Beer Geek Bacon | Mikkeller ApS

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A smoked version of the Beer Geek Breakfast.

Brewed at Nøgne Ø.

Added by bark on 07-02-2010

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603
Reviews:
269
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
13.99%
 
 
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Photo of kylehay2004
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Two finger milk chocolate colored head with little retention on a jet black body. Aroma is a little off putting. The mesquite aroma is more like Raid insectacide by my nose. I cant get much else from it. When drinking the flavor actually makes the aroma better. The flavor is a very nice smokey, mesquite, bacon taste which is actually mellow and not over done making this one of the more drinkable beers in this genre that I have had. Thick body and moderate carbonation. I know my rating is high but for the genre this is excellent.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle I brought to share at dabaloons' tasting.

This is now labeled as Rauch Geek Breakfast.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, smoked malt, toasted oat, cocoa, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with smoke, cocoa, and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a smoke presence that is more apparent in the aroma.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

another beer geek incarnation, a splendid one too. big dark brown bodied oatmeal stout with a frothy milkshake tan head and intense smoke aromatics. its like an oatmeal stout meets a campfire, evoking notions of brisket and pork butt on the slow fire. its meaty in that way, almost primitive, yet refined in a way that only mikkeller can execute. big bold zesty flavors from the charred barley, and a coffee addition appears evident. as full bodied as they get, and at 7.5% its sturdy enough for cold winter drinking. some people dream of curling up with a book and a cup of tea on a grey day in January. I will now dream of curling up with this beer and a hockey game. masculine and aggressive, but patient and contemplative as well. an overall exceptional stout from mikkeller, one that I look forward to getting into again soon.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of Knapp85
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
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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4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a finger high creamy mocha head that has good retention properties and never completely faded away.
S: The smell is moderately strong and has aromas of smoke are present in the nose along with notes of roasted malts and coffee beans.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell--a light smokiness stands out in particular and is accompanied by flavors of roasted malts and coffee. There is a light amount of bitterness, which particularly stands out in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied, creamy and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink because the smoky flavors and bitterness are not overpowering and the alcohol is well hidden.

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3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle - not a lot of logos around with actual bacon imagery in them, so good on Mikkeller for the oddly literal display.

This beer pours a complete black, the only edges, even when back-lit, are in my imagination. The head is of the sort I've come to expect from this brewer - even with care and preparation, this fucker still overflows onto my kitchen counter. What it doesn't do, though, is outstay its over-ebullient welcome, dropping away in a steady manner, and rendering some evil low-pressure cloud system lace around the glass.

It all smells like a caramel chocolate bar that has spent too much time in a backyard smoker - fleshy, indistinct meaty aromas over top of big sweet malt. And bacon, specifically? Maybe, if it had spent a lot of time sizzling and then melding with the wood - but it didn't, apparently. The taste is a big improvement - smoky, ashy campfire, more wood than charred protein, caramel/toffee malt, medium chalky cocoa, muddled citrus pith, and bitter cold coffee.

The carbonation is average, with a slight zing up front, the body medium-full in weight, somewhat smooth amongst the clinging smokiness, and equally creamy from the underlying oats. It finishes with an emphasis on the sweet malty chocolate and coffee, slighted tinged by a dampened wet smokiness, and until-now hidden astringent booziness.

While it all starts out quite indicative of the titular breakfast morsel, everything thankfully levels off to a more agreeable smoky oatmeal maltiness, far more drinkable that one would have assumed from awkward first impressions. And not surprisingly, I have an urge to seek out some Islay single malt, something usually anathema to my Speyside-worshipping palate. Nicely played.

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3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 pint .9 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard presure cap served into a Guinness goblet in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Label on bottle is "Ruach Geek Breakfast". Imported by the Shelton Bastards. Described as a "Smoked Oatmeal Stout Brewed with Coffee".

Acquired at Wades Wine in Westlake Village, California, yesterday. Cost was $10.99 USD plus tax.

Expectations are through the roof as Mikkell is my favourite brewer and I love the style.

Not paired with food. Sidepoured with standard vigor as I didn't anticipate carbonation issues.

A: Pours a beautiful dark tan colour head of three fingers, excellent thickness, brilliant beautiful cream, and wonderful retention - especially for the fairly high ABV. Very frothy and creamy; just what I expect to see for the style. Exquisite and rich looking. Colour is a usual solid black (nontransparent). Extremely inviting.

Retained for at least six minutes until I just couldn't wait anymore.

Sm: Smokey notes akin to a rauchbier, tame bacon, peat, coffee, roast, cream, and perhaps a vague hint of chocolate. I like that the bacon is more restrained than in a beer like Schenkerla; the aroma is more balanced. A complex aroma, and a pretty strong one. Generally appealing; admittedly smokey even for the style. No oats came through in the aroma; it's likely the mouthfeel will reveal their presence.

T & Mf: A delightful creamy open starts things up right, giving way to the smokey peaty body - which is far less smokey than you might expect. I worred it might be too smokey, but as usual Mikkel's skills surprise me. The roast is buried deep in the body, but the coffee is present throughout - but still balanced. The balance and layering here is exquisite. The finish has cream alongside roast/coffee dryness, coaxing me into the next sip. I don't know how he balances all the competing notes, but the result is fantastic. None of the flavours are too bold; subtlety is central here (unlike say, Mikkeller Black). The bacon is present primarily as an undertone, which is a welcome change from most rauchbiers (or rauchbier influenced concoctions).

It's smooth and wet, but with underlying coarseness and dryness to bring out the flavours. The smoothness is on the surface while the coarseness is buried by present in the mouthfeel. The cream distracts you while the roast does its work. Truly remarkable.

No yeast or alcohol is detectable.

I quite fancy it overall.

Dr/Ov: Incredibly drinkable for its complexity, high ABV, and style. Usually it takes me a long time to finish an imperial stout; I'll probably polish off this bottle in a mere twenty minutes. I'd definitely have it again - even at this price - though I don't know that it's a good candidate for aging given its 7.5% ABV and seeming lack of yeast. I'd certainly try.

Might be great on nitro-draught, though I'd worry about the increased cream violating the subtlety and mouthfeel.

In any case, this is definitely a beer every beer fanatic should try, particularly if you're a fan of the style. This beer, unlike many generic Imperial Stouts, emphasizes a niche within the style, experimenting to good effect. Other breweries would do well to follow Mikkel's lead.

B+

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4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle, served in a tulip.

Inky black with billowing mocha foam. 3-4 fingers of dark milk chocolate mocha foam, leaving sticky patterns of lace all over the glass. Retention is solid.

Woodsy smoke, charred black patent malt, mellow hints of coffee. Doesn't come across as smoked meat or bacon, as some Rauchbiers do (Schlenkerla).

Smoke is a dominant flavor, dry and pervasive. It underscores notes of bitter bakers chocolate and dark roast coffee, with a leafy bitter hop peeking through also. Long roasty finish, ashy tobacco in the aftertaste. Fairly dry and bitter in an uncompromising way, yet all of it's components mesh well. Moderate carbonation, mellow feel, robust but not overly so.

Overall enjoyable, a nice smoked imperial stout, though the "bacon" moniker had me anticipating something savory and meaty.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.07/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a one-finger, light brown head of bubbly foam. It left thin trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of smoke and bacon. Nice coffee notes, too.

T - It tasted of smoked meats with some bitter black coffee. There was a touch of burnt molasses, too.

M - It was crisp and smooth. Way too many floaties that make the last 2 onces a drain pour. Medium bodied.

O - This is a tasty smoked/coffee beer. The sediment at the end was a draw back. Too much age maybe?

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

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of smoked malt with rich roasted dry malt notes is quite interesting though not as over-the-top as expecting. Taste is also a nice mix between some smoked flavours and notes of dry coffee. Body is full with nice creamy texture and good carbonation. Very well brewed with nice mix between smoked flavour and notes of roasted malt. Also, this beer has got quite a body considering the low ABV.

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3.07/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by nickd717. Thanks!

Oily opaque black with a thick collar for a head. Burnt bacon aroma, like bacon left in the frying pan for an hour too long; this is tarry, salty and burnt stuff. Tastes better than it smells, tarry and burnt, meaty and smokey. Medium-bodied, thankfully not too syrupy or burnt. Semi-sweet finish with strong roast and smoke. The aroma is fairly offensive, but it doesn't taste bad. Decent.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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