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George! Bourbon Edition - Mikkeller ApS

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85 Ratings
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 8.31%
Wants: 118
Gots: 18 | FT: 2
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  12.12% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: crnipeter on 01-08-2011)
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beerdrifter

Germany

4.38/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

12-13-2011 17:22:01 | More by beerdrifter
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CaptinRedBeard

Pennsylvania

4.97/5  rDev +14.8%

A massive thanks to digita6793 for sending this beer among many others from across the pond.

I had no idea what to expect from this tiny (25cl) little bottle. Wow was I in for a surprise.

A: Pours as thick and black as motor oil. No head, and no lacing. Hints of burgundy are slightly visible if you tilt your glass in the light.

S: Large amounts of bourbon, followed by hints of dark fruits and rich chocolate.

T: Absolutely phenomenal. The flavors of bourbon, dark fruit and chocolate blend so perfectly it's astonishing. Not even a hint of alcohol burn.

M: Perfection here. This beer is like drinking liquid silk. The carbonation is a bit low, but I wouldn't change a thing.

O: Simply put. This is the best imperial stout that I have ever tasted, hands down. I don't know what more I can add after that. I will definitely be seeking out more of this. I don't think that's very likely to happen though. Thanks again Don.

03-22-2011 05:38:15 | More by CaptinRedBeard
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ImperialStoat

United Kingdom (England)

4.2/5  rDev -3%

Appearance: Opaque black with an inch of mocha head that quickly dissipates to half of that.

Smell: Vanilla, oak, dark chocolate, alcohol, fermented bananas.

Taste: Bitter chocolate and tannic oak, followed by a rich vanilla-chocolate sweetness. It ends on a warm breath of alcohol. There's also a subtle vinous quality throughout.

Mouthfeel: Thick with minimal carbonation.

Overall: There's none of the intense bourbon character found in the more decadent American BA stouts here, but this is a very good, and surprisingly balanced, imperial stout.

08-09-2011 21:36:08 | More by ImperialStoat
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MrKennedy

Australia

4.78/5  rDev +10.4%

250ml bottle purchased from Slowbeer and poured into a Mikkeller goblet.

Real thick pour, just like engine oil. All encompassing black appearance with a dark tan, jaffa coloured sort of head of foam that was just under a centimetre and stabilised into film on top.

Initially oak jumps out as the first smell, christmas pudding takes over. Definitely real dark fruits.

The bourbon aging really marries in well with the base beer itself. The booze is very well hidden for such a strong stout. Strong roasted finish along with a touch of coffee.

Mouthfeel is brilliant, velvety, soft, coats the inside of your mouth.

Overall, a great, well-balanced oak aged imperial stout. Huge thanks to mulder1010 for putting me onto this beer, lived up to all expectations and beyond!!!

05-04-2011 11:50:05 | More by MrKennedy
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2bet

Norway

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

05-06-2013 22:59:25 | More by 2bet
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +3.2%

Massive thanks goes out to cmrillo who shared this one during the BASC release! Served from bottle into a Duck-Rabbit snifter. Poured pitch black with a very minimal light tan head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, peat, caramel, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, wood, peat, subtle sweet alcohol, and a touch of vanilla. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. Having had the regular George not too long I can see how the barrels on this one really helped it out. As mentioned before the barrel really adds a nice aspect to the base beer and make it more enjoyable. At 12+% you would be hard pressed to determine this fact by aroma and taste alone. A really nice brew that I am glad I got the chance to try with some good friends.

07-20-2011 14:17:12 | More by thagr81us
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hopsbreath

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Huge thanks to dgilks for trucking one of these up for an in-person trade at the Portland International Beerfest. What an appropriate setting for a Denmark beer to be exchanged by an Australian to myself. Loved the Tactical Nuclear Penguin t-shirt you were wearing Dave. Split three ways with TulipSnifter (my wife) and black13 (who hosted us one afternoon) and enjoyed on our host's back patio during some gorgeous slightly overcast Portland summer weather. Paired with some great oatmeal chocolate chip cookies baked by black13's wife. Back story aside, onto the review.

A: Black body with very dark brown edges. A solid thick cappuccino cap with larger bubbles at the edges. Moderate lacing is surprising given the high ABV and some glass staining is evident too. It actually reminds me of Hunahpu. I gave Huna the perfect score here, so... 5/5

S: Heavy on the dark fruits. Raisins are readily apparent as well as some sweet cherries. Nice secondary characteristics include some of the Bourbon, Belgian yeast esters (banana, clove, fresh bread), and rich dark chocolate. 4/5

T: Very we'll balanced mix of plums, earthy cacao, cinnamon, sweet caramel (Misty mentioned Riesen candies), good Bourbon, and again with just a hint of banana. Nothing dominates here. Just a few days prior I had Stone's BA IRS. That was all about the barrels but this is all about depth and complexity. It's interesting that two beers can be in the same category but vary so widely. While I freely admit that I have a typically American palate and prefer my BA stouts to be more barrel forward, I do have to appreciate just how nuanced and provoking this is as well. 4/5

M: Thick but not too thick, low carbonation but not too low, appropriately long finish for a beer this size. I have no qualms here. 5/5

O: Very good beer. As far as Belgian styled stouts go, this is among the best I've had. It cost $20+ for an 8.45oz bottle. Is it worth the money? Probably not, but money aside, I'm truly glad to have had the chance to try it. 4.5/5

08-04-2011 15:38:03 | More by hopsbreath
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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev -7.6%

10-26-2013 02:06:44 | More by GRG1313
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StarRaptor

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

01-02-2012 17:04:01 | More by StarRaptor
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.65/5  rDev -15.7%

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.

01-12-2012 07:23:43 | More by CrazyDavros
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -7.6%

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of bourbon and creamy black chocolate is quite powerful. Taste is quite dominated by bourbon notes with some semi-dry black chocolate and some light roasted malt. Body is extremely full with limited filtration and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol per say thought it can somewhat be felt. Very tasteful and well brewed though bourbon is a touch too overpowering.

08-20-2011 02:49:07 | More by Phyl21ca
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jlb502

California

4/5  rDev -7.6%

11-14-2011 19:43:51 | More by jlb502
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largadeer

California

3.05/5  rDev -29.6%

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.

04-05-2012 17:45:23 | More by largadeer
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spicelab

Australia

4.33/5  rDev 0%

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.

12-11-2011 04:46:22 | More by spicelab
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NittanyBeerFan

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -3%

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!

11-19-2011 23:25:41 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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WeisGuy

New York

4/5  rDev -7.6%

12-08-2011 02:01:09 | More by WeisGuy
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eric5bellies

Australia

4.72/5  rDev +9%

Drank from my Duvel Tulip.

A - Pours a thick viscous oily texture with a two fingered, really dark tanned coffee head that reduces to a one fingered head and staying the distance.

S - From the bottle has an nice balanced peated Bourbon barrel aroma. Once poured has some pungent peat aromas with a little booze.

T - Firstly, some really nice earthy flavours followed by some cherry like, boiled sweet flavour. Roasted malts heavily barreled flavours follow with a hint of vanilla and chocolate, some smokeyness also present. The finish is long and smooth with heavy roasted coffee notes. This is a massive stout.

M - Very full body almost oil like, with low carbonation. So very smooth with no sign of the 12.5% ABV.

O - This is so incredibly complex and bold, with a masterfull masking of the ABV. I'm not generally a fan of Mikkeller but this is outstanding.

07-12-2011 16:26:03 | More by eric5bellies
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billyshears

Maryland

4/5  rDev -7.6%

03-31-2012 19:26:52 | More by billyshears
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doopiedoopiedoo

Netherlands

4.83/5  rDev +11.5%

Picked up a bottle of this at Dranken geers in Ghent.

Poured into a snifter.

It's comes out as a thick motoroil, muddy looking stout. nice two finger brown head. Boy this is thick.

Smells of chocolate, darkfruits and ofcourse the barrel. Hints of smoked malts.

A very rich taste, chocolate and dark fruits of the nose we'll find in here as well. The bourbon barrel is present but not over powering. I love the smoked woody malt flavors in this.

It's full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Leaves a coating in your mouth that, just like the original George, leaves you wanting more.

Overall this a great beer. The barrel is a subtle addition to the original. It's very well done however I do like the original George a bit better. Still... highly recomended.

03-22-2011 08:12:18 | More by doopiedoopiedoo
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DarthKostrizer

California

4/5  rDev -7.6%

04-20-2013 02:48:31 | More by DarthKostrizer
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BearsOnAcid

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -4.2%

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.

10-21-2011 18:31:22 | More by BearsOnAcid
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ChrisPro

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +3.2%

Bottle bought at Olbutikken, served in my hotel room in Oslo with my wife.

A - Black, just hints of brown in the light. Solid mocha head.

S - All over the place with chocolate, molasses and caramel. Then later some coffee and butterscotch as it warms.

T - There's some nice sweetness and definite hints of bourbon up front, but then a nice balanced bitter finish. Not an acrid roasty bitterness, but a well-paired bitter hop finish.

M - Full-bodied and a bit boozy (hey, it's young), but my main problem is that it's slightly over-carbed.

O - A solid BA imperial stout and I'm happy I managed to bring a few bottles back with me. Anxious to see how this develops. Hopefully the booze and carb will die down, but still a pretty great beer.

07-21-2011 11:34:57 | More by ChrisPro
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JCDenver

Texas

4.4/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

09-09-2012 22:17:00 | More by JCDenver
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rarbring

Sweden

4.22/5  rDev -2.5%

The beer is black and oily, a really brown head, a high head, leaving little lacing but with heavy curtains.

The smell is very vinous, a dry pea presence, dark forest fruits, soy sauce an a dash of coffee.

The taste is sweet brown sugar, coffee and dark chocolate, and some spicy coconut.

Light carbonation, oily, thick and soft, a light dry finish.

This is a stout with everything extra added, but it does not cross the line.

09-10-2011 19:25:36 | More by rarbring
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

06-10-2012 02:46:18 | More by ygtbsm94
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George! Bourbon Edition from Mikkeller ApS
95 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.