Beer Hop Breakfast | Mikkeller ApS

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Beer Hop BreakfastBeer Hop Breakfast

Brewed by:
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 kkleu357
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
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 +8.6%
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 -8.4%
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 +3.4%
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 +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 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 Ranbot
2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

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 +8.4%
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 +4.4%
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 +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 pkalix
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
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 +2%
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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Photo of ThePaintedGrey
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle poured into snifter.

A: Deep-space opaque black that literally devours all traces of light. Even with holding my iPhone flashlight directly up to it, no traces of light shine through. This beer is absolutely ominous. A two finger dark khaki head starts out wonderful and creamy, but eventually fades down to a little cap that retains nicely. Respectable tribal patterns of lacing left down the glass.

S: Smell is dominated by roasted malts and dark roast coffee. Lots of pure cocoa and dark chocolate meshes nicely with the roasted character. I'm not detecting much of the hops... or any at all, really... That's quite okay by me, though.

T: Lots of pure, unsweetened cocoa upfront that melds perfectly with a gourmet dark roast coffee profile. These flavors remain consistent throughout, until the finish when some piney hops peak their head through ever so delicately until they're squelched by the black coffee flavors in the aftertaste.

M: Medium body with a subdued carbonation and wonderfully creamy texture. I was hoping for a bit more of a full-bodied brew, but there's nothing to complain about here. The ABV is completely masked and this is a wonderfully drinkable stout.

O: I've been losing interest in stouts, admitted, so I decided to pick this one up on a whim to give it a whirl. This brew has successfully reminded me of why I loved stouts in the first place. Lots of roasted coffee flavors that are perfectly balanced with some dark chocolate notes and a delicate hint of hops. This brew definitely satisfied and makes for a perfect treat in the early afternoon or late at night.

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Photo of ISmith87
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

,this is good beer but one that I've never really had on my own, mikkel hop breakfast is something I've always wanted to try but at the same time its rosti its hot the intended peppers shine through. Nice hot peppery stout. Aftertaste is peppery, spicy, roasted, red green and yellow peppers,Habanero, awesome.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint.

Finger of mocha-colored head that recedes quickly to a ring. Black body.

Huge coffee bean and dark roast aromas. Dark chocolate mingling with piney hops. Brown sugar. Complex.

Dark malts are roasty and chocolatey, some char backed up immediately with piney hops. Some nuttiness and brown sugar flavor builds in the finish as well.

Watery and more crisp on the tongue. Slight creaminess. Appropriate for the bitter tang of this beer. Very highly hopped.

Wonderful hoppy and dark malt scents that err on the sweet side. The palate mimics the nose closely, with a nice kiss of char and huge bite of bitterness. Would gladly have this hop forward offering again.

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Photo of bnes09
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown, near black. Flaky brown sediment. Thick cinammon colored head. Excellent retention and plenty of stick to the glass.

Robust piney, citric hop aroma. Sweet molasses, light roast coffee and almonds in the background.

Aggressive espresso bean character right away. Baking chocolate. Roasted nuts. Sweet toffee and molasses underneath. Hop punch mid-drink with aggressive pine and grapefruit. Surprisingly well balanced. The hop strength compliments the roasted bitterness. Hops linger with a pungent, soapy aftertaste.

Lightly carbonated. Medium body. Very dry finish. Yeasty texture.

Interesting hybrid beer. A cross between a black IPA and a flavored oatmeal stout. Tons of complexity. The aftertaste threw me off a little but did not ruin the experience. Definitely a unique beer but I personally prefer beer geek breakfast.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle snagged from Tipples. Pours pitch black into my tulip with a big fluffy mocha head. Aroma if lemony hops, chocolatey roast that somehow seem to work nicely together. The flavor follows with an initial burst of bitter lemon hop flavor, then fades into big roasty chocolate, and then leaves a strangely lemon chocolate combo on the palate, but more lemon than chocolate. Velvety and smooth mouthfeel, medium carbonation. This is very unique and the only other stout I have had with this level of hops is Darkness, but the flavor profile is totally different. Glad to try it, it is tasty, but I don't know that I would want this on a regular basis. Kind of like someone poured lemon pinesol in my FIS.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, dark chocolate, herbal hop, and slight rubber aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, coffee, and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a fairly intense presence from both the roasty and hop flavors.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Deep brown with a creamy, caramel colored head of about 1 finger. Settles nicely into a ring and thin cake . Terrific lacing.

S- Coffee and cocoa beans warm up the nose initially. Some pine cones, citrus and orange zest and resins.

T- An interesting mix of raw coffee beans and intense hop profile, but it finds a way to work quite well. Strong astringency throughout. Citrus character really shines in the end. Absolutely love the bittersweet finish of this one.

M- Soft carbonation, smooth feel, and little to no booze.

O- Hop heads and coffee lovers unite. Right there with Stone on their coffee ipa. Really enjoy the unique aspect of this one.

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Photo of babaracas
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Listed as a black IPA on the label. Marketing or just poking fun at the grey area here? New beer geek style label with french pressed hops. Pours a very very dark brown, near black in the glass, two fingers thick dark brown, ultra dense, thought it would last forever but in reality only 5 minutes head. Sheet of delicate lace down half the glass. Smell: ultra earthy coffee, pine, very woody, cardamom. Taste: pine, espresso, molasses, toasted brown bread, dark chocolate, pine + espresso in the finish. This is very good.

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Photo of Swongler
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This stuff is good. Ordered it at Mikkeller Bar in San Francisco. Readily available, obviously.

A - Black, simple tan head. Thick but leaves out some of the sticky features of other stouts.

S - Blackest of coffees. Like waking up in the morning and someone had brewed fresh coffee. No creamer mixed into this one. Hops are easily present. This smells like fresh coffee while camping in a forest thick with pine trees. Just such a fantastic smell. Spring camping and Sunday mornings are the first things that come to mind.

T - There is the black coffee again. It's good. Especially if you enjoy coffee. No vanilla or chocolate that you get with other stouts. The hops come full force on this one. Reminded me of a Double IPA in a weird way. I see why it is called Hop Breakfast. I give it props for matching the name.

M - Simple feel. Fresh and doesn't feel like processed beverages. Not too sticky, but not super thin.

O - If you really want that hoppy stout with a strong coffee flavor, get this; don't think twice, get it. If you prefer your stouts smooth with some vanilla, chocolate, and spice, well this is still worth a try. Great brew from a great brewer.

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into snifter; no bottle dating, but was released recently. Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, grapefruit, orange zest, pine, floral, light char, and floral/roasted earthiness. Awesome aromas with great balance and complexity of roasted malt, coffee, and hop notes; with big strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, grapefruit, orange zest, pine, floral, light char, and floral/roasted earthiness. Moderate amount of roasted/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, citrus, pine, light char, and floral/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome balance and complexity of roasted malt, coffee, and hop flavors; with a great hop/malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic hoppy coffee stout. All around great balance and complexity of roasted malt, coffee, and hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering

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Photo of StrongAleSkeptic
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Nice, opaque brown-hued black body. Some nice lacing effect throughout the experience. Vigorous pour needed to get the full head potential out of it, and even then dissipated quickly.

S - Subtle notes of the roasted grain bill upfront. Definitely sense the coffee and semi-sweet chocolate aromas. Even some piney notes in there yielding a nice balance.

T - The taste is definitely growing on me. I probably tried this too cold out of the fridge. Initially it was fairly dry with only hints of a subtle bitter roasted taste. Now that I've had a few more swigs as it warms, more of the coffee and roasted dark chocolate notes are more readily available to the palate. It's still fairly dry and quick to finish. Finishes pleasantly bitter too. Balanced richness all around.

M - Medium bodied, dry with a perfect touch of carbonated mouthfeel.

O - One of the more bitter stouts I've had. I enjoyed the hopped character to this one. Surprisingly drinkable despite the complexity from all of the balanced components. I dig.

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Photo of srhoadsy
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Served slightly chilled into a pint glass.

Pours black with brown highlights and a bubbly brown head that slowly recedes leaving a heavy surface layer and lacing.

Aromas of coffee, pine and grass.

Flavor profile focuses on the hops with pine, grass and grapefruit set to background of dark roasted coffee.

Medium bodied with a sweet finish, moderate carbonation and bitter, lingering aftertaste.

A pleasant surprise. I thought this was a second bottle of Beer Geek Brunch that I had brought back from Stein's in New Orleans last year. Pulled the bottle and was pleasantly surprised to see my mistake. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. It is like a Baltic breakfast stout. Hoppy, sweet and delicious. Need to make more mistakes like this. Only thing I would change, would be to add just a little more body.

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Photo of ThePaleRider
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Very dark and rich brown. Dark chocolate two finger head with really nice retention. Nice legs on the glass. No light passing through the glass on this one.

S - Smells a little boozey for the ABV. Lots of coffee and chocolate with a slight citrus. Very intriguing aroma.

T - Not picking up on the hops very much. Mostly light coffee and chocolate notes. Very drinkable stout.

M - Full bodied and very smooth. Not much carbonation to speak of. Really nice after taste.

O - My favorite that I've had from the breakfast lineup. Very drinkable but like usual, Mikkeller is just so expensive.

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Beer Hop Breakfast from Mikkeller ApS
4.06 out of 5 based on 629 ratings.
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