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Beer Geek Breakfast - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 2,050
Reviews: 927
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.68%
Wants: 143
Gots: 296 | 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 kmeves
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a oil dark black with a big brown head. Aroma is moderately sweet, coffee, chocolate and roasted malt. Flavor is coffee, oatmeal and dark chocolate. Medium body, creamy texture. Finish is long and bitter chocolate. Don't know about breakfast but a few of these could constitute a dinner!

kmeves, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of grandq
3.2/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours near-black with a full dark tan two finger head. Obviously, smells of coffee, a little nutty, some bitter chocolate. Nothing too fruity or sticky sweet. The flavor is fairly light - sweet malt, roasted notes and faint bittersweet chocolate with coffee finishing on a dominant bitter roasty tone. Mouthfeel seems slightly off - rather overcarbonated, lifting the liquid away from the tongue before it even really fully coats. Leaves off with a cola-ike feeling mouthfeel save for some lingering film toward the back. By the standards fo the style, its watery

Compared to other great coffee stouts, this isn't anything to write home about, but it is a perfectly decent stout. A case of high expectations.

grandq, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of vtfan77
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Very dark brown with a generous coffee-colored head that leaves some nice lacing on the side of the glass. Nice-looking beer!

S- The coffee just jumps out at you and is the dominant aroma. There are also hints of dark fruits in the background that go nicely with the coffee and roasted malts.

T- Coffee, coffee, and more coffee in the taste. The roasted malts add a bitter chocolate character that goes nicely with the coffee. A touch of licorice comes through in the aftertaste. Hops are difficult to pick up, but they're in there, as they team up with the coffee and the malts to produce a strong (but pleasant) bitterness on the finish.

M- Nice and smooth, but perhaps a little thin. The carbonation is a little higher than I'd like. I'm really just nitpicking here.

D- Outstanding. The ABV really isn't all that high, although this is far from a session beer. Finishing the bottle is no problem. If I were in a pub, I might order another.

This is a very impressive beer. I could definitely drink this for breakfast, or any other time for that matter. It's perhaps the best use of coffee in a beer that I've come across (although there's no telling how long it will hold that distinction, as I've got a Péché Mortel waiting in my fridge). I'd make this a regular in my fridge except for a couple things: it's very expensive, and it's not available in Virginia (I got it in North Carolina). Still, for those who have access to it, it's worth seeking out. Highly recommended.

vtfan77, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of Bananaman
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well, I've gotta say that this beer (how cliché it yet may sound) is a meal by itself. Only bought one bottle when it came to Systembolaget, and that's a bit of a shame. Nice beer anyway!

Colour, very dark brown, almost black. With a nice beige/light-brown head.

The smell is full of coffeé, chocolate, nuts and some smokiness. Very full in the smell, but it get's a bit too much with all the coffeé.

Tastes amazing, coffée, fudge, smoke, chocolate and some oats too. Feels almost like your drinking some sort of Coffeé-shake.

Mikkeller is indeed a great brewery, and I love their "Mikkeller Black". This one is nice, but it really get's a bit too much coffeé.

Bananaman, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of Bubba83
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm glad I finally found this as I've been wanting to give a Mikkeller offering a try for a while.

Poured this 1pint + 0.9oz bottle at 45 degrees into a Guinness pint glass. Had a good amount of head rise up late, almost cascading. Dark black color with a tan looking espresso head. The head is a bit dry looking and a little stiff. Leaves some small lacing and retains a thin rim of head throughout.

Smells like Fresh Brewed Espresso, really not much else here other than Espresso, but I happen to love how Espresso smells so it suits me well.

Taste is first of roasty dark malts, but quickly fades into deep roasted coffee beans. Very strong and pungeant espresso flavor. Rich decadent coffee layers. Finishes with a highly bitter coffee finish, very coffee dominant.

Mouthfeel is fine, but seems a little thin considering the flavors and really not as smooth as I expected considering the oatmeal should have helped it out in that department.

You'd think the thin mouthfeel may help this out, but the bitter and dry coffee finish makes this a slow sipper. Makes the tongue feel a little coarse. An overall interesting offering that I enjoyed and would recommend, though liking coffee is a huge requirement.

Bubba83, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of thethrone
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours black with deep tan head. Good retention, no lacing.

S - Strong coffee aroma permeates. Dark bitter chocolate also takes a prominent role. Some dark fruit and metallic notes.

T - Creamy chocolate taste followed quickly by coffee. Lots of roasted flavor, but not much complexity.

M - Smooth start gives way to a dry finish of chocolate bitterness. Mouthfeel is lighter than exepected, and the flavor of the brew doesn't linger on the palate.

D - A solid brew that the coffee lovers should enjoy.

thethrone, Aug 19, 2008
Photo of Metalmonk
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black-hole black color, a totally dark void, with a quarter-inch cloud of brown tiny bubbles on top. Insane legs on this baby, with the slightest tilt painting brown sheets on the glass.

Aroma offers a creamy frothed-milk sweetness with a sturdy but in-check coffee character. Roasty, nutty and toasty, would truly be a "good morning, how d'ya do?"...if it was morning.

To the flavor...they are NOT kidding around when they call this a breakfast stout. Okay, it's thicker than coffee, and of course coffee isn't carbonated--and this has a slight chill--but there is seriously very little difference between this and coffee, in terms of pure flavor. It's nutty, it's very dry, there's no significant sweetness and, though it's robust in texture and not watery like coffee, it's hardly got the rounded creaminess of some other coffee-laden stouts. And I can hardly discern the 7.5% alcohol.

Texture is fairly airy for a stout, probably due to the high concentration of insanely tiny bubbles that race up to form the head. Just slightly prickly, remarkably dry and probably not as creamy as I'd hoped.

I dug this, no doubt about it. Super-glad I tried it, but the Mikkeller stuff is damn expensive, so I think I'll probably go for their NW-style IPA or barleywine again before re-trying this one. There are better coffee stouts...but Beer Geek Breakfast is no slouch. And the name rules.

Metalmonk, Aug 17, 2008
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks Drunkmonk!!!
Poured a deep black with a big dark tan head that sticks around for a while. Nose is a great blend of roasted and chocolate malts, coffee, and dark chocolate. Taste is choocolate,oats,roasted malts,esperesso. Mouthfeel is nice, creamy and roasted. Well balanced. Drinkability is exceptional. ABV is just right which keeps it drinkable on any day.

barleywinefiend, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of jasonjlewis
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an insane 2 1/2 to three finger head depending on how big your finger are. WIth a very dark brown color.

Smell is of dark malts, roasted chocolate and coffee with undertones of sweet toffee.

The taste has a bright malting upfront with a mint flavoring. This is followed by a dark chocolate mlt that creates a sort of dark chocolate bitterness that mixes with a coffee bitterness and a hop bitterness. I want to like this beer more, however, there is too much light flavoring going on. There is a pale sweetness with mint that overtake the dark robust characteristic of the beer. Still, I do like the beer, but I was hoping for a little bit more.

The mouthfeel is a little thin. Like I said before, the light flavors pull through much and ruin the feel on the palate somewhat. I want that robust malt to cling to my palate, but mint and citrus come through too much instead.

This a decent stout. I wanted to like it more, but too many citrusy flavors and mint come through and it takes away from the robustness of the malt and the coffee. It's a good one to try, but not something I'll seek out again via trade.

jasonjlewis, Aug 13, 2008
Photo of objectivemonkey
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Into a nonic pint, pours pitch, deep, obsidian, deathly black, a two inch dark tan head of frothy delight sitting above the abyss.... er, darkness.... er, black..ness. And there it sits, seemingly for all eternity. Once receded, after several minutes, to a thin finger of foam, some nice lacing is left. The second pour brings a two finger head back for another several minutes.

The aroma full of coffee, some nice roasted malt tones, deep dark chocolates, perhaps a glitter of oat.

This is a well carbonated stout, which, being a coffee stout, I can appreciate. The body is medium full, perhaps a tad thin, but that will happen with coffee stouts. The emphasis is obviously on the coffee, and it performs well, but the roasted malt is also nice, and some dark chocolates again peak in and out. Overall, not as good as I'd imagined, but still quite a good beer.

objectivemonkey, Aug 07, 2008
Photo of ejquin
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep black with real nice thick brown head.

S: Lots of coffee and chocolate, roasted malt swith a vanilla spice

T/M: mouth is heavy and thick. Sticks on your tongue. taste to me is all coffee and roasted malt. Turns to bitter espresso on the long finish and stays bitter with hops on the finish.

Ovr: I've had a lot of really good coffee stouts recently and this one was good, but not up there with some of the best.

ejquin, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of number1bum
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour is thick and jet black and generates a slowly rising tan head. Head is quite dense and creamy, and it retains a very full, impressive lace and leaves some stick on the sides, too.

Smell is very rich and robust, with lots of roasted malt, espresso beans, dark chocolate and coffee. Smells a little bit like chocolate covered espresso beans. Mmmmm.

I'd describe the taste as chocolate covered espresso beans, as well, with the emphasis on the espresso beans. Also some roasted malt, lots of coffee and espresso flavor, little bit of smoky flavor. Some dark bakers chocolate to round it all out. Quite nice. Still, it didn't quite hit my palate the way that I thought it would based on the smell. Coffee is quite intense and is the dominant flavor here, but that's to be expected.

As thick as this one looked in the pour and as rich and flavorful as it is, the mouthfeel is a bit on the light side. I'd call it a medium body overall, quite smooth with a good level of creaminess. Doesn't quite stand up to the flavor profile, though.

This is a very good coffee stout, but the vicious onslaught of deep roasted coffee and espresso really takes a toll on my tastebuds. I'd have this again but I'd have to share a bottle with someone. Not in the same league as Southern Tier Jahva and Founders Breakfast Stout, but definitely recommended for fans of coffee stouts.

number1bum, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of jakon
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

This beer pours black with an average sized tan colored head comprised of both extremely tiny and larger sized bubbles.

The aroma brings tons of dark roasted coffee beans, a hint of cocoa, and baker's chocolate.

The initial taste brings black coffee first and foremost, with a bit of cocoa and baker's chocolate. That's the main flavor profile I'm getting. I'm reminded of blackstrap molasses, but I'm not sure if I'm tasting it or it's just the feeling this beer leaves on my tongue.

Overall, this ranks in the top 3 coffee stouts I've tried. I love that it packs such robust flavor without bringing too much heat. But really, I wouldn't consume more than one of these at a time anyway. There's a crapload of coffee in this.

jakon, Jul 24, 2008
Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautifully stunning dark brown almost black with a thick foamy ½ inch caramel colored head. Thick milk shake like lacing clings to the glass and hardly lets go. Smells of rich roasted coffee, chocolate, and malts dominate. First taste is surprisingly more chocolaty than the aroma indicated. The coffee flavor is lovingly mean and bitter. The beer is well carbonated and fairly light bodied. Very tasty. Beer and coffee lovers rejoice.

ATLbeerDog, Jul 24, 2008
Photo of CamuMahubah
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Exceptional Russian Imperial Stout! Pours like burnt 20w50 into the snifter. Frothy tan head...

Cacao without any sugar...

Smooth...none of that coffee acid bitterness...must be Colombian beans!...again the dark chocolate without sugar is noted...

Nice mouthfeel. Right in the middle of too thick and extremely too thick!

I like the subduedness...

CamuMahubah, Jul 22, 2008
Photo of LittleBreeze
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma was a miss for me today. I suspect it may be because this beer followed Peche Mortel.

There is a nice coffee and chocolate flavor. Very smooth. For me, the mouthfeel is a bit thin. But overall, this is a very good beer. I've enjoyed it every time.

LittleBreeze, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a very dark chestnut brown to black color with a beautiful inch of brown foam. Chocolate, cocoa, coffee, and mocha all come to mind in the aroma. Slightly thick, smooth and velvety on the palate, probably from the oats. The palate is more dark chocolate than coffee, but both are there along with some very dark ripe fruit sweetness. A bit of bite from the roasted malt. Not much bitterness from hops, but it signs off smooth with a bit of alcohol.

Definitely a sipper, and a good one at that. It comes across more chocolaty than coffee-like to me, which is not what I was expecting given the coffee beans on the label. I love the texture from the oats and the way everything melds together.

BeardedBoffin, Jul 18, 2008
Photo of bbothen
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black. Big 2 finger latte colored fluffy head.

Coffee, chocolate, malted milk aromas.

Roasted coffee, toasted malt, bittersweet choc bitterness, smooth oats, dry coffee finish.

Full bodied & smooth with a med carbonation.

Drinkability is medium for me. Big coffee flavor would limit my intake to 1 bottle.

This was an enjoyable stout. Not overwhelmingly great to me. Others I enjoy more.

This was drank after dinner. I expect I'd enjoy it much more first thing in the morning. Next time.

bbothen, Jul 15, 2008
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served in a mug.

L - dark brown with a fluffy tan head that left good lacing.

S - pleasant roasted malt & cocoa aroma.

T - rich, roasted flavor, bitter coffee and chocolate.

F - medium bodied and creamy smooth.

D - a good brew for breakfast or anytime.

JoeyBeerBelly, Jul 13, 2008
Photo of merlin48
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pours dark and inky, ebony as it sits in the glass. Khaki brown head has excellent retention and shows some garnet hues on the fringe. Lots of sticky lacing.

Aroma is not as bold as expected. Lots of bakers chocolate, espresso, cedar hops, and freshly ground Kona coffee beans.

Mouthfeel is rich and coating but not quite full bodied. Carbonation is a bit too aggressive in my opinion.

Taste is dry and roasty with a strong coffee dominance. The coffee is much more expressive in the taste than in the aroma. Bittersweet chocolate and dry cocoa powder chime in. Pine hops adds more bitterness to the dark roasty malt profile. Finishes dry and bitter with a coffee aftertaste. Alcohol isn't noticed.

Another solid offering from Mikkeller, but not quite in the same class as the better American coffee stouts such as those from Founders.

merlin48, Jul 13, 2008
Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

One pint .9fl oz sexy slim and modern looking bottle.

A: Thick and black and pours mildly thick with a creamy half and an inch of coffee colored wooden head. Pretty nice looking legs on this beer as well.

S: Like most of the reviews for this beer the talk has been how dry it is and even in the nose the dryness can be detected. Seriously I almost sneezed thats how dry and dusty this thing smells. Slightly woody, quite herbaly phenolic medicinal hop character, mild fresh ground coffee but not really the main event here. It is nice to see a double stout that isn't head over heels in love with sugary chocolaty sweetness but instead relies more on the toasted malt and freeze dried coffee aspects. Don't get me wrong the chocolate and molasses is there but pleasantly subdued and makes for a wonderfully complex beer.

T/MF: Suuuper dry wow people are not kidding! Mouthfeel is about the strongest cup of coffee ever that bites down hard on your tongue and won't let go. It is pretty damn interesting to sip on and has an interesting smoked wood and slight cinnamon and herbal kick. This beer is sort of like a magic eye and the less you focus the more you can taste. Letting this sit in my mouth I can pick up sweeter flavors like cookies oatmeal and brown sugar and tobacco with mild dark fruit undertones.

D: Interesting and complex but this beer is just too dry and I feel if it were toned down just a bit more, maybe with age it would be out of this world because this is like no beer I've ever tried. A slow sipper if there ever was one but not because of alcohol heat of full bodiedness, this beer is as dry as the Sahara.

bluemoonswoon, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of jdubjacket
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a glass of this from one of the three bottle I picked up at Green's a few weeks ago. Pours a deep brown/black color. Very good looking head on top of it. Head is very sweet smelling. Taste is a little less balanced than I thought it would be. ALOT of coffee and pretty damn bitter to boot. A thick, creamy mouthfeel. A good coffee brew, but not the best I've ever had.

jdubjacket, Jul 11, 2008
Photo of tpd975
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Gillard, this is one I had wanted to try for sometime. Thanks for coming thru.

A: Pours as black as any beer I have ever seen, light has no chance of penetrating this one. The head is dark mocha colored and exhibits great retention. Sheet after sheet of lace.

S: Wow this is a bold coffee stout no doubt about, though I would expect no less from Mikkeller. This one is high on the char. Bold over roasted espresso stand out. Hints of very bitter dark chocolate and a hint of vanilla.

T: Wow I like this one. This is the boldest coffee stout I have had. Many others are all about nice light coffee. This one is about the roast. Tons of dark black coffee that has been sitting on the burner all day. Touches of chocolate and booze as well. This is a sexy ass stout.

M: Full bodied yet easy drinking brew.

D: I heart this one!

tpd975, Jul 10, 2008
Photo of david131
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Black as they come with a great creamy brown head.

S- Some coffee and chocolate and smoke. Pretty roasty. I have had beers with much more coffee in them... Founders comes to mind.

T- Some coffee, cocoa, smoke, and a tad bit of hops. The hops are not bitter, just enough to add a bit of flavor. I have had better coffee beers, but this is damn tasty.

M- Very smooth and creamy. Perhaps a bit too much carbonation.

D- Pretty easy to drink. For once, the ABV is surprisingly low for a big tasting beer. A good beer, but most definitely not worth the price- pick up some Founders Breakfast Stout or Bell's Java Stout.

david131, Jul 08, 2008
Photo of corey0212
2.65/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours brownish-black, incredible huge, rocky and dense tan head that stays around for the duration, lots of lacing. Some malted milk chocolate aroma and espresso in the nose. Taste is disappointing...sour coffee taste, almost like drinking a day-old cup of coffee, bitter chocolate, it's a touch sour. Really active carbonation for the style, comes off more like a porter to me. I'm generally a big fan of stouts/porters that leave coffee aftertaste, but this one is just too much. For the money, this was a big letdown. Still interested in trying more from Mikkeller, but this one just isn't for me.

corey0212, Jul 03, 2008
Beer Geek Breakfast from Mikkeller ApS
92 out of 100 based on 2,050 ratings.