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
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269
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
13.99%
 
 
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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of mothman
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a bottle of this at State Line.

Pours near black with a thing off white to tan head. Smell really brings out both the coffee and the smoke, which turns out to be a really lovely interaction. Taste is about the same, with a great competitive dynamic between the two. Nice amount of roasted malt in the background. Medium body with good carbonation; quite smooth. Drinks incredible well, especially for a smoked beer. Normally, 4oz. or so of something like that is already getting to be a bit much for me.

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Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap@ Armsby Abbey.

Big frothy darker head doesn't even fade, just hangs out for the ride, with a pitch black semi thick beer. As i drink the lacing literally coats the entire glass except where i am drinking from.

Nose comes right out with smoke, smoked bacon, smoldering oak log, as well as some dark malts, little roast and coffee, slight syrup and sweetness.

Taste is similar with some smoke, but less than the nose, lots of campfire smoldering log, some smoked cured meat, chest malts, little minerality and brine with salty flavor, lots of roasted malts with touch of coffee. Some creamy rig oatmeal as well. It has a little creamy taste with some dried dark fruit. It finishes slightly drier with a lot more bitterness, some spicy hops and roasty malts, more brine and liberality.

The mouth is thick and pillowy with good carbonation.

The drinkability is a little lower as it coats the mouth and sticks to it for a while, the briney taste is a little bleh, typical for a super roasted breed but comes out too much here, but drinks well for abv bringing just a little warmth and boost taste.

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Photo of nickfl
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with two fingers of medium brown foam on top of an opaque, black body. The head settles slowly and leaves nice lace on the glass.

S - Very smoky with notes of bacon and peat. It doesn't smell like a campfire of burning oak or pine, but rather like a peat fire that I once smelled in Ireland.

T - Dry, dark smoked malt up front with notes of chocoalte and licorice. Dry caramel in the middle with more smoke and a hint of clove. Finishes with chocolate, dry caramel, and lingering peat.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - The aroma is overwhelmingly smoky, to the point that I was dreading the flavor, but it is surprisingly drinkable for a beer with such intense peat character. The smoke in the flavor is pleasant and provides a nice balance and contrast for the dry caramel malt components.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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

On tap @ TJ’s (Paoli, PA) on 5/14/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a deep black in the glass, topped with roughly a ½ finger of darker looking mocha head. This retains with a solid foaminess, leaving a frothy cascade of lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is all smoke, leather, and bunt malts, giving the nose an overall meaty crunch. Cocoa, additional sugars, and some green hops round out the back. I can pick up a bit of the coffee here but it does get lost at times among all of those smoked malts.

The smoke encompasses the taste as well but there is definitely more of a balance to this as well as it warms, as chocolate and oatmeal play a bigger part this time around. Roasted malts and green hops definitely give this an overall burnt and bitter bite though. Like the nose, the coffee character mostly gets pushed to the back. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a smooth prickly creaminess that glides along in the mouth and helps keep that higher ABV at bay. Thankfully the feel helps keep that entire smoky roast presence much more approachable than it could have been.

Well if you like a good Rauchbier, you’re probably going to enjoy this, as it definitely brings a whole lot of that plus most of the other things that make the Beer Geek Stouts solid. My only complaint is that the coffee character that is normally a big part of these beers just doesn’t have much of an impact but I guess that’s to be expected. This isn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea but I overall enjoyed this.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First tried: bottle from Eulogy, Philly, PA

I had a bottle of this during my engagement ceremony. I love rauchbiers and smoked beers, which is basically what this was, but all the girls around me were understandably repulsed by it. But whatever. Brews before hoes, right?

Poured an opaque dark brown with a healthy tan head that lingered very well. Roasted malts and beef jerky in the aroma. Taste of smoked, salty, cured meat up front, dark malts providing a smooth, rich background. Nutty and earthy qualities as well, with a bit of leather. Yeah, definitely a man's brew. Full-bodied and chewy, and--for me--quite drinkable.

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

Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of vfgccp
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Ludicrous milk chocolate head - seriously, it's stupid how crazy this head his. It holds up like fresh pancake batter on a griddle, with bubbles slowly matriculating through the cream. You can literally tilt this beer sidewise and the head barely moves. Cascading through the head is a tar-black liquid with absolutely no highlights.

S - Bacon, birch smoke, coffee.

T - All the notes from the nose: coffee, raw bacon, peat smoke. Interesting salt backend.

M - Medium body with a smooth, residual smoke.

O - Can't say enough about how beautiful this beer is. It has the best head I've ever seen, on any style of beer, period. There's a salty character to the smoke in the beer that I'm ambivalent about. Not the best smoked beer I've had, but a nice take on the style.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

.3L serving size - $7.00 at the Brick Store Pub in Decatur, Georgia.

Appearance: Displays a heavy-looking black body on the underside of a two inch-high layer of dark tan foam.

Smell: Luscious nose suggestive of either Kahlua or Godiva liqueurs, with round notes of chocolate, chocolate, vanilla, and licorice. Sure, the smoke is registering, but, come on, where's the smoked lardons, where's the smoked salmon? I was told there'd be lardons!

Taste: Brings to mind one of the Godiva chocolate liqueurs, with it's tones of bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, and sweetened coffee. Slight drift of smoke character throughout, though still not the flood of bacon-like meatiness I'd seen mentioned or had hoped for. Hints of powdered licorice root and dark fruits. Touch of underlying bitterness. More of that liqueur character for the long, chewy finish.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied. Medium carbonation. Very soft and velvety on the tongue, like the texture of melted chocolate ice cream.

Drinkability: Personally, I'd hoped for more smoke as it warmed, but no dice. Still, a tasty treat to sit with down at the pub.

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Photo of mdaschaf
2.95/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Imagination was given man to compensate for what he is not, and a sense of humor to console him for what he is."

--Francis Bacon

Burnt coffee bean black with nary a glimmer of lightening at the edges. The melodious sound of beer entering glass was thickly creamy... which is exactly how the caramel nougat colored lid looks. It's also beginning to blast all surfaces with thick sheets of shotgun-shredded lace.

Rauch Geek Breakfast does not smell like bacon. Smoked malt is numero uno, but doesn't dominate at the expense of dark chocolate, java, and all around roasted malty goodness. Just like (plain ol') Breakfast and Brunch Weasel, this Beer Geek should impress mightily on the palate.

Still no bacon... and no sausage either. This offering is basically the original Breakfast with smoked malts in place of the base malts. Mikkeller did not go overboard at all, but calibrated the smokiness to dovetail perfectly with the rest of the beer's flavor profile.

Sweet and bitter are balanced on a razor's edge, as are bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee beans, wood smoke, and hints of vanilla bean. This expertly crafted ale is pure pleasure to drink and was well worth $9.99 for 500 ml. Not that I'll be drinking it often.

Mouthfeel is the only (slight) chink in the armor. That makes sense since BG Breakfast suffered the same fate. That said, good is only a misstep when the rest of the beer is very good. Laid back bubbles neither help nor hurt.

Rauch Geek Breakfast is yet another tasty treat from one of the best breweries on planet Earth. Brunch Weasel is still king of the Geeks (and is a much bigger beer), but this smoky little number isn't far behind.

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Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of woodychandler
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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Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

black is what came out of this bottle. Just retarded in how big it looked. No light escaping, in fact it sucked it in! A small head, maybe a qurter inch of dark brown rose up after a few minutes time, but mostly a very thick looking black beer.

The aroma was heaven. Rich chocolate and dark fruits melded together seemlessly. with a huge campfire like smoke note then percolating through but i was quite impressed with how it did not dominate. Really very rich and full, and easily one of the b =est smells I have come across. As it warmed some nice touches of molasses and woody notes start to dominate with a really intrsting bourbon smell in the back. again the smoke comes into play but soo nicely done i was quite imoressed. To taste this was like falling into a giant pillow. Rich and full with a woody, oak soaked, chocolate geyser of taste just exploding from the glass. Some burnt sugar notes, sweet lactose like flavors, and that really nice dark fruit tartness in the finish. Different then most other giant stouts, this one had a mind all its own.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this on tap at O'reilly's -first time checkin' out Think tank. Served chilled in a snifter.

A coal black opaque appearance, beautiful as it stands in the sniftrer -dense ominous look with a thick smooth medium tan cap which is about 1inch thick. The lace clings like frosting on the glass around the collar, just a picture-perfect stout if I ever saw one! The smell is very nice, sweet notes of cocoa with some light coffee, but a lot like a humidor,really. The smokiness blends nicely with the dark earthy malt odor which seems to be the opposite of the way it looks a truly beautiful aroma not menacing, just fragrant smoke and malt. The feel is great, a caramel and chocolate malt endry with moderate carbonation is usurped by a deep char from the smoked malt almost burnt marshmallow-like in the way it still retains a malt sweetness while delivering the acrid smokey goodness. The finish is moderately bitter from the dark grain, semi-dry overall.

I really expected a different flavor for some reason - The stout starts smooth, almost has a caramel cream element with some sweet malt qualities, but mild toast and cocoa creeps forward in the taste until a large amount of smokiness develops, even more as it warms. The flavor is not offensive to me as others in the style seem to lack the body or sweetness to balance the slight burnt dry flavors. Rauch Geek or Beer Geek Bacon whichever moniker it goes by at the time is not shy about it's smoke, but it also uses it as a complimentary flavor rather than a full on smoke fest. I find the smoke pleasant and vibrant, yet it still adds a bitter edge. I like the complexity it adds while the flavor does not neglect mild coffee notes at all. think of this as your oatmeal, coffee and bacon all wrapped up together in a slighter strong (7.5%) stout.I enjoyed this immensely - Rauch Geek was a fine example of what Mikkeller's strengths can be in a quality American style stout.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a dark, dark black color with one finger of dark tan head that lasts for several minutes and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells smokey, and of roasted malts, coffee, and some definite hints of bacon. Some chocolate as well as it warms up.

t - Tastes of bitter chocolate, roasted malts, smokey, bitter coffee, and hints of bacon again. Very interesting.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Smooth and very easy to drink.

d - A very interesting smoked stout. I thought it looked amazing and had a great feel to it. It also smelled pretty good, but wish the taste wasn't as bitter. Would try again.

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Beer Geek Bacon from Mikkeller ApS
3.86 out of 5 based on 603 ratings.
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