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Beer Geek Breakfast - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 1,811
Reviews: 914
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.65%
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Denmark

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.

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BigBoochDaddy

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this one into a pint glass. Rich Black color with a nice dark brown head. The nose of this beer contains roasted malts, dark chocolate and espresso. These come through in the taste as well along with a hint of dark fruits and a decent bitterness. The taste stays on your pallet for a decent amount of time. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth and creamy. I would have more of these any night if I had unlimited funds.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2009 00:36:07 | More by BigBoochDaddy
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BretSikkink

Mexico

4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opaque. Black hole is the visual M.O. here. The head is mammoth and very interesting. Dark mocha color around the bottom near the liquid and a lighter tan color up top. The retention is amazing and there's even some cragginess on the way down. Very cool.

The nose, even through the cap, is evident and big. Two tons of roasted malt. Mainly bitter chocolate and coffee, with some caramel malt sweetness.

Huge and complex. This one is right on the money. Tons of dark chocolate and molasses, coffee and chicory, steel cut oats, anise, vanilla bean.

Mouthfeel is super smooth, evened out a bit by a high level of hopping. The abv is nice and low, not anywhere near a session beer but absolutely beautiful and a joy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2009 04:19:27 | More by BretSikkink
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younger35

Minnesota

4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a bottle of this sometime ago from emerge077 but this one is from Dobby's in Palatine. If this stuff wasn't so damned expensive I'd drink way more of it. Drank from my clear Surly coffee mug.

Appearance- Pours a really dark brownish black with a nice half finger dark tan head that recedes fairly slowly. The cap is pretty much non existent while a decent collar is left behind.
Smell- Tons of very milky chocolate that is lightly sweet and quite nice. Cocoa and vanilla seem to get stronger and stronger. The coffee isn't as strong as the chocolate but it's far from weak. The roast is dark and toasted. Nice nose for sure.
Taste- Starts with a lightly sweet double chocolate brownie batter that is raw and earthy. The coffee isn't by any means over-the-top (which I prefer) but it is a main component of the flavor (aka acceptable). Toasted coconuts and molasses hide somewhere amongst the licorice and vanilla. Although the vanilla may not necessarily be the strongest of the four aforementioned flavors, I think it's what ties everything together (It's the rug). Finishes with a bitter coffee roast and a bit of citrusy hops.
Mouthfeel- Medium feel with a sort of crisp body that's a bit acidic with a very light tingly carbonation.
Drinkability- Really solid brew here that I enjoyed a lot. The flavors are all really big and work really well together. Definitely my favorite of the coffee brews that aren't dominated by coffee (which is how I'd rather have them). Good stuff and I finally found a Mikkeller brew worth the money! Thanks for introducing Matt!

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2009 02:57:52 | More by younger35
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theghost3

Louisiana

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pouring it out of the bottle, it looks almost like oil. In the glass the appearance is black with lots of carbonated bubbles & a cafe au lait 3-finger head. Lots of lacing.

The smell is strong of roasted, expensive coffee, sweet malts, and oatmeal. The taste is bitter from the strong roasted coffee, there's also some sweet chocolate & vanilla flavors. Mouthfeel is thick but slightly acidic.

This is a very drinkable stout--flavorful & not too filling.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 02:57:36 | More by theghost3
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mhatters

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served at TJs Everyday in a tulip glass

Pours black and beautiful, with a thick brown head

Lots of coffee in the nose, but also vanilla, chocolate, malt, with an overall roast unifying note

While the coffee is there, it does not destroy every other flavor, including plum, chocolate, toffee, and some other fruit

Lightly carbonated, easy in the mouth, not too thick but with some substance

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 22:33:19 | More by mhatters
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becktone

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes 2-22-09

Done horizontally with Dogfish Head World Wide Stout, Southern Tier Choklat, Redhook Double Black, Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast, Avery Mephistopheles, and New Holland Night Tripper.

Eye: By far the best head formation and retention of the six as well as the lacing. The head here is about a full finger and is a muddy tan in color. Texture of the head is more foamy than anything, I'll not call it creamy.

Nose: Acrid and very black aroma. Burnt and smokey. Potentcy of this one's aroma is medium strength. So far this has the most complex nose so far, pretty good mix of aromas and all of decent potentcy. I would like something a bit more than these real dark burnt, black, acrid and smokey aromas though.

Tongue: Chocolate flavor with dry roasted grain flavor as well, coffee as well, as in coffee beans, this became aparrent after drinking the Redhook. Hints at quick moving dark fruit. Lots of highliy kilned malt floating around in this one. Hops too, not distinct enough to distinguish characteristics such as floral, citrus, etc... but enough to say that this one has hop flavor. Overall not quite as rich as the Avery. Same general fruitiness as in the Night Tripper. Leaves a smokey and burnt flavor in the mouth for the aftertaste.

edit: of the six beers here the most difficult to drink were the World Wide Stout, Avery Mephistopheles, and New Holland Night Tripper. After coming back to the beers once done with the tasting, these three had alcohol in the foreground, the most prevalant....making them sippers.

Feel and Drinkability: Lighter in body with higher carbonation than the others. Not heavy or thick feeling. Yet satisyfing all the same. It fits with what the rest of the beer is. Easier to drink than some of the bigger brews in this tasting.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 18:58:35 | More by becktone
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a huge huge tan head, fades incredibly slow, if I was in a rush to drink it I'd be kinda peeved it took so long to settle down, leaves a good amount of sticky lacing.

Smell has a hint of coffee, overall not as strong as I would have liked, weird sugary aroma, leads me to believe it's going to be rather sweet (hoping it's not TOO sweet and sugary like the disappointing 08 Darkness was).

Good mouthfeel, not overly syrupy but just viscous enough for the style, it is does lean towards the sweeter side of RIS's, chocolate is more evident than the coffee, would have preferred some more roasted bitterness but the smoothness of it makes up for it.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2009 00:15:46 | More by deltatauhobbit
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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

Pours thick and black. It has a three-finger head of coffee brown colored foam. Retention and lacing are both great.

Dark fruits hit me first. Dark roasted malt notes follow. Good presence of ground, dark roasted, coffee beans. Decent notes of dark chocolates. Definite grassy notes. Hints of vanilla and molasses.

Big coffee presence dominates. Dark chocolate notes follow. Mild hint of toasted oats. Light molasses presence. Kiss of vanilla and caramel flavors. This is all blanketed by a rich maltiness. Slight grassy hop notes.

Good full bodied brew. Very smooth and a nice creaminess. Honestly, I expected it to be fuller and thicker. The oatmeal really smoothes it out nicely, though.

This one has no alcohol heat or flavor, at all. It's quite drinkable. The richness of it would probably keep you from downing more than one or two, though.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2009 17:19:16 | More by coldmeat23
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Buebie

Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked this up today, these bottles had been resereved, that last of two that were never picked up. I think the state has been out of them for several months, so I'm feeling a bit lucky.

Poured from a brown 1pt 9fl oz bottle, into a pint glass.
A billowing 3 inch brown head slowly rises and keeps rising until my glass overflowed.
Black in color. The lace is sticky with spotty drapeage.

The aroma is a rich dark chocolate with some pwdered cocoa smell to it, hints of molasses and the chocolate just keeps on coming. Some grassy hop aroma, as well as a touch of ginger.

Mouthfeel is kinda thin, yet smooth with carbonation and a touch of slickness acoating my mouth.

The taste starts out bitter with carbonation zing, then cocoa powder rushes in, as does alot of dark roasty chocolate grain flavor. Into the finish the dark unsweetnened chocolate picks up speed and lingers strong hard and long. Just a bit of grapefruity hops in the mix.

Delicious beer for the style. I cant really say it was worth the $10 I paid for it though. Its priced a bit steeply for being average for the style.
Drinakability is good, there is no heat to this anywhere.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 22:42:41 | More by Buebie
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nick76

Florida

3.4/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is like chocolate milk with coffee, and toasted malt. The appearance is black with a large head. The flavor is like the aroma but astringent. The palate is a tad bit thinner than I was expecting. Overall this is good but not as good tasting as it is smelling.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 05:21:15 | More by nick76
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kmo1030

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

beer geek breakfast pours a deep rich black with a thick, brown, tightly bubbled head that sticks around and laces heavily.
the aroma is of chocolate and vanilla bean with a soft underlying espresso. with warmth, a deep molasses aroma develops. just ahints of dark fruit perhaps. with warmth the hops come out with grassy grapefruity aromas.
the flavor is huge and malty, with a creamy chocolate that flows into a round espresso. vanilla, molasses, caramel all show up at various points. it's worth pointing out that at a specific point on your palate (about three quarters back at the sides) there is a very distinct dark chocolate candy bar flavor, that makes you almost swear you just took a bite of one. as with the aroma, the hops start to show themselves with warmth. a significant bitterness develops, partially from smokey burnt coffee malts, and partially from a grassy slightly citrusy hop presence.
the body feels a touch light, but it's no significant detractor. the carbonation is soft and delicate, but farily active. pretty smooth feeling.
the drinkability is very nice. i'm glad they choose not to go too heavy on the abv. this wouldn't be as fun to drink with a 10% or so.
multifaceted and definitely big on flavor, this one's a serious beer for lovers of the style. an imperial stout drinkers imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 01:39:06 | More by kmo1030
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Brad007

Vermont

4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've always wanted to try this and a trip to Boston gave me the opportunity to pick up a bottle.

Pours a slick black color with a huge brown head into my snifter. Beautiful head that lingers for quite a while. Oily as well.

Nose is greeted by aromas of bitter coffee, chocolate and dark fruit. It has quite a creamy texture in the nose that I really like.

The taste is full of bitter coffee with a touch of creaminess that lingers through the middle. A bit boozy and strong it seems, even for the abv.

Mouthfeel is slick and oily with lingering coffee bitterness, creaminess and alcohol heat. Coffee dominates the mouthfeel.

It's definitely like pouring a good stout into a cup of coffee, rather than the other way around. Definitely a beer for coffee lovers. A bit of a warning: You might want to take your time with this and if you're sensitive to caffeine, you might want to avoid it. It could use more creaminess but regardless, it is a very nice beer that is a decent way for a beer geek to wake up. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2009 09:58:58 | More by Brad007
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MiScusi

California

3.28/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Black and pours with tremendous head with very good retention.

S- Coffee Coffee, not the coffee type smell you get from roasted barley, possibly some chocolate.

T- bitter dry coffee. Kind of astringent that coffee. Very dry in terms of it's taste, not a whole lot of sweetness behind it, though dark chocolate-like notes can be made at warmer temps.

M- dry, pretty thick, between just into the heavy mouthfeel category.

D- Didn't particularly care for the coffee flavor that comes across. Just didn't think this balanced the coffee and the sweet very well.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 01:13:50 | More by MiScusi
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saintwarrick

South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brow with a perfect dark tan head, three fingers. Aroma has some coffee, but mostly dark chocolates and caramel, with a roasted coffee hiding behind it. Taste is smooth and velvety, light but chocolatey with a bitter dark cocoa and coffee flavor behind it. One of the few coffee-infused beers that I have had that is not overwhelmed by the coffee in the aroma and the taste.

Not a mind-blowing brew, but it is a very good one.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2009 07:44:33 | More by saintwarrick
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bfields4

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown With a thick full mocha head that comes with a quickness.

smells of coffee and sweet malts. Dark chocolate is very present too.

Malts hit up front. Coffee tones fading way to a little bit sweeter chocolate. Maybe a little dark fruits coming through in the end. Very delicious beer.

Creamy smooth just the right to ease my way into the day. If this beer could find its way to my breakfast table every day I would not complain.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2009 23:31:33 | More by bfields4
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StoutHearted

Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smells like a dream- everything you could want in a coffee beer. Actually makes you think you could forgo your daily Dunkin in the morning for this bad boy. Can you smell frothiness? Maybe it's from the thick, fluffy caramel head, but a pleasing, fluffy caramel aroma hits you first, with a promise of creaminess. You can smell its strength, too, with a booziness that's not offputting, but still acts tough.

The brew is creamy indeed, with a smooth, rich mouthfeel. Coffee flavor abounds, of course, with a licorice bit clinging to the back of the throat that's not sticky or strong as in other coffee beers. As for drinkability, it's a divine beer best for after dinner as a dessert.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2009 23:16:22 | More by StoutHearted
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle a pure opaque blackness with a huge rich meringue of tan head.

Aroma of dark chocolate, espresso, and dark roasted malts.

Tastes incredible. I found bitter dark chocolate, a double shot of espresso, a bit of dark ripe fruits, and loads of roasted malts all dancing on the back of my tongue.

Full bodied, rich and creamy, with a light-to-moderate carbonation.

Drinkable? Hells yes. Enjoyable? You'd better believe it. A must try impy stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2009 20:43:59 | More by Monkeyknife
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alcstradamus

Washington

4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A--Pours a perfect midnight black with an awesome milk chocolate colored head that was about a finger tall. Seems to be receding at a moderate pace. Leaves a lacing that is so thin it is barely there but it goes down most of the glass. Better lacing would have yielded a perfect score here

S--I'm picking up pretty much nothing but chocolate and coffee, with the chocolate surprisingly at the forefront. Searching for more the coffee begins to take over

T--Coffee, coffee, coffee, roasted malts. I'm not getting any of that chocolate that I smelled on my first few sips here. This really tastes wonderful. If I leave it in my mouth and swish it around a little I do get a sense of dark chocolate on the tongue, but it is very well hidden under the coffee.

M--Creamy with a very small bite from the carbonation. Not very heavy but I actually prefer it this way rather than something as thick as oil. It doesn't really coat the mouth but the flavors do linger on the tongue for a little while after swallowing

D--I'm not having any trouble finishing this bomber, but its one and done. Very easy to drink for the style though, this is why I prefer my big stouts with this level of thickness, makes for very easy drinking

Overall I am VERY happy with this beer, it cost me a lot to buy this since it is expensive already plus I had to have it shipped from out of state....so I would not get it very often. But if I had it readily available in my home state I would definitely keep this one around.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2009 14:13:40 | More by alcstradamus
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

quarterly tasting party feb 21/07 with northyorksammy, Derek, crwills, biegaman and me (grub). everyone threw in a few bottles and we had an interesting mix of beer. northyorksammy contributed this one, so thanks to sammy!

re-evaluated march 22/09 beside the beer geek brunch weasel.

500ml bottle.

pours a deep, not quite opaque brown with a big light brown head. the head drops slowly with spotty lace.

aroma is great. bit of alcohol. coffee. bittersweet chocolate. hint of caramel. toasted white bread. bit of biscuit. this one is all about coffee.

taste is good. oatmeal and strong black coffee. bittersweet chocolate. toffee. caramel. bit of alcohol. bit of tobacco leaf. lots of roast. coffee definitely dominates again, and contributes to the high bitterness level.

mouthfeel is good. fairly big body. right around medium carbonation level. slight astringency.

drinkability is good. this one is all about the coffee and chocolate, almost to the detriment of the rest. i think this could use a bit less bitterness and to be bumped up to about 10%. it's certainly good, but i think it could be truly exceptional. having had the brunch, i think it's the refinement and improvement i was looking for in this beer. breakfast is good, but brunch is even better.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 18:23:56 | More by grub
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prototypic

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to lightindarkness for the bottle. Much appreciated.

Appearance: It's onyx in color with not a single ray of light penetrating. Sitting atop is a mocha colored head that stands three fingers tall. Very impressive. It was extremely slow to recede and left sheets of sticky lace clinging to the glass. Nicely done.

Smell: The nose kicks off with a strong coffee/espresso aroma. It's clear from the beginning, this is a beer for coffee lovers. If you're not a fan, don't bother with this one. Chocolate and roasted malts smell very nice. Roasted malts smell strong and nearly overtake the coffee smell in the long run, but not quite. It's slightly sweet smelling, but not by much. Alcohol is not at all noticeable. Not too surprising for a 7.5% beer. Overall, it's not deep or complex, but has a nice smell.

Taste: It is very malty. Roasted malts seem to be the strongest flavor initially. Chocolate malts are noted, but they're very inferior to the roasted variety overall. It has a nice espresso flavor, but it's somewhat restrained. It's not quite over the top coffee or espresso as I anticipated. But, at this point, it is apparent that it is the dominant flavor in the beer. There's a lot of complementary flavors that weren't apparent on the nose. There's light vanilla and molasses. It also has a very nice, faint smoked flavor. Hops kick in on the tail and add nice bitter surge. Alcohol is blended very well and is not apparent. Finishes a little bitter with a nice espresso flavor.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and a little too thin. It needs a thicker body. Carbonation is also high, buzzy, and prevents it from smoothing out. Drinkability is good. A 500 ml bottle is just about right. It has a sub-par feel for the style and it has an impact here.

Beer Geek Breakfast is very good beer overall. It's impressive. I love coffee infused stouts and this one doesn't disappoint. The body could stand to be a little thicker and carbonation should be dialed down a tad. But, there's a ton of great flavor here and much to love. Definitely recommended if you're into coffee/espresso flavored stouts.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 02:38:49 | More by prototypic
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sonicdescent

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to beerloco for this one!

Just perfect in the appearance department. Incredibly thick and sticky head that changes color as it gets closer to the liquid. The liquid is used motor oil black and seems to pour pretty thick. This is the nicest looking pour I've seen without a nitro widget.

Smells of oatmeal mash, meaning I have a thick mouthfeel to look foward to, but I digress. Coffee, roasted malts, light chocolate. Very good.

Taste is also the winner, exactly what I expected for a coffee oatmeal impy. With that said, I'm guessing this one falls a little below the radar because similar drinks can be had a bit cheaper.

Mouth is thick, but not quite as thick as I had expected, and the drink is medium in carbonation.

With some other Coffee Oatmeal Imperials around here in easy supply, I don't think that I'd go out of my way to trade for this one, but it is a damn good drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2009 22:17:37 | More by sonicdescent
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ajayma

Maryland

4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

LOOK.
Poured a dense whippy head. The head goes from tan at the top to the color of copper or burnt sugar at the bottom. Sticky lace. Love it.

AROMA.
Light aroma gives the impression of coffee beans, choc and vanilla.

BODY.
Full and smooth to the finish.

FLAVOR.
Leads off with a quick wash of espresso and chocolate, a subtle bloom of carbonation carries over to a gentle roasted finish which integrates a grapefruity bitterness. The element of coffee is fresh and fruity.

AFTERMATH.
I had this one for breakfast, and I have to say, beats a bowl of Coocoo Puffs any day. Undeniably smooth, warm and sating. The beer equivalent of a cup of joe. Flavorful enough to pique the senses, but not overwhelmingly so. Subtle roast and a gentle, eye-opening bitterness make this beer more than worthy a place at the breakfast table.

Conclusion? Scone, please.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2009 19:13:48 | More by ajayma
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Re-review: A new batch, and a new chance to try courtesy of Troy. Certainly this drinks a lot smoother than I remember, and seems drastically better integrated. The coffee now has added cream, and the harshness is blunted. I find this to be significantly better than the 6 I had last year, and while it still doesn't seem to be or drink like an imperial, it is a damn good stout.

Original review: One of the darkest streams of liquid I have ever seen splashes into my glass and kicks up a huge mocha coloured head, which takes a long time to dissipate to a finger of foam, and leaves lots of lacing on the way. Held up to the light, the beer is not as black as it originally appeared, and veers more towards dark chocolate colour. The aroma is full on espresso, with a bit of chocolate. The flavour is high on the coffee, and lacks the balance of peche mortel. I can sense some really good roasted malts and stout characteristics, but the espresso flavour is perhaps a little too dominant. Nonetheless, a damn solid stout. The bitterness of the coffee hits hard in the first sip, but mellows out once the palate is used to it, allowing some of the malts and bitter chocolate to peek through. I feel there is something lacking though, and it could do with a creaminess or caramel flavour to offset the bitterness of the espresso. The mouthfeel is medium (in part due to the presence of very fine granules of coffee), and with decent carbonation. Drinkability is a tough one to measure - its decent, but something I find hard to drink unless its slowly over the course of an evening. Decent, but in my opinion a bit overrated.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2009 14:47:12 | More by bobsy
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colts9016

Idaho

4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this beer from the BIF mday.

Appearance: A very dark dark brown damn near black in color. There is a three finger with some retention. The Head is a dark tan color and foamy. There is a small amount of effervescence visible on the side of the glass. The clarity of the beer is opaque.

Nose: A rich dark roasted malt complex with espresso coffee. There is subtle chocolate, with some molasses sweetness. There is a nice creamy oaty aroma. In the background of the beer there is a nice nutty aroma with floral and citrus.

Appearance: A rich dark roasted malt complex with a nice hit of espresso coffee and chocolate. There is some molasses, creamy, oaty, and nutty. In the background of the beer there is some floral and citrus that just rounds the beer.

Appearance: A mouth feel is a heavy body and creamy. The body of the beer is very heavy. The finish is longing and lasting with bitter. This beer is freakin awesome. The beer had a nice body rich in flavor and overall very easy to drink . There is not much else to say, but I need another one.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2009 03:36:58 | More by colts9016
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jkendrick

Colorado

3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Totally black with an inch creamy brown head that recedes slowly leaving nice lace.

S: S: Medium strength aroma of roasted malt and espresso, some oatmeal. As advertised.

MF: Medium body with nice carbonation. Good but not great.

T: Heavy coffee flavors with oatmeal (once again as advertised). Maybe some hints of chocolate. I don't taste much alcohol at all.

Overall: Like drinking iced black coffee in beer form! Overall on taste, I wouldn't rank it with the best among similar styles, but it's relatively low alcohol (compared to other Imperials, this is by no means a session brew) enable you drink more than one without being hammered and that's a good thing.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2009 01:32:41 | More by jkendrick
Beer Geek Breakfast from Mikkeller ApS
92 out of 100 based on 1,811 ratings.