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Beer Geek Bacon - Mikkeller ApS

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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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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%

Had this on-tap at the Brick Store Pub. I'm a big fan of Rauchbiers, so I was excited to try this one. Pours black with a coffee with cream head. The aroma is lightly smokey and roasty, but a bit subdued. Luckily, the taste is exceptional. Perfectly balanced roastiness with beautiful smoke notes and a meaty song of bacon throughout. Quite bitter and dry in the mouth, with late cocoa notes. A really cool beer.

Georgiabeer, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of Dawkfan
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%

A- Fantastic head on top of this black beauty. One of the darkest colored heads I've seen, deep dark nearly chocolate brown. It's a little lighter on top than the edges. Milkshake like consistency, thick, froathy, and creamy. Settles to a rather large cap, sparse lacing.

S- This one has alot of campfire smoke upon first whiffs. if you keep your nose in this long enough you can detect a generous amount of chocolate malt. I detect a small trace of sweetness but its really hard to get past the char!

T- Dark chocolate is quickly washed away with flavors of roasted malt. Light coffee bitterness near the finish is overwhelmed with smoke and the two linger on the palate with mild tobacco. More balanced than the nose, and quite enjoyable.

M- Mouthfeel is very good as well. Slightly above medium weight, carbonation is somewhere around the same.

O- Kind of dissapointed I didn't have this with some BBQ, but it was great on its own, I thought they did a nice job incorporating the smoke in this.

Dawkfan, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of stakem
2.33/5  rDev -38.8%

Bottle split with wishuwerebeer and poured into a pub glass. This brew appears black in color with a finger of creamy tan head. Not much retention and patchy lace clings to the glass. Something quite ackward is evident in this brew as I started the pour and it got progressively worse. Plops and blubs of thick oily coagulated masses splashed into the glass while the bottle was still more than 3/4 full. Some of these masses seemed to dissolve but what remained in the glass was not pleasant looking. My initial reaction was fatty deposits of oil but perhaps this is gelatin?

The smell is roasty with a scent of dark grains mixed with coffee. The grain retains a fresh sweet quality despite the level of roast mixed with some oats and yeast. There is a solid smoked aspect that is very reminescent of campfire. This brew smells spot on and enjoyable, it is a shame that everything else about this brew is a train wreck.

The taste is roasted with a smoked flavor that seems pete'd. Coffee is ever present coupled with some yeastiness that is lightly dark and fruited. Some herbal hops are there along with a deep earthy flavor. Modestly bitter moreso from the roast of the malts than the inclusion of hops. The aftertaste is somewhat mineral-like that lasts in the mouth coupled with an herbal aspect.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. The alcohol is well integrated. However, the biggest turnoff of this brew is how oily the feel is and the way it coats the mouth. The texture of coagulated mystery ingredient is absolutely repulsive as it slides down the back if the throat. My friend sharing in the experience drainpoured his share. I tried my best to finish mine but nearly threw up after entering the second half of my glass. Bad bottle or not, I will never drink this beer again.

stakem, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of Kendo
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%

A: Poured into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is black with a thick, foamy, 2-finger chocolate brown head. Leaves a little bit of lace.

S: Burnt coffee, smoke and campfire.

T: Roasted coffee beans, char and smoke. Some chocolate malt underneath - becomes more noticeable as it warms. Finishes with a lingering smoky, roasty bitterness.

M: Thick and heavy.

O: Interesting.

Kendo, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of dubinsky
2.83/5  rDev -25.7%

Poured from a bottle into a Crate and Barrel snifter.

A - Pours pitch black with an amazing dark mocha color head that fades to a lighter mocha color as it settles. Great retention with great lacing. One of the best color heads i have ever seen.

S - Smoke and peat come off strong in the beginning. Burnt brown sugar, slight vanilla and milk chocolate round off the finish. Where is the bacon? I was expecting this to really smell like bacon and its a bit of a let down.

T - Smokey and peaty. I do taste a hint of burnt bacon, but as soon as i taste it, its forgotten. There a flavors of tobacco and leather. The finish is a bit medicinal and a bit of band-aid/chloraseptic is present. Bitter espresso is the only coffee flavors that i get.

M - Medium bodied with light carbonation. The ABV is fairly well hidden.

O - A "unique" beer. I really have been wanting to try this beer for some time expecting some real bacon flavors and aromas and i barely got any. It was kind of a let down, along with the medicinal aftertastes i don't think i would buy this again.

dubinsky, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of elgiacomo
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%

Bottle, fresh batch. Labeled as "Rauch Geek Breakfast". Served at cellar temperature.

Pours black with a large four finger brown head that holds up very well, eventually recedes to a good cap and leaves sheets of lacing behind.

Aroma is pretty intense smoke, a lot of ham, bacon and meat as well as a strong peat and campfire/charred wood/charcoal presence. Even a bit of tire smoke from a burnout. Interesting. The smoke ultimately hides any of the coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt characteristics of the base beer. Very good to excellent strength.

Flavor pretty much mirrors the nose, smoked meats, peat, campfire, charcoal and a hint of tire smoke. The coffee and chocolate are more pronounced in the flavor, coming along in the finish, but the smoke still dominates.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus, creamy and smooth, medium, sometimes prickly carbonation.

I’ve been venturing further into smoked beers and this one certainly doesn’t disappoint in that aspect and is a unique take on the Beer Geek family. However, the tire burnout aroma and taste are a bit off-putting but luckily it is a minor aspect of an otherwise fantastic brew.

elgiacomo, May 30, 2011
Photo of JamnesCameron
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%

Poured into a snifter.

Pours a jet black with no light getting through. A huge, tight bubbled three finger dark mocha head that is slow to drop.

Aromas of smoke, coffee, dark roast. But mostly smoke.

Flavors of dark roasted malts, wood smoke, dark roast coffee. Lots of phenols from the smoke.

Mouthfeel is medium, with a roasted bitterness coating the mouth. Some alcohol warmth.

Overall a very good smoked beer. Not one dimensional, but lacking some depth of character from Bamburg examples.

JamnesCameron, May 29, 2011
Photo of mdaschaf
2.85/5  rDev -25.2%

Review from notes:

A: Poured a deep black with a huge three finger mocha head with great retention and some very nice lacing.

S: Quite smokey with some roasted malt, burnt coffee, and bacon, which along with the smoke was the most evident aroma.

T: Had high hopes, but the flavor didn't work for me at all. It tasted like fake bacon, like bacon bits. There is also a rubber/plastic, bandaid like flavor.

M: Medium to full bodied, on the creamier side with a good level of carbonation.

O: Everything was pretty good on this beer except for the flavor profile, the most important feature. Certainly need to try this one again, since other palates I trust have enjoyed this beer.

mdaschaf, May 26, 2011
Photo of liamt07
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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.

liamt07, May 24, 2011
Photo of ShanePB
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

ShanePB, May 23, 2011
Photo of Patrick999
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

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.

Patrick999, May 22, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
2.63/5  rDev -31%

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.

Cheers,
The CPJ

THECPJ, May 22, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

Rifugium, May 22, 2011
Photo of Slatetank
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%

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.

Slatetank, May 20, 2011
Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +5%

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.

Kegatron, May 19, 2011
Photo of rickyhansing
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%

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!

rickyhansing, May 19, 2011
Photo of BeerImmediately
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

BeerImmediately, May 19, 2011
Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +5%

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.

akorsak, May 17, 2011
Photo of Urbancaver
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

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!

Urbancaver, May 15, 2011
Photo of ummswimmin
4/5  rDev +5%

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.

ummswimmin, May 13, 2011
Photo of jera1350
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%

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.

jera1350, May 13, 2011
Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%

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.

JoEBoBpr, May 09, 2011
Photo of Gmann
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

Gmann, May 08, 2011
Photo of BruChef
2.1/5  rDev -44.9%

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.

BruChef, May 05, 2011
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%

"Imagination was given man to compensate for what he is not, and a sense of humor to console him for what he is."

--Francis Bacon

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.

BuckeyeNation, May 04, 2011
Beer Geek Bacon from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 490 ratings.