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Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
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Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A smoked version of the Beer Geek Breakfast.

Brewed at Nøgne Ø.

Added by bark on 07-02-2010

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601
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
21.24%
 
 
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Photo of corby112
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, deep dark brown color that appears pitch black in the glass. Completely opaque without even the slightest hint of lighter color when held to a light source and a frothy three finger mocha colored head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the glass with large chunks of soapy lacing.

Very smokey malt aroma with hints of silky chocolate malt, roasted coffee/espresso bean, oatmeal and burnt toast complimenting the usual smoke/rauchbier notes. Hints of campfire, butane, ash, charcoal and BBQ bacon. The smokiness in the aroma isn't as extreme as I had hoped but it's still pretty intense.

Chewy medium body with a very bitter, roasty smoked malt flavor that dominates throughout into a long dry finish. This beer is also surprisingly hop forward adding to the roasty bitterness. Silky chocolate malt and a creamy lactic presence add balance to the smokiness. I'm also picking up hints of oatmeal roasted coffee bean, burnt toast and toffee. Again, as in the aroma, it's not as intensely smokey as I expected but the usual burnt malt, charcoal, bacon, BBQ and charred notes are still evident.

Overall, this beer is more well balanced than I prefer for this style but the surprising hop character is quite nice.

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Photo of Derek
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black with a tan head, good retention & lace.

S: Smells like a rauchbier (though not overpowering), with an underlying stout (licorice, black-strap molasses, hints of coffee & roasted nut).

T: It's just a smoked stout, though there does seem to be some crispy, almost burnt bacon flavour. Espresso, Dutch licorice, blackstrap molasses, roasted nut, solid bitterness, slight alcohol warmth.

M: Moderate body has some roasted acidity.

D: It's a good brew, just not spectacular.

This would be great around a campfire on a cool night.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A motor oil pour produces a monstrous 3 finger+ cinnamon colored head that was incredibly well lasting. The head was a marshmellow structure, all the while leaving a thick shellacking, coating the glass with >90% efficiency as it slowly receded.

S: Morning after burnt wood and ambers deliver a rich smoky appeal with a strong sense of strength. Burnt bacon and minerality also chime in. Not since Aecht Schlenkerla have I experienced such a deep, burnt smoky appeal.

T: Thick oatbase is very evident, creamy highlighted by liquid smoke and burnt wood. Dark chocolate, burnt bacon and a deep earthy roasted coffee bitterness moves in along with some dark fruit. Hard to imagine doing it much better. Nice campfire minerality and creamy dark roasted coffee base laces the tongue upon the swallow and decides to linger abit.

M: Thick and creamy mouthful, dark and rich and roasty on the tongue with nil carbonation.

D: Very good drinkability, consumed at 50-55F. Alcohol at 7.5% is hardly a factor, you'll be to mesmerized by the huge smoky roasted nature and smooth consumption. Silky smooth on the down.

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Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at TJ's Everyday. A smoky wasteland if ever there was one.

A: Dark, black as night, ebon, a biere noir, except that it has lighter ruby notes on closer inspection. The head is tan-colored, a cordoban brown.

S: The nose is smokey, chewy with this cured grains. The smoke is all-consuming, covering up all of the dark roasted aspects. Beer Geek, normally a fan favorite for me, is missing behind the over-roasted malts.

T: Sweet smoked grains, charred to an extreme (think Spring House Smoked Porter) are scathing, leaving very little behind. What does come through has chocolate and burnt toast, sweetness that acts as a strong accompaniment to the smoke. Coffee? Maybe it is there, but the coffee isn't the focus. Instead it adds to the chocolatey aspects of the stout. The smoke, a roasted fullness, is very nice.

M: Smoke, smoke taken to a new level and then some. The chewiness, for all the smoke, is surprisingly sweet but moderation is the key - very smokey and intense.

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Photo of dar482
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a very dark brown.

The aroma has a strong smokey aroma of bacon, a bit of camp fire, quite peaty at times, and then some coffee and chocolate in there.

The flavor follows with that smokey peat character, a bit of light bacon smokiness, then tons of roasted coffee. For those into smoked beers, this has a wonderful balance between the smoke and coffee flavors. A medium body on this.

This beer holds it own by being packed with flavors at 7.5% ABV. A wonderfully delicious take on the series.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into tulip mar30 2011

A pretty dark with just a slight edge of dark cola when held to the light, the head is also pretty dark and retains very well leaving a fair bit of lace as it slowly falls to an island

S faint hops with a strong blast of hippie that just showed up at the bar after sitting in front of a campfire for a week or two and some milk chocolate

T not far from the smell, plenty of smoke and chocolate with some faint coffee and licorice, perhaps some tobacco and leather sneak in after the initial smokey blast

M not overly thick for the color but not thin by any means and the bubbles cream it up a bit and the flavors lingure

O decent smoked beer and I'm glad I picked it up, not bad for a spring day staring at the Rockies out the window. The smokes a little overpowering but I think that may be the goal of this brew

I'd drink this again but I'm going to be broke after trying all these new Mikkellers released in Alberta and then buying more of the ones I want to cellar. Nice smokey flavors if you like that sort of thing its worth looking for

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.62/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 ounce bottle. Served in a DFH signature glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch frothy tan head. Head retention is good, with a lot of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is excellent, there's plenty of smoke/peat/bacon noticable, along with some dark chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. Taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, it's very smoky and roasty! There's also a good lingering smoky finish. Although I think the aroma is smokier than the taste, this is still a pretty tasty brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and coating with low carbonation. This brew is smooth and very easy to drink. It's easily the smokiest brew I've had lately, and a pretty good overall brew in general.

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Photo of avalon07
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and an impenetrable texture. There was a massive, creamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Surprisingly average lacing.

S: The smokiness of this beer overwhelms the smell, but there are traces of coffee and malt.

T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by the smokiness. There is some coffee, malt and chocolate, but it's in short supply. Not a bad flavor, but not as balanced as I would've liked.

M: A generally well-carbonated beer with a very dry and smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: While this is an uneven and inconsistent beer, it still has a good drinkability.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep black with cap of dark brown bubbles, gone rather quickly and minimal lacing. Scent leads with a strong smoke and chared grain profile, noted of bitter black coffee grinds on the back. When cold, taste is dominated by a strong, but not harsh meaty smoke. As it warms, other flavors, namely spent coffee grinds and a faint touch of dark cherry. Lingering char on the palate, full bodied and smooth, quite bubbly. A nice aggressive smoke profile that doesn't overpower, a good base beer unfortunately hidden too well.

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Photo of Brad007
4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black as night hue with a small brown head.

Smoked malt mingles with roasted coffee to create a "bacon"-like aroma. Kind of a darker rauchbier?

Chewy, smoky and full of coffee goodness. Bursts with smoke in the middle.

Its slick with just a hint of lingering smoke at the back of the throat. The smoke never has a chance to overwhelm the other flavors.

Marvelous. Worth a try for fans of the style. If you love bacon, it's a bonus.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black bodied beer with a thick, dense, hefty brown head supported on top. Retention is outstanding as is lacing. Nice aroma of smoke, char, tobacco, chocolate and roast. Char hits the palate first. Then dark chocolate, tobacco juice, leather and greasy bacon. Very good all around. A little acridness, but fitting for the style. Actually some sweet malt underneath all the roast and chocolate that peeks its head out once in a while. Lot of character as usual with Mikkeller.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour, not as dark as expected. At the very end, the pour was clumpy, and rather than do the brussels lace thing, it looked as if (maybe it was the bacon playing tricks on my eyes) there were bits of congealed fat that caused it to stick to the glass in a very unique way.

Aroma was heavy smoke, char, almost thought this one was aged in bourbon based on the aroma.

Taste, so smooth and drinkable, the heaviest smoked beer I've had that did not impart an undesireable astringency, this one was spot on with the oatmeal. Chocolate, leathery feel to it downbottle. Bacon taste not really present, but could see it having been part of the smoking agent equation.

At $11 a bottle, I can't give it too high of an overall score, but it is an interesting beer worth checking out if you've never had it before. Not as good as the brunch weasel, but good.

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Photo of Bung
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml. Black pour, two big fingers of dark tan head. Retained very well.

Aroma, mostly roast malt, chocolates and some pine/herbal hops. Just a faint smokey peat.

Taste, a nice peaty and bacon smoke here. Heavy roast malt, dark chocolate, anise. Finish with the herbal hops and more smoke. As advertised.

Mouthfeel, solid medium, nice and creamy. The relatively low abv is nowhere present.
Thought this was pretty good, better than the hop one but not as good as the first two.

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Photo of drpimento
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Let this bottle warm up a bit out of the fridge. Poured with a mammoth, tan, foamy, frothy, thick, creamy head and no lace. Color is an absolutely opaque brown black. Aroma is smoke, dark roasty malt, dark ripe fruit, and old leather. Taste is very similar to nose with just a hint of malt sweet. Body is good, smooth, soft and chewy with good carbonation. Finish is like flavor and of medium length. I prefer smoke beers with a milder smokieness, so I don't call this a session.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer has been getting kind of crushed after my inital raving review from the Mikkeller bar on tap so its time to give this another shot and see what's going on...A black pour with only about a finger of medium tan head, its gone quickly and doesn't have much lacing at all...The aroma is pretty decent, does show off some smoke but the amount of bacon I loved on tap is mostly gone and replaced with just a lot of salty aroma...The taste is an even bigger disappointment as its almost void of flavor. A bitter coffee and finish with light smoke in the middle. The smoke is not nearly as good as on tap and there is no yummy pork.

HUGE disappointment in the bottle, does not add to the weasel at all, a little smoke on the nose but just a boring average rauch here.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.79/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up in Chicago for $10.49 this week, 1pt .9oz bottle. It pours dark brownish black, completely opaque, a few fingers of tan foam and dried lace on the glass. The beer smells and tastes perfect, this is exactly the way I want a smoked stout to be. Smoked malts and dried meats, like beef jerky mixed with brown sugar, this is so addictive. A little chocolate in the aftertaste too, and a long lasting flavor of coffee in the aftertaste. The body is creamy like an oatmeal stout, nice match for the rich flavors. I want to see this available in OH.

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Photo of glid02
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Leon's in Atlanta, the American version is sold as Rauch Beer Geek Breakfast.

Pours black with a one-finger brown head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of smooth roasted malt, smoked malts, coffee, and dark chocolate, in that order. The smoked malt aromas intensify a bit as the beer warms.

Tastes very good. The smoked malt flavors aren't as intense as the nose intimates, instead favoring moderately roasted malt flavors that kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are good amounts of smooth dark chocolate flavors that segue into smooth, lightly roasted coffee. Hints of smokiness work their way into the flavor profile before fading out into a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was a fan of this beer and thought the smokiness was well done. It didn't overpower the beer and instead augmented what is already a nice beverage. Worth a shot.

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Photo of cbutova
4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First time I've seen this one, apparently it's new. Cool that I reviewed Beer Geek Breakfast exactly one year ago.

A- Pitch black with a great dark, dark tan head that has good retention and builds up to massive proportions. Ends up being a very nice cloud and ring leaving not lace but suds that take forever to find their way back to the beer. (I often don't get snifter lace)

S- A coffee forward oatmel stout for sure, on target. Great roasty malt and a decent amount of smoke, slight campfire/charcoal notes. Tiniest bit of earthy hops to balance it out.

T- Very balanced and well done. That great Beer Geek Breakfast Oatmeal Stout flavor leads off the profile; awesome coffee, roast malt and slight hops. Then comes a tasteful amount of smoked malt, which lingers on the palate (charcoal notes, reminds me of camping) and combines with previously mentioned flavors to make one of the best aftertastes I have experienced.

MF- A nice and creamy, thick body with very smooth carbonation. Slight bitterness and warmth take it to a very good feel.

DB- Very surprised to hear that people think this is overly smoky. It really isn't drastically different from Beer Geek Breakfast, just a bit of smoke on top of what is already one of the best Oatmeal Stouts there is. Coffee + Smoke + Roast Malt = A+.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this from 2beerornot2beer in the Blind Beer Round 6 BIF.
500ml. bottle poured into my Bells tulip:

A: Pours a pitch black with about one full finger of mocha colored foam. The head settles nicely in a decent amount of time without leaving much residue on the glass. There is some nice lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is sweet, smoky, and a little earthy. I’m also picking up some salt, chocolate, and meat notes. It smells great. This beer seems to be right in my wheelhouse.

T: The first hit is slightly sweet, with a big dose of smoke. The smoke notes follow through to the end and blend with a charcoal like taste. There is this bitter chalkiness to this beer. The finish is bitter with a touch of chocolate.

M: Full bodied beer. It starts off think and chalky, but finishes a bit smoother.

O: I like this beer. I’m not blown away, but its super interesting and I love all of the smoke and roast in this beer... Uggh, I just got a mouthful of little brown sludgy bits! Gross. I'm gonna have to bring it down a peg now.

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Photo of THECPJ
2.69/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark black with a 2 finger mocha head

smell: bacon, smoke, malts, barley,

taste: bacon, smoke, funky plastic,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, full body,

overall: I really wanted to like this beer. But some of the off flavors and smell turned me off.

Cheers,
The CPJ

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Photo of dirtylou
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz bottle, Riley's

I like bacon.

appearance: poured into an oversized snifter - ebony body with a healthy chocolate cap and light retention

smell: char, dark chocolate, liquid smoke, roasted malts, espresso, molasses

taste: Mikkeller stouts are hit or miss but the beer geek series seems better than the black hole series. There really isnt any bacon to speak of, but people often associate bacon with smoke for some reason. This stout is rich and velvety with hints of char, smoke, dark chocolate, espresso, molasses, wood, dark fruits, and alcohol

mouthfeel: rich and velvety - i would have guessed the abv was > 7.5% though

drinkability: sipper - but nice

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

8 oz tap pour in a snifter at The Palm Tavern.

A - Served totally black in the snifter with firm dense dark tan head. Good retention but no lace left over.

S - Beer Geek Bacon sizzles with roasted malts and hints of cocoa and chocolate with an overpowering peet smoke aroma.

T - Bitter chocolate starts the flavor with a dusty cocoa backing and a mild peet smoke that comes through with a touch of coffee on the finish.

M - Medium-bodied and smooth with a toasty, smokey finish and an acrid, dry bitterness.

D - Wow. It's a good thing this snifter was shared. That's a pretty smokey rauchbier. A little over-the-top with the smoke, it could easily be brought down a notch or two.

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Photo of Rutager
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

#2 in tonight's International Stout Day lineup. Probably the last after that Stone IRS bomber.

Appearance. Pours black with nearly 3 fingers of dark tan head that leaves some thick lacing.

Smell. Campfire log freshly douced with ocean water. Totally cereal!!

Taste. Holy smoke!! Like sucking on one of those ocean water douced campfire logs!! I do get a little bacon in the aftertaste, but man, that smoke is thick!! Fairly sweet, but also salty and acrid with that liquified smoke.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with above medium, smooth carbonation.

Overall. A little bit over the top for me. The smoke is just too overpowering. Interesting, but probably not something I'll seek out again.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown liquid, lighter than average for a stout of this price structure usually. Wasn't a sexy uniform pour, there was some sediment and chunkiness to it.

Aroma hit the smoke, bacon, bitter and roasted notes. The bacon was very minimal, took on rauchbier like qualities.

Taste actually was a gentler ride than the aroma would lead me to believe. Smoke wasn't overpowering but complimentary. Neat to check out, but at the price point just not a repeat purchase kind of beer.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle poured into large snifter glass

Pours a deep solid brown, almost black, with a thick, frothed coffee brown head. Retains well with plenty of patchy lacing running around the glass.

Plenty of smoke up front in the nose, coupled with roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, slight bitterness, and a light hint of bacon.

Thick smokiness kicks it off with notes of leather and bitterness. Bits of dark chocolate, molasses, and mocha coffee swirl through out the flavor profile. Some hop bitterness is apparent towards the end, which combines with the charred smoke to create a nice effect. Finishes warm, bitter, and dry.

Full body, a little dry and chewiness in the feel. Smooth and tasty drinking, which goes down faster than usual, especially with the relatively lower ABV. One of my favorite smoked stouts I've tried so far.

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