Saturday, December 31, 2011

Mikkeller: Beer Geek Breakfast – The other ‘coffee’

While Mikkeller officially hails from Copenhagen, Mikkel Borg Bjergsø, Mikkeller’s brewmaster, manager, et al., brews beer in a variety of locations throughout Europe and the United States. Mikkeller’s Beer Geek Breakfast is brewed at Nøgne Ø, which lies in Grimstad – a small rural community along the southern coast of Norway. Both Mikkeller and Nøgne Ø brew some of the finest products in Scandinavia, and I cannot think of more logical collaboration. 

Popping the cap and pouring it into a glass reveals the unmistakable stout signatures: The body appears with a super dark brown color and a dense, medium-sized brown head. Tight and sticky, the lacing says all business. The aroma is an attention getter: The vitalizing smells of coffee, along with sweet malts, brown sugar, and dark chocolate, accompany the Beer Geek Breakfast nose. The same can be applied to the taste: Roasted coffee clearly dominates (perhaps a bit too much), but is supported by faint hints of chocolate, roasted malts, oats, and some smoky notes that transition into a slightly bitter finish. The alcohol is virtually undetectable. Not surprisingly, the mouthfeel is creamy with a mild amount of carbonation. I highly recommend to any stout lover out there.


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