RoJoNo (28) - Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Bodega; good, solid, sweet, thick stout. As dogbrick found, I did not taste any meat flavor, but the added smokiness adds character to the heavy stout.
Dogbrick (9824) - 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.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 15, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark viscous pour with a thin chestnut colored head and drippy lace. Aroma is heavy roast, smoke and meaty. Creamy body. Really complex beer with hints of oak, smokey meat, roasted malts, coffee and chocolate
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 11, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Jackie O’s. Pours black with thin tan head. Aroma was coffee, roast, smoke, and chocolate. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor follows the nose and has a dark caramel note with a more smoky flavor that clearly comes from the bacon. Interesting.
jtclockwork (11250) - , 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.
JaBier (5739) - 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.
TheAlum (6428) - 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
Tmoney99 (12234) - 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.
Moggman (235) - Columbus, USA - SEP 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample at Jackie O’s Barrel aged Beer Fest 2010. Pours dark brown/black with medium brown head. Aroma is of chocolate, coffee, and some smokiness/"meatiness" from the bacon. Flavor of coffee, bitter chocolate, slight smokiness from the bacon, and some slight spiciness/dryness from the rye.
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!