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Voodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon Ale - Rogue Ales

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Voodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon AleVoodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon Ale

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BA SCORE
66
poor

1,561 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,561
Reviews: 407
rAvg: 2.81
pDev: 34.88%
Wants: 113
Gots: 182 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

13 Ingredients:
Briess Cherrywood Smoked Malt, Weyermann Beechwood Smoked Malt, House-smoked Hickory Malt, Great Western 2 Row, Munich, C15, C75 Malts; Applewood-Smoked Bacon, Pure Maple Flavoring, Rogue Micro Hopyard Revolution & Independent Hops, Free Range Coastal Water & Pacman Yeast

Specs:
14º PLATO
30 IBU
76 AA
30º Lovibond

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 09-01-2011)
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Reviews by DavoleBomb:
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

1.88/5  rDev -33.1%

Poured into a perfect pint. I was excited about this when it first came out, but then forgot about it due to the shitty reviews. Then yesterday, I came across it while I was buying beer so I figured it was time.

2.0 A: Lightly hazed orange caramel color. Two fingers of frothy/foamy yellow-beige head is ugly as hell. Fortunately it doesn't last all that long. Some specks of lacing here and there. Truly an ugly brew.

1.5 S: This smells artificial from the get go. I'm immediately reminded of my homebrewing experiments with adding various nut extracts to beers I already had bottled. Despite plenty of effort, the nut extract always gave off an undesirable smell and taste, so I scrapped the idea and instead used real nuts (which was also about five hours more work) for my upcoming brew. While the real nut brew came out great, this one from Rogue did not. The maple is sickeningly artificial to the point that I can't even tell if the bacon is real from the overlap. The smells like a breakfast platter from a really shitty fast food place. The maple ruins what would be an otherwise pleasant smokiness. It's hard to find anything else underneath, but to be honest I didn't try much since I hate smelling this.

2.0 T: The taste sucks too, but it's still a bit better than the nose. "Pure maple flavoring" is again the culprit behind this travesty of a beer. I don't know what "maple flavoring" is, but it's nothing like maple syrup. I do enjoy the smokiness though. It itself partially redeems the beer. The caramel notes aren't bad either. But getting past the maple syrup flavor is far to difficult to even begin to speak anything truly positive about the beer.

2.25 M: Lighter medium body. Comes off as feeling overcarbonated even though it really isn't. It just has some of that explodes-in-your-mouth feel to it. Lacking creaminess. Not really up to par here either.

1.75 D: I bought this beer out of curiosity, which is a force too strong to fight (at least when it comes to beer), but I can assure myself this will be the last time I ever drink this. Cheers for the second half of the bottle.

03-07-2013 01:46:50 | More by DavoleBomb
More User Reviews:
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byaeger

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +33.5%

C avg (up from a D+ 2 reviews prior)? I think people are knocking down their scores because of some predisposition against Rogue. If the point is to make a beer that tastes like Voodoo’s infamous bacon maple bar, Rogue succeeds. Opens with whiffs of general smokiness and specific mapliness. First swallow is thick maple spread fleshed out with suckerpunch of bacon, but is, I suppose, OTT (over the top) due to ample amounts of not one, not two, but three types of smoked malt (cherrywood, beechwood, and hickory) with applewood smoked bacon rounding out the corners. Only with the aftertaste does the vanilla appear and alchemize that maple flavor into more of a powder sugary maple frosting befitting a doughnut.

The fact is, if you like the donuts, and you like crazy ass beers, this one achieves its objective. If you know you don’t like Rauchbiers or dessert beers, you should stay far, far away and refrain from reviewing, just like I’d never review a Helles, Kolsch, or even a straightforward Amber.

Between the small batch size, flashy pepto-pink bottle, and the fact that you're going to share this with at least a few others, it is easily worth the lucky $13 price tag.

10-17-2011 01:33:28 | More by byaeger
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beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -11%

03-24-2014 01:38:25 | More by beerhunter13
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Turbo

Minnesota

1/5  rDev -64.4%

05-19-2013 22:30:01 | More by Turbo
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tectactoe

Michigan

1.78/5  rDev -36.7%

Purchased as a "beer of the week" special at a local liquor store. After hearing the name "Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale", I had to give it a try. Pours a dense amber color with a bit of haze and lots of carbonation bubbles. Decent sized head that didn't last for too long. The smell was amazing. Seriously, it smelled absolutely delicious - like ripe, smoked bacon that had been covered in maple syrup. Like waking up in a cabin, early on a Saturday morning and someone is already in the kitchen, cooking bacon and maple pancakes. Hints of wheat and malt in the background, but the bacon-maple smell dominates, and it is amazing.

Unfortunately, that's where things head south. The taste is bad. Really bad. Especially after having such high expectations after the beautiful nose it gives - just SUCH a let down. The beer barely tastes of bacon or maple at all, rather all you can taste is carbonation and smoke. It was like carbonated liquid smoke with maybe a hint of malt and caramel in the background. But the smoked flavor was so intense that it was harsh, dry, and did not feel good on the back of the throat. Body was thin and had too much carbonation to be enjoyable.

All in all, one of the worst beers I've tried. Perhaps the disappointment is magnified by the fact that the beer, in theory, sounds, and smells, delicious. It is everything BUT that. One of the only beers I couldn't finish. Very upsetting.

09-28-2012 19:17:29 | More by tectactoe
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Zakk

Florida

2/5  rDev -28.8%

06-02-2012 23:31:13 | More by Zakk
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tbryan5

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +51.2%

01-01-2013 15:39:58 | More by tbryan5
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SuomiHobbit

Connecticut

1/5  rDev -64.4%

08-01-2013 00:14:24 | More by SuomiHobbit
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supa0525

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev +15.7%

05-19-2013 13:33:55 | More by supa0525
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EastBay_Nick

California

2.75/5  rDev -2.1%

07-14-2013 05:49:53 | More by EastBay_Nick
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BeerDreadz

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +24.6%

05-19-2013 22:31:09 | More by BeerDreadz
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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

1.25/5  rDev -55.5%

03-24-2014 01:29:34 | More by DaftPatrick
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csmartin6

New York

4.5/5  rDev +60.1%

04-29-2012 14:17:24 | More by csmartin6
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heddar33

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +42.3%

09-09-2012 04:26:55 | More by heddar33
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warnerry

Michigan

2.25/5  rDev -19.9%

06-12-2013 02:27:17 | More by warnerry
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DWolf

Pennsylvania

1/5  rDev -64.4%

11-19-2012 03:55:39 | More by DWolf
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Beaver13

Colorado

2.93/5  rDev +4.3%

750 ml bottle. Pours reddish amber with a small off-white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is a bit strange - soapy sugary smoked malts and maple. It smells a bit chemically and leathery.

The flavor is sweet sugary malts (molasses and maple) with a big smokiness (liquid smoke and BBQ). The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, very strange. The sweet sugar doesn't blend well with the smoke. Interesting to try though.

07-14-2012 06:06:26 | More by Beaver13
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JoeD15

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev +6.8%

10-17-2012 17:53:20 | More by JoeD15
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iemailjack

Florida

3/5  rDev +6.8%

03-28-2012 22:51:10 | More by iemailjack
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jmshulk

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -28.8%

09-18-2012 15:21:19 | More by jmshulk
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mctizzz

California

1/5  rDev -64.4%

05-22-2012 12:11:39 | More by mctizzz
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locckdown

North Carolina

1/5  rDev -64.4%

03-24-2012 22:28:48 | More by locckdown
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daedalusfinch

Florida

1/5  rDev -64.4%

02-04-2012 18:40:06 | More by daedalusfinch
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Mora2000

Texas

3.2/5  rDev +13.9%

Thanks to my brother for sharing this bottle. I really had no idea what to expect, so I tried to go in with an open mind.

The beer pours and orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is definitely heavy on the smoke, with some maple syrup notes thrown in. Not bad. The flavor is also pretty heavy on the woody smoke, with some maple syrup and toffee notes thrown in. All of those notes mix fairly well together. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Surprisingly, I don't hate the beer. The four or five ounces I had were enough, but I thought the beer was OK and am glad I got to try it. I thought all the notes mixed pretty well together, they were just so strong and in your face that it would be tough to drink too much of this beer.

06-13-2012 04:40:46 | More by Mora2000
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cbradio

Virginia

1/5  rDev -64.4%

01-29-2014 01:45:49 | More by cbradio
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Voodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon Ale from Rogue Ales
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