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Beer Hop Breakfast - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 550
Reviews: 187
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 44
Gots: 72 | FT: 4
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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 pitasoup
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: pours pitch black with two inches of foamy brown head that is very slow to subside. lacing all around. when held to the light, the edges leak a bit of mahogany brown.

S: piney, american hops. perhaps simcoe? barley malts and possibly oats as well. from the look and smell, i'd almost guess a black ipa.

T: well this is a stout. black patent, barley malts. grapefruity hop bitterness. licorice and anise on the tongue later. along with slightly cloying tannins. coffee doesn't show until towards the end but when it does, it is delicious, like a fresh cold-brewed cup, slick and smooth with a hint of fresh earth and grass.

M: slick mouthfeel from oats, full bodied but carbonation is creamy on the tongue. slightly dry mouthfeel.

O: usually i don't mind the smell of simcoe, it is the taste that annoys the crap out of me. here, it has been used well all around. wow i'm in love with this beer. a perma-want. whatever coffee they've used lent itself brilliantly and really tied things together. overall, this seemed like just an ok stout, but then it was nicely hopped, and superbly coffee'd. idk what kind, but i'd love to try a brew of the beans - they seemed kona quality.

pitasoup, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 06/04/11 notes. Tried this one along with Beer Geek Bacon, Weasel, and the Bourbon Beer Geek. Poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a pitch black color with moderate carbonation evident and one inch of tan head. Looks great like the others.

s - Smells of roasted malts, dark chocolate, pine hops, and light citrus. Hops are present, though not quite as strong as I was expecting; the chocolate and roasted malts still dominate the nose.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, pine hops, light citrus hops. I thought the hops come out more here than in the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - I feel like this is what Nighstalker should have been, but couldn't do. I didn't feel like Nightstalker worked and I didn't really enjoy that one, whereas this one was a pretty good hoppy stout. I prefer the normal Beer Geek Breakfast to this, but it was still good and fun to try. Would have it again.

mdfb79, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of Siggy125
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another "Breakfast" brew from Mikkeller, I have enjoyed most. Poured into a tulip from a 22oz bottle. Very dark brown/black in color with med latte colored head, dissipated slowly.

The smell really threw me off. Had to go back and check the label to make sure I had opened an oatmeal stout. Pungent grassy/piny hops on the nose. The aroma tells me this may be the hoppiest stout I've ever had.

Taste; hop presence not as strong on the palate as the nose, but still quite dominant. Bitter, but pleasant coffee notes seem to balance nicely with the hops. After coming up in a temp a bit, the coffee bitterness softens a bit and and some mild hints of choc and burnt caramel fall on the finish.

Missing some of the mouthfeel I enjoy in an oatmeal stout but still quite nice.

Be in the mood for an IPA when you open this or you may not like your first impression. Very interesting brew. Be sure to let it warm a tad for max enjoyment.

Siggy125, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of gford217
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle.

Pours pitch black and looks like all the other beer geek varietals sporting a thick tan head that recedes very slowly and leaves excellent lacing.

Aroma is definitely greener than the other versions with some fresh herbal hops on top of the regularly scheduled roasted chocolate malts and espresso beans.

The taste also starts with some citrus and pine bitterness which then flows into the bitterness provided by the heavily roasted malts and spent coffee grinds. The finish is dry and bitter.

The mouthfeel is smooth as silk with strong carbonation and tingly throughout with equal parts coffee and hop bitterness.

Another nice installment from Mikkeller in the beer geek series with some fresh green hops adding some complexity to things. I still like the original better though...

gford217, May 31, 2011
Photo of MbpBugeye
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm not quite sure what the differences are between this and regular Beer Geek Breakfast, but I'm guessing that this has extra hop additions.

Poured into a Mikkeller oversized wine glass.

Appearance
This is a nice looking stout. The head is very frothy, creamy and soft looking. The foam has a great khaki color too. It fades down to an over-sized pillow that floats in the center of the glass. Lots of large bubbles leave their impressions in the soft lacing.

Aroma
While not the first smell I picked out, a skunky note of marijuana roaches is the most memorable and unexpected aroma here. And now that I've picked out the aromas of old bowl resin and a pothead's ashtray, I can't get them out of my nose. Trying to bring myself back from memories of hanging out at friends' apartments back home, I focus on the coffee aromas that are dredged up by swirling. Deep within said swirls lies a wonderful milk chocolate concept. This beer really does smell like a wonderful breakfast stout, wake 'n' bake version.

Taste
Wow, move over Night Stalker, this is the hoppiest imperial stout out there. The beer tastes like it was filtered through a bed of fresh cut grass and sun dried hay with pine needles added for additional flavor. This isn't exactly how I like my imperial stouts to be, I prefer a rich, creamy, sweeter stout; but I have to give high marks for achieving the goal. The hoppiness never relents, coffee and cocoa have a hard time pushing through, but they add unreal complexity at the last second of the swallow. The aftertaste is very close to a dark cigar, ashy, roasty and leafy.

Mouthfeel
The body isn't being pushed enough, especially for a breakfast stout. It's simply not full and creamy enough. Carbonation isn't bothersome, but it would also benefit from a tweak; its a touch too high.

Overall
This one has certainly earned the name "Beer Hop Breakfast". The hops are very intense here, if only the breakfast qualities were pushed more.

MbpBugeye, May 31, 2011
Photo of Jeffo
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Doops picked this one up for us at Geers in Gent. Thanks man!

According to the label, this is an oatmeal stout with added coffee and overloaded with Simco and Columbus hops. Worth a shot I guess.

From a 50cl bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours out very dark and yields a two finger, medium-thick looking, fluffy, light mocha colored head with really good retention. Black body with zero carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a good thick foam cap, coating the top of the glass with nice lace. Looks nice so far. Wisp and ring remain, with lacing coating the sides of the glass. Looks great.

SMELL: Some roasted malts, dark baker’s chocolate and coffee aromas up front. Loads of hops as well. Citrus hops with some pine in there for sure. It’s basically a stronger stout with DIPA level hops thrown in. Could be a little bolder perhaps, but this is still potent and very interesting.

TASTE: An insanely hopped stout, with a good malt base to boot. Definite roasted malts, dark chocolate and strong black coffee flavors. Lots of bitter black coffee in fact. That’s really come through in force. Citrus hops come through the middle with grapefruit and lemon, then the piney hops show up at the swallow. Bitter piney hops and bitter black coffee really make an appearance after the swallow, and drive the bold, lingering aftertaste. A very bitter and flavorful stout that’s been overloaded with hops. The black coffee and pine just won’t quit.

PALATE: Medium-full body and medium carbonation. Goes down fine and finishes slightly dry on the palate. Creamy smooth enough, but could be somewhat heavier for the style.

OVERALL: An excellent brew. I wasn’t sure what to expect of this one, but it certainly worked out great. The coffee was very present, but it didn’t overwhelm the brew. The malt base still played a roll and the hops were the star of the show, especially after the swallow. One I would recommend to anyone who’s looking for a stout with a little something going on. Thanks Doopie!

Jeffo, May 30, 2011
Photo of bigfnjoe
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- pours jet black with a two finger tan head. The head is super thick and sticks around for awhile. I likey, if it were a tad darker, it would get the full monty

S- piney hops. I'm getting flashbacks to my experience with Three Floyds Sun King Stout, which was not a good one...

T- the hops are coming through most prevalently...a nice pang of bitterness and pine, with some citrus in there too. There's also some roast going on, but not a whole lot. I could go for more stout-qualities.

M- thick! Double IPAs usually have that syrupy quality, and not that heavy body that stouts usually have...this has that stouty body, and I really like it with the hops

O- I think this is what Mikkeller was going for with Koppi. Has the coffee characteristics, along with the IPA characteristics. If anything, I'd like more stout flavor. But it's a damn solid brew from Mikkeller, as usual

bigfnjoe, May 27, 2011
Photo of JayS2629
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An excellent, dark and thick, rich black chocolate color with a medium tan head that fades fast but leaves pretty sea foam lace. The smell is of dark chocolate, coffee, and a touch of citrus and pine. The taste is complex, full, rich and full of robust coffee, roasted malt, and dark chocolate. Notes of caramel, nuts, and citrus/pine making an appearance. I'm not sure how well the citrus flavors melt together with the roasted flavors. Not that well balanced for a stout in my opinion. A bit on the bitter side and chalky on the mouthfeel. Could use more sweet caramel notes and a creamier mouthfeel. Excellent beer overall, but had holes for critique.

JayS2629, May 27, 2011
Photo of prototypic
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer Hop Breakfast is a very dark, chocolate fudge color. Looks onyx. No light cuts through, even at the outermost edges. Impressive. An ominous, dark mocha colored head rests on top. It rises to about two fingers in height, and takes its time receding. A thick web of lace trails down the glass as it descends. Nicely done.

The nose is good. A bit more strength might carry it to the next level, but it’s definitely good as it is. A mix of chocolate and roasted malts. Roasted coffee/espresso notes smell delicious. There’s a burnt quality to it that adds character. Hops are certainly noted. They smell mostly piney with perhaps a touch of citrus notes. Alcohol is masked extremely well. It definitely smells nice.

The flavor is quite good. Roasted coffee and espresso flavors start things out very nicely. It does have an intense burnt, charred flavor. It’s a little too strong honestly. Those flavors mix pretty well with the chocolate and roasted malt base. The chocolate flavor is strictly bittersweet dark chocolate. A touch of sweet caramel is also noted. Hops are quite strong and add mostly piney, bitter flavors. There’s a bit of grapefruit and pineapple, but those flavors are subtle and secondary. Alcohol is subtle and largely unnoticed. Finishes bitter, a little charred, and dry.

Beer Hop Breakfast has a medium body. Carbonation is light and restrained. Ultimately, it goes down smooth and easy. I wouldn’t object to a bit more body, but it’s pretty good as it is. I don’t think this bottle will present much trouble. Going down too easy.

I was surprised and pleased to find this bottle of Beer Hop Breakfast. I hadn’t heard of it before. It’s a nice addition to their lineup. I’m a fan of hoppy stouts. The hop presence is very strong. The coffee/espresso/burnt flavors are as well. All in all, this is a very intense flavored beer. I’m enjoying it, and have no reservation recommending it.

prototypic, May 21, 2011
Photo of Stigs
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle, served in a small tulip

A - pours with about an inch of dense, creamy khaki colored foam, falling ever so slowly down the glass and leaving a thin coating behind. the beer is pretty much pitch black.

S - freshly pressed, yet lightly roasted coffee dominate the front half. notes of toasted nuts, milk chocolate, and lightly grassy hops.

T - heavy on the coffee, though coming through much much stronger than the nose especially in the finished. attempted to be balanced by roasted malts and minerals. sweetness struggles but a slight bit of lactose and chocolate make it through.

M - wonderfully full body with ample yet controlled carbonation. slightly creamy through the finish, with a bit of a bitter hoppy finish. great here.

D - really liked this one front to back. great dessert beer and might be even better for breakfast. only downside is the pricetag ($11.99). as far as coffee stouts go, this can hold up to the best of them.

Stigs, May 21, 2011
Photo of Anaz
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've like the other Beer Geek beers that I've tried, but I hesitated a bit on this one. It looks great, deep, burnt brown, not quite black with a faint red-brown at the edges. The head is huge when poured into a Duvel tulip, but the bubbles aren't as fine as I would have thought. Nice coffee and cream lacing all the way down.

The aroma is almost overwhelming; Chocolate and coffee with sharp and piney hops. There is some citrus and a bit of smoke in there, too.

The taste is very hoppy, sharp clean bitterness, that almost abrasively strips away the roasty malt character, but dark bread, coffee, and chocolate flavors are strong enough to rise and fade amongst the hops. It makes it very drinkable, but complex enough that I want to take my time with it and see what happens as it warms up. Definitely hop forward, but the malt still lets you know your drinking a stout.

The mouthfeel is thinner than expected, but also a little sticky and oily. Not bad, but a not as smooth as I expect from an oatmeal stout.

I like this a lot. It would wake me up a lot faster than the other Beer Geek beers if I actually drank it for breakfast, but there is no way I'd have beer this complex that early in the day. Great variation on an already great beer series.

Anaz, May 19, 2011
Photo of brystmar
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pitch black, tons of brown head with great retention, strong & sticky lace. Beautiful.

S: floral hops, coffee, chocolatey sweetness, roasted malts.

T/M: roasty coffee malts and baker's chocolate. Thick and creamy like a good oatmeal stout. Turns strongly floral with a very hoppy finish that's bitter, but not overly so. Reminds me of a Black IPA, but even better!

O: delicious, and definitely improves as it warms. I don't like hoppy beers, but this is great. Another awesome brew from Mikkeller!

brystmar, May 15, 2011
Photo of Haybeerman
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black; almost no light coming through. Poured a 3 finger rocky mocha-colored head with excellent retention to a 1 finger cap. Sheets of sticky lace all the way down.

S: Nutty and bitter coffee/espresso. Healthy dose of fresh cut grass, citrus and pine hops; rather odd combination. This is not your typical stout - there was even a hint of fruit in the nose. There was a lot going on.

T: Big toasted malts blast the palate right up front that are consistent with nose plus bitter chocolate. Transitions quickly to a resiny cornucopia of herbal/citrus hop flavors; cut grass, pine, citrus mostly. Bitter coffee flavor builds slowly to a sharp bitter finish. Like the nose, there was a lot going on in this beer.

M: Medium-to-full body. Low-to-moderate carbonation. Rich and malty then resiny in the middle. Sharply bitter in the finish. Not confusing mouthfeel with flavor, very comforting drink.

O: Very interesting cornucopia of flavors that put an all-out assault on the senses. As I got used to the beer, I found it more drinkable. Disguise any alcohol very well.

Haybeerman, May 10, 2011
Photo of dragonWhale
3.35/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mikkeller, how you do make my life so interesting..

Black and thick with a stout and ready mocha head. Looks delightful. You know the hop punch is coming, but what will it be?
Bam! Left hand to the dome! Wild aromas of pine, coffee, flowers, grass, and chocolate. Hints of raspberry. Untamed, unchained. Not sure how I feel about this aroma..But definitely interesting.
In the mouf, the flavors get less in the way of each other, but it's still a lot to take in. Very bitter, hops kicking all the way through, coffee present but not abundant. A bit of chocolate. Pine is big. Digging into CDA territory here, for sure. I mean, this is basically what it is. Just trying to trick us with his labeling.
It is a mouthful. It's alright, medium-bodied, a lot to like or dislike, but there certainly is a lot of flavor. Cool experiment. I'd maybe tone down the bitterness a bit more. Not sure what else I'd do. Fun and beastly.

dragonWhale, May 09, 2011
Photo of madpentzer
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Gulden Draak tulip.

A - Pours a very dark brown with a tan two fingers of head that sticks around.

S - Aroma of coffee and roasted malts, with some citrus too.

T - Absolutely great taste. Great hop profile, balanced well with espresso, chocolate, and roasted malts.

M - Thick, and almost chewy, but with plenty of carbonation.

O - This is an awesome, hoppy stout. Probably my favorite offering so far from Mikkeller.

madpentzer, May 09, 2011
Photo of Sammy
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasty coffee-ish beer. Very hoppy, above average mouthfeel.Bold rounded bitter taste, roasted malts, coffee, pine and citrus, and a drop of chocolate. Creamy mouthfeel, with above average head.Dry Roast in aftertaste.
Liam's bottle courtesy of Chris.
Second bottle thanks to Jon. Big hops like a Black IPA but not Cascadian.

Sammy, May 06, 2011
Photo of liamt07
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of wordemupg, 75cl poured into a snifter. Thanks Chris.

Pours a completely opaque pitch black. Light brown head with some big bubbles around the edges. Nose starts with some big hop notes, pine and pineapple at the forefront. Coffee and espresso make themselves visible closer to the end of the sensation. A general creaminess/sweetness as well. Taste is all espresso and hops with great interplay between the two, each sip alternates between these flavours and works wonders. Great full bodied feel to it. Glad I got the chance to share this.

liamt07, May 06, 2011
Photo of Mavajo
2.9/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Oh boy, what the hell do I make of this beer?

As with all of Mikkeller's stouts, epic appearance. Dark body with a huge, billowy tan/brown head. The lacing has legs for miles, just pasting the sides of your glass.

Now this is where things start getting weird. What the hell is this aroma I'm smelling? Wow. It almost stings my nostrils -- huge fresh cut grass/pine aroma, backed up with roasty malt notes. Easily the most bizarre bouquet I've ever gotten from a beer. It's as if someone took fresh grass clippings, fresh pine needles and charcoal, and mashed them all together. It's extremely unique and intense...so 5 points for that I guess. But is it good? I'm not sure I like it at all. I'll split the difference...kind of.

Fortunately, the taste isn't quite as off-putting. Huge, huge hop notes, grass/pine, big roasty malt characteristics behind it. Again, I'm not sure I like it, but I definitely found it more approachable than the nose.

Mouthfeel is nice and full, creamy and good carbonation.

Truly a strange creation here. I'm very glad I tried it, but I can't imagine I'll ever buy this again.

Mavajo, May 05, 2011
Photo of broken22
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really love coffee beers and I think Mikeller make some of the best out there.

I had to pour this into a tulip glass. These beers usually have such a nice bouquet of smell that you would just loose it in a regular glass. This beer is dark, real dark. The head even had a malt chocolate color to it. Not a lot of head forms during the pour some does hang out though for a bit and looks a little like pancake batter. The smell is great. The bitterness of the coffee mixed with the hops is just perfect. Wow okay so the first sip is a lot of hop. I was totally not expecting that. The smell really masks the amount of hop character in this beer. As with most of my experience with hoppy beers as I progress through the beer the hop flavor lessens and I begin to taste other parts of the beer I just couldn't at first. Towards the end of my first glass I began to taste the coffee creeping back and man this beer really started to shine. There is a nice little bubbly burn from the carbonation. The overall mouth feel is nice. The beer is rather light on the palate for being so dark.

This beer is deceptive all around. I thought it smelled well balance between the coffee and the hops. Turns out their is a lot of hop flavor that really competes with the coffee. The beer didn't form a big head yet there was a decent amount of carbonation. Then its dark and the overall mouth feel is medium bodied. Tricky Tricky Mikkeller! Overall this is a really good brew. I loved every sip. While this is not my favorite beer geek but still better than most other coffee beers out there. Pick one up and feel free to drink it anytime; kind of like how breakfast can be eaten at any time.

broken22, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of vfgccp
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A – Black with brown highlights. Mocha head with great retention and lace.

S – Nutmeg. Meaty roast. Brown sugar. Parsley. Cinnamon. Herbal hop note.

T – Rich roast. Raw, almost herbal, hop character: cilantro, pine, broccoli. Bitter coffee merges seamlessly with the hop bitters. Creamy, sweet oats coddle the bitter notes and balance them well.

M – Smooth, medium body. Ok carbonation. A lingering bitterness evolves through pine, green wood, and cilantro.

O – The medium body and hop character are more akin to some of the black IPAs floating around than a hop-stout, but in that regard I’d rate it as one of the best black IPA’s I’ve ever had. Overall a well executed play on the style.

vfgccp, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of petacutlasaurus
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An awesome variant in Mikkeller's "Beer Geek Blank" line (next to Beer Geek Breakfast, Beer Geek Brunch Weasel and Beer Geek Bacon).

Beer Hop Breakfast is separated from the rest of its ilk by the quality of its hops. Where the others are incredibly rich, with just a touch of hop bitterness, the Beer Hop Breakfast doesn't hold back. It balances the rich, savory qualities of the line (intense chocolate, oatmeal, smokey malts and a sweetness that's almost buttery) with a more pronounced hop presence. And really, it's a welcome note in the larger balance of the beer. That overwhelming richness is the (minor) downfall of the beer geek breakfast and the beer geek bacon; only the brunch weasel is as successful at reworking the line's balance.

I'd say grab all four in the line if you can. Having them together is a treat. The way each of these beers distinguish themselves is remarkable, and each has a unique offering. Personally I'd put the beer hop breakfast second in the lineup, just short of the brunch weasel.

petacutlasaurus, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of andrenaline
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to joemcgrath27 for the hook-up on this one!

A - Pours pitch black with a finger of dark mocha head, decent retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Nice earthy hops, light citrus notes, dark cocoa and some sweeter milk chocolate notes on the finish.

T - The oatmeal stout comes through nicely with the oats making their presence known. The bitter citrus hops blow through the finish creating a great balance between dark roasted notes and hoppy delights.

M - No complaints here, goes down smooth, ABV is nicely hidden and finishes surprisingly wet given the bitterness of the hops.

O - A definite winner from Mikkeller with a great flavoured offering. I would certainly drink this stuff for breakfast, it IS the most important meal of the day!

andrenaline, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of seanyfo
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1/2 pint on tap into a tulip glass at the brewdog pub in Edinburgh

A- pitch black body with no light penetration. Thick creamy 2 finger head that reduces quickly to a thin later which is well retained with good lacing

S- subtle treacle toffee sweetness sandwiched between passion fruit floral hop notes and roasted malts.

T- roasted malts in the beginning fade to a slight caramel sweetness before the hop bite comes through in the end which shares the finish with an underlying hint of coffee. No alcohol heat present

M- low to medium carbonation with full cream body

D- an interesting stout. Not had an American version yet and this was enjoyable. Not overly hopped with roasted malts notes working well with a subtle coffee hint.

seanyfo, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of bballmj2k
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Keep trying these crazy expensive Mikkeller beers that have been underwhelming. Hope this one is pretty good.

Poured from bottle into snifter. pitch black - light brown/reddish 2-finger head. thick creamy bubbles.

Aroma is pretty awesome - dominant smell is fruity tropical hops, with underlying roast/coffee. Not quite like a Black IPA but similar.

Taste is.... unique. Coffee and roasted flavors take over and leave the hops behind. Bitterness rests on the back of the tongue - hard to discern between the hops or the roasted malts.

Mouthfeel - Honestly a bit thin. Big roasted character with creamy middle of the tongue but thin at the back followed by some lingering bitterness.

Overall - Interesting style/flavor profile. Nice to try once but definitely prefer the regular Beer Geek Breakfast.

bballmj2k, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of Gmann
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black color with a big dense toasted khaki colored head that left a wall of lacing as the brew dissipated, beauty.

The aroma is of a roasted malt, milk chocolate, caramel, light char, and a fruity/leafy hop aroma. The hop flavor actually punches first but then the sweet stout notes come through. Quite interesting.

The flavor starts out all stout. Good roasted flavors which are softened and sweetened by the addition of the oatmeal. Some caramel notes as well as some coffee grinds. Some lovely coffee flavor. There is some sour fruit flavor as well. The hops don't add too much, some fruitiness and grassy bitterness.

The feel is full bodied with prickly carbonation. Smooth at first but finishes with a rugged bitterness. Between the roasted malt, coffee and hops, its quite bitter on the finish.

Another good breakfast stout from Mikkeller. Nice coffee flavor but too bitter for me to love this beer.

Gmann, Apr 17, 2011
Beer Hop Breakfast from Mikkeller ApS
91 out of 100 based on 550 ratings.