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George - Mikkeller ApS

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92
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223 Ratings
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Ratings: 223
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.67%
Wants: 25
Gots: 38 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  12.12% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: glid02 on 07-05-2010

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Ratings: 223 | Reviews: 56
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Photo of cbutova
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks Chico1985!

A- Poured to two matching mini snifters from the 12oz bottle. Pitch black, thick oily body with a small light mocha tan head. Head never reaches a finger and dies fairly quickly to a fine ring at the edges. Just a few spots of lace.

S- Big roast and a pretty good amount of dessert dark fruitiness to it. Dark, fudgey cocoa richness from the roast malts off the top with a cherry plum like dark fruit beneath giving it some truffle feel. Slight hops and just the tiniest hint of alcohol beneath the rest. Hops deepen with time.

T- Opens up with some interesting aspects here. Dry, super dark roast and malty overall with notes of bitter cocoa powder, coffee and even some smoke. Dark fruits and hops actually take over with warmth lending plum, cherry, currants, citrus, pine and earthy notes. The hops increase for me quite a bit but not to a Black IPA level, just some nice earthy and citrus hints in with the roast.

MF- Medium to thick body with a fairly creamy overall texture. Carbonation is a bit on the low side but there is enough to support the complex flavors. Finishes with slight warmth (for 12.12%) and some hop bitterness.

A lot of nice complex flavors beyond the standard roast malts. The deep fruits present are quite nice with the roast and the hops add a nice dimension to it all. Extra points for that. I would certainly have this again.

More User Reviews:
Photo of chickenm
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

250ml bottle, thanks wordemupg. Pours jet black with a dark brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, smoke, molasses, and a little booze. Big flavor, mostly coffee and chocolate, as well as prunes, molasses, and licorice. Chewy full body with light carbonation. A tasty imperial stout, I enjoyed this one.

Photo of glid02
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Mikkeller pub in Copenhagen.

Pours black with a two-finger dark brown head - the head is one of the darkest I have seen in a while. It eventually settles into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of sweet and dark molasses backed by good amounts of dark chocolate and mildly roasted malts.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Lightly roasted malt flavors kick things off before being overtaken by loads of molasses flavors. Midway through the sip the sweetness is toned down a bit with the addition of unsweetened chocolate flavors that carry through to an ending that remains decidedly on the sweeter side.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a very nice thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another.

Overall despite the large amount of sweetness up front it manages to level out through the end. Not the best-balanced beer ever but one that's worth a shot.

Photo of BlazerT
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Teku glass. That's not duplicate. This is 2013 Lervig batch (all batch before 2013 was brewed in Nogne brewery).

A: Pitch black with dark brown, medium head (one finger) with low retention, high viscosity, low lacing.

S: First of all strong, distinctive fresh brew coffee aroma, roasted malts, low dark fruits esters - prunes, raisins, hint of vanilla aroma, also some dark chocolate, medium hop aroma, alcohol character noticable as coffee liqueur.

T: Very rich. High roasted dark malts falvors - deep coffee flavour, pretty lot of dark chocolate, medium to medium-high bitterness, salty, a little bit tarry, low dark fruit esters. I tastes like it was brew with coffee. Alcohol strenght is evident, but not interfere with flavors. Burnt, roasty and medium bitter aftertaste.

M: Full body. Oily texture. Low carbonation. Gentle alcohol warmth.

O: Really good and balanced imperial stout. Subjectively I really do like coffee flavors, so it's ideal for coffee geeks. Low burnt character makes it really drinkable.

Photo of biboergosum
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

250ml wee bottle. Weird Afro-sporting red boxer caricature on the label - George Foreman tribute, perhaps?

This beer pours an indubitable and unblemished black, with two fingers of dense, creamy, Brown Cow brown head, which leaves some sparse random blots of lace around the glass as it evenly settles. It smells of thick caramel toffee malt, mild smoke, molasses syrup, and leafy, musty hops. The taste is strong chocolate malt, edgy black licorice, dark indeterminate fruit, coffee grounds, and earthy, dry leafy hops. The carbonation is very sedate, the body full in weight, thick, and creamy in the Balkan yogourt sense. It finishes still big on a one-pack-a-day smoky caramel chocolate bent, with a herbal, musty offset keeping things just this side of sane.

Whooooweee! All those semi-literate words, and not one mention of the demon alcohol. Now why is that? Well, apparently, it is possible to hide a 22 proof ABV in a melange of chocolate, coffee, and hops. Huh. Bravo. Bravo, indeed.

Photo of azkkr
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

simply wow

Photo of Mar02x
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

For some reason or another I woke up at night. Now a couple hours later I am still awake and now I know why; I just have to drink something special. I had a look at my collection and selected the George, so lets give it a try.

A - Looks pretty damn good. A pitch black beer with a brown head that very slowly retracts. Looks a bit like 'the Messy', so its very promising.

S - Chocolate, oak wood, peat, roasted malts, espresso and some sweetness added to the flavor. Man I just can't stop smelling this beer, gorgeous.

T - To much peat and wood for my, it overwhelms the other flavors. Is was such a promise and now its lost. There is how ever some dark fruit to be discovered. I find it rather dry compared to the flavor.

M - Low to medium carbonation, a bit sticky. The bitterness and the alcohol come in the end. This beer has got the nicest warming after taste, its rare indeed.

O - It's a special brew thats for sure, but so close after the Borefts beer festival I must say its a bummer. The balance is off in this one.

Photo of Sammy
3.28/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks Svend. 250 ml bottle is more than enough. Big boozy splash of thick coffee and sourness. Black, little white head. Good for what it is, but not a RIS I want again. A little infected or intentional I cannot tell. Not the best I have had from this brewer.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black body. Viscous pour. Thick mocha head. Clings inside the glass.

Smell - Roasty. Licorice. Boozy. Lots of rich dark chocolate lend it a sweet smell.

Taste - Really roasty. Sweet dark chocolate up front. Coffee behind it. Turns to licorice and booze. Bitter malt finish.

Mouthfeel - Heavy and boozy. Medium carbonation.

Overall - I was afraid this would be way over the top, being a Mikkeller beer. It's definitely over the top, but it's really tasty.

Photo of thagr81us
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Massive thanks goes out to BRoss242 who shared this one with the group at the "Evening Wood" tasting graciously hosted by cmrillo! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured pitch black with a minimal brown head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, wood, and smoke. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, BIG smoke, and wood. It had a very thick and heavy feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. You would never know it was weighing in at 11%+ though. There was no sign of the alcohol anywhere. Maybe it was covered up by the big smokiness??? Who knows... But I do know that it was quite nice on the flavor and aroma. Definitely worth giving it a shot if you can. You won't regret it.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a huge dark brown foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of black chocolate with light roasted coffee and some light vanilla notes. Taste is also a great mix between some huge black chocolate notes which are well balanced by some vanilla notes and some light coffee notes at the end. Body is super full with limited filtration and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Very well done with some super good vanilla notes which make this beer very drinkable and complex at the same time.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at AJ's Beer Warehouse in Henrietta, NY.

Pours an exceedingly dark black, with an almost as dark brown head, and a little bit of sticky, syrupy looking lacing.

Smells like hugely roasted, even burnt malt, roasted coffee, ash, and dark bitter chocolate.

The taste is the same. I'm surprised at how well the alcohol is buried here- my general idea of Mikkeller stouts is that they're super boozy tasting., but this bucks that preconceived notion. It is however, exceedingly bitter, roasty, and burnt, but in a thankfully good way. There's ton of dark, bitter chocolate, roasted coffee grounds, smoke, ash, spicy hops, and intensely roasted malt. It's as dry as can be, with no residual sweetness, at all. This is as big and burly as a Russian Imperial Stout can get.

This is pretty thick bodied, with a dry, bitter, and slightly chalky mouthfeel, and a lower level of carbonation. It's a slow sipper due to the intense flavors.

This is a quite excellent RIS, it eschews all sweetness for a bitter attack on the senses.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.69/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Reuben's Brew small snifter. Pours pitch black, opaque in the glass with a thin, light brown head that dissipates to a ring around the glass, leaving some lacing. Rich aroma of dark roasted, dark chocolate, vanilla and hint of earthy hops, smells really good. Flavor is is also rich, dark, dark toasted malt with a hint of smoke, caramel espresso, high cocoa dark chocolate, molasses, dark dried fruit then with a smoky, chocolately hop bitterness that seems to have some hints of hot pepper, leaving a long, lingering flavor of quality chocolate, pepper and mild smoke. Remarkable. Medium to heavy bodied with light creaminess. Although not advertising itself as a chocolate stout, this is as close as I've tasted to a high quality, high cocoa chocolate bar in a glass, with a the added benefit of really pleasant smoky toasted malt. This is a very, very flavorful Russian stout and one of the best I've ever had. Huge, complex and flavorful. I'm really impressed.

Photo of mmurphy525
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

Pours a bitch black with a very very thin mocha coloured head that dissipates extremely quickly leaving behind a slight ring.

Smell is great full of chocolate, molasses, lots of espresso, roasted malts, and faint alcohol.

Taste follows the smell closely with chocolate, molasses, and rich espresso coming through. The roasted malts are also present with some slight char characteristics. This beer finishes with a nice hop bitterness with a little alcohol. Though the alcohol is detectable it is nothing near the 11.11 percent the beer holds.

This beer is thick, creamy, and very rich. Carbonation is low.

Overall this beer is excellent, very rich and full of flavour. Nothing overpowers the rest and everything intermingles to make one of the best Mikkeller beers I have had. I would definitely recommend this to any stout lover.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 250 ml brown bottle. Two fingers of creamy mocha coloured head, opaque black
body.

Molasses, licorice, raisins and dates on the nose, along with some sweet alcohol, and mild notes of roast and coffee.

Sweet rich flavour of dates, alcohol, mild dry roast malt, licorice, even a bit of purple grape. Hops kick in well into the aftertaste.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel but with a full slick texture (that gets a bit sticky after a while), low carbonation.

Still carries the alcohol quite well for the strength, yet the flavour comes across fairly mild and wishy-washy for the style.

Photo of MaillardRx
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

As mentioned previously, the current label has George Foreman with a black eye gritting his teeth in front of a backdrop of thin white stripes in between alternating blue and red stripes. The label also boasts a modest 12.12% ABV.

A: Thick black syrupy goodness with a slight head that appears dark tan, even brown. Tipping it back when drinking it, it looks like iodine running down the glass. Lacing consists of small dots of head that dissipates quickly. A very nice looking beer, but I'd love just a little bit more head retention and lacing on a Russian Imperial Stout.

S: A very pleasant aroma of sweet coffee malts, some dark fruits, and hints of booze.

T: Lots of roasted malts on the palette. Coffee and bitter chocolate notes persist, with some dark candied fruits, and I pick up like a hint of marshmallow.

M: Good mouthfeel, but could perhaps have a bit more chew, be that may just be personal preference. But it leaves a moist mouth and I like that.

O: A well-crafted beer that packs the punch that Mikkeller is known for. This beer will knock you out if you have twin newborns that keep you up all night... and you are in med school... at the end of exam week... All at the same time... Yes it happened to me, George Foreman/boxing puns intended.

Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
4.92/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a 25cl bottle from Dranken Geers in Ghent.

Poured into a snifter.

Wow, this is a thick black motor oil black looking stout. It has a dark mocha colored head that goes back to one finger in minutes.

Lots smells on the nose. Sweetness of dark fruits, coffee and dark malts. Makes me want to drink it.

Tastes are all that the nose promised. Coffee and dark roasted malts upfront and a bit of bitterness.

Medium to full mouthfeel decent amount of carbonation. Full flavors linger around for a while.

This is nothing short of a fantastic stout. One of the best I've ever had. This is one you'd seek out.

Photo of beerdrifter
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Deep black pour with beautiful mocha colored one finger head that fades pretty quickly with decent lacing. Loads of roasty malt in the nose with hints of chocolate, peat, alcohol, and burnt espresso. The chocolate really comes out in the taste. Roasty malt, caramel, cocoa, molassess, and alcohol round it out with hints of smoke, espresso, and a touch of dark fruit. The mouthfeel is slightly thick and a little flat, with a nice bitter hop finish that helps balance the sweetness of the malt. The alcohol is present throughout, but it is 11% afterall, and it doesn't really hurt the drinkability. It's obviously a sipper, and it warmed me up nicely on a cold fall day. Yet another solid offering from Mikkeller!

Photo of liamt07
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from wordemupg, split with a buddy in a couple of snifters. 25cl, and listed at 11.11%ABV.

Pours pitch black, with a finger of dark, dark brown head; one of the darkest I think I've ever seen. A creamy dense cap of a head, with big legs. Nose has brown sugar, dark fruits and a general dark berry feel. Taste amplifies the nose, with caramelized, alcohol soaked, rich dried dark fruits (enough descriptors?), with hints of dark berries, blackberries and black currant and chocolate covered cherries. All of this blended with some coffee beans. Leaves a lingering roasty finish, with minimal alcohol (this adds another level of potency at such and ABV). Sticky and sweet mouthfeel, full with low carbonation. A massive sipper, and even splitting the 25cl bottle was substantial. Interesting and complex, but a bit too much for me and just misses the mark.

Photo of AgentZero
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black beer with a bit of brown head that stuck around for a little bit and had pretty good retention for something with that much alcohol.

S - Lots of chocolate and sweet berries with some roasted malts. I like the smell on this quite a bit.

T - Lots of roast and smoke with some sludgy tar and char. The berries and chocolate give it a rich flavor, and I like it quite a bit.

M - Fuller side of medium body with lower carbonation.

O - Really nice beer that I enjoyed drinking. It's kind of thick and charry and makes it hard to drink tons of, but I enjoyed it considerably.

Photo of ktrillionaire
2.91/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to tpd975 for the share (I think...) Full disclosure this beer was sandwiched between one of the worst beers and one of the best: Ziel and Zaligheid, and PvW Eclipse. There was, realistically, very little chance that this brew could hang with either one, and it didn't

A - It pours a dark brown-black, oily, and is capped with a reasonable amount of deep mocha froth.

S - The nose is fairly smoky, but not in a good way, more akin to the smoke that billows out the door of a dive bar. Other notes include both charred and naked grain, cocoa, molasses and 'homebrew store'.

T - The flavor takes the notes suggested in the nose, and runs with the most unpleasant. Cigarettes and ashtrays are slightly evoked (again) and the rest of the beer just doesn't come together very well. Notes of coffee, chocolate and earthy hops are there, but I just really don't dig it.

M - The feel is just short of full, and the carbonation is quite soft.

O - This beer reminds me of a homebrew; it has potential, but it seems experimental rather than meticulously crafted.

Photo of crnipeter
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Even the highest pour gives birth to just one fifth of an inch thin vestige of deep tan head atop of the highly viscous, opaque black body.
Nose is firm sweet-malt with caramel character embedding pronounced fruity esters of plums, prune and raisins.I get orange peel, and there are distant chocolaty
notes and perhaps faint coffee from roasted grain/malt, while alcohol is incredibly well masked considering the ABV given.

Very thick, velvety smooth and viscous with fine carbonation, the beer starts sweet on the palate, exhibiting prominent dark fruits. The initial sweetness gets quickly overwhelmed by intense burnt malt-flavor, warming alcohol and leafy hops with appurtenant bitterness that all linger into the aftertaste.

In short, a rough-edged well-hopped and very warming imperial stout with pronounced esters and burnt-malt/grain. (250 m bottle l without BB indication that has been cellared for a year, into tulip.)

Photo of dar482
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

The beer comes in a hugely thick black color.

The aroma has toasted dark caramel, dark chocolate.

The flavor has a hop bite up front of wood and licorice. Lots of molasses. Then a huge full mouthfeel with a touch of alcohol that is then balanced with caramel sweetness and milk chocolate.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Have we really seen a beer that's this chocolaty without adding chocolate? Have we seen a beer that holds so much coffee without adding coffee? Have we had a beer that's this strong in its effects without introducing barrel or iced techniques? Now that we have eliminated the gimmicks what do we have?

George opens with a seriously dark black appearance that doesn't play around. It's black to its core and patiently releases a mocha-stained head that easily outlasts the session. Sticky in its lacing, the beer is as hearty as they come.

Strongly aromatic, its the scents of coffee that lead the way. Its strong espresso, cocoa and burnt molasses notes waft about with an under current of vanilla, caramel, and unmistakable bourbon-like alcohols. With not chocolate, coffee, molasses or bourbon aging in its descriptor, those flavors all align on the nose with authority and balance.

Its sultry taste starts with that melange of toffee, roast, bitter chocolate and walnuts. Its blended taste is even-keel as no individual taste stands out above the rest. Then as the ale crosses the middle of the palate, its vanilla and caramel taste subsides and its roasty dryness ensues. Finishing with coffee and campfire, its dryish nature comes to life- heightened by the strong alcohol taste of bourbon. Still, a mild spicy tone emerges with a pep of pepper, aniseed, and char.

Without question, the beer's body is immense. Laces with malted barley and a blend of residual sweetness and carbonation- its culmination is an alcoholic milkshake of espresso-roast proportions. Lovely in its balance but challenging in its strength, the ale finishes roasty-dry with just enough malt support to give a savory and sipping impression.

Sure, a beer of this stature will promote some roast-derived astringency, some fusal alcohols and some phenolic medicinal notes. But the high quality of the beneficial aspects of the beer far outweigh its fine shortcomings.

Photo of Chico1985
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml poured into a snifter and enjoyed solo at the end of a good day.

Appearance - Inky black pour, a very small brown head forms and quickly turns to a ring and slight cap. Lowly carbonated?/ominous.

Smell - Roast/dark chocolate punch, some licorice and dark fruits there as well. Some alcohol (understandable for the ABV) and very slight spicy tones. Decent strength, straight-up big scary stout scent.

Taste - Big roast+char with dark chocolate/fudgy sweetness underlaying, dark fruit, some pepper, some molasses; rich but quite low sweetness. Some hop bitterness there. Some warming alcohol but seems less boozy than the nose, and not bad for 12%.

Mouthfeel - Low-but-there carbonation, mouthfeel is oily with decent thickness to it, not crazy hefty. A little boozy but not a detraction.

Overall - Great sippin' beer, beast of a stout.

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George from Mikkeller ApS
92 out of 100 based on 223 ratings.