Beer Hop Breakfast - Mikkeller ApS
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Reviews by falloutsnow:
3.95/5 rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
Bottle from Beertopia in Omaha, NE
No bottled on date
Poured into a tulip glass
Mikkeller's Beer Hop Breakfast assertively hops a version of his Beer Geek Breakfast for a hop-lover's treat in stout form. The hops primarily contribute bitterness with some pine and grapefruit characters. The malt is well-roasted and dominant, alongside the coffee ground character that tends to make up coffee stouts. Aside from a fairly aggressive and out of place mouthfeel, this is a quality stout. At $8.50 per bottle, though, this is going to be a lesser-bought beer for me.
Able to pour a huge, taller than 4cm head of dark tan to brown in color. Composed of small bubbles, which create a frothy look as the head is exposed to oxygen. Head takes a very long time to descend (excellent retention), and leaves massive amounts of lacing along the walls of the glass. Body is a deep, dark brown to black color, opaque, with only the slightest of indications that this has lighter brownish highlights. Carbonation is slightly visible along sides of glass: I"m sure it's there to support the foam, but the beer is dark enough to largely obscure it.
Aroma of roasted malt, mild coffee, and mild pine resin. I'm fairly certain this bottle is probably close to a year old, and I'm pleased that the hop use is still discernible.
Taste primarily of roasted malt and coffee with a strong underpinning of quite bitter hops. Opens with mild coffee bitterness and equally mild sweetness on the tip of the tongue. Moving a bit further back, coffee grounds and roasted barley malt eclipse most other flavors. At this point, I can detect some minute, but distinct sweetness from the barley and oatmeal malt combination. By mid-palate, bittering hops are very noticeable, contributing grapefruit and a smaller amount of pine-like flavors. Back of palate picks up a resurgence of roasted barley alongside hop bitterness. Strong coffee ground flavor in aftertaste, actually to the point of being a bit overstated, with residual hop bitterness.
Beer is medium-bodied with fairly aggressive carbonation that makes this a bit prickly on the palate. A fairly high alcohol content in an oatmeal stout would suggest a thicker beer with a smoother carbonation. This is not particularly smooth at all: the carbonation level makes you sip it rather quickly. Finish is mostly dry with a bit of stickiness around the edges of the mouth.
Serving type: bottle
04-14-2012 14:27:26 | More by falloutsnow
More User Reviews:
4.24/5 rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a pint bottle into a goblet.
A - Deep brown color that does not allow light through, although it appears clear at the edges. Dark tan head is initially fluffy and settles to a thick ring around the glass and shimmering sheets of tiny bubbles on the surface.
S - Aroma is fairly evenly balanced between roasty, full malt and citrusy American hops. There are interesting other smells in the background. Smoke, leather, an unusual earthy herbal note. There is low fruit like plums.
T - Strong roasted coffee flavor up front, Slightly acrid and smoky, with warm malt and chocolate milk behind it. Strong hops bitterness cuts through the malt in mid-palate. The hops taste more earthy than citrusy, but there is faint grapefruit in the background. The finish is dry, bringing back the coffee and smoky flavors.
M - Medium to full body with some mouth-coating malt, eventually finishing fairly dry with an astringency from the roasted malt. Moderate to full carbonation is smooth with a slightly tingly finish. Definite alcohol presence but not overly hot.
O - A very enjoyable beer. It is big and has bold flavors, but it has comparatively more balance than many American stouts.
Serving type: bottle
05-27-2014 02:55:09 | More by Radome
4.64/5 rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
I am about to finish the beer when i start the review. I already want another one. Noooow!!!
Pours pitch black. Dark brown collar into the light. A beautiful two finger head that stays there. Creamy appearance. I think this is the most appealing sight that you can have while looking at a beer.
Smells of coffee, milk, roasted malt... coffee again. In the background dark fruits kick in. Beautiful.
Tastes bitter, hops very present. Tastes sweet also, milky and creamy.
It ends with coffee (two kinds), dark chocolate, roasted malts, dried plums, cherries and the list can go on.
Medium carbonation with a zingy feel to it.
Serving type: bottle
05-19-2014 20:36:54 | More by leitmotif
Beer Hop Breakfast from Mikkeller ApS
91 out of 100 based on 507 ratings.