Voodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon Ale - Rogue Ales
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3.43/5 rDev +22.1%
Pours a slightly hazy orange brown with a 1 inch fizzy off-white head that settles to nothing. Small dots of lace drip back into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is slightly subdued overall but I am getting some smoked malt, smoked meat, and maple syrup aromas. Somewhat like bacon covered in maple syrup. Taste is of smoked wood, smoked pork, and mild maple flavors. The aftertaste has a smoky and woody quality to it. This beer has a slightly crisp mouthfeel but it's a bit thin and watery. Overall, this is a pretty good smoked beer that is not as bad as I was expecting it to be.
01-04-2012 04:00:33 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.6/5 rDev +28.1%
A: The beer is slightly hazy amber orange in color. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head consisting of large bubbles that died down rather quickly but never completely faded away.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of maple in the nose along with hints of smoke. As the beer warms up, the maple subsides and the smoke becomes stronger—hickory stands out in particular.
T: The overall taste is a lot smokier compared to the smell. Hickory wood seems to stand out in particular and there are also notes of applewood and hints of maple.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish makes your mouth feel a bit dry.
O: This is a very interesting and enjoyable beer. I thought that the mouthfeel should have been a bit fuller-bodied to support the complex flavors and make this a beer that could be sipped.
07-21-2012 12:52:37 | More by metter98
3.15/5 rDev +12.1%
Appearance: The best thing you can say about this beer is that it is a real looker; three or four fingers of foam stack the clear amber liquid; the retention is great as is the lacing
Smell: Just as advertised, smells like a bacon maple doughnut - not sure what a Voodoo smells like, however
Taste: What smells rather interesting just tastes bizarre, with the bacon, smoke, doughnut and maple and maple flavors all interspersed; I take that back - it is interesting for a few sips and then it becomes bizarre; of all the flavors, it is the doughnut that lingers on the tongue in the finish
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation
Overall: This one belongs in the category of "Just because you can make it doesn't mean you should."
08-19-2012 21:54:37 | More by brentk56
3.7/5 rDev +31.7%
Savory to the max, if you are a lush for breakfast like me then a simple whiff of this crazy-ass ale immediately makes a b-line to Bob Evans a top priority. Definately a guilty pleasure beer review coming right up...
The ale pours with a mostly clear honey-amber color with a short-lived semi-dainty, semi-fluffy head that never shares any lace and sheds its carbonated stream fairly early to take on appearances of thin cognac.
Once my nose hits the glass, I could essentially tie a strap around my head and take one big long intoxicating nap. All the aromas that are best about breakfast land in this glass. Maple syrup richness, light buttered pancakes, smoky bacon, caramel, biscuit, and a near-bourbon or rum note from alcohol. Not exactly complex- but the simple and pure aromas play out on a smokier-than-need-be base.
Flavors are just as silly and surprisingly charming as the maple and bacon flavors rise from the smoky dry-malt pillow underneath. But without a heartier starchy malt or caramelly sweet support, I find the beer somewhat thin in taste and lacking togetherness at mid palate through finish. Instead the flavor of meaty hickory smoke turns slight ashy and vanilla-like. In aftertaste, the beer leaves me with the taste of flat cream soda. Not all in all unappealing, but odd to find these combinations of taste in beery form.
The flavors seem to brace the palate for rich texture and chewy weight. But none of that's found and leaves the palate underwhelmed. The much needed carbonation is fast fleeting, leaving the thinner-than-desired beer to cling desperately to the tongue and lingers on the mouth like flat cola. The smoke-turn-ash taste translates to texture with a slight acrid finish to accompany the saccharine coat.
This recipe has a ton of potential. There's something in me that yearns for these flavors to play out over the mouthfeel that's found in, say, Founders Cashew Mountain Brown. Perhaps we should wait on Rogues "Imperial" Voodoo Doughnut? Rogue, we're lookin' at you...?
07-14-2012 17:30:12 | More by BEERchitect
1.31/5 rDev -53.4%
Bottle: Poured a clear light amber color ale with a medium size foamy head with light retention and not much lacing. Aroma consists of smoked malt with overly gross sweet notes which is incredibly messy. Taste is absolutely disgusting with awful smoked malt notes mix with overly gross sweet flavours. Body is light with good carbonation. Incredibly messy beer.
12-15-2013 20:56:34 | More by Phyl21ca
2.43/5 rDev -13.5%
Pours a murky brown color with a small off-white head that vanishes quickly. This smells like diabetes. Cloyingly sweet with a very smokey and meaty aroma to it. Maple syrup, sugar, brown sugar, and caramel are all very prominent. The flavor is just not enjoyable. Intense smoke, meat, and salt flavors washed down with several different varieties of sugar. No thanks.
07-30-2012 22:24:20 | More by womencantsail
4.08/5 rDev +45.2%
A: single finger head on clear, copper with golden hues body. poor head retention but nicer head than many other smoked beers.
S: smells like your breakfast plate does at the end of a giant buffet breakfast... the syrup as spread over the remaining eggs and bacon to make a maple and bacon symbiotic aroma. nice mesquite note.
T: flavor is mostly mesquite and smokey. applewood bacon and syrup is less prevalent. simple but very tolerable flavor for the style.
M: medium body and high carbonation.
Overall: very interesting beer and very complex for the style. Definitley worth trying and one of the more intersting beer bottles in my collection.
06-25-2012 00:44:52 | More by kylehay2004
3.85/5 rDev +37%
This beer was something I was seriously debatin on even buying. I didn't think I would be able to even drink it but I was pleasantly surprised. The beer poured out as a hazy brownish amber color with a light tan colored head. The lacing isn't that great but there is a decent retention. The smell of the beer give off a big smokey sweet aroma. The taste of the beer is actually really quite nice. There is a lot of smokey flavors but they're really well balanced with the sweetness of the maple. I'm surprised by this beer honestly. The mouthfeel is my least favorite part of the beer. Much like most Rogue beers its watery to me. There just isn't enough body. Overall this beer was much better than I expected. I can honestly say I would drink it again if I could find it cheap enough.
09-09-2012 21:43:50 | More by Knapp85
3.1/5 rDev +10.3%
Served in a nonic pint glass.
This is the first beer my friends and I enjoyed in the then-brand new 2012. It pours a partly cloudy sunrise amber topped by about a finger or so of lightly off-white foam. The nose is a blast of sweet doughnut (powdered sugar, bread, frosting, the works...I think I even got some sprinkles in there...), with a vague touch of beech smoke in the very back. Delicious. The taste, though, goes decently awry, with the smoke coming closer to the audience (and now wearing a bit of an oak mask), the sweetness faded almost completely, the bread taking a larger role than before, and some mild maple syrup randomly inserting itself into conversations at the most awkward moments. The combination just doesn't come together as it did in the smell; instead, it leaves a strange, mildly objectionable taste in my mouth. The body is a light-ish medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a sorta slick feel, and a sorta/kinda dry finish. Overall, a laudable experiment, but one that falls short of true success. Now, if only I could make a candle from the aroma...
01-02-2012 23:48:58 | More by TMoney2591
2.05/5 rDev -27%
Bottle generously shared by Arbitrator.
Hazy with a rust hue, little head formation. Smells like wood smoke and salty meat, cheap pancake syrup, caramel malt. The scent of smoke and bacon is pretty overpowering, and almost overshadows the maple. The palate is surprisingly bland, dominated by woodsmoke, bacon and a dry maple flavor. Body is oddly thin, finish is woody, smoky and unpleasantly salty. Not as horrid as I was expecting, but nowhere near good.
01-07-2012 22:59:57 | More by largadeer
3.93/5 rDev +39.9%
22oz bottle, 7% ABV, and a hideous shellacked candy-floss pink. Very Homer Simpson doughnut-esque, I suppose, with a weird graphic portraying a hog-crushing 'gentleman', against a background of my nation's national symbol. Ok, then. Like many before me, I spent a few days last summer drinking my way around Portland, and made pilgrimages to both hedonistic meccas. Bacon doughnuts were weird enough, so this must just be the logical extension, PDX-style.
This beer pours a hazy medium golden amber hue, with two regular customer fingers of dense frothy pale beige head, which leaves some Joshua tree lace around parts of the glass as it steadily and surely recedes. It smells, at first from a distance, of sweet, dark sugary maple syrup, which is quickly subsumed by a meaty smoky essence, lingering on edge between generic and full-on savoury breakfast pork product, with no other native aromas strong enough to poke through - I am strongly reminded of my last morning hangover cure visit to a US-based IHOP - and that meal even cost less than this bomber did on this side of the border.
Anyways, the taste is immediately more heavy on the smokiness, with both the succulent pork side and thick maple notes going swiftly AWOL, replaced by a relatively weak grainy, somewhat caramelized, and heretofore obscured malt. This sounds like a downer, but it pretty much works - I don't think I could have taken the tree sap sweetness in the nose as an equally pervasive component of the flavour. This is beer, not deep-fried pastry. I even sense a bit of weedy, earthy hops (mostly because you wouldn't find them it either of the titular ingredients).
The body is generally agreeable, with the bubbles doing nothing to really distinguish themselves, good or bad, the weight deftly kept in the medium-light range, and lacking smoothness only due to the pervasively acrid smoke. It finishes more malty that anything as yet, the salty smoke and muddled sweetness becoming even further marginalized.
Well, it is what it says it is. First I get maple. Then I get bacon (or thereabouts). Finally I get ale. What else is there? A big marketing schtick turned drinkable, if not freaky good (how you do that with this style eludes me) sooty amber ale. Man, do I want me some food cart nosh at this very moment...
12-20-2011 05:19:13 | More by biboergosum
3.83/5 rDev +36.3%
A - Pours with two fingers of off-white foam on top of a slightly hazy, golden-brown body. the head settles fairly quickly and leaves light lace.
S - I can smell smoke and maple syrup before I even pick the glass up. A strongly smoky aroma of hickory, leather, and peat with hugely sweet maple sugar and some bacon. It smells like flavored pipe tobacco.
T - A shockingly mild (after that aroma) flavor of sweet, bready malt and smoke up front. Some maple sugar flavors come out in the middle and the smoke ramps up with hickory and bacon notes. The beer finishes with strong, now peaty, smoke and maple as well as a lingering leathery character.
M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a balanced finish.
D - Really weird, the odd flavorings really jump out in the aroma, but the flavor is relatively subdued. Based on the aroma I expected something huge and over the top smoky, but the flavor profile is much more in line with the modest alcohol content. I like smoky beers and this one work quite a bit better than I expected. It is, nonetheless, a novelty and certainly not something I would drink regularly and if you don't like smoke this isn't going to appeal to you at all.
07-17-2012 05:02:32 | More by nickfl
3.3/5 rDev +17.4%
Hazy, crimson appearance, under a lush, looming, booming, slightly off-white head, sparkling and lace-leaving.
Aroma: screams out from first pour, the maple and the bacon, together as one. Let's go in further…Smoke hits first, and you can feel the fire below, plenty of char above the maple and bacon, like walking into a freshly burned building. I think I liked it better before I went in for a closer sniff.
Taste: Big, fresh smoked malt right away, matched with mild hoppiness, and then in roars the maple, then the bacon. Malt is lighter than I imagined. Did I expect a porter? Perhaps I anticipated a breadier mouthfeel, for a more "doughnutty" taste?
Maybe because I've never had a Voodoo Maple Bacon Doughnut, I can't compare this against it's true inspiration?
Somewhat thinnish mouthfeel, uninspiring flavor, beyond the gimmicky additions. Doesn't make me think of a doughnut in the least.
This should only be sampled among a large group of friends so that everyone gets a smallish taste, and can all agree on how sad this brew is…don't make my mistake and try to tackle it on your own.
08-27-2012 08:13:23 | More by feloniousmonk
3.6/5 rDev +28.1%
i agree with others that this was not nearly as gimmicky as it seemed at first glance, and is actually surprisingly drinkable. cool pink bottle with gnarly art pours (oddly enough) a nice clearish maple syrup color, glowing, with a nice one inch white head. it smells very smokey, peaty almost like scotch whiskey, with a definite maple aroma as well. i do not really smell bacon, but i guess it could be there, very breakfasty. the bacon is more evident in the flavor, toward the back end and into the finish it is present, not at all unpleasant. i was worried, but this is far from offensive. nice and sweet mapley at first, but not overly so, then a mellow scotch-like flavor, followed by the bacon and a smokey conclusion. feel is not bad, mellow carbonation works well here, body is an average sort of medium. overall a cool idea, glad i found it for 12 bucks. worth a try for the curious palate.
05-20-2012 21:21:55 | More by StonedTrippin
Voodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon Ale from Rogue Ales
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