kmweaver (3208) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 18, 2011
750mL bottle, purchased from Rogue. Pours a bright, slightly oily orange amber color; thin, fine-bubbled white head. Liquid smoke (despite how it’s evidently introduced by more traditional means), salty, maple syrup-ish, and some creepy oiliness in the aroma; not particularly endearing. Medium body at most (seriously?), light carbonation; smoky bacon is the core note here, along with a slick oiliness; weird, oily, liquid smoke character and, again, just oily porky weirdness. People who bought a case of this nonsense should be outraged. Not quite godawful, but oily and light bodied and barely drinkable; at least the smoke character isn’t acrid or entirely awful. A poor tribute to delicious donuts. Lingering smoke and oiliness in the finish. GT (10001) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 17, 2011
Pink 750mL shared by noodleuser. Thanks Joel! Pours a "piggly" hazy amber according to my notes. Not sure what that means. Not much of a head. Nose on this thing is ridiculous. I really enjoyed it. Literally it smells like buttered waffles and pancakes doused in maple syrup. Smoked bacon character is really not there. Much more maple syrup and pancake heavy. If this beer was presented to you blind, I guarantee you would think "homemade unhealthy breakfast." Taste is a bit maple bacon but gets quite ashy and watery with lemon. So it has accomplished its goal in the aroma, but base beer couldn’t quite keep up. Fun to try. Would I buy a case of it? No. GatorGuy92 (38) - Valrico, Florida, USA - OCT 16, 2011
I appreciate what Rogue was trying to accomplish in making this beer. Let’s face it, what kind of beer geek like me does not want to try a hot pink bottle of something named Doughnut Maple Bacon?
Pretty bland appearance, not real impressed with the look. Plain light amber color
Smells pretty good! Probably the best aspect of this beer. Definitely smokey, just a hint of sweet sugar/maple in the nose.
Wow, smoke followed by smoke. The finish is slightly maple flavored and sweet. If you like Raucbeer, this may be the beer for you.
Should be thicker IMO for a beer that is trying to reproduce a doughnut.
Worth trying but not something to go back to regularly. They could have nailed this beer if they had made it SWEETER with more prevalent maple flavor involved. A thicker mouthfeel with more sweetness at the end would have really brought this beer together. MrChopin (4305) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 16, 2011
took this from a faceless hand peeking around the corner. 0.5oz left in the 6oz glass. Hazy orange-amber, no head, small gravity bubbles Nose is maple and bacon. If I was blind and this was placed in front of me, I’d grab a fork and knife. Weak flavor, light sugar-water and lightly smoked Malt. Thin, low carbonation. Let food be food, beer be beer. 3fourths (9377) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 11, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2011 750ml bottle. it’s like, you did something so horrendous and unfittingly insulting, you created an abomination, really you just threw your shit together, hence this isn’t anything really designed and certainly isn’t anything groundbreaking. smoked is probably the best fit given the amount of smoked malt in this, but ’ale’ would have been more fitting. it’s disgusting. it smells of burnt plastic, burnt match sticks and scorched maple syrup, with an equally-strong jim beam component. if you smell and taste a donut, it should be sweet, sugary and cake-y, even the savory cheese and/or bacon pastries. this beer instead smells and tastes salty and alcoholic, exactly the sort of thing that would make you vomit late at night, which is the opposite of what a doughnut does. i have eaten somewhere between 45-55 doughnuts, rough estimate, from all voodoo doughnut locations, and i have eaten the bacon maple bar enough times to know exactly how it tastes, how it feels, and how it satisfies. "bacon maple bar" is their uninteresting and lazy name for the doughnut, embarrassingly stupid compared to my suggestion "the baconut". this tastes like scorched and heavily astringent pure maple syrup, ashy smoked malt, salty over-fried ham and burnt sulfuric match sticks. dry, parched, astringent, buttery, acidic, salty and bitter with a malt liquor finish, and it’s completely unpalatable. fuck you.
edit 1 not completely sure it’s the culprit, but it’s one of the unaccounted-for variables from that night: the morning after this bottle i awoke with the worst headache i’ve had in years and i was definitely *not* hungover. YMMV.
edit 2 1/2 inch of beer was left in a snifter overnight outside on my patio. 24 hours later it smelled exactly the same.
Alphadelic (2249) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 8, 2011
Alright, well she pretty much does what she professes. Plenty of smoke gives the idea of bacon some backbone. Confectioners sugar and maple syrup flavours definitely convey a heavy frosting sweetness and the all round puffy mouthfeel give it a doughy quality that is really rather ingenious. It’s not a beer I would partake of frequently but for what it is, it certainly IS. If you get me...