Beer Geek Flat White
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English Oatmeal Stout
Ranked #102
Ranked #11,670
3.94 | pDev: 8.38%
Mikkeller ApS
Very Good
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Notes: Oatmeal Stout brewed with coffee and lactose.
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Reviews by BucBasil:
Photo of BucBasil
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the 11.2oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer is a pure black color with a creamy brown head that lasts a good long time.

S: Chocolate and cafe au lait, vanilla, and some spice.

T: Mostly sweet with a creamy chocolate character. Kahlua/Irish cream underneath and a hint of vanilla.

F: Smooth overall with a bit of dryness in the end.

Overall: This was a tasty beer but a little sweet. Definitely a dessert beer.

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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 Marius
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thick pour, with a very fine tan head with relatively good retention. Smells like milk oats, cocoa, brewed coffee and a bit of vanilla. The taste is underwhelming, but not bad - I am probably a bit biased, since I am having this beer right after the monster that is Black Hole. Sweet and roasty, heavy on the coffee and cocoa, I can actually say this is more like a coffee than a beer. Nice warm mouthfeel, thick and soft, a bit like a milk coffee. Not bad.

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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 Sammy
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of bark
3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The colour is pitch black, the finger thick airy head is deep black. It sinks quickly down into a thin ring leaving no lacing.

The smell is heavily roasted with some milk/cream, fresh coffee and a touch of smoke/delicatessen.

The taste starts off with a sharp passing sweetness. Roasted malts, some smoke and smooth coffee. Hints of tart fruits. Medium to full body. The aftertaste is semi-smooth with growing coffee sourness, some toffee and tree sap. The finish got notes of fresh coffee and smooth sweetness.

The carbonation is very light, the small bubbles are smooth and long-lived. The liquid is semi-smooth and a bit harsh.

A pleasant and not overly sweet milk stout with fine coffee flavours.

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

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 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 largadeer
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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 Monkeyknife
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pkalix
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of freewill35
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 gjoker321
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jroof1
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stephensinner
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of joemochas
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rfgetz
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle. Black body. Khaki head. Coffee is the strongest aroma. Light lactose and some milk chocolate. Taste is really strong lactose. Chocolate. Coffee is definitely secondary. The finish has a fierce lactose resurgence. Really creamy body. Not sure if flat white refers to the carbonation, but it's pretty low, adding to the creamy texture. Normally, I don't like lactose, but it doesn't seem to bother me in this. Tastes like a cafe con leche. Milky without the cloying milk sugar flavor.

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Photo of sirsteve42
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 Rifugium
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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