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Beer Geek Bacon - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 545
Reviews: 257
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 70
Gots: 92 | FT: 10
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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 oregonskibum
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a snifter glass.

A: Color is black to a dark, deep brown along the edges. Pours with a thick (1+ inch), thick tan, bordering on mocha head.

S: First impression - campfire in a glass. Lots of smoke up front. Some roasted malts and faint coffee. Earthy.

T: Not surprisingly, the smoke continues to dominate the early part of the taste. Coffee shows up mid taste with some bitter chocolate flavors. Finish is long, slighly bitter, gradually returning to some faint smokey notes.

M: Full bodied, although not oily or cloying. Moderate carbonation. A slight amount of heat on finish.

D: A little outside of my style preference (due to the smoke), this is still smooth and enjoyable to drink. Another solid variation on Mikkeller's solid breakfast beer.

Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a finger high creamy mocha head that has good retention properties and never completely faded away.
S: The smell is moderately strong and has aromas of smoke are present in the nose along with notes of roasted malts and coffee beans.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell--a light smokiness stands out in particular and is accompanied by flavors of roasted malts and coffee. There is a light amount of bitterness, which particularly stands out in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied, creamy and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink because the smoky flavors and bitterness are not overpowering and the alcohol is well hidden.

Photo of woosterbill
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into a Birra del Borgo tulip. Thanks to Chris for sharing this one.

A: Black body, creamy brown head. Nice.

S: Sharp smoke, and nothing but campfire; maybe some lightly medicinal notes. Ok.

T: Sweet + smoky. Dry finish simple and tasty.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Not an especially compelling beer, as the dominant smoke isn't really all that special; still, it gets the job done effectively enough. Mikkeller beers can be so hit and miss that I'm always both excited and hesitant about trying a new one, but this particular beer left me surprisingly ambivalent. I wouldn't pay for a bottle of my own, but it's worth trying.


Photo of Gtreid
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pretty much black. Some light tan edges rim the glass.

A: Coffee and smoke are prominent. Get a good dose of chocolate and roasted malt as well. Not too much bacon in the nose.

T: I do get bacon in the taste, but it may just be more of the smoke flavor than anything else. More coffee, chocolate, and roast. The smoke really eats up most of the underlying flavors that typically make up an American Double Stout.

M: Heavy body, thick and chewy. Good levels of carbonation.

O: I liked the beer. I thought the smoke was a little overpowering at times, and I wish the bacon could have been stronger. Nonetheless, a pretty soild offering, but not one I would want to have too many of. Skal.

Photo of HeyItsChili
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I picked up this bottle during my spring break sojourn to Charleston, my beloved old home. I had to stop by the Charleston Beer Exchange and get a couple selections.

A - Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Pours black and substantial, opaque, with a tightly foamed, creamy dark khaki head.

S - The aroma is dominated by a cocoa-coffee-earthy stout aroma with a slight hint of hops. There is a wee bit of smokiness but not as much as comes through in the taste.

T - Smokey, with a slightly bitter burnt carbon edge that plays well with the present hops. There's a chalky cocoa flavor here alongside typical stouty notes.

M - Fantastic. Velvety smooth and viscous.

Photo of codsmith
4.92/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Black with a huge light brown head that sticks around throughout the entire beer

Smell - Sweet & smokey bacon and malt aroma are very apparent. It really smells like breakfast in a glass

Taste - Very rich and full of flavor. You can taste everything you smell. The oatmeal is apparent in the taste , but not in the smell and makes for a very nice smooth transition. It finishes sweet, but the aftertaste leaves a very nice smokey flavor in your mouth that lingers for a good long time.

Mouthfeel - Incredibly smooth and creamy that goes down uber easy. Let it breath a little and the carbonation go down.

Drinkability - AMAZING BEER! Its perfect if you like oatmeal stouts, bacon and rauch (smoke) beers.

Photo of andrewinski1
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Bendurgin for cracking this one. Love the Breakfast and the Brunch, so I expect to love this one too. Poured into a tulip. Huge 3 finger head dissipates and leaves a bit of sticky lacing. The head rentention is minimal but solid. The head is the beautiful color of mocha.

Nice aroma of roasted malts and a good amount of campfire aroma. The smokyness is well integrated so not to overpower.

The taste is nicely balanced. The bitter roasted flavors start out and continue towards the finish where they balance out perfectly with the smoked flavor. There is just a hint of coffee flavor in the finish, and the coffee is well done. I love the way Mikkeller brews with coffee; it's the best.

The mouthfeel is pretty smooth and creamy. The body is relatively light. Very good for a strong stout.

Great great beer. I rased through my serving. Delicious and recommended. The balance between all the flavors is amazing.

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

Huge thanks to Grant for just casually throwing this bad boy in a recent trade. Pours black into my tulip with about an inch of creamy looking dark mocha head. It settles down to thin runny lace.

Real nice balance between smoke and roasty coffee flavors is damn near perfect. Nice dark roasted coffee aroma with a good smokey finish. Very well balanced. A little bit of char flavor to this, smokey wood flavors and a nice coffee flavor to round it out.

For an oatmeal stout I kind of think the feel could be a little smoother. It's kind of light and the carbonation is a bit coarse. Drinkable beyond belief though. Real good beer. Only downside is that it is a bit on the warm side.

Photo of Vonerichs
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black and opaque in color with a thin covering of cinnamon and persistent head.

The smell is stale coffee grounds and smoke, with a touch of chocolate.

Thankfully, the stale coffee grounds just translated into coffee in the flavor. The smoke is present, but not dominating. The chocolate is light. It leaves a bitter taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is moderately thick and creamy, with low carbonation.

Drinkability is slightly above average. I did enjoy the smoke aspect to this, but not to the point where I'd have more than one. An interesting beer to try, though.

Photo of HopHead84
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5


On tap at Churchill's in a snifter.

A: Black and thick with a fast fading small creamy light brown cap.

S: Big beachwood and applewood bacon smoke profile, it's all consuming. There's some chocolate and coffee beneath, but they're really overshadowed. Smells good, but sort of one note. A little char in there.

T: The beachwood smoke is a little less powerful, but it's still the strongest characteristic. Coffee is evident, accompanying bitter dark chocolate and a moderate roasted malt profile. I get a dash of molasses. Pretty dry, no real sweetness. Booze is pretty well hidden.

M: Full in body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is dry, astringent, and sticky. Some warming is noticeable.

Overall: I wouldn't care to drink it again, but not bad.

Photo of oregone
3.21/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Looks solid. Pours seemingly viscous with a small head of cream carbonation settling to thick lacing. Very dark stuff with some maroon highlights when held to light.
S: Heavy campfire. If you're looking for smoke (and if you're drinking this you'd better be) here it is. Some burnt malt notes and sharp peat.
T: Pretty straight forward. Nothing wrong here, but really driven by a stale smoke/burnt flavor. It's interesting, but for a 'smoked brew', not particularly enticing or on point. I like, but want more depth. Ideally this would have some more sweetness to round ou the acrid flavor and texture or be thinner and less aggressive to lend itself towards a quaffable brew.
M: Very thin for a purportedly imperial stout. More like a smoked porter. If you leave aside stylistic guidelines, this fairs slightly better. Light-medium mouthfeel with a refreshing carbonation that seems to exacerbate the smokiness and lends little to what I'd like to see here and in the taste; some sweet malt to balance the acrid flavor and thin/harsh texture.
D: I could actually drink a fair bit of this if I enjoyed it more. Not a bad brew, and interesting in its pointed smokiness. It drinks much lighter than it is, and I'd actually give it a higher drinkability rating if I wasn't confident that the smokiness would become even more tiresome.

Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into my Stone RIS glass. It poured black in color with a modest, tan head to it. The head faded, but left some decent lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a good dose of smoke to it. It has a bit of a roasty, burnt, campfire like quality to it. I get some sweeter, chocolate notes to it as well, which give it a smoother quality. Pretty nice smoky aroma overall.

The taste has a lot of the smoke to it throughout the flavor. At first it's more roasty and bitter, but towards the finish I get some dark chocolate to it. The smoke lingers after the finish for a while. Nice smoke flavor overall.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being moderate. Drinkability was good, I thought it was a very nice smoked beer. It had a big smoky, campfire like flavor to it, but was also pretty smooth and drinkable. Very enjoyable beer overall, and a solid beer all around.

Photo of jefferz5000
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another brew from a74gent! This one took me a while to get around to as well, but I finally did this evening. Thanks buddy!

Pours a lovely oily black, producing a thick, very dark head. Looks great.

Aroma is of ashy smoke, crispy bacon and bitter dark coffee.

The taste is good, but the bitterness is a bit overwhelming. The smoke is pretty well done, and while I do get a bit of bacon, it's not quite as meaty as a true rauchbier (I know it's not supposed to be one, but hey, RAUCH is in the name). It's more of an ashy smoke. As it warms, the bacon does start to come through more. Still, the bitterness of the coffee is a bit of a turn off.

Feels pretty good in the mouth. Slick with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good. After a minute or two of not taking a sip, the bitterness in your mouth is pretty apparent. It's definitely a rich brew.

I like this beer, I just wish it were a LITTLE bit smoother and the coffee less bitter. Tasty, none the less. (But my mom didn't like it)

Photo of Phelps
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

One-finger ginger colored head atop a dark, deep burgundy. It fizzles away lickety-split, leaving a very thin, lingering ring.

So, so smoky in the nose. Bacon, pork, campfire smoke in the front and light, roasty coffee in the back. Meaty, salty. Yum.

The flavor is exactly the same as the aroma. Bacon! The acrid smoke builds upon the bitterness. Dark chocolate and espresso also make appearances. It's a little tangy.

Very light carbonation, with a medium, smooth body. Very subtle alcohol in nose. Not too bitter.

I likes my smoke and I likes my Beer Geek Breakfast. This one is good -- better than the standard Beer Geek, but not quite up to the level of the weasel.

Photo of 100floods
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Trappist. Menu had this beer under "Rauch Geek Breakfast". Described as an oatmeal stout.

Thick, black hue with a tan head turning on bronze. SUPER smokey aroma. I'm talking like camp fire smoke. There's also some notes of sweet malt that is comparable to smoked meat. After having Aecht Schlenkerla and Alaskan's Smoked porter, it's safe to say anything can be considered 'tame' is comparison. The aroma is definite something different. Curious what they did different with the malt.

Very light but creamy texture, much like a Guiness or a stout on nitro-tap.

The smokey flavors come through towards the end of each sip. Not very roasty, but subtle. It's more creamy and dark than burnt. Not much smoke in the flavor, but more wood. This drinks more a like a good light-medium stout thats got some smokey flavor.

This brew needs a lot of time to unlock its flavor, but it's worth it. Still a bigger fan of the regular Beer Geek Breakfast, but a nice try.

Photo of BucBasil
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the 25oz/1 pint, 9oz bottle into a St. Bernardus chalice.

A: The beer is a completely black, opaque void of light topped with a 1 finger dark tan head that lasts less than a minute.

S: Big time aroma, mainly of coffee, but also some mocha and dark chocolate in there. Roasted character a little lighter than I expected in the aroma, and this certainly doesn't have that meaty rauch character. But that's OK because the bottle states that its an "oatmeal stout brewed with coffee." That's just about the best description for the aroma of this beer. A big creamy malt aroma full of roasted coffee notes. Some spice in there, slight woody character and pure vanilla round things out.

T: Starts out silky smooth with a creamy taste that is mostly chocolate and some spice, then a slight mily creamy note. Midpalate is where the coffee makes its biggest appearance, balancing things out with a nice roasted bitterness. Finishes smoky. There's the rauch character. VERY smoky - that flavor lasts a while. That's a surprise right there. A very woody smokiness though - almost charry, but not bad, just... woody. Campfire? Holy crap as this goes on it gets smokier and smokier. Very intense.

D: The intense smokiness of this makes it a one time only deal for me. My taste buds almost went numb from the smoke.

All in all an interesting beer. Probably won't pick this up again but I'm glad I picked it up for the experience. All over the place. A good experiment, but that's it.

Photo of Lldeegan
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours thick and oily out of the bottle with an impenetrable black color and tight mocha head that fades to a halo of foam.
Sweet chocolate, vanilla, and coffee quickly fade to a strong smoky and meaty aroma with some woody smoke notes that linger.
It is velvety smooth on the palate with the sweet chocolate, vanilla, caramel that transforms to a faint wood and smoky flavor which then evolves to a bittersweet espresso finish, with a touch of metallic taste.
This as usual in the Geek line, is a delicious, full and rich stout with some hints of smoke flavor that are way stronger in the nose.
The high carbonation, slight metallic taste and the lack of harmony in the sweet, coffee and smoke flavors was a bit of a let down but still a really good stout in my opinion. My favorite is still the Beer Geek Brunch Weasel but this was an interesting beer and I do love the bacon on the label.
Style: Imperial Stout
ABV: 10.9%

Photo of Brad007
4.48/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black as night hue with a small brown head.

Smoked malt mingles with roasted coffee to create a "bacon"-like aroma. Kind of a darker rauchbier?

Chewy, smoky and full of coffee goodness. Bursts with smoke in the middle.

Its slick with just a hint of lingering smoke at the back of the throat. The smoke never has a chance to overwhelm the other flavors.

Marvelous. Worth a try for fans of the style. If you love bacon, it's a bonus.

Photo of backfat
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

got this as an extra from TurdFurgison and an extra from thecarster1. how did people know I liked bacon beers? :)

2 bombers split 6 ways. poured into my sexy tall tulip (courtesy of newrbrewr. thanks bud!)

Pours an opaque black with a short cinnamon head

Smells awesome. chocolate covered pork rind? road tar, smoked ham, alcohol, milky malt, and cheap bacon. The way the bacon melds with the chocolate is like nothing I have smelled in bacon inspired beer. I love it.

Taste was a little metallic. thin cream and smoke. harsh bitterness with stinging carbonation. a bit too roasted but not terrible.

I have never rated a beer all over the board like this one, but I still like it and want some more, just a few too many flaws. cheers!

Photo of The3rdbeer
4.6/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this to kick off my 25th year of live at Stone brewery for their first day of their winter storm series.

A: Pours dark and almost chunky coming from the bottle into the glass, with a nice moca like head, about 2 fingers which stays a while leaving a nice lacing around the glass.

S: MMMmm spicy with some nice dark chocolate and smokey malt are nicely backed by oats and a nice bacon notes.

T: like a lighter version of the geek beer breakfast but dominated by smokey malt which kinda tunes down the over all taste that I remember from GBB, but that Moca is there followed by smokey bacon. rolls down smooth signature of the GBB.

M: The smoked malt changes the mouth feel as well, its not as creamy as the before mentioned, but its still nice leaving my mouth a little dry, but the taste makes up for it. Medium bodied.

D: Overall I would just drink the GBB, I think the smokiness could be cloying after a bottle, there is a lot in this beer that needs to be respected and enjoyed but I would wait a while before trying this again, maybe laying it down would mellow out the flavors a little.

Photo of Brez07
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received in my 2010 Secret Santa box. 500ml bottle poured into a Maine Beer Company glass

A: Pours black and leaves about a 2 finger mocha head. Retains a thin layer throughout the glass

S: Mmm... chocolate covered bacon. Starts with some roasted oat and chocolate. This is quickly blended with a great smoked meat scent. Seems to fade after a little while though. There are traces of coffee as well

T: Taste is pretty dominated by roasted malt. Some oat and coffee blend, but are hidden by the roastiness. Surprisingly there is not much of smoked meat/bacon flavor

M: Medium bodied. Seems like a high amount of carbonation for the style. Nice coffee finish (slightly bitter)

D: Lots of good flavors in this beer, but they don't stand out. Initial impression of this beer was great, but after a few sips my excitement died down. Definitely worth trying, just temper your expectations

Photo of mikereaser
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured one 1/31/11

Pours a deep brown/black with an inch of tan foam that quickly faded into a layer of bubbles with nice oily lacing down the glass. I'm mainly picking up on the smokey bacon aroma and some dark roasted malts with hints of the coffee fighting through. Taste keeps flipping back between roasted coffee, bacon, smoke and bitter chocolate. very unique flavor to me. Light carbonation with a medium body, its smooth and creamy while being harsh from the smoke at the same time. Its fairly enjoyable but not sure i'd want more than one glass. But this also is coming from a self-proclaimed non rauchbier fan.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
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
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Beer Geek Bacon from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 545 ratings.