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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 BillyB
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The mouthfeel of this beer is so smooth, silky and luxurios, it almost overwhelms the rest of the characteristics. The oatmeal is so prominent it's almost chewy.
Pours a dark, jet blackt with a thin whisp of tan head.
Aromas of oatmeal, coffee, chocolate, oak/wood.
Mouthfeel again, is smooth and incredibly drinkable. A bit of oatey, graininess, reminds you that this is an oatmeal stout.
Incredible beer!

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Photo of Foxman
4.62/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours an impassibly obtuse crude oil black. Two fingers of almost gelatinous olive brown head slide south slowly. Tiered mountainscapes of lacing scale the inside of the glass.

The aroma is deeply dimensioned with charred malt, dark dried fruit, burnt bread, brown sugar, dusty oatmeal, molasses, leather, and well-roasted Arabica. Oh, yes, and there's alcohol too.

Upon sipping, the wave is burnt brown sugar sweet, then's bittered by char and second-crack earthy black coffee. Caramelized molasses sweetness precedes a flaked oatmeal hominess. Raisins, soy, and black cherry grace a middle riddled by a staunch ray of alcohol. A burnt-bottom biscuit and a note of hop spice presage a crisp, dry finish that's mostly bitter but dotted by residual cooked sugars. What an ete-opening blend of complex, stouty fun.

Full bodied, it's motor oil dense and slick, oozing more than flowing, and totally occupying the palate.

Rather than fill my fountain with it, I drank it, perhaps the best decision I made all November. Call it breakfast, but few morning meals deliver such rib-sticking, high-grade earthy elements with complexity challenging and blending blessing the palate. ABV be damned, this one you drink when you want it, guilt-free no matter the time. This is one style trend worth following, with this beer a wonderful representation of the art.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - inky, fathomy darkness that appears almost more of an extremely dark brown than black, dont know exactly why i feel that way, just an impression, wells up a hefty dark tan head that never fully fades

S - a full and strong mocha/ground coffee, like when you walk into a gourmet coffee shop, an enticing aroma

T - unsurprisingly, coffee and chocolate are the biggest elements in the flavor as well, with some strong alcohol flavors lingering as well, during the tasting, the chocolate slowly fades, but the coffee doesn't and persists through to the aftertaste and really sticks with you for some time

M&D - an easy drinker for a large double stout, may be too acrid for some, the big flavor is easy down and highly enjoyable, would love to get more of this.

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Photo of pwoods
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review based of quick notes taken at 7:30 in the morning before the Bengals beat the Jets.

22oz. brown bomber, obtained via trade with tayner(thanks a ton!), poured into imp pint.

A: Pours deep black with no visibility. Lots of carbonation only bring the head up about 1 finger. Dark mocha head with solid retention and lacing.

S: Dominated by big coffee notes and a very noticeable alcohol sting. Alcohol is a little too present for my liking.

T/M: More coffee dominance but with a nice added bitterness from the hops. Literally tastes like a strong, bitter Irish coffee. Alcohol again is very present but helps warm me up a bit this early in the morning.

D: Tasty and was good at the time but the alcohol drops the drinkability a bunch. Would like to see this aged for a year or 2.

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Photo of aforbes10
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

picked this up at BeerTopia in Omaha, NE in August and its been calling to me since then. Cool bottle, lots of mystique built up around this beer, so we'll see how it holds up. Pours black with a khaki head that looks like foamy chocolate milk. head is prety short and fades to nothing rather quickly. Odor much more chocolate that coffee-like. Some tin-like smells as well and some dark malt. Taste is a huge mix of chocolate and coffee. Almost like a mega-expresso version of an iced coffee with added cocoa powder, milk and alcohol. Bitterness from the coffee is intense and lingering to the point where im wondering how caffinated this is...am i drinking beer red bull? My only complaint is that the overwhelming coffee lends a slight metallic hint to the beer. Mouthfeel is creamy and coats the mouth, making it almost cottony. Appropriately full bodied. So yeah, its pretty good. Those Danes make a big and tasty beer.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very black and slightly viscous, and with a decent initial head that fades rather too quickly to a thin ring. The nose has notes of roasted grain, smooth coffee, and cocoa. The taste is very balanced and smooth- mmore so than some other breakfast stouts but it also lacks power. Silky notes from the oatmeal, rounded slightly sweet cocoa notes, a tad of cream and very nice gentle coffee flavors. Mouthfeel is very smooth and well integrated, but could be a tad creamier and could have a longer finish. Maybe the easiest drinking of the breakfast stouts but in some ways the least interesting. Quite good, but it didn't blow me away. I prefer a little more power- but not burnt coffee which some get wrong. This one didn't.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep impenetrable black from the bottle, very viscous as well. An inch of creamy thick dark tan head rises on top of the brew. Aromas of well roasted malts along with a chocolate character. Then the coffee bean aroma comes in with a nice fresh brewed aroma. A light dark fruity undertone with some anise also.

First sip brings a smooth dark roasted maltiness with a good blast of chocolate and black coffee flavors. The oats make it very slick and smooth, a bit oily even. A slight caramel and dark fruit accent is there as well. Finishes with a good bitterness, a touch of herbal hops and is balanced overall. The bold, tasty coffee flavors linger on after each sip.

Mouthfeel has a big, creamy body. Goes down smooth and is damn tasty! Finishing the bomber is no problem here. This is a highly drinkable brew anytime of the day. Overall, a wonderful coffee stout from Mikkeller, I'm glad to see their brews around Chicagoland now and can't wait to try more.

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

From da bottle: Obsidian black, with a double frappacino head of lace leaving foam. This beers got legs I tell ya! Dark roasted malts mingle on the nose and dance with vinous dark fruits, and summer black truffles. Taste is roast heavy with a creamy backbone malty sweetness as well. Chocolate, coffee, vanilla beans macerated in johnnie walker green. This shit is good! Mouthfeel is creamy and holds all the flavors together well whilst also providing us with a wonderful lingering aftertaste that is both bitter/roasty and than sweet at the same time. Drinkability is grand. Denmark is awesome in so many ways...Strike one more to that list of awesomeness.

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

This beer poured a thick oily black. The head was thick and mocha colored – good retention. The smell is coffee and chocolate mainly. There are some hop notes as well as caramel and malt. The taste is big of coffee and quite malty – simply delicious. The mouthfeel was full and slightly chewy – excellent for this brew. Overall, this is a big beer - big flavors, big aroma and even big head! That being said, it was still a delight to drink. Definitely one I’ll be revisiting.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I met Kristian Klarup Keller, one of the brewers of Mikkeller (the other brewer is named Mikkel Borg Bjergsø, hence the name... Mik-kel-ler) in Brooklyn, and we talked about his love of American beers, and the interest in everything American in Denmark right now. Unfortunately, he didn't have any beer with him (damn!), but he went on and on about the Beer Geek Breakfast. Now that I've tasted it I see why!

I was surprised at just how dark it was as I poured it into the glass, Most people think of Guinness as being black... no, Guinness is dark brown, this is black! The head was a creamy brown, and it held well and left some really nice lace about the glass.

The aroma expressed dark chocolate, oily espresso beans, and a clean roastiness.

In the mouth I found it to be somewhat viscous and slick, very oily and smooth with a moderate, very-fine-bubbled soft carbonation.

The flavor changes as you progress through the glass because it's just that rich, but up front I got lots of coffee and dark chocolate, and twist of dark caramel, and a bit of toasty/bready malt sweetness. Later on, as the bitterness settled on my palate it seemed darker. The acidity, however, never grew; and that's usually a common flaw with beers this dark. There's a bit of yeast fruitiness floating around in there as well, and some grassy hops, always lending to it's depth of character, but never stepping out of bounds. It's seven and a half percent alcohol by volume, but that never showed. It finished with a layer of sweetness amidst coffee-like roastiness at the swallow, and then dried up almost as if it had evaporated. Very dark caramel and chocolate lingered at low-levels, as did a dull coffee-like roastiness and flavor. An occassional hint of yeasty fruitiness of hops would pop in with subsequent sips.

The most impressive thing to me about this beer is its drinkability. It's just so soft and supple and round. Sure, there's an edge of roastiness, but that's expected; all of the other pitfalls of a beer this big and dark have been avoided. Fans of stout should seek this out!

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Photo of YonderWanderer
4.7/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just got this today in a trade from NCSUdo and couldn't wait to drink it. Fortunately, I got 2 bottles in the trade! Having sat on the porch all afternoon, it was perfectly chilled.

A: Pours as black as a dead night sky, with no stars, no moon, and no hope. A frothy two finger head lingers before forming a thin layer over the top. Lacing remains consistent around the glass.

S: Coffee strikes quickly, lingering in the nose, making you think you just walked into your nearby Dunkin Donuts. This is followed by hints of dark chocolate and caramel. I think there's more to this than I'm capable of picking out.

T: I could drink this beer for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It's astoundingly good. Just fantastic. By far one of the best stouts I've ever had the pleasure of drinking. Coffee, chocolate, oatmeal, caramel all blend together effortlessly and deliciously. A hint of alcohol provides warmth for a cold, dark winter night.

M: Smooth and viscous. Drinks like a fine stout should drink. Good carbonation - not a lot, but just enough.

D: I could drink these everyday if I could get them around here. This is an outstandingly tasty and drinkable stout. Fantastic.

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

Glossy sable with no hint of lightening at the edges. This thing is some kind of light sucker. The dense, sponge-like crown is an appealing shade of pecan brown and looks like it'll be around until the final ounce. A surprisingly delicate band of lace appears as the foam finally starts to melt, adding yet more weight to my decision to go with the above score.

The nose is roasted malt heaven. It's so incredibly wide and deep and rich that I want to go on smelling it forever. But I won't because I'm dying to take a huge gulp. Let's see... bittersweet chocolate, darkest caramel, coffee and a wee whiff of vanilla bean. Of all the coffee-added stouts that I've had lately, this one is the least coffee-like. At least when it comes to the aroma.

Believe the hype. Beer Geek Breakfast is amazing beer if you love big stouts that explode with multi-faceted flavor. And who doesn't? First off, I'm glad that the brewers decided to throttle back on the ABV. Quite a few of the best versions do a great job of alcohol masking (it isn't that hard with so many strong flavors in play), but why risk it?

Black coffee-infused dark chocolate fudge is still numero uno on the flavor profile hit parade. Blackstrap molasses lends a hand, as does a hint of black licorice and a puff of smoke. Like I said, this thing is as faceted as the cut crystal goblet that it deserves to be served in. Doesn't matter, though, because I'd drink it out of a paper cup or an old shoe if need be.

Again, coffee is simply one of the guys rather than the big boss, as it is in many breakfast stouts. An early bittersweetness segues into a finishing bitterness that has the distinctive citric tang of American C-hops. The more I drink, and the more the beer warms, the more is revealed.

I've been riding the fence on the body/mouthfeel. My first thought was that is isn't quite full enough... until I remembered the ABV. The second half of the bomber has come together nicely and is becoming silky smooth. Yeah, like I needed another reason to drink this stuff way too fast. In the end, however, it falls a half point short of spectacular and a full point short of perfection.

At roughly double the price of Stone Imperial Russian Stout, I can't justify drinking Beer Geek Breakfast very often (even if I could easily acquire it). It's amazingily delicious beer, though, and deserves every one of the accolades thrown its way. With Nogne in Norway and Mikkeller in Denmark, the Scandanavians are putting the world on notice that they're more than ready to compete in the big leagues when it comes to craft beer.

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Photo of walshclimb
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thick, dark, black, imposing with dark tan rocky head. Looks delicious. The head dissipates relatively quickly leaving spidery to continous lace. The aroma is strong coffee with roasted to burnt malt and a little smoke. The initial flavor is moderately bitter malt that has the coffee but not as much as you expect from the smell. The coffee flavor increases in a smooth transition to a burnt malt/coffee/bitter hops aftertaste. It is very full bodied and smooth with thick creamy texture, lively carbonation, and slightly metallic finish. Overall, it is a tasty stout that is surprisingly well balanced considering the strong coffee aroma. The taste is pretty strong coffee and ot overly complex otherwise. I would probably buy this again, but it is not something I would drink very often.

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Photo of Floydster
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bomber purchased from Liquid Solutions in Oregon for a very expensive twelve dollars

Sipped on this for two hours while watching the double feature of Prison Break tonight

Poured into my Dogfish Head snifter with one of the blackest colors I have ever seen, almost comparable to the Dark Lord I drank a few days ago, 3/4 inch tan head head stuck around for fifteen minutes, left lacing for the first hour while I was drinking it

Smell was loads of coffee, particularly espresso, some cocoa but not much compared to the coffee, very strong aroma almost like a Red Eye at Starbucks, smell seemed like there was also a lot more hops than their were in it, even as it warmed could not taste hoppy flavor, just lots of malt and espresso

Taste was amazing, I did not know how to really base it off of anything since it is my first breakfast stout, will have now when I review the two different Founders I have in my cellar, coffee falvor dominated this, really dry with a potent aftertaste, could taste ground espresso beans on the tongue for a minute after each sip, got more sugary as it warmed and tasted better and better as it got sweeter, i love stouts and this was one of the best I have ever had, too bad it is from Denmark and ridiculously expensive

Could drink a lot of these even though it is heavy stuff and I took my time drinking it tonight, not too bad on the alcohol content at around seven and a half percent, definitely a sipper but one that you do not get stuck and you find yourself coming back for more every few minutes, says its base was an oatmeal stout but it was overpowered completely by coffee if it was

This was my first beer from Mikkeller and it was fantastic, got their Stateside IPA coming in the mail and I look forward to trying that too, highly recommended and hopefully breakfast stouts are not a letdown in the future just because this was so good and I might have drank the best one first, I can not say I can see myself drinking this kind of beer in the morning but it is a great dessert beer, grab one of these if youy ever happen to find it

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Photo of tayner
3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

i have been sitting on this beer for a month or more now, waiting for the weather to cool off more... okay, it is november 5th and it was 94 degrees today... i guess there is no hope of it cooling off and i did not want to wait any longer so i cracked it.

It poured into my glass black as night, thick and sort of oily looking with a dark chocolate head, only about 1/2 inch (maybe too cold). it settled quickly into a thin layer and is lacing the glass nice as i drink it.

has a pretty strong alcohol smell, and the coffee smell is even stronger than that. slight hints of malt are there, but mostly coffee.. but it is breakfast afterall!

alcohol and expresso.. not sure which is stronger at first taste. there are also hints of chocolate and some dark roasted, almost burnt tasting malts as well. can't say as i can pick out much of a hop profile, maybe just a slight bit at the finish, and when i burp i can taste the hops too, so i know they are there somewhere.

it has a smooth, oily feel that coats the mouth and leaves a slight hop finish on the back of the tongue after swallowing. the oatmeal helps smooth out the oily feeling.

I wish they would make these brews like this in 12 ounce bottles as i really do think 12 ounces at a time would be sufficient. heaven knows i won't let it go to waste so i will finish the bottle, but the alcohol flavor is almost too intense.. could not have it for breakfast and then try to go to work and try to pass off on the boss it was only your morning coffee!

I am glad i have many more of these, I think aging for about 6 more months will help mellow out the alcohol and balance the flavors a bit more. overall a good beer, one worthy of another try in a few months.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This fine Stout pours a glossy near-black color with a thick and rocky light brown head that has good retention. Nice big patches of lacing on the glass. Big roasty aroma of coffee, oats, and chocolate malt. Rich, smooth body with a character somewhere between an Oatmeal Stout and an Imperial Stout. Flavors of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and hops are all present. All in all the beer manages the smooth texture and flavor of an Oatmeal Stout while toying with the robust body of an Imperial. The finish is moderately bitter coffee and hops balanced but malt and chocolate. Overall this is an excellent Stout.

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Photo of garbercury
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you Vintage, Boardman, Ohio for the chance to enjoy this terrific breakfast stout...

A--Typical for the style, deep black. Head and lacing not as apparent as some others, but still nice.

S--Smells of barley, chocolate, and coffee.

T--Really tasty beer. The coffee really comes through.

M--nice silky mouthfeel.

D--If you dig this style, find it. This is a terrific beer.

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Photo of MrMonkey
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with some mahogany accents around the edges, with a three-finger, pillowy light tan head that fades slowly. Left some pretty decent lacing near the top of the glass.

Smells like dark roasted coffee/espresso and dark roasted malts(caramel, maybe?) There's a hint of burnt/spent coffee beans, oatmeal and dark chocolate. There's a little bit of smoke lingering in there as well.

Yup, it tastes like coffee and oatmeal, perfect for breakfast! Very strong coffee flavors up front, a little bitter at first. That is followed by some roasted malts and a bittersweet chocolate combo in the middle. Sorta reminds me of s'mores around a campfire. There's something sweet, almost fruity, that I can't quite place. Excellent stout overall.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied and creamy. It coats the mouth nicely, and the moderate carbonation keeps it smooth.

Although I could probably drink more, I think I would prefer to have just one and really enjoy it for dessert. If only I could afford to have one every night!

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This has been sitting in my cellar for several months, until I re-discovered it today. Quick 50 minutes in the fridge and now it stands before me. Pitch black color with a chocolate milk-colored head, a little bit of red highlights when the glass is swirled. Oh, and nice lacing.

The aroma is exceptional, coffee, dark chocolate, sweet malts, roasted malts, and so on. The taste was about equally good, more sweet than bitter, very rich and flavorful (all the flavors promised in the aroma are delivered in the taste). The body is on the thick side, giving a large presence to a rich beer. Excellent.

The members of the Scandinavian Brewers Guild create some respectable malt beverages. Now if they can lower the price a little...

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

Thanks to genog for this one.

22.3 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours an absolute opaque onyx black with a huge dark brown two finger head that slowly dies down to a thick layer that lasts. Stickiness is decent, but doesn't stay long. Smell first starts off with a strong french roast scent blended with frothy whipped cream. Dark chocolate gooey brownies and smoked caramel almonds in the nose as well. Taste is a burnt marshmallow with a strong espresso sting. That is followed up by a quick sweet caramel malt that is then dominated by the smoke flavors again. Big bad coffee beer, I see why it should be for breakfast. So light for this style, almost too watery...but the flavor fits it so well. If you like your mornin' cup o' joe, this brew's for you. Pitch black, no cream...no sugar. Wow, definite geek breakfast.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had waited forever to try this one. The first time my wife saw the bottle in the fridge she thought it said Michael’s a Beer Geek! I thought it was appropriate. So anyway I dove into this one last night. Poured a very dark black, with a nice two inch tan head of lace and a great side glass contribution. Very thick looking. Huge chocolate and coffee aroma coming off of this, almost a vanilla like coffee, very sweet and rich aromas. The flavor was very full. Lots of roasted coffee mixed in with a light chocolate mix and a hint of a hoppy back, but just a hint. Very rich and creamy, this served up perfect for a dessert brew. It was a bit rough finishing the whole bottle as it is quite thick and very filling. Overall this was a great brew. I compare it to the Wake and Bake and it will definitely hold its own, though this one is definitely not as strong. A must try for any stout lover it has a very full body with a good rich and creamy flavor. This one was definitely not to be missed, pick it up if you can get it!

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - pours a deep dark black and as thick as crude, one-finger brown head with retention around the edges, moderate lacing

s - smells of iced espresso/deeply roasted coffee with some bittersweet chocolate thrown in, a hint of alcohol but not much

t - big bittersweet chocolate taste up front, mid-palate is dominated by bitter iced coffee, finish is more coffee/espresso bitterness along with slight chocolaty sweetness and some oatmeal, hints of alcohol but not prominent, coffee finish goes on and on

m - full-bodied with moderate carbonation, coats the mouth well, quite dry on the finish due to the coffee

d - very intense beer with the coffee attacking the palate, tasty, but one bottle is enough

Very good breakfast stout all around. Not on the level of the Founders offerings in my opinion, especially considering the steep price, but solid nonetheless. Well worth seeking out a bottle.

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Photo of letsgopens
4.87/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance of this stuff is almost completely black with a slightly dark brown/mocha head with some nice peaks. The head holds very well and leaves good lace.

Deep sweet and bitter cocoa approaches the nostril, exciting the senses. Loads of roasted malt and spent coffee/espresso grounds.

Thick, dark, bitter cocoa and lots of coffee flavor. Sweet creamy milk chocolate emerges in the middle followed by a dense but slightly sweet espresso flavor that lingers in the finish. Fantastic.

The texture is creamy and dense with a lingering heaviness on the palate. Absolutely outstanding. I'm so happy I got my hands on some of this stuff. One of the best beer experiences I've had.

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Photo of HopGoblin
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours thick, rich, and black. Nice creamy-brown head. I hope it tastes as good as it looks. Pleasant aromas of coffee and roasted malt. The beer is incredibly smooth. Coffee flavor comes through, with a nice sharpness. The roasted malt flavor is not very apparent, it seems that there is not much malt flavor. Nice hop finish that sits in the roof of the mouth. All in all, a pleasant brew. The only thing that I did not enjoy, was the lack of real Oatmeal Stout character. But still tasty.

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Photo of akorsak
4.82/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A 6 dL bottle purchased yesterday at State Line.

A: The stout pours a thick and oily black, pitch black with no signs of daylight sneaking through the glass. Atop the beer is a cappucino-colored head that is laced all around the mouth of the glass.

S: When the ale is cold, a distinct coffee aroma emerges that mixes with roasted chocolate. As the stout warms, a deeper aroma emerges, mixing complex bready flavors with the coffee and roasted chocolate.

T: The first sip tells me that this is a serious coffee stout. The coffee upfront is slightly bitter and acrid, creating an iced coffee flavor that nicely segues into the stout body. Roasted malts create a burnt landscape that is chocolatey and bready, with undertones of molasses and oatmeal. The end of a sip reveals a citrusy hop element, creating a sweeter finish that adds a vibrant tone. The end of the beer returns to the dependable burnt malt flavors, coating the tastebuds with coffee and burnt toast long after the sip is gone.

M: Coffee. Stout. Hops. Each adds its own distinct flavors throughout the ale. I was worried that this beer wouldn't live up to the hype. I am pleased to report that this beer IS the hype.

D: The 7.50% abv is moderate enough that I'd happily deal with the aftermath of 3 or so bottles. The coffee and stout are so well balanced that you never mind either one. You must find this, it is imperative. Do it as though your life depended on it.

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Beer Geek Breakfast from Mikkeller ApS
4.11 out of 5 based on 2,468 ratings.
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