Beer Hop Breakfast - Mikkeller ApS

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Reviews: 191
Hads: 606
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.34%
Wants: 49
Gots: 71 | FT: 6
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Style | ABV
American Stout |  7.50% ABV

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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 bluejacket74
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch and a half frothy tan head that stayed around a while. There's also a lot of lacing left on the glass. It smells like roasted malt, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, piney hops, burnt/charred malt, and some light citrusy hops. I think the taste is just like the aroma. It's roasty, hoppy, bitter and sweet all at the same time. It's a very tasty brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and easy to drink with good carbonation. I'm liking this beer a lot, and I plan on picking up another bottle soon! $9.99 a bottle. (617 characters)

Photo of beesy
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - pours a slightly inky black with a two and a half finger medium brown head. The head is very very frothy. Provides a good amount of lacing.

S - dominated but piney hops. Coffee is fairly surpressed and in the background more than the other breakfasts. Bakers chocolate.

T - very hop forward - the hoppiness reminds me slightly of FFF Black Sun. Mostly piney hops. Dark chocolate. Roasty. A slightly drying malt profile in the mid and late palate - maybe some biscuit malt? A slightly coarse bitterness on the tail end.

M - fairly dry. Drier than I would expect with oats. Not silky and slick at all.

D - medium. It's tastes really good but the large quantity of hops paired with the bitterness keeps it a nice sipper.

Overall a very nice hoppy stout that tastes really good. I can't find much to complain about, but there's nothig that makes it a really memorable beer - just a good solid beer. (955 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black in color with a tall tan head. Citrus peel, floral, and perfume. Hints of chocolate, lots of roasted malt, some ash, and a bit of char. Maybe a little bit of alcohol. Flavor is quite ashy, heavy on the roast, and a fair amount of bitterness. Some dark chocolate, piney hops, and a hint of citrus peel. (313 characters)

Photo of JackieTH
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lovely brew appears tarry black, deep brown, opaque with a mocha head and moderate lace.

Smell has heavily roasted malt, oats, charred toffee, resin and citric pith.

Taste is a delicious example marrying heavily roasted malt with loads of hop flavor and bitterness. Cooked rolled oats, roasted malt, hints of caramel and a stiff shot of jet fuel (mmm..that's strong black coffee) merge seamlessly on the palate with heaps of citric, grapefruit pith flavor, pine sap, and bitterness. Big bold flavor. Medium, creamy mouthfeel and carbonation. Finish is quite bitter from both the hop and the joe, with no residual sweetness.

Beer hop breakfast indeed. Very good. (664 characters)

Photo of rarbring
3.67/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A black beer, a tan head, leaving some lacing and some curtains.

Smelling of grass, nettles, peas, and soy sauce.

Staring with dark fruits, then some Madeira and herbal hoppiness.

Little carbonation, coarse and oily (!) texture, thick and sticky, a dry finish.

A deep complex soup. Much hops. And much more. (311 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

deep brown almost black in color, nice 2 fingers of brown head causing some great lacing. scents of chocolate, piney hops, roasted marshmallows, coffee. a hoppy mouthful at first, evened out by an ashtray dirt type bitterness from the roasted grains/coffee, mildly balanced out by the malt sweetness and chocolate flavor. i think they over did it with the hops, i was expecting a more subtle dry hop taste - but again, a foreign brewery making an american style stout, i guess they figure we're assholes with our ibu's!
a light medium body, nicely carbonated, barely any creaminess.

this is a nice one time experience - with that said i wouldn't want to drink it again. a bit off tasting with the amount of hops they used. (723 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mikkeller Beer Hop Breakfast, Oatmeal Stout brewed with Coffee, 7.5% ABV, product of Denmark, brewed at Amager Bryghus, Bryghus, Denmark.

Utter blackness, large, rich, roasty tan head. Lace leaving. Looks great.

Aroma: ah! there we have it, a quintessential oatmeal stout nose, starts smooth and roasty-toasty, nice and malty, topped off with grassy hops. I like this.

Taste: more of that going on in the mouth, but lacking some in the body. Smooth, tasty malt, with a big, lively blast of hops. So we've got an "IBA" or a "black ale" or a "black ipa", but with an oatmeal stout. I'm still not totally on board with this cross-pollination. Still feels light in the body, not giving the proper oatmeal stout experience, but never stopping with the hops. Non-stop hop. Very dry, plenty of manageable bitterness.

Do I like it? Maybe. Do I love it? Not really. But, keep at it, Mikkeller, you've more hits than misses, and your misses are interesting enough. (But, perhaps not exactly worth the price.) (1,002 characters)

Photo of jbowers56
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
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. (1,387 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.12/5  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. (925 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (864 characters)

Photo of warnerry
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (904 characters)

Photo of peabody
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
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. (577 characters)

Photo of whatthehull
4.74/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tulip

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 (680 characters)

Photo of Digimaika2
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (1,001 characters)

Photo of jjanega08
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (1,262 characters)

Photo of TheBeerCarl
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (984 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (2,398 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (633 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (680 characters)

Photo of DanK4
3.61/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,328 characters)

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,429 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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. (440 characters)

Photo of arizcards
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (745 characters)

Photo of farrago
3.62/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,170 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,409 characters)

Beer Hop Breakfast from Mikkeller ApS
91 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.