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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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370 Ratings
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Ratings: 370
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 16.91%
Wants: 26
Gots: 128 | 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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Ratings: 370 | Reviews: 76
Photo of barczar
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not nearly as bad as I recall the bacon one being. Aroma is laden with raspberry and nutty toasted malt, then tootsie roll chocolate.

Flavor reveals raspberry tartness, and a fairly sweet, chocolatey adjunct character. Toasted malt at the finish is a stretch for pretzel. Wouldn't want a bomber of it.

Photo of Kayls
4.49/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very good beer, not something I would drink all the time but great branding and novelty factor.

Photo of Boto
3.77/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle: This one pours a dark brown that transmits a little light. There is a fairly good sized tan head on it. Almost no lacing. It has an interesting nose. Salted caramel, chocolate and raspberry notes. Not what you’d expect from a beer, but it smells good. The taste is good. Chocolate with a touch of raspberries. There is actually a bit of a pretzel and salted caramel taste to it. Not too sweet at all. Surprisingly, this works! I would definitely pick this one up again.

Photo of PunchBroadbent
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great beer, loved drinking and sharing it in the big bottle

Photo of biegaman
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

For what I hope are obvious reasons it seems somewhat trivial to describe the appearance of a 'Pretzel, Raspberry & Chocolate Ale'. Especially since said beer is sold in a neon pink bottle that I wouldn't be surprised glowed in the dark. But for what it's worth, the dark brownish ale isn't quite opaque, there's some highlights, as well as a honeycomb-like topping of head.

I'll give credit where credit is due: this over-the-top delicious smell can be attributed to actual pretzels, real raspberry juice, and chocolate extract which, trust me, isn't as artificial as it sounds. I'm surprised by how 'natural' it smells. I don't feel so guilty enjoying the aroma - it's shallow, sure, but still damn enticing!

I was curious what would come of the first sip - turns out it's equal parts toasty brown malt and sweet raspberry juice. There's enough bread crusts flavour to mimic pretzels (or is that just the real thing?) and the finish is correspondingly dry. In the meanwhile, raspberries are noted clear as day and a double dose of Hershey's-like chocolate is dumped down the back of the throat.

I know there are many out there - myself included - who cut their teeth on Rogue and have a corner of their heart permanently carved out to hoppy offerings like Brutal IPA, Yellow Snow, Old Crustacean or dark beers like Chocolate and Shakespeare Stout. For them this one will seem like a joke.

But in fairness the brewery really couldn't be more straightforward at laying out the expectations for this beer. So don't say you didn't know what you were getting yourself into. And for the non craft beer drinkers out there, one question: into dessert? Then have a Rogue Pretzel, Raspberry & Chocolate Ale. It's a delicious after-dinner tipple sure to tickle your tastebuds.

Photo of BeerTaster727
4.55/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Interesting beer found at World Market. Tasted the chocolate notes along with some raspberry. Picked up the saltiness from the pretzel. Maybe not one that I would have on a regular basis, but glad I tried it.

Photo of quixby
2.15/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

If you like these types of beers it may be up your alley. It's a good blend of the flavors, but raspberry hits a little to hard at the end making it too sweet for me. It does make great beer chocolate though.

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.77/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampled last night on 3/4/15. Seen this a few times and is a seasonal item but decided to try it. Comes in a 22 ounce (750ml) bottle with a painted-on label, as all of the Rogue beers do. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a tall 18 ounce handled-glass stein.

Brew pours a very deep mahogany in color with a good 3-finger foamy beige head that didn't last really all that long. A decent amount of lacing is seen when sipped. The aroma is mostly of raspberries and cocoa powder with a hint of yeast but isn't really all that strong. The taste of chocolate is right up front on the tongue with the raspberry afterwards with a light hint of pretzel and some dark malts. Nothing overpowered anything else for the taste. Thought it needs have a bit more flavor though. Finishes pretty smooth overall and has a medium-body with moderate carbonation. A bit gimmicky for sure and is over-priced and is probably a one time brew for me unless it was on sale for like $5.00 or so.

Photo of Flashy
2.88/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2.75

Numerous bottles just turned up at the local 7-11 at $6 a bottle. Absolutely refused to pay the asking price. IMO the best beers taste like pretzels, but taste none here. At $6 a decent brown ale. At $12 a friggin ripoff. My only real problem with it- no body, watery as if nobody tried to brew anything but a freak show. Boo Rogue

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 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 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 PTRAINOR
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 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 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 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 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

Photo of DelMontiac
3.27/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Decided to dive in after avoiding the big pink mystery bottle for so long. Okay, so it looks like a plain dark brown ale with a thin wispy head. Aroma was a bit of a bummer, faint chocolate, not much else. I get mostly raspberry flavor, not like fresh berries, but more like the filling of a doughnut which is what they're really going for. Pretzel? Nah. Chocolate? Hardly, but then again chocolate doughnut frosting usually usually lacks much flavor. The aftertaste is strong and hard to explain (like caramel currant green tea) making this one strange beer. Feel is nothing special, a bit thin for my taste perhaps. Well, I'm no longer curious. No more pink bottles for this guy.

Photo of JJfreeou21
1.57/5  rDev -55%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Sickly sweet awful beer. I wanted it to end so badly.

Photo of YayyyBeer
3.57/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wish there was more pretzel taste. Chocolate flavor is strong with a hint of raspberry

Photo of drwatson32
4.54/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Outlier detected. Sick of that.

Photo of staless
2.57/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

750 ML bottle served in a snifter.
A: Beer pours dark brown with a thick brown head.
S: Smells like dark chocolate and raspberries, maybe a little synthetic.
T: strong rasperry followed by dark chocolate/mocha, which fades rather fast.
M: Light and creamy, with little carbonation.
O: A very unusual blend of aromas that you rarly find in beer. Was a little disappointed that the aftertaste disappeared so quickly

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Voodoo Doughnut Pretzel, Raspberry & Chocolate Ale from Rogue Ales
80 out of 100 based on 370 ratings.