freekyp (2192) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 19, 2012
Mikkeller knocks one out of the park with the Weasel on Cognac barrels. Pours pitch black with a wisp of a brown head. Tiny bubbles in sparing quantity lend a creamy full mouthfeel. No lacing but lots of alcohol legs. Black licorice minus the sugar and whisky arrest the senses. Bitter and woody with an oak dry finish highlighted by a light smack of cognac. Some sweetness balances this beer, which is more about the interplay of the intense roast character than the cognac barrels. Amazing. Sip it. Iphonephan (6946) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - SEP 12, 2012
From an 8.5 oz bottle. Pours almost black with a thin dark tan head. Cognac, raisins and red fruit in the nose. All of the favors come alive in the mouth with a bit of alcohol burn. Bitter alcohol lingering finish. HonusWagner (2168) - Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2014 Quite underwhelming, given my expectations coming in. A bit of an unpleasant fishiness in the nose, and too cigarette ashy. The taste is an improvement but still not wholly separable from those negative elements; chocolate, a vague notion of cognac, a touch on the sweet side. I liked this a lot less than the other BGBW varieties I’ve tried. Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 7, 2012
Thanks to Chuck for sharing! Poured deep garnety-brown with not much head sticking around. The aroma was warm with nice, moderately-roasty coffee and chocolate topped by bright Cognac barrel and a touch of green apple.. warmth brought out another level of malt complexity. The flavor was more focused on the coffee, and it was good stuff.. Cognac gave light apple and warm peppery accents.. roasty coffee and peppery alcohol on the long, memorable finish. Heavier-bodied and slick on the palate.. coating and well-balanced.. I enjoyed it. DuffMan (10267) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 4, 2012
Had this side by side with the Calvados bottle. Both poured the same: near black, viscous, with a medium brown head. Both had dense aroma nd flavour profiles, lots of hearty roast, bitter chocolate, licorice. Of the two, this was distinctly sweeter, with stronger elements of rich coffee roast and sweet cognac character. I’m not a cognac fan, but when married to a quality imperial stout, Mikkeller has hown me it can be a beautiful thing.
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 1, 2012
Jet black pour small dark brown soapy brown head with some good lacing. Aroma is hot alcohol cognac front end then some quite acidic hot hops as well and a hint of bitter coffee. The alcohol is really hot on this, I’d love to age this bottle for a couple years and see how it matures.
Well coated palate rich and creamy full bodied.
Rich and smooth lots of roast malt with a dry finish hints of milk chocolate and some nice roasted coffee. The wood notes create a dry tongue and the congnac adds some additional alchol notes, a tiny touch of apple and some buttery notes.
A very well done beer, that I think will improve with age. yngwie (17038) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 1, 2012
Bottle, 25cl. It pours a slightly oily, black body, topped by a small, dense, tan head. The aroma is rather mocha-ish, with some molasses and a faint licorice touch, as well as caramel and cognac notes. It’s sweet on the palate, but with enough bitterness to deal with it. Coffee, chocolate and cognac dominates the flavor, hints of licorice and caramel lurks in the background. Super-smooth, full-bodied and warming on the palate. A bit too warming maybe, but pleasant anyway. Lasting finish. A really lovely one, but I still prefer the un-barreled edition. 120116 Fin (10470) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2012
Bottle from Dranken Geers, Oostakker, nr Gent, Belgium. Consumed at Trev & Donna’s Lower Heyford, Oxfordshire Friday 31st August 2012 Pours pitch black, grimping mire black, very, very thick in mouth. Nose is typically Mikkeller, not sure I can describe what I mean by that, but I know where I’m coming from. Huge coffee mouth very spirity, with chocolate as well coming to the front. This is a glorious kalaidescope of flavours and simply a marvellous beer. A8 A4 T8 P5 Ov16 4.1
gramity (1638) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 29, 2012
Pours mahogany with a brief tan bloom that settles to a slick. Nose is molasses, prune and raisin, rich earthy coffee, then wonderful wafts of vanilla and cognac. Slippery medium body with a soft tingle as it melts on the tongue. Taste is bittersweet chocolate and espresso, quite abrupt at first in it’s intensity. Lingering dark chocolate and caramel play off dry notes of wood and cognac. Barrel characteristics were spot on for me. Huhzubendah (3705) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 20, 2012
Bottle from Blind Tiger in NYC. The beer is black with a dense, dark beige head. Plenty of lacing left on the tulip. The aroma offers dark roast, dark chocolate, oak, coffee, light cognac. Rich and silky smooth. Cognac character gains strength as the beer warms, lingering in the finish. Overall, another fine variant of Weasel.
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