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Beer Hop Breakfast - Mikkeller ApS

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BA SCORE
91
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548 Ratings
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Ratings: 548
Reviews: 187
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 44
Gots: 72 | 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 ummswimmin
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

I like Mikkeller. They make a good beer. They take chances, and their beer is aesthetically pleasing. Case in point: I bought a second bottle after liking the label so much (and forgetting that I already had a bottle).

I poured this beer into a pint glass to release a lot of the stout flavor. It is as dark as midnight, and there was a very healthy tan head on it of about two and a half fingers.

Out of the bottle I pick up some english hops (maybe noble?). I am also getting a pretty decent amount of coffee (duh, in a coffee stout).

The flavor is really strong. All I get is coffee. It is really strong. I have to pull air across the beer and swish it around my mouth to get any hop flavor. But, when I do that... I get a lot more coffee and bitterness. The impact of this treatment is that the mouthfeel gets hurt.

This was a good experience, but the balance just didn't work out for me. I may age the bottle (or trade it) to get the edge off.

ummswimmin, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of jlove5
4/5  rDev -1.5%

jlove5, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of silentjay
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%

completely opaque black with a large dark mocha head that sticks around forever and laces very well.

an interesting mix of pine and coffee with a big citrus kick dark roasted grains, bitter chocolate, cigar tobacco, and a big earthy kick. reminds me of coffee in the morning waking up int the wilderness of the white mountains.

starts off very earthy and pretty deeply roasted. coffee doesn't arrive until the swallow. bitter citrus with bitter coffee and roasted grains. similar to a black IPA but with a stronger malt background.

thinner than I expected, but still more than medium bodied with a pretty decent level of carbonation and a slightly bitter finish.

works better than I thought it would on paper. didn't think adding coffee to a black ipa or more technically adding hops to a coffee/oatmeal stout would work well, but this does. I would like to see this done a bit more. The hops were definitely more present in the aroma, and the taste falls off a bit from there in overall intensity.

silentjay, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of christopheraknox
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

christopheraknox, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of brentk56
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%

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 tatums1984
3/5  rDev -26.1%

tatums1984, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of Yabev15
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Yabev15, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of cooler4life
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%

A: Poured a midnight black color with a thin tan head. Seemed a bit on the thin side in terms of the viscosity. Carbonation appears medium with really great lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: Strong hop profile that melds its way into a fruity, almost orangey apricot. Little to no traditional stout aromas.

T: A stout that targets hop dominance? Mission accomplished. Strong pine resin backbone mixed with oats, cocoa, espresso, molasses. Really great!

M: Light bodied, carbonation is on the lower side. Sticky and exists the palate relatively dry.

O: Great in some dimensions, lacking in others. If you like a hoppy stout, this beer is for you.

cooler4life, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of zaphodchak
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.

zaphodchak, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of ms11781
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.

ms11781, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of dudeabides76
4/5  rDev -1.5%

dudeabides76, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of groetman
4/5  rDev -1.5%

groetman, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of derkfromwi
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

derkfromwi, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of ratty918
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

ratty918, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of zekeman17
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

zekeman17, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of weeare138
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.

weeare138, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of mrebeka
4/5  rDev -1.5%

mrebeka, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of Phelps
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.

Phelps, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of BARFLYB
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.

BARFLYB, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of mrfrancis
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.

mrfrancis, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Texasfan549, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of BeRanger
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.

BeRanger, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of travMI13
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.

travMI13, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of noyellowfizzbeer
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

noyellowfizzbeer, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of Rusty18
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Rusty18, Jan 28, 2012
Beer Hop Breakfast from Mikkeller ApS
91 out of 100 based on 548 ratings.