Beer Geek Breakfast | Mikkeller ApS

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Beer Geek BreakfastBeer Geek Breakfast

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Mikkeller ApS

Style: English Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Goldorak on 03-10-2006

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
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 Dentist666
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.02/5  rDev -2%
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 mothman
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A little of that charred/burnt mikkeller house flavor.

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Photo of Dougwillhike
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cmsfish
4.54/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of twosheds
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
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 +3.7%
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 -9.3%
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 -6.8%
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 Chuckdiesel24
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Abe_Froman
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MikePacheco12
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of mpolewan
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of egrandfield
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jeromedepot
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RMW66
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Patches826
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of doktorhops
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
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 ChipChaight
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Harrison8
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
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 cmbeddoe7997
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mikexw
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Driftpunx
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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