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George - Mikkeller ApS

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

158 Ratings
THE BROS
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(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 158
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 8.94%
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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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

11-22-2013 01:09:18 | More by aslamm75
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Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -51.7%

11-21-2013 14:23:16 | More by Gushue3
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

11-20-2013 17:36:28 | More by Dirty25
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Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

11-19-2013 05:22:42 | More by JSchock7
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kemoarps

Washington

4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

First, a note: The artwork on this bottle is different from what is listed here on the profile, and the abv is higher on the bottle (12.12%) than on this profile (11.10%). I doubt this means anything other than it's an old profile and/or the recipe has changed slightly, but just that disclaimer.

This beer is a liquid onyx (Slam!), with a velour brown head that fades to just a whisp of cloud in the sky without leaving much lacing. Just a dense black glass of inviting.

I'm not getting as much on the nose as I had hoped. There's some sweet molasses and a hint of coffee beans. Maybe some bitter bakers cocoa as well. Enticing flavours, just you've got to dig for them. I know my nose is weak, but I usually get more than this.

Man. I've really enjoyed most of the big thick black... uh... beers. From Mikkeller. And this is no exception. Thick and chewy, with a spicy alcohol finish. This presents primarily with a deep mischievous sweetness initially, that quickly gives way to a cavalcade of flavours. Some of the same bitter cocoa from the nose, definitely some of that coffee bean in their in a big way as well. Finish has that spicy alcohol bite, but not as pronounced as I'm making it sound. The bite really more just compliments the bitter/sweet finish (mating game ftw) than standing out on its own.
This is a fantastic beer: silky smoothe with that host of big black flavours that accompany that texture so well: dark dark chocolate dipped coffee beans and caramel and a touch of dark fruits. Minimal carbonation lets the velour caress your tongue like a D.O.O.P. uniform. Big thick body gives a lot of love and it just hits all the right notes. I imagine this one would only improve with age, and am now excited to go pick up a couple more bottles to long term test that theory. (A whole review without any George Foreman jokes? I'm proud of me!)

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 04:55:59 | More by kemoarps
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Kruja5

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

11-18-2013 00:32:55 | More by Kruja5
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Jd2391

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

11-10-2013 19:47:39 | More by Jd2391
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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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Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-03-2013 19:36:39 | More by CaptainNomihodai
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shredder83

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-02-2013 20:35:55 | More by shredder83
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funkel81

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-02-2013 17:56:23 | More by funkel81
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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

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

4/5  rDev -3.4%

10-26-2013 00:15:29 | More by firstlighthiker
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MaseFace

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -3.4%

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largadeer

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

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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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California

5/5  rDev +20.8%

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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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schnarr84

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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Belgium

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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MordorMongo


3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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Switzerland

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

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Texas

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George from Mikkeller ApS
92 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.