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George - Mikkeller ApS

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Reviews: 61
Hads: 263
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 18.2%
Wants: 30
Gots: 40 | FT: 10
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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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Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
4.92/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.69/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Photo of TheBrewViking
4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing imperial stout. Super thick and roasty, bitter chocolate coats the mouth. I tried the barrel aged version a few years ago but I think this one is just as good.

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Photo of SayBoom
4.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Oily black with a not outstanding brown head, it recedes fast. Aroma is strong, complex with dark malts, roast, chocolate, and some wine notes. Any hops don't feel. There are some roast, caramel, chocolate, wine components to create an admirable composition. The huge mouthfeel with a touch of alcohol then that was balanced with chocolate sweetness. This is very full bodied and flavorful imperial stout, worth a try!

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Photo of MaillardRx
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of dar482
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Tipples. Pours pitch black with a super creamy dark brown head that lightens up as it grows. Aroma of lots of chocolate sauce, a hint of anise, and mild roastiness. Flavor is a massive hit of bittersweet chocolate sauce, a good bit of bitter roast to balance, a little smoke, and a slight twinge of anise. Huge thick viscous mouthfeel, low to medium carbonation, sticky. This is one of the best non-BA stouts I have had. Awesome stuff.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.45/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one at Geers in Ghent.

From a 25cl bottle into a snifter.
Note: Drank this one just prior to the BA version.

APPEARANCE: Pours pitch black and yields a one finger, medium looking, dark mocha colored head with pretty good retention. Though it’s pretty noisy initially, this is probably the darkest and most menacing head I’ve ever seen on an imperial stout. Thick pitch black body with just a touch of carbonation evident. head fades to a good wisp and dark mocha colored ring. A ring and light wisp remain until the end but leave no real lacing down the glass. Dark and dark.

SMELL: Big nose for sure. Roasted malts, burnt charcoal and smoke, lots of dark chocolate, molasses, and some lighter coffee notes. Baker’s chocolate, molasses, and some booze in there as well. Big, burly and tough.

TASTE: Just as tough as the nose. Big and bigger. Roasted and charred malts, with lots of that signature Mikkeller burnt charcoal and smoke. Burnt and very roasted. A touch of sour cherry comes through, but soon ushers in lots of baker’s chocolate, sweet molasses, and bitter coffee, chocolate, and cocoa powder in the finish. Bold, boozy, roasted, and powdery aftertaste is full of sweet molasses and bitter chocolate, lingering nicely on the palate. Massive smack-you-in-the-face flavor. Great stuff.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation. Soft and very creamy on the palate, goes down smooth with some heat after the swallow and finishes quite powdery and dry. Oddly quite sticky on the lips as well.

OVERALL: This was excellent. Lots of enjoyable and bold flavors, and one of the meanest heads on a stout beer to date. If you ask me, this imperial stout is one of the best Mikkeller has brewed, and can easily stand up to anyone in the business, including its brothers on the continent as well as over the pond. One worth tracking down and giving a shot. Glad I was able to give this one a go. Great stuff.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

250ml bottle poured into tulip mar29 2011

A black as night and even the short lived finger of foam is super dark but it only leaves a few specks of lace

S molasses, coffee, bakers chocolate and some booze and a faint bourbon smell that works well

T faint smoke on top of what I smell with some licorice, raisin and maybe some other dark fruits with some leather and other earthy notes

M thick as can be it would make a great meal, chewy as all hell I think I got a little bit of this stuck in my teeth

O If 4.25 was an option I would have dropped it for smell, only looked good but better then that in all other areas, pretty solid brew if you like a stupid thick and dark stout, perhaps a good thing it comes in small 250ml bottles because this one is very rich

I will be buying a few of these to see how they age, crazy rich brew that left me feeling full as if I ate a steak. pick up a few of these if you get the chance

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Photo of thagr81us
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Absolutely opaque black and heavy bodied beer. Aroma of dark roasted malts and some bitter chocolate. Taste starts intense with some sharp, acidic cacao and a bit of soy sauce. Aftertaste is intensely bitter and roasty. Body is extremely viscous and chewy. Alcohol is present but overall the beer is pretty easy to drink at its high ABV.

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Photo of drpimento
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Lady, this IS an imperial Stout. Poured at a good temperature with a nice, thick, slightly creamy, brown head that settles after a bit and a little lace. Color is an opaque brown black. Aroma is a little subdued and has roast, malt , earth, leather, dark ripe fruit. Flavor's like nose, tang is in front, bitter right behind and dominating, then some sweet. Body is velvety and perfect carbonation. Finish is like flavor, very long, has a bit of an off taste, and only a hint of alcohol. Monster of a beer.

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Photo of popery
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a brown head. A thick blanket of foam built up slowly and prettily as I poured the glass. However, the head dies away to nothing after a few minutes, and I'm left with a flat glass of black liquid. The aroma is a mix of chocolate, molasses and roast, in that order of strength. It's sweet cocoa heavy, but there's depth and complexity hiding in the chocolate. Mild cola note. Taste starts sweet with burnt brown sugar and dark chocolate. Lots of dark malt flavor. Finish has some pleasant hop bitterness and roast. I find the term largely useless, but the beer has good balance, which is to say the flavors mix well together and nothing dominates. Never gets too sweet or too bitter. Thick feel. Big mouthful of stout. Solid imperial stout.

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Photo of chickenm
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of hops202
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

330ML bottle poured into stone snifter. No bottled on date to be found

A- Jet black with some thickness. Identical to used motor oil out of my V8 hemi. Little mocha head that sticks around.

S - Strong roastiness, coffee and some dark chocolate. Slight hint of dark candied fruits. Dark brown sugar and molasses.

T - Lots of roast and bakers chocolate with some coffee. Certainly follows the nose.

M - solid mouthfeel. Full but not overbearing and isn't super cloying for the ABV.

O - a very good RIS from mikkeller.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a St Bernardus goblet. Brewed at Lervig Aktiebryggeri.

A: PItch black and viscous, with virtually no head.

S: Deep, dark, and rich. Foreboding. Molasses. Licorice. Berries. Roasted malt. Quintessential imperial stout.

T: This good. With a brightness belied by the strength. Surprisingly tart and spritely, with huge malt base and generally robust, stouty flavor. Slightly sticky sweetness, but only at times. Well-done, Mikkeller.

M: Just a tad thin.

O: Exceptionally done. Highly recommended. This guy knows how to brew a stout.

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Photo of EnemyWithin
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into Les Trois Mousquetaires tulip glass on June 17, 2011

Appearance: 3.5
Coffee black with touch of brown body and a creamy brown-white head that dissipates into a thin, incomplete ring of head.

Smell: 4
Nutty and fruity with moderate roastiness of the malt. Notes of cocoa, esspresso, and faint presence of alcohol detectable.

Taste: 4.5

Starts with sweet dark fruit and chocolate/cocoa, transitioning into the added presence of a very mild, but nicely balancing bitterness. From there, it finishes with a growing roasted malt and cocoa flavor that is just great.

Mouthfeel: 4

Very creamy, with mild carbonation and appropriate thickness. Slight astringency from alcohol.

Overall: 4.5
An excellent crafted brew. Rich and complex, but not overpowering, even despite the 11.10% ABV. Extremely easy drinking, and with its small size, could have multiple. Sometime Mikkeller can disappoint, but this definitely not the case. Sadly, now the I have moved out east, access to this is very limited. Too bad because I really loved to have a few more of these.
Highly Recommend.

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Photo of pixieskid
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Full bodied, incredibly creamy mouth feel, nice frothy carbonation.

Rich malt presence upfront: notes of roasted malts, smoked malts, and strong presence of oats.

Solid dark chocolate note throughout with a nice coffee bitterness.

Finishes with a unique earthy note and nice undertone of smokiness, with just a hint of alcohol.


Straightforward and solid with a nice smokiness to it.
Really wish that this didn't come in such a small bottle!

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Photo of mmurphy525
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Woo hoo looking forward to this one. Thanks Dave.

The beer appears near black with a half inch of head the color of wet sand on the beach. Aromas include dark chocolate, a large my bill, Danish roast. Super malty and thick with a healthy roasted malt presence, followed by bitter chocolates and a touch of warming heat in the finish. Cognac George is one of my favorite stouts, and while this beer lacks that amazing complexity, it's still damn good.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Andrew Hilton Wine Cavern in Lethbridge. Served in a hotel tumbler. My bottle says 11.11% - same difference I suppose.

A - Pours with a finger-plus of dark red-tinged mocha foam that settles to a persistent thick cap, leaving splotchy lacework behind. Body is pitch black, oily, and slightly intimidating.

S - Intense milk chocolate, berries, light coffee, and dark roasted malts. There's some mild alcohol apparent, but nothing out of place for the listed ABV.

T - The taste is far roastier and smokier, with that patented Mikkeller scorched Earth flavor. Much less sweetness than the nose suggests. Gets some more booze-soaked fruits as it warms up. Ends slightly burnt and astringent.

M - Sticky, medium-full body. There's some roasty dryness, and medium carbonation that keeps things from getting to syrupy. Not much alcohol warmth.

D - I crushed the 25cl bottle. The weakest part of this beer is the flavor, which is good but slightly too burnt and charry for mass consumption. If it tasted a bit more like it smelled it'd be truly world-class.

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George from Mikkeller ApS
91 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.