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Beer Geek Brunch Weasel - Cognac Edition - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 244
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 12.35%
Wants: 47
Gots: 75 | FT: 9
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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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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beer Geek Brunch Weasel Cognac Edition
10.9% ABV
Consumed: 4/2013

Appearance: Black as night and completely opaque in appearance. The brown, frothy head can be coaxed out of the bottle with a proper pour.

Aroma: The aromas of cocoa nibs enrich the roasted malts which are not burnt, but strong and prominent. A slight alcohol presence that's not hot but warm and inviting. There is a definite presence of cognac.

Taste: Roasted malt and chocolate are the first I notice. The chocolate is rich like dark chocolate, but smooth like milk chocolate. The sweetness of this beer, thanks to generous cognac editions, reminds me of chocolate oranges. The beer progresses into toffee, caramel and cream; and then lingers. It becomes very dry and the smooth roasted malt reappears in a slight bitter finish. You can notice the Cognac providing a warm burn on the back of the throat and light oxidation notes that are quite sherry-like.

Mouthfeel: Full and chewy. Medium-low carbonation really helps accentuates flavors. There is a slickness that coats the mouth.

Overall: This beer has a beautiful, brown head and smells delicious. The flavors blend really well and are smooth and inviting. The cognac really adds a nice level of complexity as it accentuates and changes flavors and perceptions. I get a nice sweet,crisp, orange-fruit flavor that resonates well with the chocolate and smooths the roast. Age has been good to this bottle.
The carbonation is just right as well. The FULL and CHEWY body is brought to life with bubbles of carbon dioxide and the flavors really just burst forth and take over the palate. Drinkability is an issue with this as the palate is filled, dried out and slickened by a film of this fabulous beer. After 8.5 oz, I am teased and tempted, but never satiated. At least the drinkability issue is moot. Great beer!

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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.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

250ml bottle into a snifter.

Pours pitch black with a few chunks that i accidentally let slip out of the bottle. No head to speak of with just a tiny hint of carbonation around the edge of the glass.

Smells absolutely amazing with an awesome marriage of coffee and dark fruits from the cognac aging along with some woody notes. A little bit smoky as well. Really inviting.

The flavor just continues this impressiveness. Sweet dark fruit and red wine right off the bat along withs some smoky wood. The cognac barrel aging really shines through here. The coffee is noticeable but it is quite subdued. I'm not sure if this is because of the strength of the other flavors or because so little was used due to the coffee being so rare. Either way it works well. Alcohol becomes noticeable towards the finish but remains restrained.

Overall, quite the amazing coffee stout and a real treat to drink. While $13 for a small bottle is a bit steep, I believe it is worth the price and something to definitely pick up should you ever come across it.

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4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

8.5oz bottle purchased at Enoteca in Post Falls, Idaho for $15.99. This is the most expensive bottle of beer by price or volume that I have ever purchased. According to the label, this was “Brewed and bottled by Mikkeller at Nøgne Ø, Grimstad, Norway.” Although it says cognac barrels were used on the front of the label, on the side it says “Ale brewed with coffee , aged in Calvados barrells.” Hmm. Lots of residue can be seen within the bottle on the side I poured from (weasel poop?).

Poured a viscousy black color into a snifter. Very faint, dark mocha-colored head that was bubbly and shortlived, though a tiny foam collar remains.

The nose is mostly brown sugar and prunes. Things get a bit toffeeish as it warms up.

The taste starts off with a sweet brown sugary mollasses type flavor but is instantly matched with a coffee-like bitterness and a whiskeyish boozy taste. There’s some pipe smoke, a little red wine and some caramel notes as well. There’s a very slight hoppy zap at the swallow.

The body is somewhere between medium and full, with a coating, dessert-like mouthfeel.

This beer would be fantstic as a dessert or a nightcap. As it warms, it becomes more and more rich tasting. Oddly enough, the coffee flavor, while present, isn’t a dominant flavor component. I might buy this again sometime, but would not do so regularly - $16 is a lot for a half-pint of beer!

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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.

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4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: black bodied beer with a 1 finger medium brown head. Head looks creamy, thick, and full. Lots of dense and thick bubbles. drops down to a thin cap that stay around for a long time.

Smell: Very dark and acid bitter coffee note mingles with barrel notes consisting of oak with sweet and smoky whiskey notes. Its got a noticable bite of boozeness from the cognac barrel too. Little bit of fruitiness too.

Taste: This one is cognac forward. The cognac is fairly sweet, smokey, and oaky. Definately some peat moss influenance in the taste of this beer. The coffee bite is not far behind and it tastes very dark, bitter and acidic just like a robust columbian blend coffee. The coffee smell exactly like it tastes. A nice balance of the coffee stout base beer and the cognac barrel. Chocolates, roasty malts, molasses, tobacco, and a touch of fruitiness... maybe apples? It does add some levels of depth and complexity, but not sure that I like the fruitiness very much. As the warms the coffee becomes bolder and notes of smoke, tobacco, roast, and even some leather notes start to really become prevalent.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low carbonation levels. This one actually drinks pretty smooth and it has a nice silkiness to it. Its got a nice richness about the beer that doesnt quite get to being too much of a good thing. Just a touch of booziness without much heat.

Overall: really solid cognac aged beers. The two thing that I dislike about this beer is the fruity aftertaste and a $15 price tag. Probably one of the better barrel aged beer that I have tried from Mikkeller so far. I have tried a few barrel aged beers from Mikkeller that were just tragically bad, but its not the case with this beer. If you have the money to drop on 8oz of a $15 beer this isnt a bad option. Nice cognac notes in this coffee stout.

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3.59/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark black with a bit of brown and a thin finger of frothy chocolate-khaki head. Fades normal.

S - Dark chocolate malts, bold roasted coffee, cognac, oak, molasses, black licorice, vanilla, milk chocolate, some booze.

T - Dark chocolate malts, roasted coffee, oak, cognac, sweet caramel and milk chocolate, black licorice, molasses, earthy hops and some mild bitterness, vanilla, and some booze.

M - Full-minus bodied with mild carbonation. Super smooth and a bit creamy with a warming, sweet, and roasty finish.

D - The barrel adds some really nice complexity to the base beer. Really nicely balanced.

Beer Geek Brunch Weasel - Cognac Edition from Mikkeller ApS
92 out of 100 based on 244 ratings.