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Beer Hop Breakfast - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 561
Reviews: 187
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 45
Gots: 72 | FT: 4
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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 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
Photo of mbaratta1982
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- very black pour with a thin chocolate brown head with little lacing

S- chocolate and coffee are heavy, smells almost burnt but in a fantastic way.

T- the chocolate malt is very noticeable, with roasted coffee and the taste takes over your mouth for a crazy long time. The bitter hops come at the end and are very well balanced with the malt. Not to overpowering but definitely there. The flavor completely engulfs your mouth and stays around for-ev-ver.

Mouthfeel- covers the mouth well and is med bodied for a 7.5%

O- I enjoyed this beer thoroughly and plan on on going to buy another

mbaratta1982, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Time for review #200. Beer Hop Breakfast seemed like a good beer to try out for it.
Pours out a nice pitch black with a dark tan head. The lacing is thick and lasting.
The smell is sweet and heavy to start with coffee and chocolate. Some citrus, mineral and grassy hop notes pop up in the background.
Bittersweet chocolate, acidic roasted coffee bean, light on the hop taste, but it is there and it is nice, a bit of citrus and grass. Very thick and smooth going down.
Now this is a great Mikkeller beer. As good or better than Beer Geek Breakfast.

OBeerMeGreatOne, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of Davidpgibbons
4.9/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served in a snifter, pours a super tan espresso like head with a deep rich black base. Little to almost no lacing.
Smells of caramel and huge coffee notes
Taste is even better with huge huge coffee notes and with the creamy sweet head this stout def delivers
Little boozy flavor with the 7.5 abv
I cant really taste any hops but you know they are there adding little bitterness to this stout
i would buy this one again and again

Davidpgibbons, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of colforbin73
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a creamy black with a thin tan head that gives way pretty quick. leaves little lacing on the glass but goes down pretty smooth. it is true to its name, it is a beer, and it is brewed with coffee, and it is definitely hop.

this is a tough call for me, one minute i like it, the next minute i am not sure. if anything, i find it spicy, whether that is the coffee or the hops or a combination of two different sources of bitter i don't know.

it is not a timid beer. i would probably like this more without the coffee and with a little extra chocolate malt -- i am not sure how the hops shake out -- i like it more as i drink it. but i don't love it.

stick to the regular Beer Geek Breakfast if you have never tried Mr Mikkeller's stout before.

colforbin73, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml skinny-ass bottle, yet still a tall drink of water, as per usual for the Mikkeller stouts...

This beer pours a complete black, no edges, no highlights, with one fat finger of seemingly foamy, tight beige head, which leaves a consistent pock-marked wall of lace around the glass as it duly settles. It smells of chocolate milk powder, mildly toasted caramel malt, and somewhat mild citrus hops. The taste is much bigger on the bitter citrus hops, which, together with an increasingly prevalent dry coffee grounds essence, takes over the whole front of the palate, eventually giving way to an equally strong, but somehow subservient, sweet chocolate malt, all overlooked by a soft, and seemingly toothless, alcohol edge. The carbonation is fairly light, with just a bit of spritzy effervescence, the body medium heavy in weight, a sugary smooth effect taking place - but for the citrus bitterness edge. It finishes still unabashedly sweet, but tempered all the same, with a not willing to die indeterminately bitter hoppiness.

What we have here, is a failure to, um, well, a failure to differentiate between a silky oatmeal coffee stout and the American IPA-ization of such. Bully for me - I likes 'em both just fine.

biboergosum, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of nkersten
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into Matilda glass. Pours thick black with small mocha head that fades to a collar. Very nice lacing. Smell is average, lots of slightly stale coffee, some noble hops, a touch of roasted malts. Taste is a lot better then the smell but nothing special. Coffee, bakers chocolate, hop bitterness that carries no other hop characteristics, some earthy hops and roasted malts as it warms. Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side and to active of a carbonation. Not as silky as I would expect from an oatmeal stout. Overall a decent beer, but not worth the hefty price tag, but I suppose it delivers what it advertises - hoppy coffee stout.

nkersten, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of oline73
3.2/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet. Reviewed from notes taken on 4/4/2011

Appearance: Pours jet black with three fingers of thick tan head. A layer of carbonation remains throughout.

Smell: Roast and pine hops dominate. There is also a mild sweetness and some coffee as well.

Taste: Very bitter from the coffee and hops. I'm picking up coffee, dark chocolate, and bitter citrus peel hops. The finish is also super bitter from the roast and the hops. I'm not sure that I love the way the hops and the coffee are mixing.

Mouthfeel: Thick and smooth as you take the sip. The carbonation is smooth and there is a good amount. I don't love the finish, it seems to be mildly chalky.

Overall: I'm not in love with this beer. The roast and the hops seem to be fighting for my attention. I prefer the less hoppy versions of the Mikkeller breakfast stout.

oline73, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of jsh420
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours pitch black with a 2 finger tan head that had good retention and left lacing all over the glass

smells of roasted malt chocolate malt and some fruit hops

taste is ok - there just seems to be something off with it - it is quite hoppy lots of citrus coming through the dark roasted chocolate malts

mouthfeel is light(thin) with very low carbonation

overall - hoppy stout and porters are the new "it" beers - that said there are many other breweries doing better interpretations

jsh420, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a finger high creamy tan head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of coffee and roasted malts; these are subdued somewhat by smells of citrus hops.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has flavors of coffee and roasted malts plus citrus and pine resin hops. There is a light amount of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit smooth on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation. The beer doesn't feel as thick compared to some of Mikkeller's other breakfast beers.
O: The beer is interesting in that it somewhat tastes like a hybrid between a stout and an IPA, although the stout properties are much more prevalent.

metter98, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of cosmicevan
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big fan of the breakfast series, so was pumped when this one showed up locally on shelves not too long ago.

a - Opened the bottle and poured into my CCB snifter. Beer poured a silky sludgey black with a generous finger of a milky tan colored head. The head hung around for a while with nice bubbling and as it evaporated, it left really solid lacing. This is an attractive stout. Looks pretty spot on.

s - Interesting smell. Strong mix of coffee and cream with some peppery spices. The hops are not as prevalent as I would've expected in the nose, but I think that is the peppery spice that I'm picking up. A little bit band aide or rubbery or something I can't describe, seems like the hops don't play nice with the stout.

t - Roasted coffee. Starts off creamy and lush but ends bittery and a bit dry. Somewhat spicey. That same weird rubbery thing that's going on in the smell is also present in the flavor. The taste is nice, but the finish is too dry and bitter. Hops seem to take away more than help the beer, but still not a bad beer. I find myself wishing the hops weren't there and this could be a great beer.

m - Like drinking a cup of coffee. Finishes pretty bitter and dry. Leaves a bit of a tingle.

o - Overall, this is the weakest in the beer breakfast series in my opinion. I was really hoping for a hoppy stout a la Darkness, but instead the hops serve mostly to bitter and dry out an otherwise nice stout. Looks amazing, but a bit of a let down from there. You are way better off going for a beer geek breakfast or a beer geek brunch weasel. I am, however, excited to see more of these beers showing up on shelves and I will continue to try as many as I can.

cosmicevan, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of Brad007
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got my hands on this thanks to Jeff, who stashed away several Mikkeller beers for me.

Pours a pitch black color with a thick brown head into my glass. You're not going to get any better than this, hence the 5.

Rich, luscious coffee notes greet the nose followed by just a hint of citrusy hops. It could be creamy as well.

Bold, assertive coffee flavors dominate the palate, followed only by grassy, citrusy hops. Wow.

Lots of lingering, thick coffee notes. It is somewhat "slick" as well and finishes with a clean bitterness.

This is a killer example of the style at hand. The hops weren't as strong as I thought (going by the title, which I thought meant a ton of hops) but it did not take away from the overall taste. I highly recommend this as a replacement for your morning cup 'o joe!

Brad007, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of IronDjinn
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 500 ml brown bottle. Pours out pitch opaque black, with a tall chunky dark beige head with great retention.

Roast malt, burnt malt, coffee grounds, and spicy herbal hops all appear in the aroma.

The flavour contains smooth roasted malt, some char, and a beautiful balance of herbal and slightly citrusy hops. Coffee pops out in the aftertaste as it warms a great deal.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, smooth and slick mouthfeel, low carbonation.

Not overly complex, but it still works for me. This time around the contrast of what's going on is poetic in how beautifully it all works together, this is a fantastic hoppy stout, that not only does justice to the style, but is an exemplar of how to do it properly.

IronDjinn, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is really good, it's thick it's hoppy as hell. Really great pour an color. The aroma smells of big time hops, chocolate, malts and some burnt aromas too. The beer is silky smooth and oily. The aftertaste is of oats and toast. This beer reminds me of a really strong Black IPA. I highly enjoy the combination of hops and imperial stout.

Knapp85, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a completely thick consistency. There was a big, tan-colored, foamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A surprising and different aroma - mainly due to the hops. Also had lots of malt and coffee as well.

T: Tasted of malt, coffee, hops, and a tinge of chocolate. Basically, this beer plays like a stout that's been hopped up to a great degree. Still, very tasty and well made.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: An interesting beer, though it might not please everyone who likes a classic stout. Still, it's very drinkable.

avalon07, Mar 30, 2011
Beer Hop Breakfast from Mikkeller ApS
91 out of 100 based on 561 ratings.