Beer Geek Bacon - Mikkeller ApS
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3.6/5 rDev -5.5%
Bottle I brought to share at dabaloons' tasting.
This is now labeled as Rauch Geek Breakfast.
Pours an opaque black with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, smoked malt, toasted oat, cocoa, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with smoke, cocoa, and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a smoke presence that is more apparent in the aroma.
01-25-2014 22:42:15 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.43/5 rDev +16.3%
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.
10-06-2010 14:48:44 | More by Thorpe429
4.08/5 rDev +7.1%
A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a finger high creamy mocha head that has good retention properties and never completely faded away.
S: The smell is moderately strong and has aromas of smoke are present in the nose along with notes of roasted malts and coffee beans.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell--a light smokiness stands out in particular and is accompanied by flavors of roasted malts and coffee. There is a light amount of bitterness, which particularly stands out in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied, creamy and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink because the smoky flavors and bitterness are not overpowering and the alcohol is well hidden.
03-25-2011 15:23:04 | More by metter98
4.45/5 rDev +16.8%
"Imagination was given man to compensate for what he is not, and a sense of humor to console him for what he is."
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.
05-04-2011 13:06:35 | More by BuckeyeNation
4/5 rDev +5%
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of smoked malt with rich roasted dry malt notes is quite interesting though not as over-the-top as expecting. Taste is also a nice mix between some smoked flavours and notes of dry coffee. Body is full with nice creamy texture and good carbonation. Very well brewed with nice mix between smoked flavour and notes of roasted malt. Also, this beer has got quite a body considering the low ABV.
12-07-2011 21:01:27 | More by Phyl21ca
4.43/5 rDev +16.3%
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.
07-06-2011 01:59:53 | More by mikesgroove
2.15/5 rDev -43.6%
Bottle shared generously by Richard last night.
A: The pour is a dark brown, nearly black color with a big tan head on it.
S: Smoke, salt, and more smoke. The bacon moniker is accurate, and that's not really a good thing.
T: I thought the nose was bacon like, but the flavor has a very salty and smokey flavor and there's a distinct meaty flavor. It's almost reminiscent of smoked almonds.
M: The body is medium and the carbonation on this beer is really weird. Almost grainy, but maybe that's just the salty flavor.
D: It seems some brewers just way overdo the smoke in these kinds of beers. While I enjoy some smoke flavor in certain beers (like a porter or stout), this was like sucking down the smoke of a campfire.
08-12-2010 22:33:05 | More by womencantsail
4.1/5 rDev +7.6%
Two finger milk chocolate colored head with little retention on a jet black body. Aroma is a little off putting. The mesquite aroma is more like Raid insectacide by my nose. I cant get much else from it. When drinking the flavor actually makes the aroma better. The flavor is a very nice smokey, mesquite, bacon taste which is actually mellow and not over done making this one of the more drinkable beers in this genre that I have had. Thick body and moderate carbonation. I know my rating is high but for the genre this is excellent.
04-09-2012 02:17:46 | More by kylehay2004
4.13/5 rDev +8.4%
.3L serving size - $7.00 at the Brick Store Pub in Decatur, Georgia.
Appearance: Displays a heavy-looking black body on the underside of a two inch-high layer of dark tan foam.
Smell: Luscious nose suggestive of either Kahlua or Godiva liqueurs, with round notes of chocolate, chocolate, vanilla, and licorice. Sure, the smoke is registering, but, come on, where's the smoked lardons, where's the smoked salmon? I was told there'd be lardons!
Taste: Brings to mind one of the Godiva chocolate liqueurs, with it's tones of bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, and sweetened coffee. Slight drift of smoke character throughout, though still not the flood of bacon-like meatiness I'd seen mentioned or had hoped for. Hints of powdered licorice root and dark fruits. Touch of underlying bitterness. More of that liqueur character for the long, chewy finish.
Mouthfeel: Full-bodied. Medium carbonation. Very soft and velvety on the tongue, like the texture of melted chocolate ice cream.
Drinkability: Personally, I'd hoped for more smoke as it warmed, but no dice. Still, a tasty treat to sit with down at the pub.
09-23-2010 20:29:38 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.3/5 rDev -13.4%
This brew pours out like old motor oil, it looks super thick going into the glass. The smell is smokey but not overwhelmingly. You can pick up on other aromas too like medicine and a little bit of burnt coffee. The taste is surprisingly a much lighter smoked flavor than I expected. Some smoked beers are just way too much and it makes it gross. This one wasn't too bad, but not great though. The mouthfeel is also surprisingly lighter than the look it has. This beer is a little deceptive with the eyes. It's ok but nothing fantastic.
04-08-2011 00:25:57 | More by Knapp85
4.25/5 rDev +11.5%
Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.
Big ups to my boy VDubb86 for pickin' this one up before I got back, allowing us to enjoy it this evening.
I thoroughly enjoyed the Beer Geek Breakfast, as well as the Brunch Weasel, so expectations are high for this one. It pours a lovely onyx topped by over a finger of decently dark and rich brown foam. The nose comprises molasses, chocolate syrup, smoked ham hock, charcoal, and a twinge of maple syrup somewhere in there Waldo-style. The taste is very similar, with the charred and smoky flavors accentuated further and some cocoa powder sprinkled all over the proceedings. This stuff is damn tasty, son! The body is fairly hefty, with a relatively light carbonation, which is masked by the thick, chewy feel. Overall, my high expectations were definitely met. Good work, Mikkel!
09-24-2010 06:41:42 | More by TMoney2591
4.08/5 rDev +7.1%
16.9 oz. bottle, served in a tulip.
Inky black with billowing mocha foam. 3-4 fingers of dark milk chocolate mocha foam, leaving sticky patterns of lace all over the glass. Retention is solid.
Woodsy smoke, charred black patent malt, mellow hints of coffee. Doesn't come across as smoked meat or bacon, as some Rauchbiers do (Schlenkerla).
Smoke is a dominant flavor, dry and pervasive. It underscores notes of bitter bakers chocolate and dark roast coffee, with a leafy bitter hop peeking through also. Long roasty finish, ashy tobacco in the aftertaste. Fairly dry and bitter in an uncompromising way, yet all of it's components mesh well. Moderate carbonation, mellow feel, robust but not overly so.
Overall enjoyable, a nice smoked imperial stout, though the "bacon" moniker had me anticipating something savory and meaty.
08-29-2010 22:27:56 | More by emerge077
3.7/5 rDev -2.9%
A - Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a one-finger, light brown head of bubbly foam. It left thin trails of lace on the glass.
S - It smelled of smoke and bacon. Nice coffee notes, too.
T - It tasted of smoked meats with some bitter black coffee. There was a touch of burnt molasses, too.
M - It was crisp and smooth. Way too many floaties that make the last 2 onces a drain pour. Medium bodied.
O - This is a tasty smoked/coffee beer. The sediment at the end was a draw back. Too much age maybe?
06-24-2011 20:21:09 | More by zeff80
Beer Geek Bacon from Mikkeller ApS
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