Beer Geek Breakfast (Speyside Edition) | Mikkeller ApS

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Beer Geek Breakfast (Speyside Edition)Beer Geek Breakfast (Speyside Edition)

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Aged for 3½ months on Speyside casks.

Brewed at Nøgne Ø.

Added by BDTyre on 07-19-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sammy
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of t0rin0
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.75

Nearly 3 years of age. Still before BB though.
Pours pitch black with almost no head. Some large chunks of sediment! Nose shows complex roast, coffee liqueur, cocoa, fresh ground coffee, oatmeal, woody oak and soft whisky.
The flavours are not quite as impressive. Roast malt, old coffee, a bit of booze and some whisky.
Pretty much flat. Needs carbonation.

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Photo of profondo
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of womencantsail
2.98/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours black with no head. Light smoke, roast, a touch of peat, and some whiskey. Fairly heavy on the roast, a touch of cocoa powder, and a bit of alcohol and green apple. The flavor is somewhat heavy on the cocoa. Light whiskey flavor, some oak, and a lot of roasted malt. Some green apple and alcohol and light toffee sweetness. Kind of watery and flat.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mrmiles for sharing this one at NoSignsOfPain's birthday bottleshare hosted by mrbubbler.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, peat, smoke, and wood. Taste is much the same with an extremely woody and peaty aftertaste. There is a medium amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer is pretty much flat with a medium body. Overall, this is a pretty good beer and I am very glad I got to try this one but the mouthfeel is a huge issue for me.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of ChrisPro
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of bosse.

A - jet black, no head whatsoever

S - Amazing nose: Tons of dark roasted coffee, smoke and dirty peat.

T - Definitely some coffee, and a solid bit of peaty scotch. The finish is incredibly ashy and acrid. Great until the finish. Overall,just kind of "meh" taste.

M - This beer has thinned out a bit more than the regular. A bit hot, but not terrible.

O - Solid beer, cool variation. Definitely far better than the bourbon, and a very cool beer that gets better the more you drink.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of MasterSki
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ChrisPro for sharing this one. I think I have a bottle courtesy of Jeffo waiting for me in Toronto. Served in a Glunz taster glass.

A - Minimal tan foam settles to a thin collar and then eventually nothing. Very dark brown body.

S - Smells like a Coffee Crisp. Speyside influence is quite mild, especially compared to many of the other Scotch Whisky barrel-aged beers by Mikkel. Great aroma of coffee, chocolate, wafers, and oats, with a light touch of salty and smoky whisky.

T - Unfortunately, the taste is largely dominated by peat, smoke, and permanent markers, with some fairly oppressive espresso and char bitterness in the finish. Where did all the sweetness go?! Not unpalatable, but a bit of a struggle after a small serving.

M - Medium body, smooth texture, lower carbonation (first time I've seen a bottle stating carbonation levels, btw), and a dry, tannic finish. Minimal alcohol presence, even though this seems like a bigger beer than the listed 7.5%.

D - Smells fantastic, but otherwise somewhat middling. That being said, I like it significantly more than the base beer. Why does Europe get all these cool and consistently decent Mikkeller barrel-aged beers while we get the abominable Black Holes series (Cognac excepted)?

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Photo of AgentZero
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ChrisPro for showing up with this at the Sour Bitch release.

A - Black beer, fine brown head that faded to a bit of a tight ring.

S - Smells of exceptionally peaty whiskey that has mixed with some good coffee. Slight bit of chocolate, no real alcohol on this one, this smells fantastic. I can't get over how good the peat and coffee ended up mixing.

T - Taste is just as good as the nose. Nice, smooth scotch, some good coffee, bit of cocoa, touch of barrel. Just a nice peaty beer that is mellowed a bit by the coffee for a nice blend of great flavors.

M - Almost full bodied, soft carbonation.

O - Loved this beer, one of the best peaty and scotch beers that I've had. Would love to dirnk this again.

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Photo of PaulStoneAnchor
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours absolutely jet black with no foam or head whatsoever

S: It has a rich dark roast coffee and dark chocolate, and also a little bit of barrel on the nose.

T: I am really impressed with this beer. The few months aged in scotch barrels has really mellowed the hot taste of the regular breakfast. It has a rich smoky peat, unsweetened dark chocolate, and rich dark roast coffee, and a slight bit of oak.

M: The mouthfeel is really rich, but not to thick. It has very little carbonation whatsoever, but this does not hinder the flavor or feel at all

O: I am really surprised about drinking a beer that is almost flat, but that still has an immense mellow and rich flavor. I think this variation is the a lot better than the regular breakfast. I really enjoyed the subtle hints of oak and smokyiness from the barrel.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ML poured into a tulip

A-- Poured black, pretty syrupy and thick looking. Menacing is probably a better word. Very little head. Mostly a dark leather brown film head that had a few gurgles in it. On swirling the head did get a touch bigger and the head a touch darker but quickly went by by. A few dots of lacing on the sides of the glass and a bit of a dark cola film to this.

S-- Smells much bigger, and much badder than 7.5 %. Lots of peat, burnt molasses, overdrawn espresso, dark 90% chocolate, rolled toasted oats. A lot of aromas to this and they are thick and big.

T-- Main thing in the taste is the peat. Can tell this has been in a barrel for a while. Molasses, chocolate, and coffee. What is surprising is for how big the smell is, that the taste is more of a stout or porter than an Imperial Stout. Much easier to manage.

M-- Quite thin but also quite flavorful. Get some dark fruits and coffee acidity. The peat does slightly drop off and become more easy to deal with and get the classic stout flavors, yet the peat is there in the end. Low carbonation and medium feel to this. Finishes with a peaty overdrawn coffee acidity to this.

O-- Has some high points but also some low points. The nose is great as well as the feel. Not the most attractive looking thing at all. Expected this to be bigger than 7.5% but it is more like closer to a 6% beer. To me the barrel adds another dimension to this as you get all sorts of flavors but not the absurd ABV levels of other beers. A sipper due to the amount of peat in this making this hard to work through. Solid but not outstanding.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle. Always glad to try a new version of Beer Geek Breakfast.

The beer pours a very dark brown to black color with no head. The aroma is heavy on the chocolate and roasted malt, but I also get some peet and smoked notes from the barrel aging.

The flavor is more of the same. The beer tastes like chocolate scotch with a lot of peet notes. There is also some cream and roasted malt notes.

Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

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Photo of spree92
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As black as black can get. Not a hint of anything else. The alcohol was really strong on the nose. Flavors of molasses, coffee and black licorice dance around the mouth. As the drink warms, the alcohol starts to become more prevalent. Leaves the mouth quite bitter with roasted malts. Very Smooth beer as there is no carbonation. For a beer that is 7.5%, all the characteristics make you think it is higher, maybe close to 10 or 11%.

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Photo of patra7
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I served it in a snifter glass. Left to warm for about 20 minutes, out of the fridge.

Apperance: Black body. Pours with almost no head or visible fizz. For an instant I got worried there might be something wrong with it. Then, I noticed the most miniscule of bubbles (brown ones) starting to appear from the middle of the glass and up -thousands of them- and gradually forming a very thin dark brown head. It didn't last long except for a partial, peripheral layer while most of the beer top looked black.

Smell: Strong alcohol smell, accompanied by "roastiness" & coffee and a bit of chocolate.

Taste: Malty and semi-sweet, reminiscent of an English ale, with a permanent accompanying coffee bean bitterness / acidity.
I am no fan of whiskey (I hate the thing to be precise), so I can offer no opinion on whether there is a whiskey smell or taste somewhere in there.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, very smooth, with a low carbonation (as mentioned on the label).

Drinkability: Interesting, enjoygable but not too exciting to drink more than one on the same sitting. Kind of one-dimensional.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a small foamy head with minimal retention and not much lacing. Aroma of scotch is dominant with light black chocolate notes also noticeable. Taste is also totally dominated by scotch with light notes of black chocolate also coming though. Body is fuller then average with almost no carbonation and light warming alcohol. This is a good example of barrel-aging not always being a plus for a beer.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, only a slight brown tinge when held up to the light. Head is virtually non-existent, maybe a few bubbles around the edge and a ring of foam left. Not great.

Smell is quite dark with a strength to it, quite smokey actually and a fair amount of oak as well. Yeah, lots of nice woody notes complementing dark roasty cocoa aromas well. Pretty good.

Taste is quite intense, with whiskey notes all over it. Very strong and boozey, firstly on the front with a crescendo of fairly sweet but smokey flavours, then gets quite intense with dark, roasty notes, espresso and unsweetened chocolate. Booziness returns on the back, but without the warmth, just a dry and oaky whiskey flavour with a highly attenuated grainy note. Pretty nice, but can't say I'm overawed. Could use more roastiness to cover the booze character.

Reasonably slick mouthfeel, not as full as it could have been, and leaves fairly dry. Not bad, but could have been better.

Yeah, some nice characters on this beer, not overdone. For an imperial stout it's pretty tame and drinkable.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thick and rather viscous black-brown, very much looking like crude oil. Head is completely absent apart from a couple of very large bubbles that stick like globs of air-soaked crude on the edge. Looks pleasantly thick and heavy, at least, but otherwise pretty uninspiring.

Big roasted characters; dark, crazy and black on the nose. Subtle notes of vanilla and oak, with an interesting underlying whiff of chilli heat. It's very dark and really quite interesting.

Taste is extremely black, charred and roasted, much like smearing charcoal on my tongue. Little sweetness, although the feel is rather satiny and slick, which lends it a comforting presence. Overall, though, there's not a huge amount of dimensionality to the palate. While it's robust, it's not particularly layered.

Not a bad drop all up. It has some character, some aggression and some interest. It's not as complex or as plain good as the best examples I've had, but it's a drinkable enough brew. The Weasel was much better.

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Photo of gford217
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500mL gold-waxed bottle courtesy of Jan.

Pours opaque black with a small bubbly tan head that hangs on as a heavy collar and leaves only hints of lacing.

The aroma is wonderful, especially since the Scotch is not overpowering. There is still lots of dark roasted malts, bakers chocolate and, of course, load of freshly ground coffee. The Scotch is much more subtle than the Weasel Islay I had a while back.

The taste is also very well balanced with an initial chocolate malts sweetness with vanilla and coffee mixed in. The finish is where the Scotch comes in with a noticeably smoky peat flavor.

The mouthfeel is extremely smooth and creamy, maybe a tad thin due to the barrel presence, with the vanilla, oak and Scotch lingering on the palate. Low carbonation but adequate.

I'm not sure I would compare this to an impy stout as it's really just an amped up stout. That said, it's a great beer, with the Scotch leaving a lasting impression but not dominating an already great underlying beer. This was better than the Islay Brunch Weasel I had.

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Beer Geek Breakfast (Speyside Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 26 ratings
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