Beer Geek Brunch Weasel - Cognac Edition | Mikkeller ApS

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Beer Geek Brunch Weasel - Cognac EditionBeer Geek Brunch Weasel - Cognac Edition

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Mikkeller ApS

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by bark on 09-28-2011

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Reviews by kojevergas:
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4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

8.5 fl oz brown glass bottle (quite small) with standard pressure cap served into a Guinness goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are sky high given the brewery - which is me favourite worldwide - and my high opinion of Beer Geek Brunch Weasel.

Bottle acquired at Wally's Wine in Westwood, California in early March 2012. I've also seen it at Hi-Time Liquor in Costa Mesa. No bottling or best before date is listed on the label.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Label confirms the ABV at 10.9%. Brewed and Bottled by Mikkeller at Nogne O in Grimstad, Norway. Aged in Calavados Barrels.

A: Pours a half finger head of beautiful rich tan colour, fantastic cream, amazing thickness, and great retention given the high ABV. The head gives way to lacing about the circle of the head's shape after about a minute, and the lacing holds for quite some time. Colour is a solid nontransparent black - obfuscating any potential ability to see yeast particles if they're present. Very inviting. I can't wait to drink it.

It's not a perfect appearance; better retention, more cream, and a bubble show are the only elements that could be improved.

Sm: Cognac, woody barrel tones, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and cream. The coffee is refined and rich, dueling the subdued chocolate. Cognac and coffee dominate. A subtle mild strength aroma. Quite appealing, though I would like more strength.

T: Delightfully creamy on the open, with a slight reduction over the course of the body and a reemergence just on the finish. The coffee is incredibly rich and refined, lending the mouthfeel no dryness or coarseness but instead delivering a pure delightful flavour. Slight biscuity yeast in the third act and on the finish. Dark malts lend it a full body without intruding on the more lively notes. Some vanilla bean on the finish. More and more notes come out as it warms up. Truly lovely. The chocolate is subdued and subtle without being timid. Cognac is present as a subtle tone and doesn't harm the balance. Perfectly balanced. A dazzingly well-built beer. I'm blown away. A truly exquisite brew, indeed one of Mikkel's best.

Mf: Creamy, silky smooth, delicate, fragile, and nicely wet. Just thick enough whilst maintaining its cool fragility. Complements the flavours beautifully. Supports the complex flavours without burdening the flavour profile. A touch of dryness is present on the finish to encourage the next sip of the creamy open, which is a wonderful effect. It could maybe use a touch more dryness in the body.

Dr: Hides its ABV absurdly well. Very drinkable - I could down this all night if me wallet could take it. A new favourite, and another home-run from Mikkeller. Every beer lover - fan of the style or not - should try this. Very high quality. I'd love to try this aged or on-draught/nitro-draught. Wonderful. I'd like to try it side-by-side with the other versions (including the regular Beer Geek Brunch Weasel). I'm not sure the Cognac adds a truly significant element to the already great beer, but I do know that this is fantastic.

Drank just fine out of me Guinness goblet, but I imagine a snifter would do just as well.

Serve warmer than refrigerator-cold; it drinks better somewhere between there and room temperature.

Don't pair with food; it's insulting to the quality of the beer. If you must, go with a fine chocolate.

A great candidate for aging, but it will really test your fortitude.


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The beer pours a dark brown color with no real head. The aroma is full of roasted malt, but I also get some oak and smoke notes. The cognac is virtually absent in the aroma, but really comes through strong in the flavor. I also get some oak, chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and alcohol notes in the flavor. Overall, the flavor profile is quite complex and very enjoyable. Thick mouthfeel and low carbonation.

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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.

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4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

All black, but nothing in terms of head, lacing or retention. Impressive color, but nothing else appearance wise. Aroma, reminiscient of brandy barrel beers, because I'm not a fan of much cognac, (unless its w/ my russian or black girlfriends) and yet I like the aroma of the aforementioned barrel, this one was similar, rich, sweet, mild heat, smoke & leather (although this was drank at Aces & Ales, where smoke & leather (bad 80s leather) is always in the air).

Taste, well as usual, the beer geek brunch series nails the taste down quite well. The coffee isn't as pungent, but given the competing cognac flavors, its easy to see why, but they are complimentary, so its more than all good. Sure, I love a straight forward big blast of coffee a la Coffee Bender, but this one really gives a more rich and complex attitude. Reminiscient of something like what Peruvian Morning brings to the table, its got plenty of coffee, but it isn't just a one trick pony, there's plenty else going on. The vanilla is there just a tad, something that was completely missing in the aroma.

Amazingly expensive, but since I was kicking so much ass at blackjack, I cashed out, paid my entire tab (4 sculpins, 2 cognac brunch weasels, 1 SN snowed in stout, 1 lagunitas fusion 7) and walked out w/ $50 in my pocket. Throw in the butt rock show that went well passed 3am, and it was a damn good night.

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Photo of jeonseh
3.07/5  rDev -24.4%
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.

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3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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25 cl bottle poured into a snifter.

A-Nice thick black body with a one finger chocolatey brown head. Fluffy head that fades into a frothy lacing.

S-stinks like stale coffee. This beer smells like two day old grounds in my coffee maker with a hint of dark rum.

T-Tastes like old coffee. Very little comes through besides this. The coffee is over dominating with a bit of a smoky tastes. The cognac barrels do not shine through very well.

M-Very thick with and a sipper. This is normally a good thing except when you do not want enjoy the taste. This beer has a giant burn going down and is super boozy for what it is. The alcohol is not hidden.

O-Not worth twelve dollars for such a small bottle. The original version is much better. This might be better in a few years once all the coffee has faded and most of the burn is gone. Avoid.

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