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Beer Geek Breakfast - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 2,109
Reviews: 936
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.71%
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 beermanbrian
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black as night. Fine bubbled tan head that slowly trails down the side. Heavy chocolate malt smell with some espresso notes. Alcohol is well hidden. Taste of bold chocolate up front with a nice balance of coffee giving some bitterness to the finish. I really like the balance of the flavors in this one. Somehow manages to be a little light in the body but that is hitting me as just right tonight. From the name you would expect something heavy but this manages to be not overly filling. Great smoothness. Enjoyed this one a lot.

Photo of tbeckett
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Ol Baren. From notes.

A - Pours wiht a one finger khaki head that fades to a thin cap. Black in appearance. No visible carbonation.

S - Coffee, chocolate and roastiness all mix well. All the elements of a proper Imperial Stout. Does not smell overly sweet too. Good stuff.

T - Coffee, chocolate and roastiness all again. The chocolate and roasted malt are powerful up front with a great coffee element in the finish. Nice.

M - Medium carbonation and a medium body. Slightly bitter in the finish. Really soft in the mouth.

D - Quite high. ABV and flavour are great for a bottle or three with a friend. Not too sweet too which means this does not become a chore later. Nice stout.

Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast is roasty, delicious, and thin.

It poured a near-perfect dark chocolate with a thick creamy milk chocolate-colored head. Initially, the flavor was extraordinary, with loads of roasted coffee and a slight hint of bitter chocolate. The great flavor dissipated and a metallic finish lingered. The feel was immediately bitter but had a thin insubstantial finish.

Early on, the flavor of Beer Geek Breakfast was extraordinary. it didn't stand up throughout the bomber and eventually fell a little flat. For me, two other "breakfast stouts," FBS and KBS, set the standard, and Geek Breakfast is good, but not that good.

Photo of Allpe45
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle
Brownish black, with 1 finger mocha brown head. Not much lacing.

Rich roasted malts, oats, coffee, smoke, and cocoa. Listed in order of prevalence

Roasty malt up front, smoke/peat flavors with coffee showing up in the middle, coffee and bitter chocolate in the finish. The coffee/bitter flavor lingers for a long time, must be the hops.

Full bodied, chewy mouthfeel. Light carbonation, and residual bitterness.

This is well balanced with plenty of complexity. When I tried this on tap it was a smoke bomb, but this bottle is quite enjoyable.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an extremely opaque black with a huge 3 inch milk chocolate colored head that lasts. Head forms a small island on the top of the beer. Good ring lacing on the drink down. Some small floating particles in the beer. Very nice smells of ground coffee beans, oatmeal, cocoa powder, and just a hint of soy sauce. Taste is also very good with strong brewed coffee, toasted oats, unsweetened chocolate, and some vanilla notes. Slight bitterness on the palate after each sip. There is a slightly watery aspect to this beer but it is smooth and creamy in the mouth. Overall, a very tasty stout from Mikkeller. I really like the dual combination of coffee and oat tastes present in this one.

Photo of PhineasGage
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank you Lunch!
Poured into NB globe glass.

a- darker than used motor oil, with a 1 finger mocha brown head that settles to about 1/4inch.

s- dark roasted malts lead way to a huge milk chocolate sweetness.

t- smooth chocolate maltiness leads into strong bitter coffee.

m- medium viscosity, great smoothness, light carbonation.

o- tastes like more. this is one of the better coffee stouts i've had the luck of trying.

Photo of RickS95
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's simply fabulous to look at. Pours a thick, pitch black color, like old oil. On top is a huge brown swarm of bubbles. Retention is forever.

It smells amazing, with roasty notes of coffee and bittersweet chocolate, all covered in smoke.

The taste is really good, but a bit of a letdown after the appearance and smell. The smoke, coffee and bittersweet chocolate were all there, I was just hoping for a little sweetness to tie it all together.

It's very creamy on the palate. Thick and creamy like all good Imperial Stouts should be. In the finish, there is a good bite of bitter to keep everything clean.

An exceptional beer in every aspect.

Photo of IronCitySteve
2.98/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a jet black color with some brown hues around the edges. Very viscous looking. Provides a thick light brown foam head with sufficient lacing.

S: A little milder on the nose then expected. Mostly roasted chocolate, alcohol and some mild hints of coffee.

T: Starts off slightly metallic with some dark roasted chocolate, barley, oatmeal and hints of alcohol. The middle is more of the same. Finishes with a slight tease of roasted coffee.

M: Not as creamy as expected with such a viscous looking beer. Leaves a slight roasted and boozy taste on the palate.

O: A little disappointed with this, thought the coffee taste would be more prevalent in a beer that calls itself beer geek breakfast.

Photo of lnashsig
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to finewinemike for the chance to taste this long time want. My wife and I split this bottle and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Poured into my dfh snifter- dark tan foam fills the top of the glass and then recedes slowly, leaving pockets of froth as it goes. Looks awesome. Pours a dark brown, nearly black color. Smell- bourbon, molasses, espresso notes, some alcohol is present. Taste- roasted coffee hits first, followed by a molasses/bourbon flavor, ended with a roasted bitter coffee and chocolate finish. So much going on here- and this will probably change a lot as it warms (served at 55 degrees). Mouthfeel- the oatmeal in this brings some nice thickness that reminds you its a stout, but it is nice and syrupy, with chocolate and coffee notes in tandem in every sip, and it is perfect for the style. Drinkability- this is a sipper, but it is well balanced, and the flavors complement each other well, so I could drink this many times over (and yes, I could have this for breakfast). I've been dissapointed with Mikeller beers before, but this one is fantastic. Well done.

Photo of Goatshaver
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A rich deep dark brown with a nice creamy chocolate/coffee medium brown head.

S: Chocolate with coffee, and malts and oats.

T: A nice sweet roasted chocolate coffee taste, with some oat and malt backing.

M: A nice full body feel thats very smooth.

O: Very smooth drinking stout. The roasted coffee and chocolate flavors just make this so great. A very good drinking beer.

Photo of Shadman
3.4/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an inky black with light having next to no chance of penetrating the darkness..huge dark tan head...looks a lot like foam toffee. great retention and great gobs of lacing.

Whoa! Rich chocolate roast malts get side-swiped by aromas of vanilla and oak from the bourbon barrelsn it is apparently aged in.

Found the taste to be too one-dimensional with the flavor of bourbon whiskey domininating almost everything. I detected some of the chocolate malts, but really just too sweet. finishes slightly dry with a kind of wood ash taste.

Certainly full bodied enough with a smooth, slightly sticky mouthfeel.

Would be interesting to see if anyone has aged this one for a year. Maybe the flavour profile would round out more..

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

16.9 oz bottle poured into my Samuel Smith pint glass.

A- OPAQUE dark dark brown color, with huge amount of chocolate milk colored head. Head retains for awhile, settles to about a 1 fingers worth, maybe less. I poured on the side of the glass but the head still moved up quickly. Large frothy bubbles within the foam. No lacing left on glass, but impressive look.

S- Coffee and burnt malts. A healthy amount of oats. A little bit of chocolate, and some decent bread aroma too.

T- Taste is some coffee, with some baileys Irish creamer blended in. Some sweetness. Oats and grain combine to give some burnt wheat toast dipped in oatmeal. I can see breakfast in this. Malt aftertaste.

M- This is in between light and medium bodied. Silky smooth, but for the style it should be heavier. Kind of reminds me of skim milk, which can be another breakfast drink.

O- This is a good stout. I expected a much stronger coffee flavor, judging by the picture on the bottle but it wasn't. Does remind you of breakfast in a way, but nothing compared to Founders BS. Ok to try, although for the quality of the beer the price is lingering on high for what you get.

Photo of ocelot2500
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an almost black with a rocky, light brown head that leaves sheets of lacing.

Smells of big coffee and chocolate notes.

Tastes of big roasted notes. Coffee, chocolate, and brown sugar abound, all playfully interacting with each other. Neither one dominates. Oats add that smoothness that I expect. I also detect a hint of vanilla/oak flavors which definitely add well to the mix. A touch of hop bitterness comes on the end where roasted bitterness and citric notes add together.

Mouthfeel is full with a soft, creamy amount of carbonation.

Overall, classified as a double stout, I stand by my scores, there are better out there and most are priced cheaper. On a side note, if this was categorized as an oatmeal stout, as the label states, this might receive 5s across the board.

Photo of BeerLover99
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: deep black thick body, 1 finger head, world class lacing!

S: fine roasted nuts, oatmeal, mild coffee, cocoa

T: sweet hint of cocoa upfront, firm coffee/earthy, roasted middle, slight bitter oats finish

M: med/heavy body, chewy smooth mouth

O: Nice smooth Oatmeal stout! Big sipper, but find myself gulping this beast down due to the great flavor.


Photo of Chaney
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I split this with my with tonight.

A: Dark, dark brown.... honestly, it couldn't get much darker before becoming black. The head was about a 1/2 finger or so tan color, with dark brown notes.

S: Very smoky indeed. This is a different kind of coffee beer for sure. A bit of candy sweetness, with roast pork BBQ and then some.

T: Very drying and a bit watery on the finish which concerned me. The body was medium.... I wish the taste was a bit fuller actually. There was nothing really "imperial" about this.

M: Moderately thick, but not sticky, syrupy, or even that sweet. The "ash" quality was a bit cloying to my mind and palate.

O: I wasn't a fan overall. I told my wife as I was drinking it that it tasted somewhat like an ash tray. I'll stand by that...

Photo of uustal
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with a quickly dissipating brown head. No lacing. Nice aroma. Big roasted coffee beans and milk chocolate. Carries over into the flavor profile. This one tastes like a dark roast coffee. Definitely lives up to the Beer Geek Breakfast name. A bit of chocolate and cream and some crisp pine hops finish it up. Overall, a solid brew led by it's strong roasted coffee profile.

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

16.9 oz bottle into a pint glass

first time having a mikkeller beer and im quite excited ive heard only good things.

A - comes out a jetblack that looks like motor oil. thin head recedes to a super thin topping that sticks nicely to the side of the glass.

S - coffee and oats coffee and oats. there is a small smell of alcohol in the back as well but as i said its all coffee and oats for the most part.

T - the first sip definitely seemed to be more coffee than oats but as you drink it that seems to switch. very tasty oat meal stout.

M - there is a coarseness to this stout which i definitely like and works with the coffee flavor in my opinion. carbonation is also quite nice as it pops in midway through a sip and quickly vacates.

O - a well put together oatmeal stout. completely understand why every raves about their stuff. a bit pricey in my opinion to warrant a repurchase but i am not at all upset that i splashed the cash this one time.

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

taste- roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, tart acidic flavors, coffee in the finish, wasn't picking up a lot of "oatmeal" character

color- deep brown, oily sheen

clarity- pours clear but opaque in the glass

smell- roasted malt, coffee, hot fudge (thanks chilly460)

body- smooth on the palate, lots of effervescent hop bite in the mouth, oily

appearance- one finger dirty brown head with some lace retention, active carbonation in the glass with bubbles still forming after a while. small, tight, bubbles produce a soft, thin, creamy looking head

overall impression- good beer...wanted the flavor profile to be more intense or more interesting, nice hop/malt balance

notes and comments- really excited to try this beer, taste was good but not great. i was expecting more of the malt sweetness to reflect the oatmeal character but it wasn't there for me. the taste seems to change over the course of the drink...and not in a single direction...softens up...stiffens up, etc. beware of yeast...plop

beer spy- monument wines and spirits, concord ca, march 2011, $8.99, 25oz

glassware: chalice

Photo of bishopdc0
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serve in a big mug at novare res
It is Black with a big head that hugs the mug as it dissipates.

The aroma is full of sweet malts maple sugar and coffee mixed with chocolate

The mouth is soft with a nice sweet coffee and chocolate milk smoothness. The flavor of roasted barley and a nice hint of maple make an appearance in the end. The carbonation is lite and leaves a pleasant feeling on the tongue. Very nice.

Some may find this stout to be too sweet but it suits me fine

Photo of legalpete19340
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Wow, I am in love. Poured thick and black with more than a fingers worth of dark tan head. The head hung around nearly the whole drink and coated the glass when swirled.

S: Amazing. Big dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, and roasty dark malt. Some sort of dark fruit in there. Maybe plums. And a slight grassy or earthy hop notes.

T: Dark and beautiful. Huge roasted malt, oatmeal, coffee give way to dark chocolate and earthy hops. The end is bitter with dark coffee. Nothing is burnt here.

M: Medium and chewy without being heavy

D: Hugely drinkable. Cant wait for the next pint. No overwhelming sweetness to kill the session.

This is a big stout that truly embraces the dark roasty goodness. A big dark monster that is perfectly roasted, not burnt and a little hoppier than expected but in a subtle enjoyable way.

Photo of chilly460
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a solid black and builds a big, 2.5-finger, mocha colored head. Head is frothy and thick, and sticks around for the entire time.

S - Smell is on the money, coffee and more coffee. Some very strong chocolate in there, hot fudge is more like it. Sweetness from the oats moves to just a bit of light hops at the end.

T - Right on the money, this thing has the perfect full roast coffee without going overboard into an astringent bitterness. Taste of a high quality coffee. Moves to milk chocolate, with the hint of hops to clean it all up and get you ready for the next sip.

M - Found this one to be silky milk chocolate, right on.

D - Ridiculously easy to drink, the sweetness makes it easy to drink, hops make sure it doesn't wear on the palate, the mouthfeel is cozy but not too heavy.

Photo of ryantho00
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber in to a snifter that gives a beautiful black opaque appearance with a nice coffee and oatmeal chocolate aroma and a beautiful 5 finger head that laces the glass for a long time.

This has a very chocolatey and coffee characteristic smell at the beginning with a maltiness that becomes more complex with a deeper inhale you smell some smokiness and then more coffee and mocha with a slight oatmeal tinge.

This has a very coffee and chocolate taste with a slight oatmeal and espresso undertone, also a slight hops taste and small bitterness at the end; that then leads into a VERY creamy smoothness. Very well balanced stout that is smooth and delicious.

Very drinkable smoothness, slightly filling. Overalls delicious.


Photo of hoppyhampy
4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle poured into a snifter. No freshness info. Pitch black in color and the head is frothy like root beer only a darker brown. Nice lacing. Delicate malt on the nose with rich coffee notes and hints of milk chocolate and alcohol. Rich and silky mouthfeel, like thick hot chocolate. Full bodied but not too syrupy. Carbonation is too low. Soft flavors on the palate. Everything is mildly blended together and comes together perfectly. Nothing overpowers so everything can be enjoyed. The malt has a kind of spicy quality on the palate that is different. Coffee and dark chocolate come to dominate and linger with a touch of honey in the finish. The finish is fairly clean and makes it super easy to drink. Definitely the best oatmeal stout I have had.

Photo of jpro
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Whole Foods in Mt. P - poured into a snifter...

A: Dark, dark brown with about 2 inches of mocha foam head that leaves some fat, patchy lace.

S: Sweet and roasty malts; not as much coffee as I was expecting; a touch metallic; hints of charry coffee.

T: Earthy malt sweetness followed by a nicely roasted bitterness; some oatmeal flavor and lots of coffee on the finish.

M: Nice. Near full-bodied and creamy; good texture from the oatmeal, no doubt; a higher carbonation level than many double stouts, which does well as a palate washer.

D: Pretty good... no Terrapin Wake-n-Bake or Pisgah Valdez, though! (and definitely not as friendly on the wallet as those two). A nice beer, though - glad I got the chance to try it.

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

Poured a very thick dark brown, with a load of dark tan foam and lace on the side of the glass. The smell or roasted malt, chocolate and a hint of smoke was evident in the aroma. The taste had the roasted malts, semi-sweet chocolate and a fair amount of coffee. A nicely balanced stout without a real bitter finish. A pleasant tasting mild stout.

Beer Geek Breakfast from Mikkeller ApS
92 out of 100 based on 2,109 ratings.