Rogue Brewery's Bacon Maple Ale: Sometimes Two Rights Make A Wrong

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This photo was not actually taken in a prison yard. Promise.
Bacon and maple syrup. It's one of those classic pairings, like peanut butter and jelly, fish and chips, Justin and Selena. (What? Bieber Fever is the new West Nile virus, and the mosquitoes are out in full force.)

It's great on a doughnut and amazing in an ice cream sandwich, but beer? Seems like a bit of a stretch. Nonetheless, when I came across a lone Pepto Bismol-pink bottle of Rogue Brewery's Bacon Maple Ale at Plano craft beer emporium Kegs & Barrels, I had to buy it. I choked a bit when it rang up at $14 and some change for a 750mL bottle, but no matter; my sense of curiosity toward all things porcine and sweet made it a practically mandatory purchase.

I've enjoyed some of Portland-based Rogue Brewery's other handiwork, and I'm quite familiar with delicious creations of the Rose City's famous weirdo-doughnut purveyor Voodoo Doughnuts, whose Maple Bacon Bar inspired this special edition, limited-batch brew, so what could possibly go wrong?

As it turns out, quite a bit. I waited until four of my beer-enthusiast friends were gathered for a special pre-Schlitterbahn edition breakfast, figuring the maple and bacon flavors would go nicely with our pseudo-egg McMuffins (and make a good precursor to the vodka gummi bears we'd packed for our excursion).

The beer poured an attractive coppery color, with a thin, foamy head. The aroma wasn't exactly promising, but it wasn't quite troubling, either -- it had the aroma of a lazy weekend breakfast, mostly sizzling bacon with a hint of pancakes and warm syrup.

It wasn't half-bad on the initial sip, with the maple sweetness coming through loud and clear, but the finish was all wrong: like chewing on a piece of hickory wood, as one poor taster said. Imagine passing out by a campfire that hot dogs are being cooked over, your mouth agape as you drunkenly snore away; when you wake up, this is what your mouth would taste like. Smoke and greasy meat and bad choices.

I'll stick to consuming my breakfast and beer separately; sorry, Rogue, but this is one idea that probably should've never left the drawing board.


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Take_it_easy
Take_it_easy

I don't think shutting this beer down altogether is really appropriate. The flavors are interesting and the similarities to a maple bacon doughnut are striking. If you had actually been paying attention to the aroma you would have noticed that the yeast of the beer actually likened the aroma to almost exactly that of a doughnut, not baking-powder risen pancakes. How many good or creative beers have You made?

KP
KP

I drank a bottle of this last week and thought it was pretty good. I wouldn't drink it on a regular basis as it's definitely a little rich and heavy but overall I liked it.  My only regret is I should have had this with pancakes and bacon as was suggested to me when I bought it.  Would have made it better.

just sayin'
just sayin'

Sounds like you need a second opinion.

Whitney Filloon
Whitney Filloon

Nah, I agree with you there... I just don't want my breakfast and beer in the same glass. Pancakes + gin and juice 4 LIFE! That's what my next tattoo's gonna say.. ;)

AllTeam
AllTeam

Honestly, I purchased two of these a few weeks ago. I had one shipped home and one to my parents who I was visiting. In all honesty, I loved this. It had a great taste, it was smooth and just a delight. I still have the one sitting in my fridge and looking forward to opening it in a few weeks (current doctors orders = no alcohol).

MKAE
MKAE

I have a bottle of this in my fridge right now. Bought two a couple months ago. Drank the first one with pancakes and bacon. SO good.

Scott Reitz
Scott Reitz

I'll stick to consuming my breakfast and beer separately;  Please do not separate breakfast and beer. That Rogue bottle may be stupid, but micheladas and eggs should be best friends forever.

The Credible Hulk
The Credible Hulk

Great beer has just a few, simple ingredients. Liquid smoke need not apply.

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