Beer Geek Breakfast | Mikkeller ApS

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Beer Geek BreakfastBeer Geek Breakfast

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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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Photo of Meerkey
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of dcloeren
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my gf for this unexpected treat

Poured an impenetrable oil black with 3 fingers of seriously frothy cream colored head

Abundant amounts of bitter dark chocolate and heavily roasted coffee beans, a touch of molasses and some old fashioned oats. The smell is good, but it is weak in comparison to the other top notch imperial stouts.

Taste follows the nose but an enhanced version with a very welcomed hop presence. Rich dark chocolate, heavily roasted coffee (possibly espresso?...) touch of molasses and charred malt.

The mouthfeel was the highlight of this brew for realz. Thick, Full bodied,creamy, chewy with a very bitter coffee hop drying aftertaste. Definitely a 5 in this department

Overall this was a solid stout. The nose lacks, the taste makes up for it and the mouthfeel blows this stout out of the water! Definitely a worthy pick up. Cheers!

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Photo of CoalPorter
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Palm snifter

A - Oily black beer with a tan head that clears quickly leaving a fine ring of bubbles

S - coffee and oatmeal of course, toasted brown bread and molasses with a hint of raisin

T - Brown sugar and maple at first, yielding to chocolate and coffee with a bitter tang, tannin like aftertaste

M - Spikey and thick at the same time, resins coat the mouth

O - A very tasty stout that hides its alcohol well. Would make a nice sipper with bacon and eggs.

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Photo of Spider889
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought this bottle at From the Vine.

Poured into a Cigar City snifter. Served over a couple episodes of the 1990's X-Men cartoon and some nice venting between two co-workers and BA's.

Black with a nice thickness. Short but very dense and dark head. Left excellent smeared lace on my glass.

Smells very good for an imperial stout. Sadly the coffee is much weaker than I wanted. Lots of dark roast and bitter char with smatterings of chocolate and a touch of coffee grounds.

The flavor is even better, though again the coffee isn't nearly as potent as I was envisioning. This is the main reason that I have not given a 4.5 for taste. That said, the beer, as an Imperial Stout, is quite exceptional. Very smooth, the oatmeal stout base is well executed. Rich and decadent, with a bitter hop finish. A very soft sweetness pervades throughout, and black coffee sifts in and out of detection as the beer passes along the palate.

Carbonation is both heavy handed at first sip, and also pillowy soft. The beer is very smooth. The alcohol isn't hidden, but simply appropriate for 7.5% - nothing big, but also enough to not forget that it's there.

Overall I really enjoyed this, though it doesn't really compare to Brunch Weasel when a coffee stout is what you crave.

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Photo of wcintula
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

My first Mikkeller beer and quite an impressive one. Watching it pour, I see the stream is murky brown but becomes black when amassed in my tulip. A large sandy brown colored head with chocolate brown swirls billows and falls due to light carbonation and a high gravity.

The smell I found, was a weak point of the beer. Most identifiable was chocolate, with lesser coffee aromas and the oats. The beer has that familiar "oatmeal stout" taste with strong roasted malts and coffee that seem to blend with the hops and create a 'burnt grass' bitter flavor. A very nice malty blend.

The body is full. The fullest, most oiled up voluptuous body you can imagine. Very light carbonation. Everything I like in the body of a stout like this. I get a light, but muted acidity in the stomach from this like there's something neutralizing it at the same time. It's a good stout, and I'm good after this one.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a light tan head. In the aroma, dry coffee and a small sweet roast. In the taste, roasty coffee and a semi sweet oatmeal and roasted malt. A smooth and medium to bigger bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry coffee and a hint of sweetness in the aftertaste. Nice presence of coffee and oatmeal, quite nice!

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.76/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a half-litre bottle into a Teku glass at the BrewDog bar in Edinburgh. Batch 557. Bottled 27 October 2010. Best before 27 October 2013. From notes. Reviewed 7 June 2011.

A: Enormous, rich dark-dark mocha head that slowly sinks to about half a finger. Completely opaque and impenetrable. A couple of shades away from black.

S: Bacon. The name suggests it; the smell confirms it. Also, coffee beans. But smoked malts, à la rauchbier, dominate. Strong. Good. Moderately interesting. Distantly bitter and aloof...but tempting.

T: Less than enthralling. A good imperial stout, but hardly the finest. The burnt/smoked, slightly meaty aftertaste is really nice, but the maintaste is bitterly disappointing (pun intended). An oddly shallow sharpness precedes a coffee bean endtaste. Some fruit in the beginning and smoke in the end.

M: Some carbonation. Sharp and punky. I like it. Light enough to give reprieve from the heavy maintaste.

O: Not my favourite Mikkeller or imperial stout (Black Hole takes both those spots). Still, it's good. Not worth going out of your way for, but probably worth the cash. Tentatively recommended.

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Photo of domtronzero
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Very dark brown, nearly opaque, with a big, long lasting, fluffy, tan head. Little lacing.

S - Dark malts, roast, chocolate, coffee, and a bit of smoke.

F/M - Again, dark roasty malts, chocolate and big, pleasant coffee flavors. Noticeable smokiness, but subtle. Moderate bitterness, accentuated by the roasty flavors, with a quick, dry finish. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and lingering coffee and chocolate flavors.

O - This is a pretty nice coffee stout. Flavorful, dry and balanced with good coffee flavors, this is one of the better coffee stouts available here in SoCal. In my opinion, this one ranks up there with Alesmith's Speedway Stout.

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Photo of Strix
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Near black, brown edges, good initial head, lacing doesn't really stick.

Roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate in the nose, with a hint of smoke.

Roasted malt is dominant. Vanilla note, coffee note, cocoa note. Dark chocolate aftertaste, turning to grapefruit twang and then ashy smoke.

Barely there mouthfeel, silky.

I liked this one. Grapefruit and charred wood run away with the finish, but I dig the complexity, smooth mouthfeel, and dark blend of flavors.

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Photo of tbern007
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oat Stout with coffee.
Pure black, huge head, thick brown. Lace!
Smells of coffee, roast malt, nut, caramel.
Tastes of added coffee, creamy, malty, roasty, woddy, very slight smoke. A bit bitter. The coffee is a bit overpowering. Alcohol content not noticeable. Good beer overall. Probably won't get it again though - there are others that are better out there.

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

Two finger tan head that stays and stays over an opaque black body. Laces aplenty.

Coffee, malty nose reminds me that it's breakfast, even though it's 4pm. Long story. Faint booze and some roasty nuttiness.

Taste is of a coffee oatmeal stout, no huge surprises except for some unexpected lemony tang. Lightens this up a bit. Faint cocoa as well.

Mouthfeel is smooth, but not quite nitro-y, which is good in this case.

Overall a good coffee stout, but not worth the price.

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Photo of shambeano
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have been cellaring for a while now. and although its just past its best before, ive kept it in pretty good conditions, so it should be fine. poured into a tulip and shared with a few friends.

A- pours a jet black with about an inch of fluffy brown head that subsides to about a half cm and then very slowly subsides. looks very tasty.

S- chocolate and coffee upfront, a touch of yeast, some fruit and hope, smells a little like black forest cake, touch of sweetness at the end.

T- like the nose but the dark chocolate and coffee come through much stronger, very malty, hopping is much less noticeable but there is a little bit of hop towards the end. a slight sweetness in there, and a touch of alcohol but it is well hidden. finishes very roasty, almost like sipping on a short black coffee. really nice.

M- thick, but not as much as i was expecting, some prickly carbonation in there, more than i was expecing. super long bitter finish that leaves the mouth very dry.

O- i really liked this. was a bit of a sipper, but something you could mull over for a while. fair bit of flavour going on. not a sessionable beer, and i couldn't have more than one. But its something i would go back to on nights when i was only planning to have a single beer.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer geek breakfast pours out jet black in color as the head rises it's brown thick and heavy looking. The lacing on this beer looks really good down the glass. The smell of this beer is very strong with coffee, chocolate, roasted malts and even a little booze. The flavor of the beer is basically the same as the smell lots of coffee very creamy chocolate very tasty. Overall the mouth feel is thick and creamy the texture is smooth and slick very drinkable but still a sipper overall I have to say this is probably one of the better breakfast stouts available I feel that it's worth a try.

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Photo of Another6Pack
2.59/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep, dark black with a 2" black and tan head that simmered down after a couple minutes and left some nice lacing in its wake. The nose was immediately present and I thought I had a bottle of chocolate root beer in front of me. Interesting, and probably not a good sign.

Taste started off reasonably well with some chocolate flavors but no coffee. Sadly, the finish is way out of my range of likes. Not that I've ever done it, but if you were to stick the wrong end of an extinguished cigar in your mouth you'd probably be close to how this one finishes. 100% tobacco ash. Body is much thinner than I expected for a double.

Really disappointed in this one.

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Photo of Kromes
3.56/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pitch black with a thick brown head that just sits on top of the beer. Good lacing down the glass.

S: Roasted malt, coffee.

T: A fruitiness hits up front and then the roasted malt and coffee flavors appear in force. A slight chocolate in the finish which is very bitter from the roasting.

M: Heavy body and smooth.

O: It's a strong stout. The roasted flavors are much more intense in this beer than in most other stouts I have tried. The aftertaste seems like you just licked an ashtray.

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Photo of Ghenna
3.21/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Very very dark beer with just a tinge of copper on the periphery of the beer. Cola coloured head that melts down fairly quickly but lingers atop the beer for a good bit.

Aromas of roast, bitter black chocolate, and coffee predominate. A little bit of alcohol heat in there as well.

Bakers chocolate, and roasted/burned malt are heavy in the flavor, which lingers for a good bit due to the mouthfeel (on account of the oats).

All together, a decent beer I guess, nothing too spectacular. Wouldn't spend this much on this beer again though.

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

Grabbed this one because of what it said on the bottle. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And the fact that they used "geek" instead of "snob" is always a plus!

Appearance is pitch black, slightly thick with a moderate amount of carbonation.

Smell is great. Roasty, malt flavored aroma along side dark coffee bean.

Taste is complex. It feels light on the tongue, sweet at first, but becomes bolder and more flavorful in the middle. Definitely get the malt sweetness and the dark, roasty coffee notes as the mouthfeel grows. Carbonation doesn't get in the way either.

Overall, this is a great brew. Next time I have it, I will actually have it with breakfast!

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Photo of Cavery
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared with Klym last weekend, reviewed from notes.

Poured into a Stone Nonic.

A: A dark split fig with floaters that gives the impression of strawberry seeds. Yummy dark bubbles keep a stubborn one finger head. Who doesn't like oatmeal froth?

S: Coco powder mixed with creamed coffee. A delicious brownie mix attacks the nostrils through the middle. A crazy milky sweetness gives way to coco puffs. Some noticeably artificial like chocolatey smells make me a tad nervous. Not sure this is the healthiest breakfast in the world!

T: Real up front, but a bit generic (compared to the smell) chocolate. On the higher end i get cocoa nibs and milk chocolate mixes done in cold coffees. There is at times a three-pronged attack of chocolately goodness: buttery fudges, brownie cake, and brittle milky chocolates. An odd psuedo-milk taste in form of soy milk. The end features some oats feigning roasted hazelnut.

M: Honestly not my favorite part of the beer. The lower ABV combined with a brighter carbonation makes for a speed bump in the drinking experience. I normally like brighter carbonation, but this one is misplaced. Really it sticks out disproportionately with the flavor.

O: Due to the mouth I found myself digging through the aftermath of sensation to get a flavor read on the beer. I don't really like a civil war between beer characteristics, but I can say with confidence that the flavor played the role of the North. There's some really superb oatmeal flavors in there. Though I really will say the mouth-feel like someone spilled mineral water in my brew. I won't knock it too hard, as some people might really like that. Still a good beer.

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

And yet another in my session with Cavery. Poured into a Stone nonic.

A: Pitch black with a 1 finger head. Curtain lacing.

S: Oatmeal, coffee, coacoa and raw egg come out in the nose. This is unusualy complex for an oatmeal-based stout and already has me excited.

T: Same flavors as nose but with unexpected intensity and vibrance with the full-bodied coffee bite/taste, the chocolate sweetness, the vanilla smoothness and spice of chocolate. Oatmeal stouts have a sad tendency in my book to be tame and subdued in flavor but this one definitely makes an effort to beat that generalization up.

M: A small pitfall of this beer is its perhaps over carbonation. For such savory and deep tastes its carbonation is aggressive and ephemeral. It was also unusually thin for its favors but I give that a credit of originality.

O: A very worthy oatmeal-based stout, perhaps the best I've had.

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Photo of richmof
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours intense, dark and syrupy into my BdlS tulip with a two finger brown frothy head. Decent retention though.

Delicious nose, with imperial stout staples like coffee, malt, dark fruits and cardamon all there.

Deep smoked barley taste but also coffee and molasses. It is surprisingly effervescent and not as treacley as it looks on the pour.

Obviously, not a session beer but a great beer of the style.

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Photo of stupac2
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, dark brown with a finger of creamy dark brown head (and noiceable floaties, wonder what that is). Smell is malty coffee. Taste is coffee, sweet malts, not a lot else. It has a medium body, noticeable carbonation fizz.

It's a coffee stout, basically.

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Photo of McNealc31
4.56/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours big, black, and has a huge dark tan head (be careful when you pour). Coffee dominates the nose, but you'll notice more layers once you take a sip. Oatmeal stout. Huge flavor, just the right amount of bitter, very well balanced between the coffee and oatmeal. There's even a dry, smokey, woody finish. Outstanding!

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Photo of socon67
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours chocolate brown with a mocha colored foam. No lacing in the glass. And tiny bubbles of carbonation moving about.

S - Smells of coffee, caramel, roasted malt, and oatmeal. Really freaking nice!

T - Taste starts off with a palpable sweetness of milk chocolate. Transitions to a cognac-like burn, and ends with a bitterness of brazilian coffee. Reminded me of Pilao coffee; seriously.

M - Smooth and not harsh at all to drink. Does hit heavy though. Finishing the bottle was some work, albeit a task I was happy to do.

O - Like this one. Compared to the Brunch Weasel this is less on the coffee side, but better balanced. Would try this again, and I like this brewers from Norway.

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Photo of Jazzcrop
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tastes are roasted rolled oats, steel-cut oats, chocolate, flaked barley, bittering hops, soy buter, light brown sugar, a wee little bit of booze, cask yeast, milk chocolate, grilled meats, heated complexity, figs, kilned fire, molasses and blended brandies.

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

A- Impenetrable black elixir. Nice sized dark mocha head, lacing is pretty good, gets better when swirled in my tulip.

S- Alot of sweetness, caramel, vanilla and chocolate. Had to allow this to come up to room temperature to get the coffee and roasted malts. Fairly balanced which I wasn't expecting.

T- Mild roasted malt & chocoalte up front, some coffee and more chocolate mid palate. A touch bitter and earthy rounding this one out. Fairly neutral for a coffee beer, but tasty.

M- A lighter body for the style, but the creaminess of the oats brings it up. Smooth going down, coates the mouth a fair bit.

O- Highly drinkable, but I was hoping for a little more from this one given the hype. I would of guessed a chocolate oatmeal stout.

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Beer Geek Breakfast from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 2,577 ratings
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