Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 13, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Pours impenetrable black (what a surprise for a Mikkeller stout), no real head to speak of, weak lacing. Nose is gently hoppy, mostly of the pine variety, and dense, deep roast. Probing deeper I pick up notes of chicory, chocolate mousse, black coffee grounds, and hints of tar. Flavours of tar, spicy tight hops, and soap, creosote, and burnt toast. Very balanced, not as open as the Beer Geek Breakfast, but still quite nice.
phaleslu (7363) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle from Wine and Cheese Place. Pours a deep, dark brown color with a small tan head. Aroma of earthy, leafy hops, coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts, and a bit of rubber. Flavor of really nice coffee and cocoa notes in balance with earthy and piney hops, with some citrus peel, and toast in the background. Medium-bodied, with a rich, robust mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Really nice.
BelgBeerGeek (1297) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JUL 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
head: biege, creamy , thick , on the small side
smell: ashes, high cacao sent, chocolat ( black) , hops, something sour, tiny bit of booze, charcoal , burned meat
taste: start is bitter, irony, bloody , chocolat, cacao , coffee , ashy / smokey , heavly roasted malts, charcoal , bit of booze in the end herby , mouthtingling dryness with yeasty end , aftertaste is extremly grassy , not bad !
dalfaro86 (306) - Mexico City, MEXICO - JUL 9, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2013 The style of this beer should be named india stout. I love both heavily hopped and heavily roasted beers, so this is perfect.
Pours a black beer with brown head with regular retention. The aroma has notes of citrusy hops, heavily roasted malts, cofee and caramel.
The flavor is excelent; as someone before me mentioned is like a black ipa with heavily roasted malts; is complex, the notes of citrus hops intensify and are well balanced by the roasted malt, cofee, chocolate and caramel notes. It has a medium to robust body and the alcohol is well hidden.
If you are not a hophead, this beer is not for you, being that is a crossover between the stout and ipa styles.
This is indeed and outsanding beer i would by againg with no hesitation.
Ughsmash (7327) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 8, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500mL bottle. Poured very deep brown with a creamy, well-retained dark tan head.. looked great in the glass! The aroma picked up a whole hefty dose of earth, fresh pine, and coffee roast over sweeter chocolates and more coffee.. quite hop forward. The flavor led with pine and citrus bitterness, with dry-roasted coffee not far behind.. more coffee and burnt barley at the core.. piney bitterness and lesser coffee on the long, dry finish. Medium-bodied, very bitter, and very roasty on the palate.. this was good, but I prefer the regular Breakfast.
Benzai (9778) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 8, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2013 Opaque, black color, beige light brown head, quite large. Smell hops, coffee, dark chocolate and raisins. Taste hops, coffee. Strong hopped stout. Medium to high carbo, very nice full body.
Tmoney99 (11690) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 5, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured reddish black color with an average frothy brown head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Solid roasted coffee and chocolate malt and earthy hop aroma. Medium to full body with a dry smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy roasted balanced coffee and chocolate flavor with a heavy chocolate bittersweet finish of long duration. This is a standout beer.
bvc (1180) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JUN 29, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml capped bottle. Pours a viscous pitch black with a dense tan head on pour, but that dissipates fairly quickly to a loose film of a head and a solid ring around the edge. Blast of coffee, patent malt, licorice, toasted brazilian nuts, and a dank sharp pineyness...smells like I would expect an dbipa would smell. Chewy viscous body, carbonation isn’t super assertive or sharp, but it isn’t flabby or flat either. Semi sweet chocolate and coffee oatmeal stout up front, black patent malt takes over in the mid palate then the pineyness kicks in. Finishes quite bitter with some licorice. Not really cohesive or balanced.
bb (7305) - Alamo, California, USA - JUN 29, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark blackish beer with a dark tan head. light malt and light pine aroma with light coffee. pine and grapefruit flavor with coffee and light toffee. Medium-plus bodied. Pine and grapefruit lingers with coffee and light chocolate.
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - JUN 26, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500ml bottle, unknown date. Served at cellar temperature.
Pours black with a large foamy and rocky brown head that takes forever to settle down and leaves clumpy lacing in its wake.
Aroma is like...well...a heavily-hopped coffee stout. Heaps of premium coffee, chocolate, tons of roasted malts and a bit of smoke playing nicely with piney, grassy, citrusy hops. While there is more hop presence than most other stouts, the coffee still steals the show. Very good to great strength.
Flavor is very tasty premium coffee beans, roasted malts, chocolate up front then moves to a bitter hoppy finish featuring pine, spruce, and citrus. A bit of sweetness with the coffee and hops teaming up for some good bitterness. Some alcohol detected but what’s there is mild.
Mouthfeel is not quite medium, not quite full bodied, somewhat creamy, moderate carbonation.
Man, the hops really mingle nicely with this coffee stout. Would classify well as a Black IPA. Yet another tasty offering in the Beer Geek series and I’m glad to have had the chance to try (even if it was overpriced, even for a Mikkeller offering).