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Beer Geek Bacon - Mikkeller ApS

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BA SCORE
86
very good

490 Ratings
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Ratings: 490
Reviews: 251
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 14.7%
Wants: 67
Gots: 71 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

acurtis, May 05, 2012
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3.93/5  rDev +3.1%

No freshness dating

A= Pours a deep black color. With a nice thick dark brown head on it that rises to two fingers easy. Sort of creeps to two fingers and holds great retention and lacing on the side of the glass.

S= Smokey for sure. A nice amount of smoke without being overwhelming. The smoke is used to compliment not overtake the stout which I think is the correct way to do it. There's a nice chocolate and roast character to the stout with no apparent hopping.

T= The taste follows the nose nicely. A great smoke character. It doesn't remind me of bacon but a nice wood smoke none the less. A nice roasty chocolaty stout to compliment it. Again no hop flavor really comes through but there is a decent bitterness to it from the smoke and roasted malt.

M= This is my only qualm. It seems a bit thin for such a nice big flavor.

O= A solid smokey beer. I love the smoke and tis is one to keep in stock if you can find it.

jjanega08, May 05, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

sukwonee, Apr 30, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

mmurphy525, Apr 29, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

yergermeister, Apr 18, 2012
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3.83/5  rDev +0.5%

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

dbossman, Apr 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

decay_of_mind, Apr 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Devi0us, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +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
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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.

kylehay2004, Apr 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

howard12, Mar 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

tbizzle0, Mar 28, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

Zaphog, Mar 27, 2012
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1.75/5  rDev -54.1%

whatsajessica, Mar 23, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

Bung, Mar 20, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

superspak, Mar 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

MrHolland10, Mar 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

AlastairM, Feb 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

brez8791, Feb 22, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev +4.5%

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
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

M27, Feb 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

christopheraknox, Feb 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

ZacharyJ, Feb 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

John11486, Feb 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

bearisprime, Feb 08, 2012
Beer Geek Bacon from Mikkeller ApS
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