KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2012
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From notes. First reviewed 10/30/2011. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip. Thanks to paulmpapp for bringing this to our tasting.
The pour is a fairly dark mahogany color that does not maintain in the edges. The corners are slightly transparent brown and ruby.
There is a nice amount of smoked malt that fills up the nose. Sweet maple syrup comes through next, with roast coffee coming through at the end. The nose lives up to what this is supposed to be.
The flavor is sweet up front, with true maple syrup and dark roasted malts. The smoke comes through right away, filling up my nose and resting on the tongue. The malt has a good dark and roasted character that leads well into the coffee bitterness toward the end. The finish has more malt, and some sweet maple lingers into the coffee bitterness at the end.
If anything, the body feels a little light compared to the body. The robust flavors deserve a fuller beer. The carbonation is on the light side, and there is a moderate sweet stickiness that sticks on the lips after each sip. Even with the sweetness, the coffee really brings a dry and slightly acrid feel to it.
This is a great beer; the only thing that could really make it better would be a little bit more carbonation and a bigger body. I am definitely excited to see what the imperial version has to offer.
NielsenRatings (8275) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle with friends. Black appearance with a brown head. Sizzling, fresh bacon, rich maple, pancake syrup, campfire ashy aroma. Somewhat tangy, apple fruity, ashy, burnt smoky, meaty flavor. The aroma was heavenly but the flavor didn’t live up to my expectations.
Ratman197 (9036) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lingering ringof tan foam. Aromof maple, bacon, coffee, light cocoa and light roastiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of ashes, maplke, cocoa, light coffee and a hint of bacon with a smooth dry ashy maple finish.
burg326 (3244) - Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at FBG beerfest, poured a dark black color that looked very thin to be a porter. However the aroma was a kick in the nose of black coffee, roasted malt and fresh bacon and smoke. Flavor was roasted coffee, and a touch of bacon. This beer was good, and well worth the mob to sort through to get to finally try it.
craftbeerdesign (2140) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 29, 2012
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
sample at Brewvival on 2/25/12. long line for this one - but worth it. light black pour with a 1+ finger off white head. no bacon on the nose. huge maple syrup nose with vanilla and coffee. amazing! med body with maple / coffee / chocolate and vanilla. smooth. sweet finish with chocolate and coffee. again no bacon.
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - FEB 27, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Coffee, chocolate, and slight maple aroma. Maple syrup is the dominating flavor through the finish. Good, really interesting beer.
Drake (7945) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Brewvival. Pours a dark brown color with a thin tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of sweet roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, coffee and roasted malts. The taste is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, maple, faint bacon notes and a roasty finish. Medium bodied.
Stldsf1 (616) - Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Don’t focus on the word bacon. I saw fistfights break out to get this beer only to see people be disappointed. It’s a nice beer but I didn’t pick up any bacon flavors. Maple, yes, very much . Would pour this on my pancake
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jjgmd (1225) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2012
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a pitch black, aroma is sweet and a bit pungent. Ok for beer extremists
but pour me a Left Hand Milk Stout. Ugh.
cmonster (953) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 16, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at Haggerty’s Fantasy Tasting. Black in color with short tan head. Big time breakfast aromas. Coffee... maple... fetch me some pancakes and eggs please. Flavor profile matches the nose. Mmmm bacon. Finishes with dry dark chocolate. Great label. Thanks Matt.