Voodoo Doughnut Pretzel, Raspberry & Chocolate Ale - Rogue Ales

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Ratings: 387
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 26
Gots: 135 | FT: 1
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Furlinator on 12-02-2013

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Reviews by TruePerception:
Photo of TruePerception
3.44/5  rDev -2%
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:
Photo of Aleks_P
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

Photo of otoolman221
4.58/5  rDev +30.5%
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 Tilly
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque, black with a foamy khaki head.
Aromas of chocolate, fruits, yeasty fresh bread.
Tastes of raspberry, chocolate, coffee and, yes, doughnuts (really)!
Mouth feel is dry and some mild bitterness.
Interesting beer. I'd have it again.

Photo of Auraan
3.66/5  rDev +4.3%
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 biboergosum
4/5  rDev +14%
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.

Photo of quixby
2.15/5  rDev -38.7%
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 TheSixthRing
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of hreb
3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL pink painted bottle, served in pint glass. Beer pours dark and opaque, red tinged black, with a healthy brown head. Primary aroma is of sweet raspberries, splitting the difference between a Lindemans Framboise (lambic) and chocolate covered raspberry jam candy. Flavor is surprisingly conventional (er, drinkable?): a raspberry flavored porter blended with a chocolate stout. Not overwhelmingly sweet, and I don't detect any pretzel flavor (I like pretzels but pretzels in the mash is obviously nuts).

This is my second experience with Voodoo Rogue. Compared to the Maple Bacon ale, this is not quite as interesting, but I'm way happier to drink it. I skipped the Chocolate, Banana & Peanut Butter Ale on account of bananas (ruin everything they touch).

Photo of russpowell
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brownish mahogany with a sliver of tan head. Near zero head retention & lacing

S: Raspberry & a little bit of chocolate

T: Raspberry, white chocolate & a little doughnut & a touch of chocolate, along with a little bit of woodiness up. Dryness, a little bit of raspberry, a little bit of white chocolate & a smidge of baker's chocolate as this warms. Finishes a little dry, with some bitter chocolate notes, & sort of artificial raspberry tartness

MF: medium bodied, firm carbonation, a bit too much

A nice try, but falls short of the mark. Way better than the maple bacon train wreck...

2.75/5  rDev -21.7%
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 bluejacket74
3.71/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle. Served in a Great Lakes Brewing chalice, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head that stayed around a little while. There isn't much lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like pretzels, raspberries and milk chocolate, no surprise there. There's also a bit of coffee noticeable. I think the taste is just like the aroma, it's mostly chocolately, raspberry and pretzels, along with a hint of coffee. It's a sweet tasting brew, along with a bit of bitterness. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall I liked this brew, certainly worth a try. $11.99 a bottle.

Photo of Nathan10
4.96/5  rDev +41.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

On the nose it presents soft chocolate and a hint of raspberry. A nice deep brown color. First taste brings the malty chocolate followed quickly by the taste of raspberry and believe it or not pretzel. I nether thought I would taste pretzel in a beer but there it is. Great smooth chocolate coffee finish and just a slight hint of salt....yes salt throughout the beer. Just a fantastic beer to try.

Photo of BrewChatKen
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Pretzels in all their gloriousness actually played heavy on the aroma for me. It was a wee bit salty, also big time raspberry and some chocolate, not a lot but what's there is really nice. Pours a deep opaque brown with a tan head and there were some floaties present, I imagine from the pretzels probably thrown in during a secondary fermentation, that's my best guess anyways. In the mouth it was creamy, light to medium body, medium carbonation and quite easy drinking. On the palate chocolate was upfront and real big. It was quickly overpowered though by by big raspberry jam flavor and those two started to meld and lingered which was nice. Pretzels are subtle, all of the flavors are pretty well defined and end up striking a good balance. This was a very interesting beer, the folks at Rogue somehow pulled it off and it's actually very tasty. Great sharing beer.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.81/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, nearly opaque in the glass with a quarter finger light brown head with great retention and light lacing. Aroma of chocolate and raspberry with hints of sweet malt and toffee. Flavor of light chocolate, raspberry, mild malt, developing a grassy hop and charred coffee bitterness, finishing with slightly astringent bitterness and the initial flavors. Medium bodied. Inviting aroma and followup flavors of the raspberry and chocolate, but very attenuated. My tongue keeps waiting for the chocolate flavors to ramp up as in stronger chocolate ales, but it never does. Flavors are tame, but well balanced, light enough that they don't quite support the bitterness in the finish. I liked this, but the good, but light flavors left me wishing for more intensity and more doughnut to support the toppings. Good but thin. Way better and tamer than the scary bottle would indicate.

Photo of buschbeer
3.99/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 PT. 9.4 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a Rogue pint

A - It is dark bodied with some rust colored highlights. It is topped with an inch of tan head.

S - I smell some chocolate. It does remind me of a chocolate doughnut. I also get the raspberry. The pretzel is lost on me.

T - I have to admit this beer tastes like a chocolate candy with raspberry filling. I can even imagine a raspberry filling in a chocolate doughnut.

M - Medium

O - This is the best Voodoo Doughnut beer of the bunch. It actually tastes as advertised, minus the pretzel. The others were awful so I had low expectations. I would drink this one again. That is why I try them all.

Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this beer as a treat after receiving a raise from the bosses. 13 dollar bottle of beer? Here we go. Appearance is dark.. at the edge of glass its a dark crimson kinda like a wine. Nice thick hazelnut brown head. Lookin good..
Tastes like the average stout, can't seem to get those hints of berries oh well.
Im picking up on the chocolatey flavor almost a truffel taste, just like rogues choco stout. Wasn't the fan of that guy however this brew has a little bready taste for the pretzel flavor. Not so strong of raspberry but I get it in the aftertaste. Faint but nice. Nice full mouthfeel.

Bottle earns it an overall score booster, price demotes that score. All in all I'd say its a 3.5 NO not reccomending to a friend because its not all that hype. Better than a lot of others though..

Photo of mitch1856
3.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown in color. Brown head that fades quickly. Strong chocolate aroma, some sweetness, and a little tart in the nose. Chocolate, then more chocolate, fades to some bready and fruity flavors. Low carbonation, smooth to drink. Overall a drinkable, maybe not a whole bottle, after dinner beer.

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle, with no bottled on or freshness date present. My bottle lists a 5.40% abv on the back. Acquired this bottle at the local beer store. Ah yes, at last the third collaboration beer from the Rogue Voodoo Doughnut line-up. And finally someone entered the name of the beer into the database correctly.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a very dark cola brown; just a shade away from opaque in the glass. Two fingers of creamy tan head dies down to a foam of lots of tiny bubbles. Some okay lacing. Looks pretty nice.

S - Smell is quite pleasant. I'm not sure if I would describe it as authentic raspberry, but it definitely smells nice. Cocoa powder. Cream. Some vanilla. Some malt and nuttiness present, also. Not picking up anything I would describe as pretzel either, but it's whatever. It smells like the Land O' Lakes raspberry hot chocolate in beer form.

T - Taste is of chocolate malt, powdery cocoa, vanilla, some cream, cherry (?), some cola. It doesn't deliver what the nose offers, but it's drinkable. The raspberry seems to be pretty artificial, and again I'm not really picking up on anything I would describe as "pretzel".

M - Feel ends dry and bready, with maybe a hint of saltiness, so maybe that's where they were trying to get the pretzel across. Either way, I'm not tasting it. Smooth and creamy, medium bodied with good low lying carbonation.

Overall, I can probably say that this one was the best of the bunch, and definitely the easiest to drink. I could probably finish this one alone instead of struggling to find someone to share it with. Recommended at least once, I'd say, but it could have been done better.

Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Pretzel, Raspberry & Chocolate Ale ---3.5/5

Photo of grant4ire
4.74/5  rDev +35%
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 Flashy
2.88/5  rDev -17.9%
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 thehyperduck
3.87/5  rDev +10.3%
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 PostRockandCats
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

I was skeptical, but I really liked this one! I poured it into a straight glass and it came out dark and heady, like root beer. Sweet Raspberries and mild mocha on the nose. Definite Chocolate Raspberry candy right off when you drink it and a bit of a bitter, bready note at the end. I disagree that it should be heavier; it would be cloying.

Photo of Drk93TT
2.78/5  rDev -20.8%
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 YayyyBeer
3.57/5  rDev +1.7%
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

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Voodoo Doughnut Pretzel, Raspberry & Chocolate Ale from Rogue Ales
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