Beer Hop Breakfast - Mikkeller ApS
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Reviews by theghost3:
3.93/5 rDev -3.2%
Pours a deep, dark brown with a 2-finger light beige head. Lots of layered lacing.
The smell is rather faint--some charred coffee malts with piney hops. Taste is bitter, strong coffee with just a hint of toasty caramel along with some herbal and piney malt flavors. Mouthfeel is smooth & medium to full-bodied with just the right amount of carbonation.
This is one of the more interesting stouts I've had. It has all of the better qualities of a stout with the exception of the overly bitter aftertaste, and adds to that a hoppy undertone. It may have an effect on the hops, but aging this might improve it some.
08-23-2011 03:18:11 | More by theghost3
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4.47/5 rDev +10.1%
Poured into an impy nonic pitch black,no light showing thru this,a fluffy mocha colored crown atop that left broken chunks of lace behind as it setteled slowly into a frothy mass.Big hop resin mixed molasses sweetness just awesome,this is truly a hybrid of stout and ABA.Chocolate malts and tobacco flavors mixed with a healthy shot of pine resin on the palate,some molasses-like sweetness comes into play but doesn't intrued on the resiny hops.I have the hop burps wich makes me like this beer even more,a great example of the style,one of the best I have had.
01-13-2012 23:06:42 | More by oberon
4.05/5 rDev -0.2%
A - Pours pitch black and slick, with three fingers of dense brown head. Head has excellent retention and coats the glass with lacing.
S - Very prominent pine hop aroma. I didn't even smell any coffee initially, but eventually the strong roasty coffee notes come through. Also quite a bit of bitter chocolate.
T - The name certainly doesn't lie. Tastes like a hopped up Beer Geek Breakfast. Quite bitter throughout. The combination of piney hops, bitter roasted coffee and bitter chocolate is a bit over the top, but still quite tasty. I wish there was just a touch of sweet milk chocolate to smooth it out.
M - Medium mouthfeel is dry and bitter throughout. Bitterness lingers for quite some time.
O - Glad I tried this, and it is pretty tasty. The intense hop bitterness almost moves this into black ale territory. A bit of added sweetness would bump this up a notch for me, but still a good brew.
06-03-2012 21:12:33 | More by warnerry
3.96/5 rDev -2.5%
This stuff is good. Ordered it at Mikkeller Bar in San Francisco. Readily available, obviously.
A - Black, simple tan head. Thick but leaves out some of the sticky features of other stouts.
S - Blackest of coffees. Like waking up in the morning and someone had brewed fresh coffee. No creamer mixed into this one. Hops are easily present. This smells like fresh coffee while camping in a forest thick with pine trees. Just such a fantastic smell. Spring camping and Sunday mornings are the first things that come to mind.
T - There is the black coffee again. It's good. Especially if you enjoy coffee. No vanilla or chocolate that you get with other stouts. The hops come full force on this one. Reminded me of a Double IPA in a weird way. I see why it is called Hop Breakfast. I give it props for matching the name.
M - Simple feel. Fresh and doesn't feel like processed beverages. Not too sticky, but not super thin.
O - If you really want that hoppy stout with a strong coffee flavor, get this; don't think twice, get it. If you prefer your stouts smooth with some vanilla, chocolate, and spice, well this is still worth a try. Great brew from a great brewer.
09-10-2013 00:47:11 | More by Swongler
4/5 rDev -1.5%
Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a dark brown color with red highlights and a tan head. The aroma is great. I get a lot of caramel and roasted malt with some pine and citrus hops. The flavor is roasted/burnt malt, coffee and chocolate, but I also get a lot of bitter pine and orange notes. The alcohol is completely hidden. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice hoppy stout.
10-15-2010 03:15:51 | More by Mora2000
United Kingdom (England)
4.05/5 rDev -0.2%
A 500ml bottle with date [M.h.t. 1/3-2012]; not sure how to interpret this, although it suggests the bottle is quite old. Acquired a couple of weeks ago from Beer Merchants (UK).
Poured into a Duvel tulip. Unfathomable blackness - no photon escapes it's clutches. Produces a huge head of creamy brown foam with good retention; this ultimately subsides to a surface layer. A rich aroma of coffee - strong and bitter - accompanied by plentiful roasted malt. Notes of burnt grain and stewed hops, with indistinct hints of aromatic hops. A whiff of alcohol in the background.
Tastes of intense bitter coffee and roasted malt. Notes of roasted coffee and malt, burnt grain, stewed hops, a hint of pine and faint dry yeast. Exceptionally bitter; kills off half your taste buds. The alcohol doesn't make itself felt in the flavour. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly with decent body, yet it leaves the impression that it is thinner than it should be for such a big beer. Very astringent; dries the palate completely. Bitter coffee aftertaste.
A quality stout, though it falls just short of superb. The hop flavour doesn't really come across - subtle hints that are smothered by an excess of coffee. The mouthfeel also seems a tad thin. However, the coffee/malt character are without deficiency. All in all, a beer that strives for greatness and is found wanting. Which isn't to say that it's bad - grab one if you can stomach the price.
04-02-2012 00:51:42 | More by jazzyjeff13
3.98/5 rDev -2%
Dark brown pour, good tan lace and head to it. Aroma was very much like the regular Beer Geek Breakfast, but it did have a good bitter hop green vegetal vibe, no small feat since this beer comes from halfway across the world and you have no idea how long the relatively expensive beer may have sat on the shelf etc. . .
Taste, again, more like Beer Geek Breakfast, this is a very minor and subtle variation frankly, but that's not all bad since the base beer is quite good. Same beer, more hops. That's really about it. Loads of chocolate malt, coffee, ashy bitterness.
12-24-2011 20:24:21 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.09/5 rDev -23.9%
Visually really really appealing, pitch black body flowing huge tan head frothing above the sides of my chalice, fine even lacing as it slowly fades. Aroma has dark chocolate bitterness and hint of pine and citrus tone hops in the background with a somewhat creamed coffee in the middle. Bitterness unwavering bitterness green hops assault the palate with a pelletized hop concentration black malts (mainly black patent bring out the charcoal and roasted malt bitterness) so there's a bit of a tag team combo hitting me hard right now. I really couldn't tell you they used oatmeal, but dark bitter coffee, dark malts, and hops are screaming hello!!! Mouthfeel never gets past any one of the waves of bitterness it coats all dimensions of the palate, medium bodied even solid carbonation no issues there just the lacquer known has beer hop breakfast is left behind coating the entire palate with a lingering unbalanced bitterness. Overall I wish the gypsy brewer had a stroke of finesse in his paint brush, maybe due to the country where the brewing scene is breaking out like a punk rock movement do most of these guys feel the need to brew this way. Believe me I like extreme beer I just like well balanced big beers.
05-03-2013 22:58:12 | More by WVbeergeek
Beer Hop Breakfast from Mikkeller ApS
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