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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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1,634 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,634
Reviews: 423
rAvg: 2.8
pDev: 34.64%
Wants: 121
Gots: 228 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 09-01-2011

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

30 IBU
76 AA
30º Lovibond
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,634 | Reviews: 423 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Ego:
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4.42/5  rDev +57.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

OK, ok... I'll be honest, half the appeal was the bottle, I know, I know... BUT (if there is a saving grace) this is from Rogue, sooo I give myself a slight (if not fishy) pass on the bottle thing...

packaging rules. Hey, it is part of the overall thing and this one stands out in a conveyor belt of bombers.
slightly cloudy orange hue with lots of carbonation running wild up the glass, 1 and a half fingers of white foam (craggy asteroid type) rise up, decent lacing and the head retention is good. a good looking brew.

straight up log cabin maple syrup, if I was blindfolded I would swear that is what this is, I can practically taste eggo waffles smelling this, unbelievable maple nose on this, I have never had anything this potent in terms of that note, the smoke is incredibly difficult to detect, really this fills up your nose with sweet maple like mad. hard to score this, sure, it is one sided but man alive the smell is off the charts

taste etc...
it drinks like it smells - very maple-y, there is an initial hop blast of bitterness and then the maple.. and then some of the smoked bacon smoke/herbs, it is hard to flesh this one out! the carbonation is nice and bright and keeps this from being mouth puckering-ly sweet, I find myself liking the strangeness of this beer, it does kind of wind up tasting like a light maple-y donut with some other flavors floating around in there. For the amount of flavor it has the body is fairly light (adding to the drink-ability)

to rate this as a smoke beer is unfair, it is a beer in it's own space. I think this one more than most might be a love/hate beer. I'm a lover not a fighter so.... I am friggin' loving this thing! This is a unique beer and proof that Rogue is still out there quietly exploring the corners of the beer possible. Take a chance on this one, you may fall under the spell of the Serpent and the Rainbow...

More User Reviews:
Photo of Chevelle66
4/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It was pretty good beer.

Photo of byaeger
3.72/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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2.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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1/5  rDev -64.3%

Photo of tectactoe
1.93/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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.

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2/5  rDev -28.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +51.8%

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1/5  rDev -64.3%

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3.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +25%

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1.25/5  rDev -55.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +60.7%

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4/5  rDev +42.9%

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2.25/5  rDev -19.6%

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1/5  rDev -64.3%

Photo of Beaver13
2.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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3/5  rDev +7.1%

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3/5  rDev +7.1%

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2/5  rDev -28.6%

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1/5  rDev -64.3%

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1/5  rDev -64.3%

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1/5  rDev -64.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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Voodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon Ale from Rogue Ales
66 out of 100 based on 1,634 ratings.