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Beer Geek Bacon | Mikkeller ApS

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Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark | website

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A smoked version of the Beer Geek Breakfast.

Brewed at Nøgne Ø.

Added by bark on 07-02-2010

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Tipples, labeled as Rauch Geek. Pours pitch black with a massive dark brown head that goes on forever. Aroma is lots of smokey wood, candied bacon, chocolate, lots of earthy coffee, glorious. Flavor is chocolate and coffee up front with a nice bitter-sweet balance. earthy coffee really comes out as my palate gets used to the smoke. A rich oatmeal sweetness, lots of roasty malts, then a big punch of smoke that lingers on the palate until forever. Just a flavor explosion of all kinds, but the smokiness complements the other flavors beautifully. Relatively rich mouthfeel with low medium carbonation, but plenty drinkable. Probably my favorite of the Beer Geeks I have tried.

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Photo of larryi86
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle poured into a tulip

A- Black with a two finger tan head.

S- Roasted coffee, smoky bacon, some chocolate, faint piney hops.

T- Camp fire like smokiness, piney hops in the finish, hints of citrus hops, some roasted coffee notes. Smoke is front and center in this beer.

M- Medium body, finish is a little to hoppy bitter making the finish a little rough.

O- Not a bad beer, but my least favor of the series.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle I brought to share at dabaloons' tasting.

This is now labeled as Rauch Geek Breakfast.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, smoked malt, toasted oat, cocoa, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with smoke, cocoa, and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a smoke presence that is more apparent in the aroma.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.01/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330 ml bottle. Pours black with a fluffy tan head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is sweet perfumey grainy chocolate malts with some smokey BBQ and a little roast coffee.

The flavor is lots of bitter plastic like roast with a bit of smokey sweet BBQ and a little coffee. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly watery.

Overall, there's a lot going on (including some off notes). It doesn't mesh really well and the bitter roast is a bit overwhelming.

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Photo of dar482
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a very dark brown.

The aroma has a strong smokey aroma of bacon, a bit of camp fire, quite peaty at times, and then some coffee and chocolate in there.

The flavor follows with that smokey peat character, a bit of light bacon smokiness, then tons of roasted coffee. For those into smoked beers, this has a wonderful balance between the smoke and coffee flavors. A medium body on this.

This beer holds it own by being packed with flavors at 7.5% ABV. A wonderfully delicious take on the series.

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Photo of beergoot
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Near pitch-black body with a one-finger thick, light tan head. Chocolate malt aromas infused with a subtle smokiness. Big roasted malt flavors with strong tones of smoked wood; grilled brats; acidic; some alcohol warmth; barest hint of hop bitterness. Heavy bodied; semi-dry finish.

Well, now. All I can say is that this is a pretty damn fine smoked beer. Rich and dark with a hefty malt backbone and a nice, thoroughly integrated smokiness throughout. I don't know how long this particular brew may be available, but, being a big fan of smoked beers, I'll definitely pick up another couple of bottles at Coaltrain Wine and Spirits in Colorado Springs to supplement my stash of Aecht Schlenkerla smoked beers. This one may not quite reach the heights of the Bavarian standard, but it's not too far off the mark.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Another shout out to the main man J47Paco for sharing this. Holla.

Light smoke, light bacon...and if smoking were allowed in all places, Raulsky wouldn't mind packing up a fatty of this. It's not crazy like Tyson after a few lines of angel dust, but it's wild enough. Smooth like Raul while walking down Hollywood Boulevard, and tasty like Bar Rafaeli on the weekend... Raul is feeling this well enough.

Yep!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a a near pitch black with a fingers worth of head that leaves some nice lacing

S: Roasted malts and coffee up front. Smokiness lingers in the background with some bitterness and dark chocolate. A little bit of sweetness rounds things off

T: Starts off with the roastiness and a bit of astringent coffee. These are quickly taken over by the smoke and more roast, as well as a bitter bite of dark chocolate. Finishes with a lingering bitterness from both the coffee and dark chocolate

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A little weak on the smoke aspect, especially when it collides with the coffee and bitterness in the mid-palate the way that it does. It's also more of a burnt smoke than bacon or meaty smoke, which is interesting considering the name/alias of the beer. That aside, it's still a good coffee stout with some desirable qualities. Also, it's one of very few Mikkeller brews that are decently affordable (not that $5.99 for a 330 mL bottle is really affordable, but it is for Mikkeller). Nice to try if you're into the regular BGB or just a fan of Mikkeller, but aside from that there are better smoked beers to be had

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark black with some brown and a finger of frothy chocolate head. Fades normal.

S - Roasted dark chocolate malts, roasted coffee, bacon and smoked meats, molasses, black licorice, milk chocolate, earthy hops, oatmeal.

T - Dark chocolate malts, roasted coffee, bacon, vanilla, smoke, molasses, black licorice, earthy hops, some bitterness, some milk chocolate, oatmeal.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Super smooth and a bit creamy with a warming, smokey, and sweet finish.

D - Great overall balance with the bacon flavors.

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Photo of crnipeter
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cascades very dark reddish brown to give birth to the nearly black opaque body crowned by thick deep-tan bed with great retention and stickage to the walls.

Dominant roasted grain character combines with the sweet aroma to render coffee-with-cream and chocolate impression. There's pruney dark fruit and leather while shy smokiness remains deeply buried under the base beer qualities.

Aroma transfers to the taste only this time the well integrated sooty flavor of smoked malts
steps forward enhancing the lightly burnt grain having coffee-ish charater, the later partially originates from actual coffee beans added. Overall flavor is not as sweet as the nose suggests and lacks creamy smoothness of the aroma. Herbal hop bitterness balances the malt and leads to a dry finish.

Medium-full bodied seems lighter due to moderate carbonation and not as slick as Oatmeal Stout is ought to be. Dark sludge accumulated on the bottom prevents me to finish the bottle.

Overall, a subtly smoked oatmeal stout with pronounced roasted grain qualities (500 ml, BB 03-11-2013, into tulip).

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Oct 2013. Brewed in Oct 2010; batch 557. Purchased from a Belgian webshop some time back and stored in my garage. Hope it stands up to the other Beer Geek versions I've tried.

Poured repeatedly into a Duvel tulip. Ultra-black; a klieg light wouldn't penetrate its depths. Produces a vast head of creamy mocha-brown foam with excellent retention; this slowly subsides to a surface layer. Aroma of intensely dark, roasted malt with notes of coffee, smoke, burnt grain, a hint of molasses and yes, bacon. Perhaps an undertone of hops, but it's hard to tell. Impressive.

Tastes like a truck-load of roasted malt on a death ride; coffee and smoke are signed up as partners in crime. Notes of coffee, burnt grain, smoked malt, wood, stewed leaves and a hint of molasses. A subtle bacon-like character is discernible. A mild soy sauce flavour lurks in the background, adding a twinge of saltiness and umami. The alcohol is well hidden. A powerful, astringent bitterness upon swallowing - it's all about the coffee. Mouthfeel is smooth and thick, with tingly carbonation and a lovely, velvety body. Possesses a spicy, astringent quality that dries the palate. Aftertaste of bitter coffee and roasted malt, with a hint of smoke.

Bam! This brew assaults your palate like a batallion of smoke-infused coffee ninjas, insistantly demanding your attention. Crazy stuff: coffee, rauchmalt and roasted grain all laced with soy. It's fair to say that it lives up to its name; there is more than a hint of bacon in the aroma and a whiff in the flavour as well. Overall though, the coffee and smoked malt sit uneasily together and compete rather than complement. The result is inspired but imperfect - it lacks the incredible silky smoothness of Beer Geek Breakfast. However, it remains a unique and worthy brew - don't pass it up if you see it.

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Photo of maximep
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- jet black two finger crema espresso colored head with medium lacing

S- coffee toffee smokey typical stout base smell of soy sauce

T- smokey coffee pretty drinkable. a little disappointed with how much is going on. a little abitious in my opinion. would have enjoyed more without the coffee i think.

M- oily, really too thick for me. was hoping for creamy but it's kind of just straight motor oil. thankfully, not syrupy.

O- a nice beer. it was hard to drink 16 oz of it though.

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Photo of alysmith4
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of the most interesting beers I've ever had! The smell was incredible - smokey, bacon-y, earthy, and something roasted like peat moss. The taste wasn't quite as strong as the smell, but I'd say that's because it was smooth and well-balanced. This isn't my favorite style of beer, but I'd have this brew again and again.

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Photo of t420o
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mikkeller Rauch Geek Breakfast

A- pour produces a massive 3 finger mocha colored head resting on a deep brown/black body. Recedes down to a 1 finger head which sticks around. Good lacing. 4.5

S- as much as I didn't want to say it, it has a definite bacon character. Smoked cured bacon is a lot like it smells. The smoke is somewhat strong and which I like quite a bit. I really like the smell if this 4.5

T- can it match the enticing smell? Not quite. The one problem I have is that it's not as robust as I'd like it. It's not thick enough for the flavors it's supporting and is almost selzer water-like. It's still very good though. Again some cured bacon, a lot of smoke, peat, and a little coffee. The coffee is not very strong at all it's mostly a smoky cured bacon type taste. 3.5

M- a little selzer like for me. Body was too light for the beer. 3

O- it's a good beer and interesting but nothing spectacular. Somewhat let down by this one. Won't be getting it again.  3.5

B  

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Photo of Reaper16
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Rauch Geek Breakfast" label, approx. 1.5 years old
22oz. bottle served into a globe glass

Pours a darkdark black color. The head is pretty dark as well; a nearly burnt sienna colored cap of 3/4 of a finger.

Yeah, this is smoky. Not overwhelmingly so (though with as much barbecue as I eat, my smoke tolerance might be too high. I mean, I really liked Mikkeller Black Hole - Peat Whiskey Cask Edition, which many BAers deride). I can understand why this beer was called "Beer Geek Bacon" -- it's got heavy notes of brown sugar and salt and soy sauce. A bacon cure. So much so that I swear I can smell pork fat too. What roast there could be is drowned out by the heavy rauch aromas. It's a fine-smelling beer that does what it wants too, it just isn't all that complex.

The smoke has died off with age. I can clearly tell this because of how much coffee is present on the palate. This beer tastes like a cup of coffee by the campfire, not a dedicated rauchbier. Which is good, because I think Mikel wants this to be primarily an imperial stout. Through all the coffee and baconesque flavors, there's some scattering of dark/blue fruits and some cocoa powder notes.

The mouthfeel is pretty much medium-bodied. It's not bad, really, just lacking. In body, primarily. Overall, this is a solid, enjoyable impy stout. It's got pleasant coffee-dominant flavor with a nice bacon-like accent. Worth a shot.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of dbossman
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
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

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Photo of nickfl
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of Bung
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
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+

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Beer Geek Bacon from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 267 ratings.