Damico (2287) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2013 It is everything I wanted in flavor and aroma. Aroma brings a ton of maple syrup at first, and then after settling for a bit a ton of smooth roasted coffee dominates. The balance of maple overtaking the smokiness of the bacon with the coffee coming in the middle was perfect on the flavor. There are delicious hazelnut creamy coffee notes as well. Poured dark black with decent tan head.
jedwards (10) - Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
32oz Growler from ... the man himself, funkybuddha. Shared 12-16-2010 with friends.
First off -- awesome growler. Slight but promising hiss when I open the top. Pour is a deep brown, large bubbles from a vigorous pour mixing with a thin but dense head that rises up after it hits the glass. Aroma is an intense coffee with hints of brown sugar and smoke. Taste is terrific -- while still cold itís a rich coffee with a chocolately finish and a touch of smoke. The maple comes out as it warms with a rich maple sugar element coming up in the finish and the coffee mellowing out to let some of the sweetness and just a touch of heat through. Mouthfeel is low carbonation (expected for the growler), but rich and verging on the edge of viscous. Supports the roasty coffee edge well. Smoke comes through more on the nose than on the tongue. When I finish the glass the aroma of maple and bacon persists... gotta clean this before moving on. Drinkability is phenomenal.
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - OCT 5, 2011
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2012 Thanks to ericandersnavy......Pours a very deep brown with tan head. Aroma, is, WoW! Strong notes of bacon, dark roasted grain and maple....flavor is much the same with hints of chocolate and pretty intense. Mouth feel is medium body with low carbonation. Overall, outstanding brew!!!!
boamr (309) - Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 20, 2011
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours really dark brown with a tan head. Has a maple and celery smell to it. Has an odd celery sweet maple taste. This one is just to odd for me.
biggsbowler (174) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Breakfast all day long!!! The aroma is smoky and sweet, not too much coffee. The coffee is more in the taste and combined with the maple, you canít stop drinking it. The body is syrupy and very dark. Make this beer, one of your last beer of the night. This taste will linger for a long time, which is great for people who love breakfast.
thirdeye11 (5378) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 14, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Growler thanks to ericandersnavy) espresso brown pour with a dark tan head. Nose of sweet chocolate, rich coffee, vanilla, maple, Belgian waffles, super rich, smells SO GOOD!! Taste of rich coffee, maple, waffles, sweet chocolate. The body is slightly thin but a delicious coffee linger is here. Creamy in the finish and quite toasty. This is an excellent sweet stout!!
pastradul (43) - California, USA - JUL 10, 2011
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured from a sealed growler from a friend that got this sent to them from the FBL directly!!!!
Poured in a tasting tulip. pours a pitch black with minimal head. was poured pretty soft since it was a tasting glass.
the nose is amazing... light roasted coffee followed by a hint a sweetness and a tad of smoke.
the taste is amazing. all of the different aspects of the beer come through at different stages of the taste. First you get the coffee on the front/ initial taste. Then as it moves back in the mouth the maple sweetness takes over ( but not in an over powering way like a creme brulee) then after you swallow and breath a little but the smoke (savory bacon) hits the back of the throat!
This is one amazing beer for sure! Glad i was able to try it.
pantanap (3334) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Funky Buddha maple bacon porter. Half gallon growler fill from Eric...
Pours a dark stouty reddish brown pour with a minimal light tan
head... Aroma is assertive with coffee, vanilla, and vivid maple
notes... Flavors are much of the same with a smooth vanilla, roast,
and lingering maple character that is delectable degree. Body is l
VHF to medium with a good deal of roast and semi-acrid touch . Nice.
Ovechkinator (18) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of smoke, caramel and chocolate. About the same taste-wise. medium bodied and relatively smooth. Very interesting.
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 4, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
In short: The name says it all, and it is INTENSE. And also inexplicably excellent.
How: 22oz bottle. Early 2011 batch. Hilarious label. Consumed fresh approximately one week after it was bottled. Bottle sent to me by hopscotch, thanks a lot Eric.
The look: Near black body topped by a persistent small beige head
In long: Intense nose (really INTENSE) that is like a grandma freshly baked sugar pie with your nose one inch away from the pie, a lot of maple syrup, a lot of smoked pull pork. Oh man, I literally could smell my glass two feet away. Not much of the advertised coffee on the nose though. Taste follows suit with maple syrup, freshly baked homemade crusty sugar pie, smoked pork and then adds a sip of cold black coffee, notes of iced-tea, cigarette butt and a good amount of caramel fudge and chocolate fudge. No hops presence whatsoever. There is so much intense flavors to distract my palate that the sweetness didnít bother me at all. Reading my description the beer sounds gross. But in reality this was pretty damn good. A successful exercise in excess. This is an over-the-top beer that I wonít soon forget, Iím sure I would have a lot of great memories of beer if it didnít make me forget so much stuff.