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Beer Geek Bacon - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 531
Reviews: 253
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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Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed a while ago...from notes:

A: Nice black body with a tan pinky of head and some nice clingy lacing.

S: Very nice smoked meat and charred malt smell with chocolate and barley.

T: Wicked peat and charcoal malt. Like a dead wood fire in a glass, maybe a little overboard. Some of the meat comes through but really its all smoke and malt here.

M: Way smoky, medium feel, peat to the 9th.

Overall its a little much but interesting.

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

black is what came out of this bottle. Just retarded in how big it looked. No light escaping, in fact it sucked it in! A small head, maybe a qurter inch of dark brown rose up after a few minutes time, but mostly a very thick looking black beer.

The aroma was heaven. Rich chocolate and dark fruits melded together seemlessly. with a huge campfire like smoke note then percolating through but i was quite impressed with how it did not dominate. Really very rich and full, and easily one of the b =est smells I have come across. As it warmed some nice touches of molasses and woody notes start to dominate with a really intrsting bourbon smell in the back. again the smoke comes into play but soo nicely done i was quite imoressed. To taste this was like falling into a giant pillow. Rich and full with a woody, oak soaked, chocolate geyser of taste just exploding from the glass. Some burnt sugar notes, sweet lactose like flavors, and that really nice dark fruit tartness in the finish. Different then most other giant stouts, this one had a mind all its own.

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

(16.9oz bottle from Holiday Wine in SD). Pours dark brown with khaki head. Aroma is smoke, dark chocolate, and some light dark fruit. Taste follows suit with bitterness and a touch of malt sweetness. Medium bodied with oily texture. Bitter finish. Ok beer, but could use some sweetness.

Photo of Derek
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black with a tan head, good retention & lace.

S: Smells like a rauchbier (though not overpowering), with an underlying stout (licorice, black-strap molasses, hints of coffee & roasted nut).

T: It's just a smoked stout, though there does seem to be some crispy, almost burnt bacon flavour. Espresso, Dutch licorice, blackstrap molasses, roasted nut, solid bitterness, slight alcohol warmth.

M: Moderate body has some roasted acidity.

D: It's a good brew, just not spectacular.

This would be great around a campfire on a cool night.

Photo of Wisconsin93
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark chocolate-brown. Initial pour yielded a thick, creamy head, which reduced to a rich 1-finger copper-ish head.

S- Overpoweringly smokey. Notes of paprika, applewood. Moderate sweetness, almost maple syrup-y. You can definitely smell the bacon. A little salty, too.

T- Initial sweetness, lingering bitter smokiness that stays for awhile. Did i mention this beer is smokey?

M- Smmmoooth. Feels nice. Not too thick, not too thin. Drinks very nicely. I just wish it wasn't so smokey.

Overall, a solid beer. Perhaps - as far as stouts go - my palate is unrefined. If you like smoked beers, give this one a shot. If you don't, I'd save the ten bucks

Photo of zrab11
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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.

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.

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

Photo of cokes
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of coachdonovan
3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

Photo of zeff80
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
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?

Photo of jpro
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of Vancoubeer
4.7/5  rDev +23%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.43/5  rDev +16%
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.

Photo of Dawkfan
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of stakem
2.38/5  rDev -37.7%
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.

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.

Photo of dubinsky
2.86/5  rDev -25.1%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of mdaschaf
2.95/5  rDev -22.8%
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.

Photo of liamt07
4.28/5  rDev +12%
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.

Beer Geek Bacon from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 531 ratings.