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Beer Geek Bacon - Mikkeller ApS

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86
very good

512 Ratings
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Ratings: 512
Reviews: 252
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 69
Gots: 82 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
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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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3/5  rDev -21.5%

monitorpop, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Mikecap
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Mikecap, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of Vonerichs
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black and opaque in color with a thin covering of cinnamon and persistent head.

The smell is stale coffee grounds and smoke, with a touch of chocolate.

Thankfully, the stale coffee grounds just translated into coffee in the flavor. The smoke is present, but not dominating. The chocolate is light. It leaves a bitter taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is moderately thick and creamy, with low carbonation.

Drinkability is slightly above average. I did enjoy the smoke aspect to this, but not to the point where I'd have more than one. An interesting beer to try, though.

Vonerichs, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of mikereaser
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured one 1/31/11

Pours a deep brown/black with an inch of tan foam that quickly faded into a layer of bubbles with nice oily lacing down the glass. I'm mainly picking up on the smokey bacon aroma and some dark roasted malts with hints of the coffee fighting through. Taste keeps flipping back between roasted coffee, bacon, smoke and bitter chocolate. very unique flavor to me. Light carbonation with a medium body, its smooth and creamy while being harsh from the smoke at the same time. Its fairly enjoyable but not sure i'd want more than one glass. But this also is coming from a self-proclaimed non rauchbier fan.

mikereaser, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of Jimmys
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330mL bottle into tulip. no bottled on date.

A: pours a very, very, very dark brown. looks thick. head is pretty dark too. tight bubbles. good retention and thick lacing left behind.

S: minor hints of smoke on an otherwise very rich coffee and dark chocolate filled body. smells slightly acrid. a little bit of Band-Aid. reminds me more of peat than smoke at times.

T: tons of coffee flavor. really tastes more like a cup of freshly roasted coffee than beer. the smoke is certainly acrid, but not as intense as I would imagine for a beer called "rauch geek".

M: smooth carb on a medium/full body.

D: good not great. like all of Mikkeller's beers, way over-priced. looking back I probably would have passed as I was hoping for much more of a smokey brew.

Jimmys, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of Beejay
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: It pours a nice dark brown and thick. In the glass it is black with a creamy full dark tan head.

S: Dark chocolate malt, a hint of booze, and the most amazing coffee scent. Slight smoked meat scent in the back. Sweet, smoke, and coffee. damn fine.

T: Slightly tannic, bitter malt up front. This is followed by coffee notes, and some dark chocolate. There is a nice residual smokiness in the finish though it is not very pronounced.

M: Thick, but the somewhat high carbonation lifts it up a bit.

D: Very nice overall, a good stout though I would like to have a bit more of the smoked flavor.

Beejay, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of TexIndy
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a tulip glass. No dating info but got from fresh shipment to South Bay drugs so it's fresh and well handled. Pitch black in color. Had a large brown head that slowly settled into a thick collar and film. Lots of quick sliding lace with some sticking.

The aroma was coffee, smoke, vanilla similar to barrel aging and some alcohol. Not really getting much bacon. A little disappointed with the aroma as wanted to more smoke and bacon but still good. The taste follows the aroma with more of the coffee showing thru and a bit more of the smoky flavor as well. Good but again little disappointed. Mouthfeel was thick and creamy. Good carb and aftertaste.

Overall, a good ImpStout but was hoping for some more rauchbier elements in it. Maybe a little aging would have toned down the vanilla and allowed other elements to shine through. Recommend if you can easily find. Not avail in TX so got from Ummagum. Rotation - glad I tried it but one is enough [N;O]

TexIndy, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of robwestcott
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

robwestcott, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of WastingFreetime
4/5  rDev +4.7%

WastingFreetime, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of indiapaleale
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours jet black and inky. Big, tan/coffee head. Damn this looks pretty in a nice piece of glassware.

Smell - definitely smokey and yes a bit like bacon or jerky. That pretty much dominates with some caramel and malt as well.

Taste - smoooth and smokey. Wow, I love the smoke flavor in this beer (Note: If you don't like smoked beers don't buy this). Nice sweet and roasty malt profile that isn't all that boozy which is nice for a change. Malt/smoke balance is very well done.

Mouthfeel - super smooth and easy on the palate.

Drinkability - well, I wouldn't drink more than one bottle but that has nothing to do with how good this is, its more to do with this not being a beer that you'd want to session that is for sure.

indiapaleale, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of Poupae
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Poupae, May 16, 2014
Photo of DustinSWB
4/5  rDev +4.7%

DustinSWB, May 28, 2014
Photo of coldmeat23
4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
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!

coldmeat23, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed a while ago...from notes:

A: Nice black body with a tan pinky of head and some nice clingy lacing.

S: Very nice smoked meat and charred malt smell with chocolate and barley.

T: Wicked peat and charcoal malt. Like a dead wood fire in a glass, maybe a little overboard. Some of the meat comes through but really its all smoke and malt here.

M: Way smoky, medium feel, peat to the 9th.

Overall its a little much but interesting.

Dreadnaught33, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

DeadeyeOTDO, Oct 22, 2014
Photo of chugalug06
2.58/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours like mud, black mud. Nice thick foamy tan head.

S - Smells like a smokey tire... Interesting. This is the most smokey brew I've ever smelt. Lots of smoke!!! It's really hard to get past all of the smoke. Maple too.

T - Tons of huge smoke. Overwhelming. Not much bacon flavor... Tons of chocolate.

M - Over carbonated. A bit too bitter.

O - Smokey brews are no longer on my "to buy" list... This one is way overwhelming. Too much smoke and not enough good eclectic flavors. Not worth hunting.

chugalug06, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of IndyDad
3/5  rDev -21.5%

IndyDad, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of bruachan
4.33/5  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

bruachan, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Firkin in a snifter.

Appearance: Pitch black all the way through. A creamy beige head arrives intact and slowly fades to a ring. Spots of lace decorate the glass.

Smell: Tons of smoke and tobacco, lots of espresso, both of which almost squeeze out the roasted malt. A bit of dark fruits as it warms. My nose actually gets the sensation of cigarette smoke rising into it.

Taste: Roasted malt up front, quite dry, with almost no sweetness. A boiled off molasses taste, then tobacco and smoke. Lots of espresso throughout the sip. The finish is smokey with more espresso. A little too much smoke; I feel like I just smoked a cigarette while drinking a dopio espresso.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, slightly drying, and medium carbonation. Full body.

Drinkability: Let's sip this. With how much smoke is in here, there is no way this is doing anything but disappearing slowly.

KickInTheChalice, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of ncelauro
4/5  rDev +4.7%

ncelauro, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of Stoffel
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Stoffel, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of mikepcarney
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

mikepcarney, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of GeorgeCarroll
4/5  rDev +4.7%

GeorgeCarroll, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of KJ2013
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

KJ2013, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to StormKing47 for this brew. 500ml bottle into my Stone IRS snifter.

A: Very dark brown, practically black with a tan head, not quite an inch that recedes to a cap of bubbles. Excellent lacing on the sides of the glass. Completely opaque.

S: Coffee and smoke, big notes of smoked malts. Has a surprisingly noticeable hop note as well a bit of citrus is thrown in the mix as well. Definitely a smoked beer, has some nice notes of campfire and bacon.

T: Excellent coffee flavors that are without a doubt enhanced by the smoke. Smoke adds a nice intensity to the coffee and chocolate. Has the characteristics of bacon and ham too. Finishes long and sweet with a perfect amount of bitterness to keep things in check. Smoke is a bit more subtle than I had expected, but it is definitely there and complements everything nicely. Very enjoyable.

M: Carbonation is a bit high, body of the beer is thick and heavy, but the high carbonation detracts from the overall profile.

D: I don't think you'd want to drink a lot of it, but it is definitely an easy sipper, and incredibly robust for a 7.5% stout. I really like the way the smoke adds to the coffee in the beer, does a lot to enhance it. Very enjoyable beer.

pokesbeerdude, Dec 19, 2010
Beer Geek Bacon from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 512 ratings.