Beer Geek Breakfast - Mikkeller ApS
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4.06/5 rDev -1.5%
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 +1.9%
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 +4.4%
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 +6.3%
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 +8%
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 +10.4%
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 -4.6%
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 -7.8%
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 +3.9%
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 +6.8%
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 +6.3%
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
4.47/5 rDev +8.5%
pour from bottle into tulip glass
silky black with foamy crema colored head
aroma of cannabis, coffee
tastes sweet initially, moves to a more bitter concentrated coffee flavor at the finish
mouthfeel is rich, shaving cream thick
drinkability...definitely a sipper
11-20-2008 02:04:33 | More by rustan
3.63/5 rDev -11.9%
I was expecting a lot more from this one, considering all the rave reviews I've been hearing. Tried it back to back with the Hitachino Espresso Stout, and Hitachino came out on top. Pours with a thin, mocha colored head that dissipates quickly. The coffee notes are right up front. Nice and roasty, but at only 7.5%, it seems a little weak, with no warming quality, and a less substantial body than I would have preferred.
Taste is milky coffee and cocoa nibs. Hitachino (for the third of the price) had a fuller body, a creamier mouthfeel, and a more complex flavor profile. Oh well. Mikkeller is a great brewery, and I never regret trying their beers. This one is worth a shot.
11-10-2008 00:37:06 | More by DaveHS
4.58/5 rDev +11.2%
Bottle acquired in over-seas trade.
Poured a pitch black color with a large sized brown head. It just doesn't get any blacker than this. Aromas of coffee grounds, chocolate, smoky/ashy, caramel and cherries. Tastes of roast, chocolate, coffee (lighter than the aromas), vanilla and caramel. Smooth body that was way too easy to drink. Delicious.
I'm going to have to sit down and see how the
11-07-2008 01:02:49 | More by hopdog
4.15/5 rDev +0.7%
Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a pint glass. 11/04/08.
Pours thick and pitch black with nearly four fingers of thick chocolaty brown head. The head dropped very slowly and left some nice lacing. Head retention is excellent. Aroma is roasted malt, dark roasted coffee, faint hops, milk and dark chocolate, with hints of vanilla.
The taste is heavy with roasted/burnt malt and dark roasted coffee. Plenty of bitter dark chocolate and a bit of vanilla and caramel. Faint floral hops, some smokiness, and a hint of cherry. The finish is intensely bitter.
Feel is smooth and well-carbonated though a bit on the thin and watery side. Medium-full body, not too heavy. Leaves a nice sticky coating around the mouth. Drinkability is pretty good. A bit thicker and less bitter and it'd be great.
Overall, a very good coffee stout. A bit too thin for me, but still very tasty. Definitely worth a try.
11-05-2008 01:33:25 | More by bkilpatr
4.18/5 rDev +1.5%
Bottle courtesy of RedChrome. Thanks!
Poured into a snifter. Pitch black with a mocha head about a finger tall. Excellent retention, some nice fine lacing. Aromas of brownie mix, coffee beans, and caramel. Black coffee flavor with the darkest possible chocolate, very very roasty. Caramel, licorice, and ash accents. Bitter finish. Robust body but silky smooth. Not overly complex but very well-crafted and easy to drink.
11-04-2008 01:07:17 | More by illidurit
3.8/5 rDev -7.8%
A: Black body, with bits of yeast from my careless pour. Well, I like yeast usually, I'm not concerned. Head is loose but creamy looking, with a light chocolate hue.
S: Sweet roastyness, not too harsh. Smoke is also up front. Its satisfying to smell it for awhile.
T: Sweet roast and smoke like the aroma is washed away by a strong hit of bitterness at the end, lingers for awhile.
M: Creamy with a nice carbonation.
D: Tasty, no doubt, but also not an easy drinker.
11-02-2008 00:58:07 | More by 51mmz0rz
4.08/5 rDev -1%
Pours a thick dark brown/black color with the consistency of spent motor oil. A huge, billowy creamed coffee head develops which slowly recedes into a nice cap leaving behind lots of lacing. Looks great! Nice raosted coffee aroma, burnt caramel, and bitter roasted malts. Flavor is black coffee-licious. There must have been copious amounts of coffee used in this brew. Bitter chocolate, espresso beans, lightly bittersweet roasted malts. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with plenty of carbonation that tries to push through this thick and heady brew. Alcohol is easily detected in the nose but not so much on the tongue. Delicious treat and would be great with breakfast, as the name would imply. Yum!
10-28-2008 21:42:08 | More by KeefD
4.43/5 rDev +7.5%
I love this beer. More than Founder's breakfast stout and more than any other coffee-infused offerings that I can think of. This review is coming from a daily coffee drinker:
I had this the night after I finished moving into my apt this fall. Maybe I was just relieved to be done but I enjoyed it for sure.
Its got a great appearance, beautiful contrast between the black body and tan head. Didn't leave too much lacing. The thing that set this apart from FBS or Jahva or any of the other usual culprits is the smoothness and drinkability (partially due to its lower ABV).
Its got a roasted aroma and as it warms, the chocolate malts and roasted flavors come even more forward. Tons of espresso and mocha in the taste right up front, finishing nice and roasted with the slightest tinge of bitterness (from the coffee or hops?). This is very complex... lots going on here.
The dealbreaker for this one is the price. Yes its being imported, so I can't be too mad, but when you're at the store and you have the choice between a 4pk of FBS or a bomber of this. Its going to be the FBS 99 times out of 100.
10-25-2008 00:16:11 | More by Ineedabeerhere
3.1/5 rDev -24.8%
1 pint .9 oz bottle I picked up at Five Points Bottle Shop in Athens, GA. Served up in a snifter glass.
A: Pours a fast, almost completely black. It only lets a touch of light through in the form of a dark, crimson red beam. The head is the most impressive part of this beer. Big and fluffy, three fingers of head that builds with careful pour. It has amazing retention that you can't get rid of. The foam is sticky on the glass and notches as the beer goes down. Pretty damned impressive thus far.
S: Smells like a bag of fresh coffee beans. Like really good coffee beans. Coffee beans I can't afford to buy, but I still buy so I look cool when I am in New England. Got some oatmeal coming through and a touch of chocolate, but the coffee is the power here.
T: Taste is of some nicely roasted and subtle coffee. There is also subtle notes of chocolate and oatmeal. The problem here is that it is too subtle. The flavors are really weak in my opinion. I was expecting something a bit more mind blowing and in your face. Unfortunately, this is just an average tasting stout. Who would have thunk it.
M: This is a medium bodied brew that unfortunately has a bit too watery feel. This is a stout damnit, act like it. Carbonation is too high. Aftertaste is of some bitter coffee. You get some coating of the palate. This beer is weak though. Very weak. What the hell.
D: The thiness of this beer makes it very drinkable but it is just an average brew in the taste department. The smell and look is great. Just that taste and feel are turn offs. Such a shame.
10-24-2008 04:59:37 | More by everetends
3.88/5 rDev -5.8%
I always approach these super coffee-stouts with some trepidation. I think that some breweries turn them into Starbucks malt beverages, which isn't what I'm about with beer. The fine people over at Mikkeller, however, do not go down that path. This beer tastes like beer, with some coffee added in to add an extra layer of complexity.
First off, the head on this thing is crazy. It just never dies. Ever. I tried to kill it, because it is a little overcarbonated.
The taste is quite nice, there is a lot of oatmeal and acrid coffee, backed by just enough sweet caramel to make the experience balanced but still erring towards coffee bitterness. A nice roastiness is present throughout the experience. The finish is bitter coffee, which isn't helped by the acidity from the carbonation.
The mouthfeel is nice. There is an oily slickness to it that is cut by the carbonation, but it is not eliminated. Good stuff.
Yeah, I see why this beer is so highly regarded. I liked it quite a lot, which is saying something since this normally isn't the kind of beer I seek out.
10-21-2008 22:42:31 | More by shbobdb
4.3/5 rDev +4.4%
Mikkeller, Beer Geek Breakfast, Oatmeal Coffee Stout (Tasted 06/15/08)
16.9 oz. bottle: poured into a tulip.
Appearance: Hard pour yields a three inch mocha head composed of tight bubbles that takes three minutes to fade. Beer is pitch black
Odor: Nose is very mellow. Iced espresso, milk chocolate, fresh coffee beans with a very slight floral aroma.
Consistency: Firm medium body, dry, low carbonation. This beer is as smooth as it could possibly be with all of the astringency from the roasted grains and hop bitterness, almost feels leathery.
Taste: Almost like the first sip of espresso, you get an extreme rush of roasted malts, coffee with dark chocolate undertones. Fruity acidity, faint smoke and herbal hop flavors come into the picture mid-palate, adding some depth to the roast. Finish is surprisingly clean, everything drops out of the picture other than the intense, bitter flavors from the dark malts and hops.
10-21-2008 21:12:54 | More by Walken
3.6/5 rDev -12.6%
So I've decided this will be my #400 review beer:
Pours black and almost completely opaque with the exception of the tiniest amber hued edges. A large inch and ahalf brown foamy head forms on the pours and lingers with excellent retention leaving no lace behind.
The aroma is plain awesome. Really roasty with some big notes of chocolate and coffee. There seems to be a bit of a hop presence as well, kind of floral and sweet. There a bit of an oatmeal and brown sugar thing going on too.
The taste is good. A big coffee note up front with a touch of chocolate. A rather bitter finish with a roasty malt lingering as well. Sad to say, but I expected much more from this beer! It's got a ton of potential, but it needs body and a little depth of flavor.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied and moderately carbonated.
Drinkability is moderate to high. It tastes fine and it feels alright. It could certainly stand to have the body thicker as well as a bit more available in the flavor profile. Consider me slightly disappointed.
10-20-2008 22:06:16 | More by Goliath
2.88/5 rDev -30.1%
Smell: lots of things here: smoke, coffee, roasted malt, burnt sugar, chocolate, something that I think is mint, and some licorice. Big, heavy smell.
Taste: same as the smell, only bigger, heavier - coffee, chocolate, smoke, lots of roasted malt (tar?), heavy bitterness. Not as sweet as I thought it would be, but very bitter and thick. This one was not easy for me to drink. (50 cl bottle is way too much if you dont share it with someone, which I didnt.) I really didnt like that coffee taste. However, if you like this style, then you'll probably like this one; it seems to me to be well done. But personally, I dont like it.
10-14-2008 23:03:17 | More by simonjohansson
4.47/5 rDev +8.5%
Decided to make this brew my 200th review! Such an amazing style from such an amazing brewery! Thanks to brother Onslow for this one....
pours up straight black in color with a huge bubbly chocolatey head. the nose is sweet malts, roasted malts, roasted oats, coffee bean. the taste is very bitter, tons of coffee bean, some grains, subtle cocoa, lots of hop bitterness, full bodied, medium carbo, dry finish.
I'm beginning to believe that my new favorite style of beer are Oatmeal Stouts.
10-14-2008 16:45:19 | More by stumac
Beer Geek Breakfast from Mikkeller ApS
92 out of 100 based on 1,888 ratings.