Actually that depends on how you qualify poop. I drank a beer fermented from coffee beans that had passed through the digestive track of an exotic weasel-like cat and were then harvested from the animal’s fecal matter. Bottom line, it pooped them out. I just drank cat poop.
Allow me to explain. Last week, my friend, Charles, gave me a really cool Danish beer for my birthday: Mikkeller’s Beer Geek Brunch (Weasel). It’s an Imperial Oatmeal Stout “brewed with one of the world’s most expensive coffees, made from droppings of weasel-like civet cats.” Apparently, when civets (pronounced siv-it) digest coffee cherries, enzymes in their stomach digest the flesh and “go to work” on the coffee beans themselves, imparting more flavor and aroma. The price tag for the resulting beans speaks for itself: $100 – $600 a cup! Civets brew some mean coffee.
Back to the stout – it was without a doubt one of the wildest beer’s I’ve ever had. It poured like liquid lead, eliciting an “Oh my god.” from my roommate. The mouthfeel matched the appearance – thick, thick, thick. It felt like cool mocha syrup. Flavors were just as dense – mostly rich coffee with dark chocolate, butterscotch, and a good amount of clean (and much needed) bitter acidity on the back and sides of the tongue. This beer was huge in body, flavor, and concept. I’m not sure if I’ll ever crave a beer like this, but going along for the ride was awesome.
After the Weasel, Dan and I split another fantastic specimen: Double Trouble, Founders’ Double IPA. This was one of the most memorable and unique IPAs I’ve ever had. For one, it was really light in color for the style – especially for a double. The nose was really pungent and struck me at first like BO. After one sip though, it was clear what the flavor had been: grapefruit. It must be the cascade hops, but I’ve never tasted an IPA that so clearly showcased the flavor. Thankfully, the bitter tang didn’t come off as sharp or zippy. It had a really soft, malty backbone that was more reminiscent of the fruit’s subtle pith rather than its harsh acid.
Weighing in at 9.4% and 86 IBUs, this beer could have been a real bomb. Instead, its lightness and drinkability showcased what it was: a very cool mix of bright and soft flavors.