Founded in 2006 by a math teacher, Mikkel Borg Bjergsø and a journalist, Kristian Klarup Keller, Mikkeller is a “gypsy” brewery; that is, a brewery without a physical location that brews its creations at other breweries. Both owners were home brewers who began brewing together and won an award in the stout category of an international beer voting event with an experimental beer named Beer Geek Breakfast.
First released the same year the brewery debuted, Beer Geek Breakfast is a 7.5 percent ABV oatmeal stout brewed with pils, oat, smoked, caramunich, brown, pale chocolate and chocolate malts as well as roasted barley, flaked oats. The beer is also brewed with Cascade and centennial hops and incorporates a “nice touch of gourmet coffee.” Beer Geek Breakfast is brewed at Lervig Aktiebryggeri in Norway on an ongoing basis and is packaged in 330ml bottles.
Visually, Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast pours black as night and features a half finger of mocha colored head that quickly dissipates, leaving a respectable ring around the edge of the glass. Aroma from the glass is a combination of strong espresso beans, grains, sweet vanilla, oak, cinnamon and slight caramel.
From the first sip, I knew this beer was serious business. The coffee comes in hard on both the palate and the finish, with a strong espresso bean flavor on the palate and bitter coffee on the finish. There is a touch of vanilla sweetness in the background, but not enough to really strong enough to quantify, and never gets beyond that point. Carbonation is on the high side, which is a little surprising for this style, and the mouthfeel is a touch thinner than I would like for an oatmeal stout.