Three Skulls Buccaneer Bacon | Baron Brewing

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Baron Brewing
Washington, United States

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by AwYeh on 02-08-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by Hopfenpeter:
Photo of Hopfenpeter
2.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Loving smoked beers, I expected much of this interesting label on the bottle.
Poured into my crystal mug the beer is a cloudy medium orange gold. Little to no off white head, no lacing.
The smell is faint smoke flavors and some citrus fruit. Very weak.
Tasting the beer the expected smoke flavors disappoint! Faint smokiness and a odd tart feel do not mingle great. Citrus flavors are present, the finish is dry.
Light bodied beer, which is actually refreshing, but overall not my favorite.

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Photo of Jesse13713
2.41/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to AwYeh for allowing me to try this unique smoked beer.

Appearance - Pours extraordinariarily light and looks more like a pilsner at first. Once it settles it has a little darker hint to it and becomes a cloudy yellow. It sort of gets a 'dirty dish water' look to it as well.

Smell - The moment you pop the cap off, your smell receptors are immediately overwhelned with the scent of bacon. After several attempts, I could still smell nothing other than that of bacon and bacon fat.

Taste- An extremely watered down brew that tastes like bacon. I could barely even tell there was a hint of alcohol in it. For me, it was reminiscent of Rogue's chipotle ale without the pepper bite. The aftertaste of bacon fat lingers in your mouth for a very long time after your last drink. It tastes like an American adjunct lager when swished around your mouth. From the first drink, you can definitely tell that this beer is brewed with real bacon and isn;t a knockoff imitator.

Mouth feel - It is very light and smooth with low carbonation. As stated above, it tastes like an American adjunct lager when swished around your mouth.

Drinkability - One of the most easily drinkable beers I have ever come across and not hard to get down at all. While very drinkable, the overwhelming bacon aftertaste prevents me from finishing a bomber in one sitting.

If you're craving bacon but don't want to do to the work of cooking it yourself, Buccaneer Bacon could be the answer for you. It is worth trying solely for the fact that it is radically different than many other things out there. While it is smooth and easily drinkable; you won't necessarily want to finish the entire bottle at one time. But with a very reasonable price of $3.99 for a bomber, you can't help but try it out.

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Photo of jnoelani
1.25/5  rDev -55.4%

Photo of crobinso
2.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of flagmantho
3.1/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: slightly hazy golden hue with a good amount of effervescence and a very effervescent two-finger head which quickly dissipated. Not bad.

Smell: interesting aroma of smoke and a little bit of fruitiness. The smoke is not crazy, and there is a little bit of spiciness to it as well. An interesting melange.

Taste: smoke and a tart fruitiness. It doesn't seem to work particularly well as a flavor combination, but points for originality, eh? There is a delicate malt flavor in the back, too, which I like; it struggles to find a place amid the strong and inharmonious flavors.

Mouthfeel: light with a little bit of fizz. Not enough body or carbonation to support anything interesting.

Overall: this is an interesting beer. I certainly won't go out of my way to have this again, but it is definitely an experiment I'm glad to have tried.

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Photo of stephiehefe
4.84/5  rDev +72.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I personally love this beer. is good.
So I tried this beer two way: bottle and chilled mug.
Out of the bottle, I could certainly smell the smoke and fatty-ness reminiscent of Sunday morning bacon skillet.YUM.
Once I took the first swig, I felt the love...bacon pairs with everything, and beer is no exception.
To me, this brew has great potential. It takes beer to its happy place in bacon-awesomeness.
Sultry mouth-feel that makes me say: "Lager? If you insist".
So I agree that the style is less lager.
I think it tends towards a Belgian...with a calling card that says: "Hi, I'm a Bacon Beer. Enough said."

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Photo of Flightoficarus
2.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a reddish-copper hue, w/minimal carbonation and lacing.

S - Smell is of smokey caramel malts and bacon, with hints of spice.

T - Taste is of mildly smokey malts, with an odd, moderate tartness that doesn't seem to blend too well with the smokey flavors.

M - Medium bodied, with mild carbonation. Semi-sticky finish.

O - Overall, I was really hoping to like this one, as I LOVE smoked beer styles, but it's just an odd blend of smokey and tart that doesn't work IMHO. This brewery has other, better beers. Skip this one.

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Photo of Chyren
3.7/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

First, you need to keep in mind that this is a bacon beer. Yes, it tastes of bacon and it is strange. And you know, it actually works. First, as a beer overall, it is very crisp and clean and the balance is right on target. This lager immediately tastes like a rauchbier. It is golden and smokey. Then the bacon flavor comes on slowly and it really works. It's not heavy at all but it goes well with the crispness of the lager and the fullness of the smoke. This beer actually would be awesome, in my opinion, at dessert with some vanilla ice cream. The only place it falls off is in drinkability, but that is to be expected, as one can only handle so much smoke and bacon at a time; a single schooner or pint glass would be plenty for an evening.

While it may not be the most immediately palatable or accessible beer, you gotta appreciate it for what it is and what Three Skulls have had the courage to do. This beer tastes of authentic bacon and real smoke. That is a feat in itself and deserves recognition. I would love to see a stout version of Buccaneer.

Would buy again.

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Photo of snaotheus
2.36/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle poured into a pair of pint glasses

Pours slightly cloudy, yellow, little head, lots and lots of carbonation. Smell is slightly bacony, slightly smokey, pretty yeasty, a little malty.

Taste is foul. Tastes like bad fake bacon flavor. Bacon bits. Maybe stale ones.

Mouthfeel was hard to notice behind the bad bacon flavor. Overall, I'm not sad I tried this, but I'm not going to finish it.

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Photo of julian
2.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark golden color, unlike that of a typical Lager. Cloudy and hazy. Some white snowy head from an aggressive pour, but disappears quickly.

S: Smells of liquid smoke aromatic and bacon. Not bad...smells like a bottled bonfire...yet no lager qualities about this whatsoever.

T: Wow this is weird. It has a berliner weisse tartness or a kinda brett like funk to it. I do not taste any bacon or smoke. The aroma is quite misleading. It's actually ok, if not good, but I'm expecting some smoke or lager qualities which is what the bottle says, and that's not what I'm getting.

M: Mouthfeel is actually pretty good. I like it.

O: The bottle says "Lager brewed with bacon". Even though it smells like Smoke this should be classified as a Lager, right? Well according to three skulls website it's a "Smoked Lager" so I guess Smoked Beer style fits. Either way, this was a confusing and somewhat difficult beer to rate. While it tastes OK, and the mouthfeel is pretty good, it's clearly not in line with the style.

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Three Skulls Buccaneer Bacon from Baron Brewing
Beer rating: 2.8 out of 5 with 10 ratings