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George - Calvados Barrel Aged - Mikkeller ApS

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61 Ratings
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 8.87%
Wants: 12
Gots: 14 | FT: 2
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  12.12% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 02-27-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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!
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Reviews by Jeffo:
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4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

More User Reviews:
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of ehammond1
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2013)

Acquired via online purchase

Black throughout and heavy in body. Not quite as thick as a Dark Lord of a Hunahpu, but thick nonetheless. Heavy in the glass. Coating. Sticky. A very pretty imperial stout.

Lots of cocoa powder in the aroma butted up against really earthy, dark fruit character--fig, and sun-dried cherry. There's some mild wood character peeking through there as well. A little bit of the spirit and alcohol heat emerge as the beer comes more close to room temperature. Very nice--layered, expressive, and complex.

The flavor is quite similar to the aroma. Nice layers of chocolates and dark fruits play nicely together. Mild spirit note and a touch of barrel, but the base beer is still really allowed to shine through here nicely. The time in the barrel, I believe, has smoothed this beer out nicely, integrated the flavors, and made the alcohol nearly untracable. Silky smooth and very nice flavors.

Medium bodied with silky, creamy mouthfeel. Exceptional for a stout of this magnitude.

Fantastic beer.

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4.35/5  rDev +4.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8.5 oz. bottle poured into a Teku snifter.

Appearance - Inky black. Small mocha head. A single island on the surface. Glass staining.

Smell - Less alcohol, but stronger liquor character. Apple, lots of fruit from the calvados. Roasty still, but it's muted compared to the cognac version.

Taste - Strong fruity calvados flavor. Rich chocolate. Booze. Bitter chocolate and coffee.

Mouthfeel - Boozy in every way. Low carbonation. Viscous.

Overall - Not quite as good as the cognac barrel version. Calvados is a stronger flavor that doesn't quite mix as well with the chocolate flavors.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to Phyl21ca for the bottle! It is a beautiful pour, inky dark with a long-lasting mocha head leaving some nice lacing. The nose and taste are deep, rich and complex with loads of dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, cocoa nibs and barrel character. The barral really helped pull all the pieces together and tamed the aggressive grain bill and tame some of the dark char notes. Really Nice.

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George - Calvados Barrel Aged from Mikkeller ApS
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