Beer Geek Bacon | Mikkeller ApS

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Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark | website

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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601
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
21.24%
 
 
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Photo of MasterSki
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a Kuhnhenn tulip glass.

A - Pours with a thin dark tan foam that settles to a thin cap and thicker collar.The body is black with a glint of transparent brown at the fringes.

S - Smoke, campfire, dark chocolate, dark roasted grains, maybe a hint of hickory. This was smoky, but not overtly bacon-flavored like many Rauchbier's I've had.

T - A little bit sweeter in the cocoa department, smoked malt, and a bitter espresso finish. Surprisingly little hickory or other bacon-related flavors.

M - Surprisingly zesty carbonation, medium-full smooth body, sticky finish. Pretty standard, and while alcohol is well-hidden I thought this was a bigger beer.

D - Not bad, but I was surprised by how little this evoked bacon. It's just a smokier, smoother version of Beer Geek Breakfast. I heard it's more bacon-flavored on-tap, but I wouldn't bother with the bottles again. This was split four ways and that was about right for me.

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Photo of Eddymcm
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

L - Black in colour with a dark brown upper layer and brown foam.

S - I nice subtle aroma of a little smoke, Blackberries. can't pick up any coffee.

T - Slight sweet/sour taste up front, quite a bitter finish. Lots of smoke with coffee and possibly picking up bacon, may be the label playing tricks on my mind.

O- Not a bad little brew but the bitter taste isn't blending with the other flavours well

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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 corby112
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, deep dark brown color that appears pitch black in the glass. Completely opaque without even the slightest hint of lighter color when held to a light source and a frothy three finger mocha colored head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the glass with large chunks of soapy lacing.

Very smokey malt aroma with hints of silky chocolate malt, roasted coffee/espresso bean, oatmeal and burnt toast complimenting the usual smoke/rauchbier notes. Hints of campfire, butane, ash, charcoal and BBQ bacon. The smokiness in the aroma isn't as extreme as I had hoped but it's still pretty intense.

Chewy medium body with a very bitter, roasty smoked malt flavor that dominates throughout into a long dry finish. This beer is also surprisingly hop forward adding to the roasty bitterness. Silky chocolate malt and a creamy lactic presence add balance to the smokiness. I'm also picking up hints of oatmeal roasted coffee bean, burnt toast and toffee. Again, as in the aroma, it's not as intensely smokey as I expected but the usual burnt malt, charcoal, bacon, BBQ and charred notes are still evident.

Overall, this beer is more well balanced than I prefer for this style but the surprising hop character is quite nice.

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Photo of bonkers
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured from a bomber into a snifter. Jet black pour with a slight tannish head, slight lace. The aroma is thick with smoke. The beer has a heavy smoke flavor, light chocolate, and some coffee. The body is medium, and it is lightly carbonated. IMO this is just ok. There are better smoked stouts out there and the body is kinda light for an imperial stout.

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Photo of soze47
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drinking this from a no-stem red wine glass. I've loved the other Beer Geek stouts and have also been trying more smoked beers lately. Looking forward to seeing how the two marry.

Appearance: Lots of head on this, nice and milk chocolate brown. It fades quickly into a strong black colored, yet very fluid body. Not a lot of lacing. Very pretty and inviting.

Aroma: No sweet tones here. I get thick coffee, cocoa powder, and BBQ smoke like hickory or mesquite wood. Smokey for sure, but almost bitter to the nose.

Taste: The taste is a bit of a surprise to me. Nothing sweet at all, just like the nose. The smoked BBQ flavors that hold a faint unctuousness at first quickly get swallowed by the same flavors the aroma promised. Almost like bacon that is really well cooked and almost burned.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Light bodied for the style, yet very powerful flavors are at play. Not sure how drinkable I think this guy is due to the almost burnt qualities in the smoke/stout flavors mix. However, the body helps keep this one from laying down heavily on the tongue.

Overall: Not sure how much I like this brew. It may just be that I would have preferred this beer to have a little more malty sweetness in play to help balance the very bitter coffee/cocoa and heavy smoke flavors.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
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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Photo of 100floods
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Trappist. Menu had this beer under "Rauch Geek Breakfast". Described as an oatmeal stout.

Thick, black hue with a tan head turning on bronze. SUPER smokey aroma. I'm talking like camp fire smoke. There's also some notes of sweet malt that is comparable to smoked meat. After having Aecht Schlenkerla and Alaskan's Smoked porter, it's safe to say anything can be considered 'tame' is comparison. The aroma is definite something different. Curious what they did different with the malt.

Very light but creamy texture, much like a Guiness or a stout on nitro-tap.

The smokey flavors come through towards the end of each sip. Not very roasty, but subtle. It's more creamy and dark than burnt. Not much smoke in the flavor, but more wood. This drinks more a like a good light-medium stout thats got some smokey flavor.

This brew needs a lot of time to unlock its flavor, but it's worth it. Still a bigger fan of the regular Beer Geek Breakfast, but a nice try.

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Photo of jmasher85
3.63/5  rDev -6%
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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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- This one will sport a big, sand colored head. It will fade fairly quickly though. Like all the Beer Geeks this one is super thick. It slides back down the side of the glass, coating it in an oily looking film.

S- Really smoky, roasty and peaty. Charcoal, hickory, ash, jerky spice and some hops.

T- Really smoky. Its pretty aggressive. Sweet malts and dark fruits try to balance a big bitter roastiness and black coffee.

M- Full and thick. Low carbonation.

D- A pretty aggressively roasty beer.

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Photo of Roguer
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark black, topped with a good sized dark brown head. Good retention and lovely lacing.

Breakfast in a glass! Roasted barley, dark fruit, a touch of smoke and coffee. Most of the flavors are fairly subtle.

Smoke and char flatten the initial hit to the palate; dare I say, it comes across as dull. Coffee asserts in the second third, however, and the smoke brings much more flavor on the back third. Long finish with the smoke and roast dancing together.

Thick, almost chewy feel; smooth; lingering finish.

This is a pretty solid brew, certainly interesting, but not something I'm going to reach for again, especially at its price point.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL pours a black-as-night color with a dense, creamy brown foam. Retention is nice and lacing good. If nothing else, Mikkeller can make a good-looking beer.

Nose has a roasty, smoky and even chipotle-esque smell to it. Light cardboard and even a touch of fruit. Good smelling brew.

Alot of thin coffee flavor here, and the smoke drops off quite a bit in the tasting. Roasty malts with an understated sweetness/hop interplay. Mouthfeel lacks a bit, which is one of my main complaints with Mikkeller (along with the price). More creaminess and less astringency, please. That said, it does ring true with the original beer geek breakfast and fans of it should like this one as well. I think it is a decent beer, but typically overpriced.

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Photo of zeff80
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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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 zrab11
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a jet black color with 1 finger head

S- Has a savory meat smell also come smoke aroma and some bitter coffee notes

T- Smoked meat begins this brew then followed by a nice roasted coffee flavor and then finsihs with some more smoke flavor

M-Medium bodied with decent carboantion

D-OVerall this was too smokey to enjoy. the coffee and meat flavor was very nice but the smoke was just soo much to enjoy. A decent stout but not something i will seek out again.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the 25oz/1 pint, 9oz bottle into a St. Bernardus chalice.

A: The beer is a completely black, opaque void of light topped with a 1 finger dark tan head that lasts less than a minute.

S: Big time aroma, mainly of coffee, but also some mocha and dark chocolate in there. Roasted character a little lighter than I expected in the aroma, and this certainly doesn't have that meaty rauch character. But that's OK because the bottle states that its an "oatmeal stout brewed with coffee." That's just about the best description for the aroma of this beer. A big creamy malt aroma full of roasted coffee notes. Some spice in there, slight woody character and pure vanilla round things out.

T: Starts out silky smooth with a creamy taste that is mostly chocolate and some spice, then a slight mily creamy note. Midpalate is where the coffee makes its biggest appearance, balancing things out with a nice roasted bitterness. Finishes smoky. There's the rauch character. VERY smoky - that flavor lasts a while. That's a surprise right there. A very woody smokiness though - almost charry, but not bad, just... woody. Campfire? Holy crap as this goes on it gets smokier and smokier. Very intense.

D: The intense smokiness of this makes it a one time only deal for me. My taste buds almost went numb from the smoke.

All in all an interesting beer. Probably won't pick this up again but I'm glad I picked it up for the experience. All over the place. A good experiment, but that's it.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330mL bottle into tulip. no bottled on date.

A: pours a very, very, very dark brown. looks thick. head is pretty dark too. tight bubbles. good retention and thick lacing left behind.

S: minor hints of smoke on an otherwise very rich coffee and dark chocolate filled body. smells slightly acrid. a little bit of Band-Aid. reminds me more of peat than smoke at times.

T: tons of coffee flavor. really tastes more like a cup of freshly roasted coffee than beer. the smoke is certainly acrid, but not as intense as I would imagine for a beer called "rauch geek".

M: smooth carb on a medium/full body.

D: good not great. like all of Mikkeller's beers, way over-priced. looking back I probably would have passed as I was hoping for much more of a smokey brew.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle - served into a tulip glass after being in the cellar for a few months.

A: Dark, pitch black body with a full, rocky and bubbly dark brown head. Lacing and retention were *almost* completely spot on, just missed a perfect appearance score by a hair.

S: Nose opens with big charred wood notes, smoked malt, burnt coffee beans and Applewood smoked bacon. A common theme of this borderline smokey-burnt aroma is gracefully done as to not be completely gross, but rather inviting and tantalizing.

T: Smoked pork, glazed honey bacon notes, slight bitterness from the coffee comes through mid-palate. Finishes with some cream and vanilla notes and has a lingering charred wood flavor.

M: Creamy, carbonation is just about right (could be a bit lower), full-bodied, very nice.

This is an interesting and complex flavor profile here, one I cannot really compare to the Beer Geek Breakfast because I've never had it. I did enjoy this "smoked" version of it, but after a full bottle, these overly smokey notes got to me and became a little sickening.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured one 1/31/11

Pours a deep brown/black with an inch of tan foam that quickly faded into a layer of bubbles with nice oily lacing down the glass. I'm mainly picking up on the smokey bacon aroma and some dark roasted malts with hints of the coffee fighting through. Taste keeps flipping back between roasted coffee, bacon, smoke and bitter chocolate. very unique flavor to me. Light carbonation with a medium body, its smooth and creamy while being harsh from the smoke at the same time. Its fairly enjoyable but not sure i'd want more than one glass. But this also is coming from a self-proclaimed non rauchbier fan.

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Photo of akbjorn
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Deep Ellum in Allston.
Rich, opaque black but not viscous, crema-colored head with fin bubbles and some lacing.
Smoky, maillard, a bit sour. Not a complex as advertised.
Smoke, not as powerful as some, but more than just roasted malt. Bacon meatiness, not savory but coffee bitterness is apparent.
Lighter-bodied for the color and style, light head/fairly crisp carbonation.
Not as challenging a beer as it would seem, a more intense stout without the sweetness or syrupy qualities that plague imperials (those that border barleywines). Tasty, meaty, more roasted than smoky.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Firkin in a snifter.

Appearance: Pitch black all the way through. A creamy beige head arrives intact and slowly fades to a ring. Spots of lace decorate the glass.

Smell: Tons of smoke and tobacco, lots of espresso, both of which almost squeeze out the roasted malt. A bit of dark fruits as it warms. My nose actually gets the sensation of cigarette smoke rising into it.

Taste: Roasted malt up front, quite dry, with almost no sweetness. A boiled off molasses taste, then tobacco and smoke. Lots of espresso throughout the sip. The finish is smokey with more espresso. A little too much smoke; I feel like I just smoked a cigarette while drinking a dopio espresso.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, slightly drying, and medium carbonation. Full body.

Drinkability: Let's sip this. With how much smoke is in here, there is no way this is doing anything but disappearing slowly.

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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 Dreadnaught33
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed a while ago...from notes:

A: Nice black body with a tan pinky of head and some nice clingy lacing.

S: Very nice smoked meat and charred malt smell with chocolate and barley.

T: Wicked peat and charcoal malt. Like a dead wood fire in a glass, maybe a little overboard. Some of the meat comes through but really its all smoke and malt here.

M: Way smoky, medium feel, peat to the 9th.

Overall its a little much but interesting.

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Photo of MacQ32
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

A - pours essentially black with a dark rich chocolate colored imh head, decent retention great lacing

S - tns of smokey bacon, some bitter coffee. That's pretty much it

T - smokey as he'll, bitter bitter coffee and that's really about it. Bacon flavor doesn't taste great

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter. Thanks, Alan.

A: A dark black with tan head that lingers. Not much lacing.

S: Lots of burnt espresso and bready malts.

T: Follows nose with a pleasing bite of robust, charred espresso beans. Malts mix in well for a tasty combo.

M: Medium to heavy with medium carbonation.

O: I still prefer the regular Beer Geek Breakfast, but this one was a tasty wake up call. Toasty goodness.

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Beer Geek Bacon from Mikkeller ApS
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