Beer Hop Breakfast | Mikkeller ApS

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Beer Hop BreakfastBeer Hop Breakfast

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Mikkeller ApS

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Oatmeal stout brewed with coffee

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

Brewed at Amager Bryghus.

Added by Nickls on 03-16-2010

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Photo of Paonz
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle purchased at Beertopia in Omaha.

A: Pitch black with a tan head.

S: Dark roasted coffee beans, the slightest amount of citrus and pine.

T: Perfect. Starts off with a creamy, mild coffee flavor that transitions into the most incredible hop finish. Absolutely brilliant.

M: Coats the mouth...carbonation is just right. Medium body.

O: Probably my favorite beer that I have experienced so far. Everything about this was wonderful from start to finish and it is such a disappointment to see that beautiful tan residue on the glass where an outstanding beer once was. If you see this beer anywhere for any price BUY IT! You will not be let down!

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Photo of Davidpgibbons
4.88/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served in a snifter, pours a super tan espresso like head with a deep rich black base. Little to almost no lacing.
Smells of caramel and huge coffee notes
Taste is even better with huge huge coffee notes and with the creamy sweet head this stout def delivers
Little boozy flavor with the 7.5 abv
I cant really taste any hops but you know they are there adding little bitterness to this stout
i would buy this one again and again

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Photo of PeterParker
4.75/5  rDev +17%

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 whatthehull
4.74/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


A - Really, really nice opaque brown/black almost sludgy, one finger deep tan head and some sticky lacing

S - pine, centennial hops, roasted perk you up kind of coffee, coca, roasty malts, more coffee and hops

T - HOPS, very dark chocolate, roasted everything, earth, foliage, terrior, wood, brown sugar and a super nice punch you in the face coffee

M - full bodied, balanced!, wonderful complexity, medium acidity and a long wonderful finish

D/O - Uber drinkable. Tons of flavor, refreshing, creamy, yummy and over the top awesome. If you don't like this, you may be an idiot!

Final Thoughts - at $11 a pop and a 7.5 abv, this is expensive, but awesome, awesome beer

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Photo of HeyItsChili
4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up a bottle of this while in Charleston for a spell. Visited my old haunt over at the Charleston Beer Exchange where the mustaches are absolutely untamed.

A - Pours opaque, deep black with a thin khaki head that quickly dissipates.

S - Faint hint of hops with a backing of earthy cocoa and dark roasted malts. Little bit of coffee in there too.

T - This is an absolutely delightful and hop packed stout. Really more of what I'd call an imperial black ale. Citrus and piny hops up front with a cocoa and coffee backing that finishes smooth.

M - Nice, well rounded.

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Photo of sinkfloridasink
4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Jet black. Dark brown head the holds shape as much as whipped cream. you can literally eat it with a spoon.
S - Aromas include coffee, toffee, honey, hops hops hops, and cream.
T - Bitter hops forward, malt and cream finish. coffee and spice notes linger.
M - Less body then im used to with mikkeller strong stouts. Maybe from the heavy hopping?
O - Extremely enjoyable. For such a big beer it is very approachable and easy to drink. Booze is subtle, and bitterness is balanced. superb.

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Photo of madpentzer
4.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Gulden Draak tulip.

A - Pours a very dark brown with a tan two fingers of head that sticks around.

S - Aroma of coffee and roasted malts, with some citrus too.

T - Absolutely great taste. Great hop profile, balanced well with espresso, chocolate, and roasted malts.

M - Thick, and almost chewy, but with plenty of carbonation.

O - This is an awesome, hoppy stout. Probably my favorite offering so far from Mikkeller.

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Photo of duracell
4.64/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bottle in a snifter. Had it on the International Stout Day 2012.

A - Very dark brown body, almost black. Medium-size, light brown head with a medium retention which leaves a thick ring with large bubble as a topping. Nice legs and lacing on the glass.

S - Very hoppy aromas, grassy, floral, and piney... very close to fresh hop! Malt at the back adds some roasted character, chocolate, coffee, and a hint of vanilla to it. Not a single trace of alcohol. Everything is very aromatic, complex and balanced. Absolutely perfect!

T/M - Very gentle start with some malt character and a certain astringency/tannicity (almost cacao-like) coming from roasted malt and coffee. Hop appears in the middle of the mouth to blend nicely with the malt and adds a moderate bitterness that lingers forever with the coffee notes. Body is on the high side.

O - Definitely a stout made in heaven! Well crafted and with very complex aromas and flavors. Seek it out now!

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours jet black with a chocolate brown head. In the aroma, a sweet roast and pine hops. In the taste, pine hops and a small sweet and roasty oatmeal. A hop bite and a medium to lighter bodied mothfeel, with a dryer small hop and small roast in the aftertaste. Big hops and small oatmeal and roast notes. It doesn't feel like a stout, but it is tasty!

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Photo of leitmotif
4.63/5  rDev +14%
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 Brad007
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got my hands on this thanks to Jeff, who stashed away several Mikkeller beers for me.

Pours a pitch black color with a thick brown head into my glass. You're not going to get any better than this, hence the 5.

Rich, luscious coffee notes greet the nose followed by just a hint of citrusy hops. It could be creamy as well.

Bold, assertive coffee flavors dominate the palate, followed only by grassy, citrusy hops. Wow.

Lots of lingering, thick coffee notes. It is somewhat "slick" as well and finishes with a clean bitterness.

This is a killer example of the style at hand. The hops weren't as strong as I thought (going by the title, which I thought meant a ton of hops) but it did not take away from the overall taste. I highly recommend this as a replacement for your morning cup 'o joe!

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Photo of brentk56
4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with a rocky mocha head that leaves a leggy pattern behind

Smell: Smells great, like burying your nose in a ruby red grapefruit, though there is a bit of tobacco in the mix; just a hint of roast, underneath, which I might not have picked up had I not looked at the color of the beer

Taste: A blast of ruby red grapefruit and tobacco dominates the front end, with just a hint of roast underneath; a bit more roasty, after the swallow, though the hops continue to dominate; the coffee lingers around in the background, from start to finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: This is one of the tastiest ABAs I have come across; have a very hard time seeing how it fits into the Beer Geek Breakfast series, however

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Photo of jbowers56
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Definite black colour with a coffee coloured head. Head retention is not great, but laces a little and is perfectly acceptable for a beer of this strength. Leaves a thin layer for the entire glass.

Massive notes of coffee and roasted malts. Licorice and pine-sap are also there for sure. Notes of nearly-burned caramel are there too, but much less so than the other elements.

An amazingly multi-faceted taste. The combination of the hop bitterness with the roasty grains and the strong coffee taste is superb. There are almost no big stouts that I enjoy which don't have at least a hint of chocolate in the flavour, but i'm not getting any here. Fantastic stout which certainly goes hard in the American direction - big, brash and bold. Punches well above it's weight in terms of flavour intensity for a 7.5% brew. Have tasted 9% beers which were much less intense than this.

Medium low carbonation combined with a very silky mouthfeel (i presume from the oats) gives a big, rich feeling as it slides down the palate. However, it seems reasonably well attenuated, with no overt residual sweetness or cloying qualities. This, combined with the prominent hop bitterness, makes it quite a clean, sharp finish. Strong notes of pine sap and black coffee remain for a long time after you finish a mouthful.

A very impressive beer, and one that has reminded me why I like Mikkeller so much.

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Photo of peabody
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out really dark with no light coming through. 2 fingers of creamy brown suds with some white spots of foam in the middle of the glass. Some lacing.
Fresh roasted malts with sugar and dark chocolate with a hint of coffee coming through.
Taste is coffee first then dark chocolate malts with slight date/raisin fruitness.
Mouthfeel is very clean for such a thick brew. Hardly any stickyness because the bitterness takes over the initial malt/sugar/alcohol rush.
Overall this is a fantastic beer and has almost nothing at all to do with hops. Just a fantastic oatmeal stout.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a long stemmed Mikkeller tulip.

A: Pours a rich, black coffee black with an absolutely amazing, pillowy, dark mocha mound of meringue-like foam that reached about four fingers thick and hung around for ages. Beautiful lattice-like designs of lace coated the entire inside of the glass.

S: A near perfect marriage of dark or espresso roast coffee, toasted rolled oats, and tarry pine sap hops.

T: Not quite as coffee forward as I had hoped (it IS called Beer Hop Breakfast, after all) but the french press dark roast is there...barely breathing under the piney pillow that's smothering its' face. Intensely piney. The oatmeal bows out for this part of the performance.

M: Starts off smooth and creamy, like a good oatmeal stout, before becoming sticky and spicy and just plain skanky with hops. Oily hops left the inside of my mouth sizzling.

O: A killer hoppy stout. The batch that just hit Chicago is super fresh and I'm thinking I just might go back to buy another.

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Photo of OsoRojo
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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 IronCitySteve
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark viscous black color. Provides a one finger brown foam head with excellent retention. Provides an ample amount of lacing down the sides.

S: Ample amounts of coffee, smoked wood chips, dark chocolate and espresso malt character. There is also a significant amount of citrus and earthy hop flavors as well. Very potent and quite inviting.

T: Starts off with a nice sweetness. Lots of chocolate followed up with a slight coffee bitterness. In the middle there is some more chocolate, coffee but the smoked wood flavors comes out. In addition, the citrus hop profile starts to come through. On the back end the citrus and earthy hops come through and really balance out the malt.

M: A medium to full bodied beer, with just a tad too much carbonation. But nothing to that cannot be overcome.

O: This is a really well put together Stout with just enough hop character to balance out the rich thick malt flavors. One of my favorite Mikkeller offerings.

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Photo of oberon
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an impy nonic pitch black,no light showing thru this,a fluffy mocha colored crown atop that left broken chunks of lace behind as it setteled slowly into a frothy mass.Big hop resin mixed molasses sweetness just awesome,this is truly a hybrid of stout and ABA.Chocolate malts and tobacco flavors mixed with a healthy shot of pine resin on the palate,some molasses-like sweetness comes into play but doesn't intrued on the resiny hops.I have the hop burps wich makes me like this beer even more,a great example of the style,one of the best I have had.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike.

The beer is dark brown, with a thin beige cap. The appearance bears an uncanny resemblance to the other Beer Geek stouts. Surprisingly good aroma, exceeding my expectations. Terrific blend of hops and dark roast. This taste much more like an American black ale (black IPA) than a stout. Really well balanced and full of flavor. A wonderful marriage of roast and hops. I highly recommend this beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

yup, i think this tops the beer geek breakfast for me, what an awesome brew this is! big thanks to my lovely girlfriend for hooking this up as an xmas present for me. the pour is real dark, pushing black, no light through at all. big frothy four fingers of white lace on top, settling some, but not going totally away. the nose and taste are both coffee first, rich and black, fresh brewed, but its not as intense as mikkellers other coffee stouts. its tempered here by a lot of oats and some malt sweetness, and hops! the hops are low key, bitter but not oily or pungent too much, just a nice complement to the bitterness of the coffee and a knife through the sugary malts. heavy roast, delicious. finish is long and complex, evolving. feel makes it though, so much smoothness in texture from the oats, no coffee acidity at all, i have no idea how he does it, but this beer is extraordinary. full body, just enough carbonation. i would honestly be more than happy to drink this beer for breakfast anytime. it has everything you need. couldnt feel the caffeine in this one like i could in some of his others, but nevermind that. this is outstanding, more than outstanding. one of his best, and thats saying a lot from me.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch and a half frothy tan head that stayed around a while. There's also a lot of lacing left on the glass. It smells like roasted malt, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, piney hops, burnt/charred malt, and some light citrusy hops. I think the taste is just like the aroma. It's roasty, hoppy, bitter and sweet all at the same time. It's a very tasty brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and easy to drink with good carbonation. I'm liking this beer a lot, and I plan on picking up another bottle soon! $9.99 a bottle.

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Photo of JackieTH
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lovely brew appears tarry black, deep brown, opaque with a mocha head and moderate lace.

Smell has heavily roasted malt, oats, charred toffee, resin and citric pith.

Taste is a delicious example marrying heavily roasted malt with loads of hop flavor and bitterness. Cooked rolled oats, roasted malt, hints of caramel and a stiff shot of jet fuel (mmm..that's strong black coffee) merge seamlessly on the palate with heaps of citric, grapefruit pith flavor, pine sap, and bitterness. Big bold flavor. Medium, creamy mouthfeel and carbonation. Finish is quite bitter from both the hop and the joe, with no residual sweetness.

Beer hop breakfast indeed. Very good.

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Photo of elgiacomo
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle, unknown date. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours black with a large foamy and rocky brown head that takes forever to settle down and leaves clumpy lacing in its wake.

Aroma is like...well...a heavily-hopped coffee stout. Heaps of premium coffee, chocolate, tons of roasted malts and a bit of smoke playing nicely with piney, grassy, citrusy hops. While there is more hop presence than most other stouts, the coffee still steals the show. Very good to great strength.

Flavor is very tasty premium coffee beans, roasted malts, chocolate up front then moves to a bitter hoppy finish featuring pine, spruce, and citrus. A bit of sweetness with the coffee and hops teaming up for some good bitterness. Some alcohol detected but what’s there is mild.

Mouthfeel is not quite medium, not quite full bodied, somewhat creamy, moderate carbonation.

Man, the hops really mingle nicely with this coffee stout. Would classify well as a Black IPA. Yet another tasty offering in the Beer Geek series and I’m glad to have had the chance to try (even if it was overpriced, even for a Mikkeller offering).

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Photo of ADZA
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a dark cola hue with beautiful carbonation that leaves behind a coffee laced two finger frothy head and some sporadic lacing,the aromas are fruity hops mixed with dark coccoa and coffee,it has a rather lucious mouthfeel which is well carbonated and coats the mouth with flavours of coffee,dark coccoa,mocha and finishes with a fruity,hoppy kick and for me i love this brew its definately an interesting combination but Mikkeller pulls it off well as i like my Oatmeal stouts and really hoppy brews so this is a beautiful combination of both and i highly recommend and obviously i will revisit this brew as much as possible absolutely love it.

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Photo of Gatch
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Papago Brewing in Scottsdale, AZ.

A: Deep, dark brown/black with a medium brown, fluffy, frothy head. Some lacing and head retention. Big head forms quickly when giving the snifter a swirl.

S: Smoky, roasted malt with some good sweetness. Subtle coffee and dark chocolate undertones. Much more comes out as the beer warms, naturally.

T: Wonderfully roasted malt with a noticeable hop profile. Sweet, toasty, sugary, chocolaty malt lingers through the finish. I like that the roasted malt doesn't dominate. It's sweet with some hop flavors to keep it mellow.

M: Sweet, creamy, and smooth. Highly drinkable for the style and high ABV. No detectable alcohol. Very enjoyable and fairly unique for the style. Can become a bit cloying but only at the last sip or two.

O: Incredible beer that every beer lover should try.

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