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Beer Geek Breakfast - Mikkeller ApS

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BA SCORE
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1,833 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,833
Reviews: 914
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 132
Gots: 256 | FT: 12
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Denmark

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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2007 05:15:09 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

10-29-2012 01:15:36 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 04:47:02 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.1%

11-24-2011 02:58:48 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 05:18:20 | More by Thorpe429
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2007 23:03:42 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 14:12:10 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2009 01:49:44 | More by brentk56
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

11-18-2011 03:12:10 | More by nmann08
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had waited forever to try this one. The first time my wife saw the bottle in the fridge she thought it said Michael’s 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!

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2007 00:29:06 | More by mikesgroove
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2007 14:33:24 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2008 14:57:23 | More by BEERchitect
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acurtis

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

05-03-2012 02:23:19 | More by acurtis
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womencantsail

California

3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 00:34:15 | More by womencantsail
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

4/5  rDev -3.1%

01-12-2012 04:41:53 | More by ygtbsm94
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kjkinsey

Texas

5/5  rDev +21.1%

12-01-2011 19:18:26 | More by kjkinsey
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2009 04:35:51 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Texasfan549

Texas

5/5  rDev +21.1%

11-17-2011 08:53:35 | More by Texasfan549
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +9%

09-01-2013 15:58:53 | More by jaydoc
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 22:52:44 | More by kylehay2004
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spycow

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

01-12-2013 20:04:42 | More by spycow
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oberon

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
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?

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2008 13:06:08 | More by oberon
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GRG1313

California

4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 23:52:48 | More by GRG1313
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 16:24:34 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

I wish this were my breakfast. It pours a straight opaque black-brown topped by a little over a finger of burnt tan foam. The nose comprises a healthy dose of cofee, some darkly roasted malts, and some burnt caramel. I was kinda hoping for more...shall we say, variety?...but what's there works and smells good. That's all ya really need, people. The taste tones the coffee down a ways, allowing the roasted malts to come through a bit better. The caramel is now a complete pile of cinders, as though 'twere left on the cast iron griddle a touch too long. So, basically, this thing tastes of coffee and overly cooked/burnt grains and sugars. It still tastes alright, but not quite what I was expecting, especially after Brunch. (I know, breakfast after brunch sounds goofy, but, dammit, I haven't slept normally in some time, so go to hell!) Now, maybe if the coffee was shit out by some sort of stoat or varmint... The body is a light heavy, with a sorta moderate carbonation and a straightforward feel and finish. Overall, it's not a bad stout, just nothing in any way all that special. Even in the realm of coffee stouts.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2010 02:58:46 | More by TMoney2591
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Beer Geek Breakfast from Mikkeller ApS
92 out of 100 based on 1,833 ratings.