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Beer Geek Bacon - Mikkeller ApS

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BA SCORE
86
very good

460 Ratings
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Ratings: 460
Reviews: 249
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.62%
Wants: 63
Gots: 69 | FT: 9
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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dbossman

Nebraska

3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black with a huge, gorgeous mocha-colored head; this beer looks so good, but the lacing doesn't quite hold

S: Wow! Smokey and meaty--like bacon and ham--on top of a roasty chocolatey and coffee malty wonderfulness; God, this smells so good

T: A tad on the boozy side and quite smokey and meaty; this is good and roasty and meaty but not quite as interesting and amazing as the aromas let on

F: A touch thinner than I would like but fairly decent with a touch of creaminess on the back end

O: Not as good as I thought it would be from the aromas and surprisingly boozy but this is still a good, interesting brew

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 02:07:49 | More by dbossman
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decay_of_mind


4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

04-13-2012 11:17:53 | More by decay_of_mind
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Devi0us

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

04-13-2012 07:02:27 | More by Devi0us
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nickfl

Florida

4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 02:21:10 | More by nickfl
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 02:17:46 | More by kylehay2004
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howard12

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.4%

03-30-2012 02:17:41 | More by howard12
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tbizzle0

California

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

03-28-2012 08:20:37 | More by tbizzle0
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Zaphog

Michigan

2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

03-27-2012 01:18:45 | More by Zaphog
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whatsajessica

California

1.75/5  rDev -54.3%

03-23-2012 02:23:14 | More by whatsajessica
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Bung

Michigan

4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml. Black pour, two big fingers of dark tan head. Retained very well.

Aroma, mostly roast malt, chocolates and some pine/herbal hops. Just a faint smokey peat.

Taste, a nice peaty and bacon smoke here. Heavy roast malt, dark chocolate, anise. Finish with the herbal hops and more smoke. As advertised.

Mouthfeel, solid medium, nice and creamy. The relatively low abv is nowhere present.
Thought this was pretty good, better than the hop one but not as good as the first two.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2012 01:40:14 | More by Bung
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superspak

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours an almost pitch black color with a nice 1 finger dense tan head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of burnt wood, smoked meat, roasted malt, dark chocolate, caramel, and coffee. Nice and balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, burnt wood, smoke, caramel, roasted malt, coffee, molasses, and herbal hops. Light bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, smoke, caramel, coffee, and roasted malt on the finish for a bit. Nice balance of flavors without being too smokey. Medium carbonation and body; with a nice creamy and lush mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish present. Overall this is a very nice smoked stout. Nice balance and robustness; and very drinkable as well. Enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 01:15:36 | More by superspak
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MrHolland10

Georgia

4/5  rDev +4.4%

03-11-2012 05:17:04 | More by MrHolland10
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AlastairM

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +4.4%

02-26-2012 10:25:47 | More by AlastairM
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brez8791

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

02-22-2012 03:07:55 | More by brez8791
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kojevergas

Texas

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
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+

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 03:46:19 | More by kojevergas
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M27

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

02-12-2012 12:41:45 | More by M27
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christopheraknox

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

02-11-2012 21:47:39 | More by christopheraknox
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ZacharyJ

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

02-10-2012 03:22:59 | More by ZacharyJ
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John11486

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

02-09-2012 22:15:17 | More by John11486
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bearisprime

California

4/5  rDev +4.4%

02-08-2012 22:32:57 | More by bearisprime
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DovaliHops

California

4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very thick, pitch black color with a medium, dark brown/espresso colored head that goes down slowly. Scent is initially smokey with some espresso and burnt malt aromas. Charred chocolate and dark malt scents with some dark chocolate and more smoke. Taste is just as smokey as the nose leads. Not overly smokey and not too light on the smoke. Almost "just right". Lovely roasted malt and dark chocolate. Some nutty characteristics...light hazelnut with intense almond. Some burnt sugar with sharp espresso...a little like stale espresso, but not bad. The light vanilla and smoke make up for it. Mouthfeel is thick and full-bodied. Drinkability is high. Overall, this is a great smoked stout. I like this one more than Beer Geek Breakfast and Brunch Weasel.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 08:11:53 | More by DovaliHops
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robbrandes

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

02-03-2012 05:07:03 | More by robbrandes
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wrycon

Minnesota

3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours like some bubbly crude - pitch black and slippery. When jostled produces a half-finger tan head that dissipates at a moderate pace. Big nose. Obvious smoke, but less campfire and more industrial. Underneath you can smell some coffee, roasted malt, a touch of chocolate and a hint of black licorice. Drinks thick, but the high carbonation keeps it afloat. Interesting. Doesn't coddle you like other stouts but rather declares its presence with an almost stale, indifferent smokiness. Feels like an art studio replete with overflowing ashtrays. What's quite interesting is the hoppiness that is present early and constant throughout. It ends on a twisted tart note that's very clean. Unique, but not something I'd purchase twice. I will say, though, it's not lacking in character.

Like It? Sure

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 03:28:12 | More by wrycon
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djaeon

California

4/5  rDev +4.4%

01-22-2012 22:37:44 | More by djaeon
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abraxel

Michigan

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tasted blind as part of Blind BIF 6, courtesy of mdfb79. Poured into a CBS snifter.

A - Pours crude-oil black, with explosive cinnamon head that filled this huge snifter to the brim. The head clings to the side, but slides down and doesn't leave lacing.

S - From a distance, it almost smells estery and fruity, but as soon as I lean in close, hoo boy, bacon! I have a guess what this is, but I'll keep it to myself for now. I'm looking for malty flavors under the thick, bacony smoke, but no dice. That's not necessarily a bad thing; the smoke is delicious and savory and sweet and meaty and makes me salivate.

T - Different from the smell... the smoke is still present, but not nearly as much, and I get some slightly bitter coffee and semisweet chocolate. The smoke blends well with the roastiness of the coffee and chocolate, and all three distinct forms of roastiness meld together nicely. Given the "bacon" emphasis in the aroma and in what I'm guessing the name is, though, I was expecting way more bacon flavor and/or smoke along the lines of a potent Aecht Schlenkerla.

M - Can I call it thin and thick at the same time? It has a moderately full body, but the carbonation pierces through it and makes it almost feel light on the tongue. It's an interesting combination, but I kinda find the carbonation annoying. I can't directly detect any alcohol at all, but it's got a shifty look in its eyes like I'm being lured into a trap.

Overall, this is tasty, but not mind-blowing. The nose was like whoa, but the beer was just good.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 00:06:08 | More by abraxel
Beer Geek Bacon from Mikkeller ApS
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