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Voodoo Doughnut Pretzel, Raspberry & Chocolate Ale - Rogue Ales

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Voodoo Doughnut Pretzel, Raspberry & Chocolate AleVoodoo Doughnut Pretzel, Raspberry & Chocolate Ale

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Ratings: 352
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 16.91%
Wants: 24
Gots: 118 | FT: 1
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Furlinator on 12-02-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of TerryW
3.34/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Comes across something like a sweet stout, but missing a lot of the chalk, smoke, coffee, etc. you'd expect. In the end, probably a bit too sweet. Novelty beer, an after dinner thing.

Photo of DaveAnderson
3.69/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bf7
4.15/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thehyperduck
3.87/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO; bottled Sept 20 2014 and served slightly chilled. Previously, I'd been passing on the chance to try these Voodoo Doughnut collaboration ales, but the addition of raspberry was enough to make me curious about this one.

Pours a deep, opaque brownish cherry-cola colour, generating one inch of frothy, light tan-coloured head that seeps away fairly quickly over the next several minutes. A thin, filmy cap and collar survive, accompanied by some scant patches of lace. The aroma is reminiscent of a confectionery, with hefty helpings of milk chocolate, vanilla and raspberry syrup sweetness overlying the notes of brown sugar and roasted malts. Hints of toasted nuts and baker's chocolate also come through, and are especially prominent off of the bottle itself.

Appealing taste, but the pretzel and raspberry seem to take the back seat, with chocolate being the driving force behind much of the flavour profile. Bready dark malts, milk chocolate, pretzel and toasted nuts meld nicely with notes of black cherry and raspberry. The bitterness ramps up a little at the tail end, with dark chocolate, coffee and an earthy, roasty quality coming to the fore. Some lingering cocoa and raspberry syrup flavours in the aftertaste, amplifying the "dessert beer" vibe that this brew already had going on. Relatively light-bodied, with moderate carbonation levels - it feels somewhat crisp, but also a bit thin given the rich, sweet flavours. A more substantial body would be appreciated.

Final Grade: 3.87, a B+. Rogue's Voodoo Doughnut Pretzel, Raspberry & Chocolate Ale is definitely a bit gimmicky - but all things considered, this brew turned out pretty well. As a big raspberry beer fan, I could do with a bit more representation from that particular ingredient - but as it stands this is still an interesting malt-forward beer that would make a perfect companion for a chocolate-focussed dessert course. I'd say this one is worth a look, but not something I'm likely to return to in the near future.

Photo of zeff80
3.18/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of KidSalami
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of andrenaline
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of misternebbie
3.16/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Auraan
3.66/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a transparent reddish brown body with a thin cap of off-white foam. It looks like a fairly decent brown ale, nothing off about it. Scents of milk chocolate mixed with raspberries, nutty malt aromas, and a light hint of a salted pretzel-like aroma. Overall impression of aroma is of a fairly simple overall bouquet that displays the advertised ingredients quite nicely with nutty, malty aromas in a secondary role letting you know this is a brown ale base. Rather pleasant, but lacking in depth. Flavor begins lightly sweet with notes of semi-sweet chocolate and lightly tart raspberries, and a light hint of pretzels mingling with rich roast malt flavors in the background. Middle is medium-dry with notes of sour raspberries becoming more pronounced, mingling with a rich chocolate flavor and a bit of nutty malt. Finish is medium-dry with notes of semi-sweet chocolate, roast malt and light amounts of black coffee mingling with pretzel-like flavors. Aftertaste is chocolate, roast malt and light notes of pretzel. Overall impression of flavor is of a surprisingly dry beer. Not overly so, but not near as sweet as expected. It is heavier in darker flavors, including both chocolate and malt, and raspberries only lend a slight sweetness. It is a nicely flavored beer, if a bit simple, and it does exhibit all its unique ingredients which is a plus. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium-low carbonation and a smooth, session ale feel with a very light acidity from the raspberries. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a beer similar to a porter in character. Overall this is a good beer. It takes some unique ingredients and manages to showcase them in both aroma and flavor, which is more than many experimental beers can accomplish. Aiding this is a smooth, sessionable mouthfeel that is quite pleasant. A fairly good experiment, even if the end result isn't completely amazing.

Photo of polloenfuego
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer looks pretty good, pouring a deep brown with a nice two finger head. The smell was as expected...full on raspberry and chocolate, almost too much. Taste was surprisingly not as sweet as I expected. It was dominated by the raspberry and chocolate promised and there is very little of the base brown ale to be tasted. The raspberry leaves a bitterness and odd aftertaste behind and this is one of the more unpleasant aspects of the beer.

Shocked that this beer was not overly sweet, but still not surprised at what I got.

Photo of MIrvine
3.74/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2.75/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

L: Dark brown, not quite stout colored as you may imagine from the beer's name
S: Sweet chocolate, fruit notes. Has a smell that reminds me a bit of the scent of certain pipe tobacco's
T: The sweetness/chocolate is initially overpowering. Subsequent sips proved to be better although I did not detect the pretzel flavor.
F: nothing out of the ordinary, low carbonation levels
O: Interesting beer. Not something I would probably go for again, but was worth a try based on the strength of Rogue's other offerings. Generally too sweet for my taste.

Photo of AirZombie
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

shockingly not bad for my taste

Photo of grant4ire
4.74/5  rDev +35.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm a big fan of the sweetness, which other people seem not to like. I'm disappointed this had a limited run. :(

Photo of elglueckert
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of otoolman221
4.58/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Dark pour with little head. Great feel and taste. Hints of chocolate and raspberry. One of my favorite beers.

Photo of msanborn
2.82/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of hambone
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours jet black with a finger of quickly dissipating medium tan head.
S - Stout qualities, medium sweet chocolate, light raspberry, coffee and malts.
T - Complex. Medium sweet chocolate, lightly sweet raspberry, medium sweet coffee, the pretzel however, in my opinion, is lost with the malts and becomes a rather malty "breadyness" rather than pretzels at the end of the flavor development. Still, the raspberry and chocolate some through strong.
O - A good and interesting beer, worth a try, drinks like a quirky stout. Will definitely try others from the Voodoo Doughnut series to be sure.
V - Medium.

Photo of ebeye
3.22/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bf_89
3.79/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of valianes
2.7/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Odd. Tastes like... a chocolate covered raspberry, which I guess is what they were going for. Doesn't mean its good. Too sweet, too off-beat. I'm all for experimenting when it comes to beer, but this is a bit too much.

Photo of Gator_Nation
4.13/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Astearns22
2.95/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Drk93TT
2.78/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

Pours a sugary sweet light brown with zero head/lacing

Smell is chocolate and light raspberry.

Extremely thin, low body.. meh

A letdown. Sample size only please Cant imagine drinking a full glass of this

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Voodoo Doughnut Pretzel, Raspberry & Chocolate Ale from Rogue Ales
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