Voodoo Doughnut Pretzel, Raspberry & Chocolate Ale - Rogue Ales
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3.99/5 rDev +14.7%
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.
03-05-2014 02:53:04 | More by biboergosum
3.75/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
12-21-2013 05:13:01 | More by TheSixthRing
3.59/5 rDev +3.2%
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...
06-20-2014 02:37:42 | More by russpowell
Voodoo Doughnut Pretzel, Raspberry & Chocolate Ale from Rogue Ales
79 out of 100 based on 237 ratings.