pet3rman (366) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tastes like campfire, powdered sugar and smoked meat. Unique to say the least - Not the most pleasant to start, but kind of grew on me. Intense smokiness like nothing that I have ever had. Most people either love it or hate it and I can see both sides. I applaud Rogueís audacity.
brokensail (13278) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 10, 2012
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pours a murky brown color with a small off-white head that vanishes quickly. This smells like diabetes. Cloyingly sweet with a very smokey and meaty aroma to it. Maple syrup, sugar, brown sugar, and caramel are all very prominent. The flavor is just not enjoyable. Intense smoke, meat, and salt flavors washed down with several different varieties of sugar. No thanks.
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 8, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
#4400. Bottle. Dark golden with a fizzy white head. Aroma and taste of maple doughnuts and bacon. Liquid breakfast. Quite good.
blackmurder (236) - Whitaker, Oregon, USA - MAY 8, 2012
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
22oz bomber purchased from the Eugene City Brewery. Rogue has been known to do some interesting things from time to time so seeing the union of the worst doughnut shop in existence with a local brewery was less than surprising. Pours a murky, swampy brown color with minimal lacing. Aroma of things that should not be in beer like smoked meat, maple syrup, table sugar and sugar cereal. The backbone of this beer is the watery yeast followed by everything you would expect with the title. Maple, bacon, sugar, etc. They actually did a good job at making a beer taste like bacon maple bar but even so, it just shouldnít have happened. Decent at best and probably something worth trying for those who are curious.
HonkeyBra (3730) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2012
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
22 oz. bottle. Brown pour with tan head. Aroma of smoke, bacon, and powdered sugar. Flavor is sweet and smoky at the same time. This is really disgusting. Like sugar crusted bacon. Iím not sure why this exists. The sweetness combined with the smokey flavor is just so off-putting. This is so gross that Iím thankful I didnít buy it. Thanks, Chris!
bnoel09 (476) - 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 (9207) - 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 (746) - 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 (257) - 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 :)