tdoyledesign (156) - Michigan, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma was fairly flat with a hint of smokiness and a touch of bacon. Taste is also a bit watered down and tastes of earth and dirt. The smokiness and bacon are faint on the palate. I can see how some people would like it but its not for me.
EvanFriend (265) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2014
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bacon aroma. Coffee and smoke dominate the flavor. No bacon notes that are in most Rauchbiers, more of a woodsmoke taste. Ends very abruptly, no aftertaste at all. Very dry.
budznsudz (473) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - FEB 24, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark black pour with a brown head. Aroma of smoked black coffee and roast. Taste is bitter black coffee, ash, smoke, and alcohol. This is a bit rough. It could use some creaminess to smooth it out a bit. Ok
BMMillsy (1151) - Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Tipples, labeled as Rauch Geek. Pours pitch black with a massive dark brown head that goes on forever. Aroma is lots of smokey wood, candied bacon, chocolate, lots of earthy coffee, glorious. Flavor is chocolate and coffee up front with a nice bitter-sweet balance. earthy coffee really comes out as my palate gets used to the smoke. A rich oatmeal sweetness, lots of roasty malts, then a big punch of smoke that lingers on the palate until forever. Just a flavor explosion of all kinds, but the smokiness complements the other flavors beautifully. Relatively rich mouthfeel with low medium carbonation, but plenty drinkable. Probably my favorite of the Beer Geeks I have tried.
andyhwcinc (1351) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Purchased at Discount Liquor in Milwaukee, WI; enjoyed at home on a windy Thursday night. Appearance is a moderate pitch black with a rich dark tan head. Aroma of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, subtle smoke. Taste is pretty good, similar to Beer Geek Breakfast with a nice smokey characteristic which becomes more apparent as it warms up, there's an abrasiveness in the back end that is pretty nice. Enjoyable stuff.
TylerGreenDC (209) - - FEB 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft. Mild smoke aroma and flavor, but endlessly pleasant. Flavors of oats and grains. Crisp.
BLADT (224) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 11, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black pour from tap. Smells of wood chips and leather. Stout flavors are hidden under smokey front notes. Very clean.
Maverick34 (2062) - New York, USA - FEB 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled as rauch geek bfast. Pours a dark brown. Aroma is malt and bacon bits. Sweet chewy oatmeal and bacon bit smoked tinge. Pretty good with a lot going on.
tectactoe (1187) - Michigan, USA - FEB 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: renamed "Rauch Geek Breakfast". Black body, with only a mild trace of dark brown outlining the edges; topped with a leathery tan head, creamy & slow to dissipate completely. Aroma have obvious smoke, with a mild peat & meaty aspect, a little like cooked sausage (or bacon, I guess). Faint wood chips with a mild, underlying sweetness, a hint of bitter cocoa beans, & some burnt, roasted malt in the finish. The tastes takes on more of a charred, campfire-like smoke presence with a balancing dark chocolate sweetness. Roasted malts & burnt wood play a big role, leading into a lingering smoky & black coffee ground finish. Smooth, slick body, coats the palate in the aftertaste. Very nice; heavy smoke presence, but what do you expect? Never becomes overbearing, though. I may like this one more than regular Beer Geek Breakfast, actually... But I am biased towards smoked beers.
Pailhead (4418) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of tectactoe
Bottle: The aroma consists moderate chocolate, smoky bacon, light maple syrup, molasses, and coffee. It pours a dark brown with not transparency and a one finger tan head. There is some spotty lacing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with a quick dose of chocolate and faint molasses. The finish turns heavy campfire smoke, burnt coffee, light smoked bacon, and a hint of maple syrup. It’s medium-full bodied with mild carbonation. Overall, a little too campfire and burnt for my smoked beer preferences.