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Voodoo Doughnut Pretzel, Raspberry & Chocolate Ale - Rogue Ales

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Ratings: 261
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 16.47%
Wants: 15
Gots: 57 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Furlinator on 12-02-2013)
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Reviews by TruePerception:
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3.41/5  rDev -1.4%

Rogue's Pretzel, Raspberry, & Chocolate ale, from their Voodoo Doughnut series. 6.75% ABV.

A: About a finger and a half of slightly tan head. Very dark brown, nearly black, with a red warmth. Honeyed brown in the dimple.

S: Smells like a chocolate bar with raspberry filling, actually! With a cocoa/coffee porter backing. And, I do smell a bit of cooked pretzel dough, in the back.

T/MF: Much drier than I expected. Mostly, it has a medium-light brewed coffee taste. Just a hint of raspberry, and another of dark chocolate. Again, slight pretzel note, in the back. Really thin for a dark beer!

Not bad, but very underwhelming for $13! Needs a stronger raspberry presence, I think. A touch of sweetness to round it out. Maybe a tad more pretzel, too.

Poured from a 750mL bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

TruePerception, May 23, 2014
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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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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
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