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George! Bourbon Edition - Mikkeller ApS

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world-class

83 Ratings
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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 8.55%
Wants: 119
Gots: 18 | FT: 2
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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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SFLpunk

Vermont

4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 01:49:29 | More by SFLpunk
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Drazzamatazz

Maine

4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
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]

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 15:24:00 | More by Drazzamatazz
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Brez07

Maine

4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

25cl bottle (8.5oz?) split with Drazzamatazz

A: Dark all the way through. Small amount of cocoa head sits on top for about a minute before spreading out to a ring

S: Barrel aspects come through in the form of oak, caramel and some bourbon. Dark chocolate, nuttiness. Distinct dark fruit (fig) notes

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

M: Full bodied. Very smooth and creamy. Light roasted coffee lingers after each sip

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

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 22:01:43 | More by Brez07
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Arbitrator

California

3.25/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 04:28:58 | More by Arbitrator
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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

250ml bottle 12,12% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in a tulip wine glass.

Appearance: Perfect! This is hands down the best looking beer I have had. Thick pitch black liquid gloops out of the bottle - absolutely no light gets through, not even on the edges when held to a strong back light. A rough pour yields a large, creamy dark chocolate milkshake coloured head that lasts acceptably well and leaves some nice patches of lace.
After each sip the glass is coated in a thick light brown film.

Smell: Good lord, this is an insane nose - massive in every way but still exceptionally balanced! Tons of bourbon, oak, vanilla accompanied by equally much dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, caramel and chocolate fudge. Molasses, dark fruit, licorice and citric hops (only a trace) are noted in smaller amounts.

Taste: Again, perfection! As with the smell, the taste is massive but so well balanced. Sweet to start with a wonderful, lasting bitter roasted finish. Roasted coffee and oaky bourbon dominate with dark chocolate, molasses, vanilla, licorice and a touch of smoke all noted.
I can't believe such a strong beer with so much bourbon character has no burning alcohol and only just warms your throat.

Mouthfeel: This is becoming a little dull - having to say perfection under every category! Massive viscous, heavy, slightly sticky body with mild uber-smooth carbonation. This feels like heaven in a glass - I could just gulp this down.

Overall: What can I say, except I wish the bottle was bigger! Hands down the best imperial stout I have had the pleasure of drinking. I am really wishing I had not traded away my second bottle of this.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 17:18:03 | More by Thehuntmaster
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 20:44:03 | More by Thorpe429
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rarbring

Sweden

4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 19:25:36 | More by rarbring
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thepeter

United Kingdom (England)

3.7/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 09:16:22 | More by thepeter
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DaveJanssen

Germany

4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
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,

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 22:39:14 | More by DaveJanssen
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 02:49:07 | More by Phyl21ca
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 02:00:41 | More by KickInTheChalice
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readbaron

Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle generously shared by Dunt.

Pours a super thick dark brown that coats the glass. There's a bit of tan head that swirls on top of the pour.

Smell is excellent - bourbon, toasted marshmallow, chocolate, molassass and a bit of alcohol.

Taste is good, but doesn't quite live up to the aroma. Malty, sweet, surprisingly a hint of sweet cherry, and finishes with some leathery tobacco. Also, surprisingly little bourbon.

Mouthfeel is good. Thick, coats the tongue nicely. Carbonation is sublte. Could be a touch creamer, but is still excellent.

Overall, a great beer. I'm happy to have tried it.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 02:00:09 | More by readbaron
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ImperialStoat

United Kingdom (England)

4.2/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 21:36:08 | More by ImperialStoat
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ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 01:43:58 | More by ShogoKawada
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stakem

Pennsylvania

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!

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 16:57:43 | More by stakem
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hopsbreath

Oregon

4.25/5  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

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 15:38:03 | More by hopsbreath
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Sean9689

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 17:07:58 | More by Sean9689
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ChrisPro

Illinois

4.47/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 11:34:57 | More by ChrisPro
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thagr81us

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 14:17:12 | More by thagr81us
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MasterSki

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 12:53:10 | More by MasterSki
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eric5bellies

Australia

4.72/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 16:26:03 | More by eric5bellies
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dgilks

Australia

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 04:16:17 | More by dgilks
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jrallen34

Illinois

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

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 14:31:58 | More by jrallen34
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Jeffo

Netherlands

4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 18:39:21 | More by Jeffo
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cpmichael

Indiana

4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. A super tiny 25cl bottle.

A: Pours a thick dark black. Has a reddish tint to the mocha colored foam. Thick syrup on the side of the glass. Looks great.

S: A potent chocolate aroma, with hints of oak, sweet malts and bourbon.

T: Bitter dark chocolate dominates the flavor of this beer. The bourbon is there, but it is subtle and well balanced. The bourbon and oak sweeten out the bitter chocolate to make for an excellent flavor.

M/D: Well carbonated, thick as motor oil. Chrewy, but in a good way. The smoothness of the beer hides the fact that this beast is 12.2%.

Overall: This is one tasty beverage. I am not sure I would pay 6 Euro for this too often, but it truly was one fine brew. Great flavor and well balanced, and very very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 03:15:40 | More by cpmichael
George! Bourbon Edition from Mikkeller ApS
95 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.