Tasting: May 22, 2011
Okay, so there are a lot of strange brewing ingredients out there — but weasel shit? Wow. I thought the name was just another funky moniker from the Danish brewer, Mikkeller. Now, I’m reading the label and it describes a Vietnamese weasel-like animal called a civet that eats coffee beans and their droppings are harvested to make one of the world’s most expensive coffees — appropriately called “civet coffee”. Wow — who thought to first brew coffee from that? And now, it’s in the beer I’m about to drink. Also from the label — this oatmeal stout boasts an ABV of 10.9 %.
No surprise when it pours dark with a really appealing creamy head — it simply looks like melted chocolate ice cream buoyed on top of a dark cola. The first sip blows me away, creamy mouthfeel, thick with roasted coffee and a dark chocolate finish. The coffee does overpower any grains or oatmeal you might find. This is just a world class stout and you know it with a couple of sips. I think about the stouts I’ve had over the last couple of days — Black Magick — had too much alcohol — this one has a just a subtle nice warming characteristic. Aphrodite — had a weak mouthfeel, this one is a slice of heaven. Caution, has some funky sweet sludge on the bottom of the bottle. Other than that — this one has it all — I love it — 96 points.