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Beer Geek Brunch Weasel - Cognac Edition - Mikkeller ApS

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

242 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 242
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 12.35%
Wants: 47
Gots: 75 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
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Denmark

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: bark on 09-28-2011)
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
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3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

djrn2, May 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

zestar, Aug 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

acurtis, May 03, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Texasfan549, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high mocha colored head that gradually died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of chocolate and cognac in the nose.
T: The taste has more prominent flavors of cognac; these are much stronger compared to the aromas in the nose. As the beer warms up, flavors of coffee and chocolate also become apparent.
M: It feels a little shy of medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some warming from the alcohol.
O: This beer is quite easy to drink because the alcohol is very well hidden from the taste. The cognac can be a little overpowering at first but if you let it warm up the flavors will be more balanced.

metter98, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Posting a review to give it a shot at a rating.

I like the 250 ml bottle. This size bottle is perfect for a 10.9% abv brew.

Pours black with no head but for a slight "almost" layer of small bubbles.

Nose is a bit more closed than expected with only minor and simple (although very nice) notes of sweet black chocolate. (Served at room temperature and swirled repeatedly to bring out the nose. It never really arrived).

Mouthfeel is rich, silky, lightly oily and creamy - nice, with a very light and delicate carbonation that's "almost there." I liked it.

Flavor profile is what this one is all about! Very rich, bold, luscious and inviting. Front palate of rich black chocolate that goes to rich bitter chocolate to a mocha coffee chocolate to an espresso chocolate malt character. I get only a hint of cognac in the mid palate and I suspect only because I'm looking for it. Otherwise, I get a rich and desireable almost perfect after dinner/dessert/sipping stout.

Finish is rich chocolate coffee to bitter and lasts forever. I like this a great deal.

This is my "perfect chocolate, coffee rich and bold after dinner drink."

GRG1313, Mar 19, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

With a taste of Irish coffees but done so with a beery and exacerbated character, this Weasel of cold espresso with cognac peaking through delivers it all.

With it's espresso appearance, the beer carries added viscocity for a voluminous pour of malty weight. Even the low lying carbonation eventually amounts to a delicate lace of espresso-like creme. Onyx black with a mirror-like sheen, the beer is very impressive despite its slight bubble action.

Bold booze aroma layers on top of the strong foundation of malt as the aromas of strong espresso roast rise first, but then the alcohol scent of fruit and wood whiskey follow closely behind. Background notes of cherries, chocolate covered raisins, brownies, and malted milk inform the alcohol and coffee just before the first sip.

Strong espresso flavors hit the tongue with a burst of palate-wrecking flavors. Freshly ground espresso beans, cold pressed, and blended with cocoa powder, burnt molasses, and malty chocolate cake batter lay a rich foundation with a truly masculine flavor profile. A quick rise of the cognac slices through the malts with the power of ethanol, cherry-like fruit, and a complex bitter-sweet interplay. The strong fruitcake-like fruits seem covered in bittersweet chocolate and accompanied by bitter oily walnuts.

The more elegant flavors of the stout are short lived while the palate explores the taste, largely because the shear volume of alcohol burn that rises quickly and settles late. Obtuse alcohols cause a thinning reaction that makes the beer seem thinner than it actually is. A long, long, long finish of espresso, chocolate, and fruity alcohols blend in seamlessly with the next sip even if minutes later.

Cognac Weasel is a long and savory sipper that's meant for a patient session, deep reflectance, and succulent enjoyment.

BEERchitect, Jul 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

ygtbsm94, Mar 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 08, 2013
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3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

largadeer, Mar 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

JAHMUR, May 19, 2012
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3.89/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

biboergosum, Jan 27, 2013
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4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

epic, but not as nuanced as the calvados edition i dont think. it pours as syrupy and black and thick and sticky as ever, and it has the same bubbly mocha head, but the nose doesnt have that fruit element. it has sweet liquor to it, rather than rotting apples. it has the same espresso nose and taste, but i find this one more dry, sucks every drop of moisture out of the mouth and leaves a bitter coffee sting. i like the body, huge as anything, and a lot of residual sugar, which i dont think hurts anything. i think the calvados edition is in a separate league, but this is damn good. i liked the black hole cognac edition better than this, because the alcohol is tempered more, and the roasty vibes run the show. either way, an exquisite beer you dont get to have everyday, so if you are so fortunate, please appreciate this masterpiece.

StonedTrippin, Oct 15, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a Darkness tulip.

A - Late-rising half-finger of dark mocha foam settles to a wispy near-complete cap and thick collar, leaving behind tiny dots of lace. Body is a very dark brown, with some bubbles visibly adhering to the sides of the glass.

S - Smells like a Danish stout alright, but with some nice fruity cognac notes. Coffee is a bit understated, with more roasted malts, light char, melted chocolate, and some mild oak. As it warms up it gets a tad more vinous and earthy.

T - The taste has a bit more in the way of coffee, with some biscuit, caramel, and milk chocolate flavors. There's also a slightly meaty note that works reasonably well with the smoke and char flavors. Less cognac and barrel presence, although it gets a bit fruitier as it warms up. Finishes with espresso and roast bitterness.

M - Medium-full body, moderate-to-low carbonation, smooth texture, some tannic dryness in the finish, and a hint of warming alcohol near the end of the glass.

D - A nice beer, but it's hard to justify the $2/oz price tag (although I suppose I spent that much on BA Dark Lords). Still, it's a pretty good beer, and probably the best barrel-aged version of Beer Geek Brunch Weasel that I've had.

MasterSki, Mar 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

XmnwildX12, Dec 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

MarkyMOD, Apr 22, 2013
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3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Mora2000, May 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

8.5 fl oz brown glass bottle (quite small) with standard pressure cap served into a Guinness goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are sky high given the brewery - which is me favourite worldwide - and my high opinion of Beer Geek Brunch Weasel.

Bottle acquired at Wally's Wine in Westwood, California in early March 2012. I've also seen it at Hi-Time Liquor in Costa Mesa. No bottling or best before date is listed on the label.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Label confirms the ABV at 10.9%. Brewed and Bottled by Mikkeller at Nogne O in Grimstad, Norway. Aged in Calavados Barrels.

A: Pours a half finger head of beautiful rich tan colour, fantastic cream, amazing thickness, and great retention given the high ABV. The head gives way to lacing about the circle of the head's shape after about a minute, and the lacing holds for quite some time. Colour is a solid nontransparent black - obfuscating any potential ability to see yeast particles if they're present. Very inviting. I can't wait to drink it.

It's not a perfect appearance; better retention, more cream, and a bubble show are the only elements that could be improved.

Sm: Cognac, woody barrel tones, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and cream. The coffee is refined and rich, dueling the subdued chocolate. Cognac and coffee dominate. A subtle mild strength aroma. Quite appealing, though I would like more strength.

T: Delightfully creamy on the open, with a slight reduction over the course of the body and a reemergence just on the finish. The coffee is incredibly rich and refined, lending the mouthfeel no dryness or coarseness but instead delivering a pure delightful flavour. Slight biscuity yeast in the third act and on the finish. Dark malts lend it a full body without intruding on the more lively notes. Some vanilla bean on the finish. More and more notes come out as it warms up. Truly lovely. The chocolate is subdued and subtle without being timid. Cognac is present as a subtle tone and doesn't harm the balance. Perfectly balanced. A dazzingly well-built beer. I'm blown away. A truly exquisite brew, indeed one of Mikkel's best.

Mf: Creamy, silky smooth, delicate, fragile, and nicely wet. Just thick enough whilst maintaining its cool fragility. Complements the flavours beautifully. Supports the complex flavours without burdening the flavour profile. A touch of dryness is present on the finish to encourage the next sip of the creamy open, which is a wonderful effect. It could maybe use a touch more dryness in the body.

Dr: Hides its ABV absurdly well. Very drinkable - I could down this all night if me wallet could take it. A new favourite, and another home-run from Mikkeller. Every beer lover - fan of the style or not - should try this. Very high quality. I'd love to try this aged or on-draught/nitro-draught. Wonderful. I'd like to try it side-by-side with the other versions (including the regular Beer Geek Brunch Weasel). I'm not sure the Cognac adds a truly significant element to the already great beer, but I do know that this is fantastic.

Drank just fine out of me Guinness goblet, but I imagine a snifter would do just as well.

Serve warmer than refrigerator-cold; it drinks better somewhere between there and room temperature.

Don't pair with food; it's insulting to the quality of the beer. If you must, go with a fine chocolate.

A great candidate for aging, but it will really test your fortitude.

A

kojevergas, Mar 21, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

stakem, Jul 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some dark reddish brown highlights at the edges when held up to the light. The beer has an eighth of a finger dark mocha (almost brown) head that quickly reduces to a thin film at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of dark roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and cognac. There are lighter notes of oak and vanilla along with some sweetness.

T: Upfront there are strong flavors of coffee, bittersweet chocolate, milk chocolate, and cognac. There are lighter notes of oak, vanilla, and dark roasted malts. Very enjoyable.

M: Medium to full bodied with low to moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth, slightly creamy, lightly dry in the finish, and with just a touch of alcohol warming.

O: Very enjoyable but this is definitely meant to be a slow sipping beer to be savored and enjoyed. This beer is great and the barrel aging in the cognac barrel merely adds to it, making it even better. Alcohol is relatively well hidden which is surprising for a beer this big.

dbrauneis, Oct 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Small, 250ml bottle purchased from Beer Cartel in Sydney.

Yep, it looks like the others in the series. Deep, dark black, with a crackling, and very dark chocolate brown head formed mostly from the perturbation of the body. Body is chewy and thick, and despite the apparent lack of true head, contains some fine dark carbonation. Moreover, swirling gives some serious legs and the fluid slides slowly down the inside of the glass. Awesome looking beer.

Nose is everything you want in a BGB beer. Big, rich and fluid, with soft tones of toffee and chocolate, and piquant tones of coffee and a spiciness like capsaicin. What's more, it's full, thick, rich and juicy, and caresses and embraces your nostrils with its sinuous potency. There's a volatile bite to it, quite possible from the cognac barrels, but the cognac doesn't provide too much flavour of its own—it just lets the wonderful flavours of the beer express themselves on their own.

The taste is just as good. Big, potent roastedness, with a sharp coffee overtone, all mellowed by the exceptional smoothness the comes from the residual body. Here, the cognac is perhaps a bit more noticeable: when the back end drops out a little, I'm left with a fragrant, biting and yet ephemeral spirit character: just like a refined brandy. It gives it a bit more oomph, and a touch of uniqueness.

Feel is everything you want. Smooth, but clear. Rich, but with a lilt and dance to it. It sensuous.

Overall, this is again excellent stuff, from an excellent series, from an excellent brewer. I feel a bit like this is a less distinct entry in the Beer Geek Brunch range, but that just means it's close to its rich, enjoyable core.

lacqueredmouse, Dec 14, 2012
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4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Blind Tiger in NYC. The beer is black with a dense, dark beige head. Plenty of lacing left on the tulip. The aroma offers dark roast, dark chocolate, oak, coffee, light cognac. Rich and silky smooth. Cognac character gains strength as the beer warms, lingering in the finish. Overall, another fine variant of Weasel.

Huhzubendah, Aug 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Gonzoillini, Apr 08, 2012
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Beer Geek Brunch Weasel - Cognac Edition from Mikkeller ApS
92 out of 100 based on 242 ratings.