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Beer Geek Breakfast - Mikkeller ApS

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Reviews: 966
Hads: 2,354
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 16.06%
Wants: 183
Gots: 414 | FT: 27
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Mikkeller ApS
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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 ThisWangsChung
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%

12oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a pitch-black color. The head is a finger high, and dark tan in shade. Retention is quite excellent, with its creamy shade providing excellent aesthetic appeal. A ring of lacing is left on the glass. (4.25)

Smell: This brings the coffee forward quite well. However, it’s not some one-note coffee bomb: I’m also picking up notes of dark chocolate, roast, and piny hops. The hops and the roast blend together extremely well – I just know this will turn out nicely… (4)

Taste: This is surprisingly hoppy. I’m enjoying the big initial notes of pine, herbs, and grainy oat. Quickly, it transitions into flavors of chocolate and vanilla cream. Coffee remains a subtle suggestion throughout. Further sips balance it out further. Bold and easygoing all at the same time; this one’s a winner. Only flaw is that the coffee is bit too mild for my personal tastes (and really, that isn't much of a flaw...) (4)

Mouthfeel: Unlike a lot of stouts, it’s very dry and almost clean. In fact, it drinks much like an overgrown dry stout. Carbonation is moderately high, creating an additional illusion of lightness. Not once does it become too cloying or heavy on the palate. (4)

Overall: No, it’s not a pure coffee bomb. What it does is mesh coffee, hop, and roast flavors incredibly well. I could easily drink two or three of these in a sitting…shame that’s such a financially unsound idea. (4)

4.01/5: Great oatmeal stout; loving the hop/roast/coffee interplay

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Photo of JWU
4/5  rDev -2.7%

12. oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- black. motor oil. Really dark khaki head that laces nicely. Head does dissipate pretty quickly.

S- typical stout aroma, dark malt, cocoa, coffee, BUT, there's a very present smokiness.

T- Dark malt, some cocoa, some smoke, and a big old beat-you-over-the-head french roast coffee. Very coffee bitter. If you don't like coffee, stear clear.

M- thick, syrupy. Oats lend to the creamy, syrupy nature of the brew.

O- Not as sweet as most stouts, and certainly more coffee forward with taste and bitterness.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%

12oz bottle poured into an unlabeled snifter 8/20/2014.

A- Dark black body; beautiful pitch black darkness. Darkest mocha head I've seen on a beer in a long time that recedes very slowly, leaving rings and splotches of lacing all over the glass that sticks around as the beer slowly disappears. Phenomenal, dark and thick in appearance. [4.5]

S- Black coffee, roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate, hint of licorice, milk chocolate, a bit of lactose, hint of smoke. Smells like a breakfast stout, alright. [4]

F- Roast malt, milk chocolate, hint of lactose, a wee bit of campfire smoke, cocoa, bitter brewed black coffee on the finish. [4.25]

M- Medium bodied, creamy and silky smooth on the tongue. Just the right amount of carbonation. I am finding this 7.5% ABV beer to be very easy to drink. The finish gets a bit licorice heavy on the backend which isn't my thing, but could very well be yours. [4]

O- Easy to drink coffee stout with a good bit of complexity in comparison to a lot of coffee stouts made in the US. It's not as heavy on the coffee as other brews can be- which in my mind makes it a better balanced, better executed coffee stout where the coffee complements the base stout characteristics rather than simply overwhelming it altogether. [4.25]

Final score: 4.1875

(Using the above ratings for each category and the weights below, per the old system)
Appearance 5%
Aroma 20%
Taste 45%
Mouthfeel 10%
Overall 20%


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Photo of reebtaerG
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got growler from Perfect Pour poured into Lost Abbey Teku

A-Black with one finger tan head. Spotty lacing.

S-Aromas of caramel, coffee, roast, oats, dark chocolate.

T-Tastes of big roast, coffee, toasted oats, dark chocolate, caramel.

M-Mouthfeel gives a full body with a dry finish. Medium-light carbonation, thick oily.

O-Overall a great stout was glad to get a growler especially 25% off what a steal.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a pitch black, appearing thick, with a nice amount of dark tan head, which does linger lightly, lacing the glass. The smell is of roasted malt, with some oat, and an undertone of coffee. There is an air of bitterness in the smell that foreshadows the taste.

The beer has a woody feel to it from the get go, accentuated by dark roasted malt flavors. A black coffee taste hits later in the drink. I'd say overall, the beer more fits into a standard high-IBU stout that a coffee (or generically, a flavored) stout. I think what I mean by that is it lacks a body and depth of flavor or creamy smoothness that I might expect from the alternative styles. The end feel tugs on the tongue with what at times is a taste similar to burnt coffee.

Overall, this beer is a solid option if you are looking for a bitter-forward stout. I personally didn't get much of the coffee taste, but it is there. For me, I wish the IBUs were dropped a little, and I'd like it better.

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Photo of Get_Lowell
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark brown head which leaves beautiful foam patterns along the glass, color is very dark brown

S: Chocolate, smoke, very pungent

T: Dark chocolate, toasty coffee follows, rounds out with heavy bitterness

M: Mouth feel is creamy and not as thick as I expected. Flavors stick to the tongue for a awhile.

O: Excellent stout that brings espresso level bitterness to the table. Very similar to others offered by Mikkeller and Evil Twin in both aroma and flavor. Really enjoyed this one and happy to taste the beer that put Mikkeller on the map!

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Photo of Mongrel
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Spectacularly tight, dark mocha head that hangs around for a while and leaves nice lacing. Silky, midnight black body.

S - Nose is somewhat mild and a little less roasty than I was expecting. I'm getting anise and espresso.

T - First sip is extremely bitter and roasty, like burnt coffee. A little thinner than expected and bone dry. A little anise and dark fruit come into play. Also some cream and a little lactose tang. Stiff, spicy hops on the finish. Definitely not a sweet stout. Again, this is like chalky, ashy, crumbling skeleton dry. I've heard that an abundant use of oats in a stout can make for some astringency, and I'm definitely getting that as well. Not for the faint of heart. Although as it warms, it gets a little smoother, with some tempered bakers chocolate sweetness coming through. That said, this is still not quite my cup of tea -- could use more sweetness.

M - mouthfeel is a bit thin for a stout of this ABV and chalky dry (as if I needed to reiterate).

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Photo of jellikit
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: black. Can not even shine a LED light through it (for r
real). Foamy head.

S: coffee. Molasses. Root beer.

T: coffee. Chocolate. Bitter after taste.

M: low carbonation. Thick. Smooth.

O: truly a breakfast beer. Tastes of coffe and chocolate. Smells and tastes wonderful.

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Photo of EveningCordial
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap, poured into snifter.

A- Dark brown to black appearance. Finger of brown, frothy head. Some lacing.

S- Rich chocolate and coffee. Somewhat a smoky leather. Lots of roasted malts and barley. Raisons and dark sugary fruits.

T- Not quite what I was expecting after the great nose. I found it a little unbalanced and missing what wasin the smell. Some chocolate and roasted malts with a hint of coffee. I noticed a small medicine flavor in this beer which really threw me off. Wondering if anyone else got the same?

M- Medium to full bodied. A bit on the light side for what I consider a good breakfast stout.

O- Definatly a decent stout, but after the high expectations from the nose, I found this to be a small let down. In all fairness, this was my second drink of the day and had big shoes to fill. It followed a KBS, which was definately the climax of the morning. I will try this one again.

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Photo of ksimons
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-dark dark brown with three fingers worth of dark tan head that leaves a nice coating on top

S-light roasted malt, oatmeal and chocolate give some sweetness, and dark roasted coffee bitterness

T-more dark roasted coffee in the taste than the smell, roasted malt, light chocolate and oatmeal

M-medium to full body, light to moderate carbonation, dry roasted aftertaste

Overall a really roasted coffee flavor, one of the biggest maybe I have had, but the price makes this a hard one to have often

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Photo of Noxious26
4.66/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

11.2 fl oz brown bottle with pry off cap poured in a pint glass. Purchased on our trip to New Orleans this spring.

Pitch black and absolutely opaque. As I was pouring this, it looked like there wouldn't be much head so I poured the second half of the bottle aggressively and got a 3/8 inch chocolate coloured head. Big gobs of lacing down the sides.

Aroma is rich and full. Coffee, chocolate, burnt malts, dried fruits and a hint of alcohol.

Big, bold flavour through and through. Coffee, burnt malts, hints of chocolate, dried fruits. Kind of like a dark roast coffee with a light sweetness and faint alcohol kick.

Velvety smooth mouthfeel. Full bodied with minimal carbonation. Leaves the mouth with a bit of a feeling of being coated after each sip.

Excellent beer. One of the best stouts I've had. I really enjoy oatmeal stouts and coffee stouts and this is a great blending of the two. I wish it was more readily available! If you get the chance, give this a try!

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Photo of kaseydad
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Big 750 bottle. Thank goodness I'm thirsty. +1 for a better looking silkscreen label.

Pours a dark brown/black brew with a nice beige foamy head and good lacing.

Aroma is big roasted malts, black coffee, leather shoe or belt (your choice), bakers chocolate, smoke and rubber. Odd combo...but it works.

The taste is on the bitter side with a heaping amount of coffee beans, smoke, more leather, a dose of hops, black coffee, oak, and char. If you like a touch of some type of sweetness in your stouts...look elsewhere.

Mouthfeel was the worst part. Much too thin for all that's happening here.

Overall I thought this was good....not great. I've passed it by through the years and saw a big bottle format and jumped. Maybe the small bottle is the way to go. Dunno. That being said, I did consume the entire bottle so go figure.

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

2011 22-oz bottle from cellar - poured into pfreim tulip. Deep black color with finger of brown head...bigger than I imagined it would be for being so old. Lots of oaty coffee aroma with a nice roasted note. Roasted chocolate and a bunch of coffee in the flavor - lots of coffee. In fact, there was a lot of actual grinds in this one. A bit bitter, but that's expected with the coffee. Really nice one here and was excellent with about 3 years age on it.

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Photo of Mike-Harms
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, excellent stout! Aggressive pour into a rinsed glass gave a thick persistent head of foam, with a very-coffee and slightly-copper aroma. Slick mouthfeel and unexpectedly light body like an Oatmeal Stout should have, with strong coffee and chocolate notes on top of the grain.

Excellent specimen, would recommend, would buy again.

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Photo of hops202
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a DFH snifter.

A - pours black as the blackest nights and has slight light tan head.

S- dark roasted malt and somewhat astringent coffee

T- bitterness indeed. Lots of black coffee in there.

M- medium to full body.

O- Wasn't blown away by this one. Could have used a hint more sweetness.

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Photo of HoppySeb
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into DFH shaped pint glass. Pours beautifully in a velvety black stream with the viscosity and shadow you would expect from a stout. It forms a thick cappuccino colored head that slowly recedes leaving mild lacing, but not before allowing you to experience its full spectrum of inviting aromas composed of coffee (espresso), milk, and spices. Sipping on this opens up flavorful notes of roasted malt, espresso, chocolate with faint nutmeg & other spices - leaving a bittery coffee finish that's long lasting which I would rather not have in a breakfast stout. Mouthfeel is as you would expect from its appearance, medium bodied.

Overall, a solid offering from Mikkeller, a pretty good oatmeal stout.

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Photo of schris
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Oatmeal stout. Oatmeal stout? What I tasted was most definitely a coffee stout.

Appearance - the minimal head was reddish brown - more orange than tan, which was immediately intriguing. Short head, with minimal lacing.

Smell - some bitterness, and some spice - cinnamon and vanilla - and the thick bready sweet smell of cake batter. That was a surprise.

Mouthfeel - medium thick, maybe a little more carb than I was expecting.

Taste - the initial onrush of flavor was quite balanced, sweet and bitter and mild. Not much of an alcohol burn, very drinkable. But the beer was backloaded with a big sip of fresh coffee that really took over my mouth and nose. I love coffee, but I think for my palate, a little more balance with sweetness would have made this go down easier. This only got more pronounced as the beer warmed too. I decided to cut it with some milk chocolate, which made the whole experience very pleasant.

All in all, a very good beer, but given the price point (more than Black Note or KBS at my local shop), it may be a while before I find the occasion to drink one again.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle pour thanks to the guys at the Old Toad during the Ithaca Luminous bottle share.

First beer I've had from Mikkeller, I believe.

Pours a fairly dark black, with a one inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like roasted malt, espresso beans, some nuts, and vanilla.

The taste is pretty similar. The coffee gives the beer a bitter, but nutty flavor, which is nice. Some creamy vanilla flavors as well, as well as chocolate, smoke, and some char.

Medium bodied, slightly thin. Creamy, silky mouthfeel from the oats used.

Finally got to try this one, happy I did.

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Photo of pjkelley82
4.96/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Filled my 6oz Firestone Walker snifter from an 11.2 oz bottle.

A-Pours a dark milk/dark chocolate, almost leather colored which is semi transparent when tilted and held to the light. About a 3/4 brown sugar mocha head that fell apart fairly quickly. A good looking beer.

S-Holy mother...fudge, espresso, tons of roast. Some hope scents in there as well. As it warmed I got a slight liquorice scent as well. Smelled very strong in the best way possible. Im thinking no way is this an oatmeal stout.

T-So bold and raw. Dark chocolate and espresso, roast for days. Nice hop presence in there as well. Liquorice, some other berry element. Think Chocolate covered espresso.

M-There goes the oatmeal stout. Smooth and creamy, not watery but not thick. Medium feel but goes down like a watered down milkshake. Light carbonation on the finish but you really pay no mind because of the bitterness of the chocolate, hops and espresso that lingers in the end.

O-You know the saying "send my regards to the chef", well send my regards to the brewer because this is a phenomenal piece of craftsmanship. I love to hate it in so many ways. Hate it cause of its price but trust me its worth it. Love it cause its that good. Really.. Im so happy this is readily available by me so ill be buying more.

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Photo of friendofbeer
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into Perennial snifter during a wonderful sunset. Allowed to warm to appropriate temperature per style.

Pours pitch black with small brown head. Aromas of rich coffee, grain, chocolate and pine hop characters. Taste is rich chocolate, tons of hops, chocolate and slightly grainy oats. Smooth mouthfeel, rich, creamy, etc. Roast and lingering bitterness. Looking forward to trying this beer again.

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Photo of boddhitree
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap from some kind of plastic bag contraption of a keg at Braukunstlive 2014 in Munich Germany. It tasted super fresh, meaning they must have driven this stuff down directly from Denmark.
I had their Beer Geek Breakfas a few years ago at another beer festival in Germany and it was every bit as good as I'd had it before. My god, it's basically lick sucking a straw of an espresso with some imperial stout mixed it. I had it in America from a bottle, and in 2010 at Festival der Bierkulturen in Köln, also from a bottle, but this was from a keg, a plastic keg, but it tasted immensely fresher. It was so overwhelming in flavor of coffee, light chocolate, licorice, roasted malts, my god, I'm glad I only got 0.1L of it... It was better than great, it was better than WOW, it was transcendent.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Pours pitch black and rather thick for a non-imperial stout. Small, half a finger head form and is medium tan in color. Head sticks around quite a while and laces tremendously.

S- Tons of dark, bitter coffee roasts here. This is pretty one dimensional, with the only dimension being the strong coffee.

T- Big, bitter, strong coffee right off the bat. I cannot overstate the level of dark coffee bitterness in this flavor, as it almost borderlines on hop bitterness. Moves a little towards burnt and smokey malts towards the middle of the drink. The end is just the same as the beginning, with big bitter coffee flavors, although the coffee bitterness weakens a little through the course of the drink, but not much at all.

M- This beer is rather thin and light on the tongue for the very heavy flavor profile it has to support. The combination of a thinner liquid, a fairly high level of carbonation, and a heavy flavor profile makes for a moderately drinkable beer, with the heavy coffee slowing you down.

Overall, if you like dark, strong, and bitter coffee, this beer is for you. Light in body for the coffee lover who wants to pound it, this beer is really strong in coffee flavor, and quite bitter too.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle from the Potsdam NY IGA for $7

Appearance - Dark brown colour with a large size frothy light brown head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 5-6 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, roasted nuts

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and vanilla. There is also lots of coffee and some roasted/burnt nuts.

Overall - Lots of coffee as advertised, and yet still a great well balanced flavour. Not an every day beer, but a very solid coffee themed brew.

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Photo of Roguer
3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maybe the darkest beer I've ever seen: pure, motor oil black, and an extremely dark brown head. Head was very small and late-forming, but it did have fair retention for the style. Very little lacing.

Smell of coffee immediately greets you, and mostly overwhelms all else. Cold, black coffee, with creamy oatmeal behind.

Burnt black coffee is the dominant flavor, but smooth. Tastes a lot like FBS. A little bit of red grape booze, and a strong malt (oatmeal) backbone.

Relatively thick and chewy, but not particularly for the style. Huge coffee bite.

This is pretty tasty, although the coffee is overwhelming. This might make a great breakfast accompaniment as such, but by itself, it's imperfect for my palate.

No bottle date.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz.

Pours ink black, dark tan head dissipates quickly to a bit of lacing.

Smells of cocoa and roasted coffee, a bit of vanilla and brown sugar and some slight nut bitterness. A little smoke too.

Roasted coffee, brown sugar, and some smokey malt elements. Some vanilla in there and notable coffee bitterness as well, especially in the end.

Full, viscous body with a stinging carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

An excellent stout, very nice flavor and body, with a beautiful presentation. One of the better stouts out there, although not quite outstanding, just a half step below the top tier stouts like Mikkeller's own Brunch Weasel. Still very good and very worth trying.

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Beer Geek Breakfast from Mikkeller ApS
92 out of 100 based on 966 ratings.