Beer Geek Dessert | Mikkeller ApS

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Mikkeller ApS

Style: English Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with cocoa and vanilla.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.89/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from the 11.2 oz. bottle into an El Catador Barrel-Aged glass.

A: Very dark brown and opaque, with a thin tan head that recedes fairly quickly for a stout. A low amount of visible carbonation.

S: Dark chocolate and cacao nibs make up the biggest portion of the aroma, but it's less of a punch-in-the-face than the chocolate-only version. Vanilla, roasted malts, and tobacco. Oatmeal and mild char, and some caramel as well.

T: Dark chocolate, pipe tobacco, and roasted malts. Vanilla that’s pretty sweet but not quite Yankee Candle territory. Oatmeal, caramel, then mild char again. Dark roasted bitterness, oatmeal fullness again, and mild caramelized malts as well. The roasted bitterness is almost substantial enough to stand up to the sweet flavors of chocolate and vanilla at the swallow, but the chocolate wins out.

M: A nice full body for oatmeal stout. Low but as-expected carbonation sensation. The alcohol presence is quite well-hidden - I don't think it tastes double digits at all.

O: Tasty, but I think the chocolate version was preferable to this one. This still has the dark roast and char flavors, but the chocolate stands out less and is replaced but the quite-sweet vanilla. The vanilla isn’t overly artificial, but when it pokes its head above the chocolate and char it’s as a really sweet flavor - probably too sweet. Certainly not bad but I don’t think it was worth the price of admission.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.31/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shiny, gloopy ink black with a large, air-bubble pocked mocha foam that quickly settles to nothing but a thin ring.

Smell is sort of artificial, like an instant brownie batter mix, with dark chocolate chips and vanilla frosting.

That cloying vanilla frosting is present in flavor too, with a goopy dark chocolate that leaves minimal room for beery flavors. There's a sort of cherry almond in the swallow, and only the slightest hint of roast. It's tasty...but also difficult to drink much of. Ergo, the 16 ounce format is ill-advised.

This is quite sweet, sharp and sticky with an almost acidic sort of booze. A mild velvety fizz tries to mitigate this, as the finish is semi-dry with a sting of heat on the way down. Why is the average score for this so high??

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Photo of cbenson
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Typical dark black Mikkeller stout with no head and a dark tan rim that leaves bubbly residue up the sides.
Smell: Wow! Very sweet. Notes of licorice, cinnamon, red velvet cupcakes, and laundry detergent.
Taste: Surprising presence of a smoky malt character in addition to notes of dark chocolate and blackberries. Very acidic. Just a hint too sweet.
Mouthfeel: Dry on the entry and finishes with a full bodied presence and minimal carbonation.
Overall: Too sweet and strangely acidic but the smokiness and dry full bodied mouthfeel elevate this beer.

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Photo of EMH73
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a thin ring of tan head and no lacing. Smells and tastes of cocoa, coffee, vanilla, roasted malts, dark fruits and a bit of char. Medium to heavy bodied, minimal carbonation, fairly sweet but not crazily so, slightly chalky finish. Very good bit not worth the price as compared to other beers.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a snifter
2015 vintage

A- pours a deep black color with a one-finger creamy khaki colored head that reduces quickly to leave just a ring around the edge of the glass

S- bold dark roasted/charred malt aroma up front with compliments of dark fruity notes of fig, prune & black cherry. Undertones of both cocoa and vanilla pop through the roasted malt, as well as hints of caramel & vanilla icing

T- dark roasted malt and dark fruit flavors follow the aroma, particularly prune and fig. Mid-palate gives some sweet notes of vanilla, cocoa/chocolate & caramel/toffee. The finish gives more prune and charred malt and lingers of chocolate and caramel

M- medium-heavy body with moderate carbonation leads to a thick and creamy mouthfeel that continues into a velvety silky finish, just a hint of alcohol warmth

O- more dark fruit than I was expecting, not my favorite of the series but still very good

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Photo of Vidblain
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I was baffled by how thick this beer is - literally, it poured like a gloopy glass of mud. I don't what all was in there - I drank about half of the glass, and then started getting strange clumpy stuff on my tongue. While what I drank was delicious and wonderful, I don't think I'd buy another bottle - when you have to dump half of it, there's something wrong.

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Photo of Dzu
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 0.33l bottle into pint.
L: Pitch black with coffee-like color foam head.
S: Cocoa beans, caramel ,vanilla.
T: Sweety, dark chocolate, coffe.
F: Tight body and soft carbonation.
O: Great balanced sweet ale. Must have.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not my favorite from the beer geek series. This beer has a very nice thick body. The vanilla ane cocoa are strong there and go along the sweetness of the beer. Not the most complex of the serie but for sure, that's dessert

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured to a Duvel tulip glass.

A: The body is pitch black. The head is brown with a very good looking 1 finger thickness. It has some cool retention, even for the 11% ABV, and a good lacing.
S: The aroma is filled of fresh coffee, sweet chocolate and some vanilla. The aroma is really close to Omnipollo's Selassie, has the same components are also present but not as architected as in the swedish beer. Alcohol is easily felt.
T: The taste is really close to the aroma, as the fresh sweet coffee, milky chocolate and a very soft vanilla profile. The taste actually feels more balanced and more prominent as a whole than the aroma.
M: Body is medium to high. Alcohol is noticed of course. Bitterness is non-existent. High sweetness.
O: Nice desert beer. Not the best, but a very good one.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It is a very dark brown color with a tan head and some lace.
Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, and oatmeal.
Great taste. Bittersweet chocolate, almost like eating fudge. Vanilla and oatmeal round out the taste.
A heavy-bodied beer. It would be a good dessert beer. I just made it a breakfast beer.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

11.2 oz. bottle

Pours black with a dense creamy brown foam head. Smells like rich chocolate, cocoa, creamy vanilla, mild booze, dried fruits, toasted graham crackery malts, caramel, toffee, nutty molasses, oats, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like rich dark chocolate, cocoa, creamy vanilla, acidic dried fruits, toasted graham crackery malts, caramel, toffee, nutty molasses, oats, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall a really nice imperial oatmeal stout with cocoa and vanilla.

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Photo of Everydayoff
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle poured into a snifter.

Pitch black in color with very deep brown hue along the rim, the pour yields small frothy tan head that dissipates quick into some long-lasting bubble film covering the surface and leaves some spotty lace on the glass-side.

The aroma is rich that is all about the cocoa and vanilla business. They both are prominently presented in the first layer while in the second I can sense its rich creamy chocolate, coffee, cocoa powder, roasted, caramel, toffee, doughnut, butter, candy sugar, marshmallow, licorice, dark bread, and brown sugar. There is also mild grassy and earthy hop in the background yet with a little hint of alcohol.

Loads of vanilla sweetness and cocoa in the taste, roasted and toasted profile follows closely together with rich and creamy chocolate, coffee, caramel, toffee, doughnut, butter, candy sugar, marshmallow, licorice, dark bread, and brown sugar like in the aroma. It is quite sweet overall and is nicely complement by roasted malt and some bitter hop character. The aftertaste is so lasting with very rich sweetness and roasted profile yet some crisp of grassy hop.

The body is full with some sticky touch through the palate, rather low carbonation but it is enough to carry all the things well under the smooth mouthfeel. Finish is pleasantly dry.

This brew is truly a dessert in glass to hold its name. It is very sweet and delicious, however, maybe only for sweet tooth to enjoy.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours thick used motor oil color and consistency thin mocha colored head very spotty lacing around the glass but it leaves a syrupy film as well around the glass.

Aroma - Very sweet dark chocolate, vanilla, cocoa, pretty boozy. Molasses, roasted butter coffee.

Taste - Almost like a alcohol chocolate brownie in a glass, fudge, vanilla, lots of booze, very chocolaty, roasted malts.

Feel - Heavy feel, really coats the mouth, little heat from the booze really thick.

Overall - The name is very true this is a big boozy chocolate dessert it would probably be too sweet but the alcohol and roasted malt offset it pretty good.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Late 2014 vintage; drank 1/3/15 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Black/brown hue.

Dark khaki head; a curtain of tree-rung lace.

Sweet strawberry & rich mocha notes in the nose. Enticing!

Thick, creamy mouthfeel.

Sweet strawberry & rich milk chocolate flavors up front; chalk & mild booze heat on the finish. Sweet, but too sturdy to be cloying; this is perfectly named. Dessert perfection. Bravo!

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Photo of Nicolaiw
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small brown head,
Aroma: Cocoa, coffee, molasses, a little hint of vanilla
Taste: lots of cocoa, vanilla, roasted coffee. Very long coffee aftertaste.

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Photo of KensWorld
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

For being a few years old, it's holding on to its cocoa and vanilla quite well. Ya dessert that is what you get. Sweet and tasty with no harsh aftertaste. There is nothing negative about this, well maybe the price but I'd gladly pay for more. Killer flavored oatmeal stout! 4.75

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Photo of barczar
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma is roasty and boozy, with dark cherry notes. Vanilla and cocoa surface late, not overwhelming.

Flavor is rich and sweet, vanilla dominant at first, but becomes roasty and fairly bitter, with overly charred malt lingering in the finish. Dark fruit adds depth. Finish is pretty harsh. Otherwise, very enjoyable. Very thick body.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black, even when ascended to the light, topped with 1 finger of dark ruddy chocolate brown foam.

Vanilla, dark imperial stout qualities, fruity and sweet, coffee, dark chocolate, cat pee, and black liquorice.

Vanilla, black liquorice candies with the coloured icing, the kind that come in a bag. Dark toasty notes on the end, and caramel. A hint of dark bitterness on the end.

Thick, oily body, medium low carbonation.

Great tasting brew, great feel to it as it goes down smooth. Got on Wish beer, drank in Chiang Mai May 19th, 2016.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch tan head that stuck around for a little while. There's also a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, molasses and coffee. But it mainly smells like chocolate and vanilla. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also some berries, oats and a bit of licorice noticeable. I think the taste is better than the aroma, although both are good! Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and coating with a moderate amount of carbonation. I thought this was a pretty good brew, I know I'd like to try this one again! $8.99 a bottle.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.44/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Brewed at Lervig. "Oatmeal stout brewed with cocoa & vanilla." Pink label. Unbranded silver pry-off crown cap. Brown glass bottle. 11% ABV.

Served chilled into a goblet and allowed to come to temp during the live review. Expectations are sky high given the two brewers behind this.

HEAD: ~1 inch wide. Gorgeous tan colour - could be darker, deeper, and richer, but it's great as-is. Complexion could be shinier, if we're nitpicking. Leaves no lacing as it recedes, which takes about 6-7+ minutes - pretty impressive at 11% ABV.

BODY: Predictably, it's an opaque black. Not quite a jet or ink-black, but also not a weak schwarzbier-esque cola appearance. No yeast can be seen within.

Attractive for an imperial oatmeal stout, but not perfect, unique, or special. I'm eager to try it.

AROMA: Finally, a stout with some overt roasted barley presence! Some might confuse the roastiness with coffee; there's a definite bitterness there. Maybe this "dessert" beer will be balanced after all. Rich multidimensional cocoa/chocolate, genuine vanilla bean aromatics, starchy oats, and the requisite schwarz/dark malt sweetness. To style, there're no hop aromatics nor any overt yeast.

Aromatic intensity is mild. I find no booze or off-notes. Promises a sweet but balanced oatmeal stout with some interesting vivid flavours.

TASTE & TEXTURE: For a dessert beer, the sweetness is rather curbed...roasty bitterness, almost acrid coffee ground-redolent flavours, and a hint of fennel assault the dark malt backbone, making this lean towards the bitter side for an imperial stout (let alone a dessert beer). Contrary to the doughnut on the label, this isn't a saccharine brew. The roast dries out the mouthfeel, but the oats smoothen it - which is an interesting albeit uneven push-pull. The starchiness of the oats proves a burden on the texture, letting the roast win - though dry as she finishes, she never parches or fatigues the palate.

I expected more of a porter-like smooth wet texture given the oats, but this is fine as-is. Full-bodied and weighty on the palate, but fortunately never syrupy or sticky - which just wouldn't work for this build. It's generally balanced, but not perfectly dialed in, and never quite feels like a gestalt whole even if it has general cohesion. Well-carbonated, with a generally pleasant overall presence on the palate.

The cocoa is a highlight here, but still fails to be as vivid or expressive as the chocolate flavour is in many of the best imperial (oatmeal) stouts. The vanilla - while tasting authentic, as though from vanilla bean rather than artificial vanillin - is sadly one-dimensional, and similarly fails to bring as rich a flavour to the build as would be ideal.

Hop presence is minimal to style. It's surprisingly mellow for an 11% imperial stout, never betraying its ABV. I'd guess this was maybe 8-9% in a blind tasting.

OVERALL: The beer geek series from Mikkel may be my favourite line of imperial stouts in the world at present, but this is not amongst the best offerings in that lineup. Worth trying once (though hopefully not at Norwegian or American import prices), but not stellar. Still, outsized expectations be damned, this is a solid imperial oatmeal stout. More a sipper than a quaffer, but I'll be enjoying sitting back and finishing the bottle as it warms.

B- (3.44) / WORTHY

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Photo of robodub
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A beer with great character. Looks good and carries a deep and rich darkness, with a nose of roasted malt and chocolate. Tastes much the same, and lacks the surprising qualities I've found in other Mikkeller stouts.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Woah. This is dark. Adorning the top of the dark liquid is a thin, caramel colored head, which dissipates incredibly quickly.

Smell: To my nose, I just smell like malts with a tiny whiff of chocolate.

Taste: Rich chocolate hits first and shimmers away to perhaps a slight tinge of vanilla.

Feel: Smooth and rich. Great mouth feel overall.

Overall: Great experience. The color is nice, with a very pleasant taste and aroma. Not as great as anticipated, but still very pleasurable. I would definitely try it again.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured into a snifter to a black beer topped by a dense finger and a half tan head that fades quickly to a small collar around the edge of the glass
S: smells of chocolate, roasted malts, coffee and vanilla
T: taste is vanilla and sweetness with some chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. Swallow is more vanilla and chocolate with a little coffee and roasted malts.
M: Pretty full on the palate but quite smooth with soft carbonation and a semidry finish
O: I'm not the biggest fan of Mikkeller beers but this one is very good. Great flavors and solid complexity. Definitely a nice way to end the night and this is certainly a dessert beer.

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Photo of PhillyJ
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

delicious stout.. I get lemon meringue pie and tootsie roll pops.. Definitely not a traditional flavor profile but that is the best part about it. I'm thoroughly convinced they crushed tootsie roll pops to add to this. Fun beer I recommend as a gotta try once to adventure seekers. I will buy a couple every time I see them.

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Photo of crosenkrantz
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap, side-by-side with BF Flat White and BW.
Slightly more flavorfull that the Beer Geek Flat White, but much less than the Brunch Weasel. They both look like watered derivatives of Brunch Weasel. Totally irrelevant.

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