These guys have collaborated a few times before and it seems that they have really got a good thing going.
The second collaboration between Jester King and Mikkeller, Beer Geek Rodeo is an Imperial Oatmeal Stout brewed with smoked malt, chipotle peppers and Vietnamese coffee.
Let’s give it a try. Shall we pour a glass?
This beer had an ABV of 10.1% and it came in a 25.4 oz. bottle.
It poured a deep brownish/black color with a tan tinted head. The texture was smooth and creamy with some small, tightly compacted bubbles. The cap was sized well and the retention time was admirable and the lacing was thick and clingy. Some clear alcohol legs were left sticking to the sides of the snifter when I tilted the liquid from side to side. No highlights were noticed when I held it toward the light either. A very nice and attractive looking beer to say the least.
The nose was thriving with freshly roasted coffee malts. It also produced tones of smoked wood and slight bits of chipotle and crushed red pepper. It wasn’t extremely complicated, however it was very becoming and balanced.
The flavor gave a nice shot of chocolate at first. I was little surprised by that because it was nowhere to be found in the aroma. Freshly ground coffee beans sat right in the middle and the chipotle peppers really started to pop as it warmed. It was almost like the aftertaste of a bowl of chili at the back end. I really liked that aspect. Very nice.
The mouthfeel was medium/full bodied. Dry and smooth with a subtle creaminess, however a slight roughness was felt after the swallow, which really peaked my interest. A deep warmth was felt from both the alcohol and the peppers. The carbonation was medium to low in strength, yet that allowed a tremendous amount of flavor to be left on the palate long after each sip. It even continued to show itself after I had long finished the bottle by way of a belch or two. Awesome.
I’ve got to tell ya…. I really liked this beer. I loved those chili peppers!!! In a lot of ways it was like having authentic Mexican food… and I love authentic Mexican food. I don’t necessarily think that I could drink this everyday or anything, but I could totally see myself craving it from time to time. It’s definitely worth a try if you can get it. I think you may like it. I believe that it may be best served during the cooler months, yet the drinkability was good enough that it could be had during warmer weather as well. Either way, give the Mikkeller/Jester King Beer Geek Rodeo a test drive if you happen to see a bottle. Be sure to let me know of your opinion too. I’d love to hear about it.
Thanks for reading and commenting everyone. I really appreciate it.
Until next time. Cheers.
Score: 4.15 out of 5