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Beer Geek Breakfast - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 2,049
Reviews: 927
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.68%
Wants: 142
Gots: 296 | FT: 12
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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 jayhawk73
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to BA scninmer08 for this one- Thanks Scott!

Pours black into my snifter w/ an amazing two finger chocolate head. Excellent lacing on the glass as well. The head never really dies on this beer- even after going down to a sliver, and the lacing sticks around forever. Excellent looking brew. The nose is fabulous, and exactly what you'd expect from this type of beer. Coffee, bitter chocolate, roasted malt, and a hint of vanilla and oak. It doesn't get a whole lot better for the style. Wow. The flavor literally explodes in your mouth on the first taste! Incredible blend of the nose profile, and perfectly balanced flavors. Not sure I would change anything on the taste. Hops make their way in there as well. Feel is full bodied, w/ an amazing malt vs. hops thing happening. Malt wins in the end. Overall, this is an amazing beer that I will pick up whenever I see it. It would be easy to change a couple of my scores to 5's and still feel good about it. Highly recommended!

jayhawk73, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle 7,5% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in a tulip wine glass.
bottled on 13/09/10

I was a little disappointed that this beer was a year old (though I can't blame the online store as the expiry is only in 2012), I hope the coffee hasn't faded too much.

Appearance: Superb looking beer, pitch black body (a strong backlight reveals the smallest hint of red on the edges) topped by a massive, creamy mocha coloured head that lasts annoyingly well, but sadly doesn't leave much lace.

Smell: Wow, now this is a superb nose! Not as much coffee as I expected, but it’s the perfect balance between black coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Sweet chocolate fudge, vanilla, some nuttiness, a little smoke and just the faintest hint of citric hops are also noted.

Taste: As with the smell the taste is not coffee dominant, but rather a great balance of coffee and sweet chocolate fudge. Flavours include roasted malt, molasses, smoke and oddly a lightly spicy (cinnamon?) note.
Superb lingering, lightly bitter coffee finish. No alcohol is noted.
I can just get the faintest hint of hops in the finish - if this was stronger (as I assume it would be in a fresh bottle) it would push the flavour score up a fair bit.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a fairly high level of carbonation. Overall it feels a little too light for an imperial stout, but then again it is only 7% and the lighter body makes it incredibly drinkable - oh for a world where this could be my session beer!

Overall: I wouldn't call this an imperial stout, but whatever you call it, it’s just damn delicious!
I will most certainly have this again - hopefully a very fresh bottle next time.

Thehuntmaster, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of Digimaika2
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

100th Beer Review! Saved this gem for the occasion (or atleast I'm hoping it's a gem). Poured into a Stone pint glass.

A: Pours pitch black with a thick, creamy, and grainy-looking, mocha coloured foam head. Pretty good retention with a blanket that lingers on top, and nice lacing.

S: Strong dark coffee, caramel, dark chocolate, vanilla, and able to pick up some citrusy hop aromas. Great balance between the malts and hops, with enough bitter/fruity hop aroma to keep the caramel-like malts in check.

T: Dark coffee taste is quite stronger than the aroma indicated, with a grainy whole bean quality to this - Good. Dark chocolate is present along with a fainter vanilla taste and some herbal qualities. Similar to smell the malt/hop balance carries through to the taste which results in a pleasingly lighter taste. Smooth, dry, and with a semi-bitter finish. Very nice.

M: Light-med body with a light-medium amount of carbonation. Very appealing for the style.

D: Very good Imperial Stout and glad I picked this for my 100th review. One of the better Imperial Stouts I've had. Jeg elsker Mikkeller.

Digimaika2, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of jsh420
2.63/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

pours dark dark brown - looks black in the glass - 1+ frothy tan head that left some spotted lacing

smells of chocolate roasted malt no coffee??

taste is ok - same roasted chocolate malt that was in the nose again no coffee - weak flavors - i have had stronger porters

mouthfeel - a very thin light body with low carbonation

overall - maybe this was past its prime or i got a bad bottle - but after drinking this i would not buy this beer again

jsh420, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of emmasdad
3.25/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one poured an opaque dark brown, nearly black, with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of dark bitter chocolate, heavily roasted malt and bitter coffee. On the palate, this one was medium bodied and a little thin, with flavors of milk chocolate, roasted malt, light vanilla and bitter coffee, with a smooth warming, lingering, bittersweet finish. ™

emmasdad, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of paperbackfoster
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A welcoming two to three finger mocha colored head tops off a completely opaque, deep black body. The head is creamy, very much like a solid cappuccino foam. Leaves solid rings and walls of retention.

S - Sweet, creamy scent. Notes of chocolate, vanilla, and coffee, as well as more than a hint of maple.

T - If the nose was sweet, the taste is even sweeter. Roasted malt, while present, comes in second to the creamy flavors. Chocolate and vanilla again make their appearance, as well as prominent nutty coffee flavors. The overall taste is faintly smokey, a dark cream, which is pleasant. Very much like an espresso, or a very unembellished latte, or an Americano with a pouf of cream.

M - Have I said “cream” enough? The mouthfeel is full, but not thick. Very milky. Very.. well, creamy. The sharpness of the coffee keeps it from being silky, but the consistency is very much like a creamed coffee.

Overall - A delicious, well-executed breakfast stout. Certainly a treat at breakfast, but I’d go for this any time of day. Occasionally, a coffee stout can lean far too heavily on the flavor. This one backs off nicely, balancing the roasted, nutty coffee flavors with cream, sweetness, and - lo and behold - traditional stout flavors. The beer shouldn’t have to take a backseat to coffee. Particularly at breakfast time.

paperbackfoster, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of Marty30
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Marty30, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of litheum94
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black body protected by a fortress of thick head of khaki foam. Mousse like. Leaves a nice lacing.

Tons of coffee and oatmeal. Peanuts and milk chocolate. Reminds me of ice cream with chocolate sauce and peanuts. Smokey, with some leafy hops.

Dark chocolate mingles with a nutty fullness. Good coffee bitterness with a mouth full of smoke enveloping it. Some alcohol on the finish. Mouthfeel goes from creamy to dry on the finish. Slightly ashy in the mouth.

I'd have this for breakfast any day! Great stout.

litheum94, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of jale
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

jale, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: midnight black with a 1 finger mocha head

smell: coffee, smoke, roast, malts, barley,

taste: coffee, smoke, roast,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium to full body,

overall: this was an outstanding beer. now if I can get my hands on the bourbon version.


THECPJ, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Jet black (as I tend to prefer my coffee) with a monstrous dark tan head. The light that shines onto this beer is completely absorbed, nothing is visible within. The lacing is sublimely sticky and coats the inside of the glass like I know it coats the inside of my digestive system. Very rich and inviting...
I almost wish that a barista had been able to serve me this beer with some latte art before drinking!

Bold roastiness and dairy sweetness. A faint bitterness is present, but very faint in comparison to the first sip. Of course there are strong notes of coffee and chocolate, but there is no fresh cut grass from the hops. I would have loved some aromatic hops in the nose to help bring out the beer's inherent dankness.

Once again, bold, black coffee with a bitterness that lingers. I enjoy the creaminess of the beer once the carbonation adds fluff to the heavy black flavors. One of the most prominent aftertaste sensations, other than the bitterness, is a strong alcohol that is otherwise unnoticeable. One thing that is different about a coffee stout this strong is the fact that you can still taste the beer!

Rich and bitter, full bodied beer. The stout they have produced strikes the palate with a vengeance and leaves a thick coating. Each sip is enough to last you a minute of beer drinking satisfaction, but I continue to indulge rapidly until finished.

I don't buy too many $10, 16.9 floz bottles (because I feel robbed a few ounces), but this one was worth trying. I prefer peche mortel as my go to coffee stout at this point in time, but still think this beer is a close second. I look forward to trying Mikkeller's beer hop breakfast to see if the hoppy aroma will make this beer even more enjoyable!

ThePorterSorter, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of philbe311
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
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...

philbe311, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of avaldivia
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

avaldivia, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of schlimenhaumer
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1 pint .9oz bottle into a pint glass at low altitude.

A: Pours oil-black with a creamy three-finger tan head. Nice lacking all over the glass.

S: Full of coffee notes as well as some chocolate. There's a hint of alcohol in the background.

T: Has many of the same rich and bitter notes as you'd expect from a cup of black coffee, but has enough malt character to maintain its integrity as a beer. There's a bitter finish here, but it's not overwhelming.

M: Creamy and slick, just right for a stout.

D: I'm drinking this in the morning and it doesn't feel wrong...

schlimenhaumer, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of wvsabbath
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Dark black with a nice 1 inch creamy head, and plenty of lacing.

Smell - Coffee, malts, chocolate, nut, bacon, smoke, some hops and dark fruits, really smells nice.

Taste - Starts of malty, coffee and choclate, and bacon, yes really bacon. Not overly sweet but tons of flavor. Malts are nicely roasted and really work well with the coffee. The bacon flavor comes alive in each drink, along with some vanilla. The classic oatmeal taste is present.

Mouthfeel - Thick, coats whole mouth with malts and coffee. Tounge gets the malts, fruits, sugars, while palette gets the hops and the bacon flavor. Aftertaste is slighty oatmeal sour.

Overall - Yummy, fantasic, really enjoying this beer. GLad its 22 oz, cause one 12 oz bottle isnt enough for my stout loving a$$! Plenty of flavor, not to sweet, not to strong, just solid, balanced and easy to drink. Awesome stuff!

wvsabbath, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of larryi86
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter

A- Black with a three finger tan head.

S- Roasted malts, dark coffee, some chocolate.

T- The taste is not big as the smell. Roasted malts, chocolate up front, some sweetness in the middle, bitter coffee finish.

M- Thick, fairly creamy.

O- This is a good beer and I really enjoyed it. I was hoping for more coffee flavor. I can't wait to try the rest of the Beer Geek series.

larryi86, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of Rhettroactive
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 500mL bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 8/17/11
*From notes

-- This particular bottle entered my cellar in October, 2010 --

A: Pretty damn dark. A good pour yields a big 1.75 finger creamy head and some fantastic lacing.

S: Condensed black fruit and freshly ground dark roast.

T: Pretty low key, and not what I was expecting. It packs a good, not great coffee profile. There's also a grassiness to this that simply won't fade.

M: Creamy for sure, but it doesn't reach the heights of the better beers within the ADIS category.

O: Mikkeller's Beer Geek Breakfast with a year on it is simply pretty good. I should've expected the faded coffee profile, yet I was hoping it would still play a starring role. Instead, it took a back seat to the malt and grassy char.

Good as it is, better fresh. Keep this one out of the cellar, as it's a much more enjoyable experience when right off of the bottling line.

Rhettroactive, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of bugaboo416
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Black as midnight with a moderate head that quickly dissipated and good legs. It looks great and imposing.

S: coffee, smoke, roasted malt

T: smoke is the first thing I taste, followed by chocolate and roasted malt which mingles together to create a reminder of bacon or at least the smokiness of bacon. It also comes off with a slight viney taste and booziness at the end. Good bitterness but a bit dry at the end.

M: very creamy , very thick with alot of carbonation hidden in the beer but it just creates foam oozing down your throat which is a big turnoff.

O: Very interesting beer that really does remind you of bacon but there is too much carbonation and that is really off putting but the mix of chocolate and smoke really go well together.
Not a chugging beer, more a sippng beer

bugaboo416, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of AmericanGothic
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour from a 16.9 oz bottle into Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours an opaque, dark chocolate brown color with two fingers of billowy tan head. Good retention and lace.

S: Roasted malts and chocolate, with a bit of sweetness. Very inviting.

T: Roasted malt and chocolate again, with a little bitter spice on the finish. Some sweetness is present but not a lot. Alcohol barely present on the finish.

M: Substantial mouthfeel, well-carbonated, a bit soda like, works well.

O: Another win for Mikkeller, they sure know how to make a good stout. Will gladly buy it again.

AmericanGothic, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of papat444
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Oliver's last April.

Poured from a bomber and shared with my wife.

Appearance: Light brown head with major cascading effect and long retention. It's also creamy and coats the glass all the way down. Body is a dense brown color. Simply gorgeous.

Smell: Coffee beans, dark chocolate and some hops. Strong and aromatic.

Taste: Ground coffee, some hops again and a switch on the chocolate as it's more milk than dark. Rich coffee flavor through and through.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy, almost no carbonation and feels like it's nitro. I found the body a bit too thin for my taste.

Overall: A good coffee stout. Would have liked a more robust feel but it still delivers on the flavor.

papat444, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of bnes09
4.53/5  rDev +10%
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.

bnes09, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of Meerkey
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Big, mocha colored head. Impenetrable raw umber.

S: Espresso, dark chocolate. Smoked meat. Bitter - bit of hops. Some alcohol.

T: Bitter, drying espresso. Some chocolately hops. Little bit of fruit? Very smoky finish.

M: Carbonated and sharp, but also heavy and smooth. Nice.

O: Not my favorite imperial stout, but certainly a good one. I'd say you should have one if you come across it.

Meerkey, Jul 29, 2011
Photo of dcloeren
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my gf for this unexpected treat

Poured an impenetrable oil black with 3 fingers of seriously frothy cream colored head

Abundant amounts of bitter dark chocolate and heavily roasted coffee beans, a touch of molasses and some old fashioned oats. The smell is good, but it is weak in comparison to the other top notch imperial stouts.

Taste follows the nose but an enhanced version with a very welcomed hop presence. Rich dark chocolate, heavily roasted coffee (possibly espresso?...) touch of molasses and charred malt.

The mouthfeel was the highlight of this brew for realz. Thick, Full bodied,creamy, chewy with a very bitter coffee hop drying aftertaste. Definitely a 5 in this department

Overall this was a solid stout. The nose lacks, the taste makes up for it and the mouthfeel blows this stout out of the water! Definitely a worthy pick up. Cheers!

dcloeren, Jul 29, 2011
Photo of CoalPorter
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Palm snifter

A - Oily black beer with a tan head that clears quickly leaving a fine ring of bubbles

S - coffee and oatmeal of course, toasted brown bread and molasses with a hint of raisin

T - Brown sugar and maple at first, yielding to chocolate and coffee with a bitter tang, tannin like aftertaste

M - Spikey and thick at the same time, resins coat the mouth

O - A very tasty stout that hides its alcohol well. Would make a nice sipper with bacon and eggs.

CoalPorter, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of Spider889
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought this bottle at From the Vine.

Poured into a Cigar City snifter. Served over a couple episodes of the 1990's X-Men cartoon and some nice venting between two co-workers and BA's.

Black with a nice thickness. Short but very dense and dark head. Left excellent smeared lace on my glass.

Smells very good for an imperial stout. Sadly the coffee is much weaker than I wanted. Lots of dark roast and bitter char with smatterings of chocolate and a touch of coffee grounds.

The flavor is even better, though again the coffee isn't nearly as potent as I was envisioning. This is the main reason that I have not given a 4.5 for taste. That said, the beer, as an Imperial Stout, is quite exceptional. Very smooth, the oatmeal stout base is well executed. Rich and decadent, with a bitter hop finish. A very soft sweetness pervades throughout, and black coffee sifts in and out of detection as the beer passes along the palate.

Carbonation is both heavy handed at first sip, and also pillowy soft. The beer is very smooth. The alcohol isn't hidden, but simply appropriate for 7.5% - nothing big, but also enough to not forget that it's there.

Overall I really enjoyed this, though it doesn't really compare to Brunch Weasel when a coffee stout is what you crave.

Spider889, Jul 27, 2011
Beer Geek Breakfast from Mikkeller ApS
92 out of 100 based on 2,049 ratings.