Pop Goes the Weasel
A Review of Beer Geek Brunch Weasel by Mikkeller
Posted on 11/30/2011 by Chops
                   
Exquisite
Ask any beer enthusiast to describe Mikkeller brews. You're bound to get an array of marvelous stories and experiences. For those unfamiliar with the Mikkeller brand, it's the story of two home brewers who gained world wide recognition for their boundary pushing creations. But instead of settling down in one spot and brewing, one of them decided to become what is known as a gypsy brewer, or a ''roaming'' brewer. In other words, he just shows up at breweries around the world, creates fantastical beers with the local talent, then disappears like some sort of hops fairy. The magical nectar he leaves behind is then bottled and distributed around the world. One of these mythical brews is the Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Imperial Oatmeal Stout, commonly known as the Weasel.

Why is it called the Weasel you ask? Well, I'll allow Mikkeller to answer that question: ''This imperial Oatmeal stout is brewed with one of the world's most expensive coffees, made from droppings of weasel-like civetcats. The fussy Southeast Asian animals only eat the best and ripest coffee berries. Enzymes in their digestive system help to break down the bean. Workers collect the bean-containing droppings for Civet or Weasel Coffee. The exceedingly rare Civet Coffee has a strong taste and an even stronger aroma.''

You heard that right. Weasel shit beer. Let's get this party started.

In the glass, this beer is stark black with a rich copper head. I couldn't find any edging colors, so I knew this beer was going to be a beast. At first, the aroma is very boozy with a harsh coffee roast. It takes a few attempts to get used to, but once you do, a lot of interesting smells start to emerge. I was able to find some sweet vanillas, robust earthy malts and many different chocolates. The pungent boozy characters eventually transformed into an external fruitiness that cocooned the strong coffee roast in the glass, creating an aromatic layering. It was a very unexpected and very cool aroma transition. The Weasel has one of the most complex and rewarding aromas I've ever experienced.

As strong as the aroma presented, I was amazed to find a very smooth and creamy mouthfeel, almost like warm cocoa or a light mocha. It's surprisingly smooth and doesn't mimic the aroma at all. The rich coffee roast flavors take center stage and completely swallow the 10.9% ABV. The beer is very rich without being too thick, which is surprising considering the abundance of sediment. The hop profile is very muted and takes some digging to even notice. The exit is very crisp and clean, which is surprising for such a large stout. In all honestly, I really struggle to think of a decently comparable brew. This is truly a one of a kind creation that is simply astounding.

Overall, the Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel is an extraordinary brew. On paper, it's a complete and total oddball. But on the palate, it's heavenly nectar. I cannot recommend this beer enough to all levels of beer drinkers. To be fair, it might be a bit too strong and strange for novices, but it's certainly well worth the experience. This is one of those brews you save and open for a very special occasion. It's truly unique in the beer world and I feel enriched by the experience. As a result, the Weasel has found a permanent place on my ''buy if seen no matter what'' list of brews. This, my brew loving friends, is what great beer is all about.

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