George | Mikkeller ApS

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Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.12%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by glid02 on 07-05-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
293
Reviews:
71
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
8.7%
 
 
Wants:
35
Gots:
49
For Trade:
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Photo of The_Beergery
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

330 ml bottle. Appearance is that of a standard imperial stout - deep midnight black with a thin layer of tan froth with poor retention. The aroma is heavenly -
espresso coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts, dried fruits. Taste is just as impressive - rich, dark and expensive chocolate, dried fruits like raisins, prunes and cherries, very muted notes of coffee, and surprisingly a bourbon like booziness even though this is not the bourbon-barrel aged variant. The high alcohol content is kept well under wraps amidst all these flavours and the oily, smooth, chewy and thick mouthfeel. The carbonation is very mild, which tempts one to gulp it all down in a flash!

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Photo of bshefftz
4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is a big beer! Very tasty and thick. Classic stout flavors without going too roasty or too sweet. Pretty much balanced down the middle. Body is amazing.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a single serve bottle

Appearance--Oh....my.....perhaps the most oily, inky, opaque black stout I have ever seen. Very little head with zero retention, but sticky, sticky, (did I mention sticky) lacing.

Aromas of espresso, chocolate, vanilla, and faint bourbon. Heavily roasted barley notes. Faint barrel and herbal aromas in the background. The aroma is very forward--"in your face" is not an overstatement.

Flavors of bitter chocolate, coffee, anise, and nearly-burnt grain all hit the palate with a bang. The charred grain lends an astringent and acidic note. But it does not overpower, as the candi sugar is just as prevalent. Dangerously, and almost too sweet, and yet, not cloying. Perhaps most remarkable is how well-hidden the 12% ABV is. The booze is there, but it isn't a burn at all. The brew gets progressively sweeter as it warms, and almost becomes too sweet. Perhaps a bit out of balance, but exceedingly complex and inviting.

The mouthfeel is....I'm going to say "controversial." Chewy, bold, thick, and oily-slick. It is on the edge of too heavy. But the booze of the ABV and the astringency and acidity of the char flavor saves the day.

Overall, this is a unique take on the style, and yet typical of Mikkeller. Fans of dry, bitter RIS's are not going to appreciate this one as much as others, as, in true Mikkeller style, the candi sugar is just this side of "heavy handed." Yet the whole thing still "works." A sugary, boozy take on an RIS, but a good one nonetheless.

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Photo of Warren2621
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrinkThemAll
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tylerstravis
3.44/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Piglet_rulz_da_yard
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of psumjl269
4.73/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Roguer
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Head very quickly dies off after a brief angry fizz. Brew looks like a glass of black coffee.

Lovely aroma: in order, chocolate, bourbon, roasted barley, oak.

Flavor nearly lives up to the aroma. Chocolate and coffee, bourbon and oak, waves of malt, and a clean, earthy bitterness.

Cola and coconut finish.

Remarkably smooth; drinks a touch light. Long oily finish.

This is a very good BBA stout, but I wouldn't chase it down with so many great beers in its class.

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Photo of redfox405
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Studfarm69
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bali_hi
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Keg of Mikkeller George drank

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Photo of Bartleby91
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HawkeyBum
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sparky44
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeernOnThe4thOfJuly
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours thick and black. Thick and very sweet cocoa nose. Dark fruit and coffee notes as well. Flavor is fairly sweet. Dark fruits that are quickly joined by a pretty harsh coffee and dark chocolate bitterness.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml Bottle

Poured into a chalice a black color, pretty nice carbonation, with not much of a head, it just spread out into a pretty nice island, with some sticky lacing. The nose is malty, roasty, some licorice, lots of chocolate/toffee, and some coffee notes, vanilla. The taste is very nice malty, roasty, vanilla, slight licorice, dark stuff. Full body, ABV is hidden very nicely, definitely a sipper. Overall, this one surprised me, very nice. Glad to see it available to me.

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Photo of Richter525
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brittanylicious
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KettleBellFreak
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Mikkeller makes the beer I like to drink.

No lacing on the pour, thin head that sticks around all of 3 seconds. Smell of raisins, malty, chocolate, and some toasty vanilla kind of flavor.

Flavor hits hard with bitter chocolate with some barrel character that mellows out into a semi-sweet fruity chocolate mix. Super good. Beer gets more sweet as it warms, but never anything excessive. Very balanced, very good stout.

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Photo of Allurex
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of scottsoileau
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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George from Mikkeller ApS
4.14 out of 5 based on 293 ratings.
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