Palme (4076) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 16, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared 0.5l bottle. Pours a near black body with near no head. Really nice aroma: mildly smoked and roasted, light woody and some thin chocolate next to a little coffee. Really full-bodied has a fantastic creamy mouthfeeling and low on the carbonation. The flavors really brings back some good memories from the time I sat @ Mikkeller Bar with a bottle of this fantastic brew and got totally blown away from the fantastic "thick flavors". Nice fatty bacon with dark bitter chocolate - combined with milk chocolate, coffee, a little burned toast and slightly ashy. Ends warming with a long lasting roasted aftertaste. Beautiful!
LilBeerDoctor (3713) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (Rauch Geek Breakfast label). Pours black with a thick luxurious chocolate colored head. Aroma of smoke, lots of smoke, with some roasted malt (although not particularly meaty nor bacony). Flavor with more of a rich smoky meat feel, plenty of regular smoky qualities, and charred roasted malt. An ok smoked, but kinda expected more from Mikkeller...
Powertrip (1000) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 14, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Single bottle purchased from Kensington Wine Market in Calgary, AB in April, 2011. Colour: Black and black and more black. Dark low head. Nose: Hickory smoke, actual pork, railroad tar, spoiled egg. Best of both worlds... Taste: Medium-light sweet, medium bitter, medium-light sour. More hickory smoke, salty, caramalized onion, almost gritty finish that rings sweet & sour. Not as good as I was expecting, rather a disapointment. Again an applause for creativity that does not a great beer make.
QuezXLV (415) - Virginia, USA - MAY 14, 2011
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
I just had a sample of this at TJ’s in Phoenixville, but I’m rating it anyway. The aroma is INTENSE!! Like a stout but multiplied by a million. Very smokey. However, compared to other smoked beers I’ve had, this one has a pleasant smoked flavor that’s not overwhelming.
SirLimpsalot (3676) - SWEDEN - MAY 13, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Mycket rökig doft. Även smaken har mycket rök och sälta, annars är ölen faktisk rätt tunn jämfört med breakfast och brunch. Liten besvikelse.
italarican (1543) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - MAY 11, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a beautiful black with sexy tan lacing. Aroma of shoe leather, chocolate, and smoky goodness. Flavor is full of black chocolate with notes of chalk and tar. A soft smoky quality in the background. Dark chocolate and coffee both strong in the finish, along with the smoke. Not obnoxious, but the smoke is plenty prominent. Very well done.
JDBaker11058 (1902) - 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; there’s 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 (1298) - 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 I’ve 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 don’t get it? what am I missing? Why do people like this beer? Am I crazy or do people just pretend to like it because it’s 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 1980’s 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 isn’t doing it for me. Strange I’m 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. I’m glad I split the bottle with my neibour……he now hates me. But i’m 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. this’ll 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. there’s 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. i’m 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 won’t 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 i’m 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, i’m 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, i’ve 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 isn’t shunned. not a beer you’re going to drink anything but slow, so it’s all gooood. no discernible aftertaste other than a slight smokiness that leaves the palate ready for another sip.
as i finish off this review, i’m taking a few last sips, and i’m pleased with this review. this is a great beer, and i’m 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 i’ll take me up on that! thanks to vertical bacon strips again!