Beer Hop Breakfast - Mikkeller ApS
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3.98/5 rDev -2.2%
Thanks to jtd1969 for splitting this bomber with me.
Pours a pitch black with a quarter of an inch of brown head that has great retention. The nose is roasty, herbal, citrusy, and has some notes of coffee. The flavor is herbal, piny, and citrusy up front with a good deal of hop character followed by roasted malts and coffee notes in the middle, and finishes with a faint, bitter astringency. The mouthfeel is thinner than the appearance and style would leave yoou to believe but it is smooth and well carbonated.
This isn't as robust or full bodied as I would have hoped, but it is smooth and flavorful. It's worth checking out.
04-13-2012 22:38:23 | More by tdm168
4.33/5 rDev +6.4%
On tap at Local Taphouse, St Kilda. From notes.
A - Black pour with light carbonation. One finger of dark brown fluffy head left a small film of retention and sticky rings of lace.
S - Coffee, hops, a heavily hopped stout is what's at work from the aroma. Roasty as well. Quite nice.
T - Really rich darkness. Tons of aggressive hops follow with chocolate and coffee as well. Really roast too. Citrussy with mid pine as well. Both elements really rock and blend together.
M - Good carbonation, medium to full body and a bitter chocolate/hop finish.
O/D - Quite a good hoppy stout. Richness makes it clearly a stout and not a black IPA. Really drinkable. Nails it pretty good.
04-07-2012 02:05:37 | More by tbeckett
3.6/5 rDev -11.5%
Out of a bottle into a Stone RIS snifter.
A: Complete blackness with a 2.5 finger dark mocha head that dissipates somewhat quickly. Wonderful black richness with some visible streaming carb. Looks like a hearty stout.
S: Coffee, and grains here- almost like a burnt wort smell with a hint of hops and raw pine. Smells like interesting, not too sure what to expect from the taste. I feel like the hops will be shadowed by the intense bitter coffee and burnt malt flavors I can just smell oozing out of the glass.
T: Bitter, no real hops to be found. Almost getting flashbacks to the St. Ambroise RIS I had that made me absolutely sick. Goes down like cold bitter coffee, but at least there is no alcohol burn present. Kills the taste buds, well all of the receptors that aren't bitter-recognizing at least. Overall I expected more of a taste out of this Mikkeller brew, considering all of their other beers I've had have been so beautifully crafted.
M: Finishes very very dry, bitter aftermath being left with no real desire to try to seek out any other type of beer for the evening due to the fact that I most likely wont be able to taste anything but bitter coffee.
O: Not my cup of brew. I can see how someone really into stouts would love this beer, but it's just not for me. I expected more hops, less stout and coffee.
04-02-2012 02:22:26 | More by DanK4
United Kingdom (England)
4.05/5 rDev -0.5%
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
3.68/5 rDev -9.6%
Pours black with a large, dark tan head and lacing.
Nose shows passion-fruit, chocolate truffles, soft pine, oatmeal and earthy coffee beans. Very nice.
Very rich, decadent flavours, with massive amounts of espresso and cocoa complimented by more passion-fruit and peach. Coffee is definitely the dominant flavour though, becoming almost harsh and creating a very sharp bitterness.
Could use more carbonation to create a creamier mouthfeel.
03-27-2012 04:19:29 | More by CrazyDavros
4.08/5 rDev +0.2%
Picked up a 500 ml bottle from Total Wine in mid-February for $10.99 - Happy Birthday to me for that price!
Beer poured black as night with a nice huge brown head that is hanging steadily as i sip.
Nose is coffee, mocha, floral hops, cocoa.
Taste is a mixed bag of two styles. Dark cocoa dominates, some mocha, grapefruit hops lurking at the end.
Mouthfeel was pretty smooth but i did not get the viscosity i was expecting after seeing the initial pour.
Overall this is a very interesting beer that combines the stout and ipa styles which are my two favorites into one bottle. Definitely not for all beer geeks but it was tasty and very interesting for me. For $10.99 i would not seek this out again as this is not quite a world class brew.
03-24-2012 01:07:32 | More by arizcards
3.6/5 rDev -11.5%
Thick two finger head of super dark brown, surface filled with larger bubbles which contributes to a steady dissolve, you can watch it disappear, the lacing has moderate strength but not so much density. The liquid is fully black, however, you see some tiny bubbles rising inside and the outer rims and surface take on a yellow hue, looks sturdy. The nose offers palpable coffee roast along with powdered chocolate and cocoa, big burst of pink grapefruit and pine betrays the hops presence, in some ways the green herbal nature becomes dominant, minor notes of plum or cherry fruit, doesn’t come across as sweet as expected. Medium-bodied, what’s there feels heavy on the tongue, here the roast more pronounced and bitter, coffee grounds, dark chocolate, mocha, tar, tobacco resin with toasted bread more than softer yeast accents. The pine, grapefruit and leaf to grass hops bust right up the middle, minimal sweetness found on the tongue too. The carbonation is subtly refreshing more than a definite presence. No real fruit presence, the finish becomes more astringent to bitter. Tastes clearly like a fusion of two different beers. More curious than pleasurable.
03-19-2012 02:45:43 | More by farrago
3.53/5 rDev -13.3%
Pours a solid, deep brown colour, with lighter tones at the edges of the glass when tilted. Head forms frothy and full, like the mocha top of a chocolate fondue. Some speckled lacing around the edge of the glass. Body looks full, but quite fluid, and forms tight carbonation when tilted. Looks good.
Nose is mostly still dominated by the stout, but a sharp pine resin note comes through relatively strongly, giving a greenish twinge to the otherwise brown-black aroma. Still there are notes of coffee, roasted grains and a touch of coconut.
Taste is unusual, with a deep roasted bitterness topping a touch of sweetness, but not a lot. Instead, there's a sharp vector of hoppy bitterness towards the back, which has the twin consequences of making the roastedness more pronounced, and making the feel seem less full and thinner. The roast and the hops has the other consequence of leaving an odd dark floral flavour, like lavender or holly. It's very unusual.
I'm afraid to say that this didn't work for me all that well; the dark roast it not full enough to support the hops, or the hops don't mesh nicely with the stoutier flavours. It doesn't have the subtle synergy of a India Black Ale, and the hops blast through any vestige of it being a true stout. It makes it awkward, overly bitter, and oddly, despite everything, lacking in complexity.
Probably my least favourite of the Beer Geek series so far.
03-17-2012 03:29:28 | More by lacqueredmouse
British Columbia (Canada)
4.03/5 rDev -1%
A: Slight light brown head over black liquid.
S: Coffee, yeast, toasted malt and roasted barley.
T: Bitter coffee, yeast, roasted malt and toasted barley.
M: Medium to thin viscosity. Quite thin for an oatmeal stout.
O: Disappointing. Not a bad oatmeal stout but doesn't live up to the price or hype.
03-16-2012 03:40:58 | More by DaftCaskBC
4/5 rDev -1.7%
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
Look - jet black in color with about three fingers' worth of frothy chocolate-colored foam that dissipates somewhat quickly.
Smell - Definitely a malty, roasted quality to the aroma. I smell less coffee than I do a molasses or chocolate type of hint. Definitely smells like an oatmeal stout.
Taste - definitely more coffee in the taste. It tastes very much like a bitter straight black coffee. But the notes of an oatmeal stout still do permeate the beginning of the taste.
Mouthfeel - pretty well balanced, but definitely leans more toward the creamier side.
Overall - not a bad tasting brew, but it is quite a shock at first. But interesting to think about.
03-16-2012 03:15:05 | More by Nerudamann
4/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
03-16-2012 01:45:21 | More by zeff80
4.35/5 rDev +6.9%
Picked up a bottle of this at Julio's last month. Poured into a Duvel tulip.
A - Pours a nice deep, deep dark brown with a thick one finger deep mocha head that faded to leave a very dense blanket and thick sticky side lacing.
S - Nice roasted malts, oats, light but distinct coffee. Not much in the way of hops though.
T - Mmmm. Like a more stouty black IPA. Nice roasted malts, chocolate notes (especially towards the finish), oat smoothness on the tongue with a nice bitter light pine ending. Like a very chocolatey, stout, not too hop assertive black IPA. The coffee and hops play together really nice and combine for a solid bitter finish.
M - Mouthfeel is...well, its not nearly as thick/chewy as a stout usually is. Carbonation is a bit sharper too. Again if this was a black IPA it'd be awesome, but, for a stout really not creamy enough.
O - Overall, this beer is tough for me to review. It walks a line between two styles. Not quite as hop heavy as I'd like for a black IPA, and not nearly as creamy chewy as I'd want for a stout. That being said, this is still another solid offering from Mikkeller.
03-12-2012 03:04:49 | More by rudzud
4.13/5 rDev +1.5%
Pours black with good head and great lacing.
Smell is coffee, hop (pine), roast, cigarettes. Nice potent nose-tingling hoppiness. Oranges (citrus).
Taste alternates between roast and mouth-watering hops. More citric orange hops.
Mouthfeel is thinner than I might find ideal but makes up for it in hop/roast complexities.
Overall a nice assault by Mikkeller.
03-08-2012 13:35:34 | More by danieelol
4.15/5 rDev +2%
Poured from a 1 pt .9 oz bottle into a pint glass- pours a thick, black color with a one finger mocha colored head. Good sudsy retention with excellent lacing.
The smell is pretty evenly divided between hops and dark and roasted malts. There is something a little strange (musty) but it's not bad.
The first taste is coffee, followed by roasted malt, then a little chocolate, finished off by some piney hops mixed with the dark malt and the coffee. Everything you would want in a stout but a little different.
Mouthfeel is very good- surprisingly slim bodied (I would say medium instead of full) for a stout, with light to medium carbonation and a dry finish. Great beer- perhaps not worth the pricetag.
Update: Definitely notice the coffee more throughout and there is a strong yeast flavor, it's maybe covered up by the other strong flavors.
03-08-2012 03:15:02 | More by Hopdaemon39
Beer Hop Breakfast from Mikkeller ApS
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