The ale pours an opaque black and is topped by a generous cap of tan-colored foam that shows good retention. The reduction doesn’t leave behind any residue or lace. A fine ring of bubbles round the glass.
The aroma is hoppy at first with a scent that’s floral and piney. Coffee roast asserts itself once the beer begins to warm. The roast is mixed with licorice and a hint of dark fruit.
A mild dose of piney hops and coffee roast lead the palate. A stronger flavor of coffee roast mixed with a bite of piney hops caps the finish. The tasting mellows with a sweet mix of dark chocolate, licorice, and prune. Notes of earthy wood and nut are picked up along the way.
The feel has a grainy texture with a medium body and moderately-high carbonation. Finishes dryly. Mildly astringent.
Hop Geek Breakfast is wonderfully executed. If anything its carbonation runs a little high but when combined with its body and dryness, this is a real easy drinker. And its complex palate is just oh so flavorful. The balance between the roast, hops, and sweet undercurrent is superb. This just Black Ale just might replace your favorite morning beverage.