golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - FEB 11, 2012
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Amber colored pour with some off white head. Aroma is smoky, sweet bacony, and some vanilla extract. The flavor is much less powerful than the aroma and sort of flat with an unpleasant aftertaste. Itís kinda gross tasting.
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 11, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2012 For some reason I was expecting a dark beer, instead I end up with a dark amber brew that shows a hazed, full amber hue with gold highlights when held up to the light. The head is an almost two-finger thick, pale tan color as it sits in my New Belgium Globe glass. The aroma smells of smoke up front that is quickly overcome by a sweet, sugary, maple note. Once you really start to look at the nose the smokiness never disappears and in fact has phenolic notes that suggest strongly of burnt / curing plastic; luckily this is not overwhelming, but it is definitely a problem I have noticed repeatedly from the Briess Cherrywood smoked malt. It is amazing how much this smells like a sugar laden, maple glazed doughnut; an extremely interesting aroma that definitely seems to have nailed the maple component, the bacon though just really isnít present as the cherrywood smoked malt seems to be a consistently poor choice in the beers I have tried it in.
Despite smelling huge and sticky sweet, the beer is actually fairly dry. It has an almost tartness to it up front, but quickly picks up a smoky flavor that lingers in the palate and the finish has an ample maple like flavor lingering on along with the smokiness. The smoky flavors are quite as plastic like as it is in the nose, but there is a suggestion of plastic to the finish; otherwise it almost has an astringent woody edge to it. The maple character seems more in common with fake pancake syrup than real maple syrup, but it actually isnít really all that bad though. There is not real bitterness to this beer, it gets its balance from the sharper smoke character. Somewhat light bodied and actually would be fairly quaffable if this was a regular beer.
Definitely an interesting beer, it wasnít at all what I expected and did in fact nail the maple doughnut character pretty well. The bacon really doesnít seem to be capture well though. Overall this was interesting, but not something I ever will feel the need to try again. A couple ounces is certainly enough; worth trying for the donut aspects at least.
Canucks4Life (2) - - FEB 3, 2012 does not count
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Smoke aroma with a not-so-subtle bacon undertone struck me like a pork-punch to the face. It poured a lovely deep copper colour but when I tasted it the smoke flavour overpowered virtually everything else-totally unbalanced. Mouthfeel was creamy but left a lingering film which I assume was from the bacon infusion. Overall itís a bold attempt but ultimately it way overdoes both the smoke and the bacon.
beerguy101 (5279) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled on 12/3/2011. This American Strong Ale/smoked beer pours a medium orange gold color from a big pink 750ml bottle. Medium to small sized white foamy head, with decent retention and nice lacing. The aroma is maple, bacon and bakery. A medium bodied smoked beer. The malts are maple, smoky, bacony and sweet. There is way more smoke in the flavor than the aroma. The hops are herbal and earthy. Decent carbonation. Nice balance. OK, this is one seriously weird ass beer. It does taste like maple and bacon and there is a bakery and smoke thing going on as well. This is not a beer that you would want to drink a lot of, in fact 2 of us did not even finish the bottle. It is one of those beers where the brewers tried to create flavors that are not typically beer like and I think they succeeded fairly well here. I just think that the three flavors are just a little bit too much, as there are way too many competing flavors here. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
badhack (304) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 26, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Had a small taste from a bottle. It smells slightly smoky and sweet. It tastes like bacon and maple syrup which seemed like a good thing until I remembered I hate it when I get syrup on my bacon/ham/sausage. But if you wanted the experience of blending your entire Dennyís Grand Slam together this is the beer to buy.
BeerBoxer (232) - Sacramento, USA - JAN 23, 2012
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
pours a flat amber. Looks and smells good, but not the taste. Has an aroma of smoked bacon and the flavor of dennys dirty mop bucket water that was used as an ashtray.
BobbyAnalog (327) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 23, 2012
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
This innovative odyssey of flavors gets your curiosity revving like a speedboat engine. In reality the ingredients buck heads for dominance, none of them complimenting each other entirely. The savory bacon flavor overwhelms any semblance of maple. There is a tinny, watered down aftertaste that pummels any would-be enjoyment. The mouthfeel is weak, underdeveloped, without character. For something that should be rife with complexity, this Rogue experiment tastes like a homebrew kit gone wrong.
DHOLSTI (4) - Cedar Lake, Indiana, USA - JAN 22, 2012 does not count
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
To much smoke flavor, drowns out the maple. Tasted like I was drinking what grilling tastes like.
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JAN 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml pink bottle. Rating #66. Dark amber/orange color with a big bubbled white head. Sweet maple vanilla aroma, light smoke and salty. Sweet flavor, more maple and vanilla with a smokey salty finish. Not bad and very different. (2133)
andyhwcinc (1436) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Purchased at Bruery Provisions in Orange, CA; enjoyed at a co-workers hotel room at the Hilton in Anaheim, then taken in a to-go coffee cup while taking a cab out to eat. Being a fan of the brewery, the doughnut shop, and the processed commodity, I couldnít pass up the chance to purchase this, and Iím glad I didnít because it was gone from the shop within 24 hours. Appearance a murky brown with a thin white head and tiny bacon sediment at the bottom of the mug...app gets 5 points for bacon sediment, and I donít care how unfair that may be. Aroma of smoked malt, bacon, sweetness from the maple syrup, kind of smelled like the Voodoo bar. Taste almost mimicked the doughnut bar, had a nice sweetness from the maple syrup, and you can get the saltiness from the bacon. To come close to replicating the food in beer form is flat out impressive. Job well done, Rogue!