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Beer Geek Breakfast - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 1,952
Reviews: 921
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.68%
Wants: 138
Gots: 279 | FT: 12
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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 speter
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think I'm in love!

A: Jet black with a thin tan head. No lacing, but I didn't control the glassware, so I can't take off for that.

S: Roasted malt and a hint of booze. The coffee scent isn't really present. (Nor of course are the hops, but that's true to style.)

T: Here's where all the action is! The first sip gives the classic taste of an imperial stout: warm, roasted, chocolaty, toasted goodness. The richness (presumably, the coffee) increases in the center. Then came the surprise. As I had my dinner and sampled more of the stout, the taste became more and more like a fine single-malt scotch. By the end of the meal, it was more like a chocolate liquor. Three beers for the price of one. Well done!

M: Rich and full-bodied. The carbonation was good, but not overpowering.

D: This one is rich, for all that implies. I'd love to have more, but I just can't! Of course, there's always tomorrow...

speter, May 20, 2010
Photo of drpimento
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Mmmm ahhh back to the good stuff. Mikkeller, I bow down. Great classic beer actually. Poured with a large light brown thick creamy foamy frothy head that lasts and lots of lace. Color is opaque brown black. Aroma is malt roast cocoa dark ripe fruits yeast and a bit of coffee. Flavor's like aroma and better. Very well balanced. Excellent creamy smooth body and carbonation. Superb finish that is like flavor and ends up chocolate malty with a suggestion of alcohol. Fabulous beer. Very easy drinking although more sipping than quaffing.

drpimento, May 17, 2010
Photo of kjyost
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The bottle has two dates on it: Brygget 15/2 - 2007. This is apparently the brewed on date. Thanks Viggo for this bottle.

A stunning looking beer. Pitch black with a giant head that is mocha, which collapses slowly delivering reddish tones. It almost appears to cascade after mouthfuls. The head remains, lacing nicely the whole way through. A nice nose, reminiscent of an RIS. Licorice & molasses dominate. None of the coffee comes through though.

The body of the beer is enjoyable, with notes of berry fruit above the dark malt. Surprisingly not bitter for a beer of this strength. Very well balanced. I may be fooling myself into finding it but I sense some coffee under everything.

The mouthfeel is much too bubbly and stiff for this style, but maybe that's what it gives it its marvelous head... This is the only thing holding the beer back. A very enjoyable and eminently drinkable brew, which has stood up well to 3+ years of aging.

kjyost, May 15, 2010
Photo of hoppymcgee
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a big ass beer mug.

A: Jet black with an initial 2-finger foamy head that dissipates into a lasting beige head.

S: Authentic roasted coffee, malts, and more coffee. Very nice.

T: Oatmeal, ground coffee beans, and a slight flowery flavor in the backdrop. Not as good as the smell.

M: Tingly carbonation, nice and smooth from the oats.

D: Pretty filling and "thick" for 7.5%. Maybe that's where the "Breakfast" comes into play.

Overall, a classic Mikkeller brew that I love having access too.

hoppymcgee, May 15, 2010
Photo of farrago
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Two seconds into the pour, literally 90% of the glass is filled with foam. Wait a minute, come back and try again. Glass still half full of dark brown, dense foam. Just leave the glass on the counter, forget about it and eventually it recedes close to the surface, the glass sides about half coated in thick lacing. Pure black liquid, just as the kids like it today. The nose is the quintessential "fist in the velvet glove," a haymaker of dark chocolate powder, cocoa, roasted coffee beans, chicory, black licorice, never too sweet as the oatmeal and general hoppiness, does not lack a bitter aspect to cancel out excess sugariness. In the mouth it is full-bodied and tilts further towards the bitter, tart side of things. The roast in the coffee more obvious, espresso-like, the chicory and roasted grains get your mouth puckering big time. The dark chocolate, carob, brown sugar more makeup than substance. Carbonation is low but steady at its chosen level, does not feel sluggish on the palate. Suggestion of lemon peel and flowers near the finish. Not getting a lot of fruit here, cherry, black grape, apricot at best. What there is, is roast and more roast. If it were a wine Robert Parker would give it 95 points.

farrago, May 12, 2010
Photo of clayrock81
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice 2-finger brown head that left lace patches down the glass and never went away. A great malty smell of chocolate, roasted, coffee, some caramel and a lil' bit of vanilla; good oat presence as well while barely any hop presence but a hint of fruit. Sweetness and dry, husky taste mixed, almost evenly balanced, yet the beer overall is probably best described as medium body and chewey with a silky smoothness. One can really taste the coffee and roasted malts and there is an underlying sweetness there as well. To really show off there is a tad bit of a fruity hop presence and something like black cherries as well. The finish is sticky with both sweet caramel, bitter hops, bready malt all in there for a dry yet complementary backbite. They really pushed in a lot into this stout for a really good beer that I could down a few of one night.

clayrock81, May 07, 2010
Photo of AprilMarie
2.25/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A- dark brown - big caramel color head
S- vanilla, caramel, coffee smell
T- Bitter coffee flavor- too much bitterness for a stout
MF- hard to drink, very carbonated.
D- very bitter for a stout. very carbonated as well. would not be interested in drinking again. so carbonated and bitter makes my face squish up. Do not like that!

AprilMarie, May 03, 2010
Photo of CampusCrew
4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On draft at Vitners Charlotte.

appearance: pitch black with some good head rentention and lacing

smell: heavy dose of coffee and roasted malt

taste: silky smooth and low alcohol burn for a powerful stout. quite easy drinking impy stout. nice chocolate and coffee flavors

mouthfeel: mediumto full bodied

drinkability: great coffee stout. would love to find again

CampusCrew, May 03, 2010
Photo of FreshHawk
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep, dark black, even on the edges. Large, thick, creamy, sticky sandy brown head. Very good retention with a thick, creamy layer of lacing left.

S - Rich malt aroma with espresso beans being dominant, they smell perfectly roasted. Also present is a good amount of dark chocolate and toasted oats along with some caramel and a hint of vanilla. Somewhere in between a strong coffee stout aroma and a regular stout.

T - At first, there was more bitterness and roasted flavors than I picked up in the nose. Strong roasted coffee and malt along with a load of roasted oat flavors up front along with some dark chocolate. Mid sip, some earthy and slight citrus hop flavors come out. However, there is still a large roasted presence. After it warms up and opens up for a little while, the flavors mesh a bit more. The strong roasted bitterness blends and becomes a bit more mellow. Oat, coffee, and chocolate mix with some caramel, lactose, and hints of vanilla. Coffee is definitely prominent but not dominant.

M - Slightly above medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, creamy and rich mouthfeel.

D - Quite a drinkable beer, especially after it warms and opens up a bit. Quite smooth and balanced. The coffee flavor is definitely there and present, but it is as strong and dominant as other coffee forward beers.

Notes: Batch No. 412 (Brewed on 17/03/09). Nice breakfasty beer. Coffee and oats are there and upfront but not dominant. Coffee mixes roasted bitter and sweet lactose well and oats make a smooth, slightly chewy enjoyable beer. Really nice when it opens up and becomes a bit more smooth and balanced. Not the best beer I've had, but a good solid beer.

FreshHawk, May 02, 2010
Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured form a 16.9 oz bottle into an Old Raspy pint glass...

A - Pours black with a one finger tan head. Great head retention on this one....

S - Don't have the best sense of smell, but this one smells good. Dark chocolates, coffee, and a smell of something sweet. Maybe maple or caramel....

T - Don't taste the maple/caramel I thought I detected in the smell, but I do taste the chocolate and lots of coffee. Lots of bitterness here. Alcohol is very well hidden....

M - Medium bodied, but on the high end. Could see some people calling this one a full bodied..

D - Price is a little high for my liking. With an abv at only 7.5%, I didn't excpect to pay premium price. For that reason, I probably won't be buying this one again. Still glad I tried it though, as this is one tasty beer....


comfortablynumb1, May 02, 2010
Photo of ebin6
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours dark as night with a thick voluminous head which almost explodes upward. I have been pouring beers for quite some time, but underestimated this one. I gave what I thought was ample room for the head to develop, but it went right over the top, overflowing

S - Maltiness leaps out immediately. Smells like a rich oatmeal stout, that's for sure...coffee is also present

T - One of the better oatmeal stouts I've had. Coffee taste really completes the beer

M - Mouthfeel really isn't a strength of the style, IMO, so it is somewhat hard to judge. It is smooth, so it earns points for that

D - Obviously, a beer made for breakfast is going to be very drinkable and this beer fits the bill, though aftertaste does wear, preventing a perfect score

ebin6, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of DefenCorps
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

Black with dark brown highlights, this beer has a dark brown head with decent retention and lacing. The nose is quite outstanding. This is like a chocolate oatmeal raisin cookie that was dunked in a cup of coffee. The palate opens with the coffee acidity most noticeable, at a surprisingly high (and unexpected) level. Some roasted malt bitterness and some fruity yeast character and raisin is noticeable too. The acidity makes this taste just a touch sour, and that's interesting. Medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation, this bees has some coffee on the finish with a lingering sourness. Solid stuff.

DefenCorps, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of rfgetz
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich, deep near black with stiff brown colored head that could be confused for a nitro pour. Good retention and lacing. Smell is of freshly pressed coffee with hints of malt sweetness, hops, chocolate, dark fruit. Taste is a smooth blend of freshly brewed, high grade coffee with nice tastes of chocolate, a smooth oaty and nutty taste before moving into an end that brings dark fruit, floral hops and light astrigency. Body is full, smooth with just a tad too much astringency on the end. A very nice, high quality imperial stout that borders on exceptional.

rfgetz, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of pootz
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

50cl bottle cellared 2years.

Poured a dead black ale in the tulip with a massive mocha colored meringue cap....lasts the drink and laces well.

Aroma is pungent roast with coffee tones but there is a layered cereal complexity under this giving a grainy sweetness under some hop spice bouquet.

- rich rounded mouth feel big bodied.

Big body and malts meet the palate in the profile front side, then almost instantly coffee-hop light astringenscy flood the palate, seconds later the oats show with some nutty flavor a bit of cereal complexity...like oatmeal and raisins with espresso poured over it...finish is long and wet with puckering bittering from hops and coffee.

Damn fine coffee stout. Not as good as Péché Mortel, but close. I suspect this cellared sample had some coffee and hop brightness subdued but the rounded mellow center were worth the wait.

pootz, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of brendan13
4.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at The Local Taphouse Friday 23rd April.

So awesome to see a beer like this on tap in Australia!

A - 3cm brown tinged off white head a top an opaque black body of beer. Thick lacing is left around the rim with intricate spotty lacing down the glass. Where the beer is left to sit for a minute of so another ring appears. Very sexy.
S - Roasted coffe aroma dominates with some bittersweet chocolate notes following closely. Subtle smokey and dark fruit hints come through as well.
T - Following through from the aroma are the roasted coffee and chocolate character. Some floral and citrus fruit hop flavours are also present.
M - Medium to full bodied with a fairly low carbonation.
D - A very tasty & interesting beer. At 7.5% it's not too full on. Not a session beer but a couple won't hurt. Highly reccomended and would definately drink again.

brendan13, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of brystmar
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz(?) bottle into a pint glass.

A: pours a jet black color with TONS of brownish bubbly head. Totally opaque. Medium amounts of brown lacing on my glass.

S: the nose is very potent; coffee before oats, faint malty chocolate scents in the background. Just about perfect!

T: coffee and malt up front followed by moderate chocolate-y bittersweetness. Finishes with a nice balance of oats & faintly bitter hops. Much nicer and more smooth as it warms; I tend to serve beer too cold :(

M: full-bodied but, again, it improves significantly as it warms. Turned much creamier as it sat, which makes this brew so much more enjoyable.

D: fills you up quickly thanks to its heaviness, so I don't think I could ever drink more than one of these. Definitely not a session beer, but quite easy to drink. Part of a balanced breakfast!

brystmar, Apr 22, 2010
Photo of karlbronson
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pour is dark. not motor oil, but dark. forms a nice thick brown head with good lacing

S: coffee forward followed by sweet roasted malt

T: strong coffee taste, sweet malt undertone, hop bitter finish. I wondered if the bitterness was from the coffee or hops, so I guess this means this is a nicely complex beer.

M: just right. carbonation is just right. alcohol well hidden.

D: very smooth and drinkable. due to the strong coffee influence, I say this one is best split with a friend.

karlbronson, Apr 21, 2010
Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap @ Stoufest@ Armsby Abbey.

A: Oily pitch black color with darker colored thick creamy head.

N: Sweet malts, oatmeal, malty, sweet chocolate, little roast and caramel.

T: Malty, crystal malts, little caramel, some roast and coffee flavors, little dark fruits, slightly creamy, a little bitter roasted flavors from burnt malts, a touch of black patent malt.

M: Medium body with decent carbonation.

F: Bitter and dry! Dries off quite a bit, and the earthy roasty bitterness really bites. More roast and coffee lingering, with some earthy hops as well. A little chocolate and fruit too.

jlindros, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a very dark brown with one finger of brown head with nice retention and lacing. Light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of roasted malts and hints of coffee. Not too much to it.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and maybe some floral hops. Much better than the smell.

m - Smooth and creamy. Medium body and light carbonation.

d - Not a bad stout, but not quite what I was expecting. I thought the smell was a bit underwhelming, with the taste being a little better. Would try again.

mdfb79, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of stakem
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown color with darkly tanned head. Slight hue of lighter brown is visable around the edges. Fair amount of lacing on the glass. Nose is roasty with aromas of coffee and burnt grains. Taste includes similarities to what the aroma led on: burnt grains, bitter chocolate, coffee, slight touch of hops and alcohol. Lighter feel than expected for a double with moderate carbonation. Lingering taste of burnt bitter grains along with coffee is left in the mouth along with an ever increasing alcohol presence. Overall pretty good.

stakem, Apr 13, 2010
Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours the expected blackish brown color with pretty decent head retention and lacing. On the nose, to no great surprise, I get a pronounced aroma of coffee grounds, with a hint of chocolate and vanilla. Flavors replicate the nose, except I'm a bit surprised by the hoppy, dry finish. Still, this moderately sweet beer otherwise delivers a considerable amount of flavor. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a fairly long, hoppy, dry finish. Drinkability is good, with the alcohol not at all noticeable.

A solid enough beer, though I think I liked it a bit more out of the bottle. On tap, the beer seemed much more backward, and in need of some short term aging.

John_M, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of Gosox8787
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured from a bomber bottle into a snifter glass in two parts. 7.5% ABV on the label.

Appearance: Deep dark brown to opaque black. Impressive two finger beige head after the pour. Good retention.

Aroma: Semisweet chocolate and roasted coffee beans are present in the nose. Not overpowering aroma overall. Well balanced.

Taste: Roasted coffee beans provide a nice earthiness to this. Coffee notes also add bitterness. The oatmeal in the malt balances out the bitter with a light sweet note. Bitter, charred aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy. Almost no carbonation. A bit light for a brew of this strength.

Drinkability: The low ABV (for an Imperial Stout) and well balanced flavors make this really drinkable for the style. Also, the alcohol is hidden extremely well.

Overall, a nice combination of an oatmeal and coffee stout. Flavors are well balanced and clean. The coffee notes are the real highlight. Certainly worth a try for fans of coffee stouts.

Gosox8787, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of pwoody11
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured nearly pitch black with a nice thick head that hung around for a bit.

Aroma was of roasted coffee and chocolate. Smells like a good breakfast to me.

Taste is similar to the smell. Roasted coffee, burnt chocolate and some oat flavors poke through as well.

Not my favorite stout, but a good one indeed. Would recommend.

pwoody11, Apr 08, 2010
Photo of srandycarter
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pretty, near black pour with quite a sold 1+ inch head that stays around for awhile. Sudsy thick cling lace.

S - Toasted malt, cocoa and a little coffee.

T - Bitter version of smell. Not much sweetness in this one.

M - Balance off for me. Good carb, maybe too much carb, washes out the feel. Somewhat creamy in the finish.

D - Big ABV and coating palate killing flavors.

srandycarter, Apr 08, 2010
Photo of homebrew311
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this at Comet Cafe in Milwaukee. Poured into a snifter.

A: appears a lifeless opaque black with zero head

S: dark chocolate on the front, bold espresso, dark fruits, roasted grains

T: I'm picking up more chocolate on the palate than anything else including coffee flavors, the coffee flavors are there in the form of bitter espresso, but it lacks the depth I like in coffee infused stouts, some sweetness on the finish

MF: thick, viscous, velvety

D: I love coffee stouts and this one is no different, however, I will likely never drink this again because there are plenty of other attainable coffee stouts at much more reasonable prices. I have passed this one up at the bottle shop countless times due to its steep price tag, and jumped on it when I saw it on draft. Unfortunately, nothing about this beer stands above other coffee stouts.

homebrew311, Apr 06, 2010
Beer Geek Breakfast from Mikkeller ApS
92 out of 100 based on 1,952 ratings.