I’ve heard a ton about this particular brew and I finally got a bottle to sample. I can’t wait.
Again, no information can be found on the website, mikkeller.dk, so let’s just get it in a glass and see what it’s all about.
Time for a pour.
This beer comes in a 12.7 oz. bottle and it has an ABV of 9.6%.
It poured a murky, caramel/brown color with a tremendously thick, smooth and creamy off white head. It was sized very nicely. The retention time was excellent and it left a heap of sticky, clingy lacing.
The aroma was dank, piny and resiny. A lot of sweet caramel and bready malt too. A decent amount of grapefruit and orange citrus, but the malt was easily the dominating factor. Not quite what I was expecting. I was thinking that it might have a fresh and flowery aroma. Not that it was bad by any means. I actually liked it rather well, but…..
The flavor was strong with the pine, grapefruit and orange citrus. As to be expected, it is extremely bitter. Surprisingly, the caramel malt was not all that significant. It was still there, but the pine, resin and grapefruit were much more forward. Still not as much as I had anticipated though. It’s very “bitey” and bready on the back end too. Almost like it had some sort of spice associated with it. Very nice I thought.
The mouthfeel was medium bodied. Sticky, chewy and dry, however not quite as smooth as some others, but still alright. Good carbonation and a solid shot of warmth from the alcohol. A lot of flavor was left behind. A very “long” finish for sure. I, literally, had to have a bottle of water after I had finished.
Well, this is a very nice beer to say the least. Tons of hops and bitterness, but a lot of malt too. Surprisingly easy to drink considering the extremely high IBU count and the relatively high alcohol content. I had no problem throwing it down. I definitely think the Mikkeller 1000 IBU needs to be tried if you are a craft beer fan and even more so if you are a fan of bitter beers. With that being said, pick up a bottle and be sure to let me know your thoughts. I think you may like it, however you may also be a bit perplexed.
Thanks for reading and commenting everyone. I really appreciate it.
Until next time. Cheers.
Score: 4.0 out of 5