Beer Geek Brunch | Mikkeller Brewing San Diego

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4.18/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller Brewing San Diego
California, United States
mikkellersd.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial Oatmeal Stout brewed with Coffee

Added by szmnnl99 on 11-23-2017

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4
Ratings:
15
pDev:
6.46%
 
 
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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of BenBreeg
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Just-the-sip
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Houborg1
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jroof1
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tomb_ride
3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ichorNet
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, we get Mikkeller SD stuff in MA now? Who'd have ever thought that would happen? Not I, that's for sure. Anyway, this seems to be a bigger version of Beer Geek Breakfast, but I'm pretty sure I am more intimately familiar with it as a version of Beer Geek Brunch Weasel without the, well, weasel. So, there's no coffee excreted from a cat-like mammal in here. But there's definitely coffee in here. That explains why the price is fairly reasonable, I guess. I'm honestly more used to getting crazy stouts from Mikkel's brother Jeppe (via Evil Twin) these days, so let's see if this stands up to its close competition.

Anyway, this pours an utterly black color with a smallish ring of deep mocha foam capping off the proceedings. Though this fell out of the bottle as a very deep brown, it really does build up to an impenetrable and light-devouring overall pour. No real lace to speak of here, and only a little bit of an island of foam developing on the surface, but it looks pretty nice regardless. I think I would prefer it to be a bit more terrifying-looking upon initial pour to compete with some of Jeppe's big stouts... still good though!

The nose here is wonderful; deep, rich and chocolate-y with a definite roastiness and interesting elements... do I detect an almost biscotti-like almond note? Could it be that Mikkel's been inspired by the popularity of his brother's Imperial Biscotti Break? Not sure, and this is just speculation, but it really does seem that way upon my first few sniffs after letting this warm to room temperature. Additionally, it smells like warm, fresh-baked biscuits and maple oatmeal, with a luscious intensity that really does feel like it's putting breakfast right in my glass. Amazing!

Flavor is rich as expected, filled with big hits of dark roast espresso beans, dark chocolate, oatmeal and biscuity malts. The ABV is a little more obvious than I'd like it to be, but it's not a huge hassle. Just means that sipping this one here and there is the way to go, and it works a bit better at room temperature anyway. I would like to age one or two more of these, but I'm worried that the awesome coffee flavor would dissipate.

This drinks spectacularly, but it definitely tastes like an 11% beer, as I just mentioned. It has low-ish carbonation and an intentionally-heavy body (likely from the oats), but it never becomes a chore to drink. It's a total joy to make my way through this can, and I hope to see more from Mikkeller SD in my local Craft Beer Cellar soon! Like with a lot of breweries lately, however, I would like to see some can-dating going on. It doesn't bother me as much with stouts, but I've seen an APA and IPA from Mikkeller SD that aren't dated. This definitely needs to change. Other than that, though, this is a spectacular product that sits on a fairly-similar level to his brother's Imperial Biscotti Break. It's not as heavy in adjunct presence, but what it does with its relatively-simpler ingredients is quite awesome!

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Drank at Mikkeller Barcelona Bar.

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Photo of CreightonSM
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of redfox405
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AllHopsMatter
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bb-magic
3.71/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kendo
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from the can into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is motor-oil-black, with absolutely no indication of carbonation. Zero head.

S: Good RIS-type nose, with molasses, roasted barley malt, spent coffee grounds and brown sugar.

T: Syrupy sweet, with a lot of coffee, burnt brown sugar, roasted barley and molasses. A bit too much, if truth be told, though the flavors are OK - I think it's just the utter lack of carbonation that sinks this one. Also: ABV heat on finish.

M: As noted above: totally flat. It needs some carbonation to "lift" or "lighten" this beer and it's not there at all. Definitely full-bodied. And slick and syrupy.

O: Meh. Not impressed.

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Photo of TheBrewsky
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16oz can into 20 oz tulip glass. No canning date, which is a bummer.
Look: Dark brown near black. No head formation. Some lacing on the glass, which lingered even as beer warmed.
Smell: Heavy notes of chocolate and malts, with small amount of coffee notes. Alcohol not present in smell.
Taste: Chocolate and malt, in a sweet way. The booze balances out the sweetness, but it isn't overly done. The alcohol is masked really well in this beer. Very pleasant taste. Low carbonation.
Feel: Feel is medium body and medium weight. As said above, low carbonation. Alcohol bit somewhat present on tongue.
Overall: I really enjoyed this. Chocolate and malt heavy, with some coffee. Not as coffee forward as the Breakfast variant, but it is more balanced. I prefer this to the Breakfast variant. Well done Mikkeller.

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Photo of WheelsPSU
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours out thick and viscous, like warmed motor oil. Pure black with but the thinnest of brown edging where light can penetrate. The head is cocoa in color and peaks at about a half-finger's width. Fair retention results in a thin, broken layer of silky looking suds, thickening up into a ring around the edge of the glass. Not much for lacing, with a couple of broken lines making up the sum of it.

Smell - Coffee, roasted malt, booze and some serious nuttiness; pecan and maybe some hazelnut. Hints of chocolate.

Taste - Follows the nose. Nutty coffee, roasted malt and more nuttiness. Underlying notes of chocolate and cream. Hints of caramel and earth emerge mid-taste. Touch of smoke in the finish. Aftertaste is slightly sweet with a chocolate emergence and a nice roasty undertone that fades slowly.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with low carbonation. Smooth despite the thick, slightly sticky texture. Dry, slightly boozy finish.

Overall - Man, this is a tasty ass beast. Well worth the $5/can I bought it for. More will be purchased. Oh yes.

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Beer Geek Brunch from Mikkeller Brewing San Diego
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 15 ratings