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Beer Geek Bacon - Mikkeller ApS

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86
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533 Ratings
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Ratings: 533
Reviews: 255
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 14.14%
Wants: 69
Gots: 90 | 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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Photo of Gtreid
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pretty much black. Some light tan edges rim the glass.

A: Coffee and smoke are prominent. Get a good dose of chocolate and roasted malt as well. Not too much bacon in the nose.

T: I do get bacon in the taste, but it may just be more of the smoke flavor than anything else. More coffee, chocolate, and roast. The smoke really eats up most of the underlying flavors that typically make up an American Double Stout.

M: Heavy body, thick and chewy. Good levels of carbonation.

O: I liked the beer. I thought the smoke was a little overpowering at times, and I wish the bacon could have been stronger. Nonetheless, a pretty soild offering, but not one I would want to have too many of. Skal.

Photo of mschantz
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 aasher
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The name definitely drew me to this one. I'd been wanting to try this for awhile and was lucky enough to find a bottle at LUSH in Chicago. It's like motor oil in both consistency and color. It has a two finger dark, dark creamy khaki head. The aromas are rich and malty. It's smoky but not as smoky as I thought it would be. It has an element of smoked wood, like cedar. It smells more like a smoked baltic porter than an imperial stout. It has the light sweetness of a baltic and lacks the true coffee presence of a stronger stout. The aromas are highly appealing altogether. The taste however is disappointing, coming from the way the beer smells. It's kind of bland. The smoked wood flavor comes through in the aftertaste. I wish there was more of this while you were actually drinking it. The more drinks I take from the glass the more I can see the bacon aspect. It's very rich and has nice roasted accents. It grows with every taste, kind of like hickory smoked bacon. It's drinkable but it could've been more, could've been better. It's drinkable for the product but it's too pricey to really try again. I'm glad I found it.

Photo of infi
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle, courtesy of BA r0nyn.

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Typical dark, black color with a light-tan head of tight bubbles. Decent head retention and some sheets of lacing on the side. The most predominant aroma was the barley/malt with some streamline hints of smokiness, dark chocolate sweetness and black coffee. Not as much smoke as a rauchbier, but still a little lacking in my opinion. As the stout warms, the ABV really opens up and becomes the standout aroma.

Taste was really dark-roasted coffee-oriented with a thin malt backbone with some overall sweetness. Towards the end was a big bittersweet chocolate and burnt coffee astringency that was topped off with bacon saltiness. Not much of a bacon or smokey flavor in the taste overall. Not sure if how I'd feel towards a bacon-infused stout, but this certainly wasn't one.

Mouthfeel was just about medium-bodied, but I thought it'd was considerably lighter. Not much carbonation and the beer thinly coats the mouth. Drinkability was moderate, probably because of the subtleties of the flavors and lacking of complexity. Took us around 3 hours to finish the bottle between us two.

After comparing this to my year-old review of BGB, it appears as if both the bacon version and the regular are really similar in all aspects, aside from the smoked malt character. Very fortunate to have been able to try both types and I'd say that these Beer Geek beers are more than worth of your trying!

Photo of drabmuh
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was honestly excited to see this on the menu, hoping I would get the chance to try it. Unfortunately, it didn't taste like bacon.

Beer is black with a big brown head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Beer smells like hickory, smoke, and kind of salty. Smells like bacon, this is exciting.

Think smokey stout. This is no where near as good as weasel, no way. its only mildly smokey, mostly roasty, finishes a little dry, medium bodied, its pretty drinkable for a rauch beer but its not as good as i had hoped.

Photo of Wisconsin93
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark chocolate-brown. Initial pour yielded a thick, creamy head, which reduced to a rich 1-finger copper-ish head.

S- Overpoweringly smokey. Notes of paprika, applewood. Moderate sweetness, almost maple syrup-y. You can definitely smell the bacon. A little salty, too.

T- Initial sweetness, lingering bitter smokiness that stays for awhile. Did i mention this beer is smokey?

M- Smmmoooth. Feels nice. Not too thick, not too thin. Drinks very nicely. I just wish it wasn't so smokey.

Overall, a solid beer. Perhaps - as far as stouts go - my palate is unrefined. If you like smoked beers, give this one a shot. If you don't, I'd save the ten bucks

Photo of Brez07
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received in my 2010 Secret Santa box. 500ml bottle poured into a Maine Beer Company glass

A: Pours black and leaves about a 2 finger mocha head. Retains a thin layer throughout the glass

S: Mmm... chocolate covered bacon. Starts with some roasted oat and chocolate. This is quickly blended with a great smoked meat scent. Seems to fade after a little while though. There are traces of coffee as well

T: Taste is pretty dominated by roasted malt. Some oat and coffee blend, but are hidden by the roastiness. Surprisingly there is not much of smoked meat/bacon flavor

M: Medium bodied. Seems like a high amount of carbonation for the style. Nice coffee finish (slightly bitter)

D: Lots of good flavors in this beer, but they don't stand out. Initial impression of this beer was great, but after a few sips my excitement died down. Definitely worth trying, just temper your expectations

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this from 2beerornot2beer in the Blind Beer Round 6 BIF.
500ml. bottle poured into my Bells tulip:

A: Pours a pitch black with about one full finger of mocha colored foam. The head settles nicely in a decent amount of time without leaving much residue on the glass. There is some nice lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is sweet, smoky, and a little earthy. I’m also picking up some salt, chocolate, and meat notes. It smells great. This beer seems to be right in my wheelhouse.

T: The first hit is slightly sweet, with a big dose of smoke. The smoke notes follow through to the end and blend with a charcoal like taste. There is this bitter chalkiness to this beer. The finish is bitter with a touch of chocolate.

M: Full bodied beer. It starts off think and chalky, but finishes a bit smoother.

O: I like this beer. I’m not blown away, but its super interesting and I love all of the smoke and roast in this beer... Uggh, I just got a mouthful of little brown sludgy bits! Gross. I'm gonna have to bring it down a peg now.

Photo of tombcrypt
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this bottle from the Olive Ave. Market in Redlands for $12.

The thing I like about this beer is the level of smoke. It is not overwhelming, but it is definitely there and goes really well with the traditional stout characteristics. Other than that, everything is basically pretty normal, except that this beer is notably smooth and drinkable. I keep on wanting to savor the smoke!

Photo of phichifiji00
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Black with 1-2 fingers of very thick tan head that fades slowly over about 3-5 minutes. Lots of lacing.

Smell: Smoked malt, chocolate, oak, coffee.

Taste: Smoky, oak, chocolate, vanilla,coffee somewhat acidic.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, creamy, very thick, oily.

Overall: Another great coffee stout. The smoked element overpowers much of the coffee, but is reigned in a bit by the oatmeal's creaminess.

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 BEERMILER12
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a a near pitch black with a fingers worth of head that leaves some nice lacing

S: Roasted malts and coffee up front. Smokiness lingers in the background with some bitterness and dark chocolate. A little bit of sweetness rounds things off

T: Starts off with the roastiness and a bit of astringent coffee. These are quickly taken over by the smoke and more roast, as well as a bitter bite of dark chocolate. Finishes with a lingering bitterness from both the coffee and dark chocolate

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A little weak on the smoke aspect, especially when it collides with the coffee and bitterness in the mid-palate the way that it does. It's also more of a burnt smoke than bacon or meaty smoke, which is interesting considering the name/alias of the beer. That aside, it's still a good coffee stout with some desirable qualities. Also, it's one of very few Mikkeller brews that are decently affordable (not that $5.99 for a 330 mL bottle is really affordable, but it is for Mikkeller). Nice to try if you're into the regular BGB or just a fan of Mikkeller, but aside from that there are better smoked beers to be had

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 RaulMondesi
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Another shout out to the main man J47Paco for sharing this. Holla.

Light smoke, light bacon...and if smoking were allowed in all places, Raulsky wouldn't mind packing up a fatty of this. It's not crazy like Tyson after a few lines of angel dust, but it's wild enough. Smooth like Raul while walking down Hollywood Boulevard, and tasty like Bar Rafaeli on the weekend... Raul is feeling this well enough.

Yep!

Photo of Tone
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a black color. 1/4 inch head of an off-tan color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, slight roasted malt, hint of alcohol, hint of smoke, and hint of floral notes. This is more the style of Smoked beer than an oatmeal stout, though it doesn't fit easily into either category. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable dryness. Tastes of sweet malt, roasted malt, hint of smoke, slight hops, and slight alcohol. Overall, good body, blend, and aroma, but the smoke is almost an afterthought.

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

500 ml bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours an almost pitch black color with a nice 1 finger dense tan head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of burnt wood, smoked meat, roasted malt, dark chocolate, caramel, and coffee. Nice and balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, burnt wood, smoke, caramel, roasted malt, coffee, molasses, and herbal hops. Light bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, smoke, caramel, coffee, and roasted malt on the finish for a bit. Nice balance of flavors without being too smokey. Medium carbonation and body; with a nice creamy and lush mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish present. Overall this is a very nice smoked stout. Nice balance and robustness; and very drinkable as well. Enjoyed this one.

Photo of jefferz5000
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another brew from a74gent! This one took me a while to get around to as well, but I finally did this evening. Thanks buddy!

Pours a lovely oily black, producing a thick, very dark head. Looks great.

Aroma is of ashy smoke, crispy bacon and bitter dark coffee.

The taste is good, but the bitterness is a bit overwhelming. The smoke is pretty well done, and while I do get a bit of bacon, it's not quite as meaty as a true rauchbier (I know it's not supposed to be one, but hey, RAUCH is in the name). It's more of an ashy smoke. As it warms, the bacon does start to come through more. Still, the bitterness of the coffee is a bit of a turn off.

Feels pretty good in the mouth. Slick with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good. After a minute or two of not taking a sip, the bitterness in your mouth is pretty apparent. It's definitely a rich brew.

I like this beer, I just wish it were a LITTLE bit smoother and the coffee less bitter. Tasty, none the less. (But my mom didn't like it)

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

Pours a dark brown with an interesting reddish tint. A nice amount of off-white head. Smells smokey and roasty. A bit of coffee on the nose. Tastes roasty and smokey like a bit of bacon. The roast is a bit off but overall the dryness of the roasted malts is perfect. Overall something i wouldn't want to have again but definitely intestine to try!

Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a dark, dark black color with one finger of dark tan head that lasts for several minutes and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells smokey, and of roasted malts, coffee, and some definite hints of bacon. Some chocolate as well as it warms up.

t - Tastes of bitter chocolate, roasted malts, smokey, bitter coffee, and hints of bacon again. Very interesting.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Smooth and very easy to drink.

d - A very interesting smoked stout. I thought it looked amazing and had a great feel to it. It also smelled pretty good, but wish the taste wasn't as bitter. Would try again.

Photo of pmarlowe
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tulip glass.

Pours black with ample, compact, and very dark brown head. Diminishes to a thin film and ring; overall, solid retention and minimal lacing. Has a smokey and roasted character which reminds me of barbecued meat. Taste is similarly smokey and roasted, with a slight undertone of vanilla. Carbonation is medium-high, a bit too high for the style. Medium bodied. Overall, this is a decent example of a roasty/smokey stout, pretty light on the coffee (considering coffee was added) and non-existent chocolate presence.

Photo of SDStoutly
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of babaracas
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a nearly opaque blackish color with medium brown head; thick rings down the glass. Smell: wood smoke, grain twang, earthy coffee with caramel and light fruitiness (plum ish). Taste: medium roast iced coffee, toffee, light earthiness, pine-ish note, grainy finish. Chocolate and dark fruit are reduced to being buried under the roast and grain. Worth a try, but my least favorite of the series so far.

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

8 oz tap pour in a snifter at The Palm Tavern.

A - Served totally black in the snifter with firm dense dark tan head. Good retention but no lace left over.

S - Beer Geek Bacon sizzles with roasted malts and hints of cocoa and chocolate with an overpowering peet smoke aroma.

T - Bitter chocolate starts the flavor with a dusty cocoa backing and a mild peet smoke that comes through with a touch of coffee on the finish.

M - Medium-bodied and smooth with a toasty, smokey finish and an acrid, dry bitterness.

D - Wow. It's a good thing this snifter was shared. That's a pretty smokey rauchbier. A little over-the-top with the smoke, it could easily be brought down a notch or two.

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

Pours a deep black with cap of dark brown bubbles, gone rather quickly and minimal lacing. Scent leads with a strong smoke and chared grain profile, noted of bitter black coffee grinds on the back. When cold, taste is dominated by a strong, but not harsh meaty smoke. As it warms, other flavors, namely spent coffee grinds and a faint touch of dark cherry. Lingering char on the palate, full bodied and smooth, quite bubbly. A nice aggressive smoke profile that doesn't overpower, a good base beer unfortunately hidden too well.

Beer Geek Bacon from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 533 ratings.