Beer Hop Breakfast
Mikkeller ApS

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American Stout
Ranked #51
Ranked #4,211
4.07 | pDev: 10.07%
Mikkeller ApS
Beer Hop BreakfastBeer Hop Breakfast
Notes: Oatmeal stout brewed with coffee

A hopped-up version of Beer Geek with strong notes of pine and resin.

Brewed at Amager Bryghus.
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Photo of MaximalC
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

*Bottled 10/10/16

Pours nearly black with close to an inch of thick, craggy froth. Interestingly, the pour presents a heterogeneous consistency that alludes to an abundance of lees, but I can't say that I saw any... Complex, pungent bouquet consists of coffee, milk chocolate, rye, toasted bread, and hops that are simultaneously citric, piney, and herbal. Sheets of reticulated lacing cling to the glass as the beer recedes.

The taste features roasted malt and coffee accompanied by bright, herbal hops with a mildly citric finish. Notes of bitter chocolate and toasted bread add an additional layer of complexity to the malt profile. Medium body and fine carbonation make for a smooth, velvety mouthfeel that's livelier on the back end than the front.

Overall, this is a classy BIPA that could easily pass for a hop-forward porter. It's balanced, complex, smooth, and has a winning presentation to match--no glaring flaws to speak of.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle dated 10/10/16

Pours pitch black with dark maroon edges and a dense creamy light brown foam head. Smells like fresh grapefruit, lemon, orange citrus, roasted coffee, dark caramel, toffee, smoky molasses, dark chocolate, oats, with bitter woodsy floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like dark roasted espresso coffee, dark baking chocolate, smoky molasses, dark caramel, dark toffee, oats, fresh citrusy grapefruit, lemon, orange peel, with woodsy floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and smooth with moderate low carbonation. Overall a nice black IPA with coffee.

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Photo of Vanzomeran
3.61/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Great head retention, darker foam coloring, great lace.
Smells like hoppy coffee. Earthy hops mostly, I do believe.
Mouth feel is light. Basically it has the consistency of coffee.
Tastes like a cold, black coffee, with just the barest hint of hop.
Overall: a great beer for a keg n' egger.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The aroma is straightforward for those who've sampled the base beer: Beer Geek Breakfast with more hops. Notes of roast, espresso, dark chocolate, licorice and oats all make themselves known, yet (unsurprisingly) the piny hop bitterness ends up being the dominant note. Still, the hop bite never quite overpowers everything else. It tastes just like expected - though it starts off with some notes of roast, licorice, and oat, piny hops hit the ground running towards the middle and end. Pipe tobacco and espresso flavors finish it off. It's not as bitter as it could be, thankfully; it leaves an admirably balanced hoppy stout. Despite being bone dry and shockingly clean, it feels creamy and soft going down (though it's a mite thin). Carbonation is low. Sure it's expensive, but it's absolutely worth trying once - I actually like this more than the base version.

4.11/5: More hops = actually good?

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown, dark brown, beige head about 1/2". Aroma hit up the familiar beer geek series coffee notes, but also delivered on the promised vegetal hops. Impressive.

Taste was for the most part just like the base beer breakfast, its as simple as the sum of its parts. Nothing lost. If you like bitter, yet strong coffee, chocolate malt, but this time with ample hops, you might want this, but bring your antacids. Chewy.

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Photo of Suds
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Viscous doesn't begin to describe the thickness of this beer. It literally seems chunky at times. Thoroughly black, with a bold, brown, thick head. This is an impressive looking beer. The aroma is of a serious IPA, with plenty of coffee and roasted grains. The taste is bitter an d intense, but the mouthfeel is extraordinary. Boundless heft. Interesting and engaging.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was super excited to try this one, so hopefully it will be good. I can't find any bottling or best by date, though, so, yay....

Pitch black in color, with a finger and a half of cocoa brown head. Looks nice. Leaves sheets of lacing.

Juicy grapefruit and pine are what hits my nose right away. After a few more careful sniffs, roasted malts, cocoa, dark chocolate, and smokiness reveal themselves just beneath the surface.
Dark chocolate hits you upfront, followed by subtle sweet grapefruit notes. The finishes dry off with notes of wood smoke, medium-roast coffee, and bitter cocoa. Coffee ground bitterness, pine, and grapefruit peel linger in the aftertaste.
Medium-bodied, super drinkable.

This is a great beer. I'd be way happier if this had a bottling date, but this is an impressive beer. I would definitely by this again.

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Photo of OmahaKF
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smell is of roast coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Taste is of chocolate upfront, followed by espresso. Finish has coffee acidity that blends well with hop bitterness. Overall, a really well-balanced beer and probably the best black IPA that I've had.

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Photo of kitch
4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 330ml bottle with surprisingly for Mikkeller, no best before date either on the bottle or cap. Poured into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance: The beer poured opaque black with a slightly less than two finger dark mocha brown head that dissipates quickly leaving spotty lacing.

Aroma: Mainly roast coffee bean and chocolate, hints of almond and brown sugar with a pine hop background.

Taste: Strong coffee bean mixed with pine hop and grapefruit bitterness. A hint of brown sugar sweetness lends a hand to a very nice lasting bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation and slight creaminess.

Overall: I enjoyed this a lot. It is very well balanced and extremely tasty. I see debate on whether this is a black IPA or just a hoppy stout, but for me, mostly due to its lightness, it’s a black IPA.

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Photo of dorianmarley
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is very rich black with a tan head that fades and nice lacing.

Nose is dusty with dark chocolate, dried goji berry, sweet cream, and light alcohol.

Taste is hop forward with heavy alcohol bite. Sweet malt below and toffee.

Mouthfeel has a lot of carbonation, clean except for some oil slickness and alcohol finish that lasts.

Overall: cool, different take on a black ipa.

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Photo of madelfonatree
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased during MLB All Star Week 2015 at Root Cellar in Cincinnati, Ohio. Enjoyed August 18, 2016 in a Mad Tree tulip/snifter.

Look - Less than a finger tan head. Oily black. Head settles to nothing. Blotchy lacing. Medium bubbles.

Smell - Hop. Bubblegum. Coffee. Cigar. Burnt. Traditional black IPA.

Taste - Closer to hoppy porter. Coffee. Char. Malt. Not as hoppy as expected. Bubblegum.

Feel - Chewy. Medium to heavy. Carbonation not overpowering.

Overall - Not a Black IPA. It is a good hoppy porter/stout.

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Photo of neurobot01
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

33cl bottle (purchased for the low, low price of $5) with no visible date into a Teku at fridge temp.

Look: pours chunky for the last 4oz, very dark brown, luscious light brown head that dissipates to a ring in a minute.

Smell: stale coffee, grassy/piney hops, harsh metallic note.

Taste: strong chocolate up front, coffee, green pepper, lemongrass, pine, oak.

Feel: light-to-medium silky body, light carb, ends somewhat dry.

Overall: this is one of those rare beers with a taste that's much better than the nose. The taste has a lot of complexity and depth, and develops as it warms.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

11.2 FL OZ bottle
Served in a snifter

It pours like used motor oil into my glass. It is jet black and topped with a little of an inch of mocha head that leaves little lacing.

Dark roasted aromas arise from my glass. Anise, dark fruit, dark chocolate, and coffee are in the mix.

The taste has elements of all the aforementioned smells. The anise is less is the taste. The coffee and chocolate along with some roasted malt are the primary flavors. There is more bitterness in this than a standard stout.

Thick, viscous, chewy mouthfeel

This beer drinks like a hoppy stout. The mouthfeel is amazing. The taste and smell have some anise which is not a favorite of mine. Other than that a pretty good beer.

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Photo of kkleu357
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From notes on 5/29. Didn’t really care for the smell. To me, it smelled like dirt. Really through my experience off. Had a nice thick black body. Awesome coffee taste. The smell though, I just couldn’t get past it.

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Photo of aleigator
4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark, almost black in color with a dense brown head.

The aroma is very interessting, because of a unique blend of fruity, fresh, hoppy impressions, which go along with a very malty, chocolate, and coffeeish aromas. Those various flavors get mingled up very well together, and give a first impression of the actual taste of the beer.

Which is great.

There is a lot going on, first off, the beer has a stout-like beginning, defined by a decent mix of coffee and chocolate, which both go in a creamy direction, well balanced, supported by malts and hints of caramel. This by itself creates a great flavor, but the fun is only just starting. The upcoming malt sweetness abruptly vanishes for a huge load of hops, supported by a vivid, slightly metallic carbonation. While coffee and chocolate are still present on the palate they now get mixed up with intense additions of grapefruit, mango, lime, kiwi and orange. Not only do they add a lovely freshness to the ale, but also such a great complexity, you need to take two or three sips to realize, that you don’t want to actually stop sipping this.

Despite this being related to a Stout, it got as much IPA in it, and I love both sides, because they add up so well together. The long aftertaste rounds it all up, as it is defined by a hoppy bitterness, which goes along with a strong malt backbone, which, again, stand in perfect balance to each other.

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Photo of tkdchampxi
3.72/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is more black IPA than it is a stout, in that the body is thin, the hops come through substantially, and it is rather highly carbonated.

Very interesting.

The coffee used seems to be quite funky, with a hint of barnyard coming through

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Photo of BlazerT
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Teku glass. Bottle. Pitch black with moch-like, densed head. Medium head retention. Very good lacing. Rich aroma of roasted malts - mainly coffee combined with medium to high hops aroma (resin, light grapefruit, pine), some dried fruits in the background. Taste is great. Medium to high hop bitterness. Solid malt and oat flavour. Little coffee acidity. Medium body, medium carbonation, creamy/oily texture, semi-dry. Semi-bitter, semi-dry, coffee finish. Great.

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Photo of PeterParker
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a beautiful ebony with a brown half a finger of head. Dissipates rather quickly. Surprised by the look of this that it's not actually a stout.

Aroma is amazing, sweet matly, burnt biscuit, heavy coffee, dark chocolate. Slight hop aroma in there somehow coming through. Just great.

Very delicious. Chocolate and coffee are most prevalent. Sweetness abound! Hops are on the back end and very subtle at that. No date on the bottle so hops could have faded a bit. Tastes more like a hoppy stout than a black IPA but it's still great.

Very thick and rich, stout-like again. Aftertaste has a lingering bitterness that rounds it out nicely.

This was my first try at Mikkeller and I'm so glad that I know how good they can be. Probably the best black IPA I've had although it's more like a stout. But really great stuff.

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Photo of OsoRojo
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

2014 release
Mikkeller Beer Hop Breakfast
Black India Pale Ale brewed with coffee

Drank direct from the bottle, circumstances being what they were. Beautiful full rich taste and mouthful, the roasted malts balanced well with the strong hop presence. Nice coffee notes at the end.

Top-notch beer, don't let this one slide by if you enjoy beer brewed with coffee.

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Photo of Ranbot
2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast is amazing and one of my favorites, but this beer shows that you can't just add hops to anything to make it better. The coffee and hops compete with each other too much and destroy each other to create another hoppy stout mostly indistinguishable from the others. It looks nice at least. I really like hops, but there are other beers better suited to showcase hop flavors than this.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I am still plowing through my backlog of bottles, but I may break down and hit some CANs in the next couple of days. In the meantime, here is a curiosity that I picked up at Hunger 'n' Thirst a while back. I am not a fan of the style, but I will try anything once.

From the bottle: "Black India Pale Ale Brewed With Coffee".

The beauty of these really dark beers is that when I employ an aggro pour, the pseudo-cascade is extremely visible. I sat back in awe and watched it settle into two fingers of very dense, deep-tan/light-brown head with good retention. Color was an Opaque Black (SRM = 44) and it looked like the depths of outer space in my glass. Nose was both dark-roasted coffee and fresh mint, possibly spearmint or perhaps peppermint. Very nice! Mouthfeel was slightly full, just a step above medium. The taste was what I want from this Cascadian/Dark/Black IPA style - mint, chocolate and coffee! I was actually getting the hops, which is not usually the case. I was really reminded of a York Peppermint Patty, especially since I was getting the sensation. Finish was semi-dry and very pleasant. I could drink a few of these before reaching for a regular AIPA.

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Photo of Radome
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a pint bottle into a goblet.

A - Deep brown color that does not allow light through, although it appears clear at the edges. Dark tan head is initially fluffy and settles to a thick ring around the glass and shimmering sheets of tiny bubbles on the surface.

S - Aroma is fairly evenly balanced between roasty, full malt and citrusy American hops. There are interesting other smells in the background. Smoke, leather, an unusual earthy herbal note. There is low fruit like plums.

T - Strong roasted coffee flavor up front, Slightly acrid and smoky, with warm malt and chocolate milk behind it. Strong hops bitterness cuts through the malt in mid-palate. The hops taste more earthy than citrusy, but there is faint grapefruit in the background. The finish is dry, bringing back the coffee and smoky flavors.

M - Medium to full body with some mouth-coating malt, eventually finishing fairly dry with an astringency from the roasted malt. Moderate to full carbonation is smooth with a slightly tingly finish. Definite alcohol presence but not overly hot.

O - A very enjoyable beer. It is big and has bold flavors, but it has comparatively more balance than many American stouts.

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Photo of leitmotif
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am about to finish the beer when i start the review. I already want another one. Noooow!!!
Pours pitch black. Dark brown collar into the light. A beautiful two finger head that stays there. Creamy appearance. I think this is the most appealing sight that you can have while looking at a beer.

Smells of coffee, milk, roasted malt... coffee again. In the background dark fruits kick in. Beautiful.

Tastes bitter, hops very present. Tastes sweet also, milky and creamy.
Complex beverage.
It ends with coffee (two kinds), dark chocolate, roasted malts, dried plums, cherries and the list can go on.

Medium carbonation with a zingy feel to it.

Very good.

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Photo of pkalix
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

thick and wholesome. roasty and toasted malt, barley and coffee. nice tannish head. more coffee-ish than espresso-ish. beautiful creamy tan head. super dark brown body. the tannins and bitter residual from the coffee come with the very slight hops. very coffee-bitter at the end....

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing opaque in the glass with a thin head dissipating to light patches and a thin ring around the glass, slight lacing. Aroma of sweet dark toasted malt, light coffee, hints of chocolate and mint. Flavor folllows aroma, with toasted malt, rich quality coffee, cocoa, milk chocolate, light grassy hops, very nicely integrated. Medium body with light creaminess. An excellent, very well balanced coffee stout with a rich, creamy oatmeal stout body supplemented with good quality coffee and cocoa flavors. Smooth and very tasty.

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