Beer Geek Breakfast - Mikkeller ApS
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3.9/5 rDev -5.6%
A dark pitch stout, with some shy sendiments floating around. Mocha head with a medium retention, nice looking stout.
smell was incredible, like a black forest cake mixed with brandy and sweet hot chocolate. Hints of roasted barley, truffles, dark chocolate, sweet chocolate milk, fruity with small fruit and berries which reminds me of a milk stout.
Taste wasnt as great as the smell, watery in mouth, shy coffee flavors, very light bodied, shy roasted flavors of some shorts, small fruits, malty chocolate finish with some shy cascade hoppy touch. Everything ends up with a shy woody and smoky flavors.
01-04-2009 07:29:14 | More by 3Vandoo
3.98/5 rDev -3.6%
Shared this with fellow BAer treyrab at a recent tasting. Got hooked on Mikkeller beers after purchasing a Mikkeller Black for my first tasting a while back.
A. Stunning 3 to 4 finger head depending on the glass poured into. Head is a smoked light chesnut brown. The body, a mysterious black with yeast floating. I've been excited for this one for a while, off to a great start.
S. Lot of coffee, lot of sweet and bitter chocolate. Tons of roast. The licorice is definitely noticeable. On par with the style.
T. Dry roasted coffee. No other way to describe it. Its good. Great bitter ending. But the flavor lacks complexity. My palate is only pulling coffee, some smokiness which ties in with some dry roasted malts. Good stuff, was hoping for a little more chocolate, but beggars can't be choosers.
01-04-2009 05:13:31 | More by CoolJosh
3.85/5 rDev -6.8%
Poured into a pint glass.
A-Thick light-brown head, good retention for the duration of the drink. This beer is black and dark, enough said.
S-Slight herbal and citrus hoppiness seems to emerge over a one-two puch of coffee and chocolate. Roasty malts peep through now and then.
T-Bitter coffee and heavy on the roasty malts. The whole of this beers flavor is controlled by a thick bitterness, a triumvirate of coffee, roast, and hops. Finishes dry with a strong coffee aftertaste.
M-Beautifully smooth oatmeal character; medium-low carbonation adds to this satiny character. Medium-heavy body.
D-A good enough beer. I enjoyed it quite a bit, though it wasn't anything spectacular. I've heard quite a bit about this beer, but I think it's just a little bit overhyped. Regardless of this, I liked drinking this beer (even if it wasn't for breakfast) and would recommend giving it a go.
12-31-2008 18:51:50 | More by CHSLBrew
4/5 rDev -3.1%
Paid $9.99 for a 16.9 oz bottle from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee, WI. Poured into a snifter.
A nice semi frothy dark tan quarter inch head. Head retains quite well and the lacing is very thick. Black.
Vanilla, creme, some coffee and milk chocolate. Sweet and toasted malts. Clean and smooth on the nose.
The coffee comes through much more in the taste - this is the dominant flavor. Nicely roasted malts. Vanilla and some oak flavors come through. A pretty good balance of flavors.
Full bodied, thick and creamy. Little carbonation. Some grittiness leading to a lasting aftertaste. Moderate drinkability.
12-31-2008 02:51:04 | More by ibbjamin
2.88/5 rDev -30.3%
Black. Black black. Big dark brown head of tiny tiny bubbles - you know it will last. Smells like coffee and chocolate milk. And here we go... Shucks. It's dry and really smokey. It might be nice in another 10 years after it's mellowed some. Or if it had some body/sweetness to help balance out all of the smoke/bitter. As it is, well, I'm not interested.
And, wow, a terrible aftertaste.
12-28-2008 22:07:09 | More by charlesw
3.88/5 rDev -6.1%
L: Pours a deep black color with a huge and thick tan colored head that laces the glass very nicely as it fades slowly.
S: Smells of deep roasted malts, some coffee aromas, and some chocolate as well with a hint of hops at the end.
T: Very rich coffee flavor over a deep roasted malt flavor. Not as much oatmeal as I was expecting.
M: Kind of heavy, burnt, nice amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable. Has a bit of a harsh coffee flavor to it that I was hoping would be more mellow. I don't taste the alcohol or feel it, which is nice.
12-28-2008 04:13:44 | More by erosier
4.22/5 rDev +2.2%
Its freshmen year at Adams college and what better to drink with Gilbert and Louis than Beer Geek Breakfast.
This beer pours a big foamy toasty tan head. Black as night. A beer all the other Lamda Lamda Lamda chapters would be proud of.
Oat, coffee smells, some hops thrown in, chocolate. Even booger would be able to nose this beer out after lighting his doobie.
Big coffee taste, sweet espresso, creamy oats as it warms up like the liquid heat put in the alpha's jock straps at football practice.
Lingering bitter aftertaste, with coffee. A lot like Betty would have felt after making whoopie with Darth Vader to learn it really was Lewis.
Get this beer and rent Revenge of the Nerds, if nothing more for the panty raid that leads to the T&A moments of the movie.
12-27-2008 18:11:33 | More by Murchmac
3.93/5 rDev -4.8%
The coffee flavor isn't overwhelming, but it's certainly unmistakable.
Medium, fine, murky head with some lacing. Impenetrable black. Smells of coffee and chocolate and malt, and tastes of coffee and chocolate and malt. Bitterness is the main theme, but it's a coffee bitterness, not a hops bitterness.
Mouthfeel is thick without being sticky.
I drink much more hoppy beer now, and I find this to be sweeter than I apparently originally thought. Most of what I wrote is still applicable, I think, but I get a lot more fruity flavors.
12-23-2008 04:59:03 | More by snaotheus
4.45/5 rDev +7.7%
Reviewed on 5/21/08. Bottle. Wow this is a pretty beer! Pours black with a dark brown head. Aroma is awesome as well, dominated by coffee and chocolate. The aroma is not overpowered by roast, as I often find with many other stouts. Also a rich sweetness from the malt and unfermented sugars makes this aroma irresistable. Flavor is lots of coffee, sweet malt, well-balanced. This beer has a very nice mouthfeel with the richness of an imperial stout. The first time that I had this beer, I was unimpressed. But after having many other stouts, imperial stouts, and porters and trying this again, I was incredibly impressed! A very well-crafted beer by Mikkeller.
12-19-2008 21:05:22 | More by LilBeerDoctor
3.6/5 rDev -12.8%
A- Black color with no activity and a nice tan head. The head has some great lacing as you let if fall.
S- Slight coffee nose and good malt a hint of bitterness in there was well.
T- Bitter malt with a nice coffee flavor, not super agressive a mellow balanced flavor.
M- Great thickness.
D- A nice slow drinker.
12-16-2008 05:34:48 | More by beckje01
4.22/5 rDev +2.2%
Nearly black pour with a quite sizeable brown head. Mostly coffee, some roast malt aromas. Really sticks to the glass, but somewhat medium bodied. Lots of coffee up front and throughout, some mocha or bakers chocolate, ends with a little bitterness and lingers into creaminess. Definetely near the top, but not above the Founders Breakfast stouts. Maybe more drinkable however with the slightly lower abv.
12-15-2008 02:00:39 | More by Bung
4.33/5 rDev +4.8%
500 ml, bomber shaped bottle, rather expensively priced at the Blue Nile in Minneapolis. Not the Blue Nile's fault--it's expensive everywhere.
Pours like it's worth the mad duckets. Inky, opaque black with a full brownie colored soapy stout head that absolutely will not die no matter who tries to kill it.
Smells very good. Like black coffee and an oatmeal stout. No chocolate, really, nor any cream or vanilla like you usually get in breakfast stouts. But that's not a bad thing.
Tastes like it smells. Wonderfully harsh and burny. Big, lightly sour oat meal shoots into hugely bitter, very black coffee and ends on a raw oatmeal sourness. Very nice.
My only complaint is that the body is a tad on the thin side for a breakfast. I want something that resembles milk, dammnit! That's how I trick my body into thinking I'm not killing myself by drinking so early in the morning.
12-13-2008 02:34:55 | More by mynie
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
3.98/5 rDev -3.6%
500ml bottle bought online from the Cracked Kettle, Amsterdam...
Poured blacker than black even when held up to the light... Dirty burnt brown head poured a big, thick bubbling mass then faded fairly quickly to decent thickish covering.. lots of patchy sticky lacing...
Aroma - Roasted chocolate maltiness, strong charred coffee beans, leathery and slightly sooty, charcoal notes, toasted bread, burnt toffee, treacle, earthy / cardboard hints, some buttery traces, roasted nuts, some sticky plum and date fruitiness, black cherries, some alcohol just noticeable...
Taste - Lots of charred roasted dark chocolate malt bitterness, sooty, some piney hops, very earthy, strong espresso coffee, dried coffee grains, toasted nutty sweetness, some treacle, faint anise, a hint of sourness in the background...
Feel - Smooth initially then a spritzy sharpness come through - nowhere near as smooth as i was expecting... medium bodied... a pretty quaffable brew for 7.5%...
Overall - A pretty good Impy (coffee) stout... definitely recommended...
12-10-2008 09:39:01 | More by mdagnew
4.6/5 rDev +11.4%
Purchased at Wells in Baltimore, MD the day before Thanksgiving, 2008.
A: Poured into a pint glass on Thanksgiving Day -- not quite for breakfast, but early in the afternoon and my first beer of the day. Body is thick and black, with a 1.5-finger chocolate brown head. Leaves some lace.
S: Roasted barley and malt, some coffee, plenty of chocolate, and a hint of nuttiness. I was expecting the coffee to be more up front, but it's nicely muted, allowing some of the sweeter and roasty malt scents to dominate.
T: Similar to the nose, it's nicely balanced between the roasty and sweet malt offerings. Again, I get plenty of chocolatey goodness, a good amount of coffee, lots of roasted barley and a touch of chocolate and charcoal at the back end, which, along with the slightly bitter roasted coffee beans, provides some bitterness to balance the roasty flavors. Bitterness is more noticeable as it warms.
M: Just a tad under heavy in heft, but barely so -- or is it just that the oatmeal creaminess makes it feel lighter on the palate than it really is?
D: For someone like me, this beer is easily quaffed. I like big stouts, and while this one comes in at a modest (compared to RISes) 7.5% ABV, it still has plenty to offer, taste-wise, in comparison with the big boys. Yet the alcohol isn't noticed at all, so there's nothing to slow you down. Could be dangerous if it was a tad bit cheaper and you like your breakfasts to last awhile, as I wouldn't say no to a second (and then a third) -- and they'd all go down real easy. . . .
12-10-2008 03:11:31 | More by Kendo
4.06/5 rDev -1.7%
Acclaimed because of its coffee, oats, and cocoa overtones; this stout is all about the first meal of the day. But then it's one and back to bed! (The caffeine is no match for its alcohol).
The pour fits the bill with an oily-rich viscosity, mounting head formation and a foam stand that endured the session. As black and opaque as any stout has ever seen.
Strong roasted malts and espresso notes with much lighter cocoa, nuttiness, and caramel notes. Obviously, this beer is simply about the coffee.
Flavors confirm the emphasis on espresso and de-emphasizing any fruitiness, caramel maltiness, or phenolics. Roasted barley gives the beer a char flavor that dries out the oily coffee richness. Fresh herbal, piney hops wrap around the bitterness from the coffee beans and roasted malts well.
Body is moderate, without the intense alcohol, weight, or fusals that can sometimes come along with the Russian Imperials. The beer, however has an abrasion in the back of the throat that should subside with some age.
Also, the hops should round more into the herbal notes and away from the pine character with some time, giving the beer more simplicity and straight-forwardness with the coffee character throughout.
A very nice beer, but like most- it's difficult to live up to the billing.
12-09-2008 14:57:23 | More by BEERchitect
4.2/5 rDev +1.7%
A - Opaque black body with three fingers of frothy coffee head and excellent lacing.
S - Just like fresh morning coffee
T - Very strong on the coffee but has a noticable amount of chocolate and a little bit of oatmeal.
M - Medium body with high carbonation
D - Pretty easy to drink and damn enjoyable. One of the better coffee stouts I've had. The oatmeal give it an almost perfect mouthfeel.
12-07-2008 16:31:38 | More by midaszero
4.3/5 rDev +4.1%
500ml bottle served in a snifter. Bottle conditioned. Poured a deep brown/black with a big finger of fine bubbled tan head. Lots of coffee and chocolate in the aroma along with a bit of cocoa. Very rich mouthfeel. More coffee and chocolate malt in the flavor. Long lasting, very dry chocolate/coffee finish. There is also a fair amount of hop bitterness towards the end. Good beer, lives up to the hype for the most part. At the price, it won't be in my regular rotation, but a must try.
12-05-2008 03:43:47 | More by homebrewhawk
4.38/5 rDev +6.1%
Pours a dark black with dark brown head. The aroma is an overpowering scent of roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Hints of chocolate, alcohol, and roasted maltiness accompany the strong roasted coffe flavor. I wish there was more of a balance to lessen the coffee taste slightly
12-02-2008 05:45:49 | More by corby112
4.45/5 rDev +7.7%
A - Poured a deep black color with a tan head that stayed throughout and produced a beautiful lace around the glass
S - A smokey, coffee aroma mixed with slight sweetness
T - Starts with a roasted coffee taste and finishes with a bitter chocolate hops finish
M - Medium/full bodied feel with moderate carbonation, very creamy
D - Very good Stout, very drinkable, maybe a little heavy to some, but great drink all around
12-01-2008 03:51:06 | More by cvfish
4.55/5 rDev +10.2%
From a 500 ml bottle this poured like used motor oil and raised a rich and foam light brown head and lacing like glue. Nose of roasted malts, almost smoky. Very rich and creamy mouthfeel. Flavor is powerful, with burnt malts showing chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. This stuff is a rich as it gets, and is sort of in a class by itself. Ranks up there with Speedway Stout, though it tastes very different.
11-29-2008 19:47:04 | More by rkuhnel
3.93/5 rDev -4.8%
Received this in a trade with Koopa. Thanks!!
Poured black as night with a thick, rich and creamy dark brown head. This head stayed on the scene for quite a while, then slowly dissipated back into the beer. No lacing remained.
Aroma was very nice and at first was a bit chocolate like. After a moment then you realize it's more of a coffee aroma. Also seemed a bit like black licorice. As the beer warmed slightly you got more of a sweetness to the aroma.
Flavor was smooth, creamy, dark and nice. Quick burst of roasted dark malts, then you move off that into a bit of sweetness.. This is followed quickly by a strong black coffee flavor.... Finishing with a surprisingly strong hop bitterness. This all works together very well. Definitely smoke like notes all throughout the flavor.
Mouth feel is medium to bull bodied. Big in your mouth due to the roasted/smoked nature and the strong hop finish.
I really enjoyed it. It's very drinkable for a glass. You just can't keep having these all night. But it's a nice coffee stout.
Enjoyed very much.
11-29-2008 02:45:46 | More by Reagan1984
District of Columbia
3.8/5 rDev -8%
Poured into a snifter at cellar temperature.
A: Near pitch black with a frothy tan/coffee colored with excellent retention and splotchy lacing.
S: Aroma is heavy on dark coffee, roast malt, smokiness and burnt notes. Some faint sweet aromas, vanilla and milk.
T: Follows the aroma very closely and is extremely heavy on the coffee and roasted/burnt flavors. The mild sweetness in the aroma is overwhelmed by the coffee flavors and the finish is very strong and bitter.
M: Very thin mouthfeel however strong carbonation makes overall body light but full. Definitely not as thick or chewy as other beers in this style.
D: Very impressive coffee flavor, but overall not the best stout. Needs a little more balance for the coffee flavor and a fuller body to be on same level as breakfast stout, bell's java or wake n bake.
11-28-2008 01:27:19 | More by yourefragile
4.28/5 rDev +3.6%
Dark brown near black color with a nice espresso head. The nose has coffee, roasty malts, bitter hops, chocolate and molasses. The taste is a tasty blend of sweet and bitter flavors. Dark coffee and chocolate to fruity malts and piney hops. Medium body is well carbonated. A great coffee beer.
11-25-2008 01:36:02 | More by rye726
4.4/5 rDev +6.5%
500 ml bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours black with an inch and a half brown frothy head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. It smells like coffee, roasted malt, chocolate and vanilla. The flavor is similar to the aroma, the coffee taste is pretty strong at first but settles down after a while. There's also a burnt/smoky taste noticable too. Nice bitter finish, and the hops come out more in the finish as the beer warms. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy, a bit slick and has decent carbonation. Drinkability is good, but I'm not sure if I could drink more than one bottle of this at a time. Overall I think this is a good beer, I'd definitely buy this again.
11-23-2008 00:16:52 | More by bluejacket74
4.38/5 rDev +6.1%
Wonderful stout... I'm a coffee lover and a stout lover, so this one matches both almost perfectly. Tremendous mouthfeel (similar to a sam smith oatmeal or comparable silky smooth stout). Aroma is nice, but not as strong as expected. Flavor is roasted coffee and roasted barley-- hard to ask for more than that. The strangest (and somewhat most welcome) part of this beer is the hoppiness at the end... You can tell that they used cascade, which is about as far from a stout hop as you can get... tremendous coffee finish on this one as well.
11-21-2008 18:30:54 | More by dolemite77
Beer Geek Breakfast from Mikkeller ApS
92 out of 100 based on 1,877 ratings.