Finally I have an excuse to drink a beer with my eggs in the morning.
The beer, now available in a 750ml Pept0-Bismal pink bottle, is $13 a bottle or $156 for a case. Pretty pricey, but that’s the cost of weird, small batch beers these days.
Unfortunately, this crazy beer is only available through the mail and at select Oregonian locations. But that maybe for the best, because by all accounts it’s pretty terrible stuff.
According to the Maple Daily, “It generally tastes like a dirty, ashy smoked beer without any of the subtlety of the finer Bamberger rauchbiers. The maple syrup notes pop up now and again, but the smoke flavor, along with fatty hits of unwanted bacon, dominate.”
And Portland’s Willamette Week had a lot of opinions about the beer, but none of them were positive, “Smells like a candied ash tray…Well, it is what it’s advertised. But that doesn’t make it good…I need a cigarette to get this taste out of my mouth…If they wanted to make this taste like a bacon maple bar—the bacon isn’t particularly smokey, it’s the salt that stands out. So it misses the mark in addition to being a foul abomination.”
So they haven’t quite perfected it yet, but it’s a definite step in the right direction. Here at Jack we salute you Rogue brewers for trying to contribute to the betterment of all mankind.
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