Beer Geek Breakfast
Mikkeller ApS

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Stout - Oatmeal
Ranked #23
Ranked #3,032
4.13 | pDev: 9.93%
Mikkeller ApS
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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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oldmankoch from Tennessee

4/5  rDev -3.1%

Sep 23, 2014
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ThisWangsChung from Maryland

4/5  rDev -3.1%
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

Sep 13, 2014
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Sandalwood from New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Jul 26, 2015
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cjohns73 from Delaware

4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Sep 05, 2015
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doktorhops from Australia

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.

Jun 01, 2018
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1000lbgrizzly from Illinois

3.81/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Aug 12, 2015
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oberon from North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
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?

Jun 19, 2008
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TrojanRB from California

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.

Jan 22, 2018
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BigOldOaf from Massachusetts

3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Dec 25, 2014
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maximum12 from Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Oct 14, 2016
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Aug 28, 2015
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SerialTicker from Michigan

3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Jan 23, 2016
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Domingo from Colorado

4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After Black Hole I was wondering if Mikkeller was a little overrated, but this beer (and their barleywine) make me think that they're anything but.
This beer is as black as night with a thin to moderate brown head. Not too foamy, not too flat.
Smells like roasted coffee and chocolate. No tacked-on Belgian yeast or anything strange going on. Just a good coffee stout.
The taste is of coffee, roasted nuts, molasses, and a little cocoa. Not too dry and not too sweet. The oats make this mellow and smooth. No heat at all.
Just the right texture and almost too easy drinking. I want more already.
This reminds me a lot of the Founders Breakfast Stout, which I can't easily get out here in Colorado.
This is terrific and something I can't wait to revisit.
Mikkeller's doing something right for sure. When they're taking on the American-style extreme crafts, they're doing them as well as anyone here is. I'm going to have to grab their "Draft Bear" and IPA offerings on my next LiquorMax visit.

Feb 26, 2008
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happygnome from Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a deep dark black color with about a three inch tannish brown head that slowly disappears leaving a mocha colored ring around the edge of the glass and a patch in the center of the beer

s: deeply roasted malts chocolate and coffee aromas, very inviting very nice

t: very similar to the nose, deeply roasted malts with cofee and chocolate notes. firey malty roastedness sticks on your tongue as an after taste.

m: medium to full bodied beer with little carbonation

overall, this is a fantastic beer and I am glad that I had the opportunity to try it

May 22, 2011
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Thesoundandthefury from Washington

2.96/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Another letdown by Mikkeller. Why must you always disappoint? I had big hopes for you, but your dark rich appearance did not match your taste. You were thin, overly carbonated, and dominated by roasted malts. Coffee? I tasted none. Maybe it was the bitter back end that was to be coffee. I will never know. Thanks, but I'll stay with the local breakfast stouts.

Jun 19, 2013
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JohnK17 from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Aug 30, 2012
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Meerkey from Virginia

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Big, mocha colored head. Impenetrable raw umber.

S: Espresso, dark chocolate. Smoked meat. Bitter - bit of hops. Some alcohol.

T: Bitter, drying espresso. Some chocolately hops. Little bit of fruit? Very smoky finish.

M: Carbonated and sharp, but also heavy and smooth. Nice.

O: Not my favorite imperial stout, but certainly a good one. I'd say you should have one if you come across it.

Jul 29, 2011
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browniewithnuts from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +9%

Feb 10, 2013
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Seanniek91 from Rhode Island

4.56/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 500ml bottle into a Bellhaven pint.

Appearance- Truly magnificent. Blacker than black with big fluffy mocha head. Left insane lacing. Almost looks nitro.

Smell- Coffee, some cocoa malts, slight booze, mild hops. Coffee is the key here though.

Taste- Nice roasty coffee notes, cocoa, light hops, no booze, finishes with very bitter coffee.

Mouthfeel- Super creamy. Again, feels like nitro. Smooth carbonation. Clean finish. Not too sticky.

Overall- This is damn good. Not as much going on as in Breakfast Stout, but still incredible never the less.

Feb 20, 2013
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grimey68 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.1%

Oct 10, 2014
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patrykfus from Poland

3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 22, 2014
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rab53 from Washington

5/5  rDev +21.1%

Dec 02, 2011
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thryn from Florida

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark, black beer. Nice one-finger latte-colored head with some staying power that leaves a ton of tight lace.

Roasted malt and coffee in the nose. Surprise! A nice smoky peat aroma. A bit of chocolate. No hint of hops, nor of alcohol.

A bit of alcohol on the palate, but it's not at all dominant. Smoky, roasty, chocolatey. Nice bitter coffee flavor, but it's not all that forward. I was expecting a bit more coffee. A hair too sweet, also. Maybe this is coffee stout for people who take cream and sugar in their cup.

Thick, creamy body. Carbonation is minimal and creamy, accentuating the velvety beer.

A solidly drinkable and very good, but not great, coffee stout.

Jun 20, 2009
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gameface23 from Massachusetts

3.34/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black with a great looking dark khaki head. There wasn't any lacing, but it still looked really nice in the glass.

S: Kind of mute. Slight coffee notes, but not too much.

T: Similar to the aroma. I was expecting much more. The alcohol was hidden rather well, though.

M: Slick with a nice body.

D: For $10/beer, I doubt I will buy this again. It's a decent beer, but I have had much better coffee imperial stouts for less money.

Dec 13, 2009
ROBSTARR from Michigan

5/5  rDev +21.1%

Dec 10, 2011
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