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George - Mikkeller ApS

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

155 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 155
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 21
Gots: 19 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS visit their website
Denmark

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  12.12% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: glid02 on 07-05-2010)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 00:04:49 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

10-29-2012 01:33:08 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.64/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 00:56:15 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2012 19:38:14 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.26/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 05:14:33 | More by BEERchitect
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.4%

05-22-2014 03:19:20 | More by acurtis
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

02-24-2014 18:43:39 | More by kjkinsey
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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-22-2014 17:51:22 | More by jaydoc
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

02-16-2014 07:12:38 | More by Texasfan549
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

06-15-2014 03:03:17 | More by kylehay2004
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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

10-26-2013 01:49:39 | More by GRG1313
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largadeer

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

10-22-2013 03:11:23 | More by largadeer
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 03:12:43 | More by biboergosum
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nickfl

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

06-15-2014 03:16:46 | More by nickfl
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 01:18:33 | More by MasterSki
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 20:16:13 | More by StonedTrippin
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 02:33:56 | More by stakem
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.4%

03-31-2014 02:36:17 | More by dbrauneis
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zestar

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

11-08-2013 09:05:59 | More by zestar
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2014 07:05:29 | More by Huhzubendah
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glid02

Georgia

4.18/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2010 19:02:56 | More by glid02
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sendbeer

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

05-11-2014 18:39:25 | More by sendbeer
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afsdan

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

03-21-2014 03:42:19 | More by afsdan
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +7%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 02:37:04 | More by wordemupg
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 18:58:33 | More by liamt07
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George from Mikkeller ApS
92 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.