Beer Geek Bacon - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 565
Reviews: 263
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 73
Gots: 99 | FT: 10
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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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Photo of Brad007
4.48/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black as night hue with a small brown head.

Smoked malt mingles with roasted coffee to create a "bacon"-like aroma. Kind of a darker rauchbier?

Chewy, smoky and full of coffee goodness. Bursts with smoke in the middle.

Its slick with just a hint of lingering smoke at the back of the throat. The smoke never has a chance to overwhelm the other flavors.

Marvelous. Worth a try for fans of the style. If you love bacon, it's a bonus.

Photo of Bighuge
4.48/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black bodied beer with a thick, dense, hefty brown head supported on top. Retention is outstanding as is lacing. Nice aroma of smoke, char, tobacco, chocolate and roast. Char hits the palate first. Then dark chocolate, tobacco juice, leather and greasy bacon. Very good all around. A little acridness, but fitting for the style. Actually some sweet malt underneath all the roast and chocolate that peeks its head out once in a while. Lot of character as usual with Mikkeller.

Photo of hosehead83
4.48/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

Photo of IronDjinn
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 500 ml brown bottle. Pitch black opaque body, tall spongy and chunky mocha head with great retention that slowly settles.

Nice job on the aroma, hits all the right spots for a Rauch, nice wood smoke character with notes of hickory and mild char in the background. Really, the smoke dominates the whole show, can't pick out anything behind it.

Roast malt, coffee, hints of chocolate and some char right from the start in the flavour, and THEN the smoke jumps right in immediately after and steals the show. It all works together beautifully.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, smooth and slick, with low carbonation. Not as full as I was expecting but it works.

Doesn't live up to the bacon claim, but as a concept this so totally works, the roast malt, coffee and smoked malt make a winning team with this particular combination. If you like smoked beers then go for it, get some and go again.

Photo of rickyhansing
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank this beer at The Bayou in Salt Lake City.

App: Medium to light carbonation, deep color and a finger or two of nice deep brown head. Everything you would expect with a nice breakfast stout.

Smell: The smoky wood hits initially and is followed up with dark grain and coffee. I was tempted to dab a few drops behind my ears of perfume, but DUI cops tend to dislike that idea.

Taste: I loved it, the first sip immediately caused a big smile. Smoke, burnt sugars and roasted grain. The oatmeal really rounds out all the flavors that could be pretty potent. This is not the most intense smoked beer I've ever had, but truly one of my favorites.

Mouthfeel: It was pretty smooth and creamy with a nice subtle carbonation. I would, however, like it to be a bit thicker.

Overall: I am very please I was able to try this. Not an every day beer, but on a rainy day like this I was really satisfied!

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
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 OldPenguinHunter
4.44/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this as my nightcap after a nice steak. Dessert of Gorgonzola dolce, speck, walnuts and apples. oh yes.

A: Dark, black/brown. A one finger head that disappeared into the oily blackness of this beer.
S: Smoke, bacony, liquorice, sweet malt, burnt red meat.
T: Very complex, smokey, bitter, and lovley.
M: A battle between viscous and dry, odd, but interesting.

O: Overall, it took me the whole bottle and a bunch of input from tasting friends to really try to understand what this beer is. We are still trying to... Maybe a little more age on it and it might gain a bit more harmony. Still this beer is goin places!

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Brick Store Pub. I'm a big fan of Rauchbiers, so I was excited to try this one. Pours black with a coffee with cream head. The aroma is lightly smokey and roasty, but a bit subdued. Luckily, the taste is exceptional. Perfectly balanced roastiness with beautiful smoke notes and a meaty song of bacon throughout. Quite bitter and dry in the mouth, with late cocoa notes. A really cool beer.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

black is what came out of this bottle. Just retarded in how big it looked. No light escaping, in fact it sucked it in! A small head, maybe a qurter inch of dark brown rose up after a few minutes time, but mostly a very thick looking black beer.

The aroma was heaven. Rich chocolate and dark fruits melded together seemlessly. with a huge campfire like smoke note then percolating through but i was quite impressed with how it did not dominate. Really very rich and full, and easily one of the b =est smells I have come across. As it warmed some nice touches of molasses and woody notes start to dominate with a really intrsting bourbon smell in the back. again the smoke comes into play but soo nicely done i was quite imoressed. To taste this was like falling into a giant pillow. Rich and full with a woody, oak soaked, chocolate geyser of taste just exploding from the glass. Some burnt sugar notes, sweet lactose like flavors, and that really nice dark fruit tartness in the finish. Different then most other giant stouts, this one had a mind all its own.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a bottle of this at State Line.

Pours near black with a thing off white to tan head. Smell really brings out both the coffee and the smoke, which turns out to be a really lovely interaction. Taste is about the same, with a great competitive dynamic between the two. Nice amount of roasted malt in the background. Medium body with good carbonation; quite smooth. Drinks incredible well, especially for a smoked beer. Normally, 4oz. or so of something like that is already getting to be a bit much for me.

Photo of Duff27
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Healthy pour yields half and half beer/foam. Head is a very dark tan color, beer itself is black. Wow, really good head retention and lacing!

S- Mild but noticeable smokiness.

T- Oatmeal stout turns to straight smoke. Bacony. Yum. Slight coffee. OMG mouth watering.

M- Nice and creamy. Medium to medium-low carbonation.

D/O- Extreme beer here, I'd like to think anyone who buys this knows what they are getting into and therefore enjoys what they taste. Bacon smoke in a higher ABV oatmeal stout defines it perfectly. Will have this at least a few more times before its all said and done.

Photo of callmemickey
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep black--brown body with a decent sized khaki cap. Good retention but only spotty lacing.

S: Nice roasted/smoked aromas. Coffee, generic roasted malts, and of course the fucking bacon. Seriously, just opening the bottle made my kitchen smell like I was cooking breakfast and had a pot of coffee going.

T: Bacon, coffee, smoke, roasted malts, a bit of dark chocolate, and a general roasted grainyness. Quite delicious. More so than expected.

M: Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Could be a bit smoother on the palate.

D: Truly a unique brew that I enjoyed much more than I expected to.

Photo of xnicknj
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle poured into large snifter glass

Pours a deep solid brown, almost black, with a thick, frothed coffee brown head. Retains well with plenty of patchy lacing running around the glass.

Plenty of smoke up front in the nose, coupled with roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, slight bitterness, and a light hint of bacon.

Thick smokiness kicks it off with notes of leather and bitterness. Bits of dark chocolate, molasses, and mocha coffee swirl through out the flavor profile. Some hop bitterness is apparent towards the end, which combines with the charred smoke to create a nice effect. Finishes warm, bitter, and dry.

Full body, a little dry and chewiness in the feel. Smooth and tasty drinking, which goes down faster than usual, especially with the relatively lower ABV. One of my favorite smoked stouts I've tried so far.

Photo of chickenm
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
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 glid02
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
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 BMMillsy
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Tipples, labeled as Rauch Geek. Pours pitch black with a massive dark brown head that goes on forever. Aroma is lots of smokey wood, candied bacon, chocolate, lots of earthy coffee, glorious. Flavor is chocolate and coffee up front with a nice bitter-sweet balance. earthy coffee really comes out as my palate gets used to the smoke. A rich oatmeal sweetness, lots of roasty malts, then a big punch of smoke that lingers on the palate until forever. Just a flavor explosion of all kinds, but the smokiness complements the other flavors beautifully. Relatively rich mouthfeel with low medium carbonation, but plenty drinkable. Probably my favorite of the Beer Geeks I have tried.

Photo of VoiceOfTheSoul
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz poured into a tulip.

A Pitch black withtwo finger thick billowy brown head, foamy lacing all the way down.

S Very smoky almost meaty, malty, raisins, apples.

T So smokey and meaty, like im in the mountains cooking bacon from a freshly slaughtered boar over a fire, some bitter chocolate in the middle meeting with some hoppiness in the finish, espresso lingers on afterwards.

M Smooth and creamy, thick and untamed, like a big cloud of smoke.

O Great after dinner or for beakfast as the name implies. Despite how smokey it is, it's never overpowering or cloying. This was really great.

Photo of keymcgrip
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My wife bought this at the Foodery in Philadelphia for me birthday. I poured from the 1 pint 9 fluid ounce bottle into an all-American pint glass. Darkness to the point of opacity with a thick tan head. If you are enjoying this for breakfast you will wake up and smell the coffee but the smoky notes were subdued. But wait, get a mouthful and there they are. Delicious roasty smoky goodness. A lovely balance of the coffee, stout and smoke swimming in the chewy but not=quite-thick lay on the tongue. I found a certain peatyness reminiscent of a single malt Scotch. Lovely.

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1pt .9oz bottle poured into a Guinness goblet.

A: Pours with an oily, sludgy consistency. Deep black with a huge brown head. Great retention. Imposing in appearance.

S: Lots of woody campfire smoke. However, although smoke is the main attraction here, it shares the spotlight nicely with aromas of coffee, caramel, vanilla, dark chocolate, and vague tart darkfruit.

T: Quick, sharp spike of citric hops hit the tip of the tongue. Vague, slightly tart darkfruit again. Deep smokey tastes are dominant, but concede just enough to let rich tastes of coffee share the mid-palate. Coffee tastes are bitter and slightly acidic; no cream and sugar, just straight black coffee. Oats lend a light starchiness. Bitter dark chocolate comes out toward the end. Finishes with bitter coffee and smoke.

M: Slick but creamy. You can tell there are oats in this one. On the heavier side of medium bodied. Creamy.

O: Very good. My favorite of the "Beer Geek" series so far.

Notes: This beer is able to deliver a hefty dose of smoked malts while still maintaining good complexity and layering of flavors. Easily one of the better smoked beers I've had.

Photo of Slatetank
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this on tap at O'reilly's -first time checkin' out Think tank. Served chilled in a snifter.

A coal black opaque appearance, beautiful as it stands in the sniftrer -dense ominous look with a thick smooth medium tan cap which is about 1inch thick. The lace clings like frosting on the glass around the collar, just a picture-perfect stout if I ever saw one! The smell is very nice, sweet notes of cocoa with some light coffee, but a lot like a humidor,really. The smokiness blends nicely with the dark earthy malt odor which seems to be the opposite of the way it looks a truly beautiful aroma not menacing, just fragrant smoke and malt. The feel is great, a caramel and chocolate malt endry with moderate carbonation is usurped by a deep char from the smoked malt almost burnt marshmallow-like in the way it still retains a malt sweetness while delivering the acrid smokey goodness. The finish is moderately bitter from the dark grain, semi-dry overall.

I really expected a different flavor for some reason - The stout starts smooth, almost has a caramel cream element with some sweet malt qualities, but mild toast and cocoa creeps forward in the taste until a large amount of smokiness develops, even more as it warms. The flavor is not offensive to me as others in the style seem to lack the body or sweetness to balance the slight burnt dry flavors. Rauch Geek or Beer Geek Bacon whichever moniker it goes by at the time is not shy about it's smoke, but it also uses it as a complimentary flavor rather than a full on smoke fest. I find the smoke pleasant and vibrant, yet it still adds a bitter edge. I like the complexity it adds while the flavor does not neglect mild coffee notes at all. think of this as your oatmeal, coffee and bacon all wrapped up together in a slighter strong (7.5%) stout.I enjoyed this immensely - Rauch Geek was a fine example of what Mikkeller's strengths can be in a quality American style stout.

Photo of jera1350
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jet black in color with a massive cocoa colored head that is creamy as hell and has undeniable retention. Loads of lacing around the glass as well.

Huge smoke smell fills the nose. It literally smells like fresh cooked bacon. Smokey and meaty with hints of charred wood. Pretty dry smoke smell. Not getting much else.

Big time smoke up front. Dry charred wood with light bacony bit notes. Getting the roasted coffee beans on the back end with a touch of vanilla bean. Roasty malt and char linger into the long finish. I really wish this had some sweetness to it to compliment the smoke. Nearly all smoke here with hardly a trace of sweetness. Still nice though.

Velvety smooth and soft carbonation. The body is medium and very smooth as well. Dry and smoky finishing.

A hugely smokey beer that lives up to it's name. This is definitely not for everyone, but I absolutely love smoked beers and this one fits the bill. I will have another.

Photo of AgentZero
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at ChurchKey.

A - Nice black beer with a brown head that rose up about a finger and receded to a tight ring. Just a few spots on the side, but mostly left the glass clean.

S - A great rauch smell on top of the coffee and char. Coffee is still present, but the smoke adds a new depth to this beer that wasn't there before. Great bacon and grease smell, the fiancee' at the time (now wife) even liked it.

T - Also had this out of the bottle, and this is a ton better. Smoke and bacon are amazing, but not so dominant that you still miss out the coffee. Little bit of burnt cocoa and the roasted malts are still strong. This is very enjoyable.

M - Good carbonation and full bodied, still manages to be smooth and enjoyable.

D - This is a great beer (on tap) that I had to get a second pour of. Great stuff.

Photo of bruachan
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

smoke and coffee are the first things my nose latch onto. other imperial stout scents fight through: heat, richness

it's not an overly large beer in body, which is more than acceptable. smoke shines again, but it seems less of of an experience for the taste buds. though hop flavor is minimal, bitterness is certainly detectable. some sweet richness but there's really not much to bite into

i love me some rauch, although this interpretation wasn't wholly satisfying

Photo of dcloeren
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one for breakfast at my familys christmas (eve) morning after opening gifts with pancakes, eggs and sausage.

Poured pitch black with two fingers of creamy mocha colored head. Decent retention... no lacing but has some nice legs.

The aroma of this beer is amazing. Decadent dark chocolate, dark fruits, coffee all blended together with a campfire like smoke. Possibly some molasses and some woody characteristics round out the subtleties on the back end.

Taste follows the nose. Very decadent and rich. The smoke makes for a nice touch on it as well, but I was expecting it to have more of a bacon effect and I'm not really picking up on it... very tasty outside of that "letdown"...

Medium to full bodied with just the right amount of carbonation to slightly prick my tongue with each sip. Drying dark chocolate aftertaste with a touch of smoke still on my tongue.

Overall, this was a very nice stout in my opinion. I would like to give West Lakeview Liquors in Chicago for recommending this to me. I would say I normally don't really enjoy Mikkeller's beers but this one was very solid. Beers like this make me want to see what else they have to offer.... Merry Christmas to me.

Photo of pattermj
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this bottle up the instant I saw it.

Appearance: Perfectly back with a slight brown from the capillary tip in a tulip glass. Minimal head on the poor but disappears within 20 seconds.

Smell: The Rauch style gives itself away instantly followed by the dark grains and a little chocolate.

Taste: Very much on the smoke side, especially when cold, felt it simmered a little as it warmed up. Bacon is very prevalent along with the darker grains and finally ending back with the smoke. The final smoke flavor just doesn't go with the beer in my opinion but then I am not a major rauch fan.

Mouthfeel: Compared to many darker stouts I felt this was a very light one. The style is supposed to be the point not the thickness as with ten fidy and others. I appreciate that.

Overall: I have to stick with weasal as my favorite still but this was a well done combination of styles and ingredients. I love what Mikkeller puts out.

Beer Geek Bacon from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 565 ratings.