Bacon Brown Ale – Uncommon Brewers (Santa Cruz, California, USA)

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  • My Rating: C+

Bacon Brown Ale – Uncommon Brewers, 6.8% ABV –16 fl.oz., (Santa Cruz, California, USA)

On the front-side of the can:

“It’s a simple fact of life: bacon makes everything better. From eggs to ice cream, delicious bacon is turning up just about everywhere, Our uncommon contribution to this cured pork renaissance is the Bacon Brown Ale. This is a West Coast Nut Brown Ale brewed with toasted buckwheat and a generous serving of bacon-cured pork.”

  • Style: (bacon, buckwheat) Flavoured Brown Ale
  • Taste: acidic fizzy/creamy -> roasted caramel malts/brown sugar -> sour/salty/bitter hoppy finish.
  • Where I got it : 16th Liquor Store
  • How much: $5 (after 10% off) – 16 fl.oz., September 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not highly

Visual: Comes in an aluminum tall can like all their other brews. Pours cloudy brown with a lasting creamy head, lacing, and lots active streams.

Nose: caramel malts, brown sugar, but just a hint of smokiness. (2)-aromatic strength.

Attack: incoming acidic caramel malts, fizzy/creamy

Mid-palate: alcohol detection, (MAIN) roasted caramel malts, brown sugar

Finish: (6)-sourness, (2)-mild meaty saltiness, (5)-hoppy bitterness.

Summary: A decent drinkable brew but it doesn’t have much bacon flavour that it advertises. (Note: numbers above are on a 10-point weak-strong scale)

Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale – Rogue (Newport, OR, USA)

Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale – Rogue, 6.5% ABV – 1 pt.9.4 oz, (Newport, OR, USA)

13 Ingredients: Briess Cherrywood Smoked Malt, Weyermann Beechwood Smoked Malt, House-smoked Hickory Malt, Great Western 2 Row, Munich, C15, C75 Malts; Applewood-Smoked Bacon, Pure Maple Flavoring, Rogue Micro Hopyard Revolution & Independent Hops, Free Range Coastal Water & Pacman Yeast Specs: 14º PLATO 30 IBU 76 AA 30º Lovibond World Class Package: 750ml painted bottle.

  • Style: Smoked Beer
  • My Rating: B
  • Taste Profile: Intense smoke->watery malts-> maple caramel-> lingering smoke
  • Where I got it: Legacy Liquor Store
  • How much: $16 (after 10%), Jan 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours maple syrup brown, smallish head, some slow-moving CO2 streams. Very intense and aromatic applewood & hickory smoke on the nose. A burst of hickory smoke up front, light and watery malts in the mids, light sweetness (3/10), minor saltiness, light maple caramel, finishes with a long smokiness and a light bitterness. Some medium sourness as the beer warms. Medium complexity, medium depth, good transitions, decent carry, good drinkability. Definitely a unique beer and one of the best looking bottles I’ve ever seen.

Beer Geek Bacon – Mikkeller (Denmark)

Beer Geek Bacon – Mikkeller,7.5% ABV – 50cl, (Denmark)

  • Style: Smoked
  • My Rating: A-
  • Why I like it: peated beer, with exceptional balance
  • Where I got it: Brewery Creek
  • How much: $12.5, 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: maybe
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours black/brown with a very nice creamy foamy head, silky bubbles. Peat, smoke and burnt wood on the nose. Peated scotch up front, burnt wood, silky creamy mouthfeel, thick malts, caramel, vanilla, dark bitter chocolate, good sweetness (6/10), finishes bittersweet. High complexity, high depth, excellent transitions, excellent carry, great drinkability. An A-class beer; only mildly heavy, but nothing to complain about.