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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 brewdoc75
3.33/5  rDev -19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

I was so excited to find this beer due to its great reviews and of course its name. I was able to get ahold of a bottle in a gas station in South Dakota, of all places. It was a new shipment, so I assume it was fresh.

This beer pours a pitch black color with a towering brownish-white head. It takes a while to settle down, but looks fabulous in my glass. I waited about 15 minutes so it could warm up a bit. The aromas were outstanding with a strong coffee note initially. This is followed by a solid chocolate aroma and some mild smokiness. Not a hop to be found, but this is a good thing in this brew. Unfortunately the taste did not follow the aroma entirely. All I could get initially was coffee. Don't get me wrong, this wasn't Sanka, but it was just too much. The coffee flavor was pleasurable, but it was just unbalanced to me. I only had a mild hint of the other malts with some slight smokiness and a mild aftertaste of chocolate. Otherwise the flavor was like drinking a cool glass of espresso. I even waited another 15 minutes to let it warm up more. Still no major flavor profiles other than the coffee. The flavor was a let down but the mouthfeel was nice and silkly smooth.

Overall this beer really disappointed me. It wasn't a drain pour by any means, but it wasn't a rock star like proclaimed. It was just too unbalanced, even for a coffee stout. I love coffee and I love beer. I've had other coffee stouts and porters that were excellent. Unfortunately this was not one of them. It may be good for breakfast, just due to the fact that it is like drinking a coffee. I'd rather have the warm cup of joe before I go to work. Plus the cost of the coffee is only a fraction of what I paid for this.

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Photo of malcontent
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Frothy, meringue-like head leaves lacing clinging to all quarters of the glass. Opaque black body caps a serious looking brew.

Coffee is unmistakable but not as in-your-face as expected. Slightly musty with a hint of ash. Actually not nearly as enticing as I'd hoped.

Recovers in a big way on taste. Strong brewed coffee with intensly bitter dark chocolate and a healthy dose of charcoal on the finish.

No complaints on the mouthfeel with an excellent marriage of creamy and crisp. Bitterness is aggressive with a different slant than that imparted by hops so drinkability isn't through the roof. Still, this is an excellent beer from Mikkeller.

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Photo of IdleAaron
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black - looks like a perfectly pulled shot of espresso with a nice head of crème.

Smell: Definite coffee aroma with hints of chocolate. Very well balanced.

Taste: This is great! The coffee and chocolate malt work together flawlessly. A perfect match.

Mouth Feel: Rich and full bodied, it feels as substantial as it looks. Very nice.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Just like a good cup of coffee this is definitely a sipper. The perfect way to start my day!

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Photo of drumrboy22
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a DFH snifter. Beer was black in color with a one finger, creamy, espresso colored head. Moderate lacing and very soft carbonation.

Aroma was coffee, oats, grains, molasses, brown sugar and dark fruits.

Taste was full and heavy on coffee. There's also some bitter chocolate flavors present and heavily roasted, almost burnt grains.

This is a pretty tasty brew. Thick, full mouthfeel with a lightly bitter finish.

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Photo of Donnie2112
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: black, big brown head that dissipates pretty quickly

smell: fairly sweet, a bit of molasses, some cocoa, vanilla a hint of raisins or currants

taste: coffee, raisins, acidic hint of dark fruit that pulls through burnt grain all the way to the finish

mouthfeel: heavy body, light carbonation and heavy astringence and a bit of alcohol warming

drinkability: finishs a bit dirty and is a bit heavy, and is like black coffee in that respect. I actually paired this up with a plate of French toast, and crispy hash browns with mushrooms, vidalia onions, and cheddar cheese. This was delicious and from the label I must say this fulfills it's intended purpose admirably.

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Photo of cjohnson
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet, motor oil black with a finger-width of dark brown head that didn't last too long, but leaves a nice lacing.

Coffee and chocolate are the main smells.

Coffee and chocolate are also the main tastes, but there's a bit more complexity going on behind those. Toffee and caramel are certainly present, and maybe some molasses.

Mouthfeel was a bit thick, and not very carbonated. Overall a pretty drinkable stout, but not quite as drinkable as some others.

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Photo of peabody
4.8/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out a really dark black with a foamy brown/tan head that is composed of many small bubbles. Very nice lacing.
Smell is malt and toffee and coffee and chocolate and almost a vanilla aroma. Not a lot of hops can be detected through the nose but the combination of smells here make up for any shortcomings.
Taste is sweet dark malts and coffee. This is such a great tasting beer. Don't know why it's not in the top 100. That coffee taste really stays with the aftertaste for quite some time.
Mouthfeel is very clean. Not a lot of oil here which I like and the coffee that stays with you for a while is really mild and more sweet than bitter.
I could drink this stuff for breakfast/lunch and dinner if it were more redily available.

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Photo of abankovich
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Special thanks to zapata for passing this beer along to me so I could have a chance to try it.

Poured a very, very dark brown/black with a great tan head that was a little more than a finger thick. The bubbles throughout the head actually built up on the side of the glass that the force of the pour was being sent to, making the head not completely level. A really cool effect that left the lacing higher on one side of the glass than the other after the head diminished.

Very surprised by my first whiff in which the hops were actually the first thing I noticed, something that I was not expecting. Bitter chocolates, coffee (of course) and oats all came through in the next smell. Some caramel aroma later on. Toasted grains and sweet malty sugars are definitely present as well. I'm anticipating a full bready taste upon my first sip.

Well the coffee in this beer isn't joking around. It is by far the most dominant taste. Toasted grain is lying underneath the coffee flavors throughout. About 1/3 way through the glass I notice some caramel as well after I'm adjusting to the toasted flavors and the beer is warming a bit more. The roasted flavors are not overpowering, not burnt tasting, but still very toasty. Smooth chocolate is the final taste in the mouth with a delicious coffee bitterness and aftertaste warming my throat as it passes down.

Mouthfeel is fantastic on this beer. Full, thick and so so smooth.

Drinkability on this one is good, but I don't know if I could handle a few of these bombers considering how intense this beer is. That said, it is delicious and I encourage everyone to try this beer if given the opportunity. Also, don't expect to be tasting other beers after this one, your tastebuds will need a rest.

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Photo of brdc
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This one pours a pitch black brew with a really big head that holds well and leaves a lot of lacing.
Aroma and taste are pleasant, but rather unidimensional; some roasted malts, but it is coffee after layer of coffee, and I could barely, if at all, notice anything else.
It has a very smooth mouthfeel, but the excessive coffee did nothing to improve its drinkability; perhaps it is just me but I cannot finish this one.

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Photo of ShrLSU
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle today as I saw it was new to the area. Poured a big dark tan head. It looked more like a coke than a beer with all the head on it. The nose was very coffee/espresso laden. First taste is quite creamy and smooth. It gives way to some bitterness and coffee flavor, with a bit of hop kick at the end. Pretty good beer overall. Probably not worth what I paid for it, but still a good beer.

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Photo of ryrust5301
3.62/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass out of 12oz. bottle. Literally one of the prettiest brews after the pour I have ever seen. A 5 finger head shot up the glass as bubbles cascaded down the sides like a waterfall. Left a massive three finger head after it settled. Thick and clumpy kinda like a coke float on top of a brownish black beer. Smells has kind of a spicy hop behind the malt. Burnt espresso floats around as well. Smooth espresso right up front on the taste. Very faint sweet smoothness before getting smack around by the coffee taste the rest of the way. Not as layered as I had hoped. Just a smooth burnt coffee taste with a sweetness around the sides. Hops sneak through the back door in the end. An enjoyable brew, certainly pleasing to the eye. I had hoped for a bit more after what I had heard.

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Photo of jeonseh
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a bomber and poured into my crystal Brandy snifter. Also thanks to tayner for trading this one with me and giving the chance to try it.

A - Very deep chocolate brown. Reflective body as no light gets through it at all. Looks a bit thinner than I'd like. Had a one finger mocha colored head that poured out before moving to the sides. Did leaves a nice amount of lacing though.

S - Has a huge nose that wafts up full of vanilla and coffee. The coffee notes are huge and dominating. Get a nice smell of fresh ground espresso beans. Get a bit hit of dark chocolate roasted flavors as well. Also a big caramel note that comes through. Has a bit of a spice in the nose that I would almost think was from barrel aging if I did not know better. Actually reminds me a bit of the nose of the Oak Age Yeti except a lot bigger than that one.

T - At first, there is a sweet note of vanilla but that does not last long before the coffee notes come in and just dominate this brew. Get some dark chocolate bitterness in there as well that compliments the roasted coffee flavors. Even has a hint of anise in these as well which may be the cause of the spice I smell in the nose. Unfortunately, the taste does not live up to this beer's amazing nose.

MF - There is a light carbonation in there that seems to make the beer appear to have some of its spicy notes. This tingly and prickly feeling on the tongue really seems to stick around as the beer sits in the mouth. The one thing is that I just wish the beer was a bit thicker in the mouth. It seemed a bit thin to me.

D - Overall this is a good coffee beer. It is not the top coffee beer that I ever had but it has a lot of flavor and packs a punch. I would pick it up again and have to say that it would probably go very well with chocolate cake. Also think that the bitter and roasted flavors would makes this a good candidate from a beer float. I just wish it packed a little more complexity in the flavor and had a bit thicker mouthfeel as well.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first experience with this beer was serving it as a volunteer at the 2007 Portland International Beerfest - oh, how the beer geeks did swarm to the Beer Geek! I had a taster later that weekend and recall liking it. Bought one once it hit the shelves - and have been sitting on this bottle ever since. The time felt right to finally drink it; poured (22.3 oz) to a 'Widmer' pint glass.

A: Absolutely pitch black; I really don't see any light cutting through this one. Head (from a fairly vigorous pour) built to about 3-fingers of mocha-tan froth, reducing and thickening to a slim creamy topping and leaving several wide rings of sticky lace.

S: Dark malt, cocoa powder and toasted grain (this is an oatmeal stout). A little syrupy sweetness, some toffee and brown sugar-like aromas. Coffee smells are refined and unobtrusive.

T: Fudgy bittersweetness and creamy coffee, I'm reminded of gooey brownies or warm chocolate cake. Grainy huskiness is nicely toasted. Dark pit fruit tang and some citrus zest in the bittering finish.

M: Remarkably smooth. Not a 'big' body, but is a little thick. Coating malty/sweet film covers the mouth, sticks on the back of the tongue.

D: Not the greatest stout I've ever had, but certainly a tasty one that deserves its praise. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of iconoklaztor
4.77/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The name of the person that traded this to me escapes me. My apologies. This beer pours a very nice, dark black, with a tan head. I am a big fan of beers with tan, almost brown, heads.

The smells of this beer instantly make there way to the nose. It has notes of coffee, chocolate, and a oat-ness.

The taste is so rich and well balanced that I cant help but want to quickly consume this beer. Coffee and chocolate dominate this beer. It's a great piece of work.

The mouth is rich and creamy. I really like this beer

Overall, I would love to get my hands on more of these. If you can get them BM me and lets trade.

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Photo of bassmantin
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to iconoklaztor for letting me try this one.

Pours a very dark black with a thick brown head.

Smells strongly of coffee; not as intense a coffee smell as, say, the Breakfast Stout, but still very distinct. The taste is full of chocolate and coffee flavors. Very thick, dense, coats the mouth and the taste last quite some time. The taste is almost porterish and very creamy.

A very nice beer, full of intense, high quality flavors. Very highly recommended.

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Photo of DrJay
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one as part of 80s BIF. Thanks Jw347!
This one poured pitch black with just about the darkest brown head that I've seen. It formed a thick, creamy cap off the pour and settled to a solid ring and skim of fine bubbles, leaving behind streaky and spotty lacing. Lots of coffee and roast in the aroma along with a malty caramel base. Notes of licorice and chocolate also appeared as it warmed. Moderate bitterness was mostly overshadowed by the rich malt sweetness and roasted coffee flavours. Again, chocolate and licorice were mild, but added depth and complexity. Hops contributed a light grassiness to the finish. Caramel was present throughout. Great texture, full bodied and creamy, with well integrated carbonation. Truly a fine stout, well balanced considering the strong character. Very easy to drink and quite enjoyable.

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

Opaque and black in color with a thick head that fell away. There were scents of roased coffee beans, dark chocolate and heavy cream. In the mouth it was medium-bodied and showed off the coffee and chocolate. The hops picked up toward the finish which just added to the bitter, black coffee feeling. A very nice brew but I have the feeling that some barrel aging would help fill out the midpalate.

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Photo of swizzlenuts
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours incredibly thick. It has a quite large head that is brown and actually retains the head very well. The beer has a slight bit of carbonation, but looks beautiful.

The nose on the beer is chocolaty with some coffee flavour in there. It's what you'd expect from this. The beer is quite thick and dry. There is a complexity to the taste as well. There is an initial chocolate taste with some bitterness from the hops then some molasses which is followed by the dry coffee taste. It's very roasted and quite fucking good.

I could probably only have one or two of these because of the thickness and alcohol taste, but it's so balanced and complex I wouldn't mind being extra full from this beer.

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Photo of AlephNull
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From Notes:

A - Pours a viscuous black, thick and completely opaque. 1 finger of brown head appears eventually

S - Coffee roasted masks a little sweet chocolate and a slight hops scent

T - Wow --- Sweet coffee and toffee beautifully ballanced with a crisp hoppiness.

M - Thick and rich - almost milkshake consistency. Slightly chalky but not overly so. Somehow refreshing too.

D - Wonderfully drinkable for an "extreme" beer enjoyed the heck out of this.

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Photo of ncvbc
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours essentially pitch black with a nice tan head that remains for a decent while and settles to a ring. Smell is mostly bittersweet and lightly roasted with a hint of licorice or anise. Taste carries on with a sweetness of oatmeal and again a hint of licorice. The grainy, roasty flavor of coffee comes right through the middle of this sweetness but doesn't overtake it. Some chocolate and other sweet flavors assist a roast bitterness that comes in. A very interesting combo. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth to start out. Kind of a bitter finish and a tad dry. An interesting brew. It's a little here and there, even a little hoppy touch to it that grows as it warms but I enjoy it. Recommended at least for a one-time affair.

Cheers to akorsak for the extra!

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Photo of baggio
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Pikkulintu / Helsinki

A: Black brownish with a small beige lace.

S: Coffee, oatmeal, vanilla.

T: Brown sugar, Espresso, Roasted Malts, Chocolate.

M: Very smooth and rich with a nasty bitterness at the end.

I think this beer is slightly hyped and overrated but don't let that stop you from trying it. Even tho there are better imperial stouts out there this is a damn fine beer and i feel obliged to recommend it.

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Photo of clingman71
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent beer, but seems to be overhyped to me. It was very expensive ($12.99). There are many good examples of Stouts(coffee, oatmeal, imperial, breakfast, etc.) that I enjoy more that are far less money. It pours almost black with a tan head. It displays aroma of roasted malt and coffe. Flavor much the same, although a little more to the dry roasty side of things than creamy as many oatmeal stouts seem to be. I had a Hoppin' Frog B.O.R.I.S. the Crusher today as well, and it blew this beer away in my opinion. It was only $6.99 as well, nearly half the cost for a bigger, more flavorful beer.

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Photo of Risser09
4.62/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a white wine glass - 2007 bottling - Cellar temp

Appearance: Pours a pitch black beer with a head collection much like a Guinness. The head is a dark brown and stands 1.5" tall. It has good retention with ample lacing.

Smell: Heavily coffeed. Black patent malt and chocolate malts. Roasted nuts, anise, chewing tobacco and leather. Every pour yields more licorice aroma!

Taste: Deep, dark, sugary beer with lots of coffee flavors. The beginning middle and end all serve up some amazing fresh roasted coffee flavor. It does really taste like fresh beans. The most floral tasting attribute is the anise/licorice twang that drives the sweetness further. The best coffee beer I've had.

Mouthfeel: A nice full bodied beer with enough carbonation not to be cloying. The alcohol is perfect at 7.5% which is just about right. Bitter coffee finish isn't cloying either.

Drinkability: This really is a great beer. The balance and appropriate attributes don't go over the top, but are patient and subdued. The anise and licorice flavors are what do it for me the most. A true treat that should be enjoyed by itself!

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Photo of JDV
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark, oily black with a nice lasting dark brown head. Gorgeous. Smell is rich dark chocolatey malt. Taste is rich dark smooth chocolate, with a nice coffee grind bite to it, but well balanced and not over the top coffee. Slightly rich and full bodied with medium carbonation, and it goes down so easily. Nicely light bittered finish to give it a bittersweet dark chocolate flavor and a good hit of obvious but restrained coffee flavor as well. Damn good beer!!

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Photo of largadeer
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pitch black with a finger of dark brown foam. Nice head retention for a coffee beer.

Smell: Bold roasted barley, semi-sweet chocolate, coffee with cream, a hint of molasses. The coffee aroma is a bit subdued.

Taste & mouthfeel: Up-front dark roasted coffee and unsweetened chocolate with a touch of molasses. Dry yet so damn smooth and rich for 7.5% ABV, a perfect example of how much oatmeal can contribute to the texture of a brew. The finish is coating but pleasantly mild, leaving some lasting notes of coffee and toast. Dry through-and-through, the lack of sweetness makes this one highly drinkable beer despite its chewy texture.

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Beer Geek Breakfast from Mikkeller ApS
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