George - Cognac Barrel Aged | Mikkeller ApS

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.12%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by crnipeter on 02-13-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
119
Reviews:
24
Avg:
4.3
pDev:
9.07%
 
 
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Reviews by Jeffo:
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4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge fan of the base beer and the bourbon version, but wasn't going to pay €15 for this. Ended up doing so by mistake...

From a 25cl bottle into a snifter.
Drunk along side the bourbon and calvados versions.

APPEARANCE: Pours pitch black and yields a ½ finger, medium looking, very dark mocha colored head with pretty good retention. Head is darker than the others, much like I remember the base beer being. Thick pitch black body with no real carbonation evident. Head fades to a good wisp and dark mocha colored ring. A ring and light wisp remain until the end but leave no real lacing down the glass. Awesome look.

SMELL: Quite barrel heavy, with less char than the base and bourbon versions. Cognac, vanilla and caramel sweetness in the forefront. Burnt and roasted grain, espresso aromas and some molasses as well. Charred and burnt malts, but not as much as the bourbon.

TASTE: Caramel sweetness and roasted grain up front, with cognac and oak at the swallow. Huge aftertaste of cognac, oak and sweet caramel, with some solid burnt, bitter espresso beans, roasted grain and charred malts. Really flavorful and well balanced. Right up my alley.

PALATE: Same as the bourbon version. Medium-full body and carbonation. Soft and very creamy on the palate, goes down smooth with some heat after the swallow, a bit more than the base beer, and finishes rather sticky.

OVERALL: Like the bourbon version, this is excellent. The barrel and base beer complement work really well together, without the barrel components dominating the show. The feel is also top class, lending a solid base to support everything that's going on. All three of the barrel aged versions are great, making this easily my favorite series by Mikkeller. Might even be the best barrel aged stout series around. Too bad prices have doubled since the bourbon version was around a few years ago. Still, if you can get this and especially if you don't have to pay for it, I highly recommend it.

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8.5 oz. bottle poured into a Teku snifter.

Appearance - Viscous black. Just a hint of a mocha head before it's only a collar. Very inky. Glass staining.

Smell - Fudge. Alcohol. Nice cognac aroma. Very roasty.

Taste - Ridiculously fudgy. Roasty. Vanilla and cognac. Strong alcohol. Very bitter chocolate and roasted coffee.

Mouthfeel - Hot. Barrel hot and the beer is boozy. Low carbonation.

Overall - Big beer but quite tasty. Cognac is such a great barrel.

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Photo of DonDirkA
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First off, when I poured this I immediately knew it was going to be crazy. It pours thick and black like really old used motor oil. I’ve had some heavy stouts but this literally poured like something much more viscous than beer. Kind of insane really.

The nose has a ton of bitter dark chocolate, a somewhat fruity booziness, red grapes, some caramel and oak, dates, figs, molasses, a slight bit of smokey charred notes (almost like charcoal), and a thread of something I can only describe as “old, used leather”. It reminds me of these driving gloves my mom used to have when I was a little kid. That sounds really weird as a descriptor for beer but its not a bad thing. It smells like that in the best way possible. Its hard to describe.

The taste is just as burly as expected. Massive amounts of really dark, bittersweet chocolate and a fruity, bitter booze make up the base of flavor in this brew. A myriad of other flavors fly across the tastebuds, darting in and disappearing just as quickly in some cases. Grapes, dates, cherries, currants, smoke, charred oak, coffee, roasted malts, hints of anise, molasses and some burnt brown sugar. I’ve mentioned the boozey flavors, but its not boozey in the sense that its hot and too alcoholic to drink. The booze just creates an astringent, heating sensation across the tongue and down into the belly before fading away. The body is (obviously) very full with a definite chewy, viscous mouthfeel. There is some carbonation but it is almost not present.

This is another excellent barrel aged stout from Mikkeller. I loved his cognac barrel aged Beer Geek Brunch Weasel (made with Kopi Lowak civet coffee) but this is a whole other beast. That was a funky but delicious and sweet stout, this is just a solid, tastebud crushing, palate challenging, burly, oily, delicious imperial stout. For $15 per 8.5 oz bottle it should be and I’m glad it didn’t disappoint.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of jellikit
4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A: black. Thick foamy head that is brown to black in hue.

S: raisin. Fig. Vanilla.

T: um...fig, raisin, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, whiskey, balanced by warm alcohol tones.

M: low carbonation. Thick. Smooth. Creamy.

O: not sure how to put this. I don't like barrel aged beers. But this beer is fan-fucking-tastic.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.52/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a very dark tan head.
Nose shows heavy roasted malt, sultanas, rich dried fruit and booze.
More roast and booze as flavours along with some sweet bready malt, liquorice and cocoa.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

8.5 ounce bottle. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours very dark brown/black with a thin dark brown head that fizzled away quickly. There's a small amount of lacing. The brew smells like dark fruit, roasted/burnt malt, booze (cognac), and bittersweet chocolate. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, except with the addition of some milk chocolate, coffee, and molasses. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and has moderate carbonation. I think it's a good brew, but at $15.99 for that little bottle I wouldn't buy it again at that price. With that being said, I think it's definitely worth trying.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a small dark brown foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma consists of slightly sweet black chocolate notes with some light Cognac notes and light roasted notes. Taste is a great mix between some nice creamy black chocolate notes with some Cognac notes and some light roasted malt notes with well-rounded finish. Body is full with nice creamy body and good carbonation with no alcohol being easily discernible. Very fine used of barrel-aging to smoothed out any rough edges of base beer.

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Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

This one pours an oily looking super dark black, with a non-existent head, and no lacing. This looks essentially still.

Smells like tons of cognac barrel, oak, booze soaked raisins, fudgy and syrupy chocolate, and hazelnut coffee.

I wish this had a bit more carbonation, as it would make the flavors absolutely pop. They are a little flat, because the beer is definitely basically flat, but what's here is quite complex. There's lot of cognac, it has completely transformed the base beer. The age on this bottle has basically negated the super roasty characteristics of the base beer. There is a huge tannic and vinous character, with lots of dark fruit and port, a bit of grape- I'm not sure if if it's the base beer, or the cognac itself. I like whatever it is. There's some vanilla too, and as it warms, the smallest hint of roasty malt.

This is thick, syrupy, and basically uncarbonated- this is the major downfall of this beer. It would be so much more punchy with any higher level of carbonation.

I definitely enjoyed this, but the lack of carbonation is disappointing.

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Photo of Mike
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of huskerbeer-guy
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Immortale25
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. No freshness date

A- From a heavy pour comes an intensely thick motor oil black body with a ¼ inch dark brown head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and spotty surface foam. Resilient specs of lacing trickle slowly down the glass.

S- Boozy aroma with lots of barrel presence. Sweet and you can even sense some herbal hops beneath the heavy roasted malt.

T- Deep roastiness plus lots of hop bitterness that meld together decently while the oak hangs back but is still solid. Also slightly sweet. Alcohol certainly makes itself known but isn't overly astringent. Notes of vanilla, dark chocolate and a bit of nuttiness.

M- Sticky but still slick and semi-creamy. Medium-low carbonation and a super robust body.

O- While it's not the best barrel-aged offering I've had from Mikkeller, it's still very enjoyable and nuanced.

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Photo of largadeer
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bubbles
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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