Category Archives: American Imperial Stout

Mikkeller George vs. Brian Calvados Barrel Aged

Brewery: Mikkeller ApS
Country: Denmark
ABV: 15%
Style: American Imperial Stout
Other Notes: Brewed & bottled by Mikkeller at Lervig Aktiebryggeri, Norway

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Imperial Stout, Barrel Aged Calvados. A Mikkeller beer not to be missed.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.36
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.2

Intro: A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 28th May 2024. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Black in colour with no head and no lacing.
Aroma: Roasty dark malts, chocolate, coffee, oak, alcohol, dark fruit, prunes, plum.
Taste: Light roasty dark malts, chocolate, coffee, oak, slight boozy, sweet, molasses, dark dried fruit, prunes, dried berries, and maybe a hint of apples.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, full bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: An excellent sipper with largely well hidden alcohol. I think I even preferred this slightly more than the Tequila barrel version as its not as sweet.

Mikkeller George vs. Brian Tequila Barrel Aged

Brewery: Mikkeller ApS
Country: Denmark
ABV: 15%
Style: American Imperial Stout
Other Notes: Brewed & bottled by Mikkeller at Lervig Aktiebryggeri, Norway

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Imperial Stout, Barrel Aged Tequila. A Mikkeller beer not to be missed.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.33
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.2

Intro: A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 23rd May 2024. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Black in colour with pretty much no head and no lacing.
Aroma: Roasty, earthy, chocolate, coffee, oak, alcohol, with light herbal and tequila sweetness.
Taste: Roasty, sweet, boozy, chocolate, coffee, oak, tequila, light herbal and hints of bitterness on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, alcohol warming, full bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: A very nice sipper with good barrel notes and alcohol well hidden even though it is 15% ABV.

Mikkeller George Bourbon BA

Brewery: Mikkeller ApS
Country: Denmark
ABV: 12.12%
Style: American Imperial Stout
Other Notes: Brewed & bottled by Mikkeller at Lervig Aktiebryggeri, Norway

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.38
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.2

Intro: A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 19th May 2024. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Black in colour with no head and no lacing.
Aroma: Roasty, chocolate, coffee, oak, bourbon, and vanilla.
Taste: What you’d expect from the aroma, roasty, chocolate, coffee, oak, bourbon sweetness and vanilla.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, full bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: A wonderful sipper with really nice bourbon sweetness complementing the roast, chocolate and coffee.

Mikkeller George

Brewery: Mikkeller ApS
Country: Denmark
ABV: 12.12%
Style: American Imperial Stout
Other Notes: Brewed & bottled by Mikkeller at Lervig Aktiebryggeri, Norway

Brewer Description: (from Mikkeller webshop) Ever been punched in the face by a beer? Our pal George offers anyone willing to try, a thick and oily fist right to the nose. His balance skills are off the charts, but we went ahead and soaked him in bourbon barrels, just to shake things up even more. Good for as many rounds as you can muster up to.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.04
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.9

Intro: A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 28th August 2024. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Black in colour with a thin brown head that disappeared almost immediately while leaving no lacing.
Aroma: Light roast, chocolate, coffee, licorice and light herbal.
Taste: Light roast, chocolate, caramel, licorice, light burnt bitterness, and hints of vanilla.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, full bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: Nice wonderful sipper with good roast, chocolate and vanilla. Sweet with bitter notes on the finish.

To Øl Goliat Sherry Oak Chips Edition

Brewery: To Øl
Country: Denmark
ABV: 10.1%
Style: American Imperial Stout
Other Notes: Brewed & bottled by To Øl at De Proef Brouwerij, Belgium

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Imperial coffee stout matured with sherry oak chips.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.78
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.6

Intro: A 375ml bottle with a best before date of 25th October 2021 (I think, as the year was not clear). Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Dark brown to black in colour with a slightly more than one finger dark beige head that had good retention and left lots of nice lacing.
Aroma: Strong roast, coffee, milk chocolate, alcohol booziness, light caramel and a touch herbal at the end.
Taste: Sweet, boozy alcohol forward, light roast, light coffee, light chocolate, molasses and a hint of herbs.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: The boozy alcohol and sweetness overpowered much of the other flavours, hiding much of the roast, coffee and chocolate that I enjoy.