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Beer Geek Breakfast - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 2,108
Reviews: 936
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 145
Gots: 303 | FT: 13
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Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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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 irishking1977
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at an Uno's.

A: Black liquid, with a small tan head that leaves some lacing.

S: A combination of coffee (heavily sweetened) and chocolate with hints of caramel.

T: Mildly bitter chocolate, and sweetened coffee with cream are at the forefront of this one's tatste. Very good balance between these subtle flavors that enhances the brew.

M: Not as chalky or malty as I would have expected for a stout, but both descriptions are there. Mild chalkiness and maltiness linger on the tongue for a brief moment.

D: Easy drinking stout that goes down smooth but allows to savior the taste. As with most DIS, this one isn't as high in abv as some others, so this one can be enjoyed in repeat attempts without as much reservation. Not as filling as the appearance might suggest, either. Good, warming winter brew.

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

Poured into a tulip glass. The body is black with a thick, creamy, tan head. Patches of lacing left on the glass.

Roasted coffee beans, fudge, mint chocolate chip cookies and toasted dark malts. Not really sure where I'm picking the mint up from. It must be a combination of flavors that are reminding me of mint. Overall aroma is not overly strong, but still quite enjoyable.

Lots of roasted coffee beans and toasted malts in the flavor. Some, dark, bittersweet chocolate comes through as well. A touch of molasses and light oat presence. Coffee flavor is good, but not over the top.

Mouthfeel is quite thick for a 7.5% ABV stout. I was expecting it to be a little lighter, but the oatmeal adds some nice, smooth body to the beer. Bitterness from the beans and a faint hint of warming alcohol.

Drinkability is pretty good. The coffee bean bitterness cuts down on the drinkability a little bit, but overall I will no problem finishing the bottle.

All in all this is a well done coffee stout. Not the best I've had, but it deserves the reputation it has been given. I'm really looking forward to the Brunch Weasel in my cellar.

Photo of abuliarose
3.43/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter, revealing black body with a very tall and thick coffee crema head. Nice lacing. Perfect looking for a stout. Smells very acidic, like super dark roast donut shop coffee with a little bit of damp and decaying wood. Not the most well-balanced of smells, but a serious one.

Tastes slightly sweet and somewhat astringent. Texture is a little smooth but mostly grainy, very drying with coffee acidity. The roast flavors really come through, along with an oatmeal mealiness that I don't usually associate with oatmeal stouts. All the tastes are nice in turn, but I would not say they are well-balanced. They are, however, "hearty." I couldn't drink much of this on its own, needing to turn to my water glass to wash out the graininess.

An interesting offering overall. Not my favorite Impy Stout, but I think they got what they were shooting for with this brew.

Photo of BigMike
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Capone's. Poured into a 13oz. tulip glass.
Pretty much black in color with a small amount of roasted hazelnut colored head.

As soon as the glass was put in front of me i could smell the coffee. It's not a fresh ground coffee aroma but more like what the left over grinds smell like after you brew it. A small amount of chocolate is also noticeable but not too much. It's more like way in the back.

Flavor is very similar to the smell. That bitter used coffee grounds taste with tons of roasted malts. A bit more chocolate then in the nose but still not a ton.

Seemed a tad light on the tongue compared to a Founders breakfast Stout. It is smooth however and goes down easily.

I've been wanting to try this for a while now but the price is pretty steep. So when i saw it on Capone's tap list i figured i'd check it out. This is a very good beer.

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

A nice black color, with a beautiful beige foamhead.

The nose contains roasted coffe, sweetness and chocolate.

It feels good in the mouth, and leaves a good impression, quite much carbo, which is a nice cleanser, after the heavy taste of bitter chocolate, dark roasted coffee, hints of light caramel and a tangy note in the finish.

A very drinkable beer, even though its heavy and full of taste.

Photo of Tone
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a black color. 3/4 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong sweet malt, slight coffee, yeast, hops, hint of roasted malt, hint of spice, and wood. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable dryness present. Tastes of sweet malt, coffee, acidity (like a good b. porter), slight roasted malt, alcohol, and a slight hop. Overall, a great blend, body, and complexity. Coffee is easily discernible, but not overpowering.

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

Appearance: Very dark in color and appears thick. The head is a decent size and medium tan. It has some nice lacing as it recedes down the edges of the glass.

Smell: It has hints of coffee, molasses, chocolate and smells sweet. It is very malty and is cool on the nostrils.

Taste/Mouthfeel: It tastes much more like coffee than the smell would suggest. It has a strong coffee flavor that is balanced. It is not nearly as sweet when tasted as you would think based on the smell. Mild carbonation that works well this stout.

Drinkability: It is very smooth and full bodied, but not overwhelming. Overall, this beer is full of flavor, but easy to drink. I would definitely try this again. It is a good beer for coffee stout lovers.

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally got around to trying this brew. On Tap at Blind Tiger....

Served in a tulip glass

A- Wheres the head? Pitch black opaque liquid. Very faint tan head and not much lacing.

S- Chocolate, cocoa, espresso, rich black coffee. Some fruits as well most notably citrus fruits.

T- Very bitter and hoppy. Expected more of a coffee punch. Anyways, roasted malts for sure. Dark chocolate and fresh bold roasted coffee. Fruity yet bitter. A whirlwind of flavors. For a beer that emphasized the coffee aspect, I definitely expected a lot more.

M- Sticky and rich. Creamy at times. Full flavored.

D- Not bad. The booze was not too prevalent. Flavors were tasty and pleasant. I just expected a lot more from a brew that was so hyped.

Photo of Lunch
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Publick House in Brookline, MA during NotB and EBF 2010 into a goblet at the appropriate temperature (02/19/10).

A: Pours a dark, dark brown nearing black with a nice 2 finger creamy light tan head with good retention and some patchy lacing.

S: Somewhat muted aroma (relatively speaking) of some espresso, fresh iced coffee and dark bitter chocolate.

T: The taste follows the nose with flavorful and fresh coffee/espresso layers with hints of bitter, dark chocolate, and some milk chocolate as well. Faint citrus add some complexity and they are mainly found in the finish.

M: Full-bodied with fairly low and creamy carbonation with some bitterness.

D: Good drinkability with the modest 7.5% abv hidden completely.

Overall this was certainly a well crafted Imperial Stout from Mikkeller and it will certainly please any fan of coffee infused beers. Recommended.

Photo of m1ked
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap @ BT while waiting for a pizza from John's Pizza, mid 40's & sunny out...about a good of a weekend winter day as it gets here.

A- Totally opaque black black black. Held up to a ray of sun...still blackness. Edges with some darl espresso color. Thin off white head for a moment.

S- Surprisingly low yield, but still distinct roasted coffee with some whiffs of booziness.

T- Starts off with a bitter combo of hops pine and coffee. Some bitter chocolate, that fades into a mineral like character. There is some subtle sherry sweetness throughout. Finishes with the hops & mineral bitter note. Although I mention a lot of bitter, its not overwhelmingly so (for me).

M- Mod body with oily residue after the swallow. Very low carb and some etoh burn.

D- Awesome beer, if you like stouts with some bitterness & java character. If I had a gun to my head I would pick KBS over this one though. I love that this is on tap just a couple blocks away from my place.

Photo of bbeane
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into my corsondonk crystal stemware, haha... A nice brown head erupts, piling above the rim of the glass without tumbling down the side. I slowly recedes leaving some spotted clumps of lacing stuck to the glass. The beer is black in color and stays black even when held up to light

S- Kind of mild smelling... notes of coffee, chocolate, and malt

T- Very nice. Coffee, burnt oats and malts, dark fruit

M- Full bodied with light/medium carbonation

D- A quality beer for sure... definitely in the higher percentile for stouts I've had



Photo of Chico1985
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black, big tan head, leaves spotty lacing all over the glass. Smells great of coffee, oats, milk chocolate. Taste is good, great balance of oats and coffee here. Later on some sweetness and light bitter chocolate come into play. Tiny alcohol taste but no complaints. Smooth and easy to drink, definitely breakfast-like. Mouthfeel is a bit thin but fine, very drinkable but also very expensive. Still a great beer, a pleasure to drink after having Black Hole a few days ago.

Photo of Brent
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful chocolate head. A aroma was roasted malt with a bit of metallic tang - the only real detraction from this beer. Nice, rich dark malt flavor. The coffee profile was unique - unlike the brewed coffee flavor, this was more like a sprinkling of finely ground coffee beens had been added to the glass.

Photo of glid02
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Midway Pub in Atlanta.

Pours black with a one-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of smooth dark chocolate with oat and roasted malt undertones. Also present, and intensifying as the beer warms, are mild amounts of coffee.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Lightly roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined simultaneously by robust dark chocolate and muted coffee flavors. Midway through the sip the roasted malt flavors fall back a bit allowing more room for the coffee to carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is great. It's got a silky thickness with very grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass without a problem and could easily have another.

Overall this was an exceptionally smooth beer however I wish the coffee was a bit more intense. Still, well worth a shot.

Photo of Absumaster
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A black beer with lots of carbonation which creates a big, beige head.

Smell is roasted and has a light metallic smell. There are notes of grain, oats probably.

Taste is roasted, black malt, hints of strong coffee, molasses and a little candisugar. Bitterness level is pretty high. The hops add a harsh bitter which is also a bit lemony hoppy. The oats give the beer a slight oily taste. The strong bitterness combined with the roasted malts and the lack of body, leaves a hard malt bitterness. This influences the balance of the beer in a negative way, in my opinion.

Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into my tall pint glass. Pours a thick dark black, like old motor oil...and provides a great dark brown head that takes quite some time to dissapate, leaving moderate lacing.

Aroma is light, surprisingly...not very strong. Smells like a pot of coffee freshly brewed. Other than that and the common bitter stout aroma...nothing much.

Wow...flavor is robust! Slightly sweet, slightly bitter...bitter chocolate, sweet coffee, oatmeal...thick and creamy. Coffee stands out as the primary flavor IMO...but with the sweet up front flavors, a great complimenting bitterness takes over the back end. The aftertaste, minutes after being drank...leaves an awesome coffee flavor lingering on the tongue. Carbonation was low and decent for a stout. This is a very tasty stout! I'd have to say though, whereas most beers...stouts included...get tastier as they warm up, this one stops getting tasty at solid room temp. It turns to mostly bitters. But all in all...a very satisfying beer!

Photo of hckyfn9999
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at iTap's birthday week party. Pour was jet black into a tulip with a small tan head. Aroma of chocolate and roasted coffee. Taste full of roasted malt and of course coffee. Chocolate is noticeable as well. This is a pretty solid beer though I think its over priced. I would rather have a Founders Breakfast Stout or a Peche Mortel at a cheaper or comparable price.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz (?) bottle poured into a Meantime tulip. 7.5% ABV, No date.

A - The dark pour was clear but black as night in the glass. A massive dense tan head popped up right away. With good retention, it stuck around for a while and finally dropped to a layer while leaving lots of thick lace.

S - The nose is old and rustic with a lot of earthy notes. A very light hint of alcohol appears right away and is then overpowered by roasted coffee. Lots of roasted malts balance the coffee out well. A little cocoa dryness on the finish is slightly unappetizing.

T - Bitter, strong roasted coffee is overwhelming here. Very bold and real tasting. Lots of roasted malts give it a thick and rich body and flavor. Chocolate and molasses hints come out as well.

M - The oats really smooth the beer out to a velvety creaminess with a full body and a soft finish. The roasted malts and coffee make it one dry, bitter end. Lingering taste too.

D - A good beer going well with my breakfast this Sunday morning, I'll have no problem finish the bottle myself. A tad roasty to be fantastically drinkable for a stout but good none-the-less.

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

Bottle to pint glass.

A: Blacker than night fat three finger khaki head. Head does not quit. Impressive retention. Nice lacing.

S: Espresso and chocolate. Good fragrance.

T: Bitter coffee, chocolate, mocha, bit of vanilla. A bit of bitter hops come through as well. Vague oats.

M: Smooth, silky, full bodied. Really kills it on the mothfeel.

D: Just great.

Really shined on the mouth feel. Overall solid.

Photo of ghostwalker
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown body with solid, cake-like head. Beautiful in my Stone RIS glass.

N: Coffee and dark fruits. Intense. I love the nose on this one, captivating.

T: Rich coffee, chocolate, slightly bitter and even a tiny bit astringent.

M: Coating, but not chewy.

D: Nice brew! A wonderful sipper.

Photo of WOTO97
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Black coffee, 2-finger (lingering) cappuccino head with decent lacing

S: Espresso immediately with notes of fennel/black licorice, faint cocoa

T: Loads of coffee (up front and lingering on the back of the palate), thick malt notes, some noticeable hop bitterness on the back end, not as much chocolate as I was expecting from the nose

M: Relatively heavy but by no means overburdening on the palate

D: Superb, if you like coffee stouts; I can easily picture drinking Sunday morning while getting ready for the Super Bowl

Photo of jrallen34
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from a 22oz bottle into my Rochefort chalice.

The beer pours a dark black with a great dark tan head that rises about 3 finger and has decent retention falling to a thick soapy head with decent lacing.

The aroma is medium in strength and at first all you get is coffee. As you dig a little deeper there is a little sweet chocolate.

The taste is light, it starts a little sweet but then the rest start to finish is coffee. However, I love this coffee taste because its not overpowering, to strong, and its incredibly smooth to drink.

The feel is medium, decent viscosity but terrible lasting. Great drinkability.

Overall, I'm very impressed. I'm not a coffee stout fan at all, but this one is incredible. Its not to much coffee and very easy to drink.

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

Beer Geek Breakfast, not quite my breakfast today but still having it early! Pours pitch black with a big light brown head. Seems to have good retention with the head staying till almost the last drop, though leaves little lacing on the glass. The smell threw me off at first as I got a good scent of chocolate when I was expecting more of a coffee smell. The coffee however is there and is upfront with a nice roasted smell. The taste is similar, nice coffee taste with some chocolate in the background. Has a nice roasted taste. Has somewhat of a different coffee taste than other coffee beers I've had but I really like it, might be espresso I'm getting. Whatever the case it goes down smooth and fast, pretty good stuff. The ABV isn't huge by any means but at 7.5% I don't taste it making this one way more easier to drink. Overall this is one I've been wanting to try for a while and now am glad I did. I don't know how fresh this one was as I believe it's been on the shelf a while making me think a fresh one might have more of a coffee flavor (not that it really needs it or anything). I wish I could start my day off with this more often but as a review said earlier the price tag makes me rethink that. I'll have to pick this one up again once in a while when I have an extra ten bucks!

Photo of BillyBoysPie
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle into my 28 oz. snifter.

Pitch black with a two-inch head of cocoa colored head. Moderately dense, plenty of lacing.

A couple layers of coffee. Some espresso, mostly dark roast, and some of the more bitter tannic coffee smells. Plenty of chocolate to go around - and very dark. Nothing too sweet, but a hint of prune as the beer warms.

A mouthful of mocha coffee. A hint more of sweet chocolate than I thought, but mostly rich dark coffee flavors with a touch of espresso and loads of chocolate. Bitter chocolate. A hint of toffee, prune, and raisins, but you can enjoy the beer regardless of if you're interested in those.

Full bodied, but the alcohol is well hidden. Goes down easily - maybe a little too easily - but very tasty. Recommended.

Photo of GPHarris
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - poured a four-fingers thick coffee-colored head into a snifter that left clingy lace throughout. the head was incredibly thick and dense and seemed to last forever. the body was dark black.
s - chocolate and dry oats with slight coffee undertone.
t - bitter roasted coffee.
m - velvety smooth.
d - good sipper and one to share.

Beer Geek Breakfast from Mikkeller ApS
92 out of 100 based on 2,108 ratings.