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 womencantsail
2.19/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle shared generously by Richard last night.

A: The pour is a dark brown, nearly black color with a big tan head on it.

S: Smoke, salt, and more smoke. The bacon moniker is accurate, and that's not really a good thing.

T: I thought the nose was bacon like, but the flavor has a very salty and smokey flavor and there's a distinct meaty flavor. It's almost reminiscent of smoked almonds.

M: The body is medium and the carbonation on this beer is really weird. Almost grainy, but maybe that's just the salty flavor.

D: It seems some brewers just way overdo the smoke in these kinds of beers. While I enjoy some smoke flavor in certain beers (like a porter or stout), this was like sucking down the smoke of a campfire.

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

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Dark brown, not quite completely opaque body with a HUGE overflowing brown head. Not quite Hunahpu looking, but close. A little thinner in appearance and the head is not quite a dark. Maybe like Old Rasputin.

Smell - Wow, smoke. Smells like a very smokey Scotch. Through it all I get a hint of roasted malt, but it's tough behind that smoke.

Taste - Roasted malts with a hint of coffee at first. Immediate smoke and some dry bitter flavors. It all tastes like a derivative of the smoke. Not enough of the base beer comes through. Very bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Not as thick as the Weasel, which was my first of this series. The bitterness and smokiness lingers longer than any other stout flavor. Not difficult to drink, but the flavors after swallowing are very intense.

Overall - Smoke-dominated. I long for the stout inside. And where's the coffee? Less smoke would give this a hint of bacon, but it's so smokey I don't even think of bacon.

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Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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 Zaphog
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split a bottle with my wife in our NYC hotel.

This beer appears a deep shade of black, with hints of brown only detectable at the crest when held up to the light. The beige head is surprisingly small and recedes quite rapidly, leaving only faint traces of lacing. The aroma is remarkably similar to the non-smoked version, Beer Geek Breakfast, as the smoky aspect is more subdued than I would have guessed. The beer has a nice flavor, with roasted and burnt malt taking center stage. The smoke flavor is a welcome addition, and integrated nicely. The body is medium-thin. There is noticeable bitterness in the finish from the charred malt that lingers in the tongue between sips. This is a good beer and worth trying. It's a nice variation of the original.

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Photo of stakem
2.38/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Bottle split with wishuwerebeer and poured into a pub glass. This brew appears black in color with a finger of creamy tan head. Not much retention and patchy lace clings to the glass. Something quite ackward is evident in this brew as I started the pour and it got progressively worse. Plops and blubs of thick oily coagulated masses splashed into the glass while the bottle was still more than 3/4 full. Some of these masses seemed to dissolve but what remained in the glass was not pleasant looking. My initial reaction was fatty deposits of oil but perhaps this is gelatin?

The smell is roasty with a scent of dark grains mixed with coffee. The grain retains a fresh sweet quality despite the level of roast mixed with some oats and yeast. There is a solid smoked aspect that is very reminescent of campfire. This brew smells spot on and enjoyable, it is a shame that everything else about this brew is a train wreck.

The taste is roasted with a smoked flavor that seems pete'd. Coffee is ever present coupled with some yeastiness that is lightly dark and fruited. Some herbal hops are there along with a deep earthy flavor. Modestly bitter moreso from the roast of the malts than the inclusion of hops. The aftertaste is somewhat mineral-like that lasts in the mouth coupled with an herbal aspect.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. The alcohol is well integrated. However, the biggest turnoff of this brew is how oily the feel is and the way it coats the mouth. The texture of coagulated mystery ingredient is absolutely repulsive as it slides down the back if the throat. My friend sharing in the experience drainpoured his share. I tried my best to finish mine but nearly threw up after entering the second half of my glass. Bad bottle or not, I will never drink this beer again.

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Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of rolltide8425
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of smakawhat
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

A real nice thick brown walnut body out of the bottle, but fills the glass with very dark black colors. Head is creamy thick and cocoa brown, thick coating of ring lacing all around and thin creamy colllar to match. Real nice lovely looking stout.

Great aroma and as advertised. Subtle campfire smoke, nice wood like embers. Subtle coffee and char roasting aromas. Certainly some cobbed smokey hints of bacon to match.

Palate is large amd wonderfuly controlled smoke. Hints of earth hop and large smoked malt without plastic burnt character. Coffee angle is a little lost as smoked and rauch accents dominate. Nice carbon char with smoke that hints slightly toward tobacco and balances nicely. Some milk coffee comes out as the beer warms up and the smoke subsides a bit with a lingering presence. Missing a bit of chewy and creamy oat character.

Truly a beer described and tastes as labelled. Missing only a bit of creamy palate feel to match. Otherwise a blast to drink.

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Photo of rab53
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of dvmin98
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 22Blue
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Lare453
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Duff27
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Healthy pour yields half and half beer/foam. Head is a very dark tan color, beer itself is black. Wow, really good head retention and lacing!

S- Mild but noticeable smokiness.

T- Oatmeal stout turns to straight smoke. Bacony. Yum. Slight coffee. OMG mouth watering.

M- Nice and creamy. Medium to medium-low carbonation.

D/O- Extreme beer here, I'd like to think anyone who buys this knows what they are getting into and therefore enjoys what they taste. Bacon smoke in a higher ABV oatmeal stout defines it perfectly. Will have this at least a few more times before its all said and done.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Tone
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a black color. 1/4 inch head of an off-tan color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, slight roasted malt, hint of alcohol, hint of smoke, and hint of floral notes. This is more the style of Smoked beer than an oatmeal stout, though it doesn't fit easily into either category. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable dryness. Tastes of sweet malt, roasted malt, hint of smoke, slight hops, and slight alcohol. Overall, good body, blend, and aroma, but the smoke is almost an afterthought.

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Photo of BeerOps
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dicers
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 GClarkage
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of a77cj7
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of sendbeer
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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