Beer Geek Breakfast
Mikkeller ApS

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English Oatmeal Stout
Ranked #19
Ranked #2,665
4.13 | pDev: 9.93%
Mikkeller ApS
Beer Geek BreakfastBeer Geek Breakfast
Notes: Brewed at Nøgne Ø.

Ingredients : Water, malt (pils, oat, smoked, caramunich, brown, pale chocolate and chocolate), roasted barley, flaked oats, hops (centennial and cascade), ale yeast and gourmet coffee.
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Photo of seagullbeer
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L- Dark brown, head fades pretty quickly (can pour)

S- Super roasty almost burnt smelling. Coffee for sure but lots of dark malty smells.

T- One of the more coffee tasting coffee stouts I've tried. Super bitter but balanced in the black coffee flavors.

F- Softer at the beginning but pretty bitter and then drying at the end.

O- Awesome beer! Lots of great flavors going on but not a lot of sweetness. So many of the flavored stouts have interesting flavors but are ruined for me with the sugar.

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Photo of AccipiterofBeer
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: 4. Opaque black with a sizable tan head.
S: 3.75 enticing but not impressive for a coffee stout. Earthy coffee.
T: 4.75. Dark roast coffee. Very earthy. Tastes like a cold brew.
F: 4. Not thin but also not as thick as expected.
O: 4.25 an amazing coffee stout.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Medium: Capped + snifter.
Opacity: Deep opaque.
Color: Almost black dark brown.
Head: None, faint brown ring.
Legs: Poor but good lacing.
Smell: Coffee/Plums/Toffee.
Taste: Chocolate/Oatmeal/Raisins/Herbal.
Feel: Roasted/Earthy/Dark esters/Smoke.
Body: Light to medium silky and creamy.
Carbonation: Proper soft crisp.
Overall: A bit thin like a porter, not as rich as a stout, more subtle and complex. Excellent quality craft.

Visual 6/10 - Flavors 8.5/10 - Sensations 8/10 - Balance 8.5/10 -
Freshness 5/10 - Intensity 7/10 - Complexity 8/10 - Appreciation 8.5/10

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Photo of ElessarTelcontar
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz can, canned 12/27/2019. Bought in Raleigh, NC. Poured into a snifter on 01/20/2020, around 55F.

L: Looks a very dark brown, almost black, hints of orange when held up against white light. Moderate head on pour, dissipates to thin ring of mid-brown. Negligible lacing. Head disappears and doesn't resurface on swirling.
S: Coffee, chocolate, hint of dark fruits.
T: Wow, they weren't kidding calling it a coffee stout. Very tasty, big bold coffee and chocolate. Slight heat from alcohol towards the end as the glass warms up. Slow sipper for me.
F: Thick, oily, viscous. Not the most viscous, but certainly not light in your mouth. Low carbonation.

O: Very enjoyable. catering to my personal preferences of bold flavor, on the sweeter side, and creamy. It's a mouthful. It's a night-finisher for me, not a breakfast stout.

... I jest. Enjoy any time of the day. If you can have breakfast tacos, you can have this to go with it.
... I jest again. That'd be a terrible combination. Don't do it.

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Photo of dcotom
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 11.2-ounce bottle into a snifter. Deep coffee-colored body, with a dark orange highlight and a thin tan head that settled to a tiny ring leaving no lacing. Big aromas and flavors of dark cherry, roasted coffee beans, dark roasted malts, a hint of licorice and molasses, a little dried fruit (fig, raisin), and a good bit of char. A bit of sweetness as expected, although not overpowering by any means. Medium bodied, with some sourness and a bit of tannin lingering on the palate. This is like a captivating novel: you can't put it down. Dangerously delicious and drinkable, and highly recommended.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz can. Pours a very dark brownish black with a thin layer of brown head. Good amount of lacing. Smells like coffee, dark chocolate, earth and roasted malts. The taste is a bit sweeter at first than I expected. Espresso, cream and sugar ice coffee, dark chocolate, earth and roasted malts. A bit of char and roasted coffee beans as well. Slightly sweet finish with some molasses flavor to go along with the coffee. Bitter at times. Thick, heavy mouthfeel with very little carbonation. Moderate alcohol presence.

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Photo of unlikelyspiderperson
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep rich brown with a robust coffee colored head with excellent staying power.
Smells richly of coffee with dark stone fruit notes and a light hint of day old campfire. Roasty and robust.
Taste has a kind of cola/coffee vibe. Dark berry sweetness and a bit of molasses. best by date on can is 12/21/19 but this has an incoherence in the taste I don't remember from other times i've tried it that leads me to wonder if it is less fresh than ideal.
Mouthfeel is good enough, a little thinner than I'd like from a stout but that is the way with many of the coffee stouts.
Overall this one seems a little off from what I remember, but that may just be the growth of my palate and the available options. Still a nice coffee stout if not some mind blowing must have. The light cola flavor is off putting to me but might be other folks jam, I've definitely tasted it in other coffee stouts before.

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Photo of mishi_d
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Black color with tan head, aroma of coffee, roasted malts and chocolate, taste of coffee and roasted malts, medium bitter, medium sweet, medium to full body, soft to medium carbonation.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

roasty, oats, mellow char, slightly creamy qualities but not supported by the mouthfeel which is quite thin. the coffee is there throughout, but sort of a subdued quality that is just a mild earthy roast and slightly bitter quality.

overall a decent beer that was interesting to taste but I probably won't go back to. flavor profile is decent but its quite thin.

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Photo of Korbynlehr
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black as Texas tea, head is like crema of a latte.nose is like a iced coffee as is the taste. Surprised it isn't more smooth and soft. Doesn't drink like 7.5 Abv.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beer Geek Breakfast pours a black color, with a huge, long lasting tan head. Mild aroma, but sweet and creamy. Flavor is creamy, with a little bit of spice, hint of smoke, and good, not overpowering, coffee flavors. Great feel to this one. Overall, very drinkable, very flavorful.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

De craftbeer-shop. En copa Teku. Viendo Los 100 5x12-13. Predomina agradable cafe, pero hecho en falta mayor cremosidad y cuerpo como si encontre en las variantes ya probadas

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into glass. Stamping on bottle cap has bottling date as '13/08/16' and best by date as '16/08/26'. Label identifies this beer as brewed and bottled at Lervig Aktiebryggeri, Norway.
Black colored body, with very thin dark brown edge when back lit. One finger of tan head settles back to thick cap. Leaves behind some big patterns of lacing.
Aroma is of dark roasted malts with coffee, chocolate and dark fruits. Big time smoke here also, reminds me of skillet fried bacon or sausage.
Taste is of roasted and smoked dark malts, with a deep coffee flavor. Hints of chocolate and dark fruit. The smoke is here as in the smell but better integrated in the flavors. Repeated sips bring forth a flavor of char, along with the grilled meat.
Medium to thick mouth feel. Okay carbonation. Not overly bitter, but has the char (like licking burned wood).
Coffee is correct for a breakfast stout, and this beer has a strong component of the coffee, but there is no sweetness nor bitterness. Not real complex, but would act as a good eye opener in the morning.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This coffee oatmeal stout pours a pitch black color with a thin light brown head. Undertones of chocolate an dark fruits mingle to give it a smooth, very pleasant smell, not sharp or bitter at all, if that makes sense. It's a little bit boozy as well, which is strange from a 7.5% beer. Coffee is for sure the predominant flavor, but it isn't completely overwhelming like some coffee stouts, which is a neutral statement for me personally since I occasionally like off the deep end coffee stouts. There is definitely a chocolate presence as well, a very mild fruitiness, and some roasted malts. Unlike the smell there is a little bit of bitterness here, but it isn't lingering. The flavors are quite good. The body however, is kind on the light end for a stout, albeit not inappropriately so. The mouthfeel is kind of strange for an English oatmeal stout also. It is not very creamy like the best examples of this style are. Not bad, but I don't think it lives up to the hype either.

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Photo of twosheds
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown/black with a dark tan head.

Smells like roasted coffee and chocolate.

Has a really strong coffee taste up front, but it backed up by a solid stout base.

This is good coffee stout, but it's probably not worth the money to get on a regular basis when there's a lot of options in this category.

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Photo of SHDoyle
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Description: Dark, inky black appearance with little head. Dark brown lacing and legs. Smell is coffee up front with dark fruit and chocolate underneath. It smells boozy. Taste is heavier on coffee than the smell but this gives way to a dark, bitter chocolate finish. Dark fruits are also present and everything works nicely together. Unlike some coffee stouts, the coffee doesn't drown out all the other flavors in this. For some reason, the alcohol seems more hidden in the taste than the smell. Feel is what you'd expect from a stout, nothing more or less. Low carbonation.

Overall: 4.25 (This beer is good and I would likely drink it again) Solid stout. The coffee doesn't overwhelm this, which I appreciate. As good as this was though, for the price you can probably find something as good if not better.

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Photo of EMH73
3.72/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a one inch tan head that dissipates to an everlasting ring that leaves no lacing. Smell is rather mild with notes of roasted malts, coffee and a hint of smoke. Tastes of roasted malts, toast, bittersweet chocolate, medium roast coffee, smoke, char and slight sweetness. Light bodied, minimal carbonation, smooth mouth feel.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.82/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottom of can sez "BF 08/11/27 081117 10:45" which I presume means it was brewed/canned on 8/11/17 and should be consumed BeFore 8/11/27 - or within a decade. Whatever. I'm pretty sure that this one is within its drinkability window.
Pours a viscous, inky black with a substantial tan head. Initial impression is heavily weighted toward the coffee end of the spectrum. There's maybe a touch of molasses in the background, but it's overwhelmed by the coffee/expresso. Mouthfeel is thin for my tastes, but perhaps appropriate for an ENGLISH oatmeal stout. Smooth. Finish is more coffee, with a mildly bitter aftertaste. OK but too much coffee and not enough body.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.82/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yes!!! It’s the original, the one and only, the beer that made Mikkel Borg Bjergsø world famous, it’s… [drum-roll]: Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast!!! *WOO!* So after the disappointment of Mikkeller Koppi Coffee IPA Citra & Simcoe, I decided to pull the trigger and go straight on to Beer Geek Breakfast, which is another beer I’ve been hunting since I started reviewing craft beers – that’s a 7 year journey I’ve been on, and in 2018 I’ve already reviewed 4 beers I’ve been searching for since 2011, and 1 more that’s coming up [hint it’s a: something-BS]. Great year 2018, even though I’ve slowed down on my reviews the quality of the beers I’ve got my hands on has been stellar. Here’s to the democratisation of beers! Brewer to the people!

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pitch-dark-brown, like a browny-murky tar-like substance, with a tan-coloured lace ring where a head would normally lie – weirdly the exact opposite (head-wise) of Beer Geek Flat White, which had an almost Guinness-like nitro head [note: it was not a nitro beer]. Still Flat White was the outlier, this beer is the standard. 7/10.

S: Ooo, total cold-drip coffee aroma, I’m getting a Founders Breakfast Stout vibe right now – this beer is sending an ASMR tingle down my spine. Much like FBS there’s not much else to it, though Beer Geek Breakfast does have a sweeter, smoother aroma, like a couple teaspoons of raw sugar in a cup of coffee… actually it’s more like a confectioners sugar: sweet. 8/10.

T: Ironically flavour hits much less sweeter than FBS. Profile is: cold-drop and roasted espresso coffee, hints of molasses and raw sugar make an appearance but take a back seat to the roasty-earthy coffee flavours. This, compared to the other Beer Geek beers I’ve reviewed (Flat White and Vanilla Shake) is the sterner, more rigidly coffee-shot-like brew. Not that there’s anything wrong with that [not at all]. Still one had hoped for a bit more sweetness and a bit less bitterness (the aftertaste is pretty astringently bitter). 8/10.

M: Medium bodied with a thin but active carbonation that exacerbates the bitterness in the aftertaste somewhat. 7/10.

D: Look: This was a bit of a ground-breaking beer at the time it was first released back in 2006 (though Founders did beat Mikkeller to the Breakfast Stout punch) however, in 2018, it’s a bit imbalanced and not as good as the other Beer Geeks which is a slight letdown for what is still a top-shelf beer. 7/10.

Food match: This is coffee-like enough to actually pair with a morning croissant.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a finger of pillowy-khaki foam on top. Head retention is okay. Aroma is coffee, cardamon, and roasted, toasted, earthy, and bready malts. Flavor profile is coffee, cardamon, and roasted and toasted malts. It has a smooth and silky feel, with a medium thickness. Overall, a fair stout. The coffee is certainly present, but comes off rather charred.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 11.2oz bottle.

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Photo of Nass
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The label artwork is classy yet intriguing. I'm getting bold coffee as well some roasted malts, This is one of the best stouts I ever had but it's also one of the most expensive. This is one of the beers that put Mikkeller on the map but it has changed since the last time I had, I liked the previous one more. Cheers! A-

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Photo of keithmurray
3.86/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz bottle poured into a tulip

Appearance - dark brown body with dark tan head

Smell - fresh brewed coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts, baker's chocolate, ash

Taste - coffee upfront, dark and baker's chocolate, little bit of cocoa and char at the back end

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, low carbonation, coffee upfront, dark and baker's chocolate to follow that

Overall - Coffee dominant beer, not overly complex. decent beer that I may not re-visit due to the price point

Price Point - $4.99/11.2 oz bottle

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Photo of michiganmatt
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Deep brown, with moderately-dark tan head.
S: Dark malts, chocolate,
T: Deep chocolately roasty malts, with hints of smoke. A tad bit sweet.
F: Medium-bodied, light carbonation

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Photo of TrojanRB
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4 coffee. Very little head, no retention

Nose is all coffee, with a bit of cocoa.

Taste again is dominated by coffee, but it has minor characteristics that I'd associate with a porter...roasted malt, slight astringency (I tend to think of stouts as heavier and sweeter...I know they're functionally the same though)

Lighter bodied, minimal carbonation, very smooth.

Honestly, if you put this in a coffee mug side by side with cold brew, you'd be hard pressed to tell the difference.

Definitely leans more towards the coffee end of the beer/coffee spectrum.

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Photo of wmartin
2.84/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

All I really get out of this is cold, burnt coffee. Seems to taste less burnt as it warms to room temp., but it never improves. No head, not much aroma. Does taste better than cold coffee, which I attribute to the impact of the malt and alcohol, but the burnt coffee flavor overwhelms anything else that might be there.

It reminds me very much of the Founders Breakfast stout. While I might be able to tell them apart if I had them side-by-side, from memory they are the same; and I wasn't that found of the FBS either. The FBS I had was 18 months old at the time; and this one had to come all the way from Norway, so maybe these are much better fresher (yet the Mikkeller bottle has a best by 2020 date on it). I'd be happy to try one again fresh from the brewery (should I ever find myself in Norway), but I've had wonderful coffee stouts, and this isn't one of them.

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