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Beer Geek Bacon - Mikkeller ApS

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262 Reviews
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Reviews: 262
Hads: 584
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 20.93%
Wants: 75
Gots: 100 | FT: 12
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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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Reviews: 262 | Hads: 584
Photo of domtronzero
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear very dark brown with a big short-lived whitish/tan head. Little lacing.

S - Big smokiness, chocolate, dark malts, earthy.

F/M - Dark bitter chocolate, quite roasty and very smoky. Actually reminiscent (slightly) of bacon... but maybe that's just a testament to the power of suggestion. Full bodied with medium carbonation. Dry finish and slightly astringent.

D - Smoky, roasty and astringent. OK, but not more than half of a bottle (shared by Dankbeers619. Thanks!)

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Photo of Khazadum
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Props to me for pulling this one out! Paired with candy bacon to make it a thousand times better towards the end.

A- Inky darkness, low head and carbonation, and ruby tones to the outside rims. This was a big let down. It had no retention whatsoever and no lacing.

S- Smoky fireplace, charcoal in nature, vanilla on the back ends, and roasted grain throughout.

T- Smoke like burnt grain here, not too much on the charcoal flavors. I'd say it was faintly hoppy along with the charcoal but nothing else.

M- Good body at least with decent carbonation despite its appearance. There is a slight linger of burnt food flavors that distracts heavily.

D- Probably never again. It was a huge let down. Yes, rauch means smoke but you don't get to put bacon on the label and hold out on me in that respect. It may have been easy to drink, but the flavors are nothing to write home about.

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Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap@ Armsby Abbey.

Big frothy darker head doesn't even fade, just hangs out for the ride, with a pitch black semi thick beer. As i drink the lacing literally coats the entire glass except where i am drinking from.

Nose comes right out with smoke, smoked bacon, smoldering oak log, as well as some dark malts, little roast and coffee, slight syrup and sweetness.

Taste is similar with some smoke, but less than the nose, lots of campfire smoldering log, some smoked cured meat, chest malts, little minerality and brine with salty flavor, lots of roasted malts with touch of coffee. Some creamy rig oatmeal as well. It has a little creamy taste with some dried dark fruit. It finishes slightly drier with a lot more bitterness, some spicy hops and roasty malts, more brine and liberality.

The mouth is thick and pillowy with good carbonation.

The drinkability is a little lower as it coats the mouth and sticks to it for a while, the briney taste is a little bleh, typical for a super roasted breed but comes out too much here, but drinks well for abv bringing just a little warmth and boost taste.

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Photo of kzoobrew
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First and foremost a huge thanks to SpdKilz for this one. Cheers! Secondly I am glad this is listed as Beer Geek Bacon, much better name than Rauch Beer Geek Breakfast.

Large cascading cappuccino colored head. Very stable head with excellent retention, heavy lacing is left clinging to the walls of the glass. Black body, absolutely opaque. Certainly has the look of an Imperial Stout.

Smoky aroma is strong upfront. To be honest the smoke masks the majority of the other aroma, serious investigation is needed to pick out other attributes. Whiffs of chocolate and coffee comes through sporadically. While I appreciate the smoked beers, they are not my thing. The aroma is good but a bit heavy handed on the smoke.

The flavor allows for a bit more depth than the nose. The smokiness is still strong though not as dominating. Rich dark malt lends very well to transitioning to the smoke, very natural. Hints of bitter dark chocolate peak in and out. The coffee flavor hits the palate strong out of the glass but the transition of flavors is so quick it is easily missed. This is a beer to take your time with. After the first few ounce the beer opens up flavors become more defined.

Full bodied, lacking a bit of viscosity. Very smooth and creamy texture. The finish is so and long. Flavor cling to the palate long after the swallow.

I have no problem admitting smoked beer is not my favorite thing. I will also admit this is a good beer. Getting past the smoke is the hardest part, once that is accomplished the drinkability increases considerably. Definitely a beer that deserves a look.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.57/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dark oily black color with a pretty large, very thick, extraordinarily creamy, sticky, pillowy, cafe colored head. Pretty good retention with a nice thick, very creamy, tight layer of lace.

S - Smells wonderful with with a nice smoked/bacony aroma with plenty of roasted chocolate malt. A touch of coffee, caramel and peat aromas as well, with the coffee coming out more toward the finish. Mouthwatering.

T - Similar to the nose, but with a bit less bacony flavor. Some roasted, smokey chocolate malt. Some peaty flavors come out toward the middle. Good amount of smokey flavor with some bacon/smoked meat but a bit more of a smoked wood flavor. Decent amount of black coffee comes out toward the finish. Slightly bitter taste as well.

M - Medium body with a pretty good level of carbonation. Pretty smooth and oily feel. A touch on the thin side for what I was expecting.

D - Pretty easy to drink beer with a good amount of smokey flavors, chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee. A little too smoked wood flavor for me, and if it was just a bit more bacony it would be great.

Notes: Pretty good beer. Like I said, I just wished it was a bit more bacon/meaty smoke flavor than smoked wood. Also the smokiness hides a bit of the chocolate and coffee and oat flavors as well. Overall it is an enjoyable stout and smells wonderful, but I prefer the Weasel Brunch more. That said it is a good beer worth a try, although for the price I might not get another.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was honestly excited to see this on the menu, hoping I would get the chance to try it. Unfortunately, it didn't taste like bacon.

Beer is black with a big brown head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Beer smells like hickory, smoke, and kind of salty. Smells like bacon, this is exciting.

Think smokey stout. This is no where near as good as weasel, no way. its only mildly smokey, mostly roasty, finishes a little dry, medium bodied, its pretty drinkable for a rauch beer but its not as good as i had hoped.

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Photo of theghost3
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black, oily with a 2-finger chocolate milk-colored head. Some faint layered lacing.

The smell is hickory-smoked bacon with some coffee. The taste is salty bacon, toasted coffee, and a hint of pepper. The mouthfeel is oily--like bacon grease, acidic, carbonated; medium-bodied.

This is a fairly drinkable stout that really does have bacon qualities. I would recommend pairing it with something sweet to offset the salty and greasy bacon.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer has been getting kind of crushed after my inital raving review from the Mikkeller bar on tap so its time to give this another shot and see what's going on...A black pour with only about a finger of medium tan head, its gone quickly and doesn't have much lacing at all...The aroma is pretty decent, does show off some smoke but the amount of bacon I loved on tap is mostly gone and replaced with just a lot of salty aroma...The taste is an even bigger disappointment as its almost void of flavor. A bitter coffee and finish with light smoke in the middle. The smoke is not nearly as good as on tap and there is no yummy pork.

HUGE disappointment in the bottle, does not add to the weasel at all, a little smoke on the nose but just a boring average rauch here.

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Photo of tpd975
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice rich dark black. Average mocha head no retention or lace.

S: Lots of smoked malt, hints of smoked fish, peat, caramel, and dark fruit. Chocolate, peat, coffee, peat, yum, mmm peat.

T: I have had over peated crappy mikkeller beer this is not one of them. Peat and smoke out the ass in this one, but it melds nicely with the lesser components. Rich chocolate and coffee.

M: Medium in body, very bold smoke with enough chocolate, coffee and dark fruit to add some balance.

D: Pretty good. I really like it. Solid brews. Happy Bday to me. Thanks Bosse for sending this one across the pond.

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Photo of Beejay
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: It pours a nice dark brown and thick. In the glass it is black with a creamy full dark tan head.

S: Dark chocolate malt, a hint of booze, and the most amazing coffee scent. Slight smoked meat scent in the back. Sweet, smoke, and coffee. damn fine.

T: Slightly tannic, bitter malt up front. This is followed by coffee notes, and some dark chocolate. There is a nice residual smokiness in the finish though it is not very pronounced.

M: Thick, but the somewhat high carbonation lifts it up a bit.

D: Very nice overall, a good stout though I would like to have a bit more of the smoked flavor.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.62/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 ounce bottle. Served in a DFH signature glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch frothy tan head. Head retention is good, with a lot of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is excellent, there's plenty of smoke/peat/bacon noticable, along with some dark chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. Taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, it's very smoky and roasty! There's also a good lingering smoky finish. Although I think the aroma is smokier than the taste, this is still a pretty tasty brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and coating with low carbonation. This brew is smooth and very easy to drink. It's easily the smokiest brew I've had lately, and a pretty good overall brew in general.

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Photo of SABERG
4.7/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Bottled pour to a chalise, deep color,minor head (as expected), dark and wonderful

S. smoke early then fading, lots of peat to the nose.

T. Velvety, smooth. No bitterness,some leather, coffee, no vanilla, a little dry. Quiet delicious.

M.Mouth feel is early oils then nice finish.

D.Breakfast in the woods, or dessert. Not too many, yummy!

Super, really enjoyed the totality of this beer. Mikkeller continues to impress.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 16.9oz bottle into a tulip.

Deep, sticky black with a huge mocha head. What a beauty. Retains at a finger and laces well.

The aroma is of peaty, smoky malts with less pronounced smoked meat note. The roast is prevalent as well. Rauchbier haters need not apply here.

Hugely roasty and coffee flavored, with a big bitter punch, moreso from the dark malts than any real hoppiness. This is a big, bold beer. Alcohol and other possible flavors don't even see the light of day behind this mass of roast and smoke. The mouthfeel was chewy and pillowy, with fine, low carbonation. Despite the audacious flavors and long, smoky aftertaste, this beer is pretty smooth and drinkable.

Not as good as the standard Beer Geek Breakfast, but still an interesting brew. I'd like to see the coffee tempered to let more of the smoked malt flavors come through.

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Photo of largadeer
3.07/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by nickd717. Thanks!

Oily opaque black with a thick collar for a head. Burnt bacon aroma, like bacon left in the frying pan for an hour too long; this is tarry, salty and burnt stuff. Tastes better than it smells, tarry and burnt, meaty and smokey. Medium-bodied, thankfully not too syrupy or burnt. Semi-sweet finish with strong roast and smoke. The aroma is fairly offensive, but it doesn't taste bad. Decent.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle,

A: Pours an extremely dark pitch black, one of the darkest brews I've ever seen. Moderate brown head, good retention.

S: Definite coffee immediately, sweet smoke comes in secondarily, nice smell, bacon, reminds me a bit of Alaskan Smoked Porter.

T: Definite roasted malt, heavy coffee with some light charcoal notes. The undercurrent of smoke is there throughout the whole brew, but never is the main flavour. The nose suggested more smoke than there actually is.

M: Medium-bodied, not a huge feel, kind of a thin finish. Smooth for sure, light smoky/coffee mix in the aftertaste.

D: As with the other Beer Geek Breakfast brews, this one is good, tasty, solid. But at $10 a bottle, I'm not going to come back to it; it needs to knock my socks off for that.

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Photo of crossovert
4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle labeled Rauch Geek Breakfast.

It pours into my snifter a thick dark absolute black with a foamy and glistening tan head. It is pretty basic, but also pretty nice to look at.

The smell is amazing. It has a thick coffee house scent over the top of deep and roasty malt scents. There is an abundance of sweet and dark chocolate in there as well. A bit of smoke can be smelled underneath. Again, it is pretty simple, each flavor can be picked out, it is very clean and precise.

The flavor packs a punch. Tons of coffee and roasty, smoky malts. It coats the tounge with flavor. The bitterness is up there, but overall it is in check. There is a wonderful sweetness underneath it all that keeps it all together. It has an alcohol presence for sure, but i isn't overpowering.

The mouthfeel is ultra thick and creamy. Perhaps too much so for my taste, though i may be in the minority here. The drinkability is surprising. I am quaffing this like nobody's business right now.

This is a powerful brew, and a delicious one at that.

I also made a burger to go with it, i caramelized some onions with some cane sugar, sherry, butter, olive oil, salt, pepper, and some bacon bits, mixed in some smoked mozzarella, then put a spoonful on an elk burger and covered that with a slice of smoked gouda. The flavor combo was out of this world.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.49/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml into my Portsmouth tulip.

Pours black with a solid brown head. Turns to a swirly cap and thick ring, leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell is excellent and delivers as advertised, a smoked version of Beer Geek Breakfast. Smokiness right up front mixes well with coffee, oats and roasted malt. As much as I despise the name Beer Geek Bacon (which isn't even on the bottle) I do get a grilled meat type of scent as it goes on, works well here.

Taste pretty much follows the nose except the smoke in my opinion is weaker. Coffee/espresso, some oats and chocolate with a tiny bit of hops. Spicy smoky notes on the finish. Pretty much the regular Beer Geek Breakfast with a little kick. By the end the smoke seems very toned down from the scent.

Mouthfeel has a nice thickness for 7.5%, very smooth, good carbonation level, no alcohol taste.

I bet this would pair amazingly with some eggs and bacon. I have a feeling I'd like a beer from the Beer Geek series no matter what, even if they put shit in it. Wait...

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

Appearance - Pours a dark chocolate, opaque color with over two fingers of tan mocha head (which subsequently overflowed while I was walking toward the porch and I now have some nice dark marks on my carpet...yippie, heh). The head dissipates relatively slowly, leaving decent lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - LOTS of smoke, slight bacon (was impressed I actually smelled this - yes I know it is purposefully meant to be this but still...was surprised to smell it). Reminds me of campfires on the beach in Michigan while on vacation. Wish I could have had this while on vacation this year with my brother-in-law!

Taste - Damn, pretty smoky, freaking tastes like greasy bacon (salty), dark malts, slight chocolate, roasted flavors.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, lower carbonation.

Drinkability - So so. An interesting beer, though I really don't think I'd ever pick it up again. Glad I was able to try it.

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Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle, served in a tulip.

Inky black with billowing mocha foam. 3-4 fingers of dark milk chocolate mocha foam, leaving sticky patterns of lace all over the glass. Retention is solid.

Woodsy smoke, charred black patent malt, mellow hints of coffee. Doesn't come across as smoked meat or bacon, as some Rauchbiers do (Schlenkerla).

Smoke is a dominant flavor, dry and pervasive. It underscores notes of bitter bakers chocolate and dark roast coffee, with a leafy bitter hop peeking through also. Long roasty finish, ashy tobacco in the aftertaste. Fairly dry and bitter in an uncompromising way, yet all of it's components mesh well. Moderate carbonation, mellow feel, robust but not overly so.

Overall enjoyable, a nice smoked imperial stout, though the "bacon" moniker had me anticipating something savory and meaty.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Smoked stouts are awesome.

500ml into pint glass.

A- Big tan head, 3-4 fingers, big bold brown body. Nice lacing.

S- Smoke! Bacon-y, I guess... smells like a campfire.

T- Big bold smoke flavor and some nice bitter coffee. Pretty smoky but a lot of bitter chocolate and coffee to cut through the smoke. I like this beer a lot.

M- Smoky, full, thick. Lovely.

D- Fairly high, a winner. I'm a big fan of rauchbiers and it translates wonderfully to a stout like this. Highly recommended.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- This one will sport a big, sand colored head. It will fade fairly quickly though. Like all the Beer Geeks this one is super thick. It slides back down the side of the glass, coating it in an oily looking film.

S- Really smoky, roasty and peaty. Charcoal, hickory, ash, jerky spice and some hops.

T- Really smoky. Its pretty aggressive. Sweet malts and dark fruits try to balance a big bitter roastiness and black coffee.

M- Full and thick. Low carbonation.

D- A pretty aggressively roasty beer.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.79/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up in Chicago for $10.49 this week, 1pt .9oz bottle. It pours dark brownish black, completely opaque, a few fingers of tan foam and dried lace on the glass. The beer smells and tastes perfect, this is exactly the way I want a smoked stout to be. Smoked malts and dried meats, like beef jerky mixed with brown sugar, this is so addictive. A little chocolate in the aftertaste too, and a long lasting flavor of coffee in the aftertaste. The body is creamy like an oatmeal stout, nice match for the rich flavors. I want to see this available in OH.

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Photo of billshmeinke
3.11/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a nonic.

Pours a hugs three finger dark beige head that sits atop a pitch black body. Head dies down to a substantial layer of foam on top. Nice lacing left behind.

Smells roasty, smokey and maybe even a touch salty. Traces of chocolate and oats, but the rauch component is clearly the focus.

Taste follows smell. A smokey and roasty flavor dominates up front. Again there is a bit of salt. Followed by a flash of dark chocolate and oats. The finish is smokey and displays a hint of coffee buried deep in the depths of the taste of this beer, and also a bit of sea salt on the back of the tongue. The smokey component is a bit much though, and reminds me of steak that's been on the grill for too long.

The mouthfeel is big and thick without being too sticky. Low carbonation.

Drinkability is ok. Way too smokey.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a dark, dark black color with one finger of dark tan head that lasts for several minutes and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells smokey, and of roasted malts, coffee, and some definite hints of bacon. Some chocolate as well as it warms up.

t - Tastes of bitter chocolate, roasted malts, smokey, bitter coffee, and hints of bacon again. Very interesting.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Smooth and very easy to drink.

d - A very interesting smoked stout. I thought it looked amazing and had a great feel to it. It also smelled pretty good, but wish the taste wasn't as bitter. Would try again.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split a bottle with my wife in our NYC hotel.

This beer appears a deep shade of black, with hints of brown only detectable at the crest when held up to the light. The beige head is surprisingly small and recedes quite rapidly, leaving only faint traces of lacing. The aroma is remarkably similar to the non-smoked version, Beer Geek Breakfast, as the smoky aspect is more subdued than I would have guessed. The beer has a nice flavor, with roasted and burnt malt taking center stage. The smoke flavor is a welcome addition, and integrated nicely. The body is medium-thin. There is noticeable bitterness in the finish from the charred malt that lingers in the tongue between sips. This is a good beer and worth trying. It's a nice variation of the original.

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Beer Geek Bacon from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 262 ratings.