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Beer Geek Breakfast | Mikkeller ApS

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Beer Geek BreakfastBeer Geek Breakfast

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark | website

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

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.

Added by Goldorak on 03-10-2006

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Photo of dcmchew
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%

Pitch black, tiny mocha head quick to almost nothing.
Strong American hops on the nose keeps me from getting most of the dark roasted chocolatey malts, but coffee does get through, black, acidic.
Same thing happens in the taste, but not that unbalanced. Bitter spicy leafy hops and coffee in the start, something like black ice coffee with a herbal note (ribwort pops out). Roasted grainy malts, with a smokey note early on, burnt and ashy towards the finish. Dark chocolate and dark fruit, but very faint. Hops keep it together till the finish, bringing some extra bitterness to the rich coffee. Just like the last gulp from a cup of french-pressed coffee.
Medium body, lively carbonation. Aftertaste has coffee and hops, with a clearer dark chocolatey note.
Wouldn't mind changing my morning black tea with this beer, but wouldn't like to get fired either. Great coffee character, with strong hops managing to simply put some extra character in here, without stealing (or messing up with the) show. That's more like it.

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

The beer pours a very light brown head that dissipates very quickly but leaves a slight creamy film on top of the beer. The beer itself is a very dark coffee black that is opaque because that's how oatmeal stouts roll. The surface has a nice slick looking sheen.

The beer smell has some very strong roasted coffee notes mixed with some light dark chocolate notes and medium hop notes. The coffee note is really interesting in that smells like an actual cup of coffee that's been made and not just the beans. The hop notes smell like a wet pine note and mix very well with the coffee notes. The oatmeal notes are also there. The dark chocolate is pretty light when compared to the other notes and only takes off a slight edge off of the beer.

The beer taste is similar to the smell in terms of what notes appear. In the taste, the coffee notes are a bit stronger and much more bitter than in the smell and the pine notes add a nice hop bitterness to contrast the coffee notes. The dark chocolate is still there and is still a bit faint. The most interesting is the coffee aftertaste. Instead of tasting like a cup of coffee, the coffee taste likes the actual beans.

The mouthfeel is a bit heavy bodied and smooth. In addition to being smooth, the beer is also a bit slick. There is very little carbonation.

Overall, a very good oatmeal stout and definitely one of the best one I had. My only regret is that I can't actually have this for breakfast.

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Photo of GregJ
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The cork nearly popped off on its own when I took the muselet off. Pours black with a several fingers thick, frothy brown head. Smells of cocoa, dark roast malts and some coffee with maybe a light floral hop scent. Dark chocolate and roast coffee emerged as it warmed up. Tastes of coffee, dark chocolate and cocoa powder, sweet malts, moderate hop sweetness fading to piney. The medium to heavy body itself was excellent but it was very heavily carbonated which took away from the flavor and feel, not sure if it is always like that or just this batch. Flavor and smell really popped once the beer warmed and the carbonation dissipated. Left with pine resin on the palate and lips as well as a lingering dark roast flavor. Despite the heavy carbonation it was still an excellent beer.

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Photo of zac16125
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip

L: opaque black, 2 fingers tan head, good retention and lacing 4.25

S: lots of coffee and roasted malts, slight char, oats, subtle semi sweet cocoa 4.25

T: roasted malts, black coffee, slight smokey char, some bitterness from the coffee and unsweetened cocoa 4

M/D: full bodied carbonation a bit higher than u would prefer, drinkability is good 3.75

O: very good 4

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Photo of speedvagen
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

for whatever reason, the dominant flavor profile i got out of my sample at dayton's big beer and barleywines was smoke....as in rauchbier -style smokiness. totally unexpected. not necessarily something i'd seek out, but as a try once, it was well worth the sampler...

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Photo of delta490
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours out inky black and viscous with a thick dark chocolate brown head. The head melts aways quickly but still leaves some nice lacing on the glass. The aroma is rich, deep roasted malts hints of coffee, toffee, and oat. The taste is delicious, with all the aroma notes present and mixing together with the nice addition of the hops to add a pleasant twist on the style. The body is slick and there is a little bite on the finish. A great big stout.

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Photo of JtheHorn
2.75/5  rDev -33.1%

Aroma- big roasty malt and coffee, some bittersweet chocolate and a hint of smoke.

Taste- roast from the malts and a hint of coffee. Surprisingly a taste of alcohol that's kind of weird. There's an off taste in this beer for some reason.

Mouthfeel- I was expecting a thick and rich stout but unfortunately falls flat. Its to watery for my taste and it leaves an ackward film on my tounge.

Overall- I'm very disappointed with this one especially $7.99 for an 11.2 oz bottle. Not for me.

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Photo of blankenhoney
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz bottle enjoyed from a snifter.

A unique take on the venerable oatmeal stout with coffee. Beer Geek Breakfast pours a near-black shade of brown and has a nice khaki head. The dominant aroma is bitter, almost acrid pine. There are some faint notes of bitter chocolate and charred coffee beans, but the bitter pine is overwhelming. The flavor is also quite bitter, but an enjoyable bitter much like cold-pressed coffee made with French roast beans. Even so, the flavor profile is well into charred/burnt, rather than roasty, territory. There's also some sweetness here from the chocolate malts, and a strong spike of piney hops. Mouthfeel is on the light-to-medium side; each sip coats the palate and leaves a dry, resiny film on the tongue.

This is a well made beer, but one that I just didn't care for. I love intense bitterness in IPAs and DIPAs, but I found that level of bitterness to be off-putting in a stout. Great roasted/charred/burnt coffee flavor, and if you like Central Waters 16 or maybe even BA Old Raspy you'll probably like this one a lot.

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Photo of arlo19
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

I got this one from a recent trip to CA and paid $7 for an 11.3 oz bottle.

It pures black with a great medium mocha head, but wait what are these chunks? ? For most of the pour, I got these clear chunks. I searched reviews and on the retired breakfast, someone mentioned chunks of gelatin.

After the rough start, the aroma was OK but seemed a little off, with some fusel alcohols present. Coffee aroma and taste on this. The mouthfeel was great, and had a dry roasty aftertaste. As it warmed up it got drier. Near the end I felt more of the chunks, probably gelatin as mentioned on that other review.

Overall this was solid, buy won't buy again for the price and gelatin!

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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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