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.