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Beer Geek Breakfast - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 1,810
Reviews: 914
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 131
Gots: 257 | 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.

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Mauerhan

California

2.23/5  rDev -46%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes.

Pours like a dark brown bomb. With a sudden explosion of tan head that fizzles out pretty soon. Moderate lacing. Little to no light gets through the edges of this glass. A decent looking beer.

Smell is kinda one sided. Coffee is the big contender here. well lets not joke around its the only contender. When I get past the coffee I am left with a metallic twang. Really off putting.

Taste is harsh. The coffee that is there tastes almost like brewed coffee that has sat in the fridge for a few days then left out till room temp. Combine that with the return of the metallic presence from the nose and I am left with a rather un-enjoyable beer.

I was just really set back with this beer. I would try it again in hopes that I might have had a subpar bottle but Im in no rush

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 00:41:57 | More by Mauerhan
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BamaBeerBuff

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep, dark jet black color with an absolutely gargantuan chocolate colored head. When the head finally settles down to about a 1/2 inch of thick cream, there's some nice lacing on the glass. This is RIS-like in appearance, a great looking stout.

S: Roasted malt with a black coffee presence. Some very bittersweet, dark chocolate is present. It's heavy on roast, though.

T&M: Coffee isn't as central in the flavor as most other coffee/breakfast stouts. It's got the chewiness and body of an oatmeal stout (thanks to the oats...), black roastiness, espresso flavors, and bittersweet chocolate, smoked malt, and some anise/licorice. Body is lighter than your typical uber-stout, but it still works well.

D: Not as coffee centric--it's got the complexity of a bigger stout without the body. Too expensive to be worth purchasing often, but it's still a nice treat.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2009 04:43:22 | More by BamaBeerBuff
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sachsich

South Carolina

4.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my first beer from this brewery and I have to admit that I am very impressed. This is the best stout that I have had. I know I havent reviewed much but I do love the stouts. 1 on the list. The color is rich and dark with the first taste of strong coffee.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2009 23:08:53 | More by sachsich
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drowland

Georgia

4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bomber into a snifter. Pours solid black with a thick and tight brown head. The aroma is complex malts with a touch of sour stout. The flavor is quite complex. There is a bit of dark fruit and sour cherries that is followed immediately by roasted malts, coffee, and a dash of vanilla. This has opened my eyes on stouts... This isn't a stout - this is a light imperial stout!

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2009 03:50:31 | More by drowland
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mdcrouser

Missouri

4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two full fingers of sandy brown head rise with big bubbles atop this opaque black beer, leaving thick lacing behind - one looking like a prehistoric cave drawing.

Smells like freshly roasted coffee beans, and just a hint of caramel, but not overly strong.

Dark and strong like an espresso, it's heavy in dark roasted malts, rolling around in the mouth for minutes afterwards.

Once it comes to temperature, exhaling becomes a wholly stimulating experience - it's like breathing through your nose for the first time all over again.

I'm wishing that the oatmeal rounded things out just a bit better, helping to cut the acutely apparent alcohol.

Good, but not as much so as others I've had.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2009 23:23:12 | More by mdcrouser
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AChamberlain

Texas

3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Blackness. Opaqueness. Great milk chocolate head. Thin head remained throughout.

S: Roasty, toasty. Roasted coffee beans. Espresso.

T: Bitter coffee flavor. Really good, but a bit flat flavorwise. Does not pop, no pop, looking for a pop of flavor.

MF: Smooth, yet a bit watery. Too thin in my opinion. Almost porterish, I am looking for bit more heavy-ness.

D: Drinkability is high. Aroma is great. Flavor is good. And it goes down well. Enough to make me want another.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2009 02:06:41 | More by AChamberlain
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Tdizzle

California

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

Poured into an Allagash stemmed glass. 7.5% ABV.

A- This beer pours a thick motor oil-black. A standard pour produces a plume of dense, frothy foam that's brown in color. It gradually settles to a thick layer that sits atop the beer for the duration of my review. Minimal lacing is left behind.

S- Notes of coffee and dark bakers chocolate are accented by a surprisingly dominant scent of fermented dark fruits -- mostly figs and dates. The smell has a richness to it backed by a hearty sweetness akin to oatmeal stouts.

T- Deep flavors of roasted coffee, espresso beans, bitter dark chocolate and bit of molasses. Rolled oats probably contribute the balancing sweetness in the taste. The finish is long and leaves lasting flavors of dark roast clinging to the palate.

M- The feel is on the medium side of full-bodied with a creamy, silky-smooth texture. There's a good amount of very active carbonation that borders on being too aggressive.

D- I was able to finish my whole bottle, but I barely made it. It weighs a little heavy on the stomach, but I enjoyed every sip.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2009 01:55:05 | More by Tdizzle
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dbossman

Nebraska

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

A: Beautiful black color with a thick dark tan foamy head; great lacing too

S: Coffee and roasted malts; not a lot of complexities here but nice

T: Wonderful roasted coffee, wow, like a creamy iced coffee; coffee bitterness in the aftertaste

F: Creamy; well-balanced carbonation; full-mouth coverage

D: This is a good beer and drinkable though the coffee bitterness does begin to wear on you a bit as you continue drinking but I like how well-masked the alcohol is.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2009 01:52:18 | More by dbossman
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Gmann

New York

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thick black color with a huge sturdy brown head. The head is solid and dissipates slowly. You might be able to rest a quarter on this bad boy. Big aroma of roasted malt, mocha, molasses, dark fruit and carob. The taste is of roasted malt, a bit burnt, coffee, copper. It also has a tea like dry character and unrippened fruit sourness. Full bodied but seemed thinner than expected, soft carbonation, finishes with a roasty bitterness and slightly tart. Big coffee aftertaste. ABV well hidden. This is a very bold brew, huge coffee flavors. The tart/sour flavor is a bit odd and the coffee flavor at the end can be a bit much. All in all, a very very good stout, quirky, a must try.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 01:10:12 | More by Gmann
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DoubleJ

California

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

I've waited a long tinme to sample this beer. Okay, I sampled it a month ago at Haven Gastropub, but chose not to review it. The bottle I'm about the review has been in my possession for one month. I really wanted to have this for breakfast, but my work schedule doesn't make it a good idea. 500 ml bottle, on to the beer:

Black, black, black. The tanned head forms large in my tulip with a creamy texture. Very good retention as well. There's a lot of goodness hitting my nostrils. The coffee is noticable, along with mocha and oatmeal. Oh, and don't forget about that hint of hops. It truly is a beer geek breakfast in the nose.

As it goes into the mouth, the first thing to stand out isn't the great flavor, but the milkshake-thick consistency in its texture. Oh boy, what if they make a milkshake from this?! The flavor is wonderful for that to make it a reality. Mocha plus a light squeeze of tropical flavored hops hit on. Things then start to become more astringent in a coffee kind of way. Ground coffee beans gains momentum. Lingering in the aftertaste is the roasted, astrngent coffee.

This is exactly what I expected from BGB, a hearty, delicious "breakfast stout" from Mikkeller. The wait to try it a month ago was worth it, and the wait to review it just now was as well. Highly recommended, even at nearly $11 per 500 ml.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2009 05:23:50 | More by DoubleJ
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BevMoAndrew

California

4.68/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served into a Bruery tulip glass at about 50 degrees.

Pours a coffee black with a thick, creamy, brown froth with awesome lacing! Best looking beer that in recent memory. On the nose are aromas of cappuccino, chocolate, molasses, easy orange/cirtus hops (smells like Orange Juice), oatmeal, subtle brown sugar, roasted malts, & a touch of bacon. Flavors of a freshly brewed cappuccino, oatmeal, chocolate, molasses, orange juice, and a touch of ripe grapefruit on the finish. Moreover, the beer is soft and extremely creamy with a smooth espresso bitterness from beginning to a long finish. When I bought this beer, I expected a lot and it absolutely delivered! Highest rated beer that I've had ever! Tastes just like 5 star breakfast in a glass....perfect!

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 17:46:50 | More by BevMoAndrew
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BeachRez

California

3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a wide glass.

It poured a very deep brown/black with a deep colored head. Not a lot of carbination on this, but there was some lacing as the night went on.

S- I really picked up more of a coffee flavor, with some malty sweetness. Nothing great.

The taste was just a little off to me. It felt creamy more than coffee. There was some bitterness from hop, and not a lot of sweetness on the tongue. This threw me. It smelled sweeter than it tasted.

Definitely better cold. As it warmed, it really lost it's "character" and was not as enjoyable to drink. I felt a little one sided (if this is a correct analogy). Good. Not great.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 23:56:13 | More by BeachRez
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checkfeet

Korea (South)

4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: One of the most beautiful pours I've ever seen out of a bottle. The beer poured a lovely deep mahogany black, but the highlight was the crown of super thick head of mocha bubbles, like a lava flow of ball bearings or caviar dripping off a cracker. Never seen a head like it - captivating. The oats give a dense grandma's-tablecloth lace which follows the beer down as you go.

N: Predictably, coffee and oats. Doesn't leap out though, a little muted.

T: Makes us consider actually mixing espresso in with oatmeal tomorrow morning. Would it taste good? The two flavors are so sublime here, its worth a shot. The rich, savoriness of the oat helps mask any bitter elements you might associate with coffee.

M: You almost eat it. Wonderful.

D: Not a sessioning beer, but certainly a pint or two on a drizzly fall evening is wonderful.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 11:05:22 | More by checkfeet
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paco1029384756

Illinois

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

Pours black with a massive foamy tan head with a very nice retention time.

Scent of bitter chocolate, dark fruit, sugars, coffee, and oatmeal. The coffee is much less pronounced than when this was fresh, but still a pretty great scent.

Taste of bitter chocolate, oatmeal, some dark fruit, sugars, and some coffee. Finishes dry with more coffee, but again it is not nearly as strong as when fresh.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and oily with a strong bite of carbonation, too much of one for the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 22:13:25 | More by paco1029384756
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sprucetip

Alaska

4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes. Black, mocha head with good retention, spotty lacing. SMELL roasty, malty, coffee, hint of booze. Very smooth and balanced. TASTE like the nose. Roasty, malty sweet, coffee, touhc of roasty/hoppy bitterness. Smooth, balanced, complex. FEEL medium full body, pleasant texture, mildly dry bitter finish. OVERALL a delicious treat. Smooth, rich, complex, and not too big. An excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 00:02:16 | More by sprucetip
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UA8

Washington

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

A- Pours a the color of a cup of black coffee with a huge brown foamy head.

S- Notes of coffee, caramel malts, cocoa, and some smooth grains (maybe from the oatmeal).

T- Black coffee, acidity from the coffee, a touch of tartness, rounded ever so slightly but the oatmeal's attempts to smooth things out.

M- Too thin for a oatmeal and coffee stout, a touch of astringency, and touch high on the carbonation.

D- This is basically a good interpretation of a black cup of coffee beer as opposed to the many other coffee stouts that seem to add a touch of sweetness or creaminess to their beer. A bit harsh but I do enjoy my coffee straight so I do enjoy the different take on a coffee stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 19:59:22 | More by UA8
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gloobygloob

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Big creamy mocha head with black dark body. Dark enough to lose your keys in it.

S: Smells like a chocolate factory. Not too heavy on the coffee in the nose. You can smell the bitterness and spicyness from a mile away.

T: Black coffee with hints of chocolate and plenty of bitterness in the after taste. As it warms and flattens the oatmeal smoothness is easier to detect.

M: Thick and heavy, although not as heavy as expected. The beer really benefited from flattening and really was the best at the bottom of the bottle.

D: Pretty heavy, and plenty of bitter fizzyness early on make this a bit tough to get through. One bottle was plenty and it did fell like I ate a balanced breakfast.

Not the best coffee stout on the market, but overall I thought the mixing of oatmeal and coffee stouts was a good idea and turned out ok.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 15:22:29 | More by gloobygloob
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berkey

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint-tulip hybrid. Didn't have it for breakfast as the label suggested but hopefully it works just as well as a pre-lunch beer.

Pours with a loud hiss. Forms a very large ruddy tan head. Can't think of another beer with this much red in it's head. Dense black body.

A delicious shot of oatmeal goodness is the first thing I'm getting on the aroma with coffee following closely. Also a subtle bready character, dry hops, and some light chocolate notes in here. It's clear there's more going on here but I'm not sure I'm getting all of it. Malt profile seems to be very clean for the complexity.

Now to drink! This is interesting, while the coffee is much more prominent here it's also very balanced. Tastes like coffee you'd actually want to drink as opposed to the burnt coffee flavor that shows up in some other coffee stouts. Oatmeal is back mid sip while bitter, slightly fruity hops, more coffee, and some cocoa are there on the aftertaste.

The various malts and big hops have a near perfect balance helping to create a very easy drinking yet complex brew. Medium carbonation fits the beer well. This was my favorite Mikkeller yet and will be back in my fridge shortly. Could be a new regular if the price was a little better.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 21:18:14 | More by berkey
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Vengeance526

Louisiana

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

Pours a dark black color with a nice mocha head that sticks around the whole time and leaves a lot of fine lacing.

Aroma hits immediately with a lot of roasted coffee and a little chocolate. Very pleasing.

A little bit more chocolate shows up in the taste but the espresso flavors are very much the main attraction. Some toffee and caramel also becomes evident in the finish and aftertaste.

Medium bodied with a fairly smooth feel and a roasty finish. One of the more enjoyable coffe stouts out there. I won't be buying this often, but it does make a nice treat on occasion.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 19:08:56 | More by Vengeance526
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TheKingsOfHop

Massachusetts

3.18/5  rDev -23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

1pt. 9oz bottle poured into tulip shaped glasses:

A: Slight mocha head with a pitch black dark body, that looks like black coffee = hold the cream, hold the sugar.

S: Bittersweet chocolate, robust espresso, but then there's a sourness that smells similar to a locker room/gym socks. Not really sure why it's there, or where it came from.

T: Black carbonated coffee, hold the gym sock. Not much of anything else going on with this brew. Definitely a disappointment on the flavor scale.

M: Even though the taste wasn't really there for us the mouthfeel was still thick, and creamy. Just like an American Double should be.

D: We could drink more then one glass, but we probably won't buy this again, can't say that were all that impressed. There are better choices out there for this style of beer.

Cheers,
The Kings Of Hop

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 01:38:26 | More by TheKingsOfHop
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SilentSabre

North Dakota

3.2/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours up nearly black with dark red high lights around the edges when held up to a lamp. Craggy, light brown head with lacing that sticks to the side of the glass as the head slowly recedes.
The smell really surprised me as there is an assertive American style hops aroma emanating from my pint glass. The typical coffee and dark chocolate aromas are present, of course, but that pine sap smell that I'm not real crazy about in my stouts is there, too.
Taste, honestly, is good, but almost has a generic quality to it in that I can't really pick out individual flavour profiles. It just tastes like a good stout without being to discern specific flavours; hoppy, bitter finish, but not as piney as I feared. It's good, but I'm a little disappointed.
Mouthfeel is amazing. It's prety dense, which I really enjoy in a stout like this.
Drinkability is average. It's a well crafted stout that I could easily drink a bomber of by myself; drinks below the advertised 7,5%.
Certainly a solid stout, but a bit disappointing, too. Just one BA's opinion, though.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2009 18:57:30 | More by SilentSabre
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jminsc76

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Coffee in a cup, and it's made out of beer!

Into an Allagash snifter, pours a large and light brownish (slightly reddish tinge) creamy head atop an impenetrable black body. I mean, there isn't even a brown or reddish tinge as I hold it in the light. The head ain't going down any time soon too, and remains thick and creamy.

Heavy and intense aromas of coffee, slight molasses, cocoa, and even some graham cracker. A deeper sniff yields a little bit of wood and espresso. Excellent bouquet.

Like my heading suggests, this is literally like drinking a rich cup of coffee, with espresso bitterness washing across the palate. It doesn't have a lot of sweetness, but the flavor spectrum is impressive nonetheless.

The mouthfeel, like any good oatmeal stout, is smooth, silky, and glides off the palate like a champ. It's like a pillow that tastes of coffee beans and bounces off the tongue.

Overall, I give this bad boy an A. The only thing detracting from it is a slight amount of heat on the back end as it warms. But no matter. I would come back to this one again and again.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2009 05:13:21 | More by jminsc76
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infi

New York

3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2007 vintage - Poured into a snifter.

A rather steady pour creates a hefty milk chocolate colored head with marshmallow-esque frothiness and fine bubbles. Lingers for a few seconds before slowly creeping down to a lowly cap. Very minimal amounts of soapy lacing of weak grip. The color itself is thoroughly dark and opaque. Aroma is defined greatly by the grain content of the beer - heavy oat and barley scents dominate the forefront within the malty bomb that it already is. The oat is actually very nice - reminiscent of cooked oatmeal. As it begins to warm, dark chocolate, roasted coffee and a hint of caramel all come into play and become detectable.

Up front is full of chocolate sweetness - a bit too much on the sweet side, but not in an overpowering sense - and hints of roasted coffee. The toasted breadiness of the malt along with the oatmeal and barley come through in the middle and end upon a subtle grassy and earthy hop finish and burnt coffee bean bitterness. Amongst all of this, there's a sort of slight acidic taste, definitely from the coffee. Overall the flavor is quite nice, but not as complex as other imperial stouts that I've tried.

Mouthfeel is a bit light-bodied for my liking. Also, this stout is considerably carbonated and had much of a tactile presence in the mouth, leading to a small amount of coating in the mouth. I would have liked it to have a bit more of a silky smoothness to the feel, but that's just me. Drinkability is moderate and generously slow, but I was still able to finish the bottle myself. I think the aromas are the most integral part to this beer rather than the flavors and the only flawed aspect would be the mouthfeel. Ultimately BGB is still a good imperial stout and worth sharing with another beer geek.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2009 04:31:41 | More by infi
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scottoale

California

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml. brown Nøgne Ø style bottle pours a very dark brown with a huge 2+finger of cocoa brown foam. Some good looking lace clings to the glass as the head recedes.

The smell is of roasty coffee and semi-sweet chocolate that blends together nicely. No note of alcohol and not much from the hops, aroma wise.

The flavor is good, with a mild sweet chocolate that turns to a rather bitter coffee with a final hop bitterness to the ending. Well balanced and tastes great. Not quite as big in the body as I was expecting, but none the less fits it's style quite well in delivery and hides the alcohol well. Another solid geek pleaser from Mikkeller

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2009 06:42:30 | More by scottoale
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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
Beer Geek Breakfast from Mikkeller ApS
92 out of 100 based on 1,810 ratings.