Beer Geek Breakfast - Bourbon Edition | Mikkeller ApS

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Beer Geek Breakfast - Bourbon EditionBeer Geek Breakfast - Bourbon Edition

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Mikkeller ApS

Style: American Double / 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.

Added by mothman on 08-01-2010

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.7/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml white waxed bottle poured into a wine glass.

Pours a super dark black with a dark brown creamy head. Nose is very bourbon and sweet malt.

Taste is awesome, so rich and creamy it's a bit boozy but super creamy and drinkable. Better than the original and more drinkable.

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Photo of megahurts4
4.62/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Mikkeller Barrel Aged Breakfast

Appearance: brown, large head, and good lacing.

Smell: coffee, cocoa, and a slight bourbon.

Taste: hops, coffee, cocoa, and bourbon sweetness.

Mouthfeel: medium and smooth.

This is a great brew. It goes down very smooth while remaining flavorful.

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Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.57/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Barrel Aged Breakfast 7.5% abv, 500ml

A - Jet black, 2 and 1/2 finger light brown head, alot of lacing, tons of yeast floating around.

S - Oatmeal, dark chocolate, bourbon, oak.

T - Coffee, oats, milk chocolate, light bourbon, oaky finish.

M - Medium-full bodied, smooth, slightly chewy.

O - A very balanced barrel aged beer, glad I tried it!

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
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 schmoopsbeer
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to cpinto6 for this brew
Poured from bottle to snifter

Color: A combination of really dark brown to black. A one finger sized tan head form and leaves behind some decent lacing.

Nose: Smooth. Coffee and oak hit first followed by hints of vanilla and bourbon. Roasted malts are mellow but present.

Palate: Very drinkable and enjoyable. The carbonation is solid and the flavors blend well together. The coffee coats the mouth and then its soothes away by semi sweet vanilla and the bourbon textures. Chocolate even makes an appearance here.

Finish: Clean, soft, and crisp. really well done. The flavors all mesh to create a wonderful texture to the beer and allow for a nice complexity. Would like it to be more robust, but still a solid stout,

Rating: 95 out of 100

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark black with a hint of brown and a finger of frothy chocolate head. Fades fairly slowly.

S - Dark chocolate malts, roasted coffee, vanilla, oak, Bourbon, milk chocolate, molasses, black licorice, some caramel malts.

T - Dark chocolate malts, roasted coffee, oak, vanilla, Bourbon, black licorice, molasses, some milk chocolate and caramel malts, earthy hops and some mild hop bitterness, toasted coconut, oatmeal.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Super smooth with a roasted, sweet, and warming finish.

D - Fantastic balance. The Bourbon adds some great complexity to the base beer.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1pt, 9fl oz bottle into pint glass.

label reads: stout brewed with coffee and aged in bourbon barrels. 7.5%.

A- Huge cocoa brown head that builds and builds... 3 fingers and slow to settle. Nice lacing.. sits beautifully in the glass. Beer is on the dark side, middling between deep brown and black.

S- Bourbon hits the nose first, mostly oak and vanilla. Light, sweet, inviting.

T- Big heavy roast coffee and bitter chocolate. Poured at fridge temp, the bourbon was absent and the bitterness was intense. As the beer came to room temp it opened up and lovely delicate bourbon flavors came out. the vanilla and peppery bourbon flavors are fantastic. Bitterness lingers but isn't as intense as it was at first sip. Chocolate becomes more pronounced as it progresses.

M- Thick, great carbonation, let this one warm up and it's pretty damn impressive.

D- Moderately high. A spectacular -bal aged beer. Would buy again.

EDIT this review was merged into here... beer label reads 'barrel aged breakfast, 7.5%, and does NOT look like bottle in picture.

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Photo of superspak
4.26/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into snifter. Pours opaque black color with a nice 2 finger very dense dark tan head with great retention, that reduces to a fairly thick lacing cap that lasts. Some thick lacing is left on the glass as well. Aromas of huge bourbon notes with dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, wood, and a bit of vanilla. Good strong aromas here, decent balance, but a little heavy on the bourbon. Taste of huge notes of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt, and caramel on the front; with some bourbon and vanilla in the back. Finishes with a fair amount of bitterness that lingers for a bit with coffee and roasted flavor. Outstanding balance of flavors, very smooth drinking for the alcohol level as well. Medium-full bodied with medium carbonation. Fairly creamy feeling as well. No alcohol noticed in the taste and a very slight warming on the finish. Overall an outstanding imperial stout. The nose was really strong on the bourbon, but the taste was great the bourbon sitting in the background.

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Photo of metter98
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
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 Urbancaver
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark dark brown. A pretty solid light tan head. Looks fairly pretty. Smells oaky with a ice light vanilla. The coffee doesn't come out strongly on the nose but is definitely present. Tastes coffee heavy with a nice touch of oakiness on the tongue. The coffee melds well with the bourbon. Overall a pretty solid barrel aged coffee beer

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Photo of ColdPoncho
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes, 7-30-2011
Thanks for sharing, Urbancaver

A - black body, dense dark brown head.

S - sweet, smoky, bourbony, coffee. Very nice nose.

T - nice coffee, chocolate, bourbon and wood notes. The barrel comes out less in the taste than on the nose.

M - a bit thin, and a bit dry, but smooth and otherwise nice.

O - This is a real good beer.

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Photo of Gmann
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
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 MasterSki
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
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 jwinship83
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle that reads "barrel aged breakfast." this seems the most appropriate place to review it. 7.5% ABV. drank out of my stone IRS snifter. purchased for a staggering $16.49. ouch.

A- this one pours out an opaque black colored body with a finger or so of coffee colored head. the head takes its time falling and leaves behind a wall of lacing. cant ask for anything more from this style. perfect.

S- the nose starts out with dark roasted malts. after that i get some of the barrel notes. vanilla and bourbon. it smells more alcoholic than the ABV would indicate. dark chocolate moves in after that. plenty of coffee on the finish.

T- the taste begins with dark roasted malts. almost burnt tasting. bourbon. lots of coffee and dark chocolate. the barrel once again makes itself known by adding in some vanilla and oak which blends wonderfully with the chocolate. coffee and earthy hops at the end.

M- the body is a solid medium. a little smaller than i would have expected. the barrel aging has taken away some of the smoothness from the original. the carbonation comes across as high. the alcohol seems stronger than the ABV indicates.

O- i really liked this beer i feel that the barrel aging was well done. i would love to try it again, but the cost makes it so that it would have to be for a special occasion only. the ABV makes it so that a couple on a special night would be just right.

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Photo of brew3crew
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A-dark black with a nic tan head. I Ike the way this looks

S-great bourbon smell and blended with the coffee. Like it alot

Very nice blend between the coffee and the Bourbon

M-medium body and so smooth. Very silkysmoooth.

O-very good beer. Qlot smoother than I was expecting

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Photo of peensteen
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2009, European version though I cant remember who sent me this...Thank You though!

Jet black, one and a half fingers of tan head, some nice thick rings of lace. Smell is full on deeply roasted malt, burnt at points, bourbon, vanilla and chocolate, still a surprising amount of coffee grind/bean presence in here as well. Taste has lots of coffee up front, roasty with lots of vanilla and bourbon, slight alcohol burn but pretty well concealed, some chocolate and char in the finish. Lightly carbonated, medium-full body, good full feel. Solid stuff and a very good BA coffee stout, another well executed big beer from Mikkeller.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark as night black in color with a thin brown head that left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: plenty of roasted malts were present upfront in the aroma with a little coffee, some good chocolate notes, burnt char character, it had vanilla and brown sugars coming through but with signs of wood.

T: the roastiness was just as potent as the aroma but with more vanilla molasses sweetness, plenty of burnt char notes, mild coffee character, a little bourbon barrel booze and of course great chocolate flavor.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, char, barrel bourbany, roasty, chocolatey, and chewy finish.

O: been hearing a lot of good things about this beer and sure enough it was solid. glad I got to try it finally. Good lookin out beezler

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
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 womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black in color with light carbonation and a tan head. Light to moderate bourbon aroma. Notes of vanilla, oak, char, and roasted malt. Nice dark chocolate and molasses notes. Not that much coffee. Plenty of roast, charred oak, vanilla, and dark chocolate on the palate. Moderate coffee, light bourbon, and a mild molasses sweetness. Very good, one of the top Mikkeller beers I’ve had.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
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 EgadBananas
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dank black pour, with a mocha head of 2 fingers. Retention is abnormally stellar. No lacing. For the abv, I'm impressed.

Lots of oak, bourbon, sweetness, vanilla, chocolate and roast.

Taste compares. Oaky sweet, bourbon, vanilla. May be slightest than a typical, but I like I lighter bourbon.

Feel is thick and creamy, full and lucid.

Drink is good... Nothing to argue with here for a bal aged.

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Photo of mcallister
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
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 beerdrifter
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
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 rarbring
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer is black, with a brown rather modest head, leaving little lacing. But good curtains.

The smell is fudge with nuts and vanilla, almond, but also some saw dust and alcohol.

The beer is sweet, dried fruits, figs and dates, some wood and bourbon character is noted, as well as a licorice nuance.

Medium carbonation, warm, oily and complex body.

A bit sweet, but a very lovely dessert beer (not really breakfast I dare say). Tasted at a beer sampling at De Klomp, Linköping, Sweden.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lucky enough to be offered this from the back room at Sherbrooke Liquor, and shared with my fellow BA in crime andrenaline (from notes)
A - Pitch black, thick mocha head with solid sheets of lacing
S - Strong coffee, very roasty, and a definite burbon whiskey kick
T - Super woody and sweet like a burbon up front, then chocolate and coffee malts come through, finishes with smoky woody flavours
M - Thick chewy, very smooth finishing with coffee bitter 4
T - big and different enough from the original to justify itself, I always appreciate the spirit of Mikkeller, but given the cost this will likely be a one time only tasting

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