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Beer Geek Breakfast - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 2,111
Reviews: 937
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 145
Gots: 303 | FT: 12
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
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 TheMistler
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured an oily black with a very dark tan head that was easily riled and showed good retention (both in the snifter and in the bottle). Settled to a nice, thick ring with a whispy, oil-slick cap. Good lacing. It has an imperial appearance, certainly.

Whew. This here beer has a diesel nose. Chocolate and dark fruits, prunes and raisins. Creamy sweet as well as bitter aromas. Whiffs of coffee, too.

Initially the taste imparts roasted characteristics, grainy, with oats, too. Lots of bittering comes in, grassy. Coffee washes through, leaving behind cocoa powder on the palate. Bitter and dry aftertaste.

Lighter in body than I figured. There is a certain slight resiny quality to the feel at the end. Distinctly prickly carbonation imparts a crispness, becoming creamier as time passes and the beer warms.

Maybe just a touch too much hoppiness for my taste, but very good.

Photo of MPLS
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love the marketing of the Mikkeller beers, excellent packaging, good names, with clean illustrations. I hate the price, this bottle set me back over $10.00.

A: Motor Oil meets chocolate bubble bath. Pours a nice nice black with a overly frothy foam that almost shot out of the glass. Lacing is excellent, nice seeing a sea of black beer break through the mocha looking head.

S: I was expecting chocolate and awesome roasted notes, it was good, but prominently stale coffee smelling. Roasted. Muted dark fruit.

T: Expections: Not quite met. Fusty tasting coffee, not a whole lot of chocolate, good hop aftertaste. Expecting more coffee, robust chocolate/smoke, and not such an acerbic aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied with ample carbonation. Light for a heavy stout.

D: $10-$12 a bottle (sorry I can't help but price talk) and slightly hard to find here. I have another bottle lying around that I will probably trade or pass off to another. Good looking beer, but didn't have the heavy body, or roasted aftertaste to suite me.

Photo of MiguelMandingo
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured part of a 22oz bottle into a snifter.

Appearance - Pours a thick opaque black. It produced a 1 1/2 finger head. The head's texture is almost latte foam-like. The head dissipated fairly quickly. The was virtually no lacing to speak of. The head turns into a thin crown - the texture here is really interesting. The bubbles look like a thin cloud against the night sky.

Smell - the smell is about what you would expect from a Mikkeller coffee stout. The scents of coffee shift from whole roasted coffee beans to coffee grounds. There are also notes of cocoa powder and dark chocolate. What makes it smell like a Mikkeller, to me anyway, is that they all have an almost stale hop scent. The hops are musky and muted. They captured the scent of coffee pretty well.

Taste - The taste is okay. There are other coffee stouts out right now that I prefer over this. The flavors were better when the beer was colder - the stale hop flavor pops out the more the beer warms. The flavor is pretty similar to the smell, but the coffee essence doesn't taste as good as the scent would lead on. There is more of a used coffee grounds flavor than roast coffee bean flavor. The cocoa flavors are nice and help to round out the flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. The beer isn't as sticky feeling as I would have expected. The carbonation level is pretty high, which I enjoy, but the actual feel of the liquid is almost astringent. It has a stripping quality.

Drinkability - Man, I gotta say it. Mikkeller pisses me off. I want to like their beers - I really do. Most of them end up being a let down. This is one of their better brews, and it wasn't terrible by any means, but the price is going to keep me from purchasing their products very often.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.67/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark black with the faintest hints of a dark brown at the edges when held to the light. The head it thick, creamy, and the color of slightly old espresso. The initial smell is very mild, holding only the faintest hints of oats, cocoa, coffee, and a mild sweetness. A little agitation releases a deeper fresh-brewed coffee aroma that made my mouth water. Yes, I'm being serious here. That fresh-brewed coffee smell is a trigger. Or, if you'd like, it smells like a freshly opened bag of espresso roasted coffee beans. My mind is kind of fuzzy. The first sip is like the first smell, mild. There are coffee, cocoa, and cream notes in there, but they don't really jump out. It's a statement in subtle power. So many things are going on with those flavors, but none of them are powerful enough to stand out. It's like a quiet intro in a great song. It is complex, but you have to strain to here it. A few more sips and the true nature of this as a breakfast stout becomes apparent. The roasted malts are everywhere and the slightly burnt nature of fresh-brewed coffee rises to the front. A touch of cream sweetens the whole thing in the long run, but still leaves a pleasant bitterness in the end. Some very heavy lace notches mark the glass as I drink it down, which lets me know some hopping has gone on, but I really can't taste it. Some warming brings it all together, amplifying the coffee flavors and enhancing some of the underlying cocoa notes. All around, this beer would be more than spectacular with some chocolate cake...for breakfast. In all honesty, this is the first beer that I could picture drinking for breakfast. It's subdued and powerful at the same time. The perfect compliment to chocolate cake or chocolate chip cookies, or if you're looking at breakfast, a chocolate chip muffin.

Photo of brewintheLou
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a foamy tan head that slowly goes down.

Smell is a creamy chocolate with a hint of coffee. Also a nutty smell. Now I get some butterscotch. Really like this beer's smell.

Tastes of roasted coffee. Coffee flavor with a tiny little alcohol bite on the end. After taking a few drinks I get the butterscotch flavor like I did with the smell. Really dig the creamy chewy mouthfeel on this one. Nice drinkability, but don't know that I would say more drinkable that FBS.

Photo of Tolann
3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - very dark. nearly opaque. big roasty tan head of tight bubbles. Great lacing left behind as the head settles.

S - Sweet, fresh smell. a bit of chocolate, and kind of a cold pressed coffee. more of a refreshing sense rather than a warm and cozy cup of joe.

T - some of a RIS characteristic rather than a simple coffee stout. Some roasty bitterness at the end of the sip.

M - A little bit of alcohol warmth, but it goes so well with the roasted coffee flavor and roasted feel. Not a lot of carbonation and an almost smooth feel.

D - I couldn't drink thins all nite. It would be too harsh, but if so, i would really enjoy what I could take.

Photo of roadhouse
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16.9 oz. bottle into a globe glass. Re-review. Last sampling 7/24/08. This new bottle is probably fresher.

Appears an opaque black except for the slightest red highlight on the edge when held up to the light. Pour yielded a dark tan head that sank down to a centimeter and left some light lacing. Head retained quite nicely though so all is forgiven.

Aroma is mostly coffee with hints of dark chocolate. Really mild overall for a coffee beer though.

The taste was full off coffee from the start, with a quick sweetness at the start of the swallow that is almost missed. Midway through the coffee peaks in flavor with a hint of dark chocolate in there as well. Finish is drying, very similar to the aftertaste of an actual cup of coffee.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and quite smooth.

This was much better fresher, I am definitely getting more coffee flavors. The bottle I had in July was probably much older than the other one since my local store just got these in the last month. I can't say I like it more than Peche Mortel or Founder's Breakfast Stout but it's very tasty.

Photo of Blakaeris
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black with a massive tan head that provides thick globs of lacing.

Aroma is smokey dark grain, with a hint of oatmeal sweetness. Some chocolate and dark fruit. However, it is the strong blast of herbal hop that really brings character to the nose.

Taste is quite robust. Charred dark grain brings a vibrant smokey quality. Dark fruit, and to a lesser degree milk chocolate sweetness compete with the strong herbal hop. Finish is mildly bitter with a lingering sour aspect.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Smooth and silky.

Overall a surprisingly tasty brew. The stout character is somewhat compromised by the strong herbal hop. That said, this is a brew that is certainly worth a try.

Photo of bashiba
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep dark black, no light penetrating through at all. Had a huge sticky and pillowy tan head.

Had a big coffee smell along with nice big wet green hops.

The flavor is fairly big, with nice bitter black burnt malt taste with a strong has been on the burner to long coffee flavor. Finishes with a big fresh green hopy goodness.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin for and imperial stout with a creamy medium body to it along with some nice carbonation.

A nice bitter coffee stout, great drinking for hop heads who want to go black. Could be a fridge staple if not for the large price tag.

Photo of 3Vandoo
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark pitch stout, with some shy sendiments floating around. Mocha head with a medium retention, nice looking stout.

smell was incredible, like a black forest cake mixed with brandy and sweet hot chocolate. Hints of roasted barley, truffles, dark chocolate, sweet chocolate milk, fruity with small fruit and berries which reminds me of a milk stout.

Taste wasnt as great as the smell, watery in mouth, shy coffee flavors, very light bodied, shy roasted flavors of some shorts, small fruits, malty chocolate finish with some shy cascade hoppy touch. Everything ends up with a shy woody and smoky flavors.

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

Shared this with fellow BAer treyrab at a recent tasting. Got hooked on Mikkeller beers after purchasing a Mikkeller Black for my first tasting a while back.

A. Stunning 3 to 4 finger head depending on the glass poured into. Head is a smoked light chesnut brown. The body, a mysterious black with yeast floating. I've been excited for this one for a while, off to a great start.

S. Lot of coffee, lot of sweet and bitter chocolate. Tons of roast. The licorice is definitely noticeable. On par with the style.

T. Dry roasted coffee. No other way to describe it. Its good. Great bitter ending. But the flavor lacks complexity. My palate is only pulling coffee, some smokiness which ties in with some dry roasted malts. Good stuff, was hoping for a little more chocolate, but beggars can't be choosers.

Photo of CHSLBrew
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Thick light-brown head, good retention for the duration of the drink. This beer is black and dark, enough said.

S-Slight herbal and citrus hoppiness seems to emerge over a one-two puch of coffee and chocolate. Roasty malts peep through now and then.

T-Bitter coffee and heavy on the roasty malts. The whole of this beers flavor is controlled by a thick bitterness, a triumvirate of coffee, roast, and hops. Finishes dry with a strong coffee aftertaste.

M-Beautifully smooth oatmeal character; medium-low carbonation adds to this satiny character. Medium-heavy body.

D-A good enough beer. I enjoyed it quite a bit, though it wasn't anything spectacular. I've heard quite a bit about this beer, but I think it's just a little bit overhyped. Regardless of this, I liked drinking this beer (even if it wasn't for breakfast) and would recommend giving it a go.

Photo of ibbjamin
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Paid $9.99 for a 16.9 oz bottle from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee, WI. Poured into a snifter.

A nice semi frothy dark tan quarter inch head. Head retains quite well and the lacing is very thick. Black.

Vanilla, creme, some coffee and milk chocolate. Sweet and toasted malts. Clean and smooth on the nose.

The coffee comes through much more in the taste - this is the dominant flavor. Nicely roasted malts. Vanilla and some oak flavors come through. A pretty good balance of flavors.

Full bodied, thick and creamy. Little carbonation. Some grittiness leading to a lasting aftertaste. Moderate drinkability.

Photo of charlesw
2.96/5  rDev -28%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Black. Black black. Big dark brown head of tiny tiny bubbles - you know it will last. Smells like coffee and chocolate milk. And here we go... Shucks. It's dry and really smokey. It might be nice in another 10 years after it's mellowed some. Or if it had some body/sweetness to help balance out all of the smoke/bitter. As it is, well, I'm not interested.

And, wow, a terrible aftertaste.

Photo of erosier
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a deep black color with a huge and thick tan colored head that laces the glass very nicely as it fades slowly.
S: Smells of deep roasted malts, some coffee aromas, and some chocolate as well with a hint of hops at the end.
T: Very rich coffee flavor over a deep roasted malt flavor. Not as much oatmeal as I was expecting.
M: Kind of heavy, burnt, nice amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable. Has a bit of a harsh coffee flavor to it that I was hoping would be more mellow. I don't taste the alcohol or feel it, which is nice.

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

Its freshmen year at Adams college and what better to drink with Gilbert and Louis than Beer Geek Breakfast.

This beer pours a big foamy toasty tan head. Black as night. A beer all the other Lamda Lamda Lamda chapters would be proud of.

Oat, coffee smells, some hops thrown in, chocolate. Even booger would be able to nose this beer out after lighting his doobie.

Big coffee taste, sweet espresso, creamy oats as it warms up like the liquid heat put in the alpha's jock straps at football practice.

Lingering bitter aftertaste, with coffee. A lot like Betty would have felt after making whoopie with Darth Vader to learn it really was Lewis.

Get this beer and rent Revenge of the Nerds, if nothing more for the panty raid that leads to the T&A moments of the movie.

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

The coffee flavor isn't overwhelming, but it's certainly unmistakable.

Medium, fine, murky head with some lacing. Impenetrable black. Smells of coffee and chocolate and malt, and tastes of coffee and chocolate and malt. Bitterness is the main theme, but it's a coffee bitterness, not a hops bitterness.

Mouthfeel is thick without being sticky.

---
2013-12-31 Revisiting

I drink much more hoppy beer now, and I find this to be sweeter than I apparently originally thought. Most of what I wrote is still applicable, I think, but I get a lot more fruity flavors.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 5/21/08. Bottle. Wow this is a pretty beer! Pours black with a dark brown head. Aroma is awesome as well, dominated by coffee and chocolate. The aroma is not overpowered by roast, as I often find with many other stouts. Also a rich sweetness from the malt and unfermented sugars makes this aroma irresistable. Flavor is lots of coffee, sweet malt, well-balanced. This beer has a very nice mouthfeel with the richness of an imperial stout. The first time that I had this beer, I was unimpressed. But after having many other stouts, imperial stouts, and porters and trying this again, I was incredibly impressed! A very well-crafted beer by Mikkeller.
10/5/8/5/16 (4.4/5)

Photo of beckje01
3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Black color with no activity and a nice tan head. The head has some great lacing as you let if fall.

S- Slight coffee nose and good malt a hint of bitterness in there was well.

T- Bitter malt with a nice coffee flavor, not super agressive a mellow balanced flavor.

M- Great thickness.

D- A nice slow drinker.

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

Nearly black pour with a quite sizeable brown head. Mostly coffee, some roast malt aromas. Really sticks to the glass, but somewhat medium bodied. Lots of coffee up front and throughout, some mocha or bakers chocolate, ends with a little bitterness and lingers into creaminess. Definetely near the top, but not above the Founders Breakfast stouts. Maybe more drinkable however with the slightly lower abv.

Photo of mynie
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml, bomber shaped bottle, rather expensively priced at the Blue Nile in Minneapolis. Not the Blue Nile's fault--it's expensive everywhere.

Pours like it's worth the mad duckets. Inky, opaque black with a full brownie colored soapy stout head that absolutely will not die no matter who tries to kill it.

Smells very good. Like black coffee and an oatmeal stout. No chocolate, really, nor any cream or vanilla like you usually get in breakfast stouts. But that's not a bad thing.

Tastes like it smells. Wonderfully harsh and burny. Big, lightly sour oat meal shoots into hugely bitter, very black coffee and ends on a raw oatmeal sourness. Very nice.

My only complaint is that the body is a tad on the thin side for a breakfast. I want something that resembles milk, dammnit! That's how I trick my body into thinking I'm not killing myself by drinking so early in the morning.

Photo of mdagnew
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle bought online from the Cracked Kettle, Amsterdam...

Poured blacker than black even when held up to the light... Dirty burnt brown head poured a big, thick bubbling mass then faded fairly quickly to decent thickish covering.. lots of patchy sticky lacing...

Aroma - Roasted chocolate maltiness, strong charred coffee beans, leathery and slightly sooty, charcoal notes, toasted bread, burnt toffee, treacle, earthy / cardboard hints, some buttery traces, roasted nuts, some sticky plum and date fruitiness, black cherries, some alcohol just noticeable...

Taste - Lots of charred roasted dark chocolate malt bitterness, sooty, some piney hops, very earthy, strong espresso coffee, dried coffee grains, toasted nutty sweetness, some treacle, faint anise, a hint of sourness in the background...

Feel - Smooth initially then a spritzy sharpness come through - nowhere near as smooth as i was expecting... medium bodied... a pretty quaffable brew for 7.5%...

Overall - A pretty good Impy (coffee) stout... definitely recommended...

Photo of Kendo
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased at Wells in Baltimore, MD the day before Thanksgiving, 2008.

A: Poured into a pint glass on Thanksgiving Day -- not quite for breakfast, but early in the afternoon and my first beer of the day. Body is thick and black, with a 1.5-finger chocolate brown head. Leaves some lace.

S: Roasted barley and malt, some coffee, plenty of chocolate, and a hint of nuttiness. I was expecting the coffee to be more up front, but it's nicely muted, allowing some of the sweeter and roasty malt scents to dominate.

T: Similar to the nose, it's nicely balanced between the roasty and sweet malt offerings. Again, I get plenty of chocolatey goodness, a good amount of coffee, lots of roasted barley and a touch of chocolate and charcoal at the back end, which, along with the slightly bitter roasted coffee beans, provides some bitterness to balance the roasty flavors. Bitterness is more noticeable as it warms.

M: Just a tad under heavy in heft, but barely so -- or is it just that the oatmeal creaminess makes it feel lighter on the palate than it really is?

D: For someone like me, this beer is easily quaffed. I like big stouts, and while this one comes in at a modest (compared to RISes) 7.5% ABV, it still has plenty to offer, taste-wise, in comparison with the big boys. Yet the alcohol isn't noticed at all, so there's nothing to slow you down. Could be dangerous if it was a tad bit cheaper and you like your breakfasts to last awhile, as I wouldn't say no to a second (and then a third) -- and they'd all go down real easy. . . .

Photo of BEERchitect
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acclaimed because of its coffee, oats, and cocoa overtones; this stout is all about the first meal of the day. But then it's one and back to bed! (The caffeine is no match for its alcohol).

The pour fits the bill with an oily-rich viscosity, mounting head formation and a foam stand that endured the session. As black and opaque as any stout has ever seen.

Strong roasted malts and espresso notes with much lighter cocoa, nuttiness, and caramel notes. Obviously, this beer is simply about the coffee.

Flavors confirm the emphasis on espresso and de-emphasizing any fruitiness, caramel maltiness, or phenolics. Roasted barley gives the beer a char flavor that dries out the oily coffee richness. Fresh herbal, piney hops wrap around the bitterness from the coffee beans and roasted malts well.

Body is moderate, without the intense alcohol, weight, or fusals that can sometimes come along with the Russian Imperials. The beer, however has an abrasion in the back of the throat that should subside with some age.

Also, the hops should round more into the herbal notes and away from the pine character with some time, giving the beer more simplicity and straight-forwardness with the coffee character throughout.

A very nice beer, but like most- it's difficult to live up to the billing.

Photo of midaszero
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Opaque black body with three fingers of frothy coffee head and excellent lacing.

S - Just like fresh morning coffee

T - Very strong on the coffee but has a noticable amount of chocolate and a little bit of oatmeal.

M - Medium body with high carbonation

D - Pretty easy to drink and damn enjoyable. One of the better coffee stouts I've had. The oatmeal give it an almost perfect mouthfeel.

Beer Geek Breakfast from Mikkeller ApS
92 out of 100 based on 2,111 ratings.