nimbleprop (3864) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 7, 2007
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2008 Poured deathly, oily black with deep tan head. The aroma on this was a complete shock. Roasted malt and chocolate aroma obviously, but a distinct pine hop aroma that compliments the other aromas and adds a complexity. The aroma really makes the mouth water. Flavor was what you might expect, chocolate, cherries, malt, expresso, nuts. Finish is really smooth, extremely drinkable, with only a lasting coffee bitterness and a little chalky in the mouth. Some of the recent ratings suggest that maybe this beer is slipping in the top 50, or that maybe they overpaid for this bomber, I canít say either. This beer was worth every penny I paid and lived up to all of my expectations. This is a stout loverís stout. I highly recommend.
NachlamSie (2536) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2008 Sampled in a blind tasting among Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast, Alaskan Stout, Dickís Lava Rock Porter, and Coors Light. hah, well this was the clear winner of the night, right behind Coors Light. This was the darkest of the ales with a distinct ebony color and a dark tan head. The lacing is clingy and viscous. Man, this stuff smells great. This is easily the most robust of the four, packed full of rich chocolate, a notably fresh Latin American coffee scent, oatmeal, toasted almonds, and grill smoke. This has a dense mouthfeel with distinct, defined toasted oats, ash, rich milk chocolate, fresh java, and a delightfully tastefully syrupy finish. This is not very aggressive, just rich, balanced, bold, robust, and savory. I love it.
[June 22, 2008]
Bottle. Pours black with some faint reds somewhere in the body and an everlasting very dark tan head. The aroma sports tons of well defined dark roasted coffee, but thatís not all. Excellent tones of dark chocolate, ash, oatmeal, and milky sweetness are found. This is hearty and enjoyable. Though it is over-the-top in the coffee department, that flavor is well rounded with an almost sweet, roasty character. Not one dimensional by any means, Beer Geek Breakfast wows my palate with hints of toffee, chocolate, oatmeal, and a powdered milk finish.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - AUG 6, 2007
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours a thick, black, and soupy w/ a full, semi creamy froth. Superb hangtime reducing to a satin canopy w/ full sticky lacing. Aromas of sweet roasted coffee bean and dense chocolate malts. Full nectar w/ creamy residual effers. Nice! A big roast component is balanced by a mild sweetness then promptly bittered. Strongly flavored w/ bitter cocoa, roasted coffee bean, leather, and molases. Other nuances of dried rose petal, cherry skins, herbs. The cocoa is so strong it just coats the palate w/ a thick blanket. Then Robo Hop comes round with itís machine guns blazing reducing the cocoa to a mere afterthought. Robo Hop leaves an asprin aftermath to cleans the palate like they used fire back in the dark ages for purification. The finish is long and bittered perfectly for a good balance. A very rich brew, more like a meal. It deserves all the attention coming itís way. Highly recommended.
Zeswaft (1316) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 5, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I was really excited to find this and more surprised that it was only $16. Probably shouldnít have cosumed it under the conditions that i did but you only live once. poured into a blue solo cup and maybe 60 degrees. super thick pour with a dark brown head. big coffee and chocolate aroma. flavor was uber sweet and rich. kind of syrupy and stingy. honestly, a little bit let down. and iím surprised itís only 7.5%. not worth $16.
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 5, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
poured into a tulip. well this was exciting, what a good drink. pours a black glug with mild caramel head. aroma of malts and mild coffee. creamy palate, such and inviting creamy consistency lending itself to the casual coffee presence and milky finish. milky subtle smoothness to the coffee, very good. mild carbonation on the front, coffee offers a balance that makes the finish complete...
SSSteve (3551) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 4, 2007
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
very thick syrupy black pour with a medium sized very dark brown head. sweet milk chocolate, coffee aroma. flavors of dark chocolate, milk chocolate, coffee, little hints of hops and maple syrup. full bodied of course. perfect amount of carbonation. awesome. send more mikkellerís to atlanta!
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - AUG 4, 2007
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The next one of these I have will certainly be for breakfast. Sexy cold coffee nose and chocolate ganache. Tan foam hints at a creamy and rich mouthfeel. This beer manages a very sexy performance and has one of the coolest textures Iíve ever experienced from a stout. Reminds me a lot of Founderís. Beyond reproach, the only gripe is the price. Canít wait for my next day off.
CheersMate (1296) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - AUG 2, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, what a nice dark chocolate head to accompany a stout. The head is very thick and creamy looking. The beer is BLACK in color, and looks very thick when you pour it. Great chocolate and coffee aroma. Smells great because you can really smell the roasted coffee beans. One of the creamiest beers I have ever tried. This beer is just so smooth. The flavors are chocolate and coffee. this beer has a great sweet taste in the before taste. There is a sweet flavor in this beer, but I wouldnít call it an oatmeal sweet flavor. The oatmeal part of the name I believe infers a sweet flavor more than it does say that hey this beer will taste like oatmeal. A nice finishing spice and bitterness. A well crafted beer.
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - AUG 2, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2007 bottle- jet black, tannish head that disapates, but never quite disappears. Always acts as a coating over the beer. Moutfeel is very creamy, typical of oatmeal stouts. espresso flavor, roasted malt. sweet astringent flavor in the finish along with some bittering hops. Breakfast? maybe, but I would prefer this in the evening.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 2, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black as night, dense dark tan head with good retention, espresso nose. Espresso, bittersweet chocolate, slight boozy notes, mild bitterness, coffee finish. Sensational silky mouthfeel. Excellent for morning, noon or night.