Beer Geek Flat White | Mikkeller ApS

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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 Wer34truh
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
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 -21.4%
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 Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of bigpoppa67
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rex_4539
4.57/5  rDev +16.6%
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 Patches826
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jroof1
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sammy
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of doktorhops
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
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 PSU_Mike
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of shelby415
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GeorgeAKeim
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Nunya
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AyatollahGold
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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Beer Geek Flat White from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 109 ratings