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

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Photo of dctriman
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks very much to @LaitueGonflable for the sample.

Pours just spectacularly. It's chewy and thick from the bottle, pouring like tar: a deep black resinous fountain. The head, as it forms, is a thing of pure beauty. It's a deeply dark brown colour—probably dark enough in its own right for the body of a lesser stout—formed with solid, if large bubbles that stay strong enough on their own that you feel like they're tiny baubles of glass. The body seeps its way through back out of this as it settles, meaning that for the longest time, there's a fine gradient without any clear separation between head and body. Truly, I could go on for a long time about the appearance of this beer. Suffice it to say: it's extraordinary. To date, the most intoxicatingly enchanting beer I've ever seen.

And, wonderfully, this enchantment continues. On the nose, we have an incredible array of big, sweet, heavy stout characters, beautifully realised and really well put together. Bourbon is most certainly dominant, giving sweet, luscious gooey vanilla and oak characters, but the darkness comes through really beautifully, giving really good roasted coffee, a touch of char and some green leaf notes like tea and holly. It's complex, exciting and truly, truly good.

Taste is also wonderful. I mean, I could wax lyrical about all of the really nice stout characters—coffee, sweetness, bourbon, roast, slight char—but it's gorgeous to note the other intriguing characters that lift it and separate it from the other truly great examples. Here we have more of that dark green leaf character: the holly or mistletoe organics, plus a tantalising hint of dark, acidic fruit like wild cranberries or lingonberry. This lingers onto the finish, leaving a tart cherry or wild fruit note that keeps layering subtle flavours long after the beer is gone.

Feel is sublime. Smooth and thick, and just plain gorgeous.

It's a very, very rare beer that comes along like this. This is a truly exceptional beer. A beer made with craft, finesse and forethought, and executed perfectly. This is truly one of the greatest beers I've had the privilege to taste. Mikkeller have done something extraordinary here, and have given me a beatific beer experience.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

250ml bottle 12,12% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in a tulip wine glass.

Appearance: Perfect! This is hands down the best looking beer I have had. Thick pitch black liquid gloops out of the bottle - absolutely no light gets through, not even on the edges when held to a strong back light. A rough pour yields a large, creamy dark chocolate milkshake coloured head that lasts acceptably well and leaves some nice patches of lace.
After each sip the glass is coated in a thick light brown film.

Smell: Good lord, this is an insane nose - massive in every way but still exceptionally balanced! Tons of bourbon, oak, vanilla accompanied by equally much dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, caramel and chocolate fudge. Molasses, dark fruit, licorice and citric hops (only a trace) are noted in smaller amounts.

Taste: Again, perfection! As with the smell, the taste is massive but so well balanced. Sweet to start with a wonderful, lasting bitter roasted finish. Roasted coffee and oaky bourbon dominate with dark chocolate, molasses, vanilla, licorice and a touch of smoke all noted.
I can't believe such a strong beer with so much bourbon character has no burning alcohol and only just warms your throat.

Mouthfeel: This is becoming a little dull - having to say perfection under every category! Massive viscous, heavy, slightly sticky body with mild uber-smooth carbonation. This feels like heaven in a glass - I could just gulp this down.

Overall: What can I say, except I wish the bottle was bigger! Hands down the best imperial stout I have had the pleasure of drinking. I am really wishing I had not traded away my second bottle of this.

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Photo of CaptinRedBeard
4.97/5  rDev +14.8%
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 patrykfus
4.9/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Extream taste :) very good beer

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Photo of Dom9191
4.89/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of gratefulbeerhead
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of urwithdave
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A huge thanks to digita6793 for sending this rare gem to me. A 25 CL bottle.

A- pours a thick vicious motor oil. This beast stains my glass. A thin reddish hue rings my glass.

A- A huge barrel in the nose. Deep rich chocolate and dark fruits. A touch of sweetness is present also.

T- Maybe the smoothest BA beer I have ever had. The bourbon is blended extermely well with chocolate and malts. Oak is present on the back end with some dark fruit.

M- again just perfect. Nice and creamy. With a amazing finish that makes me want another pour.

D- it's not often that I would give a beer of this magnitude a 5 for drinkability. However, this beer is just insanely good. The 12.12 abv isn't detected at all. If u have the chance to land this one, do it. Thanks again Don!!!

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Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
4.82/5  rDev +11.3%
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 Pundarquartis
4.82/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fantastic smell of roasted malt, chocolate, dried fruits and liquorice. It looks great in the glass with a nice, big brown foam head. You take a sip and the bourbon punches you in the face with a smokey aftertaste. Chocolate and roasted malt dominates the beer and together with it's fantasticly easy, but yet dense, mouthfeel, very close to chocolate mousse, makes it a winner.

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Photo of MrKennedy
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
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 Texasfan549
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of eric5bellies
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
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 mulder1010
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

250 ML bottle poured into a Tulip

A-- Poured a liquid brownie. Crap this is thick. Motor oil black with a dark leather head that was at best half a finger. A few erupting bubbles in the head but not much else. A few lines of streaky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S-- Smoked malts, vanilla extract, chocolate, oak, dark fruits and bourbon. Warm liquid brownie smell. Most excellent.

T-- Thick and sludgy tasting. Oak and bourbon in the taste but not in your face like some I have had in the US.

M-- Yeah liquid brownie very much fits. After the initial Oak and Bourbon get more dark fruits and chocolate again. I think get more of the oak from the barrel than the bourbon from the barrel in the mouth. Very typical Mikkeller as it is also a bit syrupy and a bit sweet. Low carbonation and quite heavy feel. Get some hop bitterness in the mid palate as well as smoke in the front and mid palate.

D-- Do not let this 250 ML bottle fool you. It is a monster. One of the best BA Beers I have had and in a smaller format it makes it more drinkable. ABV is well hidden in the smell and taste but this does wack a punch. If you are in the US...Seek this out!

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Photo of MikeReserva
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A 33cl bottle, new batch.

A. Thick, Pitch Black with a very dark brown head.
S. Bourbon, Dark malts, vanilla, dark fruits, oak, cacao
T. Exactly like smell. Perfect balance between the coffee/chocolate and the sweet bourbon/vanilla. Woody and bitter after-taste, with fairly strong bourbon as final finish. Very complex, very deep, yet very balanced and accessible.
M. Very thick and creamy. Sticks around very long, which makes it a slow sipper.

My favourite Mikkeller thus far. Close to perfection. This one can measure itself with USA top tier BBA stouts. Far better than the Calvados and Cognac versions.

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Photo of ShanePB
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Gtreid
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the smallest bottle of beer I have ever seen into a tulip.

A: Thick motor oil color. The pours drops a beautiful tan head that receeds to a thin rim.

A: HUGE buorbon up front. The smell actually took me back at first, but a second whiff uncovered dark friuts, molasses, and roasted malts.

T: big buorbon, toasty malts, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, and grassy hops. The barrel just accentuates the base brew. Finishes rather sweet with an alcohol burn.

M: Creamy, thick, and smooth. Heavy body, perfect carbonation.

O: This is the smoothest BA stout I've ever had. Couldn't drink too many of these due to the high ABV, but this really is a world class brew. Skal.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one at Geers in Ghent.

From a 25cl bottle into a snifter.
Note: Drunk right after the base beer.

APPEARANCE: Pours pitch black and yields a one finger, medium looking, dark mocha colored head with pretty good retention. Head is dark, but not quite as dark as the base beer. Thick pitch black body with just a touch of 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. Same as the base beer, just a slightly lighter colored head in comparison.

SMELL: Much like the base beer in fact, with lots of roasted, charred, and burnt malts. Smoky notes with touches of sweet molasses and bitter dark baker’s chocolate. Some nice bourbon qualities play a roll as well, meshing well but perhaps a little underplayed. Vanilla and oak are there as well. Wonderfully complex with the barrel becoming one with the base beer, but perhaps needs to be a touch bolder like the base beer to really be all it can be.

TASTE: Insanely good. The barrel really comes out more in the flavor, without dominating the base beer, and it’s bold enough to bring a smile to your face. Base beer is there, with roasted and charred, burnt, smoky malts, dark chocolate and some espresso in there. Sweet molasses and a touch of that sour cherry shows up again too. The barrel really shows up after the swallow with bourbon, vanilla and oak, though it’s balanced really well with the base beer. Lots of bold flavor linger and linger in the aftertaste, with very little booze detectible. Outstanding.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation. Soft and very creamy on the palate, goes down smooth with some heat after the swallow, a bit more than the base beer, and finishes quite powdery and dry. Oddly quite sticky on the lips as well.

OVERALL: This was a real treat. One of the better BA stouts I’ve had, and probably my favorite BA stout to be brewed by Mikkeller. The slightly lighter nose was compensated by increased complexity, and the flavor profile was a world class example of how a great bourbon barrel can compliment an already outstanding base beer without dominating it. Simply world class. Lots of bold, delicious flavor made this one far too easy to drink. Actually reminded me of the Narke BA stout we drank many moons ago. One worth tracking down if you can. Highly recommended.

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Photo of readbaron
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle generously shared by Dunt.

Pours a super thick dark brown that coats the glass. There's a bit of tan head that swirls on top of the pour.

Smell is excellent - bourbon, toasted marshmallow, chocolate, molassass and a bit of alcohol.

Taste is good, but doesn't quite live up to the aroma. Malty, sweet, surprisingly a hint of sweet cherry, and finishes with some leathery tobacco. Also, surprisingly little bourbon.

Mouthfeel is good. Thick, coats the tongue nicely. Carbonation is sublte. Could be a touch creamer, but is still excellent.

Overall, a great beer. I'm happy to have tried it.

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Photo of cpmichael
4.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. A super tiny 25cl bottle.

A: Pours a thick dark black. Has a reddish tint to the mocha colored foam. Thick syrup on the side of the glass. Looks great.

S: A potent chocolate aroma, with hints of oak, sweet malts and bourbon.

T: Bitter dark chocolate dominates the flavor of this beer. The bourbon is there, but it is subtle and well balanced. The bourbon and oak sweeten out the bitter chocolate to make for an excellent flavor.

M/D: Well carbonated, thick as motor oil. Chrewy, but in a good way. The smoothness of the beer hides the fact that this beast is 12.2%.

Overall: This is one tasty beverage. I am not sure I would pay 6 Euro for this too often, but it truly was one fine brew. Great flavor and well balanced, and very very drinkable.

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Photo of stakem
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've wanted to try this beer in the worst way since CaptinRedBeard told me about it back in March. Tuesday he showed up at my place with a bottle in hand! Corey, honestly man thank you for sharing.

I've heard the bottle was small, I assumed it was 11.2 ounces but no, it's like 8.5 ounces. Poured into a snifter, this beer is black with no light penetrating. When held to the light and swirled a faint amount of light shines through revealing some dark brown clarity. A dark brown head initially forms and rapidly recedes holding in a line around the edge of the glass. Spots and faint lines of lace stick to the glass. When swirled, a fine brown head emerges but the brew washing the glass and seemingly stains it brown.

The smell is, dare I say excessively roasted in a very enjoyable way that brings out notes of char and burnt chocolate. Tangy alcohol is present accented with a kick of distilled spirit. The level of roast that the grain has gone through brings out a light smoked aspect mixed with anise, leather and tobacco. It is seemingly perfumey with dark fruits, toasted grain and oak.

The taste is all of the above and more. Very bitter but in a charred grain bitterness, not hoppy or oily bitterness. For how bitter it seems, it is very smooth with a pleasant balance of oak and mild vanilla. Light spiced flavors come through the back as it warms bringing out a more solid focus on the licorice, leather and tobacco qualities of this brew. Really a fantastic example.

This is a full bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It coats the mouth with every sip that lasts inside the mouth. At times it carries with it a somewhat familiar aspect of almost vinous quality instead of some typical dark fruity alcohol esters. Let's not kid ourselves, it's over 12% alcohol but it works and I wanted to devastate the bottle (and would if given the opportunity.) This is the best offering I have had by Mikkeller. A very awesome experience through and through. Thank you again Corey for sharing this rare treat!

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Photo of DaveJanssen
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

25 cL bottle split two ways. Poured into Mikkeller wine glass. Reviewed 10 June 2011 at Kulminator. Served at cellar temperature.

Ar: Black roast, great bourbon, spice, aggressive hop, spicey citrus, pleasant woody alcohol

Ap: Very thick fine dark tan head, excellent retention, black

T: Spicey, roast very strong delicious dark chocolate, strong hop presence, excellent dry roast, lpeasant hop citrus, bitter, great meld of dry baking chocolate, hop spice and bitterness. Smooth bourbon rounds it out,. Nice oak, pleasant toast end, excellent wood, the sweet vanilla and bourbon adds a subtle wonderful edge to this dry and bitter stout.

M: Creamy rich and full body, medium carbonation, lingering pleasant bitterness, light alcohol warmth

O: Everything in this beer works very well together. This is a beer in harmony. not a whole lot of roast, just strong hop presence and chocolate, the wonderful spice of this beer makes it exceptional,

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 25 cl botttle into a tulip. Thanks to Dunt for bringing this bottle.

Appearance: Pitch black with a very impressive, angry cherry brown head. Although creamy, the head cannot hold its own and fades to a ring quickly, leaving just a few spots of lace.

Smell: Soft but noticeable bourbon, roasted malt, a bit of chocolate covered espresso beans, a little bit of tobacco.

Taste: Up front there is a good dark chocolate and roasted malt flavor with a bit of bourbon. Some smoke, tobacco, a littel bit of caramel, molasses, and a bit of vanilla in the middle. The finish has a little oak, bourbon, and some soft tart cherry skin.

Mouthfeel: This is very full bodied, that much is apparent even from the appearance. The carbonation is creamy and smooth, and the mouth is left a little bit sticky, although this is not that sweet of a beer.

Overall: Impressive. The flavor is subtle, complex, and interesting, and the mouthfeel supports the flavor well. Call me a fan, and call me sad that I won't be able to get more easily.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
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 dgilks
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch, inky black with a massive, thick rocky, tan head. Great lacing. The prefect RIS appearance.

Chocolate, coffee and caramel all feature in the aroma. Mildly fruity. Sweet. Oaky vanilla. Very well balanced oak, bourbon and stout.

Bitter chocolate flavour with a bit of oak, coffee and caramel malt. Mild bourbon note. Good bitterness. This is a balanced BA stout which has been in barrels for the right amount of time.

Medium-full body with mild carbonation. Great.

A world class stout with exceptional balance.

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George! Bourbon Edition from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 108 ratings
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