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George - Cognac Barrel Aged - Mikkeller ApS

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

97 Ratings
THE BROS
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(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 97
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 32
Gots: 17 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS visit their website
Denmark

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  12.12% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: crnipeter on 02-13-2013)
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

RKing44, Nov 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

tom10101, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of danieelol
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

danieelol, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Alieniloquium, May 06, 2013
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.

Dope, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of Tele
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.

Tele, Jun 03, 2014
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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.

bluejacket74, Aug 17, 2013
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.

BEERchitect, Dec 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Marius, Jul 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

standardcherry, Aug 27, 2013
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George - Cognac Barrel Aged from Mikkeller ApS
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