Beer Geek Bacon - Mikkeller ApS

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523 Ratings
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Ratings: 523
Reviews: 252
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 70
Gots: 87 | FT: 10
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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.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Firkin in a snifter.

Appearance: Pitch black all the way through. A creamy beige head arrives intact and slowly fades to a ring. Spots of lace decorate the glass.

Smell: Tons of smoke and tobacco, lots of espresso, both of which almost squeeze out the roasted malt. A bit of dark fruits as it warms. My nose actually gets the sensation of cigarette smoke rising into it.

Taste: Roasted malt up front, quite dry, with almost no sweetness. A boiled off molasses taste, then tobacco and smoke. Lots of espresso throughout the sip. The finish is smokey with more espresso. A little too much smoke; I feel like I just smoked a cigarette while drinking a dopio espresso.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, slightly drying, and medium carbonation. Full body.

Drinkability: Let's sip this. With how much smoke is in here, there is no way this is doing anything but disappearing slowly.

Photo of punkrkr27
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Jet black pour with a big, frothy, brown head. Lots of espresso roasted coffee bean aroma with a healthy dose of dark chocolate, mild dark fruit notes and layers of hickory smoke and maple. The flavor is dark bitter coffee and semi-sweet chocolate with just a hint of raisins, dates and plums in the middle. The finish has lots of wood smoke with a tiny bit of maple sweetness and a kick of spicy noble hops at the end. Body is creamy but a little thin and aqueous with lots of soft carbonation.

Photo of MasterSki
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a Kuhnhenn tulip glass.

A - Pours with a thin dark tan foam that settles to a thin cap and thicker collar.The body is black with a glint of transparent brown at the fringes.

S - Smoke, campfire, dark chocolate, dark roasted grains, maybe a hint of hickory. This was smoky, but not overtly bacon-flavored like many Rauchbier's I've had.

T - A little bit sweeter in the cocoa department, smoked malt, and a bitter espresso finish. Surprisingly little hickory or other bacon-related flavors.

M - Surprisingly zesty carbonation, medium-full smooth body, sticky finish. Pretty standard, and while alcohol is well-hidden I thought this was a bigger beer.

D - Not bad, but I was surprised by how little this evoked bacon. It's just a smokier, smoother version of Beer Geek Breakfast. I heard it's more bacon-flavored on-tap, but I wouldn't bother with the bottles again. This was split four ways and that was about right for me.

Photo of Swimsum
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Consumed on 10/20/10

Pours out a nice thick looking black liquid. Huge head forms in my glass as the beer gets poured. When held up to the light, no light is able to penetrate the body. Head is a light chocolate milk color. The texture of the head is bubbly and foamy. It recedes slowly back into the liquid. A thin film floats on top for most of the session. No lacing is produced at all.

A lot of smoke right away. I believe some coffee is trying to fight its way though all the smoke but comes in small notes. There is also charred wood notes that come along with the smoke. The smell isn't overpowering though and there is also some sweetness that randomly comes out.

Much like the smell, smoke and wood dominate the taste. No real sweetness that I can detect. There is a bitterness that is left in the throat as the beer is swallowed. There is something off about the bitterness though, can't place my finger on it though, I just know I'm not a fan of it. As this opens up more roastiness comes out and the smokiness dies down.

Very thin, even watery at times sadly. Not very impressed here. Carbonation is present but it doesn't seem overly high that would lead to the thin feel, just don't think this is a very thick beer.

I'm not sure if I'd go for this again. I'm not a big fan of smoked beer and perhaps it just isn't for me. If you enjoy smoked beer I'd give this a go but it wasn't for me.

Photo of thecarster1
3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

a- bottle poured into a dogfish signature, thick syrupy pour creates two fingers tan very creamy head with great retention, deep black brown color, great looking brew - i feel like i want to garnish with a piece of crispy bacon!

s- a lot of smoke here as expected, and yes, bacon - smokey open fire roasted bacon, dark chocolate, black coffee.

t- thick, roasty, smokey - very, like a burnt dark chocolate coffee, it does have a big of creaminess as well. i do get the bacon in here as well, not as prevalent as the nose, but it's here. it's got a hit on the backend that makes this taste a lot stronger than 7.5%.

m- thick and full, creamy.

d- not the greatest, this one shouldn't be challenging my palate, but it kind of is, it's a sipper for sure.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.7/5  rDev +23%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a-Poured a stunning oil black with a thick creamy chocolatey head into my oversized snifter. This is far and away the creamiest looking head I've ever seen. Looks almost chocolate milkshake like.

s-Smokey greasy bacon. My mouth is literally watering. I've had a few smoked beers and this one really captures a bacon smoke...absolutely awesome. In the background there is a bit of band aide type of thing going on.

t-Unreal. The flavor also catches that smokey bacon vibe. Roasted malts and a bit of chocolate, but overall smokey delicious bacon in a glass. As it warms some dark fruit comes out as well.

m-Mouth is smooth and the brew is medium bodied. A bit watery, but not overly so that it detracts from the beer.

d-Smooth and creamy, but still a wonderfully balanced smoked brew. Not too filling. Really amazing brew, but not something you'd drink a ton of, but I really LOVED this one.

Photo of callmemickey
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep black--brown body with a decent sized khaki cap. Good retention but only spotty lacing.

S: Nice roasted/smoked aromas. Coffee, generic roasted malts, and of course the fucking bacon. Seriously, just opening the bottle made my kitchen smell like I was cooking breakfast and had a pot of coffee going.

T: Bacon, coffee, smoke, roasted malts, a bit of dark chocolate, and a general roasted grainyness. Quite delicious. More so than expected.

M: Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Could be a bit smoother on the palate.

D: Truly a unique brew that I enjoyed much more than I expected to.

Photo of bigfnjoe
2.9/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- pours jet black with a one finger brown head that fades rather quickly. Lacing is alright.

S- lots of coffee, and *tons* of that smoky flavor you'd expect from the title. I actually...don't like the way they jive as much as I thought I would, but it's still nice.

T- this is actually...kind of disgusting. The smoke is overwhelming, and the coffee is a background flavor. I didn't expect it to be this over the top.

M- thick, but not syrupy. Very nice

D- not a fan. Waaay too smoky for my tastes

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

On tap at ChurchKey.

A - Nice black beer with a brown head that rose up about a finger and receded to a tight ring. Just a few spots on the side, but mostly left the glass clean.

S - A great rauch smell on top of the coffee and char. Coffee is still present, but the smoke adds a new depth to this beer that wasn't there before. Great bacon and grease smell, the fiancee' at the time (now wife) even liked it.

T - Also had this out of the bottle, and this is a ton better. Smoke and bacon are amazing, but not so dominant that you still miss out the coffee. Little bit of burnt cocoa and the roasted malts are still strong. This is very enjoyable.

M - Good carbonation and full bodied, still manages to be smooth and enjoyable.

D - This is a great beer (on tap) that I had to get a second pour of. Great stuff.

Photo of clickpush
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour 500ml bottle to tulip. Beautiful black body topped by large mocha colored head. Sticky slow descent. Like looking into the abyss and having Jesus look back. "Gorges."
Nose: Chocolate meets rauch... or should I say "meats"? Reminiscent of barbecue meets whiskey meets Hershey.
Mouth: surprisingly roasty flavor, swallow increases the bitter roastiness. Bacon/smoke flavor comes through in the back of the tongue. Burnt toast flavor. Perhaps more roasted bitterness than is enjoyable. Chocolate plays a big part.
MF: Chalky, dry & tannic. Tastes of oats & chocolate balance w/ the smoke for breakfast flavor.

Photo of BieresDesMoines
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black with a very small head (if I swish the snifter) this however does leave some lacing, surprisingly enough. The aroma is sweet smoked bacon with some coffee, and plenty of roastiness. I didn't detect much for hops at all in the aroma of this beer which is why I am surprised that the beer has as much fruity hop character in the flavor as it does. The flavor is of course dominated by sweet smoked bacon and cocoa with some nice fresh roasted coffee. The finish is remarkably clean, and for a beer with this much going on that's really saying something. Just a really tasty beer.

Photo of nrbw23
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a pitch black color with a very nice foamy brown head. Head has pretty good retention then fades to a layer of bubbles. Head leaves some nice lacing too.

S- Smell is malt dominated. Burnt toast, coffee, chocolate and smoke.

T- Definite roasted malt, heavy coffee with some light charcoal notes. The smoke is here but its fairly light.

M- Medium in body and lighter side in carbonation.

D- Pretty good brew, just the smoke taste makes this one a bit on the harder side for me to drink.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to StormKing47 for this brew. 500ml bottle into my Stone IRS snifter.

A: Very dark brown, practically black with a tan head, not quite an inch that recedes to a cap of bubbles. Excellent lacing on the sides of the glass. Completely opaque.

S: Coffee and smoke, big notes of smoked malts. Has a surprisingly noticeable hop note as well a bit of citrus is thrown in the mix as well. Definitely a smoked beer, has some nice notes of campfire and bacon.

T: Excellent coffee flavors that are without a doubt enhanced by the smoke. Smoke adds a nice intensity to the coffee and chocolate. Has the characteristics of bacon and ham too. Finishes long and sweet with a perfect amount of bitterness to keep things in check. Smoke is a bit more subtle than I had expected, but it is definitely there and complements everything nicely. Very enjoyable.

M: Carbonation is a bit high, body of the beer is thick and heavy, but the high carbonation detracts from the overall profile.

D: I don't think you'd want to drink a lot of it, but it is definitely an easy sipper, and incredibly robust for a 7.5% stout. I really like the way the smoke adds to the coffee in the beer, does a lot to enhance it. Very enjoyable beer.

Photo of corby112
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, deep dark brown color that appears pitch black in the glass. Completely opaque without even the slightest hint of lighter color when held to a light source and a frothy three finger mocha colored head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the glass with large chunks of soapy lacing.

Very smokey malt aroma with hints of silky chocolate malt, roasted coffee/espresso bean, oatmeal and burnt toast complimenting the usual smoke/rauchbier notes. Hints of campfire, butane, ash, charcoal and BBQ bacon. The smokiness in the aroma isn't as extreme as I had hoped but it's still pretty intense.

Chewy medium body with a very bitter, roasty smoked malt flavor that dominates throughout into a long dry finish. This beer is also surprisingly hop forward adding to the roasty bitterness. Silky chocolate malt and a creamy lactic presence add balance to the smokiness. I'm also picking up hints of oatmeal roasted coffee bean, burnt toast and toffee. Again, as in the aroma, it's not as intensely smokey as I expected but the usual burnt malt, charcoal, bacon, BBQ and charred notes are still evident.

Overall, this beer is more well balanced than I prefer for this style but the surprising hop character is quite nice.

Photo of aasher
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The name definitely drew me to this one. I'd been wanting to try this for awhile and was lucky enough to find a bottle at LUSH in Chicago. It's like motor oil in both consistency and color. It has a two finger dark, dark creamy khaki head. The aromas are rich and malty. It's smoky but not as smoky as I thought it would be. It has an element of smoked wood, like cedar. It smells more like a smoked baltic porter than an imperial stout. It has the light sweetness of a baltic and lacks the true coffee presence of a stronger stout. The aromas are highly appealing altogether. The taste however is disappointing, coming from the way the beer smells. It's kind of bland. The smoked wood flavor comes through in the aftertaste. I wish there was more of this while you were actually drinking it. The more drinks I take from the glass the more I can see the bacon aspect. It's very rich and has nice roasted accents. It grows with every taste, kind of like hickory smoked bacon. It's drinkable but it could've been more, could've been better. It's drinkable for the product but it's too pricey to really try again. I'm glad I found it.

Photo of hardy008
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark black with a dark brown two finger head. Has decent retention, and a little lacing. The aroma has chocolate, coffee, smoked malt, but no bacon. The smoke is not as strong as I had hoped.

The first thing I tasted was the smoked malt, followed by coffee and chocolate. The smoke is not as strong in this beer, as it is in other smoked beers. There is nothing in the flavor which suggests bacon, or any other smoked meat. Still a nice beer, but a little disappointing.

Medium to full bodied with a bitter aftertaste and mild carbonation. This beer does not have as much of the smoky, or bacon flavor as I had hoped, which is disappointing. I am still glad I had a chance to try this.

Photo of DaveHS
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours charcoal black with 2 inches of sticky mocha colored head that leaves substantial sticky lacing.

S-Smoked malts, coffee, bitter dark chocolate.

T/M-Oats, bitter, earthy hops, roasted malts, a touch of sharp acidity on the back end. Not as smoky as something like Schlenkerla, but pretty solid.

D-One bottle is enough to get the idea.

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

A: Pours deep brown/black, capped by two fingers of frothy, mocha colored head. Retention is good as it settles slowly, leaving light lacing down the glass.

S: Strong smokey presence up front with some light bacon notes, followed by roasted malts, bakers chocolate and some dark cherries lurking in the background. The smoke is assertive but not overwhelming, very well done with that characteristic.

T: Smoke builds on the front end before giving way to roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and some distinct bacon on the mid-palate. Flavors integrate well on the backend, leading to a roasty, chocolatey bacon finish.

M: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation, velvety smooth.

D: The smoke is dialed in very well and doesn't detract from the drinkability. I was expeceting a little more with the bacon factor, but it's still good.

Photo of bringonthehops
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11/14/2010:

-- popped and poured -
-- tasted non-blind over 90 minutes -

NOSE: slightly smoked coffee chocolate malt Nose; expressive

BODY: pours sludgy, with a long-lasting chocolate malt head; pitch black; medium-full bodied - actually, it's considerably lighter on the palate than the motor oil viscosity I was expecting.

TASTE: this practically tastes like coffee-beer; in actuality, it's a smoked oatmeal stout; very roasted on the palate with some cement on the finish; the smoke comes through only a very little bit --- this is nothing like the famed Schenkerla brews; there's really nothing elegant about this 7.5% abv. beer, so don't bother with it if that's what you're looking for. So, do I like this beer? Yes. Do I think it's worth it's $10 for 17oz? No. Would I drink it if somebody offered it to me? Happily.

Photo of dlmccabe1
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I didn't love this beer as much as I had hoped. It had a very strong burnt, smokey aroma with a sharp almost biting alcohol smell. For an oatmeal stout, I thought that the flavors were a little bit sharp, not as mellow as something akin to a Sam Smith. I realize they're meant to be different, but it's an oatmeal stout to oatmeal stout comparison.

This beer was smokey from start to finish from texture to mouthfeel. It was very different than anything I had tasted to this point and it's very unique. Worth picking up a bottle, but for $12+, it won't become an everyday staple for me.

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

Bottle to snifter.

A: Pitch black, no light is passing through. No amber around the edges of the glass. Thick creamy head - dark mocha color.

S: Roasted malts. A lot of coffee upfront and little smokiness. I also notice some sweet smelling fruit and maybe some brown sugar, sort of a molasses smell. As it warmed up, this aroma became more pronounced. You'll definitely want to drink this at around 50'F or 9'C, at least.

T: Roasted barley, and some sweetness. Coffee, plum, and that brown sugar note. Mild hop bitterness on the backend. The flavors are all about the coffee and malts.

M: Medium to fuller body, but it feels only slightly loose (not watery at all). There's a little be of mouth coating that lingers a bit. Some noticeable carbonation. Very smooth.

D: Very nice beer. It's smooth and it has some nice malt characteristics. This can bee slugged back pretty well.

Photo of charlzm
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed November 28th in a Triple Petrus tulip. Bottle labeled "Rauch Geek Breakfast".

Presentation: extremely deep brown with no highlights. Creamy three finger tan head erupts immediately. Head subsides in a few minutes to a very thin layer of foam, leaving behind a great deal of sheeting.

Rich aroma: dark roasted malts mingle with nearly ashy smoke.

Proper oatmeal stout flavor: Rich. Lactic note. Cocoa maltiness is surprisingly subtle and is offset by a note of very slight citric sourness. Some fairly agreeable ashy smoke mingled in there as well. Bitter at the end.

Creamy texture.

A bit too much sourness for me, but otherwise a fine beer. If Mikkeller lost the twang and focused a little more on the oatmeal, malt and smoke, this would be a world-beater.

Photo of prototypic
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rauch Geek Breakfast pours an onyx color. Looks pitch black with no light getting through at the edges. It's capped with a very dark mocha colored head. It stands about two fingers tall, and is slow to recede. Lacing was very sticky, and moderate in volume.

The nose is good. Bittersweet dark chocolate kicks it off and resonates throughout. Roasted coffee is rather prominent in the mix. There is an interesting smoky scent that really works well. I'm not getting much in terms of bacon. That's a little disappointing, but the overall smell is too good to dwell on it. It smells a little acrid. There's a faint herbal scent, in addition to light dark fruit. Alcohol is masked well.

The flavor is quite good. The nose is very representative of the flavor. Bittersweet dark chocolate leads the charge. The malt base is incredibly flavorful. There's also a hint of roasted malts. Roasted coffee/espresso follows and complements the malt bill extremely well. The smoked flavor is very noticeable, and works well. I'm still not getting bacon, but I'm not too miffed. This is tasty stuff. Light dark fruit is noted on the tail. It's a little tangy. Alcohol isn't noticeable. Finishes smoky!

Rauch Geek Breakfast has a body that's on the heavy side of medium. It's very creamy and smooth. Carbonation is dialed down nicely! Drinkability is quite high. The smoked flavor limits it a tad, but it goes down rather easy for smoky beer.

In the hierarchy of Mikkeller's Geek beers, Rauch Geek Breakfast is my least favorite (thus far). It's damn tasty beer and shows just how strong Mikkeller's roster is. I like the smoky flavor, but it's not something I'd want all the time. I would've like a little bit of bacon in the nose and flavor, but it's still good beer. If you can handle smoky beers, check this one out. It's not Mikkeller's best in the Geek line, but it still Rauchs.

Photo of Bighuge
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black bodied beer with a thick, dense, hefty brown head supported on top. Retention is outstanding as is lacing. Nice aroma of smoke, char, tobacco, chocolate and roast. Char hits the palate first. Then dark chocolate, tobacco juice, leather and greasy bacon. Very good all around. A little acridness, but fitting for the style. Actually some sweet malt underneath all the roast and chocolate that peeks its head out once in a while. Lot of character as usual with Mikkeller.

Photo of TexIndy
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a tulip glass. No dating info but got from fresh shipment to South Bay drugs so it's fresh and well handled. Pitch black in color. Had a large brown head that slowly settled into a thick collar and film. Lots of quick sliding lace with some sticking.

The aroma was coffee, smoke, vanilla similar to barrel aging and some alcohol. Not really getting much bacon. A little disappointed with the aroma as wanted to more smoke and bacon but still good. The taste follows the aroma with more of the coffee showing thru and a bit more of the smoky flavor as well. Good but again little disappointed. Mouthfeel was thick and creamy. Good carb and aftertaste.

Overall, a good ImpStout but was hoping for some more rauchbier elements in it. Maybe a little aging would have toned down the vanilla and allowed other elements to shine through. Recommend if you can easily find. Not avail in TX so got from Ummagum. Rotation - glad I tried it but one is enough [N;O]

Beer Geek Bacon from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 523 ratings.