Beer Geek Breakfast | Mikkeller ApS

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Beer Geek BreakfastBeer Geek Breakfast

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS

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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Reviews: 991 | Ratings: 2,521
Photo of the_awesometeer
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer is black with a foamy chocolate brown head that lasted a while. The beer smells a ton of coffee and roast with a hint of dark chocolate and the sweetness of dark fruits very light on the hops. The beer tastes. The taste is similar to the smell. Lots of roast and bitterness of coffee upfront and then a slight sweetness, still light on the hops. Dry finish, medium bodies, nice carbonation in the mouth feel.

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Photo of ByronDBeer
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Dark brown/black. Dark brown head, not much though
S: Floral, light coffee
T: Initial sweetness, about to be overpowering but it is not, reels back and the coffee comes in, quite balanced. Lacking a bit of an aftertaste but that is not so bad since the beer is very heavy already.
F: Crisp, not syrupy-sweet-thick. Not too much carbonation but crisp.

Very nice stout- more on the sweet side but not too much to make it bad

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Photo of maximum12
3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
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 secondtooth
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Deep black in snifter at the Louisville Hop Cat.

Aroma: Dark fruit, coffee. Rich and heavy-duty already!

Taste: Very smooth coffee, with more dark fruit underneath. This one feels like a milk stout, it’s sooooo smooth going down. Sweet most of the way until a bitter smack at the end. Really a superb, top-tier brew here.

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Photo of daydesiang
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell of coffee Taste of malt, coffee, some chocolate, weak alcohol taste Overall for me is a smooth stout that doesn’t the sour/spicy aftertaste. Medium to thick body. I could drink this for breakfast that’s for sure. A good 4.0!

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Photo of woemad
3.52/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle purchased for $5.99 at either Bottles, in Millwood, WA, or Enoteca, in Post Falls, ID (probably the latter). According to the stamp on the otherwise plain, silver bottle cap, this is best before September 9, 2020.

Poured into a River City snifter, this had a tremendously big and sudsy, mocha colored head that necessitated pouring in stages over about 20 minutes. Oh, well, gave it a chance to warm up a bit more. Even when held up to light, this beer gave away nothing, like a drinkable black hole.

Surprisingly free, initially, of coffee notes in the aroma for something billed as an “Oatmeal Stout Brewed with Coffee.” As it continued to warm (and I gave it a lot of time to do so), a little coffee bitterness emerged, but more so a sharp, herbal hoppy note and charred, roasted malt notes. Also some spicy, cinnamon-like notes that I didn’t expect.

The taste was mildly spicy, with herbal, earthy hop notes and a mild coffee flavor that’s light on roastiness but packs a lot of bitterness. There’s a little bit of cocoa-y sweetness way in the background but it’s pretty dim. Dry zap at the swallow.

The body was a little thin for what I was expecting, with a mildly creamy mouthfeel.

I had high hopes for this, being a fan of stouts and coffee, and felt like neither aspect came through in a creditable way. Guess I’ll stick with the weasel poop version, which, while considerably more expensive per ounce, was a much more enjoyable drinking experience

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Photo of q33jeff
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


very nice coffee aroma. Dark Black color, nice thick head, Taste is mostly coffee, with some grains, vegetable and dark chocolate all chipping in.frothy head, but watery texture to the beer.A nice beer, but a bit too much coffee to rate it higher than it is.

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Photo of alarmclock314
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle, stamped BF 9/9/20 on the cap. Pours jet black with a medium sized dark khaki head. Smells of char, earthy hops, cocoa, oats, roasted malt, and some subtle coffee. The taste follows exactly with char, hops, cocoa, oats, roasted malt, and some coffee; medium intensity. Fairly strong bitterness throughout and some dryness in the finish. Somewhat thin body but with a coating feel and average carbonation; pretty drinkable. Overall, I would have liked less char/earthiness and more coffee in this one, but it's pretty drinkable.

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Photo of EdTheEdge
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L - In a beer tulip it pours a beautiful deep dark brown with a massive coffee colored head that takes forever to dissipate. Took literally 7 - 8 minute to pour.

S - Dirt, biscuit, coffee, grass. Very Earthy.

T - Coffee, cinnamon, Earthy grains, booze. Aftertaste is bittersweet with more coffee.

F - Syrupy, maybe a bit over carbonated.

O - It's OK I did enjoy it for a morning beer on a day off but I am not sure I would buy it again.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a silky and luscious dark brown and sits close to black in the glass with a thin ring of dark brown foam.

Freshly brewed coffee, tons of roasty goodness, some light bitter chocolate notes, and some subtle vanilla/cream character.

The coffee, roast, chocolate, and vanilla comes out in flavor, but seems rather muted in comparison to the aroma.

Medium-bodied, medium carbonation, rich, bitter, roasty.

Overall, not too shabby. Wish this had a stronger flavor, but overall pleasing.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours black with a two finger foamy tan head.

S - Aroma is black coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted malts.

T - The flavor follows the nose. Strong black coffee upfront followed by dark chocolate and roasted malts. There is a faint amount dark fruits in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - A very solid coffee stout. Would make a nice substitute for your morning cup of joe.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a pitch black color with 2 fingers of head that fairly quickly fades down to a small ring of lace around the glass

S: Lots of roast and coffee up front with some dark bakers chocolate in there. Some dark fruits tucked way in the back

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with roasted malt and coffee and then goes into the dark chocolate notes. Bitterness intensifies as the finish nears. Finishes with some char and lingering roast

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid and classic coffee oatmeal stout that has a good level of coffee and great drinkability. Indeed makes for a good breakfast/coffee alternative if you have the day off

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Photo of gobuccos
4.61/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours jet black with very little head. Smell is pure coffee. Taste is coffee with traditional oatmeal undertones. Overall a great beer. Will seek this one out again.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.59/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a frothy brown head. Smells like dark fruit, red grapes, black cherries, plum, mild oak, coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, toast, with light vanilla oat notes. Tastes like fruity oaky black coffee, dark chocolate, dark toast, caramel, mild oat, and floral grass. Feels medium bodied, creamy with low carbonation. Overall a real nice and unique tasting dark coffee oatmeal stout.

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Photo of Cmuguy420
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful looking beer. Pores of black with a creamy tan head that settles to a thin layer. Dark coffee upfront with bitter hops as well. A little too bitter for me but still tasty.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours jet black with a moderate amount of bubbles. Slight finger of tan head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A roasty and earthy dark malt driven aroma with a scent of coffee beans, chocolate, and oats. Upfront scent of French press coffee beans. Dark roasted malt hints of dark chocolate, smoke, oatmeal, biscuit, caramel, nuts, and yeast. Sweet hints of vanilla and brown sugar. Also some hints of earthy hops. A pretty good roasty aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a roasty and earthy dark malt driven taste with notes of coffee beans, chocolate, and oatmeal. Big upfront taste of bitter dark roast coffee beans. Dark roasted malt with notes of dark chocolate, oatmeal, smoke, biscuit, caramel, nuts, and yeast. Sweet taste of vanilla and brown sugar. Some nice earthy hop bitterness as well.

Mouthfeel: Body is on the fuller side of medium. Carbonation is moderate. Slick, drying, and somewhat chewy. Alcohol is hidden well.

Overall: A great Coffee Stout. Big coffee, chocolate, and oatmeal flavor with some nice hop bitterness.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
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 superspak
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 9/7/2015. Pours nearly pitch black color with a 1 finger dense and fluffy tan head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted oats, dark bread, light nuttiness, herbal, pine, light smoke/char, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of roast/bready malt, coffee, and earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted oats, dark bread, light nuttiness, herbal, pine, light smoke/char, and roasted/toasted earthiness. Moderate pine and roast/char bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, toasted oats, dark bread, light nuttiness, smoke, char, herbal, pine, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt, coffee, and earthy hop flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from hop/roast bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready, and sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent American styled oatmeal stout. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt, coffee, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of justinp444
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter it has a 3 inch head of beige with a black body. Smell of a ton of coffee, chocolate, lots of vanilla, roasted malt, nutty, and pecans. Taste is the same with a lot of pecan nutty flavor, a ton of coffee (but slightly acidic), chocolate, vanilla, and a good amount of roasted malt with a bit of a burnt flavor. Mouth feel is fantastic with a thick full just lightly oily slick mouth and a creamy carbonation with a more moderate easy drinking body to back it up. Definitely a great bitter coffee stout and worthy of it's reputation.

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Photo of d3davies
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

first time going around with this gem. It lived up to its reputation. I would have been more than happy stopping with but i followed up with the big blend immediately after, pretty solid all around. however, i could have enjoyed a touch more coffee notes.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

That equal parts brown and black with half inch tan head pour. Aroma kicks coffee up your nose in the friendliest of ways.

Big coffee forward taste, dark coffee, bitter. Burnt flavors both the malt and coffee. Decently chewy. Expensive foray, but it is a very good coffee beer.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - A good looking pour, with a solid blackish body, with brown highlights, and a thin wisp of tan head that fades to a single ring.

S - Coffee notes, subtle floral perfume.

T - Lots of bitter coffee acidity, but this does not eclipse the oat and malt hit that forms the core. Stout roastiness, with a fairly mild close.

M - Sticky and slick, which is a trick. Ultimately, a moderate stout, not too heavy, with a bit of bite in the close.

O - A very tasty oatmeal stout, with nice coffee elements. Full body and flavor.

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Photo of madelfonatree
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dated best by January 29, 2018 enjoyed October 21, 2015 in a Mad Elf tulip/snifter.

Look - Dark brown body. Slow to develop tan head fine to medium bubbles dissipates quickly to a ring. I am not seeing much sediment as expected. Pin point lacing and nothing more.

Smell - Chocolate. Coffee. Sweet.

Taste - Chocolate. Coffee. Cardboard. Char.

Feel - I like how heavy it is for abv. Carbonation explodes with swallow.

Overall - Not as dirty as I like my breakfast stouts. More on the milk chocolate side as opposed to dark chocolate. Light on the char. Nice feel for their low abv stout.

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Photo of zonker17
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had brown jelly globs that seemed harmless but still weird. Love the flavor with rich coffee notes that work well with the malts and yeast. Not my favorite in the style but would drink again.

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Photo of cjohns73
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
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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Beer Geek Breakfast from Mikkeller ApS
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