Mikkeller Barrel Aged Breakfast Bourbon (US Version 7.5%)

Formerly brewed at Nøgne Ø (Hansa Borg)

Style: Stout
Copenhagen, Denmark


on tap


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RATINGS: 101   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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MIBRomeo (2579) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 6, 2012
Pours black as night. A big rich well coated palate. Aroma full of roast a hint of vanilla sweetness and a touch of lightly bitter coffee. Flavor is fantastic. Not to much barreling, just a subtle sweet finish to a great base beer.

beerguy101 (5364) - Newark, California, USA - FEB 1, 2012
Sampled on 1/28/2012. This Imperial Stout pours an eclipse black color from a 500ml bottle. Medium sized tan foamy head, with decent lacing and nice retention. The aroma is chocolate, coffee, oak and bourbon. A medium to full bodied Imperial Stout. The malts are chocolate, coffee and sweet. The hops are herbal and earthy. Decent carbonation. Hints of wood and oak. The bourbon flavors are somewhat subdued, but intensify as the beer warms. Nice sipping beer. Hint of bourbon, oak and wood at the finish. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

reggiedunlop (3726) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2012
Pours black with a huge dark mocha head...beautiful retention and lacing! Aroma has soft bourbon and oaky notes with hints of dark fruit and coffee...a bit of dark chocolate...a bit too subdued and faint though. Flavor has dark chocolate and mild coffee with just a hint of bourbon and oak arriving late. Mouthfeel is medium and creamy with a chocolatey/oaky finish that has faint coffee.

kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011

Name: Barrel Aged Breakfast
Date: March 08, 2011
Mode: Bottle
Source: Hop City, Atlanta
Appearance: black, frothy tan head
Aroma: big coffee aroma, hint of caramel sweetness
Flavor: rich roasted flavor, dark chocolate bitterness, just a hint of bourbon with caramel and vanilla sweetness, light oaky bitterness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+ /4

CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2011
500ml bottle: pours an oily opaque with a small creamy beige head. Has a sweet dark caramel and coffee nose with some piny hop notes and a touch of bourbon oak. Starts with good fullness and chewy dark caramel sweetness with some resiny bitter hop balance along with plenty of roasty coffee and some mild bourbon toward the finish. Could use a little more bourbon and complexity, but still a flavorful brew.

bhiner41 (194) - Darien, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2011
So, this is different...kind of an "ash" smell. Coffee taste is very mutted. Jet balck, no head, tan ring. Smell is burnt and almost dank. It is a thin stout, almost boardering a porter. Very easy drinking but still a complex flavor. Every sip is a bit different.

mtjoseph (244) - Murderapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 11, 2011
Bottle shared with mattyb83. Pours jet black with a frothy, brown head. Aroma of charred malt, chocolate, wood, and stale coffee. Theres something off on the aroma that I can’t put my finger on. Diaper maybe? All the flavors are quite muted. Chocolate upfront, roasted malt, sweet vanilla, light tannins, and a hair of bourbon. Thin, kinda dissapointing.

mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 11, 2011
Bottle. Dark brown in color with a medium sized, fluffy, khaki head. Lasts for a fairly long time. This looks like a stout! Taste is a bit thin. Aroma has oak, vanilla, and a strange fruity aspect. Almost tart. Plenty of oak, some roast coffee, a touch of vanilla, with a slightly bitter finish. Some charred wood aspects. Maybe more astringent than bitter. As I’ve been drinking more Beer Geek Breakfast has been falling off, or I’ve developed a different palate.

bluejacket74 (1995) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2011
500 ml bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like coffee, roasted and charred/burnt malt, bittersweet chocolate and some bourbon and vanilla. The taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but with a little bit of licorice noticeable. The bourbon flavor was weak at first, but got stronger as the beer warmed up (and I let the bottle sit out for 30 minutes after taking it out of the fridge before opening it). Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s smooth and a bit creamy with moderate carbonation. I think it’s a good overall brew, although I do wish the bourbon in both the aroma and taste was stronger. But at $16.99 a bottle, I wouldn’t buy it again at that price.

Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 25, 2011
In short: A not-so-bourbon chocolaty/coffee stout with an unfortunate acrid edge. Good beer, inferior to the regular version
How: Bottle 500ml. Consumed 6 months after purchase in Boston, probably around one year of age
The look: Black body topped by a large tan head with medium retention
In long: Nose is roasted, some black coffee, a bit woody and only slighly bourbon. Taste is sweet chocolate cake icing, roasted coffee beans, light notes of vanilla, some green herbal hops, barerly any bourbon presence. Finish is bitter coffee and bitter chocolate. The bourbon barrels are rather discreet in this beer so in many ways it resembles the base beer. However there was something very acrid in this beer and the carbonation was rather aggressive. Those initially minor flaws built up and by the end of the bottle I was getting a bit annoyed by this harshness. Still a very good beer because the base beer is so good, but again, I’d drink the worst batches of the base beer before I drink this one again. Makes no sense that the US version is only 7.5% compared to the regular 10.7%. Hey Mikkeller, you got it all wrong, a US version of a beer bottle should contain a lot more calories or at the very least the bottle cap should be sealed with a slice of bacon. Respect our culture.

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