George - Cognac Barrel Aged - Mikkeller ApS
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Reviews by DonDirkA:
4.6/5 rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
First off, when I poured this I immediately knew it was going to be crazy. It pours thick and black like really old used motor oil. I’ve had some heavy stouts but this literally poured like something much more viscous than beer. Kind of insane really.
The nose has a ton of bitter dark chocolate, a somewhat fruity booziness, red grapes, some caramel and oak, dates, figs, molasses, a slight bit of smokey charred notes (almost like charcoal), and a thread of something I can only describe as “old, used leather”. It reminds me of these driving gloves my mom used to have when I was a little kid. That sounds really weird as a descriptor for beer but its not a bad thing. It smells like that in the best way possible. Its hard to describe.
The taste is just as burly as expected. Massive amounts of really dark, bittersweet chocolate and a fruity, bitter booze make up the base of flavor in this brew. A myriad of other flavors fly across the tastebuds, darting in and disappearing just as quickly in some cases. Grapes, dates, cherries, currants, smoke, charred oak, coffee, roasted malts, hints of anise, molasses and some burnt brown sugar. I’ve mentioned the boozey flavors, but its not boozey in the sense that its hot and too alcoholic to drink. The booze just creates an astringent, heating sensation across the tongue and down into the belly before fading away. The body is (obviously) very full with a definite chewy, viscous mouthfeel. There is some carbonation but it is almost not present.
This is another excellent barrel aged stout from Mikkeller. I loved his cognac barrel aged Beer Geek Brunch Weasel (made with Kopi Lowak civet coffee) but this is a whole other beast. That was a funky but delicious and sweet stout, this is just a solid, tastebud crushing, palate challenging, burly, oily, delicious imperial stout. For $15 per 8.5 oz bottle it should be and I’m glad it didn’t disappoint.
Serving type: bottle
08-27-2013 06:29:50 | More by DonDirkA
More User Reviews:
4.65/5 rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
A: black. Thick foamy head that is brown to black in hue.
S: raisin. Fig. Vanilla.
T: um...fig, raisin, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, whiskey, balanced by warm alcohol tones.
M: low carbonation. Thick. Smooth. Creamy.
O: not sure how to put this. I don't like barrel aged beers. But this beer is fan-fucking-tastic.
Serving type: on-tap
06-06-2014 21:39:33 | More by jellikit
4.2/5 rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
A: 5 Pitch black with a light brown head. Super clean and uniform.
S: 4.25 Roasted malt, light coffee and caramel up front. A bit of vanilla shows up as the beer warms.
T: 4 At 55 degrees, there's lots of roasted malt with a smokey, soy sauce flavor. A bit of sweetness and caramel flavors follow as the beer warms, but roasted malt dominates with some bitterness. At almost room temperature, the flavor is more pleasant (less soy sauce), some chocolate lingers.
M: 4.5 Thick, creamy, and chewy. A little too much dryness at the end, bit overall quite nice.
O: 4.25 Like mikkeller's other barrel aged stouts, there's a bit too much roasted malt and not enough barrel character. The result is a slightly harsh beer without the interesting flavors and aromas of other beers in the same category.
Serving type: on-tap
06-03-2014 23:38:17 | More by Tele
4.33/5 rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a small dark brown foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma consists of slightly sweet black chocolate notes with some light Cognac notes and light roasted notes. Taste is a great mix between some nice creamy black chocolate notes with some Cognac notes and some light roasted malt notes with well-rounded finish. Body is full with nice creamy body and good carbonation with no alcohol being easily discernible. Very fine used of barrel-aging to smoothed out any rough edges of base beer.
Serving type: bottle
01-14-2014 18:57:09 | More by Phyl21ca
4.7/5 rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Huge fan of the base beer and the bourbon version, but wasn't going to pay €15 for this. Ended up doing so by mistake...
From a 25cl bottle into a snifter.
Drunk along side the bourbon and calvados versions.
APPEARANCE: Pours pitch black and yields a ½ finger, medium looking, very dark mocha colored head with pretty good retention. Head is darker than the others, much like I remember the base beer being. Thick pitch black body with no real carbonation evident. Head fades to a good wisp and dark mocha colored ring. A ring and light wisp remain until the end but leave no real lacing down the glass. Awesome look.
SMELL: Quite barrel heavy, with less char than the base and bourbon versions. Cognac, vanilla and caramel sweetness in the forefront. Burnt and roasted grain, espresso aromas and some molasses as well. Charred and burnt malts, but not as much as the bourbon.
TASTE: Caramel sweetness and roasted grain up front, with cognac and oak at the swallow. Huge aftertaste of cognac, oak and sweet caramel, with some solid burnt, bitter espresso beans, roasted grain and charred malts. Really flavorful and well balanced. Right up my alley.
PALATE: Same as the bourbon version. Medium-full body and carbonation. Soft and very creamy on the palate, goes down smooth with some heat after the swallow, a bit more than the base beer, and finishes rather sticky.
OVERALL: Like the bourbon version, this is excellent. The barrel and base beer complement work really well together, without the barrel components dominating the show. The feel is also top class, lending a solid base to support everything that's going on. All three of the barrel aged versions are great, making this easily my favorite series by Mikkeller. Might even be the best barrel aged stout series around. Too bad prices have doubled since the bourbon version was around a few years ago. Still, if you can get this and especially if you don't have to pay for it, I highly recommend it.
Serving type: bottle
01-08-2014 08:07:59 | More by Jeffo
George - Cognac Barrel Aged from Mikkeller ApS
94 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.