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Beer Hop Breakfast - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 571
Reviews: 187
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 46
Gots: 70 | 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 Thorpe429
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of claytong
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of pigc
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of theghost3
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of zhanson88
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from notes...
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

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!

Photo of Trystero
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of stakem
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Cavery
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Klym
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of IronCitySteve
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of tmoneyba
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of elgiacomo
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle, unknown date. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours black with a large foamy and rocky brown head that takes forever to settle down and leaves clumpy lacing in its wake.

Aroma is like...well...a heavily-hopped coffee stout. Heaps of premium coffee, chocolate, tons of roasted malts and a bit of smoke playing nicely with piney, grassy, citrusy hops. While there is more hop presence than most other stouts, the coffee still steals the show. Very good to great strength.

Flavor is very tasty premium coffee beans, roasted malts, chocolate up front then moves to a bitter hoppy finish featuring pine, spruce, and citrus. A bit of sweetness with the coffee and hops teaming up for some good bitterness. Some alcohol detected but what’s there is mild.

Mouthfeel is not quite medium, not quite full bodied, somewhat creamy, moderate carbonation.

Man, the hops really mingle nicely with this coffee stout. Would classify well as a Black IPA. Yet another tasty offering in the Beer Geek series and I’m glad to have had the chance to try (even if it was overpriced, even for a Mikkeller offering).

Photo of billshmeinke
3.15/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic.

Pitch black with a darkish beige head that cascades up to about three fingers worth. Subsides to about a fingers worth sporting much lacing.

Smells smokey, chocolate-y, fresh, herbal, and yes the hops are there.

Taste is smokey, roasty, somewhat acidic even, hoppy and herbal with a roasty and intensely bitter and again acidic finish. Hugely roasty and bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is full and heavy, bitter, a bit chalky, and this weird acidicty.

Beer geek breakfast is still the best of the series.

Photo of GradyS1
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into stone RIS glass, pours a nice dark black with a large one finger head. I enjoyed the smell on this one, classic smell of the base beer with a small but noticeable herbal hop characteristic at the end. The taste was a little disappointing to me as the hop flavor strong notes of coffee and chocolate were there but, the hop characteristic did not come through that much, slight citrus Finnish, bitter aftertaste was really all that I picked up as far as the hops go.With the smell I thought a lot more would come through in the taste. The was a medium to full body beer, still has the creamy tongue feel that the rest of the series has, nice bitter tingle left at the end. Not bad overall, mostly carried because of the base beer, not a bad twist but I am a huge fan of hoppy stouts and while still a good beer, didn't live up to what I was hoping for

Photo of Dawkfan
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pitch black in color, thick tan head which is lighter than the other beer geeks that I've tried. Lacing is the best of the bunch, but none have been exceptional.

S- Lots of hops on the nose, pine and pungent pot aromas blend in with light citrus notes, somewhat soapy too. The chocolate in the other beers seemed to be more on the dark side, this reminds me more of a milk chocolate. Faint aromas of coffee.

T- Holy hops! This is more hoppier than most Black IPA's I've ever had, even though it's not classified as such. The pine is huge throughout, more flavorful than bitter until the finish. Light chocolate, roasted malts and coffee intertwined with the hops the entire time.

M- I've found the weight to differ a bit within this series which probably isn't right. Anyway, medium mouthfeel, subtle carbonation.

O- Love Mikkeller, helps that we're getting more of this stuff distributed up here. A nice twist on an already good beer.

Photo of snpub540
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

P oured a pretty much black hue into my tulip with some dark brown highlights. It has a nice light brown head that was about a finger tall and left some nice sticky lacing on the glass.

Smell is kind of faint but it has some roasted malt and coffe notes in it.

Taste is more complex than the nose. Caramel, toated bread, roasted malts, coffee, and some chocolate. There is also a nice dry hop finish.

Mouthfeel is velvety smooth and just really creamy. Alcohol isn't a factor at all. If I can find it I will buy it again.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge notes of pine fill the air, along with roasted notes, slight coffee and chocolate. Poured black, with a big 3 finger mocha head, dissipated to a spongy film, leaving sticky, spongy lacing all the way down. The big pine notes are lot more balanced in the taste. Though bold, they meld nicely with big chocolate and coffee notes. The coffee bitterness blends well with the hop bitterness. The feel is nice and creamy, solid medium bodied, even a tad chewy. Nice bit of substance for the style. Overall, I’m in love. I adore hoppy stouts, and this is a shining example. Kudos Mikkel.

Photo of pitasoup
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of Siggy125
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of gford217
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
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...

Beer Hop Breakfast from Mikkeller ApS
91 out of 100 based on 571 ratings.