bluejacket74 (1177) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
250 ml bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch brown head that went away quickly. There’s a small amount of lacing. The brew smells like roasted malt, cognac, chocolate, coffee and some dark fruit. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like roasted and burnt/charred malt, cognac, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and some oak. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it’s creamy and coating with moderate carbonation. I think this is a good overall brew. It was nice to try once, but it’s pricey at $12.99 a bottle. I’m not sure if I’d buy it again at that price.
joeneugs (2778) - Livermore, California, USA - MAR 16, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle purchased at Perry’s in Livermore. Very expensive, but one of the only Mikkeller beers I’ve had that I’d say is worth the money. It pours very dark brown and thick with a slowly forming small brown head. The aroma is dark chocolate fudge and roasted coffee with some light notes of oak and fruity brandy. The flavor is very chocolaty with massive coffee and very nice milder notes of wood and warming alcohol. Extremely sharp and focused flavor. The body is thick but not too sweet or syrupy. Actually this is almost a perfectly executed barrel aged stout.
bhensonb (10186) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 15, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from The Davis Beer Shoppe in Davis, CA. Pours dark brown/black with a dark tan smear on top. Aroma is quite vinous. Maybe a touch of coffee. Near full bodied. Flavor is coffee, chocolate, smooth burnt malt and a fair amount of brandy. The alcohol tastes rather brandy - that’s after all the other flavors wander away. Finishes just off dry, and quite pleasant. I think the brandy is pretty much the main feature here.
mikesaum (570) - Newark, Ohio, USA - MAR 15, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle reads cognac edition, aged in calvados barrels, so not sure which to rate this under but ill go with this one. Pours thick dark black with thin dark tan head, aroma is very roasty and sweet, not picking up on the cognac as much as others have stated, but it is there. Taste nice sweet coffee and some dark fruit, a bit of cognac/oak. Good coating mouthfeel with a slight hot finish, nice to try but overpriced.
daknole (8329) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 14, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big black pour, brown head. Aroma of bitter chocolate, roasted malt, and some booziness. Flavor is sweet, ashy, bitter, light cognac and oak notes. Nice.
Mikkylar (94) - Placentia, California, USA - MAR 8, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fun size bottle. Pours black with no head. Aroma is awesome. Everything you love about the original with a lot of Cognac and a little oak. Flavor is mostly Cognac with the coffee and cocoa in the finish. Heavy with a very light carbonation. Very good.
Climbrew (28) - - MAR 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Purs a dark thick black with minimal head, and light carbonation. The aroma is very boozy, the cognac smell and then some coffee and chocolate roasty notes.
The taste starts a little sweet then fades quickly into the cognac and a lot of heat and then in a long long bitter alcoholic finish.
I love the beer geek weasel in general. Overall the Cognac just seems too intense drowning out the beer maybe after ageing for a few years this would come around.
elhefeweizen (38) - DENMARK - MAR 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Cognac. And lots of it. holy shit thats a lotta cognac. Otherwise its the always delicious beer geek brunch...and cognac. I like cognac. Do you? Because if so.. this beer is for you.
peteinSD (1235) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 6, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Itsy bitsy bottle. Black pour with a slick of dark tan foam that quickly recedes to a ring of foam on the edges of the glass. Appears still but with a tilt of the glass there is a substantial ebb of carbonation along the sides of the glass. Aroma is a confluence of sweet brandy and dry, roasted coffee with chocolate and some darker malt notes toward the finish. Taste is decadent, perhaps slightly hot, brandy up front with char, coffee, chocolate, roast, plum, bitterness, and ash. Mouthfeel is even and coating. The base beer is unfortunately a bit degraded with the barrel treatment but the end result is still quite enjoyable as a brash, decadent sipper. Good beer but I prefer the regular version with its over the top coffee and roast. Oh, and at the price I paid for this bottle I am forever prohibited from complaining about expensive beer.
BMan1113VR (7770) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
$13 for 8.5fl oz. Lets see if I am a complete sucker or not. Pours with a pitch black, decently sized brown head that slowly fades but leaves great lace. Aromas are of coffee, cake and decadent fudge. Mild congac and vinous. Elegant alcohol, vanilla, great roast. Floral, medium wood and a lot of alcohol. Nice complexities and restrained character. Some dark fruits to currant character as well. Flavors are of bitter chocolate (really bitter), ashy, dark fruits, nearly a light sour character. Vinous, brandy. Bready malty, mildly ashy. Lots of tobacco. Some barrel tannins, but not a massive amount of barrel character. Restrained coffee. Nearly oppressively bitter. Very nice mouthfeel though. Big and chewy with a lot of viscosity. Lighter carbonation and big. Lots of dark fruit esters, light vinous and a massive whack of bitterness. I wish there was a more distinct barrel character (from extra aging maybe?). Still quite solid for sure, but not a world beater (especially at this price per ounce).