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Beer Geek Breakfast - Mikkeller ApS

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Reviews: 960
Hads: 2,310
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 16.06%
Wants: 181
Gots: 390 | FT: 26
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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 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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Photo of fmccormi
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a 330ml/11.2oz pry-off bottle to a teku glass; no bottling or freshness date visible on the bottle, but from what I can tell this is a recent batch. So, fresh-ish? Should be okay for the style.

Appearance (3.75): A full, fat two fingers of dark tan head (darker than cappuccino froth) come off of the pour, capping a pitch-black body, dying down slowly with fine, whipped foam giving way to fat bubbles underneath. Retention is average at best, leaving a couple of splotches here and there but not much else. The rest was gorgeous, though.

Smell (4.25): The oatmeal part of this stout is really clear, with its soft, earthy-sweet grain smelling like a fresh oatmeal cookie with brown sugar icing. It’s evenly matched with soft roast, taking the form of rich, dark roast, cold-brewed coffee (less bitterness, more earthiness) with a bit of rich cream added to it. A little dulce de leche, and just a little bit of medium-dark chocolate (like 50% cocoa). This is wonderful, because I love the aroma of that oatmeal component.

Taste (4.0): Largely following the aroma, but with much more emphasis on the cold-brewed coffee. In fact, all of the bitterness here is somewhere between astringent citrus and coffee finish. The oats take a backseat, offering a smooth body towards the finish and a little sweetness up front. In the body, there are hints of the coffee and dulce de leche, but they’re almost washed out by the coffee bitterness, which is rich, strong, and very dark in character. The beer comes across as a relatively straightforward but well-crafted American stout with some oat character, but with strong, dark coffee blended into it. This really hits its stride when it’s much, much closer to room temperature, as the coffee bitterness smooths out and blends in a little better.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Very, very smooth in body, with a rather dry finish, a medium weight and rich feel. Pretty ideal for the style and size of the beer, frankly, but it doesn’t quite shatter any expectations. Still, this has a great feel and drinks very, very easily.

Overall (4.0): As mentioned above, this is a real solid stout, made smooth and somewhat rich with the addition of oats . . . and then there’s the coffee. Rich, bitter (not in the nose, but definitely on the palate), black, and full-flavored all on its own. 4.0 sounds just about right for this beer. It’s heavy on the coffee but the coffee is good and so is the beer, so if you like coffee stouts it’s definitely worth trying.

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Photo of t8s8l8
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- black as night extremely opaque a great toffee colored head, poor head stability, very small bubbles hang on the rim of the glass, legs slowly slide into the tulip glass.

Aroma- rich medium coffee, sweet bakers chocolate, a subtle fruit sweetness, blueberry or blackberry, some plastic but nothing offensive. Oatmeal, low to moderate hop aroma. Malt driven.

Flavor-chocolate malt upfront, soft bitterness, probably from malt, slight hop bitterness drives through but neither lingers. Baker’s chocolate in the flavor, some syrup like sweetness similar to a Mexican Coke. Moderate coffee flavor, appropriate.

Mouthfeel- the mouthfeel makes this beer. The medium high body combined with the continuous oat like slickness allows for the flavors to remain on the palate and no flavor component is overwhelming.

Overall- An enjoyable beverage, one I feel I could drink during any time of the day. Its one I would gladly try again and something I would really enjoy to pair with food or dessert. Recommend to buy if available, even if the price is not the best.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a chalice. Purchased in Minneapolis and transported back home in my luggage.

Ah, the epitome of excess. Coffee-Coffee-Coffee! Coffee beans eaten, digested and shit out by a rodent – disgusting but oddly enticing at the same time. Not as much oatmeal smoothness as one might expect and not all the depth I have tasted in some other stouts, but wonderfully rich and tasty. 4.25

A – Pours a very dark reddish brown/black with a thin brown head (-), nice lacing. 4.75

S – Coffee and licorice. 4.5

T – Coffee with a nice roasted bitterness. 4.25

MF – Medium-heavy body with a dry finish. Smooth start with a bitter finish. 3.75

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Photo of tone77
3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of coffee, roasted malts. Taste is coffee, some hops, roasted malts, a touch of chocolate, pretty tasty. Feels creamy in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours nearly black with molasses highlights and a modest cap of mocha foam that settles slowly and evenly into a thin film. Aroma smells of roasted malt, coffee, and dark fruit.

The taste features a big, acrid kick of black coffee acidity up front that eventually yields to a blend of herbal, resinous, and citric hops. Hints of dark fruit lurk in the background but are unable to fight through the burnt coffee and hops. A slight grapefruit twang lingers into the finish. The mouthfeel is probably the highlight here--slick, smooth, and luxurious, with relatively vigorous carbonation for the style, which actually helps cut the bitterness some.

Overall, this is an interesting brew that features a complex array of bitterness, however it lacks much in the way of a counterpoint. Coffee lovers will probably be pleased, but it's not a stout I would gravitate toward myself.

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Photo of ZorPrime
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is black, very dark. Nice brown head which looks like milk chocolate. Nice looking beer. The aroma is dominated by milk chocolate with some dark one. Pretty awesome for the smell. Some coffee too and roasted malts. Its a pretty well balanced beer aroma wise. Pretty strong in the mouth. Powerful hops flavour too. Some piney notes. Taste starts with some black chocolate and then it switch to the hops to finish with some dryness. The alcohol is well hidden.

Pretty awesome beer. Not a day to day beer, but a nice one to have during cold winter nights or evening.

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Photo of joeseppy
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours is of the darkest brown to the point of black. Quick receding head clings to the edge with scant carbonation. There is a shimmering effect on the glass as you swirl contents.

At first mind you, I get an aroma of fresh baked bread, albeit it is morning and breakfast is on my mind. Alright, now on to the booze at hand. A nice complex quaff with uprushes of black licorice, dark malts, cocoa powder and a whiff of alcohol. Nice hop profile is appreciated.

First impressions on taste is an onslaught of bitterness and burnt roast lays on the tongue. Serving at a fine temperature more of an espresso coffee emerges-to the point of begging for cream and one sugar. Spending time with this I get acquainted with malt, anise, and a cocoa (as in a bakers chocolate).

Bold body that is dryyy, still smooth and somewhat chewy.

Coffee forward as advertised and as one should expect. I would of liked a bit of sweetness in the stout, but still enjoyed this as well. Just noting-a lot of bitterness and pronounced coffee and a high morning octane abv jump start to your day but be prepared to be in a heavy nap by noon!

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Beer Geek Breakfast from Mikkeller ApS
92 out of 100 based on 960 ratings.