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Beer Geek Breakfast - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 2,163
Reviews: 945
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 156
Gots: 326 | FT: 15
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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 WildTurkey
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to snifter.

A: Very dark. No visible amber. Thick creamy two finger head. Espresso color and small bubbles. Looks good.

S: Big roasted malt and coffee - predominantly. Little bit of chocolate.

T: Roasted coffee and barley. Then some bitter dark chocolate and maybe a little bit of malty sweetness in the back. Picking up a little hops. Overall it's pretty smooth and very balanced.

M: Medium-to-Full body. Noticeable carbonation. Pretty smooth, but not as creamy or as rich as I thought it'd be. Some mouth coating.

D: Nice brew. Nice aromas and flavor. Creamy and Smooth.

Photo of smakawhat
2.42/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I was very excited to try this and compare it to Founders Oatmeal Breakfast stout. Poured into pint glass from bottle.

Appearance, slight brown but mostly black, giant head.. enormous tight chestnut brown head, bordering on ridiculous. Not so sure that's a good thing.. Head has big retention, it takes forever to go away.

Smell. What smell? Closed nose, barely a whiff of any kind of coffee, malt or anything. where is the coffee in this beer??? This is not looking good.

Taste. Enter the dead zone, except some slight faint malt and a mild hop finish and on aftertaste. Mouthfeel is very wet, no body, where is the aroma and flavor in this beer?

Drinkability, I'll pass but at least it wasn't painful to try.

4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle into Duvel tulip.
A: The first half of the bottle poured into the glass, makes a full and creamy three finger head. The retreating head makes it down into a nice thick layer, while the lace that is left is in a scattered pattern.

S: A medium intensity on the aroma. The note if sweet chocolate on a dry oaty body. The sense of coffee is on the off aroma, while present, not as strong as I would have guessed.

T/M: The front is a semi-full bodied approach which shows light hints of oatmeal on the palate. With a body that is very full of flavor, the lower end of viscosity hits and the mouthfeel falls a little short. The taste of Java, is a bit faded back and there is a nice underlining sweetness of chocolate. While there are aspects of this brew that shine, there are others that fall into the mediocre category.

D: This is a very easy drinking stout, not too heavy while still having a great taste to come back to. The ABV is a bit hidden and would like to have seen it a bit higher for the style. I would come back to this brew, but I feel that there are other benchmarks of the style.

Photo of wspscott
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle in Duvel tulip
no date

A: Completely black as expected with a huge 2 inch tan head. The head is very fluffy and leaves a ton of lace as it drops.
S: Dark roasted and chocolate malts combined with a sweetness that makes me think of "creaminess", sort of the nose you get from some sweet stouts, but I can't really explain it.
T: Bitter roasted malts and espresso, the chocolate malt is not as apparent. Some hoppy bitterness is hidden under all of the dark malts, but become more obvious as it warms. No sweetness at all, but a little bit of fruitiness that seems to be yeast driven. The alcohol is completely hidden
M: A very creamy, yet not thick mouthfeel that I assume is due to the oats. A somewhat higher level of carbonation than I would usually expect, but not at all unpleasant.
D: This is a nice mix between a huge dessert beer and more of a regular drinker, albeit a higher alcohol one. I would not immediately reach for a second one, but could see drinking this again depending on the price. I don't love this, but would recommend it to anyone who likes the style.

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

Served into an over sized wine glass

Bought it at Mikkeler bar from the dude on the right side
(had to put it out there)

Appereance: Jet black no light go thru, small steady head beige going brown, steady lace as well.

Smell: Sweet, Roasted coffee

Taste: Bitter roasted coffee, dark coffee, vanilla, almond, woody. Medium body, no carbonation, astringent like dark bitter chocolate, no alcohol flavor, faint hop backbone.

Overall: Amazing beer, delicious, wasn't heavy at all. I had a couple beer at Mikkelller that I didn't review but I really loved. Great "PHANTOM" brewery.

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

Beer Geek Breakfast pours black into the glass with a big, frothy brown head on top. The foam dissolves quickly and leaves behind a lot of patches of lace on the glass.

The aroma is full of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. Piney hops are also present.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is slick on the palate, dry, with a light carbonated fizz. The flavor is malty with a blend of coffee and bittering hops. It begins with roasted malt, chocolate and coffee with a touch of smoke. Bitter pine hops and a touch of nuttiness along with some dark fruit finish off the taste. It finishes slightly sour with the pine hops, coffee and roasted malt lingering on the palate.

This is a tasty beer with a complex flavor. It hides the 7.5% abv well.

Photo of SkunkWorks
4.8/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled poured into a tulip glass.

Look: pours black as could be. The beer receives an exceptional look score by me based on the head. I poured relatively aggressively and ended up with a three finger, creamy mocha colored head, kind of the color of coffee when milk is added. I've never seen a color quite like this before. It looks creamy and retains very well leaving behind clean layers of lacing. As it dissipates, it opens up with little craters in the small, foamy bubbles. A thin layer remains at the top of my beer until I am finished with it. Beautiful.

Smell: roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and its quite sweet. This smells very nice. There's a little vanilla. This is basically what I want every stout to smell like. Incredible. I'll give this an exceptional mark as well. If the taste follows well, I might end up hitting this with a 5.0.

Taste: a little black coffee, but not as heavy handed with the coffee as something like Founder's Breakfast Stout is. Dark chocolate, molasses, and dark caramel are also in there. I can't taste any hops and this is a dark malt heaven. Congrats, Mikkeller. You are probably going to get my high score. Incredible. The alcohol is hidden very well, which is no surprise because of the low ABV for an American Double Stout.

Feel: very smooth and creamy. Its not as full as I'd expect from a Double Stout and feels more like a conventional oatmeal stout. While I like it, its not quite chewy enough. Still enjoyable but not quite what I'd want for a double.

Drink: very drinkable. I finished my glass a little faster than I would've liked to. I could certainly have a few of these.

Overall, I'm really impressed by this beer. I really love it. If Mikkeller's other stuff approaches this, he's pretty hard to beat. Believe the hype on this one and do yourself a favor and pick it up. You won't regret it.

Photo of metter98
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a large tan colored head. The head has good retention properties and took a long time to settle down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of roasted malts in the nose as well as strong notes of coffee beans.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has flavors of roasted malts with some notes of bitter coffee beans and hints of chocolate.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and very smooth and creamy with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer goes down rather easily because the bitterness is not overpowering and the alcohol is well hidden.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a snifter. The color is a deep, dark brown with a short light mocha head and a kiss of lacing on the side of the glass. I'm watching college basketball, so I think that reference is only appropriate.

The nose is really nice with a strong odor of fresh-roasted coffee along with a bit of roasted malt. While the latter is there, the coffee is definitely on the center stage and is quite tasty. A bit one dimensional and I could use more depth, but the coffee definitely gets this up to a 4.0. Nice slightly bitter and roasted feel. A really nice coffee brew.

Photo of charlzm
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed November 13th, 2010 in a Triple Petrus snifter.

Nearly black pour results in a super-creamy dark tan head between one and two fingers tall. Opaque when held in direct sunlight.

Smoky, roasted malts and sweet oatmeal greet the nose.

Over-roasted smoked malt and the lightest touch of oatmeal start off the flavor, but agreeably bold and bitter coffee takes over almost immediately and dominates the remainder of the sip. Very slight, almost lactic sweetness reminds me of a cup of coffee with cream and sugar.

Texture is smooth and chewy but a little thinner than expected.

Despite not having any flaws and turning out exactly as intended, I have to say I'm not a big fan. Drinkability suffered for me due to the lack of subtlety in the flavors. Still, that takes nothing away from the execution of this beer.

Photo of biboergosum
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. Beer for brekkie? Sign me the fuck up!

This beer pours an opaque black, um, hue, with two fingers of puffy, billowy, and densely foamy beige head, which leaves some broad splotchy swaths of lace around the glass as it slowly settles.

It smells of moderately smoked bready caramel malt, sweet and sour grain - I'm gonna say oats, it being the guest star here, acrid coffee beans, a bit of milky sweetener, and peppy weedy, grassy hops. The taste is smoky, sour caramel malt, bittersweet chocolate, soft earthy coffee, and fairly bitter citrus and floral hops.

The carbonation is quite sedate, just a hint of swirling frothiness at times, the body an adequately sturdy medium weight (and yet thinner than I had anticipated, really), but still smooth and more or less creamy. It finishes nice and balanced, the smoked malt lessening, and the dry coffee and bitter hops maintaining their even keel.

A decent enough 'Amerikansk ale', or whatever, but in the end, on the weaker side of Yankee-style Imperial Stouts. Maybe I should actually have had it with breakfast.

Photo of RoyalT
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - This poured in inky, greasy dark brown in color and looked like a thin motor oil. The head was a very deep, dark brown and very stubborn. So cool.

Smell - There's some nice smoke in here but it's not heavy-handed. I'm also getting a raw and pleasant oatmeal aroma. The main gist though is a rich, powerful, fine espresso and coffee bean mix that will take your breath away.

Taste - The balance here is impeccable. The smoke-filled sausage is light and teasing, the oatmeal is present but duly submissive, and the fine espresso and coffee are as loud and strong as possible without being overbearing. The sugars are strictly of the raw cane variety and richly sweet but again not overpowering or otherwise harping for attention in any way. The harmony in these flavors is amazing.

Mouthfeel - This is bigger than medium-bodied and I'd say almost full in the mouth with some slight bittering and almost no carbonation that just adds to the breakfast theme.

Drinkability - The deft touch of the brewer here is what I think is most striking about this beer. It's remarkable how he achieved this balance with such big players. It's more like writing a symphony than brewing a beer, but however he approached it he ended up with an amazing offering in a most unusual interpretation of the style. This is nothing like you've ever had before and most likely will never find again, so don't miss an opportunity to check this out.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.73/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle Mikkeller label printed with picture of coffee roasts, I like the gypsy brewer approach that this Danish school teacher is taking. Pitch black hue in the body absolutely captures all bands of the visible light spectrum. Dark tan mocha head visually all appealing as I pour it into my DFH chalice. Fine layers of delicate detailed lacing match so well with the style. Aroma has layers of creamy dark chocolate with slightly acidic big dark coffee roasts, earthy herbal slightly woody coffee roasts. Flavor is the closest to a dark cup of good coffee I've come to know, the acidity really captures the essence of a nice cup of strong coffee. Creamy edges dark chocolate blends hints from the dark roasted malts, the American hops used provide herbal earth notes in the background this is nice well made coffee stout. Mouthfeel has dry dark roasts with bitey hints of acidity, carbonation is upfront sturdy but not overdone. Fuller bodied but not too thick or cloying. Drinkability this stuff is tasting fantastic, true coffee beer experience here, I hope to find more of the Mikkeller offerings. I have avoided them since I really didn't care for their barleywine I tried awhile back. Their Nogne O connection is working for quality control, so I will probably be trying more Mikkeller ales.

Photo of bobhits
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a umm 6 finger head? OK this stuff is carbonated! Last time I had one I made a fool of myself and got insulted for the beer exploding all over the place. Same issue this time and I was somewhat expecting it. OK this head isn't in the mood to leave. I've already scored the smell and I'm just hoping this head dies down so I can drink my beer sometime today. Lacing is already apparent. The color is about as dark a brown as it can be, and in the glass it's all black and opaque. The head is a milk chocolate color.

Coffee, and an "off" malt that I can't place. Certainly some oatmeal stout characteristics which leave an almost sour note. Also the nose clearly lets me know that this won't be a huge beer. I suspect soft yet smooth body and moderate flavor levels just from what the nose tells me.

The coffee really brings this bad boy together. This is a slightly sweeter and more flavorful oatmeal stout than most, 7.5% most likely helps. That said the coffee takes that sweet flavor and really creates a great tasting beer from it. The hops here are just adding a fruity flavor that almost seems out of place. Very very possible this is an old bottle so maybe they have lost a bit of bitterness once intended to enhance the coffee bitterness. Either way this all works extremely well together. As expected burnt malt, some bitter chocolate, all the generic things that you expect from a well made stout.

The mouth on this beer is everything oatmeal stouts are supposed to be. Thick, creamy, sturdy, and not so "imperial" that you feel like you're drinking syrup. Mind you I like syrup, but I have to give credit on this bad boy.

This beer tastes like the biggest stouts out there. That said it is only 7.5% and it sips with the best of them without that extra weight.

Mikkeller demands a few extra bucks for their beers than they are worth when compared to domestics, but this is one of their beers that you should seek out and just say screw the price. Though at about 9 a bomber it certainly isn't out of line with many of the over priced American brewers out there. If you're going to judge Mikkeller and you've supply is a bit limited (they have some better rated stuff I haven't seen) judge them based on this. This is a truly amazing brew!

Photo of nataku00
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass. Pours a nice black with some dark brown on the edges when held up to the light. Initial finger and a half of tan colored frothy head from the pour that laces nicely as it dissipates slightly and stabilizing at around half a finger of head. Can't see if there is any carbonation, but it looks very syrupy in the glass when I swirl it around.

Nose is dark roasted coffee dominant, more french roast than expresso since it smells nearly burnt. The oatmeal stout is present, with some biscuit sweetness trying to offset the coffee.

Coffee flavor is pleasantly bitter, smoothed out by the oatmeal. At only 7.5% abv, this is a fairly easy to drink stout, with not alcohol burn. Deep roasted coffee dominates early, but the oatmeal really wipes the tongue clean, leaving only a hint of a coffee aftertaste in the back of the throat.

Very full and creamy mouthfeel, with perfect carbonation for such a rich feeling beer. Very easy to drink, and a glass of this can easily replace someone's morning cup of french press coffee.

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle poured into a tulip

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

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

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

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

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to alpineclimber for this one!

Poured in to a Duvel tulip.

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

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

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

M - Medium body, lightly carbonated.

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

Photo of codewarrior
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375mL Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Chalice

From the bottle:

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

Couldn't agree more.

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of chase2634
3.23/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of zhanson88
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

Photo of wschmit
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a pint glass.

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

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

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

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

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

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
3.44/5  rDev -16.3%
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
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip.

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

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

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

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

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

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Beer Geek Breakfast from Mikkeller ApS
92 out of 100 based on 2,163 ratings.