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Beer Geek Bacon - Mikkeller ApS

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Reviews: 262
Hads: 584
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 20.93%
Wants: 75
Gots: 100 | FT: 12
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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 Thorpe429
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of Duff27
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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Photo of OldPenguinHunter
4.44/5  rDev +14.7%
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!

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.45/5  rDev +15%
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.

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Photo of rickyhansing
4.45/5  rDev +15%
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!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.45/5  rDev +15%
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.

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Photo of Brad007
4.48/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.48/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.48/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.49/5  rDev +16%
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...

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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Photo of HeyItsChili
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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Photo of jampics2
4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
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!  

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
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!

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Photo of cbutova
4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
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+.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.57/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dark oily black color with a pretty large, very thick, extraordinarily creamy, sticky, pillowy, cafe colored head. Pretty good retention with a nice thick, very creamy, tight layer of lace.

S - Smells wonderful with with a nice smoked/bacony aroma with plenty of roasted chocolate malt. A touch of coffee, caramel and peat aromas as well, with the coffee coming out more toward the finish. Mouthwatering.

T - Similar to the nose, but with a bit less bacony flavor. Some roasted, smokey chocolate malt. Some peaty flavors come out toward the middle. Good amount of smokey flavor with some bacon/smoked meat but a bit more of a smoked wood flavor. Decent amount of black coffee comes out toward the finish. Slightly bitter taste as well.

M - Medium body with a pretty good level of carbonation. Pretty smooth and oily feel. A touch on the thin side for what I was expecting.

D - Pretty easy to drink beer with a good amount of smokey flavors, chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee. A little too smoked wood flavor for me, and if it was just a bit more bacony it would be great.

Notes: Pretty good beer. Like I said, I just wished it was a bit more bacon/meaty smoke flavor than smoked wood. Also the smokiness hides a bit of the chocolate and coffee and oat flavors as well. Overall it is an enjoyable stout and smells wonderful, but I prefer the Weasel Brunch more. That said it is a good beer worth a try, although for the price I might not get another.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.58/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had as Rauch Geek Breakfast, which is labeled an Oatmeal Stout. Whatever. Strong, smoky aroma has tones of coffee, molasses and hickory. It pours a deep, nearly black, opaque sable with a very thick and fine-bubbled dark tan head. As for the flavor - imagine drinking a high-quality mocha that's been spiked. Now add a generous helping of hickory smoke and pinches of nutty, caramel and licorice flavors. Full-bodied texture has a strong fizz and leaves behind a firm, persistent tingle. Catch this one while you can!

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4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

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Photo of crossovert
4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle labeled Rauch Geek Breakfast.

It pours into my snifter a thick dark absolute black with a foamy and glistening tan head. It is pretty basic, but also pretty nice to look at.

The smell is amazing. It has a thick coffee house scent over the top of deep and roasty malt scents. There is an abundance of sweet and dark chocolate in there as well. A bit of smoke can be smelled underneath. Again, it is pretty simple, each flavor can be picked out, it is very clean and precise.

The flavor packs a punch. Tons of coffee and roasty, smoky malts. It coats the tounge with flavor. The bitterness is up there, but overall it is in check. There is a wonderful sweetness underneath it all that keeps it all together. It has an alcohol presence for sure, but i isn't overpowering.

The mouthfeel is ultra thick and creamy. Perhaps too much so for my taste, though i may be in the minority here. The drinkability is surprising. I am quaffing this like nobody's business right now.

This is a powerful brew, and a delicious one at that.

I also made a burger to go with it, i caramelized some onions with some cane sugar, sherry, butter, olive oil, salt, pepper, and some bacon bits, mixed in some smoked mozzarella, then put a spoonful on an elk burger and covered that with a slice of smoked gouda. The flavor combo was out of this world.

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Photo of The3rdbeer
4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this to kick off my 25th year of live at Stone brewery for their first day of their winter storm series.

A: Pours dark and almost chunky coming from the bottle into the glass, with a nice moca like head, about 2 fingers which stays a while leaving a nice lacing around the glass.

S: MMMmm spicy with some nice dark chocolate and smokey malt are nicely backed by oats and a nice bacon notes.

T: like a lighter version of the geek beer breakfast but dominated by smokey malt which kinda tunes down the over all taste that I remember from GBB, but that Moca is there followed by smokey bacon. rolls down smooth signature of the GBB.

M: The smoked malt changes the mouth feel as well, its not as creamy as the before mentioned, but its still nice leaving my mouth a little dry, but the taste makes up for it. Medium bodied.

D: Overall I would just drink the GBB, I think the smokiness could be cloying after a bottle, there is a lot in this beer that needs to be respected and enjoyed but I would wait a while before trying this again, maybe laying it down would mellow out the flavors a little.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Smoked stouts are awesome.

500ml into pint glass.

A- Big tan head, 3-4 fingers, big bold brown body. Nice lacing.

S- Smoke! Bacon-y, I guess... smells like a campfire.

T- Big bold smoke flavor and some nice bitter coffee. Pretty smoky but a lot of bitter chocolate and coffee to cut through the smoke. I like this beer a lot.

M- Smoky, full, thick. Lovely.

D- Fairly high, a winner. I'm a big fan of rauchbiers and it translates wonderfully to a stout like this. Highly recommended.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.62/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 ounce bottle. Served in a DFH signature glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch frothy tan head. Head retention is good, with a lot of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is excellent, there's plenty of smoke/peat/bacon noticable, along with some dark chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. Taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, it's very smoky and roasty! There's also a good lingering smoky finish. Although I think the aroma is smokier than the taste, this is still a pretty tasty brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and coating with low carbonation. This brew is smooth and very easy to drink. It's easily the smokiest brew I've had lately, and a pretty good overall brew in general.

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Beer Geek Bacon from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 262 ratings.