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Beer Hop Breakfast - Mikkeller ApS

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BA SCORE
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550 Ratings
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Ratings: 550
Reviews: 187
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 44
Gots: 73 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Oatmeal stout brewed with coffee

A hopped-up version of Beer Geek with strong notes of pine and resin.

Brewed at Amager Bryghus.

(Beer added by: Nickls on 03-16-2010)
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Photo of Sammy
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasty coffee-ish beer. Very hoppy, above average mouthfeel.Bold rounded bitter taste, roasted malts, coffee, pine and citrus, and a drop of chocolate. Creamy mouthfeel, with above average head.Dry Roast in aftertaste.
Liam's bottle courtesy of Chris.
Second bottle thanks to Jon. Big hops like a Black IPA but not Cascadian.

Sammy, May 06, 2011
Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

t0rin0, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, dark chocolate, herbal hop, and slight rubber aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, coffee, and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a fairly intense presence from both the roasty and hop flavors.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 06, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to aapp for sending out this bottle. Served in a Mikasa tulip.

The is an American Black Ale.

Pours near black with a long-lasting deep tan head. Strong lacing and a heavy roast and chocolate character in the nose. Good dosing of pine and faint earth. Heavy pine, especially as it warms. Good balance between the pine and roast in the flavor. Medium body with a dry, resinous finish. Fairly bitter, mostly from the hops. Really quite tasty.

Thorpe429, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -1.5%

zestar, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

nmann08, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a finger high creamy tan head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of coffee and roasted malts; these are subdued somewhat by smells of citrus hops.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has flavors of coffee and roasted malts plus citrus and pine resin hops. There is a light amount of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit smooth on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation. The beer doesn't feel as thick compared to some of Mikkeller's other breakfast beers.
O: The beer is interesting in that it somewhat tastes like a hybrid between a stout and an IPA, although the stout properties are much more prevalent.

metter98, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of brentk56
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with a rocky mocha head that leaves a leggy pattern behind

Smell: Smells great, like burying your nose in a ruby red grapefruit, though there is a bit of tobacco in the mix; just a hint of roast, underneath, which I might not have picked up had I not looked at the color of the beer

Taste: A blast of ruby red grapefruit and tobacco dominates the front end, with just a hint of roast underneath; a bit more roasty, after the swallow, though the hops continue to dominate; the coffee lingers around in the background, from start to finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: This is one of the tastiest ABAs I have come across; have a very hard time seeing how it fits into the Beer Geek Breakfast series, however

brentk56, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Texasfan549, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Coffee and hops, really? With the sharpness of citrus hops, pine, roast, and bitter colliding in the glass, its easy to anticipate these flavors clashing in a very unfavorable way.

But like many other stouts, the beer pours with the darkest of brown colors that hedge on black. Complete opaqueness disallows light penetration, as the haze does as much to contribute tot he cloudiness as the color does. Froathy with its foam character, the beer builds a tall head of mocha-stained color, built for long lasting and lacy persistence.

Two beers seem to live in the glass as the stout-like aromas provide the coffee, roast, and dark sugar notes while more IPA character delivers hoppy citrus, pine, and grass notes. Both battling it out, not allowing one to command the other. The culmination of scents are almost too much for the nose to comprehend, but the quality of both are good enough to keep the nose returning to the glass.

But in taste, the flavor of stout wins over, if ever so slightly. Roasted grain, toast char, burnt sugar, and French pressed coffee embark on a lush and robust taste. Trailing shortly behind are the hops- rising to absolute IPA status, the roast is met with flavors of white grapefruit peels, under ripened oranges, spruce, and cannabis-oriented botanical. From the middle palate on, the beer seems to alternate in its lean with each sip, before the high hop bitterness outlast the char by a thin margin in its extended finish.

Surprisingly drinkable, the beer has an airy roasted texture that's suited well as both American stout and IPA. It's forgiving rate of drinkability is in stark contrast to the power of flavor that the beer delivers to the taste buds. It's full carbonation engulfs the middle palate and ushers in a dry, roasty-astringent texture with resinous hop dryness and understated alcohol warmth.

Beer Hop Breakfast is a fascinating beer, that even after an entire bottle I still don't feel that I have fully explored the beer, nor decided about its character. It's certainly a complex beer that has some bully-ish overtones. Though it's taste is brash, it seems to work somehow.

BEERchitect, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pour was a nice dark brown, nearly black in color with a nice head of off white, tan color on top that really just showed how nicely this one was put together. a wonderful aroma of thick coffee and crisp piney hops then came up and cleared the air, really making its presence known. huge aroma with warming bringing caramel and brown sugar to the front and smooth lightly bitter coffee balancing it out. nice smooth hop presence with a rich malty back bone that was beyond smooth. really just wonderfully done.

mikesgroove, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
5/5  rDev +23.2%

kjkinsey, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

GRG1313, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black in color with a tall tan head. Citrus peel, floral, and perfume. Hints of chocolate, lots of roasted malt, some ash, and a bit of char. Maybe a little bit of alcohol. Flavor is quite ashy, heavy on the roast, and a fair amount of bitterness. Some dark chocolate, piney hops, and a hint of citrus peel.

womencantsail, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of kylehay2004
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thin dark tan head on a jet black body and nice tan lacing. Absolutely great coffee aroma, earthy hops, fire wood and campfire with hints of cocoa. Flavor is very good as well with more excellent espresso and coffee roast, toasted malts, earthy hops, hint of dark chocolate. Medium body and light to medium body for the style. Great coffee flavor, near perfect coffee, roasted malt and hop balance. Only thing to make this one better would be a more complex hop profile.

kylehay2004, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -1.5%

jaydoc, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is really good, it's thick it's hoppy as hell. Really great pour an color. The aroma smells of big time hops, chocolate, malts and some burnt aromas too. The beer is silky smooth and oily. The aftertaste is of oats and toast. This beer reminds me of a really strong Black IPA. I highly enjoy the combination of hops and imperial stout.

Knapp85, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of oberon
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

oberon, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a jet-black color with a two-finger, brown head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of coffee, chocolate and some floral notes.

T - Bitter with strong coffee flavors. Nice chocolate taste with some flaked oats.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a very nice coffee stout. Yet another really good brew from Mikkeller.

zeff80, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml skinny-ass bottle, yet still a tall drink of water, as per usual for the Mikkeller stouts...

This beer pours a complete black, no edges, no highlights, with one fat finger of seemingly foamy, tight beige head, which leaves a consistent pock-marked wall of lace around the glass as it duly settles. It smells of chocolate milk powder, mildly toasted caramel malt, and somewhat mild citrus hops. The taste is much bigger on the bitter citrus hops, which, together with an increasingly prevalent dry coffee grounds essence, takes over the whole front of the palate, eventually giving way to an equally strong, but somehow subservient, sweet chocolate malt, all overlooked by a soft, and seemingly toothless, alcohol edge. The carbonation is fairly light, with just a bit of spritzy effervescence, the body medium heavy in weight, a sugary smooth effect taking place - but for the citrus bitterness edge. It finishes still unabashedly sweet, but tempered all the same, with a not willing to die indeterminately bitter hoppiness.

What we have here, is a failure to, um, well, a failure to differentiate between a silky oatmeal coffee stout and the American IPA-ization of such. Bully for me - I likes 'em both just fine.

biboergosum, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -1.5%

JAHMUR, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -1.5%

SocalKicks, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.09/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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.

WVbeergeek, May 03, 2013
Photo of nickfl
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

nickfl, Jan 07, 2014
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Beer Hop Breakfast from Mikkeller ApS
91 out of 100 based on 550 ratings.