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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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Reviews: 267 | Ratings: 595
Photo of musicman575
2.8/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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

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

*new hair follicle sprouts between my eyebrows*

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

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Photo of elNopalero
4.63/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

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

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

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Photo of applestash
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

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

Second try:
I received a replacement bottle!

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

A: dark as all hell. decent head.

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

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

m: already addressed this.

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

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of OldPenguinHunter
4.44/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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Photo of antlerwrestler19
3.21/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Cheers

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Photo of Duff27
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

S- Mild but noticeable smokiness.

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

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

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

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of SykDoc
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from notes...
A - Syrupy black, tall mocha head lasted very long
S - Super smoky and peaty although somewhat of a burnt twinge, coffee accents, roasty
T - Strong wood smoke, espresso, leafy hops, roastiness, smoke lingers
M - Smooth chewy, full finish with slight dryiness
O - Berr and bacon together, how can you resist? Interesting concept, more smoky than bacony, worth a try but not another purchase

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Photo of BDTyre
4.82/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oil black body with a pinky-brown head that porous and billowing. Smoked meat, coffee, leather and dark chocolate in the scent. Faint hints of brandy and wine.

Woody, smoky taste. Meat, black coffee and even a really light tobacco in the flavour. No hops, very light alcohol.

Thick, chewy body. Not overwhelmingly slick - the carbonation is just right. This is a nice beer with a hearty meal, or even as a dessert.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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Photo of trappistlover
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of Derek
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of Wisconsin93
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
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

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Photo of zrab11
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of drpimento
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.9/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of armock
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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

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Photo of cokes
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of coachdonovan
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
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?

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Photo of jpro
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of Vancoubeer
4.7/5  rDev +21.8%
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.

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Beer Geek Bacon from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 267 ratings.