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Beer Geek Bacon - Mikkeller ApS

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BA SCORE
86
very good

501 Ratings
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Ratings: 501
Reviews: 252
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 14.66%
Wants: 67
Gots: 76 | 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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Photo of zrab11
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a jet black color with 1 finger head

S- Has a savory meat smell also come smoke aroma and some bitter coffee notes

T- Smoked meat begins this brew then followed by a nice roasted coffee flavor and then finsihs with some more smoke flavor

M-Medium bodied with decent carboantion

D-OVerall this was too smokey to enjoy. the coffee and meat flavor was very nice but the smoke was just soo much to enjoy. A decent stout but not something i will seek out again.

zrab11, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of drpimento
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Let this bottle warm up a bit out of the fridge. Poured with a mammoth, tan, foamy, frothy, thick, creamy head and no lace. Color is an absolutely opaque brown black. Aroma is smoke, dark roasty malt, dark ripe fruit, and old leather. Taste is very similar to nose with just a hint of malt sweet. Body is good, smooth, soft and chewy with good carbonation. Finish is like flavor and of medium length. I prefer smoke beers with a milder smokieness, so I don't call this a session.

drpimento, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of rfgetz
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep black with cap of dark brown bubbles, gone rather quickly and minimal lacing. Scent leads with a strong smoke and chared grain profile, noted of bitter black coffee grinds on the back. When cold, taste is dominated by a strong, but not harsh meaty smoke. As it warms, other flavors, namely spent coffee grinds and a faint touch of dark cherry. Lingering char on the palate, full bodied and smooth, quite bubbly. A nice aggressive smoke profile that doesn't overpower, a good base beer unfortunately hidden too well.

rfgetz, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of armock
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Perry's Liquor in Livermore, CA

A - Poured a black color with a brown head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of nice smoked malt with a strong coffee presence

T - Like the nose starts out nice and smokey then the coffee come on strong and bitters things up

M - This beer has a medium body with pretty high carbonation to it

O - As a lover of smoked beers and a person that has to be in the right mood for a coffee beer this one works out really well for me I'm enjoying the blend of flavors probably couldn't drink more than the bomber in a sitting but its still very good and worth trying if you like smoked beers

armock, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of cokes
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jet black with a huge brown plume that only slowly ebbs, while leaving thick sheets of lace.
Autumn burn barrel nose, with some more humid smoky traits of campfire and peat. I love a good rauchbier, but most (if not all) of the deep, rich stout qualities are drowned out here.
It enters the mouth with a quick espresso burst. It shuffles towards dark chocolate and oatmeal, but then is obscured by smoke. Dry and ashen, with dry leaves, and fragrant cigar ashes. Its fades on the finish, leaving coffee grounds and bitter cocoa in its wake.
Fullish bodied, lowly carbonated, glassy textured, but non-cloying. Though it seems a touch thinner than the non-rauch version, which is likely a trick of the mind.
As a smoke-head, this is tremendously drinkable, with the smoke being a pronounced asset, yet not overwhelming completely. But the wonderful Beer Geek stout attributes are stifled quite a bit.

cokes, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of coachdonovan
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours jet black with some foam the color of caramel, mocha, and milky coffee. Aroma is peat, smoke, wet campfire, and a little bit of moldy chocolate. Here is a summary of collective taste descriptions:

oh my god this is so horrible
liquid smoke
tastes like burnt popcorn smells
ashy
hickory
smoked meat
like chewing on ash

I honestly didn't get any bacon out of this; certainly not as much as Schlenkerla. This certainly delivers the goods in terms of smokiness, but it wore me down in a hurry. Before the end of my half-bottle, I was 100% burned out. No pun intended.

coachdonovan, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of zeff80
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a one-finger, light brown head of bubbly foam. It left thin trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of smoke and bacon. Nice coffee notes, too.

T - It tasted of smoked meats with some bitter black coffee. There was a touch of burnt molasses, too.

M - It was crisp and smooth. Way too many floaties that make the last 2 onces a drain pour. Medium bodied.

O - This is a tasty smoked/coffee beer. The sediment at the end was a draw back. Too much age maybe?

zeff80, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of jpro
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber at CBX awhile back... Been looking forward to cracking this one.

A: Pours a deep black into a snifter; head is a dark, butter brown, about a thumb’s width; not much lace, though.

S: Sweet roasted malts; mesquite burned wood; some chocolate in the background. Ahhh, the smokiness...

T: Quite a bit of smoke on this one; roasty malts follow, with some citrus rind hops way in the back. Smoky.

M: Rich, velvety, full-bodied and smooth; lower carbonation, but there’s still some zing.

O: Smoked beers are polarizing, I think... but I’m in the crowd that loves ‘em - especially smoked porters and stouts. This is a nice, savory brew that I really enjoyed. Wish I had some for a campfire or a pulled pork dinner. Delicious.

jpro, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of Vancoubeer
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ok before I get into the details of this beer, I got this because of the hype I heard about the bacon flavor. I normally do not drink smoked beers. I'm just not into them. This beer however, blew me away.

The pour into my snifter was what I expected a two finger mocha colored head and a body that was black as night. What I expect for a stout from Mikkeller. The smell was good, however I got more smoke than bacon but I can tell why Mikkeller named it the Beer Geek Bacon for the European release. There is a hint of saltiness in the smell of the smoke. Let me add there is a really strong smoke scent. I did not get any coffee at all, which was listed as an ingredient. The taste however is where this beer takes it above the good rating I gave for the prior two categories. In the flavor you get the coffee on the middle of the mouth aftertaste once the initial smokiness fades away. Again the only notion of bacon is in the aftertaste, once swallowed. There is this salty flavor that is hard to define. The mouthfeel was dry dry dry and I found this to be exceptional for this type of beer. Overall this was an amazing beer. The overall experience of the beer improved as the beer warmed and I loved the complexity. Those not into smoke should stay away it is pretty profound but for an extreme beer lover, this was great and at 7.5 it hit the spot.

Vancoubeer, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of Strix
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black, huge brown frothy head, good looking stout.

Wood smoke and roasted coffee in the nose.

Tastes of smoked malt, campfire, and coffee. I get a little of the band-aid, but it doesn't bother me. I also get some chocolate milk, which blends quite nice with the smoke. I wasn't really getting any bacon from this, which is just fine, as I actually found Schlenkerla to be overly meaty.

Smooth mouthfeel, coats the mouth nicely. I did run into a strange congealed mass though, not sure what that is about.

The last rauchbier I tried kind of scared me off smoked beers, but I thought this blended in some smoked flavor nicely with more typical stout notes, and I enjoyed it.

Strix, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice smoked stout, noticeable charred but not too assertive, albeit best suited for those eager for that range.

Presentation: 500 ml brown capped bottle. Simple front label design, black Mikkeller branding with a column of smoke and the name resembling a slice of bacon. Includes a line noting the style and smoked character. Shows Alc. by Vol. (7.5%) Served into a snifter.

A - Black pour, with a nice brown 1/2" head, fair retention and surface memory with some good lacing.

S - Smoked sense full of roasted notes, bitter charred touch, hint of coffee pushed back again under the smoked roastness.

T - Taste is nicely smoked and roasted, good malty sense with a touch of coffee, hint of chocolate, smokey bitter finish.

M - Medium/full body with moderate carbonation, fairly smooth with a nice push from the smoked touch in the palate providing part of the fuller sense.

O - It is a nice smoked brew, slightly provocative but nothing mould breaking really.

Notes: A bit thinner than some of the other geek breakfast offerings but it is nicely balanced out by the smoked sense and it retains most of the underlying essence. The nose is slightly more provocative than the flavor but, all in al,l this is quite recommendable.

Daniellobo, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 -39%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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 +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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 +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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 -31.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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
Beer Geek Bacon from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 501 ratings.