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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Photo of Fluke828
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been holding this in the cellar for some time now. Big thanks go out to John @ Granite Liquors (Bearded Beer Guy, BA handle = dbexpert) for pulling this out for me from out back.

A-> Bottle poured into my Duvel Tulip. yields about a little more than 1 finger of mocha colored head. Black as night in color. Absolutely spectacular lacing. Even after drinking this down to almost notching, the swirling leaves terrific lacing with wonderful head retention. Quality lace with a wispy coating on the very top terminus of the liquid that never dissipates.

S-> Instant coffee and chocolate. Getting some roasted, almost burnt malts as well. A classic oatmeal stout aroma that is brewed with coffee. Extremely enticing, cannot wait to sip this one even though it is 70+ degrees at 1 AM here....

T-> Taste is quite similar to the nose with a burnt smoke flavor that hits first, followed by a watery coffee/chocolate flavor that lingers and fades into a very bitter chocolate aftertaste. Roasted malts are definitely prevalent throughout but not in an overbearing kind of way. More so in a pleasant and mild tongue coating manner. The bitter chocolate and coffee are also quite balanced and not off putting in the least. This is quite the kick-ass brew...

M-> VERY silky smooth. Like bitter, creamy velvet on the tongue. Nice thick bitterness that really complements the flavors exceptionally well. Great balance all around. Invites sip after sip....

O-> Was holding on to this for awhile for a reason and finally made the decision to crack her. Heard through the hop vine that this brew was more enjoyable on the fresher side of the spectrum so what the hell, opened she was. And disappoint, she did not. Was holding this to actually have right after coffee and breakfast at the beach house but wanted to give a bottle a test drive first. Glad I did because this will be splendid in the late morning after a hearty breakfast and before the heat of the day really descends upon the beach and the front porch where I will likely be enjoying another bottle of this. Love the bitterness, really goes hand in hand with the chocolate Not really stout season anymore but I really don't care...Absolutely splendid brew....

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Photo of codsmith
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours jet black with a nice thin tan foam head that stays around throughout the beer. The foam laces the glass nicely.

S: A complex chocolate malt aroma that has a wonderful coffee smell and a good amount of sweetness coming off the top. The oats make for a nice balance.

T: Similar to the smell, but has a little bit more bittersweet chocolate type flavor instead of a sweetness that is on the nose and it hits at the end of the beer. The beginning is very smooth and complex.

M: Full bodied. Very smooth and creamy. No astringency. Nice amount of alcohol warmth.

O: If you like creamy smooth stouts, with a really good amount of coffee and chocolate this is perfect.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A deep, dark black and chocolate colored beer with creamy tan head that fades fast but leaves creamy walls of lace. The smell is of cocoa, coffee, roasted malts, and earthy, spicy hops in the back. The taste follows with chalky, bitter dark cocoa, coffee, caramel, and nutmeg with a floral and herbal background that peeks through. It needs a touch more sweetness but hides the alcohol well. A complex beer with a lot going on, but it needs more caramel and the body is lacking. Its thick and full bodied, but needs some creaminess. Overall it is an excellent beer.

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Photo of jcartamdg
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a ccb glass. No head, dark black, thin ring around the glass. Light coffee aroma, some malts and a small hop aroma. Taste follows the nose, really smooth finishes with a smokey coffee aroma. Medium body, high carbonation. Not the best coffee stout but not bad.

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Photo of happygnome
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
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

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Photo of cokes
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dense black bodied with an equally dense brown head. It's a gorgeous combination and it gets me every time.
Coffee is big on the nose, backed and enmeshed with cocoa nibs, molasses, caramel, vanilla, chocolate brownies, carob, and liquorice. Oats add a creamy, flaked grain smoothness. Hops bring traces of peppery herbs and spice. Alcohol contributes a bit of late Port vinousness.
Roasty and encompassing upfront, both from the grain and from the beans. It's a bit earthy with smoke and tar, but more chocolately, dark and robust. Mild fruitiness arises midway, with burnt figs and plums. Far less sweet than the nose indicated, though the oats battle with a creamy, quelling soft grain note. Vinous qualities arrive and couple with the hops to indicate a spicy Pinot Noir. Touches of pine and lingering herbals on the swallow, as the alcohol disipates.
Full bodied with a trickle of CO2 to keep it lively enough to be rapidly drinkable in spite of its girth and wealth of roastedness.
The only downside here is it's pricetag. It rivals any of my favorite coffee stouts.

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Photo of rudzud
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at KJ Baarons after having put it off for many months.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a rich, dark black pour with a nice mocha two finger head that slowly fades to leave nice mocha halo and a good cloud. Some light side lacing.

S - Nice chocolate and strong coffee aromas with some light sweet malt notes.

T - Nice potent, bitter coffee notes dominate the pallet with some chocolate mixed in. At the very end there is some hop bitterness. Tastes really nice, just could use a bit more bang.

M - Really, really nice mouthfeel here. Good and creamy, slightly thick. Each sip makes me want another.

O - Really enjoyed this imperial stout. Has some nice chocolate notes and big coffee ones. This stuff is ridiculously drinkable and I can definately picture having this with breakfast.

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Photo of DaveBlack
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: nice pour with 2 fingers worth of tan head. The retention on the head is really long; it quickly dropped to about a finger's width but stayed there. The beer itself is black as midnight. Hardly any light can be seen even at the edges.

S: Dark, heavily roasted malts, coffee and a bit of a smoky aroma. Smells like a stout should.

T: The flavor is a bit of a disappointment. It's not nearly as full and rich as I was expecting/hoping. Dark roasted malts, coffee are the dominant flavors, as the nose suggests, but they aren't very intense. FInish is bitter, like strong black coffee. The flavor is really good, just muted.

M: heavy body, fair amount of carbonation.

O: A good stout, but not a great one. The flavors just aren't powerful enough to match the look and smell of this beer. Can't really hold it's own against KBS or Founder's breakfast stout. Easy to drink and flavorful, just underwhelming.

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Photo of jmdrpi
2.53/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

0.5L bottle, no date.

appears jet black, with 1" thick creamy tan head. great head retention and decent lacing.

as expected, strong aroma of sweet oats and roasted coffee. the taste doesn't really match the aroma. instead, very bitter, with lingering strong metallic aftertaste. not good. body is smooth and creamy, fairly thick.

just way too bitter with nasty aftertaste. very disappointed, especially for such a high price tag.

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Photo of russwbeck
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks go out to heyta for providing this as an extra in a trade!

A: Big light brown head with wonderful retention and lacing. Very creamy head overall. Pour is dark as the thunderstorm clouds rolling through my area right now.

S: Lots of roastiness on the smell. Big coffee and roasted malts are al built on a chocolate backbone.

T: Roasted malts up front with some chocolate in the middle. Coffee dominates on the backend. Very dry to finish up.

MF: Very nicely carbonated without a lot of alcohol noted.

O: I didn't mind this. It's nothing special but it's certainly not bad.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Mikkeler Beer Geek Breakfast

Pours a dark oily midnight black, dark brown head forms and leaves little in the way of lace. Double batch coffee, espresso and chocolate in the aroma. Roasted malt, black coffee, vanilla and a light earthyness in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is full but not too heavy, silky feel due to the oats used in brewing. Overall, one hell of a stout and quite tasty.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz bottle from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins, CO. Right around $8. Into a Delirium Tremens glass.

A: Pours a deep dark brown with an incredibly dense light brown head that sticks right at 1/2 an inch and does not want to go away. Where the head has receded there are some excellent gobs of lacing. Spot on.

S: Lots of coffee, roasted malts, and a decent amount of caramel as well. brown sugar, molasses, and did I mention coffee? Man this smells fantastic. Faint hint of hops way in the back. Smells like a nice breakfast stout.

T: Rich milk chocolate right up front, huge flavors of coffee and burnt malts. These mix nicely with a fair amount of caramel and vanilla. Excellent coffee flavor, man this is nice on the coffee flavor. Earthy, slightly mint hop profile way in the back which adds a touch of bitterness to balance out the rich chocolate. Excellent. Very enjoyable.

M: Creamy mouthfeel, carbonation is just a touch on the high side though, and the body is just a little bit too light for a stout, a little more body would really help this.

O: Another incredibly enjoyable stout from Mikkeller, I haven't had a single beer from this series that I haven't enjoyed. This base beer is a fantastic beer. I'd just like it if there was a bit more body, and that's being quite nit picky, on an otherwise fantastic beer.

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Photo of ckollias
4.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Dark black with a thick brown-tan head that lingers for awhile and leaves a persistent lace.

S: Strong coffee and chocolate aroma that fills the nose, with a slight hoppy smell.

T: Chocolate and coffee taste with a nice malt background.

M: Amazingly light and smooth for such a heavy beer. Medium body and carbonation

O: One of my favorite beers. Stout + Oatmeal + Coffee + Mikkeller = yummy.

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Photo of warnerry
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a lot of dark brown head. Head is very persistent.

Smell is predominately coffee, but not nearly as intense coffee as Founders Breakfast Stout. After the coffee, a nice complement of roasted malts comes through.

Coffee is much more intense in the taste than in the smell. Deep roasted malts come through in the middle, followed by some nice hop bitterness and some slightly burnt malts. Taste is pretty awesome.

Full bodied but not overly heavy mouthfeel. Bitter finish produces a slight drying on the tongue.

Overall this is a very good and enjoyable stout, but not quite in the same league as FBS, especially for the price. Alcohol is not apparent at all.

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

Poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: light black head with a massive dark tan head. Lacing sticks everwhere on the glass. Gently aggitation of beer makes more foamy head.

Smell: Roasty coffee and slighty sweet smell of malts & oat.

Taste: Roasted coffee dominates flavor without being overly bitter. Its such a strong flavored stout and is easy drinking.

Mouthfeel: So smooth and coats your mouth after the first sip of this beer. Moderate carbonation and viscious yet a lighter version of the imperial stout style.

Overall: This is a really tasty beer, but the price is a drawback; $10 for the bottle. One of the better coffee beers that i have had lately; nice complexity, really good coffee and oatmeal imperial stout.

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

What makes Beer Geek Breakfast such an awesome offering is the amount of taste and potency it achieves with such easy-going, appropriate body. The taste and the mouthfeel fit together perfectly, made like they couldn't manifest in any other way.

Smell and taste are dominated by the coffee and cocoa at first, with the oats mostly coming in after tasting. With all the flavor you get, I think this beer is amazingly light. Not too oily or sweet, it doesn't stick to your mouth at all. It's still a very heavy beer, but it's got wings, that's for sure.

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Photo of Rutager
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a deep brown-black with two fingers of sticky, deep tan head that stays around a while and leaves some nice lacing

Smell. Sweet chocolate, roasty coffee, a little booze and faint grassy hops.

Taste. Nice strong coffee with a little bitterness. Faint smokey cocoa and grassy hops. Finishes pretty clean leaving just some good coffee flavours. Alcohol detectable, but complimentry to the flavours.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium-strong, smooth carbonation.

Overall. Took the name of this beer as instructions and had it with French toast this morning. What a combo! Wish I had another bottle, but I'd go broke drinking this stuff regularly.

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Photo of beermanbrian
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black as night. Fine bubbled tan head that slowly trails down the side. Heavy chocolate malt smell with some espresso notes. Alcohol is well hidden. Taste of bold chocolate up front with a nice balance of coffee giving some bitterness to the finish. I really like the balance of the flavors in this one. Somehow manages to be a little light in the body but that is hitting me as just right tonight. From the name you would expect something heavy but this manages to be not overly filling. Great smoothness. Enjoyed this one a lot.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Ol Baren. From notes.

A - Pours wiht a one finger khaki head that fades to a thin cap. Black in appearance. No visible carbonation.

S - Coffee, chocolate and roastiness all mix well. All the elements of a proper Imperial Stout. Does not smell overly sweet too. Good stuff.

T - Coffee, chocolate and roastiness all again. The chocolate and roasted malt are powerful up front with a great coffee element in the finish. Nice.

M - Medium carbonation and a medium body. Slightly bitter in the finish. Really soft in the mouth.

D - Quite high. ABV and flavour are great for a bottle or three with a friend. Not too sweet too which means this does not become a chore later. Nice stout.

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast is roasty, delicious, and thin.

It poured a near-perfect dark chocolate with a thick creamy milk chocolate-colored head. Initially, the flavor was extraordinary, with loads of roasted coffee and a slight hint of bitter chocolate. The great flavor dissipated and a metallic finish lingered. The feel was immediately bitter but had a thin insubstantial finish.

Early on, the flavor of Beer Geek Breakfast was extraordinary. it didn't stand up throughout the bomber and eventually fell a little flat. For me, two other "breakfast stouts," FBS and KBS, set the standard, and Geek Breakfast is good, but not that good.

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Photo of Allpe45
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle
Brownish black, with 1 finger mocha brown head. Not much lacing.

Rich roasted malts, oats, coffee, smoke, and cocoa. Listed in order of prevalence

Roasty malt up front, smoke/peat flavors with coffee showing up in the middle, coffee and bitter chocolate in the finish. The coffee/bitter flavor lingers for a long time, must be the hops.

Full bodied, chewy mouthfeel. Light carbonation, and residual bitterness.

This is well balanced with plenty of complexity. When I tried this on tap it was a smoke bomb, but this bottle is quite enjoyable.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an extremely opaque black with a huge 3 inch milk chocolate colored head that lasts. Head forms a small island on the top of the beer. Good ring lacing on the drink down. Some small floating particles in the beer. Very nice smells of ground coffee beans, oatmeal, cocoa powder, and just a hint of soy sauce. Taste is also very good with strong brewed coffee, toasted oats, unsweetened chocolate, and some vanilla notes. Slight bitterness on the palate after each sip. There is a slightly watery aspect to this beer but it is smooth and creamy in the mouth. Overall, a very tasty stout from Mikkeller. I really like the dual combination of coffee and oat tastes present in this one.

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Photo of PhineasGage
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank you Lunch!
Poured into NB globe glass.

a- darker than used motor oil, with a 1 finger mocha brown head that settles to about 1/4inch.

s- dark roasted malts lead way to a huge milk chocolate sweetness.

t- smooth chocolate maltiness leads into strong bitter coffee.

m- medium viscosity, great smoothness, light carbonation.

o- tastes like more. this is one of the better coffee stouts i've had the luck of trying.

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Photo of RickS95
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's simply fabulous to look at. Pours a thick, pitch black color, like old oil. On top is a huge brown swarm of bubbles. Retention is forever.

It smells amazing, with roasty notes of coffee and bittersweet chocolate, all covered in smoke.

The taste is really good, but a bit of a letdown after the appearance and smell. The smoke, coffee and bittersweet chocolate were all there, I was just hoping for a little sweetness to tie it all together.

It's very creamy on the palate. Thick and creamy like all good Imperial Stouts should be. In the finish, there is a good bite of bitter to keep everything clean.

An exceptional beer in every aspect.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
2.97/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a jet black color with some brown hues around the edges. Very viscous looking. Provides a thick light brown foam head with sufficient lacing.

S: A little milder on the nose then expected. Mostly roasted chocolate, alcohol and some mild hints of coffee.

T: Starts off slightly metallic with some dark roasted chocolate, barley, oatmeal and hints of alcohol. The middle is more of the same. Finishes with a slight tease of roasted coffee.

M: Not as creamy as expected with such a viscous looking beer. Leaves a slight roasted and boozy taste on the palate.

O: A little disappointed with this, thought the coffee taste would be more prevalent in a beer that calls itself beer geek breakfast.

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Beer Geek Breakfast from Mikkeller ApS
4.11 out of 5 based on 2,550 ratings.
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