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George! Bourbon Edition - Mikkeller ApS

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93 Ratings
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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 8.31%
Wants: 122
Gots: 23 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of largadeer
3.06/5  rDev -29.3%
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 Arbitrator
3.22/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Chilled bottle into a glass. Shared by Evan, I think (?). Thanks!

A: Pours an opaque black in the center with a light ruby translucence at the edges. Mocha head dies quickly into a small ring of bubbles that leave no lace or curtains.

S: This is a massively bourbon-dominated nose. Oak, vanilla, a touch of spice that makes me think of whiskey. The base beer shines through as a combination of roast, some soy, and coffee. Very European in the nose. I generally don't go for that, but it kind of works in this one.

T: European stout flavor, as well: it's very roasty, with a touch of soy oxidation, smoke, and dry baker's chocolate. Bourbon flavors come through later, without blasting through the base beer. It's only my bias against this particular approach to imperial stouts that prevents me from rating it higher. Plus, it's Mikkeller.

M: Low on carbonation. It's oily, slick, and it has a coating finish with some residual soy flavor.

O: The best part of the experience was hanging the bottle to largadeer and asking him to read the name out loud. He just took it and stared.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.67/5  rDev -15.2%
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 HopHead84
3.69/5  rDev -14.8%
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 thepeter
3.74/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to MlhopeTC for bringing this to our tasting.
A - Poured a very dark Brown with a small but pretty brown head that left a little bit of lacing.
S - This is where the beer shined! Sweet brown sugar, vanilla, and Bourbon dominate with undertones of wood and a hint of smoke. There is a very subtle spicy booze aroma at the end as well.
T - First hits your lips with not all that much flavor. Some wood, and smoke, not too much to write home about. Then in the middle of your taste you get all the Bourbon, brown sugar and vanilla, truly wonderful if only for that brief moment. Then as it goes down the flavor all but disappears leaving a dry nutty after taste with a hint of tang in your mouth that is not overly pleasant. Mostly just not what I am looking for with the style.
M - another disappointment of sorts as it was much thinner than I would have guessed or wanted. medium bodied, decently carbonated but nothing to write home about.
O - A more than decent beer that just can't live up to others of the same style. My expectations were high and were not met. would i drink this beer again, Certainly! But I would not spend the money (which I did not have to in the first place, thanks Matt!) on it.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of jaasen64
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
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 olradetbalder
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -7.6%
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 jlb502
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of WeisGuy
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of billyshears
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of AgentZero
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of chippo33
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of BMan1113VR
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of srgj88
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of jrallen34
4.01/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

not a fan of the regular George so a little hesitant to try... the nose here is better as the regular was really too sweet, the bourbon really helps balance this out... the taste is also pretty balanced and balances out the bitter on the first with some nice vanilla and alcohol... much better than the first but not a world class ba stout

Photo of Sean9689
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks, Alex! Poured into Bruery tulip.

A - Pours black, mocha head, thin collar, thin cap, spotty lacing.

S - Smells pretty okay, not much bourbon, chocolate, burnt sugars, yeasty sweetness.

T - Slight char but not off-putting, chocolate, slight booze but well hidden, slight bitter chocolate finish.

M - Full bodied, rich, smooth, creamy finish.

O - Very well done and much better then the regular George, I must say. Would def have this one again in the future. Recommend.

Photo of soulcougher
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Drazzamatazz
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
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 SFLpunk
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
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 BMMillsy
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%

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.

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George! Bourbon Edition from Mikkeller ApS
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