PhillyCraft (2762) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Blackback. Pours hazy golden orange with super creamy white head. Aroma is light on the smoke, taste is a salty, maple nuts, smokey, pretzel, good bit of caramel malt and wood. Perfect amount of smoke, not overpowering but present. Cheers.
davey101 (606) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 21, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Has the remnants of a bottle on date but it is too far gone, it is definitely fresh though.
A - Pours a hazy burnt amber/red body that lets some light through to show some rising carbonation. A fingers worth of light tan foam fades away quickly but leaves a thick edging that sticks around forever. Decent lacing, meh retention.
S - Last year I discovered the magic of drenching bacon with syrup. This is pretty much spot on. Plenty of that smoked ham/bacon meat thing with some light chocolate malts. The end of the nose is a subtle yet insanely phenomenal maple sweetness. This is the thing of breakfast wet dreams.
T - Smoked meats, grainy malts, a sort of light metal thing that I get in some bocks, and then finally the maple sweetness on the end. Not as great as the nose but still awfully tasty. Most rauchbiers aren’t my thing but balancing the smoke with sweetness is really the key here. This is nowhere close to being "over the top" or "like chewing on cigarette butts". Mmmmm, maple bacon.
M - Smooth and creamy with a certain crispness and lightness to it. Dat Jack’s Abby lager voodoo magic. However the flavors are somewhat bold so it gets a bit tiring to drink towards the end.
O - Like most people I was very pumped to try a collaboration between two highly coveted New England breweries. When I saw the less than stellar reviews piling in I was left with low expectations. This was a good thing because I totally love it for what it is. This is the beer that Rogue wishes they could have made. If you go into it expecting something ala Fayston’s Maple stout you need not apply. But if you like approachable rauchbiers with some nice maple sweetness then you might just dig this.
thornecb (4104) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 21, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep amber into an English pint. Sickly white head recedes to skim surface. Sweet maple and smoke aromas. Dry and sweet with maple syrup, bread and caramel upfront turning to mild smoky campfire in the lasting finish. Better than it looks...
radarsock (755) - Vermont, USA - MAY 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
As soon as Jblauvs texted me that his store got this in, I knew I had some shopping to do. 500mL bottle purchased from Leary’s for $4.80. ABV not listed listed on label. To undersized cognac snifter, it pours a rusted copper amber with an off-white ringed head, 1 fingernail in length. James nailed it: aromas of smoked bacon certainly comes to mind. Also getting hints of maple sugar candies, young French oak, candied yams, mint, cinnamon, and caramel apples. Toffeeish. Tastes interestingly of hickory-smoked bacon, agave and kero syrups, carrots, graham crackers, Munich malt, and brown sugar. Kind of apple vinegary by swallow accompanied with honey, saltwater, and garden herbs. Wasn’t expecting this much sweetness. Maple barely even noticeable. Enjoyable.
Jblauvs (1337) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 17, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2013 Glowing copper pour with a filmy, offwhite head. The tiny bubbles dissipate after only a few seconds. Aromas of salty, smoky malt, sweet maple bacon, freshly chopped wood. Pleasantly carbonated. Flavor is rich, sweet, smokey, and has enough acidity to balance everything out. Lovely notes of crushed leaves and a rich smoked malt upfront then turns to a sweet maple woodiness in the middle. Smoke and maple bacon hit the back of the palate and slide down the throat. The dry finish lingers with smoky meatiness and light lactic acidity. I really enjoyed this.