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Beer Geek Bacon - Mikkeller ApS

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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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Photo of thecarster1
3.21/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

a- bottle poured into a dogfish signature, thick syrupy pour creates two fingers tan very creamy head with great retention, deep black brown color, great looking brew - i feel like i want to garnish with a piece of crispy bacon!

s- a lot of smoke here as expected, and yes, bacon - smokey open fire roasted bacon, dark chocolate, black coffee.

t- thick, roasty, smokey - very, like a burnt dark chocolate coffee, it does have a big of creaminess as well. i do get the bacon in here as well, not as prevalent as the nose, but it's here. it's got a hit on the backend that makes this taste a lot stronger than 7.5%.

m- thick and full, creamy.

d- not the greatest, this one shouldn't be challenging my palate, but it kind of is, it's a sipper for sure.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.27/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am still plowing through my backlog of bottles, but I may break down and hit some CANs in the next couple of days. In the meantime, here is a curiosity that I picked up at Hunger 'n' Thirst a while back.

From the bottle: "Smoked Oatmeal Stout Brewed With Coffee". Hokey smoke, Bullwinkle, this sounds really good!

The beauty of these really dark beers is that when I employ an aggro pour, the pseudo-cascade is extremely visible. I sat back in awe and watched it settle into two fingers of very dense, deep-tan/light-brown head with good retention. Color was an Opaque Black (SRM = 44) and it looked like the depths of outer space in my glass. Nose was very coffee-like with just a modicum of underlying smokiness. Mouthfeel was medium. While the coffee was still prevalent on the tongue, the smoke was beginning to assert itself in the mouth and in my sinus cavity. Warming, the smoke got stronger, but so did the coffee. I was really hoping for something much smokier, but since it is listed as an "Oatmeal Stout", rather than a "Rauchbier", I should not dun it too highly for this. Finish was still more prevalently coffee than smoky and I have to admit that I was disappointed. It was just too similar in taste to Beer Geek Breakfast and too lacking in smokiness to be worth the cost for a 330-ml. bottle.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big thanks to Jeff for sharing this at a recent tasting. Cheers!

Appearance -- Pours an inky black with zero highlights and a slim tan head.

Smell -- As the name would suggest, LOTS of rich, earthy woodsmoke present from the onset. Additionally, there is some malt roastiness, dark chocolate, and espresso.

Taste -- Again, lots and lots of woodsmoke akin to being at a bonfire. Also, there is some noticeable meatiness along with roast malt, espresso, baker's chocolate, and little bit of soy sauce. Not a great deal of malt sweetness, just smoke and char.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-full in body with milder carbonation. Not bad.

Drinkability -- Wow. This one is definitely for a specific clientele. One of the smokiest beers I've ever had. Interesting, good, but not great. Had no problem finishing my taster, but beyond that may have been tricky.

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Photo of rtaps
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
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 HopHead84
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Doesn't a smoked breakfast stout sound good? It did to me. On to the beer:

Lookin good. It's pitch black with tan colored foam. The head forms thick with solid retention and leaves several healthy rings of lacing sticking to the glass. The nose is coffeeish, also imparting a light bacon aroma, which fits the theme. As far as overall intensity, the overall nose is less intense as its other two siblings.

The first few ounces are fine. There's a presence of mocha and a squirt of hops. Also present is a subtle note of cured meats. But for the price of the cured meats are a major component of cigarette ash. (I know this because I once mistaken a beer bottle at a get together that was being used as an ashtray, if you will, and put that bottle to my lips instead of the one I was drinking from!) The other criticsm is the mocha flavor numbing. It's still decent tasting, but far from a world class beer. The ash aftertaste doesn't help a whole lot. If there's one thing to be proud of, it's the thickish mouthfeel reminiscent of a milkshake.

I love the idea of a smoked oatmeal stout. However, I don't enjoy the smoked flavor so overdone that it's basically ash. It's decent overall and doesn't force you to choke it down; I simply expected a better beer from Mikkeller.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours out like old motor oil, it looks super thick going into the glass. The smell is smokey but not overwhelmingly. You can pick up on other aromas too like medicine and a little bit of burnt coffee. The taste is surprisingly a much lighter smoked flavor than I expected. Some smoked beers are just way too much and it makes it gross. This one wasn't too bad, but not great though. The mouthfeel is also surprisingly lighter than the look it has. This beer is a little deceptive with the eyes. It's ok but nothing fantastic.

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Photo of hardy008
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark black with a dark brown two finger head. Has decent retention, and a little lacing. The aroma has chocolate, coffee, smoked malt, but no bacon. The smoke is not as strong as I had hoped.

The first thing I tasted was the smoked malt, followed by coffee and chocolate. The smoke is not as strong in this beer, as it is in other smoked beers. There is nothing in the flavor which suggests bacon, or any other smoked meat. Still a nice beer, but a little disappointing.

Medium to full bodied with a bitter aftertaste and mild carbonation. This beer does not have as much of the smoky, or bacon flavor as I had hoped, which is disappointing. I am still glad I had a chance to try this.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.36/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 1 pt. 9 fl oz. bottle.

A - Pours a very viscous pitch black liquid with a nice dark tan head that is about 1.5 inch tall. The head is very sticky and quite dense. It almost seems like the top of some creme brule.

S - Smoke comes up quick with some nice delicious roasted malt darkness. Some burnt coffee notes as well as some slight bitter chocolate and sweetness. The espresso notes are pretty nice as well.

T & M - Starts off with some very smokey notes that translate into some slightly overcooked bacon. Dark roasted malt offer some burnt flavors as well as some nice coffee notes. The smoke is very intense. I feel like I'm eating a campfire. Slightly one dimensional brew as Mikkeller usually exhibits. Not my favorite.

O - Very one dimensional.

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Photo of peacehammer
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
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 WestValleyIPA
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into my Zatec Fluted glass. About a finger and a half of dark brown head with not much retention. No lacing to speak of. Smells of smoke and coffee. Not much else. Tastes like smoke. Thought I got a hint of coffee, but then, oh wait, smoke. Very foamy, nice mouthfeel. Finishes very dry. Interesting beer. Not my favorite, but interesting.

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Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Glad I finally got a chance to try this one. Thanks to my brother David for bringing this out...

Poured from 500ml into an Old Raspy pint glass...

A - Pours black with a three finger dark brown head. Lots of lacing sticks to the glass. Nice...

S - Chocolate, coffee, and lots of smokiness come through. Also pick up hints of a sweeter fruit scent (Apricot or maybe peach). Either way, i'm a bit surprised...

T - Dark roasted malts, chocolate, and bacon. Bacon adds a saltiness to the taste. Very smokey...

M - Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation...

D - Glad I tried this, as the bacon adds an interesting touch. Something I would definitely recommend to somebody who has not tried it before, but I think I prefer the Beer Geek Brunch over this one. Overall, a little smokey for my tastes, but still a pretty solid brew...


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Photo of wrycon
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
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 nkersten
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a Maredsous glass, black dense liquid with a dark tall mocha head, a bit fizzier head then i would have liked for this style. Smell is all bacon and smoked meat, smoldering bbq wood planks, a tiny malt presence. Taste follows smell, very smokey, toasted malt, typical rauchbier flavors, bacon, and a hint of coffee. Mouth feel is medium bodied with a low carbonation, slightly coating. The smokey flavors are too strong and overpowering in this brew to make me want more then a small pour.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark burgundy with a short mocha head and many flakes of yeast that give it an appearance that resembles fake vomit. Scent of maple, smoke, ash, oats and light coffeel. Taste of sweet maple, smoke, ash, oak and bitter coffee.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.47/5  rDev -10.3%
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 trappistlover
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
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 maximep
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- jet black two finger crema espresso colored head with medium lacing

S- coffee toffee smokey typical stout base smell of soy sauce

T- smokey coffee pretty drinkable. a little disappointed with how much is going on. a little abitious in my opinion. would have enjoyed more without the coffee i think.

M- oily, really too thick for me. was hoping for creamy but it's kind of just straight motor oil. thankfully, not syrupy.

O- a nice beer. it was hard to drink 16 oz of it though.

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Photo of Rutager
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
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 Reaper16
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Rauch Geek Breakfast" label, approx. 1.5 years old
22oz. bottle served into a globe glass

Pours a darkdark black color. The head is pretty dark as well; a nearly burnt sienna colored cap of 3/4 of a finger.

Yeah, this is smoky. Not overwhelmingly so (though with as much barbecue as I eat, my smoke tolerance might be too high. I mean, I really liked Mikkeller Black Hole - Peat Whiskey Cask Edition, which many BAers deride). I can understand why this beer was called "Beer Geek Bacon" -- it's got heavy notes of brown sugar and salt and soy sauce. A bacon cure. So much so that I swear I can smell pork fat too. What roast there could be is drowned out by the heavy rauch aromas. It's a fine-smelling beer that does what it wants too, it just isn't all that complex.

The smoke has died off with age. I can clearly tell this because of how much coffee is present on the palate. This beer tastes like a cup of coffee by the campfire, not a dedicated rauchbier. Which is good, because I think Mikel wants this to be primarily an imperial stout. Through all the coffee and baconesque flavors, there's some scattering of dark/blue fruits and some cocoa powder notes.

The mouthfeel is pretty much medium-bodied. It's not bad, really, just lacking. In body, primarily. Overall, this is a solid, enjoyable impy stout. It's got pleasant coffee-dominant flavor with a nice bacon-like accent. Worth a shot.

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Photo of alysmith4
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of the most interesting beers I've ever had! The smell was incredible - smokey, bacon-y, earthy, and something roasted like peat moss. The taste wasn't quite as strong as the smell, but I'd say that's because it was smooth and well-balanced. This isn't my favorite style of beer, but I'd have this brew again and again.

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Photo of madelfonatree
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased Friday, September 25, 2015 and enjoyed Thursday, October 8, 2015 in a Hopslam tulip/snifter.

Look - Dark brown with slight red tinge. Very small tan head. The head is more of the sediment dripping from the glass. It was a very aggressive pour. There is no lacing. It is a dead beer but nice body color.

Smell - Smoked. Bacon. Coffee. Chocolate. Raw meat. Dark fruit.

Taste - Smoke. Bacon. Chocolate. Coffee. To tell you the truth it has a terrible after taste... raw meat.

Feel - Creamy. Heavy. Viscous. Very nice for abv.

Overall - I like stouts and smoked beers. This is not my favorite. It has a nice color and feel.

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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 mwilbur
3.56/5  rDev -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 MasterSki
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
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
87 out of 100 based on 262 ratings.