Weaseling Out of the Cognac Barrel
A Review of Beer Geek Brunch Weasel (Cognac Edition) by Mikkeller
Posted on 5/14/2013 by Chops
                   
Exquisite
Few brews reach legendary status in the craft beer world. They are the brews that every beer geek knows about and only a handful have experienced. Beer names like Pliny The Elder and Sink the Bismarck adorn this exclusive list and they are treated like the Loch Ness Monsters of the beer world. Another mythical beast that stirs this conversation is simply known as the Weasel. Its official name is the Beer Geek Brunch Weasel Imperial Oatmeal Stout, crafted by none other than Mikkeller. What makes this beer so deliciously intriguing? Well, it's the eyebrow raising use of civet coffee (also known as Kopi Luwak).

The story goes like this: Asian palm civets, small weasel-like critters, love coffee berries. But, they are very picky eaters and only consume the ripest and tastiest berries. Their digestive enzymes then partially break down the coffee bean inside, which the civet eventually defecates. Farmers in the region collect these half-digested beans and make coffee out of them. Apparently, it is some of the most delicious (and expensive) coffee on the planet.

So yes, the Weasel is an imperial oatmeal stout brewed with the world's most expensive coffee, which is made from the droppings of Asian weasels. For those of you still with me, I can easily go on record as saying this is one of the most delicious beers I have ever tasted. It has remained on my top 10 list for several years now and I seriously doubt it will ever be dethroned. Yes, it's that damn good. I reviewed this beer a long time ago and I was also fortunate enough to try the Islay Scotch Edition at the world famous Mikkeller Bar in Copenhagen, Denmark. Below are links to those previous reviews:

Beer Geek Brunch Weasel : Click Here

Beer Geek Brunch Weasel (Islay Edition) : Click Here

I recently got my hands on the Cognac Edition, which is basically the Weasel aged in cognac barrels. This beer is as delectable as I remembered. I won't waste time rehashing details from previous reviews. I just wanted to give this brew two enthusiastic thumbs up and highlight what the cognac adds to the experience.

The appearance is basically the same with a motor oil blackness and thin coppery head. In this version, the cognac resides as an hefty under layer to the strong civet coffee aroma. The resulting flavor swing is pretty intense. It starts off as that familiar rich roasted goodness with notes of vanilla and dark chocolate. The flavor train then steadily transitions into a strong sweet cognac burn with a lingering dry punch. Even with a balanced blending, the experience is a lot like drinking two entirely separate beverages. A sip of the Weasel followed by a sip of cognac. Lather, rinse, repeat.

Overall, it should come as no surprise that the Cognac Edition of Mikkeller's Beer Geek Brunch Weasel is an exquisite brew. If you ever find yourself staring at a bottle of the Mikkeller Weasel, of any edition, don't let that opportunity slip through your fingers. These beers are very hard to come by and well worth the experience. I could only find a few tiny 8.5 ounce bottles of the cognac version, but that's all you really need to get the full effect. The Weasel is a conquest beer, a mountain topper, a finish line for honed palates. It's the kind of beer you take one sip of, throw your arms up in the air, and start belting out ''We Are the Champions''.

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