If you will recall waaayyy back in the early days of the blog I said I wanted to find the worlds best oatmeal stout. Said that here. All the way back in December of 2009. Well my search is over. I’ve had some awesome oatmeal stouts in the mean time, with the best being (until now) Southern Tier’s Oat.
But that’s a side note in this story about Cat Poop. See the Civet cat is an unusual cat indeed. Most wild cats are strict carnivores, they only eat meat. Oh, sure they will eat the occasional grass, but that is usually in an attempt to get themselves to throw up something that didn’t agree with them. Vegetables and plant’s aren’t typically a part of their diet. However to every rule there is an exception, and the Civet is the exception to this one.
There are actually about 12 different kinds of Civet, but the one that I’m talking about is the Asian Palm Civet. This curious little feline loves to eat Coffee Cherries. This is the red fruit that is actually harvested for coffee. The bean is inside the cherry. The Civet will eat this cherry and its stomach only digests the fleshy part of the cherry and the seed comes out with the cat’s poop. The seed or bean is then harvested (gross I know) from the poop and makes for one of the worlds most luxurious coffees, and the most expensive. There is typically only about 1000 pounds of Civet coffee harvested per year, and the cost is about $600 per pound! In some places a cup of this highly prized coffee can cost over $100.
This is the coffee used in Mikkeller’s Beer Geek Brunch Oatmeal Stout. And I must say it make’s the $1.00 per ounce price tag of this beer totally worth the price of admission! I was out at Brewforia last Friday and managed to snag the last bottle that was in the case, and man I’m glad I did!
This was not only the best Oatmeal Stout I’ve ever had, but quite possibly the best beer I’ve ever had. I’d easily put it in my top 5 of all time. I don’t normally do this but I looked on Beer Advocate to see what they had it rated at, and they gave it a 95…World Class in their book, and in my estimation that was a low score.
This beer poured an inky black with ample foam head. I’d call that cappuccino colored. The mouthfeel was exquisite, between medium and full with a nice milky consistency that coated my palate with it’s delicious chocolate and coffee goodness. The flavor was beyond compare. The roasted malts, hit first with a sweet chocolate undertone, then around mid palate the civet coffee is just startling and brilliant with its luscious flavor, and finally a slight hint of hops appears and blends perfectly with the other flavors in a Crescendo of mind blowing goodness. I know I’m giving this thing a glowing review, but trust me, it deserves it. I don’t care if you have to cash in your kid’s college fund to afford a bottle of this stuff, do it! That’s what student loans are for! Take that money and invest in a couple of bottles of this beer. I think it would age pretty well, but in my house this stuff would age for about an hour! It was amazing.
Have you had it? What did you think? Talk to me in the comments.