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Beer Geek Breakfast | Mikkeller ApS

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Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark | website

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

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.

Added by Goldorak on 03-10-2006

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Photo of Sammy
4.11/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.28/5  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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.15/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

lovely stout here, and indeed an appropriate breakfast for a beer geek! pours rich and black, coffee colored but not nearly as thick as the brunch. beautiful toffee colored head that sits high atop the black abyss and lasts the whole time. smells like a cup of coffee that got spilled into a bowl of oatmeal. the oats are quite strong, and the coffee is more of a coffee grounds feel, acidic. flavor is the same, robust coffee flavors and acidity, strong bitter hops as well. mellow mouthfeel from the oats and the medium carbonation. the body is full, but not overly thick. there is some yeast sediment in this one that settles out, and also what seems to be coffee grounds right in there! this is one heck of a coffee stout, a perfect example of the style in my opinion.

Edit: even better on tap! Oh my goodness! Like chewing an espresso bean!

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Photo of metter98
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
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

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Photo of largadeer
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pitch black with a finger of dark brown foam. Nice head retention for a coffee beer.

Smell: Bold roasted barley, semi-sweet chocolate, coffee with cream, a hint of molasses. The coffee aroma is a bit subdued.

Taste & mouthfeel: Up-front dark roasted coffee and unsweetened chocolate with a touch of molasses. Dry yet so damn smooth and rich for 7.5% ABV, a perfect example of how much oatmeal can contribute to the texture of a brew. The finish is coating but pleasantly mild, leaving some lasting notes of coffee and toast. Dry through-and-through, the lack of sweetness makes this one highly drinkable beer despite its chewy texture.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. Beer for brekkie? Sign me the fuck up!

This beer pours an opaque black, um, hue, with two fingers of puffy, billowy, and densely foamy beige head, which leaves some broad splotchy swaths of lace around the glass as it slowly settles.

It smells of moderately smoked bready caramel malt, sweet and sour grain - I'm gonna say oats, it being the guest star here, acrid coffee beans, a bit of milky sweetener, and peppy weedy, grassy hops. The taste is smoky, sour caramel malt, bittersweet chocolate, soft earthy coffee, and fairly bitter citrus and floral hops.

The carbonation is quite sedate, just a hint of swirling frothiness at times, the body an adequately sturdy medium weight (and yet thinner than I had anticipated, really), but still smooth and more or less creamy. It finishes nice and balanced, the smoked malt lessening, and the dry coffee and bitter hops maintaining their even keel.

A decent enough 'Amerikansk ale', or whatever, but in the end, on the weaker side of Yankee-style Imperial Stouts. Maybe I should actually have had it with breakfast.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque caramel toned foam tops this impenetrable black stout. The lacing is irregular, and is the color of stained parchment. It looks rich, just by it's sheer visual weight. Head doesn't stay for the duration of the glass, but no big deal.

Molasses, rich coffee, smooth "round" aroma, not sharp or acidic. Vaguely sweet.

Big chocolate, coffee with low acidity, sweet caramel "Riesen" candy undertone. Extremely smooth and easy to drink, similar in body to chocolate milk. Coffee flavors are not over the top, very balanced and pleasant.

In my opinion, Dark Horse makes a fine double stout that rivals this one. Founders Breakfast stout also rivals this, and for the price, I prefer these two MI beers.

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Photo of zeff80
4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a thick, foamy, caramel colored head. It left sticky rings of lace.

S - I could smelled the strong coffee notes as I poured the beer into the glass. There was also a nice caramel nose mixed with fruity and floral aromas.

T - It tasted of coffee, oatmeal, chocolate and sweet caramel. It had just the right amount of bitterness for a coffee stout.

M - It was fairly soft and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This was a surprisingly easy-drinking brew. I expected it to be more potent. It was very taste and worth trying.

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Photo of kojevergas
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle into Beck's goblet.

A: Dark black colour. Brilliant creamy, tan, thick head with amazing retention. This is a proper head.

Sm: Coffee, oats, toffee, chocolate, cocoa, alcohol.

T: Creamy open bleeds into the brilliant body balancing the notes on the nose. Teases the tongue until the creamy finish. Hides its abv very well and is surprisingly light on the palate for a stout.

Mf: Perfectly coarse where it needs to be.

Dr: Far too expensive, but very good.

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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?

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Photo of nickfl
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a big, three finger head of dark brown foam that rests on an opaque, black body that lets no light through. The foam dissipates slowly and leaves nice, thick lace in its wake.

S - A rich and complex aroma of dark malts. Nutty caramel with toffee and peanut notes as well as dark chocolate, espresso and smoke.

T - Cola like roasted malt notes up front that quickly resolve into black coffee and licorice. Nutty toffee appears in the middle with some bittersweet chocolate and burnt caramel. Finishes with more cola and nut character as well as light coffee and dark chocolate. The lingering aftertaste is long and complex with char, smoke, pipe tobacco, and more of the characteristic cola notes.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - The aroma of this beer is striking and nothing short of spectacular. The combination of dark malt character presents the nose with a balanced and beguiling sampler of everything one could want in an imperial stout. This sets a high bar for the flavor qualities to get over and, sadly, they can't quite make it. Contrary to the rich layers of espresso and toffee in the aroma, the flavor is plagued by a recurring watery cola character. While I would like to overlook this flat flavor note, it is somewhat dominant in the flavor profile and genuinely hurts the complexity of the beer. Nevertheless there are some echos of the dense aroma in the chocolate and coffee notes of the finish and the aftertaste nearly redeems the flavor with its smoky, acrid charm. Overall it is a very nice beer, but I really expected it to be thicker and I think if is had been, it would have helped the overall impression of the beer, and the complexity of the flavor, immensely. If this beer tasted like it smelled, it would be world class; as it stands, it is good, but leaves me with an aching sense of unfulfilled promise.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap @ Stoufest@ Armsby Abbey.

A: Oily pitch black color with darker colored thick creamy head.

N: Sweet malts, oatmeal, malty, sweet chocolate, little roast and caramel.

T: Malty, crystal malts, little caramel, some roast and coffee flavors, little dark fruits, slightly creamy, a little bitter roasted flavors from burnt malts, a touch of black patent malt.

M: Medium body with decent carbonation.

F: Bitter and dry! Dries off quite a bit, and the earthy roasty bitterness really bites. More roast and coffee lingering, with some earthy hops as well. A little chocolate and fruit too.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a Duvel Tulip.

Pours a pitch black with 2 fingers worth of creamy tan head that retained nicely into a creamy coating that left a fantastic latticework of foam down the sides of the glass. That beautiful tan retention perfectly compliments the darkness of the liquid and makes for quite the mesmerizing sight as I swirl it around in the glass. Just a handsome looking Stout! The nose, as you would expect from the name, smells like a bag of coffe beans with huge roasted notes of burnt coffee bitterness, espresso, and some faint chocolate, and vanilla.

The taste once again matches the name. Coffee, coffee, and more coffee. It's of bitter bomb of roasted coffee, burnt bitterness, espresso notes, and finishes with a acrid combo of hops and burnt notes that last well past the finish. The taste is reminiscent of chewing on coffee grounds but without much of the sweet chocolate and vanilla notes that were picked up in the aroma to help even out all that bitterness. The mouthfeel is a full medium with a rich, creamy texture.

Wow, this is one Coffee Stout that puts it all right out there. Just a ton of big coffee accents but I just wish that there was a tad more sweetness to counteract all that burnt roasted bitterness. Issues aside with the taste, I still found this very good in the drinkibility department and recommend it for Beer Geeks and Coffee Geeks alike.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.28/5  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!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I met Kristian Klarup Keller, one of the brewers of Mikkeller (the other brewer is named Mikkel Borg Bjergsø, hence the name... Mik-kel-ler) in Brooklyn, and we talked about his love of American beers, and the interest in everything American in Denmark right now. Unfortunately, he didn't have any beer with him (damn!), but he went on and on about the Beer Geek Breakfast. Now that I've tasted it I see why!

I was surprised at just how dark it was as I poured it into the glass, Most people think of Guinness as being black... no, Guinness is dark brown, this is black! The head was a creamy brown, and it held well and left some really nice lace about the glass.

The aroma expressed dark chocolate, oily espresso beans, and a clean roastiness.

In the mouth I found it to be somewhat viscous and slick, very oily and smooth with a moderate, very-fine-bubbled soft carbonation.

The flavor changes as you progress through the glass because it's just that rich, but up front I got lots of coffee and dark chocolate, and twist of dark caramel, and a bit of toasty/bready malt sweetness. Later on, as the bitterness settled on my palate it seemed darker. The acidity, however, never grew; and that's usually a common flaw with beers this dark. There's a bit of yeast fruitiness floating around in there as well, and some grassy hops, always lending to it's depth of character, but never stepping out of bounds. It's seven and a half percent alcohol by volume, but that never showed. It finished with a layer of sweetness amidst coffee-like roastiness at the swallow, and then dried up almost as if it had evaporated. Very dark caramel and chocolate lingered at low-levels, as did a dull coffee-like roastiness and flavor. An occassional hint of yeasty fruitiness of hops would pop in with subsequent sips.

The most impressive thing to me about this beer is its drinkability. It's just so soft and supple and round. Sure, there's an edge of roastiness, but that's expected; all of the other pitfalls of a beer this big and dark have been avoided. Fans of stout should seek this out!

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Photo of womencantsail
3.96/5  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.

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Beer Geek Breakfast from Mikkeller ApS
92 out of 100 based on 975 ratings.