Saturday, June 18, 2011

Cigar City Mikkeller Nielsbohrium

Beer Review #128
I was very lucky to find this brew at a special Cigar City/Mikkeller tapping at a bar called Church Key while in Washington DC.  This special brew is the 3rd iteration of a collaboration between Cigar City and Mikkeller where two imperial sweet stouts, Dirac and Bohr, merge and were aged in Flor de Cana Rum Barrels. 10%ABV and best served at 54 degrees
My Thoughts:  This beer poured black with a faint tan head that dissipated quickly to a minor ring of lacing.   The smell of rum stands on on the nose right away, so strongly you can tell the ABV of this beer is going to hit you.   Dark fruit and rich roasted malt also come through behind the rum scent. The taste of this beer was something very unique.  Strong flavors of chocolate, rum and even a hint of coffee come through very aggressively.  I thought at first it might have been too much rum, but as it warmed a bit the rum seemed to merge better with the dark fruit and chocolate. There was even a slight bitterness that lingered in the end which was very pleasing considering how the rum hits you up front.  The mouthfeel of this beer is smooth as silk with a creamy, rich, mildly carbonated body. Even though this beer smells and tastes aggressive in terms of ABV, it was a very easy beer to sit back, sip and enjoy.
Serving Type: 10oz Draft
My Rating: Overall 86/100
Look:4.75 | Smell:4.25 | Taste:4.25 | MouthFeel:4.25 | Drinkability:4.25

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