George - Cognac Barrel Aged - Mikkeller ApS

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113 Ratings
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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 31
Gots: 15 | FT: 1
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  12.12% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: crnipeter on 02-13-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of popery
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer is extremely dark and looks thick. A brown film clings to the walls of the glass where the beer has touched. There's pretty much no head. What bubbles I can kick up with some swirling are dark brown. The aroma has a whole bunch of fudgy dark chocolate, firm roast and an oaky vinous flavor from the barrel-aging. Lots of sweet caramel maltiness beneath all of that. Some vanilla and sweet fruitiness. Well-integrated and a good level of barrel intensity. Relatively mild booze for the abv. The taste is sweet and rich. Lots of stout and barrel flavor. Quite a bit of caramel and milk chocolate upfront. Then, it gets more dark chocolate and roast. The barrel is big in the finish. Big cognac barrel in the finish. Feel is thick with some booze burn. Very good stout, but it doesn't justify the high price tag. Still, I'm not really complaining all that much, and it handily beats many very hyped imperial stouts.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Alieniloquium
4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8.5 oz. bottle poured into a Teku snifter.

Appearance - Viscous black. Just a hint of a mocha head before it's only a collar. Very inky. Glass staining.

Smell - Fudge. Alcohol. Nice cognac aroma. Very roasty.

Taste - Ridiculously fudgy. Roasty. Vanilla and cognac. Strong alcohol. Very bitter chocolate and roasted coffee.

Mouthfeel - Hot. Barrel hot and the beer is boozy. Low carbonation.

Overall - Big beer but quite tasty. Cognac is such a great barrel.

Photo of DonDirkA
4.59/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of jellikit
4.64/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.52/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a very dark tan head.
Nose shows heavy roasted malt, sultanas, rich dried fruit and booze.
More roast and booze as flavours along with some sweet bready malt, liquorice and cocoa.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

8.5 ounce bottle. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours very dark brown/black with a thin dark brown head that fizzled away quickly. There's a small amount of lacing. The brew smells like dark fruit, roasted/burnt malt, booze (cognac), and bittersweet chocolate. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, except with the addition of some milk chocolate, coffee, and molasses. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and has moderate carbonation. I think it's a good brew, but at $15.99 for that little bottle I wouldn't buy it again at that price. With that being said, I think it's definitely worth trying.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of Immortale25
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. No freshness date

A- From a heavy pour comes an intensely thick motor oil black body with a ¼ inch dark brown head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and spotty surface foam. Resilient specs of lacing trickle slowly down the glass.

S- Boozy aroma with lots of barrel presence. Sweet and you can even sense some herbal hops beneath the heavy roasted malt.

T- Deep roastiness plus lots of hop bitterness that meld together decently while the oak hangs back but is still solid. Also slightly sweet. Alcohol certainly makes itself known but isn't overly astringent. Notes of vanilla, dark chocolate and a bit of nuttiness.

M- Sticky but still slick and semi-creamy. Medium-low carbonation and a super robust body.

O- While it's not the best barrel-aged offering I've had from Mikkeller, it's still very enjoyable and nuanced.

Photo of eric5bellies
4.76/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Drank from an oversized wine glass

A - Pours a thick black colour with an oily appearance. The head is deep tanned one fingered that reduces to a film

S - Powerful Vanilla, Cognac, brown sugar, molasses, caramel/toffee and wood. Awesome

T - Well some nice Vanilla flavours, complimented by some burnt sugar, caramel/toffee. The Cognac really comes in a the end with a warm booztyness that is not offensive at all and does not compromise the well hidden ABV.

M - Perfect. Full stop. Silky and Milky and full. I have had ice cream with less viscosity than this.

O - This is a supremely complex beer. The balance here is extremely impressive indeed. This beer packs a real punch and leaves you wanting a whole lot more. Would benefit from a little ageing but drinking now will not disappoint at all. One of the best beers that I have had to date.

Photo of patre_tim
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Tar black and oily with a rusty tinge on the edges, no head whatsoever, stains the glass with a rusty black tinge.


S: Licorice as in the Dutch salty licorice, dark malts, big soy sauce like I’ve never seen before in a beer, a hit of alcohol and barely a touch of fruitiness.


T: Big chocolate, dark chocolate, a huge hit of soy sauce, then near the end a mocha coffee note that lingers on the tongue. Coffee wafer cookies is the sort of coffee quality that lingers. A little alcohol on the throat.


M: Thick, chewy, oily, very little carbonation, like almost nothing.


O: A masterpiece. Got this almost a year ago in Thailand, drank in Kunming January 26, 2015. Very complex, very interesting, a definite sipper. Glad it came in such a small bottle.

Photo of ygtbsm94
4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Aroma of roasted malt, faint smokiness, vanilla, wood, cognac, cocoa. Taste creamy cocoa, wood, cognac, vanilla, nuts, smoke. Superb!

Photo of crnipeter
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Short lived deep-tan collar dissipates to a circum-peripheral ring atop of opaque dark reddish-brown to nearly black viscous body so dense it nearly bends the light around the glass.
Nose is complex with initial cognac boost followed by burnt molasses, chocolate, soy sauce, sweet malt base with caramel and bready qualities, and orchard of dark fruit.
The overall palate is molasse -sweet with tons of dark berries, plums, prunes and raisins segueing to the roasty finish with coffee quality followed by lingering dark soy sauce-like aftertaste. This is a dark brew indeed: hops are virtually absent and it's the evident alcohol warmth that helps
to counterbalance the sweetness.
Superthick, tarry body yet the fine carbonation trapped within prevents it from being overly such.
Overall, an intense decadent Imperial Stout with harmonious, easily discernible individual flavors and dark character.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Incredibly powerful, aggressive, and nearly bullyish as it pummels the taste buds into submission. But with all that pain comes the soothing support of malt and complexity that keeps you coming back for more.

Like black ink swirling in the glass, the ale patiently releases a mocha-stained head that allows the beer to look as much like used motor oil as it does beer. Nearly intimidating to the eye, the ale trails with more brandy-type legging than it does Belgian lace. Its retention is also replaced with cognac-like ominous stillness. Only a sliver of tawny brown low-lights can be seen along the ale's edges.

Intense aromas of roast and booze waft about the nose as its "stout" and "cognac" influence is readily apparent. A deeper dive in reveals a carousel of scents- burnt molasses, espresso, dark chocolate, roasted nuts and marshmallows, along with burnt fruit and earthen spice that stems into the barrel aromas with ease.

Equally as intense are the beer's hearty-sweet flavors. Black-strap molasses, burnt toffee, espresso, cocoa and bitter walnuts all align for a succulent yet robust taste. Its middle is chocked full of burnt fruits- cherry, blackberry, blackcurrant, red grape, dates and figs all weave into a chicory and fennel spiciness that come together like licorice, just before the cognac and wood sets in. Its spicy booze taste scrapes against the mouth's surfaces with a roughness that invites wood spice and savory sherry vinousness to prevail in finish.

Full to the hilt, the ale slathers the palate with clinging boozy sweetness. Like silky-smooth desserts, the beer latches onto the taste buds and is slow to lessen its grip. This makes for a long, lingering, succulent and decadent boozy character to numb and prickle the palate as its warm and spicy aftertaste is non-relinquishing.

Cognac George is irresistible in its strength and supported abrasion. But its also rough around the edges as the cognac just can't help itself in dominating the conversation.

Photo of stakem
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

8oz bottle I snagged at some point last year. Poured into a matching Mikkeller teku and drank along side the calvados and bourbon versions. The brew appears black in color with a dark mocha brown head that displays stunning retention. Some patchy to spotty lacing effect sticks to the glass.

The aroma contains notes of deep roast, char, cocoa, minerals and fruit almost like raison meets molasses. Some wood elements are present towards the back but without being told this is cognac, you really cant tell.

The taste includes plenty of roasty char, espresso-like bitterness and earthen elements with a bold accent of solvent alcohol thats lightly fruity. Some raw oakiness provides a neutral barrel feel towards the back with some anise characteristics.

This is rich - full bodied with moderate carbonation. Quite a creamy feel with barrel nuance that isnt really that identifiable and the alcohol gets solvent, not really spirit influenced that much. When I had the bourbon version of George 3 years ago, it was far and away the greatest thing to ever have the Mikkeller name on it. Kinda sad to see the cognac and calvados versions do not live up to that standard.

Photo of Dope
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a thick, viscous pure black. Thick, ultra-dense head that is so dark it is actually indiscernible from the body for a few seconds. Easily the darkest head I've seen on a beer. Little spots of lacing as it fades slowly. Great head retention. Beer is so dark that it stains the glass as I swirl it.

S: Big fruity aroma with lots of char. Quite oaky and smoky to boot. Kinda reminds me of burnt graham crackers somehow. Surprisingly mild given the ABV on this one.

T: Dark fruits up front, a bit mellow and indistinct (likely from the cognac). Lots of bittersweet chocolate mixing with char and smoke with some sweet dark fruits floating around balancing it all out. Sweetness drops out in the finish, lending it an even more bitter chocolate and acrid smoke/char flavor. Doesn't get too bitter, but it's a notable drop in sweetness nonetheless.

M: Whoa. Slightly diluted brownie batter mouthfeel. Super smooth and heavy at the same time. Close to drinking chocolate syrup.

O: A really dark, thick and heavy stout. Barrel aging lends a lot of fruit and char notes. Overall quite complex and quite big. Alcohol very well hidden I will add. Not perfect but well done regardless.

Photo of Jeffo
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of Resuin
4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from an 8.5 oz bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a jet-black and leaves an extremely thin, dark, dark brown head which builds around the rim of the glass.

Smell: Coffee, chocolate, light cherries, plums, figs, malts, some mild cognac. Not extremely strong but definitely has some flavor in the aroma.

Taste: Chocolate, roasted malts, mild coffee, figs, cognac, ends with some pleasant heat. Chocolate dominant, but actually very balanced. The chocolate and cognac combination here is marvelous. Alcohol, while present, is balanced and light. Aftertaste is similar to that of fudge - very tasty and interesting.

Mouth-feel: Medium bodied with very little carbonation. Finishes very smooth. Nice and creamy mouth-feel which fits this beer well.

Overall: This is an impressive stout - the cognac barrels add some interesting flavors and mellow it a bit for the ABV. Lots of chocolate flavors in this one, but they are not alone - there are a plethora of different flavors, all which compliment each other very nicely. This is a very impressive beer from Mikkeller, I would not have minded a bigger bottle.

Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

250ml bottle 12,12% Abv.
Served chilled in a snifter.

Appearance: As with the other George variants, this pours like motor oil - thick, viscous and inky black. A rough pour tields a very thin layer of dark tan coloured bubbles that actually last most of the way down. A swirl coats the glass in a beautiful dark golden residue and heavy alcohol legs.

Smell: Mmmm, this smells fantastic, the cognac barrel really compliments the base stout. Notes include: Dark chocolate, roasted malt, dark caramel, cognac, oak, dark fruits, an almost vinous note and a hint of liquorice. There is no trace of the 12% alcohol noted in the nose.

Taste: The flavour is sweet upfront with a fantastic combination of bitter sweet dark chocolate, dark caramel, heavy dark fruits, a little cognac and molasses. This is followed by roasted malt, a little char and a solid bitterness in the finish. As the beer warms more cognac character emerges as well as some oak, liquorice, a vinous note and dark chocolate syrup. As with the nose there is no alcohol noted.

Mouthfeel: Perfect! Mikkel has done an outstanding job with the George series and should be giving classes to other brewers on how to execute a perfect mouthfeel! The body is full, chewy and sticky, while the carbonation is of a low-medium level and fantastically creamy. I could jut gulp this down.

Overall: Another fantastic imperial stout from Mikkeller and one I hope to have again soon.

Photo of Tele
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of BMMillsy
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle at Stone bistro. This better be good for $22 of 250 mls of booze. Pours pitch black with no head, looks thick and syrupy. Aroma of licorice, fudge chocolate, booze, some fruits, woodiness. Chewy mouthfeel with low carbonation. Massive roast flavor, lingering fudge on the palate. Some very nice sweet booze but doesn't overpower. This is a beautiful fudgy yum.

Photo of MasterSki
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Etre Gourmet. Served in a taster pint.

A - Mocha foam settles to a thick collar, wisps, and no lacework. Pitch black body that leaves a glass-coating brown film behind.

S - Loads of cognac, mild umami and savory smoked meat notes, icing sugar, milk chocolate, dark breads and fruits, roast, and the fruity yeast character I often get from Danish stouts. Really excellent stuff here, with no alcohol character whatsoever.

T - The taste is similarly excellent, with big notes of chocolate cake, moderate cognac sweetness, light roast, yeasty dark breads, a hint of anise, and some vinous oak character in the finish.

M - Big, full body, with a super smooth texture. Lower carbonation, mild stickiness in the finish, and minimal alcohol presence.

D - One of my favorite offerings from Mikkeller. I like the base beer, and this is the best barrel-aged variant so far. Hopefully this makes it stateside, as ordering nip bottles from Europe is somewhat indulgent. Could easily drink 250ml on my own with no complaints.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The beer is opaque and near black. Extremely viscous appearance with an oily beige head. The aroma offers cognac, roast, chocolate, oak. Thick and palate coating. Remarkably smooth and silky on the palate. Absolutely delicious. Wow, a stunning beer from Mikkel. World class.

Photo of danieelol
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours...oh dear...look at this head...like brown sugar if it had spent 2 weeks in the Bahamas then gone to a tanning salon...just marvellous

Nose shows fruity fusels, grain alcohol, more fruitiness. Vegemite! Coconut, intense booze...this beer does not come in peace. More soy milk.

Taste is a thick coconut milk fiesta...dry chocolate and soy.

Mouthfeel encourages reminiscence of chocolate milk.

A good beer, the Bourbon version made more of an impression on me...but I was naive back then. Like Black Buffalo, I feel this needs more time. For alcoholic soy lovers.

George - Cognac Barrel Aged from Mikkeller ApS
94 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.