KajII (783) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - NOV 7, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml Bottle. The pour was a murky orangey brown almost tea like in color with an average (1-2 finger) off white frothy head that was mostly diminishing, reducing to a scattered film with a small collar and fair runny lacing.
The aroma was very sweet and all about maple syrup with a sweet cookie malt and a doughy yeast along with notes of smoke, vanilla, butter and a hint of bacon.
The taste was lightly sweet and malty with a mild hint of maple syrup at first, but quickly became very smoky with a light bitter bacon ending. The flavor lasted an average time after the swallow, and was mostly about the smoke with a touch of bacon coming in at the very end.
Mouthfeel was almost medium in body with a slightly dry, syrupy texture and a mild carbonation.
Overall this is the most unusual beer I have ever tasted to date. That being said I did enjoy it and it had a pleasant aftertaste, although a little less smoke would have been more to my liking. I do have to say though, it did remind me somewhat of a glazed doughnut…
AndySnow (3808) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Amber colour with an off-white head.
Aroma: Smoked sausage, bacon, caramel, maple.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Smoke, incense, bacon, a bit sweet.
Comment: Not that bad, interesting, but not sure if I want to try it again. Or could stomach finishing an entire bottle myself.
sonnycheeba (3641) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 27, 2014
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared by snoworsummer. Pours hazy copper with creamy off-white head. Aroma is heavy maple, some bacon, light vanilla, some toasted malts, and some doughy yeast notes. Flavor is dry and a little bland, some of the maple and pork flavors but much more subtle than the aroma with light hops and some vanilla/maple sweetness in the finish. Medium body and carbonation.
snoworsummer (2240) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 27, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
From a bottle, aged almost two years. Thanks Joe! Pours hazy copper with lots of particles floating around and a fizzy, bubbly beige head. Smells really sweet, like maple syrup, glazed donuts, and also smokey. Tastes like alcohol, smokey, and earthy, a little bit bitter. Light body and low carbonation
slowrunner77 (5985) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
"As advertised, though for some unknown reason, i thought it was a porter, not a golden/amber brew. huge maple aroma upon cracking the top. replaced by nice smoky bacon while pouring, and then alternated between them the rest of the way. That’s what I dug the most...the "balance" if you will between the smoke (while i wouldn’t be able to pick them out individually, the fact that they used 3 different wood-smoked malts and applewood-smoked bacon was evident in the beer’s complexity of flavor and aroma), the maple (done well, but what exactly is PURE flavoring?) and the bacon. I had had turkey bacon that morning and it was spot on. It was the consensus that this beer tasted and smelled exactly like they wanted it to. It was also a little too light and thin bodied to support all those flavors, but honestly, that was this beers only drawback. Besides the price-tag. :) Maybe not something I’d want a whole pint of, but I’m glad I got 2. Loved sharing this. Not quite as good the 2nd time around...bacon apparently doesn’t age well :)"
Darkmagus82 (1742) - - SEP 24, 2014
2.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Transfer from BA review on 9-23-13-
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a hazy orange-reddish amber color with a big billowy orange-cream tinted head. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave some nice streaky lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is quite robust of maple syrup smells as well as a smoky, saltwater, and toffee smell. Mixed with these are some bready aromas as well as some meaty smells with hints of hickey smoked bacon mixed within. It actually smells like a mix of very salty maple salt water taffy, doughnuts, and smoked meat. A rather interesting aroma overall.
Taste – The taste begins with a somewhat sweeter flavor of maple syrup and toffee with some bready malt. A hint of smokiness is present upfront, with this flavor growing stronger and stronger as the taste advances to the end. Notes of seawater work their way to the tongue along with some flavors of a somewhat oddly bitter bacon/meat taste. The sweeter flavors that were present upfront fade as the taste transitions on to the middle. The bacon taste with lots of flavors of smoke and salt are quite potent at the end and due to a surge of the sweeter flavors of maple syrup and toffee to the levels that were present upfront a rather off slightly bitter and sort of disgustingly sweet and smoky meat taste is left to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on medium side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average side. I think it is appropriate for the style as it does make it somewhat drinkable, but overall I am not 100% sure.
Overall – Well… It looked and smelled rather nice, but the taste was just way too off. It was one I always wanted to try out of curiosity. Now with the curiosity satisfied I will almost assuredly never buy it again. But even with that said, I would recommend to anyone to try it, as it is quite the novelty with quite the reputation.
vjohans (65) - SWEDEN - SEP 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
roasty, nuts, caramel, cough drop, woody, smoke, golden, clear, white foam, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, salty, thin feel, medium body, average carbonation, long finish,
orangesol (876) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Thanks to whoever brought this one to Capone’s. Sampled from a sampler glass.
A - Pours murky amber orange with a small half finger tall white head leaving light lace down the glass.
S - Smells of lots of smoke, a bit of maple sweetness and not much else. I like it for what it is but I really don’t get a lot of maple or doughnut. More like a slightly sweet smoked porter.
T - Starts off with plenty of smoke slowly giving way to a mix of sweetness and even more smoke and that is about it. The nose are decent but the taste was a big let down. The finish is just like the beginning, smoke and sweetness, lingering for some time.
M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Smokey, slightly sweet, feel that lingers through the finish.
O - Not bad but not great either. This is mostly just a glorified sweet smoked ale. If you have a good imagination you might like this one but just based off the beer it is just OK.
beerguy00 (138) - Fountain Valley, California, USA - SEP 6, 2014
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours brown with a small head. Overly sweet maple aroma with some bacon. Sugary bacon fat flavor. Bleh.
vulcanmeister (199) - La Grande, Oregon, USA - AUG 18, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours light brown with a tan head. Aroma sweet maple. Flavor smoky, maple sugar, and bacony. Too much on the smokiness. I was expecting more..but hey...this was unique...one time tasting....and the bottle is marvelous!
Lisowczyk (59) - POLAND - AUG 15, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Barwa bursztynowa. Piana drobna, obfita, trwała. Słodki zapach syropu klonowego i lukru. W smaku syrop klonowy, palony kabel, bardzo słaba nuta wędzonego bekonu. Goryczka niska. Piwo nudne i nijakie.