kermis (11220) - Where the wild whales are, NETHERLANDS - MAY 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour with big beige head. Aroma of strong coffee and dark chocolate with smoke. Flavor matches aroma with a little licorice.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAY 23, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle, labeled Rauch Geek Breakfast, from the greenville beer exchange. pours a silky, pure black with a thick, creamy, dark beige head that has outstanding retention and leaves thick sheets of lace. aroma is wonderful with huge notes of peat, campfire smoke, freshly melted tar, and cigar ash backed by subtle notes of roast coffee, dark chocolate, and salty molasses. flavor is delcious as well with the base beer notes of dark chocolate, fresh roasted coffee, and raw oats coming through and balancing the savory notes of smoked meat, charred wood, salty pretzel with hints of earthy hops and molasses on the back end. palate is medium bodied with brisk carbonation and a long, lingering, smokey and bittersweet cocoa finish. overall, a great smoked brew.
Photog (215) - Camillus, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hot damn this was quite the beer. Started out opaque black with a brown head. Aroma was of smoked pork and heavy smoke. Hints on roasty chocolate malt. It was like smelling a wood burning stove. Taste was smoky almost like charcoal and bitter dark chocolate. Finish was bitter but not from hops and like roasted coffee and mocha. Mildly sweet. This was a bit astringent but not off putting. Palate was creamy and almost gritty at the end. One of the best in a while. (Mikkeller Rauch Geek Breakfast)
PatBateman81 (178) - Caserta, ITALY - MAY 17, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 50 cl tasted @ Karhisma Birroteca (Piedimonte Matese, Caserta - Italy). Flavorsome aroma of bacon, molasses, smoked cheese, woody, roasted sugar, chocolate, coffee. Intense dark head, not so wide anyway. Creamy-oily full body, really good feeling about its dainty like velvet that warms palate. Among above-mentioned roasted and smoked malty notes, there’s a nice oatmeal, coffee and chocolate again. Crisp, doubtless crisp, balanced carbonation. Some ashes. Roasty and bitter lasting finish. Below the Alaskan Smoked Porter IMO, but one of the best smoked ever had still.
tennisjoel (1376) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - MAY 16, 2011
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Boy, I feel like I’ve hit the jackpot tonight. Double Simcoe unfiltered followed by this gem. Dark brown pour with a tan head and nice lacing. Smoke aroma with undertones of molasses, caramel, rich chocolate, and coffee. Not for the faint of heart. This packs a flavor punch, and it certainly hits the spot. Really nice offering, once again from Mikkeller.
Palme (4181) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 16, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared 0.5l bottle. Pours a near black body with near no head. Really nice aroma: mildly smoked and roasted, light woody and some thin chocolate next to a little coffee. Really full-bodied has a fantastic creamy mouthfeeling and low on the carbonation. The flavors really brings back some good memories from the time I sat @ Mikkeller Bar with a bottle of this fantastic brew and got totally blown away from the fantastic "thick flavors". Nice fatty bacon with dark bitter chocolate - combined with milk chocolate, coffee, a little burned toast and slightly ashy. Ends warming with a long lasting roasted aftertaste. Beautiful!
LilBeerDoctor (3772) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (Rauch Geek Breakfast label). Pours black with a thick luxurious chocolate colored head. Aroma of smoke, lots of smoke, with some roasted malt (although not particularly meaty nor bacony). Flavor with more of a rich smoky meat feel, plenty of regular smoky qualities, and charred roasted malt. An ok smoked, but kinda expected more from Mikkeller...
Powertrip (1000) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 14, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Single bottle purchased from Kensington Wine Market in Calgary, AB in April, 2011. Colour: Black and black and more black. Dark low head. Nose: Hickory smoke, actual pork, railroad tar, spoiled egg. Best of both worlds... Taste: Medium-light sweet, medium bitter, medium-light sour. More hickory smoke, salty, caramalized onion, almost gritty finish that rings sweet & sour. Not as good as I was expecting, rather a disapointment. Again an applause for creativity that does not a great beer make.
QuezXLV (415) - Virginia, USA - MAY 14, 2011
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
I just had a sample of this at TJ’s in Phoenixville, but I’m rating it anyway. The aroma is INTENSE!! Like a stout but multiplied by a million. Very smokey. However, compared to other smoked beers I’ve had, this one has a pleasant smoked flavor that’s not overwhelming.
SirLimpsalot (3817) - SWEDEN - MAY 13, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Mycket rökig doft. Även smaken har mycket rök och sälta, annars är ölen faktisk rätt tunn jämfört med breakfast och brunch. Liten besvikelse.