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Beer Geek Breakfast - Bourbon Edition - Mikkeller ApS

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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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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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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

nmann08, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of HopStoopid120
3/5  rDev -21.9%

HopStoopid120, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of eric5bellies
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

eric5bellies, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of wvsabbath
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

wvsabbath, Nov 01, 2011
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 AwYeh
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle price-tag-dated Feb. 2011, 7.5%; thanks to madvermin for sharing this.

A: Traditional stout appearance– dark brown/black, with a tall, foamy tan head.

S: Malt is most prevalent here despite the coffee and bourbon flavors I was immediately expecting; vanilla and a light coffee aroma trickle in, alongside a dark chocolate aroma.

T: Good flavor all around here– a moderate bourbon flavor comes through immediately, and a pretty strong coffee is apparent on the finish. Once again, bittersweet chocolate is there throughout. Lightly bitter finish; well balanced.

M: Medium-thick bodied, light carbonation. Smooth and creamy, with just a bit of a sticky, syrupy feeling on the finish.

O: Good beer, without anything particularly positive or negative about it.

AwYeh, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of PaulStoneAnchor
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

PaulStoneAnchor, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

TurdFurgison, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of OWSLEY069
4.53/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a chocolate brown head. In the aroma, oaky, vanilla, and a nice bourbon like note. In the taste, a nice roast, sweet oatmeal and a ever so pleasant bourbon note at the end. A small bite and medium to bigger bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry and roasty aftertaste. Nice roast and very nice nice presence of bourbon, I enjoy that it is not too overbearingly bourbon either.

OWSLEY069, Aug 06, 2011
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2.73/5  rDev -28.9%
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.

alexhahn82, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of phiberoptik
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for the taste, Cam! This was a good one.

Pours a deep black brown with mocha tints against the light. Head was negligible in my tasting pour.

Roasted malts, tobacco, smokiness in the nose with noticeable coffee notes and faint bourbon sweetness.

At first sip this hit me with dark chocolate right up front. Smoky, roasted, tobacco in the finish. Bits of bourbon sweetness in the middle but more bitter than sweet.

Medium bodied, smooth, with little carbonation.

Overall a very tasty treat. A far cry from some of the sweeter big stouts out there.

phiberoptik, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of ColdPoncho
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes, 7-30-2011
Thanks for sharing, Urbancaver

A - black body, dense dark brown head.

S - sweet, smoky, bourbony, coffee. Very nice nose.

T - nice coffee, chocolate, bourbon and wood notes. The barrel comes out less in the taste than on the nose.

M - a bit thin, and a bit dry, but smooth and otherwise nice.

O - This is a real good beer.

ColdPoncho, Jul 31, 2011
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

joemcgrath27, Jul 31, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A-dark black with a nic tan head. I Ike the way this looks

S-great bourbon smell and blended with the coffee. Like it alot

Very nice blend between the coffee and the Bourbon

M-medium body and so smooth. Very silkysmoooth.

O-very good beer. Qlot smoother than I was expecting

brew3crew, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of Urbancaver
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark dark brown. A pretty solid light tan head. Looks fairly pretty. Smells oaky with a ice light vanilla. The coffee doesn't come out strongly on the nose but is definitely present. Tastes coffee heavy with a nice touch of oakiness on the tongue. The coffee melds well with the bourbon. Overall a pretty solid barrel aged coffee beer

Urbancaver, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of mcallister
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Created a new listing for this. Different label then the "Bourbon barrel edition" Beer Geek Breakfest and different ABV (10.7 compared to 7.5 on this).

Pours nearly black with a very foamy mocha colored head large and exploding, but loosely bodied and fizzy. Nice retention however.

Coffee, espresso, dark chocolate, vanilla, and cream hit the ole factor then some light bourbon and oaky notes show through. Spent coffee grinds really are the main aroma, some dark fruit character in there as well.

Only being 7.5% ABV leaves this thing light and fluffy on the palate and way to quaffable. Bitter spent coffee grinds devours the palate. Creamy in the middle with apparent oat flavors, just a hint of bourbon adding to the character, mocha, heavy creme, hints of vanilla, black fruits, black licorice, bitter bakers chocolate, with some milk chocolate thrown in. Very nice and easy drinking. A little pricey however.

mcallister, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Barrel Aged Breakfast"
22 oz bottle 7.5% ABV

A- Body is a deep, dark viscous brown almost black. Pours with a 1-2 finger creamy head that quickly fades to an eggshell collar. Little to no lacing laft behind in the glass.

S- Nose is very classic and typical for a bourbon barrell stout. Thick molasses, vanilla, bourbon sweetness, lots of oak, and some smooth bittersweet chocolate. The coffee tones are there but are balanced and somewhat take a backseat to the bourbon barrel and typical stout characters. I'm digging the nose of this one.

T- Taste is very similar to the nose but not as bright and colorful. Upfront is a definite bourbon flavor with a lot of oak and a hint of bittersweet dark chocolate in the background. A hint of vanilla comes through for the finish but this is a show for the roasted malt, coffee character, and bourbon. The bourbon heat really comes through. Its not super aggressive but it lets you know its there. The roasted malt bitterness is equally strong. What keeps the flavor in check is the smooth oak barrel.

M- Medium carbonation and a medium to thick body. The oak lends smoothness, the bourbon adds both stickyness and astrigency, the stout base adds thickness. Well balanced feel overall.

O- Overall this is a very good, well put together Bourbon Barrel stout. The "breakfast" comes through a lot more in the flavor than the nose.

PittBeerGirl, Jun 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
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4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to cpinto6 for this brew
Poured from bottle to snifter

Color: A combination of really dark brown to black. A one finger sized tan head form and leaves behind some decent lacing.

Nose: Smooth. Coffee and oak hit first followed by hints of vanilla and bourbon. Roasted malts are mellow but present.

Palate: Very drinkable and enjoyable. The carbonation is solid and the flavors blend well together. The coffee coats the mouth and then its soothes away by semi sweet vanilla and the bourbon textures. Chocolate even makes an appearance here.

Finish: Clean, soft, and crisp. really well done. The flavors all mesh to create a wonderful texture to the beer and allow for a nice complexity. Would like it to be more robust, but still a solid stout,

Rating: 95 out of 100

schmoopsbeer, Jun 09, 2011
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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 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
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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Gosox8787, May 25, 2011
Photo of fear025
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma:Coffee, dark malts, chocolate, and maybe just a hint of bourbon in the aroma.

Appearance:Pours thick and black with an espresso colored head. Good head retention and lacing.

Taste:Tons of coffee flavor on the first sip. After that, the roasty notes, and chocolate flavors come through more. After a few sips I can start to smell a little of the bourbon from the barrels, but it's very faint. The midtaste and the aftertaste become more dry and leathery.

Mouthfeel:Medium body, good carbonation, creamy, a little alcohol warmth.

Overall:I was expecting more bourbon from this barrel aged beer. This one tastes like the regular breakfast stout. While still delicious, I was a little dissapointed, especially considering the price tag.

fear025, May 22, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

7.5% with black cap...

A - Pours pitch black into my snifter with two fingers of dense mocha head that has amazing retention and super sticky lacing.

S - Although it's in no way overpowering I get a lot of bourbon notes from the barrel, followed by lots of bittersweet chocolate and dark roasted malts, some coffee notes as well as vanilla.

T - Chocolaty, sweet, dark roasted malts, bourbon and vanilla, bitter chocolate/espresso finish lingers on the palate, not as full as I thought it would be.

M - Rather bright carbonation for the style in my opinion.

O - Really glad I was able to give this one a try, very enjoyable and worth seeking out.

StoneBrewFanatic, May 12, 2011
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3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

like the many before me, I'm reviewing "Barrel Aged Breakfast" which clocks in at 7.5%. I'm being a sheep here and not creating a new beer since I gotta think someone did that already and it is in the wings waiting to be added (and then these reviews will be ported over?)

a - opened the bottle and filled my new mikkeller glass (the 2 faces...kind of like a tulipy goblet or a goblety wine glass). Poured very lush and rich with a generous frothy mocha colored head. As the head slowly dissipated it left really creamy lacing. Kind of odd for a bourbon barrel aged brew, but stranger things have happened.

s - Creamy. Soft roastiness a bit of smokiness even if only a hint of it. Kind of what I remember from the beer geek breakfast. When I really focus on the smell I can pull a bit of peatiness or wood, but bourbon...not so much. I think the wood gives it that almost smoky quality...barely subtle hints of campfires.

t - The smokiness that I was pulling a bit in the smell is definitely more evident in the taste, but again, not a trace of bourbon...touch of a peatiness. I'm glad it is subtle since it is reminiscent of the black hole series which I wasn't the wildest about. The barrel aging on this one detracts from the base beer (assuming beer geek breakfast, which I love)

m - Full bodied and creamy.

o - Overall I find that the barrels that mikkeller uses in general seem to detract from his beers instead of adding a new layer of complexity like many other brewers. The barrels that mikkeller uses adds a peatiness as opposed to the flavor of the booze within the barrels. Almost scotchlike...
I'd really like to try the other brew (the 10.7% one). This beer is ok, good even, but I don't feel that it warrants the lofty price that a barrel aged beer typically commands. I'd rather pay 1/2 the price and get a beer geek breakfast which I find is really well done and doesn't need barrels.

cosmicevan, May 11, 2011
Beer Geek Breakfast - Bourbon Edition from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.