Mikkeller is a phantom brewery from Copenhagen, Denmark that contract their beer to be brewed all over the world. This brew was brewed at De Proefbrouwerij in Belgium and is called ”1000 IBU Barrel Aged “. This double IPA pours a dark brownish red that is very cloudy and almost no head. The aroma is of whiskey, oak, vanilla, dark fruit and some sweetness. The flavour consisted of prune, oak, whiskey, sweetness, pine and some hops bitterness. This beer really did not have the bitterness that I expected. It was really heavy on the malts and had the bitterness of a 50 to 60 IBU beer. One thing for sure This beer has a very dry mouth feel. This beer proves that you can have a huge IBU and it does not have to come through in the flavour. The alcohol content comes in at 9.8% and has an IBU of 1000! This was a tasty beer although not at all what I was expecting. It did not really have an IPA taste but more of a Belgian ale and the IBU did not represent the bitterness of this beer.
Commercial Description: The story of Mikkeller is the story of two young homebrewers, who in a few years have excelled from hobby brewing at home in the kitchen to national and international recognition. Most recently, the two creators, Mikkel Borg Bjergsø and Kristian Klarup Keller, were named Danish brewery of the year and the fifth best brewery in the world in 2006. Believe it or not, this beer is actually very well balanced. Residual sweetness contrasts nicely with the bitterness from hop and the result is a beer, that is much easier to drink than what you would assume. The name IBU 1000 refers to the theoretical IBU of this beer. There are physical limits to how much bitterness beer can soak up. For the benefit of those especially interested in the process of brewing we can tell you that 6½ kilogram of alpha-acid extract was used og 10 kilograms of simcoe-pellets per 1000 liters beer! This means that ‘easy to drink’ is only for hardcore hopheads.