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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80
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322 Ratings
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Ratings: 322
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 16.62%
Wants: 19
Gots: 90 | FT: 1
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Furlinator on 12-02-2013)
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Reviews by Snow81:
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3/5  rDev -14%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Appearance: Pours pretty dark brown, thought it was opaque but when I held it up to the light I could see very dark brown hues around the edges. Pours with a very thin white head.

Smell: Smells very sweet, definitely notice the chocolate but think the raspberry is my my main takeaway. Smells like raspberry chocolate candy which I guess I must have had at some point in my life.

Taste: Positives and negatives here. From the smell I was worried this would be too sweet. It is not. Definitely pick up the chocolate which is just slightly bitter, and notice secondarily the raspberry sweetness in the aftertaste. The chocolate is more of a bitter chocolate (like coffee) rather than sweet. Negatives are that the flavor isn't actually that strong, very light touch. Would have preferred something a little heavier. The taste hits your tongue quickly and moves on.

Mouthfeel: Light, bubbly, more dry than smooth. MF of a session beer.

Overall: Liked the smell, liked the initial flavor, but not enough body for me. Enjoyed the bottle but would have liked something with more depth. After every sip I was waiting for something more complex and it never came.

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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.

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a deep, dark cordovan brown with a tan, finger width head. Fair retention results in a thin, ever-present layer of suds across the surface. Lacing is spotty, with good stick.

Smell - Predominant cocoa sweetness in the aroma. Light hints of coffee. Very mocha-like. Touches of raspberry that become more prevalent as the beer warms.

Taste - Follows the nose. Cocoa and milk chocolate sweetness to start. Raspberry comes through mid-taste, but as an underlying note. Mild bitterness that is but a footnote in the flavor profile. Aftertaste touches on a tad more raspberry, but is ultimately overshadowed by the sheer dominance of the chocolate.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body with moderate carbonation. Smooth. Somewhat silky. Goes down with ease.

Overall - Good. Worth the price? A resounding no! Their chocolate stout is somewhat similar, far superior IMO, and half the price. If raspberry/chocolate is an absolute must, try the New Belgium Frambozen which, to me, is a better beer and a significantly better value. I really don't know where the pretzel fits into this, because it eluded my palette. As their Voodoo line goes, Maple Bacon is the only one I'd ever consider buying again, lest the price is reduced drastically.

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Voodoo Doughnut Pretzel, Raspberry & Chocolate Ale from Rogue Ales
80 out of 100 based on 322 ratings.