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Beer Geek Breakfast - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 2,087
Reviews: 932
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 143
Gots: 295 | 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 kenito799
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into a chalice.

This brew is absolutely opaque, not a photon passes through, inky black hole of a beer. A creamy tan head is raised, small, little lacing. Formidable look to this beer.

Very aromatic, roasted coffee grounds, chocolate, roasted grain. The flavor is big and bold, very much espresso at first, more and more mocha and chocolate flavors come in as it warms. Bitterness in the long lomng finish is all dark roasted coffee beans and charred grain. A bit oily but lighter in the mouth than one might expect; heavier than your standard stout, however.

Sip, savor, drink with fine chocolates alongside.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very dark opaque black with a frothy beige-cherry colored head.

S: The nose yielded a nice dark roasted coffee aroma with some dried cherries and woody notes on nose.

T: The flavor had rich dark coffee beans, chocolate, an earthy bitterness, and a light charred woodiness. Dried cherries, with thick chewy oatmeal notes along with some mocha beans also contribute to this fine flavor. Overall a very rich and dark roasted oatmeal stout with a hearty body. Tons of dark roasted coffee flavor stand out and make this a big brew.

M: silky smooth with a huge roasted coffee flavor with some dark chocolate. a step beyond good here.

D: Definitely worth a try and big on style. A hair of the dog beer for the morning after with a huge coffee showing. A big rich treat for the coffee lover in everyone.

Photo of goethean
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of the awesome BeerAdvocate Furioguinta.

Served room temperature in a Leinie's tulip glass (both of which should really augment the aroma and malt sweetness).

Appearance: Badly overcarbonated. Pitch black with one of the darkest brown heads I've ever seen.

Aroma: malty, not very strongly coffee-y.

Flavor: very hoppy! malty, and not very coffee-y. This is in the Pacific Northwest Imperial Stout style, in which a strong hoppy bitterness is deemed appropriate, although the hop flavors don't seem to be characteristically American. Surprising lack of coffee flavor and aroma for a beer that has an image of coffee beans on the label! I think it is over-powered by the hops flavor and bitterness. Ack! It really has a harsh hops bite. I'm such a wimp! It's really kind of IPA-ish. Maybe some aging would let the hops die down? But it would effect the coffee flavor too...

Photo of GilGarp
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this one last year and have been hanging on to it for no real reason. Now that I see it on the shelves again, I figured I should give it a try.

It pours from the bomber into a pint glass with very dark brown color and a nice bit of tan head. The head disappears and leaves no lacing.

The aroma has sweet chocolate, cherries, and coffee.

Flavor is nicely balanced between the bitterness of coffee with the sweetness of malts and dark fruits. I would be interesting to try a fresh bottle now to see how much hops contribute and/or were lost over the past year.

Mouthfeel is typically excellent in oatmeal stouts and this one is no exception. It has that smooth creaminess and it's not too heavy in body.

Drinkability is good too and I'm glad that Mikkeller didn't go the way of most Amerian breweries making double/imperial stouts and create a 10%+ alcohol bomb. This beer has enough strength to make it full in flavor and character but not so much that it's one-and-done.

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

Immediately following my first drink of Peche Mortel, which was excellent. This is leaner, roastier, but nicely balanced, and thorough in the way that it finishes. The topping is chocolate brown and aggressive. Very dry tannins, but clipped with an aristocratic symmetry. Coffee and burned caraway suggest coffee on a bagel replete with seeds. I like this beer very much, but it is austere, like a bad recording of Joy Division's Disorder. Still great.

Photo of JMBSH
3.45/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pitch black with a very thick tan head that takes forever to shrink even to half it's size. I see white flecks floating throughout by the glass. Some are really small while others are much bigger. It's strange that after reviewing about a dozen other review of this beer, that no one else mentions this. After I had had about a 1/4 of the beer, the specks are still floating as if suspended in the thick liquid. Also a good deal of the stuff has collected on the bottom of the glass. A fair amount of brown lace is also on the glass.

S - Coffee and a very strong dark roast.

T - Bitter coffee. Acidic in nature. The bitterness does not linger much at first. I don't really get the alcohol taste. Reminds me of a strong coffee w/ no cream or sugar that has gone cold.

M - Slick and smooth for looking like dirty black oil. Coats mouth with the coffee and followed bitterness. The more I drink, the more the bitterness seems to push forward.

D - Can't see having more then one at a sitting. The increasing bitterness and the dry quilities makes me not see it as a beer to return to my house.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a: ink black body with a huge, thick, tan head and great retention.

s: Smells like I just stuck my head in a coffee pot. The aroma is perfect in its simplicity: cold coffee.

t: Bitter dark roast iced coffee. The finish is bitter coffee and is very dry. Though not particularly complex, this beer is an eerie clone of coffee. And as a huge coffee fan, I couldn't be happier.

m: The full flavor may say double stout, but the body is closer to an oatmeal stout or dry irish stout. very smooth, but not thick.

d: That is coffee for alcoholics right there or breakfast for beer geeks I suppose. Excellent brew. My first Mikeller brew came with plenty of hype and I was not let down. This beer could seriously replace my morning coffee.

Photo of dnichols
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: It poured a dense black body with an equally dense sticky thick head. The head had to fight hard to receded and eventually settled into a nice cover over the surface of the beer.

S: It smelled of dark roasted campfire coffee (smokey thick and dense). It had strong flavors of bitter roasted malts and burnt coffee.

T: It had a strong roasted coffee flavor that was nearly overwhelming. The alcohol was not hidden, rather it came the front, reminding me of a fresh cup of Irish coffee. There were hints of burnt molasses and prunes.

M: It had a medium to full body with low carbonation and a lot of burning alcohol on the tongue. It finished dry with a strong bitter aftertaste.

D: This is a one and out beer for me. I enjoyed the experience but doubt I will put it into my regular rotation. It had a bit to much bite for my taste budes.

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

i know a lot of people think that once you've had one coffee stout, you've had them all, but i dissagree. this is one of the most well balanced i've had. beautiful appearance, and different things hit you at different times. strong dark coffee, dark fruit, dark sugar and dark chocolate. a bit like samuel smith's imperial stout with coffee and a better body. i really enjoyed it. the hefty price tag hurt a bit, but i'm happy to support these guys, and it's nice to see great craft beer coming from this part of the world.

Photo of 21mmer
3.4/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a- pours dark, deep-brown. fairly viscous with a dark tan head, which dissipates slowly.

s- strong coffee notes. slight aroma of dark chocolate and raisins or other dark fruits.

t- more bitter than i expected. a STRONG coffee taste right up front. bitter chocolate finish. no presence of alcohol.

m- little carbonation and an initial feel that is slightly oily, but doesn't cling to the tongue.

d- dark and bitter but fairly drinkable. you could have more than one of these.

overall, i'm glad i got a chance to try this one....and i enjoyed, but i can't see myself going out of my way to have another.

Photo of Ljunkan
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown/almost black color with a large light brown head.

The smell is dominated by the coffee together with some dark chocolate and smoke.

The taste is also very coffee-dominated, but there's also dark chocolate, tobacco, liqourice, smoke and even some milky notes. Behind this dark flavours there's some aromatic hoppy notes and decent bitterness which remains in the mouth for a while.

Mouthfeel is great. Very smooth though all strong coffee flavours. Not extremely filling, but still very good.

Drinkability is high for such a "dark beer" with many complex flavours. Outstanding beer.

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

This is one of the darker beers I've had in a while, pouring a smooth nearly black liquid sitting without any light whatsoever in the glass, a rising three finger dark creamy milk chocolate colored head sitting on top.

Smells of rich oatmeal, roasted grains and whiffs of slightly stale coffee. Some smooth milk chocolate blends into the dry dark aromas.

Flavor is dry and bitter, with some smooth oatmeal taste becoming more coarse and grainy. Coffee definitely has a strong presence and resonates with more bitterness in the finish, nicely balanced in strength. Not sweet at all, and nicely so. A bit more bitter than I expected, neutralizing the oatmeal richness. The aftertaste rings with a strong lingering mix of hop, coffee, and aromatic grain, very tasty.

Feel is super smooth, creamy and rich, then really drying out and cleaning up to a light film of flavor over the palate.

As for drinkability, that aftertaste and feel keep me going back for more. Overall a pretty good beer, and indeed, packed with oatmeal and coffee it does make a nice breakfast when the occasion is right.

Photo of kmeves
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
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!

Photo of grandq
3.2/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

Photo of vtfan77
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of Bananaman
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of Bubba83
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of thethrone
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Photo of objectivemonkey
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of ejquin
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of number1bum
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of jakon
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Beer Geek Breakfast from Mikkeller ApS
92 out of 100 based on 2,087 ratings.