JDBaker11058 (1790) - Maryland, USA - MAY 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: very dark opaque brown with a rich, frothy, creamy two-finger head the color and consistency of chocolate milk; ton of lacing. Aroma: smoke, wood, hint of toasted oats, and smoke; thereís also a slightly weird note of new shower curtain. Taste: big hit of smoky wood, with definite notes of meat (more like steak or pulled pork than bacon); as it warms, more of the oaty stout comes out, then a hint of the acidic coffee and piney hops. Finish: long, smooth, chalky, lightly bitter, but mainly the smoke is what lingers . Notes: Very enjoyable. Beautiful beer to look at, and the palate was phenomenal. The smoke was a little on the overpowering side, rather than the complementary. Would have liked it dialed down a titch, with a little more emphasis given back to the rich oats, bittersweet chocolate and coffee that you get in the normal version. Still very, very good.
humlelala (1280) - DENMARK - MAY 7, 2011
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(50 cl bottle from Toft Vin) Pours black with impressive, long-lasting toffee-coloured head that laces the glass in heavy curtains for every sip. Aroma of peat, smoke and rain coat. Mostly burnt and bitter taste of licorice, coffee and hobs. Hits the palate with a softly carbonated, creamy texture full-bodied with a long, astringent finish. The smokiness of this beer is very different from the Schlenkerla that Iíve tried. It resembes more something coming from a whisky barrel.
Cirrhosis (1283) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 4, 2011
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
I donít get it? what am I missing? Why do people like this beer? Am I crazy or do people just pretend to like it because itís called bacon? Thick blackish brown with a massive brown cap, insane lacing left behind with every sip. Aroma is an oily burnt bacon, with massive camping smoke, and reminds me of boiling pot of roofing tar. Did I just smell old fashion 1980ís arousal bug spray? Ugg, ACK, splaaaa!!! What did I just put in my mouth? So very oily tasting and feeling. I can taste burnt charcoal bacon that has absorbed all the fat in the frying pan but then that fell into my cup of yummy coffee. So I really dig the thick coffee flavor here but his oily tar like camp fire smoke isnít doing it for me. Strange Iím not sure what to think, the coffee base is good, I think I can even handle the smoke, but this pungent oil/tar mixed with ash is killing this beer for me. Iím glad I split the bottle with my neibourÖÖhe now hates me. But iím very glad i had a chance to try it.
XaenDovet (1282) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 3, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
holy fuck. thisíll be my first post of a beer in quite possibly years. thanks to vertical bacon strips for this, and previous tastings of cellared and stellar, beers.
pouring into la fin du monde glass. first portion of the pour reveals an actual thick and meaty beer. likely im part to the ridiculous cap that follows. erp. thereís a bit of chunky goodness that slops into the dense, tan cap. i take my time with this pour, to get almost all of the 50cl into the glass. even with a careful pour, the inverted nipple on a b-cup head (in proportion of glass opening of course) makes my dink-hole smile. iím giggling like a school boy just looking at the beer.
i take a first taste just to make room for the last 2cl or so. beer is still a bit chilled, but i immediately taste the smoke. finishing off the pour, gives me a satisfaction as i see the crater in the middle of the cap.
i wait while the beer warms, and keep admiring the looks of the beer. a dense black body, with a deep tan cap that sticks. and sticks. and sticks. and keeps on sticking. thick cap just wonít dissipate! once it eventually relaxes, it leaves a concavity that shows just how much it wants to stick to the glass.
the first smells at a cooler temp do reveal smoke and roasty goodness. gunna leave it for a bit.
more tastes once it gets to about 6 degrees iím guessing, and i get a more intense smoke. not as much as i expected, but still better. i wait a couple more dozen minutes.
been a good chunk of airing now. with a quick smell, iím immediately faced with blackened wood smell. but also reminds me of a meat chunk in my bbq that dropped into the flames 2 cookings ago, and is finally melting its buttery burnt smell into my nostrils and impregnating my present feast. after a swirl and more calm smell gives a similar creamery salted butter smell. definitely roasted coffee and slightly burnt chocolate smell up front. but also... raw prosciutto actually. very slight smokey saltiness. as i type this, i can smell the smoke sneaking its way to my face.
during this time, iíve had more tastes. a light sweetness with mild bitterness. not as much as i expected. not sure what i was expecting, but the balance is nice. this compliments a creamy, full body mouthfeel. the mealiness of the beer now compliments the dense cap. but the mealiness isnít shunned. not a beer youíre going to drink anything but slow, so itís all gooood. no discernible aftertaste other than a slight smokiness that leaves the palate ready for another sip.
as i finish off this review, iím taking a few last sips, and iím pleased with this review. this is a great beer, and iím thoroughly enjoying it. the "meat" of the beer and possible "mealiness" i got out of it was more apparent at optimal serving temps. following, left a well balanced and very palatable beer for a deep impy stout. think iíll take me up on that! thanks to vertical bacon strips again!
Strykzone (6273) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A beer that is almost black and a huge head that is only a few shades lighter in color and that takes several minutes to collapse on the outside. A tan mesa remains and cool lacing is left. Big smoke on the nose with chocolate and, yes, bacon that is over cooked. The flavor is dominated by smoke. There is also some coffee and chocolate. Soy sauce is also noted. It has a thick feel and one that is fizzy. This beer scores well largely because it looks so appetizing and feels so nice. The flavor, while good, is not as tasty as the appearance would hint.
Shakesbeere (219) - Oxford, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
50cL bottle from Barleywine shop off Copenhagen StrÝget. Pours black with a dark brown head. Smells smoky and of roasted malt with a touch of dark chocolate. Taste is smoky (smoked wood) with some roasted malt and, again, a touch of dark chocolate. Quite good, but not my favorite smoked beer.
Meilby (10774) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 28, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 500ml @ Zoney
Pours pitch black with a tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate and smoked malt. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter. Bodyy is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.
mansquito (5041) - Nueva York, New York, USA - APR 28, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Churchkey, DC tap ($9): I thought that this was going to be an even more intense version of the already intense Breakfast; however, it seemed to me that this was even somewhat toned down. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is smoky, but not to the extent of a rauchbier; smoked malts still do their work. A bit of coffee and chocolate is also present, as is typical. For me, this beer was a lot smoother than the normal Breakfast. Sure it was somewhat smoky, but the intense bitterness was lacking (and for me, that is probably a plus). I kind of wish it tasted like bacon, but it really didnít. In any case, this was not what I was expecting, but was still a good beer.
argo0 (12931) - Washington DC, USA - APR 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Brown head atop black body with brown edge. Aroma is moderately sweet, smoke/ash, some milk chocolate, coffee/roast. Taste is moderately sweet, ash/smoke, some chocolate, coffee grounds, bacony burp. Medium body, low carbonation.
Niko100 (2595) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2011
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown/black color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of rich smoked meat (bacon), & burnt oak; Flavor of smoky/roasted malt, dark chocolate, espresso, caramel, and some hops; Finish is slightly bitter; Nicely balanced & complex; Overall, loved the smoked aroma - great brew.