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Beer Geek Breakfast - Bourbon Edition - Mikkeller ApS

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BA SCORE
86
very good

108 Ratings
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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 33
Gots: 29 | FT: 2
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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

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.
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Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of TonyTalon
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of MasterSki
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of mmurphy525
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of brotherloco
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of chrispoint
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 pint 9 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip Style Glass. US version 7.5% alcohol content. Almost completely black in color, slight dark red/brown highlights on the edges where the liquid gets a little thinner, but pretty opaque the whole way through. Dark tan, close to brown colored head, decent lacing and glass retention. Good looking beer.

Smell is good. Much like the original, coffee is a dominant feature. In addition to the coffee there are tones of dark chocolate. Bourbon hints and undertones here as well. Nothing too overwhelming though, it's just there. Not bad, just not very strong.

Taste is a step up. like most Mikkeller beers there's a nice malt backbone here. Fresh dark brewed coffee with more dark fudgey chocolate, the 2 complement each other very nicely. Bourbon a little stronger in the flavor than the smell, not too hot tones of it, not too overwhelming, sort of sweet.

Mouthfeel is another step up, which this area is usually a staple high quality marker with Mikkeller beers. Full flavored and well balanced while being soft and delicate in the feel, quit an accomplishment. Good carbonation level and silky smooth the whole way through. Really just a good beer. Recommended seeking out as most Mikkeller brews. Drink as fresh as possible and serve at room temp. Hope to try the UK version someday!

Photo of kiki3drt292
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of yourefragile
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of orangesol
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.57/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Barrel Aged Breakfast 7.5% abv, 500ml

A - Jet black, 2 and 1/2 finger light brown head, alot of lacing, tons of yeast floating around.

S - Oatmeal, dark chocolate, bourbon, oak.

T - Coffee, oats, milk chocolate, light bourbon, oaky finish.

M - Medium-full bodied, smooth, slightly chewy.

O - A very balanced barrel aged beer, glad I tried it!

Photo of ChrisPro
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
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 Stoffel
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of mulder1010
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of beerdrifter
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
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 akorsak
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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 gramity
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of scottfrie
3.39/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of matthewpaul
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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 poibag808
5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of Agold
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of WillyMac
5/5  rDev +30.5%

Beer Geek Breakfast - Bourbon Edition from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.