George - Cognac Barrel Aged - Mikkeller ApS
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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
4.65/5 rDev +8.4%
Poured from an 8.5 oz bottle into a snifter.
Appearance: Pours a jet-black and leaves an extremely thin, dark, dark brown head which builds around the rim of the glass.
Smell: Coffee, chocolate, light cherries, plums, figs, malts, some mild cognac. Not extremely strong but definitely has some flavor in the aroma.
Taste: Chocolate, roasted malts, mild coffee, figs, cognac, ends with some pleasant heat. Chocolate dominant, but actually very balanced. The chocolate and cognac combination here is marvelous. Alcohol, while present, is balanced and light. Aftertaste is similar to that of fudge - very tasty and interesting.
Mouth-feel: Medium bodied with very little carbonation. Finishes very smooth. Nice and creamy mouth-feel which fits this beer well.
Overall: This is an impressive stout - the cognac barrels add some interesting flavors and mellow it a bit for the ABV. Lots of chocolate flavors in this one, but they are not alone - there are a plethora of different flavors, all which compliment each other very nicely. This is a very impressive beer from Mikkeller, I would not have minded a bigger bottle.
05-14-2013 22:56:06 | More by Resuin
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
4.5/5 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
4.76/5 rDev +11%
Drank from an oversized wine glass
A - Pours a thick black colour with an oily appearance. The head is deep tanned one fingered that reduces to a film
S - Powerful Vanilla, Cognac, brown sugar, molasses, caramel/toffee and wood. Awesome
T - Well some nice Vanilla flavours, complimented by some burnt sugar, caramel/toffee. The Cognac really comes in a the end with a warm booztyness that is not offensive at all and does not compromise the well hidden ABV.
M - Perfect. Full stop. Silky and Milky and full. I have had ice cream with less viscosity than this.
O - This is a supremely complex beer. The balance here is extremely impressive indeed. This beer packs a real punch and leaves you wanting a whole lot more. Would benefit from a little ageing but drinking now will not disappoint at all. One of the best beers that I have had to date.
04-03-2013 15:04:14 | More by eric5bellies
4.05/5 rDev -5.6%
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.
03-08-2013 11:45:05 | More by danieelol
4.43/5 rDev +3.3%
Short lived deep-tan collar dissipates to a circum-peripheral ring atop of opaque dark reddish-brown to nearly black viscous body so dense it nearly bends the light around the glass.
Nose is complex with initial cognac boost followed by burnt molasses, chocolate, soy sauce, sweet malt base with caramel and bready qualities, and orchard of dark fruit.
The overall palate is molasse -sweet with tons of dark berries, plums, prunes and raisins segueing to the roasty finish with coffee quality followed by lingering dark soy sauce-like aftertaste. This is a dark brew indeed: hops are virtually absent and it's the evident alcohol warmth that helps
to counterbalance the sweetness.
Superthick, tarry body yet the fine carbonation trapped within prevents it from being overly such.
Overall, an intense decadent Imperial Stout with harmonious, easily discernible individual flavors and dark character.
02-13-2013 17:06:09 | More by crnipeter
George - Cognac Barrel Aged from Mikkeller ApS
94 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.