1 pint .9 oz bottle I picked up at Five Points Bottle Shop in Athens, GA. Served up in a snifter glass.
A: Pours a fast, almost completely black. It only lets a touch of light through in the form of a dark, crimson red beam. The head is the most impressive part of this beer. Big and fluffy, three fingers of head that builds with careful pour. It has amazing retention that you can't get rid of. The foam is sticky on the glass and notches as the beer goes down. Pretty damned impressive thus far.
S: Smells like a bag of fresh coffee beans. Like really good coffee beans. Coffee beans I can't afford to buy, but I still buy so I look cool when I am in New England. Got some oatmeal coming through and a touch of chocolate, but the coffee is the power here.
T: Taste is of some nicely roasted and subtle coffee. There is also subtle notes of chocolate and oatmeal. The problem here is that it is too subtle. The flavors are really weak in my opinion. I was expecting something a bit more mind blowing and in your face. Unfortunately, this is just a below average tasting stout. Who would have thunk it.
M: This is a medium bodied brew that unfortunately has a bit too watery feel. This is a stout damnit, act like it. Carbonation is too high. Aftertaste is of some bitter coffee. You get some coating of the palate. This beer is weak though. Very weak. What the hell.
D: The thiness of this beer makes it very drinkable but it is just an average brew in the taste department. The smell and look is great. Just that taste and feel are turn offs. Such a shame.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 10-24-2008 04:59:37
Served In: Weizen Glass
Beer Geek Breakfast pours midnight black on a moonless night. No light pushes through the body of this beer. A two finger brown head rises on the pour and fades to a skimming leaving lacing on its way down. Thick silky patchy lacing is left behind after each sip.
Aroma begins with a roasty maltiness and a touch of lactic. Moderate room temp. coffee comes through in the middle along with something that reminds me of crayons. Piney and spicy hops along with bakers chocolate and a lactic quality come through on the backend. The aroma is very nice but a little more subdued than I would've liked.
Roasty malts kick things off and play a major role throughout. A little hop spiciness comes through in the middl getting even spicier with a quick flash of alcohol. Coffee bean, bakers chocolate and that mild heavy cream quality show themselves on the end along with a nice wave of mildly piney and spicy hops.
Mouthfeel may be a little on the thin side but I'm still undecided. It's thinner than I'd expect but I like it quite a bit. The more I sip the more I'm starting to dig the mouthfeel. Leaves a mild lingering hop and roasty malt bitterness.
The thinner than expected mouthfeel makes this beer go down way too quickly. I keep having to slow myself down.
Good beer from Mikkeller. I sampled this right after sampling a Founders breakfast stout. The two are totally different beasts and I like the direction both of them have taken. Hopefully I'll be drinking some more Mikkeller brews in the future.
Price: $12.99 Served In: Pint Glass
Purchased in 2007 when this used to come in 22 ounce bomber bottles. Uncapped and poured into my nonic Imperial pint glass. The stout appears a nearly opaque brown color with a huge three fingers of creamy dark ecru colored foam. Nose and flavors consist of bitter baking chocolate, cocoa powder, dark brewed coffee, rich roasted grain, some caramel and vanilla as well as a hint of sourness. Nearly full bodied with ample carbonation and a roasty, bitter finish.
Served In: Pint Glass
A very dark, lush, thickly pour encapsulates the glass as black as black can get. Enormous topping of dark tanned foam that's a lofty thick sponge of thickness. Keeps its heady girth for astounding length and creates a decorated pattern of moth holed sheeting for lacing.
Aroma is hugely roasty with a slender burntish quality of charred grains, burnt chocolate chip cookie edges, espresso-esk, and a slight pull to some darker, lactic, sweet caramel. Hints to some refined spicyness of anise, black licorice, cinnamon, and white pepper.
Taste incorporates much more deviance with a darker, more robust espresso impression of dryish charred roasty stuff. Quite a bit more then what the smell gives way to. Burnt husks, dryness of true bitter dark chocolate, crisply baked cookie crusts/edges, and nice little touches to cinnamon and anise spice create a firm taster of roastability. The dryness is just mellow enough with just enough tug of under pressured sweetness thats sublte and soft with a tang of black malt, lactic oatyness, chocolate, and fresher coffee beans.
Medium bodied with a softer carbonation of smoothness but with a nudge of grease and grit within its dryness and blackened flavors. Very nicely handled bitterness and dryness that makes for a pleasing coffee roast experience.
For fans of hugely robust dark coffee and espresso, this stuff is a must! Quite a blackened roasty treat. I swear I've had espresso that tastes just like this...that's crazy to think it's available as a brewed beer as apposed to it being brewed thru a filter or French pressed...
As it goes, this is perfect for dessert to go with some kind of pie or cake and will take awhile to get thru the entire bottle if not being shared.
Price: $10.50 Served In: Weizen Glass
*Uploading my old reviews, this one has a review date of: 9-20-07. If I can acquire the beer again I will re-review it*
A great big thanks to BRoss242 for sending this great extra.
Poured the Geek at cellar temp and first impression is a very dark beer with some great viscosity and a big frothy, mocha colored, head. The head seems thick yet soft. A great coffee aroma, but not as overpowering as other examples as this one also presents some cocoa, vanilla, milk, roasted and chocolate malts, and a hint of alcohol. Tastes very much like the aroma, some coffee upfront with some roasted malts and roasted barley; it has a nice cocoa and slightly bitter and dry finish. This beer drinks great! Drinkability is high on this one.
Served In: Pint Glass
Pour thick and rich, pitch black with a foamy dense brown head. The head lasts the length of the beer, and leaves behind some nice lace.
The initial aroma is of oats, strong coffee, and hops. A bit of a lactic note, maybe. There is certainly a bit of a twang. I think the oat can give you a bit of that as well.
Strong coffee with creamer flavors from the initial taste all the way to the bitter finish. As it warms up the hops come out fighting. BAM!! Right in the f’n teeth.
The mouthfeel is so full. Very rich and dense. I want to use the term ’thin pudding’ but that doesn’t sound so nice. But is is very thick so I suppose that get the point across. There also quite a bit of carbonation.
This is easily on of the best beers I’ve had the pleasure of drinking in quite a while. To the folks at Mikkeller. Outstanding show. Please under no circumstance put this beer in a barrel. That would be a crime to humanity. And to SS, many thank you.
Served In: Pint Glass
A: Pours a slick pitch black with a full and creamy cocoa colored head. Can’t complain with this so far.
S: Roasted barley without the smokiness that sometimes accompanies it. Milk chocolate, fresh ground espresso and lactose also play a part. I can’t detect any hops at all.
T: Starts with a good amount of roastedness around the tip of the tongue. Coffee blends in well with the barley without actually “standing out”. Not as smooth as other breakfast stouts, perhaps not as much oatmeal is used. Not as much chocolate either, but it is present. Minor sourness hiding under the hood which adds some extra dimensionality. The more I drink it, the more the roastedness stands out. Little bit of oilyness, mostly found in the mouthfeel. Finishes with more oatmeal than it started with, alcohol coating the tongue and perhaps some notes of piney hops.
M: Full bodied and creamy
D: Not that the beer is bad, but these imp stouts from across the pond have been really pumped up. So far, I can’t say that any of them have lived up to the expectations. I’ll keep trying until I find one that blows me away
Served In: Tulip
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