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Beer Geek Breakfast - Bourbon Edition | Mikkeller ApS

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
There were two versions of this beer.
10.7% in Europe
7.5% in the USA

Now all is 7.5%.

Brewed at Nøgne Ø.

BEER STATS
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#19,923
Reviews:
75
Ratings:
118
pDev:
12.5%
 
 
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Reviews by beerdrifter:
Photo of beerdrifter
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Dark brown, almost black pour with beautiful three finger tan head with good retention and lacing. Unique, roasty, earthy, sweet nose with lots of mocha and coffee along with hints of tobacco and bourbon. The taste follows suit with loads of dark chocolate and coffee, with hints of oak, vanilla, milk chocolate, and just a touch of black licorice and smoke. The bourbon is there, but somewhat subdued. It does come to the forefront more as it warms, but the woodiness is more prevalent from the aging as opposed to the bourbon. The mouthfeel is extremely creamy and smooth, almost like a milkshake. Would have preferred more bourbon character, but overall another solid beer from Mikkeller.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jim at Sherbrooke for the sample. From a 500 ml tall brown bottle batch #463, best before 221014. Tall creamy mocha head on the pour with big loose bubbles, opaque black body impermeable to light.

Sweet boozy and wood aroma, touches of vanilla, small hints of roastiness beneath it all.

Sweet, then boozy, then woody, then roasty, that pretty much sums up the flavour in a nutshell. In the background is some brown sugar and vanilla bean (the latter also coats the lips). Dry, somewhat grainy finish with coffee grounds.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, smooth and silky with very low carbonation. A bit light for this style.

Flavourful and very easy to drink for the style and the abv%, didn't really rock my world, but the bourbon certainly adds a pleasant dimension to it. Although the bourbon tends to dominate, it certainly doesn't detract overall.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dirty brown color foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of bourbon is dominating with some dry black chocolate notes also present. Taste is also dominated by loads of bourbon with light vanilla and some strong black chocolate notes. Body is quiet full with lightly oily texture and good carbonation with alcohol not really apparent. This is still not better then the un-barrelled version but still enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 500 mL (approximately) bottle.

A: Pitch black, dark as night, ebon. A tan colored head comes along with the stout, lighter like crème.

S: The stout's formidable coffee base comes through, deep and roasted with chocolate and coffee aromas. The bourbon stands out more in this bottle (had one a few months ago that was underwhelming), a sweetness amongst all of the dark flavors. It isn't a full-on bourbon though, rather the soft flavors make me think of a blend.

T: The roasted flavors are dark and burnt, a burn that can't hide the ale's strength. Coffee and chocolate are present, bitter but sweet as the bourbon swoops in. The bourbon, as in the nose, is restrained, present but in a complimentary role. The vanilla and coconut that it brings aren't overpowering, instead they mesh with the darker stout elements. A good stout, plenty of flavor to go around. It's not a big bourbony one though.

M: The mouthfeel is, as expected for a bigger stout, more towards the roasted end of the spectrum. The bourbon that comes through is sweet but could have a little more oomph.

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Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bourbon nose, but understated Bourbon in the taste. Roast, an interesting roast, chocolate, engine oil. Smooth, above average mouthfeel. Well integrated. Gelatin thickness.
Peenstein bottle From a visiting friend to Europe.Mocha head.Alcoholl well hidden

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Photo of WOLFGANG
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of whartontallboy
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle generously shared by thegrogbog (thanks Tim!). This pours dark brown with about a finger of tan foam. The nose has less bourbon than we'd hoped, more barrel than bourbon. Some light vanilla mixing it up with roasted malts, much less coffee than the unaged version. In fact that's probably the defining point for me, the barrel took the coffee out of this aroma.

Actually that's pretty much how it tastes too. The coffee is very diminished from the base, maybe barely discernable in the aftertaste. Mostly I get cocoa and vanilla accents on sweet malts.

Average body, on the thinner side maybe but not bad, easy to pound unfortunately. I think we all hoped this would be better, it's not bad but not great.

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Photo of mcallister
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Created a new listing for this. Different label then the "Bourbon barrel edition" Beer Geek Breakfest and different ABV (10.7 compared to 7.5 on this).

Pours nearly black with a very foamy mocha colored head large and exploding, but loosely bodied and fizzy. Nice retention however.

Coffee, espresso, dark chocolate, vanilla, and cream hit the ole factor then some light bourbon and oaky notes show through. Spent coffee grinds really are the main aroma, some dark fruit character in there as well.

Only being 7.5% ABV leaves this thing light and fluffy on the palate and way to quaffable. Bitter spent coffee grinds devours the palate. Creamy in the middle with apparent oat flavors, just a hint of bourbon adding to the character, mocha, heavy creme, hints of vanilla, black fruits, black licorice, bitter bakers chocolate, with some milk chocolate thrown in. Very nice and easy drinking. A little pricey however.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, this is the US (7.5% ABV) version. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like coffee, roasted and charred/burnt malt, bittersweet chocolate and some bourbon and vanilla. The taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but with a little bit of licorice noticeable. The bourbon flavor was weak at first, but got stronger as the beer warmed up (and I let the bottle sit out for 30 minutes after taking it out of the fridge before opening it). Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth and a bit creamy with moderate carbonation. I think it's a good overall brew, although I do wish the bourbon in both the aroma and taste was stronger. But at $16.99 a bottle, I wouldn't buy it again at that price.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of eric5bellies
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - Pours the classic deep ebony colour with a large tanned head that reduces to a one fingered head.

S - Very earthy aromas with plenty of woody bourbon in there

T - Flavours are pretty intense vanilla and oak. The Bourbon is definitely a major factor in this beer. Plenty of expresso coffee and toffee as well. A warm boozy finish.

M - Quite a chewy full bodied mouthfeel, with low to medium carbonation.

O - A very pleasureable heavy BA stout that will satisfy your palate.

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Photo of Gmann
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black color with a huge tight bubble light brown head. The head slowly disipates leaving a wall of lacing. Fantastic.

The aroma is of roasted malt with notes of vanilla. Light milk chocolate and coffee blend well with the bourbon aromas. Beautiful aroma.

The flavor is of roasted malt and coffee. Coffee flavors are strong but not overwhelming. Though they do add a substantial bitterness to the brew. The bourbon flavors are light as well as the vanilla, barely making their presence known past the coffee flavors. The barrel does add a woody flavor but not oaky as the beer doesn't have a sour edge to it. There is a slight hint of the bourbon but that is about it. Still a kick ass stout flavor though.

Well bodied, quite thick. There is a prickly carbonation to help break up the body. Roasty and bitter throughout.

Very good coffee stout but needs more bourbon flavor for a bourbon barrel aged stout.

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Photo of metter98
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a large mocha colored head. The head has good retention properties and took a long time to settle down but left a thin layer of bubbles consistently covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of roasted malts in the nose as well as some notes of bourbon and coffee beans.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has flavors of roasted malts along with some notes of bitter coffee beans, bourbon from the barrel aging and hints of chocolate.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and very smooth and creamy with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
D: The beer goes down rather easily because the bitterness and bourbon are not overpowering and the alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of drewone
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of MasterSki
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Europe edition clocking in at 10.7%. Batch 463, bottled on October 22nd, 2009 and best before the same date in 2014. Thanks to Jeffo for the hookup. Served in a tulip.

A - Creamy mocha foam settles to a thin cap, thick collar, and splotchy lace. Black body, with a glint of brown at the edges. Very viscous and oily.

S - Tons of bourbon character in the aroma, along with oak, vanilla, slightly stale coffee grounds, chocolate, fruity berry notes, and hints of smoke and black olive. Distinctly Scandinavian in flavor profile.

T - Taste has a bit more roast to it, with mild char and smoke amid the coffee, chocolate, bourbon, and oak. Barrel character grows into the finish, and there's some moderate roast bitterness too, but this is fairly restrained for a Mikkeller offering. Still, nowhere as sweet as the aroma suggests.

M - Smooth, medium body, with a chewy, sticky texture, and lower by active carbonation. Some tannic oak and gritty coffee grounds in the finish. Definitely drinks a lot bigger than the base beer, but the 10.7% doesn't stick out too much.

D - Surprisingly enjoyable. I actually preferred this to the Beer Geek Brunch (Bourbon Edition), even though I like that base beer far more than this one. Curious how the American version compares, but would gladly drink the EU edition again. Still, best shared among friends.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Barrel Aged Breakfast"
22 oz bottle 7.5% ABV

A- Body is a deep, dark viscous brown almost black. Pours with a 1-2 finger creamy head that quickly fades to an eggshell collar. Little to no lacing laft behind in the glass.

S- Nose is very classic and typical for a bourbon barrell stout. Thick molasses, vanilla, bourbon sweetness, lots of oak, and some smooth bittersweet chocolate. The coffee tones are there but are balanced and somewhat take a backseat to the bourbon barrel and typical stout characters. I'm digging the nose of this one.

T- Taste is very similar to the nose but not as bright and colorful. Upfront is a definite bourbon flavor with a lot of oak and a hint of bittersweet dark chocolate in the background. A hint of vanilla comes through for the finish but this is a show for the roasted malt, coffee character, and bourbon. The bourbon heat really comes through. Its not super aggressive but it lets you know its there. The roasted malt bitterness is equally strong. What keeps the flavor in check is the smooth oak barrel.

M- Medium carbonation and a medium to thick body. The oak lends smoothness, the bourbon adds both stickyness and astrigency, the stout base adds thickness. Well balanced feel overall.

O- Overall this is a very good, well put together Bourbon Barrel stout. The "breakfast" comes through a lot more in the flavor than the nose.

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Photo of gford217
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, US version - reads "Barrel Aged Breakfast", listed at 7.5% ABV.

Pours pitch black with an enormous mocha head that leaves insanely good lacing on the way down to a thick cap of foam.

Aroma is heavily roasted malts, bakers chocolate and only hints of sweet vanilla and bourbon notes. There is some coffee but it's swept away by the toasted oak character and an interesting, almost chalky, chocolate presence.

Taste has more of a typical bourbon character up front with some vanilla and oak mixed in. The backbone is heavily roasted black malts, cocoa powder and maybe some coffee, though it's faint. The finish is dominated by the toasted character and bourbon.

The mouthfeel is certainly thin for an impy stout, if that's what we're supposed to be comparing this too. The barrel character (more wood than bourbon) is the most prevalent characteristic.

This is a decent BA stout but the barrel really takes over the underlying beer. I'm such a big fan of the original and this is not as good for me. Would love to try the Brunch Weasel on bourbon as the base beer could stand up to the barrel.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.53/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a chocolate brown head. In the aroma, oaky, vanilla, and a nice bourbon like note. In the taste, a nice roast, sweet oatmeal and a ever so pleasant bourbon note at the end. A small bite and medium to bigger bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry and roasty aftertaste. Nice roast and very nice nice presence of bourbon, I enjoy that it is not too overbearingly bourbon either.

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

This is the bourbon addition (noted on the label).

Pours a finger of tan head. Color is a dark brown, pretty much black.

Aroma: Rich espresso, hot bourbon, chocolate, oats. There is also an odd flavor that I can't put my nose on. Pretty good.

Taste: Very awkward warm bourbon flavor. Unlike any flavor I have had in a bourbon -bal aged beer. Also has oak, vanilla, unsweetened dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, sweet, dry. Medium to full bodied with a low to medium amount of carbonation. Ends hot and dry.

Overall, this was a unique beer. The bourbon was huge here. Very warming. The chocolate was also a bit off to me. Not overly impressed but happy to have had it.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer Geek Breakfast....aged in a barrel? I'm easy prey. Labled as "Barrel Aged Breakfast" with a listed 7.5% ABV. Based on previous encounters with the standard BGB and the $16.99 pricetag, expectations are very high. On to the beer:

I don't remember the others in the series being so dark and handsome. It looks like extremely well polished obsidian rock in the glass, and the mocha tanned head on top with the way it settles into a ½ inch collar delights the sense of sight. The nose is appealing; a straight up bourbon barrel with some smoke, oak, and coffee. Not an explosive aroma, but still delightful.

When one thinks of barrel aged stouts, one quickly thinks of big, gloppy beer. Barrel Aged Breakfast isn't like that. It gives you all the essential barrel aged stout character without the added weight. Bourbon and charred wood jump right into action. There's the oatmeal, which adds a tiny amount of sweetness. Light traces of coffee are noted. The overall characer is very tame and on the subtle side. Mouthfeel is a medium heavy with a little stick and a somewhat liquor-ish ending. A little barrel lingers in the aftertaste.

All these variations to the original base beer aren't better than the original, just different. Perhaps my expectations were set a little too high. That said, Barrel Aged Breakfast is a sound beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle, no wax dip this time, and 10.7% ABV - Mikkeller apparently doesn't trust Americans with this sort of octane.

This beer pours a solid, light-destroying black, with the slightest of cola highlights when held and tilted just right against the light of day, and a fair bit of chunky floaties pressing themselves against the sides. It gives up a near-overflowing dense foamy mocha head, which settles evenly, eventually rendering some twisted bike chain lace around the glass.

The aroma is umami-heavy salty steak sauce, boozy generic barrel wood, dry vanilla, molasses, a hint of Scandinavian licorice, and roasted chocolate malt. The taste is sweet, savoury toasted caramel malt, bittersweet chocolate, day-old coffee grounds, a bit of saltwater taffy, grainy and slightly oaken barrel wood, and a swooping, but still dull-edged alcohol warming.

The carbonation is quite soft, but adequately supportive for the style, the body a hearty middleweight, but seemingly punching above its class, to go with a decent and appealingly creamy smoothness. It finishes on a significant drying trend, the booze and blindly inferred earthy, mildly citrusy hops doing a number on the lingering steakhouse-friendly malt.

The barrel treatment sure comes through on this offering - while the nice gargantuan oatmeal and coffee stout remains, the woody effect manifests in an almost off-putting nose, one which kind of under-represents the Kentucky spirit, flavour-wise. While still a big beer, and strangely drinkable, what with the well-obfuscated booze, I'm somewhat ruing the 18 bucks I dropped on this particular science project.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very generous birthday gift from drabmuh. You da man!

A: Pitch black with a dark tan head that shrinks to a thin crema and holds, leaving decent lacing.

S: In order of appearance: strong bourbon and alcohol, scorched malts, roasted malt, dark chocolates, coffee.

T: Right away, I can tell this beer is a sipper and best split a few ways. The bourbon is very forward. The malts taste more burned than they do roasted. While this is problematic, in and of itself, it also serves to overpower the coffee flavors I enjoy in Beer Geek Breakfast. Notes of wood are there, as well, adding another layer of complexity. I'm also finding a nice dark chocolate taste I like, as well. Overall, there are some good flavors to be found, but I believe that they are out of balance.

M: Palate coating, high alcohol presence, very rich.

D: A fun beer, and while I was very happy and thankful to have had it, I wouldn't seek it out, knowing what I know now. Barrel aging doesn't always mean better. I prefer the standard version of this brew.

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Photo of glid02
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours black with a one-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of heavy roasted malt with good amounts of char. Also present are unsweetened chocolate aromas and very faint hints of vanilla. I get almost no bourbon and the coffee from the original version has all but disappeared.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though less complex. Large roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by semi-sweet chocolate flavors. Midway through the sip solid amounts of char and coffee bitterness come into play. Slight oak flavors work their way into things near the end of the sip before fading out into a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with decent carbonation.

Drinkability is not that great. I finished my glass without a problem however I'm not sure about another.

Overall I found this beer inferior to the non-BA version. The mouthfeel was thinner, the flavor profile less complex, and the coffee remnants off-putting. I'd like to see this beer tried again as the original is a very good beer and I can't believe a better barrel-aging program couldn't result in a better beer.

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Beer Geek Breakfast - Bourbon Edition from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 118 ratings