Beer Geek Breakfast - Mikkeller ApS
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4.38/5 rDev +6.3%
Beer #2 in the quest, and a great one at that. Best thing is I have another I'm aging to see what a couple of years does to it.
A: Pours into a tulip glass a pitch-black body with a generous mocha-colored head that retains very nicely (must be the oats). Not light gets through the body; patches of sticky lacing hangs onto the glass halfway down.
S: Intense coffee, pretty potent aroma of richly roasted coffee beans; sweet, dark fruits (prunes, dates), licorice root and even some vanilla-esque funk. Subtle oat/grain presence and finally a small smack of fusel alcohol, but reserved. A little winey.
M: Fantastic. Full-bodied, low carbonation. Thick, full and velvet-y smooth. You don't drink this beer, you eat it.
T: Nothing's rotting in Denmark here, Shakespeare should have had this stuff around (lame I know, but read on). Huge roasted coffee flavors as well as a sweetness and smoothness from the oatmeal. Licorice, vanilla, subtle chocolate and burnt caramel. A nice bit of grassy hops in the finish, but not assertive. The finish is very long.
D: A beautifully made stout, the complexity is great even though it's not a 15% bomb, but I like that. Very drinkable for the ABV and just a very balanced stout. I'd like the hop ante upped a bit but this is very solid. However, it's expensive!
01-03-2008 16:02:39 | More by theformula
3.83/5 rDev -7%
From 2007 Secret Santa cartdan, - many thanks!
Welp, lets start the New Year off right, with a lil hearty breakfast Geek wise!
Night black brew, tan head settles fairly quick. Sour porter ale aroma, burnt toast too. Chalky charcoal, stuff is dry as the desert upon the finish. A bit of dark fruit mix in nicely, and sweetens the pie.
A tasty brew, I dont think it belongs with its current rating, but a good beer to drink and enjoy.
01-01-2008 18:37:11 | More by Vancer
4.15/5 rDev +0.7%
I'm sorry. Did someone name a beer with the words "beer geek" in it??
Pours pitch black with a very dark tan head. Nose is definitely chocolate. Nice and dark cocoa tones to it. Flavor is pretty good, though I have to say I don't think it really holds up to the look and whiff of things. Definite thick malty goodness going on here. Roasted tones are there in a mild sense. Feel is thick on the liquid and has a lower carbonation. I'd say it is what you'd expect from the style. Overall a good beer. Not the greatest of the style, but definitely well made with enough interesting aspects to keep your interest.
12-31-2007 19:53:55 | More by RblWthACoz
4.6/5 rDev +11.7%
Split a bomber of this with 2 other friends on Christmas night.
Pours a dark black with a small brown head that eventually fades.
The aroma is big milk chocolate, subtle coffee (I was drinking it in a home that brews a lot of coffee, so that may have been hidden) and some toffee.
Big roast coffee flavor comes through on first sip. Good coffee that is good cold. Not a generic Folgers type taste. Dark chocolate and a very subtle bitterness.
Mouthfeel was exceptional. Nice and creamy and an appropriate level of carbonation for the style. This is my first 5.0 for drinkability. I always go back and forth with that score. Usually the ones I would like to give it to are big tasty beers with a high ABV. This beer is big on flavor, but has a moderate ABV. I think I could probably polish off two bombers of this on my own. The only thing I don't like about this beer is the price. It seems $14 is the going rate. In my book, it's worth it every now and then.
12-31-2007 17:20:26 | More by biking4beer
4.08/5 rDev -1%
22 oz. bottle, 7.5% ABV. Pours a pitch black, with a creamy mocha head. Pretty good gead retention. Good looking brew so far.
Aroma of fresh brewed coffee, and a bit bready. Maybe some hints of chocolate in the background.
Roasty, with coffee and a bit of dark chocolate. Farily simple. Thick and creamy, with low carbonation. No traces of alcohol. Finishes dry. Very easy to drink, and enjoyable.
12-31-2007 15:09:08 | More by Bierguy5
4.22/5 rDev +2.4%
750 ml Bomber poured jet black with a chocolate head which turns to lace. Aromas of chocolate coffee and malts fill my head .Medium creamy mouth feel. Very drinkable flavors of roasted malts coffee and a slight bitter end. Beer and coffee how can you go wrong
12-27-2007 03:46:00 | More by joepais
4.55/5 rDev +10.4%
Poured into snifters, I shared this bottle with my family on Christmas Day [8 oz. snifter glasses]. Stouts aren't normally my thing but I knew this Mikkeller beer would be quality because the Stateside IPA is brilliant and I highly recommend both if y'all can get your mitts on them.
It is extremely dark brown, almost black, with tiny layer of creamy toffee colored foam. nose picks up roasted coffee beans, hint of sweet [maple?], brown sugar or maybe molasses, and hint of alcohol at the end. Taste is extremely smooth, creamy coffee with a nice middle burst of hops, and a dark bitter chocolate finish which is my favorite part. Like a classic stout it features deep-roasted dark malts, only BG Breakfast has 2000 times more flavor..plus a its sweeter stout definitely on the palate. No odd flavors, or too hot taste. At 7.5% this luscious beer is labeled imperial, but I don't really notice it. Its bottle is perfectly sized..just enough for me and my stepdad and my brother. Wonderful warm filing in my belly lol. Thanks Mikkeller and Cheers on Christmas!
12-26-2007 03:46:35 | More by roan22
4.33/5 rDev +5.1%
Pours out inky black with a wave of dark roast coffee. Taste- coffee in the forefront, but balances nicely with the dark chocolate and vanilla. Mouthfeel is balanced- not too thick. Dry finish with some hopping. Great stout. Taste courtesy of fisherman34. Thanks!
12-17-2007 02:14:46 | More by oakbluff
4.4/5 rDev +6.8%
Very black in color although the viscosity appears low. The foam is a dark reddish tan that settles steadily. Rich, roasty coffee nose with a hint of tangy cherry chocolate. This smell is almost on par with the aroma of a Founder's Breakfast or The Abyss but a bit weaker.
Dry bitter coffee flavors intensify in the flavor, not becoming very sweet, and the finish leaves a lingering toastiness that is mildly warming. I like that the chocolate remains on the dark/bitter side.
The mouthfeel is somewhat syrupy thick, but not that chewy, and it actually has a fairly sharp carbonation for the style which I don't mind.
The overall flavor is pretty amazing. To me it's a Breakfast Stout clone, which isn't bad, we could use more beers that taste this good. It's still a bit of a slow drinker, but one to be enjoyed...
12-15-2007 21:45:07 | More by bennetj17
4.43/5 rDev +7.5%
Got this beer through a trade with Risser09, thank you so much! This beer is fantastic.
My favorite stout is probably Storm King or the Hoppin' Frog stout. This beer would a wonderful against those two and a great stout to have in the fridge anytime. Too bad I can't get it here!
This pours a deep, dark chocolate brown, with a small head despite vigorous pouring. I wish it had a larger bit of head. A ring did stay through the whole glass. Taste and smell are very similar. There's a ton of coffee without the coffee aftertaste and acidity. The hops are noticeable and pair well with the coffee and roasted malts. Unfortunately, I'm not too good at identifying specify hop varieties...yet. Whatever ones they used in here taste good and balance the coffee and malts well. I could drink this down way too fast. It's so delicious, go get some!
This was a great trade! Thanks again, Risser!
12-14-2007 20:22:00 | More by babyhobbes
4.4/5 rDev +6.8%
22oz bottle obtained via trade with kmpitz2. Thanks for the opportunity...
Poured into a heavy glass chalice, formed a 1/2" dark brown head above the opaque dark brown/black brew. Heavy fades slowly, and lacing is prevalent and lasting. Aroma is sweet oatmeal, with coffee notes. Taste continues the trend, dark oaty goodness upfront, roasted coffee in the middle and lingering through the close and aftertaste. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, and drinkability is scarily easy. This one seems to be worth the hype.
12-03-2007 02:16:18 | More by ppoitras
4.22/5 rDev +2.4%
The mouthfeel of this beer is so smooth, silky and luxurios, it almost overwhelms the rest of the characteristics. The oatmeal is so prominent it's almost chewy.
Pours a dark, jet blackt with a thin whisp of tan head.
Aromas of oatmeal, coffee, chocolate, oak/wood.
Mouthfeel again, is smooth and incredibly drinkable. A bit of oatey, graininess, reminds you that this is an oatmeal stout.
12-02-2007 21:54:33 | More by BillyB
4.6/5 rDev +11.7%
It pours an impassibly obtuse crude oil black. Two fingers of almost gelatinous olive brown head slide south slowly. Tiered mountainscapes of lacing scale the inside of the glass.
The aroma is deeply dimensioned with charred malt, dark dried fruit, burnt bread, brown sugar, dusty oatmeal, molasses, leather, and well-roasted Arabica. Oh, yes, and there's alcohol too.
Upon sipping, the wave is burnt brown sugar sweet, then's bittered by char and second-crack earthy black coffee. Caramelized molasses sweetness precedes a flaked oatmeal hominess. Raisins, soy, and black cherry grace a middle riddled by a staunch ray of alcohol. A burnt-bottom biscuit and a note of hop spice presage a crisp, dry finish that's mostly bitter but dotted by residual cooked sugars. What an ete-opening blend of complex, stouty fun.
Full bodied, it's motor oil dense and slick, oozing more than flowing, and totally occupying the palate.
Rather than fill my fountain with it, I drank it, perhaps the best decision I made all November. Call it breakfast, but few morning meals deliver such rib-sticking, high-grade earthy elements with complexity challenging and blending blessing the palate. ABV be damned, this one you drink when you want it, guilt-free no matter the time. This is one style trend worth following, with this beer a wonderful representation of the art.
11-26-2007 16:37:23 | More by Foxman
4.35/5 rDev +5.6%
A - inky, fathomy darkness that appears almost more of an extremely dark brown than black, dont know exactly why i feel that way, just an impression, wells up a hefty dark tan head that never fully fades
S - a full and strong mocha/ground coffee, like when you walk into a gourmet coffee shop, an enticing aroma
T - unsurprisingly, coffee and chocolate are the biggest elements in the flavor as well, with some strong alcohol flavors lingering as well, during the tasting, the chocolate slowly fades, but the coffee doesn't and persists through to the aftertaste and really sticks with you for some time
M&D - an easy drinker for a large double stout, may be too acrid for some, the big flavor is easy down and highly enjoyable, would love to get more of this.
11-26-2007 15:33:49 | More by sinstaineddemon
3.8/5 rDev -7.8%
Review based of quick notes taken at 7:30 in the morning before the Bengals beat the Jets.
22oz. brown bomber, obtained via trade with tayner(thanks a ton!), poured into imp pint.
A: Pours deep black with no visibility. Lots of carbonation only bring the head up about 1 finger. Dark mocha head with solid retention and lacing.
S: Dominated by big coffee notes and a very noticeable alcohol sting. Alcohol is a little too present for my liking.
T/M: More coffee dominance but with a nice added bitterness from the hops. Literally tastes like a strong, bitter Irish coffee. Alcohol again is very present but helps warm me up a bit this early in the morning.
D: Tasty and was good at the time but the alcohol drops the drinkability a bunch. Would like to see this aged for a year or 2.
11-24-2007 23:05:24 | More by pwoods
4.28/5 rDev +3.9%
picked this up at BeerTopia in Omaha, NE in August and its been calling to me since then. Cool bottle, lots of mystique built up around this beer, so we'll see how it holds up. Pours black with a khaki head that looks like foamy chocolate milk. head is prety short and fades to nothing rather quickly. Odor much more chocolate that coffee-like. Some tin-like smells as well and some dark malt. Taste is a huge mix of chocolate and coffee. Almost like a mega-expresso version of an iced coffee with added cocoa powder, milk and alcohol. Bitterness from the coffee is intense and lingering to the point where im wondering how caffinated this is...am i drinking beer red bull? My only complaint is that the overwhelming coffee lends a slight metallic hint to the beer. Mouthfeel is creamy and coats the mouth, making it almost cottony. Appropriately full bodied. So yeah, its pretty good. Those Danes make a big and tasty beer.
11-20-2007 16:53:16 | More by aforbes10
4.22/5 rDev +2.4%
Pours very black and slightly viscous, and with a decent initial head that fades rather too quickly to a thin ring. The nose has notes of roasted grain, smooth coffee, and cocoa. The taste is very balanced and smooth- mmore so than some other breakfast stouts but it also lacks power. Silky notes from the oatmeal, rounded slightly sweet cocoa notes, a tad of cream and very nice gentle coffee flavors. Mouthfeel is very smooth and well integrated, but could be a tad creamier and could have a longer finish. Maybe the easiest drinking of the breakfast stouts but in some ways the least interesting. Quite good, but it didn't blow me away. I prefer a little more power- but not burnt coffee which some get wrong. This one didn't.
11-17-2007 22:45:58 | More by Georgiabeer
4.33/5 rDev +5.1%
Pours a deep impenetrable black from the bottle, very viscous as well. An inch of creamy thick dark tan head rises on top of the brew. Aromas of well roasted malts along with a chocolate character. Then the coffee bean aroma comes in with a nice fresh brewed aroma. A light dark fruity undertone with some anise also.
First sip brings a smooth dark roasted maltiness with a good blast of chocolate and black coffee flavors. The oats make it very slick and smooth, a bit oily even. A slight caramel and dark fruit accent is there as well. Finishes with a good bitterness, a touch of herbal hops and is balanced overall. The bold, tasty coffee flavors linger on after each sip.
Mouthfeel has a big, creamy body. Goes down smooth and is damn tasty! Finishing the bomber is no problem here. This is a highly drinkable brew anytime of the day. Overall, a wonderful coffee stout from Mikkeller, I'm glad to see their brews around Chicagoland now and can't wait to try more.
11-17-2007 19:02:21 | More by orbitalr0x
4.47/5 rDev +8.5%
From da bottle: Obsidian black, with a double frappacino head of lace leaving foam. This beers got legs I tell ya! Dark roasted malts mingle on the nose and dance with vinous dark fruits, and summer black truffles. Taste is roast heavy with a creamy backbone malty sweetness as well. Chocolate, coffee, vanilla beans macerated in johnnie walker green. This shit is good! Mouthfeel is creamy and holds all the flavors together well whilst also providing us with a wonderful lingering aftertaste that is both bitter/roasty and than sweet at the same time. Drinkability is grand. Denmark is awesome in so many ways...Strike one more to that list of awesomeness.
11-16-2007 00:23:05 | More by francisweizen
4.4/5 rDev +6.8%
This beer poured a thick oily black. The head was thick and mocha colored good retention. The smell is coffee and chocolate mainly. There are some hop notes as well as caramel and malt. The taste is big of coffee and quite malty simply delicious. The mouthfeel was full and slightly chewy excellent for this brew. Overall, this is a big beer - big flavors, big aroma and even big head! That being said, it was still a delight to drink. Definitely one Ill be revisiting.
11-15-2007 20:28:23 | More by barefootbrewer
4.5/5 rDev +9.2%
I met Kristian Klarup Keller, one of the brewers of Mikkeller (the other brewer is named Mikkel Borg Bjergsø, hence the name... Mik-kel-ler) in Brooklyn, and we talked about his love of American beers, and the interest in everything American in Denmark right now. Unfortunately, he didn't have any beer with him (damn!), but he went on and on about the Beer Geek Breakfast. Now that I've tasted it I see why!
I was surprised at just how dark it was as I poured it into the glass, Most people think of Guinness as being black... no, Guinness is dark brown, this is black! The head was a creamy brown, and it held well and left some really nice lace about the glass.
The aroma expressed dark chocolate, oily espresso beans, and a clean roastiness.
In the mouth I found it to be somewhat viscous and slick, very oily and smooth with a moderate, very-fine-bubbled soft carbonation.
The flavor changes as you progress through the glass because it's just that rich, but up front I got lots of coffee and dark chocolate, and twist of dark caramel, and a bit of toasty/bready malt sweetness. Later on, as the bitterness settled on my palate it seemed darker. The acidity, however, never grew; and that's usually a common flaw with beers this dark. There's a bit of yeast fruitiness floating around in there as well, and some grassy hops, always lending to it's depth of character, but never stepping out of bounds. It's seven and a half percent alcohol by volume, but that never showed. It finished with a layer of sweetness amidst coffee-like roastiness at the swallow, and then dried up almost as if it had evaporated. Very dark caramel and chocolate lingered at low-levels, as did a dull coffee-like roastiness and flavor. An occassional hint of yeasty fruitiness of hops would pop in with subsequent sips.
The most impressive thing to me about this beer is its drinkability. It's just so soft and supple and round. Sure, there's an edge of roastiness, but that's expected; all of the other pitfalls of a beer this big and dark have been avoided. Fans of stout should seek this out!
11-10-2007 17:51:01 | More by NeroFiddled
4.72/5 rDev +14.6%
Just got this today in a trade from NCSUdo and couldn't wait to drink it. Fortunately, I got 2 bottles in the trade! Having sat on the porch all afternoon, it was perfectly chilled.
A: Pours as black as a dead night sky, with no stars, no moon, and no hope. A frothy two finger head lingers before forming a thin layer over the top. Lacing remains consistent around the glass.
S: Coffee strikes quickly, lingering in the nose, making you think you just walked into your nearby Dunkin Donuts. This is followed by hints of dark chocolate and caramel. I think there's more to this than I'm capable of picking out.
T: I could drink this beer for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It's astoundingly good. Just fantastic. By far one of the best stouts I've ever had the pleasure of drinking. Coffee, chocolate, oatmeal, caramel all blend together effortlessly and deliciously. A hint of alcohol provides warmth for a cold, dark winter night.
M: Smooth and viscous. Drinks like a fine stout should drink. Good carbonation - not a lot, but just enough.
D: I could drink these everyday if I could get them around here. This is an outstandingly tasty and drinkable stout. Fantastic.
11-08-2007 01:18:41 | More by YonderWanderer
4.55/5 rDev +10.4%
Glossy sable with no hint of lightening at the edges. This thing is some kind of light sucker. The dense, sponge-like crown is an appealing shade of pecan brown and looks like it'll be around until the final ounce. A surprisingly delicate band of lace appears as the foam finally starts to melt, adding yet more weight to my decision to go with the above score.
The nose is roasted malt heaven. It's so incredibly wide and deep and rich that I want to go on smelling it forever. But I won't because I'm dying to take a huge gulp. Let's see... bittersweet chocolate, darkest caramel, coffee and a wee whiff of vanilla bean. Of all the coffee-added stouts that I've had lately, this one is the least coffee-like. At least when it comes to the aroma.
Believe the hype. Beer Geek Breakfast is amazing beer if you love big stouts that explode with multi-faceted flavor. And who doesn't? First off, I'm glad that the brewers decided to throttle back on the ABV. Quite a few of the best versions do a great job of alcohol masking (it isn't that hard with so many strong flavors in play), but why risk it?
Black coffee-infused dark chocolate fudge is still numero uno on the flavor profile hit parade. Blackstrap molasses lends a hand, as does a hint of black licorice and a puff of smoke. Like I said, this thing is as faceted as the cut crystal goblet that it deserves to be served in. Doesn't matter, though, because I'd drink it out of a paper cup or an old shoe if need be.
Again, coffee is simply one of the guys rather than the big boss, as it is in many breakfast stouts. An early bittersweetness segues into a finishing bitterness that has the distinctive citric tang of American C-hops. The more I drink, and the more the beer warms, the more is revealed.
I've been riding the fence on the body/mouthfeel. My first thought was that is isn't quite full enough... until I remembered the ABV. The second half of the bomber has come together nicely and is becoming silky smooth. Yeah, like I needed another reason to drink this stuff way too fast. In the end, however, it falls a half point short of spectacular and a full point short of perfection.
At roughly double the price of Stone Imperial Russian Stout, I can't justify drinking Beer Geek Breakfast very often (even if I could easily acquire it). It's amazingily delicious beer, though, and deserves every one of the accolades thrown its way. With Nogne in Norway and Mikkeller in Denmark, the Scandanavians are putting the world on notice that they're more than ready to compete in the big leagues when it comes to craft beer.
11-07-2007 23:03:42 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.08/5 rDev -1%
Thick, dark, black, imposing with dark tan rocky head. Looks delicious. The head dissipates relatively quickly leaving spidery to continous lace. The aroma is strong coffee with roasted to burnt malt and a little smoke. The initial flavor is moderately bitter malt that has the coffee but not as much as you expect from the smell. The coffee flavor increases in a smooth transition to a burnt malt/coffee/bitter hops aftertaste. It is very full bodied and smooth with thick creamy texture, lively carbonation, and slightly metallic finish. Overall, it is a tasty stout that is surprisingly well balanced considering the strong coffee aroma. The taste is pretty strong coffee and ot overly complex otherwise. I would probably buy this again, but it is not something I would drink very often.
11-07-2007 22:34:40 | More by walshclimb
4.55/5 rDev +10.4%
22 ounce bomber purchased from Liquid Solutions in Oregon for a very expensive twelve dollars
Sipped on this for two hours while watching the double feature of Prison Break tonight
Poured into my Dogfish Head snifter with one of the blackest colors I have ever seen, almost comparable to the Dark Lord I drank a few days ago, 3/4 inch tan head head stuck around for fifteen minutes, left lacing for the first hour while I was drinking it
Smell was loads of coffee, particularly espresso, some cocoa but not much compared to the coffee, very strong aroma almost like a Red Eye at Starbucks, smell seemed like there was also a lot more hops than their were in it, even as it warmed could not taste hoppy flavor, just lots of malt and espresso
Taste was amazing, I did not know how to really base it off of anything since it is my first breakfast stout, will have now when I review the two different Founders I have in my cellar, coffee falvor dominated this, really dry with a potent aftertaste, could taste ground espresso beans on the tongue for a minute after each sip, got more sugary as it warmed and tasted better and better as it got sweeter, i love stouts and this was one of the best I have ever had, too bad it is from Denmark and ridiculously expensive
Could drink a lot of these even though it is heavy stuff and I took my time drinking it tonight, not too bad on the alcohol content at around seven and a half percent, definitely a sipper but one that you do not get stuck and you find yourself coming back for more every few minutes, says its base was an oatmeal stout but it was overpowered completely by coffee if it was
This was my first beer from Mikkeller and it was fantastic, got their Stateside IPA coming in the mail and I look forward to trying that too, highly recommended and hopefully breakfast stouts are not a letdown in the future just because this was so good and I might have drank the best one first, I can not say I can see myself drinking this kind of beer in the morning but it is a great dessert beer, grab one of these if youy ever happen to find it
11-06-2007 06:27:21 | More by Floydster
Beer Geek Breakfast from Mikkeller ApS
92 out of 100 based on 1,892 ratings.