Ibrew2or3 (6888) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 17, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Woodshed 2.0. Big thanks to sebletitje for giving me this bottle. The 8.5oz bottle pours with a deep dark inky body supporting a thin mocha colored head of foam and leaving behind thick legs that stain the glass. The aroma offers up chocolate brownie, toffee, fudge, dark chocolate and black strap molasses. Yep, smells like a yummy chocolate shop. The taste is smooth rich nectar like goodness such as fudge, chocolate, toffee and sweet kettle caramelization. To midway it picks up smooth candy like cognac as well as moving into more and more booziness. Holy cow this is smooth and rich and nectar like. Oh yeah!!!
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAY 16, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Phone review. 8.5 oz bottle, purchased at BeerCraft. Hugely dark, viscous pour; jet black, oily, minimal dark-brown head. Layers of brown sugar, bitter chocolate, and fruity alcohol in the nose; the honeyed, toasted cognac barrel adds an additional layer. Full body, loads of viscosity, and a very minimal carbonation; lush and hefty in the mouth; enough piney and dark-malt bitterness to keep this focused; tons of layered complexity: bitter chocolate and roast, licorice, honeyed cognac, a vinous alcohol; lovely, tempered stuff. Not shy, by any means. Long finish of roast and cocoa.
mcberko (6438) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
250mL bottle, pours jet black with a small brown head. Aroma brings out loads of cognac liqueur upfront, with secondary notes of caramel and chocolate. The roast seems lost on the nose on this one. Flavour is quite heavy and sweet, almost cloying, with strong notes of cognac and syrupy caramel, which pretty much wholly characterize the flavour profile. The roast is likewise gone in the flavour in this rendition. Very sticky and viscous. Great stuff, though a tad on the sweet side for me, and thus my least favourite of the George series.
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 16, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
8.5 oz bottle poured into my Mikkeller stem glass. Black, thick, and viscous with a small ring of brown bubbles. Aromas hit the air as soon as I popped the cap. Burnt coffee at first.Then some tobacco and vanilla notes. The alcohol is noticeable, but very pleasant. I also get some soy sauce and dark chocolate. Full bodied with a thick, oily texture. The flavor starts somewhat sweet like dark chocolate and ends astringent. A very complex beer that seems to have benefited from the cognac barrel ageing.
Ungstrup (29286) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. A black beer with a lazing dark brown head. The aroma has notes of roasted malt, and alcohol. The flavor is sweet with notes of alcohol, roasted malt, soy sauce, and chocolate, leading to a dry alcoholic finish.
Osprey87 (1699) - WALES - MAY 13, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, a few months old, into snifter. Thick black pour, not much head - just a beige ring around the glass. Smells slightly of cognac, unsurprisingly, and burnt plastic. Mouthfeel is great - thick, chewy and rich and not foamy. Taste is complex - lots of roasted barley and soy sauce, less coffee. Tangy cognac finish. Alcohol well hidden. Definitely a sipper though. It might sound pretentious, but I recommend giving it a little while to breathe to lose some of its sharpness.
Bule (756) - California, USA - MAY 12, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
250ml Bottle pours a thick black color with no bubbles or head. The aroma is magnificent with the cognac well noticeable without being overpowering. Flavors of toffee, cognac, roasted malt all coming together to make a great tasting beer.
lamas (1360) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 11, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
8.5 oz. bottle courtesy of agl108. Different label than that in the picture. A pitch black pour with a skim of a reddish chestnut head. The RICH aroma features lots of raisins, plums, soy sauce, chocolate cake, roasted coffee, vanilla, caramel, molasses, anise, peat, and a charred woodsiness. Goes down incredibly smooth. One of the thickest, chewiest bodies I can recall. Some fudge and chocolate cake start things off taste-wise. Raisins, plums, licorice, and vanilla in the middle. A charred woodsiness and some peat too. Lots of freshly roasted coffee and dark chocolate at the end. An interesting finish - quite dry with a great deal of salty soy sauce that really intensifies the flavors. Plenty of alcohol warmth throughout, but very little of the booziness usually associated with a beer this big. Another fantastic beer from Mikkeller! Rating #1200.
SrSilliGose (3257) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2013 tiny bottle produces about 742 danish pours. aroma kicks off with a meaty doughed cocoa then to a tarred, grainy milk dud molasses. turns into a nice smokey dark chocolate as it warms. taste is sweet grainy dark chocolate, deep dark roast leaves a lasting roasty bitterness on the old palate. a touch of burned molasses. bitter dark chocolate roast adds welcomed balance to the sweet syrupy molasses. complex. probably the best mikkeller stout i’ve had. but i guess this was brewed at Nøgne anyway, so not sure who to thank. pretty good in small doses, but in the end was too syrupy sweet. lost desire to finish the 8 oz bottle.
markwise (4467) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 10, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle generously shared by someone at RBWG Grand Tasting. Cheers! Pours a deep black with a dark tan head. Nose is roasted malts, some dark chocolate, some black coffee, and a big peatiness that slmost drowns out the wood and vanilla of the barrel. Flavor is similar- there is roast and there is dark chocolate, but the dominating flavors are peat and more peat. Medium to full in body and very big and boozy.