Beer Geek Brunch Weasel - Cognac Edition - Mikkeller ApS

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Reviews: 85
Hads: 256
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 53
Gots: 80 | FT: 9
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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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Photo of champ103
2.23/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A: Pours a thick, gloopy, viscous black. With a very vigorous pour a one finer tan head forms. Recedes to nothing, and very still and lifeless. Pretty much as expected for a thick stout.
S: Toasted malt, chocolate, really sweet toffee. Charred wood, smoke and ash.
T: Oh man, sticky, sickly sweet toffee. Cloying in that regard. Smoke and ash charred wood. Hot lingering alcohol.
M/D: A full viscous body. Sticky, thick, and like an adhesive on the tongue. Sickly sweet, sticky, hot solvent like alcohol makes this a chore to drink. This will be another expensive drain pour from Mikkeller.

OK, Mikkeller is becoming more and more like BrewDog. Which is not a good thing. I did not enjoy this, and would not recommend. Avoid. (726 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
2.78/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Backlogged from notes. Pours a lifeless deep black with no head. The smell is very heavy handed in the barrel department. Huge notes of cognac which brings char, oak, and ash to the table. Notes of smoke, leather, and tobacco also come through. Not getting much, if any, of the base beer. The taste starts sweet with earthy notes of Kopi Luawk coffee. Very boozy and barrel influenced, just not really getting behind this one. Mouthfeel is thick with medium carbonation and comes off as a bit syrupy. Overall, this beer is lacking balance. The cognac buries the base beer, and the Kopi Luwak is present, but does not meld with the cognac very well. (648 characters)

Photo of pokesbeerdude
2.88/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Nip picked up from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins, CO for around $11 I think? Into an Epic snifter.

A: Pitch black, practically no head, just a light ring of bubbles. No lacing to speak of. Completely opaque.

S: Big cognac and dark fruit, oak, coffee, and sweet molasses. Strong chocolate and grape notes combine to make an interesting aroma.

T: Barrel is the dominant flavor here, which is sad, I figured there would be a lot more coffee in here. Some chocolate, a lot of cognac, a little coffee and a little toffee. Finish is acrid and dry, almost overly oaky and woody. Not bad, but disappointing.

M: Very slight carbonation, slightly warm, but not hot, not as thick as I'd like. Not bad, but not great.

O: Very disappointed in this one, the harsh acrid finish kills everything in this beer for me. The oak and cognac just bludgeons aside a tasty imperial stout leaving a harsh unbalanced beer. Definitely not worth the money. Definitely a beer that didn't benefit from the barrel treatment. (997 characters)

Photo of Retail1LO
3.02/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a little bitch ass 8.5 oz. bottle into a Cigar City snifter.

Pours a jet black hue with a very thin 1/4-1/6" head that quick fades. No lacing at all. Zero. The smell on this is straight booze. There's no depth whatsoever. Grapes from the cognac, and that's it. It's a decent enough smell, but it doesn't really do anything to get you excited for what you're about to taste. The taste is sweet with grape/wine notes. Yeah...way sweet. Again, not a lot of depth. The mouthfeel is thin as hell, with a bitter, acidic finish that's just very unbecoming a stout. Do not recommend. (588 characters)

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)

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)

Photo of rmcnealy
3.08/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

8.5 oz bottle into a snifter.

Poured a non-translucent dark black color. Not much in the way of any head with the exception of a deep mocha colored ring of lace around the glass. The smells don't seem to be heavy of a coffee roastedness or the maltiness of a heavy stout. It actually has a worn out hop aroma of dish soap. There is a slight smoke scent. If blindfolded and asked based on smell what sort of beer this is, I wouldn't in this lifetime consider a cognac aged stout. The tastes replicate the smells. There is not a strong malt forwardness to it. There are slight hints of cognac, but definitely not prevalent. The mouthfeel is very light. The coffee is subtle and questionable. A very underwhelming beer. Having tried a Goose Island Bourbon Coffee earlier in the night, I might have been spoiled. But given the price of this 8.5 oz bottle compared to that of a bomber of Bourbon County, I would have expected more from this one. Once again, the inconsistency of Mikkeller beers makes me question my next purchases. Recalling previous tastings, I prefer Beer Geek Breakfast over this one.

Cheers! (1,109 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
3.11/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 8.5 oz bottle into a Half Acre snifter.

A- pours black with a 1 finger brown head. Some small blotches and bubbles of lacing on the glass.

S- some roast and coffee, peat, alcohol.

T- roasted malts, lots of peat, not sure why but the cognac adds nothing to this beer and actually detracts for it. Brings out the peat with some alcohol flavor added.

M- medium body and carbonation. Thinner feel with a small warming feeling at the finish.

O- very disappointing beer. Didn't know the price of this beer until after I paid, so my bad. They couldn't of R & D'd this beer because they would have never mass produced it. If you have any inkling on buying this beer, Don't! (684 characters)

Photo of jegross2
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Reviewing the Beer Geek Brunch Weasel (Cognac Edition) from Mikkeller.
Score: 82

2012 vintage bottle served in a snifter glass and enjoyed on 07/30/12. A hearty thank you to Bryan Hernandez for buying me a bottle of this to celebrate the completion of the Illinois Bar Exam.

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark coffee color. Served with a finger of fudgey brown head that totally settles. No lacing or retention. 3.5/5

Smell: Sharp, sweet red grape and cherry aromas. Cognac, ample "wood" and "barrel" that is not very blended into the aroma so much as it stands out. Coffee too. 3.5/5

Taste: Burnt, acrid coffee, "barrel and wood" flavor, cherry, red grape sweetness and fudge. Sweet and overly acidic. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, minimal carbonation. Sticky, acrid and sweet mouthfeel. 2/5

Overall: Rather than it being an integrating component, I am tasting/smelling too much "barrel" here. This beer is also way too acidic. The right flavor components for a potentially delicious beer are here, but there are too many pieces that do not seem to coalesce so much as they simply stand out. After this beer, I think I'm absolutely done with Mikkeller beers. Beer Geek Rodeo (a collaboration with Jester King) gave me hope, but Mikkeller is quite frankly entirely too expensive for what they are and they seem to miss substantially more often with their experiments than they hit. 8.5 oz's seems like a cheap sized pour, but I assure you it's harder to finish a bottle of this than you would otherwise believe.

Recommendation: Skip this one; it is incredibly overpriced.

Pairings: Green apples and honey.

Cost: $14.99 for an 8.5 oz beer.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 07-28-2012 05:52:48
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Photo of stakem
3.28/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A nip into a matching Mikkeller teku glass. An aggressive pour yields just about a finger of mocha head atop the brew. It appears pitch black in color with just the finest ring of brown clarity around the edges. As the cap fades, it leaves some spotty lace sticking to the glass. I am a bit disappointed to see that chunks of gelatin made it's way splashing into my glass. Considering this was only a nip bottle, one would hope/expect it to be filled with consumable product not a layering of gelatin.

The aroma initially displays some vinous quality from the cognac. However, as the brew breaths, more of a focus on earth and coffee with some chocolate come into play. The 10+ percent alcohol is felt in the nose drawing back to the focus on fruity alcohol esters as the brew opens up. Additional sniffs bring out some roast to ashy quality with a touch of something almost like soap.

The flavor of this brew is really bold. The alcohol is not restrained at all. That nearly 11% abv is really fortified with a boozy vinous quality that is solvent at times. The roast provides its own level of harshness that brings out almost a soapy flavor that I faintly picked up on towards the back of the brew. There is some earth, tobacco, leather and ashtray throughout this brew. It finishes big and boozy with cognac and solvent alcohol.

This is a medium to fuller bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation that is pretty spot on for the style. It is very aggressive and unfortunately not a treatment I would pick over the base brew. Instead of adding an additional layer to the already awesome base, it instead muddled the original character and dominated it with a huge solvent blast of fusel alcohol. I am overall disappointed with this brew. Not only for being duped into the cost of this but to find gelatin in this is not acceptable. Unfortunately this is not the first time I have been turned off by finding an unacceptable amount of gelatin in my glass. (1,963 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 25cL bottle into a Glencairn glass. "Ale brewed with coffe, aged in Calvados barrels."

A: Impenetrably dark with light mocha-dark head. Black and excellent.

S: Huge, boozy, fruity, but excellent. Grapes and coffee. Touch of smoke. Malts are a bit flat, but the overall excellent is very good.

T/M: Interesting, but not perhaps to my taste. The coffee and dark roasted malts are overshadowed by a candyish-sweet cognac. Fermented grapes seem out of place in my Brunch Weasel. The beer is perhaps old or stale? At any rate, the mouthfeel is a bit dead. The aftertaste is unfortunately weak.

O: A step down from the Beer Geek Brunch Weasel. I wouldn't recommend it -- especially considering the price/size -- and I won't be having anymore. (755 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

extra from GrumpyOldTroll. enjoyed from my mikkeller wine glass.

a - popped the tiny bottle and filled my glass...brew poured a deep sludgy black with a thin almost vanilla cream head that was gone quick leaving a ring on the surface. swirling the glass left spotty lacing while subtly rebuilding the head for a moment or two.

s - the smell carries some peat mixed with the zing of the weasel in the background. the weasel smell was a highlight for that beer so losing some of that hurts the base beer a bit, but still smells nice. the cognac smell is there and not over-run by the peat of the barrel.

t - wow, the flavor is interesting (to say the least). there is a LOT going on here. chocolate and weasel beans are there, but a bit dominated by the cognac and woody peat. i'm not a crazy cognac fan and i loved the weasel on it's own...this treatment seems to really take away from the amazingness of the base beer.

m - pretty dry finish, but has a nice creamy middle. the heat is there, but becomes somewhat hidden as you sip it.

o - overall, not worth the price of admission. i had seen these tiny bottles with the crazy price tag and was really curious since i love the base beer. noticed GrumpyOldTroll post it in LNBA and asked if it was worth the price of admin, and this crazy loon goes ahead and tosses me one as an extra in a trade!!! VERY much appreciated. i've long been a fan/hater of mikkeller. this one isn't really a miss like some of the others, but had i paid the sticker price, i'd call it a miss (seen this go for anywhere from $15 - $17 a bottle locally and this is only 8.5 oz). for the money, go for black.

as it warmed and i drank more i got more into the cognac, but still this one is better without the treatment. (1,747 characters)

Photo of mtbdonn
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

25cl bottle purchased from Beers of Europe, Kings Cliffe, UK.

A: It pours very dark brown and thick with a slowly forming small brown head.

S: The aroma is very boozy, some dark chocolate, roasted coffee with some hints of oak.

F: Again the alcohol is very strong, surprising for 10.9% ABV. Like the aroma, hints of chocolate, massive coffee and a nice mild hint of notes of roasted wood and a nice warming alcohol. Extremely sharp and focused flavor.

M: The body is thick but not too sweet or syrupy.

O: Actually a very nice barrel aged stout, but I think this beer will only improve with a couple years of aging. (622 characters)

Photo of liamt07
3.57/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle form wordemupg, 250ml bottle into a whiskey snifter - side by side with the Calvados.

Black with a brown head, no lacing or retention. Nose has some smoke, permanent marker, sweet cognac and a spirit character that almost evokes oranges. Grape fruit loops as well. Cocoa is prominent and a whole load of roast. Taste has the spirit upfront, dark fruits, roast and distinct coffee flavour, some soy/savory and moderate sweetness. Full feel, a touch flat and the barrel imparts a weird character that I wasn't too crazy about. I'd take the non-BA'd version over this. (573 characters)

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)

Photo of HopHead84
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

3/25/2012

$14 for 8.5 ounces. Ouch. This had better be good.

A: Black as pitch with a substantial dark brown head that rises an inch and a half above the body. Good retention and scattered lacing.

S: The aroma lacks the punch I desire. It's pretty mellow and it takes a lot of swirling and coaxing to get a good feel for what's going on. There's a lot of dark chocolate with a faint nutty note. Dark fruits are restrained, bringing to mind plum and grape. There's not a lot of heat on the nose. Malt is very roasty and a little acrid. Earthy notes waft from the glass with each swirl. Licorice blends with molasses, wood, and cocoa. Coffee has faded quite a bit from the time in the barrel, and the beer has picked up a very low level of oxidation.

T: The taste has a lot of dark chocolate and dark malts with a roast bordering on char. The chocolate profile is pretty nice. I get a lot of licorice and blackstrap molasses but just a little coffee. Cognac has made a soft impression on the base beer. The beer picked up more of the wood notes than those of the cognac. This is moderately bitter and pretty damn boozy. The finish is somewhat acrid.

M: Full body with a chewy, sticky mouthfeel and a lot of warming. Carbonation is at a medium level.

Overall: This is pretty solid, but definitely not worth the asking price. I'd recommend passing on this if you see it. This was a poor use of $14. (1,400 characters)

Photo of Sarlacc83
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased in SF. 25cL

A: Pitch black with a deep brown/mocha head about a half inch thick. No complaints or surprises here.

N: Coffee, berries, layers of chocolate. The cherry, alcohol and sugar of cognac make their way up at the back of the nose.

T: Bitter dark chocolate, roasted malt, and the cherry/coffee of the Kopi Luwak are present here. The cognac starts to show up as the beer warms with its aforementioned hints of sugary cherry. Starts to break apart as the beer's temperature rises, so be warned.

M: Coating and thick. This really hits the sweet spot for me.

Overall: I really expected to be disappointed with this one considering the cost, but it has a lot to offer. However, at the same time, the cognac and the Kopi Luwak weren't really the focus and each of them got a bit lost. I'd probably give this a higher score if there were more cognac, personally, since I believe the base beer is excellent as it stands. (And cheaper by half and as such, more recommended.) (998 characters)

Photo of largadeer
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Craig.

Appearance: Burnt black and viscous with low carbonation, little head formation.

Smell: A lot of cognac without much heat, which lends a nice fruitiness and toffee note. Plenty of char and tar, but it's mellowed a bit by the cognac barrel. Coffee is subdued on the nose.

Taste & mouthfeel: Big fruity cognac flavors, warming but not hot. The coffee has faded from the base beer, lending a spicy/peppery note to it that's not terribly impressive, but the charred, tar-like malt flavor the beer has fresh has mellowed here and become more chocolatey. The finish is pretty strong, a combination of the barrel, ashy malts and dark fruit.

Overall: Pretty damn good, much better than most of Mikkeller's barrel aged disasers. (738 characters)

Photo of Casedogg43
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a ity-bity bottlebrush cost a bunch!
Happy to get my hands on one.

Appearance: beautiful. Dark, very dark with a nice tan head. Black would be appropriate here.

Smell: coffee and smoke.

Taste: cognac is apparent from start. Coffee and oaky malts. Cognac fads through til the end.

Mouthfeel: somewhat thick and creamy. But not to the max. Pretty solid.

Overall: cognac stands out in this BGB version. Misses a bit, as it takes away from the base of the stout. Still very good, but won't pay $16 for it again! (526 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at the bottle share held at Chloe's inside Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy khaki head that fades to nothing. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, fruits, and cognac. Taste is much the same with a cocoa flavor on the finish. There is a slightly alcohol kick after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the cognac presence is fairly mild in this one. (571 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a dark as night black in color with a thin dark brown head which left a little lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma was filled with the cognac barrel notes, but with chocolate roasted malts, slight brown sugar, and some booze as well. The flavor was big on the chocolate roasted malts with cognac barrel accents, coffee, woody, and earthy brown sugar notes. The brew was medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a woody, cognac barrel, boozy, roasty, slight sweet, and silky finish. It was a solid brew but liked the regular weasal better. (571 characters)

Photo of gford217
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25cl nip bottle.

Pours like any other Mikkeller impy stout - pitch black - but with a slightly smaller head than normal, a small tight mocha heada that recedes to a bubbly collar.

Aroma is combination of smoky, roasty Mikkeller stout with a heavy dose of sweet boozy cognac. Some bittersweet chocolate and burnt coffee beans as well. Hints of peat.

Taste has the is really sweet with dark fruits and chocolate up front with some heavy boozy sweetness. That said, the underlying heavily roasted malts are noticeable and the chocolate takes on a bittersweet character in the finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth and a bit boozy with some oaky notes. Pretty thick on the palate.

This doesn't hold a candle to the base weasel in my opinion, which I think is a fantastic beer. It's a barrel-heavy version that ratchets down my favorite aspect of the original, the coffee. It's tasty, but not worth the price IMO. (903 characters)

Photo of Scotchboy
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

250ml capped bottle split into snifters with the brother...

A: Oily viscous dark pour...minimal head with good sticky lace and legs.

S: Stinky cognac and spirit notes pour out of this thing...there is a sensation of smoke buried here as well, with hints of peat and even scotch.

T: Rich silky chocolate...rich red and white wine notes...vinous, with a touch of alcohol burn on the finish. Vanilla sweetness pops out as this thing warms up. Hints of woody character and coffee underneath.

MF: Smooth moderate-to-full mouthfeel with lower carbonation levels and a vinous, sticky feel.

O: This thing definitely tastes better than it smells...initially very off-putting (to my nose) but a pretty well balanced palate. (719 characters)

Photo of Auracom
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

8 oz. bottle shared by Dan, thanks brotha! 4 oz. poured into a Founders tulip on May 6th, 2012.

A - Extremely dark, opaque-brown with a one-finger, medium-khaki head that quickly reduced down to lots of bubbling. Mediocre lacing. Moderate alcohol legs.

S - Cognac barrel, dark winter fruit, light roasted almonds, and maybe a touch of milk chocolate bar. There's definitely an alcoholic, liquor-like backend from the cognac addition.

T - Initial malt sweetness, chocolate, milk cocoa powder. Mid-palate has a roasted note that quickly morphs into rear-palate cognac and oak blended with espresso and some of that weasel coffee. Semi-sweet aftertaste.

M - Medium body, appropriate carbonation, somewhat smooth, semi sweet chocolate finish.

D - I like the mellow but refined cognac barrel element here. That notable coffee note from the base Brunch Weasel doesn't quite kick in until the very backend of the drink. This one is tough to recommend due to the steep price, but it's a decent drink. (998 characters)

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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Beer Geek Brunch Weasel - Cognac Edition from Mikkeller ApS
89 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.