Beer Geek Bacon - Mikkeller ApS
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4.25/5 rDev +11.3%
Bottle courtesy of wordemupg, Batch 557. Brewed Oct 27, 2010, best before Oct 27, 2013. Shared with Steve and Josh, into a tulip.
Pours pitch black, with several fingers of dirty and almost muddy brown head - dense and creamy. Fantastic like every other Mikkeller stout I've tasted. Nose hold ash, wood, smoke among other general campfire notes. Hints to some smoked meat too. Yum. Taste is a charred and ashy wood, with a lighter and more peripheral smoked meat (bacon perhaps?). Slight caramel quality to the malt as well, with a little bit of alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel has a slight grittiness to it, and has substantial lingering smoke and roasted notes to it. Great stuff, feels like a Schlenkerla on 'roids contained within a stout.
05-24-2011 00:20:33 | More by liamt07
3.7/5 rDev -3.1%
500 ml bottle - served into a tulip glass after being in the cellar for a few months.
A: Dark, pitch black body with a full, rocky and bubbly dark brown head. Lacing and retention were *almost* completely spot on, just missed a perfect appearance score by a hair.
S: Nose opens with big charred wood notes, smoked malt, burnt coffee beans and Applewood smoked bacon. A common theme of this borderline smokey-burnt aroma is gracefully done as to not be completely gross, but rather inviting and tantalizing.
T: Smoked pork, glazed honey bacon notes, slight bitterness from the coffee comes through mid-palate. Finishes with some cream and vanilla notes and has a lingering charred wood flavor.
M: Creamy, carbonation is just about right (could be a bit lower), full-bodied, very nice.
This is an interesting and complex flavor profile here, one I cannot really compare to the Beer Geek Breakfast because I've never had it. I did enjoy this "smoked" version of it, but after a full bottle, these overly smokey notes got to me and became a little sickening.
05-23-2011 17:50:47 | More by ShanePB
4.75/5 rDev +24.3%
Poured into a tulip. Awesome deep black color, with a little brown near the edges. Dark burnt-cream foam, excellent retention.
Ahh, love this aroma. Burnt chocolate and coffee. Some campfire, but not as much as I seem to remember from the first time I had this. Also some of that smell you get when you burn marshmallows. I just love beers that smell like this.
It tastes exactly as you expect it to taste based on the aroma. There is no curveball here - it's intense and roasty, bitter chocolate and coffee abound with some bright citric acidity and just the right amount of mesquite smoke. Earthy volcanic dryness on the back end primes the palate for another sip, making this very drinkable. I also appreciate that it's "only" 7.5%; I think that's an appropriate strength; it's not so big. This also lends it a lightness that I like - who says a nice roasty coffee stout has to be a massive, ponderous beer?
Mikkeller knows how to do coffee stouts...this is outstanding, jam packed with flavor without being overbearing in any way.
05-22-2011 19:28:38 | More by Patrick999
2.63/5 rDev -31.2%
Reviewed from notes:
appearance: dark black with a 2 finger mocha head
smell: bacon, smoke, malts, barley,
taste: bacon, smoke, funky plastic,
mouthfeel: mild carbonation, full body,
overall: I really wanted to like this beer. But some of the off flavors and smell turned me off.
05-22-2011 14:37:06 | More by THECPJ
3.83/5 rDev +0.3%
First tried: bottle from Eulogy, Philly, PA
I had a bottle of this during my engagement ceremony. I love rauchbiers and smoked beers, which is basically what this was, but all the girls around me were understandably repulsed by it. But whatever. Brews before hoes, right?
Poured an opaque dark brown with a healthy tan head that lingered very well. Roasted malts and beef jerky in the aroma. Taste of smoked, salty, cured meat up front, dark malts providing a smooth, rich background. Nutty and earthy qualities as well, with a bit of leather. Yeah, definitely a man's brew. Full-bodied and chewy, and--for me--quite drinkable.
05-22-2011 02:39:24 | More by Rifugium
4.35/5 rDev +13.9%
I enjoyed this on tap at O'reilly's -first time checkin' out Think tank. Served chilled in a snifter.
A coal black opaque appearance, beautiful as it stands in the sniftrer -dense ominous look with a thick smooth medium tan cap which is about 1inch thick. The lace clings like frosting on the glass around the collar, just a picture-perfect stout if I ever saw one! The smell is very nice, sweet notes of cocoa with some light coffee, but a lot like a humidor,really. The smokiness blends nicely with the dark earthy malt odor which seems to be the opposite of the way it looks a truly beautiful aroma not menacing, just fragrant smoke and malt. The feel is great, a caramel and chocolate malt endry with moderate carbonation is usurped by a deep char from the smoked malt almost burnt marshmallow-like in the way it still retains a malt sweetness while delivering the acrid smokey goodness. The finish is moderately bitter from the dark grain, semi-dry overall.
I really expected a different flavor for some reason - The stout starts smooth, almost has a caramel cream element with some sweet malt qualities, but mild toast and cocoa creeps forward in the taste until a large amount of smokiness develops, even more as it warms. The flavor is not offensive to me as others in the style seem to lack the body or sweetness to balance the slight burnt dry flavors. Rauch Geek or Beer Geek Bacon whichever moniker it goes by at the time is not shy about it's smoke, but it also uses it as a complimentary flavor rather than a full on smoke fest. I find the smoke pleasant and vibrant, yet it still adds a bitter edge. I like the complexity it adds while the flavor does not neglect mild coffee notes at all. think of this as your oatmeal, coffee and bacon all wrapped up together in a slighter strong (7.5%) stout.I enjoyed this immensely - Rauch Geek was a fine example of what Mikkeller's strengths can be in a quality American style stout.
05-20-2011 21:20:07 | More by Slatetank
4/5 rDev +4.7%
On tap @ TJ’s (Paoli, PA) on 5/14/11. Served in a pint glass.
Pours a deep black in the glass, topped with roughly a ½ finger of darker looking mocha head. This retains with a solid foaminess, leaving a frothy cascade of lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is all smoke, leather, and bunt malts, giving the nose an overall meaty crunch. Cocoa, additional sugars, and some green hops round out the back. I can pick up a bit of the coffee here but it does get lost at times among all of those smoked malts.
The smoke encompasses the taste as well but there is definitely more of a balance to this as well as it warms, as chocolate and oatmeal play a bigger part this time around. Roasted malts and green hops definitely give this an overall burnt and bitter bite though. Like the nose, the coffee character mostly gets pushed to the back. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a smooth prickly creaminess that glides along in the mouth and helps keep that higher ABV at bay. Thankfully the feel helps keep that entire smoky roast presence much more approachable than it could have been.
Well if you like a good Rauchbier, you’re probably going to enjoy this, as it definitely brings a whole lot of that plus most of the other things that make the Beer Geek Stouts solid. My only complaint is that the coffee character that is normally a big part of these beers just doesn’t have much of an impact but I guess that’s to be expected. This isn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea but I overall enjoyed this.
05-19-2011 17:01:56 | More by Kegatron
4.45/5 rDev +16.5%
Drank this beer at The Bayou in Salt Lake City.
App: Medium to light carbonation, deep color and a finger or two of nice deep brown head. Everything you would expect with a nice breakfast stout.
Smell: The smoky wood hits initially and is followed up with dark grain and coffee. I was tempted to dab a few drops behind my ears of perfume, but DUI cops tend to dislike that idea.
Taste: I loved it, the first sip immediately caused a big smile. Smoke, burnt sugars and roasted grain. The oatmeal really rounds out all the flavors that could be pretty potent. This is not the most intense smoked beer I've ever had, but truly one of my favorites.
Mouthfeel: It was pretty smooth and creamy with a nice subtle carbonation. I would, however, like it to be a bit thicker.
Overall: I am very please I was able to try this. Not an every day beer, but on a rainy day like this I was really satisfied!
05-19-2011 16:41:08 | More by rickyhansing
4.15/5 rDev +8.6%
Pours with a healthy 2F of tightly crackling brown head over an opaque brown-to-black body. Plenty of lacing.
Aromas are awesome - dominated by charred wood up front, with roasted coffee beans, and a hint of deep fruit (raisins) in the back.
Rides across the palate like a BSDA - IF it were highly carbonated (sounds weird, I know). The dark fruit comes through more prominently in the flavor, with lots of acidic hoppy pull, deep/dark roasted malt, and lots of burnt wood left on the palate in the finish. The carbonation is strong, keeping it lighter on the mouthfeel than a typical AD/IS.
A really interesting and unique beer overall. I would absolutely recommend pairing this up with some BBQ - that would be a real winner.
05-19-2011 14:25:57 | More by BeerImmediately
4/5 rDev +4.7%
On tap at TJ's Everyday. A smoky wasteland if ever there was one.
A: Dark, black as night, ebon, a biere noir, except that it has lighter ruby notes on closer inspection. The head is tan-colored, a cordoban brown.
S: The nose is smokey, chewy with this cured grains. The smoke is all-consuming, covering up all of the dark roasted aspects. Beer Geek, normally a fan favorite for me, is missing behind the over-roasted malts.
T: Sweet smoked grains, charred to an extreme (think Spring House Smoked Porter) are scathing, leaving very little behind. What does come through has chocolate and burnt toast, sweetness that acts as a strong accompaniment to the smoke. Coffee? Maybe it is there, but the coffee isn't the focus. Instead it adds to the chocolatey aspects of the stout. The smoke, a roasted fullness, is very nice.
M: Smoke, smoke taken to a new level and then some. The chewiness, for all the smoke, is surprisingly sweet but moderation is the key - very smokey and intense.
05-17-2011 01:47:06 | More by akorsak
3.9/5 rDev +2.1%
Pours a dark brown with an interesting reddish tint. A nice amount of off-white head. Smells smokey and roasty. A bit of coffee on the nose. Tastes roasty and smokey like a bit of bacon. The roast is a bit off but overall the dryness of the roasted malts is perfect. Overall something i wouldn't want to have again but definitely intestine to try!
05-15-2011 03:45:37 | More by Urbancaver
4/5 rDev +4.7%
I bought this bottle about nine months ago. I have been looking forward to trying this for a while. I thought that Friday was a good occasion to open the bottle.
I had three full fingers on the pour. Yes, I did pour it properly into my pint glass.
I smell bacon, smoke, and a strong amount of coffee. It works perfectly as a breakfast beer... which made it a good decision to have with a dinner of ribs.
I saw a lot of sediment come out with the beer, but I don't know what it is. The bottle doesn't mention "unfiltered" on the label. It is probably coffee sediment.
The taste is consistent with the bouquet above. There is the expected bitterness from the coffee. The aftertaste of smoke and coffee resides.
For something different, I recommend picking this up.
05-13-2011 21:57:27 | More by ummswimmin
4.3/5 rDev +12.6%
Jet black in color with a massive cocoa colored head that is creamy as hell and has undeniable retention. Loads of lacing around the glass as well.
Huge smoke smell fills the nose. It literally smells like fresh cooked bacon. Smokey and meaty with hints of charred wood. Pretty dry smoke smell. Not getting much else.
Big time smoke up front. Dry charred wood with light bacony bit notes. Getting the roasted coffee beans on the back end with a touch of vanilla bean. Roasty malt and char linger into the long finish. I really wish this had some sweetness to it to compliment the smoke. Nearly all smoke here with hardly a trace of sweetness. Still nice though.
Velvety smooth and soft carbonation. The body is medium and very smooth as well. Dry and smoky finishing.
A hugely smokey beer that lives up to it's name. This is definitely not for everyone, but I absolutely love smoked beers and this one fits the bill. I will have another.
05-13-2011 01:56:10 | More by jera1350
3.33/5 rDev -12.8%
Poured into a tulip glass from a 1 pt. 9 fl oz. bottle.
A - Pours a very viscous pitch black liquid with a nice dark tan head that is about 1.5 inch tall. The head is very sticky and quite dense. It almost seems like the top of some creme brule.
S - Smoke comes up quick with some nice delicious roasted malt darkness. Some burnt coffee notes as well as some slight bitter chocolate and sweetness. The espresso notes are pretty nice as well.
T & M - Starts off with some very smokey notes that translate into some slightly overcooked bacon. Dark roasted malt offer some burnt flavors as well as some nice coffee notes. The smoke is very intense. I feel like I'm eating a campfire. Slightly one dimensional brew as Mikkeller usually exhibits. Not my favorite.
O - Very one dimensional.
05-09-2011 22:46:00 | More by JoEBoBpr
4.13/5 rDev +8.1%
Pours a pitch black color with a huge brown head that slowly settles, leaving a wall of lacing on the glass.
Wow, the aroma is smokey. Big burnt wood, charcoal and charred meat aromas, some soy and leather. This ranks right up there as the smokies aromas. Not much else is detected, perhaps a hint of chocolate.
The flavor is also quite heavy on smoke and has a strong bark flavor. There are notes of tobacco, ground coffee, pepper and leather. Meaty with hints of soy and brown sugar. There is a subtle lemon sourness but it doesn't really pop through.
The beer is moderate to well bodied with prickly carbonation. The carbonation suits this beer well as it is needed to help break up the body and smoke flavors. Starts sweet but ends with a roasted malt and smoke bitterness.
A very smokey beer but it works well with the coffee and roasted malt flavor. You got to enjoy smoke to like this beer. The flavors make this beer a bit heavy. Great winter/campfire beer.
05-08-2011 01:34:05 | More by Gmann
2.1/5 rDev -45%
Poured into a goblet, this beer looks pretty much like all the other breakfast beers, very dark, almost black but the lighting in this room isn't very good so it's hard to tell if its completely opaque. Otherwise it looks pretty appealing like most stouts do. The head is a dark tan color about two fingers thick with some decent hang time leaving some sticky lacing on the sides of my glass.
Whew, the aroma is pretty intense. I can barely make out any malt except for a hint of roasted barley and some peaty scotch malt like notes. Very slight coffee in the nose but over all it punches my nostrils with smoke, however, it doesn't smell a damn thing like bacon! How is this possible? Well, Because most bacon is smoked with hickory or apple-wood... not burning rubber and charcoal with loads of lighter fluid and liquid smoke like this beer smells. Bacon must suck in Denmark.
Taste, here goes: not super pleasant for me and i love smoked beers/rauchbiers. It tastes much like it smells, like licking a charcoal briquette laced with lighter fluid and diesel fuel. I'm also getting solvents and grain alcohol with slightly roasty, chocolatey, minor coffee undertones. Otherwise the coffee is almost completely lost. This beer is a little slick in the mouth and somehow just slightly on the thin side. Carbonation is medium which is one of only a few ways i can decipher this from a bottle of kerosene.
Finished this beer out of duty and price. My buddy bought it for us to try and it was eighteen dollars. Otherwise, drinkability isn't great. Still got love for mikkeller though. Just not this particular beer.
05-05-2011 02:49:34 | More by BruChef
4.45/5 rDev +16.5%
"Imagination was given man to compensate for what he is not, and a sense of humor to console him for what he is."
Burnt coffee bean black with nary a glimmer of lightening at the edges. The melodious sound of beer entering glass was thickly creamy... which is exactly how the caramel nougat colored lid looks. It's also beginning to blast all surfaces with thick sheets of shotgun-shredded lace.
Rauch Geek Breakfast does not smell like bacon. Smoked malt is numero uno, but doesn't dominate at the expense of dark chocolate, java, and all around roasted malty goodness. Just like (plain ol') Breakfast and Brunch Weasel, this Beer Geek should impress mightily on the palate.
Still no bacon... and no sausage either. This offering is basically the original Breakfast with smoked malts in place of the base malts. Mikkeller did not go overboard at all, but calibrated the smokiness to dovetail perfectly with the rest of the beer's flavor profile.
Sweet and bitter are balanced on a razor's edge, as are bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee beans, wood smoke, and hints of vanilla bean. This expertly crafted ale is pure pleasure to drink and was well worth $9.99 for 500 ml. Not that I'll be drinking it often.
Mouthfeel is the only (slight) chink in the armor. That makes sense since BG Breakfast suffered the same fate. That said, good is only a misstep when the rest of the beer is very good. Laid back bubbles neither help nor hurt.
Rauch Geek Breakfast is yet another tasty treat from one of the best breweries on planet Earth. Brunch Weasel is still king of the Geeks (and is a much bigger beer), but this smoky little number isn't far behind.
05-04-2011 13:06:35 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.9/5 rDev +2.1%
500ml bottle - not a lot of logos around with actual bacon imagery in them, so good on Mikkeller for the oddly literal display.
This beer pours a complete black, the only edges, even when back-lit, are in my imagination. The head is of the sort I've come to expect from this brewer - even with care and preparation, this fucker still overflows onto my kitchen counter. What it doesn't do, though, is outstay its over-ebullient welcome, dropping away in a steady manner, and rendering some evil low-pressure cloud system lace around the glass.
It all smells like a caramel chocolate bar that has spent too much time in a backyard smoker - fleshy, indistinct meaty aromas over top of big sweet malt. And bacon, specifically? Maybe, if it had spent a lot of time sizzling and then melding with the wood - but it didn't, apparently. The taste is a big improvement - smoky, ashy campfire, more wood than charred protein, caramel/toffee malt, medium chalky cocoa, muddled citrus pith, and bitter cold coffee.
The carbonation is average, with a slight zing up front, the body medium-full in weight, somewhat smooth amongst the clinging smokiness, and equally creamy from the underlying oats. It finishes with an emphasis on the sweet malty chocolate and coffee, slighted tinged by a dampened wet smokiness, and until-now hidden astringent booziness.
While it all starts out quite indicative of the titular breakfast morsel, everything thankfully levels off to a more agreeable smoky oatmeal maltiness, far more drinkable that one would have assumed from awkward first impressions. And not surprisingly, I have an urge to seek out some Islay single malt, something usually anathema to my Speyside-worshipping palate. Nicely played.
05-01-2011 02:29:20 | More by biboergosum
3.98/5 rDev +4.2%
Another score from my BA partner joemcgrath27...
A - Pours black as night, solid finger of dark mocha head with great retention and no real lacing. The colour on the head is fantastic.
S - Smoke and peat off the top, milk chocolate and burnt cane sugar on the finish.
T - Definitely smokey with a touch of tobacco and leather coming through as well. Bitter espresso and dark cocoa, with some leafy hops coming through on the finish. A bouquet of flavours indeed, with the slightly higher ABV going completely unnoticed.
M - Medium bodied ale that is a bit prickly as it goes down but finishes nice and wet.
O - Tasty and unique. Really glad I had the opportunity to share this one. Though, it might be tough to take down more than a single bottle at a time.
04-24-2011 16:27:12 | More by andrenaline
British Columbia (Canada)
4.4/5 rDev +15.2%
Pours black with a medium sized tan head. Strong smoke aroma with chocolate and roasted malts. Taste again is smokey with more chocolate and bitter coffee. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very nice, this is one of the best smoked beers I've tried. Thanks wordemupg!
04-22-2011 21:36:00 | More by chickenm
2/5 rDev -47.6%
Too smokey! First sip hits you wth that over smoked, burnt maltiness. The aftertaste is worse than the mouth feel, ill leAve this short bc i couldnt stand this one, im usually a huge mikkeller fan, but i was dissapointed with this brew. Overall... Not so good.
04-21-2011 06:42:08 | More by Davidpgibbons
3.93/5 rDev +2.9%
Hard-poured into a New Belgium tulip.
A: Deep, deep brown with creamy chocolate-mousse head. The beer appears to be clear but its dark appearance makes it difficult to be sure. Splotchy, insubstantial lacing.
S: Smoke mingling with roast, coffee and earth. A bit of cocoa, too. Rich and organic.
T: Smoke dominates palate initially, but roast, coffee, cocoa, and, to a lesser extent, dark fruits assert themselves. Sufficiently bitter.
M: Medium body with a lower than medium level of carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel that leaves a lingering powdery/chalky sensation.
D: The smoke is a welcome addition to an oatmeal stout infused with coffee. I would have enjoyed more smoke characteristics, but that would have hurt drinkability. Quite drinkable, especially for an unusually chilly evening.
04-17-2011 02:15:13 | More by Wadsey
3.83/5 rDev +0.3%
There's really not that much that needs to be said of Rauch Beer Breakfast. It's bacon beer. It's everything you expect of bacon beer. Take your traditional Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Marzen, thicken it up a bit, and replace those broader meaty tastes with straight bacon, and that's what you've got here. It's very oily, almost greasy tasting. I would say that this beer is almost over-infused in that respect. Schlenkerla's beer hits a nice balance, and is almost too much as-is. Mikkeller's beer here is very novel, but it's a bit over the top and borderline cloying at the bacon tastes it's going after.
Have this alongside the Schlenkerla standard and see what you think. It's a potent one, and not to be missed if you get the chance, if only because of the level of novelty.
04-16-2011 19:07:08 | More by petacutlasaurus
1.83/5 rDev -52.1%
Trying to be open-minded here, but it's tough when I dislike a beer this strongly.
A: dark brown/black with plenty of tan head; sticky lace.
S: smells strongly of black Sharpie. Really. Smokey too, but it's mostly permanent marker in the nose.
T: smokey malts first, then bitter smokey wood which quickly turns medicinal and straight-up unpleasant. Guess it could be worse...?
M: fizzy, medium-bodied. Blah.
O: not my thing at all. Pretty sure this is my first Rauchbier and certainly my last for a long time. I looove Beer Geek Breakfast & Brunch (and most other Mikkellers), but this was just terrible. Hate to pour out craft beer, but the remaining ~80% of this bottle is headed down the drain.
04-13-2011 03:33:27 | More by brystmar
4.15/5 rDev +8.6%
Dark brown pour, not as dark as expected. At the very end, the pour was clumpy, and rather than do the brussels lace thing, it looked as if (maybe it was the bacon playing tricks on my eyes) there were bits of congealed fat that caused it to stick to the glass in a very unique way.
Aroma was heavy smoke, char, almost thought this one was aged in bourbon based on the aroma.
Taste, so smooth and drinkable, the heaviest smoked beer I've had that did not impart an undesireable astringency, this one was spot on with the oatmeal. Chocolate, leathery feel to it downbottle. Bacon taste not really present, but could see it having been part of the smoking agent equation.
At $11 a bottle, I can't give it too high of an overall score, but it is an interesting beer worth checking out if you've never had it before. Not as good as the brunch weasel, but good.
04-09-2011 19:45:56 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Beer Geek Bacon from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 482 ratings.