Beer Geek Breakfast - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 2,243
Reviews: 961
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.46%
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Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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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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Photo of oberon
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have passed this beer up a few times in the past,I finally broke down and bought it yesterday.Poured into an imperial pint glass an opaque black I mean no light showing thru this bad boy,a large fluffy dark colored head atop.Smells just like a espresso roast coffee just heavy roasted malt there is a hint of bitter chocolate as well but its somewhat hidden under the intense roast.A sharp almost fizzy mouthfeel was unexpected and not wanted and it hindered the richness of the beer,flavors are intense coffee with notes of black pepper and earth as well,its very dry not much sweetness just a touch of unsweetened chocolate.This seemed a bit raw and I didnt like the mouthfeel much,maybe a little overrated?

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 ThisWangsChung
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%

12oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a pitch-black color. The head is a finger high, and dark tan in shade. Retention is quite excellent, with its creamy shade providing excellent aesthetic appeal. A ring of lacing is left on the glass. (4.25)

Smell: This brings the coffee forward quite well. However, it’s not some one-note coffee bomb: I’m also picking up notes of dark chocolate, roast, and piny hops. The hops and the roast blend together extremely well – I just know this will turn out nicely… (4)

Taste: This is surprisingly hoppy. I’m enjoying the big initial notes of pine, herbs, and grainy oat. Quickly, it transitions into flavors of chocolate and vanilla cream. Coffee remains a subtle suggestion throughout. Further sips balance it out further. Bold and easygoing all at the same time; this one’s a winner. Only flaw is that the coffee is bit too mild for my personal tastes (and really, that isn't much of a flaw...) (4)

Mouthfeel: Unlike a lot of stouts, it’s very dry and almost clean. In fact, it drinks much like an overgrown dry stout. Carbonation is moderately high, creating an additional illusion of lightness. Not once does it become too cloying or heavy on the palate. (4)

Overall: No, it’s not a pure coffee bomb. What it does is mesh coffee, hop, and roast flavors incredibly well. I could easily drink two or three of these in a sitting…shame that’s such a financially unsound idea. (4)

4.01/5: Great oatmeal stout; loving the hop/roast/coffee interplay

Photo of RoyalT
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - This poured in inky, greasy dark brown in color and looked like a thin motor oil. The head was a very deep, dark brown and very stubborn. So cool.

Smell - There's some nice smoke in here but it's not heavy-handed. I'm also getting a raw and pleasant oatmeal aroma. The main gist though is a rich, powerful, fine espresso and coffee bean mix that will take your breath away.

Taste - The balance here is impeccable. The smoke-filled sausage is light and teasing, the oatmeal is present but duly submissive, and the fine espresso and coffee are as loud and strong as possible without being overbearing. The sugars are strictly of the raw cane variety and richly sweet but again not overpowering or otherwise harping for attention in any way. The harmony in these flavors is amazing.

Mouthfeel - This is bigger than medium-bodied and I'd say almost full in the mouth with some slight bittering and almost no carbonation that just adds to the breakfast theme.

Drinkability - The deft touch of the brewer here is what I think is most striking about this beer. It's remarkable how he achieved this balance with such big players. It's more like writing a symphony than brewing a beer, but however he approached it he ended up with an amazing offering in a most unusual interpretation of the style. This is nothing like you've ever had before and most likely will never find again, so don't miss an opportunity to check this out.

Photo of ricke
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black with a beautiful brown head that settles rather quickly into a thin layer of lacings on top of the liquid.

S: Plenty of coffee, coffee beans and roasted malts. Chocolate, faint notes of dark fruits and some alcohol.

T: Wonderful coffee flavors - espresso and freshly ground coffee beans. Big malty backbone with a strong roasted character. Plenty of chocolate, some fruity notes, minimal hint of soy sauce, licorice. The finish is fairy bitter with more notes of coffee, some wood and alcohol. The hops are restrained throughout the experience.

M: Full body with a very smooth texture. Low levels of carbonation.

D: This is a great coffee stout with a rich coffee profile. Highly recommended.

Photo of MadScientist
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nearly opaque black with just a little garnet showing around the edge of the glass. The persistant medium brown head is composed of fine creamy bubble forming a thin cap on the beer.

S: Moderate coffee and roastiness with citrusy hops aroma. Some chocolate aroma is here in there with a light oat aroma. There is a bit of that herbaceous like it was dry hopped. Some soft alcohol aroma round out the nose.

T: The taste is like coffee and cream followed by a bite of rich milk chocolate. There is a moderately bitterness mostly from the hops but the dark malt is contributing as well. Light citrus hops flavor. The balance is about even between the bitterness and the malt sweetness. The finish is off dry with a lingering bitterness along with a chocolate and coffee after taste. A bit of flowery alcohol on the end as well.

M: medium-full bodied with a lot of creaminess and an good amount of slickness that is just short of being oily. The carbonation is at a medium level and there is a modest amount of warmth from the alcohol.

O: One of better coffee beers I've tasted, a real treat. I'd definitely buy this again.

Photo of StoutHearted
4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smells like a dream- everything you could want in a coffee beer. Actually makes you think you could forgo your daily Dunkin in the morning for this bad boy. Can you smell frothiness? Maybe it's from the thick, fluffy caramel head, but a pleasing, fluffy caramel aroma hits you first, with a promise of creaminess. You can smell its strength, too, with a booziness that's not offputting, but still acts tough.

The brew is creamy indeed, with a smooth, rich mouthfeel. Coffee flavor abounds, of course, with a licorice bit clinging to the back of the throat that's not sticky or strong as in other coffee beers. As for drinkability, it's a divine beer best for after dinner as a dessert.

Photo of woodchipper
3.72/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- Probably would be opaque in a 1/4" thick glass if I had one. Amazing dark, 4 finger head, very fine lace that continues to rise for about 30 sec +.
S-Reminds me of a coffee flavored candy of my childhood-- a little too sweet smelling for my taste in a beer
T-1st is sweet coffee- finishes with a nice bitterness, good carbonation if drunk with large head-- less so later-- but even after head is gone good for a stout
D- Would only want one of these per session between richness, coffee flavor and ABV.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep impenetrable black from the bottle, very viscous as well. An inch of creamy thick dark tan head rises on top of the brew. Aromas of well roasted malts along with a chocolate character. Then the coffee bean aroma comes in with a nice fresh brewed aroma. A light dark fruity undertone with some anise also.

First sip brings a smooth dark roasted maltiness with a good blast of chocolate and black coffee flavors. The oats make it very slick and smooth, a bit oily even. A slight caramel and dark fruit accent is there as well. Finishes with a good bitterness, a touch of herbal hops and is balanced overall. The bold, tasty coffee flavors linger on after each sip.

Mouthfeel has a big, creamy body. Goes down smooth and is damn tasty! Finishing the bomber is no problem here. This is a highly drinkable brew anytime of the day. Overall, a wonderful coffee stout from Mikkeller, I'm glad to see their brews around Chicagoland now and can't wait to try more.

Photo of JasonA
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Almost want to dock a .5 here since all I got was head with this pour. I might as well blame myself, even though I know I poured it proper. Pours an oil slick black, with the darkest head Ive ever seen. Real thick also.

Smells powerful deep bakers chocolate with lots of espresso. Some black patent, and roasted malt. Some ABV, but par for the style. Im curious about the hops, none present.

Stout, fairly bitter. Im getting some cocoa, but no chocolate per se. Maybe some ground coffee, but not the flavor I was expecting. I hate to go below good, here but I think its a bit bitter for my taste. I get that its an American Double, but for the Beer Geek Breakfest, I want more roasted coffee, not bitter black coffee.

Well balanced, but with the ABV fairly low for the style its expected. Might have just a bit too much roasted malt, though it could be the coffee, not sure. As mentioned, a bit bitter.

Good drinking beer, not really one I have desire to come back to though.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a big beer. Black in color with a thick, cafe-au-lait head. It had a wonderful aroma of coffee and chocolate, with a bit of cereal. Mostly an espresso taste, faint chocolate. I think it's pretty full-bodied and filling. Great beer, one that I will want to try again, even with the hefty price tag.

Photo of warnerry
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a lot of dark brown head. Head is very persistent.

Smell is predominately coffee, but not nearly as intense coffee as Founders Breakfast Stout. After the coffee, a nice complement of roasted malts comes through.

Coffee is much more intense in the taste than in the smell. Deep roasted malts come through in the middle, followed by some nice hop bitterness and some slightly burnt malts. Taste is pretty awesome.

Full bodied but not overly heavy mouthfeel. Bitter finish produces a slight drying on the tongue.

Overall this is a very good and enjoyable stout, but not quite in the same league as FBS, especially for the price. Alcohol is not apparent at all.

Photo of Beaver13
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours an extremely dark and opaque black-brown with a dark brown head that quickly recedes to a thin film that laces the glass some.

The aroma is chocolate malts, oatmeal, lactose, dark fruits and vinous alcohol.

The flavor is chocolate with some slightly tart and sour fruits (seem a little out of place) leading to a roasted grainy and acidic coffee and tar finish that is quite bitter. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, a little low on carbonation, but extremely velvety - one of the first things I noticed as I sipped it.

Overall, a fun well-made beer. I'd prefer less hops and more coffee though (never thought I'd say that!). I really want to love this, but it is just shy of an awesome beer...still very good though (albeit expensive).

Photo of babyhobbes
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this beer through a trade with Risser09, thank you so much! This beer is fantastic.

My favorite stout is probably Storm King or the Hoppin' Frog stout. This beer would a wonderful against those two and a great stout to have in the fridge anytime. Too bad I can't get it here!

This pours a deep, dark chocolate brown, with a small head despite vigorous pouring. I wish it had a larger bit of head. A ring did stay through the whole glass. Taste and smell are very similar. There's a ton of coffee without the coffee aftertaste and acidity. The hops are noticeable and pair well with the coffee and roasted malts. Unfortunately, I'm not too good at identifying specify hop varieties...yet. Whatever ones they used in here taste good and balance the coffee and malts well. I could drink this down way too fast. It's so delicious, go get some!

This was a great trade! Thanks again, Risser!

Photo of bishopdc0
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serve in a big mug at novare res
It is Black with a big head that hugs the mug as it dissipates.

The aroma is full of sweet malts maple sugar and coffee mixed with chocolate

The mouth is soft with a nice sweet coffee and chocolate milk smoothness. The flavor of roasted barley and a nice hint of maple make an appearance in the end. The carbonation is lite and leaves a pleasant feeling on the tongue. Very nice.

Some may find this stout to be too sweet but it suits me fine

Photo of merlin48
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pours dark and inky, ebony as it sits in the glass. Khaki brown head has excellent retention and shows some garnet hues on the fringe. Lots of sticky lacing.

Aroma is not as bold as expected. Lots of bakers chocolate, espresso, cedar hops, and freshly ground Kona coffee beans.

Mouthfeel is rich and coating but not quite full bodied. Carbonation is a bit too aggressive in my opinion.

Taste is dry and roasty with a strong coffee dominance. The coffee is much more expressive in the taste than in the aroma. Bittersweet chocolate and dry cocoa powder chime in. Pine hops adds more bitterness to the dark roasty malt profile. Finishes dry and bitter with a coffee aftertaste. Alcohol isn't noticed.

Another solid offering from Mikkeller, but not quite in the same class as the better American coffee stouts such as those from Founders.

Photo of Mora2000
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My brother picked this one up for me at Phillipe's in Lafayette. Great find.

Pours dark brown to black with a huge dark tan head. Aroma is big time coffee with some hops as well. Didn't expect to find them in this beer. The flavor is lots of coffee, but also some hop flavor and bitterness. The taste starts with coffee, then moves to citrusy hop flavor and bitterness and then finishes with more coffee. The hops somewhat diminish as the beer warms. Medium thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Oatmeal adds to the creamy mouthfeel.

Photo of magictrokini
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with brown edges, viscous, with an explosive head. HUGE tan head comprised of tiny, cascading bubbles. Took a while for it to die down so I could pour the rest of the bottle. Thick, hard lacing. Burnt black coffee nose along with burnt grains and oats. Some cream and smoke as well. Viscous, oily mouthfeel with a coating-like finish. Massive coffee flavor. Bitter, acidic, roasty, biting, anything black coffee is in this beer. Oatmeal/cereal flavors are present, as well as caramel, chocolate, vanilla, and cream, but all are far less in representation than the coffee. Its a slow drinker, but very pleasant as it warms. Some have said that this is coffee overload or it is not complex enough; I disagree. This says its a coffee stout and it follows through.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a very dark and oily opaque black with a nice fine one finger dark brown head with a little bit of lacing.

Taste is nice and roasty with lots of chocolate and burnt coffee on the finish. The body is a bit lighter than you'd expect but it makes it very drinkable. Carbonation is low which is perfect.

Photo of CaptinRedBeard
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a Duvel tulip. Popurs a nice dark brown/black with a brown head made up of tight silky bubbles.

S: Mostly an aroma of black coffee but hints of roasted malts and vanilla are also present.

T: Espresso bitterness, dark chocolate and some hop bite with a heavy malt backbone.

M: I had to lower my score in this area because the carbonation is just over the top here. Less carbonation would make for a much smoother drinking brew. Medium bodied.

D: I actually had this beer for breakfast and I would certainly go back for more. I could have easily finished another bottle. This would go great with dessert as well.

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

1pt. .9 fl. oz. bottle (16oz?) at about fridge temp poured into a snifter. couldnt find any freshness info on the bottle.

pours out pretty much opaque black, slight dark brown on the edges in the light. very big 3 fingers of mocha tan head that had this wonderful cascading effect on the pour, very similar to a nitro tap, havent really ever seen anything like this from a beer such as this. lots of thick, creamy retention, kept almost a fingers worth the whole way. lots of thick sticky lace.

a very nice kind of complexity to the roasted malt in this. lots of burnt roast from both the malt and some roasted coffee blends together. a bit of smoke in there. a bit of an earthy hoppiness.

a decent amount of coffee, but its in proportion with everything else, so maybe not super noticable. but it makes for a great roast profile. lots of roast and a bit of charred like smoke. earthy, almost piney hops round things out and add to the bitterness in the finish.

very creamy mouthfeel, thanks to the oatmeal, almost an ipa like resinous bitter that linger on the palate. medium to almost heavy body. this maybe couldve used a bit more body, but i dont think they were going for a big alcohol stout, so it works.

a solid, almost drinkable stout. a lighter body than most, but still can be intense at times. well done, i wouldve liked a touch more coffee, but im a huge coffee beer nut, so thats just me.

Photo of ohmybock
2.26/5  rDev -45%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

I just picked up a bottle of this one. To be honest, I was VERY psyched to find it! I had heard great things about it (and I love coffee brews), but (unfortunately) what I found was not good.

Even though I don't drink a lot of stouts/porters these days, I still enjoy some. With that being said, I usually enjoy a stout/porter which is fairly malty...or one which at least has a decent malty, balancing flavor. I especially like the ones which include coffee as well. The BGB was way too dry for my tastes. It had a long, lingering, dry/biting, charred finish which totally turned me off. There was some slight coffee in there, but it wasn't all that strong. Combine that with a very low level of malty sweetness, and you end up with this brew. I read that the current batch was brewed in a different location (Norway?) from the last batch (Belgium?) so I'm wondering if there's a difference between the two. I don't know, but whatever the case, I had to drain-pour this bottle. I just couldn't stomach it at all. It tasted very much like a mix of (what I assume would be) a dirty cigarette ashtray combined with a hint of espresso. Yuck! I wish I had spent my $9 on some more Peche Mortel which I picked up at the same *that* was a stout I liked!

PS - I would suggest Bell's Java Stout, Central Water's Coffee Stout, and/or Great Divide's Oak aged Yeti with Espresso wholeheartedly over this brew...and yes...that Dieu du Ciel Peche Mortel too. Oh what the heck, let's go ahead and throw in Alesmith Speedway and Deschutes Abyss as well, even though they don't have strong coffee flavors. You know what? Why not throw something else in from my imperial stout loving friends...I liked it, but they LOVED it...and it's called Bell's Expedition Stout.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of July 2016. Batch no. 659, brewed (or bottled) on the 13th July 2011. Purchased from my local beer specialist - this might be the most expensive beer I've tried to date.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. An exceptionally dark brown with hints of ruby; appears completely black in the glass and when held to the light. Yields a massive head of creamy brown foam with excellent retention; this eventually subsides. Darkest head I've seen yet. Intense aroma of roasted coffee/malt with notes of cocoa and burnt grain.

Tastes of roasted coffee and malt with a dry, bitter finish. Intense notes of roasted coffee, roasted malt and burnt grain, with undertones of cocoa, liquorice, earthy yeast and stewed hops. Mouthfeel is thick and velvety, with tingly carbonation and a dry, spicy character. Astringent. Aftertaste of bitter coffee and roasted malt.

What a beer! An amazing blend of coffee and dark malt with a fantastic aroma and flavour. The mouthfeel is incredible; the most viscous beer I've tried. A world-class brew and well worth your time (and money).

Photo of chickenm
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle. Pours black with a very dark brown head. Roasty aroma with coffee and chocolate. Flavor has loads of espresso, roasted malts, and chocolate. Medium-heavy bodied, and a good bitter finish. Carbonation is a bit on the high side. At only 7.5%, this is very drinkable for an imperial stout. Great beer, this is a must-try if you are a coffee lover.

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.

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Beer Geek Breakfast from Mikkeller ApS
92 out of 100 based on 2,243 ratings.