Beer Geek Bacon - Mikkeller ApS

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86
very good

556 Ratings
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Ratings: 556
Reviews: 260
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 73
Gots: 94 | FT: 10
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bark on 07-02-2010

A smoked version of the Beer Geek Breakfast.

Brewed at Nøgne Ø.
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Reviews by jpro:
Photo of jpro
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber at CBX awhile back... Been looking forward to cracking this one.

A: Pours a deep black into a snifter; head is a dark, butter brown, about a thumb’s width; not much lace, though.

S: Sweet roasted malts; mesquite burned wood; some chocolate in the background. Ahhh, the smokiness...

T: Quite a bit of smoke on this one; roasty malts follow, with some citrus rind hops way in the back. Smoky.

M: Rich, velvety, full-bodied and smooth; lower carbonation, but there’s still some zing.

O: Smoked beers are polarizing, I think... but I’m in the crowd that loves ‘em - especially smoked porters and stouts. This is a nice, savory brew that I really enjoyed. Wish I had some for a campfire or a pulled pork dinner. Delicious.

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 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 Beaver13
3.01/5  rDev -21.2%
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 Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
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 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 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
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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 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 Beerandraiderfan
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
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 glid02
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
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 BlazerT
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Teku glass.

A: Pitch black with medium (2fingers), medium lasting, mocha head. Very good lacing.

S: Mild roasted malts aroma, low to medium smoked malts aroma (woody, ashy), coffee aroma, hints of vanilla aromas, some dark fruits esters.

T: definetely smoked beer - burnt and ashy, dark roasted espresso coffee flavours, some dark chocolate, medium bitterness, low hop flavor.

M: creamy texture, medium carbonation, medium to full body.

O: Very drinkable smoked beer, which base is great beer geek breakfast. This stout is very drinkable. Really good beer.

Photo of r0nyn
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my DFH snifter. Split with fellow BA infi.

Pours a deep, dark murky brown with a big tan head that quickly dissipates. Leaves a bit of loose, stringy lacing. Smell is full of that chocolate and coffee so typical of American imperial stouts. There's definitely that smoky quality advertised on bottle, mingled with some sweet vanilla and caramel malts. Really quite nice.

Roasted malts are there right off the bat, coating the tongue and palate. Some sweetness comes through with the caramel and lots of dark chocolate. Big coffee character shines through afterwards, with some toasted bitterness coupling with the smoky quality and oatmeal malt to create an interesting flavor profile. Just a tiny bit of astringency at the end. There isn't much of an aftertaste, which is slightly surprising. Booziness is only mildly detectable at the end. Mouthfeel is smooth, with a medium body and a light kind of chewiness. Not very much carbonation at all.

Drinkability is fairly good, with an appealing smell and an interesting flavor. Definitely a sipper as the flavors come alive as you let the brew warm up. Haven't had the regular Beer Geek Breakfast to compare, but this gets me quite interested. A great start to my Mikeller beer experience.

Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle - not a lot of logos around with actual bacon imagery in them, so good on Mikkeller for the oddly literal display.

This beer pours a complete black, the only edges, even when back-lit, are in my imagination. The head is of the sort I've come to expect from this brewer - even with care and preparation, this fucker still overflows onto my kitchen counter. What it doesn't do, though, is outstay its over-ebullient welcome, dropping away in a steady manner, and rendering some evil low-pressure cloud system lace around the glass.

It all smells like a caramel chocolate bar that has spent too much time in a backyard smoker - fleshy, indistinct meaty aromas over top of big sweet malt. And bacon, specifically? Maybe, if it had spent a lot of time sizzling and then melding with the wood - but it didn't, apparently. The taste is a big improvement - smoky, ashy campfire, more wood than charred protein, caramel/toffee malt, medium chalky cocoa, muddled citrus pith, and bitter cold coffee.

The carbonation is average, with a slight zing up front, the body medium-full in weight, somewhat smooth amongst the clinging smokiness, and equally creamy from the underlying oats. It finishes with an emphasis on the sweet malty chocolate and coffee, slighted tinged by a dampened wet smokiness, and until-now hidden astringent booziness.

While it all starts out quite indicative of the titular breakfast morsel, everything thankfully levels off to a more agreeable smoky oatmeal maltiness, far more drinkable that one would have assumed from awkward first impressions. And not surprisingly, I have an urge to seek out some Islay single malt, something usually anathema to my Speyside-worshipping palate. Nicely played.

Photo of mdaschaf
2.95/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from notes:

A: Poured a deep black with a huge three finger mocha head with great retention and some very nice lacing.

S: Quite smokey with some roasted malt, burnt coffee, and bacon, which along with the smoke was the most evident aroma.

T: Had high hopes, but the flavor didn't work for me at all. It tasted like fake bacon, like bacon bits. There is also a rubber/plastic, bandaid like flavor.

M: Medium to full bodied, on the creamier side with a good level of carbonation.

O: Everything was pretty good on this beer except for the flavor profile, the most important feature. Certainly need to try this one again, since other palates I trust have enjoyed this beer.

Photo of nkersten
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a Maredsous glass, black dense liquid with a dark tall mocha head, a bit fizzier head then i would have liked for this style. Smell is all bacon and smoked meat, smoldering bbq wood planks, a tiny malt presence. Taste follows smell, very smokey, toasted malt, typical rauchbier flavors, bacon, and a hint of coffee. Mouth feel is medium bodied with a low carbonation, slightly coating. The smokey flavors are too strong and overpowering in this brew to make me want more then a small pour.

Photo of cokes
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jet black with a huge brown plume that only slowly ebbs, while leaving thick sheets of lace.
Autumn burn barrel nose, with some more humid smoky traits of campfire and peat. I love a good rauchbier, but most (if not all) of the deep, rich stout qualities are drowned out here.
It enters the mouth with a quick espresso burst. It shuffles towards dark chocolate and oatmeal, but then is obscured by smoke. Dry and ashen, with dry leaves, and fragrant cigar ashes. Its fades on the finish, leaving coffee grounds and bitter cocoa in its wake.
Fullish bodied, lowly carbonated, glassy textured, but non-cloying. Though it seems a touch thinner than the non-rauch version, which is likely a trick of the mind.
As a smoke-head, this is tremendously drinkable, with the smoke being a pronounced asset, yet not overwhelming completely. But the wonderful Beer Geek stout attributes are stifled quite a bit.

Photo of zaphodchak
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2 fingers of chocolatey head, creamy. Opaque brown body with good lace.

Nose has cocoa, smoke, and woody character.

Taste is oaty and thick, pretty bitter with a good helping of smoke.

Very fine carbonation, grainy texture.

I wish this were sweeter and richer. mostly a bitter oatmeal stout with some smoke-- I was expecting more.

Photo of Roguer
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark black, topped with a good sized dark brown head. Good retention and lovely lacing.

Breakfast in a glass! Roasted barley, dark fruit, a touch of smoke and coffee. Most of the flavors are fairly subtle.

Smoke and char flatten the initial hit to the palate; dare I say, it comes across as dull. Coffee asserts in the second third, however, and the smoke brings much more flavor on the back third. Long finish with the smoke and roast dancing together.

Thick, almost chewy feel; smooth; lingering finish.

This is a pretty solid brew, certainly interesting, but not something I'm going to reach for again, especially at its price point.

Photo of GDBEERMAN
4.6/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500ml into snifter: from notes.
A: This beer pours a two finger head, that is a deep tan and holds very well. The body is a thick oatmeal black body. The lacing is left in a layered fashion.
S: The bold aromas of espresso and notes of chocolate. These elements are equal in power and there is an underlining smoky aroma.
T/M: The espresso shows a powerful blast on the front, while oatmeal thickness is throughout. The nice balance of flavors is well played for this interesting style choice. I am finding a smoky flavor on the finish. I sense more of a coffee brew, than a smoked brew, but no doubt there is a layer of smoked bacon in this nicely complex brew. Taste like bacon cooking with a fresh pot of coffee and a bowl of cooling oatmeal in front of you.
D: This brew is very likable, there is a nice character to it and it could appeal to many different people. Not overly smoky and very nice balance of all flavors.

Photo of dirtylou
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz bottle, Riley's

I like bacon.

appearance: poured into an oversized snifter - ebony body with a healthy chocolate cap and light retention

smell: char, dark chocolate, liquid smoke, roasted malts, espresso, molasses

taste: Mikkeller stouts are hit or miss but the beer geek series seems better than the black hole series. There really isnt any bacon to speak of, but people often associate bacon with smoke for some reason. This stout is rich and velvety with hints of char, smoke, dark chocolate, espresso, molasses, wood, dark fruits, and alcohol

mouthfeel: rich and velvety - i would have guessed the abv was > 7.5% though

drinkability: sipper - but nice

Photo of prototypic
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rauch Geek Breakfast pours an onyx color. Looks pitch black with no light getting through at the edges. It's capped with a very dark mocha colored head. It stands about two fingers tall, and is slow to recede. Lacing was very sticky, and moderate in volume.

The nose is good. Bittersweet dark chocolate kicks it off and resonates throughout. Roasted coffee is rather prominent in the mix. There is an interesting smoky scent that really works well. I'm not getting much in terms of bacon. That's a little disappointing, but the overall smell is too good to dwell on it. It smells a little acrid. There's a faint herbal scent, in addition to light dark fruit. Alcohol is masked well.

The flavor is quite good. The nose is very representative of the flavor. Bittersweet dark chocolate leads the charge. The malt base is incredibly flavorful. There's also a hint of roasted malts. Roasted coffee/espresso follows and complements the malt bill extremely well. The smoked flavor is very noticeable, and works well. I'm still not getting bacon, but I'm not too miffed. This is tasty stuff. Light dark fruit is noted on the tail. It's a little tangy. Alcohol isn't noticeable. Finishes smoky!

Rauch Geek Breakfast has a body that's on the heavy side of medium. It's very creamy and smooth. Carbonation is dialed down nicely! Drinkability is quite high. The smoked flavor limits it a tad, but it goes down rather easy for smoky beer.

In the hierarchy of Mikkeller's Geek beers, Rauch Geek Breakfast is my least favorite (thus far). It's damn tasty beer and shows just how strong Mikkeller's roster is. I like the smoky flavor, but it's not something I'd want all the time. I would've like a little bit of bacon in the nose and flavor, but it's still good beer. If you can handle smoky beers, check this one out. It's not Mikkeller's best in the Geek line, but it still Rauchs.

Photo of dbossman
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black with a huge, gorgeous mocha-colored head; this beer looks so good, but the lacing doesn't quite hold

S: Wow! Smokey and meaty--like bacon and ham--on top of a roasty chocolatey and coffee malty wonderfulness; God, this smells so good

T: A tad on the boozy side and quite smokey and meaty; this is good and roasty and meaty but not quite as interesting and amazing as the aromas let on

F: A touch thinner than I would like but fairly decent with a touch of creaminess on the back end

O: Not as good as I thought it would be from the aromas and surprisingly boozy but this is still a good, interesting brew

Photo of jmhart
2.67/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Leon's Full Service. As the previous reviewer said, sold as "Rauch Beer Geek Breakfast," I think I'd like it to be Beek Geek Bacon better.

A-Poured thick and black, with little to no head when it hit my table, but a really nice looking caramel-brown lace covering the glass and top of the beer. Really looked fantastic.

S- Rich dark malts, coffee, bitter chocoate, and only the faintest hint of smoke.

T- Again, rich dark malts, coffee, and bitter chocolate. Barely a hint of smoke. Really disappointing. As much as Mikkeller loves doing big beers, I'm really disappointed by the lack of smoke. I was looking for something just nasty(in a good way) and it wasn't there.

M- Full bodied, lowly carbonated. Thick but not overbearing. An impressive body.

D- It's a good stout, but a failure as a rauch beer. I'd order this again if I was in the mood for a stout, but as far as the taste is concerned, this is a rauch beer in name only.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Dark brown, not quite completely opaque body with a HUGE overflowing brown head. Not quite Hunahpu looking, but close. A little thinner in appearance and the head is not quite a dark. Maybe like Old Rasputin.

Smell - Wow, smoke. Smells like a very smokey Scotch. Through it all I get a hint of roasted malt, but it's tough behind that smoke.

Taste - Roasted malts with a hint of coffee at first. Immediate smoke and some dry bitter flavors. It all tastes like a derivative of the smoke. Not enough of the base beer comes through. Very bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Not as thick as the Weasel, which was my first of this series. The bitterness and smokiness lingers longer than any other stout flavor. Not difficult to drink, but the flavors after swallowing are very intense.

Overall - Smoke-dominated. I long for the stout inside. And where's the coffee? Less smoke would give this a hint of bacon, but it's so smokey I don't even think of bacon.

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