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Beer Geek Breakfast - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 2,113
Reviews: 939
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 145
Gots: 303 | FT: 12
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Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Goldorak on 03-10-2006

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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Photo of philbe311
3.78/5  rDev -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...

Photo of avaldivia
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of schlimenhaumer
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
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...

Photo of wvsabbath
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
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!

Photo of larryi86
4.15/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Photo of bugaboo416
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
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

Photo of AmericanGothic
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of papat444
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of bnes09
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of Meerkey
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of dcloeren
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
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!

Photo of CoalPorter
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of Spider889
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of wcintula
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

My first Mikkeller beer and quite an impressive one. Watching it pour, I see the stream is murky brown but becomes black when amassed in my tulip. A large sandy brown colored head with chocolate brown swirls billows and falls due to light carbonation and a high gravity.

The smell I found, was a weak point of the beer. Most identifiable was chocolate, with lesser coffee aromas and the oats. The beer has that familiar "oatmeal stout" taste with strong roasted malts and coffee that seem to blend with the hops and create a 'burnt grass' bitter flavor. A very nice malty blend.

The body is full. The fullest, most oiled up voluptuous body you can imagine. Very light carbonation. Everything I like in the body of a stout like this. I get a light, but muted acidity in the stomach from this like there's something neutralizing it at the same time. It's a good stout, and I'm good after this one.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a light tan head. In the aroma, dry coffee and a small sweet roast. In the taste, roasty coffee and a semi sweet oatmeal and roasted malt. A smooth and medium to bigger bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry coffee and a hint of sweetness in the aftertaste. Nice presence of coffee and oatmeal, quite nice!

Photo of AgentMunky
3.76/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a half-litre bottle into a Teku glass at the BrewDog bar in Edinburgh. Batch 557. Bottled 27 October 2010. Best before 27 October 2013. From notes. Reviewed 7 June 2011.

A: Enormous, rich dark-dark mocha head that slowly sinks to about half a finger. Completely opaque and impenetrable. A couple of shades away from black.

S: Bacon. The name suggests it; the smell confirms it. Also, coffee beans. But smoked malts, à la rauchbier, dominate. Strong. Good. Moderately interesting. Distantly bitter and aloof...but tempting.

T: Less than enthralling. A good imperial stout, but hardly the finest. The burnt/smoked, slightly meaty aftertaste is really nice, but the maintaste is bitterly disappointing (pun intended). An oddly shallow sharpness precedes a coffee bean endtaste. Some fruit in the beginning and smoke in the end.

M: Some carbonation. Sharp and punky. I like it. Light enough to give reprieve from the heavy maintaste.

O: Not my favourite Mikkeller or imperial stout (Black Hole takes both those spots). Still, it's good. Not worth going out of your way for, but probably worth the cash. Tentatively recommended.

Photo of domtronzero
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Very dark brown, nearly opaque, with a big, long lasting, fluffy, tan head. Little lacing.

S - Dark malts, roast, chocolate, coffee, and a bit of smoke.

F/M - Again, dark roasty malts, chocolate and big, pleasant coffee flavors. Noticeable smokiness, but subtle. Moderate bitterness, accentuated by the roasty flavors, with a quick, dry finish. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and lingering coffee and chocolate flavors.

O - This is a pretty nice coffee stout. Flavorful, dry and balanced with good coffee flavors, this is one of the better coffee stouts available here in SoCal. In my opinion, this one ranks up there with Alesmith's Speedway Stout.

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

Near black, brown edges, good initial head, lacing doesn't really stick.

Roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate in the nose, with a hint of smoke.

Roasted malt is dominant. Vanilla note, coffee note, cocoa note. Dark chocolate aftertaste, turning to grapefruit twang and then ashy smoke.

Barely there mouthfeel, silky.

I liked this one. Grapefruit and charred wood run away with the finish, but I dig the complexity, smooth mouthfeel, and dark blend of flavors.

Photo of tbern007
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oat Stout with coffee.
Pure black, huge head, thick brown. Lace!
Smells of coffee, roast malt, nut, caramel.
Tastes of added coffee, creamy, malty, roasty, woddy, very slight smoke. A bit bitter. The coffee is a bit overpowering. Alcohol content not noticeable. Good beer overall. Probably won't get it again though - there are others that are better out there.

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

Two finger tan head that stays and stays over an opaque black body. Laces aplenty.

Coffee, malty nose reminds me that it's breakfast, even though it's 4pm. Long story. Faint booze and some roasty nuttiness.

Taste is of a coffee oatmeal stout, no huge surprises except for some unexpected lemony tang. Lightens this up a bit. Faint cocoa as well.

Mouthfeel is smooth, but not quite nitro-y, which is good in this case.

Overall a good coffee stout, but not worth the price.

Photo of shambeano
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have been cellaring for a while now. and although its just past its best before, ive kept it in pretty good conditions, so it should be fine. poured into a tulip and shared with a few friends.

A- pours a jet black with about an inch of fluffy brown head that subsides to about a half cm and then very slowly subsides. looks very tasty.

S- chocolate and coffee upfront, a touch of yeast, some fruit and hope, smells a little like black forest cake, touch of sweetness at the end.

T- like the nose but the dark chocolate and coffee come through much stronger, very malty, hopping is much less noticeable but there is a little bit of hop towards the end. a slight sweetness in there, and a touch of alcohol but it is well hidden. finishes very roasty, almost like sipping on a short black coffee. really nice.

M- thick, but not as much as i was expecting, some prickly carbonation in there, more than i was expecing. super long bitter finish that leaves the mouth very dry.

O- i really liked this. was a bit of a sipper, but something you could mull over for a while. fair bit of flavour going on. not a sessionable beer, and i couldn't have more than one. But its something i would go back to on nights when i was only planning to have a single beer.

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.

Photo of Another6Pack
2.59/5  rDev -37%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep, dark black with a 2" black and tan head that simmered down after a couple minutes and left some nice lacing in its wake. The nose was immediately present and I thought I had a bottle of chocolate root beer in front of me. Interesting, and probably not a good sign.

Taste started off reasonably well with some chocolate flavors but no coffee. Sadly, the finish is way out of my range of likes. Not that I've ever done it, but if you were to stick the wrong end of an extinguished cigar in your mouth you'd probably be close to how this one finishes. 100% tobacco ash. Body is much thinner than I expected for a double.

Really disappointed in this one.

Photo of Kromes
3.56/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pitch black with a thick brown head that just sits on top of the beer. Good lacing down the glass.

S: Roasted malt, coffee.

T: A fruitiness hits up front and then the roasted malt and coffee flavors appear in force. A slight chocolate in the finish which is very bitter from the roasting.

M: Heavy body and smooth.

O: It's a strong stout. The roasted flavors are much more intense in this beer than in most other stouts I have tried. The aftertaste seems like you just licked an ashtray.

Beer Geek Breakfast from Mikkeller ApS
92 out of 100 based on 2,113 ratings.