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Beer Geek Breakfast - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 1,992
Reviews: 925
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.68%
Wants: 140
Gots: 292 | FT: 14
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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 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
Photo of Mudpuppet
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for triplecoil for the chance to try this.

A- Poured from a bomber into a Perfect Pint glass. Pours a dark motor oil black with little to no head.

S- Not a strong nose. Notes of dark malt, coffee and a mild alcohol burn.

T- Coffee, molasses, and dark malts. Not quite as breakfasty as I expected. Very tasty for a stout but does not hit the breakfast stout category.

M- Not overly thick. Decent carbonation.

D- I could drink this but I am very let down that it isn't quite a coffee and creamy as other breakfast stouts.

Mudpuppet, Feb 28, 2008
Photo of triplecoil
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour from a bomber into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Poured extremely dark, with minimal head that dissipated quickly. Nose was a little roasty, molasses, and not very powerful. Taste was coffee, a little chocolate, licorice, and somewhat thin. Mouthfeel is refreshing and tight...kind of strange for a biggish stout.

Not bad, but definitely didn't live up to what I hoped for. I'd drink it again, but I probably wouldn't buy it.

triplecoil, Feb 28, 2008
Photo of Domingo
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After Black Hole I was wondering if Mikkeller was a little overrated, but this beer (and their barleywine) make me think that they're anything but.
This beer is as black as night with a thin to moderate brown head. Not too foamy, not too flat.
Smells like roasted coffee and chocolate. No tacked-on Belgian yeast or anything strange going on. Just a good coffee stout.
The taste is of coffee, roasted nuts, molasses, and a little cocoa. Not too dry and not too sweet. The oats make this mellow and smooth. No heat at all.
Just the right texture and almost too easy drinking. I want more already.
This reminds me a lot of the Founders Breakfast Stout, which I can't easily get out here in Colorado.
This is terrific and something I can't wait to revisit.
Mikkeller's doing something right for sure. When they're taking on the American-style extreme crafts, they're doing them as well as anyone here is. I'm going to have to grab their "Draft Bear" and IPA offerings on my next LiquorMax visit.

Domingo, Feb 26, 2008
Photo of Bitterbill
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this bottle in a trade with leftmindedrighty. Thanks Aaron!

It's breakfast time ! lol

It purs from 22.3 oz bottle an extremely dark brown with a nice 2 finger head of tannish foam that hardly shrinks during the session and leaves a lot of nice lacing.

The smell is of coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, and caramel malt and at times, dark fruit and they started to hit my nose the second the cap was popped.

The taste is very nice. Notes of coffee and roasted malt along with nice dark chocolate and man, it has a great mouthfeel to it. The finish is a dark chocolate bitterness that lingers on well after the swallow and the alcohol s very well hidden. As I take more sips, I begin to notice that the roasted malt takes on more of a burnt malt flavour and that works out just fine for me...err..the strange thing is, each sip I take seems to be slightly different from the previous sip; it's almost like the flavours are on rotation. That said, this is one tasty and drinkable son of a gun and I'm very pleased that I got a chance to try it!

Bitterbill, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of Overlord
3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Been looking forward to this one for a while. Thanks J!

Pours a cola like dark, dark brown (near black). Surprisingly robust carbonation and head, though the head quickly vanishes, which is a shame considering it's a cascadingly beautiful dark brown. Smells like roasted malt and coffee. Taste is much the same; I actually don't detect much oatmeal. The overriding flavor is roasted chocolate malt with coffee; there's some vanilla in here as well. Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side. The bitterness just gets to be a bit much after a while.

A good beer, but perhaps a bit too coffee-ish for my taste. The only stout that can get away with that (IMHO) is Speedway.

Overlord, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of Wasatch
4.83/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks goes out to ThorsHammer for this brew.

Poured into a chalice a deep dark thick black color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy/creamy dark tan head, which left a nice blob of oil slick in the middle of the glass, and some sticky lacing around the edge. The nose is big/malty, nice touch of coffee/toffee/chocolate/caramel, and some roastiness. The taste is very malty, slightly sweet, good tones of the dark stuff. Medium body, a well rounded brew. Very drinkable, this is my first Mikkeller, but not my last, I have a Black Hole, Big Worse, Stateside IPA in the closet. Thanks Eric.

Wasatch, Feb 08, 2008
Photo of Kegatron
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a Duvel Tulip.

Pours a pitch black with 2 fingers worth of creamy tan head that retained nicely into a creamy coating that left a fantastic latticework of foam down the sides of the glass. That beautiful tan retention perfectly compliments the darkness of the liquid and makes for quite the mesmerizing sight as I swirl it around in the glass. Just a handsome looking Stout! The nose, as you would expect from the name, smells like a bag of coffe beans with huge roasted notes of burnt coffee bitterness, espresso, and some faint chocolate, and vanilla.

The taste once again matches the name. Coffee, coffee, and more coffee. It's of bitter bomb of roasted coffee, burnt bitterness, espresso notes, and finishes with a acrid combo of hops and burnt notes that last well past the finish. The taste is reminiscent of chewing on coffee grounds but without much of the sweet chocolate and vanilla notes that were picked up in the aroma to help even out all that bitterness. The mouthfeel is a full medium with a rich, creamy texture.

Wow, this is one Coffee Stout that puts it all right out there. Just a ton of big coffee accents but I just wish that there was a tad more sweetness to counteract all that burnt roasted bitterness. Issues aside with the taste, I still found this very good in the drinkibility department and recommend it for Beer Geeks and Coffee Geeks alike.

Kegatron, Jan 28, 2008
Photo of jjayjaye
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque brown color with a huge stiff dark tan head that fades to sheets of Belgian lacing. The smell is first a creamy oat and chocolate. It gets stronger and takes on a more heavily roasted malt and coffee characters. The mouth feel is smooth and creamy yet full bodied with a significant tangy espresso bitterness that coats and lingers. Full flavored, the deep coffee and roasted oat tastes are blended nicely. A good drinker, the 7.5% ABV warms through afterwards on the way down. Thanks goes to drunkmonk for the opportunity.

jjayjaye, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of doubleipa
3.4/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Huge one inch, almost brown, head Darkest I've ever seen. Big aroma -toasted, dark chocolate, strong, bitter coffee. Unfortunately, the aroma and appearance did not live up to the taste of this beer. To be honest I was a little disappointed. Couldn't taste much oatmeal until it realy warmed up. Was quite dry. It was OK, but I obviously didn't like it as much as most other reviewers. I have another bottle, which I re-rate in a couple of weeks.

doubleipa, Jan 23, 2008
Photo of HopDerek
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep black color with a small tan head, good lacing. Smells very potent in coffee, along with espresso with hints of dark chocolate. Big coffee taste, with some dark chocolate and a burnt, bitter finish. Medium to full in body with nice carbonation and a good strong finish. A great breakfast stout with lots of coffee flavors just like advertised, good both chilled and at room temperature. Sure beats going to Starbucks.

HopDerek, Jan 22, 2008
Photo of ECdOc
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast - 7.5%abv ; Imp Coffee Stout
Reviewed at TJs Everyday Paoli, PA

tasted 1/20/08

served in 22.3 oz bottle, 20oz imp pint glass
appear dark as night even when held up to light, small bubble head, dark brown coffee-like 1/4" thin

smell expresso up front, dark chocolate

taste strong coffee, dark chocolate, medium bitterness, lingering finish, sweet and delicious

overall - excellent breakfast stout, just as advertised

ECdOc, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of jobyone
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours Black with large tan head. Aroma has a lot going on. Sweetness, chocolate, coffee are all present and nicely balanced. The flavor is a combination of bitter and sweet with lots of raosted flavors. This is really good stuff with a great aftertaste.

jobyone, Jan 17, 2008
Photo of NEhophead
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22.3 fl oz brown bottle; served in a snifter.

Syrupy, deep dark chocolate; opaque. Creamy caramel-colored head with good strength as a thin sheet. Drops of pin-sized spotted lacing.

Rich, roasted chocolate malt with a ring of smoke; cured meat, cedar and oak chips. Mild notes of heavy cream, oats, and some dark spices.

Rich dark and milk chocolate; robust espresso bean and mocha. Full milky quality that is peppered by a spicy, smokey quality; almost like proscuitto. Notes of full, vinous fruit prior to a dry, chewy bitterness.

Full in body; thickly syrupy and velvety smooth. Very complex and robust in flavor and the body stands up nicely.

A big, robust stout that drinks a lot bigger than its alcohol presence. Interesting and well rounded for a lighter Double Stout.

NEhophead, Jan 17, 2008
Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Was going to save this for a special occasion, and not having to go to work tomorrow is good enough reason to celebrate in my book. Into the snifter...

A - Lots of head for beer this big. Body was black as expected.

S - Very nice chocolate aroma. Nice balance between a mild milk chocolate and a hoppy dry bitterness. Great without bring complex.

T - Again, not a ton of complexity, a just perfectly blended blend of chocolate, cream, and hops. Very nice.

M - Very smooth, full, exactly what I expect from an Oatmeal Stout.

D - This is one I want to have more often. Almost seasonable, but still very interesting, and lesson in balance.

SammyDavisJrJrJr, Jan 16, 2008
Photo of Damian
4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Drank from a 1 pt. 6.3 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA

Beer Geek Breakfast. Is there any other beer out there that so clearly (or so humorously) states the implicit?

As for the beer, it poured a near pitch black with a one-finger, cocoa-colored head that faded to a lasting ring.

Before I could even put my nose near the glass the intense aromas wafted my way. Coffee was most apparent. Boozy, oaky and roasty aromas were also strong, along with a subtle hint of vanilla.

The taste was rich and complex like the nose. Chocolate came through up front with roasty, smoky, coffee goodness in the center. Oak, vanilla and maple syrup appeared as well. The finish was slightly hoppy with a lingering, deep roast aftertaste reminiscent of espresso.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied for the style with a creamy, velvety smoothness.

Drinkability was outstanding. At 7.5% ABV, the beer masked its alcohol extremely well.

This brew teeters on that fine line between a stout and a double stout. It definitely won me over with finesse and grace, rather than smacking me in the face (like many other examples in this category do). I paired it with my breakfast of chocolate chip pancakes, sausages and eggs and I would highly recommend others to do likewise.

Damian, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to mikesgroove for this via trade. my inner geek says cool name, my cool exterior says gimmick but hey it did get sent to me so I should of course try it...

A - pitch black with a nice dark tan head that lasts the full glass.
S - roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, coffee and touch of caramel.
T - similar to the nose but a note of molasses and more espresso roast flavor with a light hop bite to keep it honest.
M - medium bodied, smooth and creamy.
D - solid stout no doubt. Approachable, easy to drink and leaves you still cohesive at the end of the bottle. Good in my book

barleywinebrewer, Jan 09, 2008
Photo of arizcards
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber at AJ's in late August for $12.99.

Beer poured black as night with a fine brown head. Nose is wonderful, it is of creamy cherry chocolate, coffee, and Kaluha. Taste is an awesome combination of coffee, chocolate, malts,and hops. Mouthfeel is near perfect, creamy smooth and somewhat chewy. Overall drinkabilty is near perfect as well. This is one awesome beer that i would like to try again despite it's hefty price tag!

arizcards, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to JCB for the trade. Glad we get this in anchorage now.

Pours impenetrable black with a thin tan head. Very malty and coffee toned nose. First taste is very coffee and dark malt. This is excellent! The coffee flavors really abound and i can see the breakfast appeal in this one. A great hop/coffee bean bitter finish. Mouthfeel is a wee bit thin but fine with me. It is however missing that oatmeal slickness. drinkability is very high. Great brew, my first mikeller and i will defenitely have more soon!

AKBelgianBeast, Jan 04, 2008
Photo of drseamus
4.88/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ahh, finallly. A beer with my name all over it.

Poured into my now last remaining DFH snifter. Jet black with a dark mocha head that disappeared quickly. STRONG coffee aroma pours off of this one. There is a bit of chocolate in the background. Very tasty aroma. The taste is better than the aroma. This one is up there with Jah-va for me. Nice roasty flavor filled with coffee and a touch of chocolate. The amazing flavor is complemented perfectly with a nice full creamy body. All in all a great beer with a pretty reasonable ABV for the style.

drseamus, Jan 04, 2008
Beer Geek Breakfast from Mikkeller ApS
92 out of 100 based on 1,992 ratings.