George! Bourbon Edition | Mikkeller ApS

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George! Bourbon EditionGeorge! Bourbon Edition

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Mikkeller ApS

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.12%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by crnipeter on 01-08-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 108 |  Reviews: 56
Reviews by ShogoKawada:
Photo of ShogoKawada
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to a great trader for this one. Tiny bottle poured into imperial pint glass.

A- Huge rising head, brownie-batter in color. Takes its sweet time, settles after 3 or 4 minutes to a 1/2 cm pancake. Beer is thick, oily.

S- Lots of sweet fruit, a bit floral and delicate. A bit of vanilla and some sweet caramel malt.

T- This beer captures the essence of 'dark chocolate' better than any beer I've ever had. Pure, unmitigated dark cacao. Bourbon comes through heavy with dark fruit syrup and burnt sugar. Lots of bitterness to counteract the sweetness, a very fine balance. Wisp of smoke here and there. Alcohol heat and flavor compliments the beer, making this like a brandy-filled chocolate candy.

M- Thick, heavy, rich, warming. Like a fine spirit, a delight on the tongue.

O- Very impressed at this one. Fantastic flavors, very very heavy and thick, great beer to settle in with for a little while. Perfect serving size too.. you just sip on it and smile.

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Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of CaptinRedBeard
4.97/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A massive thanks to digita6793 for sending this beer among many others from across the pond.

I had no idea what to expect from this tiny (25cl) little bottle. Wow was I in for a surprise.

A: Pours as thick and black as motor oil. No head, and no lacing. Hints of burgundy are slightly visible if you tilt your glass in the light.

S: Large amounts of bourbon, followed by hints of dark fruits and rich chocolate.

T: Absolutely phenomenal. The flavors of bourbon, dark fruit and chocolate blend so perfectly it's astonishing. Not even a hint of alcohol burn.

M: Perfection here. This beer is like drinking liquid silk. The carbonation is a bit low, but I wouldn't change a thing.

O: Simply put. This is the best imperial stout that I have ever tasted, hands down. I don't know what more I can add after that. I will definitely be seeking out more of this. I don't think that's very likely to happen though. Thanks again Don.

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Photo of ImperialStoat
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Opaque black with an inch of mocha head that quickly dissipates to half of that.

Smell: Vanilla, oak, dark chocolate, alcohol, fermented bananas.

Taste: Bitter chocolate and tannic oak, followed by a rich vanilla-chocolate sweetness. It ends on a warm breath of alcohol. There's also a subtle vinous quality throughout.

Mouthfeel: Thick with minimal carbonation.

Overall: There's none of the intense bourbon character found in the more decadent American BA stouts here, but this is a very good, and surprisingly balanced, imperial stout.

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Photo of brians52
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of MrKennedy
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

250ml bottle purchased from Slowbeer and poured into a Mikkeller goblet.

Real thick pour, just like engine oil. All encompassing black appearance with a dark tan, jaffa coloured sort of head of foam that was just under a centimetre and stabilised into film on top.

Initially oak jumps out as the first smell, christmas pudding takes over. Definitely real dark fruits.

The bourbon aging really marries in well with the base beer itself. The booze is very well hidden for such a strong stout. Strong roasted finish along with a touch of coffee.

Mouthfeel is brilliant, velvety, soft, coats the inside of your mouth.

Overall, a great, well-balanced oak aged imperial stout. Huge thanks to mulder1010 for putting me onto this beer, lived up to all expectations and beyond!!!

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Photo of 2bet
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of thagr81us
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Massive thanks goes out to cmrillo who shared this one during the BASC release! Served from bottle into a Duck-Rabbit snifter. Poured pitch black with a very minimal light tan head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, peat, caramel, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, wood, peat, subtle sweet alcohol, and a touch of vanilla. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. Having had the regular George not too long I can see how the barrels on this one really helped it out. As mentioned before the barrel really adds a nice aspect to the base beer and make it more enjoyable. At 12+% you would be hard pressed to determine this fact by aroma and taste alone. A really nice brew that I am glad I got the chance to try with some good friends.

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Photo of hopsbreath
4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to dgilks for trucking one of these up for an in-person trade at the Portland International Beerfest. What an appropriate setting for a Denmark beer to be exchanged by an Australian to myself. Loved the Tactical Nuclear Penguin t-shirt you were wearing Dave. Split three ways with TulipSnifter (my wife) and black13 (who hosted us one afternoon) and enjoyed on our host's back patio during some gorgeous slightly overcast Portland summer weather. Paired with some great oatmeal chocolate chip cookies baked by black13's wife. Back story aside, onto the review.

A: Black body with very dark brown edges. A solid thick cappuccino cap with larger bubbles at the edges. Moderate lacing is surprising given the high ABV and some glass staining is evident too. It actually reminds me of Hunahpu. I gave Huna the perfect score here, so... 5/5

S: Heavy on the dark fruits. Raisins are readily apparent as well as some sweet cherries. Nice secondary characteristics include some of the Bourbon, Belgian yeast esters (banana, clove, fresh bread), and rich dark chocolate. 4/5

T: Very we'll balanced mix of plums, earthy cacao, cinnamon, sweet caramel (Misty mentioned Riesen candies), good Bourbon, and again with just a hint of banana. Nothing dominates here. Just a few days prior I had Stone's BA IRS. That was all about the barrels but this is all about depth and complexity. It's interesting that two beers can be in the same category but vary so widely. While I freely admit that I have a typically American palate and prefer my BA stouts to be more barrel forward, I do have to appreciate just how nuanced and provoking this is as well. 4/5

M: Thick but not too thick, low carbonation but not too low, appropriately long finish for a beer this size. I have no qualms here. 5/5

O: Very good beer. As far as Belgian styled stouts go, this is among the best I've had. It cost $20+ for an 8.45oz bottle. Is it worth the money? Probably not, but money aside, I'm truly glad to have had the chance to try it. 4.5/5

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Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of StarRaptor
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.67/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a small dark tan head.
Nose shows bourbon, oak, spicy hops, roasted malt, cocoa and some booze.
Very similar flavours, more bourbon, roasted malt, espresso and booze. Pretty full on. A little brash.
Very syrupy body.
A bit too much booze.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of bourbon and creamy black chocolate is quite powerful. Taste is quite dominated by bourbon notes with some semi-dry black chocolate and some light roasted malt. Body is extremely full with limited filtration and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol per say thought it can somewhat be felt. Very tasteful and well brewed though bourbon is a touch too overpowering.

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Photo of jlb502
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of largadeer
3.06/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beddachedda shared this one, I think?

Pours a syrupy pitch black, not far off from Mikkeller's dozens of other imperial stouts. A finger of dark tan head forms but doesn't last.

The aroma is heavy on charred, burnt malt, soy sauce, oak (but not necessarily bourbon) and black licorice. There's a faint smokiness in the background. Bourbon is integrated, somewhat buried beneath malt and oxidation.

Palate is acrid, burnt and oxidized. Quite a bit of soy sauce and oak, a touch of bourbon, dark fruit, some smoke and vinous notes. Oily, full mouthfeel. Smoky, acrid finish with a fair amount of booze.

Overall not exactly the most offensive Mikkeller beer, but not particularly enjoyable.

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Photo of spicelab
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to [email protected] 2011 Version.

Black as crude with a finger of golden brown head. Falls very slowly to a film.

Refined barrel aromas of woody vanilla and charred oak, joined by juniper, tar liquorice allsorts, charcoal and muscatels.

Toasted bread, chocolate fudge, charcoal, sarsparilla, tobacco, Christmas cake and vegemite.

Silky woody smoothness. Low to moderate carbonation. Absolutely seamless.

Great balance of charry and sweet malt character taken to another level by the barrel ageing. In my view it would benefit with a sightly longer ageing.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to bucketboy for cracking an 11.2oz bottle of this today during a really impromptu bottle share with shadesofgray and me. Poured into a tulip.

Pitch black, I can tell that this is thick and syrupy just by watching it pour. A very thin hot chocolate colored head forms and disappears into wispy bubbles very quickly. A swirl kicks up a dark oily film that remains on the glass and doesn't recede into the beer. Every sip leave a parabolic pattern of foamy bubbles suspended in the dark film.

The aroma is very muted, even with this beer barely down to cellar temp. A lot of tannic character here; mainly oak, along with some coffee, and a touch of peat with only a hint of American-style whiskey. The flavors are far bolder and more well-rounded than the characteristics of the aroma. Bitter chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and roasty notes all come through, balanced by bourbon that was hidden in the nose. This is definitely a sleeper of a beer.

The feel is thick, syrupy, full, and resinous. Only a little bit of carbonation to cut the texture lightens this up. Overall, the nose is a real disappointment, but the rest of the beer does what it can to pick up its slack. This beer is going to explode. Glad to have been able to try this one! Thanks, Joe!

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Photo of WeisGuy
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of eric5bellies
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Duvel Tulip.

A - Pours a thick viscous oily texture with a two fingered, really dark tanned coffee head that reduces to a one fingered head and staying the distance.

S - From the bottle has an nice balanced peated Bourbon barrel aroma. Once poured has some pungent peat aromas with a little booze.

T - Firstly, some really nice earthy flavours followed by some cherry like, boiled sweet flavour. Roasted malts heavily barreled flavours follow with a hint of vanilla and chocolate, some smokeyness also present. The finish is long and smooth with heavy roasted coffee notes. This is a massive stout.

M - Very full body almost oil like, with low carbonation. So very smooth with no sign of the 12.5% ABV.

O - This is so incredibly complex and bold, with a masterfull masking of the ABV. I'm not generally a fan of Mikkeller but this is outstanding.

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Photo of billyshears
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
4.82/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this at Dranken geers in Ghent.

Poured into a snifter.

It's comes out as a thick motoroil, muddy looking stout. nice two finger brown head. Boy this is thick.

Smells of chocolate, darkfruits and ofcourse the barrel. Hints of smoked malts.

A very rich taste, chocolate and dark fruits of the nose we'll find in here as well. The bourbon barrel is present but not over powering. I love the smoked woody malt flavors in this.

It's full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Leaves a coating in your mouth that, just like the original George, leaves you wanting more.

Overall this a great beer. The barrel is a subtle addition to the original. It's very well done however I do like the original George a bit better. Still... highly recomended.

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Photo of ShanePB
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of beerdrifter
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Thick black pour with two finger tan head that fades quickly, but yields great lacing. Nose is dominated by roasty cocoa and peat, with hints of whiskey and just a touch of dark fruit. Unique taste follows suit with loads of roasty, bitter chocolate and hints of espresso, tobacco, oak, peat, and just a touch of bourbon and black cherries. Really thick and chewy mouthfeel that is perfectly balanced and incredibly drinkable for a 12% ABV beer. I would go so far as to say that it's not even really a sipper. It's that smooth! I loved the original version of George, but this is incredible! Has to be one of my favorites from one of my favorite breweries.

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George! Bourbon Edition from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 108 ratings