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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
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  12.12% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: crnipeter on 01-08-2011)
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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 ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

ygtbsm94, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Texasfan549, Apr 08, 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 billyshears
4/5  rDev -7.6%

billyshears, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of AgentZero
4/5  rDev -7.6%

AgentZero, Feb 11, 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 jakesingleton
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

jakesingleton, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of Alpar
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Alpar, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.65/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

CrazyDavros, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of hannydawg
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

hannydawg, Jan 12, 2012
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 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 StarRaptor
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

StarRaptor, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of emdawg
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

emdawg, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of LSUPT
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

LSUPT, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of BMan1113VR
4/5  rDev -7.6%

BMan1113VR, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of billshmeinke
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to bman1113vr for sharing.

Pours an inky dark brown with half a finger of dark aburn/beige head. Massive coating legs.

Smells of raspberry, licorice, charcoal, hints of coffee, spearmint, toffee. Quite unique.

Taste follows smell. Raspberries, figs, black currant, licorice, spearmint, a nice peppery spiciness, good smokey notes, and toasty oak. Just lots of rich dark fruits and an interesting mintiness.

Mouthfeel is epic. Huge, rich, thick, viscous, nicely carbonated.

Very unique imperial stout. Worth seeking out.

billshmeinke, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of Fux
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black, dense pour, with a fizzy foam which leaves a hot chocolate head then disappears slowly in a thin film.

S: Lots of aromas in this beer, mainly roasted malts, chocolate, mocha, with a great presence of dark fruits and whiskey. Hints of vanilla also.

T: The taste is more on coffee, espresso flavors with also a huge background of chocolate and mocha notes. Alcohol is very imposing. Slight earthy bitterness on the finish.

M: Thick, warming, not much carbonated.

O: Very appealing, nice, full tasting beer for a winter night, but highly drinkable, it's a damn good traitor !

Fux, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of cmrillo
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

cmrillo, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of beerdrifter
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

beerdrifter, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of spicelab
4.33/5  rDev 0%
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.

spicelab, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of WeisGuy
4/5  rDev -7.6%

WeisGuy, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of JAXSON
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick black into a snifter with a sensible, rich mocha head. Nose is some, light roast, some very rich, dense dark fruits, peat. Roasty and a little bit hot upfront, a nice coffee really opens up in the mid palate and more alcohol heat comes through on the back. Fairly sweet and quite rich. Bourbon influence definitely on the finish. Perhaps a savory, salty note to play with the rich, sweet flavors. Barrel-aged figs. Good stuff, thanks Chris!

JAXSON, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.2/5  rDev -3%
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!

NittanyBeerFan, Nov 19, 2011
George! Bourbon Edition from Mikkeller ApS
95 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.