George! Bourbon Edition - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.06%
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Russian Imperial Stout |  12.12% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: crnipeter on 01-08-2011

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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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of CaptinRedBeard
4.97/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of ImperialStoat
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of MrKennedy
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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!!!

Photo of thagr81us
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of hopsbreath
4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

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 Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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 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 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 eric5bellies
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
4.82/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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 ChrisPro
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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 rarbring
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at the Kulminator during last week's trip to Belgium. Reviewed from notes.

Served in a Mikkeller long-stem tulip, if you can call it that.

Pours near black with a huge light tan head that persists and persists until the point that it was annoying that I had to wait to be able to sip at it. After that, the nose hits hard with bourbon, oak, and a bit of spice. Maybe a bit of cinnamon. Really interesting. Flavor mixes bourbon and stout notes quite well. A bit of dark chocolate to go with the spice. Full, chewy body with light carbonation. Spicy. Can't quite pin down what that is, but it reminds me a bit of Hunahpu's (not chili), so I'm thinking cinnamon. Either way, really tasty and enjoyable. Highly recommended.

Photo of DaveJanssen
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

25 cL bottle split two ways. Poured into Mikkeller wine glass. Reviewed 10 June 2011 at Kulminator. Served at cellar temperature.

Ar: Black roast, great bourbon, spice, aggressive hop, spicey citrus, pleasant woody alcohol

Ap: Very thick fine dark tan head, excellent retention, black

T: Spicey, roast very strong delicious dark chocolate, strong hop presence, excellent dry roast, lpeasant hop citrus, bitter, great meld of dry baking chocolate, hop spice and bitterness. Smooth bourbon rounds it out,. Nice oak, pleasant toast end, excellent wood, the sweet vanilla and bourbon adds a subtle wonderful edge to this dry and bitter stout.

M: Creamy rich and full body, medium carbonation, lingering pleasant bitterness, light alcohol warmth

O: Everything in this beer works very well together. This is a beer in harmony. not a whole lot of roast, just strong hop presence and chocolate, the wonderful spice of this beer makes it exceptional,

Photo of mulder1010
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

250 ML bottle poured into a Tulip

A-- Poured a liquid brownie. Crap this is thick. Motor oil black with a dark leather head that was at best half a finger. A few erupting bubbles in the head but not much else. A few lines of streaky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S-- Smoked malts, vanilla extract, chocolate, oak, dark fruits and bourbon. Warm liquid brownie smell. Most excellent.

T-- Thick and sludgy tasting. Oak and bourbon in the taste but not in your face like some I have had in the US.

M-- Yeah liquid brownie very much fits. After the initial Oak and Bourbon get more dark fruits and chocolate again. I think get more of the oak from the barrel than the bourbon from the barrel in the mouth. Very typical Mikkeller as it is also a bit syrupy and a bit sweet. Low carbonation and quite heavy feel. Get some hop bitterness in the mid palate as well as smoke in the front and mid palate.

D-- Do not let this 250 ML bottle fool you. It is a monster. One of the best BA Beers I have had and in a smaller format it makes it more drinkable. ABV is well hidden in the smell and taste but this does wack a punch. If you are in the US...Seek this out!

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

Served at fridge temperature fails to create any head apart from thin collar that quiickly dissipates, leaving only circum peripheral ring. As the beer warms, the
consecutive pours do much better job in terms of head, giving birth to an inch thick persistent crown atop of pitch-black body impenetrable to light, that seems thick and viscous by merely watching how it pours.
Nose is sweet and has strong mint component, something I couldn't found in regular George, as well as pleasant bourbon presence, with cocoa and dark fruits in the background.
Flavor reflects the aroma with prominent minty notes; starts sweet but the stage is soon taken by alcohol warmth (low alcohol presence considering the ABV), wood with slight tanninic astringency, leafy hops, burnt malt, red wine and salty soy sauce.
Richer, lacking sharp edges of regular George, with reduced alcohol warmth and burnt qualities when compared to its predecessor. Thick and velvety smooth in the mouth.

George! Bourbonfadlagret is an excellent example of what barrel aging can do to a 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 stakem
4.59/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've wanted to try this beer in the worst way since CaptinRedBeard told me about it back in March. Tuesday he showed up at my place with a bottle in hand! Corey, honestly man thank you for sharing.

I've heard the bottle was small, I assumed it was 11.2 ounces but no, it's like 8.5 ounces. Poured into a snifter, this beer is black with no light penetrating. When held to the light and swirled a faint amount of light shines through revealing some dark brown clarity. A dark brown head initially forms and rapidly recedes holding in a line around the edge of the glass. Spots and faint lines of lace stick to the glass. When swirled, a fine brown head emerges but the brew washing the glass and seemingly stains it brown.

The smell is, dare I say excessively roasted in a very enjoyable way that brings out notes of char and burnt chocolate. Tangy alcohol is present accented with a kick of distilled spirit. The level of roast that the grain has gone through brings out a light smoked aspect mixed with anise, leather and tobacco. It is seemingly perfumey with dark fruits, toasted grain and oak.

The taste is all of the above and more. Very bitter but in a charred grain bitterness, not hoppy or oily bitterness. For how bitter it seems, it is very smooth with a pleasant balance of oak and mild vanilla. Light spiced flavors come through the back as it warms bringing out a more solid focus on the licorice, leather and tobacco qualities of this brew. Really a fantastic example.

This is a full bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It coats the mouth with every sip that lasts inside the mouth. At times it carries with it a somewhat familiar aspect of almost vinous quality instead of some typical dark fruity alcohol esters. Let's not kid ourselves, it's over 12% alcohol but it works and I wanted to devastate the bottle (and would if given the opportunity.) This is the best offering I have had by Mikkeller. A very awesome experience through and through. Thank you again Corey for sharing this rare treat!

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


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.

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George! Bourbon Edition from Mikkeller ApS
95 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.