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Beer Geek Breakfast - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 1694
Reviews: 900
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%

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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 KYGunner


4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Black as ink, tar or any other really black item this stout had real body. The head was tremendously thick with a solid cohesive head that laced well and stood for most of the drink.

Very nice nose to this stout it had some sweet chocolate and light char. A little roasted coffee finishes the scent.

The taste is so interesting as it starts small but then builds on the tongue. The taste starts with dry chocolate and Graham cracker. It then builds to a strong coffee crescendo with rich roasted flavor. There is a hint of hop bitterness at the tale end of the aftertaste.

For as thick as this poured its feel is a tad thin but the carbonated feel is minimal.

Overall, it's a solid coffee stout that has a strong taste profile.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 23:40:51 | More by KYGunner
Photo of gillagorilla


3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle at Oblivion Taproom (from notes)

A: Pitch black with a slight mocha head.

S: Sweet malty with a hint of espresso.

T: Not a strong stout character

M: Smooth with just a mellow crispness.

O: Ok, only a bit of espresso. I was expecting it to be more of a flavorful stout.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 06:05:26 | More by gillagorilla
Photo of CFHMagnet


4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Aggressively pouring this beer gets me a finger and 1/2 of rich, mocha colored head. This dies down after a few minutes but retains a good depth of froth. Lacing is incredibly thick. The body is that deep brown that nears black.

Coffee and richly roasted malt greet your nose warmly. Dark fruit helps fill out the aroma rainbow.

Roasted malt and coffee follow the nose very well. There is a sweetness to it was well that I can't put my finger on.

This beer is Smooth and Creamy. Mouthfeel is near perfect in that regard. It coats the tongue rather evenly.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 16:06:43 | More by CFHMagnet
Photo of dar482

New York

4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours out in a black color with a wonderfully huge beautiful brown fluffy head.

The aroma has sweet chocolate powder, lots of roasted coffee, and some smoke.

The flavor follows. There’s tons of bitter coffee and roasted malt. It has a burnt smokiness. You definitely get some umami. The flavor is so rich and delicious on this. The end just cuts you so hard on this bitter 80% chocolate. There’s huge coffee, huge chocolate bitterness. The finish is actually really rich of deep rich espresso.

For 7.5%, the beer is light medium on the mouthfeel. That is expected, but that is only disappointment of the beer. Granted, I can’t expect much more on the mouthfeel, but it’s still lovely.

One of the best stouts I’ve had in this range of ABV. This is a re-review with the 2012 brew of this beer. The 2011 version held up and was similar to this, though with less coffee.

This is one of the best beers to really show what is like to get "coffee beer."

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 07:18:18 | More by dar482
Photo of KFBR392


3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours with a medium to heavy body. Just less then a finger of dark brown thick head on the pour. Black to extremely dark brown color in the glass. Low carbonation active in the glass.

Smell: The front is a potent heavy hop aroma with some molasses and black licorice. The body is some sweet oatmeal, milk chocolate, and medium bodied coffee grounds. More of the leafy greens and bitter hops then I expected.

Taste: The hop presence found in the aroma rides through to the taste. Bitter, heavy, and filled with notes of cloves and kale. Light darker accents of chocolate, coffee, and oatmeal. The finish is a lingering hop bitterness and plenty of roasted malt.

Mouthfeel: Heavy on the palate. Filled with bitter chocolate and hops with roasted malt.

Overall: A very good brew but I was hoping for a little more, especially after having Brunch Weasel from Mikkeller which I was very impressed with. The hop presence was very bright and I felt hide some of the other characteristics of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 07:23:49 | More by KFBR392
Photo of WunderLlama


3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into beer stein

Black hole liquid, no light escapes its gravitational pull. One finger of tan foam with slight lacings.

Aromas of roast coffee, dark chocolate, figs, wine and pipe tobacco.

Taste of charred oak, deep dark roast coffee, earthy, tobacco, bitter finish. Medium mouthfeel .

I expected the dark flavor notes and has many rich, complex flavors. But this beer has a sharp bitter bite at the end which I didn't expect.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 02:58:40 | More by WunderLlama
Photo of Lemke10


4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This pours black with a creamy, brown head. There is a mild aroma of coffee. The taste is slightly bitter with a creamy, coffee mixture. I was expecting a little thicker texture as this was thinner than I imagined. Finished slightly bitter. A pretty nice find that I wasn't expecting.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 01:24:32 | More by Lemke10
Photo of bmwats


4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33 cl bottle into a footed tulip.

A: Black. Pours a half finger, bubbly, brown head. Settles quickly leaving a thick beer ring, and a smattering of bubbles on the surface. Spotty, persistent beer ring lacing.

S: Lightly charred malt, a little roasted coffee, some unsweetened dark chocolate, and a little peat.

T: Bittersweet dark chocolate and burnt malt grains. Black licorice, and a little peat.

M: Thick, earthy, and hearty. Lightly bitter aftertaste.

D: Sip and savor.

Atmosphere is really strong. Dark and intimidating, fair head, and plenty of persistent lacing. Nose is coffee, chocolate, peat, and malt grains; all char roasted. Earthy bittersweet grains, accentuated with coffee and dark chocolate. Overall, this is a great quaff.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 03:12:52 | More by bmwats
Photo of portia99


3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a Brooklyn snifter

A - Pours an almost pure black color in the glass with a thin half finger of slightly rocky cappuccino foam with small amounts of foamy lacing left on the glass.

S - Plenty of coffee, dark roasted malts, touch of berry like fruitiness, touch of char.

T - Very bitter, burnt, charred, coffee, dark chocolate, hop bitterness. Very dry, acrid and bitter overall - too bitter...kills some of the more subtle flavorings.

M - A bit on the thin side of medium bodied with a mid-level carbonation that is rather tingly. Dry, burnt and acrid - lingering bitterness far past the swallow.

O - A bit disappointed...expected some better balance here. Instead, I am overwhelmed by the bitterness of the various ingredients - coffee, char, hop bitterness, bitter chocolate - could use some residual sweetness to smooth things out. A rather expensive bottle that didn't deliver as much of the goods as I had hoped.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 18:58:39 | More by portia99
Photo of deadonhisfeet


3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Lost Abbey Teku. Pours out nice and black with a massive dark tan head that shows some really good retention. The nose has lots of roasted malt, bitter espresso aromas, and a woody note as well.

Full body and very bitter flavor. Roasted malt and coffee flavors are everywhere in this beer. They are amped up right from the get-go. Intense flavors of espresso assault the senses. You can almost feel the grittiness of coffee grounds on the inside of your mouth. The finish is pronounced and sustained, leaving a strong coffee flavor lingering behind. The feel, while firm for a beer, seems a little thin for the style. Something tells me the feel is helping to intensify the bitterness.

Overall, I have to say this beer was a disappointment to me, especially given the price. However, to those BAs who love extremely intense coffee flavors, I'm sure this beer is a Godsend. Myself, I like more sweetness for balance and more complementary flavors as well. For example, sweet malt and chocolate flavors to help offset the bitterness of coffee and add a little complexity. This beer reminds me a lot of Bell's Java Stout, except that it's nearly 6 times the price. But hey, don't listen to me. If you like stouts with intense coffee flavor and don't mind the bitterness, you should seek this out.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 00:59:16 | More by deadonhisfeet
Photo of ryan1788a5


4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

1.pt .9oz bottle poured into a large snifter. No freshness date present, but this bottle was in my cellar for 8 months or so.

A: Deep inky black; as dark as it gets. The thick brown head settles shortly. Spotty lacing. Head retention leaves a bit to be desired.

S: Heavy fudge and chocolate syrup. Chocolate cake. Earthy roasted coffee beans. Roasted malts naturally compliment the coffee with coffee-like aromas of their own. Subtle soot and char. Slight acidity. Ghost-like alcohol. Plum. Mild spicy hop scent.

T: Deep coffee roast. Layered coffee flavors are earthy and rich. Roasted malts hit with tastes of soot, ash, and smoke. Fudge and chocolate syrup are baseline flavors. Spicy hops toward the end. Alcohol is very well masked. Very subtle darkfruit. Dries out on the finish and ends with lingering smoke and acidic coffee roast.

M: Full and thick in body. Creamy and filling in the mouth. Low carbonation.

O: If you love a good coffee stout, this short be on your short list of beers to track down. A big, robust stout with rich intertwining layers of heavily roasted malts and coffee beans.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 21:54:50 | More by ryan1788a5
Photo of Beer-A-Lot


4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very smooth, easy drinking (for 7.5%) beer. Delicious coffee aromas and tastes, wonderful chocolate flavors, and very rich and creamy. I almost feel like I had a perfect iced coffee rather than an imperial stout. Yet, it has just the right amount of bitterness and just the right amount of alcohol heat. Beautiful creamy head, pitch black, and so easy going down. I can truly see how people could drink this for breakfast. I can't wait to try the others in this series. well done, Mikkeller.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 23:16:55 | More by Beer-A-Lot
Photo of jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Beer is black with a large cocoa-coloured head. Good retention on this one.

Smell contains coffee, roasted malt, vanilla and chocolate.

Taste contains coffee upfront, but not overpowering (which is good for my tastes). Lots of roasted malt, some vanilla. Moderately bitter.

Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Very smooth, fairly creamy.

Overall, quite good. Not something I would search high and low for, but a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 23:45:56 | More by jrenihan
Photo of mfnmbvp


4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml (1 pint 0.9 fl oz.) bottle, with no apparent bottled on or freshness date present. Good enough for me. It's been over a year since I've had a bottle of this, so I figured it was time for a revisit. I do remember liking it a lot last time.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Aggressive pour yields a thick oily black opaque body with just over a finger of creamy luscious mocha froth. Dies down to some bubbles and a ring of foam.

S - Nose is comprised of dark bitter chocolate, some figs & raisins, and toasted oatmeal / malt character. There is definitely a strange smell to this beer though, which I can only describe as "leathery", which is an adjective I've never used to describe a beer before. Some smoke / char, but I'm not smelling any of the gourmet coffee beans, to my disappointment.

T - Taste brings more of the same, although the coffee bean roast is far more pronounced. Bitter coffee bean roast, chalky cocoa, and subtle dark fruit. Creamy vanilla creeps out as the beer warms. Becomes far richer, creamier and smoother as it approaches room temperature.

M - Feel is smooth and creamy. Flat carbonation, with bitter coffee bean roast on the palate. Very nice.

Overall, not exactly what I would call an ideal "American" stout, but a very nice beer nonetheless. Not something I would go to or pick up on the regular because of the price tag, but it's a nice occasional rarity. A classic beer from Mikkeller, well worth trying if you haven't had it yet.

Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast ---4/5.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 22:19:09 | More by mfnmbvp
Photo of SawDog505

New Hampshire

4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 12 oz snifter. Pours a slick black, with a one inch head that leaves loads of lace. Smell is roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and vanilla. Taste is all of that, with roasted coffee dominating. Body is thin to medium, plenty of carbonation, z bit dry, and easy drinking. This is special, but extremely expensive.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 00:52:38 | More by SawDog505
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South Carolina

4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle Appearance: Oily black Aroma: Fresh coffee, hint of smoke, chocolate Taste: Very well orchestrated blend of coffee, chocolate, dark malts. No single component stands out other than the coffee, which is not overly dominant Palate: Extremely smooth mouthfeel. Minimal carbonation. Mouth coating goodness Overall: Excellent coffee stout. WnB is comparable, but this seems to end up more integrated, and with no acidity.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 00:39:47 | More by icehawk
Photo of Dools9


4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 (assuming) new label 11.2 fl oz bottle into a shaker pint.

A: Pours stout black with a thick creamy three finger brown, milk chocolate colored head. Looks decadent.

S: Roasted black coffee, roasted malt character, slight hop note as well, maybe a bit earthy.

T: Big, bold bitter black roasted coffee right off the bat, big roast quality, slight smokiness as well. Some black chocolate appears mid sip, hops are apparent aiding the coffee bitterness and slightly leafy.

M: Medium to medium full, creamy and soft, oatmeal addition makes it very smooth.

O: Love my coffee stouts and this was no let down, really great stuff. Maybe just a touch more sweetness and it would be perfect for me. On the expensive side but a delicious treat. Paired very well with a founders porter cupcake.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 02:10:15 | More by Dools9
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New York

4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a teku glass. Never seen this bottled in 12oz bottles, nor have I seen this bottle label before, but it could just be that I normally see this in 'Murica, but I bought this one in Dublin.

A: Midnight sky black, void of any visibility through it. The head is a humongous and pillowy mocha color. Lacing is super thick and super sticky. This looks absolutely delicious.

S: Bitter black coffee, bitter dark chocolates, rich malts, old espresso. Definitely get the coffee in the nose, but it's not as potent as other coffee beers.

T: The bitter black coffee hits first, with roasted and smoked notes following directly after. The hops are very apparent in this one, aiding the natural bitterness of unsweetened black coffee. You can definitely tell this was brewed with high alpha acid hops (upon checking the bottle, yes, this is brewed with centennial and cascade hops). The bitter chocolates play backup here with the prickly hoppiness.

M: Medium thickness for a stout, which I'm totally fine with. Not every stout I drink has to be as thick as, say, Ten Fidy. The alcohol is perfectly masked in the mouthfeel, and only a slight burn to the back of the throat upon swallowing.

O: This is a damn pleasure to drink. I love non-sweet coffee stouts, and this is a perfect example of one. As suggested by the name of the beer, I enjoyed it with breakfast, and what a damn fine way to start the day. Since I bought this in Ireland, it was relatively cheap, but I know in America it's pretty damn expensive...but I definitely recommend trying it on a special occasion for breakfast, it'll definitely pair well with lots of breakfasts.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 13:22:17 | More by Lordquackingstic
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2.95/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Another letdown by Mikkeller. Why must you always disappoint? I had big hopes for you, but your dark rich appearance did not match your taste. You were thin, overly carbonated, and dominated by roasted malts. Coffee? I tasted none. Maybe it was the bitter back end that was to be coffee. I will never know. Thanks, but I'll stay with the local breakfast stouts.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 01:46:11 | More by taylor714914
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North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. Bottle cap says BF290118

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 3/4 inch brown head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and sporadic clusters of surface foam. Thin, semi-resilient lacing streaks down the glass leaving a jagged ring behind on the glass.

S- Wonderful vanilla/chocolate/coffee medley plus some mild hazelnut and caramel.

T- Heavy dark roast with some vanilla and caramel but not as fantastic as the aroma. Moderate bitterness throughout and an alcohol flavor that's somewhat apparent.

M- I was hoping for a bit more creaminess. Mildly sharp from the hops and booze. Medium carbonation and a full body.

O- Super solid. Worth having for the aroma alone.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 00:39:14 | More by Immortale25
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4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter glass. The beer pours black like motor oil with a thin, chocolate brown head that dissipates quickly, leaving only a small lace cap around the edge of the glass. I get plenty of dark roasted coffee on the nose with some chocolate. Those big coffee flavors are there, but are greatly complemented by the dark roasted malt and the smoothness to the mouthfeel the oatmeal brings. Still, this is a very coffee forward stout with only some chocolate flavor. With the smooth mouthfeel and light carbonation, the beer drinks pretty well. Plus at 7.5%, it doesn't have the harsh alcohol feel. This is an excellent beer, but only just so.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 18:11:49 | More by acevenom
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4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, with one finger thick creamy light brown colored head. Settles to a thin ring, a few rings down the glass. Smell: espresso, dark chocolate, earth, almost-burnt bread. Taste: espresso, burnt, earthy, slightly acidic, cocoa. A little bracing with the burnt bitterness, but that's ok! Medium bodied, creamy feel. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 03:11:01 | More by babaracas
Photo of shand


4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been looking forward to trying this tasty morsel for a long time. The pour is wonderful, pitch black with a finger of mocha head that retains very well. The aroma is a little weak, but offers a nice roasted coffee. The taste is really just about all that I could want from a coffee stout. There's a nice and strong roasted coffee flavor that pairs very well with the oat sweetness and smoothness. Overall, Beer Geek Breakfast is an extremely tasty coffee stout. The new 11.2oz bottles are actually a fairly good deal as far as Mikkeller prices go as well.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 02:07:45 | More by shand
Photo of Maxwell


4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours like pitch black oil. Thick and sludge-like, this beer looks like the dregs of French press coffee. It pours with a small, dark khaki/light brown head of bubbles that fizzles away to leave a scrim moving up the sides of the glass. The body is too dark to see through, and the head leaves no lacing on the glass. On the nose, the beer smells of middling roast malt and coffee with a slight vegetal/dark fruit smell that seems to be coming from the coffee. Grainy oats also bristle over the nose like hot oatmeal and blend beautifully with the roast coffee. I was a little concerned when I first sniffed this beer, but as it sits in my snifter its scent exponentially rises in enticement. On the tongue, the beer tastes of big coffee bitter roast with a light sweet hint from the malt and coffee beans and a slight bite of acidity. In flavor, the beer begins as sweet dark fruits which immediately explodes in roasted coffee with a nice bitter bite that dries the beer out and brings layer upon layer of coffee flavors to the tongue, running from dark fruits, to chocolate, to roasted malts. This beer’s flavor profile is perfect for the morning. In the mouth, the beer is creamy and medium in body, which is surprisingly light for a stout of this size but must be due to the added coffee. The beer’s carbonation is light, and just gives a faint prick to the tongue, allowing the coffee and malt flavors to dominate the mouth. The mouth is left bitter dry with a bit of stickiness and a decent amount of acid neutralizing saliva running through the mouth. Overall, this is a beautiful stout that really hits the coffee lovers sweet spot. The coffee flavors are brilliantly represented in this beer. Unlike Founder’s Breakfast Stout, this beer showcases the coffee as the center of your palate, instead FBS’s beautiful balance, but this beer’s coffee is perfect on the tongue. I would love to knock this beer back in the morning, as it has the perfect amount of coffee roast flavoring to start the morning. This beer is great, do yourself a favor and try it.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 22:45:53 | More by Maxwell
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3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

New 11.2oz bottle.

A: Pours in an oil-like manner. There’s plenty of bubbles cascading through this, and it’s got a 1/2" of separating mocha head. Dark mahogany - looks good.

N: Oatmeal, hop leafs, roasted malt, and coffee. Dark chocolate and espresso. Well rounded on the nose here.

T: Very bitter with lots of roasted malt/smoke. Has a fair amount of baker’s chocolate but there’s only a very moderate sweetness. Which works for the beer as it’s definitely meant to emulate the coffee side of things. Has a little rye spice in here.

M: Medium-heavy body with a good amount of carbonation. The oats add an excellent roundness to this. Seems about right for the style.

O: Ended up really enjoying this. I don't remember the previous batches being quite as good, so I've shied away from this, but I'll be more tempted to buy it in the future.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 03:21:08 | More by writerLJBerg
Beer Geek Breakfast from Mikkeller ApS
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