Mikkeller – Breakfast Stout

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I don’t usually drink beer at 10:30am, but when I do, it’s breakfast stout.  I drank this on my birthday last week in an effort to start the day on the right foot.  Breakfast stout is an oatmeal stout, further fortified with coffee for a wholesome first meal.  Mikkeller is a Danish brewery producing this “imperial” stout – it is 7.5% ABV.  Not particularly strong for a Russian imperial, but unusually high for an oatmeal stout.

I didn’t take tasting notes at the time because hell with it, it was my birthday.  I can tell you this from memory though: first of all, it’s good.  To expand on that as best I can:  this is a classic oatmeal stout: it’s not sweet, and it’s full of oaty heartiness.  Pretty bitter actually.  Add to this though a fairly potent espresso flavour – dark roast.  If you like dark roast coffee with no sugar and cream, this is probably up your alley.  If not, I can’t imagine it would be,  because the coffee flavours are strong, heavily roasted, and bitter.  Fortunately this is just my kind of cup.

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