Liquid Confidential (Cognac Barrel Aged) - To Øl

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Ratings: 23
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 6.51%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  12.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ADZA on 03-09-2014

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Ratings: 23 | Reviews: 8
Reviews by Dope:
Photo of Dope
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No bottling date but just released, along with the sherry version.

A: Pitch-black pour with a tall, thick medium brown head. Head fades very slowly with great retention. Thick swatches of lacing everywhere.

S: Lots of dark fruit - berries mainly I'd say. Charry chili pepper, like chipotles. Decent amount of chocolate mixing with more dark fruits. Cherries now maybe?

T: Lots of dark fruits up front, almost immediately mixing with that charred chili pepper. Fruitiness seems mostly berry-based, I can't quite pick out any specifics. Maybe blackberries? Decent little spicy sting from the peppers. Not a lot of heat, just a little bit of a bite. Decent chocolate lingering in the background backing it up, giving it sort of a mexican chocolate flavor overall. Fruitiness from the cognac is not that strong, I would say it's even weaker than in the sherry version which is a bummer. This is, however, a bit sweeter overall which I think does help balance the bitter char, cocoa and spiciness a bit. A bit of numbing spiciness and alcohol in the aftertaste to finish it off.

M: Pretty heavy and thick. Almost chalky from all the char.

O: Very similar to the sherry version that I just reviewed the other night. Not a ton of barrel character. Just a subtle layer of dark fruits adding some complexity. The charry chili pepper and chocolate is otherwise unchanged. Pretty decent and enjoyable, but in no way worth $17 per 12.7 ounces. Fun to try at least, I generally like cognac barrel stuff but this one needs more barrel character to make a difference.

More User Reviews:
Photo of ygtbsm94
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma roastiness, spice, dark fruits, cocoa, faint coffee, vanilla, & cognac. Taste chocolate, oak, vanilla, cognac, chili, licorice, ABV. Excellent!

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, chile, and cognac aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, chile, and cognac flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice balance of cocoa, chile, and cognac aspects.

Photo of boddhitree
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Had it on tap from a plastic bag looking keg at Braukunstlive 2014 in Munich, Germany.

Came across as an imperial stout with a spicy twang to it. The guy pouring the beer warned us we shouldn't be expecting chili flavor, and he was right. I liked it a lot, and it felt wonderful going over the tongue.

Photo of kevanb
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into a To Øl teku glass. Enjoyed on 9.9.14, reviewed from tasting journal.

The beer pours a deep jet black color, thick, viscous and oily with some cola brown hues and a nice, thick, foamy khaki head that has nice retention and yields a fair amount of spotted lace. The aroma is quite nice, lots of chocolate, oak, stone fruit, cognac sweetness with some mild chili pepper heat and a touch of candi sugar. The flavors are massive, really rich and decadent, bittersweet bakers chocolate, light marshmallow fluff, cognac, brown sugar, oak, vanilla with just a hint of warmth from the peppers that also brings out a bit of stone fruits. The mouthfeel is perfection, thick, rich, coating, gentle, silky, incredibly smooth and mellow, low carbonation that is just present enough to give life to the beer.


Verdict: An absolutely delicious beer from To Øl, and one of the finest beers I've tried that showcases chili peppers. Wonderfully complex and incredibly delicious, balanced so well, definitely a true gem.

Photo of ADZA
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a luscious dark black hue with a coffee two finger ever present head and tight lacing it really looks the part,on the nose the cognac is really strong but underneath it I get the chocolate,some light chilie and booze,the mouthfeel is full bodied with light carbonation and on taste I get cognac firstly and it really is dominant but underneath and I mean underneath I get a lot of dark chocolate and mocha and the finish is slightly bitter with only the tiniest touch of warmth and overall it's quite nice but unlike the original version I don't get mouch of the chilie but the barrel ageing adds another layer to this and would age nicely something I'd seek out again to age cheers.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad.

Served alongside the standard version.

Near black body with a thin beige cap. Aromas of roast, chocolate, sweet booze (cognac). Similar to the standard version. Spice character is a bit overwhelmed by the presence of the cognac barrel. Still, rich chocolate cake with a touch of smoke and char. Good stuff.

Photo of popery
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours black. I can barely even see brown edges at the rim. So, yeah, pretty dark. Head is medium to medium small but pretty nice for a big barrel-aged stout. Fine, sticky bubbles. The aroma is a mix of barrel and malt. Grapes and booze with a little oak mix with the caramel and chocolate sweetness of the stout. Pretty big fruity roast note in there as well. It smells a bit like an overaged stout but in a nice way, if that makes sense. Fruity roast on top of sweetness. The taste is much more detailed and complex. It's a happy surprise because there are some really nice flavors bouncing around. Lots of chocolate. Underlying caramel sweetness. Big roast. Big cognac barrel - it's refined and complex with lots of warmly boozy fruit and oak. Gentle chili flavor, which mostly comes out in the finish as moderate spice with a touch of heat. It all works together well, and you can taste each layer of flavor. A mix of chocolate, from dark to cocoa powder, make up the strongest aspect of the flavor profile. Thick, chewy mouthfeel. Just a touch of barrel thinness. Long chocolate and ash aftertaste with a touch of spice. Lovely beer. The aroma belies the depth of flavor found in the taste, and the taste is truly delicious.

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Liquid Confidential (Cognac Barrel Aged) from To Øl
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