Beer Geek Brunch Weasel - Cognac Edition - Mikkeller ApS

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89
very good

85 Reviews
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Reviews: 85
Hads: 256
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 53
Gots: 80 | FT: 9
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: bark on 09-28-2011

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Reviews by SpdKilz:
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4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Given to me for free by my local beer store guy. Thanks Chris!

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with a dark viscosity and about a half finger of tan head that dissipates relatively fast leaving slight lacing.

Smell – Cognac notes, slight coffee, nice roasted malts, dark fruits such as plums and prunes. A bit of licorice.

Taste – Char up front giving a dry flavor. This then fades to bittersweet cocoa and then black sweet molasses. Sweet licorice comes through at the end along with the dark fruits. Starts bittersweet and dry and ends on a sweeter note.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, lower carbonation, finishes nice and dry.

Overall – A pretty good beer…though one I would have never tried had it not been given to me. Honestly, not worth the price tag in my opinion, though again not a bad beer. (813 characters)

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Dixonian for sharing this bottle at bu11zeye's 10,000th rating tasting.

The beer pours a dark brown color with no real head. The aroma is full of roasted malt, but I also get some oak and smoke notes. The cognac is virtually absent in the aroma, but really comes through strong in the flavor. I also get some oak, chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and alcohol notes in the flavor. Overall, the flavor profile is quite complex and very enjoyable. Thick mouthfeel and low carbonation. (492 characters)

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

All black, but nothing in terms of head, lacing or retention. Impressive color, but nothing else appearance wise. Aroma, reminiscient of brandy barrel beers, because I'm not a fan of much cognac, (unless its w/ my russian or black girlfriends) and yet I like the aroma of the aforementioned barrel, this one was similar, rich, sweet, mild heat, smoke & leather (although this was drank at Aces & Ales, where smoke & leather (bad 80s leather) is always in the air).

Taste, well as usual, the beer geek brunch series nails the taste down quite well. The coffee isn't as pungent, but given the competing cognac flavors, its easy to see why, but they are complimentary, so its more than all good. Sure, I love a straight forward big blast of coffee a la Coffee Bender, but this one really gives a more rich and complex attitude. Reminiscient of something like what Peruvian Morning brings to the table, its got plenty of coffee, but it isn't just a one trick pony, there's plenty else going on. The vanilla is there just a tad, something that was completely missing in the aroma.

Amazingly expensive, but since I was kicking so much ass at blackjack, I cashed out, paid my entire tab (4 sculpins, 2 cognac brunch weasels, 1 SN snowed in stout, 1 lagunitas fusion 7) and walked out w/ $50 in my pocket. Throw in the butt rock show that went well passed 3am, and it was a damn good night. (1,384 characters)

Photo of jeonseh
3.07/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A - Dark, almost black, brown with not much of a head but more chocolate milk bubbles that sit on the sides of the glass. The beer seems on the thinner side.

S - Chocolate, light coffee, caramel, some Cognac sweetness and oak. Big fudge notes near the end that combine with a slight oak presence from the barrel

T - Booziness and alcohol hit up front with anise and dark coffee. As it goes on, the coffee continues to become stronger. Near the finish the booze and oak come through. The booze is really strong and gives the beer a strong kick. There is not much cognac barrel flavor that you get as much as a strong, astringent alcohol presence. Finish is lots of roasted bitter coffee, prunes, and fudge

M - Medium body that is a bit on the thinner side. Lots of alcohol and bite from the booziness in it that makes the finish really astringent.

O - Overall, this is really a disappointment. The base beer can't keep up with the barrel and the booze really takes over. It just doesn't have the nice cognac barrel presence I like in Cognac-aged beers but instead it just tastes like the beer picked up cheap, alcohol laden booze to it. It does have a lot of roasted coffee, fudge and dark fruits flavors. Overall, I prefer this without the cognac as it seems to throw off the regular weasel. (1,297 characters)

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

250ml bottle. Oatmeal, fancy Vietnamese coffee, and cognac - now that would be a well-balanced breakfast!

This beer pours a solid black, with ever so slight basal mahogany highlights, and one fat finger of tightly foamy, bubbly dark tan (ok, light brown) head, which leaves a few arced swaths of ebb and flow lace around the glass as it readily recedes.

It smells of mildly roasted, not so mildly sweet caramel/toffee malt, bitter earthy coffee, melted baker's chocolate, toasted, oakey white wine barrels, some wafting herbal, leafy hops, and a simmering warming alcohol edge. The taste is big on the chalky cocoa notes right up front, with a swiftly pursuant earthy, soft java essence, middling bready toffee malt, some increasingly prevalent cognac barrel notes - smoke, vanilla, caramel, and vinous alcohol, and kind of stagnant earthy, musty hoppiness.

The bubbles are pretty laid back, just workin' for the weekend, the body medium-full in weight, and generally smooth, in a silky chocolate manner. It finishes well on the sweet side, the cocoa, caramel, badgered coffee, and barrel notes all finding little active opposition to their lackadaisical collusion.

Another brick in the wall, this. The base beer is already so bolstered by the guest ingredients, and to pile on an inherently sweet spirituous barrel treatment seems like prodding the gods - why and wherefore? In the end, it's not that big of a deal, as the cognac works well enough, especially if your sweet tooth is all paid up on its insurance premiums. (1,527 characters)

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4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.49/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of beerhan
3.04/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

25 cl bottle poured into a snifter.

A-Nice thick black body with a one finger chocolatey brown head. Fluffy head that fades into a frothy lacing.

S-stinks like stale coffee. This beer smells like two day old grounds in my coffee maker with a hint of dark rum.

T-Tastes like old coffee. Very little comes through besides this. The coffee is over dominating with a bit of a smoky tastes. The cognac barrels do not shine through very well.

M-Very thick with and a sipper. This is normally a good thing except when you do not want enjoy the taste. This beer has a giant burn going down and is super boozy for what it is. The alcohol is not hidden.

O-Not worth twelve dollars for such a small bottle. The original version is much better. This might be better in a few years once all the coffee has faded and most of the burn is gone. Avoid. (841 characters)

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of DonDirkA
4.97/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Has a nose of acidic red wine scents like cherry, oak and hints of vanilla. Theres a hint of chocolate and anise with little to no coffee. The coffee is severely diminished in the taste too. Its much sweeter and fruitier, more acidic in a lambic/sour sort of way. Grapes and cherries blend with chocolate/coffee notes & fade out into an oaked anise wash.

The only negative to me, compared to the original edition, is that the barrel aging seems to have diminished the head a bit so it isn't as thick and laced. I feel that this is a fantastic stout though. (557 characters)

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Beer Geek Brunch Weasel - Cognac Edition from Mikkeller ApS
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