Leighton (8605) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2011 Tap at Rattle n Hum. Pours black with a thick, creamy brown head. Intense roasted malt aroma with char, tobacco and dark chocolate. Lightly sweet with a pervasive roasty character. There are mild notes of smoke and cured meat, though certainly not as pronounced as some other smoke beers I’ve had. I take this mildness as a good thing, though, as some smoke beers I find too "out there," living in novelty beer land. This Mikkeller is quite drinkable. The body is medium and the carbonation light and smooth. Finishes with lingering dry roast notes and light saltiness. A good beer for sure. Update: had some more of this at the Euston Tap last night, thanks to Thomas who shared his bottle. Again, I rated a 4. Great beer.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - AUG 24, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at RnH: Opaque pour with a deep brown head. Rich meaty black malt aroma- quite charred with a burnt plum note, fennel and black licorice. Light fluffy carbonation- feels like a nitro pour, although it wasn’t. Huge charred flavor. Little sweetness with a ton of ashy smoke. Lots of burnt black malt with a slight astringency. One dimensional without a complex smoke profile like that of Alaskan Smoked Porter.
paiste2002 (175) - Saugus, California, USA - AUG 23, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
500mL - Rauch Geek Breakfast - bottle. Pour is jet black with a smallish tan head that falls away rather quickly leaving a thick ring of lace around the rim of the glass. Aroma is smoky, malty, dark roasted coffee and chocolate with a touch of caramel. Flavor up front is vanilla, caramel, chocolate followed by smoked bacon, peated malt and dark coffee in the finish. Over all an incredible, complex stout, creamy, smoky, what a treat and for my $$ right on the money.
boamr (309) - Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ppours black with a thin tan head to it. Basically smells like bacon. That’s all I can think of when I smell this. Has a smokey, wood, and slight chocolate taste to it. Pretty damn tasty overall.
lamas (1277) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 22, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500mL "Rauch Geek Breakfast" bottle. Pours an opaque black with a thick and creamy chestnut head that leaves rings of lacing behind. Smoke, BBQ, some bacon, toasted pumpernickel, semi-sweet chocolate, and a bit of caramel in the appealing aroma. Goes down thick and creamy with a little bite. Some lightly sweet caramel is present upfront taste-wise and is quickly followed by touches of vanilla and dark chocolate along with some burnt pumpernickel. Very earthy and grainy. A bitterly dry roasted coffee finish. Plenty of smoke and saltiness apparent all the way through.
kschep (1494) - DENMARK - AUG 22, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
skibsøl comes to mind when you drink this smoke-infused brew, but where skibsøl is only 2-point-something abv, this brew is a tad stronger. still manages to clear your throat with a nose of heavily smoked bacon, a little plastic, a broad feel with well-balanced carb, the taste is chocolate and smoke. somewhere there’s some fruit just as the beer hits the tongue. can’t define which though
egajdzis (5116) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 21, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opaque black with a small, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of smoked meat, roasted malts, burnt wood, chocolate, adn alcohol. Taste of roast, burnt wood, smokey malts, dark chocolate, and a strong, dry, smokey finish.
stobbe74 (3790) - DENMARK - AUG 20, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a pitch black beer with a lightbrown head. The aroma is malt, caramel, smoke, peat, coffee and licorice. The flavor is malt, peat, coffee and licorice. The palate is smoke and malty. Overall a beer with a good balance and a good level of smoke.
scottw86 (1039) - Maryland, USA - AUG 20, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured black from a "Rauch Geek Breakfast" bottle with a brown head that fades quickly. Aroma is mainly chocolate malts but with a good amount of smoky bacon notes. Taste also has lots of smoked wood flavors with chocolate. Some sweet vanilla flavors as well. Doesn’t really taste like bacon, which is probably a good thing. Finish has some coffee and chocolate malts. Overall very smooth and well balanced, but I definitely prefer the beer geek breakfast.
LtDan (1718) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - AUG 19, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Appearance: Pours a midnight brown with a creamy, frothy tan head.
Aroma: Concentrated smoked malt, heavily roasted coffee, dark chocolate.
Taste: Smoked ham rind, coffee roast, burnt roast, dark chocolate, cracked black pepper, spicy hops.
Mouthfeel: Slightly creamy, prickles the back of the throat.
Overall: Amazing, complex, not real bacony, but amazing none the less.