beer hop breakfast

Review: Mikkeller Beer Hop Breakfast (Bottle)

Not deviating too far from what I expected, Hop Breakfast tastes like Beer Geek Breakfast, but with less chocolate, and more bitter dry hops. The result is lots of dark roast coffee, a relatively thin mouthfeel, and some grainy oats. There’s also a little of that saltwater tang that you’ll find in some traditional English style porters. It may not be the most complex, or full-flavored of the excellent Breakfast series from Mikkeller, but I’m glad I tried it. Whether it’s worth the price on the other hand, is another question all together. Consequently, this will probably be a one and done kind of beer for me, unless I find it on tap somewhere of course. 

Niko (FF) Score = 8.75/10

Mikkeller Beer Hop Breakfast:

Loved this one. It’s a great marriage of stout and big hops, with a fairly unique result. There’s a creamy oatmeal stout body, wile the flavor is rich with big roasted coffee flavors and a some dark chocolate notes peeking through. Right in balance (somehow) is a huge, herbal and piney hop addition. It’s a lot to take in, but for me, it works. Probably the second favorite I’ve tried in the breakfast/brunch series (with the Beer Geek Brunch: Weasel winning by a mile).

Mikkeller “Beer Hop Breakfast” Oatmeal Stout: I’ve been sitting on this oatmeal stout brewed with coffee for a while now. Let me also make it known that a while for me is like two weeks. This beer is gnarly. Huge coffee and roasted malt characteristics in the aroma. Piney hops, and perhaps some citrus hops, dominate the nose as well. A bit smokey in the flavor profile. Bitter hops notes at the front of the palate with linger hops towards the back and finally finishing with roasted coffee and malt in the back of the palate. The roastiness of this beer really lingers, which is amazing. Medium wet to dry finish. The hops and roasty qualities of this beer almost remind me of a creamy black IPA, which I’m all about. The verdict is out whether I prefer this to Beer Geek Breakfast. It’s been a while since I’ve had it. I also hadn’t developed my palate for stouts and porters at that point, so I might need to revisit it.