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George - Cognac Barrel Aged - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 31
Gots: 16 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  12.12% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: crnipeter on 02-13-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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George - Cognac Barrel Aged from Mikkeller ApS
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