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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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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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Photo of drpimento
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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Photo of cosmicevan
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

extra from GrumpyOldTroll. enjoyed from my mikkeller wine glass.

a - popped the tiny bottle and filled my glass...brew poured a deep sludgy black with a thin almost vanilla cream head that was gone quick leaving a ring on the surface. swirling the glass left spotty lacing while subtly rebuilding the head for a moment or two.

s - the smell carries some peat mixed with the zing of the weasel in the background. the weasel smell was a highlight for that beer so losing some of that hurts the base beer a bit, but still smells nice. the cognac smell is there and not over-run by the peat of the barrel.

t - wow, the flavor is interesting (to say the least). there is a LOT going on here. chocolate and weasel beans are there, but a bit dominated by the cognac and woody peat. i'm not a crazy cognac fan and i loved the weasel on it's own...this treatment seems to really take away from the amazingness of the base beer.

m - pretty dry finish, but has a nice creamy middle. the heat is there, but becomes somewhat hidden as you sip it.

o - overall, not worth the price of admission. i had seen these tiny bottles with the crazy price tag and was really curious since i love the base beer. noticed GrumpyOldTroll post it in LNBA and asked if it was worth the price of admin, and this crazy loon goes ahead and tosses me one as an extra in a trade!!! VERY much appreciated. i've long been a fan/hater of mikkeller. this one isn't really a miss like some of the others, but had i paid the sticker price, i'd call it a miss (seen this go for anywhere from $15 - $17 a bottle locally and this is only 8.5 oz). for the money, go for black.

as it warmed and i drank more i got more into the cognac, but still this one is better without the treatment.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: great start: motor oil forms a two-finger thick dark brown head; slipped away into a filmy collar of fine dense bubbles

S: sharp bite of cognac slips up amid the dark roasted malt and espresso smells

T: the cognac barrel-aging makes this immediately dry - kinda took over the coffee notes (coffee this rare should be appreciated more if its going into a beer); sweetness and cocoa notes were the most distant

M: a little bitey - the cognac aging must've opened the door for the abv to slip through - very smooth feeling, but a too-distinct alcohol bite (for a beer this dark and stout)

O: the Calvados barrel-aged edition was far better; this beer is good, but not worth the sticker price; if you don't mind spending the cash, try one - I mean, I can't think of another stout that tasted like it, but whereas I have gone back for their Calvados edition, I would not go back for this one. I will be keeping my eyes peeled for the bourbon edition.

In short, I think the cognac was too dry and solventy for this stout, whereas the Calvados (apple brandy, BTW) was more subtle and created an amazing taste, and I imagine (based on Goose Island's success with their BCBS line) the bourbon will be a sweeter (i.e., better) accompaniment.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nip into a 25cl Duvel tulip. Thanks to Dan for sharing.

A: Pitch black body with a thin, fine head of light brown foam that settles into a ring. Pretty nice.

S: Powerful, in-your-face roast, with coffee appropriately standing out; some rather challenging wood and herbalness lie in the background. Spicy chocolate as well. Good.

T: The barrel shows up more here, with spiritous oak and vanilla in front of bitter coffee and tons of dark chocolate. Long, spicy, boozy finish. Very tasty.

M: Thick, sticky, viscous, and moderately carbonated with creamy effervescence. Great.

O: Intense and enjoyable, but perhaps a bit too brash. It lacks the coherence and smoothness of a really great BA stout; I think I'll see how some time treats it, as a generous trading partner recently sent on of these my ways as an extra. I think a year or two might do it good, as already the coffee isn't the dominant force it is in the non-barrel-aged version of this beer.


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Photo of Casedogg43
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a ity-bity bottlebrush cost a bunch!
Happy to get my hands on one.

Appearance: beautiful. Dark, very dark with a nice tan head. Black would be appropriate here.

Smell: coffee and smoke.

Taste: cognac is apparent from start. Coffee and oaky malts. Cognac fads through til the end.

Mouthfeel: somewhat thick and creamy. But not to the max. Pretty solid.

Overall: cognac stands out in this BGB version. Misses a bit, as it takes away from the base of the stout. Still very good, but won't pay $16 for it again!

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 25cL bottle into a Glencairn glass. "Ale brewed with coffe, aged in Calvados barrels."

A: Impenetrably dark with light mocha-dark head. Black and excellent.

S: Huge, boozy, fruity, but excellent. Grapes and coffee. Touch of smoke. Malts are a bit flat, but the overall excellent is very good.

T/M: Interesting, but not perhaps to my taste. The coffee and dark roasted malts are overshadowed by a candyish-sweet cognac. Fermented grapes seem out of place in my Brunch Weasel. The beer is perhaps old or stale? At any rate, the mouthfeel is a bit dead. The aftertaste is unfortunately weak.

O: A step down from the Beer Geek Brunch Weasel. I wouldn't recommend it -- especially considering the price/size -- and I won't be having anymore.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Dixonian for sharing this bottle at bu11zeye's 10,000th rating tasting.

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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Photo of danedelman
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in my snifter glass

A-pitch thick black with zero head and maybe jsut 2 bubbles. I thought it was flat but wasn't.

S-lots of oak and vanilla. Followed by black licorice and almost a soy sauce smell. Very complex smelling.

T-even more complex than the smell. Sweet dates when it first hits your lips turn quickly into a strong oak flavor with chocolate and some smoke. Really good.

M-Pretty thick and viscous. low carb and sticky.

Overall-great beer but not for the $15 that this tiny bottle cost me.

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Photo of Auracom
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

8 oz. bottle shared by Dan, thanks brotha! 4 oz. poured into a Founders tulip on May 6th, 2012.

A - Extremely dark, opaque-brown with a one-finger, medium-khaki head that quickly reduced down to lots of bubbling. Mediocre lacing. Moderate alcohol legs.

S - Cognac barrel, dark winter fruit, light roasted almonds, and maybe a touch of milk chocolate bar. There's definitely an alcoholic, liquor-like backend from the cognac addition.

T - Initial malt sweetness, chocolate, milk cocoa powder. Mid-palate has a roasted note that quickly morphs into rear-palate cognac and oak blended with espresso and some of that weasel coffee. Semi-sweet aftertaste.

M - Medium body, appropriate carbonation, somewhat smooth, semi sweet chocolate finish.

D - I like the mellow but refined cognac barrel element here. That notable coffee note from the base Brunch Weasel doesn't quite kick in until the very backend of the drink. This one is tough to recommend due to the steep price, but it's a decent drink.

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Photo of broken22
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this darkness into a tulip glass. Quick note that this beer does have a little sediment so do whatever it is you do with that. So a very quick flashing of a head form and leaves quickly leaving only a slight bubble ring around the glass. The beer is really dark. Its like they brewed a pot of coffee and then brewed another pot of coffee but used the first pot as the water. The isn't an overwhelming smell coming from this beer. I made sure not to have this beer to cold I gave it a slight chill. What I can smell is the alcohol notes of the cognac. The flavor is very nice. Sometimes I feel as though barrel aging overpowers the original flavor with strong alcohol notes. This however blends perfectly. The cognac is there but so is the coffee flavor with very lovely linger that's not quit bitter. Best way I could explain it is that its like taking a sip of good cognac and you have that nice lingering burn. This doesn't have a burn but somehow a linger. The mouthfeel is thick yet lightened a bit my the cognac. Not of lot of carbonation at all.

Overall I'm really satisfied with this beer. I love the standard editions of it and this is a great variation. If you see one I suggest you buy it before I do.

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Photo of nataku00
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer is pitch black with an oily film on the pour. No head formation, but a few bubbles at the edges. Plenty of alcohol feet, slick and oily looking.

Nose is dark roasted coffee, dark fruit and dark chocolate, and fairly decent cognac aroma, light oak with orange, wine and caramel.

A bit cognac dominated in the tongue. Plenty of the spirit present with the spice and lighter fruits hitting the tongue. A bit of the dark chocolate and coffee tries to fight through in the middle of the tongue as the beer warms more, but still spirit heavy, with an oak finish.

Medium body and very oily, with the barest hint of carbonation. Pretty smooth drink, though more cognac flavored than the base beer, which is a bit disappointing.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bottle provided by oglmcdgl, thanks for the tick.

Weasel came to me looking dark as sin, a black sky of mo darker, black, in a word. A nice sparse cap of tan hazy brown foam up above leaving small notches on the way down. A nice looking stout. Smells include that expensive coffee they used which has a unique scent to it. strays off the beaten path. Under that a heaping of roasted malt, chocolate, and some nuts with vanilla. The cognac is well integrated and not to bold and takes away from the coffee. The coffee is still the main feature here and while the method of production is awkward (weasel crapped coffee beans) it's not off putting and I dig the coffee backed by sweet vanilla and a lot of roast and nuts. Im not a big hard alcohol guy but i may be warming up to cognac a bit, I dig it's intrusion to the weasel, a nice mix. This is tasty beer and I wish I can try it with some age. Feel is medium plus with a build and a smooth backlash, nothing obtrusive here, semi bitter end. While the regular weasel alcohol was kept down, it's a bit hot here and gets hotter with warming. I think it works though with the cognac, a little burn never hurt anybody.While I could not drink a crap ton of this stuff, i wish i could, cause it's top notch.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very expensive, very small bottle...this better be good. Pours a beautiful pitch black with a very nice dark brown head that is quite small and disappears quickly. So far, a good looking beer. The nose is just as nice as the appearance. At first you get some lovely aromas of rich chocolate cake (disclaimer: I didn't like the original Brunch Weasel because the chocolate was to dark and bitter). This one smells much better with more of a milk chocolate presence. Great cognac aroma as well with some vanilla, toffee, and caramel aromas. Quite the inviting beer. Taste is initially bitter chocolate, but is quickly interrupted by sweet cognac and oak. Wow, this is delicious! Tastes like some chocolate cake with white icing! Nice sweet cognac dances well with milk chocolate, vanilla, and toffee. Slight booziness as well. Mouthfeel is a bit on the lighter side, could have some more body to it. Drinkability is high, as this is a delicious sipper. Overall, MUCH better than the original Brunch Weasel. Very tasty!

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Ridiculously expensive 8.5oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours pitch black with a finger and a half of very, very dense brown foam. She's a looker for sure.

S: Cagnac aromas are upfront with milk chocolate, smoke, and some oxidation notes. I only get the smallest amount of weasel poop coffee.

T: Bitter dark chocolate starts off followed by strong cognac flavor. I get some toffee and milk chocolate sweetness in the background with a hint of coffee. The cognac certainly overwhelms all the other flavors, though. It sits on your tounge long after the great Brunch Weasel stout flavors have gone away. That fact does help the balance in subsequent sips, though.

M: Just like the Brunch Weasel, the mouthfeel is superb. Super creamy, maybe the creamiest beer I've ever had. Thick, but not overly so.

O: Not bad. The beautiful stout flavors from Brunch Weasel are a bit overwhelmed by the cognac here, though. Besides that fact, I dont think the cognac flavors mix very well with the base stout. I much prefer the original version and can imagine other versions being significantly better than this.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
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 Fux
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Black as hell, viscous, with a small dark brown head with a decent retention. Looks heavy.

S: Powerful flavors from the cognac barrel ageing come first, oak, booze, vanilla, chocolate and coffee.

T: Roasted malts, coffee, grapes, oak. Vinous with a bitter chocolate aftertaste and a huge alcohol backbone. Finishes dry.

M: Sweet and silky. Leaves a creamy palate.

O: A bit straight and boozy, still very nice. Would buy more if it were not so pricey.

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Photo of Retail1LO
3.02/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a little bitch ass 8.5 oz. bottle into a Cigar City snifter.

Pours a jet black hue with a very thin 1/4-1/6" head that quick fades. No lacing at all. Zero. The smell on this is straight booze. There's no depth whatsoever. Grapes from the cognac, and that's it. It's a decent enough smell, but it doesn't really do anything to get you excited for what you're about to taste. The taste is sweet with grape/wine notes. Yeah...way sweet. Again, not a lot of depth. The mouthfeel is thin as hell, with a bitter, acidic finish that's just very unbecoming a stout. Do not recommend.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased in SF. 25cL

A: Pitch black with a deep brown/mocha head about a half inch thick. No complaints or surprises here.

N: Coffee, berries, layers of chocolate. The cherry, alcohol and sugar of cognac make their way up at the back of the nose.

T: Bitter dark chocolate, roasted malt, and the cherry/coffee of the Kopi Luwak are present here. The cognac starts to show up as the beer warms with its aforementioned hints of sugary cherry. Starts to break apart as the beer's temperature rises, so be warned.

M: Coating and thick. This really hits the sweet spot for me.

Overall: I really expected to be disappointed with this one considering the cost, but it has a lot to offer. However, at the same time, the cognac and the Kopi Luwak weren't really the focus and each of them got a bit lost. I'd probably give this a higher score if there were more cognac, personally, since I believe the base beer is excellent as it stands. (And cheaper by half and as such, more recommended.)

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Photo of Sean9689
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up a WLV Liquors.

A - Pours black, tan head, spotty lace, thin collar.

S - Smooth booze, coffee, chocolate, light char, roast, and oak. Really nice and complex and pretty much like dessert. Not quite as much coffee but I guess the barrel aging took some of this away.

T - Similar to the nose, but a little more coffee. Chocolate, coffee, booze, oak, light roast. Really easy to drink for almost 11% and basically tastes like a coffee dessert drink. Good stuff. Finish is bitter dark chocolate and coffee.

M - Full, rich and smooth, light carbonation, creamy finish.

O - One of the better Mikkeller beers I've had in recent memory. Pretty pricey, but most of his beers are, so not to surprising there. I need to pick up a couple more bottles to enjoy at a later date. This is good stuff here, folks.

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Photo of gford217
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25cl nip bottle.

Pours like any other Mikkeller impy stout - pitch black - but with a slightly smaller head than normal, a small tight mocha heada that recedes to a bubbly collar.

Aroma is combination of smoky, roasty Mikkeller stout with a heavy dose of sweet boozy cognac. Some bittersweet chocolate and burnt coffee beans as well. Hints of peat.

Taste has the is really sweet with dark fruits and chocolate up front with some heavy boozy sweetness. That said, the underlying heavily roasted malts are noticeable and the chocolate takes on a bittersweet character in the finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth and a bit boozy with some oaky notes. Pretty thick on the palate.

This doesn't hold a candle to the base weasel in my opinion, which I think is a fantastic beer. It's a barrel-heavy version that ratchets down my favorite aspect of the original, the coffee. It's tasty, but not worth the price IMO.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
4.56/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a cognac snifter (it seemed appropriate)

A. Inky black with plenty of sediment clouding on top of that. No head, no lacing, just a little 1mm thick tan orbital ring of rising-bubble foam slowly forming around the perimeter. Has micro-bubbled "legs" when swirled.

S. First impression : Smells like a prune smoothie with an overflowing cup of exceedingly rich coffee thrown in. Given time to open up a bit, it adds in strong aromatic elements of booze, soy sauce, a medley of even more dark fruits like raisins and plums, both sweet and bitter chocolates, licorice and a smidgeon of root beer. Also there are light amounts of smokey charred barrel odor, (I'm not yet good enough at this to identify the kind of wood, sorry)

T. An initial punch in the face of hard charred malt bittering transitions rapidly into the flavor domain of luscious chocolate-covered dark fruit. Again, both bitter and sweet chocolates seem evenly represented. Than the coffee / soy sauce richness elements rise up and join in, and there is much rejoicing. Semi-sweet (and also soy sauce salty) licorice finish lingers and lingers for a really long time after each sip. ABV is felt mainly as a pleasant warming in the back of the throat after each swallow.

M. Thick and stodgy, unfortunately, mine seemed rather under-carbonated for the level of viscosity that was present (or perhaps an old bottle) but this is by no means a game-breaking flaw.

This beer hits flawless for me on the taste and aroma rating, but unfortunately was somewhat handicapped by low carbonation issues in presentation and texture.

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Photo of jchoffman
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Founders snifter

A: Thin mocha head that dissipated very quickly, black

S: Coffee and Cognac, dark chocolate, dark fruits, oak, molasses & toffee

T: Coffee and Cognac the Dark Chocolate, more roasted &dark malts. Alcohol is definitely there since it is 10.9 abv
M: Smooth and creamy, little carbonation, medium-bodied

O: Good stuff, If the price was cheaper I would drink it more often, but at $12.99 for 8.5oz I would drink it more rarely

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

Pours a pitch black color. Head is dark brown and half an inch. Head retention and lacing are good for such a strong beer.

Smell is of rich, roasted strong coffee. There is also some chocolate mixed with alcohol/brandy. Oak and smoke are in the mix also, not much in the hops area.

Taste is of strong, bitter, acidic coffee. Chalky, burnt malts come in next. Alcohol is definitely a major flavor along with dark fruits like prune. Hops arent very much in there.

Mouthfeel is on the thicker side but not too much. Carbonation levels were ok and head added some texture to body.

Overall, this beer was good but really expensive. 16 bucks for an 8.5 ounce bottle, dont know if I'd shell out that much money for one again. I love coffee beers but this one didnt really stand out from the other many ones I've had.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Given to me for free by my local beer store guy. Thanks Chris!

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with a dark viscosity and about a half finger of tan head that dissipates relatively fast leaving slight lacing.

Smell – Cognac notes, slight coffee, nice roasted malts, dark fruits such as plums and prunes. A bit of licorice.

Taste – Char up front giving a dry flavor. This then fades to bittersweet cocoa and then black sweet molasses. Sweet licorice comes through at the end along with the dark fruits. Starts bittersweet and dry and ends on a sweeter note.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, lower carbonation, finishes nice and dry.

Overall – A pretty good beer…though one I would have never tried had it not been given to me. Honestly, not worth the price tag in my opinion, though again not a bad beer.

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Beer Geek Brunch Weasel - Cognac Edition from Mikkeller ApS
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