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Beer Geek Bacon - Mikkeller ApS

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86
very good

499 Ratings
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Ratings: 499
Reviews: 252
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 14.66%
Wants: 67
Gots: 76 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS visit their website
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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Photo of cbutova
4.55/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First time I've seen this one, apparently it's new. Cool that I reviewed Beer Geek Breakfast exactly one year ago.

A- Pitch black with a great dark, dark tan head that has good retention and builds up to massive proportions. Ends up being a very nice cloud and ring leaving not lace but suds that take forever to find their way back to the beer. (I often don't get snifter lace)

S- A coffee forward oatmel stout for sure, on target. Great roasty malt and a decent amount of smoke, slight campfire/charcoal notes. Tiniest bit of earthy hops to balance it out.

T- Very balanced and well done. That great Beer Geek Breakfast Oatmeal Stout flavor leads off the profile; awesome coffee, roast malt and slight hops. Then comes a tasteful amount of smoked malt, which lingers on the palate (charcoal notes, reminds me of camping) and combines with previously mentioned flavors to make one of the best aftertastes I have experienced.

MF- A nice and creamy, thick body with very smooth carbonation. Slight bitterness and warmth take it to a very good feel.

DB- Very surprised to hear that people think this is overly smoky. It really isn't drastically different from Beer Geek Breakfast, just a bit of smoke on top of what is already one of the best Oatmeal Stouts there is. Coffee + Smoke + Roast Malt = A+.

cbutova, Aug 13, 2010
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.

HeyItsChili, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of jampics2
4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into a tulip. 

One of the few perfect looking stouts I've ever seen!  What a great start to a beer drinking experience.  When I pour the Beer Geek Bacon into my tulip, I'm amazed by the way the pitch black beer is blanketed by a three finger milk-chocolate colored head.  Immaculate.  Amazing lace and retention.  This is a true beauty of a brew.    

The smell continues the session with almost equally impressive results.  I get strong scents of dark chocolate and a touch of hops. Before trying as many smoked beers as I've been fortunate enough to have encountered, I may have thought this had a very strong smoked presence.  However, it's actually right in the middle compared to others and is very well integrated and pleasant.  The beer's aroma is really reminiscent of cured bacon and I can easily see where the name comes from.  A touch of campfire, some coffee, and (maybe I'm imagining things) maple syrup round the nose out.

The only thing that could bring this beer down (and me) at this point would be some abnormality or unbalance in the taste. Thankfully, that doesn't happen. Instead, I'm experiencing great chocolate notes from the malt, and a balanced amount of smoked malt with just enough campfire and a hint of salt.  This really does taste like bacon and coffee, magnificent.  Whatever the ratio was, this is the perfect balance of roasted and smoked malt and I'm very impressed.     

The mouthfeel is creamy, with both the body and carb working together wonderfully.  It is just a hair under perfection due to just a touch of watery character in finish. However, for a smoked beer, that probably helps to make it not just tolerable but very drinkable. Think of it this way - Mikkeller probably lost a 1/2 point in mouthfeel and gained it in drinkability.  A fine tradeoff if you ask me. This is simply a great beer!  Probably the best smoked stout I've ever had!!!  Seek it out, it is worth the price!  

jampics2, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of coldmeat23
4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

This is a deep, black liquid which gives away a tiny sliver of dark brown around the surface edge when backlit. The medium pour produced a dense and creamy, milk chocolate colored, head that was almost three fingers thick. The retention is very good and the lacing is in thick, sticky strands.

Deep roasted coffee notes meld with big hints of smokiness. The smoke is both campfire and pork-like. Smells like an open pit barbeque loaded down with meat, next to a coffee shop. Light hints of dark chocolates and roasted malts.

The smoke hits your palate first...and forcefully. It is almost immediately balanced by dark roasted coffee bean notes. A light touch of sweet oatmeal pulls it all together and gives it a nice balance. Mild traces of vanilla bean, chocolate, and even a trace of saltiness.
This is very close to a liquid version of the flavors of bacon, oatmeal and coffee. Very nice.

This is full-bodied, verging very close to being thick. It has a medium-to-high level of carbonation, but it's all of those little tiny bubbles that I love so much. They give a nice dose of creaminess to this already smooth body.

This is probably a touch much for every day drinking, so I won't give it perfect. It is still very drinkable though and I'd love to have more.
Once again, Mikkeller impresses me. Keep up the great work, sir!

coldmeat23, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of hosehead83
4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz. "half-liter" bottle into a wine goblet.
Inky-black in color with purple highlights, and a big, thick, tan head of foam.
Aroma-Coffee, subtle chocolate note
Taste-Big blast of black coffee, baker's chocolate, subtle woodsmoke backbone, charred steak. Very dry, black coffee finish.
Complex and full of character, a "coffee and cigarettes" eye opener for the tastebuds.

hosehead83, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of Budinetz
4.51/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Budinetz, Sep 30, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A motor oil pour produces a monstrous 3 finger+ cinnamon colored head that was incredibly well lasting. The head was a marshmellow structure, all the while leaving a thick shellacking, coating the glass with >90% efficiency as it slowly receded.

S: Morning after burnt wood and ambers deliver a rich smoky appeal with a strong sense of strength. Burnt bacon and minerality also chime in. Not since Aecht Schlenkerla have I experienced such a deep, burnt smoky appeal.

T: Thick oatbase is very evident, creamy highlighted by liquid smoke and burnt wood. Dark chocolate, burnt bacon and a deep earthy roasted coffee bitterness moves in along with some dark fruit. Hard to imagine doing it much better. Nice campfire minerality and creamy dark roasted coffee base laces the tongue upon the swallow and decides to linger abit.

M: Thick and creamy mouthful, dark and rich and roasty on the tongue with nil carbonation.

D: Very good drinkability, consumed at 50-55F. Alcohol at 7.5% is hardly a factor, you'll be to mesmerized by the huge smoky roasted nature and smooth consumption. Silky smooth on the down.

beerthulhu, Nov 22, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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Photo of Chico1985
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml into my Portsmouth tulip.

Pours black with a solid brown head. Turns to a swirly cap and thick ring, leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell is excellent and delivers as advertised, a smoked version of Beer Geek Breakfast. Smokiness right up front mixes well with coffee, oats and roasted malt. As much as I despise the name Beer Geek Bacon (which isn't even on the bottle) I do get a grilled meat type of scent as it goes on, works well here.

Taste pretty much follows the nose except the smoke in my opinion is weaker. Coffee/espresso, some oats and chocolate with a tiny bit of hops. Spicy smoky notes on the finish. Pretty much the regular Beer Geek Breakfast with a little kick. By the end the smoke seems very toned down from the scent.

Mouthfeel has a nice thickness for 7.5%, very smooth, good carbonation level, no alcohol taste.

I bet this would pair amazingly with some eggs and bacon. I have a feeling I'd like a beer from the Beer Geek series no matter what, even if they put shit in it. Wait...

Chico1985, Aug 30, 2010
Beer Geek Bacon from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 499 ratings.