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Beer Geek Bacon - Mikkeller ApS

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BA SCORE
86
very good

508 Ratings
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Ratings: 508
Reviews: 252
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 68
Gots: 81 | 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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4/5  rDev +4.7%

JAHMUR, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

biboergosum, May 01, 2011
Photo of zeff80
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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?

zeff80, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

another beer geek incarnation, a splendid one too. big dark brown bodied oatmeal stout with a frothy milkshake tan head and intense smoke aromatics. its like an oatmeal stout meets a campfire, evoking notions of brisket and pork butt on the slow fire. its meaty in that way, almost primitive, yet refined in a way that only mikkeller can execute. big bold zesty flavors from the charred barley, and a coffee addition appears evident. as full bodied as they get, and at 7.5% its sturdy enough for cold winter drinking. some people dream of curling up with a book and a cup of tea on a grey day in January. I will now dream of curling up with this beer and a hockey game. masculine and aggressive, but patient and contemplative as well. an overall exceptional stout from mikkeller, one that I look forward to getting into again soon.

StonedTrippin, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with two fingers of medium brown foam on top of an opaque, black body. The head settles slowly and leaves nice lace on the glass.

S - Very smoky with notes of bacon and peat. It doesn't smell like a campfire of burning oak or pine, but rather like a peat fire that I once smelled in Ireland.

T - Dry, dark smoked malt up front with notes of chocoalte and licorice. Dry caramel in the middle with more smoke and a hint of clove. Finishes with chocolate, dry caramel, and lingering peat.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - The aroma is overwhelmingly smoky, to the point that I was dreading the flavor, but it is surprisingly drinkable for a beer with such intense peat character. The smoke in the flavor is pleasant and provides a nice balance and contrast for the dry caramel malt components.

nickfl, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ TJ’s (Paoli, PA) on 5/14/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a deep black in the glass, topped with roughly a ½ finger of darker looking mocha head. This retains with a solid foaminess, leaving a frothy cascade of lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is all smoke, leather, and bunt malts, giving the nose an overall meaty crunch. Cocoa, additional sugars, and some green hops round out the back. I can pick up a bit of the coffee here but it does get lost at times among all of those smoked malts.

The smoke encompasses the taste as well but there is definitely more of a balance to this as well as it warms, as chocolate and oatmeal play a bigger part this time around. Roasted malts and green hops definitely give this an overall burnt and bitter bite though. Like the nose, the coffee character mostly gets pushed to the back. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a smooth prickly creaminess that glides along in the mouth and helps keep that higher ABV at bay. Thankfully the feel helps keep that entire smoky roast presence much more approachable than it could have been.

Well if you like a good Rauchbier, you’re probably going to enjoy this, as it definitely brings a whole lot of that plus most of the other things that make the Beer Geek Stouts solid. My only complaint is that the coffee character that is normally a big part of these beers just doesn’t have much of an impact but I guess that’s to be expected. This isn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea but I overall enjoyed this.

Kegatron, May 19, 2011
Photo of Slatetank
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this on tap at O'reilly's -first time checkin' out Think tank. Served chilled in a snifter.

A coal black opaque appearance, beautiful as it stands in the sniftrer -dense ominous look with a thick smooth medium tan cap which is about 1inch thick. The lace clings like frosting on the glass around the collar, just a picture-perfect stout if I ever saw one! The smell is very nice, sweet notes of cocoa with some light coffee, but a lot like a humidor,really. The smokiness blends nicely with the dark earthy malt odor which seems to be the opposite of the way it looks a truly beautiful aroma not menacing, just fragrant smoke and malt. The feel is great, a caramel and chocolate malt endry with moderate carbonation is usurped by a deep char from the smoked malt almost burnt marshmallow-like in the way it still retains a malt sweetness while delivering the acrid smokey goodness. The finish is moderately bitter from the dark grain, semi-dry overall.

I really expected a different flavor for some reason - The stout starts smooth, almost has a caramel cream element with some sweet malt qualities, but mild toast and cocoa creeps forward in the taste until a large amount of smokiness develops, even more as it warms. The flavor is not offensive to me as others in the style seem to lack the body or sweetness to balance the slight burnt dry flavors. Rauch Geek or Beer Geek Bacon whichever moniker it goes by at the time is not shy about it's smoke, but it also uses it as a complimentary flavor rather than a full on smoke fest. I find the smoke pleasant and vibrant, yet it still adds a bitter edge. I like the complexity it adds while the flavor does not neglect mild coffee notes at all. think of this as your oatmeal, coffee and bacon all wrapped up together in a slighter strong (7.5%) stout.I enjoyed this immensely - Rauch Geek was a fine example of what Mikkeller's strengths can be in a quality American style stout.

Slatetank, May 20, 2011
Photo of jlindros
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap@ Armsby Abbey.

Big frothy darker head doesn't even fade, just hangs out for the ride, with a pitch black semi thick beer. As i drink the lacing literally coats the entire glass except where i am drinking from.

Nose comes right out with smoke, smoked bacon, smoldering oak log, as well as some dark malts, little roast and coffee, slight syrup and sweetness.

Taste is similar with some smoke, but less than the nose, lots of campfire smoldering log, some smoked cured meat, chest malts, little minerality and brine with salty flavor, lots of roasted malts with touch of coffee. Some creamy rig oatmeal as well. It has a little creamy taste with some dried dark fruit. It finishes slightly drier with a lot more bitterness, some spicy hops and roasty malts, more brine and liberality.

The mouth is thick and pillowy with good carbonation.

The drinkability is a little lower as it coats the mouth and sticks to it for a while, the briney taste is a little bleh, typical for a super roasted breed but comes out too much here, but drinks well for abv bringing just a little warmth and boost taste.

jlindros, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of MasterSki
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a Kuhnhenn tulip glass.

A - Pours with a thin dark tan foam that settles to a thin cap and thicker collar.The body is black with a glint of transparent brown at the fringes.

S - Smoke, campfire, dark chocolate, dark roasted grains, maybe a hint of hickory. This was smoky, but not overtly bacon-flavored like many Rauchbier's I've had.

T - A little bit sweeter in the cocoa department, smoked malt, and a bitter espresso finish. Surprisingly little hickory or other bacon-related flavors.

M - Surprisingly zesty carbonation, medium-full smooth body, sticky finish. Pretty standard, and while alcohol is well-hidden I thought this was a bigger beer.

D - Not bad, but I was surprised by how little this evoked bacon. It's just a smokier, smoother version of Beer Geek Breakfast. I heard it's more bacon-flavored on-tap, but I wouldn't bother with the bottles again. This was split four ways and that was about right for me.

MasterSki, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev +4.7%

XmnwildX12, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +4.7%

oline73, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

drabmuh, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

mendvicdog, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First tried: bottle from Eulogy, Philly, PA

I had a bottle of this during my engagement ceremony. I love rauchbiers and smoked beers, which is basically what this was, but all the girls around me were understandably repulsed by it. But whatever. Brews before hoes, right?

Poured an opaque dark brown with a healthy tan head that lingered very well. Roasted malts and beef jerky in the aroma. Taste of smoked, salty, cured meat up front, dark malts providing a smooth, rich background. Nutty and earthy qualities as well, with a bit of leather. Yeah, definitely a man's brew. Full-bodied and chewy, and--for me--quite drinkable.

Rifugium, May 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

MarkyMOD, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of beernads
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

beernads, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of mdfb79
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

mdfb79, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my brother for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an inky black color with a large tan head.

The aroma is quite a bit of smoke, but I also get a lot of chocolate and roasted malt. I also get a little bit of coffee in the aroma, but it is hidden behind the other components.

The flavor is very similar and just as complex. The smoke is the dominant flavor, with the coffee and heavily roasted malts also being main components. I get a little bit of chocolate, but not hear as much as in the aroma.

Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice big stout that incorporates smoke very well.

Mora2000, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of Rochefort10nh
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +4.7%

oriolesfan4, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 pint .9 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard presure cap served into a Guinness goblet in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Label on bottle is "Ruach Geek Breakfast". Imported by the Shelton Bastards. Described as a "Smoked Oatmeal Stout Brewed with Coffee".

Acquired at Wades Wine in Westlake Village, California, yesterday. Cost was $10.99 USD plus tax.

Expectations are through the roof as Mikkell is my favourite brewer and I love the style.

Not paired with food. Sidepoured with standard vigor as I didn't anticipate carbonation issues.

A: Pours a beautiful dark tan colour head of three fingers, excellent thickness, brilliant beautiful cream, and wonderful retention - especially for the fairly high ABV. Very frothy and creamy; just what I expect to see for the style. Exquisite and rich looking. Colour is a usual solid black (nontransparent). Extremely inviting.

Retained for at least six minutes until I just couldn't wait anymore.

Sm: Smokey notes akin to a rauchbier, tame bacon, peat, coffee, roast, cream, and perhaps a vague hint of chocolate. I like that the bacon is more restrained than in a beer like Schenkerla; the aroma is more balanced. A complex aroma, and a pretty strong one. Generally appealing; admittedly smokey even for the style. No oats came through in the aroma; it's likely the mouthfeel will reveal their presence.

T & Mf: A delightful creamy open starts things up right, giving way to the smokey peaty body - which is far less smokey than you might expect. I worred it might be too smokey, but as usual Mikkel's skills surprise me. The roast is buried deep in the body, but the coffee is present throughout - but still balanced. The balance and layering here is exquisite. The finish has cream alongside roast/coffee dryness, coaxing me into the next sip. I don't know how he balances all the competing notes, but the result is fantastic. None of the flavours are too bold; subtlety is central here (unlike say, Mikkeller Black). The bacon is present primarily as an undertone, which is a welcome change from most rauchbiers (or rauchbier influenced concoctions).

It's smooth and wet, but with underlying coarseness and dryness to bring out the flavours. The smoothness is on the surface while the coarseness is buried by present in the mouthfeel. The cream distracts you while the roast does its work. Truly remarkable.

No yeast or alcohol is detectable.

I quite fancy it overall.

Dr/Ov: Incredibly drinkable for its complexity, high ABV, and style. Usually it takes me a long time to finish an imperial stout; I'll probably polish off this bottle in a mere twenty minutes. I'd definitely have it again - even at this price - though I don't know that it's a good candidate for aging given its 7.5% ABV and seeming lack of yeast. I'd certainly try.

Might be great on nitro-draught, though I'd worry about the increased cream violating the subtlety and mouthfeel.

In any case, this is definitely a beer every beer fanatic should try, particularly if you're a fan of the style. This beer, unlike many generic Imperial Stouts, emphasizes a niche within the style, experimenting to good effect. Other breweries would do well to follow Mikkel's lead.

B+

kojevergas, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of GClarkage
3/5  rDev -21.5%

GClarkage, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of Halcyondays
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle,

A: Pours an extremely dark pitch black, one of the darkest brews I've ever seen. Moderate brown head, good retention.

S: Definite coffee immediately, sweet smoke comes in secondarily, nice smell, bacon, reminds me a bit of Alaskan Smoked Porter.

T: Definite roasted malt, heavy coffee with some light charcoal notes. The undercurrent of smoke is there throughout the whole brew, but never is the main flavour. The nose suggested more smoke than there actually is.

M: Medium-bodied, not a huge feel, kind of a thin finish. Smooth for sure, light smoky/coffee mix in the aftertaste.

D: As with the other Beer Geek Breakfast brews, this one is good, tasty, solid. But at $10 a bottle, I'm not going to come back to it; it needs to knock my socks off for that.

Halcyondays, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of woodychandler
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am still plowing through my backlog of bottles, but I may break down and hit some CANs in the next couple of days. In the meantime, here is a curiosity that I picked up at Hunger 'n' Thirst a while back.

From the bottle: "Smoked Oatmeal Stout Brewed With Coffee". Hokey smoke, Bullwinkle, this sounds really good!

The beauty of these really dark beers is that when I employ an aggro pour, the pseudo-cascade is extremely visible. I sat back in awe and watched it settle into two fingers of very dense, deep-tan/light-brown head with good retention. Color was an Opaque Black (SRM = 44) and it looked like the depths of outer space in my glass. Nose was very coffee-like with just a modicum of underlying smokiness. Mouthfeel was medium. While the coffee was still prevalent on the tongue, the smoke was beginning to assert itself in the mouth and in my sinus cavity. Warming, the smoke got stronger, but so did the coffee. I was really hoping for something much smokier, but since it is listed as an "Oatmeal Stout", rather than a "Rauchbier", I should not dun it too highly for this. Finish was still more prevalently coffee than smoky and I have to admit that I was disappointed. It was just too similar in taste to Beer Geek Breakfast and too lacking in smokiness to be worth the cost for a 330-ml. bottle.

woodychandler, Aug 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

duceswild, Nov 24, 2013
Beer Geek Bacon from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 508 ratings.