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Beer Geek Bacon - Mikkeller ApS

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86
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533 Ratings
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Ratings: 533
Reviews: 255
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 14.14%
Wants: 69
Gots: 90 | FT: 10
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bark on 07-02-2010

A smoked version of the Beer Geek Breakfast.

Brewed at Nøgne Ø.
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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
3.78/5  rDev -1%
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
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
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
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Photo of tobelerone
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I like rauch beers in general and this beer a lot; wish it was a bit less pricey and I could buy it more often. Not always in the mood but when I am this one hits the spot. Very black with a big brown head that sticks around. Lacing is good. The nose is a mixture of smoke, roasted malt, coffee. The smoke isn’t overpowering here or in the tasting; in fact it’s very well balanced for this style, with a subtle bacony flavor underneath the coffee. A little smoky peat but not anything that detracts from the other flavor notes. Oaky, malty, bittersweet chocolate, vague maple bacon hints underneath it all. Complex and delicious. Fairly thick, slightly coating in the mouth. Smooth and a little oily. Satisfying feel. This isn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea and I wouldn’t want it everyday but it sure hits the spot when the mood strikes. One is going to be enough unless you’re a rauch freak. Had this last on a cold mountain evening with a platter of smoked and unsmoked cheeses, nice crackers, and charcuterie.

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

My wife bought this at the Foodery in Philadelphia for me birthday. I poured from the 1 pint 9 fluid ounce bottle into an all-American pint glass. Darkness to the point of opacity with a thick tan head. If you are enjoying this for breakfast you will wake up and smell the coffee but the smoky notes were subdued. But wait, get a mouthful and there they are. Delicious roasty smoky goodness. A lovely balance of the coffee, stout and smoke swimming in the chewy but not=quite-thick lay on the tongue. I found a certain peatyness reminiscent of a single malt Scotch. Lovely.

Photo of phichifiji00
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Black with 1-2 fingers of very thick tan head that fades slowly over about 3-5 minutes. Lots of lacing.

Smell: Smoked malt, chocolate, oak, coffee.

Taste: Smoky, oak, chocolate, vanilla,coffee somewhat acidic.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, creamy, very thick, oily.

Overall: Another great coffee stout. The smoked element overpowers much of the coffee, but is reigned in a bit by the oatmeal's creaminess.

Photo of soze47
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drinking this from a no-stem red wine glass. I've loved the other Beer Geek stouts and have also been trying more smoked beers lately. Looking forward to seeing how the two marry.

Appearance: Lots of head on this, nice and milk chocolate brown. It fades quickly into a strong black colored, yet very fluid body. Not a lot of lacing. Very pretty and inviting.

Aroma: No sweet tones here. I get thick coffee, cocoa powder, and BBQ smoke like hickory or mesquite wood. Smokey for sure, but almost bitter to the nose.

Taste: The taste is a bit of a surprise to me. Nothing sweet at all, just like the nose. The smoked BBQ flavors that hold a faint unctuousness at first quickly get swallowed by the same flavors the aroma promised. Almost like bacon that is really well cooked and almost burned.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Light bodied for the style, yet very powerful flavors are at play. Not sure how drinkable I think this guy is due to the almost burnt qualities in the smoke/stout flavors mix. However, the body helps keep this one from laying down heavily on the tongue.

Overall: Not sure how much I like this brew. It may just be that I would have preferred this beer to have a little more malty sweetness in play to help balance the very bitter coffee/cocoa and heavy smoke flavors.

Photo of zaphodchak
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2 fingers of chocolatey head, creamy. Opaque brown body with good lace.

Nose has cocoa, smoke, and woody character.

Taste is oaty and thick, pretty bitter with a good helping of smoke.

Very fine carbonation, grainy texture.

I wish this were sweeter and richer. mostly a bitter oatmeal stout with some smoke-- I was expecting more.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.58/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had as Rauch Geek Breakfast, which is labeled an Oatmeal Stout. Whatever. Strong, smoky aroma has tones of coffee, molasses and hickory. It pours a deep, nearly black, opaque sable with a very thick and fine-bubbled dark tan head. As for the flavor - imagine drinking a high-quality mocha that's been spiked. Now add a generous helping of hickory smoke and pinches of nutty, caramel and licorice flavors. Full-bodied texture has a strong fizz and leaves behind a firm, persistent tingle. Catch this one while you can!

Photo of pmarlowe
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tulip glass.

Pours black with ample, compact, and very dark brown head. Diminishes to a thin film and ring; overall, solid retention and minimal lacing. Has a smokey and roasted character which reminds me of barbecued meat. Taste is similarly smokey and roasted, with a slight undertone of vanilla. Carbonation is medium-high, a bit too high for the style. Medium bodied. Overall, this is a decent example of a roasty/smokey stout, pretty light on the coffee (considering coffee was added) and non-existent chocolate presence.

Photo of musicman575
2.8/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Looked like pouring espresso out of the bottle. The head (1.5 inch) developed like a brown, carbonated crema.

A confusing thing to sniff at. The mix of coffee, heavily roasted, smoked, bright, carmely, leathery malt is overwhelming. My wife says she smells a hint of balsamic vinegar. It almost has the odor of burnt transmission fluid. In fact it smells very similar to may dad, who is a mechanic that drinks 2 pots of coffee a day. Ooh, it leaves a pretty little lacing on the side of the glass too. Oh wait, little bits of a collagen-like substance stick to the sides of the glass (even poured in two different glasses to make sure I wasn't seeing things).

*new hair follicle sprouts between my eyebrows*

What is the difference between a hop bitterness and a coffee bitterness? I can't tell in this beer. Wherever it comes from, it lingers for a little bit. There is a sweetness that is similar to a spoonful of sugar and a splash of cream that kinda takes the edge off. Actually, there aren't a lot of edges, just a lot of charred flavors that aren't subtle. The way all of the flavors mix isn't very good to me at this time.

Photo of elNopalero
4.63/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I picked up a bottle of Mikkeller Rauch Geek Breakfast on a trip to the bay area. (Aside: had it been called Beer Geek Bacon I would have never had it, as I’m a vegetarian! Glad they changed the name.) Had it on draught once and it was transcendent. But will I still think the same after trying it from the bottle?

Poured into a tulip. It looks amazing. A centimeter of head that dies down into a dense layer of foam. Lacing. The beer itself is opaque, like dark chocolate or espresso beans. And the aroma!
The roasty, smoky aroma! I salivate in anticipation!

From the first sip I’m loving it. The smoke comes through and I can’t get enough of it. There’s a lingering finish. It’s sharp, dry, and delicious. I may just have to get another one of these, and soon.

Photo of applestash
3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

Poured out of a bottle into a tulip. Small black globules blobbed out with the brew. My imagination? Took a sip felt the gelatinous anomalies slide past my lips and get caught in my teeth. Gross. A heartbroken drainpour.

Second try:
I received a replacement bottle!

This time, the globs were less prevalent and I just decided to stick it out. I have no idea how this might have an effect on the rest of the beer, but here goes:

A: dark as all hell. decent head.

A: smoky, coffee, not as sweet as the other geek breakfasts.

T: smoky, drier than other bgbs. aw heck, there are little oily blobs in my mouth!

m: already addressed this.

bummer! i love the concept, but it was surprisingly light in body and lacked richness and balance. mostly, though, it was the texture. it was like "beer geek tapioca", or "retirement home breakfast."

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1pt .9oz bottle poured into a Guinness goblet.

A: Pours with an oily, sludgy consistency. Deep black with a huge brown head. Great retention. Imposing in appearance.

S: Lots of woody campfire smoke. However, although smoke is the main attraction here, it shares the spotlight nicely with aromas of coffee, caramel, vanilla, dark chocolate, and vague tart darkfruit.

T: Quick, sharp spike of citric hops hit the tip of the tongue. Vague, slightly tart darkfruit again. Deep smokey tastes are dominant, but concede just enough to let rich tastes of coffee share the mid-palate. Coffee tastes are bitter and slightly acidic; no cream and sugar, just straight black coffee. Oats lend a light starchiness. Bitter dark chocolate comes out toward the end. Finishes with bitter coffee and smoke.

M: Slick but creamy. You can tell there are oats in this one. On the heavier side of medium bodied. Creamy.

O: Very good. My favorite of the "Beer Geek" series so far.

Notes: This beer is able to deliver a hefty dose of smoked malts while still maintaining good complexity and layering of flavors. Easily one of the better smoked beers I've had.

Photo of OldPenguinHunter
4.44/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this as my nightcap after a nice steak. Dessert of Gorgonzola dolce, speck, walnuts and apples. oh yes.

A: Dark, black/brown. A one finger head that disappeared into the oily blackness of this beer.
S: Smoke, bacony, liquorice, sweet malt, burnt red meat.
T: Very complex, smokey, bitter, and lovley.
M: A battle between viscous and dry, odd, but interesting.

O: Overall, it took me the whole bottle and a bunch of input from tasting friends to really try to understand what this beer is. We are still trying to... Maybe a little more age on it and it might gain a bit more harmony. Still this beer is goin places!

Photo of antlerwrestler19
3.21/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just from the image on the bottle of rising smoke I know this beer is going to portray just that.
Pours oily black with an immense frothy mocha head that fades back down ever so slowly leaving little lacing that follows the head - small head retains itself atop the beer keeping it looking nice. Instant smell of sour smoke and charred meat - deep dark chocolaty malts present. Taste is campfire smoke (if it could be bottled and consumed) and it truly does remind the tastebuds a bit of bacon in a funky way - also flavors of bitter chocolate (mostly in aftertaste, also a spice to it). The feel is smooth, but not thick, just creamy. It leaves a bitter, and dare I say, sour bite on the back of the tongue. This beer developed further as it warmed up but I'm still getting used to the smoked beers so hopefully I can revisit this in the future and enjoy more than I did.

Cheers

Photo of Duff27
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Healthy pour yields half and half beer/foam. Head is a very dark tan color, beer itself is black. Wow, really good head retention and lacing!

S- Mild but noticeable smokiness.

T- Oatmeal stout turns to straight smoke. Bacony. Yum. Slight coffee. OMG mouth watering.

M- Nice and creamy. Medium to medium-low carbonation.

D/O- Extreme beer here, I'd like to think anyone who buys this knows what they are getting into and therefore enjoys what they taste. Bacon smoke in a higher ABV oatmeal stout defines it perfectly. Will have this at least a few more times before its all said and done.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a dark brown head. In the aroma, sweet oatmeal, roasty, and campfire like. In the taste, a nice sweetness of oatmeal, and a nice roast, with a smokey flavor sneaking up halfway through and hanging in there till the end. A small bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry smokiness in the aftertaste. Nice roast and small smoke, not too much smoke either, very well done.

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

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. It pours black and is opaque when held to the light. 1/2 inch mocha colored head forms reducing to a nice over-the-top lacing. Some sludge is present at the bottom.

The aroma has a quick oatmeal and dark chocolate component which is then matched with a smoke and dark fruitiness.

The taste seems to have more upfront smoke with a semi-sweet chocolate overall taste. A bit of oatmeal and a light hopping is also present. an oak and smoke taste remains at the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a chalky finish. Lightly carbonated and a mildly lingering dryness. Quite smooth with a unique smoky bite.

Overall, this is a very good beer. I think it could be tricky to have more than one due to the intensity, which is also what makes it great. It is good enough that I would definitely have another, with that being said. Very nice beer.

Beer Geek Bacon from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 533 ratings.