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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 Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ML bottle poured into a pint glass.

extremely dark brown, close to black. head is medium and apparent. Look is almost perfect. Strong coffee aroma on the nose. Taste is an abundance of roasted coffee and oats. Slight chocolate too. Mouthfeel is medium carbonation, not too thick and not too light. Just where it should be. Alcohol i snot apparent whatsoever. I'm really a fan of this type of beer, FBS being one of my faves, and this is a great substitute. This is an outstanding beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 18:31:37 | More by Axnjxn
Photo of lunarbrew


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

Vigorous pour with about .5 fingers of head. Pours a lighter shade of black with a medium viscosity. Head dies quick yet leaves a full blanket over the beer as lacing.

Very aromatic on the pour. Smells decent, but a little acidic for my nose. Can smell the acidic coffee, toasty oats, and acidic fruits. Also a fair dose of bittersweet chocolate and a whiff of sweet cream.

Taste was not what I was expecting from the nose. Coffee coffee coffee. Whoa. Pretty awesome flavor. Not terribly complex, but its also pretty interesting. The acidity is almost all coffee based. I'm not getting much of a fruit flavor. The chocolate scent comes off more bitter in the taste. Medium sweetness and very drinkable. A rather astringent and unpleasant aftertaste, unfortunately.

MF is a higher carbonation than many coffee bombs. A medium-high heaviness. The beer is pretty dry and easy drinking.

I was pretty impressed with my first Minkkeller brew. Great flavor, well-rounded, and all around tasty. Looking forward to trying more.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 03:01:24 | More by lunarbrew
Photo of macher0


3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Black. Opaque. Small head that quickly retreats to bubbly rim with a brown tint and very flat film. Minimal lacing.

S: Strong nutty/malt front that is a little dusty/grainy. Coffee can certainly be distinguished.

T: The taste of the nutty smell comes through in the taste, but is accented by a very strong roasted flavor. I picked up on a chocolate-covered coffee bean taste. The roasted nut/malt flavor lingers on tongue. There is a nice yin/yang with the bitter coffee and sweet of the chocolate.

M: Thick. Heavy body. Smooth. Low carbonation.

O: Impressive how the traditional ingredients (malt/yeast/hops) mingle with the coffee. It’s a very good stout for its category. The roasted nutty/malt taste can be a little overwhelming and could have been knocked down a few notches, but overall very good.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 16:40:48 | More by macher0
Photo of stcules


3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Black, totally, brown foam, quite beautiful and creamy.
In the smell coffee and chocolate, a good toastinees, and a good bitterness, again in the mouth too, along with coffee, and an intriguing bitter chocolate.
Some dry fruit (hazelnut) and toasted malt. Maybe even an hint of smoke, or burned wood, not bad.
In the aftertaste a good root-like bitterness, and a plesant cappuccino effect.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 19:31:17 | More by stcules
Photo of stewart124


4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I believe I picked this up in 2009. 16.9fl oz.

Imperial pint glass

Pours beautifully. Pitch black with 2 inches of tan head. Very dense. The lacing is just another beautiful part of this beer.

Loads of roasted character, toffee and French vanilla in the nose.

The taste is just spectacular. Just a bit shy of full-bodied. Plenty of carbonation and it does a good deal to bring out the complexity of the breakfast stout. There is plenty of chewy notes from the oats and still tons of roasted, acrid bitterness to make this an imperial stout. Very little harshness or warming alcohol overall.

Some dark stone fruits linger on the tongue with a bite of bitterness.

Great imperial stout to say the least.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 02:53:36 | More by stewart124
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just got a tweet that First Street just put this one on-tap. Um, yes, please!

Walked on down after work. Full nonic pint of this bad-boy. A nice finger width creamy beige head on top. Excellent retention. Leaves perfect sip rings clinging to the glass, reminding me of what was. Nice potent chocolate aroma, melds well with coffee grounds, vanilla extract, and a slight earthy scent. I can tell this one is going to be rich.

Creamy body. This is similar to a nitro-draft. Really mellow smooth mouthfeel. Good viscosity. Coffee flavors abound and really start this one off. I can see where the "Breakfast" comes from. This characteristic doesn't overpower though, as it fades into a milk chocolate sweetness with touches of vanilla and almond. Slight roasted aftertaste gives it a subtle smoky taste that I dig.

This is a really well-made beer, and I can totally see how it gets the marks that it does. I never felt like pulling the trigger on the slightly expensive bottle whenever I see it, but I'm glad I got it now.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2013 20:20:16 | More by Onenote81
Photo of The_Walrus


4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Very dark, almost black. Tan head. Poured like it was from a nitrogenated can.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, coffee, a touch of booze.

Taste - I'd describe it as a coffee with malted chocolate and a little bit of booze. At the first sip, I was anticipating a little kick or stronger booze flavor, but it's incredibly balanced and smooth. Lots of chocolate notes, but the coffee is prevalent and the dominant flavor here.

Mouthfeel - It has a "velvet" feel; very lush beer.

Overall - This is an outstanding stout; perfect winter companion.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2013 02:50:05 | More by The_Walrus
Photo of Seanniek91

Rhode Island

4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 500ml bottle into a Bellhaven pint.

Appearance- Truly magnificent. Blacker than black with big fluffy mocha head. Left insane lacing. Almost looks nitro.

Smell- Coffee, some cocoa malts, slight booze, mild hops. Coffee is the key here though.

Taste- Nice roasty coffee notes, cocoa, light hops, no booze, finishes with very bitter coffee.

Mouthfeel- Super creamy. Again, feels like nitro. Smooth carbonation. Clean finish. Not too sticky.

Overall- This is damn good. Not as much going on as in Breakfast Stout, but still incredible never the less.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 19:03:36 | More by Seanniek91
Photo of AlexFields


3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pitch black body with thick coffee brown head, awesome.

Smells of strong coffee and sweet chocolate malt. As it airs I start to get some smoke.

Taste is bitter coffee, unsweetened cocoa, smoked malt. Much less sweet than the nose. Very solid coffee stout.

Mouthfeel is slightly undercarbonated, but thick and creamy.

Solid coffee stout, not nearly as good as brunch weasel but still very nice.


Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 04:13:36 | More by AlexFields
Photo of flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

£7.85 for 500ml from Vino Wines (Edinbrugh):
Black with a large, three centimetre tall head that is part bubbly/part creamy looking and seems quite thick on first appearance. The colour of the head is a tan brown colour and the retention is okay with only a slight reduction.

Roasted malts, some cocoa and a nice helping of coffee. There is a lingering smokey aroma that I hadn't been expecting and some dark chocolate too.

Strong roasted malts and a nice helping of cocoa along with the coffee and darker, rich malts from the nose. There is a boozy alcohol taste somewhere around the middle and some darker chocolate & some dark fruits at the end.

Smooth with a medium to full body and stronger than expected carbonation although nothing to lively. The beer had quite a rich and creamy feel to it and it went down well with a nice, boozy alcohol finish.

A strong tasting Imperial Stout, it seems slightly stronger than the 7.5% abv. would suggest but it goes down well with a nice kick to it and is packed with both aroma and flavour in abundance. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2013 10:31:07 | More by flyingpig
Photo of schnarr84

Alberta (Canada)

4.56/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

another great stout offering from mikkeller. smells of mellow coffee, caramel, fruit notes, burnt malts. Great mouthfeel, incredibly smooth and very mildly carbonated. the coffee comes through exceptionally, not overpowering but you definitely know it is there. I have bought this a few times and continue to everytime i see it in stores. There is a reason it is known as one of the better breakfast stouts

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 07:12:48 | More by schnarr84
Photo of endovelico


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

Appearance: Pours a black motor oil brew with unperceived effervescence and thin mocca foam cap with little to no lacing.

Aroma: Intense flavours of coffee, burnt malt, coal, tobacco and dried fruits.

Taste: Follows up on the nose with a little added complexity of port like notes.

Palate: High bitterness, low carbonation, medium full to full bodied, medium astringency, smooth finish.

Overall: To be honest it failed to live to my expectation but it's still a great introduction to the world of Imperial Russian Stouts.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 18:16:24 | More by endovelico
Photo of AxesandAnchors


3.13/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: Pours syrupy, very dark brow/black. A one finger moka colored head. Dissipated quite slowly, nice microfoam. Amazing retention.

S: Mild coffee smell. Dark fruit (but very light), moka. Alcohol is pretty much non existent. Coffee is greting more intense as it warms.

T: Extremely coffee forward taste. There is a bitterness that I would compare to bitter coffee (not a hop bitterness). A mixture of port and orange rind, although extremely difficult to extinguish behind the coffee flavor.

M: a ton of carbonation for the style, doesn't feel as thick as it poured.

O: Too much coffee, it overpowers any other flavor that might be present. The coffee bitterness is pretty overwhelming (an I'm also a coffee geek). A little too much carbonation for the style. I was pretty excited about this beer but it fell short with me. Probably won't be having this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2013 05:29:02 | More by AxesandAnchors
Photo of grover37

District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle purchased around 9/10 for $9, so this one probably has about 2.5 years on it. Poured into a tall tulip glass.

Appearance (3.75): Very dark black with ruby-tinted brown around the edges. A huge light brown head forms upon pouring but quickly fizzles to a thin layer and ring. Looks fairly thick but appears to have a lot of carbonation as well.

Aroma (4.25): Light espresso, dark chocolate and vanilla. Maybe some oats and some fresh bread but mostly chocolate. Resinous and oily with some faint, dank hops perhaps.

Taste (4.25): Coffee, chocolate and maybe a touch of pine up front. More milk chocolate and some coffee flavors through the middle with a lingering finish of melt-in-your-mouth chocolate. A firm bitterness through the finish which pairs nicely with the notes of medium-roast coffee throughout. Oats are apparent on the back end but is dominated by the chocolate/coffee.

Mouthfeel (4.75): Very smooth, even for an oatmeal stout. The bitterness of the coffee comes through on the end but well integrated and not offensive. Again, velvety smooth with a medium to full body and medium carbonation which enhances those pleasant flavors on the back end.

Overall (4.5): A very well done oatmeal stout without overpowering coffee (while still being prominent). The 7.5% ABV is nowhere to be found and this is very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 22:37:27 | More by grover37
Photo of spoony


3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 500 ml bottle into a snifter.

A-The brew is pitch black, the color of coffee, which is a good thing. A normal pour produced a short, dark brown head that dropped quickly to a ring around the glass.

S-The smell is roasted, smokey malts and dark chocolate. Coffee is a component of the smoke flavor, but not very distinct. Just a little caramel whiff as the brew nears room temperature.

T-The coffee establishes itself a little more on the tongue than on the nose, but the dominant flavor is still a smokey bitterness. Once the brew warmed up, the taste grew similar to the smell with some dark chocolate and a little bit of caramel.

M-The feel was the highlight for me. The brew was medium to heavy bodied with a fine carbonation that gave it a smooth feel.

O-This beer grew on me as I drank it. At first, the acrid smokiness was overpowering and I was disappointed by the lack of distinct coffee notes. To be accurate, I would say that the coffee flavor was there, but it tasted burned. Anyway, as things warmed up and my palate adjusted, the flavors began to gel and the acrid flavors subsided a bit, but never completely disappeared.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 17:47:30 | More by spoony
Photo of kylehay2004


4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thin tan head with some lacing on a jet black body. Dark cocoa, coffee and roasted and smoked malts. Very good aroma but a little simple and just a little light. Flavors include a very well balanced with the coffee very well applied to a smoked malt base beer with earthy hopped character. Medium to thick body and moderate carbonation. This one is simple but what it does, it does well. Very smooth, flavorful and incredibly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 22:52:44 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of FLima


4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Its color couldn’t be darker. Made just one finger head with a dark color as well and with a low retention.
Rich aroma of toasted and smoke malts, dark chocolate and coffee. Taste pretty much follows the nose, with the addition of citric hops with a hint of resin.
Alcohol is hidden in its strong personality. Aftertaste is dry and a bit hoppy.
It has a full creamy body with light carbonation and small bubbles.
It is really a complete breakfast, very complex and balanced beer; it perfectly substitutes your morning (or evening) coffee. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2012 16:08:45 | More by FLima
Photo of CA_Infidel2o9

3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber to a sam adams cup

A- near jet black w/ floaties, 1/4" brown head w/ hard pour

S- smokey leather, coffee, dark chocolate, dank hops

T- smoke, dark roast coffee, bitter dark chocolate, pretzels, dank hops, acidic after taste

M- medium body, average carbonation

O- my first Mikkeller, a pretty decent brew. There's something off about the smell/taste that had me checking for a bottling date (there isn't one). Still an enjoyable beer, the smoke and dank hops were a pleasant surprise. Low score on the appearance cuz frankly, she's ugly. I know adding oats sacrafices appearance for a creamier mouthfeel, but i have had prettier beers w/ creamier mouthfeel then this.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 21:23:50 | More by CA_Infidel2o9
Photo of Liquoric3


4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black colour with a nice looking brownish, creamy head which disapperars rather quickly. Nice lacing on the glass. A really good looking imperial stout.
Aroma is full of nice coffee, roasted malts, dark fruits and a nice bitter presence of hops.
Maybe some hints of chocolate.
Taste is big time coffee, roasted flavors and a little smoke with a dry, hoppy bitter finish.
Don`t get many chocolate and sweet flavors in here, maybe at the beginning.
Body is medium to full with a long lasting bitter taste on the palate.

A nice imperial stout you can`t go wrong with this beer if you like creamy, coffee flavors

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 16:28:47 | More by Liquoric3
Photo of CloudStrife

New York

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle split and poured into small snifters.

A: Pours black with a 1.5 finger khaki head. Sticks around for a nice long time, leaving some lacing as it dissipates. Always a nice film covering the top.

S: Certainly some coffee upfront. Also a nice roasty dark fruit malt

T: Smooth blend with an overall background of smoke. Can get coffee in it as well as a dark fruity malt. Has the english influence in regard to malt flavors. Some hops make it through the backend.

M: Velvety creamy mouthfeel with low carbonation. Real nice easy drinking feel to it. A little warming.

Overall who cant love a breakfast stout. Paired this with a FBS and it came off smokier with less coffee. Nonetheless an incredible stout that I'd recommend to any coffee beer fan.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 02:49:49 | More by CloudStrife
Photo of MarioM


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

12 oz poured into my favorite red coffee cup for breakfast

A: Poured an opaque black inky thick luscious mess. Dark tan head with amazing lacing on my coffee cup. Amazing looking beer.

S: The aroma sneaks up on you from a distance. Nice roast and bitter chocolate with a hint of dark fruits. Also quite a bit of dark roast coffee, perfect for breakfast.

T: Oh yeah, great coffee flavor at the end with deep roastiness and dark bitter chocolate. Definitely a great coffee substitute in the morning, probably on the weekends only though.

M: Nice roast bitterness lingers from the dark malts with a nice dry finish that makes you want to go for another sip immediately after.

O: A great looking beer with an amazing aroma and great taste. A bit bitter but hey, this will wake you up and get you going on a slow morning. Especially while brewing like I am right now.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 07:21:50 | More by MarioM
Photo of warrenout330


3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle pour

A- pours a oily slick black appearance... slight khaki colored head that reduces to a sheet over the beer... minimal lacing to the snifter

S- big whiffs reveal grounded coffee as the dominant trait...roasted barley, dried tobaccoo leaf, slight leather in the back, bitter sweet chocolate... sweet oatmeal

T- big hits of well pronounced coffee, tobacco chew, roasted barely... semi bitter sweet chocolate, kind of creamy chocolate.. lingering coffee twang on the taste buds

M- this is were this beer loses me, medium to thinner body, not to much chew for big stout as this is interpreted.. decent carbonation... dry bitterness for a clean finsih

O- this is a good brew for coffee lovers, it hits that spot... but as far as a well rounded oatmeal coffee stout the mouth feel loses me... I so much want to love this beer though... maybe some age will throw some difference in this, or maybe I'm just saying this to make myself feel better

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 06:13:51 | More by warrenout330
Photo of GallowsThief


4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 1.9 oz bottle into my tulip. Purchased at Bobby’s in San Jose.

A – Dark as night with no light at all. Huge two fingers of fluffy brown head that had great retention. Nice lacing down the glass.

S – Coffee and lots of it in the nose. Roasted malts., toffee, bittersweet chocolate and a touch of smokiness.

T – Like the nose this packs a coffee wallop and I love it. Follows with a nice but soft bitterness. Chocolate for sure but not sweet. Tastes more like a bakers chocolate. Roasty and smoky all at once. Little vanilla flavor at end.

M – Creamy and smooth. Medium bodied with light to medium carbonation. Rolls over the palate with some smoke and faint sweetness.

O – Love it. If you don’t like coffee I suspect you wont dig this. I can drink this all day. Smooth brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 00:35:52 | More by GallowsThief
Photo of tut2528


3.3/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a deep black with absolutely no transparency even when held directly up to the light. it pours a very solid 2 fingers worth of light-tannish colored head formation with very nice lacing, and it dissipates down to a nice very thin film

S: all things resembling darkness. I get a big strong coffee ground, strong tobacco, smokiness, burnt malt, just a tinge of dark fruits sweetness (but I really, really have to pull for it), some dark cocoa, and pepper spice.

T: big, big tobacco crushes the palate with a heavy coffee ground balance. these two are the biggest main players of this brew. lesser characteristics include many of those similar in the nose... smokiness, bitter dark chocolate, an additional dry hop bitterness, toasted malt.

M: full bodied brew, minimal carbonation. the palate is left with a strong bitterness and tobacco-like taste that is quite potent

O: nothing to write home about here... just a slightly above average beer (and I'm being generous)... I was extremely surprised on just how much tobacco was present in this brew and I thought that it was over done. it is a very robust and bold brew which is a good quality as long as it is in balance (but i find the balance to be off)

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 01:37:47 | More by tut2528
Photo of Zraly


4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Teku glass. Maybe not the ideal vessel but it will have to do for now. Decent mocha head but it dies out fairly quick. Some ruby, red velvet highlights tinge the head; sultry looking. Deep and dark, though, just as it should be.

Smell is full-force coffee beans and cocoa -- it smells like the big sack of Penzey's cocoa I have waiting for holiday baking.

Really rich but approachable at the same time. Coffee, dark chocolate dominate. Smoke lingers in the background, some of it teeters on charred flavors. Mouthfeel is silky smooth creamy -- thank you, oats! Body is fairly full, although not so rich and full that it isn't easy drinking. My girlfriend, who is typically not a huge fan of bigger stouts, thought this was very drinkable (and likable).

This is very lovely to have with a breakfast dinner. I made a bacon and extra sharp cheddar omelette for dinner; this beer was a fantastic pairing. It cut through the sharpness of the cheese, enhanced the smokey flavor imparted by the bacon and complimented the fresh, course ground black pepper I added to the eggs. I could also see this as dessert or with a properly grilled, medium-rare NY strip steak.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 00:00:42 | More by Zraly
Beer Geek Breakfast from Mikkeller ApS
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