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Beer Geek Bacon - Mikkeller ApS

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260 Reviews
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Reviews: 260
Hads: 573
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 75
Gots: 102 | FT: 11
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Denmark

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 aasher
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The name definitely drew me to this one. I'd been wanting to try this for awhile and was lucky enough to find a bottle at LUSH in Chicago. It's like motor oil in both consistency and color. It has a two finger dark, dark creamy khaki head. The aromas are rich and malty. It's smoky but not as smoky as I thought it would be. It has an element of smoked wood, like cedar. It smells more like a smoked baltic porter than an imperial stout. It has the light sweetness of a baltic and lacks the true coffee presence of a stronger stout. The aromas are highly appealing altogether. The taste however is disappointing, coming from the way the beer smells. It's kind of bland. The smoked wood flavor comes through in the aftertaste. I wish there was more of this while you were actually drinking it. The more drinks I take from the glass the more I can see the bacon aspect. It's very rich and has nice roasted accents. It grows with every taste, kind of like hickory smoked bacon. It's drinkable but it could've been more, could've been better. It's drinkable for the product but it's too pricey to really try again. I'm glad I found it. (1,131 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
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. (1,116 characters)

Photo of Derek
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black with a tan head, good retention & lace.

S: Smells like a rauchbier (though not overpowering), with an underlying stout (licorice, black-strap molasses, hints of coffee & roasted nut).

T: It's just a smoked stout, though there does seem to be some crispy, almost burnt bacon flavour. Espresso, Dutch licorice, blackstrap molasses, roasted nut, solid bitterness, slight alcohol warmth.

M: Moderate body has some roasted acidity.

D: It's a good brew, just not spectacular.

This would be great around a campfire on a cool night. (538 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a motor oil black with a thin head and it did leave some lacing sticking to the glass. The nose was not as smokey as I anticipated but I did spot out roastiness, chocolate flavors I believe were from the malts and I also sniffed out slight underlying hop notes. Like I suspected there was slight hop bitter character on the palate with a mild smokey roastiness, chocolate malts, and burnt grain notes. The brew was medium to full in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a very slight sweet, but smokey, roasty, and hop bitter finish. It drank pretty good but to me is not one of my favorites beers from mikkeller. Out of all the breakfast beer I'd go with the brunch weasel. (693 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black bodied beer with a thick, dense, hefty brown head supported on top. Retention is outstanding as is lacing. Nice aroma of smoke, char, tobacco, chocolate and roast. Char hits the palate first. Then dark chocolate, tobacco juice, leather and greasy bacon. Very good all around. A little acridness, but fitting for the style. Actually some sweet malt underneath all the roast and chocolate that peeks its head out once in a while. Lot of character as usual with Mikkeller. (475 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour, not as dark as expected. At the very end, the pour was clumpy, and rather than do the brussels lace thing, it looked as if (maybe it was the bacon playing tricks on my eyes) there were bits of congealed fat that caused it to stick to the glass in a very unique way.

Aroma was heavy smoke, char, almost thought this one was aged in bourbon based on the aroma.

Taste, so smooth and drinkable, the heaviest smoked beer I've had that did not impart an undesireable astringency, this one was spot on with the oatmeal. Chocolate, leathery feel to it downbottle. Bacon taste not really present, but could see it having been part of the smoking agent equation.

At $11 a bottle, I can't give it too high of an overall score, but it is an interesting beer worth checking out if you've never had it before. Not as good as the brunch weasel, but good. (861 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into tulip mar30 2011

A pretty dark with just a slight edge of dark cola when held to the light, the head is also pretty dark and retains very well leaving a fair bit of lace as it slowly falls to an island

S faint hops with a strong blast of hippie that just showed up at the bar after sitting in front of a campfire for a week or two and some milk chocolate

T not far from the smell, plenty of smoke and chocolate with some faint coffee and licorice, perhaps some tobacco and leather sneak in after the initial smokey blast

M not overly thick for the color but not thin by any means and the bubbles cream it up a bit and the flavors lingure

O decent smoked beer and I'm glad I picked it up, not bad for a spring day staring at the Rockies out the window. The smokes a little overpowering but I think that may be the goal of this brew

I'd drink this again but I'm going to be broke after trying all these new Mikkellers released in Alberta and then buying more of the ones I want to cellar. Nice smokey flavors if you like that sort of thing its worth looking for (1,090 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black as night hue with a small brown head.

Smoked malt mingles with roasted coffee to create a "bacon"-like aroma. Kind of a darker rauchbier?

Chewy, smoky and full of coffee goodness. Bursts with smoke in the middle.

Its slick with just a hint of lingering smoke at the back of the throat. The smoke never has a chance to overwhelm the other flavors.

Marvelous. Worth a try for fans of the style. If you love bacon, it's a bonus. (443 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.62/5  rDev +18.5%
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. (716 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.79/5  rDev +22.8%
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. (559 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Leon's in Atlanta, the American version is sold as Rauch Beer Geek Breakfast.

Pours black with a one-finger brown head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of smooth roasted malt, smoked malts, coffee, and dark chocolate, in that order. The smoked malt aromas intensify a bit as the beer warms.

Tastes very good. The smoked malt flavors aren't as intense as the nose intimates, instead favoring moderately roasted malt flavors that kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are good amounts of smooth dark chocolate flavors that segue into smooth, lightly roasted coffee. Hints of smokiness work their way into the flavor profile before fading out into a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was a fan of this beer and thought the smokiness was well done. It didn't overpower the beer and instead augmented what is already a nice beverage. Worth a shot. (1,076 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
3.55/5  rDev -9%
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. (771 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and an impenetrable texture. There was a massive, creamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Surprisingly average lacing.

S: The smokiness of this beer overwhelms the smell, but there are traces of coffee and malt.

T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by the smokiness. There is some coffee, malt and chocolate, but it's in short supply. Not a bad flavor, but not as balanced as I would've liked.

M: A generally well-carbonated beer with a very dry and smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: While this is an uneven and inconsistent beer, it still has a good drinkability. (631 characters)

Photo of THECPJ
2.69/5  rDev -31%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark black with a 2 finger mocha head

smell: bacon, smoke, malts, barley,

taste: bacon, smoke, funky plastic,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, full body,

overall: I really wanted to like this beer. But some of the off flavors and smell turned me off.

Cheers,
The CPJ (301 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz bottle, Riley's

I like bacon.

appearance: poured into an oversized snifter - ebony body with a healthy chocolate cap and light retention

smell: char, dark chocolate, liquid smoke, roasted malts, espresso, molasses

taste: Mikkeller stouts are hit or miss but the beer geek series seems better than the black hole series. There really isnt any bacon to speak of, but people often associate bacon with smoke for some reason. This stout is rich and velvety with hints of char, smoke, dark chocolate, espresso, molasses, wood, dark fruits, and alcohol

mouthfeel: rich and velvety - i would have guessed the abv was > 7.5% though

drinkability: sipper - but nice (669 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle poured into large snifter glass

Pours a deep solid brown, almost black, with a thick, frothed coffee brown head. Retains well with plenty of patchy lacing running around the glass.

Plenty of smoke up front in the nose, coupled with roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, slight bitterness, and a light hint of bacon.

Thick smokiness kicks it off with notes of leather and bitterness. Bits of dark chocolate, molasses, and mocha coffee swirl through out the flavor profile. Some hop bitterness is apparent towards the end, which combines with the charred smoke to create a nice effect. Finishes warm, bitter, and dry.

Full body, a little dry and chewiness in the feel. Smooth and tasty drinking, which goes down faster than usual, especially with the relatively lower ABV. One of my favorite smoked stouts I've tried so far. (836 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

8 oz tap pour in a snifter at The Palm Tavern.

A - Served totally black in the snifter with firm dense dark tan head. Good retention but no lace left over.

S - Beer Geek Bacon sizzles with roasted malts and hints of cocoa and chocolate with an overpowering peet smoke aroma.

T - Bitter chocolate starts the flavor with a dusty cocoa backing and a mild peet smoke that comes through with a touch of coffee on the finish.

M - Medium-bodied and smooth with a toasty, smokey finish and an acrid, dry bitterness.

D - Wow. It's a good thing this snifter was shared. That's a pretty smokey rauchbier. A little over-the-top with the smoke, it could easily be brought down a notch or two. (684 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.58/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had as Rauch Geek Breakfast, which is labeled an Oatmeal Stout. Whatever. Strong, smoky aroma has tones of coffee, molasses and hickory. It pours a deep, nearly black, opaque sable with a very thick and fine-bubbled dark tan head. As for the flavor - imagine drinking a high-quality mocha that's been spiked. Now add a generous helping of hickory smoke and pinches of nutty, caramel and licorice flavors. Full-bodied texture has a strong fizz and leaves behind a firm, persistent tingle. Catch this one while you can! (517 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep black with cap of dark brown bubbles, gone rather quickly and minimal lacing. Scent leads with a strong smoke and chared grain profile, noted of bitter black coffee grinds on the back. When cold, taste is dominated by a strong, but not harsh meaty smoke. As it warms, other flavors, namely spent coffee grinds and a faint touch of dark cherry. Lingering char on the palate, full bodied and smooth, quite bubbly. A nice aggressive smoke profile that doesn't overpower, a good base beer unfortunately hidden too well. (528 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL pours a black-as-night color with a dense, creamy brown foam. Retention is nice and lacing good. If nothing else, Mikkeller can make a good-looking beer.

Nose has a roasty, smoky and even chipotle-esque smell to it. Light cardboard and even a touch of fruit. Good smelling brew.

Alot of thin coffee flavor here, and the smoke drops off quite a bit in the tasting. Roasty malts with an understated sweetness/hop interplay. Mouthfeel lacks a bit, which is one of my main complaints with Mikkeller (along with the price). More creaminess and less astringency, please. That said, it does ring true with the original beer geek breakfast and fans of it should like this one as well. I think it is a decent beer, but typically overpriced. (740 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Let this bottle warm up a bit out of the fridge. Poured with a mammoth, tan, foamy, frothy, thick, creamy head and no lace. Color is an absolutely opaque brown black. Aroma is smoke, dark roasty malt, dark ripe fruit, and old leather. Taste is very similar to nose with just a hint of malt sweet. Body is good, smooth, soft and chewy with good carbonation. Finish is like flavor and of medium length. I prefer smoke beers with a milder smokieness, so I don't call this a session. (479 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a dark brown head. In the aroma, sweet oatmeal, roasty, and campfire like. In the taste, a nice sweetness of oatmeal, and a nice roast, with a smokey flavor sneaking up halfway through and hanging in there till the end. A small bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry smokiness in the aftertaste. Nice roast and small smoke, not too much smoke either, very well done. (399 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at ChurchKey.

A - Nice black beer with a brown head that rose up about a finger and receded to a tight ring. Just a few spots on the side, but mostly left the glass clean.

S - A great rauch smell on top of the coffee and char. Coffee is still present, but the smoke adds a new depth to this beer that wasn't there before. Great bacon and grease smell, the fiancee' at the time (now wife) even liked it.

T - Also had this out of the bottle, and this is a ton better. Smoke and bacon are amazing, but not so dominant that you still miss out the coffee. Little bit of burnt cocoa and the roasted malts are still strong. This is very enjoyable.

M - Good carbonation and full bodied, still manages to be smooth and enjoyable.

D - This is a great beer (on tap) that I had to get a second pour of. Great stuff. (815 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.68/5  rDev +20%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a-Poured a stunning oil black with a thick creamy chocolatey head into my oversized snifter. This is far and away the creamiest looking head I've ever seen. Looks almost chocolate milkshake like.

s-Smokey greasy bacon. My mouth is literally watering. I've had a few smoked beers and this one really captures a bacon smoke...absolutely awesome. In the background there is a bit of band aide type of thing going on.

t-Unreal. The flavor also catches that smokey bacon vibe. Roasted malts and a bit of chocolate, but overall smokey delicious bacon in a glass. As it warms some dark fruit comes out as well.

m-Mouth is smooth and the brew is medium bodied. A bit watery, but not overly so that it detracts from the beer.

d-Smooth and creamy, but still a wonderfully balanced smoked brew. Not too filling. Really amazing brew, but not something you'd drink a ton of, but I really LOVED this one. (894 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First time I've seen this one, apparently it's new. Cool that I reviewed Beer Geek Breakfast exactly one year ago.

A- Pitch black with a great dark, dark tan head that has good retention and builds up to massive proportions. Ends up being a very nice cloud and ring leaving not lace but suds that take forever to find their way back to the beer. (I often don't get snifter lace)

S- A coffee forward oatmel stout for sure, on target. Great roasty malt and a decent amount of smoke, slight campfire/charcoal notes. Tiniest bit of earthy hops to balance it out.

T- Very balanced and well done. That great Beer Geek Breakfast Oatmeal Stout flavor leads off the profile; awesome coffee, roast malt and slight hops. Then comes a tasteful amount of smoked malt, which lingers on the palate (charcoal notes, reminds me of camping) and combines with previously mentioned flavors to make one of the best aftertastes I have experienced.

MF- A nice and creamy, thick body with very smooth carbonation. Slight bitterness and warmth take it to a very good feel.

DB- Very surprised to hear that people think this is overly smoky. It really isn't drastically different from Beer Geek Breakfast, just a bit of smoke on top of what is already one of the best Oatmeal Stouts there is. Coffee + Smoke + Roast Malt = A+. (1,304 characters)

Beer Geek Bacon from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 260 ratings.