Beer Geek Breakfast - Mikkeller ApS
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4.4/5 rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast
Appearance: This oatmeal/coffee stout pours a very dark brown, almost black with a deep tan/light brown finger of slightly rocky head, impressive for a stout. As with most stouts, this head is fleeting and leaves behind a hazy film atop the beer along with a very small ring of tightly packed bubbles around the outside. The head on this beer really makes it stand out amongst many other stouts. The hint of alcohol legs at only 7.5% ABV is surprising, and hopefully not indicative of a strong alcohol taste. There is minimal-to-no lacing as the beer travels down the glass, which is unfortunate, but certainly not a deal-breaker.
Aroma: This stout smells quite sweet, likely due to the oats and dark malts that are so clearly present throughout the nose. There is also a certain amount of woodiness in the nose, another anomaly for the style, as it is not barrel-aged as far as this review is aware. There are hints of cocoa nibs and a sort of creaminess that evokes memories of milk stouts, as well as, in the very back of the nose, a bit of alcohol. This is shaping up to be quite a special (and complex) stout.
Taste: Interesting and unexpected describe this beer best. Apparently the aroma was a complete misdirection, as the sweetness is very subtle, and, in fact, not in every sip. What is there, however, does well to balance the nearly overwhelming wave of bitterness from the coffee that is omnipresent throughout each sip. One could almost compare the beer to drinking carbonated coffee, as it truly is that bitter. Just at the tail end of some sips sneaks in just a touch of bakers’ chocolate, which adds an interesting dynamic. More sweetness would have certainly been welcome to balance the bitterness juggernaut that is this offering from Mikkeller, but coffee lovers need look no further: this is the Holy Grail.
Mouthfeel: This is a smooth sipper, with a strong emphasis on “sipper”. The body is medium to thin and the carbonation is low, which really hurts the taste distribution, but the bitterness bulls its way through this flaw anyway. There is also a definite creaminess that was first hinted at in the aroma. This cements the beer as a sipper.
Overall: My first Mikkeller beer was quite a successful experience. This beer hits hard in the bitterness thanks to the coffee, but as a lover of coffee that is just fine. To those who are not fans of coffee: do not purchase this beer. There are sweeter stouts out there that will be much more to your liking (Left Hand Milk Stout, New Glarus Road Slush, and Southern Tier Mokah come to mind). For those of us who enjoy a delicious, black cup of joe, this is the coffee stout you have been searching for. For the alcoholics among us this might just be the best part of waking up. 17/20
Serving type: bottle
08-31-2012 03:26:25 | More by THANAT0PSIS
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