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Beer Geek Breakfast - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 2,112
Reviews: 938
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 feylure
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed this one because of what it said on the bottle. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And the fact that they used "geek" instead of "snob" is always a plus!

Appearance is pitch black, slightly thick with a moderate amount of carbonation.

Smell is great. Roasty, malt flavored aroma along side dark coffee bean.

Taste is complex. It feels light on the tongue, sweet at first, but becomes bolder and more flavorful in the middle. Definitely get the malt sweetness and the dark, roasty coffee notes as the mouthfeel grows. Carbonation doesn't get in the way either.

Overall, this is a great brew. Next time I have it, I will actually have it with breakfast!

Photo of Cavery
3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared with Klym last weekend, reviewed from notes.

Poured into a Stone Nonic.

A: A dark split fig with floaters that gives the impression of strawberry seeds. Yummy dark bubbles keep a stubborn one finger head. Who doesn't like oatmeal froth?

S: Coco powder mixed with creamed coffee. A delicious brownie mix attacks the nostrils through the middle. A crazy milky sweetness gives way to coco puffs. Some noticeably artificial like chocolatey smells make me a tad nervous. Not sure this is the healthiest breakfast in the world!

T: Real up front, but a bit generic (compared to the smell) chocolate. On the higher end i get cocoa nibs and milk chocolate mixes done in cold coffees. There is at times a three-pronged attack of chocolately goodness: buttery fudges, brownie cake, and brittle milky chocolates. An odd psuedo-milk taste in form of soy milk. The end features some oats feigning roasted hazelnut.

M: Honestly not my favorite part of the beer. The lower ABV combined with a brighter carbonation makes for a speed bump in the drinking experience. I normally like brighter carbonation, but this one is misplaced. Really it sticks out disproportionately with the flavor.

O: Due to the mouth I found myself digging through the aftermath of sensation to get a flavor read on the beer. I don't really like a civil war between beer characteristics, but I can say with confidence that the flavor played the role of the North. There's some really superb oatmeal flavors in there. Though I really will say the mouth-feel like someone spilled mineral water in my brew. I won't knock it too hard, as some people might really like that. Still a good beer.

Photo of Klym
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

And yet another in my session with Cavery. Poured into a Stone nonic.

A: Pitch black with a 1 finger head. Curtain lacing.

S: Oatmeal, coffee, coacoa and raw egg come out in the nose. This is unusualy complex for an oatmeal-based stout and already has me excited.

T: Same flavors as nose but with unexpected intensity and vibrance with the full-bodied coffee bite/taste, the chocolate sweetness, the vanilla smoothness and spice of chocolate. Oatmeal stouts have a sad tendency in my book to be tame and subdued in flavor but this one definitely makes an effort to beat that generalization up.

M: A small pitfall of this beer is its perhaps over carbonation. For such savory and deep tastes its carbonation is aggressive and ephemeral. It was also unusually thin for its favors but I give that a credit of originality.

O: A very worthy oatmeal-based stout, perhaps the best I've had.

Photo of richmof
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours intense, dark and syrupy into my BdlS tulip with a two finger brown frothy head. Decent retention though.

Delicious nose, with imperial stout staples like coffee, malt, dark fruits and cardamon all there.

Deep smoked barley taste but also coffee and molasses. It is surprisingly effervescent and not as treacley as it looks on the pour.

Obviously, not a session beer but a great beer of the style.

Photo of stupac2
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, dark brown with a finger of creamy dark brown head (and noiceable floaties, wonder what that is). Smell is malty coffee. Taste is coffee, sweet malts, not a lot else. It has a medium body, noticeable carbonation fizz.

It's a coffee stout, basically.

Photo of McNealc31
4.56/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours big, black, and has a huge dark tan head (be careful when you pour). Coffee dominates the nose, but you'll notice more layers once you take a sip. Oatmeal stout. Huge flavor, just the right amount of bitter, very well balanced between the coffee and oatmeal. There's even a dry, smokey, woody finish. Outstanding!

Photo of socon67
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours chocolate brown with a mocha colored foam. No lacing in the glass. And tiny bubbles of carbonation moving about.

S - Smells of coffee, caramel, roasted malt, and oatmeal. Really freaking nice!

T - Taste starts off with a palpable sweetness of milk chocolate. Transitions to a cognac-like burn, and ends with a bitterness of brazilian coffee. Reminded me of Pilao coffee; seriously.

M - Smooth and not harsh at all to drink. Does hit heavy though. Finishing the bottle was some work, albeit a task I was happy to do.

O - Like this one. Compared to the Brunch Weasel this is less on the coffee side, but better balanced. Would try this again, and I like this brewers from Norway.

Photo of Jazzcrop
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tastes are roasted rolled oats, steel-cut oats, chocolate, flaked barley, bittering hops, soy buter, light brown sugar, a wee little bit of booze, cask yeast, milk chocolate, grilled meats, heated complexity, figs, kilned fire, molasses and blended brandies.

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

A- Impenetrable black elixir. Nice sized dark mocha head, lacing is pretty good, gets better when swirled in my tulip.

S- Alot of sweetness, caramel, vanilla and chocolate. Had to allow this to come up to room temperature to get the coffee and roasted malts. Fairly balanced which I wasn't expecting.

T- Mild roasted malt & chocoalte up front, some coffee and more chocolate mid palate. A touch bitter and earthy rounding this one out. Fairly neutral for a coffee beer, but tasty.

M- A lighter body for the style, but the creaminess of the oats brings it up. Smooth going down, coates the mouth a fair bit.

O- Highly drinkable, but I was hoping for a little more from this one given the hype. I would of guessed a chocolate oatmeal stout.

Photo of LtCracker20
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very carbonated black body with a 3-finger coffee colored head that sticks around for a little while before falling to a cap. Lacing's not too bad.

S- Bittersweet dark chocolate, a slight tart aroma, espresso, roasted malts, and a touch of vanilla.

T- Burnt bittersweet chocolate, roasted malts, lots of coffee/espresso flavors, and again, a hint of vanilla.

MF- Pretty carbonated for the style, and the body is just a touch lacking from giving it a nice full body, but it still is creamy on the palate.

O- A very good beer here. I think there need to be more Imperial Oatmeal Stouts, as it seems like every oatmeal stout I've had has this nice creamy body.

Photo of jamescain
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Saint Arnold’s sniffer, thanks StoneBrewFanatic for sharing this one.

Appearance: It pours a thick black with a tan head about a finger thick. The head resides into a ring around the side of the glass.

Aroma: Huge coffee and chocolate notes with a hint of caramel sweetness and vanilla.

Taste: Essentially the same as the aroma with a little more sweetness and a hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Thick silky mouthfeel with moderate carbonation and slight alcohol warming.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer. I don’t have much experience with Mikkeller beer, but I enjoyed this one a lot, it was one of the highlights of the night for our tasting.

Photo of Fluke828
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been holding this in the cellar for some time now. Big thanks go out to John @ Granite Liquors (Bearded Beer Guy, BA handle = dbexpert) for pulling this out for me from out back.

A-> Bottle poured into my Duvel Tulip. yields about a little more than 1 finger of mocha colored head. Black as night in color. Absolutely spectacular lacing. Even after drinking this down to almost notching, the swirling leaves terrific lacing with wonderful head retention. Quality lace with a wispy coating on the very top terminus of the liquid that never dissipates.

S-> Instant coffee and chocolate. Getting some roasted, almost burnt malts as well. A classic oatmeal stout aroma that is brewed with coffee. Extremely enticing, cannot wait to sip this one even though it is 70+ degrees at 1 AM here....

T-> Taste is quite similar to the nose with a burnt smoke flavor that hits first, followed by a watery coffee/chocolate flavor that lingers and fades into a very bitter chocolate aftertaste. Roasted malts are definitely prevalent throughout but not in an overbearing kind of way. More so in a pleasant and mild tongue coating manner. The bitter chocolate and coffee are also quite balanced and not off putting in the least. This is quite the kick-ass brew...

M-> VERY silky smooth. Like bitter, creamy velvet on the tongue. Nice thick bitterness that really complements the flavors exceptionally well. Great balance all around. Invites sip after sip....

O-> Was holding on to this for awhile for a reason and finally made the decision to crack her. Heard through the hop vine that this brew was more enjoyable on the fresher side of the spectrum so what the hell, opened she was. And disappoint, she did not. Was holding this to actually have right after coffee and breakfast at the beach house but wanted to give a bottle a test drive first. Glad I did because this will be splendid in the late morning after a hearty breakfast and before the heat of the day really descends upon the beach and the front porch where I will likely be enjoying another bottle of this. Love the bitterness, really goes hand in hand with the chocolate Not really stout season anymore but I really don't care...Absolutely splendid brew....

Photo of codsmith
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours jet black with a nice thin tan foam head that stays around throughout the beer. The foam laces the glass nicely.

S: A complex chocolate malt aroma that has a wonderful coffee smell and a good amount of sweetness coming off the top. The oats make for a nice balance.

T: Similar to the smell, but has a little bit more bittersweet chocolate type flavor instead of a sweetness that is on the nose and it hits at the end of the beer. The beginning is very smooth and complex.

M: Full bodied. Very smooth and creamy. No astringency. Nice amount of alcohol warmth.

O: If you like creamy smooth stouts, with a really good amount of coffee and chocolate this is perfect.

Photo of JayS2629
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A deep, dark black and chocolate colored beer with creamy tan head that fades fast but leaves creamy walls of lace. The smell is of cocoa, coffee, roasted malts, and earthy, spicy hops in the back. The taste follows with chalky, bitter dark cocoa, coffee, caramel, and nutmeg with a floral and herbal background that peeks through. It needs a touch more sweetness but hides the alcohol well. A complex beer with a lot going on, but it needs more caramel and the body is lacking. Its thick and full bodied, but needs some creaminess. Overall it is an excellent beer.

Photo of jcartamdg
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a ccb glass. No head, dark black, thin ring around the glass. Light coffee aroma, some malts and a small hop aroma. Taste follows the nose, really smooth finishes with a smokey coffee aroma. Medium body, high carbonation. Not the best coffee stout but not bad.

Photo of happygnome
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a deep dark black color with about a three inch tannish brown head that slowly disappears leaving a mocha colored ring around the edge of the glass and a patch in the center of the beer

s: deeply roasted malts chocolate and coffee aromas, very inviting very nice

t: very similar to the nose, deeply roasted malts with cofee and chocolate notes. firey malty roastedness sticks on your tongue as an after taste.

m: medium to full bodied beer with little carbonation

overall, this is a fantastic beer and I am glad that I had the opportunity to try it

Photo of cokes
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dense black bodied with an equally dense brown head. It's a gorgeous combination and it gets me every time.
Coffee is big on the nose, backed and enmeshed with cocoa nibs, molasses, caramel, vanilla, chocolate brownies, carob, and liquorice. Oats add a creamy, flaked grain smoothness. Hops bring traces of peppery herbs and spice. Alcohol contributes a bit of late Port vinousness.
Roasty and encompassing upfront, both from the grain and from the beans. It's a bit earthy with smoke and tar, but more chocolately, dark and robust. Mild fruitiness arises midway, with burnt figs and plums. Far less sweet than the nose indicated, though the oats battle with a creamy, quelling soft grain note. Vinous qualities arrive and couple with the hops to indicate a spicy Pinot Noir. Touches of pine and lingering herbals on the swallow, as the alcohol disipates.
Full bodied with a trickle of CO2 to keep it lively enough to be rapidly drinkable in spite of its girth and wealth of roastedness.
The only downside here is it's pricetag. It rivals any of my favorite coffee stouts.

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

Picked up a bottle at KJ Baarons after having put it off for many months.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a rich, dark black pour with a nice mocha two finger head that slowly fades to leave nice mocha halo and a good cloud. Some light side lacing.

S - Nice chocolate and strong coffee aromas with some light sweet malt notes.

T - Nice potent, bitter coffee notes dominate the pallet with some chocolate mixed in. At the very end there is some hop bitterness. Tastes really nice, just could use a bit more bang.

M - Really, really nice mouthfeel here. Good and creamy, slightly thick. Each sip makes me want another.

O - Really enjoyed this imperial stout. Has some nice chocolate notes and big coffee ones. This stuff is ridiculously drinkable and I can definately picture having this with breakfast.

Photo of DaveBlack
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: nice pour with 2 fingers worth of tan head. The retention on the head is really long; it quickly dropped to about a finger's width but stayed there. The beer itself is black as midnight. Hardly any light can be seen even at the edges.

S: Dark, heavily roasted malts, coffee and a bit of a smoky aroma. Smells like a stout should.

T: The flavor is a bit of a disappointment. It's not nearly as full and rich as I was expecting/hoping. Dark roasted malts, coffee are the dominant flavors, as the nose suggests, but they aren't very intense. FInish is bitter, like strong black coffee. The flavor is really good, just muted.

M: heavy body, fair amount of carbonation.

O: A good stout, but not a great one. The flavors just aren't powerful enough to match the look and smell of this beer. Can't really hold it's own against KBS or Founder's breakfast stout. Easy to drink and flavorful, just underwhelming.

Photo of jmdrpi
2.53/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

0.5L bottle, no date.

appears jet black, with 1" thick creamy tan head. great head retention and decent lacing.

as expected, strong aroma of sweet oats and roasted coffee. the taste doesn't really match the aroma. instead, very bitter, with lingering strong metallic aftertaste. not good. body is smooth and creamy, fairly thick.

just way too bitter with nasty aftertaste. very disappointed, especially for such a high price tag.

Photo of russwbeck
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks go out to heyta for providing this as an extra in a trade!

A: Big light brown head with wonderful retention and lacing. Very creamy head overall. Pour is dark as the thunderstorm clouds rolling through my area right now.

S: Lots of roastiness on the smell. Big coffee and roasted malts are al built on a chocolate backbone.

T: Roasted malts up front with some chocolate in the middle. Coffee dominates on the backend. Very dry to finish up.

MF: Very nicely carbonated without a lot of alcohol noted.

O: I didn't mind this. It's nothing special but it's certainly not bad.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Mikkeler Beer Geek Breakfast

Pours a dark oily midnight black, dark brown head forms and leaves little in the way of lace. Double batch coffee, espresso and chocolate in the aroma. Roasted malt, black coffee, vanilla and a light earthyness in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is full but not too heavy, silky feel due to the oats used in brewing. Overall, one hell of a stout and quite tasty.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz bottle from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins, CO. Right around $8. Into a Delirium Tremens glass.

A: Pours a deep dark brown with an incredibly dense light brown head that sticks right at 1/2 an inch and does not want to go away. Where the head has receded there are some excellent gobs of lacing. Spot on.

S: Lots of coffee, roasted malts, and a decent amount of caramel as well. brown sugar, molasses, and did I mention coffee? Man this smells fantastic. Faint hint of hops way in the back. Smells like a nice breakfast stout.

T: Rich milk chocolate right up front, huge flavors of coffee and burnt malts. These mix nicely with a fair amount of caramel and vanilla. Excellent coffee flavor, man this is nice on the coffee flavor. Earthy, slightly mint hop profile way in the back which adds a touch of bitterness to balance out the rich chocolate. Excellent. Very enjoyable.

M: Creamy mouthfeel, carbonation is just a touch on the high side though, and the body is just a little bit too light for a stout, a little more body would really help this.

O: Another incredibly enjoyable stout from Mikkeller, I haven't had a single beer from this series that I haven't enjoyed. This base beer is a fantastic beer. I'd just like it if there was a bit more body, and that's being quite nit picky, on an otherwise fantastic beer.

Photo of ckollias
4.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Dark black with a thick brown-tan head that lingers for awhile and leaves a persistent lace.

S: Strong coffee and chocolate aroma that fills the nose, with a slight hoppy smell.

T: Chocolate and coffee taste with a nice malt background.

M: Amazingly light and smooth for such a heavy beer. Medium body and carbonation

O: One of my favorite beers. Stout + Oatmeal + Coffee + Mikkeller = yummy.

Photo of warnerry
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a lot of dark brown head. Head is very persistent.

Smell is predominately coffee, but not nearly as intense coffee as Founders Breakfast Stout. After the coffee, a nice complement of roasted malts comes through.

Coffee is much more intense in the taste than in the smell. Deep roasted malts come through in the middle, followed by some nice hop bitterness and some slightly burnt malts. Taste is pretty awesome.

Full bodied but not overly heavy mouthfeel. Bitter finish produces a slight drying on the tongue.

Overall this is a very good and enjoyable stout, but not quite in the same league as FBS, especially for the price. Alcohol is not apparent at all.

Beer Geek Breakfast from Mikkeller ApS
92 out of 100 based on 2,112 ratings.