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Beer Geek Breakfast - Bourbon Edition - Mikkeller ApS

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BA SCORE
86
very good

106 Ratings
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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 32
Gots: 29 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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Denmark

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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Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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

Sammy, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

zestar, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

nmann08, Nov 18, 2011
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.

metter98, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Phyl21ca, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

GRG1313, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black in color with light carbonation and a tan head. Light to moderate bourbon aroma. Notes of vanilla, oak, char, and roasted malt. Nice dark chocolate and molasses notes. Not that much coffee. Plenty of roast, charred oak, vanilla, and dark chocolate on the palate. Moderate coffee, light bourbon, and a mild molasses sweetness. Very good, one of the top Mikkeller beers I’ve had.

womencantsail, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

TMoney2591, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

biboergosum, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Europe edition clocking in at 10.7%. Batch 463, bottled on October 22nd, 2009 and best before the same date in 2014. Thanks to Jeffo for the hookup. Served in a tulip.

A - Creamy mocha foam settles to a thin cap, thick collar, and splotchy lace. Black body, with a glint of brown at the edges. Very viscous and oily.

S - Tons of bourbon character in the aroma, along with oak, vanilla, slightly stale coffee grounds, chocolate, fruity berry notes, and hints of smoke and black olive. Distinctly Scandinavian in flavor profile.

T - Taste has a bit more roast to it, with mild char and smoke amid the coffee, chocolate, bourbon, and oak. Barrel character grows into the finish, and there's some moderate roast bitterness too, but this is fairly restrained for a Mikkeller offering. Still, nowhere as sweet as the aroma suggests.

M - Smooth, medium body, with a chewy, sticky texture, and lower by active carbonation. Some tannic oak and gritty coffee grounds in the finish. Definitely drinks a lot bigger than the base beer, but the 10.7% doesn't stick out too much.

D - Surprisingly enjoyable. I actually preferred this to the Beer Geek Brunch (Bourbon Edition), even though I like that base beer far more than this one. Curious how the American version compares, but would gladly drink the EU edition again. Still, best shared among friends.

MasterSki, May 19, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 04/06/11 notes. Big thanks to jslot38 for this one; thanks Justin. Tried this alongside the normal Beer Geek Breakfast, as well as the BG Hop and Bacon.

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

s - Smells of bourbon, roasted malts, chocolate, alcohol, and light coffee. Bourbon and alcohol is there, but not overwhelming.

t - Tastes of chocolate, roasted malts, bourbon, coffee.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall a nice beer and nice variation of Beer Geek Breakfast. I still like the original better, so don't think this was an improvement, but it was still cool to try. Would have it again.

mdfb79, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of drewone
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

drewone, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of yourefragile
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

yourefragile, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of orangesol
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to foofaa for sharing this one with us.

A - Pours jet black with a small half finger tall tan head leaving spotty lace down the glass.

S - Smells of rich coffee, chocolate, warm bourbon, dark charred wood and some sugary sweetness comes in as it warms.

T - Starts off with quite a bit of dark roast up front slowly giving way to a mix of fresh brewed coffee, chocolate, light smoke, and some warm bourbon. Pretty smooth initially growing a bit watery as it sits in the glass. Finish is roasty with some light sweetness developing as it warms. Booze is fairly well hidden but it does grow as it warms up.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Dark, roasty feel with a slight alcohol burn at the end of each sip.

O - Not too bad. I am not sure how much of an improvement this was on the base beer but a good barrel aged stout none the less.

orangesol, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of stakem
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml brown bottle shared with friends and poured into a matching Mikkeller teku. This bottle in question was the stronger Euro edition drank side by side with the barrel aged brunch weasel.

The brew pours black in color with a finger of dark brown head. Some patchy lace sticks to the glass and a swirl revives about a finger effortlessly back to the surface.

The aroma is earthen with notes of roast, citrus, burnt to char quality and a mild fruity alcohol note accented just a bit perhaps by the barrel aging. Overall not bad smelling but the overall impression of barrel aging is quite subtile.

The flavor is roasty with notes of bitter coffee and earth. Some chocolate to cocoa quality emerges with more sips along with a mild citrus inclusion. Raw oak is present giving the only notion of this being barrel aged. Some mild sulfur quality persists into the aftertaste which is a bit distracting.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. The inclusion of sulfur was a bit distracting and the oak aging was too subtle in my opinion. It is a decent brew but nothing exciting and not worth the inflated price. The chunks of gelatin that plopped into our glasses mid-way through the pour was a huge disappointment. When you pay this much for a beer, it should be beer in the bottle not gelatin that makes half the people partaking in the bottle cringe and not want a pour.

stakem, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of akorsak
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

akorsak, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of mothman
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the bourbon addition (noted on the label).

Pours a finger of tan head. Color is a dark brown, pretty much black.

Aroma: Rich espresso, hot bourbon, chocolate, oats. There is also an odd flavor that I can't put my nose on. Pretty good.

Taste: Very awkward warm bourbon flavor. Unlike any flavor I have had in a bourbon -bal aged beer. Also has oak, vanilla, unsweetened dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, sweet, dry. Medium to full bodied with a low to medium amount of carbonation. Ends hot and dry.

Overall, this was a unique beer. The bourbon was huge here. Very warming. The chocolate was also a bit off to me. Not overly impressed but happy to have had it.

mothman, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of DoubleJ
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer Geek Breakfast....aged in a barrel? I'm easy prey. Labled as "Barrel Aged Breakfast" with a listed 7.5% ABV. Based on previous encounters with the standard BGB and the $16.99 pricetag, expectations are very high. On to the beer:

I don't remember the others in the series being so dark and handsome. It looks like extremely well polished obsidian rock in the glass, and the mocha tanned head on top with the way it settles into a ½ inch collar delights the sense of sight. The nose is appealing; a straight up bourbon barrel with some smoke, oak, and coffee. Not an explosive aroma, but still delightful.

When one thinks of barrel aged stouts, one quickly thinks of big, gloppy beer. Barrel Aged Breakfast isn't like that. It gives you all the essential barrel aged stout character without the added weight. Bourbon and charred wood jump right into action. There's the oatmeal, which adds a tiny amount of sweetness. Light traces of coffee are noted. The overall characer is very tame and on the subtle side. Mouthfeel is a medium heavy with a little stick and a somewhat liquor-ish ending. A little barrel lingers in the aftertaste.

All these variations to the original base beer aren't better than the original, just different. Perhaps my expectations were set a little too high. That said, Barrel Aged Breakfast is a sound beer.

DoubleJ, May 28, 2011
Photo of superspak
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into snifter. Pours opaque black color with a nice 2 finger very dense dark tan head with great retention, that reduces to a fairly thick lacing cap that lasts. Some thick lacing is left on the glass as well. Aromas of huge bourbon notes with dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, wood, and a bit of vanilla. Good strong aromas here, decent balance, but a little heavy on the bourbon. Taste of huge notes of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt, and caramel on the front; with some bourbon and vanilla in the back. Finishes with a fair amount of bitterness that lingers for a bit with coffee and roasted flavor. Outstanding balance of flavors, very smooth drinking for the alcohol level as well. Medium-full bodied with medium carbonation. Fairly creamy feeling as well. No alcohol noticed in the taste and a very slight warming on the finish. Overall an outstanding imperial stout. The nose was really strong on the bourbon, but the taste was great the bourbon sitting in the background.

superspak, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very generous birthday gift from drabmuh. You da man!

A: Pitch black with a dark tan head that shrinks to a thin crema and holds, leaving decent lacing.

S: In order of appearance: strong bourbon and alcohol, scorched malts, roasted malt, dark chocolates, coffee.

T: Right away, I can tell this beer is a sipper and best split a few ways. The bourbon is very forward. The malts taste more burned than they do roasted. While this is problematic, in and of itself, it also serves to overpower the coffee flavors I enjoy in Beer Geek Breakfast. Notes of wood are there, as well, adding another layer of complexity. I'm also finding a nice dark chocolate taste I like, as well. Overall, there are some good flavors to be found, but I believe that they are out of balance.

M: Palate coating, high alcohol presence, very rich.

D: A fun beer, and while I was very happy and thankful to have had it, I wouldn't seek it out, knowing what I know now. Barrel aging doesn't always mean better. I prefer the standard version of this brew.

Huhzubendah, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +4.2%

afsdan, Mar 21, 2014
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of Zaphog
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Zaphog, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of glid02
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

glid02, Mar 17, 2011
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Beer Geek Breakfast - Bourbon Edition from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.