Beer Hop Breakfast - Mikkeller ApS
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4.13/5 rDev +1.5%
Poured very carbonated. Pitch black with a very thick mocha head.
Smell is reminiscent of Old Rasputin. Hints of coffee, toasted malts can be found, but all are fighting with a bitter alpha acid smell.
Initial taste is really just Beer Geek Breakfast. The hops come in later, adding just another layer of bitterness and notes of pine, almost a prickly bite. What it really adds is bitterness on the back end more than anything.
The mouthfeel is slightly oily, probably from the alpha acids.
Gotta say, I like Beer Geek Breakfast more, but this one isnt bad by any means.
11-13-2011 20:26:06 | More by VncentLIFE
4.35/5 rDev +6.9%
Bottle 500 ml. Color back with small brown head. Aroma hop and only hop at first after some time you can smell some espresso. Taste coffee but so much coffee that dominates everything else, some hop, light chocolate. Strange beer a little unbalanced but i like it.
11-06-2011 18:36:55 | More by fugitive
4.35/5 rDev +6.9%
This is an excellent beer.
It poured deep deep brown with a tall, tan and firm head. Plenty of lacing,too. Aroma seemed a bit restrained here but plenty of rich roasted malts coffee and chocolate with a good dose of piney hop resin.
A good oatmeal stoudt here: loads of rich complex malts and anice and bright hoppiness of pine and oranges. A rich black coffee at the backend with a bitter dryer finish. On the pallette the beer is silky smooth and thick of body.
Starts sweet followed by a roasted malt bill followed by a dose of black coffee followed by a bright hoppy finish deep into the aftertaste.
This is my first Mikkeller and it was simply fantastic in all aspects.
10-29-2011 11:34:53 | More by micromaniac129
3.78/5 rDev -7.1%
Reviewed from notes...
A - Pours a deep brown with a two finger head. Head retention is excellent, and there is plenty of sticky lacing that clings to the glass. This one is sexy...
S - Roasted malts, a good dose of coffee, and some citrus hops...
T - Lots of roast, and coffee throughout. Citrus fruits don't make much of an appearance, but there is plenty of hop bitterness to be had in the finish...
M - On the higher end of medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Finishes dry...
O - Not great, but not bad either. If this wasn't so expensive, I could see myself purchasing this again; however, with the price at what it is, I will probably stay away...
10-24-2011 23:28:07 | More by comfortablynumb1
4.15/5 rDev +2%
1 pint 9 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into De Molen stemware in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Mikkeller is me favourite brewery; I'm very excited to try this. Paired with a breakfast burrito.
A: Pours a two finger tan colour head of lovely heavy cream lacing, amazing thickness, and brilliant retention, especially for the high ABV. Colour is a nontransparent solid black. Its very appealing.
Sm: Rich chocolate, moderate oats, light roast, and light coffee. A fairly strong aroma, and an extremely appealing one. I can't wait to try it.
T: Delicate rich wonderful chocolate tones, with light oats more towards the finish than the front. Hops enter at about the midpoint. Some light coffee in the third act is a nice touch. There's flavour everywhere, and it's nicely complex yet brilliantly balanced. A touch of caramel on the climax. Yet another beautifully built beer from Mikkeller. Bravo.
Mf: Smooth for the first half, coarse for the second. The same effect is present to a lesser extent for wetness and coarseness, respectively. The result is a mouthfeel that coaxes out the next sip. It's tailored very well to the flavours.
Dr: Very drinkable for the high ABV and for the style. The price is high but it's well worth it for the quality.
10-20-2011 23:49:03 | More by kojevergas
4.43/5 rDev +8.8%
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.
10-18-2011 01:37:40 | More by mikesgroove
5/5 rDev +22.9%
Poured from a bottle purchased at Beertopia in Omaha.
A: Pitch black with a tan head.
S: Dark roasted coffee beans, the slightest amount of citrus and pine.
T: Perfect. Starts off with a creamy, mild coffee flavor that transitions into the most incredible hop finish. Absolutely brilliant.
M: Coats the mouth...carbonation is just right. Medium body.
O: Probably my favorite beer that I have experienced so far. Everything about this was wonderful from start to finish and it is such a disappointment to see that beautiful tan residue on the glass where an outstanding beer once was. If you see this beer anywhere for any price BUY IT! You will not be let down!
10-15-2011 07:39:36 | More by Paonz
4.38/5 rDev +7.6%
Poured in to Founder's tulip glass.
A - Dark brown/black with one finger of thick, foamy espresso coloured head.
S - Bitter hops and roasted malts in a good overall balance. Some pine and citrus along with chocolate and toasted pine nuts.
T - Roasted malts, chocolate and a good bitterness. Some pine and citrus flavours come through form the hops as well along with some muted coffee notes.
M - Medium body, light carbonation.
10-06-2011 02:06:01 | More by TheSevenDuffs
4.08/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
09-20-2011 10:14:54 | More by Thorpe429
District of Columbia
4.47/5 rDev +9.8%
Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike.
The beer is dark brown, with a thin beige cap. The appearance bears an uncanny resemblance to the other Beer Geek stouts. Surprisingly good aroma, exceeding my expectations. Terrific blend of hops and dark roast. This taste much more like an American black ale (black IPA) than a stout. Really well balanced and full of flavor. A wonderful marriage of roast and hops. I highly recommend this beer.
09-19-2011 01:47:56 | More by Huhzubendah
3.68/5 rDev -9.6%
appearance - black, beautiful mocha colored head that sticks around forever. lacing is also incredible.
smell - black ipa? wow lots of pine and herby hops. coffee comes in with some oats/barley. some charred wood
taste - pretty god damn hoppy. god damn hoppy. afterwards some coffee... not what i hoped for.
mouthfeel - weak body. great carbonation. oatmeal stouts need to be thicker than this and creamier. neither one is there whatsoever.
09-10-2011 05:58:31 | More by claytong
4.03/5 rDev -1%
A - Pours nearly black with large three finger mocha chocolate colored head. A thing of beauty! Similar to a RIS pour.
S - Burnt chocolate, cocoa, coffee,
T - Initial taste of dark chocolate, espresso coffee and licorice followed by a bitter wave of grassy, piney hops! This is an IPA and American Stout all rolled into one. Finish is dry, begging you to come back for another sip.
M - Light to medium. Coats entire mouth.
O - My hats off to Mikkeller on this one. Stout/IPA rolled into one. The best of both worlds. Starts out like a creamy oatmeal stout and finishes with that bitter, dry IPA finish. Well done.
08-26-2011 00:43:03 | More by pigc
3.93/5 rDev -3.4%
Pours a deep, dark brown with a 2-finger light beige head. Lots of layered lacing.
The smell is rather faint--some charred coffee malts with piney hops. Taste is bitter, strong coffee with just a hint of toasty caramel along with some herbal and piney malt flavors. Mouthfeel is smooth & medium to full-bodied with just the right amount of carbonation.
This is one of the more interesting stouts I've had. It has all of the better qualities of a stout with the exception of the overly bitter aftertaste, and adds to that a hoppy undertone. It may have an effect on the hops, but aging this might improve it some.
08-23-2011 03:18:11 | More by theghost3
4.4/5 rDev +8.1%
500mL Mikkeller bottle, poured into small glasses to toast being home after a nice weekend in NYC. I've been a fan of the other "Breakfast" stouts from Mikkeller, time for the hoppy one.
It pours dark brown-black, with a few fingers of tan foam that leaves a dark dry stain of lacing on the glass. It smells hoppy, pine needles mainly, with a strong roasted malt dominating throughout.
I like the interplay of hops and stout in the flavor, loads of roasted dark malts in the front and a decidedly citrusy hops flavor in the rear. No negative bitterness, and not really sweet either (making this much tastier than Darkness or Nightstalker). The carbonation is on the low side, which I like just fine. Very nice, a great addition to the line-up.
08-23-2011 01:53:44 | More by TurdFurgison
4.05/5 rDev -0.5%
Appearance: Pours out pitch black and fairly viscous looking. About 3/4" of tan head forms, which has pretty decent retention and lacing. 4
Smell: Scents of charred malts and coffee are quite strong. Maybe the lightest hint of bitter baker's chocolate, and a ton of dank hops. This is seems like a pretty hopped up stout.
Taste: Strong flavors of charred chocolate malts and coffee, and a hint of baker's chocolate. This is followed by a healthy dose of hops. Takes a bit to get used to, but it gets smoother in flavor as it warms and I ended up liking it quite a bit.
Mouthfeel/Overall: Medium bodied with extremely fine carbonation. Very smooth drinking, comes close to creamy. Probably the best aspect of the beer. Overall, a good stout by Mikkeller. One of the better ones I've had.
08-02-2011 01:56:23 | More by zhanson88
4.22/5 rDev +3.7%
A - tar like colour and consistency, tall brown head with solid lacing 4
S - Big piney and herbal hop kick, roasty and lightly chocolatey
T - Very hoppy with piney and bright herbs, bitter chocolate and coffee, big bitter flavours that work well in unison
M - Starts stout smooth and gets a big bitter kick to finish
O - a fantastic incorporation of hops in a big heavy stout, well worth a try and maybe even a second purchase
07-31-2011 04:38:28 | More by joemcgrath27
4.63/5 rDev +13.8%
Pours jet black with a chocolate brown head. In the aroma, a sweet roast and pine hops. In the taste, pine hops and a small sweet and roasty oatmeal. A hop bite and a medium to lighter bodied mothfeel, with a dryer small hop and small roast in the aftertaste. Big hops and small oatmeal and roast notes. It doesn't feel like a stout, but it is tasty!
07-26-2011 17:10:40 | More by OWSLEY069
4.22/5 rDev +3.7%
Poured into a snifter.
A - Pretty fantastic looking, sticky ink black with a mokah head, twinged with an orange creamsiclesque hue. Clinging lacing and froth that reside on the outer edges after the head has died down.
S - Upfront, immediate, the piney resin of hops, dispersing oh so quickley into roasted malt, oatmeal, fresh coffee and a bitter hint of cocoa.
T - Initially the piney citrus burn of hops, not fresh though, giving way into the flavors characteristic of a breakfast stout. Following the hops, this brew is ripe with roasted malt, burnt oatmeal lingers and combines with burnt coffee to entice the lurking cocoa from the background and create a pleasant sweetness on the finish. Final notes of burnt coffee and chocolate settle in the mouth with a hint of alcohol burn.
M - Chewy and dense, robust the way a breakfast beer should be; filling. Smooth, allowing for quick delicious sips. Leaves appealing lacing of sticky hops and oatmeal down the glass with each sip.
O - I would certainly buy it again and recommend it to others. Not sold on it's breakfast beer quality since I'm use to Founders Breakfast stout for that, though with the huge addition of hops you could sub out your morning orange juice I suppose.
07-21-2011 22:42:35 | More by Trystero
3.65/5 rDev -10.3%
Thanks to wishuwerebeer for sharing. Poured into a snifter, this brew appears a very dark brown color that is nearly black. When held to the light, it has lighter brown clarity around the outer most edges. A finger of thick, creamy brown head appears and holds in a froth across the top. Leggy patches and finger-like patterns of lace stick to the glass.
The smell of this brew is hoppy with leafy and grassy notes. Some fruity, solvent to fusel alcohol is evident that gets exaggerated and increasingly more bold as the brew warms. Some oats and roasted grain to char character is present imparting a light sweetness to the nose. More of a fresh oat character comes out as the brew warms but the major scent of this brew is the hops.
The taste is excessively oily with bitter, resinous hops that are very grassy and leafy in nature. The bitterness of the hops is accented by the bitterness of the roasted grain. Very bitter to burnt with a char-like character and minor notes of coffee. Some fruity alcohol is evident very similar to other mikkeller beer geek offerings.
This is a medium bodied brew with a creamy smooth texture yet oily and clingy as well. It boasts a modest amount of carbonation. It is decently drinkable but very oily and overly bitter from the combination of hops and roasted grain. I throughly enjoy stouts but really dislike when they are over hopped like this. No matter how much I try to like them, I just cant get into it. If american black ales are your thing, this is a must try but for $14 a 500ml bottle, they can keep it in my opinion.
07-21-2011 18:02:25 | More by stakem
4.22/5 rDev +3.7%
Shared with Klym, poured into Stone Nonics.
A: Strong 3 finger mocha head with canyons of lacing. An opaque black/brown body paints the glass with no desire to let any light through. A consistent layer of brown foam sits atop the beer like a crust of creme brulee waiting to be broken.
S: Chocolate milk with coco sprinkles in a cold glass. The oat ridden body implies the presence of ready bake cookie doughs. A buttery element takes the lacto smell into blocks of homemade fudges. The light hop note makes me consider that these could be a batch of naughty brownies. Interesting, exciting, and most of all: crazy creamy smells.
T: Brownie crusts with inclusions of salty pistachios. Super delicious with the hops forming over the chocolatey profile like a garnish of salt. I am heavily reminded of the tops of salted caramel cupcakes. There is a magical transition from darker chocolates to the bittery hops that captivates me. Normally, this might be off-putting. However, the way that this comes through makes it a real winner. The flavor never escapes the context of dessert, and for that reason the hops come off as more of a salty nut that bitters with heavy coco dark chocolates. Lighter creamed coffees take the hopping to the realms of freshly brewed coffees. Alcohol bites extremely late in the tasting process.
M: There's an apparent prickling in the mouth that gives into dry black coffees. A full body that leaves that oh so familiar oatmeal velvet. Not new velvet, but old hand-me-down velvet. Semi-dry with an overall sensation of pleasantness, but the alcohol becomes perceivable just as the mouth ceases.
O: The flavor on this beer is really quite something. The way that the hops is assimilated into the chocolate dessert is special. However, I think that's the most special thing about this beer. It's so much better than the mouthfeel, which doesn't connote creaminess in the same way the flavor pulls butter out of the hop resins. I think that is a really hard thing to overcome in beer, as it requires a less dry mouth-feel. The gap in the longevity of mouth-feel, which allows the alcohol to creep in over the flavor to contaminate the subtle theme of buttery chocolate creaminess. Eventually the hops takeover to reclaim the flavor in favor of coffees. However, that temporary hole in the transition of flavor is a bit irritating, and generally disrupted a pleasantly surprising flavor experience. Otherwise, this is really something to try.
07-12-2011 06:22:53 | More by Cavery
4.05/5 rDev -0.5%
A: Pours a jet black that gleams brown in the right light. Head is unexpectedly quick and generous, with light milk chocolate colored bubbles. Classic oatmeal stout look with erratic but persisting lacing. Throughout drinking it it left rorschach-test like lacing on the glass to the very end, which impressed me.
S: Like someone made a oatmeal, coffee bean, chocolate, hop mush and then roasted it. Aromas of each of these elements coming out with a little roast character to each and all coming out in pretty even proportion. Nice evenness among the smells, but an equal amount of each thing isn't always what balance is about.
T: Hit with an initial bit of hoppiness, goes into the chocolate and roast flavors, then finishes by blooming out coffee and ending with a simultaneous hop/coffee bitterness that actually blend into each other and almost mimic one another very well. This is all while having that smooth oatmeal cushion underneath the whole thing. In the middle of the taste, an almost lactose like sweetness comes out in the top of my mouth and vanishes pretty quickly but is a nice curveball in the mix. I like the flavors, but maybe there's a little too much concentration on the bitter spectrum throughout than best works for this beer.
M: For a single stout this mouthfeel is really impressive. A little bit more full bodied than medium would denote, with a good but not experience-absorbing amount of creaminess. Any thicker or thinner and I think it would only make this beer awkward.
O: One thing I will say immediately about this beer as it's best to enjoy it and try it at varying temperatures, as it really does change an unusual amount as it warms up. This is an excellent single oatmeal stout with some unusual characteristics and a lot of well developed parts. Sadly, though, no eurekas in this like you might hope for from the occassional mikkeller stroke of genius. There are probably cheaper oatmeal stout alternatives on a similar level available to an american craft brew drinker. Also, while this is good, I think it's not quite as strong as mikkellers other breakfast/brunch offerings. If you're curious and have the extra cash, nothing wrong with picking this up, but this is not a 'must' for anyone interested in mikkeller or a good oatmeal stout.
07-12-2011 05:36:49 | More by Klym
4.47/5 rDev +9.8%
A: Pours a dark viscous black color. Provides a one finger brown foam head with excellent retention. Provides an ample amount of lacing down the sides.
S: Ample amounts of coffee, smoked wood chips, dark chocolate and espresso malt character. There is also a significant amount of citrus and earthy hop flavors as well. Very potent and quite inviting.
T: Starts off with a nice sweetness. Lots of chocolate followed up with a slight coffee bitterness. In the middle there is some more chocolate, coffee but the smoked wood flavors comes out. In addition, the citrus hop profile starts to come through. On the back end the citrus and earthy hops come through and really balance out the malt.
M: A medium to full bodied beer, with just a tad too much carbonation. But nothing to that cannot be overcome.
O: This is a really well put together Stout with just enough hop character to balance out the rich thick malt flavors. One of my favorite Mikkeller offerings.
07-12-2011 01:19:32 | More by IronCitySteve
4.43/5 rDev +8.8%
Poured reddish black color with an average frothy brown head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Solid roasted coffee and chocolate malt and earthy hop aroma. Medium to full body with a dry smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy roasted balanced coffee and chocolate flavor with a heavy chocolate bittersweet finish of long duration. This is a standout beer.
07-11-2011 22:53:03 | More by tmoneyba
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