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George - Mikkeller ApS

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Reviews: 58
Hads: 250
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9%
Wants: 28
Gots: 40 | FT: 9
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  12.12% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Furlinator
3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black with a thin brown head that quickly fades to just a faint ring on top and leaves the slightest hint of lace.

Smell is of spent coffee grounds and dark chocolate up front with faint alcohol on the finish.

Taste is mostly black coffee with bitter dark chocolate, faint dark fruit and roasted malt.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

A decent imperial stout with solid aromas and flavors. It feels a bit thin in terms of mouthfeel and there is a slight bitterness in the nose and taste that seems somewhat out of place. (560 characters)

Photo of popery
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (757 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (506 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.76/5  rDev -8.5%
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. (1,179 characters)

Photo of kemoarps
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
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!) (1,863 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (1,947 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -11.9%
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. (546 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (556 characters)

Photo of crnipeter
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Even the highest pour gives birth to just one fifth of an inch thin vestige of deep tan head atop of the highly viscous, opaque black body.
Nose is firm sweet-malt with caramel character embedding pronounced fruity esters of plums, prune and raisins.I get orange peel, and there are distant chocolaty
notes and perhaps faint coffee from roasted grain/malt, while alcohol is incredibly well masked considering the ABV given.

Very thick, velvety smooth and viscous with fine carbonation, the beer starts sweet on the palate, exhibiting prominent dark fruits. The initial sweetness gets quickly overwhelmed by intense burnt malt-flavor, warming alcohol and leafy hops with appurtenant bitterness that all linger into the aftertaste.

In short, a rough-edged well-hopped and very warming imperial stout with pronounced esters and burnt-malt/grain. (250 m bottle l without BB indication that has been cellared for a year, into tulip.) (932 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (1,838 characters)

Photo of beerdrifter
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Deep black pour with beautiful mocha colored one finger head that fades pretty quickly with decent lacing. Loads of roasty malt in the nose with hints of chocolate, peat, alcohol, and burnt espresso. The chocolate really comes out in the taste. Roasty malt, caramel, cocoa, molassess, and alcohol round it out with hints of smoke, espresso, and a touch of dark fruit. The mouthfeel is slightly thick and a little flat, with a nice bitter hop finish that helps balance the sweetness of the malt. The alcohol is present throughout, but it is 11% afterall, and it doesn't really hurt the drinkability. It's obviously a sipper, and it warmed me up nicely on a cold fall day. Yet another solid offering from Mikkeller! (781 characters)

Photo of Mar02x
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

For some reason or another I woke up at night. Now a couple hours later I am still awake and now I know why; I just have to drink something special. I had a look at my collection and selected the George, so lets give it a try.

A - Looks pretty damn good. A pitch black beer with a brown head that very slowly retracts. Looks a bit like 'the Messy', so its very promising.

S - Chocolate, oak wood, peat, roasted malts, espresso and some sweetness added to the flavor. Man I just can't stop smelling this beer, gorgeous.

T - To much peat and wood for my, it overwhelms the other flavors. Is was such a promise and now its lost. There is how ever some dark fruit to be discovered. I find it rather dry compared to the flavor.

M - Low to medium carbonation, a bit sticky. The bitterness and the alcohol come in the end. This beer has got the nicest warming after taste, its rare indeed.

O - It's a special brew thats for sure, but so close after the Borefts beer festival I must say its a bummer. The balance is off in this one. (1,030 characters)

Photo of gford217
3.61/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

25cl bottle thanks to jbeatty.

Pours pitch black and has that typical mocha head that you always see on Mikkeller stouts.

Aroma is also typical for Mikkeller with the distinctive charred malt character with hints of smoke and bakers chocolate.

Taste has an interesting sweetness that I didn't get in the nose with some molasses coming out. There is still the ashy character that permeates the taste and leaves a smoky burn on the palate in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, kinda thick and chewy. Carbonation is fairly low.

This is another Mikkeller stout that didn't overly impress me. I love the Beer Geek variants but this one veers toward the Black Hole territory which is to say smoky and charred. Not bad but no my favorite. (753 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Masterski for providing this in a trade.
OK, so this mighty have the darkest head on a beer I’ve ever seen. Usually Imp Stouts have a dark brown or even a bronze/brown head. This one was almost the same black at the beer. Also, over time it got lighter and lighter as the beer apparently filtered out of it.. Yet a head remained. Ain’t NO light getting through this one… (I apologize to all my English teachers) Not much in the way of lace.
Aroma is all about deep dark roasted malt with some sweetness and black licorice.
Oh man, this is black licorice and soy sauce. Some prunes and other dark fruits. A moment of molasses later in the flavor.
Really thick with a sense of elevated ABV.
Even in a small bottle this is a beer to share. Just need a few ounces. Interesting. (793 characters)

Photo of mmurphy525
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

Pours a bitch black with a very very thin mocha coloured head that dissipates extremely quickly leaving behind a slight ring.

Smell is great full of chocolate, molasses, lots of espresso, roasted malts, and faint alcohol.

Taste follows the smell closely with chocolate, molasses, and rich espresso coming through. The roasted malts are also present with some slight char characteristics. This beer finishes with a nice hop bitterness with a little alcohol. Though the alcohol is detectable it is nothing near the 11.11 percent the beer holds.

This beer is thick, creamy, and very rich. Carbonation is low.

Overall this beer is excellent, very rich and full of flavour. Nothing overpowers the rest and everything intermingles to make one of the best Mikkeller beers I have had. I would definitely recommend this to any stout lover. (871 characters)

Photo of domtronzero
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Thick, viscous black colored with a tiny ring of an off-whitish head. No lacing.

S - Coffee, chocolate, dark fruity malts. Earthy hops in the background. Slightly smoky. Light alcoholic aroma is pleasant.

F/M - Rich dark malts, chocolaty, roasty, and loads of caramel and sweet bready malts. Over-ripened dark stone fruits emerge as the beer warms. Smoky phenols blend nicely with the other flavors. Lots of earthy hops with a firm bitterness, accentuated by the roasted malts. Thick oily mouthfeel with a slightly slick feel in the finish. Full bodied with medium low carbonation. Lingering dark malts.

O - Very nicely brewed stout. Hoppy, dark, rich and tasty. I like this beer. (687 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (797 characters)

Photo of ktrillionaire
2.91/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to tpd975 for the share (I think...) Full disclosure this beer was sandwiched between one of the worst beers and one of the best: Ziel and Zaligheid, and PvW Eclipse. There was, realistically, very little chance that this brew could hang with either one, and it didn't

A - It pours a dark brown-black, oily, and is capped with a reasonable amount of deep mocha froth.

S - The nose is fairly smoky, but not in a good way, more akin to the smoke that billows out the door of a dive bar. Other notes include both charred and naked grain, cocoa, molasses and 'homebrew store'.

T - The flavor takes the notes suggested in the nose, and runs with the most unpleasant. Cigarettes and ashtrays are slightly evoked (again) and the rest of the beer just doesn't come together very well. Notes of coffee, chocolate and earthy hops are there, but I just really don't dig it.

M - The feel is just short of full, and the carbonation is quite soft.

O - This beer reminds me of a homebrew; it has potential, but it seems experimental rather than meticulously crafted. (1,063 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black beer with a bit of brown head that stuck around for a little bit and had pretty good retention for something with that much alcohol.

S - Lots of chocolate and sweet berries with some roasted malts. I like the smell on this quite a bit.

T - Lots of roast and smoke with some sludgy tar and char. The berries and chocolate give it a rich flavor, and I like it quite a bit.

M - Fuller side of medium body with lower carbonation.

O - Really nice beer that I enjoyed drinking. It's kind of thick and charry and makes it hard to drink tons of, but I enjoyed it considerably. (583 characters)

Photo of EnemyWithin
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into Les Trois Mousquetaires tulip glass on June 17, 2011

Appearance: 3.5
Coffee black with touch of brown body and a creamy brown-white head that dissipates into a thin, incomplete ring of head.

Smell: 4
Nutty and fruity with moderate roastiness of the malt. Notes of cocoa, esspresso, and faint presence of alcohol detectable.

Taste: 4.5

Starts with sweet dark fruit and chocolate/cocoa, transitioning into the added presence of a very mild, but nicely balancing bitterness. From there, it finishes with a growing roasted malt and cocoa flavor that is just great.

Mouthfeel: 4

Very creamy, with mild carbonation and appropriate thickness. Slight astringency from alcohol.

Overall: 4.5
An excellent crafted brew. Rich and complex, but not overpowering, even despite the 11.10% ABV. Extremely easy drinking, and with its small size, could have multiple. Sometime Mikkeller can disappoint, but this definitely not the case. Sadly, now the I have moved out east, access to this is very limited. Too bad because I really loved to have a few more of these.
Highly Recommend. (1,084 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one at Geers in Ghent.

From a 25cl bottle into a snifter.
Note: Drank this one just prior to the BA version.

APPEARANCE: Pours pitch black and yields a one finger, medium looking, dark mocha colored head with pretty good retention. Though it’s pretty noisy initially, this is probably the darkest and most menacing head I’ve ever seen on an imperial stout. Thick pitch black body with just a touch of carbonation evident. head fades to a good wisp and dark mocha colored ring. A ring and light wisp remain until the end but leave no real lacing down the glass. Dark and dark.

SMELL: Big nose for sure. Roasted malts, burnt charcoal and smoke, lots of dark chocolate, molasses, and some lighter coffee notes. Baker’s chocolate, molasses, and some booze in there as well. Big, burly and tough.

TASTE: Just as tough as the nose. Big and bigger. Roasted and charred malts, with lots of that signature Mikkeller burnt charcoal and smoke. Burnt and very roasted. A touch of sour cherry comes through, but soon ushers in lots of baker’s chocolate, sweet molasses, and bitter coffee, chocolate, and cocoa powder in the finish. Bold, boozy, roasted, and powdery aftertaste is full of sweet molasses and bitter chocolate, lingering nicely on the palate. Massive smack-you-in-the-face flavor. Great stuff.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation. Soft and very creamy on the palate, goes down smooth with some heat after the swallow and finishes quite powdery and dry. Oddly quite sticky on the lips as well.

OVERALL: This was excellent. Lots of enjoyable and bold flavors, and one of the meanest heads on a stout beer to date. If you ask me, this imperial stout is one of the best Mikkeller has brewed, and can easily stand up to anyone in the business, including its brothers on the continent as well as over the pond. One worth tracking down and giving a shot. Glad I was able to give this one a go. Great stuff. (1,930 characters)

Photo of chickenm
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

250ml bottle, thanks wordemupg. Pours jet black with a dark brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, smoke, molasses, and a little booze. Big flavor, mostly coffee and chocolate, as well as prunes, molasses, and licorice. Chewy full body with light carbonation. A tasty imperial stout, I enjoyed this one. (311 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (1,072 characters)

Photo of liamt07
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (862 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (995 characters)

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George from Mikkeller ApS
91 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.