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Beer Geek Breakfast - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 2,138
Reviews: 944
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 149
Gots: 314 | FT: 14
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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 trygger87
4.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased from whole foods in SF CA on Potrero hill. I have been wanting to try this beer for the past few years but for some reason or another have never gotten around to it.Well today i got around to it and boy oh boy am i glad i did. This beer is Exceptional on all levels. Taste is phenomenal with a deep herb flavor followed by intense coffee tones. The smell is of equal stature, it has a very enticing herbal smell with strong molasses under tones. The look on this beer is on another level. Black as black can be. This is easily a contender for the darkest beer i have ever encountered, and i have seen some intensely dark beers in my time. Over all a very solid beer that i will most likely come back to again and again.

Photo of whiskeysoda
4.82/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ryan of Verdugo Bar was gracious enough to introduce me to BGB at his new establishment, "Surly Goat" (GO, for the love of god, if you haven't) before it opened a few months ago. Since then, it has become my favorite espresso stout (probably favorite stout?) to date.

I have only had this particular oatmeal/espresso stout one from the bottle (they just got a keg of it Goat that I'm going to have to try).

POURS a very attractive, rich tarry black with a fine, light brown/tan head that almost resembles that of crema from a freshly brewed espresso. So far, living up to it's name.

The NOSE is bursting with freshly ground, chilled espresso beans that really wakes up the senses (definitely living up to it's name) and substitutes the thick, resinous, syrupy aroma of heavier coffee stouts like Speedway with bright, with bright notes of lavender, nutmeg and hints of Mexican chocolate.

The PALATE is just as intense with flavor as the nose, but allows for every component to shine; fresh espresso, dry dark chocolate and violet with a MOUTHFEEL that just just as bright and clean as the nose. Very quaffable.

I'd say this is the gourmet espresso of beer to the rich espresso truffle with chocolate sauce that Speedway is; where both give you rich, delicious sensations, but only one leaves you room for another. Delicious.

Photo of pants678
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It pours a solid opaque black with a brown head of a few fingers. The head remains through the body.

The coffee is pungent and it is hard to get much else off of this stout. The initial whiff from the neck and middle of the body it's most apparent and complimentary.

There's a slight sweetness that sticks to the middle of my tongue, suggesting vanilla or raisin. Reminds me of an espresso with bits of dark chocolate, but chocolate is not most defining. It's a roasted malt foundation that does let you know alcohol is present without knocking you over.

Big, thick, robust beer.

Photo of WeedKing4
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pours a dark black with a decent amount of foam, using the duvel tulip glass. The taste is of bitter roasted coffee, with dark chocolate lingering. Lots of bitter coffee flavour in this one. Goes down pretty smooth and you don't pick up the 7.5% alc in any sip. Pretty good stout overall.

Photo of kbeals
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

mjmadden sent this to me in the No Beer and No Music Make Homer Something Something BIF...

A- Pours jet black into a snifter glass. A gentle pour still yields three fingers of billowing, fluffy brown head. Good head retention and plenty of streaky, multi-tiered lacing.

S- Aromas of bitter coffee and dark chocolate come pouring out of the glass. A bit of alcohol as it warms, but not too much.

T- A bitter bite from the coffee is the first thing that hits followed by the sweetness of chocolate with maybe a hint of vanilla. A bit of booziness, but not as much as in the smell.

M- A bit thinner than I expected but very smooth with a good dose of carbonation.

D- A little bitter for an IS in my opinion. Still a good beer, but there are plenty of better ones out there. I would definitely have it again though.

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

Rich, aromatic coffee, chocolate and alcohol. There is a sweetness there that plays nicely. Well balanced and tasty.

Beautiful, very dark black colour with a billowing, creamy, foamy, milk chocolate head. Great head retention.

Great stout. Big, smooth coffee flavour with additional roast and bitter chocolate. A light fruitiness is pleasant and the whole flavour is rounded and complete.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Silky and great for the beer.

An eminently wonderful coffee stout. There is a lot going on in the beer with the dark coffee, roast and chocolate notes playing well together. While the alcohol is evident on the nose, it is well integrated on the palate and the whole thing is delicious.

Photo of MrDanno96
3.23/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours dark as night with a lot of tan head - about two fingers. Very little lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Chocolate and dark fruit mostly - plums and raisins. Some coffee is present as well, but not nearly as much as I was expecting. I'm getting just a hint of buttery sweetness in the aroma too - maybe this bottle is was starting to go sour.

T: Pretty average- dark chocolate, some coffee/espresso, and some sweet dark fruit. Respectably tasty, but nothing over-the-top special IMO.

M: Medium bodied and a little too thin for my taste.

D: Maybe this was a bad bottle, but I wasn't overly impressed. This was the first Mikkeller stout I've had and I had high hopes for it, but it kind of let me down. A fair stout, but nothing I'll go out of my way for again. I will try another bottle sometime to make sure this one wasn't simply bad.

Photo of zoso1967
3.86/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This might just be the darkest, most black, impenetrable stout I have ever had. It carries a mocha brownish head that is soft and fluffy, and is not going anywhere. The only problem I can see is that there is no way this beer can taste as good as it looks. The smell is loaded with aromas of coffee, roasted malt, and chalky bittersweet chocolate. The flavor is wonderfully intense with notes of roasted malt mingling with espresso and dark chocolate. Unfortunately, this is a wham, bam, thank you ma'am sort of brew and the robust flavor quickly fades to just a burnt, bitter aftertaste in my mouth. Full bodied with a nice smoothness from the oats, but with a finish that is a tad dry for my liking. A robust beer, but a pretty easy drinker that would go great with dessert.

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

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours jet black with a huge tan head. A 1/2 inch head remains throughout.

S: Espresso, roasted malt.

T: A very smooth tasty stout. Well balanced, the coffee is subtle but present in the background. The roasted mail it smooth and well rounded.

M: Very smooth mouthfeel. Creamy and rich.

D: Very drinkable for all that this beer has going on. Highly recommended.

Photo of Gorefiendus
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Bruery Tulip.

A: Pours a deep black with a huge mocha head. Head subsides with decent lacing.

S: Roasted malts and burnt coffee. Really bitter smell coming from the coffee.

T: Bitter. Burnt black coffee. Really offputting. Some dark fruits on the back end kinda make up for it, but the bitterness lingers.

M: Very carbonated. Smooth and bubbly.

D: Not very good. Bitterness really turns me off. Alcohol is well masked however.

Overall: I really wanted to like this one, but i couldn't get passed the burnt coffee. A decent offering from Mikeller.

Photo of Espenoza
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It poured a nice dark black, no light showing through. There was a faint tan colored head that dissipated immediately. The smell was strong coffee and roasted malts, faint caramel. This is one of the best oatmeal stouts that I have ever had. Great use of the roasted malts, coffee and oatmeal. Very well balanced the bitterness of the coffee with the sweetness of the oatmeal. This beer isn't as heavy as I'd like, but it's by no means light. This beer is very drinkable, it covers the 7.5 very well.

Photo of speter
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
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...

Photo of drpimento
4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Photo of kjyost
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of hoppymcgee
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of farrago
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Photo of clayrock81
4.15/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of AprilMarie
2.31/5  rDev -43.8%
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!

Photo of CampusCrew
4.68/5  rDev +13.9%
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

Photo of FreshHawk
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
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....


Photo of ebin6
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
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

Photo of DefenCorps
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of rfgetz
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of pootz
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Beer Geek Breakfast from Mikkeller ApS
92 out of 100 based on 2,138 ratings.