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Beer Geek Bacon | Mikkeller ApS

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Mikkeller ApS

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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Photo of hermit990
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biegaman
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
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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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
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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3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jmccraney
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dvmin98
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoutSnob40
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Franziskaner
3.81/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of madelf66
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dsshuck
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lingenbrau
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
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 +5%
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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4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jmasher85
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
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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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of TheHopsman
4.34/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UrbanCaveman
1.95/5  rDev -48.8%
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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2.94/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Vylo
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Faroveryonder
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of golf4collet
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of madelfonatree
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
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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Beer Geek Bacon from Mikkeller ApS
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