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Beer Geek Breakfast - Mikkeller ApS

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Reviews: 966
Hads: 2,354
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 16.06%
Wants: 183
Gots: 413 | FT: 27
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Mikkeller ApS
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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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Photo of MattyG85
4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours jet black with a moderate amount of bubbles. Slight finger of tan head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A roasty and earthy dark malt driven aroma with a scent of coffee beans, chocolate, and oats. Upfront scent of French press coffee beans. Dark roasted malt hints of dark chocolate, smoke, oatmeal, biscuit, caramel, nuts, and yeast. Sweet hints of vanilla and brown sugar. Also some hints of earthy hops. A pretty good roasty aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a roasty and earthy dark malt driven taste with notes of coffee beans, chocolate, and oatmeal. Big upfront taste of bitter dark roast coffee beans. Dark roasted malt with notes of dark chocolate, oatmeal, smoke, biscuit, caramel, nuts, and yeast. Sweet taste of vanilla and brown sugar. Some nice earthy hop bitterness as well.

Mouthfeel: Body is on the fuller side of medium. Carbonation is moderate. Slick, drying, and somewhat chewy. Alcohol is hidden well.

Overall: A great Coffee Stout. Big coffee, chocolate, and oatmeal flavor with some nice hop bitterness.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

$6.99 bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Appearance: Hard pour into the glass gave a nice, brown creamy head that went away pretty quickly. Not much lace at all. Pitch black in color.

Smell: Roasted malts and I suppose coffee -- really comes off as malts more than anything -- and a definite meaty quality... it smells really smoked meat-like. I'm surprised how much it smells like that and how relatively little it smells like coffee.

Taste/feel: Pretty much identical to the smell. A lot of smoked meat sort of flavors throughout with this beer before it combines with coffee near the finish and ends with a lingering kind of smokiness. Not what I envisioned, based on the name of this beer, as this is umami all over. The mouthfeel is on the thinner side, but not overly so, and the carbonation is nearing the high end... definitely doesn't drink like it's 7.5% ABV ... more like a 5-6% at best.

I enjoy it but I don't. I enjoy it because I like the smoked meat flavors I'm getting with the coffee because it provides a definite "different" experience. I dislike it because I was expecting a hell of a lot more coffee, a silkier mouthfeel, and because, well... it was seven bucks for an 11.2oz bottle. I enjoy it, but it's not a stand out. I'm not sure I'd recommend this at $7 a pop.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 9/7/2015. Pours nearly pitch black color with a 1 finger dense and fluffy tan head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted oats, dark bread, light nuttiness, herbal, pine, light smoke/char, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of roast/bready malt, coffee, and earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted oats, dark bread, light nuttiness, herbal, pine, light smoke/char, and roasted/toasted earthiness. Moderate pine and roast/char bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, toasted oats, dark bread, light nuttiness, smoke, char, herbal, pine, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt, coffee, and earthy hop flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from hop/roast bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready, and sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent American styled oatmeal stout. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt, coffee, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of justinp444
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter it has a 3 inch head of beige with a black body. Smell of a ton of coffee, chocolate, lots of vanilla, roasted malt, nutty, and pecans. Taste is the same with a lot of pecan nutty flavor, a ton of coffee (but slightly acidic), chocolate, vanilla, and a good amount of roasted malt with a bit of a burnt flavor. Mouth feel is fantastic with a thick full just lightly oily slick mouth and a creamy carbonation with a more moderate easy drinking body to back it up. Definitely a great bitter coffee stout and worthy of it's reputation.

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Photo of d3davies
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

first time going around with this gem. It lived up to its reputation. I would have been more than happy stopping with but i followed up with the big blend immediately after, pretty solid all around. however, i could have enjoyed a touch more coffee notes.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

That equal parts brown and black with half inch tan head pour. Aroma kicks coffee up your nose in the friendliest of ways.

Big coffee forward taste, dark coffee, bitter. Burnt flavors both the malt and coffee. Decently chewy. Expensive foray, but it is a very good coffee beer.

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

A - A good looking pour, with a solid blackish body, with brown highlights, and a thin wisp of tan head that fades to a single ring.

S - Coffee notes, subtle floral perfume.

T - Lots of bitter coffee acidity, but this does not eclipse the oat and malt hit that forms the core. Stout roastiness, with a fairly mild close.

M - Sticky and slick, which is a trick. Ultimately, a moderate stout, not too heavy, with a bit of bite in the close.

O - A very tasty oatmeal stout, with nice coffee elements. Full body and flavor.

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Photo of madelfonatree
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dated best by January 29, 2018 enjoyed October 21, 2015 in a Mad Elf tulip/snifter.

Look - Dark brown body. Slow to develop tan head fine to medium bubbles dissipates quickly to a ring. I am not seeing much sediment as expected. Pin point lacing and nothing more.

Smell - Chocolate. Coffee. Sweet.

Taste - Chocolate. Coffee. Cardboard. Char.

Feel - I like how heavy it is for abv. Carbonation explodes with swallow.

Overall - Not as dirty as I like my breakfast stouts. More on the milk chocolate side as opposed to dark chocolate. Light on the char. Nice feel for their low abv stout.

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Photo of zonker17
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had brown jelly globs that seemed harmless but still weird. Love the flavor with rich coffee notes that work well with the malts and yeast. Not my favorite in the style but would drink again.

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Photo of cjohns73
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black pour. Thin slightly off-white foam that settles into a healthy, thin coating. Smell is muted, but the coffee comes through. The taste is lighter, but definitely coffee. First taste struck me as heavy on carbonation, but that feeling didn't last. Great replacement for actual coffee.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black in color with no penetration to light whatsoever. There's 3/4 of an inch of densely packed beige head resting on top. Heavy lacing. Aroma is of intense wood smoke, coffee, and a faint whiff of oatmeal. The flavor is an intense initially of oatmeal and it quickly transitions into coffee and oatmeal. The mouth is very thick and viscous.

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Photo of atr2605
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours black, with a thick tan head with great retention that clings to the glass and leaves nice lacing
S-citrus, roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate
T-lots of roasted coffee, burnt chocolate, citrus flavors follow, with more unsweetened chocolate lingering
M-medium bodied, smooth, and slick
O-Heavy on the roasted flavors and bitterness but still a very enjoyable brew

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Photo of thebeers
3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ink black with about a finger of chocolate-milk colored head that shoots up at the end of the pour out of nowhere. Rich dark chocolate aroma, with a bit of coffee grounds and vanilla in the background. Woah. Extreme black coffee taste. Bitter up front, but while the coffee taste lingers, the bitterness doesn't. Slightly creamy mouthfeel, but not as much as expected from an oatmeal stout. Can't believe I'm saying this, but perhaps too much coffee in this one.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Milky dark brown body, looks thin. Aroma contains lots of fresh coffee, rich chocolate, and roasted malt. Taste takes a step backwards, mostly acidic coffee without the richness, only a hint of the previously advertised malt and chocolate. The finish does, however, last a while. Body is thin with prickly carbonation.
Plenty of coffee, but not much else to support it. Tasty, but not an inspiring brew.

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Photo of FBGordon
3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from chilled 12oz into a room temp pub glass.

A: Pours pitch black, the absence of light, but with the look of a lighter body style. Has a khaki head which quickly dissipates into a thin layer which clings to the edge of the glass.

S: Big, robust coffee and toast dominate.

T: Starts off boozy, but pulls cleanly across the palate leaving only toast and alcohol.

M: Surprisingly carbonated for an oatmeal stout, the body is also a little light.

O: A light body with a big coffee and toast flavor, the big alcohol presence is a little surprising at under 8%. This be isn't nearly the size it seems to be. Overall I enjoyed it, and would have more.

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Photo of Sandalwood
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a black color with a huge light tan three finger head. There is quite a bit if lacing due to the frothy head. The odor is very coffee, bitter chocolate, vanilla, nutty, slight spicy note. The taste is crisp, coffee, nutty, bitter chocolate, woods, bitter dry on the backend. Overall a little thin on the mouthfeel.

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Photo of Scarfer_Brad
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jet black. No head. Pour in a snifter. Not much smell a hit of coffee. Taste... Coffee goes boom!! Delicious. Taste lingers after. Feels smooth and oily adheres to your mouth. Highly recommend. Would definitely seek more.

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Love this coffee stout. pours pitch black and the smell of coffee is unmistakable as is the taste of the coffee in the beer. If you like Peche Mortel you will like this one though this one might be just a little more drinkable.

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Photo of TBonez477
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark as used motor oil. Fluffy khaki head, about a finger worth, which hangs around quite well.

S: Coffee through and through. Dark roast, like Sumatra. Follows with cocoa powder and a hint of booze in the finish.

T: Follows nose pretty thoroughly. Big bitter coffee up front, then dry cocoa powder. Finish is bitter iced coffee with a touch of alcohol.

M: For a breakfast stout this is pretty on par as far as viscosity goes, but the carbonation is uncharacteristically high for the style.

O: A nice coffee forward breakfast stout. Not mind blowing but not disappointing either.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
2.85/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Arrived in a snifter.

3.25 A: Black color. Came with just the slightest medium brown head.

3.75 S: Big coffee - deep roast. Very raw malty, grainy. Resiny with herbal hops.

2.5 T: Overly roasty and charred. Lacking depth. Too dry with too much hop bitterness.

2.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lacking creaminess.

2.5 D: Overly bitter. No good.

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Photo of SMH_NWI
3.47/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

This is good. But, I can't review it independently without comparing it to the other Beer Geek: Brunch Weasel. Brunch Weasel blows this out of the water. BW is twice the price almost per bottle, and it really is worth it.

Breakfast is just OK. Very strong & a bit bitter.
Meh, probably won't seek out again, glad I tried though.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - super dark with a brownish tan head and lacing
Smell - sweet dark chocolate with some carmel and coffee
Taste - rich with some dark chocolate and some bitter coffee
Feel - creamy and smooth with slight carbonation
Overall - coffee alternative!

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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.

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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 :)

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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.

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Beer Geek Breakfast from Mikkeller ApS
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