Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - MAY 25, 2008
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2008 Yes. Wow. When I first started getting into quality beers, they all seemed to have an overwhelming quality of hoppiness and alcohol--me coming straight from coors light to high-class IPAs and Imp Stouts--and this beer has a quality that I haven’t found in many years; I was nearly overwhelmed. There is just so much going on in this beer’s roast complex. Coffee, oats, breadiness, biscuitness, vinous, and dark sweets of choco and cola. Just great. The best thing about this beer is its low abv--at 7.5% I could see myself drinking 6 or 12 of these and not tiring of it; something I can’t say for the higher ranking dark beers I’ve had. Fantastic. Mikkeller is becoming a bit of a must-have brewer for me.
zappafan99 (463) - ASCENSION ISLAND - MAY 24, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2008 Wow one of the best recipes and best executions I’ve had. Inviting aroma. Nice clinging lace. Palate with a dry malt taste. Mmm...dark bitter chocolate. 7.5 % is non-existent. Thank god I don’t drink at breakfast . This silky smooth(oatmeal?) aroma is fresh and inviting so is the aroma of this wonderful recipe. wonderful.
Defreni (2793) - Husum, DENMARK - MAY 24, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Flaske. Flot tyk sort lækker øl. Kraftig duft af humle og brændthed. SMagen er ekstrem brændt der slår over i bitterhed, men på en udmærket måde når man først har vænnet smagsløgene til det. Problemet for det her batch jeg rater her, er at mundfylden er ikke eksisterende, meget vandet. Det trækker op på smagen da tidligere gange jeg har drukket denne øl har den været for brændt. Men det er nu en lidt mystisk oplevelse. Måske er dette bare ikke en øl for mig. Får et par ekstra nationalistiske point, da jeg ikke vil være med til at skubbe en dansk øl udaf top 50.
GarrettB (1203) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 23, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I was extremely pleased to see Mikkeller bringing their Beer Geek Breakfast Stout to my neck of the woods. Everything from their reputation to their stylistic typography and label design favored an outstanding beer experience. And I wasn’t disappointed. Though I didn’t think a beer this would pare well with any breakfast (maybe an ogre’s breakfast) I didn’t have second thoughts about it as a nightcap. The head is a carnivorous ’ribeye cooked to rare’ pink color, with a little light brown ’round the periphery. This head lasts about as long in my glass as perfectly cooked rare prime ribeye would, and thus settles to a light lily pad of brown fuzz. The body is predictably black - deep sea darkness, engulfing both mentally and physically. The pour matches the color with its oily slow-motion free fall into the goblet. Along with the short-lived head, the pour produces a stunning gaseous mix, such that coffee, bourbon, black pepper, potter’s soil, yam, grilled sweet corn and mesquite put my senses under siege in a hazy and confused reverie of flavor. In an act of mercy (though I do enjoy the aromatic punishment - beer masochism?) the flavor is plainer, though no less intense. Coffee astringency is bolder, with more oozing dark chocolate and a heavier starch vegetable flavor base, also making up some of the perceived mouthfeel and body. The beginning of the flavor run has the slightest edge of chocolate sweetness, but the rest is a hurtling through a gradually narrowing tunnel of dark, mostly bitter flavors. I am reeling, desperate to fight my way out of the shroud of heavy flavors, struggling like a fish caught in a net, but find it mostly exhilarating. When I’m done and the glass has returned to its normal empty clarity (though with slivers of dark shadowy liquid here and there) I am relieved and regretful, much as an adventurer would be at the end of a harrowing journey of peril. Also, I still can’t imagine washing down eggs, toast and granola with Mikkeller’s take on chasm-colored beer.
arjoseph (641) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle purchased and enjoyed at Kulminator, Antwerp. Smells of port, melted chocolate, and alcohol, with a bit of wet coffee bitterness testifying to the roasted malts and hops. Taste is roasty at first on lively carbonation; the middle gets creamy with dark chocolate semi-sweetness and fuller body, the chocolate turning dry like Baker’s chocolate until he dry coffee grounds in the finish. Pours completely opaque with an unremarkable head, appetizing like all stouts but nothing special. Tasty, but the feel was not as dynamic, smooth, or full as I like in my stouts (I guess it’s not as big as I thought at only 7.5%). I’d prefer Founder’s Breakfast or Peche Mortel.
LilBeerDoctor (3516) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2008
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Wow this is a pretty beer! Pours black with a dark brown head. Aroma is awesome as well, dominated by coffee and chocolate. The aroma is not overpowered by roast, as I often find with many other stouts. Also a rich sweetness from the malt and unfermented sugars makes this aroma irresistable. Flavor is lots of coffee, sweet malt, well-balanced. This beer has a very nice mouthfeel with the richness of an imperial stout. The first time that I had this beer, I was unimpressed. But after having many other stouts, imperial stouts, and porters and trying this again, I was incredibly impressed! A very well-crafted beer by Mikkeller.
SvendNielsen (11) - DENMARK - MAY 19, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Har været bedre. Jeg smagte den da den var ny bruygget fra GourmetBryggeriet. Denne 66cl flaske (også fra GB), fik jeg af en ven i går - men synes den har midste maget af sin smag. Flot farve og duft, men smagen er blevet \"gammel\".
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 17, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted 4/29/08. 22oz bomber. Pitch black hue. Moldy taupe head. Crazy aromas. Pepper, BandAida and minty spices. Wow! Big nose. Cocoa and dark rich chocolate. Good amount of aromatic burn with a nice citrus zest. Full bodied and rich. Over the top! Floods the palate. Sweet sticky malts. Coffee acidity and a nice cookie note. Burnt citrus. Polling bitter palate. Espresso. Toffee. Lotta alcohol for only 7.5? Big hop too. Big all the way through. Raisins citrus piney hop character. Blam!
RomanW70 (297) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 16, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2008 Pours dark, dark brown with a thick tan head. Strong sweet coffee aroma. Intitia taste of dark roast coffee, sliding smoothly into a huge, lastng bitter finish. The coffee really dominates here. Medium carbonation and silky mouthfeel. Excellent beer.
Pinball (11329) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 16, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2009 Great aroma, looks great too, flavor is as advertised, i’d love one of those for breakfirst, if i had a hangover. One of the best stout i’ve tasted, it is a bit on the smokey end of the spectre. I had a chance to check it hed2head against ølfabrikken’s porter (bottle version) and ØF’s brew was more balanced, but also had a sour/aged tone, which this one had not. Mikkeler’s BGB stout is a little better imo. Great brew. i’m going to stash up.
RERATE bottle sampled 2 yrs after being brewed. 7,5,7,4,17 (4.0)