Beer Geek Brunch Weasel - Cognac Edition
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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #855
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4.17 | pDev: 12.95%
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Everydayoff from Thailand

4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle poured into a snifter.

Pitch black in color, the pour forms up one and a half finger of frothy dark tan head. It retains well with pretty good retention before gradually collapsing to some bubble film on the surface and leaving small amount of lace.

The nose is interesting with rich coffee, cocoa, also dark and creamy yet milky chocolate in the lead. The fruit and spice aroma of cognac barrel closely discloses thereafter together with molasses, caramel, vanilla, brown sugar, toffee, roasted coffee bean, some smoke, and dark bread.

The taste has much bolder cognac barrel profile comparing to the aroma, its spiciness and fruitiness flavor comes in full scale travelling through the taste buds while there are also the flavors of rich coffee, cocoa, also dark and creamy yet milky chocolate, molasses, caramel, vanilla, brown sugar, toffee, roasted coffee bean, some smoke, and dark bread as well as bitterness mostly from roasted malt at the end.

Full body with some stickiness but not that cloying, smooth through the mouthfeel with moderate carbonation that is crisp enough to carry all the things well, finish is very dry and pleasant.

A nice blend of great Stout and cognac, intense and so tasty, alcohol is quite hidden thought.

Mar 25, 2017
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HouseofWortship from Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review of 2013 8.5oz bottle served in a snifter:

A- Jet black, no head, a few tan bubbles came out to say "We made an effort, we're here," and then promptly left. Leaves light, thin lacing on glass.

S- Tough time picking this out, smells like grandpa's woodshed. Leather/tobacco/old, musty, boozy, coffee/vanilla. Getting more of the tobacco/smokiness as it warms.

T-Big, sweet, get a bit of a winey flavor from the cognac. Leaves that sweet, slight cognac burn. Basically tastes like a hop burn at the end. Char flavor.

M- Big up front, swallows easily, not thin going down, but slick. Very smooth.

O- The first 3/4s of the flavor profile send you to heaven, but the aftertaste from the cognac is killing me, the flavor doesn't jibe. It's like listening to a nice sweet song and the last stanza out of no where turns into a mind thumping metal verse. You aren't expecting it and it doesn't fit for that last quarter. It's got a puckering, roof of the mouth smacking after taste, but more like a palate drying feeling. If I wanted a similar sensation to this beer, I'd do a shot of wine after every sip of a Bourbon County Stout or come to the realization that I don't want this sensation. 3.5 years of waiting on this and ~$20 for an 8.5oz bottle were both mistakes.

Dec 02, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Kicks down nothing but black, not even much in terms of a head, barely a brown whisp to it. Aroma was a little different, somewhat similar to brandy, not as hot as other cognac barrel (50/50) stuff I've had. The aroma dropped smoke, alcohol boozy heat, chocolate, leather, earth.

Taste imparted plenty of the coffee and chocolate malt base from this. Coffee is somewhat subdued by the barrel from the cognac. Vanilla came out in the mouthfeel that didn't reveal itself in the nose.

Super expensive, would not repeat, but it was fun while it lasted.

Apr 28, 2016
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Marius from Netherlands

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick, pitch-black brew, with a foamy head with minimal retention. Smells like coffee, roasted malts, vanilla, dark chocolate and brandy. The taste is amazingly complex - first comes the dark roasted malts, coffee and dark chocolate, and after that you are overwhelmed by sweet maple syrup, vanilla and caramel. Very soft mouthfeel and, thanks to a bit of carbonation, the beer is surprisingly easy to drink.

Oct 24, 2015
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Mikkeller Bar in Shibuya, Tokyo.

Dark black body, ominously opaque with a half finger brown head that sticks around for quite a while. A little bit of lacing. Smells of graham crackers, a bit of marshmallow, brown sugar and molasses, slight char, earth, chocolate and coffee. Flavour is an improvement on the nose; sweet cognac, tons of earthy coffee, very rich molasses, dark fruit, graham crackers on the finish. Mouthfeel is fullbodied, lower in carbonation, definitely a sipper. Slight warming heat. Delicious barrel-aged version of an excellent coffee oatmeal imperial stout with a lot of body and a nice depth of flavour to it.

Oct 18, 2015
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BMMillsy from Florida

4.01/5  rDev -3.8%

Small overpriced 250 ml I grabbed while in Paris. Drinking in my hotel room in Bruges. Pours pitch black with a small ring of mocha head on top. Aroma of anise, chocolate, and huge notes of boozy cognac. Flavor follows with cognac forward flavors, extremely sweet, just a hint of light Kopi coffee , a little chocolate vanilla swirl, and a good bit of anise flavor. This is insanely sweet and on the side of being a bit much, and without the full mouthfeel that I would want with something like this. Pretty rich mouthfeel but not thick enough, with lower carbonation and a long sweet cognac finish. Not bad, but definitely save this one for dessert. 250 mls is more than enough, and that's coming from someone who downed a full 750 of DB Hunahpu alone.

Sep 01, 2014
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homebrew311 from Illinois

2.78/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Backlogged from notes. Pours a lifeless deep black with no head. The smell is very heavy handed in the barrel department. Huge notes of cognac which brings char, oak, and ash to the table. Notes of smoke, leather, and tobacco also come through. Not getting much, if any, of the base beer. The taste starts sweet with earthy notes of Kopi Luawk coffee. Very boozy and barrel influenced, just not really getting behind this one. Mouthfeel is thick with medium carbonation and comes off as a bit syrupy. Overall, this beer is lacking balance. The cognac buries the base beer, and the Kopi Luwak is present, but does not meld with the cognac very well.

May 12, 2014
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Axnjxn from North Carolina

4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

8.5 oz bottle into a tasting glass.

dark black, slight head. smell is of smoke..cognac big. the taste is a tad smoky with a big amount of cognac and some slight coffee on the finish. thick body..low carbonation.

overall real interesting and tasty. glad to have tried it.

Feb 23, 2014
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BierJager89 from California

4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with almost no head, just a few brown bubbles.

S: Cognac, roasted malt, brown sugar and dark fruit in the nose.

T: Dark chocolate, cognac, smokey, creamy, coffee notes.

M: Full bodied and fairly smooth.

O: Get the regular Beer Geek Brunch Weasel, it's far better. The cognac barrels take away more than they add.

Jan 18, 2014
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Neorebel from New Jersey

4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an inky black, with notable carbonation and a burnt tan colored head, of about a quarter-inch. The nose on this is magnificent, with dark fruit esters, molasses, port wine, roasted malt, and light coffee. As I take a drink, I am almost getting chills over how good this is. Before I even comment on the taste I am giving this a perfect five for this palate-coating, creamy, velvety mouth feel. Very heavy bodied. It doesn't get any more luscious than this folks. Now, for the flavor, I am experiencing a dominant and ultra bitter baker's chocolate taste, black coffee, perhaps some Sambvca, and a sharp cognac, in a unique opposition to one another. The actual taste of the cognac is much more subtle, but the bite is there... For the finish, a light milk chocolate actually presents itself somehow. Overall, I enjoyed the hell out of this brew, as I have with their Beer Geek Breakfast as well. Worth the price - don't hesitate to pick this one up!

Sep 11, 2013
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spoony from Colorado

4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 250 ml bottle into a snifter.

A-The brew pours like motor oil, thick and syrupy. The thin head is dark, dark brown, but it disappears almost immediately leaving no trace on the glass. The brew is nearly black with traces of brown showing in the light.

S-As you might expect, there is a lot of coffee here, coffee grounds, in particular. A little bitter and acidic, but the bitterness is balanced by a sweet booze and dark, fruity flavors with molasses and Jagermeister-like sweet licorice. Interestingly, I don't get much cognac, but I get some orange...which is cognac-ish.

T-The coffee has faded a bit on my nearly year-old bottle, but there is still some dark-roasted flavor going on, as well as the sweet, syrupy, creamy flavors that I detected on the nose. I taste boozy cherries, prunes, molasses, and a hint of licorice/anise flavor. The alcohol is noticeable, but integrates well.

M-The carbonation is minimal and the feel is thick. A touch too thick for the sweetness levels, perhaps.

O-I had been hanging on to this for a while and for whatever reason, this brew seemed appropriate for tonight...a summertime stout. Anyway, the flavors are complex, the brew is balanced, and this is a pretty solid effort. I'm not sure this brew is worth the price as there is nothing mind-blowing going on, but rather, this is a well-done coffee RIS.

Aug 14, 2013
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beergoot from Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Midnight black body sporting a light brown, 1 ½ finger head. Bitter chocolate, cocoa, hints of cherries, dates, and figs plus a trace of vanilla form the bulk of the aroma. Flavors mirror most of the scents with an added presence of prominent boozy notes and cognac barrel tones. Smooth and creamy body, heavy and semi-sweet.

Big, bold and bodacious! Very well balanced and sporting quite the smorgasbord of intriguing flavors. The deepness and richness of flavor and feel does an exceptional job of integrating the high ABV. One hell of a palate pleasing imperial stout.

Jul 04, 2013
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a goblet at The Avenue Pub in New Orleans. No freshness date.

A- Pours a jet black color with barely any head. Once swirled, there's some dark brown foam that leaves specs of lacing on the glass.

S- Quite boozy aroma of char, molasses and brown sugar with some brandy-esque qualities. Very sweet and very fumey.

T- Very smooth flavor of chocolate and dark roast coffee with much less booze showing than in the aroma. There's a bit of the cognac coming through which creates a nice woody taste. So easy to drink it's incredible.

M- Thick and chewy with low carbonation and a heavy body. There's also a decent amount of bitterness from the char and hops.

O- Magnificent in almost every way. Quite steep at $18 for a 8.5 oz bottle but you pay a premium price for premium products.

Jun 28, 2013
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jeonseh from Indiana

3.07/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A - Dark, almost black, brown with not much of a head but more chocolate milk bubbles that sit on the sides of the glass. The beer seems on the thinner side.

S - Chocolate, light coffee, caramel, some Cognac sweetness and oak. Big fudge notes near the end that combine with a slight oak presence from the barrel

T - Booziness and alcohol hit up front with anise and dark coffee. As it goes on, the coffee continues to become stronger. Near the finish the booze and oak come through. The booze is really strong and gives the beer a strong kick. There is not much cognac barrel flavor that you get as much as a strong, astringent alcohol presence. Finish is lots of roasted bitter coffee, prunes, and fudge

M - Medium body that is a bit on the thinner side. Lots of alcohol and bite from the booziness in it that makes the finish really astringent.

O - Overall, this is really a disappointment. The base beer can't keep up with the barrel and the booze really takes over. It just doesn't have the nice cognac barrel presence I like in Cognac-aged beers but instead it just tastes like the beer picked up cheap, alcohol laden booze to it. It does have a lot of roasted coffee, fudge and dark fruits flavors. Overall, I prefer this without the cognac as it seems to throw off the regular weasel.

May 19, 2013
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inlimbo77 from Delaware

4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

8.5oz, Cognac barrel '11
Riedel tulip

A: Pours like a stout, dark as night. Can't see through it. Initially a thin layer of light tan head, that forms a collar. Sticky lacing bits.

S: Booze. Barrel. Dark chocolate. Stale roast. Malts.

T: Up front I get booze. That cognac sweetness hits first. Then you get into the stout. Dark chocolate. Roasted malts. Mid palate malts really define the beer. Finish is big; lingering dark cocoa and roasted espresso.

M: Thick full bodied.

May 08, 2013
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up a long time ago...I think at Hill Farmstead. I know I got the Calvados bottle there..Poured into my duvel tulip.

A - Pours a deep dark clear brown that when its all settled forms a nice black hue with a very nice half a finger of dark, dark chocolate hued head that leaves nice legs.

S - Aromas...ah..maybe I should have held on to this one longer as its awfully boozy on the nose. Behind the cognac are some nice roasted malts and chocolate. For the most part though its all cognac.

T - Taste, taste is wonderful. Dark chocolate then overpowered by creamy melted milk chocolate. Faint malts, nice sweetness, then the cognac and barrel comes in. Barrel is soft and subtle and the cognac is there, albeit on the stronger side, however it never really overpowers the delicious melted milk chocolate.

M - Mouthfeel is quite nice, even if it is a bit strong. Creamy, silky..quite velvety and nice.

O - Overall, this is a damn fine stout. The cognac, unfortunately, was still a bit too potent. Wish I had waited another year before cracking it. Delicious.

May 01, 2013
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grandbeerdaily from Minnesota

4.82/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beer Geek Brunch Weasel Cognac Edition
10.9% ABV
Consumed: 4/2013

Appearance: Black as night and completely opaque in appearance. The brown, frothy head can be coaxed out of the bottle with a proper pour.

Aroma: The aromas of cocoa nibs enrich the roasted malts which are not burnt, but strong and prominent. A slight alcohol presence that's not hot but warm and inviting. There is a definite presence of cognac.

Taste: Roasted malt and chocolate are the first I notice. The chocolate is rich like dark chocolate, but smooth like milk chocolate. The sweetness of this beer, thanks to generous cognac editions, reminds me of chocolate oranges. The beer progresses into toffee, caramel and cream; and then lingers. It becomes very dry and the smooth roasted malt reappears in a slight bitter finish. You can notice the Cognac providing a warm burn on the back of the throat and light oxidation notes that are quite sherry-like.

Mouthfeel: Full and chewy. Medium-low carbonation really helps accentuates flavors. There is a slickness that coats the mouth.

Overall: This beer has a beautiful, brown head and smells delicious. The flavors blend really well and are smooth and inviting. The cognac really adds a nice level of complexity as it accentuates and changes flavors and perceptions. I get a nice sweet,crisp, orange-fruit flavor that resonates well with the chocolate and smooths the roast. Age has been good to this bottle.
The carbonation is just right as well. The FULL and CHEWY body is brought to life with bubbles of carbon dioxide and the flavors really just burst forth and take over the palate. Drinkability is an issue with this as the palate is filled, dried out and slickened by a film of this fabulous beer. After 8.5 oz, I am teased and tempted, but never satiated. At least the drinkability issue is moot. Great beer!

Apr 08, 2013
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at the bottle share held at Chloe's inside Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy khaki head that fades to nothing. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, fruits, and cognac. Taste is much the same with a cocoa flavor on the finish. There is a slightly alcohol kick after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the cognac presence is fairly mild in this one.

Apr 06, 2013
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rangerred from Tennessee

4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

250ml bottle into a snifter.

Pours pitch black with a few chunks that i accidentally let slip out of the bottle. No head to speak of with just a tiny hint of carbonation around the edge of the glass.

Smells absolutely amazing with an awesome marriage of coffee and dark fruits from the cognac aging along with some woody notes. A little bit smoky as well. Really inviting.

The flavor just continues this impressiveness. Sweet dark fruit and red wine right off the bat along withs some smoky wood. The cognac barrel aging really shines through here. The coffee is noticeable but it is quite subdued. I'm not sure if this is because of the strength of the other flavors or because so little was used due to the coffee being so rare. Either way it works well. Alcohol becomes noticeable towards the finish but remains restrained.

Overall, quite the amazing coffee stout and a real treat to drink. While $13 for a small bottle is a bit steep, I believe it is worth the price and something to definitely pick up should you ever come across it.

Mar 21, 2013
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woemad from Washington

4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

8.5oz bottle purchased at Enoteca in Post Falls, Idaho for $15.99. This is the most expensive bottle of beer by price or volume that I have ever purchased. According to the label, this was “Brewed and bottled by Mikkeller at Nøgne Ø, Grimstad, Norway.” Although it says cognac barrels were used on the front of the label, on the side it says “Ale brewed with coffee , aged in Calvados barrells.” Hmm. Lots of residue can be seen within the bottle on the side I poured from (weasel poop?).

Poured a viscousy black color into a snifter. Very faint, dark mocha-colored head that was bubbly and shortlived, though a tiny foam collar remains.

The nose is mostly brown sugar and prunes. Things get a bit toffeeish as it warms up.

The taste starts off with a sweet brown sugary mollasses type flavor but is instantly matched with a coffee-like bitterness and a whiskeyish boozy taste. There’s some pipe smoke, a little red wine and some caramel notes as well. There’s a very slight hoppy zap at the swallow.

The body is somewhere between medium and full, with a coating, dessert-like mouthfeel.

This beer would be fantstic as a dessert or a nightcap. As it warms, it becomes more and more rich tasting. Oddly enough, the coffee flavor, while present, isn’t a dominant flavor component. I might buy this again sometime, but would not do so regularly - $16 is a lot for a half-pint of beer!

Mar 17, 2013
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biboergosum from Canada

3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

250ml bottle. Oatmeal, fancy Vietnamese coffee, and cognac - now that would be a well-balanced breakfast!

This beer pours a solid black, with ever so slight basal mahogany highlights, and one fat finger of tightly foamy, bubbly dark tan (ok, light brown) head, which leaves a few arced swaths of ebb and flow lace around the glass as it readily recedes.

It smells of mildly roasted, not so mildly sweet caramel/toffee malt, bitter earthy coffee, melted baker's chocolate, toasted, oakey white wine barrels, some wafting herbal, leafy hops, and a simmering warming alcohol edge. The taste is big on the chalky cocoa notes right up front, with a swiftly pursuant earthy, soft java essence, middling bready toffee malt, some increasingly prevalent cognac barrel notes - smoke, vanilla, caramel, and vinous alcohol, and kind of stagnant earthy, musty hoppiness.

The bubbles are pretty laid back, just workin' for the weekend, the body medium-full in weight, and generally smooth, in a silky chocolate manner. It finishes well on the sweet side, the cocoa, caramel, badgered coffee, and barrel notes all finding little active opposition to their lackadaisical collusion.

Another brick in the wall, this. The base beer is already so bolstered by the guest ingredients, and to pile on an inherently sweet spirituous barrel treatment seems like prodding the gods - why and wherefore? In the end, it's not that big of a deal, as the cognac works well enough, especially if your sweet tooth is all paid up on its insurance premiums.

Jan 27, 2013
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: black bodied beer with a 1 finger medium brown head. Head looks creamy, thick, and full. Lots of dense and thick bubbles. drops down to a thin cap that stay around for a long time.

Smell: Very dark and acid bitter coffee note mingles with barrel notes consisting of oak with sweet and smoky whiskey notes. Its got a noticable bite of boozeness from the cognac barrel too. Little bit of fruitiness too.

Taste: This one is cognac forward. The cognac is fairly sweet, smokey, and oaky. Definately some peat moss influenance in the taste of this beer. The coffee bite is not far behind and it tastes very dark, bitter and acidic just like a robust columbian blend coffee. The coffee smell exactly like it tastes. A nice balance of the coffee stout base beer and the cognac barrel. Chocolates, roasty malts, molasses, tobacco, and a touch of fruitiness... maybe apples? It does add some levels of depth and complexity, but not sure that I like the fruitiness very much. As the warms the coffee becomes bolder and notes of smoke, tobacco, roast, and even some leather notes start to really become prevalent.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low carbonation levels. This one actually drinks pretty smooth and it has a nice silkiness to it. Its got a nice richness about the beer that doesnt quite get to being too much of a good thing. Just a touch of booziness without much heat.

Overall: really solid cognac aged beers. The two thing that I dislike about this beer is the fruity aftertaste and a $15 price tag. Probably one of the better barrel aged beer that I have tried from Mikkeller so far. I have tried a few barrel aged beers from Mikkeller that were just tragically bad, but its not the case with this beer. If you have the money to drop on 8oz of a $15 beer this isnt a bad option. Nice cognac notes in this coffee stout.

Jan 20, 2013
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liamt07 from Canada

3.57/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle form wordemupg, 250ml bottle into a whiskey snifter - side by side with the Calvados.

Black with a brown head, no lacing or retention. Nose has some smoke, permanent marker, sweet cognac and a spirit character that almost evokes oranges. Grape fruit loops as well. Cocoa is prominent and a whole load of roast. Taste has the spirit upfront, dark fruits, roast and distinct coffee flavour, some soy/savory and moderate sweetness. Full feel, a touch flat and the barrel imparts a weird character that I wasn't too crazy about. I'd take the non-BA'd version over this.

Jan 17, 2013
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ngeunit1 from Massachusetts

4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark black with a bit of brown and a thin finger of frothy chocolate-khaki head. Fades normal.

S - Dark chocolate malts, bold roasted coffee, cognac, oak, molasses, black licorice, vanilla, milk chocolate, some booze.

T - Dark chocolate malts, roasted coffee, oak, cognac, sweet caramel and milk chocolate, black licorice, molasses, earthy hops and some mild bitterness, vanilla, and some booze.

M - Full-minus bodied with mild carbonation. Super smooth and a bit creamy with a warming, sweet, and roasty finish.

D - The barrel adds some really nice complexity to the base beer. Really nicely balanced.

Jan 15, 2013
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xabyss from Ohio

4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

8.5 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A - Looks like a typical stout: pitch black in the glass, minuscule film of head and no light shining through.

S - Wow that is complex. Me likey. I could smell this for hours. Big cognac notes, oak, and vanilla, roast coffee, sweet malts, chocolate and a bit of dark fruit (raisins especially). Big ABV only slightly present.

T - Outstanding flavor profile. Follows the nose, mostly. Getting cognac and barrel notes throughout the sip. Sweet chocolate and fruits at the tip of the tongue, sweet and roasty malts mid-sip and a mild coffee and chocolate bitterness with lingering cognac in the finish. Alcohol present, but well-integrated into the complex meld of flavors.

M - Thick and full-bodied with subdued carbonation. Goes down super easy.

O - A complex, tasty and well-balanced brew from Mikkeller that's probably not worth the price. That said, it's one of the better barrel-aged stouts I've had lately.

Jan 03, 2013
Beer Geek Brunch Weasel - Cognac Edition from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 273 ratings