Voodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon Ale - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by Proteus93:
2.83/5 rDev +0.7%
I don't know if a 'smoked beer' would explain this, but I suppose that it's too hard to give it any sort of real description! I saw this and said "Oh my!" and then I saw some of the reviews, particularly talking about flavour and said "Oh no!" Let's see...
A: Almost a tawny color, topped with an ever-so-slightly off-white head. The retention is good and it recedes with a generous collar of lace leaving behind some smatterings down the glass.
S + T: The aroma is predominantly that of maple syrup. The first thought is of pancakes, and that 'battered dough' connection is going to play into the whole 'doughnut' part of this... but it's ultimately just what maple syrup smells like. It's quite over-the-top, but I think we need to be realistic in that it's kind of supposed to be! The flavour allows more elements of the applewood-smoked bacon to come through... and once those salty qualities are out there, the nose aligns with it. Somewhat backwards, and it would be the other way around... the senses become a little confused, and this is a beer that can certainly cause some of that. The malts make a bit of an appearance, but they just seem odd and out of place. Hop presence is non-existent, and alcohol is hidden by the sweetness. It does leave a bit of an unpleasant aftertaste.
M + D: Body is a bit thin, with just a touch of slickness, though the carbonation is rather nice. This is just a bizarre beer overall, and while I don't think it ranks within the '1' range, it's probably not something that is going to gather much cult following. I could be wrong, but I think it's the beer that is. There's no way I would lay down over $10 for this again.
08-26-2012 02:53:16 | More by Proteus93
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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
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
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
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
Voodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon Ale from Rogue Ales
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