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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 crossovert
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Barrel Aged Breakfast". 500ml black-capped bottle.

It pours beautifully into my snifter. It is a dense, oily looking black with a foamy brownish tan head. The head sticks for awhile before receding with some lacing.

The smell is very nice. It has a lot of vanilla and oak scents from the barrels, it smells almost creamy. There is cocoa, wort, roasted malts and hints of hops and coffee under them.

The flavor is more like the original with a decent blast of coffee, some cocoa, and roasted malts. There is a hint of hops, oak, and spice. The sweetness I expected isn't there. It is a very subtle BA beer.

I liked it as much as I liked the original.

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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 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 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 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 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 fastsrt
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 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 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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Photo of gford217
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
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 cbutova
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found this at Julio's last week for a very good price, love the series so it was worth a shot.

A- Oily black pour with a big creamy dark mocha head. Retention is very nice and lace is plentiful down the whole glass.

S- Dark roast coffee, heavy roast malt, cocoa powder, charred oak. Very heavily roast feel but a lack of the actual Bourbon notes.

T- Big coffee and toasted oak (once again missing Bourbon). Dark cocoa powder lends some bitterness, vanilla, caramel and licorice. Very roasted. Also some dark fruit and raisin.

MF- Moderate body with a creamy feel and moderate carbonation. Cocoa bitterness and slightly oily.

DB- Not a huge barrel influence at all, still searching for some Bourbon (do they use barrels that are intended for Bourbon but not aged with whiskey yet? lol). Flavor becomes a bit out of balance and not as rich and satisfying as the rest of the series.

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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 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 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 Beerandraiderfan
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somehow they barrel age the beer and it is lower in alcohol? Anyways, looks like the others in the series, brown and black. Coffee and bourbon aroma.

Same with the taste, bitter too. A little expensive at $15 a bottle. A neat addition to the series, but the beer geek brunch weasel is still top dog in my book.

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

Oh man, a barrel aged version of one of my favorite imperial stouts. I am really looking forward to another great offering from Mikkeller. I picked up this bottle from the Greenville Beer Exchange

A - Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours black with a massive, velvety smooth, tightly bubbled head that is incredibly persistent.

S - A little sour, a little oaky, lots of dark roasted coffeebeans. Carbon like burnt aroma.

T - Starts alcoholic, bourbony, vanilla, oak, a little hoppy, with fainter coffee than is alluded to in the aroma. Finish is dry, alcoholic, burnt wood.

M - Seems thinner bodied than the regular BGB.

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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 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 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 Phyl21ca
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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 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 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 digita7693
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - nice finger + tan head, thin layer sticks around throughout.

S - coffee, some bourbon and chocolate, hint of vanilla as well

T - bitter dark chocolate, espresso (2 things i love) with a splash of vanilla and bourbon, not overly warming, which i think is great

M - good carbonation, a bit lighter than what i was expecting, but this is good, make it very drinkable!

Im quite a fan of mikkeller, and they didnt let me down on this beer. its been in my cellar for about 6months, so maybe its close to a year old, not sure. definitely would seek this one out again

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Photo of mothman
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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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