Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast

I don't know much about the Danish brewer Mikkeller but their beer started arriving on Chicago shelves within the last couple of years.  And single bottles of it are really expensive.  For example, they make a pilsner that retails for nearly $7 a bottle - for a 12 oz.  I finally got to try several of their stouts at a specialty brew night at the Local Option pub in Lincoln Park.  I sampled the Beer Geek Breakfast that night but returned several days later to drink a whole one, and have since purchased a bottle of it. 

Want to puzzle a bartender?  Ask him to choose between ordering a Founders Breakfast Stout or Mikkeller's Beer Geek Breakfast.  BGB is very similar to the Founders in that it is an imperial coffee oatmeal stout. It's black, smells of oats, chocolate, barley, bread, and coffee, and tastes like it smells.  BGB differs for being drier and soapier where Founders is thicker and rounder.  BGB is superb.  The coffee and chocolate dominate the first few sips and the oatmeal and grain flavors finish it off.  These harsh flavors naturally slow down your pacing, which is good because it's not to be taken lightly at 7.5%.  I can see why this brewery is so celebrated worldwide.  Beer Geek Breakfast is the new Bloody Mary, kids. 

4.7 out of 5 stars. 

1 comment:

BeerShaun said...

Funny you should make the Bloody Mary Comparo. It has actually been a morning drink for me at the HOD Dock Sale last year. Talk about a wake up call at 6:00am!