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Beer Geek Bacon - Mikkeller ApS

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BA SCORE
86
very good

460 Ratings
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Ratings: 460
Reviews: 249
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.62%
Wants: 64
Gots: 69 | FT: 9
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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

Brewed at Nøgne Ø.

(Beer added by: bark on 07-02-2010)
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oregonskibum

Oregon

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 18:32:16 | More by oregonskibum
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kojevergas

Texas

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 pint .9 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard presure cap served into a Guinness goblet in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Label on bottle is "Ruach Geek Breakfast". Imported by the Shelton Bastards. Described as a "Smoked Oatmeal Stout Brewed with Coffee".

Acquired at Wades Wine in Westlake Village, California, yesterday. Cost was $10.99 USD plus tax.

Expectations are through the roof as Mikkell is my favourite brewer and I love the style.

Not paired with food. Sidepoured with standard vigor as I didn't anticipate carbonation issues.

A: Pours a beautiful dark tan colour head of three fingers, excellent thickness, brilliant beautiful cream, and wonderful retention - especially for the fairly high ABV. Very frothy and creamy; just what I expect to see for the style. Exquisite and rich looking. Colour is a usual solid black (nontransparent). Extremely inviting.

Retained for at least six minutes until I just couldn't wait anymore.

Sm: Smokey notes akin to a rauchbier, tame bacon, peat, coffee, roast, cream, and perhaps a vague hint of chocolate. I like that the bacon is more restrained than in a beer like Schenkerla; the aroma is more balanced. A complex aroma, and a pretty strong one. Generally appealing; admittedly smokey even for the style. No oats came through in the aroma; it's likely the mouthfeel will reveal their presence.

T & Mf: A delightful creamy open starts things up right, giving way to the smokey peaty body - which is far less smokey than you might expect. I worred it might be too smokey, but as usual Mikkel's skills surprise me. The roast is buried deep in the body, but the coffee is present throughout - but still balanced. The balance and layering here is exquisite. The finish has cream alongside roast/coffee dryness, coaxing me into the next sip. I don't know how he balances all the competing notes, but the result is fantastic. None of the flavours are too bold; subtlety is central here (unlike say, Mikkeller Black). The bacon is present primarily as an undertone, which is a welcome change from most rauchbiers (or rauchbier influenced concoctions).

It's smooth and wet, but with underlying coarseness and dryness to bring out the flavours. The smoothness is on the surface while the coarseness is buried by present in the mouthfeel. The cream distracts you while the roast does its work. Truly remarkable.

No yeast or alcohol is detectable.

I quite fancy it overall.

Dr/Ov: Incredibly drinkable for its complexity, high ABV, and style. Usually it takes me a long time to finish an imperial stout; I'll probably polish off this bottle in a mere twenty minutes. I'd definitely have it again - even at this price - though I don't know that it's a good candidate for aging given its 7.5% ABV and seeming lack of yeast. I'd certainly try.

Might be great on nitro-draught, though I'd worry about the increased cream violating the subtlety and mouthfeel.

In any case, this is definitely a beer every beer fanatic should try, particularly if you're a fan of the style. This beer, unlike many generic Imperial Stouts, emphasizes a niche within the style, experimenting to good effect. Other breweries would do well to follow Mikkel's lead.

B+

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 03:46:19 | More by kojevergas
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another score from my BA partner joemcgrath27...

A - Pours black as night, solid finger of dark mocha head with great retention and no real lacing. The colour on the head is fantastic.

S - Smoke and peat off the top, milk chocolate and burnt cane sugar on the finish.

T - Definitely smokey with a touch of tobacco and leather coming through as well. Bitter espresso and dark cocoa, with some leafy hops coming through on the finish. A bouquet of flavours indeed, with the slightly higher ABV going completely unnoticed.

M - Medium bodied ale that is a bit prickly as it goes down but finishes nice and wet.

O - Tasty and unique. Really glad I had the opportunity to share this one. Though, it might be tough to take down more than a single bottle at a time.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 16:27:12 | More by andrenaline
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elgiacomo

Georgia

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle, fresh batch. Labeled as "Rauch Geek Breakfast". Served at cellar temperature.

Pours black with a large four finger brown head that holds up very well, eventually recedes to a good cap and leaves sheets of lacing behind.

Aroma is pretty intense smoke, a lot of ham, bacon and meat as well as a strong peat and campfire/charred wood/charcoal presence. Even a bit of tire smoke from a burnout. Interesting. The smoke ultimately hides any of the coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt characteristics of the base beer. Very good to excellent strength.

Flavor pretty much mirrors the nose, smoked meats, peat, campfire, charcoal and a hint of tire smoke. The coffee and chocolate are more pronounced in the flavor, coming along in the finish, but the smoke still dominates.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus, creamy and smooth, medium, sometimes prickly carbonation.

I’ve been venturing further into smoked beers and this one certainly doesn’t disappoint in that aspect and is a unique take on the Beer Geek family. However, the tire burnout aroma and taste are a bit off-putting but luckily it is a minor aspect of an otherwise fantastic brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 01:39:32 | More by elgiacomo
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Halcyondays

California

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2010 02:16:36 | More by Halcyondays
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tectactoe

Michigan

4/5  rDev +4.4%

04-07-2014 16:11:12 | More by tectactoe
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tbryan5

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +4.4%

10-14-2013 22:11:00 | More by tbryan5
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-16-2011 01:59:51 | More by bpfrush
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LucienDeRubempre

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-28-2011 02:25:54 | More by LucienDeRubempre
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zaphodchak

Virginia

4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 04:18:21 | More by zaphodchak
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Ciocanelu

Romania

4/5  rDev +4.4%

04-30-2014 19:08:29 | More by Ciocanelu
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ TJ’s (Paoli, PA) on 5/14/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a deep black in the glass, topped with roughly a ½ finger of darker looking mocha head. This retains with a solid foaminess, leaving a frothy cascade of lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is all smoke, leather, and bunt malts, giving the nose an overall meaty crunch. Cocoa, additional sugars, and some green hops round out the back. I can pick up a bit of the coffee here but it does get lost at times among all of those smoked malts.

The smoke encompasses the taste as well but there is definitely more of a balance to this as well as it warms, as chocolate and oatmeal play a bigger part this time around. Roasted malts and green hops definitely give this an overall burnt and bitter bite though. Like the nose, the coffee character mostly gets pushed to the back. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a smooth prickly creaminess that glides along in the mouth and helps keep that higher ABV at bay. Thankfully the feel helps keep that entire smoky roast presence much more approachable than it could have been.

Well if you like a good Rauchbier, you’re probably going to enjoy this, as it definitely brings a whole lot of that plus most of the other things that make the Beer Geek Stouts solid. My only complaint is that the coffee character that is normally a big part of these beers just doesn’t have much of an impact but I guess that’s to be expected. This isn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea but I overall enjoyed this.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2011 17:01:56 | More by Kegatron
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sammo

Kansas

4/5  rDev +4.4%

07-07-2012 02:12:02 | More by sammo
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SpdKilz

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 03:01:29 | More by SpdKilz
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at TJ's Everyday. A smoky wasteland if ever there was one.

A: Dark, black as night, ebon, a biere noir, except that it has lighter ruby notes on closer inspection. The head is tan-colored, a cordoban brown.

S: The nose is smokey, chewy with this cured grains. The smoke is all-consuming, covering up all of the dark roasted aspects. Beer Geek, normally a fan favorite for me, is missing behind the over-roasted malts.

T: Sweet smoked grains, charred to an extreme (think Spring House Smoked Porter) are scathing, leaving very little behind. What does come through has chocolate and burnt toast, sweetness that acts as a strong accompaniment to the smoke. Coffee? Maybe it is there, but the coffee isn't the focus. Instead it adds to the chocolatey aspects of the stout. The smoke, a roasted fullness, is very nice.

M: Smoke, smoke taken to a new level and then some. The chewiness, for all the smoke, is surprisingly sweet but moderation is the key - very smokey and intense.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2011 01:47:06 | More by akorsak
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 21:01:27 | More by Phyl21ca
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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev +4.4%

02-22-2014 17:50:17 | More by jaydoc
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DerrickW

Georgia

4/5  rDev +4.4%

03-04-2014 17:13:53 | More by DerrickW
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salthemonster

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.4%

01-01-2014 02:50:09 | More by salthemonster
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jlee185

Missouri

4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-07-2013 14:26:13 | More by jlee185
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manutdfan

Florida

4/5  rDev +4.4%

07-02-2013 17:40:12 | More by manutdfan
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Xul

California

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 06:18:19 | More by Xul
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oline73

Maryland

4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-16-2011 01:25:00 | More by oline73
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dbol

Missouri

4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-10-2011 17:52:52 | More by dbol
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JohneHoodlum

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-07-2011 22:34:14 | More by JohneHoodlum
Beer Geek Bacon from Mikkeller ApS
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