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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 Sammy
3.28/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared at GRG1313’s tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, wood, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and alcohol flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is pretty good beer but I think it tastes better than it smells.

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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 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 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 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 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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Photo of stakem
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dinky little 25 cl bottle poured into a stemmed mikkeller glass. This brew appears black in color with a dark brown head about a finger strong that recedes down to a thin film across the top. As it recedes, it leaves some spots of lacing effect on the glass. A light swirl brings forth more than a finger of brown froth back to the surface. When held to the light, hardly any light permeates, but what does shows the faintest amount of brown clarity around the thin edges.

The smell of this brew is straight charred grain. It smells of charcoal mixed with a bit of citrus hops, tobacco, earth and licorice. More smells bring forth a bit of chocolate grain scents that mixes with more of a deep earthy and char feel than the usual sweet chocolate indications present in some stouts. The 11+% abv is felt with a slight tingle across the nose that seems accented by a solvent spirit almost like vodka.

The taste is as roasty and charred as you would expect based off of the aroma. Flavors of charcoal mix with very bitter burnt grain that imparts a flavor of chocolate, licorice and coffee all through the body. There is a pretty solid citrus element that mixes with some earthy notes and a touch of mineral components. The aftertaste is quite bitter with a flavor of unsweetened chocolate mixed with coffee that persists long after a sip is taken.

This is a medium bodied brew that is very bold. It boasts a light to moderate amount of carbonation. The alcohol is not hiding at all in this brew but it really works with the other bold flavors present. The 8oz bottle size is very fitting here, I dont think having any more of this would be welcomed as I sit here and sip away, this becomes more of a chore as it warms up. Not bad, but honestly something that could sit for years in order to mellow out and blend together a little better.

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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 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 liamt07
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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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 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 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 glid02
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

25cl bottle into my Rochefort glass...Black pour with only a whisp of medium tan carbonation...The aroma is super malty with mostly all sweet chocolate, some sweet bread, light vanilla, a slight hop finish. A lot going on, but mostly just sweet...The taste is a let down, most of the sweetness is gone replaced by bitter coffee. Light grass hop finish. This beer got rave reviews by some locals, but I was really disappointed in. Nothing special in taste, look, or drinkability.

A very average stout.

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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 VelvetExtract
3.76/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-As the previous review states, ABV bumped up to 12.12% and a 12 oz. with a new label. George pours like black coffee. Very dark and the pour flexes it's bulk. The head is interesting. At first it angrily expands but the expansion of bubbles quickly recedes upon itself. Now it's barely there, like a wisp of errant clouds in the sky. Not much Lacey it actually leaves legs like a glass of wine.

S-George is a hulking brute. A thick slap of dried-out brownie in the nose. Fudgy and boozy with some burnt oats. I also get some dark fruitiness as well. Roasty coffee of course. Even a bit woody.

T-Dried, stale brownie and espresso. Chewy molasses with a nuance of dark fruit. Like the nose, I get some spicy, almost bourbon-like wooden notes. This beer is incredibly dry. Alcohol is a component of the flavor. Lots of char and burnt roasted malts.

M-Full and damp. Carbonation is a mild sizzle upon the tongue. So dry, my tongue feels like a Brillo pad. Heats the cheeks and the full 12 oz. serving delivers a fatal neck chop to one's sobriety.

O/D-George is hard to understand. He teeters between complexity and mindless power. I guess that was what Mikkeller was going for.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 61 ratings.