jandd1983 (3450) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - FEB 21, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sampled at the StL RB gathering. It poured a brown color with an off-white head. The aroma was of smoked meats and maple syrup. The taste was of smokey bacon with sweet maple syrup. Glad we shared this one.
bb (7915) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 20, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Amber beer with a dark cream colored head. Bascon and sweet malt aroma with maple. Sweet malt and maple flavor with bacon. Medium bodied. Sweet malt and maple lingers with sugar and light bacon.
Sask89 (500) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - FEB 18, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a hazy deep amber colour with a medium rocky white head. Aroma is a mix of caramel malts and maple syrup with a pronounced smokey, bacon scent as well. Taste is not overly sweet or bitter but there some smokiness that comes through, somewhat understated, the maple is most present in the aftertaste. Medium body, smooth mouth feel and soft carbonation. Overall a good beer that is unique.
MADhombrewer (18) - Oregon, USA - FEB 16, 2012
1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 1/20
Thanks to Black13 for this. The 22oz pink bottle does not have a "bottled-on" date. Poured into a crystal, stemmed water glass.
Appearance- I fully expected this to be a lot darker. Porter-like is what I was expecting. But, instead, it is a caramel/reddish color. Light tan head the dissipates quickly. No lacing.
Smell- Sweet cola aroma from far away. Maple donut dominates with a imitation smoke flavor in the background. The smoke aroma, although small, is not pleasant after a minute.
Taste- Here is where the smoke takes over. Not in a good way. The sweet maple donut that was in the aroma is in the background this time. Shame. The smoke makes this a beer that is only interesting in very small doses. A little goes a long way. The after taste is atrocious and stays with you long than you wish it to.
Mouthfeel- Not a thin mouthfeel per se, but I think it would benefit from a little more feel.
Overall- A novelty of a beer for sure. That is about it. I would not recommend. I have had the maple bacon donut and liked it, but I think that is because it had actual bacon on it and not an imitation smoke flavoring that you buy at the grocery store drizzled on top. The label says it is brewed with bacon, and smoked malts, but it comes out as an imitation flavor.
sodakotakid (230) - Belle Fourche, South Dakota, USA - FEB 16, 2012
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
A bit of an redish copper with an average head. I was very excited for this beer and I have been waiting a long time to get one. At 13$ a bottle plus heavy shipping it is very over priced. I find this beer to taste oddly sweet and doughy with a smokey pork taste.
Bockyhorsey (2626) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 14, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Other than the ratebeer and beer snobs how else does a brewer get such a price for a subpar tasting bre. Well standout aroma of doughnut and maple. Amber body with decent head. Flavor has a mouthfull of sweet maple syrup but no bacon. Alright on palate as the smoke took some sweetener away from it with mild biters. Alright brew.
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 13, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, medium amber golden pour. Smells like heavily maple syrup dosed pancakes with a side of bacon. Sweet maple flavor upfront with lingering bacon smoke flavor. Interesting and very unique
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - FEB 13, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle from BevMo - Pours an amber color with a one finger thick off white head. Very light lacing. Aroma and flavor is sweet maple and smoke. Finish is smokey and slightly sweet. Medium body. I like it.
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 (4100) - 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.