GlasgowTAD (326) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - OCT 2, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pitch black as you expect the night to be. Aroma of dark chocolate and burnt molasses. Taste of figs, dark chocolate, caramel and cognac. Cognac is noticeable in the aftertaste/follow-up. Its a pairing that goes well.
Clownoisseur (339) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - OCT 1, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of bytemesis, thanks Mike! Pours a fairly opaque near-black color. A small gathering of tan bubbles forms somewhat of a head, but only for a moment before it breaks into some spotty lacing/ring on the glass. Very oily in appearance with splotches gathering at the top, along with a serious set of legs when given a swirl. Not a very strong aroma from this pour, actually. Some hints of cognac, chocolate and coffee. Taste is very rich chocolate, oils just coating the palate...coffee....hints if smoke, tobacco and leather follow closely behind. Some plum/dark fruit flavors creep in behind as well. A dry cocoa note cut through in the end, along with a harmony of vanilla and sticky molasses. A very chewy beer. Alcohol is very well hidden taboot! Good stuff for sure.
gunnfryd (11875) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 24, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Black colour with a tan head. Aroma is alcohol, molasse, chocolate, coffee. Flavour is sweet, roasted malt, coffee, alcohol, molasse, chocolate, cocoa. Full body. Very nice beer.
TheEpeeist (3458) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
8.5 oz bottle. Dark brown with a trace of tan froth. Nose is cognac, dark chocolate, wood, prune and smoke. Oily medium body with a hot tang. Taste is dark caramel, plum, cognac and chocolate. A lot of complexity but not a stand out for me.
slowrunner77 (6545) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 9, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
"Went head to head with Amager Hr Frederiksen as my favorite of a very good night. So ridiculously smoooth. Deep dark chocolate, roasted malt, bitter and sweet, with the rich, sweet cognac complimenting the beer nicely. As with most Mikkellers the barrel is heavy, but it definitely works in this big stout. The calvados was awesome as well, but this was even better. Probably a one timer at $17 for a tiny bottle, though.
wvhoran (390) - Tasmania, - SEP 4, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pitch black with a caramel-brown head. Hugely thick aroma, fudge, cake batter, chocolate, dark cocoa, burnt malts, cognac with fruitiness. The flavour totally follows through on the exciting nose with a full body of sweet chocolate, toffee, cognac, hard roasted malts, alcohol warmth. The base beer makes a lot more sense to me now, it seems it belongs to a cognac barrel. Can’t wait to try to calvados version, amazing stuff.
Douberd (2963) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - SEP 3, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Mikkeller George BA Cognac Edition) Bottle 250 ml at home, poured into a small snifter, ABV 12.12%
Pours totally black and very thick. A very thin line forms around the glass, plus traces of foam on the surface.
Aroma is heavy on alcohol, sweet, wood, faint brandy. Vanilla.
Taste is also boozy, roasted malts at first, light vanilla, finishes very sweet and with lots of chocolate. Again the cognac is quite faint or discreet I shoul say. The chocolate cake on the finish makes up for that though.
Full thick body, soft carbonation, sticky on the palate.
GothGargoyle (1567) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 2, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Solid thick viscous black with a dark chocolate head. Aroma is liquorice, coffee, chocolate, oak, cognac, dark fruits, soy sauce, blackcurrant. Full bodied, thick and velvety mouthfeel, smooth, sweet and complex on the palate with a long oily roast finish with well integrated booze. Taste is chocolate, coffee, liquorice, cognac, oak, fig, dates, charred meat. Oh yeah.
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - AUG 14, 2014
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
250ml ml bottle courtesy of angst. Thanks. Pours a dense opaque black color with a small brown head that soon dissipates to a fine ring. The aroma is big and bold with chocolates, molasses, dark fruits and cognac. The taste mirrors the aroma with dark bitter chocolate, chocolate liqueur, anise, raisins, dates, molasses, charcoal and bitter walnuts. The palate is thick and viscous with soft carbonation. Finishes long and dry with lingering molasses. Overall: incredible, just incredible.
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
25 cl bottle courtesy of Alex. Thanks! Pours motor oil pitch black with a thin chocolate tan ring for a head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is very complex. Has dense chocolate pudding, espresso, dark roast coffee, a bit of caramel mixed in for good measure. This stuff coats the glass like motor oil, too. Very heavy and dense mouthfeel. Flavor follows the nose and has layers of complexity to it. Upfront is espresso, followed by dark chocolate pudding, more dark roast mixed in, and has a lingering finish with some smoke and a very slight touch of alcohol. The alcohol is very well hidden in this for the ABV. Overall, a fantastic brew and a great way to start off my secret Santa box. Cheers!