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George! Bourbon Edition - Mikkeller ApS

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George! Bourbon EditionGeorge! Bourbon Edition

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BA SCORE
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86 Ratings
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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 8.31%
Wants: 120
Gots: 19 | 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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Photo of Thorpe429
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Thorpe429, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of zestar
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

zestar, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of spycow
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

spycow, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Texasfan549, Apr 08, 2012
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.

Phyl21ca, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

kjkinsey, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -7.6%

GRG1313, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

ygtbsm94, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Knapp85, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

TMoney2591, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of largadeer
3.05/5  rDev -29.6%
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.

largadeer, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of mulder1010. This bottle has had a seriously long route getting to me, starting in Norway, eventually ending up in Australia and then finally arriving in Chicago. Served in a Närke tulip.

A - A half-finger of angry dark reddish mocha foam settles to a very thin cap, thin collar, and leaves behind spotty lace as well as a Hunahpu-esque brown film. Body is black. Quite similar to the base beer, but with a bit less head volume and retention.

S - The aroma was quite surprising. The fruity berry notes have carried over from the base beer, but the rich milk chocolate hasn't. Instead there is plenty of oak, candi sugar, dark fruits, dark chocolate, light smoke, and moderate bourbon flavor, but thankfully little in the way of overt alcohol. There's some light anise as well when it warms up as well. The barrel character is quite unique and very atypical of "bourbon-barrel" beers - I'm curious what type of barrels were used here.

T - The taste is also not what I anticipated. The first flavor that came to mind was smoked bacon. However, unlike some other Mikkeller offerings the flavor comes at the front of the palate instead of in the finish. As it warms up the smoke character is joined by dark fruits, vanilla, fruity ale yeast, roasted grains, and a hint of espresso bitterness. Finish is more barrel-oriented with tannic oak and a light whiskey bite to it it.

M - Full-bodied, well-hidden alcohol, chewy and viscous. Lower in carbonation but appropriate for the style. Some light warmth, but less than expected for the listed ABV. Lightly tannic and dry in the finish.

D - A very nice brew, although I'm not sure I greatly prefer it to the base. They're both such vastly different experiences that it's hard to make direct comparisons. I found the barrel-aged version to actually be more drinkable, as it blunted some of the signature Mikkeller char and burnt flavors from the finish. I could easily drink a bottle of this on my own (even though I shared this one with a friend). Definitely one of Mikkel's strongest offerings.

MasterSki, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

drabmuh, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of lacqueredmouse
5/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

lacqueredmouse, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of stakem
4.58/5  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!

stakem, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Huhzubendah, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of HopHead84
3.68/5  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.

HopHead84, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of chippo33
4/5  rDev -7.6%

chippo33, Apr 15, 2014
Photo of jrallen34
4/5  rDev -7.6%
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

jrallen34, May 30, 2011
Photo of thagr81us
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

thagr81us, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of AgentZero
4/5  rDev -7.6%

AgentZero, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of bsuedekum
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

bsuedekum, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of dgilks
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch, inky black with a massive, thick rocky, tan head. Great lacing. The prefect RIS appearance.

Chocolate, coffee and caramel all feature in the aroma. Mildly fruity. Sweet. Oaky vanilla. Very well balanced oak, bourbon and stout.

Bitter chocolate flavour with a bit of oak, coffee and caramel malt. Mild bourbon note. Good bitterness. This is a balanced BA stout which has been in barrels for the right amount of time.

Medium-full body with mild carbonation. Great.

A world class stout with exceptional balance.

dgilks, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of laituegonflable
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

laituegonflable, Feb 09, 2013
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George! Bourbon Edition from Mikkeller ApS
95 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.