TheAlum (6650) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at Dunt’s Tasting (Chicago, IL). Pours a rich brownish black hue, well hazed with decent frothy brownish head atop. A bit bubbly, nice aromas start to throw firm toffee, maple and cocoa. Vanilla meets cocoa, some caramel and gentle smoke, bacon and earth. Initial is a firm body, sweeter cocoa and caramel anchor a decent smoke, a touch meaty with maple syrup, decent sweetness. Firm sticky body, some decent sticky vanilla and maple on the backend firms up the body. Some coffee grounds and roast, sweet caramel, vanilla and syrup. Some toast, sweetness, odd play. Big and assertive. Sweet, a bit sticky and big. Nice and strong.
barn0216 (534) - California, USA - APR 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared with bytemesis, thanks! Black color, nice brown foam. Aroma of maple and coffee grounds. Roast coffee, ash, powder sugar, hint of maple. Nice roasty finish.
ICEatALAMO (1210) - Troy, Michigan, USA - MAR 28, 2014
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Oh wow, this is amazing. The aroma is all sorts of good. Maple, bacon, coffee bomb. The taste is a little too carbonated, but perfection nonetheless.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
anthony850 (430) - Andover, New Jersey, USA - MAR 25, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
On tap maple, bacon, coffee, and a milk porter one of my favorite beers.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Ernesto987 (5128) - Arizona, USA - MAR 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
sample at extreme beer fest, sweet flavors, some coffee in there, medium body, soft carbonation. Would like to try a bigger sample.
stoutnick (818) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2014 Black. Aroma is maple but no bacon. Taste is medium carbonation - but too much for me and my porters. And the flavour is largely maple; it’s everywhere. No bacon. Overall, good, but far from a favourite porter. Not overly complex.
tkrjukoff (4243) - SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours pitch black great tanned creamy lacing head. Rich cocoa chocolate sweet vanilla roasted malt. Need to get more of this.
umich03jm (3098) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAR 7, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to Mike (I think) for sharing. Pours black with a very small foamy head that lingers a bit. What an awesome aroma. Big maple and coffee with some light smoke and light roast. Tastes just as good. Again, huge maple and coffee flavor. Some nice lactose sweetness and a little salty, cured meat taste as well. Thin to medium body. Love the aroma and taste of this stuff. If they made a stout version of this with some more body, it could be up there with my favorites.
birdmachine (226) - San Jose / San Luis Obispo, California, USA - FEB 26, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, sample pour – with thanks to gyberic. Aroma is deep, with layers of French pressed coffee, earth, sweet roasted coffee beans, mocha, vanilla, sticky maple syrup, and milk chocolate. I am not really picking up on any kind of “bacon aroma” perse, and I mean any kind of salinity or smoke. Aroma is pretty darn sweet and inviting though – like maple syrup covered pancakes (but less so than Mornin’ Delight). The beer is deep brown, almost black with minimal tan head. Taste follows aroma pretty closely with luscious milk chocolate and well integrated mocha. Big roasted coffee on the palate followed with sticky sweet maple, brown sugar. Some earth nuances as well probably from that bacon aspect, but still no smoke. Body is full, kind of syrupy with soft carbonation. After taste is mostly maple that lingers on the tongue for minutes and minutes. Overall a ridiculously luscious beer, but a bit on the sweeter side with a huge maple presence and brown sugar. The coffee and chocolate is mainly on the front end with maple on the back. I spilled a little on my hand during the pour, and my hand smelled like pancakes the rest of the night.
Prufrockstar (1696) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 25, 2014
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, shared by fsck -- thanks! Holy wow. Didn’t really want to like this, but shit. Aroma is coffee, maple, and candied bacon, the kind that you roast in your oven that makes the whole house smell like heaven. One might expect it to be a cloyingly sweet aroma, but the coffee really cuts it off nicely. I don’t really want to taste this, it smells so good. No, that’s a lie, I do want to taste it. The taste is sweet, and though the coffee flavor on the end is great, it really lacks the roast/coffee bitterness I’d hope for to balance it, leaving this awfully sweet overall. The body is thin, somewhat watery, lively carbonation. There’s loads of candy bar chocolate in this, and it’s impressive how much bacon comes into the flavor without this really being "smoky." Pretty cool beer overall.
Side note: glass needs to be thoroughly washed after drinking this, or else everything else smells like maple and bacon. "Heh, interesting maple bacon aroma on this unblended lambic..."