Monday, September 26, 2011

Mikkeller Beer Geek Bacon (Rauch Geek Breakfast)

I know I JUST reviewed the regular Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast a few weeks ago, but we're going back to that line already because Peter aka requested I review the "Beer Geek Bacon" as part of All Viewer Request Month. For some reason this beer is branded "Rauch Geek Breakfast" in the USA. Not sure why (probably some idiotic FDA rule I bet). I thought the regular Beer Geek was a good beer, but nothing amazing, so I was anxious to try this one because I'm not really fan of "rauchbiers". So which way would it go?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chad9976 (643) - Albany, USA - SEP 26, 2011
I poured a 500ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: By far one of the blackest beers I’ve ever seen. So dark this beer seems to eat light. Forms one of the darkest heads I’ve ever seen: dark brown froth with tight density. Very good lacing and retention.

Smell: The rauchbier component is very prominent in the nose with a lightly smoky, woody, almost permanent marker-like aroma. Bitter dark chocolate and deeply roasted malts are also quite strong - indicating this is going to be a robust stout.

Taste: Smoked malts are generally used for lighter ales and lagers, but making a stout out of a rauchbier is unheard of. But then again, brewing unique, eccentric beers is what Mikkeller is known for and the Beer Geek Bacon is a good example of that.

The first half of the palate is very traditional in the strong stout style. Sweet with a light chocolate milk/oatmeal taste. Then the beer changes on a dime into a smoky, dry, almost woody flavor. Reminds me of the smell of a carpenter’s shop of pine or balsa wood being heated. It transitions into a bitter dark chocolate taste - all of which blends very well together. It doesn’t really taste like bacon per se, but the smokiness is enough to remind you of breakfast while camping. The aftertaste is of roasted malts and slightly dry, but never obnoxious.

Mouthfeel: Thick, but not syrupy or overtly viscous. One of the softest, most comfortable beers I can recall - it nuzzles the tongue and throat all the way down. No alcohol presence whatsoever.

Drinkability: The first few swigs of Mikkeller Beer Geek Bacon took some getting used to, but once I did it was smooth sailing all the way. The tasty palate and silky smooth texture combined with almost non-existent carbonation make this beer surprisingly quaffable. I’m actually impressed so much could be done with 7.5% ABV and I can’t help but think this could be brewed even stronger for more flavor without turning it into a sipper.

Overall, this is a very interesting and fun beer to drink. It’s a little pricey and hard to find, but I don’t think you’ll be disappointed at all.

Grade: 9/10

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