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Beer Geek Breakfast - Mikkeller ApS

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Reviews: 966
Hads: 2,348
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 16.06%
Wants: 183
Gots: 410 | FT: 27
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Mikkeller ApS
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Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout | 7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Goldorak on 03-10-2006

Brewed at Nøgne Ø.

Ingredients : Water, malt (pils, oat, smoked, caramunich, brown, pale chocolate and chocolate), roasted barley, flaked oats, hops (centennial and cascade), ale yeast and gourmet coffee.
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Photo of 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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Photo of cswhitehorse
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer geek breakfast pours dark as night. With very little foam head and lacing seemed to be hit or miss.

The aroma is definitely coffee and dark chocolate. It really does taste like you are drinking a cup of cold java. The first taste gave an old flavor but once it hits the sensors of the tongue a couple of times you are enjoying the blackness. In the mouth you are left with a bitterness on the tongue and back of the throat. It is syrupy brew to say the least.

It had a sharp bite to it from the coffee. Overall a solid brew to say the least. As far as being worth the EU to US dollars rate, that is in the eye of the beholder.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Vancer for sending me this bottle.

Dark, opaque brown almost black. Large brown head that leaves slight lacing. After finishing some sticky brown spots remain in the bottom of the glass. Not sure what this is (some sort of particles I guess). Doesn't change anything really.

I smell some coffee and some oats, that's about it.

Sweet oats up front with lots of deep coffe flavor in the middle and the back end. Hints of chocolate. Leaves a coffee taste on the palate long after drink is gone. I'm not a huge coffee fan, but this is a good beer.

The mouthfeel is a lot like coffee actually.

Pretty good drinkability. If you're a coffee fan it's great drinkability.

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Photo of Avryle
4.51/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Like all beers in the top 100, I have a bit of hesitancy going it. You know they've got to be good because enough people have said they are, but are they really that good? Or is it just hype based on supply & demand. This is one fine beer that belongs there- its like a love child of Big Boss Brewing's Coffee Stout & Southern Tier's Jahva.

A- Super dark brown-black. A vigorous pour gave it a nice big dark head that eventually disipates to a continuous ring. Minimal lacing

S- The one short-coming. I found very minimal nose. A bit of coffee, a bit of oat, but not much else

T- Beer Geek Breakfast? Pshaw... Or so I though. I could drink this in the morning with breakfast and have minimal thoughts of social deviance. The flavor of the coffee beans is pervasive. It tastes like coffee beans smell with a bitter oatmeal-like finish. After the swallow, there's a strong coffee-fume taste that lingers. Simply beautiful.

M- It actually has the same body as coffee. Very, very minimal carbonation which is good for this brew, but it makes it dangerously drinkable.

D- Too good. Lord, have mercy. If this were available in Sunny Albany, NY, I would be in trouble. I'd fill my travel mug up for the drive to work every morning and either end up with a DUI or sacked from my job.

Thanks a million to Johnnnniee for the Growling at the Moon kicker!

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks go out to johnnnniee for the bottle.

A: Black as the night with a massive two finger mocha head. Looks really nice in the glass.

S: Roasted malt up front. Coffee and chocolate are right there behind it.

T: Wow. Mix of chocolate and coffee. Different in that neither really dominated 100%. Bitterness is there from the coffee. The oats are there as well.

M: In a word velvety if that is in fact a word. Creamy all the way down. Super smooth.

D: I could see people actually having this for breakfast. Really great beer that is super complex while not beating you down with ABV. The Scandinavians are making some marvelous stuff as of late.

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Photo of Beertracker
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the label: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and to beer geeks, like Mikkeller, a hearty, complex stout is the tastiest way to begin the day. This unique mix of an oat and coffee stout creates an intense, full-bodied beer, which is surprisingly balanced and full of new taste adventures with every sip.

Mikkeller's Beer Geek Breakfast pours up with a moderate carbonation that creates a incredibly inviting mocha colored head that neatly crowns the nearly jet black body. Marvelous! The heavily roasted aroma is decadent with rich caramel, toasted walnuts, chocolate nibs, and lots of coffee/espresso notes. Some earthiness, vanilla, and alcohol warmth add to the overall complexity. The bold flavor starts off with some initial caramel/chocolate sweetness that gives way to a solid toasted oat graininess with coffee & espresso notes marked by some underlying bitterness. The beer continues to dry towards the slightly acrid, burnt, bittersweet, and warming finish. This medium-full bodied double stout is creamy & very chewy, but has some astringency which is distracting. Overall... this is a well-crafted stout from the Danes that proves, "Beer, it's not just for breakfast anymore!"

Skål! Beertracker

*Taster's Note: Special thanks to beerhandy for sharing this bottle.

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Photo of geexploitation
4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours quite thick, with a near-black body and virtually no highlights. The head forms only a collar on the beer. The nose is a fairly straightforward mix of standard American/Impy stout with some extra coffee notes thrown in, but there is a particularly nice warm, doughy note hovering in the background. The palate is where this beer separates itself from the pack. Things start off sweet, like rich coffee with sugar and a touch of cream, with plenty of roasted barley to rough things up. Significant hop bitterness comes through next, along with some acidity that sets the sides of the tongue alight. At the finish, the roast comes through again, dry and evocative but never acridly bitter. Everything on the palate is seamlessly integrated; it's a big beer that's never unbalanced in any way. Mouthfeel is excellent; a lot of beers would go for more body here, but I feel that the medium-heavy body is enough to convey the necessary flavors while also being spare enough to enhance drinkability. Overall, this is fantastic stuff that all stout fans should sample at some point.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Perfect jet black body topped by a big four fingers of light brown (past tan here) lively micro bubbles. Good lacing.

Aroma of roasting coffee with hints of chocolate.

Taste is heavy on coffee, a bit of chocolate, and a nice hit of oats. The roastiness of the coffee is subdued, lacking the burnt overdone sensation. Earthy hops are tasty without dominating.

Nice rich silky mouthfeel. Drinkabiliy is probably too good. This beer is literally going down too easily. I need it to last a bit longer.

Very well done, a very "American" craft beer from Denmark. The price may discourage regular return visits, but well worth the initial try.

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4.78/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The thick motor oil black brew pews out of the bottle settleing into the glass thick and fat. Head is a gorgeous rich milk chocolate colored set of active bubbles. About a half inch of thick lace is left behind. Nose is full of robust spicey coffee, coco and toasty malt notes. It is very inticing. Enters the mouth cranking out a zesty rich spicey richness. This fueled by wonderful full coffee tones that are carried nicely by the oats. Burnt malts are all over the palate and add nicely the feel. Incredibly smooth and amazingly complex. This beer shows great balance. The richness of this beer lomes long on the mouthfeel with appropriate coffee feel. This beer belongs in the upper echelon of coffee based stouts. Very lovely drinkable brew.

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Photo of HotHabanero
4.59/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Pours with a pitch blak body and a huge creamy, brown head - medium lasting. Nose of roasted malt, chocolate and espresso coffee. Flavour is with malt, black coffee, oatmeal and liquorice. Oily texture. Full bodied. The finish is bitter and again with roasted malt. A complex and very drinkable brew.

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Beer Geek Breakfast from Mikkeller ApS
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