Beer Geek Bacon - Mikkeller ApS

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86
very good

523 Ratings
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Ratings: 523
Reviews: 252
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 70
Gots: 87 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A smoked version of the Beer Geek Breakfast.

Brewed at Nøgne Ø.

(Beer added by: bark on 07-02-2010)
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Reviews by HeyItsChili:
Photo of HeyItsChili
4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I picked up this bottle during my spring break sojourn to Charleston, my beloved old home. I had to stop by the Charleston Beer Exchange and get a couple selections.

A - Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Pours black and substantial, opaque, with a tightly foamed, creamy dark khaki head.

S - The aroma is dominated by a cocoa-coffee-earthy stout aroma with a slight hint of hops. There is a wee bit of smokiness but not as much as comes through in the taste.

T - Smokey, with a slightly bitter burnt carbon edge that plays well with the present hops. There's a chalky cocoa flavor here alongside typical stouty notes.

M - Fantastic. Velvety smooth and viscous.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Imagination was given man to compensate for what he is not, and a sense of humor to console him for what he is."

--Francis Bacon

Burnt coffee bean black with nary a glimmer of lightening at the edges. The melodious sound of beer entering glass was thickly creamy... which is exactly how the caramel nougat colored lid looks. It's also beginning to blast all surfaces with thick sheets of shotgun-shredded lace.

Rauch Geek Breakfast does not smell like bacon. Smoked malt is numero uno, but doesn't dominate at the expense of dark chocolate, java, and all around roasted malty goodness. Just like (plain ol') Breakfast and Brunch Weasel, this Beer Geek should impress mightily on the palate.

Still no bacon... and no sausage either. This offering is basically the original Breakfast with smoked malts in place of the base malts. Mikkeller did not go overboard at all, but calibrated the smokiness to dovetail perfectly with the rest of the beer's flavor profile.

Sweet and bitter are balanced on a razor's edge, as are bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee beans, wood smoke, and hints of vanilla bean. This expertly crafted ale is pure pleasure to drink and was well worth $9.99 for 500 ml. Not that I'll be drinking it often.

Mouthfeel is the only (slight) chink in the armor. That makes sense since BG Breakfast suffered the same fate. That said, good is only a misstep when the rest of the beer is very good. Laid back bubbles neither help nor hurt.

Rauch Geek Breakfast is yet another tasty treat from one of the best breweries on planet Earth. Brunch Weasel is still king of the Geeks (and is a much bigger beer), but this smoky little number isn't far behind.

Photo of Shawnadams330
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of tectactoe
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of wrycon
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours like some bubbly crude - pitch black and slippery. When jostled produces a half-finger tan head that dissipates at a moderate pace. Big nose. Obvious smoke, but less campfire and more industrial. Underneath you can smell some coffee, roasted malt, a touch of chocolate and a hint of black licorice. Drinks thick, but the high carbonation keeps it afloat. Interesting. Doesn't coddle you like other stouts but rather declares its presence with an almost stale, indifferent smokiness. Feels like an art studio replete with overflowing ashtrays. What's quite interesting is the hoppiness that is present early and constant throughout. It ends on a twisted tart note that's very clean. Unique, but not something I'd purchase twice. I will say, though, it's not lacking in character.

Like It? Sure

Photo of EastBay_Nick
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of Beaver13
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330 ml bottle. Pours black with a fluffy tan head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is sweet perfumey grainy chocolate malts with some smokey BBQ and a little roast coffee.

The flavor is lots of bitter plastic like roast with a bit of smokey sweet BBQ and a little coffee. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly watery.

Overall, there's a lot going on (including some off notes). It doesn't mesh really well and the bitter roast is a bit overwhelming.

Photo of JakerLou
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of mctizzz
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my brother for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an inky black color with a large tan head.

The aroma is quite a bit of smoke, but I also get a lot of chocolate and roasted malt. I also get a little bit of coffee in the aroma, but it is hidden behind the other components.

The flavor is very similar and just as complex. The smoke is the dominant flavor, with the coffee and heavily roasted malts also being main components. I get a little bit of chocolate, but not hear as much as in the aroma.

Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice big stout that incorporates smoke very well.

Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of ImFlyerThanYou
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of kingcrowing
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into a wine glass. Thanks to Shaun Hill for bringing this out!

Pours a very thick dark black with a small but thick and creamy and dark head. Nose is smokey and rich, quote bitter as well.

Taste isn't too bacon-y but it's certainly smokey and meaty. Very rich and roasty. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Overall a very interesting beer.

Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of ehammond1
2.6/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle

Holiday Wine Cellar
Escondido, CA

Black as can be with a thick, almost pillowy, brown head that eventually leaves lines and dots of lacing down the glass. Gorgeous.

This beer does not have a good aroma. It was poor at the beginning, and even worse after significant warming. The only thing I could use to describe it was words like "plastic bags" and "burning plastic." There's a strong smoke element as well, but nothing combines particularly well.

The flavor is just a tad more successful, but really not by much. There's some roast and a ton of smoke, along with still more plastic.

Medium bodied with ample carbonation.

Do not want.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Oct 2013. Brewed in Oct 2010; batch 557. Purchased from a Belgian webshop some time back and stored in my garage. Hope it stands up to the other Beer Geek versions I've tried.

Poured repeatedly into a Duvel tulip. Ultra-black; a klieg light wouldn't penetrate its depths. Produces a vast head of creamy mocha-brown foam with excellent retention; this slowly subsides to a surface layer. Aroma of intensely dark, roasted malt with notes of coffee, smoke, burnt grain, a hint of molasses and yes, bacon. Perhaps an undertone of hops, but it's hard to tell. Impressive.

Tastes like a truck-load of roasted malt on a death ride; coffee and smoke are signed up as partners in crime. Notes of coffee, burnt grain, smoked malt, wood, stewed leaves and a hint of molasses. A subtle bacon-like character is discernible. A mild soy sauce flavour lurks in the background, adding a twinge of saltiness and umami. The alcohol is well hidden. A powerful, astringent bitterness upon swallowing - it's all about the coffee. Mouthfeel is smooth and thick, with tingly carbonation and a lovely, velvety body. Possesses a spicy, astringent quality that dries the palate. Aftertaste of bitter coffee and roasted malt, with a hint of smoke.

Bam! This brew assaults your palate like a batallion of smoke-infused coffee ninjas, insistantly demanding your attention. Crazy stuff: coffee, rauchmalt and roasted grain all laced with soy. It's fair to say that it lives up to its name; there is more than a hint of bacon in the aroma and a whiff in the flavour as well. Overall though, the coffee and smoked malt sit uneasily together and compete rather than complement. The result is inspired but imperfect - it lacks the incredible silky smoothness of Beer Geek Breakfast. However, it remains a unique and worthy brew - don't pass it up if you see it.

Photo of sourdog
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of chickenm
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a medium sized tan head. Strong smoke aroma with chocolate and roasted malts. Taste again is smokey with more chocolate and bitter coffee. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very nice, this is one of the best smoked beers I've tried. Thanks wordemupg!

Photo of acknight
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour, not as dark as expected. At the very end, the pour was clumpy, and rather than do the brussels lace thing, it looked as if (maybe it was the bacon playing tricks on my eyes) there were bits of congealed fat that caused it to stick to the glass in a very unique way.

Aroma was heavy smoke, char, almost thought this one was aged in bourbon based on the aroma.

Taste, so smooth and drinkable, the heaviest smoked beer I've had that did not impart an undesireable astringency, this one was spot on with the oatmeal. Chocolate, leathery feel to it downbottle. Bacon taste not really present, but could see it having been part of the smoking agent equation.

At $11 a bottle, I can't give it too high of an overall score, but it is an interesting beer worth checking out if you've never had it before. Not as good as the brunch weasel, but good.

Photo of SPRichard
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of glid02
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Leon's in Atlanta, the American version is sold as Rauch Beer Geek Breakfast.

Pours black with a one-finger brown head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of smooth roasted malt, smoked malts, coffee, and dark chocolate, in that order. The smoked malt aromas intensify a bit as the beer warms.

Tastes very good. The smoked malt flavors aren't as intense as the nose intimates, instead favoring moderately roasted malt flavors that kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are good amounts of smooth dark chocolate flavors that segue into smooth, lightly roasted coffee. Hints of smokiness work their way into the flavor profile before fading out into a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was a fan of this beer and thought the smokiness was well done. It didn't overpower the beer and instead augmented what is already a nice beverage. Worth a shot.

Photo of LucienDeRubempre
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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Beer Geek Bacon from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 523 ratings.