George | Mikkeller ApS

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Mikkeller ApS

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.12%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of MLaVioletteJr
2.83/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

$9 for 11.2oz with the bottom 2oz being yeast.

If you do make the mistake of buying this beer make sure you do not pour the yeast into your glass like I did.

Zero carbonation, milky black...didn't think I'd ever see a gray beer.
Aroma: yeasty
Taste: yeast I might have to go to the doctors and get antibiotics so I don't get thrush.
Overall: bad

That being said, I may have f'd this one up by pouring the yeast in. But if I'm paying $9 for a single I'm drinking every last drop. I can't picture this beer being all that tasty without the yeast either. Very roasty and just an unpleasant astringent bitterness. Avoid.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
2.91/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to tpd975 for the share (I think...) Full disclosure this beer was sandwiched between one of the worst beers and one of the best: Ziel and Zaligheid, and PvW Eclipse. There was, realistically, very little chance that this brew could hang with either one, and it didn't

A - It pours a dark brown-black, oily, and is capped with a reasonable amount of deep mocha froth.

S - The nose is fairly smoky, but not in a good way, more akin to the smoke that billows out the door of a dive bar. Other notes include both charred and naked grain, cocoa, molasses and 'homebrew store'.

T - The flavor takes the notes suggested in the nose, and runs with the most unpleasant. Cigarettes and ashtrays are slightly evoked (again) and the rest of the beer just doesn't come together very well. Notes of coffee, chocolate and earthy hops are there, but I just really don't dig it.

M - The feel is just short of full, and the carbonation is quite soft.

O - This beer reminds me of a homebrew; it has potential, but it seems experimental rather than meticulously crafted.

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Photo of Sammy
3.28/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks Svend. 250 ml bottle is more than enough. Big boozy splash of thick coffee and sourness. Black, little white head. Good for what it is, but not a RIS I want again. A little infected or intentional I cannot tell. Not the best I have had from this brewer.

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Photo of gford217
3.61/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

25cl bottle thanks to jbeatty.

Pours pitch black and has that typical mocha head that you always see on Mikkeller stouts.

Aroma is also typical for Mikkeller with the distinctive charred malt character with hints of smoke and bakers chocolate.

Taste has an interesting sweetness that I didn't get in the nose with some molasses coming out. There is still the ashy character that permeates the taste and leaves a smoky burn on the palate in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, kinda thick and chewy. Carbonation is fairly low.

This is another Mikkeller stout that didn't overly impress me. I love the Beer Geek variants but this one veers toward the Black Hole territory which is to say smoky and charred. Not bad but no my favorite.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared at GRG1313’s tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, wood, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and alcohol flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is pretty good beer but I think it tastes better than it smells.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 250 ml brown bottle. Two fingers of creamy mocha coloured head, opaque black

Molasses, licorice, raisins and dates on the nose, along with some sweet alcohol, and mild notes of roast and coffee.

Sweet rich flavour of dates, alcohol, mild dry roast malt, licorice, even a bit of purple grape. Hops kick in well into the aftertaste.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel but with a full slick texture (that gets a bit sticky after a while), low carbonation.

Still carries the alcohol quite well for the strength, yet the flavour comes across fairly mild and wishy-washy for the style.

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Photo of ptykozoon
3.74/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a purple brown. The thinnest ring surrounds the glass.

A dose of dark fruit, raisin, purple grape, plum along with a barrel character.

Raisin, hints of dark chocolate. The mix of light bitterness and subtle belgian flavors.

Mouthfeel is slightly dense, low carb. ABV done well.

George is mostly reserved but there's more to him if you look closely.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.76/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-As the previous review states, ABV bumped up to 12.12% and a 12 oz. with a new label. George pours like black coffee. Very dark and the pour flexes it's bulk. The head is interesting. At first it angrily expands but the expansion of bubbles quickly recedes upon itself. Now it's barely there, like a wisp of errant clouds in the sky. Not much Lacey it actually leaves legs like a glass of wine.

S-George is a hulking brute. A thick slap of dried-out brownie in the nose. Fudgy and boozy with some burnt oats. I also get some dark fruitiness as well. Roasty coffee of course. Even a bit woody.

T-Dried, stale brownie and espresso. Chewy molasses with a nuance of dark fruit. Like the nose, I get some spicy, almost bourbon-like wooden notes. This beer is incredibly dry. Alcohol is a component of the flavor. Lots of char and burnt roasted malts.

M-Full and damp. Carbonation is a mild sizzle upon the tongue. So dry, my tongue feels like a Brillo pad. Heats the cheeks and the full 12 oz. serving delivers a fatal neck chop to one's sobriety.

O/D-George is hard to understand. He teeters between complexity and mindless power. I guess that was what Mikkeller was going for.

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Photo of BeernOnThe4thOfJuly
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
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 Furlinator
3.79/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black with a thin brown head that quickly fades to just a faint ring on top and leaves the slightest hint of lace.

Smell is of spent coffee grounds and dark chocolate up front with faint alcohol on the finish.

Taste is mostly black coffee with bitter dark chocolate, faint dark fruit and roasted malt.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

A decent imperial stout with solid aromas and flavors. It feels a bit thin in terms of mouthfeel and there is a slight bitterness in the nose and taste that seems somewhat out of place.

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Photo of pants678
3.81/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black with a thin darker brown head.

Coffee and wood.

A tinge of bitter coffee, dark chocolate and roasted malt are all there but admittedly unbalanced. Really this beer's found in the finish: a strong underpinning of wood gives way to dark fruit with a rough campfire/burned character. Meant to be sipped, seems more potent that way.

Tough to stay "smooth" with the bag of flavors.

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Photo of fitrock2112
3.82/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

George poured into a snifter at EightBall Brewery.

A - The brew is black as midnight with a small skim of off white mocha head.

S - Th aroma is of dark chocolates, heavy roasted malt and little alcohol.

T - The flavor is nice with dark roasted malts, dark fruits and some chocolates. Mid palate getting some alcohol with more dark malts. On the finish it has more dark fruits with more alcohol than I would like.

M - Smooth medium to full mouthfeel, with medium to low carbonation.

O - The alcohol keeps the score from being a true classic. It's still worth a try! Cheers!

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Photo of Roguer
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
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 cbutova
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks Chico1985!

A- Poured to two matching mini snifters from the 12oz bottle. Pitch black, thick oily body with a small light mocha tan head. Head never reaches a finger and dies fairly quickly to a fine ring at the edges. Just a few spots of lace.

S- Big roast and a pretty good amount of dessert dark fruitiness to it. Dark, fudgey cocoa richness from the roast malts off the top with a cherry plum like dark fruit beneath giving it some truffle feel. Slight hops and just the tiniest hint of alcohol beneath the rest. Hops deepen with time.

T- Opens up with some interesting aspects here. Dry, super dark roast and malty overall with notes of bitter cocoa powder, coffee and even some smoke. Dark fruits and hops actually take over with warmth lending plum, cherry, currants, citrus, pine and earthy notes. The hops increase for me quite a bit but not to a Black IPA level, just some nice earthy and citrus hints in with the roast.

MF- Medium to thick body with a fairly creamy overall texture. Carbonation is a bit on the low side but there is enough to support the complex flavors. Finishes with slight warmth (for 12.12%) and some hop bitterness.

A lot of nice complex flavors beyond the standard roast malts. The deep fruits present are quite nice with the roast and the hops add a nice dimension to it all. Extra points for that. I would certainly have this again.

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Photo of liamt07
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from wordemupg, split with a buddy in a couple of snifters. 25cl, and listed at 11.11%ABV.

Pours pitch black, with a finger of dark, dark brown head; one of the darkest I think I've ever seen. A creamy dense cap of a head, with big legs. Nose has brown sugar, dark fruits and a general dark berry feel. Taste amplifies the nose, with caramelized, alcohol soaked, rich dried dark fruits (enough descriptors?), with hints of dark berries, blackberries and black currant and chocolate covered cherries. All of this blended with some coffee beans. Leaves a lingering roasty finish, with minimal alcohol (this adds another level of potency at such and ABV). Sticky and sweet mouthfeel, full with low carbonation. A massive sipper, and even splitting the 25cl bottle was substantial. Interesting and complex, but a bit too much for me and just misses the mark.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Masterski for providing this in a trade.
OK, so this mighty have the darkest head on a beer I’ve ever seen. Usually Imp Stouts have a dark brown or even a bronze/brown head. This one was almost the same black at the beer. Also, over time it got lighter and lighter as the beer apparently filtered out of it.. Yet a head remained. Ain’t NO light getting through this one… (I apologize to all my English teachers) Not much in the way of lace.
Aroma is all about deep dark roasted malt with some sweetness and black licorice.
Oh man, this is black licorice and soy sauce. Some prunes and other dark fruits. A moment of molasses later in the flavor.
Really thick with a sense of elevated ABV.
Even in a small bottle this is a beer to share. Just need a few ounces. Interesting.

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Photo of stakem
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dinky little 25 cl bottle poured into a stemmed mikkeller glass. This brew appears black in color with a dark brown head about a finger strong that recedes down to a thin film across the top. As it recedes, it leaves some spots of lacing effect on the glass. A light swirl brings forth more than a finger of brown froth back to the surface. When held to the light, hardly any light permeates, but what does shows the faintest amount of brown clarity around the thin edges.

The smell of this brew is straight charred grain. It smells of charcoal mixed with a bit of citrus hops, tobacco, earth and licorice. More smells bring forth a bit of chocolate grain scents that mixes with more of a deep earthy and char feel than the usual sweet chocolate indications present in some stouts. The 11+% abv is felt with a slight tingle across the nose that seems accented by a solvent spirit almost like vodka.

The taste is as roasty and charred as you would expect based off of the aroma. Flavors of charcoal mix with very bitter burnt grain that imparts a flavor of chocolate, licorice and coffee all through the body. There is a pretty solid citrus element that mixes with some earthy notes and a touch of mineral components. The aftertaste is quite bitter with a flavor of unsweetened chocolate mixed with coffee that persists long after a sip is taken.

This is a medium bodied brew that is very bold. It boasts a light to moderate amount of carbonation. The alcohol is not hiding at all in this brew but it really works with the other bold flavors present. The 8oz bottle size is very fitting here, I dont think having any more of this would be welcomed as I sit here and sip away, this becomes more of a chore as it warms up. Not bad, but honestly something that could sit for years in order to mellow out and blend together a little better.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml poured into a snifter and enjoyed solo at the end of a good day.

Appearance - Inky black pour, a very small brown head forms and quickly turns to a ring and slight cap. Lowly carbonated?/ominous.

Smell - Roast/dark chocolate punch, some licorice and dark fruits there as well. Some alcohol (understandable for the ABV) and very slight spicy tones. Decent strength, straight-up big scary stout scent.

Taste - Big roast+char with dark chocolate/fudgy sweetness underlaying, dark fruit, some pepper, some molasses; rich but quite low sweetness. Some hop bitterness there. Some warming alcohol but seems less boozy than the nose, and not bad for 12%.

Mouthfeel - Low-but-there carbonation, mouthfeel is oily with decent thickness to it, not crazy hefty. A little boozy but not a detraction.

Overall - Great sippin' beer, beast of a stout.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

25cl bottle into my Rochefort glass...Black pour with only a whisp of medium tan carbonation...The aroma is super malty with mostly all sweet chocolate, some sweet bread, light vanilla, a slight hop finish. A lot going on, but mostly just sweet...The taste is a let down, most of the sweetness is gone replaced by bitter coffee. Light grass hop finish. This beer got rave reviews by some locals, but I was really disappointed in. Nothing special in taste, look, or drinkability.

A very average stout.

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Photo of Mar02x
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

For some reason or another I woke up at night. Now a couple hours later I am still awake and now I know why; I just have to drink something special. I had a look at my collection and selected the George, so lets give it a try.

A - Looks pretty damn good. A pitch black beer with a brown head that very slowly retracts. Looks a bit like 'the Messy', so its very promising.

S - Chocolate, oak wood, peat, roasted malts, espresso and some sweetness added to the flavor. Man I just can't stop smelling this beer, gorgeous.

T - To much peat and wood for my, it overwhelms the other flavors. Is was such a promise and now its lost. There is how ever some dark fruit to be discovered. I find it rather dry compared to the flavor.

M - Low to medium carbonation, a bit sticky. The bitterness and the alcohol come in the end. This beer has got the nicest warming after taste, its rare indeed.

O - It's a special brew thats for sure, but so close after the Borefts beer festival I must say its a bummer. The balance is off in this one.

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Photo of aleigator
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a viscous, black color, with a very small, bubbly head, soon vanishing to sheets of lacing.

Its aromas are a mix of fudge, milk-chocolate and toffee, among earthy malts. Offers up a hot, slightly alcoholic aspect, making the chocolate a tad sweeter. Toasted, bready malts establish a fitting foundation, balancing the chocolate gently.

Tastes very smooth, the beer has almost no carbonation, leading to a silky mouthfeel, showcasing a medium bodied beer.

Tastes of bakers-chocolate, sweetened cocoa powder, coconut shell and chocolate fudge cream. Has a distinct coffee earthiness to it, which then gets amped up by a discreet cinnamon coating, providing an enjoyable bitterness. Finishes outstandingly smooth with earth, bakers-chocolate and a late, but long lasting, coffee tartness.

Features a well compounded beer, with a fantastic, dough mouthfeel to it, revealing a convincing flavor diversity, mainly due to the rich coffee and hot chocolate appearance.

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Photo of crnipeter
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Even the highest pour gives birth to just one fifth of an inch thin vestige of deep tan head atop of the highly viscous, opaque black body.
Nose is firm sweet-malt with caramel character embedding pronounced fruity esters of plums, prune and raisins.I get orange peel, and there are distant chocolaty
notes and perhaps faint coffee from roasted grain/malt, while alcohol is incredibly well masked considering the ABV given.

Very thick, velvety smooth and viscous with fine carbonation, the beer starts sweet on the palate, exhibiting prominent dark fruits. The initial sweetness gets quickly overwhelmed by intense burnt malt-flavor, warming alcohol and leafy hops with appurtenant bitterness that all linger into the aftertaste.

In short, a rough-edged well-hopped and very warming imperial stout with pronounced esters and burnt-malt/grain. (250 m bottle l without BB indication that has been cellared for a year, into tulip.)

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Photo of larryarms847
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours very thick and black as crude with no head to speak of. Noticeably sticky and clings to the sides of the glass.

Dark fruit, earthy and slightly smoky roasted malt, and some dark chocolate.

Roasty, earthy, edging smoky, dark chocolate, and a noticeable alcohol burn.

Heavy-bodied, minimal carbonation, thick as a shake.

Overall, while this one didn't stand out very much in terms of aroma and flavor, the shake-like thickness of the mouthfeel and slight alcohol burn add some interesting aspects.

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Photo of ADZA
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew is actually 11.11%ABV anyways it pours a thick dark as night hue with a creamy cappicino looking,chocolate laced two finger head and a distinct rim of lacing,the smell is a little different to most other RIS's its very oaky with hints of prosicuto,bacon,Milo and some coffee roastiness,it has a full lucious mouthfeel which coats the palette with flavours of smokey bacon,milky dark coffee,mocha,dark dark chocolate and the finish leaves you hanging on with a dry mix of sweet dark chocolate and bitterness,overall its a beautiful drop that has a very different taste to most other Mikkeller RIS's and thoroughly recommend i just wish this 250ml bottle was a little bigger,it would be the perfect nightcap for a cold night.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a jet black with a thin, creamy tan mousse that recedes in no time, leaving only a wisp of lacing in the glass.

S: Aromas of espresso, leather, roasted grain, woodsmoke, vanilla bean, heavy cream, burnt toast, dark chocolate, and dried black cherries are balanced by scents of earthy, herbal hops.

T: Notes of caramel, espresso, leather, dark chocolate, vanilla bean, heavy cream, roasted grain, blackberry, black currant, raisins, prunes, dried black cherries, burnt toast, herbs, woodsmoke, and blood orange rind wash across the palate. The finish is bitter, roasty, and velvety with subtle impressions of herbs, dark chocolate, espresso, and tart citrus.

M: Very full in body and smooth in texture. Carbonation is delicate and nuanced. Alcohol is ever present, but somewhat restrained. A very easy beer to sip to be sure.

O: A great imperial stout. Very nicely balanced and with more than enough complexity to satisfy.

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George from Mikkeller ApS
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