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Beer Geek Brunch Weasel - Cognac Edition - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 247
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 49
Gots: 74 | FT: 8
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Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bark on 09-28-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of gpleiss
1/5  rDev -75.8%

Photo of champ103
2.23/5  rDev -46%
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.

Photo of CityofBals
2.5/5  rDev -39.5%

Photo of HumanParaquat
2.75/5  rDev -33.4%

Photo of homebrew311
2.78/5  rDev -32.7%
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.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
2.88/5  rDev -30.3%
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.

Photo of whartontallboy
3/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of Retail1LO
3.02/5  rDev -26.9%
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.

Photo of beerhan
3.04/5  rDev -26.4%
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.

Photo of jeonseh
3.07/5  rDev -25.7%
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.

Photo of rmcnealy
3.08/5  rDev -25.4%
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.


Photo of kawilliams81
3.11/5  rDev -24.7%
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!

Photo of jegross2
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%
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

Photo of Steimie
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of stakem
3.28/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.48/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of itsthepleats
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of pin
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of pisano
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of chippo33
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of cosmicevan
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

Photo of Jules11788
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of deapokid
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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Beer Geek Brunch Weasel - Cognac Edition from Mikkeller ApS
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