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Beer Geek Breakfast - Bourbon Edition - Mikkeller ApS

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Beer Geek Breakfast - Bourbon EditionBeer Geek Breakfast - Bourbon Edition

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104 Ratings
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 32
Gots: 29 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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

Brewed at Nøgne Ø.

(Beer added by: mothman on 08-01-2010)
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2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

08-13-2012 19:57:59 | More by drewone
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2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

07-18-2013 05:10:18 | More by acc88
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2.53/5  rDev -34.1%

500ml bottle into a Weyerbacher Tulip. Thanks for sharing, Tony!

A: Black body underneath a finger of fine light-brown foam. Good retention and lacing. Solid.

S: Weird. Salty, thin, oaky, and just a hint of coffee. Not good.

T: Unfortunately, it follows the nose quite closely. Some coffee, but it's overwhelmed by off-putting, salty astringency. Dry, bitter, thin, and generally disappointing.

M: A little thin, with light carbonation. Not terrible, but not good either.

D: We split this bottle several ways, and I still got too much. So bitter, astringent, and (this is seriously the best word I could come up with when taking notes during the tasting, so I won't revise it now) yucky.

Notes: I was really excited to try this beer, but boy did it fall short. In its defense, it followed BA Speedway in a tasting. That's no excuse, though, as it wasn't just a less-good bourbon-barrel stout; it was a bad one.


02-17-2011 03:45:37 | More by woosterbill
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2.6/5  rDev -32.3%

This beer pours out very dark and sports a big tan head. The retention of said head is strong. It leaves copious webs of lace as the thick pillow rides down the glass.

Roast and smoke like woah. Lots of charcoal and extremely dark roasted coffee beans. A little bit of smokey bacon or raw sausage. Some wet dog and dry grass come out with a touch of warmth. There's no bourbon, no oak.

What the hell? This is bourbon barrel aged? There's NO bourbon notes, NO oak notes. Its just a huge wall of charcoal and smoke. The coffee is so roasted and dark that it barely registers as coffee, it just adds to the insane burnt flavors and gives this beer a strong acidity. The finish has notes of strong espresso that lingers looong into the aftertaste.

Very dry, acidic from the coffee and oily at the same time. I feel like its going to wear my enamel off. There's a very faint flash of alcohol heat on the finish. This is going to give me coffee breath.

Really disappointing. I don't know how many times I've looked back at the bottle to reassure myself that I did indeed buy the barrel aged version. There are NO notes from the bourbon barrels. Its perplexing. Its not a terrible beer, I just have to dock it pretty strongly because of the sheer lack of anything bourbon.

03-26-2011 21:12:46 | More by MbpBugeye
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2.73/5  rDev -28.9%

-- Not in database and supposedly insta-linked to this profile --

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.

08-06-2011 04:20:12 | More by alexhahn82
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2.73/5  rDev -28.9%

500 ml bottle reads Barrel Aged Breakfast. She weighs in at 7.5%, which seems at odds with this tag. Purchased at the Naperville Binny's for upwards of 18 bones. My hands trembled violently when I reached for this and saw the tag. Perhaps my inner radar was on to something here.

Poured leisurely over an hour into a snifter. A thin, still, puddled mocha head sits atop a dark body. Lacing is disappointing; there isn't much. However, when the legs retreat back into the beer, a nice cinnamon hue takes hold along the rim. A slight redemption here.

Almost sour, smoke, some char, burnt paper?, touch of milk chocolate, and significant ash. Paging barrel aging?

Ash tray and cola with the slightest of milk chocolate. Bitter coffee, almost burnt, with a tannic finish. Ah, barrel aging...maybe. Bourbon barrel aging....seriously doubting it.

Mouthfeel is over carbonated and fizzy. Neither lush nor full enough. Really, I am confounded and disappointed here.

Overall, a poorly executed barrel aged stout. This beer is messy in that it doesn't seem to have taken to the barrel. What's left is a bummer of a barrel aged beer and a step down from the base. Tag on the price point and you have a beer that will not be purchased again.

04-21-2011 00:34:13 | More by BarrytheBear
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Alberta (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev -23.2%

500ml bottle poured into tulip mar27 2011

A pours out black with some oil like globs towards the bottom of the bottle, thumbs width of mocha head quickly falls to a thin film leaving a partial ring of lace followed by some unorganized patches

S worcestershire sauce and soy with a little booze and mint, not what I was hoping for

T slightly better with some smoke, woody earth, vanilla, cola and whiskey but that worcestershire is hard to miss after you catch wind of it

M fairly thick and creamy with just a little heat that could be better concealed but still feels good

O Lea & Perrins would be proud, that worcestershire smell and flavor is holding this one way back

hard to believe that before this hit the barrel it was one of my all time favorite stouts, I love the Beer Geek Breakfast but this one just didn't do it for me, not a bad brew but I'd rather drink one before the barrel aging

Edit: after reading some reviews I suspected I got a bad bottle and tried another. No changes to report after giving it another try

03-29-2011 02:59:12 | More by wordemupg
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

11-16-2011 04:51:34 | More by HopStoopid120
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

04-29-2012 22:38:59 | More by mmurphy525
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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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

04-24-2011 20:28:51 | More by Gfunk720
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New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Presentation: 500 mL bottle labelled "Barrel Aged Breakfast." 7.5% ABV. Served at room temperature and poured into my Dogfish Head snifter.

Appearance: Dark brown to baclk in color with a nice finger head. Decent retention.

Aroma: I get a lot of coffee from this initially. Espresso, smoke and a bit of char are all definitely there. Less noticable is some oak notes. I'm not getting much in the way of bourbon, caramel or vanilla though.

Taste: Much like the aroma, the barrel elements are almost non existent. Big coffee, espresso, and smoke upfront. Some very light notes of caramel and vanilla after the initial bitter wave of coffee. Not terrible, but the misssing contribution of the bourbon barrels is glaring.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly thin and light in body. The coffee really makes this feel thin and acidic.

Overall, a decent coffee stout, but a borderline trainwreck of a bourbon barrel aged beer. Bourbon is completely undetectable and doesn't really add anything. Less successful than the base beer in my opinion.

05-25-2011 12:25:14 | More by Gosox8787
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3.28/5  rDev -14.6%

Served in a Paulaner krug.

Finally had the people and the occasion, so this bottle was able to be cracked. It pours a dark black-brown topped by a minimal amount of dark tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, light coffee, light buttery toffee, light molasses, and light cocoa. The taste brings in more of the same, with the same amount of lightness throughout. Didn't really get much in the way of bourbon, but the barrel put forth some wood and some extra toffee. The body is a lithe medium, with a light carbonation and a sorta watery carbonation. Overall, this was a pretty large disappointment. This stout was light on flavor and smell and way the hell too thin, especially for a Mikkeller stout. Not sure what happened here, but the barrels seem to have destroyed a once-tasty breakfast stout.

10-11-2011 06:25:41 | More by TMoney2591
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3.28/5  rDev -14.6%

A: This pours with with a jet black color and a 2in foam which dissipates into a 1/4 inch ring.

S: It has a strong smell of oak, graham cracker, and espresso

T: This beer has a smooth oak taste with a back ground of espresso and dark chocolate, and some graham cracker.

M: It has a decent mouthfeel, with a rough carbonation that rolls over the tongue. It is a bit thin without the carbonation.

O: This isnt that impressive. I thought that this would be a bit better after having had the Speyside Cask version. Honestly, I was pretty disappointed after had regular breakfast and weasel versions. It is worth a try but not impressive when compared to the other Mikkeller beers.

09-02-2011 03:16:22 | More by PaulStoneAnchor
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West Virginia

3.38/5  rDev -12%

Serving Type - 16.9 oz bottle

Appearance - Dark black, tan monster thick 3+ inch head, tons of lacing, bout as nice looking as a stout can get.

Smell - Whiskey, coffee, roasted malts, vanilla, chocolate. Dark fruits like plum and rasin, some molasses, and alcohol, smells nice.

Taste - Hmm, starts out mild, chocolate, malts, and some rather light bourbon. Not very flavor heavy, everything is mild, smooth and easy to drink. Coffee and chocolate is rather weak, and the vanilla aroma is near nonexistant.

Mouthfeel - Way to light on mouth for being a barrel aged imperial stout. Tounge gets some bourbon, coffee and malts. PAlette gets remaining malts and some sour from the bourbon. Aftertaste is bland and weak.

Overall - Was excited after pouring, smelling, then i took a drink, wow dissapointing. The regular breakfast stout was amazing, this isnt. Expensive, bland weak flavor, not very happy about this one. Can name alot of better barrel aged beers, pass on this one.

11-01-2011 04:15:28 | More by wvsabbath
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3.4/5  rDev -11.5%

USA version served in a New Belgian snifter.

A: Pours near black with a huge dark mocha head that slowly faded into a thick, dense, melted chocolate ice-cream layer of a film that left broken sheets of fine lacing down the glass.
S: Rich dominant notes of coffee and a touch of spicy bourbon. A deep sniff gets me a bit of volatile alcohol heat and a hint of vanilla and rich bittersweet dark chocolate.
T: Follows the nose. The coffee is not as strong as I was anticipating, but it shows up nicely in the finish/aftertaste. The bourbon is mellow. There’s a hint of tobacco in the aftertaste as well. The chocolate dominates. Tastes pretty good but all the flavors are muted. Definitely underwhelming.
M: Body is on the thinner side but still has a decent chew to it. The alcohol is really mellow for a –bal aged stout, but seems reasonable for a beer that only comes in at 7.5%. Could use fuller carbonation though.
O: Easy to drink for a barrel aged stout, but nothing stood out in this beer. The flavors were muted, the bourbon was light, and the mouthfeel was thin. What flavor was there was good though, and because of the relatively low alcohol this beer was very easy to drink. For the price of this one bottle this beer is definitely not worth it, but if they threw it in 12oz bottles and made a four-pack, I would buy this occasionally.

12-16-2011 17:23:55 | More by scottfrie
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3.43/5  rDev -10.7%

500 ML bottle, European version. Waxed and served into a wine glass

Just a normal find at the Big Bargain Discount Bottleshop @Burnie, Tasmania.

A-- Poured a dark, murky, brownish black. Settled black. One finger dark brown/ Mocha colored head. Faded to a light milk chocolate film. Good Head retention but no alcohol legs or lacing with this.

S-- Dairy milk chocolate, some oak, little bit of bourbon and some coffee. Alcohol is much more obvious in the nose and gives off a sort of nail polish smell.

T-- Dairy milk, coffee, oats, slight amounts of bourbon, oak and quite thin.

M-- Slick and finishes slightly acidic dry in the mouth. Do get notes of burnt tires in the mid palate. Barrel notes are pretty well reserved. Better feel than the nose and taste as the oats do help the beer along

O-- Stylistically correct but missing something. maybe that the body is thinner, or maybe the oats make too late a run in this. Just missing something that makes this more than a decent beer.

01-05-2012 11:44:59 | More by mulder1010
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3.48/5  rDev -9.4%

500ml bottle. Labeled "Barrel Aged Breakfast". 7.5% ABV. Served in a tulip.

Pours solid dark brown, almost black. Forms a big three finger mocha colored head. Dissipates slowly and lightens in color. Big chunks of lacing left in glass.

Aroma of roasted and chocolate malt. Coffee. A bit of floral hops. I'm not detecting any real barrel presence. Maybe a little bit of oak. There is also a slight band-aid tinge.

A lot more coffee in the flavor than the nose. Roasted bitterness along with a touch of the band-aid I got in the nose. Again, I'm not getting any real barrel presence in the flavor. Maybe a tang from the bourbon and wood. Hop bitterness lingers in the finish and aftertaste.

Body is fairly thin, below medium. Carbonation is mild but supportive.

Decent, but not stunning.

03-18-2012 00:46:23 | More by brotherloco
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South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

11-11-2012 02:56:56 | More by branimal9
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

10-26-2013 02:03:20 | More by GRG1313
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

10-15-2013 23:45:08 | More by CaptainNomihodai
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

02-18-2012 17:28:05 | More by chrispoint
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District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

01-14-2012 00:07:05 | More by yourefragile
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

11-03-2012 16:12:02 | More by thegerm87
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3.53/5  rDev -8.1%

Bottle generously shared by thegrogbog (thanks Tim!). This pours dark brown with about a finger of tan foam. The nose has less bourbon than we'd hoped, more barrel than bourbon. Some light vanilla mixing it up with roasted malts, much less coffee than the unaged version. In fact that's probably the defining point for me, the barrel took the coffee out of this aroma.

Actually that's pretty much how it tastes too. The coffee is very diminished from the base, maybe barely discernable in the aftertaste. Mostly I get cocoa and vanilla accents on sweet malts.

Average body, on the thinner side maybe but not bad, easy to pound unfortunately. I think we all hoped this would be better, it's not bad but not great.

08-11-2011 01:57:45 | More by TurdFurgison
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3.58/5  rDev -6.8%

Thanks to Cam for sharing this 500ml, I didn't even know this had made it stateside. (the bottle we reviewed is different from the bottle up-top, and also only 7.5% abv)

Black beer, dark tan head, some floaties visible. Retains at a half finger and leaves some lacing.

Smells exactly like the regular Beer Geek Breakfast, really no bourbon present.

Tastes exactly like the base beer as well - nice coffee, milk chocolate, roasted malt, some smoke and hop presence - with maybe the smallest hint of oak, no bourbon flavors whatsoever, I would never guess this is barrel-aged.

I can't be too harsh since I love the regular Beer Geek Breakfast, and this basically tastes just like that, but I gotta knock it, this is the least bourbony barrel-aged beer I've ever had.

03-05-2011 13:31:56 | More by Chico1985
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Beer Geek Breakfast - Bourbon Edition from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.