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Beer Geek Breakfast - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 1694
Reviews: 900
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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Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -1%
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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4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
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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4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
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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South Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
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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3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
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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North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
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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Quebec (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
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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4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
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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4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
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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New York

4.18/5  rDev +1%
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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4.18/5  rDev +1%
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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North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -13%
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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3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
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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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2007 17:51:01 | More by NeroFiddled
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Alberta (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 03:49:54 | More by biboergosum
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4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer Geek Breakfast

Darkness aplenty, with rich dark brown foam.

Rich, bittersweet, coffee aroma, silky smooth oat feel.

Big texture, thick and roasty. A bit intense. Complicated. Abundantly rich and flavorful. Gets smoother and easier as we go. Rough edges fall off.

Don't know if I'd put this at the top of my list of favorite coffee stouts, but it's an excellent entry in the category. Satisfying. Think I'll have another, even at $10 a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2008 04:20:38 | More by feloniousmonk
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Rhode Island

3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color with a large brown head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a lot of coffee along with roasted malts, oats, some chocolate and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a dull and bitter-sweet flavor of black coffee and dark chocolate, followed by a hearty roasted oat and malt character. The hops presence is very mild but complementary and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, I expected a more pronounced coffee flavor but I don’t feel that what led me to not really like this beer quite as much as most people. There just seemed to be a lack of harmoniousness and balance compared to what you would normally look for in this type of beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 02:57:45 | More by TheManiacalOne
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4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2007 01:44:56 | More by emerge077
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3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent mahogany with 3+ fingers of brown head. Great lacing & head retention

S: Coffee & cocoa

T: Coffee by the pot full, charred grain & bitter chocolate up front. Coffee grounds, charred grains, & a whisper of vanilla, plus dryness as this warms. Finishes with burnt grains & coffee grounds, plus a kiss of booze

MF: Light/medium bodied, oily with some creamyness & stickyness

Drinks alright, just too close to cold coffee for me to stick with this past a bottle. Better than most coffee beers I've had, but needs more richness

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2008 04:45:44 | More by russpowell
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New York

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

The beer pours a pitch black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a warm and earthy aroma that boasts of roasted malts and coffee. It's dry with a bit of chocolate sweetness. The taste is very nice. It's incredibly smooth with a tolerable warmth and kick ass coffee character. There is a light caramel sweetness, but just enough to round out the flavor. The black and roasted malts work quite well with coffee beans. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with good carbonation. I really like this beer. It's a solid coffee stout, but it still doesn't compare to Founders KBS.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2009 21:23:45 | More by WesWes
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3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a bomber of this beer at a local beer store, split it with my wife. Poured into standard pint glasses. Pours black, with an aggressive and thick brown head, seems to disappear after a few moments. Beer smells like a strong stout, hints of alcohol and roasted malt. Smells a little smokey. First flavor is of roasted malt. I am new to the breakfast stout genre of beer, but I do not detect a lot of coffee or oats. This may be my failing and not that of the brewery. All and all, a drinkable and fine stout.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2009 03:07:06 | More by drabmuh
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4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My brother picked this one up for me at Phillipe's in Lafayette. Great find.

Pours dark brown to black with a huge dark tan head. Aroma is big time coffee with some hops as well. Didn't expect to find them in this beer. The flavor is lots of coffee, but also some hop flavor and bitterness. The taste starts with coffee, then moves to citrusy hop flavor and bitterness and then finishes with more coffee. The hops somewhat diminish as the beer warms. Medium thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Oatmeal adds to the creamy mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 18:52:22 | More by Mora2000
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4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2009 03:21:02 | More by zeff80
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4/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2010 17:43:38 | More by jlindros
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4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled March 2007
This is a very dark brew, it is quite opaque and is quite black as it sits in my glass. It is topped by a billowing, easily three-finger thick, light chocolate brown colored head. Ah, the aroma is so nicely roasted; smelling of chocolate, espresso, lightly roasted coffee, a touch of burnt grain husks. It has this underlying, but always evident, decadent dark malt note that makes it smell like a lightly sweet, dense, dark dessert; perhaps a dessert that is a mix of chocolate and coffee, but there is an unmistakable, complex malty sweetness here in the aroma as well. This just smells so decadent. Up front the aroma smells quite burnt & perhaps a touch sharp, but it quickly picks up a richness that is just so compelling; this is certainly a beer that I can easily spend a few minutes sampling just the aroma.

The first sip hits my tongue, at first it seems a bit lighter in the body than I was expecting. A roast acidity seems to lighten the effect of this brew, but then the malt kicks in and this brew becomes quite chewy and rich, just like the aroma promised. It starts out with roasted coffee & barley malt notes, then picks up notes of chocolate and darkened malt sugars. It finishes with a lingering sweet notes reminiscent of sweet dark chocolate and a touch of espresso acidity. As my palate gets used to this brew it seems to lose a bit of that initial richness, perhaps the burnt acidity becomes a bit too acrid for the other competing flavors to compete with. It is still quite tasty, though I might recommend not drinking this on an empty stomach, the acidity seems to be causing me some, though extremely mild, stomach discomfort.

While the flavor is quite nice, I think that the aroma is better; it is richer and fuller, with a better complexity to it. If the complete beer lived up to the initial aroma this beer would be just about perfect. The mouthfeel of this seemed to fizzle a bit after the first couple of sips. Ultimately this is a great beer, it is just that after the first couple of sips this promised to be a stunning beauty of beer; or perhaps better said is started out so decadent and rich, but then took on a lighter tone. As most beer geeks know, it is better to have the lighter less powerful beers first in a session and move one's way up to the more powerful brews; not the other way around like this brew seems to do. As it is though, it is still a great beer, one which I would be happy to have easy access to.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2007 04:09:22 | More by Gueuzedude
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Beer Geek Breakfast from Mikkeller ApS
92 out of 100 based on 1,694 ratings.