Beer Geek Breakfast Brunch Big Blend | Mikkeller ApS

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Mikkeller ApS

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by BeerOps on 09-07-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of mothman
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Yuuuugggeee tan head. Black in color.

There is so much going on with this beer. Roasted malts. Char. Coffee and caramel. Chocolate. So many barrel flavors. Tequila shows, brandy shows, whisky shows. Just a lot going on.

Full bodied. Way to much carbonation.

I am not sure what to think of this beer. I think there is a bit too much going on.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.67/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

11.2 oz. bottle

Pours black with a large dense creamy brown foam head. Smells like coffee, roasted malts, toasted bread, oats, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, mild bourbon, brandy, cherry wine, cognac, tequila, whiskey, charred oak, some dark fruits, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like dark coffee, roasted malts, toasted bread, oats, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, some bourbon, brandy, cherry wine, cognac, tequila, whiskey, charred oak barrel, some dark fruits, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and smooth with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice six barrel blended coffee oatmeal stout.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Unknown vintage; drank 10/30/15 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

HUGE dark khaki head (careful pouring!); frothy lace.

Brandy, red wine, oak, bakers chocolate & a hint of raspberry notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Brandy, red wine & milk chocolate flavors up front; oak & faint booze heat notes on the finish. An odd mix of flavors; more interesting than great, but certainly worth a quaff.

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Photo of Stevedore
2.44/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle, served in a teku glass with a massive gushing and huge head. This was not a good beer, simply put. Massive 4-5 finger offwhite head that took forever to settle down. Smelled of damp coffee beans, bourbon, brandy, a bit of graham cracker sweetness. However, the flavour is a thin mess of dark fruit and wet cardboard. Massive oxidation. Flavour is thin, far thinner than the base, and altogether an oxidized mess. At this point, if you have any bottles or happen to come across one at the store, I would highly recommend avoiding this.

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Photo of BeerGuy8315
3.49/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Enjoy by date of 9/7/25.

A: Pours jet black in color with a foamy, dark brown-khaki head with good retention. Minimal lacing.

S: Coffee, chocolate, oatmeal, toasted malts, dark fruits, oak, and winter spices.

T: Coffee and bitter dark chocolate followed by toasted malts and mild spiciness.

F: Medium bodied. Unfortunately, this one was a gusher and was fairly over-carbonated. Had to let it sit for a long time to let the carbonation die down.

O: Overall, an okay Stout. Just a little too much going on here. Probably would've been more enjoyable if it weren't a gusher, but I still wouldn't chase after this one especially with its price tag.

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Photo of lemmy187
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium black with a huge (three finger?) head.....can tell this baby has some carbonation. Unique nose.....cherry, agave, port, plum, and molasses. Taste is all over the place with very little balance.....smokey and tart. Perhaps the most carbonated stout in history.....effervescent and prickly with a medium body. Disappointing.....especially considering the price tag and the usual success of this series.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle poured into a snifter
Best before 9/7/2025

A- we've got a gusher, lost a couple of ounces after opening. Pours an opaque black color with a two-finger dark brown head that sticks around long after the pour, with carbonation bubbles floating on top

S- aroma is all over the place, I can distinguish the cherry wine, roasted malts, agave, oak, dark fruit and a hint of cherry

T- as with the aroma, flavor is all over the place up front, opens with bitter dark chocolate and coffee, then the barrel treatments start to show up. Picking up some cognac & brandy, not so much the other barrels. Dark fruit kicks in near the finish, along with cocoa and more coffee. The linger brings out a bit of the cherry wine treatment as well

M- medium body with high carbonation immediately fills the mouth and continues all the way into the finish, definitely over carbonated

O- an interesting beer, definitely hindered by the over carbonation. I enjoyed it, but it's just all over the place. This is a perfect example of complex not necessarily meaning better. Every other Beer Geek beer has been a homerun for me

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Photo of Martine
4.18/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reading the reviews, I was expecting some level of carbonation but nothing that would subsequently cover my entire carpet in a sea of brown froth. I am currently sitting here, covered in sticky stout as I write this review, the thing having exploded like a champagne bottle as I opened it.

Thanks Mikkeller, I've just lost half a bottle of £7.25 beer, most of it on me.

Nevertheless, may as well soldier on. This thing pours the darkest mocha head I've ever seen; we're talking dark chocolate expresso head - four to five fingers high. Crazy carbonation.

The aroma is all over me so I can't mistake what's going on; we've got sherry, brandy, whisky, cooked cherries, stewed baked fig, bourbon, melted treacle, umami, oak and date. This is the most malted and dark fruit-heavy beer I've smelled in a long time.

Once the carbonation is done with, it drinks like a smooth, creamy malted fig liqueur. This is such a massive, flavourful stout with dark fruit, treacle, molasses, creamy whisky, and expresso. The booze is very well hidden underneath the sticky flavours. And for such a dark fruited beer, this is quite well balanced, with the sweetness nicely balanced with savoury umami malts.

Mouthfeel is moderate-full, smooth, and no hint of carbonation for a beer that exploded.

I want to dislike this stout because it's all over me, but it's actually very, very nice. It reminds me of a thick doppelbock, sort of like the vintage 2012 Aventinus Tap 6 with more savoury flavours. It isn't as thick as I was expecting, but by god is it moreish.

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Photo of n2185
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with 3-4 fingers of dark brown head that eventually fades into a thin ring with a little lacing.

S: Milk chocolate, vanilla, and oak up front followed by a bit of tequila sourness.

T: Lots of roasted malt and oak followed by char, bitter cocoa, burnt coffee, and some smooth alcohol flavors.

M: Medium-thick body with moderate carbonation, this beer has an almost sudsy feel to it, though avoids being too sticky or watery.

O: I'm not for sure if I got a different bottle than most others who've reviewed it lately, but I really didn't find this beer that bad. Yeah, it's a bit over-carbonated, but the beer itself isn't bad once the carbonation settles. It's not necessarily worth the price, but I don't regret buying it, either. Reminds me a lot of a very robust porter rather than a BA stout.

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Photo of corysmith01
2.12/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.75

I don't leave many reviews here but I'll do so now to tell folks to avoid. The reviews below are accurate, there is something wrong here. The beer is crazy over carbonated. A BA stout should not gush out of the neck of a bottle that's at rest. When you pour a BA stout into a tulip glass, it should not be a half of inch of beer with 3-4 inches of foamy head. I feel as though I just threw money away having just spent $12 on a bottle which I promptly poured down the drain.

I did taste it, and the taste was decent, if you could get through all of the prickly carb. The smell was great, but could not follow through as the massive amount of carbonation stole all aspects of the show here. Look/taste/feel all take hits here on an aggressively carbonated stout.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.57/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

From 04/25/16 notes. 12 oz. bottle picked up a few days ago at Stateline Liquors in MD. Poured into a snifter.

This was a huge gusher, and crazily over-carbonated. Dark brown with a ton of dark tan head and high carbonation evident. Nose and taste aren't bad, coffee, roasted malts, chocolate, light alcohol, but a bit muddled. Over-carbonated and a bit thin which hurts the enjoyment.

Overall disappointing considering how many good-sounding barrels were involved and their other beers...wouldn't buy this one.

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Photo of TruePerception
2.78/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mikkeller Beer Geek Big Blend, oatmeal stout brewed with coffee, and aged on six different barrels: Bourbon, Brandy, Cherry Wine, Cognac, Tequila, and Whisky. 8% ABV.

A: Well, it pours very thick, and is obnoxiously foamy. Over three finger of cocoa cereal brown head. Black in the glass; very dark brown in the dimple. No noticeable sheeting, but there is tons of tiny dots left all over the inside of the glass. Lacing is very spotty.

S: The aroma is... odd. It seems like a confused clusterfuck. Earthy, cocoa, rich chocolate, cherry, light char, light oak, slight agave. I'm sure there's more, but it's hard to pick out.

T/MF: The taste is not very appealing. Very dry coffee, first up. Chalk, dirt, pencil wood. slight graphite.

Wow, I had real high hopes for this. Especially, after the success of the Dessert variant. I had a feeling all those barrels might muddy the flavors, but they seem to be clashing something fierce.

Poured from a 330mL bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of MDHopster
3.66/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Interesting beer with a good appearance that was diminished by the the oversized head, about 2/3 of a 14 oz tulip was head that took a while to settle and a very steady and patient hand to finish the pour. Complex aroma but barrel presence of wine, bourbon and whiskey were noticeable. Nice dark chocolate, cherry, coffee blend with mixed spice of the tequila and vanilla of the bourbon. Contrary to other reports I got the sweetness of the cherry wine. Carbonation was a big detractor and amplified the agave bite. PS this seems to be a love it or hate it beer with a rare ability to obtain ratings swinging from low to high. Tastes vary but apparently even more so on this brew.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.44/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A - Exploded out of the bottle... but resulted in a pretty pour.

T - Not bad, but the flavor profile lacks a clear sense of direction, with sharp notes of agave, wood, and booze.

M - Over carbonated with a fizziness that kills the body of the beer.

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Photo of Professor_Frink
2.77/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours like deepest, darkest space; I mean dark. Burnt coffee flavor. A little too carbonated. Not a creamy head though; a little flat. I'm not a big coffee stout guy, so it's drinkable enough but not my favorite, and not something I would seek out.

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Photo of Bung
3.31/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Way too high carb in the mouth.
Ruins it pretty much.
And for a damn near a dollar an ounce brew, it needs to be better. Luckily usually these guys are.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.24/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle foamed over upon opening, but didn't seem to be infected

A- Jet black with coco brown head
S- Roasty malts, dark fruit, cherried, oak, bit of booze
T- Well balanced for having 6 barrels. Still a nice roasty stout with balanced sweetness from the barrels and cherry wine.
F- Medium to thick
O- Fun beer

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.87/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a small dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, residual sugar and light cherry notes is quite rich and complex. Taste is a good mix of bourbon, vanilla, cherry light oak and quite bit of residual sugar notes. Body is full enough for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Pretty much and over the top though retains enough drinkability. I am not sure I would need to have this on a regular basis but interesting nonetheless.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.18/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Bottle shared by Curran yesterday.

This one pours a fairly dark black, with a huge, gushing head, about 3 inches or so. This doesn't look promising for a BA imperial stout.

This smells like essentially nothing, I get maybe some chocolate on the nose, but it's just so vapid and weak, what's going on here?

The taste presents more to chew on, but basically none of it any good. This was aged in Bourbon, Brandy, Cherry Wine, Tequila, Whisky, and Cognac barrels. This was clearly a good, reasonable idea- especially given the fact that I cannot pick up *any* barrel characteristics from any of those 6 barrels. Using 6 barrels seems to have made the chances for infection 6 times higher. This is overwrought and overcarbonated. It is unbelievably prickly, and the high carbonation masks basically every flavor you'd expect to get out of this one. If you let it warm, you do get some nice chocolate notes, but no coffee, and no barrel at all. It's also a little bit tart, which is certainly wrong.

This has a super prickly mouthfeel, with a seemingly thin body.

Pretty much a disaster across the board from Mikkeller. The worst beer I have had from this brewery.

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Photo of d3davies
4.12/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i picked up immediately on the wine and oak on the nose, tasted it through the transition of cognac, brandy, whiskey, then bourbon and last but not least the smooth but noticeable finish of tequila,. glad i had a palate to pick out the complexity of this beer. A real treat!

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Photo of TBonez477
3.22/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Thank you to all previous raters who let me know what a GUSHER this one is. Of a 330mL bottle I may have gotten 200mL's of actual beer. The pour itself is a dark brown but the head hung in at around 3-4x the height of the pour. Nose on this one was probably the most pleasant element, bearing hints of each of the barrels and a little fruity sweetness. Taste was a different story. At cellar temp this simply tasted like barrels which would be better if wine barrels weren't battling tequila barrels. At room temp things got a little clearer though the base beer was far from a traditional imperial stout. Sweetness was low, roast was low, some dark fruit characteristics. As for mouthfeel, the carbonation on this was too high to have the slick, coating or chewy feel expected of a big stout. Overall this was a great little experiment for both the brewer and myself but not one I would return to.

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Photo of madelfonatree
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Best by 9/7/27 enjoyed January 4, 2016 in a Mad Elf tulip/snifter.

Look - This EXPLODES. I poured this cold beer (right from the fridge) down the edge of the glass and it still wasn't contained. It quickly filled the snifter so had to pour the rest in to a 24 oz glass. The head has very thick bubbles. It does not die down quickly. Body is dark brown with a light red tint.

Smell - There is the smell of a a highly carbonated wheat beer. Once you get by that there is chocolate, coffee, fruit, raisin, wine, etc (a lot).

Taste - Wheat. Coffee. Dark chocolate. Red wine. Char.

Feel - I can already feel it coming back up in belches. Doesn't sit well. No alcohol taste just super bubbly.

Overall - I had very high hopes from this. I was wondering how it could be better than the other varieties. I can't get by the explosive head and feel.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.13/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

this is what makes mikkeller the king, and my favorite brewer. its ideas like this. six different barrels previously containing various wines and spirits all aged this beer and the bottle here is a blend of all of them. crazy right? well, in some ways the idea is better than the beer. it looks wild, inky dark, thicker than expected for its modest abv, and with a head thats four times taller than the amount of beer i gently poured, very alive, especially for the style. airy and dark brown, the head just keeps growing, very hard to pour. there seems to be a clash in the barrels though, particularly between the tequila and the wine. i think the other flavors all come out rather well, and actually work together, but the sharpness of the tequila and the fruity tannic wine elements do not mix well in nose, taste, or belly. as it warms it gets more exaggerated too. that said though, i appreciate the complexity, and a patient and discerning drinker really can get all the barrels on the tongue. coffee seems way back compared to the base beers, crowded out by all the wood and other flavors introduced by it. smooth as can be though, and less carbonated than it looked like it would be. enormously complex brew, take your time with it, there is a lot to think about and experience. a little more going on than there needs to be, but an awesome conversation beer.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.02/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A perplexing beer. One that has at once a lot going on and very little going on. Not sure how this can be the case but somewhere down the line the depth of what is trying to be achieved here just goes too far. However, sip by sip it feels like you do get glimpses of some of the barrels. My friend thought this tasted like the bottom of a bunch of different beers mixed together, and I have to concur.

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Photo of kevanb
2.8/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

11.2oz bottle, poured into a Mikkeller "Stars" Teku glass.

For starters, this beer was a big gusher. That being said, the beer pours a super deep, jet black color, intense and beautifully opaque with a massive head, which instantly fills the entire glass. Once the head recedes and can actually be filled by the beer, it settles nicely though it leaves no lace. The aroma is somewhat unpleasant, though surprisingly it doesn't appear to be infected. Plenty of roast, char, odd mix of liquors, mild coffee and bland grain. Fairly boring and uninteresting, poor balance and out of whack with all the barrels. The flavors are more of the same, light coffee, overly roasted grain, very charred barrels, really intense smokiness and just a big mess of barrel character. Again, strikingly unpleasant roast and char, little balance and liquor that is all over the board. The mouthfeel is actually quite nice, coating, despite the gush, the carbonation is mild and it feels quite smooth with a warm and dry finish.

Verdict: A swing and a miss from Mikkeller with this one. Ambitious and outrageous, but an experiment that didn't pan out well. For someone who really enjoys a smoked beer, this would definitely be a nice treat, but for me, not at all. Too much going on with little balance is the main story. I ended up sharing this beer with my drain.

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