Beer Hop Breakfast - Mikkeller ApS
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4/5 rDev -1.5%
Some lingering surface memory and brown color.
Nose is slightly piney, mostly just stouty malt.
Big ol' hop bite which I anticipated by the name but not the name. Plenty of roast and some coffee malt.
Standard-ish mouthfeel, slightly bright.
A hoppy stout, but a good one.
02-05-2012 03:26:28 | More by zaphodchak
4.38/5 rDev +7.9%
16.9oz bottle poured into a snifter.
The beer is a dark, murky brown and looks a bit thin when being poured into the glass but it settles in as a deep, solid black and the body looks much more substantial. A healthy tan foam head develops and settles in as a nice thin cap. Excellent lacing, even more so for a stout, is left on the glass with each sip.
Huge piny hops spring from the nose first and they are quickly matched with a big dose of roasted coffee. The two combine to provide big bold aromas. Some chocolate and a hint of earthiness are here as well but they pale in comparison to the pine and coffee. Either way it's an excellent nose.
The taste is led by the same big, piny, resiny hops. There is an almost immediate bitterness, not overwhelming but it asserts itself. Huge roasted coffee and some nice milk chocolate come in and balance the hops somewhat. The beer is bitter pretty much all the way through but it hits a certain point early on in each sip and then plateau at a pleasant threshold.
The beer is a bit thinner than expected but probably on par with what the beer looked like when it was being poured. That being said it definitely wouldn't be considered thin in general, just relatively speaking. The carbonation is low so it does make the beer feel a bit fuller but overall the mouthfeel is just a bit off from the rest of the beer.
Despite the mouthfeel not matching up with the nose and taste this is an excellent beer. It definitely has the most assertive hop character is any stout I have every had and it does so without being too bitter and without encroaching on the other characteristics. Very well done.
02-04-2012 02:18:39 | More by ms11781
3.7/5 rDev -8.9%
A: Nice one finger head that fades slowly, very dark, a bit hazy/cloudy, good carbonation for how thick it appears, nice lacing
S: Hops, earthy, touch of wood and coffee
T: Hops, earthy malts and oats, coffee, bitterness
M: Full bodied, smooth at first, good carbonation, ends with loads of bitterness and dryness, aftertaste doesn't agree with me
O: Never had something like this with the amount of hops in a stout, something different, probably couldn't drink two in a row
02-03-2012 07:47:18 | More by derkfromwi
3.85/5 rDev -5.2%
Appears a dark, opaque black with a creamy tan head that slowly fades into a hearty cap of fluff. Tons of scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of obvious coffee notes with cut wood, pine, hop resin, And danky weed.
Taste is of the aromas with a bitter blast of coffee beans, and heavy hopping. Some sweetness that kicks into a bitter wood.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, creamy...yet the bitters of the hops and coffee are very overpowering. Nothing wrong with that on many levels but just not a preferred lingering mouthfeel that I enjoy.
02-01-2012 17:54:14 | More by weeare138
3.7/5 rDev -8.9%
Poured into a snifter.
Black coffee-brown with amber highlights. Atop the brew is one inch of mocha-colored bubbles that look dense and soft enough to lay my head upon. The bubbles descend very slowly, leaving thick, sticky webs of lace.
Well, the hop moniker fits. A patina of woodsy pine accents big handfuls of heavily roasted coffee beans perfectly. As the brew warms, soft vanilla and oats emerge along with a little chocolate, toasted sourdough, booze and mint.
In the flavor, the hops display a decidedly more citrusy note — I’m thinking grapefruit — though there is a bunch of pine needles in there as well. To be honest, the citrusy bitterness clashes a bit with the espresso. Cedar wood and bitter dark chocolate meld before a long, smoky, coffee-filled finish.
For an oatmeal stout, the body’s a little thin — medium-light and kind of watery. It is, however, nice and soft. Carbonation is moderate, pinching the tongue excitedly. A bit of alcohol comes through the nose and warms the throat.
The order goes like this: Beer Geek Brunch > Beer Geek Breakfast > Beer Hop Breakfast. That isn’t to say Hop Breakfast is bad. The aroma’s great, and it’s so highly hopped that I confused it at times with a Black IPA. The citrusy hops just never meld with the coffee in a way that agrees with my palate.
01-31-2012 05:52:08 | More by Phelps
3/5 rDev -26.1%
On Tap at Blue Dog.
Beer Hop Breakfast is a very dark black color with a thickish look. The dark brown mocha colored foam up top has great retention with minor sticks. a slick coats the glass when sipping. Smell is very hoppy, pine is very in charge with earthy tones and coffe grinds. Roasted malt plays a part as well. Tasting this, Beer Hop Breakfast delivers, hops and coffee. Some flaked oats (oatmeal) with roasted malt and a somewhat astringent bitter taste towards the end. Like most Mikkeller beers, Im not a big fan of this one. Feel is a nice healthy medium and probably bigger than that. Fair carb with a piney, lasting aftertaste that kills things (at least for me). Mikkeller is hit or miss with me, and this one was not a hit. I could not even finish my glass.
01-31-2012 05:27:21 | More by BARFLYB
4.08/5 rDev +0.5%
A: Pours a jet black with a thick, pillowy tan head that eventually recedes into a thin, creamy mousse.
S: Aromas of pine, resin, cedar, citrus, dark chocolate, oatmeal, and coffee are present on the nose.
T: Notes of pine, resin, cedar, lemon, grapefruit rind, bitter chocolate, roasted grain, heavy cream, oatmeal, and coffee assault the palate. The finish is long and bitter with pine, cedar, coffee, and citrus notes.
M: This is a relatively full-bodied ale with a silky, smooth texture. Carbonation is fairly gentle and unobtrusive.
O: I generally do not care for hoppy stouts, but I find this one to be very interesting. This is really a near excellent American-style stout. Very much worth picking up.
01-29-2012 23:57:39 | More by mrfrancis
3.78/5 rDev -6.9%
Poured into a 16oz Tulip from the 22oz Bomber.
A: Pours jet black, about 2 fingers of Mocha colored head. A fair amount of lacing.
S: Hops.. A ton of hops, a LITTLE bit of chocolate, roasted malts. I was surprised that I didnt smell any coffee coming though, a little bit of a let down.
T: Hops. Very hoppy, earthy malts, a little chocolate. Very dry but finished decently well. Again, no real hints of any coffee.
M: Medium body, little carbonation.
O: I wasn't very impressed, certainly liked the Beer Geek better. I didn't like that there wasnt any coffee coming though. If you told me it was a Black IPA versus a 'Imperial Stout with Coffee and Hops' I'd certainly believe you. Interesting, but not the best I've had.
01-29-2012 03:24:15 | More by BeRanger
3.8/5 rDev -6.4%
2011 vintage. Bomber (approx 12 oz. at a time) poured into a snifter.
A: Pitch black with a finger of tan head. Outstanding lacing with a slight red hue on the edges. This looks great.
S: Hops and coffee, just as advertised. Pretty straightforward. No frills here.
T: Whoa. Hops, hops, and more hops on the front end. Tastes like a really earthy black IPA at first. Grass, earth, and soil. As the beer warms, and I get further into it, the coffee starts to hit a little on the back end. Definitely get the dry, roasted malts as well, but mostly, the earthiness dominates.
M: Incredibly dry. The bitterness and roastiness linger. Decent carbonation. If the body was a bit thicker, I think it would hold better with how bitter this is.
O: A very interesting variation on Beer Geek Breakfast. The hops dominate like no other, but I think that was the point. I do wish it was a bit thicker in body because I think it would work better. However, Beer Geek is pretty thin, too. Nice work by Mikkeller, and certainly worth a try, but I probably don't need to have this one again for a while.
01-29-2012 01:24:50 | More by travMI13
3.68/5 rDev -9.4%
Total impulse buy while at whole foods. Didn't read the entire label and pleasantly surprised to pour this brew to unveil a dense black hue. I saw hops, but didn't think of the Beer Geek serious and ignored the possibility it could have been a hopped stout. YIPEE!
Wonderful aroma of smooth roasted malts, chocolate and savory malts. The combination almost has a mint brownie aroma, or the Girl Scout Thin-Mints. Exceptionally unique aroma.
Dry body. Not as viscous as I would imagine, but I don't recall other beers in this series to be on the thick side. Huge hop bite that carries through from start to finish. The finish has more of a bready, roasted flavor, but a sharp hop texture lingers after each sip is gone.
A lot of hop, some stout. This could almost pass for a black IPA. I'm still not a huge fan of Mikkeller's stouts, but I appreciate the Beer Geek Series thus far. For how hoppy this beer is, I imagined more body and more dark flavors. Especially with the rise of black ales and IPAs it's really important to distinguish between styles. This beer almost comes in a gray area between the two.
01-25-2012 03:34:38 | More by 100floods
3.68/5 rDev -9.4%
Poured from a bomber into my Deschutes tulip...
A - Pours a thick looking black color, with a very thick and foamy 2 finger light brown head. Very nice lacing as it fades.
S - Chocolatey and roasty with nice pine hop notes. A very interesting stout. Smells like a hopped up stout, very different...
T/M - The taste isn't as chocolatey as it smells. It definately has a nice oatmeal backbone, but not as thick as it looked when I poured it. Finishes with a crisp hop finish. Medium mouthfeel, light carbonation.
O - From the smell, I was expecting something more like a black IPA on steriods, but what I got was an average stout, with a descent hop finish.
01-23-2012 07:21:46 | More by Rizalini
4.25/5 rDev +4.7%
On draft at the Publick House.
Big cocoa colored head, black body.
Fresh coffee aroma, chocolate, and dark malt balancing well with a piney resinous hop aroma.
Lots of coffee and a strong piney, grassy hop flavor. Malty with moderate sweetness and dark chocolate. Not that thick which makes this pretty easy to drink. Just the right amount of bitterness and doesn't clash with the roasty flavor of the beer making it astringent. It drinks like a black IPA. Highly recommended.
01-20-2012 15:45:35 | More by BearsOnAcid
4.38/5 rDev +7.9%
Some things you don't even know you want until you have them.
Poured into a Perfect Pint, the beer is black with a nice chocolate brown head. Smells like a regular Beer Geek Breakfast but with something sinister within.
Let the battle begin, the roasted malts wrestle with the piney, resinous hops for control over the tongue. Very interesting alternative to the style. Full-bodied and delicious, I didn't expect to want this beer again.
01-19-2012 15:29:34 | More by wcintula
4/5 rDev -1.5%
A: Pretty much pitch black with a big, dense dark brown head. Retention is incredible and so is the lacing. Took at least 5 minutes for the head to fade and it left a wall of lacing on the glass.
S: Whoa, pine overload. Lots of pine and resin. There is a nice roasted malt and coffee smell behind it as well. Touch of chocolate too.
T: Taste pretty much follows the nose. Incredible pine and resin up front and in the middle. Lots of bitterness. The roasted malt tries to wrest a hold of your palette with lots of nice char, coffee and a little chocolate. It all sort of fades together into the aftertaste.
M: Surprisingly a little watery, I'm not even sure why. Not as thick and creamy as I expected. Granted it IS "only" 7.5%, but most stouts are generally perceived heavier in my experience. Drying bitterness overload from the hops.
O: Wow, very interesting beer. The pine and resin is incredible, even mixed into a pretty strong stout. This level of hoppiness in an IPA would probably melt my teeth. It's not bad at all, in fact it's quite good. Just be prepared for the onslaught that you can't possibly expect.
01-19-2012 03:55:41 | More by Dope
Beer Hop Breakfast from Mikkeller ApS
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