George - Cognac Barrel Aged - Mikkeller ApS
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4.7/5 rDev +9.6%
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.
01-08-2014 08:07:59 | More by Jeffo
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
4.38/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
11-09-2013 22:47:07 | More by BMMillsy
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
4.56/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
09-23-2013 20:36:31 | More by Thehuntmaster
4.6/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
08-27-2013 06:29:50 | More by DonDirkA
George - Cognac Barrel Aged from Mikkeller ApS
94 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.