Rauch Geek Breakfast (Mikkeller)

Rauch Geek Breakfast is the American name for the Mikkeller beer Beer Geek Bacon. When it came time to import the beer into the United States, the FDA informed them that a name change was in order since the beer did not actually contain any bacon. They changed the name from Beer Geek Bacon to Rauch Geek Breakfast (keeping in line with their other “Geek” and “Breakfast” beers and adding the German word for smoke). Whatever you want to call it, this Double/Imperial Stout clocks in at 7.5% ABV.

RGB (not to be confused with the color format) pours a deep brown/black with two inches of bubbly chocolate frosting. This beer may possibly have the thick lacing I’ve ever seen on a beer; it’s like foamy siding for your beer glass.

The nose on this beer was just glorious. Dark chocolate, smoke, pork and espresso are all present in the nose and easy distinguishable. As the beer warms I detected some chocolate chip cookie dough.

Rauch Geek Breakfast starts out smokey, with a noticeable cured pork flavor. As you would expect when you hear the term “cured pork”, there is a saltiness present that kinda dries out your mouth. The taste then transitions into dark chocolate, before fading into a rich coffee flavor. A faint doughy/oat flavor comes through as it warms.

Mouthfeel is medium-to-thick, syrupy and plenty dry. This beer reminded me of a stout meets a rauchbier.

Rauch Geek Breakfast is an interesting beer.  One of the most flavorful beers I’ve had of late, with each flavor standing out and easily detectable.  It’s not the type of beer you could session or drink frequently, but it’s uniqueness makes it one definitely worth trying.

Overall: 7.5 out of 10

As an IMPERIAL STOUT:  8 out of 10

FOR FANS OF: Founders BREAKFAST STOUT, Mikkeller BEER GEEK BRUNCH WEASEL, Terrapin WAKE ‘N’ BAKE

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