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George - Mikkeller ApS

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Reviews: 59
Hads: 255
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 8.74%
Wants: 28
Gots: 41 | 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 cooler4life
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Another epic brew given to me by my favorite brother.

A: Poured a slinky jet black with only a hint of froth around the edges of my tulip. Some floaties can be seen but only if held to the light (sunrise).

S: Dark fruits, fresh cocoa leaves, hints of vanilla, peat moss, and sweet apricots. Really nice.

T: Mirrors the nose, inky black chocolate followed by a rush of coffee, cinnamon, some cherry.

M: Probably the most outstanding aspect of this beer. The epitome of Mr. Smooth, or should I say, Mr. George.

O: The sum of the parts equaled something special. Thankful to have tried a stout so true to the style. If given the choice between this and a espresso for the AM shift, I'm dining with Mr. George every time.

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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 larryarms847
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours very thick and black as crude with no head to speak of. Noticeably sticky and clings to the sides of the glass.

Dark fruit, earthy and slightly smoky roasted malt, and some dark chocolate.

Roasty, earthy, edging smoky, dark chocolate, and a noticeable alcohol burn.

Heavy-bodied, minimal carbonation, thick as a shake.

Overall, while this one didn't stand out very much in terms of aroma and flavor, the shake-like thickness of the mouthfeel and slight alcohol burn add some interesting aspects.

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Photo of aleigator
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a viscous, black color, with a very small, bubbly head, soon vanishing to sheets of lacing.

Its aromas are a mix of fudge, milk-chocolate and toffee, among earthy malts. Offers up a hot, slightly alcoholic aspect, making the chocolate a tad sweeter. Toasted, bready malts establish a fitting foundation, balancing the chocolate gently.

Tastes very smooth, the beer has almost no carbonation, leading to a silky mouthfeel, showcasing a medium bodied beer.

Tastes of bakers-chocolate, sweetened cocoa powder, coconut shell and chocolate fudge cream. Has a distinct coffee earthiness to it, which then gets amped up by a discreet cinnamon coating, providing an enjoyable bitterness. Finishes outstandingly smooth with earth, bakers-chocolate and a late, but long lasting, coffee tartness.

Features a well compounded beer, with a fantastic, dough mouthfeel to it, revealing a convincing flavor diversity, mainly due to the rich coffee and hot chocolate appearance.

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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 MLaVioletteJr
2.83/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

$9 for 11.2oz with the bottom 2oz being yeast.

If you do make the mistake of buying this beer make sure you do not pour the yeast into your glass like I did.

Zero carbonation, milky black...didn't think I'd ever see a gray beer.
Aroma: yeasty
Taste: yeast
Feel...like I might have to go to the doctors and get antibiotics so I don't get thrush.
Overall: bad

That being said, I may have f'd this one up by pouring the yeast in. But if I'm paying $9 for a single I'm drinking every last drop. I can't picture this beer being all that tasty without the yeast either. Very roasty and just an unpleasant astringent bitterness. Avoid.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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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 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 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 Shroud0fdoom
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle Courtesy of SomethingClever, thank you beer Buddha!

This brew pours accordingly to the style, Nice deep black body, khaki head and lacing. Alcohol legs are present. Looks pretty legit. Time to get the fumes. Dense roasted malts and some brown sugar sweetness. Deep inside is notes of vanilla bean, cocoa spice and booze tickles the nose hairs. Smells pretty par to the style. The flavor is just as great and intense. First waves of roasted malt goodness with residual sugars to help accent the roast. Nice chocolate flavors with a subtle vanilla cream flavor, tastes like an Oreo Cookie that was soaked in Rum and Coffee. This finishes dry, boozy with a lingering bitterness. Aftertaste is of Cookies and tobacco. The feel on this brew is full bodied, creamy smooth with soft carbonation.

Overall: I like this better than I thought I was going to. I really thought it was going to be like Vanilla Shake's ultimate end. Yet this is hella enjoyable. The booze is actually a part of the beer to make it balanced. It's not an out of place booze that leaves it too dry with alcohol burn. The bitterness is lingering which I'm ok with, yet one might say it's too abrasive. The rest of the flavors are very enjoyable each with a story to tell. This brew is recommended.

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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 mrfrancis
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a jet black with a thin, creamy tan mousse that recedes in no time, leaving only a wisp of lacing in the glass.

S: Aromas of espresso, leather, roasted grain, woodsmoke, vanilla bean, heavy cream, burnt toast, dark chocolate, and dried black cherries are balanced by scents of earthy, herbal hops.

T: Notes of caramel, espresso, leather, dark chocolate, vanilla bean, heavy cream, roasted grain, blackberry, black currant, raisins, prunes, dried black cherries, burnt toast, herbs, woodsmoke, and blood orange rind wash across the palate. The finish is bitter, roasty, and velvety with subtle impressions of herbs, dark chocolate, espresso, and tart citrus.

M: Very full in body and smooth in texture. Carbonation is delicate and nuanced. Alcohol is ever present, but somewhat restrained. A very easy beer to sip to be sure.

O: A great imperial stout. Very nicely balanced and with more than enough complexity to satisfy.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle poured into a Surly Darkness tulip. Purchased for $9. Consumed with '10 Swedish bottling (shown in picture).

A- Pours a motor oil black that is completely opaque creating a quarter finger thick dark mocha brown head that recedes fairly quickly to a flat top, nice subtle carbonation for the style. 4.25

'10 bottling- similar but not as much carbonation or head. 3.75

S- Rich dark chocolate malts, light fudge, slight dark fruits, hint of raisins and molasses, faint hops. About average aroma strength with decent complexity, almost no booze present. 4

'10 bottling- not nearly as much chocolate, instead more dark fruits of plums, raisins, port, and slight oxidation 4

T- Thick dark chocolate, chocolate fudge, raisins, molasses, bitter cocoa nibs, slight bitter hops on the backend with lingering bitter cocoa nibs. Very decadent tasting with a nice complex chocolate presence, a little bit too bitter on the finish but almost no alcohol burn. 4.25

'10 bottling- Dark fruits, light milk chocolate, raisins, light plums, finishes with more chocolate, slight oxidation, and a hint of dark fruits. Not nearly as much chocolate or fudge as the new one but just as flavorful with a more complex dark fruit presence and none of the bitterness the newer bottling had.

M- Thick, very full bodied, finishes velvety, nice carbonation presence for the style. 4.25

'10- Not nearly as thick, much more slick, slight less carbonated (not that the newer one was that carbonated), no alcohol what-so-ever, even more drinkable then the newer one. 4.5

O- George is a great RIS and definitely one of the better brews I've had for them. If you like rich, decadent dark beers you'll probably love this beer. My only two knocks on it are the price and the slight bitterness on the backend. 4.25

'10 bottling- This bottling was definitely better then the newer one, which suggests aging it a little bit might be better. Although this one didn't quite have as much flavor as the newer one or the chocolate presence it didn't have the bitterness that I didn't like as much in the newer one and if anything it was more drinkable. 4.5

Note- Ratings are based on newer version.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours thick and black with a scant head of chocolate colored foam that falls fast. Nose is mily chocolate. No alcohol. Earth and the sweet malt underpinnings. Taste is roasty malt. Nothing burnt. Caramel, cream and a touch of wood and char. A bit of cherry int he background and a small warmth from alcohol in the finish. Bitter black and dry. Some weeds and hop grassiness. The flavor is authentic chocolate and cream on a full soft body.

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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 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 Chico1985
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
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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Photo of babaracas
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black in the glass with thin medium brown colored head, tin ring left behind. Improbably a few delicate patches of lace hold up. Smell: chocolate liquor, prune, raisin, espresso, brown bread. Taste: syrupy dark chocolate, roast, light earth, pine note, lots of dark fruit - fig, prune; anise note in the finish. Full bodied, syrupy and slick with light but effectively creamy carbonation. A beast; nice!

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Photo of BlazerT
4.12/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of fitrock2112
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

George poured into a snifter at EightBall Brewery.

A - The brew is black as midnight with a small skim of off white mocha head.

S - Th aroma is of dark chocolates, heavy roasted malt and little alcohol.

T - The flavor is nice with dark roasted malts, dark fruits and some chocolates. Mid palate getting some alcohol with more dark malts. On the finish it has more dark fruits with more alcohol than I would like.

M - Smooth medium to full mouthfeel, with medium to low carbonation.

O - The alcohol keeps the score from being a true classic. It's still worth a try! Cheers!

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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 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 StonedTrippin
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

the new release go george has different labeling and is listed at 12.12% abv like some of its variants are here. its great beer, rich and dark brown with almost an full inch of tan head with excellent lasting power and perfect spider ring lacing as it drinks on down. its nose is robustly malty, dark cocoa, burnt barley, and even dried blueberry all come into play. i hardly get booze, but i get some spirit flavors, earthy and smokey scotch, vanilla kissed bourbon, and even charred oak, but its not barrel aged. the alcohol is so subtle and the body is so big, this drinks creamy and slightly bitter, but scary easy for how strong it really is. an expensive little bottle of beer, but mikkeller has proven time and time again to be one of the kings of stout, and for that i will always try news beers that come out, especially dark ones. george has layers, it has class, and its huge. bitter chocolate on the finish and a wonderfully dynamic grain bill thats put together brilliantly. definitely worth a try, and it has been really pumped to try the barrel aged variations of this. calvados? yes please!

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Photo of cbutova
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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George from Mikkeller ApS
91 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.