Voodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon Ale - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by chodinheaven:
4.23/5 rDev +50.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Well the beer is a hazy orangeish amber in hue with a thick off-white, close knit head that dissapates at a medium pace and doesn't leave any lacing. Certainly the weirdest presentation of a beer I've ever had with its interesting pink bottle and design. And of course the concept is a little out there too. But hey, any beer is worth a shot.
Smells pretty much like the bottle's description: bacon covered in maple syrup. A lot of smoked malt gives that distinctive bacony aroma, much like other rauschbiers that I've tried. There is an added sweetness to this nose however, obviously from the maple syrup. This gives the beer an odd pancake-like aroma that leads me to believe that this will be a cloying taste experience. I'm hoping that there will be enough hops and other flavors to give this concept beer some balance.
Ok well the first sip is not too bad. There is some balance to it while still tasting smoky and bacony as all get out. This smokiness dominates the middle and back, with that maple syrup not being as cloying as I had expected. But it does come out, especially up front. It intermingles with the smokiness, playing off the applewood-smoked bacon very well, both the sweetnesses of the applewood and the syrup finding a certain harmony with each other. The hops do find their way through the odd flavor pairing and add a bit of balance, keeping the sweetness from going to the cloying side. The malt, as well as being very smoky, is pretty bready and adds a nice full body to the beer. The carbonation is understated, giving it a feel that is not quite slick. The finish is long, with a lingering aftertaste of guess what? Bacon and maple syrup, and a touch of hops.
Overall, I actually really am enjoying this beer. The uniqueness alone gives it a leg up for me, but really its a pretty classic rauschbier--only with a bit of actual bacon to emphasize the smokiness and maple syrup to make it sweeter, which balances out the smoke. I fully expected this to be a cloying mess, but I have no problem drinking this at all. The flavors are all vibrant and the hops keep some of it at bay without taking away from the theme of this concept beer. I'm really glad my girlfriend picked this out as it has piqued my interest a bit more in the smoked beer style. Interesting concept that Rogue did a good job of bringing to life.
Serving type: bottle
05-30-2012 03:52:43 | More by chodinheaven
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3.61/5 rDev +28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
I could have sworn that I had transcribed these notes previously! It is indicative of why I am leaving the teaching profession - time burns away for nine-plus months in return for the summers off. Bah! It was early-to-mid September 2013 and fellow beer writer, Beer Island, had stopped by. I had been sitting on this bomber for a while and I figured that since I had help, I would finally open it. That, and it had not been an inexpensive purchase to begin with!
From the bottle: "Dedicated to Tres & Cat Daddy, th Rogues of Voodoo Doughnuts."
I popped off the "oxygen fixing cap" and gave us each a nice pour, producing two fingers of deep-tan head with good retention. Color was a deep-amber (they note it as 30 Lovibond) with NE-quality clarity. I usually look at others' reviews and i quickly realized that the nose had mellowed since its initial release, becoming much less maple-sweet and more like a bacon smokiness. It suddenly hit me - it smelled like dark rum! Mouthfeel was kind of thin and watery, but by closing my eyes, I could have sworn that I had rum in my glass. Finish was smoky-sweet and from what I could gather from previous reviews, much better than it had been, initially.
Serving type: bottle
07-18-2014 22:22:37 | More by woodychandler
2.51/5 rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5
Ok so I went to a beer store and got this just really for the novelty of it. I didn't have very good expectations...and for good reason. The appearance is decent with a nice amber color. Smell is just as the name implies...smoke....bacon...maple with a little hop scent to it. Taste was a little overwhelming. The maple and bacon hits you like a brick right up front. Cant really taste much else. If it would have stayed at that it might not have been so bad. Then you get the huge taste of what is like liquid smoke. Overwhelming smoke flavor that was just too much! This is a good novelty beer but not much else!
Serving type: bottle
07-07-2014 03:36:20 | More by tlennon0815
Voodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon Ale from Rogue Ales
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