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Beer Geek Bacon - Mikkeller ApS

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BA SCORE
86
very good

421 Ratings
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Ratings: 421
Reviews: 246
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 14.92%


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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HeyItsChili

China

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 21:36:50 | More by HeyItsChili
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cbutova

Massachusetts

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+.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 01:59:38 | More by cbutova
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FreshHawk

Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2010 03:06:08 | More by FreshHawk
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.58/5  rDev +19.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2011 00:00:43 | More by Cyberkedi
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gford217

Georgia

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

Pours pitch black with an enormous tan head that recedes very, very slowly to a one-finger cap and leaves impressive lacing. Gorgeous beer.

Whoa! Hello smoked meat. Summer sausage, bacon, burnt hickory, spicy wood. It's all about the smoke with only a little bit of dark malts and coffee in the background. Loved this aroma.

The taste isn't quite as intense but it's seriously smoky with hickory smoked sausage and bacon. There is roasted black malts and coffee. Spicy sausage aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is creamy and close to full bodied though the finish is lighter and dry.

This is a fantastic beer. I'm a big fan of smoked beers, so this one really hit the spot. Mikkel really knows how to make a stout as I've rarely had a bad one. That said, with this beer, you better like smoked meat!

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 01:51:50 | More by gford217
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GbVDave

Illinois

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

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a Mikkeller tulip.

A: Glides out of the bottle pitch black with only a very slight reddening at the edges. Four fingers of mocha colored foam rise up over the rim of the glass before slowly receding and leaving a ton of lace behind. Retention is excellent.

S: Amazing aroma! Strong nose full of campfire, smokehouse smoke, country bacon, salty smoke-cured meat. All the while there's the wonderful aromas of freshly roasted espresso beans and dark chocolate lurking just beneath the surface as well as sweet toasted oats from the base oatmel stout.

T: Almost exactly as above. Loses .5 points for the smoke flavor dropping off a little sooner than in the aroma. Don't get me wrong, it's smokiness is over the top but a little subdued as the bottle wears on. Yeah, it still tastes like drinking a campfire by the end of the bottle (one with not as much damp wood thrown on it...)

M: Everything I could hope for from a smoked beer. Dry, smoky, spicy, tingly, astringent, full, sticky, slightly sweet, and with a stoopid long finish that introduces some prickly hoppiness.

D: I was totally in the mood for this and it didn't disapoint in the least. On the contrary. To me it set new standards for what to expect from a smoked oatmeal coffee stout! Phenominal!

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2010 01:11:16 | More by GbVDave
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.6/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 23:56:02 | More by bluejacket74
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GDBEERMAN

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 13:25:43 | More by GDBEERMAN
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ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

4.63/5  rDev +21.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2010 23:25:58 | More by ShogoKawada
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crossovert

Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +21.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 23:42:11 | More by crossovert
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drylongso2

Massachusetts

4.63/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this at Deep Ellum in Boston. Served in a tulip and was so good I had two. I wish I could compare it to the infamous Kate the Great by Portsmouth Brewery, but as of yet, I have not had her... Thus this is my gold standard. It was full of flavor; layers of coffee, dark malt, appropriately bitter.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2010 16:06:42 | More by drylongso2
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elNopalero

Texas

4.63/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I picked up a bottle of Mikkeller Rauch Geek Breakfast on a trip to the bay area. (Aside: had it been called Beer Geek Bacon I would have never had it, as I’m a vegetarian! Glad they changed the name.) Had it on draught once and it was transcendent. But will I still think the same after trying it from the bottle?

Poured into a tulip. It looks amazing. A centimeter of head that dies down into a dense layer of foam. Lacing. The beer itself is opaque, like dark chocolate or espresso beans. And the aroma!
The roasty, smoky aroma! I salivate in anticipation!

From the first sip I’m loving it. The smoke comes through and I can’t get enough of it. There’s a lingering finish. It’s sharp, dry, and delicious. I may just have to get another one of these, and soon.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 22:40:01 | More by elNopalero
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The3rdbeer

California

4.65/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 07:27:04 | More by The3rdbeer
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froggyfrog

Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Warmed on the kitchen counter for an hour before opening. Poured from 17 oz. bottle to a freshly washed glass snifter.

Right out of the gate aroma is thick with chocolate and woodsmoke. In the bowl the beer is inky black with a rich brown head. Viscous lacing clings to the glass with each sip and head retention is better than expected.

In the glass aroma is bitter roast grains, milky chocolate and dark roast coffee. Bitter chocolate and cream flavors slide across the tongue as damp earthy hops and alcohol come into play. The finish is almost pure smoke. The wood smoked malts lend a closing flavor that leans towards teriyaki.

This is a full-bodied brew whose smokey aromas and flavors become more pronounced as it is allowed to breathe. Residual sugar cuts the astringency and makes this a sticky beer. Mikkeller with another awesome Geek Breakfast offering. Five star. 

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 02:01:43 | More by froggyfrog
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cosmicevan

New York

4.7/5  rDev +23%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a-Poured a stunning oil black with a thick creamy chocolatey head into my oversized snifter. This is far and away the creamiest looking head I've ever seen. Looks almost chocolate milkshake like.

s-Smokey greasy bacon. My mouth is literally watering. I've had a few smoked beers and this one really captures a bacon smoke...absolutely awesome. In the background there is a bit of band aide type of thing going on.

t-Unreal. The flavor also catches that smokey bacon vibe. Roasted malts and a bit of chocolate, but overall smokey delicious bacon in a glass. As it warms some dark fruit comes out as well.

m-Mouth is smooth and the brew is medium bodied. A bit watery, but not overly so that it detracts from the beer.

d-Smooth and creamy, but still a wonderfully balanced smoked brew. Not too filling. Really amazing brew, but not something you'd drink a ton of, but I really LOVED this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 21:24:03 | More by cosmicevan
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SABERG

Massachusetts

4.72/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Bottled pour to a chalise, deep color,minor head (as expected), dark and wonderful

S. smoke early then fading, lots of peat to the nose.

T. Velvety, smooth. No bitterness,some leather, coffee, no vanilla, a little dry. Quiet delicious.

M.Mouth feel is early oils then nice finish.

D.Breakfast in the woods, or dessert. Not too many, yummy!

Super, really enjoyed the totality of this beer. Mikkeller continues to impress.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 23:53:55 | More by SABERG
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Patrick999

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip. Awesome deep black color, with a little brown near the edges. Dark burnt-cream foam, excellent retention.

Ahh, love this aroma. Burnt chocolate and coffee. Some campfire, but not as much as I seem to remember from the first time I had this. Also some of that smell you get when you burn marshmallows. I just love beers that smell like this.

It tastes exactly as you expect it to taste based on the aroma. There is no curveball here - it's intense and roasty, bitter chocolate and coffee abound with some bright citric acidity and just the right amount of mesquite smoke. Earthy volcanic dryness on the back end primes the palate for another sip, making this very drinkable. I also appreciate that it's "only" 7.5%; I think that's an appropriate strength; it's not so big. This also lends it a lightness that I like - who says a nice roasty coffee stout has to be a massive, ponderous beer?

Mikkeller knows how to do coffee stouts...this is outstanding, jam packed with flavor without being overbearing in any way.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 19:28:38 | More by Patrick999
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Vancoubeer

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ok before I get into the details of this beer, I got this because of the hype I heard about the bacon flavor. I normally do not drink smoked beers. I'm just not into them. This beer however, blew me away.

The pour into my snifter was what I expected a two finger mocha colored head and a body that was black as night. What I expect for a stout from Mikkeller. The smell was good, however I got more smoke than bacon but I can tell why Mikkeller named it the Beer Geek Bacon for the European release. There is a hint of saltiness in the smell of the smoke. Let me add there is a really strong smoke scent. I did not get any coffee at all, which was listed as an ingredient. The taste however is where this beer takes it above the good rating I gave for the prior two categories. In the flavor you get the coffee on the middle of the mouth aftertaste once the initial smokiness fades away. Again the only notion of bacon is in the aftertaste, once swallowed. There is this salty flavor that is hard to define. The mouthfeel was dry dry dry and I found this to be exceptional for this type of beer. Overall this was an amazing beer. The overall experience of the beer improved as the beer warmed and I loved the complexity. Those not into smoke should stay away it is pretty profound but for an extreme beer lover, this was great and at 7.5 it hit the spot.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 16:56:27 | More by Vancoubeer
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.8/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up in Chicago for $10.49 this week, 1pt .9oz bottle. It pours dark brownish black, completely opaque, a few fingers of tan foam and dried lace on the glass. The beer smells and tastes perfect, this is exactly the way I want a smoked stout to be. Smoked malts and dried meats, like beef jerky mixed with brown sugar, this is so addictive. A little chocolate in the aftertaste too, and a long lasting flavor of coffee in the aftertaste. The body is creamy like an oatmeal stout, nice match for the rich flavors. I want to see this available in OH.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2010 02:39:24 | More by TurdFurgison
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BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

4.83/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oil black body with a pinky-brown head that porous and billowing. Smoked meat, coffee, leather and dark chocolate in the scent. Faint hints of brandy and wine.

Woody, smoky taste. Meat, black coffee and even a really light tobacco in the flavour. No hops, very light alcohol.

Thick, chewy body. Not overwhelmingly slick - the carbonation is just right. This is a nice beer with a hearty meal, or even as a dessert.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 06:30:27 | More by BDTyre
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codsmith

Illinois

4.93/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Black with a huge light brown head that sticks around throughout the entire beer

Smell - Sweet & smokey bacon and malt aroma are very apparent. It really smells like breakfast in a glass

Taste - Very rich and full of flavor. You can taste everything you smell. The oatmeal is apparent in the taste , but not in the smell and makes for a very nice smooth transition. It finishes sweet, but the aftertaste leaves a very nice smokey flavor in your mouth that lingers for a good long time.

Mouthfeel - Incredibly smooth and creamy that goes down uber easy. Let it breath a little and the carbonation go down.

Drinkability - AMAZING BEER! Its perfect if you like oatmeal stouts, bacon and rauch (smoke) beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 17:19:31 | More by codsmith
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Beer Geek Bacon from Mikkeller ApS
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