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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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of jegross2
3.25/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Reviewing the Beer Geek Brunch Weasel (Cognac Edition) from Mikkeller.
Score: 82

2012 vintage bottle served in a snifter glass and enjoyed on 07/30/12. A hearty thank you to Bryan Hernandez for buying me a bottle of this to celebrate the completion of the Illinois Bar Exam.

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark coffee color. Served with a finger of fudgey brown head that totally settles. No lacing or retention. 3.5/5

Smell: Sharp, sweet red grape and cherry aromas. Cognac, ample "wood" and "barrel" that is not very blended into the aroma so much as it stands out. Coffee too. 3.5/5

Taste: Burnt, acrid coffee, "barrel and wood" flavor, cherry, red grape sweetness and fudge. Sweet and overly acidic. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, minimal carbonation. Sticky, acrid and sweet mouthfeel. 2/5

Overall: Rather than it being an integrating component, I am tasting/smelling too much "barrel" here. This beer is also way too acidic. The right flavor components for a potentially delicious beer are here, but there are too many pieces that do not seem to coalesce so much as they simply stand out. After this beer, I think I'm absolutely done with Mikkeller beers. Beer Geek Rodeo (a collaboration with Jester King) gave me hope, but Mikkeller is quite frankly entirely too expensive for what they are and they seem to miss substantially more often with their experiments than they hit. 8.5 oz's seems like a cheap sized pour, but I assure you it's harder to finish a bottle of this than you would otherwise believe.

Recommendation: Skip this one; it is incredibly overpriced.

Pairings: Green apples and honey.

Cost: $14.99 for an 8.5 oz beer.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 07-28-2012 05:52:48

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Photo of scottfrie
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8.5oz bottle into AVBC snifter.

A: Pours near black with a finger of dark mocha colored head that slowly faded into a thin film and collar.
S: Sweet notes of brandy mix well with rich notes of dark chocolate, kopi luwak, and roasted malts. I get a hint of caramel as well.
T: Follows the nose with mellow notes of cognac mixed with hints of Indonesian coffee, dark chocolate, fudge, caramel and roast. Cognac mixes well with the base flavors, and the coffee more noticeable than the calvados version. Sweeter than I was expecting too.
M: Thick bodied, syrupy viscous mouthfeel, and low smooth carbonation.
O: Not an improvement on the original but a damn fine well made imp stout. Better than the calvados.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of stakem
3.28/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A nip into a matching Mikkeller teku glass. An aggressive pour yields just about a finger of mocha head atop the brew. It appears pitch black in color with just the finest ring of brown clarity around the edges. As the cap fades, it leaves some spotty lace sticking to the glass. I am a bit disappointed to see that chunks of gelatin made it's way splashing into my glass. Considering this was only a nip bottle, one would hope/expect it to be filled with consumable product not a layering of gelatin.

The aroma initially displays some vinous quality from the cognac. However, as the brew breaths, more of a focus on earth and coffee with some chocolate come into play. The 10+ percent alcohol is felt in the nose drawing back to the focus on fruity alcohol esters as the brew opens up. Additional sniffs bring out some roast to ashy quality with a touch of something almost like soap.

The flavor of this brew is really bold. The alcohol is not restrained at all. That nearly 11% abv is really fortified with a boozy vinous quality that is solvent at times. The roast provides its own level of harshness that brings out almost a soapy flavor that I faintly picked up on towards the back of the brew. There is some earth, tobacco, leather and ashtray throughout this brew. It finishes big and boozy with cognac and solvent alcohol.

This is a medium to fuller bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation that is pretty spot on for the style. It is very aggressive and unfortunately not a treatment I would pick over the base brew. Instead of adding an additional layer to the already awesome base, it instead muddled the original character and dominated it with a huge solvent blast of fusel alcohol. I am overall disappointed with this brew. Not only for being duped into the cost of this but to find gelatin in this is not acceptable. Unfortunately this is not the first time I have been turned off by finding an unacceptable amount of gelatin in my glass.

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3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

With a taste of Irish coffees but done so with a beery and exacerbated character, this Weasel of cold espresso with cognac peaking through delivers it all.

With it's espresso appearance, the beer carries added viscocity for a voluminous pour of malty weight. Even the low lying carbonation eventually amounts to a delicate lace of espresso-like creme. Onyx black with a mirror-like sheen, the beer is very impressive despite its slight bubble action.

Bold booze aroma layers on top of the strong foundation of malt as the aromas of strong espresso roast rise first, but then the alcohol scent of fruit and wood whiskey follow closely behind. Background notes of cherries, chocolate covered raisins, brownies, and malted milk inform the alcohol and coffee just before the first sip.

Strong espresso flavors hit the tongue with a burst of palate-wrecking flavors. Freshly ground espresso beans, cold pressed, and blended with cocoa powder, burnt molasses, and malty chocolate cake batter lay a rich foundation with a truly masculine flavor profile. A quick rise of the cognac slices through the malts with the power of ethanol, cherry-like fruit, and a complex bitter-sweet interplay. The strong fruitcake-like fruits seem covered in bittersweet chocolate and accompanied by bitter oily walnuts.

The more elegant flavors of the stout are short lived while the palate explores the taste, largely because the shear volume of alcohol burn that rises quickly and settles late. Obtuse alcohols cause a thinning reaction that makes the beer seem thinner than it actually is. A long, long, long finish of espresso, chocolate, and fruity alcohols blend in seamlessly with the next sip even if minutes later.

Cognac Weasel is a long and savory sipper that's meant for a patient session, deep reflectance, and succulent enjoyment.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Dope
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours jet black with a mid-sized dense medium brown head. Bordering on dark brown. Fades slowly, leaving a smattering of lacing.

S: Rich aroma with lots of fruity cognac and oak. Some char and coffee as well. Finally, a bit of chocolate and anise with some stinging alcohol. Mainly dominated by the cognac here.

T: Big cognac flavors up front. Loads and loads of oak and char follow. Just hints of roasted malt character with a bit of coffee and chocolate in the finish. Fairly hot.

M: Heavy, smooth. Touch drying from all of the charred wood.

O: Barrel dominates extensively here. Not necessarily bad, cognac and oak character are very pronounced and tasty. However, there is almost no stout to this. Especially not the coffee that dominates the other beer geek breakfast/brunch brews.

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Photo of rvdoorn
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of CaptainPiret
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer belying its somewhat average appearance. Poured thick and black, but the thin tan head vanished quickly. That was the only negative. Cognac, burnt sugar, chocolate and coffee were heavily present in both the aroma and taste. Slight bit of alcohol on the finish, but not enough to affect the flavor. Very creamy mouthfeel. A sipping beer ... wish I had a few more on hand.

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Photo of champ103
2.23/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A: Pours a thick, gloopy, viscous black. With a very vigorous pour a one finer tan head forms. Recedes to nothing, and very still and lifeless. Pretty much as expected for a thick stout.
S: Toasted malt, chocolate, really sweet toffee. Charred wood, smoke and ash.
T: Oh man, sticky, sickly sweet toffee. Cloying in that regard. Smoke and ash charred wood. Hot lingering alcohol.
M/D: A full viscous body. Sticky, thick, and like an adhesive on the tongue. Sickly sweet, sticky, hot solvent like alcohol makes this a chore to drink. This will be another expensive drain pour from Mikkeller.

OK, Mikkeller is becoming more and more like BrewDog. Which is not a good thing. I did not enjoy this, and would not recommend. Avoid.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
2.88/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Nip picked up from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins, CO for around $11 I think? Into an Epic snifter.

A: Pitch black, practically no head, just a light ring of bubbles. No lacing to speak of. Completely opaque.

S: Big cognac and dark fruit, oak, coffee, and sweet molasses. Strong chocolate and grape notes combine to make an interesting aroma.

T: Barrel is the dominant flavor here, which is sad, I figured there would be a lot more coffee in here. Some chocolate, a lot of cognac, a little coffee and a little toffee. Finish is acrid and dry, almost overly oaky and woody. Not bad, but disappointing.

M: Very slight carbonation, slightly warm, but not hot, not as thick as I'd like. Not bad, but not great.

O: Very disappointed in this one, the harsh acrid finish kills everything in this beer for me. The oak and cognac just bludgeons aside a tasty imperial stout leaving a harsh unbalanced beer. Definitely not worth the money. Definitely a beer that didn't benefit from the barrel treatment.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of DonDirkA
4.97/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Has a nose of acidic red wine scents like cherry, oak and hints of vanilla. Theres a hint of chocolate and anise with little to no coffee. The coffee is severely diminished in the taste too. Its much sweeter and fruitier, more acidic in a lambic/sour sort of way. Grapes and cherries blend with chocolate/coffee notes & fade out into an oaked anise wash.

The only negative to me, compared to the original edition, is that the barrel aging seems to have diminished the head a bit so it isn't as thick and laced. I feel that this is a fantastic stout though.

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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1/5  rDev -75.4%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an absolutely beautiful inky sable with a thick, dark tan head that hangs around for a while. Rich aroma has a strong note of quality roast coffee and tones of licorice, molasses, chocolate and nuts. Fabulous flavor lives up to the scrumptious aroma - smoky, nutty, with good tones of coffee, chocolate, licorice and wood and an underpinning of cognac that gives it quite a kick. Thick, smooth, oily texture doesn’t have much fizz, but leaves a smoky and cognac-y finish. If you love good stouts, especially barrel-aged ones, this one is a must!

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

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4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A come-to-jesus beer. Poured at a good temperature with a perfect thick, foamy, blllowy, brown tan head that slowly subsides and lots of lace. Color is an opaque black brown. Aroma is malt, roast, dark ripe fruit, yeast, booze, coffee, cocoa. Flavor's like nose with sweet, bitter, and tang all large, but proportional. Body is full, lush, and just right with exactly perfect carbonation. Finish is like flavor, fairly long, and a bit boozy. Taking big swallows and diggin' it. Lawd a-mighty, one fiiiine ass beer.

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Beer Geek Brunch Weasel - Cognac Edition from Mikkeller ApS
4.06 out of 5 based on 272 ratings.
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