Cognac Barrel Aged Beers: Masterpiece or Mistake?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by fullmetal1381, May 15, 2013.


So: Cognac Barrel Aging...?

  1. Masterpiece

  2. Mistake

  3. I'll drink it, but I'm noncommittal

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  1. fullmetal1381

    fullmetal1381 Initiate (0) Jul 30, 2011 Florida

    I remember when CCB came out with their Imperial Sweet Stout aged in cognac barrels. I and the friends I later shared it with thought it was glorious. There was this one guy at the tasting room, however, who said that cognac and beer did not mesh together very well. At the time I thought he was a Philistine, chalking up his opinion to either a dislike for cognac, beer, or both. Maybe he's not the only one, though. What do you guys think?
  2. davey101

    davey101 Initiate (0) Apr 14, 2009 Connecticut

    It depends on the base beer and the brewer's skill with barrels. Bourbon barrel aged beers seem to be pretty popular, I have had some that were utterly disgusting. CCB Imp. Sweet Stout was excellent, I'm sure miserable examples of cognac barrel aged beers exist.
  3. backbaybrewer

    backbaybrewer Initiate (0) Feb 26, 2010 Massachusetts

    I'm not sure yet. But I have two newly acquired bottles of Cantillon 50n 4e that is aged in cognac barrels. Haven't had an occasion yet to try one but I'll let you know when I do.

    That said they sound fantastic to me, but I like beer and cognac separately.
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  4. BlastBeats

    BlastBeats Initiate (0) Mar 24, 2011 Illinois

    had Mikkeller cognac barrel-aged George! @ Dark Lord Day and loved it
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  5. crusian

    crusian Initiate (0) May 14, 2010 Oregon

    Cognac black was fantastic. black hole was just meh.... Imperial sweet was amazing.
  6. TheBrewViking

    TheBrewViking Initiate (0) Dec 13, 2010 Alaska

    Anchorage Brewing did a barleywine in cognac barrels that was for sure a masterpiece. One the best barleywines I have ever had
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  7. Miruguy

    Miruguy Zealot (619) Nov 22, 2010 California

    Veritas 11 (barleywine aged in cognac barrels w/nectarines) is pretty damn great.
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  8. sokrman14

    sokrman14 Initiate (0) Mar 8, 2012 California

    Nebraska brewing company had a real nice quad aged in cognac barrels. I don't think it's a masterpiece, but very nicely done
  9. reverseapachemaster

    reverseapachemaster Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2012 Texas

    Had Scepter from Funkwerks that was a cognac barrel-aged BGSA. It was quite tasty. I would drink it again.
  10. KevinGordon

    KevinGordon Initiate (0) Dec 16, 2012 North Carolina

    I've said it before, but Olden Horney from Bull City Burger and Brewery is a masterpiece. Aged in 1963 cognac barrels
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  11. adkieffer

    adkieffer Initiate (0) Nov 23, 2010 Washington

    Had Black Raven's Wheatwine aged in Congac barrels the other weekend. Felt it was very close to masterful, and like the idea of aging beer in congac barrels.
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  12. westcoastbeerlvr

    westcoastbeerlvr Grand Pooh-Bah (3,529) Oct 19, 2010 California
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    50N x 4E was amazing when relatively fresh. I haven't tried the new batch.
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  13. Bonko_the_sane

    Bonko_the_sane Initiate (0) Mar 29, 2012 North Carolina

    Cognac Barrel Sentience from Crooked Stave is a huge want...
    Mikkeller Beer Geek Cognac definitely wasnt a let down.
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  14. gator79

    gator79 Initiate (0) Nov 1, 2008 Florida

    Cognac Sweet Stout from CCB is an amazing beer. I know I've had a few others as well but they slip my mind at the moment.
  15. mjshearer1

    mjshearer1 Initiate (0) Dec 16, 2011 Michigan

    I've actually never had a Cognac barreled beer. I imagine it would be delicious, but if someone wants to send me a Cognac DL for scientific purposes, I can let you know the results.
  16. jageraholic

    jageraholic Maven (1,366) Sep 16, 2009 Massachusetts

    Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Cognac Weasel was good, but I'd like to try the original to compare...since then I've learned it's shit beer so I'm glad I tried it first without knowing it otherwise I might have been hesitant.
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  17. Rogorama

    Rogorama Initiate (0) Sep 4, 2012 Indiana

    CCB cognac sweet and FFF cognac moloko are two of the best beers I've ever had
  18. Gonzoillini

    Gonzoillini Initiate (0) Oct 15, 2008 Illinois

    Cognac barrel aged George from mikkeller = masterpiece.

    Bully guppy from three floyds = mistake.

    Hard to make a blanket generalization
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  19. Duffman929

    Duffman929 Initiate (0) Nov 27, 2010 Illinois

    Since no one wanted to trade me an older bottle, I can't personally compare, but listening to those that have tried....the new batch is much more balanced and they are very happy with it compared to the previous bottles. I had a newer bottle and was quite pleased, as it is nothing like any other I've had.
  20. ncaudle

    ncaudle Initiate (0) May 28, 2010 Virginia

    Cognac DL is my favorite non-vanilla BADL variation.
    agreed with the Cigar City Cognac Sweet Stout as awesome too
  21. Scalzo

    Scalzo Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Illinois

    Bully Guppy holds up to the best of them
  22. Thads324

    Thads324 Initiate (0) Jan 21, 2010 Connecticut

    Olde burnside's amazing grace first run was in bourbon barrels and was great. Round two was in cognac and was quite forgettable
  23. Domingo

    Domingo Grand Pooh-Bah (3,884) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado

    Depends. I've had some that are really good (Crooked Stave's Nightmare on Brett version for instance) and some that are rough and boozy sweet, too.
    It's not always about the barrels, but getting the beer going into them to properly match.
  24. ColForbinBC

    ColForbinBC Pooh-Bah (2,399) Sep 9, 2005 New Jersey

    I said masterpiece because the CCB Imperial Sweet Stout in Cognac Barrels was fucking delicious. But, one must understand, that not all barrels are for every beer. There's a certain flavor profile that works best with each type of barrel.
  25. cubbyswans

    cubbyswans Initiate (0) Jun 10, 2008 Missouri

    Cognak Beer Geek Brunch Weasel was at a tasting event I was at. It was universally a major dud. No one even thought it was OK. A few of the same people have said they that they thought the Cognac Dark Lord from 2012 was outstanding.
  26. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Initiate (0) Mar 18, 2010 California

    Some are good, some are bad.
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  27. Etan

    Etan Initiate (0) Jul 11, 2011 Wisconsin

    What it comes down to is whether or not the drinker at hand enjoys the grapey, vinous, glucose-rich flavors cognac (or really any other distilled wine or fortified wine) barrels give a beer.
  28. rsdaugherty

    rsdaugherty Initiate (0) Feb 19, 2011 Colorado

    The Crooked Stave Nightmare on Brett series had bourbon, cognac, and brandy aged versions. All very good, but after having them on tap at the barrel cellar my fav was the Brandy.
  29. arlingtonjoe

    arlingtonjoe Initiate (0) Jan 20, 2013 Illinois

    had a cognac m'loko that I traded for and thought that was a delicious beer and look forward to trying others
  30. Ispeakforthetrees

    Ispeakforthetrees Initiate (0) Apr 2, 2012 Colorado

    Bully Guppy from FFF.
  31. davey101

    davey101 Initiate (0) Apr 14, 2009 Connecticut

    There it is. Ranked number 25 on the bottom 100, and it only cost a reasonable $35. Mmmmmmm, cognac and battery acid....
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  32. Connvoy

    Connvoy Initiate (0) Jul 21, 2012 Florida

    Let's not forget Cognac Church on a Hill :-) Delicious!
  33. Fux

    Fux Pundit (762) Apr 20, 2011 France

    Cognac George is really delicious, far better (and more complex) than George. Beer Geek Brunch Weasel Cognac is far less interesting that Beer Geek Brunch Weasel. Even for the same brewer (if Mikkeller could be considered as a brewer...), the results can vary much.
    Cognac is actually the perfect barrel to age lambic. 50°N is very good, Crianza Helena excellent and LH12 amazing. The raisins notes remind of the woody and vinous aromas in the lambic, which can be simply stunning!
  34. Retail1LO

    Retail1LO Initiate (0) May 4, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Yeah at what Bully Guppy's base was. It was a mistake to put that in ANY barrel. They did the cognac barrels a serious injustice aging that nonsense in there. It wasn't the cognac barrel's fault.
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