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Beer Geek Breakfast - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 1,936
Reviews: 920
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.68%
Wants: 138
Gots: 275 | FT: 12
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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 bassmantin
4.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to iconoklaztor for letting me try this one.

Pours a very dark black with a thick brown head.

Smells strongly of coffee; not as intense a coffee smell as, say, the Breakfast Stout, but still very distinct. The taste is full of chocolate and coffee flavors. Very thick, dense, coats the mouth and the taste last quite some time. The taste is almost porterish and very creamy.

A very nice beer, full of intense, high quality flavors. Very highly recommended.

bassmantin, May 01, 2008
Photo of DrJay
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one as part of 80s BIF. Thanks Jw347!
This one poured pitch black with just about the darkest brown head that I've seen. It formed a thick, creamy cap off the pour and settled to a solid ring and skim of fine bubbles, leaving behind streaky and spotty lacing. Lots of coffee and roast in the aroma along with a malty caramel base. Notes of licorice and chocolate also appeared as it warmed. Moderate bitterness was mostly overshadowed by the rich malt sweetness and roasted coffee flavours. Again, chocolate and licorice were mild, but added depth and complexity. Hops contributed a light grassiness to the finish. Caramel was present throughout. Great texture, full bodied and creamy, with well integrated carbonation. Truly a fine stout, well balanced considering the strong character. Very easy to drink and quite enjoyable.

DrJay, Apr 27, 2008
Photo of SQNfan
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opaque and black in color with a thick head that fell away. There were scents of roased coffee beans, dark chocolate and heavy cream. In the mouth it was medium-bodied and showed off the coffee and chocolate. The hops picked up toward the finish which just added to the bitter, black coffee feeling. A very nice brew but I have the feeling that some barrel aging would help fill out the midpalate.

SQNfan, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of swizzlenuts
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours incredibly thick. It has a quite large head that is brown and actually retains the head very well. The beer has a slight bit of carbonation, but looks beautiful.

The nose on the beer is chocolaty with some coffee flavour in there. It's what you'd expect from this. The beer is quite thick and dry. There is a complexity to the taste as well. There is an initial chocolate taste with some bitterness from the hops then some molasses which is followed by the dry coffee taste. It's very roasted and quite fucking good.

I could probably only have one or two of these because of the thickness and alcohol taste, but it's so balanced and complex I wouldn't mind being extra full from this beer.

swizzlenuts, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of AlephNull
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From Notes:

A - Pours a viscuous black, thick and completely opaque. 1 finger of brown head appears eventually

S - Coffee roasted masks a little sweet chocolate and a slight hops scent

T - Wow --- Sweet coffee and toffee beautifully ballanced with a crisp hoppiness.

M - Thick and rich - almost milkshake consistency. Slightly chalky but not overly so. Somehow refreshing too.

D - Wonderfully drinkable for an "extreme" beer enjoyed the heck out of this.

AlephNull, Apr 21, 2008
Photo of ncvbc
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours essentially pitch black with a nice tan head that remains for a decent while and settles to a ring. Smell is mostly bittersweet and lightly roasted with a hint of licorice or anise. Taste carries on with a sweetness of oatmeal and again a hint of licorice. The grainy, roasty flavor of coffee comes right through the middle of this sweetness but doesn't overtake it. Some chocolate and other sweet flavors assist a roast bitterness that comes in. A very interesting combo. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth to start out. Kind of a bitter finish and a tad dry. An interesting brew. It's a little here and there, even a little hoppy touch to it that grows as it warms but I enjoy it. Recommended at least for a one-time affair.

Cheers to akorsak for the extra!

ncvbc, Apr 19, 2008
Photo of baggio
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Pikkulintu / Helsinki

A: Black brownish with a small beige lace.

S: Coffee, oatmeal, vanilla.

T: Brown sugar, Espresso, Roasted Malts, Chocolate.

M: Very smooth and rich with a nasty bitterness at the end.

I think this beer is slightly hyped and overrated but don't let that stop you from trying it. Even tho there are better imperial stouts out there this is a damn fine beer and i feel obliged to recommend it.

baggio, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of clingman71
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent beer, but seems to be overhyped to me. It was very expensive ($12.99). There are many good examples of Stouts(coffee, oatmeal, imperial, breakfast, etc.) that I enjoy more that are far less money. It pours almost black with a tan head. It displays aroma of roasted malt and coffe. Flavor much the same, although a little more to the dry roasty side of things than creamy as many oatmeal stouts seem to be. I had a Hoppin' Frog B.O.R.I.S. the Crusher today as well, and it blew this beer away in my opinion. It was only $6.99 as well, nearly half the cost for a bigger, more flavorful beer.

clingman71, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of Risser09
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a white wine glass - 2007 bottling - Cellar temp

Appearance: Pours a pitch black beer with a head collection much like a Guinness. The head is a dark brown and stands 1.5" tall. It has good retention with ample lacing.

Smell: Heavily coffeed. Black patent malt and chocolate malts. Roasted nuts, anise, chewing tobacco and leather. Every pour yields more licorice aroma!

Taste: Deep, dark, sugary beer with lots of coffee flavors. The beginning middle and end all serve up some amazing fresh roasted coffee flavor. It does really taste like fresh beans. The most floral tasting attribute is the anise/licorice twang that drives the sweetness further. The best coffee beer I've had.

Mouthfeel: A nice full bodied beer with enough carbonation not to be cloying. The alcohol is perfect at 7.5% which is just about right. Bitter coffee finish isn't cloying either.

Drinkability: This really is a great beer. The balance and appropriate attributes don't go over the top, but are patient and subdued. The anise and licorice flavors are what do it for me the most. A true treat that should be enjoyed by itself!

Risser09, Apr 10, 2008
Photo of JDV
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark, oily black with a nice lasting dark brown head. Gorgeous. Smell is rich dark chocolatey malt. Taste is rich dark smooth chocolate, with a nice coffee grind bite to it, but well balanced and not over the top coffee. Slightly rich and full bodied with medium carbonation, and it goes down so easily. Nicely light bittered finish to give it a bittersweet dark chocolate flavor and a good hit of obvious but restrained coffee flavor as well. Damn good beer!!

JDV, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of largadeer
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pitch black with a finger of dark brown foam. Nice head retention for a coffee beer.

Smell: Bold roasted barley, semi-sweet chocolate, coffee with cream, a hint of molasses. The coffee aroma is a bit subdued.

Taste & mouthfeel: Up-front dark roasted coffee and unsweetened chocolate with a touch of molasses. Dry yet so damn smooth and rich for 7.5% ABV, a perfect example of how much oatmeal can contribute to the texture of a brew. The finish is coating but pleasantly mild, leaving some lasting notes of coffee and toast. Dry through-and-through, the lack of sweetness makes this one highly drinkable beer despite its chewy texture.

largadeer, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of cswhitehorse
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer geek breakfast pours dark as night. With very little foam head and lacing seemed to be hit or miss.

The aroma is definitely coffee and dark chocolate. It really does taste like you are drinking a cup of cold java. The first taste gave an old flavor but once it hits the sensors of the tongue a couple of times you are enjoying the blackness. In the mouth you are left with a bitterness on the tongue and back of the throat. It is syrupy brew to say the least.

It had a sharp bite to it from the coffee. Overall a solid brew to say the least. As far as being worth the EU to US dollars rate, that is in the eye of the beholder.

cswhitehorse, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Vancer for sending me this bottle.

Dark, opaque brown almost black. Large brown head that leaves slight lacing. After finishing some sticky brown spots remain in the bottom of the glass. Not sure what this is (some sort of particles I guess). Doesn't change anything really.

I smell some coffee and some oats, that's about it.

Sweet oats up front with lots of deep coffe flavor in the middle and the back end. Hints of chocolate. Leaves a coffee taste on the palate long after drink is gone. I'm not a huge coffee fan, but this is a good beer.

The mouthfeel is a lot like coffee actually.

Pretty good drinkability. If you're a coffee fan it's great drinkability.

Hojaminbag, Mar 25, 2008
Photo of Avryle
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Like all beers in the top 100, I have a bit of hesitancy going it. You know they've got to be good because enough people have said they are, but are they really that good? Or is it just hype based on supply & demand. This is one fine beer that belongs there- its like a love child of Big Boss Brewing's Coffee Stout & Southern Tier's Jahva.

A- Super dark brown-black. A vigorous pour gave it a nice big dark head that eventually disipates to a continuous ring. Minimal lacing

S- The one short-coming. I found very minimal nose. A bit of coffee, a bit of oat, but not much else

T- Beer Geek Breakfast? Pshaw... Or so I though. I could drink this in the morning with breakfast and have minimal thoughts of social deviance. The flavor of the coffee beans is pervasive. It tastes like coffee beans smell with a bitter oatmeal-like finish. After the swallow, there's a strong coffee-fume taste that lingers. Simply beautiful.

M- It actually has the same body as coffee. Very, very minimal carbonation which is good for this brew, but it makes it dangerously drinkable.

D- Too good. Lord, have mercy. If this were available in Sunny Albany, NY, I would be in trouble. I'd fill my travel mug up for the drive to work every morning and either end up with a DUI or sacked from my job.

Thanks a million to Johnnnniee for the Growling at the Moon kicker!

Avryle, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of aerozeppl
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks go out to johnnnniee for the bottle.

A: Black as the night with a massive two finger mocha head. Looks really nice in the glass.

S: Roasted malt up front. Coffee and chocolate are right there behind it.

T: Wow. Mix of chocolate and coffee. Different in that neither really dominated 100%. Bitterness is there from the coffee. The oats are there as well.

M: In a word velvety if that is in fact a word. Creamy all the way down. Super smooth.

D: I could see people actually having this for breakfast. Really great beer that is super complex while not beating you down with ABV. The Scandinavians are making some marvelous stuff as of late.

aerozeppl, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of Beertracker
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the label: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and to beer geeks, like Mikkeller, a hearty, complex stout is the tastiest way to begin the day. This unique mix of an oat and coffee stout creates an intense, full-bodied beer, which is surprisingly balanced and full of new taste adventures with every sip.

Mikkeller's Beer Geek Breakfast pours up with a moderate carbonation that creates a incredibly inviting mocha colored head that neatly crowns the nearly jet black body. Marvelous! The heavily roasted aroma is decadent with rich caramel, toasted walnuts, chocolate nibs, and lots of coffee/espresso notes. Some earthiness, vanilla, and alcohol warmth add to the overall complexity. The bold flavor starts off with some initial caramel/chocolate sweetness that gives way to a solid toasted oat graininess with coffee & espresso notes marked by some underlying bitterness. The beer continues to dry towards the slightly acrid, burnt, bittersweet, and warming finish. This medium-full bodied double stout is creamy & very chewy, but has some astringency which is distracting. Overall... this is a well-crafted stout from the Danes that proves, "Beer, it's not just for breakfast anymore!"

Skål! Beertracker

*Taster's Note: Special thanks to beerhandy for sharing this bottle.

Beertracker, Mar 17, 2008
Photo of geexploitation
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours quite thick, with a near-black body and virtually no highlights. The head forms only a collar on the beer. The nose is a fairly straightforward mix of standard American/Impy stout with some extra coffee notes thrown in, but there is a particularly nice warm, doughy note hovering in the background. The palate is where this beer separates itself from the pack. Things start off sweet, like rich coffee with sugar and a touch of cream, with plenty of roasted barley to rough things up. Significant hop bitterness comes through next, along with some acidity that sets the sides of the tongue alight. At the finish, the roast comes through again, dry and evocative but never acridly bitter. Everything on the palate is seamlessly integrated; it's a big beer that's never unbalanced in any way. Mouthfeel is excellent; a lot of beers would go for more body here, but I feel that the medium-heavy body is enough to convey the necessary flavors while also being spare enough to enhance drinkability. Overall, this is fantastic stuff that all stout fans should sample at some point.

geexploitation, Mar 16, 2008
Photo of RonfromJersey
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Perfect jet black body topped by a big four fingers of light brown (past tan here) lively micro bubbles. Good lacing.

Aroma of roasting coffee with hints of chocolate.

Taste is heavy on coffee, a bit of chocolate, and a nice hit of oats. The roastiness of the coffee is subdued, lacking the burnt overdone sensation. Earthy hops are tasty without dominating.

Nice rich silky mouthfeel. Drinkabiliy is probably too good. This beer is literally going down too easily. I need it to last a bit longer.

Very well done, a very "American" craft beer from Denmark. The price may discourage regular return visits, but well worth the initial try.

RonfromJersey, Mar 16, 2008
4.8/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The thick motor oil black brew pews out of the bottle settleing into the glass thick and fat. Head is a gorgeous rich milk chocolate colored set of active bubbles. About a half inch of thick lace is left behind. Nose is full of robust spicey coffee, coco and toasty malt notes. It is very inticing. Enters the mouth cranking out a zesty rich spicey richness. This fueled by wonderful full coffee tones that are carried nicely by the oats. Burnt malts are all over the palate and add nicely the feel. Incredibly smooth and amazingly complex. This beer shows great balance. The richness of this beer lomes long on the mouthfeel with appropriate coffee feel. This beer belongs in the upper echelon of coffee based stouts. Very lovely drinkable brew.

SPLITGRIN, Mar 10, 2008
Photo of HotHabanero
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Pours with a pitch blak body and a huge creamy, brown head - medium lasting. Nose of roasted malt, chocolate and espresso coffee. Flavour is with malt, black coffee, oatmeal and liquorice. Oily texture. Full bodied. The finish is bitter and again with roasted malt. A complex and very drinkable brew.

HotHabanero, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 Pint, 6.3 fl oz bottle purchased from Wine and Liquor in Boonton...
I heard a lot of good things about this beer, so I was eager to give it a try...
Very impressive appearance, jet-black, ebony hue with a decent-sized foamy and frothy, tan, red-colored head that left a substantial amount of lacing around the glass..
Rich aroma with cocoa powder, espresso, and dark latte notes...
Extremely thick and rich flavors, with a strong suggestion of dark coffee, roasted malts, vanilla, toffee, burnt chocolate, and oats...
This definitely comes off as having a rich milkshake-like quality, and for a good comparison to this one, try Avery's Czar or Oskar Blues Ten FIDY...
As mentioned, a very creamy, rich, thick, filling mouthfeel...
Drinkability was likewise very good due to the ABV not being way over the top and the rich, creamy, enjoyable flavors...
I don't know about having this one at breakfast, but it sure is tasty...

dsa7783, Mar 08, 2008
Photo of Tilley4
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've been putting this off and putting this off and now on the only decent snow we've had in western Tennessee in 5 years, I decided to have this one for breakfast while I watched the kiddies make snow angels in the front yard.

This pours out into my Sierra Nevada pint glass with an espresso black coloring and to my surprise, is much, much thicker than I was expecting it to be. It oozes out much like a Ten Fidy or something... Wow, this is impressive looking...

The aroma wafting out off of this is simply divine.... The strong roasted coffee aromas are matched beautifully by the combination of dark chocolate mixed with a sweet dark fruit smell that takes this to a completely different level than most stouts that I've had...

Unlike many coffee stouts that I've had, this one is not at all overdone. A perfect blend of coffee, chocolate, sweet dark fruit, and that reliable oatmeal swirl together on the taste buds to create a magnificent blend of taste experiences. I would almost classify this as an oatmeal stout and that being said, it's without a doubt the best that I've ever had. A masterpiece...

As I watch my 3 and 5 year old highstepping it through the snow with their mother out my front window, this brew makes the moment perfect... It's the only bottle that I have but I can't think of a more perfect way to experience it...

Tilley4, Mar 08, 2008
Photo of czfreeman
4.83/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ive been looking foward to this for a while. Pours out absolutley pitch espresso black, capped by a lace-thin brown sugar/ espresso-tan head. Sounds strange, but looking down into the brew after the head has dissapated, there is a perfect swirl of lace, like cream was stirred in -odd. Absolutley gorgeous to behold.

Aroma is divine. Notes of various levels of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate,raisin-oats. All together it truly comes together as a bowl of raisin oatmeal with chocolate and a nice cup of coffee.

Before I even begin to describe the absolute delicious flavor, I must say the mouthfeel is absolutley perfect. The lower ABV allows a complexity of flavors to shine through individually without being overwhelming. Flavors of coffee and cocoa,finishes with a silky oat smoothness with long roast flavors with a slight sweetness. Not too sweet, exactly like a good cup of coffee.

This beer, for its name, and flavors and experience it was crafted to showcase is absolutley near-perfection for me. The layers of aromas matched with flavors conjure up so many childlike breakfast-table memories. It really is an amazing accomplishment of success by the very talented,patient, and loving hands that created it. It is a Thomas Keller Salmon tuile-like experience for any foodies out there. A eye-opening revelatin that brings a smile. Congratulations Mikkeller.
...In sampling other breakfat stouts, I must come back to this one and comment further on what a truly perfect breakfast stout this is. It has become my standard to judge every breakfast stout I try

czfreeman, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of Talisker
3.38/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle with no freshness date, received in trade. Must be at least 1 year old at time of drinking.

I love "breakfast" stouts. The combination of coffee, oatmeal, vanilla, chocolate, and roast just does it for me. And I love dry beers, although dry stouts aren't always my thing. Mikkeller does an excellent job with the breakfast style, such as it is, but it's extraordinarily dry - too much for my taste.

Pours a beautifual brownish black, with a medium dark brown head. Tons of very fine bubbles. Aroma dominated by coffee, with some underlying chocolate and vanilla.

Taste is *dry* - no sweetness to be found here. Very good, but still, bone dry - I wish there a little more balance. Almost a dry powder like a porter. A tannic finish, makes you want some water before taking that next drink.

Although I love the style, this particular expression is not to my taste. I need just a touch of sugar from the vanilla and chocolate - not too much, but more than I'm getting here. Certainly a very good beer, but probably ultimately not for me.

Talisker, Mar 04, 2008
Photo of khiasmus
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter at breakfast time on brewday :-) This beer MUST be served in a glass that will highlight the excellent aroma. If this was simply poured into a pint glass, much would be lost...

Color = N/A. As in... there isn't a color. Unless you count black. Inky black. With a small, tight head and excellent retention. This would be an easy 5 if the head were more substantial.
The aroma is glorious. Roasted grain, alcohol, dark malt, chocolate, biscuits, burnt toast, molasses, coffee, oak, vanilla. Well-balanced between the sweet notes of malt and molasses and the acrid notes of grain and dark-toasted biscuit.
After the nose, the taste is slightly disappointing. The beer is balanced heavily toward acrid burnt grain, as the malt character and sweetness are overwhelmed.
The mouthfeel is chewy, thick, smooth, with medium carbonation and a long, smooth finish that is both warming and astringent.
As far as drinkability, the acridness of the finish and the overall burnt balance to the flavor cause the experience to be one I would not want to repeat often. That said, the nose is so pleasing as to merit hours of sniffing pleasure :-) This is certainly a must-try for any complex stout fan.

khiasmus, Mar 03, 2008
Beer Geek Breakfast from Mikkeller ApS
92 out of 100 based on 1,936 ratings.