Brew Review: Beer Hop Breakfast

12 Nov

Brew: Beer Hop Breakfast

Brewed by: Mikkeller (København, Denmark)

Style: Oatmeal Stout brewed with coffee (7.5% ABV)

 

Mikkeller has put out some amazing beers over the years and his story is a pretty cool one.  He is what people call a gypsy brewer because he does not have a brewery of his own.  He travels around Europe and brews at other peoples facilities and collaborates with other brewers and ends up making amazing stuff.  Apparently there have been a couple other brewers who have taken up this ‘gypsy’ technique and done a decent job at it but MIkkeller stands alone as the pioneer as far as I know and am concerned.  The beer hop breakfast is an oatmeal stout brewed with coffee which sounds pretty tempting coming from a brewer who knows how to make a good stout. 

Beer hop breakfast poured out thick black and rich looking.  Pretty much what you expect from a stout, inky black with a 3 finger mocha head.  A great looking beer with a perfect head that leaves excellent lacing along the glass.

The brew smells like a fresh cup of coffee mixed with chocolate.  I don’t know what type of drink that is but I am sure there is a name for it.  Choco-coffee?   ChoCoffee?  I don’t know.  but there is plenty of both in the aroma.  There is also some hints of hops, both piney and more earthy notes.  A good smelling beer, one that I would definitely drink for breakfast if I was able to take a nap at work every afternoon.

The taste follows the aroma nicely.  There is coffee and dark bitter chocolate notes right to start with that chocolate providing a bitter finish.  The bitter finish is also helped along nicely by the roasted grains that add their own burnt and bitter notes.  The roasted flavors blend with the hops that are still present.  The hops also add some bitterness but not a ton.  I would say that this is a medium-thick bodied hoppy stout at this point.  Slides over your tongue but presents nice sharp flavors.  I wouldn’t go as far as to call it as hoppy as an American black ale but with a bit more it could come close.

This brew is hoppy and bitter but not overpoweringly so.  it has good roasted aspects and the coffee and chocolate notes are all present as well.  There was a lot going on and at times the beer wanted to be an American black ale or Cascadian ale and at other it wanted to stick with the oatmeal stout theme.  Interesting for sure and very tasty but I wouldn’t give it an A since it hasn’t figured out what it wants to do yet.

 

Final Grade: B+

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