RolkaNation (141) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 26, 2012
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not as bad as many say while I do agree that the aroma cruelly lets one down upon first sip. Nose is great, as if you’re walking into a Waffle House at 2am. Clear notes of the bacon and maple. Taste is fairly one-dimensional as it’s chock full o’ smoke, but not really in a bacon-like way. A big smoke bomb and not much else, thin bodied. But still, I like smoked beers so I was ok with this. Great? No. Truly awful? Not at all. In the middle and, if anything, a couple of creativity points here. Very overpriced though.
marksan87 (1) - Florida, USA - JUN 25, 2012 does not count
1.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
The aroma is so inviting yet the actual beverage is disgusting. 11 bucks poured down my kitchen sink...=(
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUN 25, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A comical beer experience for sure. Poured a reddish brown-orange color with a moderate beige head. Aroma is pure comedy, like smelling some syrup-drenched pancakes on the same plate as a bunch of sausage. Tastes fairly similar with the smokiness being nice and the maple being surprisingly sweet and dominant in flavor. Finished with a bit of hops and earthy bitterness. Medium bodied and easy enough to drink, but unremarkable in mouthfeel overall. I like smoke, bacon, and maple syrup so I found this a rather fun novelty. But my wife couldn’t even stand the smell of it, let alone the taste!
stephenj007 (120) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 24, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
So this was quite the dilema...should I rate this seriously as a "true beer" or more on a scale of an "experiment"?
Well, it certainly is a beer...the body, and taste are actually there and quite noticeable...malt, a bit of hops, nice carbonation, but mostly sweet maple and brown sugar bacon. Yes, it does taste like beer amazingly enough, and the flavors are well blended and complementing.
Maybe not a Denny’s Grand Slam, but I could certainly taste and smell the French Toast in the glass.
For $15 a bottle, I don’t think I will venture with this again. Yes, it’s unique and "out there", but actually quite good and tasty...I have certainly had worse beers in my day!
If you’re feeilng funky and need a change, give it a shot!
NachlamSie (3278) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 24, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Bruisin’. Pours a copper color with no real head. Aroma has some genuine bacon and loads of maple syrup. Flavor is a little smoke and bacon at first which is quickly and exponentially covered up by maple and sugar glaze. This beer could be so awesome but is hurt by the offensive sweetness. Everyone knows bacon > other foods(including maple). Those who say this is overpowering in the smoke and bacon department have no palate. I can’t bring myself to hate this due to the little bacon flavor that is there, it’s clean and well done as far as that goes, but I can’t fully enjoy a serving either.
OldGrowth (3240) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JUN 24, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle from Triangle Wine. Ok/good aroma, smokey sweet. big on smoke with maple sweetness. clean brownish orange, good head, little to no lace. Smoke flavor. Medium body, smooth mouthfeel, smokey finish. it’s ok, bacon isn’t really present, guess it sort of comes and goes with the smoke. Wouldn’t drink alot of it, but had to try once...
RedMel (3) - Suwanee, Georgia, USA - JUN 23, 2012 does not count
0.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
This beer pours nicely. It has a nice amber color with a creamy head. The smell is smokey with a somewhat significant maple aroma. The flavor is quite abrupt. The smokiness and baconesque flavor really overpowers the beer causing the grotesque flavor to permeate your nose and palate. The flavor of the beer stays in your mouth, so there is no relief from the flavor. I could not finish the beer. I drank about a quarter of it (mostly holding my breath) and started to literally gag from the flavor. I have enjoyed several of Rogue’s beers, but, this beer was a major mistake. It was a novel and innovative idea, but, the execution failed miserably as far as I am concerned.
Shink (177) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 23, 2012
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Out of a sweet pink bottle. Pours cloudy with a small head. Smoky smell and taste without any hoppiness. Bacon flavor comes through and not really in a good way. Definitely glad I shared this with friends since I couldn’t drink a 22 of this by myself.
SSSteve (4006) - - JUN 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2014 bottle. clear gold/amber/orange with a small white head. aroma is full of sweet maple soaked pancakes and smoky sizzling bacon fat. that is awesome! bacon is the dominant flavor while the maple from the aroma fades during the taste but gives way to a sweet pale malt. this beer has a medium body with low carbonation. they did a great job with this. i’ll probably never try this again, but i was a really interesting beer to enjoy once.
DutchDrebus (5563) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JUN 23, 2012
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2014 Bottle @ ZZT4. Orange to red colour with no head. Smells quite unique! Maple obviously, smoked, sweet. Tastes smokey, sweet, syruppy, wood, haagse hopjes. This is a weird beer. Lots of taste going on. Not bad! Medium body, good carbo.