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Beer Geek Bacon - Mikkeller ApS

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86
very good

511 Ratings
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Ratings: 511
Reviews: 252
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 68
Gots: 82 | FT: 10
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 stakem
2.33/5  rDev -39%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Bottle split with wishuwerebeer and poured into a pub glass. This brew appears black in color with a finger of creamy tan head. Not much retention and patchy lace clings to the glass. Something quite ackward is evident in this brew as I started the pour and it got progressively worse. Plops and blubs of thick oily coagulated masses splashed into the glass while the bottle was still more than 3/4 full. Some of these masses seemed to dissolve but what remained in the glass was not pleasant looking. My initial reaction was fatty deposits of oil but perhaps this is gelatin?

The smell is roasty with a scent of dark grains mixed with coffee. The grain retains a fresh sweet quality despite the level of roast mixed with some oats and yeast. There is a solid smoked aspect that is very reminescent of campfire. This brew smells spot on and enjoyable, it is a shame that everything else about this brew is a train wreck.

The taste is roasted with a smoked flavor that seems pete'd. Coffee is ever present coupled with some yeastiness that is lightly dark and fruited. Some herbal hops are there along with a deep earthy flavor. Modestly bitter moreso from the roast of the malts than the inclusion of hops. The aftertaste is somewhat mineral-like that lasts in the mouth coupled with an herbal aspect.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. The alcohol is well integrated. However, the biggest turnoff of this brew is how oily the feel is and the way it coats the mouth. The texture of coagulated mystery ingredient is absolutely repulsive as it slides down the back if the throat. My friend sharing in the experience drainpoured his share. I tried my best to finish mine but nearly threw up after entering the second half of my glass. Bad bottle or not, I will never drink this beer again.

stakem, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of corby112
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, deep dark brown color that appears pitch black in the glass. Completely opaque without even the slightest hint of lighter color when held to a light source and a frothy three finger mocha colored head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the glass with large chunks of soapy lacing.

Very smokey malt aroma with hints of silky chocolate malt, roasted coffee/espresso bean, oatmeal and burnt toast complimenting the usual smoke/rauchbier notes. Hints of campfire, butane, ash, charcoal and BBQ bacon. The smokiness in the aroma isn't as extreme as I had hoped but it's still pretty intense.

Chewy medium body with a very bitter, roasty smoked malt flavor that dominates throughout into a long dry finish. This beer is also surprisingly hop forward adding to the roasty bitterness. Silky chocolate malt and a creamy lactic presence add balance to the smokiness. I'm also picking up hints of oatmeal roasted coffee bean, burnt toast and toffee. Again, as in the aroma, it's not as intensely smokey as I expected but the usual burnt malt, charcoal, bacon, BBQ and charred notes are still evident.

Overall, this beer is more well balanced than I prefer for this style but the surprising hop character is quite nice.

corby112, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm really quite depressed at how cheap beer is here in America compared to Australia. This was a bargain in Australian terms, so I figured it was worth picking up and sampling.

Pours a deep and opaque brown-black, with a crusty head of genuinely deep brown foam. Almost looked as though no head was going to form during the pour, but the carbonation streamed enough through the thick body to form a film. No lacing, but some decent static bubbling when swirled, which is impressive for a beer that clocks in only at 7.5%.

Nose is roasted and smoked in equal proportions. There's enough of the dark, charred robust characters to give you the concept of a genuine impy stout, but there's an extra level from the smoked character that remind you you're dealing with an entirely different beast. Coffee, if there is any, is overwhelmed by the smoke, leaving something dark, brutal and smouldering. This is not the subtle woodsmoke in a light German rauchbier; this is the full-bodied and unsympathetic smoke from the darkest burning charcoal of an extinguished arson attack. Brutal, but uncompromising.

Taste is very nicely done, in a way that demands respect. Definite dark roasted stout characters throughout, with a genuinely confronting charred bitterness to it. But it's accentuated with that lilting smokiness, which, rather than leavening the palate, seems to emphasise what a dark beat you're dealing with. Mouthfeel is slick, but light. Carbonation is almost non existent on the palate, leaving a smooth and clear experience.

It's as though they've worked out how exactly they can take an exceptionally robust stout to the next level. Yeah, we could just char the grains some more, but how about if the grains were still actually in the process of being burned? If you want a crazy stout experience, give it a go. It's certainly worth trying.

I only wish I'd saved this to bring back to @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe. They would have got a kick out of this. You probably will too.

lacqueredmouse, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Brick Store Pub. I'm a big fan of Rauchbiers, so I was excited to try this one. Pours black with a coffee with cream head. The aroma is lightly smokey and roasty, but a bit subdued. Luckily, the taste is exceptional. Perfectly balanced roastiness with beautiful smoke notes and a meaty song of bacon throughout. Quite bitter and dry in the mouth, with late cocoa notes. A really cool beer.

Georgiabeer, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours an almost pitch black color with a nice 1 finger dense tan head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of burnt wood, smoked meat, roasted malt, dark chocolate, caramel, and coffee. Nice and balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, burnt wood, smoke, caramel, roasted malt, coffee, molasses, and herbal hops. Light bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, smoke, caramel, coffee, and roasted malt on the finish for a bit. Nice balance of flavors without being too smokey. Medium carbonation and body; with a nice creamy and lush mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish present. Overall this is a very nice smoked stout. Nice balance and robustness; and very drinkable as well. Enjoyed this one.

superspak, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of mothman
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a goblet type glass.

Served with 1 finger of creamy tan head with decent retention leaving a lot of lace. Color is a deep black.

Aroma: Roasted malts up front with smoke flavors. Then some fresh coffee with subtle bacon notes. Also get some chocolate.

Taste: Rich chocolate with the smoke up front. Light bacon with roasted malts and fresh clean coffee. Has some creamy notes to it with oats.

Mouthfeel: Fairly full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with coffee in the aftertaste.

Overall, this is a solid smoked stout. Probably one of the better smoked beers I have had. Lots of different layers to this beer. Great drinkability. I dig it.

mothman, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

ejimhof, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of mdaschaf
2.85/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from notes:

A: Poured a deep black with a huge three finger mocha head with great retention and some very nice lacing.

S: Quite smokey with some roasted malt, burnt coffee, and bacon, which along with the smoke was the most evident aroma.

T: Had high hopes, but the flavor didn't work for me at all. It tasted like fake bacon, like bacon bits. There is also a rubber/plastic, bandaid like flavor.

M: Medium to full bodied, on the creamier side with a good level of carbonation.

O: Everything was pretty good on this beer except for the flavor profile, the most important feature. Certainly need to try this one again, since other palates I trust have enjoyed this beer.

mdaschaf, May 26, 2011
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Huhzubendah, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

akorsak, May 17, 2011
Photo of DoubleJ
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

DoubleJ, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

afsdan, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of BillRoth
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

BillRoth, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of smakawhat
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

A real nice thick brown walnut body out of the bottle, but fills the glass with very dark black colors. Head is creamy thick and cocoa brown, thick coating of ring lacing all around and thin creamy colllar to match. Real nice lovely looking stout.

Great aroma and as advertised. Subtle campfire smoke, nice wood like embers. Subtle coffee and char roasting aromas. Certainly some cobbed smokey hints of bacon to match.

Palate is large amd wonderfuly controlled smoke. Hints of earth hop and large smoked malt without plastic burnt character. Coffee angle is a little lost as smoked and rauch accents dominate. Nice carbon char with smoke that hints slightly toward tobacco and balances nicely. Some milk coffee comes out as the beer warms up and the smoke subsides a bit with a lingering presence. Missing a bit of chewy and creamy oat character.

Truly a beer described and tastes as labelled. Missing only a bit of creamy palate feel to match. Otherwise a blast to drink.

smakawhat, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

DrBier, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

brandoman63, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of John_M
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and decent lacing. The nose is just outrageous, showing bacon fat, smoked salmon, coffee grounds, a hint of licorise and black chocolate. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but isn't nearly as intense or complex. I still pick up some light smoke flavor, but this fairly dry stout that is otherwise dominated by coffee grounds and dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is a bit light, even thin, though otherwise there's plenty of flavor. I get just a hint of hoppy bitterness on the finish, which is welcome. Drinkability is good, with the modest alcohol well integrated into the flavor profile.

Another solid effort from Mikkeler.

John_M, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of rab53
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

rab53, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of KAF
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

KAF, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of Kelp
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Kelp, May 05, 2013
Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into my Stone RIS glass. It poured black in color with a modest, tan head to it. The head faded, but left some decent lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a good dose of smoke to it. It has a bit of a roasty, burnt, campfire like quality to it. I get some sweeter, chocolate notes to it as well, which give it a smoother quality. Pretty nice smoky aroma overall.

The taste has a lot of the smoke to it throughout the flavor. At first it's more roasty and bitter, but towards the finish I get some dark chocolate to it. The smoke lingers after the finish for a while. Nice smoke flavor overall.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being moderate. Drinkability was good, I thought it was a very nice smoked beer. It had a big smoky, campfire like flavor to it, but was also pretty smooth and drinkable. Very enjoyable beer overall, and a solid beer all around.

billab914, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of sendbeer
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

sendbeer, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of beerthulhu
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A motor oil pour produces a monstrous 3 finger+ cinnamon colored head that was incredibly well lasting. The head was a marshmellow structure, all the while leaving a thick shellacking, coating the glass with >90% efficiency as it slowly receded.

S: Morning after burnt wood and ambers deliver a rich smoky appeal with a strong sense of strength. Burnt bacon and minerality also chime in. Not since Aecht Schlenkerla have I experienced such a deep, burnt smoky appeal.

T: Thick oatbase is very evident, creamy highlighted by liquid smoke and burnt wood. Dark chocolate, burnt bacon and a deep earthy roasted coffee bitterness moves in along with some dark fruit. Hard to imagine doing it much better. Nice campfire minerality and creamy dark roasted coffee base laces the tongue upon the swallow and decides to linger abit.

M: Thick and creamy mouthful, dark and rich and roasty on the tongue with nil carbonation.

D: Very good drinkability, consumed at 50-55F. Alcohol at 7.5% is hardly a factor, you'll be to mesmerized by the huge smoky roasted nature and smooth consumption. Silky smooth on the down.

beerthulhu, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of ShanePB
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle - served into a tulip glass after being in the cellar for a few months.

A: Dark, pitch black body with a full, rocky and bubbly dark brown head. Lacing and retention were *almost* completely spot on, just missed a perfect appearance score by a hair.

S: Nose opens with big charred wood notes, smoked malt, burnt coffee beans and Applewood smoked bacon. A common theme of this borderline smokey-burnt aroma is gracefully done as to not be completely gross, but rather inviting and tantalizing.

T: Smoked pork, glazed honey bacon notes, slight bitterness from the coffee comes through mid-palate. Finishes with some cream and vanilla notes and has a lingering charred wood flavor.

M: Creamy, carbonation is just about right (could be a bit lower), full-bodied, very nice.

This is an interesting and complex flavor profile here, one I cannot really compare to the Beer Geek Breakfast because I've never had it. I did enjoy this "smoked" version of it, but after a full bottle, these overly smokey notes got to me and became a little sickening.

ShanePB, May 23, 2011
Photo of HopHead84
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

3/6/2011

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.

HopHead84, Mar 06, 2011
Beer Geek Bacon from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 511 ratings.