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George - Mikkeller ApS

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

167 Ratings
THE BROS
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(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 167
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 20
Gots: 23 | 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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4/5  rDev -3.4%

ToddHolder, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of Kevincredible
3/5  rDev -27.5%

Kevincredible, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of popery
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

popery, Dec 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

tbryan5, Dec 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

jayhunter357, Dec 06, 2013
Photo of ajzy
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

ajzy, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of drpimento
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

drpimento, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of teamwiggum
4/5  rDev -3.4%

teamwiggum, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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.

VelvetExtract, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of aslamm75
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

aslamm75, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of Gushue3
2/5  rDev -51.7%

Gushue3, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of Dirty25
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Dirty25, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of JSchock7
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

JSchock7, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of kemoarps
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%

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!)

kemoarps, Nov 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Kruja5, Nov 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Jd2391, Nov 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

zestar, Nov 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

CaptainNomihodai, Nov 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

shredder83, Nov 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

funkel81, Nov 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

GRG1313, Oct 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

firstlighthiker, Oct 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

MaseFace, Oct 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

largadeer, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

BEERchitect, Oct 21, 2013
George from Mikkeller ApS
92 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.