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Beer Geek Breakfast | Mikkeller ApS

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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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4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an oily black with a big foamy tan head. As the head slowly dissipates, huge sheets of lacing are left behind.

S: Lots of dark fruits and roast coffee.

T: Taste is lots of bitter coffee and dark chocolate with dark fruits and hazlenut.

M: Oily viscous mouthfeel, low to medium carbonation with a coffee aftertaste and smooth dry finish.

O: A tasty, bitter coffee stout. Perfect for early morning or late nite sipping. My only complaint is the high price tag, so I won't be picking this up again soon. Cheers!

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Bierman9
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alewife and I stopped into The Reservoir in Waterbury for dinner on 02SEP12. While she opted for a Merlot, I went Geek on her, to the tune of a 10oz snifter, at $6.50.

It was deep and dark, nearly a fully opaque black. The head was tan and creamy, a bit thin and fine, with nice lacing. It had a toasty choco nose, with some coffee mixed in. It passed fairly smoothly on it's way down, and the body was a touch north of medium.

Flavor had some notes of bitter, dark choco, and some toasty coffee action. Mixed in were some hints of dates, and when the finish came around, there was some floral hopping going on. Quite tasty and satisfying, though it were either less costly or came in a larger serving. Prosit!

4.25/5 rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of sukwonee
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with half a finger mocha head. Lots of lacing.

S: Roasty malt, coffee, some smoke. fairly straightforward. (it smells more like a porter than a stout)

T: Yum. coffee, roasted malt, smoke, slight dark chocolate, some hop bitterness. Not much alcohol noted in the flavour. I like it. I hated Mikkeller's Rauch Beer Geek Breakfast so much that I had very low expectation on this one. This beer is very well done.

M: Medium to thick, nice oatmeal consistency, smooth.

O: Very solid stout from Mikkeller. If you like coffee like I do, you will like this beer.

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4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: gorgeous jet black. Very slight cola highlights when held up tot he light. Swirly mocha head.
Smell: wow, there's lots happenin here. What jumps out at me as a surprise is the smoke. I see it has smoked malt but didn't expect it to be this prominent. Coffe of course. Roasted, dark coffee.
Taste: more of the same. This mostly dry. A bit of bittersweet chocolate, but mostly like a dry cappuccino, just the foam.
Overall: I'm still and fbs guy but this is damn good and a different beast.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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1/5  rDev -75.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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5/5  rDev +22%

4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast

Appearance: This oatmeal/coffee stout pours a very dark brown, almost black with a deep tan/light brown finger of slightly rocky head, impressive for a stout. As with most stouts, this head is fleeting and leaves behind a hazy film atop the beer along with a very small ring of tightly packed bubbles around the outside. The head on this beer really makes it stand out amongst many other stouts. The hint of alcohol legs at only 7.5% ABV is surprising, and hopefully not indicative of a strong alcohol taste. There is minimal-to-no lacing as the beer travels down the glass, which is unfortunate, but certainly not a deal-breaker.

Aroma: This stout smells quite sweet, likely due to the oats and dark malts that are so clearly present throughout the nose. There is also a certain amount of woodiness in the nose, another anomaly for the style, as it is not barrel-aged as far as this review is aware. There are hints of cocoa nibs and a sort of creaminess that evokes memories of milk stouts, as well as, in the very back of the nose, a bit of alcohol. This is shaping up to be quite a special (and complex) stout.

Taste: Interesting and unexpected describe this beer best. Apparently the aroma was a complete misdirection, as the sweetness is very subtle, and, in fact, not in every sip. What is there, however, does well to balance the nearly overwhelming wave of bitterness from the coffee that is omnipresent throughout each sip. One could almost compare the beer to drinking carbonated coffee, as it truly is that bitter. Just at the tail end of some sips sneaks in just a touch of bakers’ chocolate, which adds an interesting dynamic. More sweetness would have certainly been welcome to balance the bitterness juggernaut that is this offering from Mikkeller, but coffee lovers need look no further: this is the Holy Grail.

Mouthfeel: This is a smooth sipper, with a strong emphasis on “sipper”. The body is medium to thin and the carbonation is low, which really hurts the taste distribution, but the bitterness bulls its way through this flaw anyway. There is also a definite creaminess that was first hinted at in the aroma. This cements the beer as a sipper.

Overall: My first Mikkeller beer was quite a successful experience. This beer hits hard in the bitterness thanks to the coffee, but as a lover of coffee that is just fine. To those who are not fans of coffee: do not purchase this beer. There are sweeter stouts out there that will be much more to your liking (Left Hand Milk Stout, New Glarus Road Slush, and Southern Tier Mokah come to mind). For those of us who enjoy a delicious, black cup of joe, this is the coffee stout you have been searching for. For the alcoholics among us this might just be the best part of waking up. 17/20

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Razumikhin
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour yielded about two fingers of deep-hued, dense/creamy head. Aroma sweet and caramelly, suggestive of a serious malt bill. Color-wise, this beer is as black as they come.

Deep, roasted flavor. Not as viscous a mouthfeel as I expected from the heavy caramel aroma, but still robust. I didn't get as much coffee on the first sip as most reviewers. Initially, I get a heavy dose of very darkly roasted malt. The coffee (for me, at least) really shows up in the aftertaste, which lingers a long time--just like an actual cup of strong, black coffee.

This one is a slow, sipping beer remarkably reminiscent of my morning cup of coffee (which I brew very strong). I'd certainly drink it again, but I'm not so in love with it that I'd purchase it at the expense of trying something new (or revisiting an old favorite).

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

Beer Geek Breakfast from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 2,568 ratings
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