Mikkeller: Beer Geek Breakfast (Denmark:Stout:7.5% ABV)

Visual: Opaque black, medium pour with a sturdy dark toffee brown head.

Nose: Bitter roasted coffee beans and roasted nuts. Some milk chocolate. Raked fresh campfire embers and smoke. Freshly made coffee and a slight milkyness.

Body: Smooth texture, nutty. Embers. Bitter and burnt oak. Slight excitable fizz disrupts occasionally. Chalk. Creamy chocolate cream centres. Treacle and hint of black cherry.

Finish: Bitter charring and hazelnuts. Big black coffee finish in a drying fashion. The bitterness lasts long after you finish sipping. Some dry hoppiness.

Conclusion: A decent stout, but unfortunately not a patch on its big brother – the Beer Geek Brunch Weasel. This takes a less rounded route, going for much more evident bitterness and harsher coffee elements. It does bring out some of the creamier elements on a good swirl that adds a nice chocolate smoothness.

Still nice, especially if the slightly more bitter and chalky tack is what you looking for – the main strike against it comes from the touch of fizziness that can intrude. All in all it’s solid and shows a lot of the black coffee influence on the front and back. It definitely benefits from swirling to bring out elements to offset its extremely prevalent bitter character.

Not a beer you will forget drinking for a while with its lasting finish – how much this is a good thing depends on how much the roasted character of this beer appeals to you.