Beer Geek Bacon | Mikkeller ApS

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Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark | website

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A smoked version of the Beer Geek Breakfast.

Brewed at Nøgne Ø.

Added by bark on 07-02-2010

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Photo of wrycon
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours like some bubbly crude - pitch black and slippery. When jostled produces a half-finger tan head that dissipates at a moderate pace. Big nose. Obvious smoke, but less campfire and more industrial. Underneath you can smell some coffee, roasted malt, a touch of chocolate and a hint of black licorice. Drinks thick, but the high carbonation keeps it afloat. Interesting. Doesn't coddle you like other stouts but rather declares its presence with an almost stale, indifferent smokiness. Feels like an art studio replete with overflowing ashtrays. What's quite interesting is the hoppiness that is present early and constant throughout. It ends on a twisted tart note that's very clean. Unique, but not something I'd purchase twice. I will say, though, it's not lacking in character.

Like It? Sure

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Photo of abraxel
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tasted blind as part of Blind BIF 6, courtesy of mdfb79. Poured into a CBS snifter.

A - Pours crude-oil black, with explosive cinnamon head that filled this huge snifter to the brim. The head clings to the side, but slides down and doesn't leave lacing.

S - From a distance, it almost smells estery and fruity, but as soon as I lean in close, hoo boy, bacon! I have a guess what this is, but I'll keep it to myself for now. I'm looking for malty flavors under the thick, bacony smoke, but no dice. That's not necessarily a bad thing; the smoke is delicious and savory and sweet and meaty and makes me salivate.

T - Different from the smell... the smoke is still present, but not nearly as much, and I get some slightly bitter coffee and semisweet chocolate. The smoke blends well with the roastiness of the coffee and chocolate, and all three distinct forms of roastiness meld together nicely. Given the "bacon" emphasis in the aroma and in what I'm guessing the name is, though, I was expecting way more bacon flavor and/or smoke along the lines of a potent Aecht Schlenkerla.

M - Can I call it thin and thick at the same time? It has a moderately full body, but the carbonation pierces through it and makes it almost feel light on the tongue. It's an interesting combination, but I kinda find the carbonation annoying. I can't directly detect any alcohol at all, but it's got a shifty look in its eyes like I'm being lured into a trap.

Overall, this is tasty, but not mind-blowing. The nose was like whoa, but the beer was just good.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this from 2beerornot2beer in the Blind Beer Round 6 BIF.
500ml. bottle poured into my Bells tulip:

A: Pours a pitch black with about one full finger of mocha colored foam. The head settles nicely in a decent amount of time without leaving much residue on the glass. There is some nice lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is sweet, smoky, and a little earthy. I’m also picking up some salt, chocolate, and meat notes. It smells great. This beer seems to be right in my wheelhouse.

T: The first hit is slightly sweet, with a big dose of smoke. The smoke notes follow through to the end and blend with a charcoal like taste. There is this bitter chalkiness to this beer. The finish is bitter with a touch of chocolate.

M: Full bodied beer. It starts off think and chalky, but finishes a bit smoother.

O: I like this beer. I’m not blown away, but its super interesting and I love all of the smoke and roast in this beer... Uggh, I just got a mouthful of little brown sludgy bits! Gross. I'm gonna have to bring it down a peg now.

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Photo of zoolzoo
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark brown, opaque, huge khaki head. Great retention, sticky lacing.

S: Smoke, of course. Woody, smoked meat. Some subtle hints of chocolate and coffee as well. The base beer is not completely masked.

T: Big smoke, but thankfully not a one trick pony. The base beer stands, smoke accentuates chocolate, coffee, roasted malt. The finish features a kiss of hops adding bitterness.

M: Thinner side of medium in body, carbonation is medium as well but falls off fast. I am enjoying this slightly less as the glass warms, actually. This beer needs to stay "crisp" in order to maintain drinkability, in my opinion. Not enough body to support warmer temps.

O: Excellent smoked beer. Great on its own or as a compliment to a hearty meal.

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Photo of dcloeren
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one for breakfast at my familys christmas (eve) morning after opening gifts with pancakes, eggs and sausage.

Poured pitch black with two fingers of creamy mocha colored head. Decent retention... no lacing but has some nice legs.

The aroma of this beer is amazing. Decadent dark chocolate, dark fruits, coffee all blended together with a campfire like smoke. Possibly some molasses and some woody characteristics round out the subtleties on the back end.

Taste follows the nose. Very decadent and rich. The smoke makes for a nice touch on it as well, but I was expecting it to have more of a bacon effect and I'm not really picking up on it... very tasty outside of that "letdown"...

Medium to full bodied with just the right amount of carbonation to slightly prick my tongue with each sip. Drying dark chocolate aftertaste with a touch of smoke still on my tongue.

Overall, this was a very nice stout in my opinion. I would like to give West Lakeview Liquors in Chicago for recommending this to me. I would say I normally don't really enjoy Mikkeller's beers but this one was very solid. Beers like this make me want to see what else they have to offer.... Merry Christmas to me.

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Photo of rtaps
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours like a typical stout, black in color with a nice dark tan almost brown head to it. has medium retention leaving spotty lacing

nice aroma oatmeal and smoke stand out, with chocolate, coffee and nutty notes.

wow very very smokey, with some focus i was able to find some oatmeal, chocolate through the smoke.

medium bodied and medium- lightly carbonated. pretty viscous

overall for me the taste brings the beer down a lot it was just way to smokey felt like i was drinking an ash tray. it had a nice aroma and look to it but i was disappointed.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of smoked malt with rich roasted dry malt notes is quite interesting though not as over-the-top as expecting. Taste is also a nice mix between some smoked flavours and notes of dry coffee. Body is full with nice creamy texture and good carbonation. Very well brewed with nice mix between smoked flavour and notes of roasted malt. Also, this beer has got quite a body considering the low ABV.

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Photo of chugalug06
2.59/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours like mud, black mud. Nice thick foamy tan head.

S - Smells like a smokey tire... Interesting. This is the most smokey brew I've ever smelt. Lots of smoke!!! It's really hard to get past all of the smoke. Maple too.

T - Tons of huge smoke. Overwhelming. Not much bacon flavor... Tons of chocolate.

M - Over carbonated. A bit too bitter.

O - Smokey brews are no longer on my "to buy" list... This one is way overwhelming. Too much smoke and not enough good eclectic flavors. Not worth hunting.

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Photo of VoiceOfTheSoul
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz poured into a tulip.

A Pitch black withtwo finger thick billowy brown head, foamy lacing all the way down.

S Very smoky almost meaty, malty, raisins, apples.

T So smokey and meaty, like im in the mountains cooking bacon from a freshly slaughtered boar over a fire, some bitter chocolate in the middle meeting with some hoppiness in the finish, espresso lingers on afterwards.

M Smooth and creamy, thick and untamed, like a big cloud of smoke.

O Great after dinner or for beakfast as the name implies. Despite how smokey it is, it's never overpowering or cloying. This was really great.

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Photo of peacehammer
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On Tap at Stone.

Aroma of licorice. Smokey flavor start to finish. Ends with and alcohol, licorice flavor. Some coffee notes but they seemed subdued to me.

There is a lot of Smokey flavor going on with this beer. It's important to know that going in. Not as much of a thick body as it looks and sounds like it'd have, making it relatively easy to drink.

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Photo of bruachan
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

smoke and coffee are the first things my nose latch onto. other imperial stout scents fight through: heat, richness

it's not an overly large beer in body, which is more than acceptable. smoke shines again, but it seems less of of an experience for the taste buds. though hop flavor is minimal, bitterness is certainly detectable. some sweet richness but there's really not much to bite into

i love me some rauch, although this interpretation wasn't wholly satisfying

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Photo of mwilbur
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a beautiful heavy, smooth black with large 2-3 inch frothy dark mocha head. Good retention. Decent lacing.
S: Toasted grains, medium roast coffee, smoke, and a slightly off bittersweetness.
T: Smoke (not the nice wood type, but more towards the cigarette type), dark dry chocolate, medium roast coffee, and a hint of sweet cream.
M: Light-medium body. Burnt smoke lingers on the palate (in a semi-unpleasant fashion). At turns sweet and bitter. A backbone of oatmeal smoothness.
D: I think they went a step too far with smoking such a dark brew. The smoke clashed with instead of complimented the darker qualities (coffee, chocolate, etc.). An interesting beer, but not the best Mikkeller out there.

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Photo of ehammond1
2.6/5  rDev -32.6%
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.

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Photo of nmbr0ne
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of Rutager
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of StlHopHead77
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of pattermj
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of keymcgrip
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of phichifiji00
3.86/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of soze47
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of zaphodchak
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.58/5  rDev +18.7%
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!

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Photo of pmarlowe
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Beer Geek Bacon from Mikkeller ApS
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