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Beer Geek Breakfast - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 1697
Reviews: 901
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%

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Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: Goldorak on 03-10-2006)
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Photo of GreesyFizeek

New York

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle pour thanks to the guys at the Old Toad during the Ithaca Luminous bottle share.

First beer I've had from Mikkeller, I believe.

Pours a fairly dark black, with a one inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like roasted malt, espresso beans, some nuts, and vanilla.

The taste is pretty similar. The coffee gives the beer a bitter, but nutty flavor, which is nice. Some creamy vanilla flavors as well, as well as chocolate, smoke, and some char.

Medium bodied, slightly thin. Creamy, silky mouthfeel from the oats used.

Finally got to try this one, happy I did.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2014 02:21:02 | More by GreesyFizeek
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just got a tweet that First Street just put this one on-tap. Um, yes, please!

Walked on down after work. Full nonic pint of this bad-boy. A nice finger width creamy beige head on top. Excellent retention. Leaves perfect sip rings clinging to the glass, reminding me of what was. Nice potent chocolate aroma, melds well with coffee grounds, vanilla extract, and a slight earthy scent. I can tell this one is going to be rich.

Creamy body. This is similar to a nitro-draft. Really mellow smooth mouthfeel. Good viscosity. Coffee flavors abound and really start this one off. I can see where the "Breakfast" comes from. This characteristic doesn't overpower though, as it fades into a milk chocolate sweetness with touches of vanilla and almond. Slight roasted aftertaste gives it a subtle smoky taste that I dig.

This is a really well-made beer, and I can totally see how it gets the marks that it does. I never felt like pulling the trigger on the slightly expensive bottle whenever I see it, but I'm glad I got it now.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2013 20:20:16 | More by Onenote81
Photo of Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alewife and I stopped into The Reservoir in Waterbury for dinner on 02SEP12. While she opted for a Merlot, I went Geek on her, to the tune of a 10oz snifter, at $6.50.

It was deep and dark, nearly a fully opaque black. The head was tan and creamy, a bit thin and fine, with nice lacing. It had a toasty choco nose, with some coffee mixed in. It passed fairly smoothly on it's way down, and the body was a touch north of medium.

Flavor had some notes of bitter, dark choco, and some toasty coffee action. Mixed in were some hints of dates, and when the finish came around, there was some floral hopping going on. Quite tasty and satisfying, though it were either less costly or came in a larger serving. Prosit!

4.25/5 rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2012 18:52:05 | More by Bierman9
Photo of stephenjmoore


4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Jet black with a thick mocha head with good lacing.

S- Coffee and chocolate up front with roasted malt notes.

T- Roasted coffee, roasted malts, some bitter chocolate all in good balance with little alcohol presence.

M- Thick but smooth, creamy and delicious.

O- Delicious stout with good balance.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2012 15:42:47 | More by stephenjmoore
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New York

4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at at the ginger man in NYC- poured a pitch black color with a one finger mocha head; slight retention with a little bit if lacing.

Smells a lot like coffee and a decent amount like hops- a lot of coffee and roasted malt comes thought with a little bit of oatmeal.

Tastes a lot like it smells- big bold coffee flavors with a good hip character and nice roasted malt notes. Great taste.

Mouthfeel is nice and crisp- medium to full bodied Witt moderate carbonation and a slightly dry finish. Get it if you can.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2012 03:42:44 | More by Hopdaemon39
Photo of osusullins


4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite Mikkeller beers.

Pours dark black with a rich brown head. Very beautiful looking beer.

Aroma is very much of roasted coffee malts. There was a sweetness also, some baker's chocolate and very subtle candy sugar.

Taste is also dominated by the roasted coffee, but not in an offensive way. To the contrary, I absolutely love it. The chocolate is subtle, but comes through on the back end. Very nice. Smooth and easy to drink for a stout. Not too heavy.

The gypsy brewer has done well with this one. That is a fact.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2011 21:50:48 | More by osusullins
Photo of Marty30


4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Aces & Ales Strong beer festival.

A. Very dark black with a half inch of dark tan head. Some lacing is stuck to the glass,not much.

S. Lots of coffee hit's the nose at first,followed by big time chocolate and roastyness.

T. Follows the smell spot on, lot's of coffee and espresso with a chocolate backbone. with some roasted malts.

M. Has a medium feel,well carbonated with a somewhat dry finish.

Overall this beer is right up my alley! I love coffee infused stouts. I definately recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2011 14:42:22 | More by Marty30
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4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Crunchy's in East Lansing.

A: Pours black with a good finger of brown head.

S: Roasted coffee and dark roasted malt.

T: Mild bitter coffee upfront followed by some dark roasted malt. Middle is mild piney hop bitterness and more smooth bitter coffee in the late finish.

M: Heavy body with a creamy feel and good carbonation.

O: Yea this is a good breakfast beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2011 18:15:39 | More by jale
Photo of philbe311


3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Al's of Hampden...

A - Slightly more than a fingers worth of medium tan head that is of a creamy whipped nature... Modest retention gives way to an uneven lacing and thin collar... A semi-gloss opaque pitch black... Mostly still with a couple of stray carbonation bubbles climbing along the sides of the glass...

S - Mild coffee... Roasted malts... Some faint chocolate notes... Simple and straightforward, but slightly subdued...

T - Roasted malt and then some... There is a distinct charred character to this brew... Mildly brewed coffee... Fain dark chocolate notes... Just a slight nutty character as well... Just a touch of smokiness...

M - Medium to full bodied... Dense... Turns and finishes with a bit of chalkiness... Slight but intense carbonation...

D - Pales in comparison to Beer Geek Brunch Weasel, but still a solid brew in its own right... Fairly text book, but well executed... A tad pricey for what you get... The 7.5% ABV packs a bit of a punch...

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2011 23:00:43 | More by philbe311
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Tap Room in the Coddingtown Whole Foods in Santa Rosa.

A: Very dark chocolate color. Chocolaty head about 2 inches thick with great retention and lacing.

S: Dark roasted scent. The coffee is very prominent. Dark chocolate. This is what I hope for in a coffee stout.

T: Same as the smell. The coffee is there and prominent. There is a great chocolaty flavor.

M: Very thick and creamy. Medium carbonation.

O: Often, the problem that I have with coffee stouts, is that they taste like stale coffee, but this does not suffer from that. Next to Peche Mortel, this may be my favorite coffee stout. I will get this whenever I see it on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2011 05:25:49 | More by avaldivia
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4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful raven black-colored ale. Towering, creamy, coffee-bean colored head that is opaque with a dull metallic shimmer upon pouring from the tap. Turns to a creamy light tan color after a few seconds. Exceptional retention. Sticks to the glass with each sip.

Aromas of bold coffee, smoked maple and roasted almonds flood the nostrils and lure me in.

Excellent roasted barley character boasting bold coffee notes, smokey flavors and dark chocolate. Hops come to life with a spicy pine-like bitterness that compliments the smoked wood flavor. Just a hint of molasses sweetness. Bitter overall character.

Medium to full-bodied feel. Solid level of carbonation brings the flavors to the palate. Bread-like texture from the oats without being too thick. Provides a feeling of warmth that is uncharacteristic of most beers below 8%. Finishes dry and makes you want more.

This is an exceptional stout. Interesting to see a foreign brewer making an American style and even using American hops. Besides tasting good, it makes you feel good. Like sitting by a fireplace, drinking coffee and eating chocolate covered almonds on a cold winter night. Its just a good thing.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2011 02:44:34 | More by bnes09
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4.1/5  rDev -1%
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

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2011 16:15:32 | More by bishopdc0
Photo of Satchboogie

New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Ebenezer's 2/13/11

A: Pitch black and completely opaque. Massive 2 finger mocha colored foamy and rocky head that was there to the finish. Left tons of lacing. I can't recall many big stouts with such an impressive looking head.

S: Coffee/espresso, dark roasted malts, oats, chocolate, molasses, smoke. Heavy on the pungent dark roasted malt.

T: Just about the same as the nose, albeit a little more sweetness and not as bitter as I was expecting. It's pretty brash upfront but smooths and mellows out quite nicely to the finish, getting sweeter toward the end. Perhaps the best coffee flavor, there was plenty of what tasted like lightly roasted earthy/chocolaty coffee, a nice break from most starbuckesque coffee beers. The malt base is fairly robust and complex, layers of oats, chocolate, caramel, and barley all work together really well. Molasses and caramel sweetness is there, and does get stronger, but plays mostly a complimentary role. Finish is dry, slightly bitter, and a little warm. Alcohol can be just a little brash for just 7.5%. Overall this was a great coffee stout, almost FBS good.

M: Medium to light carbonation, fairly viscous and chewy body with the big malt base. Lots of coating action. Very smooth. Not quite as thick as I'd like, but the smoothness makes it go down very easily.

D: This was pretty robust, a little bitter, and filling. Definitely a dessert beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2011 00:54:09 | More by Satchboogie
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4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black...those two words sum up the color of this beer...a brown, not light brown, head forms...kind of small but comes back after a quick swirl...some lacing

S - This is going to be a good beer...roasted notes of caramel malts, vanilla, coffee, cocoa powder

T - The nose did not lie...all the flavors present in the nose stepped up and became great...the roasted malt characteristic is full and rich...roasted caramel and burnt sugar add some extra sweetness...as well as the sweet vanilla...there is a big cocoa powder presence that gives it some bitterness...to add to the bitterness is the presence of fresh brewed coffee

M - Full bodied...rich and full flavored...coats every inch of the palate

D - I'm glad I finally was able to try this...although I did not have it for breakfast but I could see that happening...a great stout with excellent roasted notes, coffee and chocolate flavors, and some sweetness

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2010 13:25:48 | More by thain709
Photo of Slatetank


4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this on tap at Al's of Hampden -served chilled in 12oz pub glass.

A - The color is completely black and opaque -ominous looking really -it made me think of the black oil from the X -Files. The cap is small and medium brown like caramel w/ very tight bead. The head revives when swirled and has a nice pattern of lace when the sip is taken

S - Wow, a unique scent -very earthy and yet sweet, like a cedar plank almost with mild vinous notes from the wine of the bean. The coffee has a light nutty and fruity aroma like red currants and the roastiness comes off as a little like a truffle with rich cocoa notes, but the complexity is there, that is for sure.

M - The feel caught me off guard in a good way -lighter bodied than I expected with an effervescent and lively effect of levity. The elements of the stout seem to follow the bubbly almost refreshing texture when cold and seem more as you would imagine a stout when warmer. The full nutty coffee/roasted notes and slight bitter tinges fill out the feel well with a mild yeast element and toasty dry finish

T - I really love how the flavors morph in this beer from fruity and sweet one minute to spicy and bitter to a roasted and subtle cocoa and coffee element which is bolstered by a mild molasses compliment. I imagined the beans in the hands of the brewer and what the stout was like prior to adding them - the taste is great because of the beans not only for what they add, but what they don't interrupt. The cohesive taste of acidic citric and currant in the coffee goes very nicely alongside the roasted barley and caramel taste with spiciness in the finish giving a well rounded flavor experience -the hops are not neglected and ensure everything is balanced well.

D - I am glad I was able to try this both in the bottle and on tap. My first experience was at Seattle international beerfest by the space needle and I tried another actually for breakfast - this was breakfast for dinner I guess since I had it after work. This is so satisfying and it lives up to the name - it is refreshing like a cold coffee and still fills the stout craving. If you like coffee in beer you have to try this.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2010 16:50:49 | More by Slatetank
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4.72/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was on vacation last month with the wife in New Hampshire. After hanging out in North Conway earlier in the day we decided to check out Ebeneezer's. Never been there before, but oh so glad we did go.

Poured at Ebeneezer's on July 8th. 5:30 pm.

This beer is just plain old awesome. If it wasn't Ebeneezer's, then I probably would have drank this all day.

Pitch black dark color with a small brown head. It looked so creamy. Really quite a sight. The smell was just as good. Probably the most complex stout I have ever tasted. Chocolate, oatmeal, brown sugar and coffee were floating up from the glass. Man I can't wait to taste this.

It tasted even better than it smelled. All of the aforementioned were so well balanced it was really unbelievable. Even with the noticeable dark chocolate notes it had a nice ever so slight sweetness to it which brought it altogether. For an imperial stout I didn't notice the alcohol at all. This would be dangerous if I had a few of these. I don't know if I could stop.

Such a well balanced drinkable beer. I definitely got more than I had bargained for.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2010 14:18:30 | More by skullsplitter
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4.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one spectacular creation.

Pitch-black with a cyclone swirl of chocolate brown head. Streaky lacing. Incredibly rich and complex aroma - dark roast coffee, hint of cocoa, oatmeal with brown sugar and raisins.

Has the essence but not the syrupy sweetness of molasses. The sweetness it did have was mild and sufficient. All of nuances of the aroma carry over wonderfully into the taste as well. The coffee is not pronounced, which I appreciate. The ABV is perfect - the sting of alcohol doesn't bust its way through the flavors desperate for attention. In fact, it's barely noticeable. Great balance, man! I would offer that the taste overall has much in common with Sinebrychoff Porter. A little less dry and with a fuller body.

The most amazing aspect of this beer is how it drops off immediately after savoring a mouth full of magic. It gently rolls off the back of the tongue, leaving not alcohol nor residual sweetness - ghostly. I was most impressed with this as my tongue never got worn out or tired. Probably the most drinkable strong stout I've had. Extremely well-balanced and palatable.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2010 00:24:20 | More by Bouleboubier
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3.18/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Source/Serving: Draft

Smell: Dark roasted coffee, wholesome oat bread graininess. Some soba noodle.

Taste: Rugged roasty flavors that are not at all smooth. Heavily roasted coffee is prominent with a bit of soy sauce. The middle has an 'aged in wood' note with a unique woody/coffee almost sour roasty flavor profile that is intense. Finish is quite bitter coffee with some sweet wood notes that dries out quite a bit as it lingers.

Notes: Just a little to rough and rugged for me to really enjoy.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2010 22:20:13 | More by 4000qtrap
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3.1/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at blue dog landsdale.

A- black as night with a faint tan ring.

S- the darkest roasted espresso on earth and raw cocoa beans. Burt malts and more burt malts. Hints of dates in the background.

T- burt coffee and chocolate with some deep roasted malts and dark fruits. Pumpernickle bread and licorice. The longest linger ever.

M- not quite thin bodied and a mid level carb.

D- not for me. Very roasty and burt but lacking a finer balance.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2010 01:43:05 | More by oglmcdgl


4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft, served in a tulip. Review from notes.

A: Average sized medium brown head. Very long lasting. The body is dark brown if not black and opaque. Lacing is good.

S: Heavily malted with roasted espresso, chocolate and caramel plus molasses and a noticeable nuttiness. The hops (Centenniel and Cascade) come off as grassy with just a hint of citrus.

T: The nose is an adequate prelude for the flavor but it is even more impressive (if not masterful). Additional notes of fudge and vanilla. The flavor lasts long, is bold and in check at the same time. Beer Geek Breakfast is lightly sweet with a moderate to above average bitter acridness. Very clean. Huge chocolate/coffee notes continue from the nose to the palate.

M: A medium, mouthcoating body, thanks in much part to the oats. Semi sticky with a slick texture. Average level of fizzy carbonation. A fuller mouthfeel would have increased the score.

D: As far as bold and assertive Imperial Stouts go, the BGB is much more drinkable than most other stouts making waves. I applaud Mikkeller for keeping the ABV at a mere 7.5%.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2010 21:51:16 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black as night with a small white poof of head.

Aroma is chocolate and coffee; mostly coffee.

Very smooth chocolate and coffee expresso flavors blend well in a smooth drinkable ale, highly coffee oriented, very smooth.

Really enjoying and drinkable, all of the negative aspects of a coffee beer are absent from this IMHO.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2010 04:07:58 | More by SShelly
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Rhode Island

3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip ($8 a pour). Poured one shade shy of black with a quarter inch, dense, khaki-colored head. Thick sheets of porous lacing were revealed during the tasting and demonstrated excellent adhesion. Nose reveals coffee, lactose and artificial sweetener. Taste follows nose - a little ashy, lactose, coffee/cocoa and some residual bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium-light, smoothly carbonated and possesses a slightly creamy texture. Decent, but Weasel is better in my opinion. I feel like there are too many artificial flavors happening in this one.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2010 15:11:19 | More by Jwale73
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3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Color is a nearly opaque dark brown. The dark tan head has good retention.

S- From the tap, big aromas chocolate, roasted malt and toasted hazelnut soar from the glass. Touch of coffee.

T- Bitter chocolate, roasty malt, oats.

M, D- A bit viscous and creamy.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2010 02:18:51 | More by WhiteOak
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4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Stone. I had this in the bottle and thought it was good, but very excited to try on tap. Pours a dark brown that allows some light through with a nice head. Nose is coffee and baker's chocolate. Taste is more of the same at first, and then closer to room temp it starts to bloom. Wonderful cocoa and espresso blend. Mouthfeel is very thin for an imperial so that was the onl low spot. Very tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2010 18:15:03 | More by squaremile
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3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Tap & Table, Emmaus, PA on 6/10/10.

A - Deep, robust coffee bean brown liquid with a faint tan head that quickly diminished to a thin ring around the rim of the glass.

S - Dark roasted malt and coffee is apparent in the nose, as well as a hint of chocolate and caramel sweetness. Not overly aromatic, but not boring either.

T - Flavor opens with bitter coffee, licorice and a hint of chocolate sweetness. There is also an underlying caramel malt presence that persists throughout as well. However, the flavor quickly turns quite smokey and ashy in the middle, evolving into a pretty substantial earthy, herbal hop bite by the time the finish rolls around.

M - Full bodied with a thick, oily texture and modest carbonation. Finish is quite bitter with a dry character and hint of astringency on the palate.

D - Aside from the fairly potent ashy charcter, this is definitely a solid coffee stout. Glad to see this around on tap, as I'd been wanting to try it for quite a while.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2010 18:00:01 | More by ffejherb
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Beer Geek Breakfast from Mikkeller ApS
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