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Beer Geek Breakfast - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 2,005
Reviews: 925
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.68%
Wants: 142
Gots: 292 | FT: 15
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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)
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Photo of beerwolf77
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my pint glass this beer is so dark brown it borders on black. The mocha hued head settles nicley on top but goes nowhere. The smell is fantastic. So rich and bold. It smells like a freshly brewed cup of mocha coffee. The flavor is very intense. It has a bold smoky coffee flavor with a dark chocolate ganash and roasted malt backbone. Rather pronounced bitter bite. It wasn't as thick as I imagined it would be. The carbonation is a bit on the high side but, not too strong. For me this is a nice imperial stout. I could see myself sipping one of these when the weather turns bitter in a few months.

beerwolf77, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of ritzkiss
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz from Viggo - thanks for trading it! re-labeled by the lab techs at LCBO as 5.7% ABV.

Pours opaque with 2 fingers of deep chocolate/mocha head that lingers and leaves a little lacing down the glass.

Nose is roasted and chocolate malts, with a deep sniff some of the brewed coffee notes emerge but they're not as prominent as I would have expected. Some licorice and a touch of ethanol in the back.

Smooth drinking and easy going impy stout. Some nice roasting, bitter chocolate, hints of coffee (again, not as strong as one would expect from a coffee beer), a bit of hop bite in the back - all couched in a smooth, easy carbonated body. A touch thin in the mouth, nice sharp dry finish.

I was expecting to be a little more blown away and wasn't but, that said, this is still a really drinkable, solid imperial stout - not a coffee stout. The coffee flavors are no more than a nice roasty RIS from just about anywhere. Thanks again Eric!

ritzkiss, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of NewGeneric
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this a couple days ago after work. Poured an opaque black color with brown head that faded slow and left good lacing. Smelled of chocolate, coffee, hops, and toffee. Tasted the same with roasted flavors and an oatmeal touch. Smooth, just a tiny bit overcarbonated. Glad to drink more.

NewGeneric, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of Jeffo
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bought at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

Into a Pint Glass

APPEARANCE: A careful pour produces a 2+ finger medium-thin brown mocha head with very good retention. Pitch black and thick looking body with next to zero carbonation. A ring of film remains with some light wisp on top and leaves a bit of splotchy lacing. Nice color and decent looking, though a more persistent and thicker head would help it out.

SMELL: Bold nose of roasted and charred barely malt, lots of pure chocolate and strong black coffee notes. Hints of smoke and oats in there as well, but this is more about the bold roasted malts and chocolate notes.

TASTE: Very bold flavours, much like the nose. Roasted, or even burnt, barley malt, lots of bitter chocolate and roasted bitter coffee as well. A good deal of smokiness and oats through the middle before a very strong and long lasting charred and bitter aftertaste with chocolate and coffee everywhere. More coffee in the taste profile, whereas the nose was stronger on the chocolate. Very good indeed.

PALATE: Medium body, slightly on the thinner side for the style, with medium carbonation. Slightly light on the palate. Not quite creamy enough for the style, but goes down smooth with no bite and finishes slightly dry on the palate. Needs a bit more body to compliment the great taste profile.

OVERALL: Great beer. Good looking and great flavours. Unfortunately the palate is a little light and lacks the desired creaminess, but that only keeps it in the "great" category as opposed to "outstanding," and keeps the drinkability on the charts. A very recommended beer to say the least.

Jeffo, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of atpben
3.35/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this at the tap house in norfolk. Poured into a pint glass. Appears pitch black with a thick light brown head. Aroma of mostly coffee. Same in the taste starts sweet with some coffee and ends rather bitterly. Not bad but the balance could be better. I wouldn't be able tp drink more than a pint of this beer.

atpben, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of mvasilis
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cellard for a year.

A: Big compact head, colured brown, beautifull. About 3 cm head.

S: Sweat smell with a lot of coffe and rosted barley and just a touch of aroma hops

T: Rosted taste, a long taste with quite alot of bittering, not just from the hops but also from the coffe. Dry finish.

M Creamy, not that heavy perfect amount of CO2

Will drink again...

mvasilis, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of CHADMC3
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An aggressive pour allows a massive, deep tan head to erupt from the dense black body. This head is glorious, patient, and quite pleasurable.

Big roasted malt aroma leaps from the glass with sweet dark chocolate and coffee to follow with just a touch of earthy hops lying beneath.

The palate offers quite a balance of smokey malt, chocolate/coffee malt, and just a touch of hop bitterness towards the end which is eventually overcome by the sweetness of the chocolate malt and aggressive coffee finish. The aroma and flavors nearly mirror each other.

The mouthfeel is thinner than I anticipated, leaving it medium in body, with medium carbonation, somewhat milky, and a palate that pleases.

Overall this is a good beer. Great traditional flavor offerings, very nice coffee character which I like, and enjoyable all around. The lighter mouthfeel, and relatively lower abv allow this brew to flow rather smoothly.

CHADMC3, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of morimech
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours deep, dark, black with a large tan head that has excellant retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. Roasted malt with notes of oatmeal, chocolate and coffee in the aroma. Maybe some ale yeast esters as well. Not much coffee in the flavor but it is still unmistakeable. Roasted malt bitterness with a slightly burnt finish. Some smokiness as well. A little alcohol warmth. The body does not hold up the beer very well. Feels slick and oily and not very full. A little overcarbonated as well. If looking for a coffee flavored beer, ther are others with much more coffee coming through. This one is much more expensive as well.

morimech, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of clvand0
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very thick, dark black color with a small head that falls quickly and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is a nice mixture of dark chocolate and coffee with a touch of nuttiness. The flavor is chocolate and coffee, as was the flavor. A bit sweet, but tolerable. Alcohol isn't very evident. Has a nice bitter backbone. The body is on the heavy end of medium, but not thick. The drinkability is fine. Not a bad beer, but there are better Impy Stouts out there.

clvand0, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of jjanega08
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= pours a deep black color with no light escaping like a black hole and a beautifully huge three finger head that's a nice brown color and holds amazing retention and lacing.
S= lots of coffee and oatmeal. The oatmeal is almost dominate which I have never smelled before. A nice sweet maltyness with little roasted notes. A good amount of chocolate comes through as well.
T= great taste with lots of oatmeal in the flavor with a beautiful coating coffee taste. Some of the best coffee I have ever tasted actually. Really good chocolate as well but the oatmeal and coffee really impress here.
M= silky smooth and velvety.
D= awesome. Really a fine beer with the most amazing coffee and oatmeal notes I have ever had.

jjanega08, Jul 02, 2009
Photo of erz316
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1pt 9floz bottle into sam smith pint glass.

A - the beer is so thick that the pour is virtually silent...massive head forms in a brown colour complementing the black/dark brown colour of the body. head forms big and stays around for a good while. I cannot emphasize enough how dark this beer is.

S - chocolate covered espresso beans are the most noticeable note in the nose, but there is also some caramel. what smells smells good, but there could be much more of a POW!

T - initial taste is of the chocolate malts and some bitterness of dark chocolate, minimal alcohol presence. the finish is much more directly coffee-choco, really tastes like a bite of dark chocolate more than anything. far less coffee than hoped for. aftertaste is strong flavours of the finish, but lingers for a very short time. a fairly one sided beer in my taste, not giving itself into many dimensions, but the flavour is not one to complain about.

MF&D - a smooth and slick beer, not very thick. despite the not as high abv I should still like to feel a thick beer for the style. but nevertheless the beer is very good.

erz316, Jul 02, 2009
Photo of nrbw23
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a pitch black color with a thick tan head. Good retention, lasting the entire time and left a ton of lacing.

S- Smells of rich chocolate, roasted coffee beans and light hops. Alcohol is hidden very well.

T- Taste was pretty awesome. Loads of roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate, oats, and smoke. A bit of lesser hint of vanilla, and citrus hops.

M- Medium to full in body, incredibly smooth and low carbonation.

D- Very easy to drink and highly recommended.

nrbw23, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of magictrokini
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with brown edges, viscous, with an explosive head. HUGE tan head comprised of tiny, cascading bubbles. Took a while for it to die down so I could pour the rest of the bottle. Thick, hard lacing. Burnt black coffee nose along with burnt grains and oats. Some cream and smoke as well. Viscous, oily mouthfeel with a coating-like finish. Massive coffee flavor. Bitter, acidic, roasty, biting, anything black coffee is in this beer. Oatmeal/cereal flavors are present, as well as caramel, chocolate, vanilla, and cream, but all are far less in representation than the coffee. Its a slow drinker, but very pleasant as it warms. Some have said that this is coffee overload or it is not complex enough; I disagree. This says its a coffee stout and it follows through.

magictrokini, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of ADZA
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After trying beers from both these breweries and hearing a bunch of rave reviews from friends i was most looking forward to trying this one as i definately have never had a beer i dont like from these 2, the beer pours a non see thur black and looks almost like coca cola/motor oil and smells very coffeeish with a typical beautiful stout smell and on pouring has a one finger head with a little lacing around the glass and just has the perfect amount of carbonation for a stout on tasting u can taste the coffee and chocolate but not much alcohol taste at all for a beer that is 7.5%,this beer goes down very easy and once again a beautiful beer from a great brewer.

ADZA, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of Beejay
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark black, syrupy and thick. The head on this beer is amazing. Dark brown- cappuccino colored, thick, and beautiful. It looks like you could stand up a spoon in it.

S: Deep Chocolate, Coffee, malty, and a little bit or alcohol. Oh man.. That's good..

T: Thick, and delicious. A bit bitter from the coffee, notes of roasted espresso, dark chocolate.. Very nice.

M: Thick and creamy, with a good amount of carbonation.

D: Oh yes. It will be mine.

Beejay, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of KarlHungus
3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a thick used motor oil black color. The head well, just keeps growing. Even with a soft pour of only half the glass the head deceptively slowly rose up, and poured out of the glass. Very annoying. I like a good head on a beer, but not this much from a stout. The aroma is of graham crackers, dark chocolate, and maybe a hint of coffee grounds. It is a pleasant aroma, but I barely detect any coffee which is really weak for a so called coffee stout. The taste has a little bit more pronounced used coffee ground flavor. Not the most pleasant coffee presence I've encountered in a beer. This makes it a good thing that most of the taste is of dark chocolate, roasted malt, and graham crackers. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a carbonation level the is higher than more stouts, but not overly high. The texture is silky. The mouthfeel is by far the aspect of this beer I like most. Overall, I'm not sure what is going on with this beer. It seems like everything is as it should be. So I guess this is just one of those beers that most people like, but I don't. I simply can't get past that nasty used coffee flavor.

KarlHungus, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of Richardberg
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Totally dark and opaque. Produced and retained a nice mocha lace.

S: semisweet chocolate, strong black coffee. Some burnt malts & oats, but not as present as most stouts. Comes off as more of a vague smoky aroma than a cereal grain. A bit of hops.

T: like the smell, pretty tilted toward the chocolate & coffee flavors. There's some residual sweetness, but the overall impression is definitely bitter. Everything else is pretty muted, including the alcohol. Overall: not super complex or balanced, but hits a certain niche squarely.

M: moderate - while it's not watery, I definitely wouldn't call it thick. Nor does it have the creaminess I was hoping when the ingredients called out the added oatmeal.

D: alcohol is well hidden in the initial siip, but you notice it before long -- principally because there aren't too many other interesting things going on. This is a good beer, a fine representative of its style, but by the end of a bomber you'll be quite ready to try something else. The extravagant price of importing from Norway makes it a hard sell to revisit.

Richardberg, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of thryn
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark, black beer. Nice one-finger latte-colored head with some staying power that leaves a ton of tight lace.

Roasted malt and coffee in the nose. Surprise! A nice smoky peat aroma. A bit of chocolate. No hint of hops, nor of alcohol.

A bit of alcohol on the palate, but it's not at all dominant. Smoky, roasty, chocolatey. Nice bitter coffee flavor, but it's not all that forward. I was expecting a bit more coffee. A hair too sweet, also. Maybe this is coffee stout for people who take cream and sugar in their cup.

Thick, creamy body. Carbonation is minimal and creamy, accentuating the velvety beer.

A solidly drinkable and very good, but not great, coffee stout.

thryn, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of asabreed
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz. bottle into a Brooklyn snifter / tulip, shared with friends. The first bottle had what I learned was "the ring of death" around the neck, which we saw after we had consumed it. Though I reviewed it, none of us thought it was contaminated. So this is the review of the second bottle, which we opened immediately after the first one was gone to compare.

Appearance: Dark as dark as can be as expected, with a creamy mocha-colored head that leaves moderate drops of lacing.

Smell: Dark roast coffee, huge acrid bitterness, and some baker's chocolate. Strong and balanced, I guess, but it seems very one-dimensional and pretty far from nuanced, which is what I was hoping for.

Taste: Though it gets a little less harsh as it warms, the acrid black coffee bitterness seems to move to that territory of harshness rather than complimentary. Mild chocolate there too, but the bitterness of the coffee is a bit overdone and ends up putting everything else in the shadows, as far as the potential that it seems to have to meld those other roasted flavors and let them shine.

Mouthfeel: Initially big-bodied, but loses a lot of the carbonation fairly quickly and get get a bit flat and watery by the end.

Drinkability: A solid brew, but not worth the price and all the hype and my opinion, and though I'm not a regular coffee drinker, I do enjoy it in beer. That said, it seems like the first bottle we had wasn't tainted, because the second had the same qualities. Certainly drink this at room temperature to maximize the roasted flavors, but even then I wasn't terribly impressed. I wonder if aging would do anything, maybe cut the bitterness a bit, but at only 7.5%, I don't think that would really do much overall.

asabreed, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of jstilwell
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Been thinking about trying this for a long time and finally put down the $11 for it. This is a beautiful looking stout, a non aggressive pour yields a huge 5 finger light brown head with serious lacing. Aroma is of dark chocolate with earthy/woody undertones even a hint of sawdust. Taste is a bit of a disappointment, dry and bitter, strong hops &oatmeal. There is a burnt taste a la blackened catfish (is this a good food pairing, I wonder?). Some french roast coffee and black pepper flavor comes in at the end, and does linger in the aftertaste. The bottle claims this is well balanced and full bodied. I find it lower on malt than some of my favorite stouts. I find that the mouthfeel is medium, not watery for sure, but not real chewy. There is some creaminess felt on the front of the tongue, but it is mostly a dry sipper. Drinkability for me would be low. Alcohol is present despite only being 7.5%. While my review seems negative, this is a quality brew and perhaps my expectations were too high. This is no beginners stout and even 2-3 years ago, I might not have even finished it. My tastes are evolving and I might revisit this some day. Overall it is a nice representation of the style but not at all worth the coin. This reminds me somewhat of Ipswich Stout (Mercury brewing). I can get six of those for less money. Cha Ching!

jstilwell, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of mikereaser
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a deep dark black with a dark tan foamy head

S - heavy aroms of roasted malts, dark chocolate and coffee

T - as expected, this one abounds with flavors of roasted malts, dark chocolate and coffee beans, very nice flavor

M/D - very smooth and creamy. nice amount of coffee flavor and is very drinkable, abv is well hidden.

mikereaser, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of BarrelO
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Black with a huge brown head.

S: A ton of roastiness from the coffee and roasted malts. Also some bittersweet chocolate.

T: Major coffee overload, in a good way. Also a generous dose of roasted malt. Some chocolate notes underneath it all. Finishes quite bitter.

M: Rich and creamy.

D: Thumbs up. I wouldn't recommend having this with breakfast if you plan on getting anything done that day, but it's a good one to relax with.

BarrelO, Jun 16, 2009
Photo of abrand
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

23 ounce bottle poured into oversized wine glass

A- Pours a jet black and completely opaque. Nice frothy, cream head that lines the glass.

S- Smells heavily of chocolate and roasted coffee beans.

T- Mouth is overwhelming roasted malts with plenty of chocolate and coffee. Pretty much heaven in a glass.

M- Thick as oil

D- Taste is untouchable but the high alcohol content and the thick mouthfeel limits the drinkability.

abrand, Jun 16, 2009
Photo of bloberglawp
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black as night, dark tan almost brown head. Huge head, settles to a 1/4 inch thick film of dense foam and nice lacing.

Aroma of roasted barley, cocoa, cristal malt, milk chocolate and a very small hint of the coffee used in the beer. Flavor is quite similar, pure chocolate, charred malt. It has a fruity malty middle and ends with a nice bitter finish.

Abosutely all I look for in a RIS, this beer hits the nail on the head.

bloberglawp, Jun 11, 2009
Photo of BitterPachyderm
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another one of those, "Oh my God! I can't wait to try this!" kind of beers. So ecxited to find this brew! 1 pt. 6.3 fl. oz. bottle with no freshness date poured into my SN pint glass.

Holy shit! The pour produces a 5 inch milk chocolate brown head with excellent sticky lacing. Dark brown, almost black body...no light getting in this glass. When the head dies down, a brown ring of chocolate is all that is left.

Lots of mildly bitter coffee beans in the nose. Bittersweet chocolates come through as well. Some milky oats and nuts break through as an afterthought. This smells like breakfast heaven!

You don't get the overly bitter coffee that comes with most of these kinds of stouts. Some sweet chocolate malts in the finish. Very mild coffee flavor...all the flavors just seem to work together very well. Lots of cocoa in this glass along with some hints of vanilla. Very balanced...

Very smooth...the carbonation along with the other elements in this brew just click so well together. Great mouthfeel!

This is one drinkable impy stout. The alcohol is there, but is held in check thanks to the ability for all the flavors to balance themselves out. The only downfall is, and I hate stealing lines from Overlord, but..."there is only so much coffee that you can take." ...but I think that this beer hits the hammer on the nail with this one.

I finally found an impy stout that is worth the hype. I have a couple more of these down in my cellar. I wonder if I should drink them now, or see if a couple months might mellow the coffee even more. Oh the possibilites!

BitterPachyderm, Jun 10, 2009
Beer Geek Breakfast from Mikkeller ApS
90 out of 100 based on 2,005 ratings.