George - Cognac Barrel Aged - Mikkeller ApS

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105 Ratings
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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.84%
Wants: 31
Gots: 17 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  12.12% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: crnipeter on 02-13-2013)
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4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
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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4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
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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4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. No freshness date

A- From a heavy pour comes an intensely thick motor oil black body with a ¼ inch dark brown head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and spotty surface foam. Resilient specs of lacing trickle slowly down the glass.

S- Boozy aroma with lots of barrel presence. Sweet and you can even sense some herbal hops beneath the heavy roasted malt.

T- Deep roastiness plus lots of hop bitterness that meld together decently while the oak hangs back but is still solid. Also slightly sweet. Alcohol certainly makes itself known but isn't overly astringent. Notes of vanilla, dark chocolate and a bit of nuttiness.

M- Sticky but still slick and semi-creamy. Medium-low carbonation and a super robust body.

O- While it's not the best barrel-aged offering I've had from Mikkeller, it's still very enjoyable and nuanced.

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George - Cognac Barrel Aged from Mikkeller ApS
95 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.