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Beer Geek Bacon - Mikkeller ApS

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BA SCORE
86
very good

524 Ratings
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Ratings: 524
Reviews: 252
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 70
Gots: 87 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of bruachan
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

smoke and coffee are the first things my nose latch onto. other imperial stout scents fight through: heat, richness

it's not an overly large beer in body, which is more than acceptable. smoke shines again, but it seems less of of an experience for the taste buds. though hop flavor is minimal, bitterness is certainly detectable. some sweet richness but there's really not much to bite into

i love me some rauch, although this interpretation wasn't wholly satisfying

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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5/5  rDev +30.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of mwilbur
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a beautiful heavy, smooth black with large 2-3 inch frothy dark mocha head. Good retention. Decent lacing.
S: Toasted grains, medium roast coffee, smoke, and a slightly off bittersweetness.
T: Smoke (not the nice wood type, but more towards the cigarette type), dark dry chocolate, medium roast coffee, and a hint of sweet cream.
M: Light-medium body. Burnt smoke lingers on the palate (in a semi-unpleasant fashion). At turns sweet and bitter. A backbone of oatmeal smoothness.
D: I think they went a step too far with smoking such a dark brew. The smoke clashed with instead of complimented the darker qualities (coffee, chocolate, etc.). An interesting beer, but not the best Mikkeller out there.

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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1/5  rDev -73.8%

Photo of ehammond1
2.6/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle

Holiday Wine Cellar
Escondido, CA

Black as can be with a thick, almost pillowy, brown head that eventually leaves lines and dots of lacing down the glass. Gorgeous.

This beer does not have a good aroma. It was poor at the beginning, and even worse after significant warming. The only thing I could use to describe it was words like "plastic bags" and "burning plastic." There's a strong smoke element as well, but nothing combines particularly well.

The flavor is just a tad more successful, but really not by much. There's some roast and a ton of smoke, along with still more plastic.

Medium bodied with ample carbonation.

Do not want.

Photo of nmbr0ne
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter from 500 mL bottle.

Appearance: Dark, dark brown body (almost black). A beautiful brown head was the end result of the pour.

Smell: You can definitely detect bacon. Smoked bacon that maybe has been smoked for too long. The smokey-ness reminded me of a peaty smell resembling some Scotch. The smoke dominated the aromas so I couldn't smell that much roasted malty-ness.

Taste: I tasted unsweetened, black coffee and that smoked bacon. Someone took the bacon grease from a pan and poured it into the coffee maker. It's a spectacular taste though as man would associate with bacon. It also leaves a bitter taste at the end. I wish the hops were detected throughout the beer rather than the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick-bodied. There's not much else to say besides that....

Overall: The bacon and coffee flavors I think were overpowered by the smokiness. Stale coffee and overcooked bacon perhaps can be detected but that's not what I wanted. I want breakfast in a bottle with some nice hops.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Dark brown, not quite completely opaque body with a HUGE overflowing brown head. Not quite Hunahpu looking, but close. A little thinner in appearance and the head is not quite a dark. Maybe like Old Rasputin.

Smell - Wow, smoke. Smells like a very smokey Scotch. Through it all I get a hint of roasted malt, but it's tough behind that smoke.

Taste - Roasted malts with a hint of coffee at first. Immediate smoke and some dry bitter flavors. It all tastes like a derivative of the smoke. Not enough of the base beer comes through. Very bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Not as thick as the Weasel, which was my first of this series. The bitterness and smokiness lingers longer than any other stout flavor. Not difficult to drink, but the flavors after swallowing are very intense.

Overall - Smoke-dominated. I long for the stout inside. And where's the coffee? Less smoke would give this a hint of bacon, but it's so smokey I don't even think of bacon.

Photo of Rutager
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

#2 in tonight's International Stout Day lineup. Probably the last after that Stone IRS bomber.

Appearance. Pours black with nearly 3 fingers of dark tan head that leaves some thick lacing.

Smell. Campfire log freshly douced with ocean water. Totally cereal!!

Taste. Holy smoke!! Like sucking on one of those ocean water douced campfire logs!! I do get a little bacon in the aftertaste, but man, that smoke is thick!! Fairly sweet, but also salty and acrid with that liquified smoke.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with above medium, smooth carbonation.

Overall. A little bit over the top for me. The smoke is just too overpowering. Interesting, but probably not something I'll seek out again.

Photo of StlHopHead77
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-This was a strikingly,attractive pour.Super dense,super inky black body with a full,3 fingers of dark,tan crown that was extremely resilient and left full sheets of lacing.

S-Smoked ham,soy,dark chocolate,marshmallows being burnt on a bonfire and bitter,on the burner all day coffee.

T-Intense smokiness of burnt bacon,burnt sugar,burning leaves with bitter dark chocolate and old,strong,high quality coffee.

M-Full,intense and savory.Smoky upfront with a bitter coffee and chocolate finish.The oats really rounded out the feel on this.

O-Really unique but well put together.Strong flavors playing off each other well.

Photo of pattermj
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this bottle up the instant I saw it.

Appearance: Perfectly back with a slight brown from the capillary tip in a tulip glass. Minimal head on the poor but disappears within 20 seconds.

Smell: The Rauch style gives itself away instantly followed by the dark grains and a little chocolate.

Taste: Very much on the smoke side, especially when cold, felt it simmered a little as it warmed up. Bacon is very prevalent along with the darker grains and finally ending back with the smoke. The final smoke flavor just doesn't go with the beer in my opinion but then I am not a major rauch fan.

Mouthfeel: Compared to many darker stouts I felt this was a very light one. The style is supposed to be the point not the thickness as with ten fidy and others. I appreciate that.

Overall: I have to stick with weasal as my favorite still but this was a well done combination of styles and ingredients. I love what Mikkeller puts out.

Beer Geek Bacon from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 524 ratings.