Voodoo Doughnut Pretzel, Raspberry & Chocolate Ale - Rogue Ales
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3.63/5 rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4
Poured from a bottle with a dark mahogany color and a very thin, quickly dissipating tan head. Has a nice raspberry and chocolate aroma. First few sips are a wonderful mix of raspberry and chocolate before the flavors become more subtle. I have no idea where the pretzel comes in. The body is a bit weak, unfortunately. Somebody on the site says this should be a stout and I agree. Still, I rather enjoyed this, a bit more than most here, but I tend to like fruit beers and anything unusual.
Serving type: bottle
03-08-2014 04:28:40 | More by brutusmuktuk
3.99/5 rDev +16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
750ml pink-painted bottle, with a simple voodoo doll stabbed through its heart with a pretzel shard sort of label imagery.
This beer pours a clear, dark cola brown colour, with three fingers of puffy, thinly foamy, and yet somewhat creamy ecru head, which leaves a few swathes of spooky webbed lace around the glass as it quickly dissolves.
It smells of a soft raspberry juice fruitiness, biscuity, bready pale and caramel malt, bittersweet chocolate, a veritable salty cracker astringency, other subtle drupe fruit esters, a touch of oily nuttiness, and mild earthy, leafy hops. The taste is like raspberry chocolate ice cream, in a pretzel wafer cone - mildly fleshy ripe raspberries, lightly sugary cocoa powder, and subtle, but it's there, salty, biscuity bread sticks. A bit of earthy nuttiness, gritty pale malt, and slightly musty, leafy hops tries, with little success, to remind us of this offering's beer origins.
The carbonation is tame, fluffy, and generally just good and frothy, the body a standard, pleasantly rounded medium weight, and actually quite smooth, with a certain milk-like creaminess. It finishes well off-dry, the weird blend of milk and dry chocolate holding tight, the raspberry continuing its hard fade, and the bready, pale, and yes, pretzled (excuse me a sec while I add this word to my browser's dictionary) caramel malt sealing off the exits.
I believe that this is the first Voodoo Doughnut offering from Rogue where all three guest stars represent, and mesh well as they work together to provide a decent-tasting brew. The raspberry may have faded, sure, but its memory remains by the end, where the pretzels' zing is equally dulled, and the chocolate reigns supreme. Oh, and there's a basic American nut brown ale underneath it all, as well.
Serving type: bottle
03-05-2014 02:53:04 | More by biboergosum
Voodoo Doughnut Pretzel, Raspberry & Chocolate Ale from Rogue Ales
79 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.