Beer Geek Flat White | Mikkeller ApS

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

Style: English Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

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

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35
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118
pDev:
8.38%
 
 
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Reviews: 35 | Ratings: 118
Photo of macrosmatic
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed form notes. Poured from the 330mL bottle into an El Catador teku glass.

A: Very dark brown to black, and opaque. A minimum of visible carbonation leads gives us a thin to non-existent tan head (or at least a ring of foam).

S: Coffee and chocolate, roasted malts and tobacco. Mild lactose and a touch of vanilla. Pretty roasty, and certainly not overly sweet.

T: Chocolate and coffee, and a big roastiness to the malt body adds a good bit of bitterness up front. Tobacco and burnt (but not acrid) caramel. Mild lactose, and the vanilla sweetness swells up more towards the end. There’s a little yeast estery sweetness that’s not entirely welcome near the end. But more dark roasted coffee with attendant bitterness overshadows that at and after the swallow.

M: Average heft to the body - not as heavy as it looks, nor as much as the others I’ve had in this series. Low carbonation sensation, and the alcohol presence is fairly low.

O: Probably my least favorite of this series, though not a terrible beer in as of itself. The heavy roast buries the coffee a bit, and then the sweetness comes with a tinniness that shouldn’t be there. I’d pass on this one in favor of the rest.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, expensive.

Pours pitch black with an impressive head of tan foam. Loads of sticky lacing.

Smells of roasted malt, vanilla, coffee, cocoa, milky, has kind of a barrel thing going on; smell alone says that this is stronger than 7.5% abv.

Roasted malt and vanilla up front, pretty strong coffee after my initial judgement, lactose brings sweet notes but it's offset by coffee bitterness. Lactose throughout.

Close to full bodied with medium carbonation. Taste, like the smell, impresses me like in something stronger than 7.5% abv.

Very enjoyable but not at that price point. One and done.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle - glad that I passed up an expensive pour of this at Beer Rev a little while back.

This beer pours a solid black abyss, with the scantest of amber basal edges, and three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy brown head, which leaves some decent dissolving back windshield ice pattern lace around the glass as it slowly and evenly subsides.

It smells of roasted, bready and doughy caramel malt, rich cafe-au-lait, bittersweet cocoa powder, real vanilla, and some mild earthy nuttiness. The taste is gritty and grainy caramel malt, some free-range char, fancy toasted coffee beans, cold cream, oily bar-top nuts, gooey fudge, and more sort of lit-up vanilla sweetness.

The carbonation is average in its palate-satiating frothiness, the body a heady medium weight, and generally smooth, with a small airy creaminess arising once things warm up a tad around here. It finishes trending dry, an indistinct bitterness helping stave off all those lingering mixed sugary essences.

Overall - I've never had the titular coffee-based beverage, but I can say that I am enjoying the Stout version. The cuppa Joe character isn't overbearing, allowing the well-made base beer to shine. Worth seeking out, for java aficionados and agnostics alike.

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Photo of Wer34truh
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is a most excellent beer. Creamy and delightfully smooth feel. Carbonation is minimal, but sufficient to give texture to the body. Taste is of dairy, cocoa, chocolate and vanilla. I'm surprised this "only" gets a 3.92 as I view it as pretty much the perfect oatmeal stout.

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Photo of bobhits
3.08/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I honestly don't know why I can't not buy a new Beer Geek, they've done enough of these, but here I am.

Pours like a dark stout with a good firm head, but it doesn't last particularly long. It leaves a smearing of lacing on the glass, nothing to get excited about and given 7.5% more could have happened.

The nose is a light charred malt, coffee, citrus notes, lactose, and perhaps some heavy whipping cream.

Roasted malt, coffee grinds, finishing with lactose, some vanilla (not sweat), cream, and some fruity citrus notes that I might get from hops or perhaps from a lighter roasted coffee.

Nothing special on the body. It's carbonated well enough and it has some body.

As oatmeal stouts go, this one is good. It lacks any real stand out characteristics and I really would like less lactose and more roasted character or perhaps a richer and creamier mouth feel with a bit more sweetness from the lactose. The net result doesn't make me think of a foam topped dark roast coffee as I'd hoped and instead gives me the impression that someone put enough milk in my coffee to change the flavor but not enough to really do much for it either.

The killer is the 7.49 price tag for a 330 ml bottle. Had this been under 5 (it is imported) I might have a more favorable impression. As it is I'd still give it a go on draft and thank anyone offering it, but I won't buy another bottle.

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Photo of rex_4539
4.57/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown color, two finger brown head, amazing lacing, no carbonation.

S: Sweet, chocolate, coffee, vanilla. Wonderful.

T: Sweet, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, creamy. Excellent!

F: Full bodied, creamy, thick.

O: Masterpiece!

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Photo of doktorhops
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mikkeller! [YAY!] Beer Geek! [YAY!] Flat White! [YAY!] All of those statements are things that I love, and in the case of “beer geek” - something I am. I have much love for Mikkel Borg Bjergsø, the man, the myth, the gypsy brewer who can seemingly turn any ingredient into beer. The Beer Geek series has also been the most popular series of beers Mikkeller have released, winning awards from pundits and critics alike. So when a can of Beer Geek anything pops up in my local bottle-o (Black Sheep Newmarket), then that sir is one instant buy for me. One might even call it - an “instabuy” in the vernacular of the Interweb, or even a “shut up and take my money”. Indeed.

Poured from a 500ml can into a Duvel tulip.

A: Wow, OK, lotsa head right here - mocha coloured, all 2 inches of it. Body presents deep dark opaque brown coloured, like the murky depth of the Mariana Trench (aka the deepest part of any ocean on earth). Gets dark down there. As the head crumbles it leaves an almost nitro-like lace on the glass side, impressive. 9/10.

S: Hard not to smell this beer with its pervading dark chocolate and roasted espresso coffee overtones. Hints of vanilla and a smoky char in there as well. As far as breakfast beers go (i.e. beers brewed with coffee) this is par for the course. A touch of nutty character comes through in another whiff too. 8/10.

T: Much like Beer Geek Vanilla Shake the flavour comes through like a big honeyed kiss all over your tongue - coating it with a rich gooey goodness, and coffee, lots of coffee. Flavours as expected: Dark chocolate, roasted espresso coffee, nutty mid-palate, vanilla and a hint of smoke. Flavours come through quite sweet and sticky with enough bitterness in the finish to balance it out. I reckon this brew is so similar to how I remember Beer Geek Vanilla Shake being that this must be the base recipe on which that brew is formed. Spot on, just missing the milky character of a flat white though. 9/10.

M: Not quite as viscous as Beer Geek Vanilla Shake, at half the ABV though (7.5% versus 13%), it’s still pretty heavy-bodied with a creamy carbonation. 8/10.

D: Such a top effort from Mikkeller - this is another feather in their cap (which must have crushed Mikkel Borg Bjergsø to death by now due to its weight). The flavour hit is BIG and unyielding, it’s actually a much bigger beer than the 7.5% ABV would suggest, but it’s hard to go past a brew this tasty. 8/10.

Food match: I need a lie down now... what?! Erm, try steak here.

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Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
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 LiquidAmber
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
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 +18.5%
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 +7.1%
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 joaopmgoncalves
3.94/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
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 -23.9%
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 +4.6%
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 -10.2%
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 -4.8%
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 -7.9%
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 nickfl
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
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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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

great to get to try this one, another fine continuation of an elite level series from mikkeller. this one is coffee and lactose, mimicking the popular coffee drink. ive have always thought the other beers in the lineup were a little sweet anyway, so i was timid about the lactose addition, like it might push the sweetness over the top to a diabetic level, but it definitely doesnt. it somehow seems to amplify the roast, or maybe there is just way more coffee in here, but the dark end seems to be more intense than in some of the others. deeply roasted and super nutty coffee takes the aroma and the flavor, leading the way the whole time. almond and licorice notes present themselves as well, middle of the palate. the lactose seems almost more for body and contrast than it does for sweetness, which i genuinely appreciate here. there is a tons of structure, rising above the propensity for the dark grain to breed a thinner feel. there is an almost basic ph level to this, really uncommon, and maybe the lactose helps with that too, but it really does almost have the mouthfeel of a full cream espresso drink, where the milk cuts any coffee acidity to near perfect neutrality. this is exquisite beer, somewhat more drinkable than like the vanilla or the dessert versions, which were far sweeter than this one. definitely one to seek out!

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Photo of larryi86
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- Black with a large mocha head.

S- Roasted coffee, some chocolate, hints of lactose, some caramel malts.

T- Roasted coffee, some lactose, hints of caramel malts, hints of charred wood.

M- Smooth, medium body, carbonation is a little high.

O- Not the best Beer Geek that Mikkeller has done but still a good beer. Worth trying if you have enjoyed others in the series.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Aroma is dark/roasted malts, coffee and very slightly funky. The flavor is coffee, dark/roasted malts, chocolate, fruit and a mildly funky/earthy finish.

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Photo of Harrison8
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with a total lack of head. Disappointing appearance for this caliber of a brewer. Slight creamy coffee aroma, but not much. Vanilla and oatmeal in there as well. Biscuit malts open up, with a bit of coffee and vanilla behind. Espresso sting on the end (in a good way). Tastes are pretty subdued. Mouth feel is thin and watery. Overall, a beer that I had some good expectations for, but it just doesn't seem to deliver.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into tulip. Best before 7/9/20.

A: Pours a very dark brown molasses color with a few bubbles on top. A thin and short-lived mocha colored collar briefly left a few spots of lace down the glass.
S: Roasted and bitter scents of dark chocolate and black coffee dominate, but there is a hint of sweet milk sugar mixed in. Overall, this does smell a bit like cold coffee with cream and sugar.
T: Sweet lactose up front balances the rich and dark flavors of roasted malt and coffee. Coffee isn’t dominating like some coffee stouts, but it instead blends well with the malt and sugar so that the overall flavor is smooth and integrated. The finish is sweet and sugary and lays on my lips after each swallow. The aftertaste has a pleasant roasted flavor to it that lingers for some time. I get a note of chocolate throughout, and very very slight char.
M: Full body and low carbonation create a thick and heavy mouthfeel. Very smooth overall with the perfect balance of sweet and bitter.
O: A pleasure to drink, more so than others in this series. The sweetness pairs well with the other flavors and makes this very easy to enjoy.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beaten horse series that is Mikkeller's "Beer Geek" brands lands them at the same charred flavors that's both as notorious as they are famous as many others in the series, this time with the rounded cream taste of lactose for added milk sweetness to help balance the burnt.

Its densely packed blackness reveals bark brown margins and a creamy, browned cap. The nose is rife with all-thing-burnt: toast, chocolate, maple, coffee, walnut and wood cinders while its upfront taste is woven together of overcooked caramel and toffee with a kiss of the heavy cream backbone that the namesake promises.

As the middle unfolds, the sweetness drops out and the creamy and arid char persists, riding on a cloud of seared cream, marshmallow, cocoa powder and smoked walnut. Burnt toast, coffee ground, smoldering embers and all their bitter and rootish earthiness accompany the roast and temper the scant sweetness that remains.

Full in texture, but the beer has an arid and ash texture from the abundant taste of burnt carbon and the roasted starch character that it brings. The roast-derived astringency reads on the palate like burnt dark fruit with an almost sour twinge that the lasting milk sugars and creamy oats can't buffer entirely.

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Beer Geek Flat White from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 118 ratings