Beer Geek Bacon
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English Oatmeal Stout
Ranked #188
Ranked #18,313
3.86 | pDev: 13.99%
Mikkeller ApS
Very Good
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Notes: A smoked version of the Beer Geek Breakfast.

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4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rauch Geek Breakfast is black as squid ink and just as flat. Seriously, it could easily pass for something drugged up from the bottom of the ocean - especially since this bottle is racked with all kinds of beastly sediment that revoltingly drift about, eventually settling in to a very easy-to-disturb slumber on the bottom. My glass looks like a deep sea aquarium.

Strange though it sounds, there's fewer more perfectly balanced pairings than bacon and chocolate - it's salty meets sweet, with a common roastiness linking the two in truly holy matrimony. That's the idea behind this "Beer Geek Bacon" concept: dark, decadent chocolate notes, emphasized by heavy-roast coffee, with smoked malt providing meaty depth and dimension.

And they've pulled it off flawlessly. The beer is intense yet elegant, with a bold but balanced bouquet, and it's got an aftertaste that goes on for days. It just doesn't stop with the espresso, unrefined cocoa nib, singed grain and, yes, a little bit of smoked bacon goodness. Delicious. Throw that half a grapefruit out the window! There's a new breakfast in town!

I appreciated the standard Beer Geek Breakfast but felt it a little too one-dimensional; Rauch Geek has much more to say than just coffee. The scale undoubtedly tips more to oatmeal stout than Rauchbier, but that minor addition makes for a major improvement; there's wonderful interplay between bitter, sweet and smoky, with nothing burnt or astringent about it.

It's not hard to tell if a smoked coffee stout is for you - either you're into that sort of thing or you're repelled by it. The important question - especially as it pertains to a Mikkeller offering - is: is it any good? I'm often critical of this brewer but will openly go on record claiming that Rauch Geek Breakfast is a stupendous beer that aught to be part of a healthy, balanced diet.

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biegaman from Ontario (Canada), Oct 16, 2016
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3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Rauch Geek Breakfast pours an inky black color with 2 fingers of cocoa colored head. It leaves slight rings of lace around the snifter.

Aromas of bacon grease, maybe a pan left out for a day after the fact; campfire; some mild chocolate and salt.

Flavor is marginally better, bringing smoked meats and thick cut bacon into the equation, tailing with cold oatmeal, cold coffee, 2% milk, and an after dinner (breakfast?) Andes mint.

Feel is pretty darn creamy, but still retains an adequate level of carbonation. The finish is smoked and char-like.

Overall, Beer Geek "Rauch Edition" is pretty decent. It really nails down what it aims to do - taste like breakfast in a cup, and does it with a little flair. I might try this again, but it's for sure a bit too different to be a regular. Feel like a liquid breakfast? This is a viable option.

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The-Adjunct-Hippie from South Dakota, Aug 23, 2016
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3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black in color and impenetrable to light. There's a quarter inch of densely packed brown head. Aroma is of smoked malt, roasted barley, and plums. The flavor is much more forward with the dark malt, plums, and roasted barley. The smoked malt is definitely playing a supporting role. The mouth is a bit warm with alcohol, slightly chewy and viscous.

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Franziskaner from Missouri, Apr 17, 2016
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3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very good intro Rauch beer being that the smoke is there but not dominant. Lots of floaters in this one, which I am OK with, but lacks the richness and smokiness I was looking for. Cheers!

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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown liquid, lighter than average for a stout of this price structure usually. Wasn't a sexy uniform pour, there was some sediment and chunkiness to it.

Aroma hit the smoke, bacon, bitter and roasted notes. The bacon was very minimal, took on rauchbier like qualities.

Taste actually was a gentler ride than the aroma would lead me to believe. Smoke wasn't overpowering but complimentary. Neat to check out, but at the price point just not a repeat purchase kind of beer.

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3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

The smell definitely gives away the oatmeal, but the smoke is less smoked oats and more sausage-like and meaty. It's got that burnt bacon in the morning kind of smell to it. Savory, and just a bit sour.

The taste is like licking charred wood - smokey, earthy, and a very long-lingering but not overwhelming bitter and bone-dry aftertaste that's just a bit metallic. A bit too burnt, rather than just smokey, but still tasty and still fits the "breakfast beer" profile quite well. Not getting a lot of coffee, and I would prefer a hint of sweetness,

Feel is as thick as it pours - heavy and oily, with low carbonation, fitting the very dark brown color. Overall recommended, but not mindblowing. Maybe a maple syrup version would be tasty...

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jmasher85 from Maryland, Feb 27, 2016
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1.95/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a shaker pint at room temperature.

Appearance: Pours your typical stout black, with a thin head of deep tan froth that fades quickly.

Smell: The aroma opens with a light charred oak, ere segueing into smoked pork shoulder and a lightly roasted coffee.

Taste: See "Smell" - light charred oak flavor, mingling with a blackened pork shoulder fresh from the smoker and a lightly roasted coffee. Alongside and atop all of that, however, comes a veritable deluge of iron and metal, with overlays the entire flavor profile with a harsh and acrid note. I did not finish the bottle.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thin and light, particularly for a stout.

Overall: Not an experience I enjoyed, nor one I shall repeat.

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UrbanCaveman from Illinois, Dec 28, 2015
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3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
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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3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle (11.2oz) into a snifter. Jet black with a small surface head that dissipated almost immediately.

Whoa. Aroma is surreal. Raw smoked bacon, coffee, salted nuts, and ham. I can tell this is going to be interesting, but I'm up to the challenge.

Incredibly unique, It tastes like it smells. Smoked meat, charcuterie (speck), charred wood, and coffee singing back-up in there somewhere.

As it warms, the front end develops some wine-like tannin flavors that eventually give way to the smoked meat assault. As the warming continues, the hickory and mesquite begin to give way to the coffee as it becomes more predominant on the finish.

This beer is not for everyone, nor would it be an everyday brew. I think it's worth a try and might be better shared with a friend. I could see this pairing well with charcuterie, barbecue, and charred vegetables.

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3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
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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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Strong charred wood flavor really comes through well in this one. It does sort of remind me of bacon. Lot's of great coffee and chocolate notes as well. Well done.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter. Thanks, Alan.

A: A dark black with tan head that lingers. Not much lacing.

S: Lots of burnt espresso and bready malts.

T: Follows nose with a pleasing bite of robust, charred espresso beans. Malts mix in well for a tasty combo.

M: Medium to heavy with medium carbonation.

O: I still prefer the regular Beer Geek Breakfast, but this one was a tasty wake up call. Toasty goodness.

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brewskifan55 from Mississippi, May 05, 2015
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3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark black, topped with a good sized dark brown head. Good retention and lovely lacing.

Breakfast in a glass! Roasted barley, dark fruit, a touch of smoke and coffee. Most of the flavors are fairly subtle.

Smoke and char flatten the initial hit to the palate; dare I say, it comes across as dull. Coffee asserts in the second third, however, and the smoke brings much more flavor on the back third. Long finish with the smoke and roast dancing together.

Thick, almost chewy feel; smooth; lingering finish.

This is a pretty solid brew, certainly interesting, but not something I'm going to reach for again, especially at its price point.

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Roguer from Georgia, Apr 19, 2015
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4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a pitch black color with a small fizzy khaki colored head that reduces quickly leaving nothing behind

S- smoky woodsy campfire mixes with peat moss and dried & smoked pork aroma up front. Beyond that, layers of dark chocolate mix with fresh coffee grounds and subtle hints of caramel and oat

T- lots of deep, dark & bittersweet chocolate up front with notes of ground coffee mixing in. The smoke adds a second dimension, contributing flavors of smoked pork, charred wood, peat & campfire. The finish is dry with a linger of dark chocolate and smoke

M- medium body with medium-low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that finishes dry and slightly chalky

O- the smoke plays more of a support role here, and it actually helps enhance the dark chocolate sweetness and the coffee, well done

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Treyliff from West Virginia, Mar 07, 2015
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3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

L - Black in colour with a dark brown upper layer and brown foam.

S - I nice subtle aroma of a little smoke, Blackberries. can't pick up any coffee.

T - Slight sweet/sour taste up front, quite a bitter finish. Lots of smoke with coffee and possibly picking up bacon, may be the label playing tricks on my mind.

O- Not a bad little brew but the bitter taste isn't blending with the other flavours well

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Eddymcm from Alberta (Canada), Jan 29, 2015
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4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown, almost black color, with a small beige-brown head.

Aromas contain a lot of fresh crushed coffee beans, sweeter malts, bitter chocolate, cream and a decent amount of smoke.

Taste is defined by a solid bready malt foundation, which gets washed over by a creamy, smooth coffee bitterness. Malts then stay recognizable by turning a bit sweeter, giving the beer a fuller body. Medium carbonation is responsible for the coffee to rush down the throat rapidly, while leaving a trace of smoky, roasted bitterness on the palate. This beer is defined by an interesting interplay of very bitter coffee and smoked, toffeeish malts, finished by a long acrid finish.

Smoke actually doesn’t have the biggest influence on the palate, but it is recognizable in an enjoyable interaction with the malts, adding an unusal flavor to this great beer. Arguing from the perspective of loving a typical Bamberg smoked beer, this smoked stout entirely lacks the characteristic hints of saltiness. It is even more astonishing that it doesn’t need those, because of the complex coffee flavor, which stays in balance due to the malty smokiness - enough complexity is established in a different way, than they do it in Bamberg. The coffee flavor of this beer might already be enough to make this great, as it is very smooth, almost creamy, intense flavoured, and changes its taste on the palate during the tasting process.

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aleigator from Germany, Jan 28, 2015
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4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Intensely smoked. Lots of wood, peat, pork and bacon flavor. Moderate roasted malt and coffee blends well with the smoky notes. Well balanced overall. One of the better smoked beers I've had.

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bnes09 from Illinois, Jan 25, 2015
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

A - pours essentially black with a dark rich chocolate colored imh head, decent retention great lacing

S - tns of smokey bacon, some bitter coffee. That's pretty much it

T - smokey as he'll, bitter bitter coffee and that's really about it. Bacon flavor doesn't taste great

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MacQ32 from South Carolina, Sep 30, 2014
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3.27/5  rDev -15.3%
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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woodychandler from Pennsylvania, Aug 13, 2014
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3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My bottle had a label titled "Raunch Geek Breakfast", so it took me a while to find due to the alias.

a. Dark, Dark brown into black. Poured into a tulip glass - no head - some trace foam lying on top. Cannot be sure of the age of the beer - bottle had no markings. Reading other reviews of 2 finger dark foam heads makes me wonder if this was on the shelf a while.

s. I had coffee, smoke, and bacon - some acidic high note. More and more enjoyable as time went on.

t. The first sip was all smoke flavor - BIG smoke- coffee was layered in as time went on and the smoke was accepted in the pallet. Coffee lingers on the finish. Nice mix.

m. Very good. A bit heavy on the alcohol for a 7.5.

o. Very good beer. I am not a big smoked beer fan out side of Smoke and Dagger from Jack's Abby, which is a mild smoked flavor comparatively.

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gonzo000 from Massachusetts, Jul 20, 2014
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4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black as night. Small foamy head.

S: Smoke. Booze.

T: smoke. Coffee. Booze.

M: low carbonation. Thick. Smooth.

O: If you like smoked coffee, this beer is for you. Very smoky. Huge coffee notes. Wow. I am not a huge smoked beer fan, but this stands up to the style.

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jellikit from Washington, Jun 22, 2014
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3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a nearly opaque blackish color with medium brown head; thick rings down the glass. Smell: wood smoke, grain twang, earthy coffee with caramel and light fruitiness (plum ish). Taste: medium roast iced coffee, toffee, light earthiness, pine-ish note, grainy finish. Chocolate and dark fruit are reduced to being buried under the roast and grain. Worth a try, but my least favorite of the series so far.

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babaracas from Florida, May 19, 2014
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3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Teku glass.

A: Pitch black with medium (2fingers), medium lasting, mocha head. Very good lacing.

S: Mild roasted malts aroma, low to medium smoked malts aroma (woody, ashy), coffee aroma, hints of vanilla aromas, some dark fruits esters.

T: definetely smoked beer - burnt and ashy, dark roasted espresso coffee flavours, some dark chocolate, medium bitterness, low hop flavor.

M: creamy texture, medium carbonation, medium to full body.

O: Very drinkable smoked beer, which base is great beer geek breakfast. This stout is very drinkable. Really good beer.

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BlazerT from Poland, Apr 23, 2014
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3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a black color. 1/4 inch head of an off-tan color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, slight roasted malt, hint of alcohol, hint of smoke, and hint of floral notes. This is more the style of Smoked beer than an oatmeal stout, though it doesn't fit easily into either category. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable dryness. Tastes of sweet malt, roasted malt, hint of smoke, slight hops, and slight alcohol. Overall, good body, blend, and aroma, but the smoke is almost an afterthought.

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Tone from Missouri, Apr 05, 2014
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4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Smakawhat from Maryland, Mar 30, 2014
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