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Beer Geek Flat White | Mikkeller ApS

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Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Oatmeal Stout brewed with coffee and lactose.

Added by boredalready on 09-18-2015

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Photo of CMC73
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Watkinsmike83
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of freewill35
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RMW66
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smithj4
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a finger high dense dark tan head that gradually settled down, but consistently left a short head covering the surface and lots of specks of bubbles running down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of milk lactose are preset in the nose along with hints of coffee beans.
T: The taste has very strong flavors of coffee, particularly the lightly roasted coffee beans that linger into the finish. There are just some faint hints of lactose.
M: It feels medium-bodied and rather smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This makes for a very nice breakfast beer. With the intense flavors of coffee it tastes more like a flat white than it does a beer.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Vidblain
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HopsForBrains
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing nearly opaque black in the glass with a thin khaki head with great retention and light lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt with light char and coffee, with light hints of vanilla and lactose. Flavor is dark toasted malt with notable char, boiled down coffee, light cream, hints of vanilla and cocoa. Charry coffee and malt finish with a hint of hops and coffee dregs bitterness. Medium bodied with sharp, peppery carbonation; almost overcarbonated. Although the malt base seems substantial here, it is almost overwhelmed by the coffee flavors, which are quite forward. The char forward malt is a good fit for the rather rough coffee flavors and the two work together to be a good combination. Lactose is present but subsumed into the stronger coffee and stout bitterness. Drier than I expected, with a profile closer to a dry stout than a sweeter milky oatmeal stout that I anticipated. A little rough around the edges, but flavorful and full bodied.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.67/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

11.2 oz. bottle

Pours pitch black with a thick creamy light brown foam head. Smells real dark and roasty with fruity coffee, cherry, red grape, some berries, oat, toasted bread, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, lactose, slight sweet spice, with floral herbal earthy grassy pine. Tastes like dark roasty fruity coffee, dark chocolate, cherry, red grape, berries, oat, toasted bread crust, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, slightly creamy lactose like watered down milk, some sweet spice, with floral herbal earthy grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and smooth with moderate low carbonation. Overall a real nice oatmeal stout with coffee and lactose.

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Photo of cbenson
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Jet black and thick with a pale tan head with serious retention. Odd red flakes on top.
Smell: Sweet like the smell of eggnog with vanilla coffee with notes of milk chocolate. A bit too sweet perhaps.
Taste: Notes of vanilla, coffee, and sweet cream with an acidic sting and a white bread malt character
Mouthfeel: full-bodied stout. Not increadibly smooth with high carbonation and a moderately dry finish. Fantastic!
Overall: A fantastic full stout but just a bit too sweet.

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Photo of mjgsilva
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of joaopmgoncalves
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cellared 6 months and poured to a teku glass.

A: The body is pitch black with a minimal beige head. Even with a hard pour, there was no formation of head. No lacing. No retention.
S: The aroma is very rich of coffee and milk, using the lactose as a basis for this gigantic profile.
T: The taste begins with a mildly sweet profile of milk mixed with an expression, being exactly what this beer intended. After 6 months of cellaring, I'd expect for these flavors to fade a bit - and they probably have, bit they're still very present.
M: Body is medium high. Carbonation is low but nominal. Alcohol is unnoticed. Bitterness is low.
O: It's a Beer Geek that reaches its goal of being coffee with milk but besides the flavor, everything else could use some work.

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4.85/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of -DF-
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GuyFawkes
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"Best by 9/4/20"; drank 3/6/16 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Black appearance.

A violent pour yielded a small, noisy dark tan head which quickly dissipated; almost no lace.

Dark chocolate & black coffee notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Dry dark chocolate flavor up front; sweet cream notes on the finish. Simple; I enjoy these flavors but have seen more done with them.

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Photo of c_tails
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured into shifter, expiration date on bottle is 2020, purchased last year and kept in dark place.

this was thoroughly disappointing especially as i've had other entries especially the weasel

pours very dark. practically no head. the first pour looked like a flat coke after a minute or two in the glass.

some carbonation still present on drinking but looked kinda sad in the glass

the taste: pretty one note considering its a stout with coffee and lactose. quite bitter. intense roasted flavor but the combo of the sweetness from the lactose and the coffee bitterness didn't jive well.

also quite thin mouthfeel, was hoping for more.

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Photo of Dzu
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap.
L: Black color with a weak biege foam head.
S: Cacao beans, chocolate.
T: Milk , chocolate, coffee.
F: Very tight body and soft carbonation.
O: Very impressive.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

"Beer Geek Flat White." Brewed at Lervig.

BOTTLE: Best before 04/09/20. 330ml format. Brown glass. Silver unbranded pry-off crown cap. Silver and yellow-white label. Imported by the Shelton Bastards.

"Oatmeal stout brewed with coffee & lactose." 7.50% ABV. "Ingredients: water, barley malt, roasted barley, oat flakes, lactose, hops, gourmet coffee (1%) and yeast."

Served cold into stemware and allowed to warm over the course of consumption.

HEAD: No head forms even if I really up the vigor as I pour, but a tan floater cap does start to manifest before fizzling out within seconds. No lacing.

BODY: Opaque dark brown-black. Not a ink or jet black. No yeast particulate or sediment is visible within.

Appears undercarbonated. A shining rich tan brown head and a straight black body would be improvements to this middling appearance.

AROMA: The quality of the coffee aromatics immediately sets this beer apart from the pack, with vivid java-forward notes of roast emerging as it comes to temperature. Doesn't shy away from coffee bitterness and aromatic pungency. Coupled with the subtle roasted barley aromatics, it's an appealing aroma indeed.

Lactose isn't obvious; I wouldn't know it was an ingredient if I encountered this aroma blind. Some dark malt sweetness balances out the coffee & roast bitterness, but the signature sweetness of lactose is absent. Still, it does have the sort of sweet coffee aroma I'd associate with Vietnamese coffees.

Aromatic intensity is mild. Suggests a bold coffee stout with adequate but not dazzling complexity, good balance, and nice depth of flavour. I'm eager to try it.

No overt off-notes, hoppy notes, or yeasty notes.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Soft and supple on the palate, with ideal carbonation and a fantastic creaminess. Smooth and wet. Medium to full-bodied. Unrefreshing. Not the big syrupy heavy feel that plagues so many difficult to drink stouts, but not weak or thin either; it's got a near ideal level of thickness and weight for a 7.50% ABV oatmeal coffee stout. The oats smoothen it out but add nothing in terms of flavour. Could be silkier and softer to good effect, I suppose.

Mikkel nailed the balance in this one, but skimped on depth of flavour; any coffee bitterness gets covered up by dark malt sweetness and milk sugar, evoking a Vietnamese dessert coffee vibe without going overboard into cloying territory, but that balance comes at the expense of the vividness of the coffee: the evocative expressive coffee character promised by the aroma is there, but it's faint and lacks depth. There's little in terms of rich java or fresh roast. (I find no roasted barley flavours either).

Discerning drinkers will find it a bit simplistic, especially considering it's a member of the Beer Geek series (some of which are amongst the most intricate stouts out there). Well built, undoubtedly, but there's plenty of room for improvement. Still, the one-two punch of balanced coffee and dark malt sweetness is effective, and the coffee isn't the usual generic coffee character you find in so many hum-ho middle-of-the-road coffee stouts. That said, it's more an oatmeal stout than a coffee stout, with its texture emerging as the highlight of the beer.

Flavour duration and intensity are average. There are no off-notes, overt hoppy flavours, or overt yeasty flavours.

I don't pick up on any overt chocolate, even from specialty chocolate malt.

OVERALL: A disappointingly simple brew considering the series it's in, but taking it on its own terms, it's an effective brew. The kind of balanced coffee oatmeal stout I'd happily pick up sixers of in the $10-12 price range, but not a beer I'd pick up another bottle of at Shelton Bastards pricetags even if it is tasty (and let's keep in mind domestic offerings like Founders Breakfast Stout are far cheaper and much better). More good work from Mikkel, but it's far from among his greats (even just within the Beer Geek series). While the coffee flavour isn't as unique as one would find in, say, Beer Geek Breakfast or Brunch Weasel, it does stand out from the crowd. Drinkable enjoyable stuff.

Low B (3.54) / GOOD

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Photo of SHODriver
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured into a snifter to a black beer topped by a finger of dense light tan head that fades to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of cocoa pebbles with hints of coffee
T: Taste is dark chocolate, coffee and roasted malts with some nice sweetness. Swallow is more chocolate and coffee with a bit of charred wood and burnt marshmallow.
M: This beer has a fairly full body with soft carbonation and a dry finish.
O: Overall this is a really nice beer. The lactose adds a bit of body and the flavors are really solid with some nice complexity. Really well done.

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Photo of moose1980
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed after having been in the cellar for about a year.

Opaque with only a hint of light shining through around the edges. No head whatsoever, but a few hissing bubbles indicate at least some carbonation. Aroma is all coffee, and good coffee at that. Not crazy overpowering, but more like sticking your nose in a bag of coffee beans before grinding.
It starts off smooth and very well-balanced, with chocolate notes and a creamy body. The aftertaste turns a little stale though, but this could perhaps be from the age. Overall, maybe it would have been better had I drunk it fresh.

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Photo of Dirt286
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thinwhiteduke
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kevinpitts
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nickfl
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lots of roast and coffee, more in the flavor than the aroma, which is dominated by chocolate. Fairly thick body with low carbonation. Definitely hits the mark as far as the flavors the name implies.

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