Dogbrick (11480) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 15, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer pours nearly black with a medium thick foamy tan head that diminishes gradually. Sticky patches of lacing on the glass. The aroma is a nice blend of roasted coffee, maple syrup and malt. Medium-bodied with flavors of roasted coffee, maple-charred bacon and chocolate malt. The finish is roasty with smoked malt and mocha aftertaste. Really enjoyable beer all around.
czar (7711) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 10, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
sample @ EBF 2015. unclear dark brown mahogany with a small creamy light beige cap, some retention and lacing. brown malts, sweet nuts - nurnt caramel and hazelnuts, smoky - bacony-forward, medium bitter chocolate - minerals, freeze-dried coffee, relatively fresh coffee beans. light carbonation, medium body - oily, semi-sweet christmasy-spicy-nutty-coffee finish. good but not spectacular.
Steasy66 (1116) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 28, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer is great. Figured I would hate it because of the smoke, but the smoke is subtle. The closest thing I have had to Mornin Delight, and I actually prefer this because I could actually drink more than a few oz without getting overwhelmed by sweetness.
Aroma is great, rich sweet maple and hints of coffee. Flavor is first and foremost sweet, hints of smoke in the finish, some maple, a bit creamy. Body is thick but not viscous.
Frank (4007) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I figured I’d hate this novelty garbage but it’s pretty tasty and I think the brewer did exactly what they intended to so there’s that going for it. This is a surprisingly big tasting beer, would have pinned it as an imperial stout based on flavor, which is of course mostly derived from adjuncts but still. There’s lots of maple and this does come off as sweet but not too terribly heavy. There’s lots of coffee and a slight bit of smoke. It’s full bodied w/ medium, creamy carbonation. It is brown in color w/ a long lasting head. I dunno... this is not the kind of thing I’d drink every day but if you brought it to a party and handed out tasters, everyone would be talking about it.
johnnnniee (3784) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 22, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of a large number of samples I had at the Extreme Beer Fest in Boston 3/21/32014. Beautiful Beer!
pumpmaster (1355) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle purchased at the brewery in Oakland Park, FL Excellent!!!
luttonm (4618) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 13, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Tasting, Seattle. Deep brown, big coffee aroma, sweet maple. A little vanilla. Cold, sweet, sharp. Medium body. Cold brew, syrup sweet. A little butterscotch. Thin minty finish.
rdixon77 (2328) - Georgia, USA - FEB 28, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at RBWG. Pretty great stuff…breakfast in a bottle. Poured black. Coffee, light bacon smoke, maple sweetness, some woodiness. Oily mouthfeel. Surprised it was only 6%. Awesome.
WillRunForBeer (2269) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 27, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rate #1000! January 2014 bottle shared with AirForceHops, Chalemaux and Amanda at home in my snooty drinking room. Pours nearly black with a beige head. I can already smell the maple and bacon as I pour this. Wow! Amazing aroma! Buckwheat pancakes with real maple syrup and a side of bacon. Breakfast is served! Flavor follows, but doesn’t quite live up to the nose. Still a great brew. Plenty of maple sugar, a bit of bacon and dark coffee bitterness to finish. A great brew that I would never guess was over a year old if I hadn’t cellared it myself.
AirForceHops (6181) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 27, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Willrunforbeer. Great choice for his #1000th rate! Aroma is maple candy, sugar, coffee with cream and mild roast. Brian had this for a year and I would have NEVER has guessed it was a year old bottle. This stands the test of time. The flavor is huge coffee, maple sugar that has a oily (dare I say) bacon fat feel over the tongue. Gives a grease type feel for the essence bacon. I’m no longer easily impressed, this did indeed impress me.