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Beer Geek Breakfast - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 1,998
Reviews: 925
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.68%
Wants: 143
Gots: 292 | FT: 15
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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 ColForbinBC
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle poured into a tulip

Pours an ink black with one of the darkest heads I have ever come across. A creamy, dark sand color head that rose to fill the tulip and receded slowly. Settling to form a thick collar and some sticky lacing.

I get a strong bourbon note in the nose. Vanilla, plums, and dried cherries mixing with fusel alcohol. Rolled oats and fresh coffee grounds round out the aroma, but are really overpowered by the fruit and bourbon.

Roasted coffee beans and mild belgian chocolate up front. The bourbon from the aroma sits back a bit but the plums and vanilla come through in the middle before a mild bitterness from the coffee takes the reins in the finish. Not as bold as the nose would have led me to believe, but still enjoyable.

A smooth, medium body with a long lingering coffee flavor. The booze is barely noticeable. I found this to be rather drinkable due to the lighter body for the style. A solid take on the style and definitely something I would seek out again.

ColForbinBC, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to alpineclimber for this one!

Poured in to a Duvel tulip.

A - Dark black with one finger of bubbly light brown head.

S - Robust nose of dark roasted malts, coffee, sweet caramelm toffee and soem hints of dark fruit. A subtle licorice nose is present as well.

T - Bitter dark roasted coffee and dark roasted malts dominate the palate initially. Some other flavours come out as well, including some chocolate & licorice. A nice sweetness is here as well that helps balance out the bitterness. A very nice palate overall.

M - Medium body, lightly carbonated.

D - A great beer. Actually had this one with breakfast and it worked well.

TheSevenDuffs, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of codewarrior
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375mL Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Chalice

From the bottle:

"... a hearty, complex stout is the tastiest way to begin the day."

Couldn't agree more.

A: Black with red undertones, lots of frothy head, dissipates, lacing transparently.

S: Bitter and dark. Little twinge of iron, and a fat body at the back.

T: Sweet and rich up front, fading into bitterness, finally into straight coffee.

F: Rich and winderful. Tastes expensive ... which it is.

D: Wonderful, but nearly too much. Would have trouble pairing this. Good thing this *is* breakfast, not a drink to have with breakfast.

codewarrior, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of chase2634
3.2/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Deep/Dark coffee brown with a faint tan head that quickly diminished to a thin ring around the rim.

S - Roasted malt and coffee in the nose with a hint of chocolate and caramel.

T - Flavor opens with bitter coffee, chocolate and licorice. There is also a faint presence of caramel malt that stays throughout. The flavor quickly turns smokey with a taste i could not nail down. Perhaps earthy would describe the middle with a slight hop bite at the end. Not what i was expecting.

M - Full bodied with an oily texture. Modest carbonation. Finish is quite dry and somewhat astringent.

D - Definitely a solid coffee stout, just not what i was hoping for considering the rave reviews i had read about prior. Somewhat let down on this one.

chase2634, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of zhanson88
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Completely pitch black and opaque with 3 fingers of dark khaki head. Reduces down to decent lacing.

Smell: Big roasted malt smell as well as intense coffee. Also, chocolate and expresso are prevalent.

T: Lots of roasted malt and coffee. Also a bit of vanilla, chocolate and nuttiness. Hops are nonexistent but that is to be expected. They do manage to get a lot of flavors into this beer. The oats make it a bit sweet.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Full and thick body, but still creamy. The oats really help balance this beer out and make it very smooth. At 7.5% ABV the alcohol isn't out of control and I can't really taste it at all. BGB is fairly pricey but if you feel like springing for it it's definitely worth a try.

zhanson88, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of wschmit
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a pint glass.

A: Lots of large-bubbled brown head--three or four fingers-worth. Settling slowly, leaving only a bit of lacing. The body is an opaque brown.

S: Sweet, vanilla, coffee notes. Like a nice, fresh-ground, dark-roasted cup of coffee. A bit creamy--would work well with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

T: Solid coffee flavor with just enough sweet, malty balance. The oatmeal really comes through, too. Not terribly complex, but well-executed coffee flavor in an oatmeal stout, exactly as advertised. The lingering taste perfectly mimics a regular cup of fairly strong joe.

M: Very good, full-feeling oatmeal stout. It might even be a little highly-carbonated for the style, but I think it works. Very much in style.

D: Pretty high. Not too boozy, great feel, and an overall well-executed coffee stout. The oatmeal gives it much better balance than, say, Black Hole from this same brewer.

wschmit, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of telecomz
2.42/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours black. Beautiful dark brown 1.5" head.

S: Aroma is light and porter like. Minimal coffee, more iron.

T: Strong, acrid iron with good coffee flavor. Minimal chocolate notes.

M: Very thin, little body. Not very 'imperial'

D: This brewer comes with much hype. Little disappointed.

telecomz, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of elricorico
4.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Black in the glass, no light gets through. A half inch of chocolate milk coloured head sits still on top and laces the glass whenever I move it. The head is smooth on top, almost like a mousse that has set in place.

Lots of dark fine chocolate to the aroma. Roasted and bitter sweet to the nose. Freshly ground coffee beans. Exactly the aroma I was hoping for from this one.

Smooth flavoured, milky coffee, roasted malt, a faint sourness to the finish that brings porters to mind. Chocolate seeps into the aftertaste. Delicious.

Mouthfeel is thick and full, creamy even, certainly well The first few sips have slightly coarse carbonation, but it settles down quite quickly and becomes nice and subtle.

This is simply an exceptional brew. I can't say that I've had many that I like better.

elricorico, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of biglite351
3.43/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - slightest slice of red at the edge. Tall dark tight head.

S - roasted malts, smoke, almost bacon-like, coffee and some odd spices.

T - those same odd spices, smoke, coffee and a breakfast meat.

M - good coating nut only a slight mild tingle on the front of the tongue.

D - probably just one.

biglite351, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of cosmicevan
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip.

A - Poured a shiny oily black with a somewhat frothy mocha brown head that was bubbly and creamy. Lacing is somewhat sticky.

S - Wow. Very rich and complex smelling. A REALLY spicy smokey vibe. Earthy. Almost bacon-like. Very spicey, bit in a great and unique way. Pepper is very up front.

T - The taste follows the nose. Very smokey and really balanced. LOTS of spices in there. Very well balanced in flavors.

M - Oaty and rich, but not as thick as Founders. Spicey mouthfeel.

D - Not as thick and full as some other Stouts. Dangerously drinkable. One of the better Mikkeller's I've had. One of the better Imp Stouts I've had as well. Dyno-mite.

cosmicevan, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of matjack85
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this single 5OOml brown bottle at Sal's in Addison, IL for $8.99. I'm a little confused as to what country to file this beer under as BA has it listed as a Danish beer, but the bottle clearly says brewed and bottled in Norway. I'm going with Norway.

The beer pours jet black with a nice 2-finger foamy brown head that lasts a few minutes, but it didn't leave much lacing.

Nice aroma, but not powerful. Smells mostly like coffee.

I can see why it's called a breakfast stout - a little oatmeal with sweet caramel malt on top, and lots of coffee. Not a bad breakfast. As the smell indicated, the coffee flavor is the most dominant. Mild malt sweetness and even milder oatmeal flavor. A good dose of hop bitterness gives the coffee a bitter taste but it's a good bitterness.

Smooth and creamy nouthfeel with medium body and lower than normal carbonation.

Since this comes in a 5OOml bottle it's a little too filling to have very many of these at one sitting, but very enjoyable and drinkable as a single.

matjack85, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of seh410
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Extremely black and glossy looking with two fingers of thick, foamy light brown colored head and lots of thick lacing.

Aroma: Coffee, chocolate, roasted and burnt malts and sweet caramel

Taste/Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is extremely smooth and creamy. Feels very full in the mouth which helps transport the great flavor. I taste lots of sweet caramel and chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and a little bitter hops. Very well balanced, very heavy on the roasted coffee flavors... Very good.

Notes: Very smooth, very drinkable. Excellent beer.

seh410, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of crossovert
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle.

It pours a tick, dark black. The head is tick, large and tan. It isn't as impressive as other Beer Geek Variations but it does work. Thick lacing rims the walls of the glass as the fluffy head slowly recedes.

The smell is roasty, a huge coffee note dominates. More sniffing introduces toffee, caramel, and chocolate.

The flavor is thick and roasty. Tons of roasted malt and coffee are in the flavor. There is surprisingly little malt to compete with the bitterness. There is a light bit of tartness and chocolate. It isn't as good as the variations that came out of it, but it is solid.

crossovert, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of scottfrie
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a flat black with a very dense inch of dark brown head. The head took its time to ease down into a bubbly film that little spots of soapy lace down the side of the glass.
S: Big notes of raw coffee beans with lesser notes of dark chocolate and oatmeal. There are some fire-roasted notes as well.
T: Follows the nose. The coffee is very well integrated into this brew. It actually tastes like an oatmeal stout with coffee, as opposed to cold fizzy black coffee with a touch of alcohol. Flavors are not as intense as Péché Mortel however. Finish is slightly bitter (hops bitter, not coffee bitter) and there is a touch of smoke in the aftertaste.
M: Smooth creamy mouthfeel with a body that isn't as heavy and thick as I was expecting. Carbonation has some sharpness around the edges.
D: Very drinkable beer. Flavors are delicious and work well together but are never overpowering or exhausting. Definitely a good starting point if you're trying to get into coffee stouts.

scottfrie, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of nickhiller
2.3/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: black coffee colored, one finger head gives way to wispy dark tan head, nice lacing

S: burnt sugar, iron, char, smells more like a porter to be honest

T: burnt toast, the metallic iron that I got in the nose. I get none of the coffee or the sweet malt I would expect from this kind of stout, and all the sharpness and bitterness that I would expect of a rorter. In fact I find it relentlessly bitter, way too much for my taste, without anything to counter balance it. It's like drinking coffee dregs or even what I would imagine charcoal tastes like

M: way too carbonated for this style, no suggestion of the smooth, creamy oats, too thin for something this strong

D: I found this rather unpleasant and all around out of whack. Too bitter, too carbonated, not enough flavor. I would expect more from Mikkeller

nickhiller, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of stonelis
4.88/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured black with a thick tan head. Smells like toasted malt, chocolate and coffee. I would of sworn there was cinnamon in this as it's a very dominant flavor. Medium carbonation, Alcohol slightly evident. Taste even better as it warms. This is smooth, sweet, and very drinkable.

stonelis, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of joemcgrath27
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - black as coal, nice creamy brown head retained exceptionally well, eventually leaving thick lacing up the glass
S - strong notes of rich coffee and sweet alcohol (almost khalua like), roasty malt almost to the point of burnt, semi sweet chocolate, and very mild floral hop notes
T - smoky burnt barley malt and espresso dominate, light cocoa/chocolate, there is some hop flavour there but it is generally overwhelmed, and a slight alcohol sweetness
M - light carbonation, full mouth chewy feel like a rich cafe mocha, finishing bitter like a strong coffee
D - its seems like more coffee than beer, but all the aspect of a fine imperial stout are present, the 7.5% ABV goes unnoticed, and the marriage of malty stout flavours with bitter coffee is fantastic, beer and coffee geeks alike should try this

joemcgrath27, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of TCgoalie
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 7/4/10

The first offering I've had from Mikkeller, clever name. It pours black with a 2 finger tan head that lingers and lingers. I'm waiting to take a sip so it doesn't foam onto my nose. It looks incredibly inviting, well done.

The aroma is that of sweet coffee with some chocolate notes. The coffee scent reminds me of cheap restaurant coffee.

Mild roasted malts start the taste which leads to all kinds of coffee. The coffee taste is very acidic, and may go over the edge. The aftertaste is also bitter which seems to come more from the coffee than hops. Perhaps I'll reach for one of these the next time I want an iced coffee in the morning.

The feel is medium in the mouth with some drying. The bitterness seems to have the characteristic of coating the tongue.

I would say that this has average drinkability but I'm bumping it up for the name and appearance.

TCgoalie, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of SPThirtyThree
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A: This jet black monster doesn't let a trace of light through. During the pour, it builds a rich, earthy brown head that separates, leaving medium-sized bubbles at the bottom of the bubble matrix and smaller bubbles and creamy foam at the top. The cap, with its chunky top surface, lingers until the glass has been emptied, leaving plenty of lacing on the goblet edges. At the bottom of the bottle lies a thick yeast cake.

S: Beer Geek Breakfast has an awesome aroma. It's big, hoppy, roasty, and hot. Toffee and caramel abound, although there is less coffee than might have expected. There is a full boquet of sharp, resinous, piney hops. Chocolate. Bourbon. Fig and dates. Some west-coast pineapple character in the hops.

T: The flavor is dominated by hot, solventlike flavors and fusel alcohol. There is a very heavy roasted character to compliment a strong hop bite. I like to think this is what hot tar would taste like if it were delicious and amazing instead of pungent and caustic.

M: The oatmeal attempts to mask the grainyness with its smoothness. This brew is thick and chewy as well, and complete with an astringent pucker towards the finish, which is perfectly offset by the creaminess and thickness of the beer. The mouthfeel of BGB is about as complex as they come.

D: Medium. This is a perfect winter warmer, but is by no means a session beer.

I find it hard to believe that Mikkeler chose to put the word, "breakfast" on the label. I've had brews before that iIthought could be implemented as a breakfast beer, and this is definitely not one of them, with it's heavy flavors and strong alcoholic burn.

Beer Geek Breakfast pairs well with chocolate - the darker, the better. Ghirardeli's "Intense Dark" is a perfect choice.

SPThirtyThree, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of mattboyer182
4.9/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours thick and black. Brown head. Big smells of coffee. Perfect mouth feel for a stout. Pure amazing taste. It became my favorite stout. Thick, sweet, malty flavors. Extreme amounts of coffee. Easily better than any other oatmeal stout I've had. Loved it.

mattboyer182, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of chaz01
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Belgian tulip glass from a 1 pint 9 oz bottle.

A: Very dark black and opaque, thick and oily looking with a thick brown head.

S: Very much coffee aromas with some toasted malts.

T: Coffee with some grainy flavors -- especially the oat. Some brown sugar sweetness with just a hint of cocoa. The flavors gel really well together.

M: Full bodied and creamy, with a bit more carbonation that you would expect in a stout. Big aftertaste of burnt toast, bitter coffee flavors linger a long time.

D: I don't know about having this for breakfast as the name and label implies, but it makes a great end of the night sipping beer or a fine beer to have with a chocolate desert. I'm not typically keen on coffee flavors, but the coffee in this is quite mellow and not overpowering bringing out additional flavors.

chaz01, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of thain709
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black...those two words sum up the color of this beer...a brown, not light brown, head forms...kind of small but comes back after a quick swirl...some lacing

S - This is going to be a good beer...roasted notes of caramel malts, vanilla, coffee, cocoa powder

T - The nose did not lie...all the flavors present in the nose stepped up and became great...the roasted malt characteristic is full and rich...roasted caramel and burnt sugar add some extra sweetness...as well as the sweet vanilla...there is a big cocoa powder presence that gives it some bitterness...to add to the bitterness is the presence of fresh brewed coffee

M - Full bodied...rich and full flavored...coats every inch of the palate

D - I'm glad I finally was able to try this...although I did not have it for breakfast but I could see that happening...a great stout with excellent roasted notes, coffee and chocolate flavors, and some sweetness

thain709, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of Slatetank
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this on tap at Al's of Hampden -served chilled in 12oz pub glass.

A - The color is completely black and opaque -ominous looking really -it made me think of the black oil from the X -Files. The cap is small and medium brown like caramel w/ very tight bead. The head revives when swirled and has a nice pattern of lace when the sip is taken

S - Wow, a unique scent -very earthy and yet sweet, like a cedar plank almost with mild vinous notes from the wine of the bean. The coffee has a light nutty and fruity aroma like red currants and the roastiness comes off as a little like a truffle with rich cocoa notes, but the complexity is there, that is for sure.

M - The feel caught me off guard in a good way -lighter bodied than I expected with an effervescent and lively effect of levity. The elements of the stout seem to follow the bubbly almost refreshing texture when cold and seem more as you would imagine a stout when warmer. The full nutty coffee/roasted notes and slight bitter tinges fill out the feel well with a mild yeast element and toasty dry finish

T - I really love how the flavors morph in this beer from fruity and sweet one minute to spicy and bitter to a roasted and subtle cocoa and coffee element which is bolstered by a mild molasses compliment. I imagined the beans in the hands of the brewer and what the stout was like prior to adding them - the taste is great because of the beans not only for what they add, but what they don't interrupt. The cohesive taste of acidic citric and currant in the coffee goes very nicely alongside the roasted barley and caramel taste with spiciness in the finish giving a well rounded flavor experience -the hops are not neglected and ensure everything is balanced well.

D - I am glad I was able to try this both in the bottle and on tap. My first experience was at Seattle international beerfest by the space needle and I tried another actually for breakfast - this was breakfast for dinner I guess since I had it after work. This is so satisfying and it lives up to the name - it is refreshing like a cold coffee and still fills the stout craving. If you like coffee in beer you have to try this.

Slatetank, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of thecarster1
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a- bottle poured into a tulip, very viscous, thick, nearly three fingers worth of coffee colored head that fades so gradually, really cool cave-like formation of bubbles forms around the glass, this is a beautiful brew.

s- huge nose, coffee, sweetness, toast, roast, burnt caramel, some molassas.

t- coffee, dark, bitter, dark chocolate, some burnt sugar sweetness, slight alcohol in the backend, really tasty.

m- think, full bodied, smooth.

d- really nice, i drank this with breakfast - never too early for a breakfast beer. very tasty and went down easy!

thecarster1, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of wordemupg
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle poured into tulip aug13 2010

A shes dark alright with a beautiful dark three finger head to go along with it, the foam just sits there leaving a few chunks of lace as it slowly falls, pretty sexy looking beer if you ask me

S lots of milk chocolate with some coffee and a little prune and licorice

T a little darker roast in the mouth with some bakers chocolate a little smokey earth and I have no Idea where the booze is hiding

M full in the mouth but not super heavy, a little bitter but overall pretty smooth

D high, very high, this one went down fast and I wouldn't have ever guessed it was 7.5%, this is something I would session without realizing the booze, this was a great way to start this shitty summer day in Calgary (rain and a high of 14)

this beer geek did have this for breakfast (10:30am) and I'm not sure if that helped its cause but when all's said and done this one didn't need much help. Great beer and you should try it if you get the chance.

wordemupg, Aug 13, 2010
Beer Geek Breakfast from Mikkeller ApS
92 out of 100 based on 1,998 ratings.