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George! Bourbon Edition - Mikkeller ApS

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Reviews: 54
Hads: 101
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 6.67%
Wants: 125
Gots: 24 | FT: 2
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Russian Imperial Stout |  12.12% ABV

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (728 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.27/5  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. (786 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -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. (495 characters)

Photo of largadeer
3.06/5  rDev -29.7%
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. (691 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.27/5  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. (711 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (2,062 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.17/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (643 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.59/5  rDev +5.5%
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! (2,028 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (388 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
3.69/5  rDev -15.2%
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. (1,465 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
5/5  rDev +14.9%
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. (2,235 characters)

Photo of dgilks
4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (519 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
4.01/5  rDev -7.8%
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 (339 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.67/5  rDev -15.6%
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. (261 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (883 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (1,286 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.13/5  rDev -5.1%

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. (496 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (482 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
4.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one at Geers in Ghent.

From a 25cl bottle into a snifter.
Note: Drunk right after the base beer.

APPEARANCE: Pours pitch black and yields a one finger, medium looking, dark mocha colored head with pretty good retention. Head is dark, but not quite as dark as the base beer. Thick pitch black body with just a touch of carbonation evident. head fades to a good wisp and dark mocha colored ring. A ring and light wisp remain until the end but leave no real lacing down the glass. Same as the base beer, just a slightly lighter colored head in comparison.

SMELL: Much like the base beer in fact, with lots of roasted, charred, and burnt malts. Smoky notes with touches of sweet molasses and bitter dark baker’s chocolate. Some nice bourbon qualities play a roll as well, meshing well but perhaps a little underplayed. Vanilla and oak are there as well. Wonderfully complex with the barrel becoming one with the base beer, but perhaps needs to be a touch bolder like the base beer to really be all it can be.

TASTE: Insanely good. The barrel really comes out more in the flavor, without dominating the base beer, and it’s bold enough to bring a smile to your face. Base beer is there, with roasted and charred, burnt, smoky malts, dark chocolate and some espresso in there. Sweet molasses and a touch of that sour cherry shows up again too. The barrel really shows up after the swallow with bourbon, vanilla and oak, though it’s balanced really well with the base beer. Lots of bold flavor linger and linger in the aftertaste, with very little booze detectible. Outstanding.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation. Soft and very creamy on the palate, goes down smooth with some heat after the swallow, a bit more than the base beer, and finishes quite powdery and dry. Oddly quite sticky on the lips as well.

OVERALL: This was a real treat. One of the better BA stouts I’ve had, and probably my favorite BA stout to be brewed by Mikkeller. The slightly lighter nose was compensated by increased complexity, and the flavor profile was a world class example of how a great bourbon barrel can compliment an already outstanding base beer without dominating it. Simply world class. Lots of bold, delicious flavor made this one far too easy to drink. Actually reminded me of the Narke BA stout we drank many moons ago. One worth tracking down if you can. Highly recommended. (2,391 characters)

Photo of rarbring
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (430 characters)

Photo of Arbitrator
3.22/5  rDev -26%
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. (1,090 characters)

Photo of jaasen64
3.88/5  rDev -10.8%
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. (1,597 characters)

Photo of eric5bellies
4.7/5  rDev +8%
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. (865 characters)

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 25 cl botttle into a tulip. Thanks to Dunt for bringing this bottle.

Appearance: Pitch black with a very impressive, angry cherry brown head. Although creamy, the head cannot hold its own and fades to a ring quickly, leaving just a few spots of lace.

Smell: Soft but noticeable bourbon, roasted malt, a bit of chocolate covered espresso beans, a little bit of tobacco.

Taste: Up front there is a good dark chocolate and roasted malt flavor with a bit of bourbon. Some smoke, tobacco, a littel bit of caramel, molasses, and a bit of vanilla in the middle. The finish has a little oak, bourbon, and some soft tart cherry skin.

Mouthfeel: This is very full bodied, that much is apparent even from the appearance. The carbonation is creamy and smooth, and the mouth is left a little bit sticky, although this is not that sweet of a beer.

Overall: Impressive. The flavor is subtle, complex, and interesting, and the mouthfeel supports the flavor well. Call me a fan, and call me sad that I won't be able to get more easily. (1,038 characters)

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to a great trader for this one. Tiny bottle poured into imperial pint glass.

A- Huge rising head, brownie-batter in color. Takes its sweet time, settles after 3 or 4 minutes to a 1/2 cm pancake. Beer is thick, oily.

S- Lots of sweet fruit, a bit floral and delicate. A bit of vanilla and some sweet caramel malt.

T- This beer captures the essence of 'dark chocolate' better than any beer I've ever had. Pure, unmitigated dark cacao. Bourbon comes through heavy with dark fruit syrup and burnt sugar. Lots of bitterness to counteract the sweetness, a very fine balance. Wisp of smoke here and there. Alcohol heat and flavor compliments the beer, making this like a brandy-filled chocolate candy.

M- Thick, heavy, rich, warming. Like a fine spirit, a delight on the tongue.

O- Very impressed at this one. Fantastic flavors, very very heavy and thick, great beer to settle in with for a little while. Perfect serving size too.. you just sip on it and smile. (970 characters)

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George! Bourbon Edition from Mikkeller ApS
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