boFNjackson (4191) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 20, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at a recent tasting... Poured pitch black with a light brown head. Smooth with a wonderful barrel character. The high alcohol seemed quite faint creating a nice drinking sipper. Roasted flavors with dark chocolate, vanilla bean, and coffee. Superb.
alpar (160) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 14, 2012
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow, thanks for this one Allen.
The nose on this beer is amazing. Huge barrel character and some smoke. Hints of vanilla and maybe a whisp of oak (haha). The taste is un freaking real, marshmallow and vanilla the best barrel attributes possible a little smoke like the nose and a well blended bourbon. Jesus Christo this beer is epic and I wish I could get more of it!
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 10, 2012
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, with some serious thanks due to Boutip. Thanks Phil! Pours inky viscous black, with a half-finger thick dark tan head, which is rather short lived. Lacing is spotty to poor. Nose is sweet bourbon, vanilla, a real graphite note and sweetness here, something resembling lilac or lavender, or maybe soap. Something sweet and floral, but I cannopt place it. Further nosing reveals a "dirtier" side, some hung meat, some smoke, some earth, almost some peat notes. It’s almost like this was aged 90% in Bourbon, and 10% in Scotch barrels... Flavours of bourbon, peat, smoke, real bitter cocoa note here too. This one really ’opens up’ on the palate, with dark fruit, vinous notes, tar, creosote, vanilla, just a true masterpiece. After I had the original George! I was skeptikal about the BA version showing up in the Top 50. It had to be just hype, I said to myself. But not so! This is incredible stuff, truly Kaggen-esque. World class Imperial Stout!!!!
craftycarl21 (2302) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 9, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to GT2!!! Tasted side by side with regular George. Very similar in most respects; same black pour with gorgeous rich brown head. The nose and flavor both bring less roasty charred bitterness and small hints of vanilla, but very little bourbon character. Smoother finish. Still amazing, but I think I actually like the more aggressive base beer more.
MrChopin (3727) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 6, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
black with a rich cardboard head. Bit more heat and ash in nose, bourbon, sweeter than George but more integrated and nuanced. Flavor is inkier, more roast, light chocolate, heavy anise and chocolate through the finish, light heat adds some complexity. Thin and salty to a stinging fault.
GT2 (9410) - Oceanside, California, USA - FEB 5, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
250mL thanks to anders37. Same style pour as the normal George- essentially ink with a larger, Martian red head. Good retention. Awesome SRM. Nose is similar- some copper metals, lemon, melon, soy, smoked seasalt. Taste is similar to the George, a little less bitter than the normal George but still quite hoppy. Lemon citrusy character, dark chocolate, tangy espresso, Italian coffee, and little hints of vanilla. Really no bourbon character I can pick out as smoked meat and tangy citrus are forefront. A little bit spicier and more apparent mild copper off character in the finish. Lots of bitter chocolate and coffee. Good stuff.
Travlr (16791) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 5, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy og GT2 - thanks! Tasted side by side with the base beer. This one has a slightly less motor oil like pour, but the same huge brown head, with good retention. Aroma is the familiar burnt espresso toned down by a slight amount of booze. Taste is awash with vanilla, dark milk chocolate, dark roasted coffee. Less bitter, more smooth than the base. Delicious.
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - FEB 5, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks travlr. Ink black pour with a thick tan head. Much like the base beer- roasty and chocolatey but with more vanilla instead of bitter char. Really delicious. Thick rich palate with a dark chocolate like finish. A hint better than the original.
frontabobby (1) - - FEB 5, 2012 does not count
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
C’est ce que j’appelle le Roi du pétrole! La mousse incroyablement dense et dans une teinte chocolat précède un nez dans le moka, cacao amer et c’est ce bon vieux fût de bourbon qui vient enrober tout ça pour attirer un palais déjà très tenté. Le palais découvre les arômes découverts au nez avec une belle et bonne amertume très longue en bouche. Puis c’est là que le foie est touché par l’uppercut entrevu sur l’étiquette. La longueur en bouche, l’amertume et ces arômes de moka, de bourbon sont parfaitement équilibrés et ne demandent qu’à en profiter de nouveau. On sent bien évidemment la brasserie Nogne derrière tout cela avec l’intention géniale de chez Mikkeller. On en redemande!
peteinSD (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 3, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Jonno - thanks! Oily black pour with a sinister, dark expresso tan head that fades out to a slick of foam. Aroma is light bourbon (no vanilla or coconut), some alcohol heat, dense chocolate, bitter coffee, roast, and some underlying sweet malt. Taste is light bourbon up front with some alcohol followed by bitter chocolate, perhaps some coffee, and a fairly dry malt finish. The bourbon reappears in the taste through the finish as well. Very impressive mouthfeel as it’s light/creamy, clean, and even relatively dry on the finish but completely appropriate for the way the beer presents. I really enjoyed this beer but the bourbon character came across more as alcohol heat/booze than the more decadent, softer bourbon character I’ve enjoyed in other barrel aged imperial stouts that have that pronounced vanilla and coconut richness.