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The Target: Mikkeller’s Hoppy Lovin’ Christmas

Brewed by: Mikkeller (brewed at De Proefbrouwerij)
Copenhagen, Denmark
Style: American Double/Imperial IPA
ABV: 7.8 %

Commercial description: India Pale Ale brewed with Ginger and Pine Needles.

APPEARANCE (5/5)

Pours a light amber/honey that is fairly cloudy. A massive three-finger off-white foamy head with great retention and a crazy amount of sticky lacing. There is a dense rocky island in the middle of my snifter.

AROMA (10/10)

Relatively mild, floral hop aroma, particularly for this style. Malty notes of caramel, sweet toffee, and bready crusts help balance a zippy hop profile comprised of light pine, grapefruit rind, and slight tropical fruitiness. A whiff or ginger and alcohol at the end.

FLAVOR (18/20)

Follows the nose a great deal. Oily, piney hops are assertive and bitter, but there are some sweet fruity notes coming through, with green apple, orange, and grapefruit being detected. More malt balance than the average hop bomb, with sweet caramel malt, toffee, light nutty notes, and some toasty flavors too. Bitter like a DIPA but balanced like an APA. As it warms the pine is very strong in the aftertaste but is tempered a bit by the sweetness. It has an interesting transition from bitter to sweet to bitter again. Not as much ginger as in the nose, just a hint in the aftertaste.

MOUTHFEEL (4/5)

Nice carbonation, with a smooth feel to it. Light to medium bodied, and not too thick or hot like some DIPAs tend to be. A nice, easy drinking mouthfeel that compliments the balanced profile really well.

OVERALL IMPRESSION (9/10)

Overall this is a well-hopped IPA that offers up the subtle hints you’d expect from the name. The holidays portrayed with a gingerbread cookie-like sweetness and hints of pine. An aggressively hopped DIPA with some nice complexities but it doesn’t ruin you as some of the genre do

FINAL SCORE  (46/50)

 

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The Target: Mikkeller Beer Hop Breakfast

Brewed by: Mikkeller (brewed at Amager Bryghus)
Copenhagen, Denmark
Style: American Stout
ABV: 7.5 %

Commercial description: [translated from Danish] An Oatmeal Stout brewed with: water, malt, hops and yeast. Special version dry hopped with Simcoe and Columbus hops. Idido region coffee from Denmark’s coolest coffee guys at the Coffee Collective.

APPEARANCE (5/5)

Pours a really nice opaque and sludgy brown/black color, one finger deep mocha rocky head the holds its shape similar to whipped cream. Some sticky leggy lacing is left on the glass.

AROMA (9/10)

Dark roasted coffee beans, the slightest amount of citrus and pine. Faint hint of hops with a backing of earthy cocoa and dark roasted malts. Little bit of tobacco in there too. A near perfect marriage of dark or espresso roast coffee, toasted rolled oats, and tarry pine sap hops.

FLAVOR (19/20)

Starts off with a pleasant sweetness of milk chocolate followed up with a slight coffee bitterness. In the middle there is a smoked wood flavor coming out. In addition, the citrus hop profile starts to come through. On the back end the citrus and earthy hops come through and really balance out the malt. The combination of the hop bitterness with the roasty grains and the strong coffee taste is superb.

MOUTHFEEL (5/5)

Medium to low level of carbonation combined with a silky mouthfeel from the oats gives a big, rich feeling as it slides down the palate. No overt residual sweetness or cloying qualities. This, combined with the prominent hop bitterness, makes it quite a clean, sharp finish. Strong notes of pine sap and black coffee remain for a long time after you finish a mouthful.

OVERALL IMPRESSION (9/10)

This is a really well put together Stout with just enough hop character to balance out the rich thick malt flavors. One of my favorite Mikkeller offerings.

FINAL SCORE  (47/50)

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Beertography and Review: Mikkeller Mikkeller Koppi Tomahawk x Guji Natural Coffee IPA

Brewed by: Mikkeller (brewed at De Proefbrouwerij)
Copenhagen, Denmark
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
ABV: 6.9%

Commercial description: Danish: En kaffe-IPA brygget på: vand, malt, havreflager, humle (Tomahawk), kaffe (økologisk Guji Natural fra Sidamo, Etiopien) og gær.

APPEARANCE (3/5)

Pours with a vigorous, two and a half finger head of loose khaki foam on top of a very hazy, yellow-brown body. The head settles at a moderate pace a leaves moderate sticky lace on the glass. Definitely not a pretty beer by any stretch of the imagination.

AROMA (9/10)

Aroma is unique, just like the beer. There is a coffee aspect to it; notes are present but not overpowering. Lots of pleasant hops. Citrus and pine; a hint of roasted bitterness on the finish. Some biscuit is detected.

FLAVOR (19/20)

This weird marriage really works! A blast of serious piney and slightly woody hop notes are followed closely by an understated coffee. I think this works because the coffee is bright and acidic and most likely roasted light. The flavors blend superbly, creating a beer that is highly bitter, but immensely drinkable. Caramel also lurks in the background to provide balance, along with a slight husky grain profile & dryness. Finishes with grapefruit and orange zest aftertaste.

MOUTHFEEL (4/5)

Slightly sweet with a fairly full body. Ample carbonation cleans the palate between each sip. Lots of carbonation., Fairly viscous, but not nearly as much as the appearance would imply. Finishes a tad dry.

OVERALL IMPRESSION (9/10)

This is one that I look forward to each year. Awesome IPA character with some coffee added to it. Very cool concept. Love how the coffee is on the end and not overwhelming. It really works.

FINAL SCORE (44/50)

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Beertography Subject: Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel (Cognac Edition)

A pretty careful pour produces a compact and creamy light brown head in my tulip glass. The beer is pitch black in color and is opaque even when held up directly to the light. Minimal lacing.

The aroma smells of darkly roasted grain, wholesome roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Despite being so roast focused the aroma is quite smooth smelling; it seems to be missing the acrid, sharp burnt notes and charcoal like acidity that plagues many a heavily roasted beer. Instead the aroma is just rich and quite enjoyable; ample aromas of toasted whole grain bread, roasted berry coffee notes, roasty / toasty whole grain crackers, blackened brown sugar coffee notes and lots of dark, sweet, complex malt character. Aroma is rich, fruity with hints of tobacco and oak.  Almost has a wine-like quality; extremely complex.

Nice and creamy feeling as it first hits the tongue, this beer is fairly viscous with a low carbonation level. Rich body, the hard roast malts come through now combined with licorice and dried dark fruits and again these pleasantly smooth Cognac notes leaving some pleasant heat. This beer just tastes incredibly rich and decadent; up front lots of rich cocoa flavors combine with caramelized roast malt notes. The coffee accentuates a darkly roasted, but not burnt, bright berry flavor here. It also couples with the dark grain to produce a burnt bitterness in the finish as well as a roast acidity that provides a touch of needed balance to the sweet, chewy malt rather than being harsh. This beer has such a chewy, dense, rich body to it, it definitely has a syrup like viscosity to it as it rolls across the tongue and clings to the palate. This beer hides its alcohol extremely well; it is just such a smooth drinking experience. The roast character can be a touch smoky at times with perhaps a touch of savor, almost salty character to it at times (though it is clearly dominated by the complex malt sugars).

This beer has been quite a nice surprise, I really wasn’t expecting this beer to be so smooth and well integrated when I popped the cap; this keeps the typical harsh, bitterly burnt and astringent roast character of both the dark malt and the coffee well in check, and there is a ton of chewy malt character that easily balances what is here. I almost feel like I should be more critical of this beer than I am, but it is just so tasty, and quite the great experience.  Drink this now, despite the ample alcohol, I don’t see this getting a whole lot better, it is perfect fresh, and I have a feeling any significant age will just make this more unbalanced (though it should still be quite tasty for years to come). I just may have had the perfect beer.

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