Beer Hop Breakfast | Mikkeller ApS

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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 jjanega08
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No freshness dating

A= Pours a deep black color with a nice thick finger of dark brown head on it that holds great retention and some solid lacing. Looks like a stout to me.

S= I can smell the piney hops from several feet away. This is more than just a hopped up stout it's a straight up hop bomb. The interesting part is once you move in to smell it the piney hops sort of fade as you get closer and coffee and roasted malt take their place making it more stout like. Piney hops and coffee make for an interesting smell but I like it.

T= The taste is interesting to say the least. It's a rough mix of coffee and hops and they eat try really hard to battle the other. One second you get coffee and roasted malt the next you find big bright piney hops. A unique mix that I've never encountered. The stout is solid the additions make it great but weird at the same time. I almost think it tastes like shitty weed.

M= Velvet. So smooth and creamy.

O= This is an odd combo. It works if you expect it but I cannot see myself drinking more than this bottle. A weird mix for sure. Check it out and see if you like it. Who knows it could be the next big thing. Mikkeller always like to push the envelope and this is one of those. Tasty once and maybe sketchy twice.

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Photo of ales4baldo
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Hopstout
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of TheBeerCarl
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It poured nicely into the glass with a thin, but not too thin, brown head. The color of the beer is a deep, dark, opaque brown. A decent looking stout.

Smell: It smells like someone hit me in the face with a fresh bag of hops! It was quite amazing! A beautiful floral, citrus and piney hop aroma followed by subtle notes of coffee and bourbon.

Taste: It had quite the refreshing blend of roasted barley, tangy citrus and coffee. Unusual for a stout but not one labeled as a hop breakfast. They nailed the name of this beer because it tastes pretty much like someone put coffee grounds and hops into their coffee maker and hit brew.

Mouthfeel: The beer rolls over the palette with a full body and a little carbonation; what you would expect from a stout.

Overall this has been the best beer that I have had from Mikkeller. Their beers are usually done well but not well enough to justify the price they charge. However this one was worth the price and I'd buy it again.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of falloutsnow
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle from Beertopia in Omaha, NE
No bottled on date
Poured into a tulip glass

Mikkeller's Beer Hop Breakfast assertively hops a version of his Beer Geek Breakfast for a hop-lover's treat in stout form. The hops primarily contribute bitterness with some pine and grapefruit characters. The malt is well-roasted and dominant, alongside the coffee ground character that tends to make up coffee stouts. Aside from a fairly aggressive and out of place mouthfeel, this is a quality stout. At $8.50 per bottle, though, this is going to be a lesser-bought beer for me.

Able to pour a huge, taller than 4cm head of dark tan to brown in color. Composed of small bubbles, which create a frothy look as the head is exposed to oxygen. Head takes a very long time to descend (excellent retention), and leaves massive amounts of lacing along the walls of the glass. Body is a deep, dark brown to black color, opaque, with only the slightest of indications that this has lighter brownish highlights. Carbonation is slightly visible along sides of glass: I"m sure it's there to support the foam, but the beer is dark enough to largely obscure it.

Aroma of roasted malt, mild coffee, and mild pine resin. I'm fairly certain this bottle is probably close to a year old, and I'm pleased that the hop use is still discernible.

Taste primarily of roasted malt and coffee with a strong underpinning of quite bitter hops. Opens with mild coffee bitterness and equally mild sweetness on the tip of the tongue. Moving a bit further back, coffee grounds and roasted barley malt eclipse most other flavors. At this point, I can detect some minute, but distinct sweetness from the barley and oatmeal malt combination. By mid-palate, bittering hops are very noticeable, contributing grapefruit and a smaller amount of pine-like flavors. Back of palate picks up a resurgence of roasted barley alongside hop bitterness. Strong coffee ground flavor in aftertaste, actually to the point of being a bit overstated, with residual hop bitterness.

Beer is medium-bodied with fairly aggressive carbonation that makes this a bit prickly on the palate. A fairly high alcohol content in an oatmeal stout would suggest a thicker beer with a smoother carbonation. This is not particularly smooth at all: the carbonation level makes you sip it rather quickly. Finish is mostly dry with a bit of stickiness around the edges of the mouth.

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Photo of tdm168
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jtd1969 for splitting this bomber with me.

Pours a pitch black with a quarter of an inch of brown head that has great retention. The nose is roasty, herbal, citrusy, and has some notes of coffee. The flavor is herbal, piny, and citrusy up front with a good deal of hop character followed by roasted malts and coffee notes in the middle, and finishes with a faint, bitter astringency. The mouthfeel is thinner than the appearance and style would leave yoou to believe but it is smooth and well carbonated.

This isn't as robust or full bodied as I would have hoped, but it is smooth and flavorful. It's worth checking out.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of bylerteck
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Local Taphouse, St Kilda. From notes.

A - Black pour with light carbonation. One finger of dark brown fluffy head left a small film of retention and sticky rings of lace.

S - Coffee, hops, a heavily hopped stout is what's at work from the aroma. Roasty as well. Quite nice.

T - Really rich darkness. Tons of aggressive hops follow with chocolate and coffee as well. Really roast too. Citrussy with mid pine as well. Both elements really rock and blend together.

M - Good carbonation, medium to full body and a bitter chocolate/hop finish.

O/D - Quite a good hoppy stout. Richness makes it clearly a stout and not a black IPA. Really drinkable. Nails it pretty good.

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Photo of howard12
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of matthageman
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of YobroitsJoe
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of DanK4
3.61/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Out of a bottle into a Stone RIS snifter.

A: Complete blackness with a 2.5 finger dark mocha head that dissipates somewhat quickly. Wonderful black richness with some visible streaming carb. Looks like a hearty stout.

S: Coffee, and grains here- almost like a burnt wort smell with a hint of hops and raw pine. Smells like interesting, not too sure what to expect from the taste. I feel like the hops will be shadowed by the intense bitter coffee and burnt malt flavors I can just smell oozing out of the glass.

T: Bitter, no real hops to be found. Almost getting flashbacks to the St. Ambroise RIS I had that made me absolutely sick. Goes down like cold bitter coffee, but at least there is no alcohol burn present. Kills the taste buds, well all of the receptors that aren't bitter-recognizing at least. Overall I expected more of a taste out of this Mikkeller brew, considering all of their other beers I've had have been so beautifully crafted.

M: Finishes very very dry, bitter aftermath being left with no real desire to try to seek out any other type of beer for the evening due to the fact that I most likely wont be able to taste anything but bitter coffee.

O: Not my cup of brew. I can see how someone really into stouts would love this beer, but it's just not for me. I expected more hops, less stout and coffee.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 500ml bottle with date [M.h.t. 1/3-2012]; not sure how to interpret this, although it suggests the bottle is quite old. Acquired a couple of weeks ago from Beer Merchants (UK).

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Unfathomable blackness - no photon escapes it's clutches. Produces a huge head of creamy brown foam with good retention; this ultimately subsides to a surface layer. A rich aroma of coffee - strong and bitter - accompanied by plentiful roasted malt. Notes of burnt grain and stewed hops, with indistinct hints of aromatic hops. A whiff of alcohol in the background.

Tastes of intense bitter coffee and roasted malt. Notes of roasted coffee and malt, burnt grain, stewed hops, a hint of pine and faint dry yeast. Exceptionally bitter; kills off half your taste buds. The alcohol doesn't make itself felt in the flavour. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly with decent body, yet it leaves the impression that it is thinner than it should be for such a big beer. Very astringent; dries the palate completely. Bitter coffee aftertaste.

A quality stout, though it falls just short of superb. The hop flavour doesn't really come across - subtle hints that are smothered by an excess of coffee. The mouthfeel also seems a tad thin. However, the coffee/malt character are without deficiency. All in all, a beer that strives for greatness and is found wanting. Which isn't to say that it's bad - grab one if you can stomach the price.

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Photo of muskiesman
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours black with a large, dark tan head and lacing.
Nose shows passion-fruit, chocolate truffles, soft pine, oatmeal and earthy coffee beans. Very nice.
Very rich, decadent flavours, with massive amounts of espresso and cocoa complimented by more passion-fruit and peach. Coffee is definitely the dominant flavour though, becoming almost harsh and creating a very sharp bitterness.
Could use more carbonation to create a creamier mouthfeel.

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Photo of arizcards
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 500 ml bottle from Total Wine in mid-February for $10.99 - Happy Birthday to me for that price!

Beer poured black as night with a nice huge brown head that is hanging steadily as i sip.

Nose is coffee, mocha, floral hops, cocoa.

Taste is a mixed bag of two styles. Dark cocoa dominates, some mocha, grapefruit hops lurking at the end.

Mouthfeel was pretty smooth but i did not get the viscosity i was expecting after seeing the initial pour.

Overall this is a very interesting beer that combines the stout and ipa styles which are my two favorites into one bottle. Definitely not for all beer geeks but it was tasty and very interesting for me. For $10.99 i would not seek this out again as this is not quite a world class brew.

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Photo of farrago
3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thick two finger head of super dark brown, surface filled with larger bubbles which contributes to a steady dissolve, you can watch it disappear, the lacing has moderate strength but not so much density. The liquid is fully black, however, you see some tiny bubbles rising inside and the outer rims and surface take on a yellow hue, looks sturdy. The nose offers palpable coffee roast along with powdered chocolate and cocoa, big burst of pink grapefruit and pine betrays the hops presence, in some ways the green herbal nature becomes dominant, minor notes of plum or cherry fruit, doesn’t come across as sweet as expected. Medium-bodied, what’s there feels heavy on the tongue, here the roast more pronounced and bitter, coffee grounds, dark chocolate, mocha, tar, tobacco resin with toasted bread more than softer yeast accents. The pine, grapefruit and leaf to grass hops bust right up the middle, minimal sweetness found on the tongue too. The carbonation is subtly refreshing more than a definite presence. No real fruit presence, the finish becomes more astringent to bitter. Tastes clearly like a fusion of two different beers. More curious than pleasurable.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a solid, deep brown colour, with lighter tones at the edges of the glass when tilted. Head forms frothy and full, like the mocha top of a chocolate fondue. Some speckled lacing around the edge of the glass. Body looks full, but quite fluid, and forms tight carbonation when tilted. Looks good.

Nose is mostly still dominated by the stout, but a sharp pine resin note comes through relatively strongly, giving a greenish twinge to the otherwise brown-black aroma. Still there are notes of coffee, roasted grains and a touch of coconut.

Taste is unusual, with a deep roasted bitterness topping a touch of sweetness, but not a lot. Instead, there's a sharp vector of hoppy bitterness towards the back, which has the twin consequences of making the roastedness more pronounced, and making the feel seem less full and thinner. The roast and the hops has the other consequence of leaving an odd dark floral flavour, like lavender or holly. It's very unusual.

I'm afraid to say that this didn't work for me all that well; the dark roast it not full enough to support the hops, or the hops don't mesh nicely with the stoutier flavours. It doesn't have the subtle synergy of a India Black Ale, and the hops blast through any vestige of it being a true stout. It makes it awkward, overly bitter, and oddly, despite everything, lacking in complexity.

Probably my least favourite of the Beer Geek series so far.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slight light brown head over black liquid.

S: Coffee, yeast, toasted malt and roasted barley.

T: Bitter coffee, yeast, roasted malt and toasted barley.

M: Medium to thin viscosity. Quite thin for an oatmeal stout.

O: Disappointing. Not a bad oatmeal stout but doesn't live up to the price or hype.

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Photo of Nerudamann
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - jet black in color with about three fingers' worth of frothy chocolate-colored foam that dissipates somewhat quickly.

Smell - Definitely a malty, roasted quality to the aroma. I smell less coffee than I do a molasses or chocolate type of hint. Definitely smells like an oatmeal stout.

Taste - definitely more coffee in the taste. It tastes very much like a bitter straight black coffee. But the notes of an oatmeal stout still do permeate the beginning of the taste.

Mouthfeel - pretty well balanced, but definitely leans more toward the creamier side.

Overall - not a bad tasting brew, but it is quite a shock at first. But interesting to think about.

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