Mikkeller Festival Special Edition 2009 – Stella 0 – Bottle Number 720/1300.
Review by Barney Matthews and Wilson Hede of Beer de Luxe, Federation Square, Melbourne
10.0% Alc/Vol, 1500ml bottle.
Nose – brandy-soaked currents, dried orange peel
Mouthfeel – Silky & chewy
Carbonation – moderate –medium, higher than that usually found in a barley wine.
Flavours – Big hop flavours, hop resin, cedar, big malt sweetness
Overall – A rich & complex beer with notes of dried fruit, brandy and huge hop resins. Good mid pallet bitterness (like that of chewing on an elastic band), big malt sweetness which embraces the high alcohol content (10%). Mouth-watering finish. Excellent!