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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
603
Reviews:
269
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
13.99%
 
 
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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Oct 2013. Brewed in Oct 2010; batch 557. Purchased from a Belgian webshop some time back and stored in my garage. Hope it stands up to the other Beer Geek versions I've tried.

Poured repeatedly into a Duvel tulip. Ultra-black; a klieg light wouldn't penetrate its depths. Produces a vast head of creamy mocha-brown foam with excellent retention; this slowly subsides to a surface layer. Aroma of intensely dark, roasted malt with notes of coffee, smoke, burnt grain, a hint of molasses and yes, bacon. Perhaps an undertone of hops, but it's hard to tell. Impressive.

Tastes like a truck-load of roasted malt on a death ride; coffee and smoke are signed up as partners in crime. Notes of coffee, burnt grain, smoked malt, wood, stewed leaves and a hint of molasses. A subtle bacon-like character is discernible. A mild soy sauce flavour lurks in the background, adding a twinge of saltiness and umami. The alcohol is well hidden. A powerful, astringent bitterness upon swallowing - it's all about the coffee. Mouthfeel is smooth and thick, with tingly carbonation and a lovely, velvety body. Possesses a spicy, astringent quality that dries the palate. Aftertaste of bitter coffee and roasted malt, with a hint of smoke.

Bam! This brew assaults your palate like a batallion of smoke-infused coffee ninjas, insistantly demanding your attention. Crazy stuff: coffee, rauchmalt and roasted grain all laced with soy. It's fair to say that it lives up to its name; there is more than a hint of bacon in the aroma and a whiff in the flavour as well. Overall though, the coffee and smoked malt sit uneasily together and compete rather than complement. The result is inspired but imperfect - it lacks the incredible silky smoothness of Beer Geek Breakfast. However, it remains a unique and worthy brew - don't pass it up if you see it.

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Photo of maximep
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- jet black two finger crema espresso colored head with medium lacing

S- coffee toffee smokey typical stout base smell of soy sauce

T- smokey coffee pretty drinkable. a little disappointed with how much is going on. a little abitious in my opinion. would have enjoyed more without the coffee i think.

M- oily, really too thick for me. was hoping for creamy but it's kind of just straight motor oil. thankfully, not syrupy.

O- a nice beer. it was hard to drink 16 oz of it though.

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Photo of FullObs
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of alysmith4
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of the most interesting beers I've ever had! The smell was incredible - smokey, bacon-y, earthy, and something roasted like peat moss. The taste wasn't quite as strong as the smell, but I'd say that's because it was smooth and well-balanced. This isn't my favorite style of beer, but I'd have this brew again and again.

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Photo of klipper
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of t420o
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mikkeller Rauch Geek Breakfast

A- pour produces a massive 3 finger mocha colored head resting on a deep brown/black body. Recedes down to a 1 finger head which sticks around. Good lacing. 4.5

S- as much as I didn't want to say it, it has a definite bacon character. Smoked cured bacon is a lot like it smells. The smoke is somewhat strong and which I like quite a bit. I really like the smell if this 4.5

T- can it match the enticing smell? Not quite. The one problem I have is that it's not as robust as I'd like it. It's not thick enough for the flavors it's supporting and is almost selzer water-like. It's still very good though. Again some cured bacon, a lot of smoke, peat, and a little coffee. The coffee is not very strong at all it's mostly a smoky cured bacon type taste. 3.5

M- a little selzer like for me. Body was too light for the beer. 3

O- it's a good beer and interesting but nothing spectacular. Somewhat let down by this one. Won't be getting it again.  3.5

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of sammo
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of pauljunk
2/5  rDev -48.2%

Photo of bootdown21
2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

Photo of Reaper16
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Rauch Geek Breakfast" label, approx. 1.5 years old
22oz. bottle served into a globe glass

Pours a darkdark black color. The head is pretty dark as well; a nearly burnt sienna colored cap of 3/4 of a finger.

Yeah, this is smoky. Not overwhelmingly so (though with as much barbecue as I eat, my smoke tolerance might be too high. I mean, I really liked Mikkeller Black Hole - Peat Whiskey Cask Edition, which many BAers deride). I can understand why this beer was called "Beer Geek Bacon" -- it's got heavy notes of brown sugar and salt and soy sauce. A bacon cure. So much so that I swear I can smell pork fat too. What roast there could be is drowned out by the heavy rauch aromas. It's a fine-smelling beer that does what it wants too, it just isn't all that complex.

The smoke has died off with age. I can clearly tell this because of how much coffee is present on the palate. This beer tastes like a cup of coffee by the campfire, not a dedicated rauchbier. Which is good, because I think Mikel wants this to be primarily an imperial stout. Through all the coffee and baconesque flavors, there's some scattering of dark/blue fruits and some cocoa powder notes.

The mouthfeel is pretty much medium-bodied. It's not bad, really, just lacking. In body, primarily. Overall, this is a solid, enjoyable impy stout. It's got pleasant coffee-dominant flavor with a nice bacon-like accent. Worth a shot.

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Photo of dejrrma
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of thefullpython
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of polishkaz
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of jjanega08
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

No freshness dating

A= Pours a deep black color. With a nice thick dark brown head on it that rises to two fingers easy. Sort of creeps to two fingers and holds great retention and lacing on the side of the glass.

S= Smokey for sure. A nice amount of smoke without being overwhelming. The smoke is used to compliment not overtake the stout which I think is the correct way to do it. There's a nice chocolate and roast character to the stout with no apparent hopping.

T= The taste follows the nose nicely. A great smoke character. It doesn't remind me of bacon but a nice wood smoke none the less. A nice roasty chocolaty stout to compliment it. Again no hop flavor really comes through but there is a decent bitterness to it from the smoke and roasted malt.

M= This is my only qualm. It seems a bit thin for such a nice big flavor.

O= A solid smokey beer. I love the smoke and tis is one to keep in stock if you can find it.

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Photo of sukwonee
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of mmurphy525
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of yergermeister
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of dbossman
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black with a huge, gorgeous mocha-colored head; this beer looks so good, but the lacing doesn't quite hold

S: Wow! Smokey and meaty--like bacon and ham--on top of a roasty chocolatey and coffee malty wonderfulness; God, this smells so good

T: A tad on the boozy side and quite smokey and meaty; this is good and roasty and meaty but not quite as interesting and amazing as the aromas let on

F: A touch thinner than I would like but fairly decent with a touch of creaminess on the back end

O: Not as good as I thought it would be from the aromas and surprisingly boozy but this is still a good, interesting brew

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Photo of decay_of_mind
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Devi0us
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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 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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Photo of howard12
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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