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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.34/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
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Look into the heart of darkness of this pitch black beauty. Take in the sweet caramel and roasted malty notes on the nose with a suggestion of the bacon goodness within. This full-bodied, rich and creamy oatmeal stout trots out a bold, unbridled taste that comes from a unique infusion of local Ottawa Valley heritage-raised “Pork of Yore” fine bacon. Blending in roasted malt and oatmeal for a solid footing, this smooth, dark beer has the perfect finish hinting of the fine swine contained within.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
samzim (286) - Ontario, - MAR 21, 2013
Subtle aroma of coffee, chocolate, and very faint notes of bacon. Opaque dark brown color with a minimal head. Medium body with an average carbonation. Mild bitterness with some sweetness. Unfortunate absence of bacon flavour, but still a solid beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
czar (5018) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 9, 2015
pours unclear light brown mahogany with a small light beige-red cap, some retention and lacing. burnt caramel, brown malts, salty and chalky - lots of minerals, lightly smoked roasted maltiness - not really bacony, licorice and other spices - cloves. light carbonation, light body - oily but lacking; drying yet balanced lightly smoked-grassy finish. roasted profile, body corpulence and smoky-bacony character lacks, but this pale-ish stout makes a good confit d’oignons.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Jshupka (8) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 25, 2015 does not count
Bomber from the LCBO. Pours fairly dark. Slight reddish tinge. Lots of head initially, but quickly disappeared.Aroma is caramel, smoke, smoked meat. Bacon is certainly present in the nose, but that?s where it ends. Flavour is that of burnt caramel, roasted barley, some sweeter malts. No bacon to speak of. Smoke is not as pronounced as I would have thought, either. A little on the thin side for a stout, in my opinion and a little too carbonated for my taste, but not bad. Clean aftertaste, nothing really left on my palate except a bit of bitterness. It?s good, but I was expecting more from this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kevinsenn (1303) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 16, 2015
Bottle from LCBO. Light creamy aroma. Smoky and salty taste with grainy and roasty notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
HopsandBolts (145) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 13, 2015
660 ml bottle from the LCBO.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with finger of off white head. Slight retention and lots of lacing.

Aroma: Grain, cereal, hint of smoke.

Flavours: Grain, cereal, smoke, salt.

Mouthfeel: Very thin with light carbonation.

Overall: I was expecting bacon in either the aroma or flavour but got it on neither. Lots of grain and cereal but no bacon. To quote Clara Peller in the old 80s Wendy’s commercials "Where’s the beef?!" or rather the bacon? This is an okay stout, although it is pretty thin, but there is no bacon just grain.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rederic (3188) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 12, 2015
660ml bottle, black color, with a thick creamy tan-colored head, with a sweet chocolate, toasted, biscuity, pale, roasted, oat malty, brown chocolate nose,with some chocolate chip cookie dough, mocha, light cappuccino, faint maple ice-cream, chocolate pie crust accents, and a brownie, faint coffee, toffee note in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate, with a smooth chocolate cake, brown chocolate, light milk chocolate, coffee, chocolate chip oatmeal cookie dough, burnt toast character, with some molasses, chocolate, oat, toasted, caramelized, biscuity, roasted, black malty, ashy, maple, cappuccino flavours, leading towards a chocolatey, mochaish, maple, sweet chocolate, oat, toasted, caramelized, biscuity, roasted maltiness, lingering burnt toasted, coffee bitterness finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Freaky_tiki (700) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 4, 2015
Hey look! Another gimmicky brew with a pun in the name. I didn’t want to buy it but I did & now here I am. This is a bit of a mess. The stout itself seems to be the problem. Not much presence in the flavour profile, a strange vegetable broth on the nose, & not really in the big leagues of an oatmeal stout. Then they add the bacon & its just muddy, with a slight smokiness. Ive infused bourbon with bacon -- it’s a bit of a process to get right -- but I’m not sure it works in this beer. The horror, the horror.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bendrixian (1236) - Canadiana, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 1, 2015
Clearish brew with a dark brown colour. Mutred aroma, with oats, roast and toast. I don’t get alot a of rind or bacon on the palate. Smooth beer with a bit of roast. Wishing it had more punch for sure. Gimmicky and a huge let down.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crockett (1027) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2015
Pours dark dark brown with red hues. short creamy white head. Nose of sweet woody smoke, and roast. It’s not all that smoky. Some residual bitter woody smoke notes carry through. Brown sugar. Pie crust. On a whole; the mouthfeel is a bit thin for an oatmeal stout. And the taste, is more sweet. Not the sweet and salty I was looking for. I’ve had bacon/hock stock before. This doesn’t have that flavour. The smokiness of the beer just seems to be sourced from malts dried over a fire... then only 10% of those were mixed in with regular malt. Tastes of Hallowe’en Candy Kisses offering twinges of salty presence. It’s not a bad beer. Must be better on tap. Good potential for food pairing. There’s room for improvement in something with such a cool name and style potential.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
robinvboyer (3364) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 25, 2015
Black pour with a small light brown head. Aroma is roasty, with the slightest bit of smoke and some subtle sweet malts. Watery mouth feel, medium carb. The bacon leaves only the slightest hint of smoke, and that’s it. Watery beer with a solid roasty malt note and that’s about it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheJester (2038) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 25, 2015
650 mL bottle. Nice pour. Smells like a sweet stout, minus the lactose, with some added brown sugar. Don’t really get the bacon, either in the nose or mouth, although I do taste some smoke. Which is nice. Needs a little more from the roasted malt, though. Oatmeal helps the mouthfeel, although it’s certainly not a big beer.

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