Sunday, August 7, 2011

MIKKELLER's "BEER HOP BREAKFAST" FLOP

How many beers do MIKKELLER make now? I forgive you, and myself, if you haven't been keeping up with them - but every time I blink there's another half-dozen on the shelves that I've never tried. It says on their website that they launched 76 new beers in 2010 alone. This Danish brewer has the luxury, I guess, of not having the overhead of their own brewhouse, so more than likely the abundance of new bottles from them flows from this one fact. There's a burgeoning set of "single hop" IPAs from them that I lost track of counting, so I guess I'll skip that series and concentrate on the beers of theirs that matter.

Chagrined to report that "BEER HOP BREAKAST" is one of those MIKKELLER beers that most decidely does not matter. It's an oatmeal stout brewed with coffee. That's a tough sell for me even on a good day - and I suppose the "hop" in the title perhaps had me expecting something else. Call me crazy. Yes, this is a medium-bodied coffee beer with strong oily hops and strong roasted grain. The taste ranges from bitter to burned. Charred, I'd go so far as to say. Not pleasant. There's some evidence of the high level of Mikkeller craft peeking through, but you really have to reach down deep to find it. I don't recommend that you do. 5.5/10.

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