bnoel09 (441) - Elk Grove, California, USA - MAY 6, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from the pink 750ml bottle into a shaker. Maple colored with a cream colored head that fades quickly. Aroma is maple, bacon, and smoke. Flavor is sweet maple with nice layers of smokiness. The smoke flavors are nicely developed and a bit more complex than many beers Like others have said, the bacon doesnít really come through other than the smokiness, but I donít know what else you could really expect to get from bacon short of having bacon bits floating in the beer, so Iím ok with it! Medium bodied with a nice long smokey finish. Overall Iím not sure this was worth the $12.99 price tag, but it was a delicious and quite different beer that I enjoyed. My only real regret was that I didnít enjoy it as a breakfast beer...
crossovert (7718) - Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cool pink-painted 750ml capped bottle. Im no doughnut connaisseur so never had a doughnut like this, maybe never will. I like smoked beers though so hereís to hoping this one isnít ruined by being too ambitious. I had it once before, but was blacked out at the time so have no idea what it is like.
It pours a translucent orangeish amber with a foamy off-white head.
The smell is sweet and mapley. I didnít expect this much maple to come through. There is some smoked malt hanging around in there as well as bacon and some NW hops. It is also hoppier than I was expecting.
The flavor is very honey-biscuit like. Iím assuming the ingredients arenít in order of greatest to least because it isnít that smoky of a beer. It instead is quite hoppy with really honey maple like malt notes. Decent bitterness form the hops, nothing that noteworthy but I was not expecting the hops to play much of a role. It helps in balancing the beer, but the flavors donít really mesh.
The bacon adds some texture to the mouthfeel making a bit oilier. It leaves an oily residue on the tongue as you go.
I good breakfast beer but nothing mindblowing. Give me a Schlenkerla.
davey101 (693) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bright pink 750ml bottle into a pint glass.
A - Dark amber/brown body. Dirty off-white head with minimal lacing and retention.
S - Smells like breakfast. Super smokey malts and some maple sweetness. Smells fantastic.
T - More breakfast awesomeness. Smokey bacon with underlying maple sweetness. No hops to speak of. Mouth feel is a bit on the thin side, but makes its pretty easy drinking despite the huge amount of smoke.
O - Not really understanding the massive hatred towards this beer. Its a bit one dimensional, but it totally comes off as maple candied bacon. Tasty stuff.
redtechnj (218) - Williamstown, New Jersey, USA - MAY 3, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Aroma-Very smoky bacon with a hint of maple.
Appearance- Burnt orange/maple syurp color. Average fizzt off white head.
Flavor-Smoky,burnt maple, not much sweet to go with the major smoke. Maybe a touch of yeast to live up to the doughnut but not much. Itís like burnt bacon served in a overflowing ashtray.
EvanP. (3) - - MAY 2, 2012 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very unique beer. Do not let the Pepto Bismol pink bottle mislead you. As soon as I opened it I took a whiff and got majority maple. As you let it breathe the smoky scent starts to release. Once you sip, the smokyness overwhelms. Maple is close to follow on the palate but there is no immediate presence of a Bacon taste. Instead it decides to hit late after the swig is deep in the palate. The smokyness and maple combine to give an illusion of an existing bacon ingredient. After your second or third sip the taste becomes more prominant and the beer begins to earn the name it was given. The uniqueness gave it a few extra points. Would love to try the actual doughnut. Good drinks :)
thornecb (4500) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 1, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours clear amber into a Sam glass. Off-white head with excellent retention recedes leaving scant sheets to coat surface. Sweet maple syrup aromas. Sweet maple upfront turning to mild smoky bacon before returning to bitter maple in the lasting finish.
jmagnus87 (2486) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle poured into an English Pint. Pours a clear dark gold with about a finger of white head. Aroma, at first try, is all maple. The deeper I smell, I start to get a good dose of woodsmoke and some bread dough. Taste is light bitter and light sweet. Strongly hickory smoked bacon with some dough and a good dose of maple towards the end. Medium bodied with a somewhat thin texture. Lively carbonation and a long sweet and smokey finish. Overall, pretty darn good. Iím giving this beer extra points just for being unique and insanely complex.
rbrazell (1701) - South Carolina, USA - APR 30, 2012
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Oh man, interested to try this. Plus a medium amber with a tiny white head. Aroma of buttery McDonalds pancake syrup, light caramel malts, but Iím not pulling out any smoke. Flavor is sour, butter, fake maple syrup and a bitter plastic finish. Rouge, your beer, woof!
brewolf (169) - Wilderness, WA, USA, - APR 30, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich amber with a fine-bead eggshell head. Light and pleasing smoke presence, fresh breakfast batter, and a touch of maple in the nose. Taste is only lightly sweet, with restrained but ample woodsmoke bitterness. Medium-thin body is just a touch slick. Soft carb carries an earthy maple-wood note, and a hint of coffee shows up in the lingering finish. I think people were expecting this to be something that it is not. Perhaps an overloaded, ridiculously bold, imperialized beer? Thankfully, it is not. I find it to be a well-attenuated, off-beat but ífocusedí ale with a ísimpleí flavor profile and a modest abv. Since the beer is not overly sweet itself, I would guess it might go very well WITH a Bacon Maple Bar ... not as a replacement for it. Solid, fun, drinkable, and enjoyable. Between this, Good Chit, and Dirtoir ... Rogue has been hitting the spot recently. Thanks guys.
Fech (291) - Parsippany, New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma of maple and bacon but maple flavor takes over. A little watery but pretty good surprisingly. Sure smells like breakfast!