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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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1,606 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,606
Reviews: 408
rAvg: 2.79
pDev: 34.77%
Wants: 116
Gots: 200 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
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

30 IBU
76 AA
30º Lovibond

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 09-01-2011)
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Reviews by Pamola:
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3.5/5  rDev +25.4%

Pamola, Dec 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +34.4%
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.

byaeger, Oct 17, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -10.4%

beerhunter13, Mar 24, 2014
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1/5  rDev -64.2%

Turbo, May 19, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
1.78/5  rDev -36.2%
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.

tectactoe, Sep 28, 2012
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2/5  rDev -28.3%

Zakk, Jun 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +52.3%

tbryan5, Jan 01, 2013
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1/5  rDev -64.2%

SuomiHobbit, Aug 01, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +16.5%

supa0525, May 19, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -1.4%

EastBay_Nick, Jul 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +25.4%

BeerDreadz, May 19, 2013
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1.25/5  rDev -55.2%

DaftPatrick, Mar 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +61.3%

csmartin6, Apr 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +43.4%

heddar33, Sep 09, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -19.4%

warnerry, Jun 12, 2013
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1/5  rDev -64.2%

DWolf, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of Beaver13
2.93/5  rDev +5%
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.

Beaver13, Jul 14, 2012
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3/5  rDev +7.5%

JoeD15, Oct 17, 2012
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3/5  rDev +7.5%

iemailjack, Mar 28, 2012
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2/5  rDev -28.3%

jmshulk, Sep 18, 2012
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1/5  rDev -64.2%

mctizzz, May 22, 2012
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1/5  rDev -64.2%

locckdown, Mar 24, 2012
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1/5  rDev -64.2%

daedalusfinch, Feb 04, 2012
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3.2/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Mora2000, Jun 13, 2012
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1/5  rDev -64.2%

cbradio, Jan 29, 2014
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Voodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon Ale from Rogue Ales
66 out of 100 based on 1,606 ratings.