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Beer Geek Breakfast - Mikkeller ApS

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Reviews: 960
Hads: 2,309
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 16.06%
Wants: 181
Gots: 391 | 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 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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Photo of dsa7783
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 Pint, 6.3 fl oz bottle purchased from Wine and Liquor in Boonton...
I heard a lot of good things about this beer, so I was eager to give it a try...
Very impressive appearance, jet-black, ebony hue with a decent-sized foamy and frothy, tan, red-colored head that left a substantial amount of lacing around the glass..
Rich aroma with cocoa powder, espresso, and dark latte notes...
Extremely thick and rich flavors, with a strong suggestion of dark coffee, roasted malts, vanilla, toffee, burnt chocolate, and oats...
This definitely comes off as having a rich milkshake-like quality, and for a good comparison to this one, try Avery's Czar or Oskar Blues Ten FIDY...
As mentioned, a very creamy, rich, thick, filling mouthfeel...
Drinkability was likewise very good due to the ABV not being way over the top and the rich, creamy, enjoyable flavors...
I don't know about having this one at breakfast, but it sure is tasty...

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Photo of Tilley4
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've been putting this off and putting this off and now on the only decent snow we've had in western Tennessee in 5 years, I decided to have this one for breakfast while I watched the kiddies make snow angels in the front yard.

This pours out into my Sierra Nevada pint glass with an espresso black coloring and to my surprise, is much, much thicker than I was expecting it to be. It oozes out much like a Ten Fidy or something... Wow, this is impressive looking...

The aroma wafting out off of this is simply divine.... The strong roasted coffee aromas are matched beautifully by the combination of dark chocolate mixed with a sweet dark fruit smell that takes this to a completely different level than most stouts that I've had...

Unlike many coffee stouts that I've had, this one is not at all overdone. A perfect blend of coffee, chocolate, sweet dark fruit, and that reliable oatmeal swirl together on the taste buds to create a magnificent blend of taste experiences. I would almost classify this as an oatmeal stout and that being said, it's without a doubt the best that I've ever had. A masterpiece...

As I watch my 3 and 5 year old highstepping it through the snow with their mother out my front window, this brew makes the moment perfect... It's the only bottle that I have but I can't think of a more perfect way to experience it...

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Photo of czfreeman
4.82/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ive been looking foward to this for a while. Pours out absolutley pitch espresso black, capped by a lace-thin brown sugar/ espresso-tan head. Sounds strange, but looking down into the brew after the head has dissapated, there is a perfect swirl of lace, like cream was stirred in -odd. Absolutley gorgeous to behold.

Aroma is divine. Notes of various levels of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate,raisin-oats. All together it truly comes together as a bowl of raisin oatmeal with chocolate and a nice cup of coffee.

Before I even begin to describe the absolute delicious flavor, I must say the mouthfeel is absolutley perfect. The lower ABV allows a complexity of flavors to shine through individually without being overwhelming. Flavors of coffee and cocoa,finishes with a silky oat smoothness with long roast flavors with a slight sweetness. Not too sweet, exactly like a good cup of coffee.

This beer, for its name, and flavors and experience it was crafted to showcase is absolutley near-perfection for me. The layers of aromas matched with flavors conjure up so many childlike breakfast-table memories. It really is an amazing accomplishment of success by the very talented,patient, and loving hands that created it. It is a Thomas Keller Salmon tuile-like experience for any foodies out there. A eye-opening revelatin that brings a smile. Congratulations Mikkeller.
...In sampling other breakfat stouts, I must come back to this one and comment further on what a truly perfect breakfast stout this is. It has become my standard to judge every breakfast stout I try

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Photo of Talisker
3.38/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle with no freshness date, received in trade. Must be at least 1 year old at time of drinking.

I love "breakfast" stouts. The combination of coffee, oatmeal, vanilla, chocolate, and roast just does it for me. And I love dry beers, although dry stouts aren't always my thing. Mikkeller does an excellent job with the breakfast style, such as it is, but it's extraordinarily dry - too much for my taste.

Pours a beautifual brownish black, with a medium dark brown head. Tons of very fine bubbles. Aroma dominated by coffee, with some underlying chocolate and vanilla.

Taste is *dry* - no sweetness to be found here. Very good, but still, bone dry - I wish there a little more balance. Almost a dry powder like a porter. A tannic finish, makes you want some water before taking that next drink.

Although I love the style, this particular expression is not to my taste. I need just a touch of sugar from the vanilla and chocolate - not too much, but more than I'm getting here. Certainly a very good beer, but probably ultimately not for me.

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

Poured into a snifter at breakfast time on brewday :-) This beer MUST be served in a glass that will highlight the excellent aroma. If this was simply poured into a pint glass, much would be lost...

Color = N/A. As in... there isn't a color. Unless you count black. Inky black. With a small, tight head and excellent retention. This would be an easy 5 if the head were more substantial.
The aroma is glorious. Roasted grain, alcohol, dark malt, chocolate, biscuits, burnt toast, molasses, coffee, oak, vanilla. Well-balanced between the sweet notes of malt and molasses and the acrid notes of grain and dark-toasted biscuit.
After the nose, the taste is slightly disappointing. The beer is balanced heavily toward acrid burnt grain, as the malt character and sweetness are overwhelmed.
The mouthfeel is chewy, thick, smooth, with medium carbonation and a long, smooth finish that is both warming and astringent.
As far as drinkability, the acridness of the finish and the overall burnt balance to the flavor cause the experience to be one I would not want to repeat often. That said, the nose is so pleasing as to merit hours of sniffing pleasure :-) This is certainly a must-try for any complex stout fan.

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Photo of Mudpuppet
3.56/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for triplecoil for the chance to try this.

A- Poured from a bomber into a Perfect Pint glass. Pours a dark motor oil black with little to no head.

S- Not a strong nose. Notes of dark malt, coffee and a mild alcohol burn.

T- Coffee, molasses, and dark malts. Not quite as breakfasty as I expected. Very tasty for a stout but does not hit the breakfast stout category.

M- Not overly thick. Decent carbonation.

D- I could drink this but I am very let down that it isn't quite a coffee and creamy as other breakfast stouts.

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Photo of triplecoil
3.56/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour from a bomber into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Poured extremely dark, with minimal head that dissipated quickly. Nose was a little roasty, molasses, and not very powerful. Taste was coffee, a little chocolate, licorice, and somewhat thin. Mouthfeel is refreshing and tight...kind of strange for a biggish stout.

Not bad, but definitely didn't live up to what I hoped for. I'd drink it again, but I probably wouldn't buy it.

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

After Black Hole I was wondering if Mikkeller was a little overrated, but this beer (and their barleywine) make me think that they're anything but.
This beer is as black as night with a thin to moderate brown head. Not too foamy, not too flat.
Smells like roasted coffee and chocolate. No tacked-on Belgian yeast or anything strange going on. Just a good coffee stout.
The taste is of coffee, roasted nuts, molasses, and a little cocoa. Not too dry and not too sweet. The oats make this mellow and smooth. No heat at all.
Just the right texture and almost too easy drinking. I want more already.
This reminds me a lot of the Founders Breakfast Stout, which I can't easily get out here in Colorado.
This is terrific and something I can't wait to revisit.
Mikkeller's doing something right for sure. When they're taking on the American-style extreme crafts, they're doing them as well as anyone here is. I'm going to have to grab their "Draft Bear" and IPA offerings on my next LiquorMax visit.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this bottle in a trade with leftmindedrighty. Thanks Aaron!

It's breakfast time ! lol

It purs from 22.3 oz bottle an extremely dark brown with a nice 2 finger head of tannish foam that hardly shrinks during the session and leaves a lot of nice lacing.

The smell is of coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, and caramel malt and at times, dark fruit and they started to hit my nose the second the cap was popped.

The taste is very nice. Notes of coffee and roasted malt along with nice dark chocolate and man, it has a great mouthfeel to it. The finish is a dark chocolate bitterness that lingers on well after the swallow and the alcohol s very well hidden. As I take more sips, I begin to notice that the roasted malt takes on more of a burnt malt flavour and that works out just fine for me...err..the strange thing is, each sip I take seems to be slightly different from the previous sip; it's almost like the flavours are on rotation. That said, this is one tasty and drinkable son of a gun and I'm very pleased that I got a chance to try it!

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Photo of Overlord
3.61/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Been looking forward to this one for a while. Thanks J!

Pours a cola like dark, dark brown (near black). Surprisingly robust carbonation and head, though the head quickly vanishes, which is a shame considering it's a cascadingly beautiful dark brown. Smells like roasted malt and coffee. Taste is much the same; I actually don't detect much oatmeal. The overriding flavor is roasted chocolate malt with coffee; there's some vanilla in here as well. Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side. The bitterness just gets to be a bit much after a while.

A good beer, but perhaps a bit too coffee-ish for my taste. The only stout that can get away with that (IMHO) is Speedway.

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

Thanks goes out to ThorsHammer for this brew.

Poured into a chalice a deep dark thick black color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy/creamy dark tan head, which left a nice blob of oil slick in the middle of the glass, and some sticky lacing around the edge. The nose is big/malty, nice touch of coffee/toffee/chocolate/caramel, and some roastiness. The taste is very malty, slightly sweet, good tones of the dark stuff. Medium body, a well rounded brew. Very drinkable, this is my first Mikkeller, but not my last, I have a Black Hole, Big Worse, Stateside IPA in the closet. Thanks Eric.

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