Beer Geek Flat White | Mikkeller ApS

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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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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

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

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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

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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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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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Photo of Arnar_Hallsson
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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Beer Geek Flat White from Mikkeller ApS
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