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Voodoo Doughnut Pretzel, Raspberry & Chocolate Ale - Rogue Ales

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Ratings: 363
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 16.91%
Wants: 25
Gots: 123 | 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: 363 | Reviews: 73
Reviews by TruePerception:
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3.44/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

More User Reviews:
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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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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.

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3.76/5  rDev +7.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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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.

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4/5  rDev +14.6%
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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Voodoo Doughnut Pretzel, Raspberry & Chocolate Ale from Rogue Ales
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