George - Cognac Barrel Aged - Mikkeller ApS
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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
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.
Serving type: bottle
12-27-2013 18:10:30 | More by BEERchitect
George - Cognac Barrel Aged from Mikkeller ApS
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