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Beer Geek Breakfast - Bourbon Edition | Mikkeller ApS

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Beer Geek Breakfast - Bourbon EditionBeer Geek Breakfast - Bourbon Edition

Brewed by:
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 woosterbill
2.54/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

500ml bottle into a Weyerbacher Tulip. Thanks for sharing, Tony!

A: Black body underneath a finger of fine light-brown foam. Good retention and lacing. Solid.

S: Weird. Salty, thin, oaky, and just a hint of coffee. Not good.

T: Unfortunately, it follows the nose quite closely. Some coffee, but it's overwhelmed by off-putting, salty astringency. Dry, bitter, thin, and generally disappointing.

M: A little thin, with light carbonation. Not terrible, but not good either.

D: We split this bottle several ways, and I still got too much. So bitter, astringent, and (this is seriously the best word I could come up with when taking notes during the tasting, so I won't revise it now) yucky.

Notes: I was really excited to try this beer, but boy did it fall short. In its defense, it followed BA Speedway in a tasting. That's no excuse, though, as it wasn't just a less-good bourbon-barrel stout; it was a bad one.


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Photo of MbpBugeye
2.62/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours out very dark and sports a big tan head. The retention of said head is strong. It leaves copious webs of lace as the thick pillow rides down the glass.

Roast and smoke like woah. Lots of charcoal and extremely dark roasted coffee beans. A little bit of smokey bacon or raw sausage. Some wet dog and dry grass come out with a touch of warmth. There's no bourbon, no oak.

What the hell? This is bourbon barrel aged? There's NO bourbon notes, NO oak notes. Its just a huge wall of charcoal and smoke. The coffee is so roasted and dark that it barely registers as coffee, it just adds to the insane burnt flavors and gives this beer a strong acidity. The finish has notes of strong espresso that lingers looong into the aftertaste.

Very dry, acidic from the coffee and oily at the same time. I feel like its going to wear my enamel off. There's a very faint flash of alcohol heat on the finish. This is going to give me coffee breath.

Really disappointing. I don't know how many times I've looked back at the bottle to reassure myself that I did indeed buy the barrel aged version. There are NO notes from the bourbon barrels. Its perplexing. Its not a terrible beer, I just have to dock it pretty strongly because of the sheer lack of anything bourbon.

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Photo of alexhahn82
2.75/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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A - Pitch black, darker than normal head, a touch of caramel color in the head more so the a cappuccino. 1 Finger head that dissipates at a fairly decent speed. Not much for lacing going on, but I did pour it cold and

S - Pungent coffee with a mellow chocolate tone. Kinda tame scent wise.

T/M - Coffee, Cream (not dairy, but texturally), middle is week and almost seems to change viscosity to thin, and then finishes with a strong coffee tone and a hint of tobacco.

O - Meh... I am a moderate fan of Mikkeller and this one is a bit more tame than normal. But as far as the theme goes that its breakfast, and at that barrel aged, I would say its a home run in the form of a liquid breakfast. Make your own decision.

PP (Price Point) - $15 or so for a 25oz bottle, containing only 7.5% to me is pretty damn steep, I would steer clear at this price.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
2.76/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500 ml bottle reads Barrel Aged Breakfast. She weighs in at 7.5%, which seems at odds with this tag. Purchased at the Naperville Binny's for upwards of 18 bones. My hands trembled violently when I reached for this and saw the tag. Perhaps my inner radar was on to something here.

Poured leisurely over an hour into a snifter. A thin, still, puddled mocha head sits atop a dark body. Lacing is disappointing; there isn't much. However, when the legs retreat back into the beer, a nice cinnamon hue takes hold along the rim. A slight redemption here.

Almost sour, smoke, some char, burnt paper?, touch of milk chocolate, and significant ash. Paging barrel aging?

Ash tray and cola with the slightest of milk chocolate. Bitter coffee, almost burnt, with a tannic finish. Ah, barrel aging...maybe. Bourbon barrel aging....seriously doubting it.

Mouthfeel is over carbonated and fizzy. Neither lush nor full enough. Really, I am confounded and disappointed here.

Overall, a poorly executed barrel aged stout. This beer is messy in that it doesn't seem to have taken to the barrel. What's left is a bummer of a barrel aged beer and a step down from the base. Tag on the price point and you have a beer that will not be purchased again.

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Photo of wordemupg
2.92/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

500ml bottle poured into tulip mar27 2011

A pours out black with some oil like globs towards the bottom of the bottle, thumbs width of mocha head quickly falls to a thin film leaving a partial ring of lace followed by some unorganized patches

S worcestershire sauce and soy with a little booze and mint, not what I was hoping for

T slightly better with some smoke, woody earth, vanilla, cola and whiskey but that worcestershire is hard to miss after you catch wind of it

M fairly thick and creamy with just a little heat that could be better concealed but still feels good

O Lea & Perrins would be proud, that worcestershire smell and flavor is holding this one way back

hard to believe that before this hit the barrel it was one of my all time favorite stouts, I love the Beer Geek Breakfast but this one just didn't do it for me, not a bad brew but I'd rather drink one before the barrel aging

Edit: after reading some reviews I suspected I got a bad bottle and tried another. No changes to report after giving it another try

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Photo of ronricorossi
2.98/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Not sure what happened with this bottle, but it was hugely disappointing. Flavors were off, to the point that I'm wondering if it was infected? Would try it again, just because there's no way this was what was intended.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.27/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Paulaner krug.

Finally had the people and the occasion, so this bottle was able to be cracked. It pours a dark black-brown topped by a minimal amount of dark tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, light coffee, light buttery toffee, light molasses, and light cocoa. The taste brings in more of the same, with the same amount of lightness throughout. Didn't really get much in the way of bourbon, but the barrel put forth some wood and some extra toffee. The body is a lithe medium, with a light carbonation and a sorta watery carbonation. Overall, this was a pretty large disappointment. This stout was light on flavor and smell and way the hell too thin, especially for a Mikkeller stout. Not sure what happened here, but the barrels seem to have destroyed a once-tasty breakfast stout.

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Photo of Gosox8787
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 500 mL bottle labelled "Barrel Aged Breakfast." 7.5% ABV. Served at room temperature and poured into my Dogfish Head snifter.

Appearance: Dark brown to baclk in color with a nice finger head. Decent retention.

Aroma: I get a lot of coffee from this initially. Espresso, smoke and a bit of char are all definitely there. Less noticable is some oak notes. I'm not getting much in the way of bourbon, caramel or vanilla though.

Taste: Much like the aroma, the barrel elements are almost non existent. Big coffee, espresso, and smoke upfront. Some very light notes of caramel and vanilla after the initial bitter wave of coffee. Not terrible, but the misssing contribution of the bourbon barrels is glaring.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly thin and light in body. The coffee really makes this feel thin and acidic.

Overall, a decent coffee stout, but a borderline trainwreck of a bourbon barrel aged beer. Bourbon is completely undetectable and doesn't really add anything. Less successful than the base beer in my opinion.

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Photo of PaulStoneAnchor
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: This pours with with a jet black color and a 2in foam which dissipates into a 1/4 inch ring.

S: It has a strong smell of oak, graham cracker, and espresso

T: This beer has a smooth oak taste with a back ground of espresso and dark chocolate, and some graham cracker.

M: It has a decent mouthfeel, with a rough carbonation that rolls over the tongue. It is a bit thin without the carbonation.

O: This isnt that impressive. I thought that this would be a bit better after having had the Speyside Cask version. Honestly, I was pretty disappointed after had regular breakfast and weasel versions. It is worth a try but not impressive when compared to the other Mikkeller beers.

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Photo of Gfunk720
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle. Labeled Barrel Aged Breakfast, and is listed at 7.5% ABV.

A- Pours deep black with a healthy coffee colored head. It retains very well, and laces the glass. The beer itself is pretty much pitch black.

S- Sweet coffe and bourbon. I get hints of chocolate and vanilla as well. Not terribly boozy, reminds me somewhat of KBS.

T- Burnt malt, coffee, and chocolate are the prominant flavors. I get a little bit of barrel, but not much. This is very much like the base beer, bitter and acidic. There really is not much complexity in the flavor.

M- Watery, and not terribly complex. It is a touch over carbed, but that's not the deal breaker. The bitter coffee aftertaste is a little off putting.

O- Overall this was not worth the hefty price tag. Not an awful beer, but I would not buy it again. Crazy on the bitter coffee, not so much on the barrel

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Photo of scottfrie
3.39/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

USA version served in a New Belgian snifter.

A: Pours near black with a huge dark mocha head that slowly faded into a thick, dense, melted chocolate ice-cream layer of a film that left broken sheets of fine lacing down the glass.
S: Rich dominant notes of coffee and a touch of spicy bourbon. A deep sniff gets me a bit of volatile alcohol heat and a hint of vanilla and rich bittersweet dark chocolate.
T: Follows the nose. The coffee is not as strong as I was anticipating, but it shows up nicely in the finish/aftertaste. The bourbon is mellow. There’s a hint of tobacco in the aftertaste as well. The chocolate dominates. Tastes pretty good but all the flavors are muted. Definitely underwhelming.
M: Body is on the thinner side but still has a decent chew to it. The alcohol is really mellow for a –bal aged stout, but seems reasonable for a beer that only comes in at 7.5%. Could use fuller carbonation though.
O: Easy to drink for a barrel aged stout, but nothing stood out in this beer. The flavors were muted, the bourbon was light, and the mouthfeel was thin. What flavor was there was good though, and because of the relatively low alcohol this beer was very easy to drink. For the price of this one bottle this beer is definitely not worth it, but if they threw it in 12oz bottles and made a four-pack, I would buy this occasionally.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ML bottle, European version. Waxed and served into a wine glass

Just a normal find at the Big Bargain Discount Bottleshop @Burnie, Tasmania.

A-- Poured a dark, murky, brownish black. Settled black. One finger dark brown/ Mocha colored head. Faded to a light milk chocolate film. Good Head retention but no alcohol legs or lacing with this.

S-- Dairy milk chocolate, some oak, little bit of bourbon and some coffee. Alcohol is much more obvious in the nose and gives off a sort of nail polish smell.

T-- Dairy milk, coffee, oats, slight amounts of bourbon, oak and quite thin.

M-- Slick and finishes slightly acidic dry in the mouth. Do get notes of burnt tires in the mid palate. Barrel notes are pretty well reserved. Better feel than the nose and taste as the oats do help the beer along

O-- Stylistically correct but missing something. maybe that the body is thinner, or maybe the oats make too late a run in this. Just missing something that makes this more than a decent beer.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving Type - 16.9 oz bottle

Appearance - Dark black, tan monster thick 3+ inch head, tons of lacing, bout as nice looking as a stout can get.

Smell - Whiskey, coffee, roasted malts, vanilla, chocolate. Dark fruits like plum and rasin, some molasses, and alcohol, smells nice.

Taste - Hmm, starts out mild, chocolate, malts, and some rather light bourbon. Not very flavor heavy, everything is mild, smooth and easy to drink. Coffee and chocolate is rather weak, and the vanilla aroma is near nonexistant.

Mouthfeel - Way to light on mouth for being a barrel aged imperial stout. Tounge gets some bourbon, coffee and malts. PAlette gets remaining malts and some sour from the bourbon. Aftertaste is bland and weak.

Overall - Was excited after pouring, smelling, then i took a drink, wow dissapointing. The regular breakfast stout was amazing, this isnt. Expensive, bland weak flavor, not very happy about this one. Can name alot of better barrel aged beers, pass on this one.

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Photo of brotherloco
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. Labeled "Barrel Aged Breakfast". 7.5% ABV. Served in a tulip.

Pours solid dark brown, almost black. Forms a big three finger mocha colored head. Dissipates slowly and lightens in color. Big chunks of lacing left in glass.

Aroma of roasted and chocolate malt. Coffee. A bit of floral hops. I'm not detecting any real barrel presence. Maybe a little bit of oak. There is also a slight band-aid tinge.

A lot more coffee in the flavor than the nose. Roasted bitterness along with a touch of the band-aid I got in the nose. Again, I'm not getting any real barrel presence in the flavor. Maybe a tang from the bourbon and wood. Hop bitterness lingers in the finish and aftertaste.

Body is fairly thin, below medium. Carbonation is mild but supportive.

Decent, but not stunning.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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 Chico1985
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Cam for sharing this 500ml, I didn't even know this had made it stateside. (the bottle we reviewed is different from the bottle up-top, and also only 7.5% abv)

Black beer, dark tan head, some floaties visible. Retains at a half finger and leaves some lacing.

Smells exactly like the regular Beer Geek Breakfast, really no bourbon present.

Tastes exactly like the base beer as well - nice coffee, milk chocolate, roasted malt, some smoke and hop presence - with maybe the smallest hint of oak, no bourbon flavors whatsoever, I would never guess this is barrel-aged.

I can't be too harsh since I love the regular Beer Geek Breakfast, and this basically tastes just like that, but I gotta knock it, this is the least bourbony barrel-aged beer I've ever had.

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Photo of stakem
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml brown bottle shared with friends and poured into a matching Mikkeller teku. This bottle in question was the stronger Euro edition drank side by side with the barrel aged brunch weasel.

The brew pours black in color with a finger of dark brown head. Some patchy lace sticks to the glass and a swirl revives about a finger effortlessly back to the surface.

The aroma is earthen with notes of roast, citrus, burnt to char quality and a mild fruity alcohol note accented just a bit perhaps by the barrel aging. Overall not bad smelling but the overall impression of barrel aging is quite subtile.

The flavor is roasty with notes of bitter coffee and earth. Some chocolate to cocoa quality emerges with more sips along with a mild citrus inclusion. Raw oak is present giving the only notion of this being barrel aged. Some mild sulfur quality persists into the aftertaste which is a bit distracting.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. The inclusion of sulfur was a bit distracting and the oak aging was too subtle in my opinion. It is a decent brew but nothing exciting and not worth the inflated price. The chunks of gelatin that plopped into our glasses mid-way through the pour was a huge disappointment. When you pay this much for a beer, it should be beer in the bottle not gelatin that makes half the people partaking in the bottle cringe and not want a pour.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
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 theghost3
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Labeled Barrel-Aged Breakfast & the ABV is listed at 7.5 percent.

Pours a deep mahogany with a 3-finger cafe au lait head. Lots of lacing, but only a ring of retention remains throughout.

Smell is strong of rich coffee with some bourbon, wood, and roasty malts. The taste is bitter coffee, burnt malts, and vanilla. Just a hint of bourbon. There's a bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is carbonated, slightly acidic. The body is lighter than I would expect from a Double Stout.

This is drinkable with the lower 7.5 percent ABV. The coffee flavors are great, but the bourbon is very week & the body is not as thick or oily as the original Geek Breakfast or Brunch Weasel. With the price tag for this one, I would rather stick with the original Geek or Brunch Weasel as opposed to this.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A big dark tan head forms and stays for the duration. Interesting structure as there are large bubbles in the head.
No light gets through this dark briown beer.

Aroma is of coffee and cream. A hint of vanilla extract.

Dark, black coffee without sugar. A moment of unsweetened baking dark chocolate. A touch of wood. Boy could this use a touch of sweetness. Of course a lot of dark roasted malt with a hint of ash.

The carbonation is a little fizzy and accentuates the dark roast. A touch thin for the style.

Pretty good but, as mentioned, a touch more sweetness and this would be much better.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
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 fear025
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma:Coffee, dark malts, chocolate, and maybe just a hint of bourbon in the aroma.

Appearance:Pours thick and black with an espresso colored head. Good head retention and lacing.

Taste:Tons of coffee flavor on the first sip. After that, the roasty notes, and chocolate flavors come through more. After a few sips I can start to smell a little of the bourbon from the barrels, but it's very faint. The midtaste and the aftertaste become more dry and leathery.

Mouthfeel:Medium body, good carbonation, creamy, a little alcohol warmth.

Overall:I was expecting more bourbon from this barrel aged beer. This one tastes like the regular breakfast stout. While still delicious, I was a little dissapointed, especially considering the price tag.

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Photo of glid02
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
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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3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

500 Ml bottle in a snifter (7.5% ABV)

A: black body, creamy tan head of tight froth.

S: caramel, oak, coffee, it smells sweet and balanced

T: more bitter then expected, kinda astringent, the coffee is right off the bat then there is middle, the bourbon just comes in during the finish, the after taste is oak.

M: super thin, needs more body.

O: I think they missed the mark on this beer, the original is better, the wood and coffee make the beer astringent.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good black pour, but there is something not quite liquid in the beer. Anyways, black in the middle, brown, dark toward the edge. Tan head, thin, 1/5". Hits the older coffee and mild bourbon notes.

Taste is interesting, less bitter, less coffee, less malt almost, the barrel aging thinned this out a little, seemed like a lighter batch abv wise too. A very expensive beer, relative to what you get. Doesn't do anything bad, but at this price, you have to do some stuff very well. Sure it has some complexities if you look for them, chocolate malt, licorice, vanilla. But I dunno, it gets tough to repeat purchase something that is twice as expensive as other beers that are actually substantially better than this. Barrel aged coffee beers are all over the place.

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Beer Geek Breakfast - Bourbon Edition from Mikkeller ApS
3.83 out of 5 based on 116 ratings.
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