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George - Calvados Barrel Aged - Mikkeller ApS

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

46 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 10
Gots: 17 | 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 BMMillsy
3.89/5  rDev -6.3%

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, Today at 01:52 AM
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

WesM63, Monday at 01:53 AM
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

kjkinsey, Aug 31, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -33.7%

Benesi88, Jul 15, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

fickenmeimirish, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of jaasen64
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
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
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

FranzBC, Jun 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Kaizoku, Jun 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

NRo, May 29, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Andy_Luft, May 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

dleiner, May 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

DoubleSimcoe, Apr 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Texasfan549, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of Jeffo
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
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
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

baybum, Dec 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

bsuedekum, Nov 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

GRG1313, Oct 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

illidurit, Oct 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

blkcld, Aug 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Jeffrey2310, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Been saving this one for a special occasion, and as I'm moving out of my flat in Los Angeles tomorrow to attend grad school in Austin, Texas, I figured it was time to give this one a go. That, and my car is so damn full of all my crap that the more bottles I can go through, the easier moving will be.

First off, I love the label art. But I don't love that it's imported by the Shelton Bastards. "Imperial Stout aged in Calvados barrels." 12.12% ABV confirmed per the label. Expectaitons are really high for this one since the bourbon variant was #26 in ratebeer's top 50 in 2011, and Mikkel is me favourite brewer. 8.5 fl oz brown glass bottle with unbranded pry-off cap acquired at a local beer store some months ago and served into a flared stem-snifter/tulip hybrid glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Brewed at Nogne O.

I do want to say I applaud the small bottle format; it's always nice to buy an imperial stout you know you can easily drink that night by yourself.

Served cold, straight from me fridge, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a gorgeous rich shiny tan colour head; wonderful vibrance. Half a finger in width. Brilliant creaminess and thickness, yet it still features a soft complexion. Near perfect for a head colour and texture; the only thing that's missing is an equally impressive retention - this only holds up for maybe three minutes, though the floater ring it recedes to remains for some minutes more.

Body colour is an opaque jet black. It was sinfully dark pouring out of the bottle, but also a bit syrupy - which has me worried. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

No flaws are obvious, and it certainly seems special. The syrupy looking texture does have me a bit concerned. The retention is excusable given the high ABV, but I've definitely seen beers at this ABV or higher that held up far better. (The Vietnamese Speedway Stout, World Tour Blend Speedway Stout, and even Barrel Aged Speedway Stout 2012 vintage that I tried yesterday come to mind.)

Sm: Decadent calvados notes, evoking red apple, brandy, hints of red wine, and a pleasant warmth. Dark malts, caramel, chocolate malt. Cream. Milk chocolate. Timid dark fruits - dates, and maybe grape? The calvados notes seem to blend seamlessly with the base beer; there's no clear dichotomy; it seems gestalt. Baked apple notes emerge more as the beer warms. A seductive aroma of incredible complexity, subtlety, and balance. Some toasty character, but not much roast. Moderate in strength, and damn appealing.

I don't detect any coffee, char, burnt character, or espresso. It's definitely a warm aroma, and I might call it boozy - but that descriptor has an unsuitably negative connotation. It's got a pleasant presence of alcohol that doesn't turn me away by any means. No yeast character or hop character is detectable.

T/Mf: Sweet apple brandy/calvados mixes well with the more chocolately, lightly burnt base stout, but somewhere along the way a rough sort of scratchy texture emerges. It's a bit syrupy and frail, and the texture dries and coarsens towards the finish, which teases out the next sip. But the texture is in some ways unnatural, which is unpleasant to a degree.

I get warm caramel, baked apple, pleasant alcohol warmth, a dab of raisin, some dark fruits (dates, mainly, with a biteen of grape), and milk chocolate. The apple swells and sweetens as the beer develops, leaving you with a kiss of caramelized apple right on the finish. That's lovely.

Certainly a thick beer, but aptly so. The texture supports and complements the taste; it's a fine marriage. Perfect carbonation. Silky smooth with a welcome wetness up front, but it gives way to the more dry and coarse texture noted above. Sticky and somewhat chewy. It flirts with the delicate feel of the finest beers I've ever had, but it never quite crosses the line into that territory. Good body.

Superb balance. Good complexity and subtlety, though it could maybe use a bit more.

Dr: Damn drinkable for the ABV. It's an excellently executed beer for the concept; it hits the calvados aging with grace and the barrel notes seem to complement the base beer and coax out its nuances - there's clearly reasoning behind the barrel aging here. I'm actually quite resistant to apple liqueur of any type, but this stuff is delicious. Sure, the pricetag is high as an exotic import (mostly thanks to the Shelton Bastards), but I could justify buying it again - especially for aging, which I think would be interesting. Could I have another? I'd probably want something a bit lighter within the same day, but it's a high quality brew nonetheless. Another incredibly good beer from Mikkeller. I can't wait to try the other variants.

A-

kojevergas, Aug 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

adamdarcy, Jul 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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George - Calvados Barrel Aged from Mikkeller ApS
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