Beer Geek Breakfast - Mikkeller ApS

Not Rated.
Beer Geek BreakfastBeer Geek Breakfast

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

2,092 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 2,092
Reviews: 933
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 143
Gots: 298 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS visit their website

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)
View: Beers (248) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 2,092 | Reviews: 933 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of telecomz
2.42/5  rDev -41.1%
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.

Photo of elricorico
4.63/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Photo of biglite351
3.43/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of matjack85
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of seh410
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of crossovert
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of scottfrie
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of nickhiller
2.3/5  rDev -44%
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

Photo of stonelis
4.88/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
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

Photo of TCgoalie
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of SPThirtyThree
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of mattboyer182
4.9/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

Photo of chaz01
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of thain709
4.15/5  rDev +1%
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 well as the sweet vanilla...there is a big cocoa powder presence that gives it some add to the bitterness is the presence of fresh brewed coffee

M - Full 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

Photo of Slatetank
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Photo of thecarster1
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
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!

Photo of wordemupg
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Photo of skullsplitter
4.72/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was on vacation last month with the wife in New Hampshire. After hanging out in North Conway earlier in the day we decided to check out Ebeneezer's. Never been there before, but oh so glad we did go.

Poured at Ebeneezer's on July 8th. 5:30 pm.

This beer is just plain old awesome. If it wasn't Ebeneezer's, then I probably would have drank this all day.

Pitch black dark color with a small brown head. It looked so creamy. Really quite a sight. The smell was just as good. Probably the most complex stout I have ever tasted. Chocolate, oatmeal, brown sugar and coffee were floating up from the glass. Man I can't wait to taste this.

It tasted even better than it smelled. All of the aforementioned were so well balanced it was really unbelievable. Even with the noticeable dark chocolate notes it had a nice ever so slight sweetness to it which brought it altogether. For an imperial stout I didn't notice the alcohol at all. This would be dangerous if I had a few of these. I don't know if I could stop.

Such a well balanced drinkable beer. I definitely got more than I had bargained for.

Photo of July2Nov
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Since it was called Beer Geek Breakfast, I decided to have it at 8:30 in the morning - Note* It was my day off, so take that boss!!!

Appearance: Oh My God! The head on it was an amazing three-finger width. was so frothy and the color on it was dark, like oil, if oil was a delicious beverage that looked like a chocolate light was shinning through this one. Carbonation was very respectable.

Smell: Dark Chocolate notes creep up. Raisin notes are prominent. As well as smokey roasted coffee beans.

Taste & Mouthfeel: So rich. You can taste the fullness. Oatmeal taste hits at first, then the syrup taste hits you Coffee comes into play and then ends with another spike of syrup/raisin flavor. Oh did i mention the chocolate comes through too....this one is very complex and each time you take another sip, it changes up. Slightly chalky aftertaste with that dry-roasted nut taste , but it goes down so smoothly like a fine milkshake.

Drinkability: So I've had this waiting in my "cellar" (ie. dark pantry) for almost a year and decided to a have a liquid breakfast and boy am I glad i did!!! This is the sort of breakfast I would never skip. The Mikkeller boys have done it once again. Just glad I bought two of these so I can enjoy this again, the second time around. If your a stout fan, get your hands on this NOW!!!! Highly recommended.

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

Looks: sable. A head of dark cocoa -- one of the biggest and darkest I've ever seen -- sits atop motor oil black liquid. The large bubbles of the beer's crown pop slowly, revealing craggy mountains of foam and sticky lace webs. Hard for a stout to look much better than this.

Smells: like an old brownie. Nutmeg, roasted chocolate, cocoa powder, peanut oil, and even some salty bacon.

Tastes: savory. Dark chocolate, toasted peanuts, mild coffee and an interesting meatiness are all there. Packed with roasty, charred malts. Tangy in the back of the mouth, with a slight noticeable alcohol heat.

Feels: a bit chalky. The high acrid character detracts slightly from the feel, but it's also full and creamy, with very low carbonation.

Drinks: like breakfast. I am, admittedly, a big fan of coffee stouts, and Beer Geek Breakfast ranks up there with my favorites. Nom.

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.88/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one spectacular creation.

Pitch-black with a cyclone swirl of chocolate brown head. Streaky lacing. Incredibly rich and complex aroma - dark roast coffee, hint of cocoa, oatmeal with brown sugar and raisins.

Has the essence but not the syrupy sweetness of molasses. The sweetness it did have was mild and sufficient. All of nuances of the aroma carry over wonderfully into the taste as well. The coffee is not pronounced, which I appreciate. The ABV is perfect - the sting of alcohol doesn't bust its way through the flavors desperate for attention. In fact, it's barely noticeable. Great balance, man! I would offer that the taste overall has much in common with Sinebrychoff Porter. A little less dry and with a fuller body.

The most amazing aspect of this beer is how it drops off immediately after savoring a mouth full of magic. It gently rolls off the back of the tongue, leaving not alcohol nor residual sweetness - ghostly. I was most impressed with this as my tongue never got worn out or tired. Probably the most drinkable strong stout I've had. Extremely well-balanced and palatable.

Photo of jsanford
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Stone RIS tulip.

A - Pours absolute black with a huge, creamy mocha-colored head that took forever to subside. Beautiful!

S - Dark roasted malts and coffee with a slight vanilla quality.

T - Really strong, almost burnt, malt and more coffee. Bitter chocolate. There's definitely a smokiness to this, too, it's almost peaty. Doesn't quite live up to what the nose promises.

M - Creamy, medium bodied. Medium carbonation, not quite as "prickly" as I usually like.

D - Overall, I'm rather enjoying this. Really smooth, despite the almost overwhelming smokiness and bitterness. Good, but not quite as world-class as I had hoped.

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

This beer poured black into my glass, not simply dark brown, but a light impervious black with a creamy coffee colored mousse of a head that floated above the abyss darkness below out of pure fear. Awesome

The dark roasty aroma had a slightly burnt coffee aroma, not Starbucks bad, but more like kind of coffee that you hope to get buzzed into wakefullness with.

The coffee flavor is very apparent, deep dark french roast flavors with hints of bitter chocolate you get when you get around and upwards of 72%cocoa solids. The lingering bitterness and faint malt sweetness really are something to savor.

There isn't really much carbonation going on, but the contrast of the very persistent head and smooth, full body of the beer itself is fantastic. It's a very easy beer to drink, and I would drink it much more often it were more widely available and lower price point, but it's really not overpriced for a beer of this quality.

Beer Geek Breakfast from Mikkeller ApS
92 out of 100 based on 2,092 ratings.