Beer Geek Breakfast - Mikkeller ApS

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Reviews: 952
Hads: 2,259
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 6.08%
Wants: 166
Gots: 371 | FT: 24
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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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Reviews by beesy:
Photo of beesy
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a standard pint glass

A - pours a deep brown that turns opaque black in the glass. A deep mocha brown head 2.5 fingers tall builds. Fluffy. Creamy. Medium amount of lacing. Foam sticks around in a small puddle for the entire drink.

S - first thing I pick up is molasses and cappuccino. Lots of chocolate. Licorace. Bakers chocolate chips. Slightly roasty.

T - lots going on. Large amounts of smoky tobacco. The tobacco notes remind me slighly of Rivertown's War. The coffee takes a slight backseat to the roast and tobacco flavors. Dark chocolate. Very slight amount of sweetness.

M - medium-full bodied. A drying effect is present. I think from reviewing two beers in two nights with oatmeal, I'm not getting the creamy mouthfeel I was expecting. Doesn't mean it's bad, just not as expected.

D - a nice sipper for me. I'm trying to see if it opens up as it warms.

Overall, a very nice stout with lots if different tastes ranging from tobacco smoke to chocolate to malt to coffee. I thought the coffee was a little more muted than what I would have liked to see. The only downfall in my eyes is that there is nothing that stood out as being "oh my" on this one. Very solid all around but lacking that "geez x is damn good" aspect. (1,273 characters)

More User Reviews:
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? (711 characters)

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. (847 characters)

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 (1,519 characters)

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. (1,437 characters)

Photo of aszatk01
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of DanGeo
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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. (713 characters)

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -2.7%

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. (1,126 characters)

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. (686 characters)

Photo of tbryan5
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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. (505 characters)

Photo of delaced21
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of -DF-
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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. (969 characters)

Photo of dimitrov
1.75/5  rDev -57.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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. (979 characters)

Photo of danthehopslamman
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of dandaugherty1221
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (305 characters)

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. (686 characters)

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