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Beer Geek Breakfast | Mikkeller ApS

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Beer Geek BreakfastBeer Geek Breakfast

Brewed by:
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.

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Ratings: 2,617 |  Reviews: 1,026
Reviews by RandyKemka:
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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Photo of oberon
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have passed this beer up a few times in the past,I finally broke down and bought it yesterday.Poured into an imperial pint glass an opaque black I mean no light showing thru this bad boy,a large fluffy dark colored head atop.Smells just like a espresso roast coffee just heavy roasted malt there is a hint of bitter chocolate as well but its somewhat hidden under the intense roast.A sharp almost fizzy mouthfeel was unexpected and not wanted and it hindered the richness of the beer,flavors are intense coffee with notes of black pepper and earth as well,its very dry not much sweetness just a touch of unsweetened chocolate.This seemed a bit raw and I didnt like the mouthfeel much,maybe a little overrated?

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Photo of TrojanRB
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours....like 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 Sandalwood
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a black color with a huge light tan three finger head. There is quite a bit if lacing due to the frothy head. The odor is very coffee, bitter chocolate, vanilla, nutty, slight spicy note. The taste is crisp, coffee, nutty, bitter chocolate, woods, bitter dry on the backend. Overall a little thin on the mouthfeel.

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Photo of BigOldOaf
3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Glassware - Tulip

A - Pours very dark brown, almost black with a quarter-inch, beige head.

S - Coffee and roasted malts initially, then some dark chocolate comes through.

T - The coffee comes on strong first, then deep, roasty malts and dark chocolate. The combination of bitter coffee and roasted malts lingers on the palate for a while. I'm even getting a hint of licorice in the aftertaste. Kinda nice.

M - For a 7.5% oatmeal stout, the body is light. With the first sip I couldn't help but think "watery." It becomes slightly creamier as it warms, but not enough to get it to where it should be.

O - Intense, bitter flavors from the coffee and roasted malts make for a good flavor profile, but the body was just lacking. Even a slightly thicker body would've helped a lot. Overall, a good beer. Most probably won't quibble over the body.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Milky dark brown body, looks thin. Aroma contains lots of fresh coffee, rich chocolate, and roasted malt. Taste takes a step backwards, mostly acidic coffee without the richness, only a hint of the previously advertised malt and chocolate. The finish does, however, last a while. Body is thin with prickly carbonation.
Plenty of coffee, but not much else to support it. Tasty, but not an inspiring brew.

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Photo of cjohns73
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black pour. Thin slightly off-white foam that settles into a healthy, thin coating. Smell is muted, but the coffee comes through. The taste is lighter, but definitely coffee. First taste struck me as heavy on carbonation, but that feeling didn't last. Great replacement for actual coffee.

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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 maximum12
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16,9 oz bottle that the other 351 countries in the world would call 500ML.

Black. Smells like chocolate, coffee, & cream. I bet my wife is going to love this.

Beer Geek Breakfast isn’t messing around. Taste more like coffee than any beer I’ve sampled, but without that nasty watery grounds taste of real coffee, since this one has some body. Moderate bitterness, vanilla creamer, fall nuts. Creamy & dry simultaneously. 250ML is about right for this non-coffee drinking boy.

Bit heavy-handed, even my coffee-addicted wife says she “can’t taste the beer”. Pretty good.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

$6.99 bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Appearance: Hard pour into the glass gave a nice, brown creamy head that went away pretty quickly. Not much lace at all. Pitch black in color.

Smell: Roasted malts and I suppose coffee -- really comes off as malts more than anything -- and a definite meaty quality... it smells really smoked meat-like. I'm surprised how much it smells like that and how relatively little it smells like coffee.

Taste/feel: Pretty much identical to the smell. A lot of smoked meat sort of flavors throughout with this beer before it combines with coffee near the finish and ends with a lingering kind of smokiness. Not what I envisioned, based on the name of this beer, as this is umami all over. The mouthfeel is on the thinner side, but not overly so, and the carbonation is nearing the high end... definitely doesn't drink like it's 7.5% ABV ... more like a 5-6% at best.

I enjoy it but I don't. I enjoy it because I like the smoked meat flavors I'm getting with the coffee because it provides a definite "different" experience. I dislike it because I was expecting a hell of a lot more coffee, a silkier mouthfeel, and because, well... it was seven bucks for an 11.2oz bottle. I enjoy it, but it's not a stand out. I'm not sure I'd recommend this at $7 a pop.

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Photo of thebeers
3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ink black with about a finger of chocolate-milk colored head that shoots up at the end of the pour out of nowhere. Rich dark chocolate aroma, with a bit of coffee grounds and vanilla in the background. Woah. Extreme black coffee taste. Bitter up front, but while the coffee taste lingers, the bitterness doesn't. Slightly creamy mouthfeel, but not as much as expected from an oatmeal stout. Can't believe I'm saying this, but perhaps too much coffee in this one.

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

12oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a pitch-black color. The head is a finger high, and dark tan in shade. Retention is quite excellent, with its creamy shade providing excellent aesthetic appeal. A ring of lacing is left on the glass.

Smell: This brings the coffee forward quite well. However, it’s not some one-note coffee bomb: I’m also picking up notes of dark chocolate, roast, and piny hops. The hops and the roast blend together extremely well – I just know this will turn out nicely…

Taste: This is surprisingly hoppy. I’m enjoying the big initial notes of pine, herbs, and grainy oat. Quickly, it transitions into flavors of chocolate and vanilla cream. Coffee remains a subtle suggestion throughout. Further sips balance it out further. Bold and easygoing all at the same time; this one’s a winner. Only flaw is that the coffee is bit too mild for my personal tastes (and really, that isn't much of a flaw...)

Mouthfeel: Unlike a lot of stouts, it’s very dry and almost clean. In fact, it drinks much like an overgrown dry stout. Carbonation is moderately high, creating an additional illusion of lightness. Not once does it become too cloying or heavy on the palate.

Overall: No, it’s not a pure coffee bomb. What it does is mesh coffee, hop, and roast flavors incredibly well. I could easily drink two or three of these in a sitting…shame that’s such a financially unsound idea.

4.01/5: Great oatmeal stout; loving the hop/roast/coffee interplay

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Photo of RoyalT
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - This poured in inky, greasy dark brown in color and looked like a thin motor oil. The head was a very deep, dark brown and very stubborn. So cool.

Smell - There's some nice smoke in here but it's not heavy-handed. I'm also getting a raw and pleasant oatmeal aroma. The main gist though is a rich, powerful, fine espresso and coffee bean mix that will take your breath away.

Taste - The balance here is impeccable. The smoke-filled sausage is light and teasing, the oatmeal is present but duly submissive, and the fine espresso and coffee are as loud and strong as possible without being overbearing. The sugars are strictly of the raw cane variety and richly sweet but again not overpowering or otherwise harping for attention in any way. The harmony in these flavors is amazing.

Mouthfeel - This is bigger than medium-bodied and I'd say almost full in the mouth with some slight bittering and almost no carbonation that just adds to the breakfast theme.

Drinkability - The deft touch of the brewer here is what I think is most striking about this beer. It's remarkable how he achieved this balance with such big players. It's more like writing a symphony than brewing a beer, but however he approached it he ended up with an amazing offering in a most unusual interpretation of the style. This is nothing like you've ever had before and most likely will never find again, so don't miss an opportunity to check this out.

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Photo of aszatk01
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of DanGeo
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of tectactoe
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of ricke
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black with a beautiful brown head that settles rather quickly into a thin layer of lacings on top of the liquid.

S: Plenty of coffee, coffee beans and roasted malts. Chocolate, faint notes of dark fruits and some alcohol.

T: Wonderful coffee flavors - espresso and freshly ground coffee beans. Big malty backbone with a strong roasted character. Plenty of chocolate, some fruity notes, minimal hint of soy sauce, licorice. The finish is fairy bitter with more notes of coffee, some wood and alcohol. The hops are restrained throughout the experience.

M: Full body with a very smooth texture. Low levels of carbonation.

D: This is a great coffee stout with a rich coffee profile. Highly recommended.

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Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of MadScientist
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nearly opaque black with just a little garnet showing around the edge of the glass. The persistant medium brown head is composed of fine creamy bubble forming a thin cap on the beer.

S: Moderate coffee and roastiness with citrusy hops aroma. Some chocolate aroma is here in there with a light oat aroma. There is a bit of that herbaceous like it was dry hopped. Some soft alcohol aroma round out the nose.

T: The taste is like coffee and cream followed by a bite of rich milk chocolate. There is a moderately bitterness mostly from the hops but the dark malt is contributing as well. Light citrus hops flavor. The balance is about even between the bitterness and the malt sweetness. The finish is off dry with a lingering bitterness along with a chocolate and coffee after taste. A bit of flowery alcohol on the end as well.

M: medium-full bodied with a lot of creaminess and an good amount of slickness that is just short of being oily. The carbonation is at a medium level and there is a modest amount of warmth from the alcohol.

O: One of better coffee beers I've tasted, a real treat. I'd definitely buy this again.

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Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoutHearted
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smells like a dream- everything you could want in a coffee beer. Actually makes you think you could forgo your daily Dunkin in the morning for this bad boy. Can you smell frothiness? Maybe it's from the thick, fluffy caramel head, but a pleasing, fluffy caramel aroma hits you first, with a promise of creaminess. You can smell its strength, too, with a booziness that's not offputting, but still acts tough.

The brew is creamy indeed, with a smooth, rich mouthfeel. Coffee flavor abounds, of course, with a licorice bit clinging to the back of the throat that's not sticky or strong as in other coffee beers. As for drinkability, it's a divine beer best for after dinner as a dessert.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of woodchipper
3.72/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- Probably would be opaque in a 1/4" thick glass if I had one. Amazing dark, 4 finger head, very fine lace that continues to rise for about 30 sec +.
S-Reminds me of a coffee flavored candy of my childhood-- a little too sweet smelling for my taste in a beer
T-1st is sweet coffee- finishes with a nice bitterness, good carbonation if drunk with large head-- less so later-- but even after head is gone good for a stout
D- Would only want one of these per session between richness, coffee flavor and ABV.

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Photo of delaced21
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of -DF-
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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