Beer Geek Bacon - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 563
Reviews: 263
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 73
Gots: 97 | FT: 10
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Denmark

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 BieresDesMoines
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black with a very small head (if I swish the snifter) this however does leave some lacing, surprisingly enough. The aroma is sweet smoked bacon with some coffee, and plenty of roastiness. I didn't detect much for hops at all in the aroma of this beer which is why I am surprised that the beer has as much fruity hop character in the flavor as it does. The flavor is of course dominated by sweet smoked bacon and cocoa with some nice fresh roasted coffee. The finish is remarkably clean, and for a beer with this much going on that's really saying something. Just a really tasty beer.

Photo of nrbw23
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a pitch black color with a very nice foamy brown head. Head has pretty good retention then fades to a layer of bubbles. Head leaves some nice lacing too.

S- Smell is malt dominated. Burnt toast, coffee, chocolate and smoke.

T- Definite roasted malt, heavy coffee with some light charcoal notes. The smoke is here but its fairly light.

M- Medium in body and lighter side in carbonation.

D- Pretty good brew, just the smoke taste makes this one a bit on the harder side for me to drink.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Photo of corby112
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, deep dark brown color that appears pitch black in the glass. Completely opaque without even the slightest hint of lighter color when held to a light source and a frothy three finger mocha colored head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the glass with large chunks of soapy lacing.

Very smokey malt aroma with hints of silky chocolate malt, roasted coffee/espresso bean, oatmeal and burnt toast complimenting the usual smoke/rauchbier notes. Hints of campfire, butane, ash, charcoal and BBQ bacon. The smokiness in the aroma isn't as extreme as I had hoped but it's still pretty intense.

Chewy medium body with a very bitter, roasty smoked malt flavor that dominates throughout into a long dry finish. This beer is also surprisingly hop forward adding to the roasty bitterness. Silky chocolate malt and a creamy lactic presence add balance to the smokiness. I'm also picking up hints of oatmeal roasted coffee bean, burnt toast and toffee. Again, as in the aroma, it's not as intensely smokey as I expected but the usual burnt malt, charcoal, bacon, BBQ and charred notes are still evident.

Overall, this beer is more well balanced than I prefer for this style but the surprising hop character is quite nice.

Photo of aasher
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The name definitely drew me to this one. I'd been wanting to try this for awhile and was lucky enough to find a bottle at LUSH in Chicago. It's like motor oil in both consistency and color. It has a two finger dark, dark creamy khaki head. The aromas are rich and malty. It's smoky but not as smoky as I thought it would be. It has an element of smoked wood, like cedar. It smells more like a smoked baltic porter than an imperial stout. It has the light sweetness of a baltic and lacks the true coffee presence of a stronger stout. The aromas are highly appealing altogether. The taste however is disappointing, coming from the way the beer smells. It's kind of bland. The smoked wood flavor comes through in the aftertaste. I wish there was more of this while you were actually drinking it. The more drinks I take from the glass the more I can see the bacon aspect. It's very rich and has nice roasted accents. It grows with every taste, kind of like hickory smoked bacon. It's drinkable but it could've been more, could've been better. It's drinkable for the product but it's too pricey to really try again. I'm glad I found it.

Photo of hardy008
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark black with a dark brown two finger head. Has decent retention, and a little lacing. The aroma has chocolate, coffee, smoked malt, but no bacon. The smoke is not as strong as I had hoped.

The first thing I tasted was the smoked malt, followed by coffee and chocolate. The smoke is not as strong in this beer, as it is in other smoked beers. There is nothing in the flavor which suggests bacon, or any other smoked meat. Still a nice beer, but a little disappointing.

Medium to full bodied with a bitter aftertaste and mild carbonation. This beer does not have as much of the smoky, or bacon flavor as I had hoped, which is disappointing. I am still glad I had a chance to try this.

Photo of DaveHS
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours charcoal black with 2 inches of sticky mocha colored head that leaves substantial sticky lacing.

S-Smoked malts, coffee, bitter dark chocolate.

T/M-Oats, bitter, earthy hops, roasted malts, a touch of sharp acidity on the back end. Not as smoky as something like Schlenkerla, but pretty solid.

D-One bottle is enough to get the idea.

Photo of Xul
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours deep brown/black, capped by two fingers of frothy, mocha colored head. Retention is good as it settles slowly, leaving light lacing down the glass.

S: Strong smokey presence up front with some light bacon notes, followed by roasted malts, bakers chocolate and some dark cherries lurking in the background. The smoke is assertive but not overwhelming, very well done with that characteristic.

T: Smoke builds on the front end before giving way to roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and some distinct bacon on the mid-palate. Flavors integrate well on the backend, leading to a roasty, chocolatey bacon finish.

M: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation, velvety smooth.

D: The smoke is dialed in very well and doesn't detract from the drinkability. I was expeceting a little more with the bacon factor, but it's still good.

Photo of bringonthehops
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11/14/2010:

-- popped and poured -
-- tasted non-blind over 90 minutes -

NOSE: slightly smoked coffee chocolate malt Nose; expressive

BODY: pours sludgy, with a long-lasting chocolate malt head; pitch black; medium-full bodied - actually, it's considerably lighter on the palate than the motor oil viscosity I was expecting.

TASTE: this practically tastes like coffee-beer; in actuality, it's a smoked oatmeal stout; very roasted on the palate with some cement on the finish; the smoke comes through only a very little bit --- this is nothing like the famed Schenkerla brews; there's really nothing elegant about this 7.5% abv. beer, so don't bother with it if that's what you're looking for. So, do I like this beer? Yes. Do I think it's worth it's $10 for 17oz? No. Would I drink it if somebody offered it to me? Happily.

Photo of dlmccabe1
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I didn't love this beer as much as I had hoped. It had a very strong burnt, smokey aroma with a sharp almost biting alcohol smell. For an oatmeal stout, I thought that the flavors were a little bit sharp, not as mellow as something akin to a Sam Smith. I realize they're meant to be different, but it's an oatmeal stout to oatmeal stout comparison.

This beer was smokey from start to finish from texture to mouthfeel. It was very different than anything I had tasted to this point and it's very unique. Worth picking up a bottle, but for $12+, it won't become an everyday staple for me.

Photo of WildTurkey
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to snifter.

A: Pitch black, no light is passing through. No amber around the edges of the glass. Thick creamy head - dark mocha color.

S: Roasted malts. A lot of coffee upfront and little smokiness. I also notice some sweet smelling fruit and maybe some brown sugar, sort of a molasses smell. As it warmed up, this aroma became more pronounced. You'll definitely want to drink this at around 50'F or 9'C, at least.

T: Roasted barley, and some sweetness. Coffee, plum, and that brown sugar note. Mild hop bitterness on the backend. The flavors are all about the coffee and malts.

M: Medium to fuller body, but it feels only slightly loose (not watery at all). There's a little be of mouth coating that lingers a bit. Some noticeable carbonation. Very smooth.

D: Very nice beer. It's smooth and it has some nice malt characteristics. This can bee slugged back pretty well.

Photo of charlzm
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed November 28th in a Triple Petrus tulip. Bottle labeled "Rauch Geek Breakfast".

Presentation: extremely deep brown with no highlights. Creamy three finger tan head erupts immediately. Head subsides in a few minutes to a very thin layer of foam, leaving behind a great deal of sheeting.

Rich aroma: dark roasted malts mingle with nearly ashy smoke.

Proper oatmeal stout flavor: Rich. Lactic note. Cocoa maltiness is surprisingly subtle and is offset by a note of very slight citric sourness. Some fairly agreeable ashy smoke mingled in there as well. Bitter at the end.

Creamy texture.

A bit too much sourness for me, but otherwise a fine beer. If Mikkeller lost the twang and focused a little more on the oatmeal, malt and smoke, this would be a world-beater.

Photo of prototypic
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rauch Geek Breakfast pours an onyx color. Looks pitch black with no light getting through at the edges. It's capped with a very dark mocha colored head. It stands about two fingers tall, and is slow to recede. Lacing was very sticky, and moderate in volume.

The nose is good. Bittersweet dark chocolate kicks it off and resonates throughout. Roasted coffee is rather prominent in the mix. There is an interesting smoky scent that really works well. I'm not getting much in terms of bacon. That's a little disappointing, but the overall smell is too good to dwell on it. It smells a little acrid. There's a faint herbal scent, in addition to light dark fruit. Alcohol is masked well.

The flavor is quite good. The nose is very representative of the flavor. Bittersweet dark chocolate leads the charge. The malt base is incredibly flavorful. There's also a hint of roasted malts. Roasted coffee/espresso follows and complements the malt bill extremely well. The smoked flavor is very noticeable, and works well. I'm still not getting bacon, but I'm not too miffed. This is tasty stuff. Light dark fruit is noted on the tail. It's a little tangy. Alcohol isn't noticeable. Finishes smoky!

Rauch Geek Breakfast has a body that's on the heavy side of medium. It's very creamy and smooth. Carbonation is dialed down nicely! Drinkability is quite high. The smoked flavor limits it a tad, but it goes down rather easy for smoky beer.

In the hierarchy of Mikkeller's Geek beers, Rauch Geek Breakfast is my least favorite (thus far). It's damn tasty beer and shows just how strong Mikkeller's roster is. I like the smoky flavor, but it's not something I'd want all the time. I would've like a little bit of bacon in the nose and flavor, but it's still good beer. If you can handle smoky beers, check this one out. It's not Mikkeller's best in the Geek line, but it still Rauchs.

Photo of Bighuge
4.48/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

Photo of TexIndy
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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]

Photo of xnicknj
4.42/5  rDev +16%
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.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

Photo of coldmeat23
4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
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!

Photo of bonkers
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured from a bomber into a snifter. Jet black pour with a slight tannish head, slight lace. The aroma is thick with smoke. The beer has a heavy smoke flavor, light chocolate, and some coffee. The body is medium, and it is lightly carbonated. IMO this is just ok. There are better smoked stouts out there and the body is kinda light for an imperial stout.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big thanks to Jeff for sharing this at a recent tasting. Cheers!

Appearance -- Pours an inky black with zero highlights and a slim tan head.

Smell -- As the name would suggest, LOTS of rich, earthy woodsmoke present from the onset. Additionally, there is some malt roastiness, dark chocolate, and espresso.

Taste -- Again, lots and lots of woodsmoke akin to being at a bonfire. Also, there is some noticeable meatiness along with roast malt, espresso, baker's chocolate, and little bit of soy sauce. Not a great deal of malt sweetness, just smoke and char.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-full in body with milder carbonation. Not bad.

Drinkability -- Wow. This one is definitely for a specific clientele. One of the smokiest beers I've ever had. Interesting, good, but not great. Had no problem finishing my taster, but beyond that may have been tricky.

Photo of dirtylou
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz bottle, Riley's

I like bacon.

appearance: poured into an oversized snifter - ebony body with a healthy chocolate cap and light retention

smell: char, dark chocolate, liquid smoke, roasted malts, espresso, molasses

taste: Mikkeller stouts are hit or miss but the beer geek series seems better than the black hole series. There really isnt any bacon to speak of, but people often associate bacon with smoke for some reason. This stout is rich and velvety with hints of char, smoke, dark chocolate, espresso, molasses, wood, dark fruits, and alcohol

mouthfeel: rich and velvety - i would have guessed the abv was > 7.5% though

drinkability: sipper - but nice

Photo of nkersten
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a Maredsous glass, black dense liquid with a dark tall mocha head, a bit fizzier head then i would have liked for this style. Smell is all bacon and smoked meat, smoldering bbq wood planks, a tiny malt presence. Taste follows smell, very smokey, toasted malt, typical rauchbier flavors, bacon, and a hint of coffee. Mouth feel is medium bodied with a low carbonation, slightly coating. The smokey flavors are too strong and overpowering in this brew to make me want more then a small pour.

Photo of froggyfrog
4.67/5  rDev +22.6%
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. 

Photo of indiapaleale
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm really quite depressed at how cheap beer is here in America compared to Australia. This was a bargain in Australian terms, so I figured it was worth picking up and sampling.

Pours a deep and opaque brown-black, with a crusty head of genuinely deep brown foam. Almost looked as though no head was going to form during the pour, but the carbonation streamed enough through the thick body to form a film. No lacing, but some decent static bubbling when swirled, which is impressive for a beer that clocks in only at 7.5%.

Nose is roasted and smoked in equal proportions. There's enough of the dark, charred robust characters to give you the concept of a genuine impy stout, but there's an extra level from the smoked character that remind you you're dealing with an entirely different beast. Coffee, if there is any, is overwhelmed by the smoke, leaving something dark, brutal and smouldering. This is not the subtle woodsmoke in a light German rauchbier; this is the full-bodied and unsympathetic smoke from the darkest burning charcoal of an extinguished arson attack. Brutal, but uncompromising.

Taste is very nicely done, in a way that demands respect. Definite dark roasted stout characters throughout, with a genuinely confronting charred bitterness to it. But it's accentuated with that lilting smokiness, which, rather than leavening the palate, seems to emphasise what a dark beat you're dealing with. Mouthfeel is slick, but light. Carbonation is almost non existent on the palate, leaving a smooth and clear experience.

It's as though they've worked out how exactly they can take an exceptionally robust stout to the next level. Yeah, we could just char the grains some more, but how about if the grains were still actually in the process of being burned? If you want a crazy stout experience, give it a go. It's certainly worth trying.

I only wish I'd saved this to bring back to @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe. They would have got a kick out of this. You probably will too.

Beer Geek Bacon from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 563 ratings.