Tmoney99 (12987) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 21, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at RBSG 2010. Poured a dark brown color with an average frothy brown head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted malt and smoke aroma. Medium to heavy sweet roasted malt flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of long duration. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. My expesctations where met.
jtclockwork (12845) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 2, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Pours black. Nose and taste of oatmeal, rye, smoke, chocolate malt and light pine.
Dogbrick (10707) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 16, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2010 Sample at Jackie O’s as part of Ohio Brew Week (plus a growler for home). This beer pours a dark brownish-black color with a medium light beige head that recedes steadily. Stringy lacing on the glass. Aroma of smoked malt and maple. Medium body with flavors of roasted malt and chocolate. The bacon element is subtle enough that is imbues more of a smoke than a meat character. The finish is smokey with a sweet maple aftertaste. Very good breakfast-type Stout overall.
deyholla (9635) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 12, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewery during the Barrel Aged Beer Festival, thanks Kan! Poured black with a dark brown head that dissipated slowly to the edges. Aroma was full of roasted malts with some dark grains and a slight smokey note. Flavor was also full of roasted malts with a smoke backing and a bit of coffee.
alexsdad06 (8147) - Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample from growler shared by Sliffy @ RBSG. Pours a dark brown with a thin beige film. The aroma is smoked meaty goodness, dark malts, roast, and a touch of chocolate. The flavor is dark malts, smoke, meaty, chocolate, and thin coffee. The flavors are nice, but this could use some beefing up in the body as it is a little thin.
TheAlum (6812) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the RBSG Summer Grand Tasting (Grand Rapids, MI). Pours a fairly dark, black with some brown edges. Small tannish head, rings a bit. Aromas are smoky, ashy smoke with smokey bacon, roasty malts, a touch of chocolate, with some coffee, smoked wood. Initial is mellow, a bit light, smoke and ash, light bacon is very light. Cocoa and dark chocolate, coffee, nice drinkable beer, a bit thinned out but quite tasty. The C-Bus crew said this was a beer that evoked different passions, and I must say I’m a fan. Very flavorful for the body and base style
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 6, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Backlogged rating from the RBSG 2010, another CBus offering, sliffy was pouring this so I will thank him: Mostly opaque with just a bit of an amber highlight topped by a creamy beige head and good lace. The aroma has notes of smoked meat, bacon, rye, tar, pipe tobacco, some star anise, lightly resiny and piney, and a bit ashy and burnt coffee. The taste has a big aggressive rye and PNW hop bite followed by ashy charred malts. Very meaty and earthy profile with some supporting chocolate, coffee, hop spice and sea salt. The mouth feel is a bit thin, oily and ashy. This is very nice dispite the weak mouth feel. I would try it again no problem.
JaBier (6412) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler shared by Dogbrick. Black pour with a medium tan head. Roasty aroma with some chocolate sweetness and a smokiness that’s not really swine-ish (and that’s kind of a good thing). Flavor is also roasty with chocolate and smoke and has a bitter roasty finish. Full, creamy mouthfeel. Only the second bacon beer I’ve had and much like the other one, I find it’s much less "hammy" than beers that are just made with a ton of smoked malt. Tasty stuff.
JStax (4536) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a freshly filled Growler. Appearance is a dark brown with a nice sized tan head that dissipates relatively quickly. Aroma is smoky, bitter, dark chocolate, and some coffee. Taste is char, Bacon, and dark chocolate. Aftertaste is char. This is a very solid beer. Did not expect it to work, but it does pretty well.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared by the Indy/C’bus posse at BASC. Bacon beers continue to surface - get this trend going now! No basis for comparison with the base beer, but it strikes me that this style - with its dry, faintly chalky mouthfeel and substantial roasts - is perfect for porkification. Nice nose of rye, char, dry chocolate, and pig pickin’. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, with a slight dose of heat as with campfire, and a dry, slightly spicy finish (rye and pig). Lots of hefty chocolate malts in the middle, with a touch of lactic thickness too. Good stuff!