Beer Geek Bacon | Mikkeller ApS

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Beer Geek BaconBeer Geek Bacon

Brewed by:
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 Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my brother for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an inky black color with a large tan head.

The aroma is quite a bit of smoke, but I also get a lot of chocolate and roasted malt. I also get a little bit of coffee in the aroma, but it is hidden behind the other components.

The flavor is very similar and just as complex. The smoke is the dominant flavor, with the coffee and heavily roasted malts also being main components. I get a little bit of chocolate, but not hear as much as in the aroma.

Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice big stout that incorporates smoke very well.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Big ups to my boy VDubb86 for pickin' this one up before I got back, allowing us to enjoy it this evening.

I thoroughly enjoyed the Beer Geek Breakfast, as well as the Brunch Weasel, so expectations are high for this one. It pours a lovely onyx topped by over a finger of decently dark and rich brown foam. The nose comprises molasses, chocolate syrup, smoked ham hock, charcoal, and a twinge of maple syrup somewhere in there Waldo-style. The taste is very similar, with the charred and smoky flavors accentuated further and some cocoa powder sprinkled all over the proceedings. This stuff is damn tasty, son! The body is fairly hefty, with a relatively light carbonation, which is masked by the thick, chewy feel. Overall, my high expectations were definitely met. Good work, Mikkel!

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Photo of Vdubb86
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass

Split this with my buddy TMoney2591

It pours an obsidian black with a rich coarse brown finger of foam to adorn the surface. The aroma is of chocolate and smoked malts. In addition there is the smell of char and I might just be imagining this but the alcohol flavor which is well hidden comes through as oranges. The taste is very much the same. There is smoked malts and cocoa powder with an addition of coffee to add some mild bittering. The hints of orange are also detected as if to complete the breakfast flavor. The taste is not as smokey as I would like, and it should be rated higher in taste were it not for the fact that I don't taste the bacon. The mouthfeel is exquisite. This is one of the smoothest stouts I've ever had, and as an imperial, that's saying something. This does have a higher ABV so it's not sessionable, but I had no problem sipping this all day due to the smoothness. Overall a damn fine beer and a high recommendation from myself.

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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 beerwolf77
2.96/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Another beer on tap at Palm for MBW. Served in a goblet.

A: Black as coal one finger of mocha hued head, solid retention, light lace ring remains

S: Smoked malt and wood are the first things I pick up. Light coffee and a hint of chocolate can be found if you try real hard but the smoke sort of drowns them out.

T: The flavor is a tug of war between full on smoke and bitter coffee. It's like pouring a cup of black coffee on my tongue over a campfire. I get no bacon at all. Fairly one note for my tastes.

M: full rich body, very low if any carbonation

D: I can totally see what they were shooting for but for my money it's missed the mark. I had trouble choking down the last few sips of this one.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Doesn't a smoked breakfast stout sound good? It did to me. On to the beer:

Lookin good. It's pitch black with tan colored foam. The head forms thick with solid retention and leaves several healthy rings of lacing sticking to the glass. The nose is coffeeish, also imparting a light bacon aroma, which fits the theme. As far as overall intensity, the overall nose is less intense as its other two siblings.

The first few ounces are fine. There's a presence of mocha and a squirt of hops. Also present is a subtle note of cured meats. But for the price of the cured meats are a major component of cigarette ash. (I know this because I once mistaken a beer bottle at a get together that was being used as an ashtray, if you will, and put that bottle to my lips instead of the one I was drinking from!) The other criticsm is the mocha flavor numbing. It's still decent tasting, but far from a world class beer. The ash aftertaste doesn't help a whole lot. If there's one thing to be proud of, it's the thickish mouthfeel reminiscent of a milkshake.

I love the idea of a smoked oatmeal stout. However, I don't enjoy the smoked flavor so overdone that it's basically ash. It's decent overall and doesn't force you to choke it down; I simply expected a better beer from Mikkeller.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a motor oil black with a thin head and it did leave some lacing sticking to the glass. The nose was not as smokey as I anticipated but I did spot out roastiness, chocolate flavors I believe were from the malts and I also sniffed out slight underlying hop notes. Like I suspected there was slight hop bitter character on the palate with a mild smokey roastiness, chocolate malts, and burnt grain notes. The brew was medium to full in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a very slight sweet, but smokey, roasty, and hop bitter finish. It drank pretty good but to me is not one of my favorites beers from mikkeller. Out of all the breakfast beer I'd go with the brunch weasel.

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

A - Clear very dark brown with a big short-lived whitish/tan head. Little lacing.

S - Big smokiness, chocolate, dark malts, earthy.

F/M - Dark bitter chocolate, quite roasty and very smoky. Actually reminiscent (slightly) of bacon... but maybe that's just a testament to the power of suggestion. Full bodied with medium carbonation. Dry finish and slightly astringent.

D - Smoky, roasty and astringent. OK, but not more than half of a bottle (shared by Dankbeers619. Thanks!)

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Photo of Khazadum
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Props to me for pulling this one out! Paired with candy bacon to make it a thousand times better towards the end.

A- Inky darkness, low head and carbonation, and ruby tones to the outside rims. This was a big let down. It had no retention whatsoever and no lacing.

S- Smoky fireplace, charcoal in nature, vanilla on the back ends, and roasted grain throughout.

T- Smoke like burnt grain here, not too much on the charcoal flavors. I'd say it was faintly hoppy along with the charcoal but nothing else.

M- Good body at least with decent carbonation despite its appearance. There is a slight linger of burnt food flavors that distracts heavily.

D- Probably never again. It was a huge let down. Yes, rauch means smoke but you don't get to put bacon on the label and hold out on me in that respect. It may have been easy to drink, but the flavors are nothing to write home about.

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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 kzoobrew
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First and foremost a huge thanks to SpdKilz for this one. Cheers! Secondly I am glad this is listed as Beer Geek Bacon, much better name than Rauch Beer Geek Breakfast.

Large cascading cappuccino colored head. Very stable head with excellent retention, heavy lacing is left clinging to the walls of the glass. Black body, absolutely opaque. Certainly has the look of an Imperial Stout.

Smoky aroma is strong upfront. To be honest the smoke masks the majority of the other aroma, serious investigation is needed to pick out other attributes. Whiffs of chocolate and coffee comes through sporadically. While I appreciate the smoked beers, they are not my thing. The aroma is good but a bit heavy handed on the smoke.

The flavor allows for a bit more depth than the nose. The smokiness is still strong though not as dominating. Rich dark malt lends very well to transitioning to the smoke, very natural. Hints of bitter dark chocolate peak in and out. The coffee flavor hits the palate strong out of the glass but the transition of flavors is so quick it is easily missed. This is a beer to take your time with. After the first few ounce the beer opens up flavors become more defined.

Full bodied, lacking a bit of viscosity. Very smooth and creamy texture. The finish is so and long. Flavor cling to the palate long after the swallow.

I have no problem admitting smoked beer is not my favorite thing. I will also admit this is a good beer. Getting past the smoke is the hardest part, once that is accomplished the drinkability increases considerably. Definitely a beer that deserves a look.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.57/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dark oily black color with a pretty large, very thick, extraordinarily creamy, sticky, pillowy, cafe colored head. Pretty good retention with a nice thick, very creamy, tight layer of lace.

S - Smells wonderful with with a nice smoked/bacony aroma with plenty of roasted chocolate malt. A touch of coffee, caramel and peat aromas as well, with the coffee coming out more toward the finish. Mouthwatering.

T - Similar to the nose, but with a bit less bacony flavor. Some roasted, smokey chocolate malt. Some peaty flavors come out toward the middle. Good amount of smokey flavor with some bacon/smoked meat but a bit more of a smoked wood flavor. Decent amount of black coffee comes out toward the finish. Slightly bitter taste as well.

M - Medium body with a pretty good level of carbonation. Pretty smooth and oily feel. A touch on the thin side for what I was expecting.

D - Pretty easy to drink beer with a good amount of smokey flavors, chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee. A little too smoked wood flavor for me, and if it was just a bit more bacony it would be great.

Notes: Pretty good beer. Like I said, I just wished it was a bit more bacon/meaty smoke flavor than smoked wood. Also the smokiness hides a bit of the chocolate and coffee and oat flavors as well. Overall it is an enjoyable stout and smells wonderful, but I prefer the Weasel Brunch more. That said it is a good beer worth a try, although for the price I might not get another.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was honestly excited to see this on the menu, hoping I would get the chance to try it. Unfortunately, it didn't taste like bacon.

Beer is black with a big brown head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Beer smells like hickory, smoke, and kind of salty. Smells like bacon, this is exciting.

Think smokey stout. This is no where near as good as weasel, no way. its only mildly smokey, mostly roasty, finishes a little dry, medium bodied, its pretty drinkable for a rauch beer but its not as good as i had hoped.

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Photo of theghost3
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black, oily with a 2-finger chocolate milk-colored head. Some faint layered lacing.

The smell is hickory-smoked bacon with some coffee. The taste is salty bacon, toasted coffee, and a hint of pepper. The mouthfeel is oily--like bacon grease, acidic, carbonated; medium-bodied.

This is a fairly drinkable stout that really does have bacon qualities. I would recommend pairing it with something sweet to offset the salty and greasy bacon.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer has been getting kind of crushed after my inital raving review from the Mikkeller bar on tap so its time to give this another shot and see what's going on...A black pour with only about a finger of medium tan head, its gone quickly and doesn't have much lacing at all...The aroma is pretty decent, does show off some smoke but the amount of bacon I loved on tap is mostly gone and replaced with just a lot of salty aroma...The taste is an even bigger disappointment as its almost void of flavor. A bitter coffee and finish with light smoke in the middle. The smoke is not nearly as good as on tap and there is no yummy pork.

HUGE disappointment in the bottle, does not add to the weasel at all, a little smoke on the nose but just a boring average rauch here.

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Photo of tpd975
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice rich dark black. Average mocha head no retention or lace.

S: Lots of smoked malt, hints of smoked fish, peat, caramel, and dark fruit. Chocolate, peat, coffee, peat, yum, mmm peat.

T: I have had over peated crappy mikkeller beer this is not one of them. Peat and smoke out the ass in this one, but it melds nicely with the lesser components. Rich chocolate and coffee.

M: Medium in body, very bold smoke with enough chocolate, coffee and dark fruit to add some balance.

D: Pretty good. I really like it. Solid brews. Happy Bday to me. Thanks Bosse for sending this one across the pond.

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Photo of Beejay
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: It pours a nice dark brown and thick. In the glass it is black with a creamy full dark tan head.

S: Dark chocolate malt, a hint of booze, and the most amazing coffee scent. Slight smoked meat scent in the back. Sweet, smoke, and coffee. damn fine.

T: Slightly tannic, bitter malt up front. This is followed by coffee notes, and some dark chocolate. There is a nice residual smokiness in the finish though it is not very pronounced.

M: Thick, but the somewhat high carbonation lifts it up a bit.

D: Very nice overall, a good stout though I would like to have a bit more of the smoked flavor.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.62/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 ounce bottle. Served in a DFH signature glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch frothy tan head. Head retention is good, with a lot of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is excellent, there's plenty of smoke/peat/bacon noticable, along with some dark chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. Taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, it's very smoky and roasty! There's also a good lingering smoky finish. Although I think the aroma is smokier than the taste, this is still a pretty tasty brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and coating with low carbonation. This brew is smooth and very easy to drink. It's easily the smokiest brew I've had lately, and a pretty good overall brew in general.

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Photo of SABERG
4.7/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Bottled pour to a chalise, deep color,minor head (as expected), dark and wonderful

S. smoke early then fading, lots of peat to the nose.

T. Velvety, smooth. No bitterness,some leather, coffee, no vanilla, a little dry. Quiet delicious.

M.Mouth feel is early oils then nice finish.

D.Breakfast in the woods, or dessert. Not too many, yummy!

Super, really enjoyed the totality of this beer. Mikkeller continues to impress.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 16.9oz bottle into a tulip.

Deep, sticky black with a huge mocha head. What a beauty. Retains at a finger and laces well.

The aroma is of peaty, smoky malts with less pronounced smoked meat note. The roast is prevalent as well. Rauchbier haters need not apply here.

Hugely roasty and coffee flavored, with a big bitter punch, moreso from the dark malts than any real hoppiness. This is a big, bold beer. Alcohol and other possible flavors don't even see the light of day behind this mass of roast and smoke. The mouthfeel was chewy and pillowy, with fine, low carbonation. Despite the audacious flavors and long, smoky aftertaste, this beer is pretty smooth and drinkable.

Not as good as the standard Beer Geek Breakfast, but still an interesting brew. I'd like to see the coffee tempered to let more of the smoked malt flavors come through.

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

16.9 oz. bottle,

A: Pours an extremely dark pitch black, one of the darkest brews I've ever seen. Moderate brown head, good retention.

S: Definite coffee immediately, sweet smoke comes in secondarily, nice smell, bacon, reminds me a bit of Alaskan Smoked Porter.

T: Definite roasted malt, heavy coffee with some light charcoal notes. The undercurrent of smoke is there throughout the whole brew, but never is the main flavour. The nose suggested more smoke than there actually is.

M: Medium-bodied, not a huge feel, kind of a thin finish. Smooth for sure, light smoky/coffee mix in the aftertaste.

D: As with the other Beer Geek Breakfast brews, this one is good, tasty, solid. But at $10 a bottle, I'm not going to come back to it; it needs to knock my socks off for that.

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Photo of crossovert
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle labeled Rauch Geek Breakfast.

It pours into my snifter a thick dark absolute black with a foamy and glistening tan head. It is pretty basic, but also pretty nice to look at.

The smell is amazing. It has a thick coffee house scent over the top of deep and roasty malt scents. There is an abundance of sweet and dark chocolate in there as well. A bit of smoke can be smelled underneath. Again, it is pretty simple, each flavor can be picked out, it is very clean and precise.

The flavor packs a punch. Tons of coffee and roasty, smoky malts. It coats the tounge with flavor. The bitterness is up there, but overall it is in check. There is a wonderful sweetness underneath it all that keeps it all together. It has an alcohol presence for sure, but i isn't overpowering.

The mouthfeel is ultra thick and creamy. Perhaps too much so for my taste, though i may be in the minority here. The drinkability is surprising. I am quaffing this like nobody's business right now.

This is a powerful brew, and a delicious one at that.

I also made a burger to go with it, i caramelized some onions with some cane sugar, sherry, butter, olive oil, salt, pepper, and some bacon bits, mixed in some smoked mozzarella, then put a spoonful on an elk burger and covered that with a slice of smoked gouda. The flavor combo was out of this world.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.49/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml into my Portsmouth tulip.

Pours black with a solid brown head. Turns to a swirly cap and thick ring, leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell is excellent and delivers as advertised, a smoked version of Beer Geek Breakfast. Smokiness right up front mixes well with coffee, oats and roasted malt. As much as I despise the name Beer Geek Bacon (which isn't even on the bottle) I do get a grilled meat type of scent as it goes on, works well here.

Taste pretty much follows the nose except the smoke in my opinion is weaker. Coffee/espresso, some oats and chocolate with a tiny bit of hops. Spicy smoky notes on the finish. Pretty much the regular Beer Geek Breakfast with a little kick. By the end the smoke seems very toned down from the scent.

Mouthfeel has a nice thickness for 7.5%, very smooth, good carbonation level, no alcohol taste.

I bet this would pair amazingly with some eggs and bacon. I have a feeling I'd like a beer from the Beer Geek series no matter what, even if they put shit in it. Wait...

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

Appearance - Pours a dark chocolate, opaque color with over two fingers of tan mocha head (which subsequently overflowed while I was walking toward the porch and I now have some nice dark marks on my carpet...yippie, heh). The head dissipates relatively slowly, leaving decent lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - LOTS of smoke, slight bacon (was impressed I actually smelled this - yes I know it is purposefully meant to be this but still...was surprised to smell it). Reminds me of campfires on the beach in Michigan while on vacation. Wish I could have had this while on vacation this year with my brother-in-law!

Taste - Damn, pretty smoky, freaking tastes like greasy bacon (salty), dark malts, slight chocolate, roasted flavors.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, lower carbonation.

Drinkability - So so. An interesting beer, though I really don't think I'd ever pick it up again. Glad I was able to try it.

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