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George | Mikkeller ApS

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Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.12%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by glid02 on 07-05-2010

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284
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4.13
pDev:
8.72%
 
 
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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 babaracas
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black in the glass with thin medium brown colored head, tin ring left behind. Improbably a few delicate patches of lace hold up. Smell: chocolate liquor, prune, raisin, espresso, brown bread. Taste: syrupy dark chocolate, roast, light earth, pine note, lots of dark fruit - fig, prune; anise note in the finish. Full bodied, syrupy and slick with light but effectively creamy carbonation. A beast; nice!

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Photo of BlazerT
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Teku glass. That's not duplicate. This is 2013 Lervig batch (all batch before 2013 was brewed in Nogne brewery).

A: Pitch black with dark brown, medium head (one finger) with low retention, high viscosity, low lacing.

S: First of all strong, distinctive fresh brew coffee aroma, roasted malts, low dark fruits esters - prunes, raisins, hint of vanilla aroma, also some dark chocolate, medium hop aroma, alcohol character noticable as coffee liqueur.

T: Very rich. High roasted dark malts falvors - deep coffee flavour, pretty lot of dark chocolate, medium to medium-high bitterness, salty, a little bit tarry, low dark fruit esters. I tastes like it was brew with coffee. Alcohol strenght is evident, but not interfere with flavors. Burnt, roasty and medium bitter aftertaste.

M: Full body. Oily texture. Low carbonation. Gentle alcohol warmth.

O: Really good and balanced imperial stout. Subjectively I really do like coffee flavors, so it's ideal for coffee geeks. Low burnt character makes it really drinkable.

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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 BMMillsy
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Tipples. Pours pitch black with a super creamy dark brown head that lightens up as it grows. Aroma of lots of chocolate sauce, a hint of anise, and mild roastiness. Flavor is a massive hit of bittersweet chocolate sauce, a good bit of bitter roast to balance, a little smoke, and a slight twinge of anise. Huge thick viscous mouthfeel, low to medium carbonation, sticky. This is one of the best non-BA stouts I have had. Awesome stuff.

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Photo of MaillardRx
4.54/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

As mentioned previously, the current label has George Foreman with a black eye gritting his teeth in front of a backdrop of thin white stripes in between alternating blue and red stripes. The label also boasts a modest 12.12% ABV.

A: Thick black syrupy goodness with a slight head that appears dark tan, even brown. Tipping it back when drinking it, it looks like iodine running down the glass. Lacing consists of small dots of head that dissipates quickly. A very nice looking beer, but I'd love just a little bit more head retention and lacing on a Russian Imperial Stout.

S: A very pleasant aroma of sweet coffee malts, some dark fruits, and hints of booze.

T: Lots of roasted malts on the palette. Coffee and bitter chocolate notes persist, with some dark candied fruits, and I pick up like a hint of marshmallow.

M: Good mouthfeel, but could perhaps have a bit more chew, be that may just be personal preference. But it leaves a moist mouth and I like that.

O: A well-crafted beer that packs the punch that Mikkeller is known for. This beer will knock you out if you have twin newborns that keep you up all night... and you are in med school... at the end of exam week... All at the same time... Yes it happened to me, George Foreman/boxing puns intended.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

the new release go george has different labeling and is listed at 12.12% abv like some of its variants are here. its great beer, rich and dark brown with almost an full inch of tan head with excellent lasting power and perfect spider ring lacing as it drinks on down. its nose is robustly malty, dark cocoa, burnt barley, and even dried blueberry all come into play. i hardly get booze, but i get some spirit flavors, earthy and smokey scotch, vanilla kissed bourbon, and even charred oak, but its not barrel aged. the alcohol is so subtle and the body is so big, this drinks creamy and slightly bitter, but scary easy for how strong it really is. an expensive little bottle of beer, but mikkeller has proven time and time again to be one of the kings of stout, and for that i will always try news beers that come out, especially dark ones. george has layers, it has class, and its huge. bitter chocolate on the finish and a wonderfully dynamic grain bill thats put together brilliantly. definitely worth a try, and it has been really pumped to try the barrel aged variations of this. calvados? yes please!

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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 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 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 popery
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a brown head. A thick blanket of foam built up slowly and prettily as I poured the glass. However, the head dies away to nothing after a few minutes, and I'm left with a flat glass of black liquid. The aroma is a mix of chocolate, molasses and roast, in that order of strength. It's sweet cocoa heavy, but there's depth and complexity hiding in the chocolate. Mild cola note. Taste starts sweet with burnt brown sugar and dark chocolate. Lots of dark malt flavor. Finish has some pleasant hop bitterness and roast. I find the term largely useless, but the beer has good balance, which is to say the flavors mix well together and nothing dominates. Never gets too sweet or too bitter. Thick feel. Big mouthful of stout. Solid imperial stout.

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Photo of drpimento
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Lady, this IS an imperial Stout. Poured at a good temperature with a nice, thick, slightly creamy, brown head that settles after a bit and a little lace. Color is an opaque brown black. Aroma is a little subdued and has roast, malt , earth, leather, dark ripe fruit. Flavor's like nose, tang is in front, bitter right behind and dominating, then some sweet. Body is velvety and perfect carbonation. Finish is like flavor, very long, has a bit of an off taste, and only a hint of alcohol. Monster of a beer.

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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 kemoarps
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

First, a note: The artwork on this bottle is different from what is listed here on the profile, and the abv is higher on the bottle (12.12%) than on this profile (11.10%). I doubt this means anything other than it's an old profile and/or the recipe has changed slightly, but just that disclaimer.

This beer is a liquid onyx (Slam!), with a velour brown head that fades to just a whisp of cloud in the sky without leaving much lacing. Just a dense black glass of inviting.

I'm not getting as much on the nose as I had hoped. There's some sweet molasses and a hint of coffee beans. Maybe some bitter bakers cocoa as well. Enticing flavours, just you've got to dig for them. I know my nose is weak, but I usually get more than this.

Man. I've really enjoyed most of the big thick black... uh... beers. From Mikkeller. And this is no exception. Thick and chewy, with a spicy alcohol finish. This presents primarily with a deep mischievous sweetness initially, that quickly gives way to a cavalcade of flavours. Some of the same bitter cocoa from the nose, definitely some of that coffee bean in their in a big way as well. Finish has that spicy alcohol bite, but not as pronounced as I'm making it sound. The bite really more just compliments the bitter/sweet finish (mating game ftw) than standing out on its own.
This is a fantastic beer: silky smoothe with that host of big black flavours that accompany that texture so well: dark dark chocolate dipped coffee beans and caramel and a touch of dark fruits. Minimal carbonation lets the velour caress your tongue like a D.O.O.P. uniform. Big thick body gives a lot of love and it just hits all the right notes. I imagine this one would only improve with age, and am now excited to go pick up a couple more bottles to long term test that theory. (A whole review without any George Foreman jokes? I'm proud of me!)

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Have we really seen a beer that's this chocolaty without adding chocolate? Have we seen a beer that holds so much coffee without adding coffee? Have we had a beer that's this strong in its effects without introducing barrel or iced techniques? Now that we have eliminated the gimmicks what do we have?

George opens with a seriously dark black appearance that doesn't play around. It's black to its core and patiently releases a mocha-stained head that easily outlasts the session. Sticky in its lacing, the beer is as hearty as they come.

Strongly aromatic, its the scents of coffee that lead the way. Its strong espresso, cocoa and burnt molasses notes waft about with an under current of vanilla, caramel, and unmistakable bourbon-like alcohols. With not chocolate, coffee, molasses or bourbon aging in its descriptor, those flavors all align on the nose with authority and balance.

Its sultry taste starts with that melange of toffee, roast, bitter chocolate and walnuts. Its blended taste is even-keel as no individual taste stands out above the rest. Then as the ale crosses the middle of the palate, its vanilla and caramel taste subsides and its roasty dryness ensues. Finishing with coffee and campfire, its dryish nature comes to life- heightened by the strong alcohol taste of bourbon. Still, a mild spicy tone emerges with a pep of pepper, aniseed, and char.

Without question, the beer's body is immense. Laces with malted barley and a blend of residual sweetness and carbonation- its culmination is an alcoholic milkshake of espresso-roast proportions. Lovely in its balance but challenging in its strength, the ale finishes roasty-dry with just enough malt support to give a savory and sipping impression.

Sure, a beer of this stature will promote some roast-derived astringency, some fusal alcohols and some phenolic medicinal notes. But the high quality of the beneficial aspects of the beer far outweigh its fine shortcomings.

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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 Phyl21ca
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a huge dark brown foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of black chocolate with light roasted coffee and some light vanilla notes. Taste is also a great mix between some huge black chocolate notes which are well balanced by some vanilla notes and some light coffee notes at the end. Body is super full with limited filtration and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Very well done with some super good vanilla notes which make this beer very drinkable and complex at the same time.

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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 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 beerdrifter
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Deep black pour with beautiful mocha colored one finger head that fades pretty quickly with decent lacing. Loads of roasty malt in the nose with hints of chocolate, peat, alcohol, and burnt espresso. The chocolate really comes out in the taste. Roasty malt, caramel, cocoa, molassess, and alcohol round it out with hints of smoke, espresso, and a touch of dark fruit. The mouthfeel is slightly thick and a little flat, with a nice bitter hop finish that helps balance the sweetness of the malt. The alcohol is present throughout, but it is 11% afterall, and it doesn't really hurt the drinkability. It's obviously a sipper, and it warmed me up nicely on a cold fall day. Yet another solid offering from Mikkeller!

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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 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 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 mmurphy525
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

Pours a bitch black with a very very thin mocha coloured head that dissipates extremely quickly leaving behind a slight ring.

Smell is great full of chocolate, molasses, lots of espresso, roasted malts, and faint alcohol.

Taste follows the smell closely with chocolate, molasses, and rich espresso coming through. The roasted malts are also present with some slight char characteristics. This beer finishes with a nice hop bitterness with a little alcohol. Though the alcohol is detectable it is nothing near the 11.11 percent the beer holds.

This beer is thick, creamy, and very rich. Carbonation is low.

Overall this beer is excellent, very rich and full of flavour. Nothing overpowers the rest and everything intermingles to make one of the best Mikkeller beers I have had. I would definitely recommend this to any stout lover.

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Photo of domtronzero
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Thick, viscous black colored with a tiny ring of an off-whitish head. No lacing.

S - Coffee, chocolate, dark fruity malts. Earthy hops in the background. Slightly smoky. Light alcoholic aroma is pleasant.

F/M - Rich dark malts, chocolaty, roasty, and loads of caramel and sweet bready malts. Over-ripened dark stone fruits emerge as the beer warms. Smoky phenols blend nicely with the other flavors. Lots of earthy hops with a firm bitterness, accentuated by the roasted malts. Thick oily mouthfeel with a slightly slick feel in the finish. Full bodied with medium low carbonation. Lingering dark malts.

O - Very nicely brewed stout. Hoppy, dark, rich and tasty. I like this beer.

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