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Beer Geek Bacon - Mikkeller ApS

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86
very good

490 Ratings
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Ratings: 490
Reviews: 251
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 14.7%
Wants: 67
Gots: 72 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of coldmeat23
4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

This is a deep, black liquid which gives away a tiny sliver of dark brown around the surface edge when backlit. The medium pour produced a dense and creamy, milk chocolate colored, head that was almost three fingers thick. The retention is very good and the lacing is in thick, sticky strands.

Deep roasted coffee notes meld with big hints of smokiness. The smoke is both campfire and pork-like. Smells like an open pit barbeque loaded down with meat, next to a coffee shop. Light hints of dark chocolates and roasted malts.

The smoke hits your palate first...and forcefully. It is almost immediately balanced by dark roasted coffee bean notes. A light touch of sweet oatmeal pulls it all together and gives it a nice balance. Mild traces of vanilla bean, chocolate, and even a trace of saltiness.
This is very close to a liquid version of the flavors of bacon, oatmeal and coffee. Very nice.

This is full-bodied, verging very close to being thick. It has a medium-to-high level of carbonation, but it's all of those little tiny bubbles that I love so much. They give a nice dose of creaminess to this already smooth body.

This is probably a touch much for every day drinking, so I won't give it perfect. It is still very drinkable though and I'd love to have more.
Once again, Mikkeller impresses me. Keep up the great work, sir!

coldmeat23, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of derkfromwi
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

derkfromwi, Nov 07, 2013
Photo of chugalug06
2.58/5  rDev -32.3%
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.

chugalug06, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Dreadnaught33, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of bruachan
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
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

bruachan, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Firkin in a snifter.

Appearance: Pitch black all the way through. A creamy beige head arrives intact and slowly fades to a ring. Spots of lace decorate the glass.

Smell: Tons of smoke and tobacco, lots of espresso, both of which almost squeeze out the roasted malt. A bit of dark fruits as it warms. My nose actually gets the sensation of cigarette smoke rising into it.

Taste: Roasted malt up front, quite dry, with almost no sweetness. A boiled off molasses taste, then tobacco and smoke. Lots of espresso throughout the sip. The finish is smokey with more espresso. A little too much smoke; I feel like I just smoked a cigarette while drinking a dopio espresso.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, slightly drying, and medium carbonation. Full body.

Drinkability: Let's sip this. With how much smoke is in here, there is no way this is doing anything but disappearing slowly.

KickInTheChalice, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of Stoffel
4/5  rDev +5%

Stoffel, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to StormKing47 for this brew. 500ml bottle into my Stone IRS snifter.

A: Very dark brown, practically black with a tan head, not quite an inch that recedes to a cap of bubbles. Excellent lacing on the sides of the glass. Completely opaque.

S: Coffee and smoke, big notes of smoked malts. Has a surprisingly noticeable hop note as well a bit of citrus is thrown in the mix as well. Definitely a smoked beer, has some nice notes of campfire and bacon.

T: Excellent coffee flavors that are without a doubt enhanced by the smoke. Smoke adds a nice intensity to the coffee and chocolate. Has the characteristics of bacon and ham too. Finishes long and sweet with a perfect amount of bitterness to keep things in check. Smoke is a bit more subtle than I had expected, but it is definitely there and complements everything nicely. Very enjoyable.

M: Carbonation is a bit high, body of the beer is thick and heavy, but the high carbonation detracts from the overall profile.

D: I don't think you'd want to drink a lot of it, but it is definitely an easy sipper, and incredibly robust for a 7.5% stout. I really like the way the smoke adds to the coffee in the beer, does a lot to enhance it. Very enjoyable beer.

pokesbeerdude, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of IndyDad
3/5  rDev -21.3%

IndyDad, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of CityofBals
2/5  rDev -47.5%

CityofBals, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of ShogoKawada
4.63/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

ShogoKawada, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of Poupae
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Poupae, May 16, 2014
Photo of SPRichard
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

SPRichard, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of Bendurgin
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Grant for just casually throwing this bad boy in a recent trade. Pours black into my tulip with about an inch of creamy looking dark mocha head. It settles down to thin runny lace.

Real nice balance between smoke and roasty coffee flavors is damn near perfect. Nice dark roasted coffee aroma with a good smokey finish. Very well balanced. A little bit of char flavor to this, smokey wood flavors and a nice coffee flavor to round it out.

For an oatmeal stout I kind of think the feel could be a little smoother. It's kind of light and the carbonation is a bit coarse. Drinkable beyond belief though. Real good beer. Only downside is that it is a bit on the warm side.

Bendurgin, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of thereal_adam
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

thereal_adam, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of sbricker
3/5  rDev -21.3%

sbricker, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of zrab11
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

zrab11, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of elgiacomo
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

elgiacomo, May 30, 2011
Photo of KJ2013
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

KJ2013, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of larryi86
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle poured into a tulip

A- Black with a two finger tan head.

S- Roasted coffee, smoky bacon, some chocolate, faint piney hops.

T- Camp fire like smokiness, piney hops in the finish, hints of citrus hops, some roasted coffee notes. Smoke is front and center in this beer.

M- Medium body, finish is a little to hoppy bitter making the finish a little rough.

O- Not a bad beer, but my least favor of the series.

larryi86, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of NooseJustice
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

NooseJustice, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of dbossman
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black with a huge, gorgeous mocha-colored head; this beer looks so good, but the lacing doesn't quite hold

S: Wow! Smokey and meaty--like bacon and ham--on top of a roasty chocolatey and coffee malty wonderfulness; God, this smells so good

T: A tad on the boozy side and quite smokey and meaty; this is good and roasty and meaty but not quite as interesting and amazing as the aromas let on

F: A touch thinner than I would like but fairly decent with a touch of creaminess on the back end

O: Not as good as I thought it would be from the aromas and surprisingly boozy but this is still a good, interesting brew

dbossman, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of dasenebler
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

dasenebler, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of ChugginOil
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

ChugginOil, Jun 11, 2013
Beer Geek Bacon from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 490 ratings.