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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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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33
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14
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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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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of spycow
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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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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

Incredibly powerful, aggressive, and nearly bullyish as it pummels the taste buds into submission. But with all that pain comes the soothing support of malt and complexity that keeps you coming back for more.

Like black ink swirling in the glass, the ale patiently releases a mocha-stained head that allows the beer to look as much like used motor oil as it does beer. Nearly intimidating to the eye, the ale trails with more brandy-type legging than it does Belgian lace. Its retention is also replaced with cognac-like ominous stillness. Only a sliver of tawny brown low-lights can be seen along the ale's edges.

Intense aromas of roast and booze waft about the nose as its "stout" and "cognac" influence is readily apparent. A deeper dive in reveals a carousel of scents- burnt molasses, espresso, dark chocolate, roasted nuts and marshmallows, along with burnt fruit and earthen spice that stems into the barrel aromas with ease.

Equally as intense are the beer's hearty-sweet flavors. Black-strap molasses, burnt toffee, espresso, cocoa and bitter walnuts all align for a succulent yet robust taste. Its middle is chocked full of burnt fruits- cherry, blackberry, blackcurrant, red grape, dates and figs all weave into a chicory and fennel spiciness that come together like licorice, just before the cognac and wood sets in. Its spicy booze taste scrapes against the mouth's surfaces with a roughness that invites wood spice and savory sherry vinousness to prevail in finish.

Full to the hilt, the ale slathers the palate with clinging boozy sweetness. Like silky-smooth desserts, the beer latches onto the taste buds and is slow to lessen its grip. This makes for a long, lingering, succulent and decadent boozy character to numb and prickle the palate as its warm and spicy aftertaste is non-relinquishing.

Cognac George is irresistible in its strength and supported abrasion. But its also rough around the edges as the cognac just can't help itself in dominating the conversation.

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

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of ygtbsm94
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Aroma of roasted malt, faint smokiness, vanilla, wood, cognac, cocoa. Taste creamy cocoa, wood, cognac, vanilla, nuts, smoke. Superb!

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Photo of nathanmiller
3.44/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The beer is opaque and near black. Extremely viscous appearance with an oily beige head. The aroma offers cognac, roast, chocolate, oak. Thick and palate coating. Remarkably smooth and silky on the palate. Absolutely delicious. Wow, a stunning beer from Mikkel. World class.

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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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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

8oz bottle I snagged at some point last year. Poured into a matching Mikkeller teku and drank along side the calvados and bourbon versions. The brew appears black in color with a dark mocha brown head that displays stunning retention. Some patchy to spotty lacing effect sticks to the glass.

The aroma contains notes of deep roast, char, cocoa, minerals and fruit almost like raison meets molasses. Some wood elements are present towards the back but without being told this is cognac, you really cant tell.

The taste includes plenty of roasty char, espresso-like bitterness and earthen elements with a bold accent of solvent alcohol thats lightly fruity. Some raw oakiness provides a neutral barrel feel towards the back with some anise characteristics.

This is rich - full bodied with moderate carbonation. Quite a creamy feel with barrel nuance that isnt really that identifiable and the alcohol gets solvent, not really spirit influenced that much. When I had the bourbon version of George 3 years ago, it was far and away the greatest thing to ever have the Mikkeller name on it. Kinda sad to see the cognac and calvados versions do not live up to that standard.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of MasterSki
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Etre Gourmet. Served in a taster pint.

A - Mocha foam settles to a thick collar, wisps, and no lacework. Pitch black body that leaves a glass-coating brown film behind.

S - Loads of cognac, mild umami and savory smoked meat notes, icing sugar, milk chocolate, dark breads and fruits, roast, and the fruity yeast character I often get from Danish stouts. Really excellent stuff here, with no alcohol character whatsoever.

T - The taste is similarly excellent, with big notes of chocolate cake, moderate cognac sweetness, light roast, yeasty dark breads, a hint of anise, and some vinous oak character in the finish.

M - Big, full body, with a super smooth texture. Lower carbonation, mild stickiness in the finish, and minimal alcohol presence.

D - One of my favorite offerings from Mikkeller. I like the base beer, and this is the best barrel-aged variant so far. Hopefully this makes it stateside, as ordering nip bottles from Europe is somewhat indulgent. Could easily drink 250ml on my own with no complaints.

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4/5  rDev -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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