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George - Calvados Barrel Aged - Mikkeller ApS

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92
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55 Ratings
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 8.87%
Wants: 11
Gots: 16 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  12.12% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This one is oily and greasy as the day is long. The regular beer George! is named after George Foreman and is a black fat punch in your face. This version has been aged in old Calvados barrels which has given the complex beer an extra level of complexity!! That is a lot of depth dude!

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 02-27-2013)
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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a dark brown foamy head with great retention and some god lacing. Aroma of sweet black chocolate notes with some light roasted malt with light liquor notes is quiet sublime. Taste is also dominated by sweet black chocolate notes with quite a bit of residual sugars and some light vanilla notes. Calvados is noticeable but not overly so and really cuts through any rough edge form the base beer. I found that the finish was slightly spicy. Body is full with motor oil like consistency and no apparent alcohol. I think I preferred the Cognac and Bourbon version but still an extremely good beer.

Phyl21ca, Oct 03, 2014
Photo of Doublechar0517
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%

Doublechar0517, Today at 03:03 AM
Photo of stakem
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

8oz bottle I picked up a year or so ago. Poured into a mikkeller teku and drank along side the bourbon and cognac versions. The brew is black with no light penetration along the edges. A dark mocha brown head retains well with a finger of suds effortlessly revived with a swirl. Some spotty lace clings to the glass.

The nose is rich with dark roastiness like tobacco, chocolate and molasses. A neutral woodiness and solvent alcohol note tingle the nose with a hint of fruitiness but unlike other calvados barrel aged beers, you wouldnt know that is what this was aged in without reading the label (which is kind of a let down.)

The taste is aggressive with espresso-like roast, tobacco, earth and charred bitterness. Some fruity alcohol hangs in the wake. I appreciate the taste of this slightly more than its cognac counterpart because it lacks the solvent feel.

This is a fuller bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. The barrel aging does not really pop in this but it plays a subtle role balancing the aggressive char and roast elements of this fine ale. I might have done this beer a disservice by drinking it along side the other versions. However, I wanted to do the comparison to note the subtle differences the barrel introduced. On its on, its a great beer...even better than cognac but pales in comparison to the bourbon. If I was gonna shell out the crazy money these bottles demand, id throw it all at the 2011 bourbon version. Its in a class of its own compared to the cognac and calvados.

stakem, Oct 17, 2014
Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

spycow, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of wordemupg
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into tulip 5/10/14, cheers Phyl21ca for the bottle

A dark right out of the bottle with a short lived dark foam, no retention or lace but some legs and color left behind on the glass

S char and chocolate syrup, coffee, licorice, the barrel plays a big part, not sue I'd guess cavados but its working well, some booze and prune, smells sexy

T lots of dark roast, charred barrel, more booze and lots of brandy, tasty stuff but the nose has a slight edge

M thick and enough bubbles to cream it up, silky with some heat but its manageable, a little sticky on the lips, lots of barrel on the finish

O maybe a 4.4 for taste so a bump here, bad ass stuff with a great barrel choice, could use some age but drinking well for over 12%, solid stuff

If I had a second I'd give it a year or two to mellow out, its not harsh in anyway today but could be something amazing with a little cellar time. Great beer and I only wish I could get my dirty hand on other George variants, sexy stuff

wordemupg, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of kevanb
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

250ml bottle poured into a Mikkeller Bar SF stemmed glass.

The beer pours a deep, jet black color, thick and oily from the bottle, a thick, slim head, half a finger at best rises and rests nicely with great retention that yields little lace but great legs. The aroma is big on the Calvados, sweet, boozy, oaky, chocolatey with nice fruit esters. The flavors mirror well, lots of rich grain, bittersweet chocolate, apple brandy is really nice, sweet, oaky, apple laden, fruity with a touch of vanilla. The mouthfeel is amazing, rich, thick, smooth, soft, coats perfectly without being too big, viscous for sure, but rolls over the tongue so easily and finishes with the softest warming touch.


Verdict: A very, very nice imperial stout from Mikkeller. The depth and complexity is wonderful and the Calvados barrel is very well integrated leading to a really nice balance of flavors and the body is perfection. The price of admission is high for this one, but it rewards very well. I perfect treat for sipping.

kevanb, Oct 04, 2014
Photo of dcmchew
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%

Pours black, with a very small mocha head immediately to a thin lace.
Dark chocolate in the smell, roasted malts, some coffee bean, saltiness, faint dried fig, some oak, a bit of the brandy alcohol too.
Starts acidic and warm, some nice cherries, some grapes, fig, fresh red apple mash with a cidery note attached to it. Nice brandy note from the start, just a bit pinching at first, but a bit boozy later on. Fruitiness is covered by some mild dark chocolate and a bit of coffee, but mostly some deep roasted malts, getting more and more ashy towards the finish. Some oaky barrel notes go well with it, finishing with charcoal, some bitter hops and a roastiness that puts a lid on the alcohol, at least for a while.
Not too heavy bodied, tho a bit oily, with a low carbonation that helps the palate-numbing prickle. Aftertaste of brandy, ash, a bit of apple sweetness. Reminds a lot of apple schnapps.
It's a nice battle between the Calvados and the roast, switching places in the taste, with every new sip. Really good on both ends, nice one to sip and enjoy for a longer time than usual.

dcmchew, Oct 01, 2014
Photo of Ciocanelu
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%

Ciocanelu, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of leitmotif
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%

leitmotif, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of BMMillsy
3.81/5  rDev -8.6%

Bottle (250 ml) from La Cave A Bulles in Paris. Pours pitch black and inky with no head whatsoever. Aroma of roast, toffee, caramel, chocolate, brandy, sweet, vanilla, some light anise. Flavor is roast, bitter, light chocolate, anise, long brandy and vanilla finish. A bit of the sweet side. Rich body with low carbonation, some dry oakiness. Maybe my least favorite of the trio behind Cognac and Bourbon, but still a nice after dinner drink to relax with. Probably couldn't do much more than a 250 ml.

BMMillsy, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of WesM63
4/5  rDev -4.1%

WesM63, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

kjkinsey, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of Benesi88
2.75/5  rDev -34.1%

Benesi88, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of fickenmeimirish
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

fickenmeimirish, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of jaasen64
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8.5oz bottle poured into Surly Darkness tulip. Shelton Bros import brewed at Nogne-O, purchased in '13 for ~$18.

A- Pours motor oil opaque dark black, a very thin wispy head of mocha brown forms that recedes to a flat top, slightly less carbonation then non-BA version.

S- Aromas of dark fruits, slight apple brandy sweetness, a little bit of oak, underlying milk chocolate. Not nearly as aromatic or complex as the non-barrel aged version, barrel plays only a very subtle part.

T- Sweet dark fruits, apples, plums, raisins, hint of cherries, oak, just a tiny bit of oxidation, finishes with milk chocolate balanced with hint of oak, cherries, and apple brandy. Doesn't quite have the chocolate intensity of the non-BA one but has a nice complexity and barrel definitely comes out more then non-BA.

M- Thinner then non-BA with a little bit less carbonation, very drinkable- definitely can't tell it's over 12%, fairly slick.

O- The calvados version is very good and an interesting variant that changes the base around quite a bit however I think I still prefer the base better. The barrel added some nice complexity but took away the nice chocolate fudge presence the non-BA had. In my opinion this is definitely worth trying but probably not worth the extra price when the non-BA is half the price and better.

jaasen64, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of FranzBC
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

FranzBC, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of Kaizoku
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Kaizoku, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of NRo
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

NRo, May 29, 2014
Photo of Andy_Luft
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Andy_Luft, May 28, 2014
Photo of dleiner
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

dleiner, May 02, 2014
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4/5  rDev -4.1%

DoubleSimcoe, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of crosenkrantz
4/5  rDev -4.1%

crosenkrantz, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Texasfan549, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of Jeffo
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The bourbon version a couple years back was €8 in Amsterdam, and now it's €15. I decided to stop sponsoring Mikkeller and wasn't going to buy this, but one ended up in my possession by mistake. At least it's a world class beer...

From a 25cl bottle into a snifter
Drunk along side the bourbon and cognac versions

APPEARANCE: Pours pitch black and yields a ½ finger, medium looking, dark mocha colored head with pretty good retention. Head is dark, but not quite as dark as the cognac version. Thick pitch black body with no real 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. All these beers look good.

SMELL: Burnt and charred malts for sure, with roasted espresso, oak, some light alcohol and molasses on the nose. A bit more burnt and charred with less aroma from the spirit.

TASTE: Burnt, charred and roasted grain initially, with a bold sweet caramel, boozy and ashy finish. This is the most charred and ashy of the series. Big and lingering aftertaste of burnt and charred grains, bitter espresso beans, some wood flavors and alcohol. Lots of wood and vanilla linger. Not as boozy and barrel heavy as the others, but more burnt and roasted. Very flavorful and enjoyable in its own right.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy on the palate, a touch lighter than the others in the series, goes down smooth and finishes sticky. Less heat than the others, but also a touch lighter than expected.

OVERALL: Another wonderful George variant. These are great and make a fun series to drink all at once. This one is more burnt and charred than the others, with less of a barrel component at as well. The feel is also a touch lighter. Still, a top notch brew that I would buy regularly if it were available and reasonably priced. As it is now, I will probably only drink Mikkeller beers if I get them by accident, as they've kind of priced themselves out of my market.

Jeffo, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of baybum
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

baybum, Dec 13, 2013
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George - Calvados Barrel Aged from Mikkeller ApS
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