorice, candy, dust, and chalk. The heft is intimidating, and the alcohol effects about halfway through makes you respect and quietly sip and contemplate it. This is an amazing brew, and would pair well with the most powerfully spicy or sweet dishes. It would overpower almost anything else, and for me, that’s right on. Play on, Mikkeller, you rock it hard.



Mikkeller Black Hole Imperial Coffee Stout

Style and Glass: Imperial Stout; snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 13.1% in 12.7fl oz. estimated at 250 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $10.99

Aroma: Amazing, coffee, licorice, dirt, sand, mold, sulfur.

Visuals: beautiful packaging, dark, oily, black, staining, without light, long lasting tan head, the most vibrant lace.

Taste: well balanced, heavy malt, heavy hops, heavy strength.

Palate: high quality, silky, oily, melted chocolate, fluid, long bitter finish.

Overall: Another amazing brew from Mikkeller. An absolute repeat. An instant favorite. High value. High craft.



Mikkeller All Others Pale

Style and Glass: American Pale Ale, Shaker
ABV, Volume & Calories: 6% in 17 fl oz. estimated at 175C
Purchased at: Canal’s Burlington, NJ for $8.54 after discount

Aroma: nice, pine, citrus. 7 out of 10.

Visuals: beautiful, simple design, red golden color, brilliant, persistent white head, great lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: well balanced, high malt, medium hops, medium strength, high craft. 9 out of 10.

Palate: high quality, medium texture, medium finish. 3 out of 5.

Overall: A fantastic brew, like all Mikkellers, I’d love the opportunity to repeat, but not necessarily a favorite, overtly expensive, superlative craft. 18 out of 20.



Mikkeller Stateside IPA

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 94, IPA, Shaker, tulip
ABV, Volume & Calories: 7 % in 16.9 fl oz. estimated at 300 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ, for $9.19

Aroma: sweet, moldy, musky, basement, pine, citrus. 8 out of 10.

Visuals: hazy, sandblasted bronze, thin white head, lightly laced. 4 out of 5.

Taste: barley, specialty grains, hops, water, craft. out of 10.

Palate: loose, juicy, long dark bitter finish. 5 out of 5.

Overall: deeper and darker than the average IPA. I’d seek it out. It’s great. It’s a favorite IPA for a devoted hophead. It is masterfully crafted. 19 out of 20.



Mikkeller Draft Bear ESL

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 93, European Strong Lager, Lager Glass
ABV, Volume & Calories: 8 % in 22.4 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $14.99

Aroma: heavy malt, syrupy, coke syrup, caramel. 10 out of 10.

Visuals: cloudy, misty bronze, beautiful white long lasting head, intricate lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: hoppy, roasted grains, dark, beautifully crafted. 10 out of 10.

Palate: solid, heavy, long bitter finish. 5 out of 5.

Overall: Makes me think of what a lager could be if any attention or care was put to it. Absolutely beautiful.  I’d have it again in a second. It’s not a favorite because the style isn’t a favorite, but if more lagers were like this, I’d seek them out. Beautifully crafted. 18 out of 20.



Mikkeller Jackie Brown

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 94, Brown Ale, Dimpled Mug
ABV, Volume & Calories: 6% in 16.9 fl oz. estimated at 200 C
Purchased at: OakTree Buy Rite, South Plainsfield, NJ for $14.99

Aroma: faint, spicy, hoppy, caramel, root beer, nice. 8 out of 10.

Visuals: brilliant, red-brown color, thick foamy off-white, persistent head, impressive lace. 4 out of 5.

Taste: roasted, coffee, ginger, garlic, celery, intense hops, interesting, well crafted.10 out of 10.

Palate: mouthfeel is crisp, drying, texture is peppery, finish is long, bitter, and enjoyable. 5 out of 5.

Overall: Reminded me of a dark and delicious root beer. I’d have it again as a gift, but the price was very steep. Browns in general are not a favorite style for me. This one was very well done, as are all Mikkelleri. 18 out of 20.



Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast Stout

Glass: English pint
Purchased at: OakTree BuyRite, South Plainfield NJ (Thanks, Jay & Matt!)
Price: $14.99
Size: 22.3 fl oz
ABV: 7.5 %
IBU: n/a
Estimated Calories: 175 C
RateBeer Rating: 100

Aural: quick release in opening, dark, quiet carbonation, intense but uneventful pour

Aroma 10 out of 10

Intensity: strong

Balance: sharp

Impression:  so nice

Malt Aroma: oat, sugar, toast, hazelnut, caramel, espresso roast
Hops Aroma
: mold, licorice, tar, resin, lemon
Other Aroma
: bacon

Notes: An amazing aroma. An aroma by which to compare all others. Phenomenal.

Appearance 5 out of 5

Color: black

Clarity:  wholly opaque

Head Retention: persistent

Lace: poor

Notes: A full darkness with a dark tan head. An exact replica of deep roasted coffee.

Flavor 10 out of 10

Intensity: strong

Balance: bitter

Impression: so very nice

Malt Flavor: oat, rye, chocolate syrup, burnt toast, carbon, cashew, caramel, toffee, espresso
Hops Flavor: mint, cilantro, dust
Other: alcohol

Notes: An amazing flavor. Comparable to no others. An instant and lasting favorite.

Palate 5 out of 5

Mouthfeel

Sensation: drying, warming

Body: full

Carbonation: faint

Finish

Length: long

Intensity: strong

Balance: bitter

Notes: Leaves you wanting another taste. Would make a great gift. I wish I was having pancakes right now.

General Impression: 20 out of 20

Craftmanship: excellent

Freshness: fresh

Personal Taste: absolutely  loved

Notes: I cannot find more superlatives to apply here. It is, without a doubt, my favorite beer. Mikkeller is a genius.




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