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George! Bourbon Edition - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.06%
Wants: 123
Gots: 23 | FT: 3
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  12.12% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: crnipeter on 01-08-2011

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Ratings: 100 | Reviews: 55
Photo of patrykfus
4.9/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Extream taste :) very good beer

Photo of BMMillsy
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%

2011 bottle poured to Mikkeller gold rimmed Teku at Kulminator in Antwerp. Pours pitch black and thick with a small dark mocha head on top. Aroma of chocolate, anise, lots of roast. Flavor is chocolate graham cracker and lots of anise--more than I’ve had from other variants--some cardboard and roast. Very low on the bourbon flavor, but very smooth and easy. Smooth and rich bodied with low plus carbonation. Very nice brew, though don’t like this one as much as the cognac or base version.

Photo of jaasen64
3.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25cl bottle poured into Surly Darkness tulip. I believe this is from the old batch that was bottled in '11 before it was ever imported. Consumed right after '14 imported version and '10 Swedish bottling.

A- Pours a motor oil black that appears completely opaque, a thin (<quarter finger) dark mocha brown head appears that quickly recedes, carbonation in between '14 imported bottling and non-BA '10 bottling.

S- Some light dark fruits, faint hints of bourbon, some light milk chocolate hiding in the background. Overall I think oxidation has gotten to this aroma and it isn't very aromatic, noticeably less aromatic then the '10 non-BA and doesn't quite have the barrel presence or complexity I was hoping for.

T- Smooth milk chocolate, hints of bourbon although blends in with the milk chocolate and doesn't make it's presence known too much, light dark fruits of raisins + cherries, finishes with noticeable oxidation, a slight paper taste, and a decent oak presence. Overall still contains some decent complexity although could be a little bit more flavorful with a more defined barrel presence.

M- The thinnest of the three so far, not much carbonation, has a similar slick feeling as the '10 non-BA bottling, very drinkable.

O- The '11 bourbon barrel-aged George was a slight disappointment, it seems like oxidation has gotten the better of this brew over the past three years. Any barrel presence has just about disappeared and oxidation notes have taken over even worse then the '10 non-BA version. This was still very good but it is my least favorite of the three bottles so far.

Photo of MikeReserva
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A 33cl bottle, new batch.

A. Thick, Pitch Black with a very dark brown head.
S. Bourbon, Dark malts, vanilla, dark fruits, oak, cacao
T. Exactly like smell. Perfect balance between the coffee/chocolate and the sweet bourbon/vanilla. Woody and bitter after-taste, with fairly strong bourbon as final finish. Very complex, very deep, yet very balanced and accessible.
M. Very thick and creamy. Sticks around very long, which makes it a slow sipper.

My favourite Mikkeller thus far. Close to perfection. This one can measure itself with USA top tier BBA stouts. Far better than the Calvados and Cognac versions.

Photo of laituegonflable
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown, with glints of colour up to the light. Head is a good, deep umber, like whipped milk chocolate. Dense and creamy in consistency, leaving lacing that looks great. Dark, brooding and wonderful.

Smells spicy and roasty, with a good belt of a tartness as well. Nutty caramel, peppery shiraz and a minerally note as well. But yeah, that syrah note is really prominent and adds a massive boost to an already pleasant spicy, stouty aroma.

Taste is similar, but it seems a little weaker. Roasty and sweet for the most part, with some dark caramel and malted grain, that develops dark, charred wood and peppery spice, a hint of capsicum and a touch of sumac. Then on the mid-palate gets that organic fruity note, a touch of syrah, but it has more of a late-harvest character now, more sweet but at the same time a touch more refined, as if it's gotten pure fruit character in there with less fermentation. All very enjoyable, though, but I do feel it could still use more grounding. Sweetness is a very big part of this.

Full, complex texture, with nothing too thick. Does get quite dry at the back, and there's an unavoidable boozey note as well. Good, though.

Sweet, but with a great spicy dimension added, giving this a dynamic, enjoyable quality. Excellent beer.

Photo of Knapp85
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Once again another stellar brew sent over from MrKennedy. This beer poured out as a rich oily black beer with a thin creamy looking brown head on top. The retention lasts for a little while but faded by mid glass. There was an in brown tinge that the beer leaves on the glass after each sip. Incredibly thick looking beer. The smell of the beer is boozy, it's loaded with rich roasted malt aromas as well has some bourbon and even some maple sweetness in there. The taste is rich, it's heavily roasted, with some sweet burnt sugar notes as well has chocolate in there too. The mouthfeel is like syrup, it's sticky, and sweet, gently carbonated and heavy. Overall this is a massive beer and it's very impressive, the flavors just linger on your tongue for so long. It was very enjoyable.

Photo of JCDenver
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mulder1010 for providing this from the land Down Under. Slightly aggressive pour produced a dense chocolate milk head that sticks around. Smells of deep roasted malts with baker's chocolate and some wood/alcohol notes. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but still appealing. Roastiness and barrel characteristics really come through on the palate. Super long finish. One of the best Mikkeller beers I've had; wish I could easily get more.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared by Thorpe429. Thanks a lot Mike!

The beer is black with a thin, beige cap. Minimal head retention and lacing. The aroma offers roast, chocolate, oak, booze, a touch of smoke. A very tasty brew. Well balanced. Low carbonation. Silky smooth yet viscous on the palate - an elegant feel. Subtle spice notes. Overall, an intriguing and delicious brew. I would happily have this again.

Photo of drabmuh
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared by Thorpe, thanks! Served in a snifter. At the time of this review, this is #32 on the "Top Beers - American Double / Imperial Stout" list and #7 on the "Top Beers - Scandinavia" list on beeradvocate.com.

Beer is black with a thin dark brown head of small bubbles, haloed, pulled to the glass, some lacing, low carbonation, low retention, it looks heavy in the glass.

Aroma is smoky and sweet with a mild spice to it.

Beer is oaky and smokey with a nice grain bitterness finish from a lot of roast. The barrel is a little lost in here but this is a big complex beer. Lots of chocolate and smoke with a nice finish. I"d have it again.

Photo of largadeer
3.06/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beddachedda shared this one, I think?

Pours a syrupy pitch black, not far off from Mikkeller's dozens of other imperial stouts. A finger of dark tan head forms but doesn't last.

The aroma is heavy on charred, burnt malt, soy sauce, oak (but not necessarily bourbon) and black licorice. There's a faint smokiness in the background. Bourbon is integrated, somewhat buried beneath malt and oxidation.

Palate is acrid, burnt and oxidized. Quite a bit of soy sauce and oak, a touch of bourbon, dark fruit, some smoke and vinous notes. Oily, full mouthfeel. Smoky, acrid finish with a fair amount of booze.

Overall not exactly the most offensive Mikkeller beer, but not particularly enjoyable.

Photo of HopHead84
3.69/5  rDev -15%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

1/28/12

Thanks to Kris for the bottle. Snifter.

A: This is an impressive looking beer. The body is as black as black can get. The hard pour yields three fingers of dark brown sea foam that linger for many minutes. Lacing is all over the glass. There are some alcohol legs left behind as well. This is about as good as a barrel aged Russian Imperial Stout can look.

S: Lots of wood with a subtle spicy note. Bourbon blends with chocolate and roasted malt. There's some licorice in there and a dash of molasses. Roast is the most notable characteristic in the aroma, but the dark chocolate comes out as the beer opens up. I get a faint note of smoke as well. Strangely enough, there's an insistent oxidation note that reminds me of cardboard. There's a little milk chocolate as well. I'm starting to get some raspberry, which is unexpected but welcome.

T: Boozy dark chocolate with a moderate earthy bitterness and a little astringency. There's an earthy note in there with a little cardboard-like oxidation. Roasted grains and dark malts are dominant. Bourbon is restrained, hardly there really, but I get a decent amount of oak. The finish is full of booze, bitter dark choocolate, and roasted malt.

M: Full body with upper moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky, chewy, and smooth.

Overall: A beast of a beer. It's good overall, but doesn't stand up to the better barrel aged Stouts made in the US. It comes off as excessively roasted and a bit acrid.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.67/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a small dark tan head.
Nose shows bourbon, oak, spicy hops, roasted malt, cocoa and some booze.
Very similar flavours, more bourbon, roasted malt, espresso and booze. Pretty full on. A little brash.
Very syrupy body.
A bit too much booze.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a stemless globe.

Huge thanks to hannydawg for sharing this bottle!

One of the more entertaining labels I've seen in some time. The beer within pours a bleak black-brown topped by half-finger (at best) of dark-ish tan foam. The nose comprises oak, whiskey, roasted malts, light char, and plenty of dark chocolate. It coats my nostrils in such a pleasant way... The taste brings in more of the same, with more roast, more cocoa, and a slightly bitter touch of coffee. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a smooth feel, and a kinda dry finish. Overall, a damn fine barrel-aged stout, one that drinks way too easily for such a small and hard-to-come-by bottle. Good times.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks very much to @LaitueGonflable for the sample.

Pours just spectacularly. It's chewy and thick from the bottle, pouring like tar: a deep black resinous fountain. The head, as it forms, is a thing of pure beauty. It's a deeply dark brown colour—probably dark enough in its own right for the body of a lesser stout—formed with solid, if large bubbles that stay strong enough on their own that you feel like they're tiny baubles of glass. The body seeps its way through back out of this as it settles, meaning that for the longest time, there's a fine gradient without any clear separation between head and body. Truly, I could go on for a long time about the appearance of this beer. Suffice it to say: it's extraordinary. To date, the most intoxicatingly enchanting beer I've ever seen.

And, wonderfully, this enchantment continues. On the nose, we have an incredible array of big, sweet, heavy stout characters, beautifully realised and really well put together. Bourbon is most certainly dominant, giving sweet, luscious gooey vanilla and oak characters, but the darkness comes through really beautifully, giving really good roasted coffee, a touch of char and some green leaf notes like tea and holly. It's complex, exciting and truly, truly good.

Taste is also wonderful. I mean, I could wax lyrical about all of the really nice stout characters—coffee, sweetness, bourbon, roast, slight char—but it's gorgeous to note the other intriguing characters that lift it and separate it from the other truly great examples. Here we have more of that dark green leaf character: the holly or mistletoe organics, plus a tantalising hint of dark, acidic fruit like wild cranberries or lingonberry. This lingers onto the finish, leaving a tart cherry or wild fruit note that keeps layering subtle flavours long after the beer is gone.

Feel is sublime. Smooth and thick, and just plain gorgeous.

It's a very, very rare beer that comes along like this. This is a truly exceptional beer. A beer made with craft, finesse and forethought, and executed perfectly. This is truly one of the greatest beers I've had the privilege to taste. Mikkeller have done something extraordinary here, and have given me a beatific beer experience.

Photo of billshmeinke
4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to bman1113vr for sharing.

Pours an inky dark brown with half a finger of dark aburn/beige head. Massive coating legs.

Smells of raspberry, licorice, charcoal, hints of coffee, spearmint, toffee. Quite unique.

Taste follows smell. Raspberries, figs, black currant, licorice, spearmint, a nice peppery spiciness, good smokey notes, and toasty oak. Just lots of rich dark fruits and an interesting mintiness.

Mouthfeel is epic. Huge, rich, thick, viscous, nicely carbonated.

Very unique imperial stout. Worth seeking out.

Photo of Fux
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black, dense pour, with a fizzy foam which leaves a hot chocolate head then disappears slowly in a thin film.

S: Lots of aromas in this beer, mainly roasted malts, chocolate, mocha, with a great presence of dark fruits and whiskey. Hints of vanilla also.

T: The taste is more on coffee, espresso flavors with also a huge background of chocolate and mocha notes. Alcohol is very imposing. Slight earthy bitterness on the finish.

M: Thick, warming, not much carbonated.

O: Very appealing, nice, full tasting beer for a winter night, but highly drinkable, it's a damn good traitor !

Photo of beerdrifter
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Thick black pour with two finger tan head that fades quickly, but yields great lacing. Nose is dominated by roasty cocoa and peat, with hints of whiskey and just a touch of dark fruit. Unique taste follows suit with loads of roasty, bitter chocolate and hints of espresso, tobacco, oak, peat, and just a touch of bourbon and black cherries. Really thick and chewy mouthfeel that is perfectly balanced and incredibly drinkable for a 12% ABV beer. I would go so far as to say that it's not even really a sipper. It's that smooth! I loved the original version of George, but this is incredible! Has to be one of my favorites from one of my favorite breweries.

Photo of spicelab
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Lukie@IBS. 2011 Version.

Black as crude with a finger of golden brown head. Falls very slowly to a film.

Refined barrel aromas of woody vanilla and charred oak, joined by juniper, tar liquorice allsorts, charcoal and muscatels.

Toasted bread, chocolate fudge, charcoal, sarsparilla, tobacco, Christmas cake and vegemite.

Silky woody smoothness. Low to moderate carbonation. Absolutely seamless.

Great balance of charry and sweet malt character taken to another level by the barrel ageing. In my view it would benefit with a sightly longer ageing.

Photo of JAXSON
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick black into a snifter with a sensible, rich mocha head. Nose is some, light roast, some very rich, dense dark fruits, peat. Roasty and a little bit hot upfront, a nice coffee really opens up in the mid palate and more alcohol heat comes through on the back. Fairly sweet and quite rich. Bourbon influence definitely on the finish. Perhaps a savory, salty note to play with the rich, sweet flavors. Barrel-aged figs. Good stuff, thanks Chris!

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to bucketboy for cracking an 11.2oz bottle of this today during a really impromptu bottle share with shadesofgray and me. Poured into a tulip.

Pitch black, I can tell that this is thick and syrupy just by watching it pour. A very thin hot chocolate colored head forms and disappears into wispy bubbles very quickly. A swirl kicks up a dark oily film that remains on the glass and doesn't recede into the beer. Every sip leave a parabolic pattern of foamy bubbles suspended in the dark film.

The aroma is very muted, even with this beer barely down to cellar temp. A lot of tannic character here; mainly oak, along with some coffee, and a touch of peat with only a hint of American-style whiskey. The flavors are far bolder and more well-rounded than the characteristics of the aroma. Bitter chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and roasty notes all come through, balanced by bourbon that was hidden in the nose. This is definitely a sleeper of a beer.

The feel is thick, syrupy, full, and resinous. Only a little bit of carbonation to cut the texture lightens this up. Overall, the nose is a real disappointment, but the rest of the beer does what it can to pick up its slack. This beer is going to explode. Glad to have been able to try this one! Thanks, Joe!

Photo of danieelol
4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Motor oil.. Midnight black body, the head looks like chocolate milk.

Smell is a lot of gingerbread, honeycomb. Lots of chocolate. Bit of goat cheese. Tiny bit of roast coming through. Shiraz. Yer, definitely get the barrel.

Taste is massive doses of chocolate. Red wine and bourbon. More gingerbread and honeycomb. Roast and sweetness. Mouthfeel is nice- roasty and bitter and a bit thin and dry. Dehydrating in a wine-like way.

Overall a highly complex beer which accomplishes all it claims to.

Photo of BearsOnAcid
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Viscous black pour with no head.

Heavily sweet roasted malt, strong dark fruits, caramel, smoke and some heavy oak in the aroma. Full of depth and richness.

Thick-ass mouthfeel. Dark acidic cherry and dark chocolate. A tolerable level of soy sauce. This beer is very rich and robust. Smokey barrel flavor. Loads of raisins, figs, and prunes. Leathery and tobacco-y. Alcohol doesn't come out that much. Extremely decadent, no wonder why they give you such a small bottle.

Photo of SFLpunk
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Freud for setting me up with this gem. 25cL brown glass pry-top bottle. No date and no English on the label (imported into Quebec).

Pours super fucking thick...woah...with very little dark brown head. Nose is crazy dank and dark, whiskey, charcoal, smoked meat, soy, moss/earth, and straight-up smoldering wood.

Palate is hugely roasty and bitter from the hops, wood and presumably black patent malt. Charred earth, wood, tree bark, soy, umami, over-aged bourbon, black vanilla bean shells, roasted beef, black pepper and blackstrap molasses all over the palate. Finish is long but the bitterness keeps it from being cloying, just really smoky.

Notes: Wow, this is a hell of a beer. Reminds me a lot of Palo Santo Marron tastes like and I wonder if they -bal aged Palo if it would be similar? Glad this is a small bottle, this is a BIG fucking beer.

Photo of Drazzamatazz
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Joint review with Brez07.

A: Dark all the way through. Small amount of cocoa head sits on top for about a minute before spreading out to a ring [oily thickness clings to the glass but killed any chance of lacing]

S: Barrel aspects come through in the form of oak, caramel and some bourbon. Dark chocolate, nuttiness. Distinct dark fruit (fig) notes [Very much a European/Belgian stout here, almost tart fruit notes, very very slight amount of soy, barrel treatment worked very well for the aroma]

T: Starts with chocolate with a nice underlying fig sweetness. Pretty roasty with some light coffee flavor. There is a little caramel in the finish to go along with roasted coffee [A bit oxidized along with some coconut flavors from the barrel]

M: Full bodied. Very smooth and creamy. Light roasted coffee lingers after each sip [Body is so thick carbonation is hardly noticeable, that said, it wasn't flat]

D: Super easy to drink. Very well balanced, very smooth. Alcohol is basically non-existent. Loved this beer, although it seems a bit tough to trade for [In a bigger bottle at a lower price, I'd probably try and drink this a few more times. But, Mikkeller being Mikkeller, this one is an ass-sore to acquire, glad I got to try it at least]

Photo of Brez07
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

25cl bottle (8.5oz?) split with Drazzamatazz

A: Dark all the way through. Small amount of cocoa head sits on top for about a minute before spreading out to a ring

S: Barrel aspects come through in the form of oak, caramel and some bourbon. Dark chocolate, nuttiness. Distinct dark fruit (fig) notes

T: Starts with chocolate with a nice underlying fig sweetness. Pretty roasty with some light coffee flavor. There is a little caramel in the finish to go along with roasted coffee

M: Full bodied. Very smooth and creamy. Light roasted coffee lingers after each sip

D: Super easy to drink. Very well balanced, very smooth. Alcohol is basically non-existent. Loved this beer, although it seems a bit tough to trade for

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George! Bourbon Edition from Mikkeller ApS
95 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.