stoutnick (663) - 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 (4153) - 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 (2402) - 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 (221) - 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 (1301) - 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..."
tectactoe (2845) - Michigan, USA - FEB 24, 2014
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2014 Bottle: Thanks, Kevin! Deep, deep brown pour, nearly black with a huge, fluffy, foamy, light-khaki crema that sits quietly on top. Aroma is quite mind-blowing, as you can literally pick out all three elements in the beer’s namesake. It has a thick, oily & roasted coffee bean presence up front with a lighter & sweeter balance of maple syrup in the background that leads into a subtly smoky, campfire & meaty finish. Coffee, maple, & smoke, done elegantly & wonderfully. The taste is comprised strongly of a big, sweet maple syrup presence on top of a hefty dose of smoked malts. I get more of the charred campfire smoke than actual "meat" but the balance between the bitter smoke/roast & the sweet maple is quite nice. Coffee finally makes an appearance as it lingers with a bitter bean flavor in the aftertaste. Well balanced, & again, all three flavors represented on the palate nicely. I really loved this brew, it certainly didn’t let me down. Tasted like a morning at the IHOP in beer form.
SpongeRuiner (858) - Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 1, 2014 Bottle from a trade. Extremely unique beer. Very fresh coffee bean aroma. Literally has every flavor described. Nice bacon smokiness. Maple flavors really finish it nicely. Really good stuff.
DJDAM (3) - California, USA - FEB 17, 2014 does not count
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Glad i got to try this. This beer smells awesome... Tons of Maple & Coffee, Taste exactly what the label says.. Roasted Coffee, Maple , little smokey, well balanced excellent beer.
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - FEB 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from newcigarz. Aroma and flavor of maple-hinted coffee with some faint notes of bacon. I love porters like this: not thin, not 1-dimentional, and not boring. Good carb and retention, which added a ton in the nose. I was very happy to get to try this. It was an excellent beer.
b3shine (6149) - Indiana, USA - FEB 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber to taster (shared by GAbell). Looks good; a translucent cola with tan lacing. Smells great! Just like the name suggests. Tastes like it smells, but not quite as robust. Good on the palate. Awesome beer!