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Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel

Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel (Calvados Barrel)

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Tom: Building blocks for taste recognition. This is what Mikkeller does best. He makes a base beer and then expands on it allowing the drinker to get an interesting look into different flavor profiles. Well, this one is no exception. If you have not read any of my previous Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast/Brunch reviews I would […] ... [Read more]

Nøgne Ø Dark Horizon 3rd Edition

Nøgne Ø Dark Horizon 3rd Edition

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Holy Sweetness.  This beer is almost too sweet and totally not what you would expect.  I had it in my mind this would be something akin to Avery’s Mephistopheles  but I was way off.  While this beer boasts a huge abv, it is surprisingly hidden by the massive sugar additions.  This small 8.5 oz bottle is […] ... [Read more]

Mikkeller Barrel Aged Breakfast Stout

Mikkeller Barrel Aged Breakfast Stout

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Aging this beer for over a year I would put forth the argument that one should not do so for more than six months.  Oh sure, it is aged in Bourbon barrels, but after all the abv is not “imperial” strength.  If I had aged this any longer I could see it turning soy sauce. […] ... [Read more]

Mikkeller Rauch Geek Breakfast

Mikkeller Rauch Geek Breakfast

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Am I in Bamberg, Germany?  This beer smelled like the beech wood smoked classics from Aecht Schlenkerla.  The smokey aroma rose from the bottle and glass with ease.  Interestingly, the woody notes brought this variation close to that of a Bourbon barrel aged beer.  However, it lacked the alcohol sting and carried a lighter wood […] ... [Read more]

Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel

Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel

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I will be dead honest…this is a weird beer.  When the cap is on and I read the label it seemed unique.  However, when I took my first sip I could not help but think, “I’m drinking shit!”  Allow me to elaborate.  Back when the Dutch controlled much of the trading in the East Indies, […] ... [Read more]

Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast

Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast

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Brewed with a hearty addition of oats and coffee this beer might be a great way to start the day.  I’ll be honest, living in Illinois there is only one beer that can claim the right to drunk in the morning.  That beer is none other than Founders Breakfast Stout.  If you catch me referring […] ... [Read more]

Nøgne Ø Saison

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I finally made it to reviewing a beer from Nøgne Ø, Norway’s most recognizable brewery this side of the Atlantic. To start out, I’d like to make sure we all know how to pronounce the name. “Nøgne Ø” is pronounced “nirg nir,” with the “ir” like in the word “bird”, though it is not a […] ... [Read more]

Nøgne Ø Dobbel IPA

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What do you get when you combine Kuetil Jikrun of Nogne O brewery and Toshi Ishii of Yo-Ho brewery? A Dobbel IPA that kicks ass! I found this beauty amongst the aisles in the singles section of the liquor store and it is buying off big dividends. The back of the label says it is […] ... [Read more]

Haandbryggeriet Nissefar

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Haandbryggeriet is the brewer of Nissefar, a Norwegian ale. It’s a seasonal brew called “Father Christmas” in English. You need two things to want buy this beer; appreciation for a nice bottle and a love of molasses. This is a very dark beer. I picture the Norwegian winter night with my eyes closed the same […] ... [Read more]