Beer Geek Breakfast | Mikkeller ApS

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

Style: 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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2,595
pDev:
10.24%
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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

Photo of Nass
4.78/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is a review of the ORIGINAL Beer Geek Breakfast.This is an expensive stout & I plan doing one review no matter how good it is. The label artwork intrigued me to give it a try. It was a birthday beer. The coffee that they use in this brew is quite luscious. One of the best stouts EVER. There newly revamped version tastes nothing like the ORIGINAL version of this beer. Cheers! A (95-99) World Class

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Photo of blisscent
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of keithmurray
3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
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 mchegash
4.02/5  rDev -2%
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 ItsBeer4Me
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of kewharton
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 NathanBeets
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Nosquatch
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Afeo
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CharlesK
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

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

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

Photo of wmartin
2.84/5  rDev -30.7%
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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