Beer Geek Breakfast - Mikkeller ApS
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4.1/5 rDev -0.5%
Saved over freom annual trade with Madsberg. An excellent stout with coffee aroma. Dark and roasty with giant head that is soapy. Then there is some lace. High perceptable alcohol there and chocolate and chocolate malt. Creamy taste.Oatmeal, A tad smoke. Perfect coffee and unbelievable overall balance.
02-23-2007 05:15:09 | More by Sammy
4.45/5 rDev +8%
Pours an extremely opaque black with a huge 3 inch milk chocolate colored head that lasts. Head forms a small island on the top of the beer. Good ring lacing on the drink down. Some small floating particles in the beer. Very nice smells of ground coffee beans, oatmeal, cocoa powder, and just a hint of soy sauce. Taste is also very good with strong brewed coffee, toasted oats, unsweetened chocolate, and some vanilla notes. Slight bitterness on the palate after each sip. There is a slightly watery aspect to this beer but it is smooth and creamy in the mouth. Overall, a very tasty stout from Mikkeller. I really like the dual combination of coffee and oat tastes present in this one.
04-10-2011 04:47:02 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.15/5 rDev +0.7%
Reviewed from notes.
Poured into a snifter. The color is a deep, dark brown with a short light mocha head and a kiss of lacing on the side of the glass. I'm watching college basketball, so I think that reference is only appropriate.
The nose is really nice with a strong odor of fresh-roasted coffee along with a bit of roasted malt. While the latter is there, the coffee is definitely on the center stage and is quite tasty. A bit one dimensional and I could use more depth, but the coffee definitely gets this up to a 4.0. Nice slightly bitter and roasted feel. A really nice coffee brew.
11-14-2010 05:18:20 | More by Thorpe429
4.18/5 rDev +1.5%
A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a large tan colored head. The head has good retention properties and took a long time to settle down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of roasted malts in the nose as well as strong notes of coffee beans.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has flavors of roasted malts with some notes of bitter coffee beans and hints of chocolate.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and very smooth and creamy with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer goes down rather easily because the bitterness is not overpowering and the alcohol is well hidden.
11-14-2010 14:12:10 | More by metter98
4.55/5 rDev +10.4%
Glossy sable with no hint of lightening at the edges. This thing is some kind of light sucker. The dense, sponge-like crown is an appealing shade of pecan brown and looks like it'll be around until the final ounce. A surprisingly delicate band of lace appears as the foam finally starts to melt, adding yet more weight to my decision to go with the above score.
The nose is roasted malt heaven. It's so incredibly wide and deep and rich that I want to go on smelling it forever. But I won't because I'm dying to take a huge gulp. Let's see... bittersweet chocolate, darkest caramel, coffee and a wee whiff of vanilla bean. Of all the coffee-added stouts that I've had lately, this one is the least coffee-like. At least when it comes to the aroma.
Believe the hype. Beer Geek Breakfast is amazing beer if you love big stouts that explode with multi-faceted flavor. And who doesn't? First off, I'm glad that the brewers decided to throttle back on the ABV. Quite a few of the best versions do a great job of alcohol masking (it isn't that hard with so many strong flavors in play), but why risk it?
Black coffee-infused dark chocolate fudge is still numero uno on the flavor profile hit parade. Blackstrap molasses lends a hand, as does a hint of black licorice and a puff of smoke. Like I said, this thing is as faceted as the cut crystal goblet that it deserves to be served in. Doesn't matter, though, because I'd drink it out of a paper cup or an old shoe if need be.
Again, coffee is simply one of the guys rather than the big boss, as it is in many breakfast stouts. An early bittersweetness segues into a finishing bitterness that has the distinctive citric tang of American C-hops. The more I drink, and the more the beer warms, the more is revealed.
I've been riding the fence on the body/mouthfeel. My first thought was that is isn't quite full enough... until I remembered the ABV. The second half of the bomber has come together nicely and is becoming silky smooth. Yeah, like I needed another reason to drink this stuff way too fast. In the end, however, it falls a half point short of spectacular and a full point short of perfection.
At roughly double the price of Stone Imperial Russian Stout, I can't justify drinking Beer Geek Breakfast very often (even if I could easily acquire it). It's amazingily delicious beer, though, and deserves every one of the accolades thrown its way. With Nogne in Norway and Mikkeller in Denmark, the Scandanavians are putting the world on notice that they're more than ready to compete in the big leagues when it comes to craft beer.
11-07-2007 23:03:42 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.53/5 rDev +10%
Appearance: Absolute pitch black with a very dark head, to boot, that turns rather rocky and leaves a few swaths of lace
Smell: Incredibly rich aromatics of dark fudge and roasty coffee
Taste: Opens with a mouthful of dried dark fruit and coffee, with a complex blend of other flavors (citrusy hops, molasses and oatmeal) blending together through mid-palate; after the swallow, the hops make a go of it, though the chocolate re-asserts itself in the finish and the coffee does the same in the aftertaste
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, rather creamy, with moderate carbonation
Drinkability: A fine example of the style, with a lot of complexity and well-hidden alcohol
12-22-2009 01:49:44 | More by brentk56
4.08/5 rDev -1%
Bottle: Poured a deep black color stout with a huge dark brown foamy head with some really good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry coffee is well mix with some light roasted malt note. Taste is a nicer mix between some dry coffee and some nice lightly sweet roasted malt. Body has a great creamy texture which really fits with the style. I also found that this beer had some great carbonation with no alcohol being discernable. I have to admit that this beer was well brewed with some great balance between coffee and malt with a nice texture.
05-18-2007 14:33:24 | More by Phyl21ca
4.06/5 rDev -1.5%
Acclaimed because of its coffee, oats, and cocoa overtones; this stout is all about the first meal of the day. But then it's one and back to bed! (The caffeine is no match for its alcohol).
The pour fits the bill with an oily-rich viscosity, mounting head formation and a foam stand that endured the session. As black and opaque as any stout has ever seen.
Strong roasted malts and espresso notes with much lighter cocoa, nuttiness, and caramel notes. Obviously, this beer is simply about the coffee.
Flavors confirm the emphasis on espresso and de-emphasizing any fruitiness, caramel maltiness, or phenolics. Roasted barley gives the beer a char flavor that dries out the oily coffee richness. Fresh herbal, piney hops wrap around the bitterness from the coffee beans and roasted malts well.
Body is moderate, without the intense alcohol, weight, or fusals that can sometimes come along with the Russian Imperials. The beer, however has an abrasion in the back of the throat that should subside with some age.
Also, the hops should round more into the herbal notes and away from the pine character with some time, giving the beer more simplicity and straight-forwardness with the coffee character throughout.
A very nice beer, but like most- it's difficult to live up to the billing.
12-09-2008 14:57:23 | More by BEERchitect
4.3/5 rDev +4.4%
I had waited forever to try this one. The first time my wife saw the bottle in the fridge she thought it said Michaels a Beer Geek! I thought it was appropriate. So anyway I dove into this one last night. Poured a very dark black, with a nice two inch tan head of lace and a great side glass contribution. Very thick looking. Huge chocolate and coffee aroma coming off of this, almost a vanilla like coffee, very sweet and rich aromas. The flavor was very full. Lots of roasted coffee mixed in with a light chocolate mix and a hint of a hoppy back, but just a hint. Very rich and creamy, this served up perfect for a dessert brew. It was a bit rough finishing the whole bottle as it is quite thick and very filling. Overall this was a great brew. I compare it to the Wake and Bake and it will definitely hold its own, though this one is definitely not as strong. A must try for any stout lover it has a very full body with a good rich and creamy flavor. This one was definitely not to be missed, pick it up if you can get it!
10-23-2007 00:29:06 | More by mikesgroove
3.98/5 rDev -3.4%
A: A 500 ml bottle poured into a snifter. The pour is a velvety black with an initially abundant mocha colored foam. The head leaves a bit of lacing.
S: A rather tame nose. Mild aromas of roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate.
T: The primary flavor is the roasted malt. The coffee is not quite as intense as I expected, but certainly present. A nice bitterness on the finish.
M: A smooth, creamy, full bodied feel on the tongue. The carbonation is fairly low, and helps to contribute to this silky feel.
D: The booze is not really present at all, which is good for an imperial stout, but not surprising since it's only 7.5%. Good flavors, if not a bit underwhelming.
A nice effort from Mikkeller, but not quite as good as I was expecting. I would enjoy this one again, however.
12-29-2009 00:34:15 | More by womencantsail
4.3/5 rDev +4.4%
A black/brown color with a dark tan firm, thick head. Big solid and firm lacing. Lovely appearance.
Dark bitter chocolate, sweet black coffee-light prune nose. Fragrant, not too assertive but complex and appealing.
Great creamy mouthfeel with nice balance and perhaps just a bit light on the carbonation. However, flavors are pure, rich, deep and bold coffee - all the way. This actually tastes like it could be a breakfast creamed coffee beer! Flavors are all rich, deep and full dark rich chocolate, espresso and creamed coffee.
Huge espresso finish that goes on forever. Really nice example of a rich coffee stout.
10-18-2009 23:52:48 | More by GRG1313
4.15/5 rDev +0.7%
Thin tan head with some lacing on a jet black body. Dark cocoa, coffee and roasted and smoked malts. Very good aroma but a little simple and just a little light. Flavors include a very well balanced with the coffee very well applied to a smoked malt base beer with earthy hopped character. Medium to thick body and moderate carbonation. This one is simple but what it does, it does well. Very smooth, flavorful and incredibly drinkable.
12-16-2012 22:52:44 | More by kylehay2004
4.18/5 rDev +1.5%
Appearance: Pours a deep black body with a large, creamy-looking, tan-head that, when I turned to look at the final moments of the film "Monsieur Verdoux", had grown to absolutely monstrous proportions. Good heavens!
Smell: Exceptionally roasty, aromatic nose of sweet-smelling dark chocolate-covered espresso beans, charred oats, and some oven-roasted caramel squares. Roast, roast and more roast.
Taste: The taste launches off with a sharp, highly roasted coffee extract flavor with malty touches of bittersweet chocolate, fire-scorched oats, chicory, and smoked black licorice. Lesser hint of vanilla. Faint blip of citrus hops buried under tons of roasted, malty rubble. The bold roasted bitterness ends up on a feedback loop as you drink. The aftertaste begins to turn a charry and acrid as it lingers almost indefinitely, but, as you make your way to the bottom of the bottle, the finish eventually smooths out, as flavors of sweet dark caramel, seared marshmallows, and burnt bread crumbs start to emerge. Finishes dry, very roasty, with a pure taste of chocolate-covered espresso beans carrying over from the aroma.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel.
Drinkability: As it begins to really hit its stride upon some very slight warming, the beer goes down unusually easy. It is very impressive, yes. Recommended.
04-26-2009 04:35:51 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.5/5 rDev +9.2%
The beer geek breakfast pours out jet black in color as the head rises it's brown thick and heavy looking. The lacing on this beer looks really good down the glass. The smell of this beer is very strong with coffee, chocolate, roasted malts and even a little booze. The flavor of the beer is basically the same as the smell lots of coffee very creamy chocolate very tasty. Overall the mouth feel is thick and creamy the texture is smooth and slick very drinkable but still a sipper overall I have to say this is probably one of the better breakfast stouts available I feel that it's worth a try.
07-03-2011 16:24:34 | More by Knapp85
3.6/5 rDev -12.6%
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?
06-19-2008 13:06:08 | More by oberon
Beer Geek Breakfast from Mikkeller ApS
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