Total Score: 8.5/10
Mikkeller! [YAY!] Beer Geek! [YAY!] Flat White! [YAY!] All of those statements are things that I love, and in the case of “beer geek” – something I am. I have much love for Mikkel Borg Bjergsø, the man, the myth, the gypsy brewer who can seemingly turn any ingredient into beer. The Beer Geek series has also been the most popular series of beers Mikkeller have released, winning awards from pundits and critics alike. So when a can of Beer Geek anything pops up in my local bottle-o (Black Sheep Newmarket), then that sir is one instant buy for me. One might even call it – an “instabuy” in the vernacular of the Interweb, or even a “shut up and take my money”. Indeed.
Poured from a 500ml can into a Duvel tulip.
A: Wow, OK, lotsa head right here – mocha coloured, all 2 inches of it. Body presents deep dark opaque brown coloured, like the murky depth of the Mariana Trench (aka the deepest part of any ocean on earth). Gets dark down there. As the head crumbles it leaves an almost nitro-like lace on the glass side, impressive. 9/10.
S: Hard not to smell this beer with its pervading dark chocolate and roasted espresso coffee overtones. Hints of vanilla and a smoky char in there as well. As far as breakfast beers go (i.e. beers brewed with coffee) this is par for the course. A touch of nutty character comes through in another whiff too. 8/10.
T: Much like Beer Geek Vanilla Shake the flavour comes through like a big honeyed kiss all over your tongue – coating it with a rich gooey goodness, and coffee, lots of coffee. Flavours as expected: Dark chocolate, roasted espresso coffee, nutty mid-palate, vanilla and a hint of smoke. Flavours come through quite sweet and sticky with enough bitterness in the finish to balance it out. I reckon this brew is so similar to how I remember Beer Geek Vanilla Shake being that this must be the base recipe on which that brew is formed. Spot on, just missing the milky character of a flat white though. 9/10.
M: Not quite as viscous as Beer Geek Vanilla Shake, at half the ABV though (7.5% versus 13%), it’s still pretty heavy-bodied with a creamy carbonation. 8/10.
D: Such a top effort from Mikkeller – this is another feather in their cap (which must have crushed Mikkel Borg Bjergsø to death by now due to its weight). The flavour hit is BIG and unyielding, it’s actually a much bigger beer than the 7.5% ABV would suggest, but it’s hard to go past a brew this tasty. 8/10.
Food match: I need a lie down now… what?! Erm, try steak here.