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George - Calvados Barrel Aged - Mikkeller ApS

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92
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57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 8.85%
Wants: 12
Gots: 14 | 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 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!

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 02-27-2013)
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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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4.38/5  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.

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4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
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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4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
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

Photo of dcmchew
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

Photo of kevanb
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of MasterSki
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Etre Gourmet. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Looks a lot like the Cognac version, but with more sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - The Calvados doesn't show up as heavily as the Cognac did. There's far more of the base stout, but with some mild brandy sweetness integrating with the milk chocolate and dark fruits of the base beers. There's perhaps a hint of sweet apples in the periphery, along with mild roast. Not nearly as burnt as most Mikkeller offerings.

T - The taste has a bit more Calvados presence, with sweet apples and very mild oak presence. Again, it's like George, but with a bit more sweetness and fruitiness to it and less of the signature char and burnt flavors. Booze-soaked dark fruits, chocolate, and mild roast.

M - Seems a tad more tannic than the Cognac version. Otherwise quite similar in fullness of body and understated carbonation. No heat, and lingering stickiness.

D - Enjoyable, but was a bit of a drop-off compared the Cognac version. I'd gladly drink this again, but at $20/250ml it'd be hard for me to justify the expense. Again, the nip is a nice serving size for this type of beer. Liked it about as much as the bourbon version.

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George - Calvados Barrel Aged from Mikkeller ApS
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