George - Cognac Barrel Aged - Mikkeller ApS
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4.21/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
12-27-2013 18:10:30 | More by BEERchitect
4.33/5 rDev +0.9%
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.
01-14-2014 18:57:09 | More by Phyl21ca
4.5/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
04-23-2013 19:25:40 | More by MasterSki
District of Columbia
4.73/5 rDev +10.3%
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.
09-28-2013 03:48:52 | More by Huhzubendah
4.06/5 rDev -5.4%
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.
05-06-2013 23:59:43 | More by Alieniloquium
4.21/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
08-17-2013 21:47:57 | More by bluejacket74
4.35/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
05-17-2013 04:42:25 | More by popery
George - Cognac Barrel Aged from Mikkeller ApS
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