Pours very straightforward amber. The smell is great, nice sweet maple flavor and a noticeable bacon kick at the end. The flavor does not follow through with the promises that the nose makes. You get an opening smoke flavor that has just a hint of old gym shoe. The mouth feel is shockingly weak. The main flavors are cheap smoke, fake syrup, and microwave bacon steam.
Impression: This is one of the most disappointing beers I have had in quite a while. Not because it didn’t work, a beer like this really shouldn’t work. What it really needs to do is crash and burn trying to push the limits more. By trying to keep this beer a little bit simpler and more palatable they ruin it. If they had tried to add a bit of doughnut flavor and given this beer a nice strong body it would help a lot.
For a beer with such an impressive title there needs to be a decadent richness in this beer for it to work. The maple does not get the rich sweetness that it needs and focuses only on the sappiness. If it had a syrup style flavor and mouth feel it would help a lot.
I really expected this beer to disappoint me, unfortunately I thought that it would be fun along the way. This is a missed opportunity if there ever was one. There was so much that could have been done here. It could have been great, or an all time great failure at least, unfortunately all they made was a mediocre beer that left a lot to be desired.