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Beer Geek Breakfast - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 2,211
Reviews: 952
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 164
Gots: 359 | FT: 22
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Goldorak on 03-10-2006

Brewed at Nøgne Ø.

Ingredients : Water, malt (pils, oat, smoked, caramunich, brown, pale chocolate and chocolate), roasted barley, flaked oats, hops (centennial and cascade), ale yeast and gourmet coffee.
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Ratings: 2,211 | Reviews: 952
Photo of kitch
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a best before date on the bottle cap of 20th May 2019, and poured into a snifter glass. This one was brewed and bottled by Mikkeller at Lervig Aktiebryggeri.

A: The beer poured pitch black with maybe just under one finger tan head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving nice stringy lacing.
S: Aromas mainly of coffee and dark chocolate along with some slight cognac alcohol and raisin smells.
T: Espresso coffee dominates throughout along with a bit of dark chocolate leaving a long lingering bitter aftertaste.
M: Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. A creamy beginning but dry finish.
O: I enjoyed this a lot as I regularly drink black coffee and the lingering bitter aftertaste was excellent. I would be very interested to try out all the different barrel aged versions if I ever get my hands on those bottles. However, this is not quite there at Founders Breakfast Stout level which is still my favourite non BA coffee based stout.

Photo of Chcshammonde
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had the BreAKfast version (fermented in oak), didn't like it, was way too bitter. So I was really wanting to try the base version. I do like this one. Nice and thick mouthfeel. Not syrupy. Coffee in your face! Black coffee, that is. Ain't a bad thing. I really like that this stout is different from other good stouts in that this one is not sweet or caramelly, and doesn't apologize for it. Creamy mouthfeel which was nice. Looking forward to finding vanilla shake, and the bourbon version of this one day too :)

Photo of toronadotornado
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Mikkeller Bar - San Francisco, CA - draft

Photo of Arminius757
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Saw everyone going nuts about this beer and came across it during my travels through Germany.
Pours dark black with no light coming through. Small head, lite brown, that disipated quickly.
Great smell, roasted coffe is the dominate armoma with a hint of chocolate.
Taste follows the same key with the roasted coffe being the dominate player. Long lasting coffe after taste as well. You do get an oaty undertone to it as well. Medium feel with some carbonation.
Not a bad beer at all. Very strong coffe roast.

Photo of ZachDow7
4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bought in SoCal made it back in my suitcase to Detroit. Anyways great beer, wish I would have had early in the day...(night cap) but very tasty and you really taste the coffee which I love...

Photo of DoctorZombies
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with lite brown head that quickly disappeared. Coffee bean roasted malt and chocolate notes. Roasted chocolate malt and espresso flavors. Dusty dry tongue coating, medium lite mouthfeel. Pretty good - I prefer a little more sugar in my "coffee".

Photo of brewskifan55
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a teku glass. Thanks, Alan.

A: Blackish with a tan one finger head that lingered. Soapy lacing.

S: Coffee grounds, dark chocolate, oatmeal.

T: Coffee takes center stage, followed by a luscious dark chocolate effect with a light hoppy bite on the finish. Let it warm for maximum smoothness.

M: Medium with chewy medium carbonation.

O: Now I see why this one is so sought after. A terrific way to do brunch.

Photo of KevChiTown
3.67/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was so pumped to finally drink this beer and it was a total yeast bomb. Drank the top half, very intense roasted black coffee. Still kinda pissed, zero carbonation. Not sure what it was intended to taste like.

Photo of mistersifter86
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2015 vintage, 330mL bottle with Keith Shore label. Like other Mikkeller beers brewed at Lervig, the label says 'se kapsel' for best before, but nothing showing up on the glass or the cap. Poured into a snifter glass. Served at cellar temperature.

A (4.5) Pours a thick dark brown with one finger tan head. Lovely amount of lacing on the glass.

S (4.5) Wonderful, strong coffee notes. Sweet, chocolatey tones. Some roasted malts, but overall extremely coffee forward.

T (4.25) Coffee dominant from start to finish. An amount of hop bitterness coming through - I can definitely taste the centennial and cascade hops. I'm guessing this is a fairly young bottle. As per other reviews, the aftertaste lingers forever. Each sip feels like an individual 'helping'. Taste is extremely balanced yet complex.

M (4) Lovely and thick as one would expect for an oatmeal stout. A fair degree of carbonation, but doesn't detract the experience.

O (4.5) After sampling some of Mikkeller's more extreme stouts, this humble soldier lives up to the hype. A beer that is demanding of your attention - there is a lot for the drinker to take away. Proves that a stout does not need to be 10%+ ABV and BA to be complex and nuanced. The coffee is the real hero here.

I luckily have a few BA versions to review at a later date (bourbon, tequila, cherry wine). Happy to have tried the base beer fresh - excited to see what the various barrels have done to this terrific brew.

Photo of bongobeer
3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark red brown color with 1" of tan head that disappears into thin lacing and smells like COFFEE. Taste like big roasted coffee that finishes with a heavy bitterness, like drinking cold espresso...pretty good stout!

Photo of far333
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown and opaque with a half inch of thick dimpled foam that lingers long leaves a thin sheet of lace on the insides of the glass. Aroma of espresso and dark chocolate, notes of raisin.

Flavor has less character than I expected given the average score and popularity of this beer. Notes of espresso and darkly roasted malt, firm bitterness, but that's about all that I get.

Rich and full and creamy mouthfeel.

Photo of dmgeng
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I really wanted Beer Geek Brunch but had to substitute this instead and I thought it would be pretty good.

A - Beautiful black color. Khaki head with great lacing.

S - Strong roasted smell with complimentary chocolate, coffee, and some caramel and malt mingling afterwards. Mostly the dark roastedness of a stout is predominant.

T - Good flavor dominated by roast, chocolate, coffee, and that distinct oats character that I really enjoy. Solid coffee flavor with some saltiness and a complimenting roasty bitterness to go with the malt sweetness overall. Not as sweet or as chocolaty as some stouts but is mostly balanced.

M - Medium mouth-feel with moderate to low carbonation. Silkier feel and a lightly lingering bitterness that makes this a really good stout. Almost perfect for an oatmeal stout.

Overall, a very good oatmeal stout. It isn't as heavy as some RIS's or as flavorful as some stouts but is a very solid beer. It has everything for the dark beer drinker. I think I like this more than Samuel Smith's Oatmeal stout but I think that Sam's is a better representation of the standard style. And this beer is no Founder's Breakfast Stout but is very delicious even so.

Glass- Snifter

Photo of Dracook
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

slightly bitter. good mouthfeel. not too gassy

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.74/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast has a thin, cream-colored head, a black appearance, and a few splotchy lacing specks left behind on the glass. The aroma is of dark, slightly turned fruit, spinach, coffee, and dark-roasted barley malt. Taste is of powdery coffee, sweet black bread, char, and mellow bitterness. Mouthfeel is heavy and slightly oily. Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast finishes powdery and medium bitter.

RJT

Photo of aleigator
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Creamy tar black color, with a decent beige-brown head.

Strong aromatic smell of coffee, espresso, a little aggressive but wrapped up well in roasted malt sweetness with hazelnut.

Coffee is defining my first impression of tasting this beer. I find it very interesting, that the coffee flavor is troughout evolving and changing on my palate from the beginning to the end, which gives the beer a decent complexity with a medium-body. Coffee goes very well along with chocolate, perfect mingling together, to one creamy opening, which developes more bitter and malty to the end.

The aftertaste is enormous, lasts for minutes and even longer as the beer warms up. Carbonation is higher than expected, but supports this style of stout easily, not too present a decent freshness. Coffee flavor is really great in this beer, sugar and malts are in perfect balance and support it, without making the beer too sweet or distract from the coffee, the main attraction.

The development through different stages on the palate without loosing focus on the coffee impresses me, and it stays for such long time. Even the late uprising bitterness seems to go well along with a remarcable smoothness, which gives this beer a soft, oily, appreciable mouthfeel. Chocolate becomes very present at the end, and adds a yummy sweet note to the overall bitterness. This beer tastes great!

Photo of poskok
4.98/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

One of the best smelling oatmeal stouts. I would like to drink same beer with a little bit less coffee taste.

Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

This is one of the absolute strongest coffee tasting stouts I've ever had the pleasure of trying. It could quite literally be a breakfast coffee replacer.

Photo of Tfwoodard
3.38/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice subtle coffee flavour but overly bitter aftertaste for my liking

Photo of BigOldOaf
3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Glassware - Tulip

A - Pours very dark brown, almost black with a quarter-inch, beige head.

S - Coffee and roasted malts initially, then some dark chocolate comes through.

T - The coffee comes on strong first, then deep, roasty malts and dark chocolate. The combination of bitter coffee and roasted malts lingers on the palate for a while. I'm even getting a hint of licorice in the aftertaste. Kinda nice.

M - For a 7.5% oatmeal stout, the body is light. With the first sip I couldn't help but think "watery." It becomes slightly creamier as it warms, but not enough to get it to where it should be.

O - Intense, bitter flavors from the coffee and roasted malts make for a good flavor profile, but the body was just lacking. Even a slightly thicker body would've helped a lot. Overall, a good beer. Most probably won't quibble over the body.

Photo of TX-Badger
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark, dark brown with plenty of khaki colored head. Coffee, strong coffee and chocolate on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with more coffee and some roasted malt.

Photo of BcOneSeven
2.52/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Way too toasted-burned for me.

Photo of 57md
4.11/5  rDev 0%

Deep dark brown. Nice roasted profile in the nose. The body is average for a mid-range abv stout. The roasted bitter flavor is solid but it clearly is a result of the roasted malt as I am not really getting much coffee in this offering.

An excellent example of a well-made stout but the price point may be a touch too high for what one gets.

Photo of dcmchew
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%

Pitch black, tiny mocha head quick to almost nothing.
Strong American hops on the nose keeps me from getting most of the dark roasted chocolatey malts, but coffee does get through, black, acidic.
Same thing happens in the taste, but not that unbalanced. Bitter spicy leafy hops and coffee in the start, something like black ice coffee with a herbal note (ribwort pops out). Roasted grainy malts, with a smokey note early on, burnt and ashy towards the finish. Dark chocolate and dark fruit, but very faint. Hops keep it together till the finish, bringing some extra bitterness to the rich coffee. Just like the last gulp from a cup of french-pressed coffee.
Medium body, lively carbonation. Aftertaste has coffee and hops, with a clearer dark chocolatey note.
Wouldn't mind changing my morning black tea with this beer, but wouldn't like to get fired either. Great coffee character, with strong hops managing to simply put some extra character in here, without stealing (or messing up with the) show. That's more like it.

Photo of tonyrocknroll
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Beer for Breakfast!

Photo of HattedClassic
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very light brown head that dissipates very quickly but leaves a slight creamy film on top of the beer. The beer itself is a very dark coffee black that is opaque because that's how oatmeal stouts roll. The surface has a nice slick looking sheen.

The beer smell has some very strong roasted coffee notes mixed with some light dark chocolate notes and medium hop notes. The coffee note is really interesting in that smells like an actual cup of coffee that's been made and not just the beans. The hop notes smell like a wet pine note and mix very well with the coffee notes. The oatmeal notes are also there. The dark chocolate is pretty light when compared to the other notes and only takes off a slight edge off of the beer.

The beer taste is similar to the smell in terms of what notes appear. In the taste, the coffee notes are a bit stronger and much more bitter than in the smell and the pine notes add a nice hop bitterness to contrast the coffee notes. The dark chocolate is still there and is still a bit faint. The most interesting is the coffee aftertaste. Instead of tasting like a cup of coffee, the coffee taste likes the actual beans.

The mouthfeel is a bit heavy bodied and smooth. In addition to being smooth, the beer is also a bit slick. There is very little carbonation.

Overall, a very good oatmeal stout and definitely one of the best one I had. My only regret is that I can't actually have this for breakfast.

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Beer Geek Breakfast from Mikkeller ApS
92 out of 100 based on 2,211 ratings.