George - Cognac Barrel Aged | Mikkeller ApS

George - Cognac Barrel AgedGeorge - Cognac Barrel Aged
BA SCORE
92.4%
Liked This Beer
4.27 w/ 119 ratings
George - Cognac Barrel AgedGeorge - Cognac Barrel Aged
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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
119
Liked:
110
Avg:
4.27/5
pDev:
9.13%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
33
Gots:
14
Trade:
0
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle at Stone bistro. This better be good for $22 of 250 mls of booze. Pours pitch black with no head, looks thick and syrupy. Aroma of licorice, fudge chocolate, booze, some fruits, woodiness. Chewy mouthfeel with low carbonation. Massive roast flavor, lingering fudge on the palate. Some very nice sweet booze but doesn't overpower. This is a beautiful fudgy yum.

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4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
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 Thehuntmaster
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

250ml bottle 12,12% Abv.
Served chilled in a snifter.

Appearance: As with the other George variants, this pours like motor oil - thick, viscous and inky black. A rough pour tields a very thin layer of dark tan coloured bubbles that actually last most of the way down. A swirl coats the glass in a beautiful dark golden residue and heavy alcohol legs.

Smell: Mmmm, this smells fantastic, the cognac barrel really compliments the base stout. Notes include: Dark chocolate, roasted malt, dark caramel, cognac, oak, dark fruits, an almost vinous note and a hint of liquorice. There is no trace of the 12% alcohol noted in the nose.

Taste: The flavour is sweet upfront with a fantastic combination of bitter sweet dark chocolate, dark caramel, heavy dark fruits, a little cognac and molasses. This is followed by roasted malt, a little char and a solid bitterness in the finish. As the beer warms more cognac character emerges as well as some oak, liquorice, a vinous note and dark chocolate syrup. As with the nose there is no alcohol noted.

Mouthfeel: Perfect! Mikkel has done an outstanding job with the George series and should be giving classes to other brewers on how to execute a perfect mouthfeel! The body is full, chewy and sticky, while the carbonation is of a low-medium level and fantastically creamy. I could jut gulp this down.

Overall: Another fantastic imperial stout from Mikkeller and one I hope to have again soon.

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4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
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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4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
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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George - Cognac Barrel Aged from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 92.4% out of 100 with 119 ratings
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