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George - Cognac Barrel Aged - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 31
Gots: 16 | FT: 2
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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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George - Cognac Barrel Aged from Mikkeller ApS
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