Beer Geek Breakfast - Bourbon Edition | Mikkeller ApS

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Beer Geek Breakfast - Bourbon EditionBeer Geek Breakfast - Bourbon Edition
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
117
Reviews:
75
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
12.53%
 
 
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37
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35
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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 akorsak
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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 gramity
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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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5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of Agold
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of WillyMac
5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of whartontallboy
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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

Thanks to ChrisPro for this share at the Sour Bitch release.

A - Black beer with a bit of a brown head that left just a little bit of stick on the sides.

S - Some good coffee and chocolate. The coffee character is muted a little bit by the bourbon, slight bit of alcohol.

T - Oak, vanilla, bourbon. The coffee and the bourbon actually mix pretty well and make for a nice taste. A touch sweet, I thought the taste on this was pretty good.

M - Smooth, full bodied, lower carbonation.

O - Good beer, solid stuff that I liked quite a bit. Thought the bourbon mixed well with the base beer for a pretty smooth experience.

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Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of HopStoopid120
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of eric5bellies
4.02/5  rDev +5%
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 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 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 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 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 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 alexhahn82
2.75/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

***MIKELLER BARREL AGED BREAKFAST ***
*** SEVEN POINT FIVE PERCENT ***
"STOUT BREWED WITH COFFEE & AGED IN BOURBON BARRELS "
-- Not in database and supposedly insta-linked to this profile --
***

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

Thanks for the taste, Cam! This was a good one.

Pours a deep black brown with mocha tints against the light. Head was negligible in my tasting pour.

Roasted malts, tobacco, smokiness in the nose with noticeable coffee notes and faint bourbon sweetness.

At first sip this hit me with dark chocolate right up front. Smoky, roasted, tobacco in the finish. Bits of bourbon sweetness in the middle but more bitter than sweet.

Medium bodied, smooth, with little carbonation.

Overall a very tasty treat. A far cry from some of the sweeter big stouts out there.

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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 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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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

T-
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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Beer Geek Breakfast - Bourbon Edition from Mikkeller ApS
3.83 out of 5 based on 117 ratings.
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