Beer Geek Breakfast - Bourbon Edition - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 35
Gots: 30 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mothman on 08-01-2010

There are two versions of this beer.
10.7% in Europe
7.5% in the USA

Brewed at Nøgne Ø.
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Reviews by theghost3:
Photo of theghost3
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Labeled Barrel-Aged Breakfast & the ABV is listed at 7.5 percent.

Pours a deep mahogany with a 3-finger cafe au lait head. Lots of lacing, but only a ring of retention remains throughout.

Smell is strong of rich coffee with some bourbon, wood, and roasty malts. The taste is bitter coffee, burnt malts, and vanilla. Just a hint of bourbon. There's a bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is carbonated, slightly acidic. The body is lighter than I would expect from a Double Stout.

This is drinkable with the lower 7.5 percent ABV. The coffee flavors are great, but the bourbon is very week & the body is not as thick or oily as the original Geek Breakfast or Brunch Weasel. With the price tag for this one, I would rather stick with the original Geek or Brunch Weasel as opposed to this.

More User Reviews:
Photo of kingcrowing
4.7/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml white waxed bottle poured into a wine glass.

Pours a super dark black with a dark brown creamy head. Nose is very bourbon and sweet malt.

Taste is awesome, so rich and creamy it's a bit boozy but super creamy and drinkable. Better than the original and more drinkable.

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

Somehow they barrel age the beer and it is lower in alcohol? Anyways, looks like the others in the series, brown and black. Coffee and bourbon aroma.

Same with the taste, bitter too. A little expensive at $15 a bottle. A neat addition to the series, but the beer geek brunch weasel is still top dog in my book.

Photo of glid02
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours black with a one-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of heavy roasted malt with good amounts of char. Also present are unsweetened chocolate aromas and very faint hints of vanilla. I get almost no bourbon and the coffee from the original version has all but disappeared.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though less complex. Large roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by semi-sweet chocolate flavors. Midway through the sip solid amounts of char and coffee bitterness come into play. Slight oak flavors work their way into things near the end of the sip before fading out into a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with decent carbonation.

Drinkability is not that great. I finished my glass without a problem however I'm not sure about another.

Overall I found this beer inferior to the non-BA version. The mouthfeel was thinner, the flavor profile less complex, and the coffee remnants off-putting. I'd like to see this beer tried again as the original is a very good beer and I can't believe a better barrel-aging program couldn't result in a better beer.

Photo of biboergosum
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle, no wax dip this time, and 10.7% ABV - Mikkeller apparently doesn't trust Americans with this sort of octane.

This beer pours a solid, light-destroying black, with the slightest of cola highlights when held and tilted just right against the light of day, with a fair bit of chunky floaties pressing themselves against the sides. It gives up a near-overflowing dense foamy mocha head, which settles evenly, eventually rendering some twisted bike chain lace around the glass.

The aroma is umami-heavy salty steak sauce, boozy generic barrel wood, dry vanilla, molasses, a hint of Scandinavian licorice, and roasted chocolate malt. The taste is sweet, savoury toasted caramel malt, bittersweet chocolate, day-old coffee grounds, a bit of saltwater taffy, grainy, slightly oakey barrel wood, and a swooping, but still dull-edged, alcohol warming.

The carbonation is quite soft, but adequately supportive for the style, the body a hearty middleweight, but seemingly punching above its class, to go with a decent, appealingly creamy, smoothness. It finishes with a significant drying trend, the booze and blindly inferred earthy, mildly citrusy hops doing a number on the lingering steakhouse-friendly malt.

The barrel treatment sure comes through on this beer - while the nice gargantuan oatmeal and coffee stout remains, the woody effect manifests in an almost off-putting nose, one which kind of under-represents the Kentucky spirit, flavour-wise. While still a big beer, and strangely drinkable, what with the well-obfuscated booze, I'm somewhat ruing the 18 bucks I dropped on this particular science project.

Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bourbon nose, but understated Bourbon in the taste. Roast, an interesting roast, chocolate, engine oil. Smooth, above average mouthfeel. Well integrated. Gelatin thickness.
Peenstein bottle From a visiting friend to Europe.Mocha head.Alcoholl well hidden

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lucky enough to be offered this from the back room at Sherbrooke Liquor, and shared with my fellow BA in crime andrenaline (from notes)
A - Pitch black, thick mocha head with solid sheets of lacing
S - Strong coffee, very roasty, and a definite burbon whiskey kick
T - Super woody and sweet like a burbon up front, then chocolate and coffee malts come through, finishes with smoky woody flavours
M - Thick chewy, very smooth finishing with coffee bitter 4
T - big and different enough from the original to justify itself, I always appreciate the spirit of Mikkeller, but given the cost this will likely be a one time only tasting

Photo of Gmann
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black color with a huge tight bubble light brown head. The head slowly disipates leaving a wall of lacing. Fantastic.

The aroma is of roasted malt with notes of vanilla. Light milk chocolate and coffee blend well with the bourbon aromas. Beautiful aroma.

The flavor is of roasted malt and coffee. Coffee flavors are strong but not overwhelming. Though they do add a substantial bitterness to the brew. The bourbon flavors are light as well as the vanilla, barely making their presence known past the coffee flavors. The barrel does add a woody flavor but not oaky as the beer doesn't have a sour edge to it. There is a slight hint of the bourbon but that is about it. Still a kick ass stout flavor though.

Well bodied, quite thick. There is a prickly carbonation to help break up the body. Roasty and bitter throughout.

Very good coffee stout but needs more bourbon flavor for a bourbon barrel aged stout.

Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 500 mL (approximately) bottle.

A: Pitch black, dark as night, ebon. A tan colored head comes along with the stout, lighter like crème.

S: The stout's formidable coffee base comes through, deep and roasted with chocolate and coffee aromas. The bourbon stands out more in this bottle (had one a few months ago that was underwhelming), a sweetness amongst all of the dark flavors. It isn't a full-on bourbon though, rather the soft flavors make me think of a blend.

T: The roasted flavors are dark and burnt, a burn that can't hide the ale's strength. Coffee and chocolate are present, bitter but sweet as the bourbon swoops in. The bourbon, as in the nose, is restrained, present but in a complimentary role. The vanilla and coconut that it brings aren't overpowering, instead they mesh with the darker stout elements. A good stout, plenty of flavor to go around. It's not a big bourbony one though.

M: The mouthfeel is, as expected for a bigger stout, more towards the roasted end of the spectrum. The bourbon that comes through is sweet but could have a little more oomph.

Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, this is the US (7.5% ABV) version. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like coffee, roasted and charred/burnt malt, bittersweet chocolate and some bourbon and vanilla. The taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but with a little bit of licorice noticeable. The bourbon flavor was weak at first, but got stronger as the beer warmed up (and I let the bottle sit out for 30 minutes after taking it out of the fridge before opening it). Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth and a bit creamy with moderate carbonation. I think it's a good overall brew, although I do wish the bourbon in both the aroma and taste was stronger. But at $16.99 a bottle, I wouldn't buy it again at that price.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dirty brown color foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of bourbon is dominating with some dry black chocolate notes also present. Taste is also dominated by loads of bourbon with light vanilla and some strong black chocolate notes. Body is quiet full with lightly oily texture and good carbonation with alcohol not really apparent. This is still not better then the un-barrelled version but still enjoyable nonetheless.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dank black pour, with a mocha head of 2 fingers. Retention is abnormally stellar. No lacing. For the abv, I'm impressed.

Lots of oak, bourbon, sweetness, vanilla, chocolate and roast.

Taste compares. Oaky sweet, bourbon, vanilla. May be slightest than a typical, but I like I lighter bourbon.

Feel is thick and creamy, full and lucid.

Drink is good... Nothing to argue with here for a bal aged.

Photo of metter98
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a large mocha colored head. The head has good retention properties and took a long time to settle down but left a thin layer of bubbles consistently covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of roasted malts in the nose as well as some notes of bourbon and coffee beans.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has flavors of roasted malts along with some notes of bitter coffee beans, bourbon from the barrel aging and hints of chocolate.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and very smooth and creamy with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
D: The beer goes down rather easily because the bitterness and bourbon are not overpowering and the alcohol is well hidden.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jim at Sherbrooke for the sample. From a 500 ml tall brown bottle batch #463, best before 221014. Tall creamy mocha head on the pour with big loose bubbles, opaque black body impermeable to light.

Sweet boozy and wood aroma, touches of vanilla, small hints of roastiness beneath it all.

Sweet, then boozy, then woody, then roasty, that pretty much sums up the flavour in a nutshell. In the background is some brown sugar and vanilla bean (the latter also coats the lips). Dry, somewhat grainy finish with coffee grounds.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, smooth and silky with very low carbonation. A bit light for this style.

Flavourful and very easy to drink for the style and the abv%, didn't really rock my world, but the bourbon certainly adds a pleasant dimension to it. Although the bourbon tends to dominate, it certainly doesn't detract overall.

Photo of Gfunk720
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle. Labeled Barrel Aged Breakfast, and is listed at 7.5% ABV.

A- Pours deep black with a healthy coffee colored head. It retains very well, and laces the glass. The beer itself is pretty much pitch black.

S- Sweet coffe and bourbon. I get hints of chocolate and vanilla as well. Not terribly boozy, reminds me somewhat of KBS.

T- Burnt malt, coffee, and chocolate are the prominant flavors. I get a little bit of barrel, but not much. This is very much like the base beer, bitter and acidic. There really is not much complexity in the flavor.

M- Watery, and not terribly complex. It is a touch over carbed, but that's not the deal breaker. The bitter coffee aftertaste is a little off putting.

O- Overall this was not worth the hefty price tag. Not an awful beer, but I would not buy it again. Crazy on the bitter coffee, not so much on the barrel

Photo of eric5bellies
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - Pours the classic deep ebony colour with a large tanned head that reduces to a one fingered head.

S - Very earthy aromas with plenty of woody bourbon in there

T - Flavours are pretty intense vanilla and oak. The Bourbon is definitely a major factor in this beer. Plenty of expresso coffee and toffee as well. A warm boozy finish.

M - Quite a chewy full bodied mouthfeel, with low to medium carbonation.

O - A very pleasureable heavy BA stout that will satisfy your palate.

Photo of megahurts4
4.62/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Mikkeller Barrel Aged Breakfast

Appearance: brown, large head, and good lacing.

Smell: coffee, cocoa, and a slight bourbon.

Taste: hops, coffee, cocoa, and bourbon sweetness.

Mouthfeel: medium and smooth.

This is a great brew. It goes down very smooth while remaining flavorful.

Photo of beerdrifter
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Dark brown, almost black pour with beautiful three finger tan head with good retention and lacing. Unique, roasty, earthy, sweet nose with lots of mocha and coffee along with hints of tobacco and bourbon. The taste follows suit with loads of dark chocolate and coffee, with hints of oak, vanilla, milk chocolate, and just a touch of black licorice and smoke. The bourbon is there, but somewhat subdued. It does come to the forefront more as it warms, but the woodiness is more prevalent from the aging as opposed to the bourbon. The mouthfeel is extremely creamy and smooth, almost like a milkshake. Would have preferred more bourbon character, but overall another solid beer from Mikkeller.

Photo of ChrisPro
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to bosse, shared by me at the Mikkeller Sour Bitch release.

A - Dark black, a little mocha head.

S - Strange carob aroma. A bit chemically on the nose as well. Coffee is there, but it's muted.

T - Wow, pretty solid and much better than the aroma wouild indicate. Some nice roasted cofee and ash with sweet milk chocolate and vanilla. Not bad at all.

M - Medium bodied, light carb, no heat.

O - I almost wanted to pour this out after smelling, but the taste more than makes up for it. Pretty solid brew, but I think the base beer suffers from the barrels.

Photo of cbutova
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found this at Julio's last week for a very good price, love the series so it was worth a shot.

A- Oily black pour with a big creamy dark mocha head. Retention is very nice and lace is plentiful down the whole glass.

S- Dark roast coffee, heavy roast malt, cocoa powder, charred oak. Very heavily roast feel but a lack of the actual Bourbon notes.

T- Big coffee and toasted oak (once again missing Bourbon). Dark cocoa powder lends some bitterness, vanilla, caramel and licorice. Very roasted. Also some dark fruit and raisin.

MF- Moderate body with a creamy feel and moderate carbonation. Cocoa bitterness and slightly oily.

DB- Not a huge barrel influence at all, still searching for some Bourbon (do they use barrels that are intended for Bourbon but not aged with whiskey yet? lol). Flavor becomes a bit out of balance and not as rich and satisfying as the rest of the series.

Photo of digita7693
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - nice finger + tan head, thin layer sticks around throughout.

S - coffee, some bourbon and chocolate, hint of vanilla as well

T - bitter dark chocolate, espresso (2 things i love) with a splash of vanilla and bourbon, not overly warming, which i think is great

M - good carbonation, a bit lighter than what i was expecting, but this is good, make it very drinkable!

Im quite a fan of mikkeller, and they didnt let me down on this beer. its been in my cellar for about 6months, so maybe its close to a year old, not sure. definitely would seek this one out again

Photo of rarbring
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer is black, with a brown rather modest head, leaving little lacing. But good curtains.

The smell is fudge with nuts and vanilla, almond, but also some saw dust and alcohol.

The beer is sweet, dried fruits, figs and dates, some wood and bourbon character is noted, as well as a licorice nuance.

Medium carbonation, warm, oily and complex body.

A bit sweet, but a very lovely dessert beer (not really breakfast I dare say). Tasted at a beer sampling at De Klomp, Linköping, Sweden.

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

Thanks to ChrisPro for this share at the Sour Bitch release.

A - Black beer with a bit of a brown head that left just a little bit of stick on the sides.

S - Some good coffee and chocolate. The coffee character is muted a little bit by the bourbon, slight bit of alcohol.

T - Oak, vanilla, bourbon. The coffee and the bourbon actually mix pretty well and make for a nice taste. A touch sweet, I thought the taste on this was pretty good.

M - Smooth, full bodied, lower carbonation.

O - Good beer, solid stuff that I liked quite a bit. Thought the bourbon mixed well with the base beer for a pretty smooth experience.

Photo of alexhahn82
2.75/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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A - Pitch black, darker than normal head, a touch of caramel color in the head more so the a cappuccino. 1 Finger head that dissipates at a fairly decent speed. Not much for lacing going on, but I did pour it cold and

S - Pungent coffee with a mellow chocolate tone. Kinda tame scent wise.

T/M - Coffee, Cream (not dairy, but texturally), middle is week and almost seems to change viscosity to thin, and then finishes with a strong coffee tone and a hint of tobacco.

O - Meh... I am a moderate fan of Mikkeller and this one is a bit more tame than normal. But as far as the theme goes that its breakfast, and at that barrel aged, I would say its a home run in the form of a liquid breakfast. Make your own decision.

PP (Price Point) - $15 or so for a 25oz bottle, containing only 7.5% to me is pretty damn steep, I would steer clear at this price.

Photo of crossovert
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Barrel Aged Breakfast". 500ml black-capped bottle.

It pours beautifully into my snifter. It is a dense, oily looking black with a foamy brownish tan head. The head sticks for awhile before receding with some lacing.

The smell is very nice. It has a lot of vanilla and oak scents from the barrels, it smells almost creamy. There is cocoa, wort, roasted malts and hints of hops and coffee under them.

The flavor is more like the original with a decent blast of coffee, some cocoa, and roasted malts. There is a hint of hops, oak, and spice. The sweetness I expected isn't there. It is a very subtle BA beer.

I liked it as much as I liked the original.

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Beer Geek Breakfast - Bourbon Edition from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.