hopscotch (8460) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 1, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
GrowlerÖ Pours very dark and sits black in my glass; canít see through it even when held up to the south Florida sun Ė maybe some copper highlights around the sides of the glass. No head, but the growlerís been open a while. The bouquet is kind of acidic, chocolaty and thereís just a hint of smoke. Medium to full-bodied and velvety with soft carbonation. Sweet maple flavor with traces of smoke, dark fruit and minerals. Bland, mildly bitter, lightly roasted finish. Growler courtesy of Maltzilla!
j12601 (6585) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 29, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Goose Island Clybourn. Pours black, with a medium sized soapy white head. Smoky, but light, very light roast. Very faint maple, but Iím looking for it, not sure if Iíd pick it up without knowing it was there. Medium bodied, smoky, smooth, roasty, sweet and maply. The big question though, whereís the bacon? The smoke does pick up a little bit while it warms, and the beer is certainly good. But I was expecting more deep smoke.
sebletitje (6234) - Enghien, BELGIUM - APR 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
growler @ Miami Fandango í10 gathering. Cheers to Diego for the share.
dark brown, mocha head.
Aroma has light notes of smoked malts, maple aspect is light, roasted and coffee, mocha nose.
Flavors, very similar to the aroma, I detect some nice smoked malt with faint maple syrup, chocolate, roasted finish with hints of coffee. Superbly malty/mocha mouthfeel with just a tad of smoke in the finish.
Not sure why this is not a smoked beer rather than stout.
Enjoyed this one a lot.
I do pick some smoke, but I am not sure if thatís what was intended with the bacon or if they had actually meat flavoring in the beer. Anyways, I just didnít get much of the meat aspect as much as it was more smoked.
TheAlum (5100) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at the GI FIP (Chicago, IL). Pours a nice near opaque pour dark brown, murky, aromas are a light smokey bacon aroma paired with roasty malts, a touch of cocoa, and sweet caramel. Initial is lighter bodied, a light bitterness sticks to the palate as a sweet maple touch, faint smoke comes in. Largely sweey, caramel and maple with a touch of smoked bacon. Yummy. Very drinkable, sweet slanted with a touch of smoke. Very nice.
JaBier (4415) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at Goose Island Clybourn. Pours black with a medium tan head. Roasty aroma with a bacony smoke, but not as much as expected. Sweet maple and chocolate flavor with plenty of roast and a semi-smoky finish. I kind of liked this. Iím not a big fan of beers that have so much hammy/smoke flavor that they mask everything else. This one definitely has enough of that to not be described as subtle, but all the other notes and flavors come through as well. Well done.
drewbeerme (3836) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
draft at cly with side of bacon. pours dark reddish brown-black with no head. nose doesnít smell like much, fish oil, salt. flavor has sweet maple syrup, mild back, thin body. oily feel. this is just bad. the oils from the bacon make this unappealing. perhaps if this had a smoked bacon quality it could work but the bacon didnít come through.
pantanap (3335) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Maplewood farm maple bacon stout... Pours a murky dark cola brown with
less intense edges topped without any head... Smokey chocolate nose
with emphasis on the former... Thin chocolate and smoke flavors with a
watery mouthfeel and very light on the carbonation front
holdenn (2077) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at GI Cly. Pours a dark black with minimal head and a small slab of bacon. Light nose roasted malts. Thin coffee and roasted malt flavors. Lighly sweet but no paletable recognition of bacon or maple syrup. I guess thatís why thereís a chunk of meat on my glass.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
How could a bacon stout not be the best beer in the world, I mean címon...Bacon! Yeah, unfortunately I was disappointed since I went in with high expectations. Pours black with a thin head. Light aroma and the flavor was thin. Light smoke flavor, but could have used a whole lot more and I didnít really notice anything I thought of as bacon. Only slightly sweet also...light on the maple syrup. Save you money.
beernbourbon (1249) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - APR 16, 2010
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Tap at GI Clybourn. Garnished with floppy bacon. Aroma is note quite right. Has notes of roasted malt, light caramel, and an unclear chemical aroma that is not enticing. Also some bits of bacon fat floating on surface from the bacon garnish. Flavor is also lightly roasty but there is an off flavor here hat pretty much dominates. Not good.