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Beer Hop Breakfast - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 577
Reviews: 189
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 47
Gots: 70 | FT: 4
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Style | ABV
American Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Nickls on 03-16-2010

Oatmeal stout brewed with coffee

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

Brewed at Amager Bryghus.
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Photo of jbowers56
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Definite black colour with a coffee coloured head. Head retention is not great, but laces a little and is perfectly acceptable for a beer of this strength. Leaves a thin layer for the entire glass.

Massive notes of coffee and roasted malts. Licorice and pine-sap are also there for sure. Notes of nearly-burned caramel are there too, but much less so than the other elements.

An amazingly multi-faceted taste. The combination of the hop bitterness with the roasty grains and the strong coffee taste is superb. There are almost no big stouts that I enjoy which don't have at least a hint of chocolate in the flavour, but i'm not getting any here. Fantastic stout which certainly goes hard in the American direction - big, brash and bold. Punches well above it's weight in terms of flavour intensity for a 7.5% brew. Have tasted 9% beers which were much less intense than this.

Medium low carbonation combined with a very silky mouthfeel (i presume from the oats) gives a big, rich feeling as it slides down the palate. However, it seems reasonably well attenuated, with no overt residual sweetness or cloying qualities. This, combined with the prominent hop bitterness, makes it quite a clean, sharp finish. Strong notes of pine sap and black coffee remain for a long time after you finish a mouthful.

A very impressive beer, and one that has reminded me why I like Mikkeller so much.

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, poured into a snifter

Pours an oily black with a one finger mocha colored cap. Decent retention as the cap falls to a thin layer. Some clingy lace.

The nose definitely lives up to the name. Very hop forward. Pungent pine needles and fresh cut grass leap out of the glass. All of the elements of beer geek breakfast with a huge layer of hops. Molasses, charcoal, fresh coffee grounds, and some bakers chocolate.

Hops assert themselves first with a wave of pine needles and grass before deep, dark roast pushes in. Charcoal, coffee grounds, some bourbon notes, and plums mid-palate before another sweep of hops mixed with dry, bitter roast.

Full bodied, rich and robust. Carbonation is low, right on point. Can't believe this guy is only 7.5%, it drinks super easy.

A delicious stout with an amped up hop profile. Deep complexities and tons of flavor. Impressive blend of bitterness from all of the roast and hops.

Photo of TasteTester
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a true pint, the beer is an extremely dark auburn-brown to almost black coloring with a tall, frothy, dense, chocolate milk colored head that quickly recedes into a thin, filmy coating. Aromas are roasty, with a heavy mocha and slight hoppy balance. Smells heavy and delicious. Flavors are heavily roasted, with a dark coffee backbone that almost has a charcoal character to it. Resiny hops highlights throughout, with an unbalance that strangely works with the style. The body is slightly thinner than I was expecting for the style, and even after I poured it, but it works. The aftertaste has a slight smoke and roast, but surprisingly more hoppy than anything. Wet, resiny, bitter hops at the end of the palate make it feel like you just drank a heavy DIPA. The finish is rich, slick, and with a slight roasty linger. Good, solid brew.

Photo of warnerry
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of marshmeli
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of MattR
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of peabody
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out really dark with no light coming through. 2 fingers of creamy brown suds with some white spots of foam in the middle of the glass. Some lacing.
Fresh roasted malts with sugar and dark chocolate with a hint of coffee coming through.
Taste is coffee first then dark chocolate malts with slight date/raisin fruitness.
Mouthfeel is very clean for such a thick brew. Hardly any stickyness because the bitterness takes over the initial malt/sugar/alcohol rush.
Overall this is a fantastic beer and has almost nothing at all to do with hops. Just a fantastic oatmeal stout.

Photo of Bin33chef
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of ejw127
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of whatthehull
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


A - Really, really nice opaque brown/black almost sludgy, one finger deep tan head and some sticky lacing

S - pine, centennial hops, roasted perk you up kind of coffee, coca, roasty malts, more coffee and hops

T - HOPS, very dark chocolate, roasted everything, earth, foliage, terrior, wood, brown sugar and a super nice punch you in the face coffee

M - full bodied, balanced!, wonderful complexity, medium acidity and a long wonderful finish

D/O - Uber drinkable. Tons of flavor, refreshing, creamy, yummy and over the top awesome. If you don't like this, you may be an idiot!

Final Thoughts - at $11 a pop and a 7.5 abv, this is expensive, but awesome, awesome beer

Photo of neckbracesub
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Digimaika2
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black with a beautiful mocha coloured and creamy foam head. Decent lacing with a good retention.

S: Fantastic balance between citrus and floral hop aromas and robust roasted malt aromas. Bold coffee, dark chocolate, toffee, and grapefruit all combined to produce a wonderful aroma.

T: Very bitter floral/herbal-like hop profile gives way to the roasted malt elements. Similar to aroma with grapefruit and even lemon zest (sour) present. Malt-like qualities of dark bold coffee and to a lesser extent hints of dark chocolate, black licorice, and dark fruits. An incredibly dry and long lingering quality that is spectacular.

M: Medium-light bodied with a moderate (above avg) carbonation. Prickly and tart mouthfeel with an acidic quality that all comes across quite well in this.

D: Enjoying the pronounced hop and malt profiles that compliment each other very well. Incredibly bitter and dry characteristics that I wish I could magically sprinkle into any beer when I want. Impressed.

Photo of PowDay
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of jjanega08
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No freshness dating

A= Pours a deep black color with a nice thick finger of dark brown head on it that holds great retention and some solid lacing. Looks like a stout to me.

S= I can smell the piney hops from several feet away. This is more than just a hopped up stout it's a straight up hop bomb. The interesting part is once you move in to smell it the piney hops sort of fade as you get closer and coffee and roasted malt take their place making it more stout like. Piney hops and coffee make for an interesting smell but I like it.

T= The taste is interesting to say the least. It's a rough mix of coffee and hops and they eat try really hard to battle the other. One second you get coffee and roasted malt the next you find big bright piney hops. A unique mix that I've never encountered. The stout is solid the additions make it great but weird at the same time. I almost think it tastes like shitty weed.

M= Velvet. So smooth and creamy.

O= This is an odd combo. It works if you expect it but I cannot see myself drinking more than this bottle. A weird mix for sure. Check it out and see if you like it. Who knows it could be the next big thing. Mikkeller always like to push the envelope and this is one of those. Tasty once and maybe sketchy twice.

Photo of ales4baldo
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Hopstout
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of TheBeerCarl
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It poured nicely into the glass with a thin, but not too thin, brown head. The color of the beer is a deep, dark, opaque brown. A decent looking stout.

Smell: It smells like someone hit me in the face with a fresh bag of hops! It was quite amazing! A beautiful floral, citrus and piney hop aroma followed by subtle notes of coffee and bourbon.

Taste: It had quite the refreshing blend of roasted barley, tangy citrus and coffee. Unusual for a stout but not one labeled as a hop breakfast. They nailed the name of this beer because it tastes pretty much like someone put coffee grounds and hops into their coffee maker and hit brew.

Mouthfeel: The beer rolls over the palette with a full body and a little carbonation; what you would expect from a stout.

Overall this has been the best beer that I have had from Mikkeller. Their beers are usually done well but not well enough to justify the price they charge. However this one was worth the price and I'd buy it again.

Photo of yergermeister
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Soxfanmcgee
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of falloutsnow
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of tdm168
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Massbmx
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of smithmd4
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of ryancorn
5/5  rDev +23.5%

Beer Hop Breakfast from Mikkeller ApS
90 out of 100 based on 577 ratings.